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News Delmar CounCil - The Delmar Joint Council was updated on a proposal for a new house design in the Wood Creek development during its meeting last Monday night. Page 5 laurel CounCil - two Laurel Council members have opposed the passing of the town’s new fiscal year budget. Page 10 CeleBraTe - Laurel’s Independence Day celebration begins Saturday with a Prayer Breakfast and concludes with spectacular fireworks. Page 8 PoliCe - A knife thrown at a courthouse strikes and injures a five-year-old child. Page 35 Fame - Opening for the display focusing on sports heroes from Sussex County features some special appearances. Page 46 riVerFeST - Looking ahead to next weekend, the Seaford Riverfest program is inside this edition.

Sports FourTh oF july - Laurel’s 15th annual Fourth of July celebration is set for Saturday, starting with a 7:30 a.m. prayer breakfast at the Georgia House Restaurant and finishing with the fireworks demonstration at dusk. In addition there is a carnival, a parade at 10 a.m. and other events all day long. Photo by Cassie Richardson

Banner- The Laurel 9-10 year-old all-star softball team celebrates its District III championship by taking a lap with the banner following Sunday’s win over Woodbridge in the championship game. Photo by Mike McClure





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Landlords in Laurel oppose proposed conditions of rental dwellings licensing By Tony E. Windsor Landlords and property managers of local rental units were on hand at Laurel Town Hall Monday night to express their dissatisfaction with the town’s attempts to impose what they feel are excessive rental licensing conditions. During the Monday, June 29, meeting of Laurel Mayor and Council a proposed ordinance, 2009-10, was presented for a first reading. The ordinance seeks to repeal Chapter 118 of the Laurel Town Code, which is the existing ordinances dealing with the “Licensing of Rental Dwellings.” This would be replaced with new language that imposes a “rental dwelling maintenance and safety program.” Laurel Town Manager Bill Fasano explained that the strengthening of the Laurel Codes relating to rental prop-

erty is largely driven by the number of incidents at apartment complexes that require police service. In addition to requiring rental property owners to obtain the traditional rental license and code enforcement inspection of the property, the proposed ordinance also requires rental property owners to perform criminal background checks on prospective tenants and maintain a written roster of all tenants and other individuals who are allowed to occupy the rental housing. Fasano told the Mayor and Council that the goal of the proposed maintenance and safety component of the rental licensing ordinance is to hold rental property owners responsible for the activities that occur on their property. The ordinance also establishes fine penalties for those rental complexes that have excessive numbers of police calls in a three-month period.

The language of the proposed ordinance states that the Laurel Chief of Police will calculate the number of calls for service for rental property every three months. For rental properties with more than four units, a fee shall be imposed for each call for service exceeding 0.25 calls for service per rental dwelling unit in any three- month period. For rental properties with four or fewer rental dwelling units, a fee shall be imposed for each call for service exceeding three calls for service in any three month period. For all rental properties, a fee shall be imposed for each call for service exceeding two calls for service to any single rental dwelling unit in any three month period. Calls to a dwelling unit for this purpose include calls specifiContinued on page 4

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Laurel council proposes rental licence conditions Continued from page 1

cally related to any person or persons listed on the tenant roster and their guests. The police calls related to the ordinance are calls involving criminal activities such as drug activities, gambling, prostitution, weapons violations, liquor offenses, indecent exposure and nuisance complaints such as disorderly conduct, animal complaints, fire alarms, noise violations and disturbing the peace. However, the code stipulates types of calls for service that will not be calculated in the quarterly police service report. They include such issues as domestic incidents, traffic-related arrests and citations (DUI, speed, parking violations, etc.), suicides, natural or accidental deaths, check on an individual’s welfare, child abuse or endangerment or civil matters. Laurel Mayor John Shwed said the proposed ordinance is directed at those rental property complexes where police are spending considerable time. “Recently we had shots being fired at the Hollybrook Apartment complex,” he said. This is an example of the types of things that are creating concern among our citizens and they are asking what we are doing to help. We want to make people who are creating these issues help to pay for the police service. We are not trying to penalize small rental operations, but moreover the places where police are called out eight or nine times.” Local rental property owners disagreed with Shwed and said that the proposed ordinance would penalize rental property owners and create excessive costs which they feel are unfair and in some cases discriminatory. Darlene Warner and June Woodward of Stephens Management Corporation, which manages the Carvel Gardens apartment complex, also own several other single unit rental properties. They see the proposed ordinance as a hardship for landlords and other rental property owners and managers. “In managing Carvel Gardens we already must adhere to strict guidelines from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and the Delaware State Housing Authority,” she said. “We already do background and credit checks for our tenants, but you have to understand that an 18-year-old will most likely not show a criminal background and has not devel-

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oped a credit history. We have always cooperated with the police and called in to report drug activities on our properties. What do you want us to do now? Would you rather we not call and just let the drug deals happen?” Woodward said the new ordinance will make the rental property owner have to keep track of police complaints because they will be getting billed for it. She also questioned how she was expected to “screen for nuisance behavior.” Warner said she is concerned about the lack of public knowledge regarding the town’s proposed rental property license change. “I have eight rental properties in Laurel at four different addresses,” she said. “That means I have to get eight rental licenses each year.” “If we did not manage Carvel Gardens we would have not known about this proposed change to the rental license. I just happen to read the flyer that was sent to Carvel Gardens announcing this meeting tonight.” Fasano responded to Warner saying that the town met its legal responsibility by advertising the meeting in the local newspaper. He said the town did not mail out letters to all rentals, but because the majority of concerns are with the large apartment complexes, the town sent notices to those. Warner also said she does not agree with the town’s conditions placed on rental licenses. “For the private rental owners it will be expensive to be forced to do background checks,” she said. “I don’t understand how the town of Laurel takes it upon itself to tell me how to run the screening of my tenants. At $50 per background check, it is cost-prohibitive.” Warner said the town is attempting to make the landlord and rental property owners responsible for their tenants’ behavior. “I cannot control an individual’s behavior,” she said. “I cannot simply invent things to prevent someone from renting. In many cases it is not the tenant that creates the issue, but outside influences that we are dealing with. We pay our property taxes and our rentals. I do not think landlords should be painted with such a broad stroke.” Fran Ruark, a Seaford real estate agent with 28 years of experience, owns a rental property in Laurel and said the proposed licensing ordinance is costly to landlords,

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especially at a time when the economic picture is not optimistic. “I recognize that I am a little fish in a big rental pond here in Laurel, but I own a property on East 6th Street,” she said. “I have been a real estate agent for the past 28 years and over the years I have made a good living. But, I am not making such a good living now. The economic situation we are currently in has led to me making about $56 to the good each month on my rental property. Recently, one of the best tenants I have ever had suddenly left my rental property and I lost $1,100 a month. I am not getting the calls for tenants like I once did. I have to pick the best of the worst when it comes to filling vacancies. I do not currently do background checks on prospective tenants. I would hope you will carefully consider the things you are talking about and its impact.” Councilman Chris Calio argues that it was unfair to place the burden of costs related to police service calls on rental property owners, but not on private homeowners. “Why is this not targeted to all property owners in town,” he asked? “The police can come to my home to respond to disorderly juveniles an unlimited number of times with no fee. But, if the police respond to a rental property only three times they get an extra fee. This does not seem fair to me.” Fasano said statistics do not support Calio’s argument. “Every year we have rental properties with seven, eight, nine,

10 police calls,” he said. “In regard to homeowner occupied properties the estimates are less than one response a year. In addition, rental properties are business enterprises and make money. As business entities they should be willing to take responsibility.” Calio said he does not see why there is reluctance by the town management to address all properties in the proposed ordinance. “If a property owner does not have the proposed number of police complaints to warrant a fee, there should be no problem. But, if they go over the limit, they should also have to pay” he said. Fasano said the proposed ordinance was developed using models of other communities who have had great success in driving down crime rates in their communities with similar rental license conditions. Shwed said he understands Calio’s concern and feels the council could go in the direction of including all property owners in the ordinance. He also said he understands the concerns voiced about possibly not having enough public awareness of the proposed ordinance. Councilman Don Phillips motioned that the issue be tabled and allow more public input on the issue before proceeding with the First Reading. The council supported the motion and the proposed ordinance related to 2009-10 dealing with establishing conditions for the licensing of rental properties will be brought during the Monday, July 20, meeting of Mayor and Council.

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Delmar Council discusses Wood Creek, Gordy Park By Mike McClure

The Delmar Joint Council was updated on a proposal for a new house design in the Wood Creek development during its meeting last Monday night. The Council was also updated on the work on the new skateboard and basketball courts in Gordy Park. Councilman Michael Houlihan and Commissioner Carl Anderton told the Council that the Wood Creek owner came before the Planning and Zoning Commission during its May meeting requesting the addition of townhouses to the subdivision. Planning and Zoning asked him to hold a residential meeting to inform the residents of the proposed addition to the development, which is already half built. “To change it after some of them have lived there for six years, the residents should have some input,” Anderton said.’ The proposal calls for up to eight units per building for a total of 110 townhouses. Many residents voiced concerns over the effect the addition would have on their home values. The owner, who cited economic conditions for the change to townhouses, is expected to appear before the Planning and Zoning Commission during its July meeting to present demographic information. Commissioners Carrie Williams, Luther

Hitchens, and Marlena Hodgins added their concerns over the proposed change. Williams reported that work on the basketball courts at Gordy Park were near completion (as of last Monday) and that she would like to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony. Anderton suggested naming the portion of the park in honor of Sam Lenox who helped get the ball rolling on the park improvements and recently passed away. Delmar (Md.) mayor Doug Niblett had a problem with naming it after Lenox because of the number of other residents who made contributions to the town and didn’t have something named after them, but he said he had no problem with displaying a plaque in her honor. Williams suggested presenting the plaque to Lenox’s husband at the ceremony. The Council voted unanimously to approve a conceptual plan for a retail shopping center on a parcel located north of the Sleepy’s Mattress building (near the Delmar Commons). The parcel, located at Route 13 and Thornton Blvd., consists of 1.4 to 1.5 acres. The 15,400 square foot building is expected to hold 10 stores. Niblett announced that the public safety building bids were $64,000 over the town’s budget for the design phase. Niblett recommended tabling the issue until

money is available to meet the additional costs. During the public comment portion of the meeting, a Wood Creek resident

asked the town to install speed bumps on Executive Club Drive due to the high volume of traffic, speeders, and lack of sidewalks.

Odd FellOws - Charity Lodge members, Jerry Lynch, third from the right and Olan Matthews, both of Odd Fellows Cemetery Committee, give a donation check to Norma Jean Fowler, president of the Laurel Historical Society, on behalf of the work society members, Chuck Swift, extreme left and Doug Breen, left, did to identify and document the records of Odd Fellows Cemetery. Swift and Breen will soon have a book available with local cemetery records for much of the local area. Photo by Larry Allen.


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Business Changes to loan program allow small businesses to refinance Small businesses seeking to expand will be able to refinance existing loans used to purchase real estate and other fixed assets as a result of permanent changes to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 Certified Development Company loan program. The changes were authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The permanent changes will allow small businesses to restructure eligible debt to help improve their cash flow which, in turn, will enhance their viability and support growth and job creation. The 504 loan program can be used to purchase business real estate or fixed assets, such as heavy equipment or machinery, and expand current development projects. “This is one more piece of the Recovery Act that is going to have a direct impact and put more money in the hands of small business owners just when they need it most,” SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said. “Lower interest rates mean lower payments and less money going out the door each month in debt repayments. That means more cash on hand to keep their doors open, their employees working and to even expand and create more jobs.” Mills pointed out that the 504 program’s refinancing changes are the latest in several Recovery Act provisions that

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Laurel Independence Day celebration Saturday The Laurel Chamber of Commerce and the town of Laurel are holding their 15th Annual Independence Day Celebration in downtown on Saturday, July 4. The one-day event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a Prayer Breakfast at the Georgia House. A 4K Run will begin at 8:30 a.m., and this year’s Red, White and Blue parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Following the parade there will be day-long entertainment in Janosik Park, including a Talent Show, hot dog and pie and watermelon eating contests, best homemade pie and cake contests, Side-by-Side entertainers, a dunking booth, food and craft vendors and much more. A carnival will run throughout the day beginning at 10:30 a.m. All of this will be topped off with a fantastic fireworks display at dusk. Schedule of events 7:30 a.m. – Prayer Breakfast at Georgia House

8:30 a.m. – 5K Run (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 9a.m.-3 p.m. – Car Show – Georgia House parking lot 10 a.m. – Red, White and Blue Parade. (Line up starts at 8:30 a.m. on Evergreen Drive.) 10:30 a.m. - Carnival – July 1, 2, 3, 4. Noon to 12:30 p.m. - Winners of Parade and 5K Run announced. 12:30-1 p.m. - Hot Dog Eating Contest. All Day - Dunking Booth 1-2:30 p.m. - Talent Show 2:30-3 p.m. - Pie Eating Contest. 3-4 p.m. - Local Entertainment 4-4:30 p.m. - Best Pie & Cake Contest 4:30 – 6 p.m. - Local Entertainment 6-8 p.m. - Bruce & Nancy Willey and Gospel Café Band Fireworks at Dusk - Rain date, July 5

Bruce & Nancy Willey and Gospel Café Band will perform in Laurel from 6 to 8 p.m.

Director, dispatchers win service awards

Sussex County’s Emergency Operations Center director and nine dispatchers have earned honors from a regional organization for their efforts to help the public when seconds count. In April, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Mid-Eastern Chapter honored EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas and members of his staff for their work the past year, from opening a state-of-the-art 911 center to maintaining their professionalism and composure in the hours after a paramedic was killed in the line of duty. Thomas has been named the

APCO Mid-Eastern Chapter’s 2008 Center Manager of the Year for Delaware. Thomas, who has served as director of the 911 center and EOC since 1997, was nominated by EOC employee Debra Jones for his leadership in two roles, as chief dispatcher and EOC director, and for steering major projects, including the April 2008 opening of the County’s new 911 center. In her nominating application, Jones also praised Thomas for being a team player, citing as an example his willingness to take emergency calls and dispatch fire and ambulance crews when

BILL SIGNED INTO LAW - Gov. Jack Markell recently signed Senate Bill 55 into law in his Dover Office at Tatnall Hall. The new law adds “legal guardians” to the list of people that can petition Family Court to terminate parental rights and seek adoption. On hand for the signing were members of the Reinhart family, who inspired the legislation to clear a hurdle for legal guardians who wish to seek adoption of the children in their care. The Reinharts have been the legal guardians of Samantha (who is nearly four-years-old) for more than two years. From left are Tracie Reinhart, Samantha, Aaron Reinhart, Gov. Jack Markell, Tyler Reinhart, Amanda Reinhart, and State Rep. Pam Thornburg.

the 911 center is short-staffed or overrun with calls. County Administrator David B. Baker said the staff is deserving of the recognition. “Too often, the public doesn’t get the opportunity to see these individuals at work. Theirs are the voices we hear when we call 911,” Mr. Baker said. Additionally, two different dispatch shifts and an individual call-taker have earned honors for their work in different events: • Joseph Pepper, Steven Deery, Jason Boyce and Jason Faulkner won Unit Citation of the Year for Delaware for their work in the hours after County Paramedic Stephanie Callaway was killed while on an emergency call in June 2008. They covered shifts, helped organize the medic’s funeral and allowed the 911 center to maintain normal operations; • Chris Moore, Bob Parson, Lillie Fitzgerald and Earl Chaffinch were selected as a runnerup group in the same category. They were nominated for their work in responding to a masscasualty vehicle accident in Bridgeville earlier this year; • Call-taker Charles Stevenson IV was selected as a runner-up for Telecommunicator of the Year for his efforts to calmly lead a concerned, out-of-town couple back to their daughter who was lost in Sussex County. Thomas and the dispatchers were recognized at the APCO Mid-Eastern Chapter’s spring meeting and awards luncheon on Thursday, April 16 at the Elks Lodge in Dover.

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In unusual move, council members oppose new budget By Tony E. Windsor

In an unusual turn of events, two Laurel Council members have opposed the passing of the town’s new fiscal year budget. On Monday night, June 29, the Laurel Mayor and Council were presented its proposed FY2010 budget to be approved in time for the start of the new budget year on July 1. The Mayor and Council held a public meeting to discuss the proposed budget on July 22. Traditionally, the presenting of the budget for final approval is a formality and passes unanimously. However, Councilman Don Phillips, one of the architects of the new budget, and Chris Calio, refused to support its passing. The $5.1 million budget did pass with the support of the other five members of council. Phillips made it clear that he supports “99 percent” of the budget; however he cannot support a provision in the budget that calls for moving Laurel town staff from the traditional town-sponsored “defined contribution” pension plan to a state-sponsored “defined-benefit” plan, a move that Town Manager Bill Fasano said was “overwhelmingly” supported by town staff in the form of a petition. The Laurel Police Department has been a part of the State pension plan for a number of years. The new change affects all non-police employees.

Phillips said by making the change, the town no longer has any say or control in the future “over the amount of the retirement benefit, the amount of each year’s contribution for each of its employees, or how the monies accumulate in its employees’ accounts are invested.” Fasano said the employees sought the change in pension plans as a means to be assured stability in the retirement fund. Phillips understands this, but does not feel this will be a guarantee of that desire. “Like every citizen in our community who is counting on proceeds from Social Security, 401k plans, or private pension plans to fund their retirement, our town employees want assurance that their retirement income will be safe and sufficient,” he said. “They like the idea that the proposed State plan guarantees them a fixed retirement, even if it’s at a lower level than they were expecting, just so it’s safe. I contend the State plan will never be able to deliver the goods.” Phillips said the “defined benefit” plans are antiquated types of plans that are “driving states like California and New York into bankruptcy.” He said he believes the same will happen to Delaware; however, not in 20 or 30 years, but “in the next couple of years.” “Here’s the nub of the matter,” Phillips said. “Laurel, like every other participating government unit in our State-sponsored

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House Bill would overhaul the Violent Crimes Compensation Board The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation recently that would overhaul the Violent Crimes Compensation Board, a state commission charged with providing financial assistance to violent crime victims. Sponsored by Rep. John A. Kowalko, D-Newark, House Bill 253 was developed by and sponsored by the members of the Joint Sunset Committee, a legislative panel that reviews various state boards and commissions and determines what, if any, changes need to be made.

The General Assembly established the Victim’s Compensation Fund in 1974 to provide a method of meeting the hardships imposed upon the innocent victims of certain crimes by compensating them financially for losses sustained as a result of those crimes. Funding is generated by a surcharge on fines and penalties imposed by the courts. The Violent Crimes Compensation Board considered nearly 800 claims in fiscal 2008, disbursing $2.51 million to victims. Under HB 253, the Violent Crimes

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Bill hopes to reduce Delaware’s energy consumption Energy efficiency and conservation are popular buzzwords and but if the House of Representatives and Gov. Jack Markell follow the Senate’s lead, utilities and customers would have to cut back their power consumption 15 percent by 2015. On a 19-1 vote, the Senate approved Senate Bill 106, which sets the conservation target and also requires utilities to look at renewable energy first when planning new generation capacity. “The energy efficiency resource standards is another step in the direction we are going to help people conserve and save energy,” said Sen. Harris B. McDowell III, D-Wilmington North, the bill’s sponsor. “It’s a win-win-win situation in that we will be able to get a cleaner environment, individuals will be saving money and we’ll be saving energy along the way.” While a 15 percent energy savings rate may seem like a big target, McDowell and Colin O’Mara, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, say the number is a reachable goal. Some utilities, including the Delaware Electric Co-Op, are already putting programs into place that are helping their customers scale back their energy use. In

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Anti-discrimination bill passes House and Senate After more than a decade of battle, lawmakers recently sent a bill adding sexual orientation to Delaware’s anti-discrimination laws to Gov. Jack Markell. After an almost four-hour debate, the Senate OK’d Senate Bill 121 on a 14-5 vote. The House passed the bill about an hour later on a 26-14 vote. “I’m really thrilled that we finally got this done and we’ve added discrimination based on sexual orientation to the list of prohibited practices in Delaware,” said Sen. David Sokola, D-Newark North, who raised the issue from the legislative dead file to win its passage. Since 2000, three House versions of the bill reached the Senate only to die, either by being tabled in committee or through the Senate’s “desk drawer veto” procedure where a committee chair could hold a bill without a hearing. That procedure was eliminated this year when the Senate passed its new rules. An earlier Senate version of the bill died in committee. Last month it appeared that history would repeat itself as House Bill

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MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

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Seaford Library

• The Seaford District Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will be open for our regular library hours on Monday, July 6. • “Be Creative @ Your Library” presents “Movie Monday” July 6, at 1 p.m. This movie is rated PG. Call the library for details at 629-2524. • “Be Creative @ Your Library” is hosting “Storytelling Express- Origami Swami” with Megan Hicks on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. This program is funded by the Delaware Division of Libraries and the Delaware Division of Arts. • “Express Yourself @ Your Library” presents “Instant Improve” with Michael Forestieri on Thursday, July 9 at 3:30 p.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 library will receive 10% of the total receipt. • Friday, July 10, is the last day to register for the Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Be Creative @ Your Library.” For details, call 629-2524. • “Be Creative @ Your Library” presents “Movie Monday” on July 13 at 1 p.m. This movie is rated G. Call the library for details at 629-2524. • The Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theater will perform “Anansi the Trickster” on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Summer Reading Program. Call the library for more information at 6292524. • “Be Creative @ Your Library” will have Storyteller Clem Bowen perform “Sometimes We all Need A Good Laugh” on Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m. • “Express Yourself @ Your Library” is showing a movie on Thursday, July 16, at 3:30 p.m. For details, call 629-2524.

‘Boyz 2 Dads’

“Boyz 2 Dads” will be offered to young men ages 12 to 19 the week of August 3. The program will be offered by Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. and the Fatherhood Initiative Coalition. Boyz 2 Dads is an interactive, computer-based video game and decision making program. Space is limited, so please register your son early. Young men 16 - 19 years may register on their own. Snacks and incentives will be provided and certificates will be awarded upon completion. The program will be held in Seaford from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, August 3, 5, and 7. To register, contact Shawn Phillips at 629-7790 or

Seaford’s Farmers and Artisans Market will be open for the 2009 season until Saturday, Sept. 26 in Kiwanis Park on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Kiwanis Park is located at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Stein Highway. We encourage local growers to join us by bringing your locally grown and/or organic fruits, vegetables, cut herbs, plants and cut flowers. For registration information, visit www. or email or call the Market Master, Sonja Mehaffey at or 302-2459494.

‘Books and Birdies’ Golf Classic

Seaford Library and Cultural Center: The 1st Annual “Books and Birdies” Golf Classic will be held at the Seaford Golf & Country Club on Friday, July 24. The cost is $125 per player and includes use of the driving range with range balls, greens fee and cart, a hospitality cart, buffet luncheon, and prizes for many on-course contests, tee gifts, door drawings and putting and chipping contests. Proceeds from the tournament go toward construction of the new library and Cultural Center. Registration forms are available at any Sussex County Library and at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. For more information, contact the Pro Shop at the club at 629-2890.

people on a boat ride that leaves from the Marina at Nanticoke River Marine Park in Blades, Seaford. Other festivities included with this trip are mid-morning snacks onboard ship, lunch in Vienna, Md., a selfguided walking tour of historic Vienna, a visit to the Vienna Heritage Museum and refreshments on the ride back to Seaford in the afternoon. A raffle ticket to win this trip costs only $5 or five tickets may be purchased for $20. Tickets are available at the Seaford Museum which is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., or at the Ross Mansion which is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. At other times call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828 for tickets. The drawing will take place at the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion on Dec. 13, 2009. The income from this raffle helps with the maintenance of the Seaford Museum and the Ross Mansion.

SSA opens for season

The Seaford Swimming Association is open for the 2009 season. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. SSA, a family-oriented pool located in a wooded setting on Craigs Mill Pond Road, is welcoming new members. Recreational swimming, picnics, swimming lessons, swim team, parties and family activities are offered throughout the summer.

For more information or a membership application, call 629-8773 or visit www.

Delaware Teen Challenge

Do a good deed today for Delaware Teen Challenge (formerly Seaford Mission). Donate your old or unused vehicle. Get a tax write off and help someone with life controlling problems. Call Delaware Teen Challenge at 629-2559.

Community mentors needed

The Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program seeks adult volunteers to mentor a middle school-aged child. Mentors can meet during school lunch time or after school. Mentors and students meet throughout the summer at the Laurel Public Library and enjoy the benefits of scheduled field trips and events. Mentors are asked for a one hour per week commitment for 12 months. For more information, contact Shawn Phillips at 629-7790, ext. 17.

‘Send a Kid to Camp’

Morning Star Publications, publishers of the Laurel Star and Seaford Star newspapers, is joining the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club to help send area kids to summer camp. The “Send a Kid to Camp” project features a series of “parking lot” performances by local singer, Tony Windsor. Any business interested in hosting the performances in their store parking lot can contact Maria Motley at the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club by calling 6283789.

Blades VFC 75th anniversary

Blades Volunteer Fire Company is offering a 75th Anniversary collector basket featuring a special laser engraved lid. The American Traditions Basket Company in Canal Fulton, Ohio makes the hard maple handmade baskets. Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Blades Volunteer Fire Department by buying a commemorative basket. The “Buckeye” Basket features a special laser engraved wood lid, commemorative brass tag, bicentennial weave and plastic protector. The basket measures 6.50” x 3.75” and sells for $45 each. For more information or to pre-order baskets contact James Bratten at 629-4896. Cash or checks are accepted for payment.

Seaford Historical Society raffle

The Seaford Historical Society is offering a raffle featuring a day on the Nanticoke River in the spring of 2010. This allday excursion accommodates a party of six

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Tony will be performing Country music, Motown and the classic rock sounds of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in area store parking lots. Visit your favorite store and stop by to make a donation to help send a local child to the WSB&G Club’s “Summer Fun Club.” For more information about the “Send a Kid to Camp” project, including how to have your store featured in the tour, call Maria Motley at 302-628-3789.

Tax deductible contributions can be made to: Send a Kid to Camp, W.S. B&G Club, 310 Va. Ave., Seaford, DE 19973

MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Summer Reading Program

All programs take place at the Laurel Public Library. For more information call 875-3184. • Tuesday, July 7, 2 p.m., Megan Hicks, Storytelling Empress and Origami Swami - all ages • Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m., Mike Rose, magician - all ages • Tuesday, July 21, 2 p.m., Movie and Munchies - Pre-k through 6th grade • Tuesday, July 28, 2 p.m., Winterthur Museum presents “Design Like Dupont” grades K-6 • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2 p.m, Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theater presents “Anansi, the Trickster” - all ages • Weekly Programs (beginning Monday, June 22) • Acting Club, Mondays, 6:30 p.m. grades 2-6 – be part of a real play! • Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - day care homes welcome • Kids Create Art Club, Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - grades K-6 • 10-Page-A-Day Book Club, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - grades 2-6

Old Christ Church opens

Old Christ Church services will continue through the first Sunday in October. All services begin at 9:30 a.m. Old Christ Church is 237 years old and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A free will offering will be taken up at the concert to benefit the church. For information or directions, call 228-6097. The church will open for tours during Laurel’s 4th of July celebration at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will be led by Vice President Kendal Jones. Any donations given to the Old Christ Church League are now tax deductible as the League was recently successful in becoming a 501C3 (nonprofit) organization.

Laurel VFD event

On Saturday, July 25, from 6-9 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) the Laurel Fire Dept.; 205 W. 10th St., will have a dinner, a 50/50, a Chinese auction and door prizes. Dinner menu includes: hot roast beef sandwiches, fried chicken, corn on the cob, bake beans, coleslaw, chips & pretzels, desert, beer, soda, ice tea, cash bar. Tickets are $20 a person, or $35 a couple. Advance ticket sales only. For tickets call 875-3081 or email

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The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center will be having a Christmas in July Auction on Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon for a $3 donation per person over 60 years of age. For details call Susan Welch at 302349-5237.

Delmar High School Class of 1984 celebrates its 25th class reunion on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2. On Friday, July 31 - social/cocktails, location to be announced. On Saturday, Aug. 1 - Delmar VFW, dinner dance at 6 p.m., tickets $27 per person. On Sunday, Aug. 2 - Old Mill Crab House at 3 p.m. Contact Lisa (Payne) Henry at 410-896-2214 or LDHenry84@comcstnet. RSVP by July10.

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Scrapbook classes

The Young Writers Creative Story Contest with cash prizes is being launched at the Delmar Public Library during the Young Writers Adventure July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The adventure leader will be author and storyteller, Michael Forestieri. If you are in middle school or high school, live in Wicomico or Sussex counties, and love to create stories, this is the place to be. For details, come to the Delmar Public Library.

Join the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center for the Annual Ferry Excursion on Tuesday, July 7. The bus departs the center at 41 Schulze Rd., Greenwood at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per person which includes ticket price, box lunch and transportation. To register, please call Susan Welch at 302-349-5237 or your local CHEER Center director. Scrapbooking classes will be held at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center on the first and third Thursdays each month from 1 - 2:30 p.m. July classes are $3 each class. For more information call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Friends fundraiser

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library have another delicious fundraiser to pro-

mote. All you have to do is enjoy a meal at the Seaford, Dover, Rehoboth, or Salisbury IHOP locations, any day, any meal. Take and fill out the comment card, staple your reciept to the comment card and drop it off at The Bridgeville Library, Bridgeville Town Hall, or The Providence Sales Cottage at Heritage Shores. For more information, call Pat McDonald at 337-7192.

Charity Open golf tournament

The Town of Bridgeville’s third annual benefit golf tournament, the Charity Open, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. with the shotgun start for the four-player scramble starting at 9 a.m. sharp. A luncheon and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Proceeds will be used to support the Bridgeville Kiwanis Foundation, the Bridgeville Lions Foundation and the Bridgeville Senior Center. This year’s tournament will have a new format whereby more players will have a chance at winning a prize. The event will feature a scramble, but the field will be separated by flights according to handicap. Hole sponsorships are available for $125. The single-player registration fee for the tournament is also $125. To become a sponsor or to register for the golf tournament, contact Peggy Smith at 337-7135.

Summer Reading Program

The Greenwood Public Library’s adult summer reading club, “Book a Summer Getaway @ Your Library,” will be going on until Aug. 17. The summer reading club is open to anyone 18 years and older or those who have graduated from high school. To participate, register at the library and start reading or listening to your favorite books. Entry slips are filled out for each book; these entry slips enter you in weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing on Aug. 17. In addition, $1 worth of fine forgiveness will be granted for each week’s participation. For more information, contact the Greenwood Library at 349-5309.

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MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Midland Grange yard sale

A yard/sale offering miscellaneous items and refreshments will be held at Midland Grange on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 7 a.m. to noon. Located one mile south of Georgetown’s police barracks. Donations accepted. For more details, call 856-2173.

Relay for Life cruise

Dr. Marie Wolfgang is at this time accepting enrollments for her annual Relay for Life cruise, scheduled for Jan. 24, 2010. This is a 10-night cruise out of New York City (bus transportation to the dock included), visiting San Juan, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Tortola. Call 629-4471 for brochure.

AARP Chapter 1084 trips

Sept.2-Rainbow Dinner Theater - cost: $70. A comedy called “Uncle Chick’s Last Wish” is definately one you won’t forget anytime soon. September 12-18 - Northern Michigan. You’ll visit Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth with time to visit the unique shops around town before dinner. The next day enjoy activites before going over to Mackinac Island for a two night stay. You’ll have a horse & carriage tour of the island before being dropped off at the Grand Hotel for lunch. The next day travel to Saulte St. Marie for a boat ride through the Soo Locks. Before leaving Michigan, stay at the Kewadin casino hotel. Cost: $790 pp double. October 16 - Strasburg,Pennsylvania. Ride the rails and have lunch on the train. Spend time in the train museum before returning home. Cost: $69. November 16-20 - The Biltmore Estates in Ashville, N.C. Two hot meals per

day. The Carolina Nights dinner theater Christmas show, a candlelight dinner at Deerpark restaurant and another Christmas show at the Wohlfahrt House Dinner Theater. Visit Chimney Rock Park, Folk Arts Center and a guided tour of Asheville. Cost: $589 pp double. Contact Rose Wheaton at 629-7180 for more information on all the above trips.

Travel with Del Tech

Enjoy summer day trips sponsored by the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Enjoy a trip back in time with a cruise aboard the Dorothy & Megan, a reproduction of an authentic 80-foot turn of the century paddlewheel boat, on Saturday, July 11. Feast in the scenery of the Choptank River with a lunch prepared by Suicide Bridge Restaurant. On Tuesday, July 14, take a guided tour of the Department of Agriculture research facility and living museum in Washington, D.C. View a brand new production of “Grease” direct from Broadway in great seats at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 16. The show features American Idol winner Taylor Hicks in this 2008 Tony nominee for “Best Revival of a Musical.” Watch “Eyecons - Las Vegas or Bust” at the Rehoboth Beach Theater of the Arts on Saturday, July 18. Be amazed as female impersonator, Christopher Peterson, brings to life female stars of the 20th century including Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand and many more. On Wednesday, July 22, join in the excitement at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies take on the Chicago Cubs. Not a sports fan? A day-trip to New York is also offered on July 22. Escape to the land of King Arthur and his Knights at the Round Table in “Camelot,” the follow up to the hit “My Fair Lady,” at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. on Thursday, July 23. Enjoy Longwood Gardens with an independent time for dinner. On Saturday, July 25, spend the day strolling through the eight Smithsonian museums located on the national mall between the Washington Monument and the Capital in Washington D.C. Take a trip along old Route 66 while tracing the history of America’s music from the 1940’s to the present in “Route 66 Revisited” at the American Music The-

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will discuss last minute preparations for the State Fair. Everyone who is interested in horses is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Stan at 684-3966 or Peggy at 629-5233.

Rails & Trails

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Escorted motor-coach trip to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire sponsored by the Seaford WPS, Sept. 21-24. Four days and three nights - cost $639 per person, includes lodging, three breakfasts, three dinners, entertainment, cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, Castle in the clouds, Rock Estates, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, dinner on Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad, Wolfeboro Village, all gratuities, taxes and baggage handling. For details contact Frances Horner at 629-4416.

Branson trip

Nanticoke Senior Center and Curran Travel are providing a trip to Branson on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to Wednesday, Oct. 21. The trip includes: round trip Motorcoach transportation, eight nights accommodations, great sightseeing tours, admission to nine great shows including Mickey Gilley, Lee Greenwood & the Bellamy Brothers and Shoji Tabuci. Cost is $1,075 per person-double occupancy, $1,355 single occupancy. A $200 deposit is required. Call 6294939 for details.

Knitting Guild Association

The “Sea Purls” chapter of the Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 -2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown on the corner of Route 9 and Sand Hill Road. New members always welcome. For details, call 302-854-6776.

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Join Georgetown AARP Chapter 5340 at their monthly luncheon meetings held on the first Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Sussex Pines Country Club. For details contact Dee Richards at 302-841-5066.

39th District Democrats

The 39th District Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on July 16, 7 p.m., at Pizza King in Seaford. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Maggie Callaway at 629-4846.

40th District Democrats

The 40th District Democrats invite you to come to 105 Culver Dr, Laurel, to support Barb Hudson, candidate for State Representative. The fun and food begins at 4 p.m. It will be an opportunity to meet and discuss current political issues with Barb and other local officeholders. For more information, email or or call 875-8183.

Western Sussex Democrat Club

The Western Sussex Democrat Club will hold its annual picnic Monday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at Dukes’ Pool House on Sycamore Road in Laurel. The picnic which is expected to draw a large crowd features homemade ice cream plus fried chicken provided by the club. Members will bring covered dishes to round out the menu. State-wide office holders and other dignitaries have been invited. RSVP to Betsy Davis, 875-7091 or Joyce Schaefer, 629-2107.

Friends of the Bridgeville Library

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will meet on Tue. July 7, at the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, William St., Bridgeville at 6:30 p.m. Planning is underway for the opening of the new library and the weeklong celebration scheduled for Aug 17-22. For more information call Ruth Skala 337-3678. To see the progress of the new library visit

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No more rides except for family members

During one of the many rains last week, I traveled Alternate at urPhy Route 13 between Laurel and Seaford and the rain was coming (The Laurel Chamdown. Lo and behold, here was ber has) been busy this young man thumbing a ride towards Laurel. I gave it some of late and things serious thought about giving him a ride before I resumed speed and are shaping up for a drove on, but I could not get it off great July 4th event. my mind. Years ago, you and I both would have given this young man haps nine- or 10-year-old kid walking to a ride but the craziness of the school on a very cold and wet fall morntimes, forbids any of us to do this. ing with no jacket and a short sleeve shirt. I remember stories from those who Out of compassion I gave the young man were in the service in the 1940s, 1950s a ride to Laurel Middle School and felt and into the 1960s who often “thumbed” good about what I had done. their way home, or back to their duty staA couple of hours later, Lt. Ricky tion, because of a lack of money. Loren Fuller and Ronnie Whaley, both Richardson called me and asked if I gave the young man a ride to school. It was at Navy men, are two I recall stories about. this point I realized a parent’s concern In the last few years, I have only given over something like this. one person a ride and it almost got me No more rides to school for anybody into trouble and after thinking about it, I but my grandchildren. understood why. Another rather funny incident about About 13 years ago here was this pergiving a ride happened to me years ago. I was at Carey’s when this elderly man approached me in a very distressed manner. “Can you give me a ride to the bus station in Salisbury?” asked the man. I hesitated but talked with him further and decided I would help this poor soul. On the ride to Salisbury, the man told me that he really had no money, but if I


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would just buy him this bus ticket to Baltimore he would send me the money later. Despite the obvious nervousness and complete lack of faith that I would get my money back I took the man into the terminal and bought him a ticket. Seconds later, the man behind the ticket booth came out and asked if the elderly man was with me. Yes, as I explained where I picked him up and the details of our ride. “Well, he walked away from the Mental Hospital in Cambridge, as I think it was called,” said the man, “He’s been gone about a week.” “Sit down on this bench until the authorities get here,” he told the disheartened elderly man. Well, as you can see, “I don’t give rides,” feel bad about it at times but isn’t it sad that the times have brought us to this. Nope, I don’t think I would even pick up Frank Caudill, or Al Temple and Dick Whaley, I just hope there is a mud puddle close by as I say bye-bye. Think about how things have changed folks.

The Laurel Auction Block will be open for business on Thursday, July 9, at 9 a.m., as has been the custom for the last 69 years. This was told to me by Tommy Wright who is home recouperating from his last winter farm accident. You could see Tommy’s eyes get bigger as we talked






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Did I tell you that the Sharptown Carnival opens on Thursday, July 30 this year. It’s their 83rd year of those famous oyster sandwiches and the best place around for families. It always has been and it’s much more than the food and rides, its seeing old acquaintances I was in the Laurel Chamber of Commerce office last Thursday morning and there were three people signing up for events on the 4th of July in Laurel. According to Joyce Ramsey, secretary of the chamber, they have been busy of late and things are shaping up for a great July 4th event. They do need a few more hot dog contestants and I think Jay Hastings and Gene Wright would make swell contestants. Another great baseball trip for 15 avid fans. I was a little embarrassed when Roy Jones took an hour to explain what a scrapple sandwich was to the waitress in Toronto! See you at the 4th of July everybody, maybe Riverfest if I can stay out of the water.


MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Church Bulletins Victory in Grace Tabernacle

Victory in Grace Tabernacle (VIGT), formerly located in Laurel, at 11528 Commercial Lane in Hickman Commercial Park behind Johnny Janosik Furniture Store, has moved to 128 East Market Street (Rt. 24 West) between Delaware and Central avenues. Look for our logo on the window. Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Sunday morning Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Sunday afternoon Worship Service, time to be announced each week; Prayer Gathering, Tuesday, 6 pm.; Bible Study, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Love First Fellowship, Friday, 7 p.m.; Healing and Miracles Service , first Sunday, 5 p.m. Victory in Grace Tabernacle has served the Laurel community since opening its doors July 5, 2004. In addition to Laurel, Missions in the Appalachians in Kentucky and West Virginia; migrant farms on the Eastern Shore of Delaware and Maryland; Native American Indian Reservations on the East Coast; communities in Jamaica, West Indies; and the Royal Family Kids Camp in Pennsylvania have all been supported by VIGT.

Bridgeville Charge fundraiser

The Bridgeville Charge United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a walkathon to raise funds and awareness for the disease known as Angelman’s Syndrome.

The event will be held at the Woodbridge Sports Complex, Woodbridge School Road in Bridgeville. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. Walkathon will start at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your family, friends, coworkers and help us to walk for a cure for this disease. Cost for each walker is $5 per person or you may pay by the lap - $1 per lap. Grab your walking shoes or your lawn chair and come out to support this event. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make check payable to Bridgeville Charge and mail donation to P.O. Box 965, Seaford, DE 19973. For more information about this event, call Butch at 302-245-8971, Charlie at 302-745-3809 or George at 410-2007812. For more information on the Angelman’s Syndrome visit

Church of the Nazarene yard sale

Seaford Church of the Nazarene (located on South Dual Highway next to the Guide) will hold a yard sale on Saturday, July 11 from 7 a.m. to noon. Set up is at 6:30 a.m. Tables are available for $10, ground space $7. Breakfast and baked goods also available. For more information, call 628-2751.

The Harvesters Quartet

The Harvesters Quartet will be appearing at First Baptist Church, 501 Bi-State Blvd., Delmar on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. For further info call 410-896-3284.

The Cash Family

The Cash family will be appearing at First Baptist Church, 501 Bi-State Blvd., Delmar on Sunday, July 12 at 6 p.m. For further info call 410-896-3284

‘Senior’ prom night

A group of young adults known as F.O.G. (Friends of God) at Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel sponsored a “senior” prom on June 6 for the senior members of the church. Their theme was “Thank You for Being There for Us.” There was music from the ‘20s through the ‘50s and there was a good attendance. In addition to the music, this group decorated the hall, provided food and took pictures. There was dancing, fellowship and lots of fun for all. “In this day when we hear so much about the troubles our young people get into, it is just wonderful to see a group like this as part of our church,” a church spokesperson said. This was only one event these young people have done. They meet once a month for a Bible

study and a fun activity which they decide on as a group, such as bowling, miniature golf, roller skating, etc. They also participate in other activities at church, such as the Soup Social once a week, helping those in the community who need assistance with their lawns, fund raisers for missions, etc. A few of them will be going on the Cherokee mission this year. Their advisors are Jim and Lynne Bradley, Lori and John Paul Dickerson, and Cheri and Jim Watts.

No Name Band

The No Name Band will be at Union United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Laws Street, Bridgeville, on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. For further information, contact Everett Warrington at 337-7198.

Mt. Olive hosts Gospel Concert

A Gospel Concert featuring Brother Kevin Brown, of Union Baptist Church, Easton, Md., will be held Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m., at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Bridgeville. Pastor is Woodrow Evans. The public is welcome. A free will offering will be taken. For more information call Sister Paris Twymon, 410-754-9135.

DIRECTORY: Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH OF CHRIST

Sunday Family Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. 94 Walnut Street, Laurel, DE (across from GameZone) 302-875-7873

A church you can relate to

1010S.C entral Ave., Laurel Ph: 875-7748 Minister: Ian J. Drucker WorshipServ ices: 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 Sunday Services: 8:30 am Praise 9:30 am Sunday School,10:45 am Worship


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.

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

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

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

For info, call 875.7995 or visit

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

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

Wednesday: BibleS tudy 7P M

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

Obituaries Lloyd F. Beard Jr., 74

Lloyd “Skip” F. Beard, Jr. of Seaford, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his residence. Born in Salisbury, Md., the son of Sara Louise White and Floyd F. Beard Sr., he was a custodian in the Woodbridge School District before retiring and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. The ultimate Beard salesman, Skip loved and was loved by everyone for his talent for making people laugh. He never lost his sense of humor during his five-year battle with cancer. He was a kind, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be sorely missed by us all. Rolo, Remington, Spencer and Zorro will also miss his companionship and attention. Skip enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and ride horses and he enjoyed traveling to their events all over the country. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Elliott Beard; a son, Kevin L. Beard and wife Cindy of Catonsville, Md.; a daughter, Julie M. Willey and husband Eric of Bridgeville; grandchildren, Tyler Beard, Kelli Beard, Kelsie Willey and Eric Willey II; brothers and sisters, Jeanne Klemens of Seaford, Barbara Widdowson of Seaford, Arinda Belote and husband Gwynn of Seaford, Leona Tull and husband Donald of Seaford, Sally Johnson of Boise, Idaho, David Beard and wife Becki of Bridgeville, Ellen Messick and husband Ronnie of Bridgeville, and Betsy Carmine and husband Donnie of Seaford; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Mimi Quillen, and three brothers-in-law, Max Klemens, Gordon Widdowson and Alan Johnson.


SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 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.

A memorial service is held on Thursday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine and Popular Streets, Seaford. The Rev. J. Christopher Pennington will officiate. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are by Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.

Beatrice Arlene Hostler Harper, 84

Beatrice Arlene Hostler Harper of Seaford, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at her residence. Born in Bellwood, Pa., the daughter of Jessie Claire Caswell and Austin Clair Hostler, she was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Leroy Harper of Seaford; two sons, Ronald Edwin Harper of Seaford, and Stephen Clair Harper Sr. of Gallatin, Tenn.; a daughter, Sheila Arlene Korvin of Odenton, Md.; three brothers, Lloyd E. Hostler of Bellwood, Pa., Wayne L. Hostler of Norton, Ohio, and Austin L. Hostler of Emporium, Pa.; three sisters, LuLu E. Flaugh of Bellwood, Eva J. Flaugh of Driftwood, Pa., and Eunice M. Albright of Altoona, Pa.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by four brothers, William A., Allen C., Bernard B., and Melvin F. Hostler. A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 1, in Meadowridge Cemetery, Glen Burnie, Md. Arrangements are by Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.

Bernard Reinhold, 79

Bernard “Roy Rogers” Reinhold of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 12, 1930, a son of Stella and Bernard Reinhold. He retired as a retail merchant at Bar-


United Methodist Church 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Across from Bank 337-7409 Handicap Friendly WORSHIP TIMES:

9 am Contemporary Service 10 am Sunday School 11 am Traditional Worship Youth Group (Sun. 6 p.m.)

22606 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, DE

302-359-6331 Weekly Services: Sunday: 10 am Tuesday: Prayer 7-8 pm Thursday: Bible Study 7 pm

Messiah’s Vineyard Church Located at Tyndall’s Furniture Plaza on Discountland Rd & Rt. 13, Laurel

302- 875-4646

PO BOX 60, LAUREL, DE 19956

Sun. 9:30 am Wed. 7:00 pm

Children’s Church • Nursery


Senior Minister: Dr. Carl G Vincent Senior Pastor: Pastor Barry B. Dukes



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

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

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


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

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



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


Ministry for the wholef amily 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson

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


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

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

“Shining His Light”

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, Children’s Ministries

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


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

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

Praise Worship 8:15 AM • Sunday School 9:45 AM • Traditional Worship 11:15 AM

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


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Front & King St., Seaford, DE 629-7979 Holy Eucharist: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Forum: 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Eve. Service: 6 p.m. The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby-Coladonato, Rector

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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

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

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 •

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

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MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

gain Bill’s in Laurel. He was a proud United States Army Veteran and belonged to numerous VFW’s. Bernard is survived by his sons, Ronald Reinhold, Thomas Reinhold and Jamie Reinhold of Laurel and Chris Reinhold of Pennsylvania; daughters, Susan Paradine, Donna Smith and Nancy Reinhold, all of New Jersey; and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves behind his black labrador “Buddy.” A memorial service was held at Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel, on Wednesday, July 1. The Rev. Roland Tice officiated. Interment was held privately. Arrangements are by Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.

William E. Ruark, 77

William E. Ruark, formerly of Salisbury, Md., passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009, at the Seaford Center. He was born in Fruitland, Md., a son of Elvin J. Ruark and Anna Belle Ruark. He was a retired self-employed truck driver in Salisbury. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a longtime American Legion Member. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ruark; three children; four great-grandchildren; his brother Roger J. Ruark of Salisbury; and a sister, Betty Covey of Georgetown. A graveside service will be held at Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro on Tuesday, June 30, at 1 p.m, where he will

In Memory of

Shirley G. MacArthur



Devoted wife, mother & grandmother

Time is too slow for those who wait Too swift for those who fear Too long for those who grieve Too short for those who rejoice But, for those who love – Time is eternity. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. — Romans 8:28

In loving remembrance this July 4th, Mac, Ron, Mary Jane and Beth MacArthur

receive full military honors. Arrangements are by Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.

Death Notices

Robert Kevin Russell Jr., 29

Ruth Ann Palmer of Newark and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009. A memorial service was held in Laurel Hill Cemetery on June 30. The Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. Arrangements are by Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.

Robert Kevin Russell Jr. of Harrington, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Bay Health Medical Center; Milford Memorial Hospital. Born in Seaford, he was the son of Robert K. Russell Sr. of Ellendale and Debra Benton Richardson of Eden, Md. He was a technician for Comcast in Georgetown. He was an Army veteran and member of Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion in Seaford. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Linda Maye Russell of Ellendale; stepfather, Daniel Richardson Sr. of Eden, Md.; a daughter, Audrey Marie Russell, Ellendale; stepbrothers, Justin Richardson of Eden and Daniel Richardson Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va,; stepsisters, Amy Reed and husband Chad of Milford, Michelle Hall of Richmond, Va., Laurie Anderson of Baltimore, Md. and Julie Hicks of Bardstown, Ky.; grandfather, John Russell Sr. of Bridgeville; grandmother, Beatrice Russell of Ellendale; nephews, Cohen and Tyler Reed and his girlfriend, McKenzie Fleetwood of Harrington; and uncles, John and Mark Russell and their families. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dolores German, and grandfather, Jack Benton. The funeral was held on Tuesday, June 30 at Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford. Burial was in the Bridgeville Cemetery.

In Memory

of My Loving Husband


It has been six months, June 28, Since God decided to seal your fate, He felt your suffering needed to end, There was no cure around the bend. With tear-filled eyes, I watched you go, My heart was breaking, ever so. I held your hand as you slipped away, By your side, I would forever stay. I know that now, you are pain free, And from above, watching over me. The love we had, some will never know, Our bond did forever grow. I know you are in a better place, And now, the world alone I face, I will now bring my poem to an end, I miss you so much, my husband, my very best friend.

All My Love, Gail

Ruth Ann Palmer, 80

Barbara D. Smith, 58

Barbara D. Smith of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. All services will be private. Arrangements are by Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.

Old Christ Church offers services Old Christ Church services will continue through the first Sunday in October. All services begin at 9:30 a.m. with the exception of the Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. This year, the SPCA will join in the Blessing of the Animals and all donations will benThe Old Christ Church east of Laurel is 237 years old. efit the SPCA. All services will be led by the Rev. Blanche Powell and Ken Athey. Music will be provided by Janet Jones. Old Christ Church is 237 years old and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The church is unique in that it’s never been altered from its original condition. A free will offering will be taken at the concert to benefit the church. For information or directions, call 228-6097. The church will open for tours during Laurel’s 4th of July celebration at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will be led by Vice President Kendal Jones. Any donations given to the Old Christ Church League are now tax deductible as the League was recently successful in becoming a 501C3 (nonprofit) organization.

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A hush fell over the young crowd at the Laurel Public Library moments before the first scheduled performance of the Laurel Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, storyteller Michael Forestieri. Then, just as suddenly, the youngsters sprang to life, giggling and smiling throughout the opening introduction of the first performance held at the Laurel Library for the summer. In the same way that a master craftsman interweaves yarn to create a tapestry, Forestieri wove his tales. He flowed from one story about a Chinese boy who found himself in possession of a magic brush into another tale about a harpist who happened upon some vicious pirates (while playing the harp himself), to another story about an artist who did not quite think she was an artist. Throughout each story, Forestieri encouraged children of all ages to be creative, and to encourage one another. The Summer Reading Program, “Be

Creative,” for the younger set, and “Express Yourself” for teens, is being held statewide at local libraries. Storytellers Michael Forestieri and Megan Hicks are performing at libraries throughout the state, sponsored by the Delaware Division of Libraries and Delaware Division of the Arts. Other performers and activities centered around being creative are scheduled by individual libraries. Libraries are scheduling a variety of different free activities, from creating crafts, showing movies and presenting puppet shows, to inviting the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre to help show the importance of reading and being creative. There is still time to sign up for the free programs at your local library. To ensure access for persons with disabilities, call the library for details. Call your local library for more information.

The 9 Hole Ladies Golf Group will hold a chicken and dumpling dinner, fashion show, silent auction and chinese auction for $15 per person on Wednesday, July 15. All evening events will be open to the public. Proceeds will benefit an education fund for Taylor Lowe, Phillip Lowe’s oneyear-old daughter. Phillip Lowe died of cancer earlier this year. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a fashion show featuring mens and women’s clothing from Peebles and the Pro Shop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be silent and Chinese auctions to benefit women’s fight against cancer. Tickets for the dinner, fashion show

and auction can be purchased from the main office or any of the 9 Hole girls. The 9 Hole Ladies Golf Group will also hold a Pretty in Pink Cancer golf tournament on Thursday, July 16. As a fundraiser, large pots of flowers (to be used as decorations on the golf course afterwards) are being sold for $100 and may be contributed in the name of a loved one. Anyone interested in purchasing a pot of flowers to help in the fight against cancer and to help beautify the course, contact Nancy Harper at 745-1998 or 629-7272 or Arsie Burton at 629-7037 or 236-1125. Both ladies will accept donations for either Taylor Lowe’s education fund or the fight against cancer - no donation is too small.

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Construction continues on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge

The Department of Transportation announces that Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. (Skanska) is completing a successful test pile program that began in November 2008, and will soon be putting in place pylon foundations that will be the first permanent infrastructure for the new bridge. Data received from the test pile program indicates that the number of piles required and the required lengths are adequate to support the structure throughout its design life of 100 years. Skanska will continue to drive piles on the north side and south side of the inlet through midsummer as the two construction teams begin their friendly competition to construct the pylon structures and eventually bridge decking over the inlet. Pylons will support new bridge deck The next phase of construction involves the installation of the pylon foundations. This involves utilizing the 291 prestressed concrete piles that are

continually being delivered to the site. The pylon foundation work involves using a large crane and hydraulic hammer to pound concrete piles down through three levels of soil (sand on top, clay in the middle and a very dense sand). Construction anticipated for the next 30-45 days will consist of erecting pylon forms, building pylon foundations for the pylon towers and installing reinforcing steel. Notably, approximately 1000 cubic yards of concrete will go into each pylon foundation. There is 35,000 cubic yards of concrete on the project, which is enough to fill a football field 21 feet deep. Additional temporary piles will be installed onsite as part of the system that will be constructed to support portions of the bridge over land until the cable stay supports are installed. This is known as falsework, as it will not become part of the final bridge structure. Construction of the “falsework” structure will

begin within the next two weeks. Design 70% complete Design of the structure is continuing and is approximately 70 percent complete. The benefit of the design-build contract process is being able to move forward with some initial construction before the final design is completed. Once the design is completed, construction will accelerate. Some of Skanska’s upcoming work will require minimal lane and shoulder closures on Route 1 over the existing bridge during the summer months. DelDOT does not anticipate any traffic

backups associated with this lane/shoulder restriction. In addition, materials are being delivered to the site via Routes 26 and 9, but no delays have been reported or are expected due to this activity. There may be minimal, shortduration impacts on Turn Point Road, which runs on the south side of the inlet back to South Shore Marina, which will involve flagging or one-way traffic during the delivery of materials. The new bridge will be open to traffic by summer 2011. The current bridge will remain open while the new bridge is being

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Farmers and Artisans Market

The 2009 market season continues through Sept. 26 in Kiwanis Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings. This year an activity table has been added for the children to be creative while visiting the market and there will be some great non-profit groups that will visit each Saturday. There is a fresh lemonade stand and bake sales are scheduled throughout the season. Tony Windsor will perform on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. The River Arts Group will judge a “sidewalk talk chalk only” art contest on Sept. 19 for kids age 6-13. There is still space available for growers. If you are interested in selling your produce at the market, contact Sonja Mehaffey, market master, at or 302245-9494. For more information, visit www.seafordmarket.

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Time is running out to take advantage of the $8000 tax credit which currently ends on November 30, 2009. If you have not owned a home in the past 3 years, call us to see if you qualify. That’s right, you do not have to be a first-time home buyer. Act quickly 14.8 Acres w/septic permit on file. Just a  because interest rates have begun rising and it takes several short time ago you would have paid this  weeks to find a home, get a mortgage and proceed to settlement. price for a much smaller parcel. $169,900

43 Robinson  Circle,  Virgina Commons Seaford  –  This  is  your  chance  to  get  a  custom home at an affordable price. Private well landscaped, fenced rear yard with  a  2  level  deck.   Adjacent  to  home  is  shed  with  electric.  The  interior  shows  pride  of  ownership.   A  3  bedroom,  2  full  bath  split  BR  floor  plan  ensures  master  suite  privacy.  Large updated kitchen. The 2nd floor adds a full den or potential 4th bedroom, an additional private office or hobby room and ends with storage space galore  $239,900. #568545


1203 Dulaney St, Seaford Colonial,  hardwood floors, large windows,  formal dining room, full basement,  nice screened rear porch in a large  fenced  back  yard  with  amazing  views  of  duck  pond.  First Time  Home  Buyers Dream.  169,000 #568439

REALTOR™, BROKER e-PRO, SRES Country Living! Your own personal sunset awaits!  2700+ sq ft rancher w/outdoor living galore. Arbor, patio,  outdoor kitchen and full workshop garage.  Gaze upon your separate garden, multiple fruit trees, and landscaped  koi pond.  Inside boasts a great kitchen with breakfast room and adjoining formal dining room.  Don’t miss the  huge 30ft long bonus room upstairs!  This is a one owner custom built home with 2x6 construction, above grade  insulation and all the bells and whistles.  Owners are downsizing, this is your chance to move up!! MLS#569956   $349,900

22142 Hill Rd, Seaford, Just off of  Briarhook  Road  –  Country  Home  with  approx  5  acres  of  yard/pasture.    Bring  your  horses,  this  one  is ready for you!  3 bedroom, 2 full  bath  home  with  large  open  dining  and kitchen.  Beautiful views of your  10206 Fawn Rd. Greenwood – Just outside of Bridgeville.  Only 7 years old!  Great country location, peace  pasture! If you’re not a horse lover,  and privacy abounds.  3 bedrooms contemporary Victorian.  Large lot, with private rear deck.  Oversized fully  this property is perfect for the garinsulated garage and paved driveway accentuate the lovely landscaping.  Inside is a cozy living room and open  den  you’ve  always  wanted. A  true  must see! MLS#569379  $269,000 kitchen and dining area.  A true must see at a won’t last long price!  MLS#569572  $229,900

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MORNING STAR • JUly 2 - 8, 2009

Entertainment Festival celebrates 15 years

The 15th annual Festival Hispano is Sunday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street. Festival Hispano is free and open to anyone who wants to celebrate Latino cultural heritage. The day includes music, folkloric dances, Mexican and Latin American food, information and services targeting the Hispanic community, and a special area dedicated exclusively to children’s entertainment and activities. Formed in 1995 to provide more artistic, cultural and social programs, El Centro Cultural plays an important role in discovering and promoting local Hispanic artists, supporting local arts education and coordinating local community events. To participate in Festival Hispano to promote your business, inform the community of your services, and reach thousands of Hispanic residents from all over the Delmarva Peninsula, visit, email festivalhispano@ or call 302-745-6828.

See ‘Wicked’ with Delaware Tech

Limited seats are available for a trip to see the spellbinding musical “Wicked” in January 2010 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, sponsored by Adult Plus+ at Delaware Techni-

cal & Community College. This Grammy and two-time Tony Award-winning musical broke box office records and sold out in record time when it played in Philadelphia in 2006 and 2007. “Wicked” takes place in the Land of Oz and follows the story of unlikely friends who become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. A special discount rate is available for Adult Plus+ members. For more information or to reserve your orchestra seats, contact the Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus+ program at 302-856-5618.

Sidewalk Talk Chalk planned

On July 10, Riverfest Friday Night, from 5 to 7 p.m. bring your talent downtown to make your mark on the side walk along with other local artists. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on South Conwell Street between Act II Florist and the Seaford Museum. “Sidewalk Squares” are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. You may bring your own chalk to create your art work which must be approved at registration. The River Arts Group will have artists on site to share in the creativity, offering hints and ideas. All art work will remain on the sidewalk for the duration of Riverfest and will be viewed by everyone who visits “Artist’s Alley.”

HOME TEAM REALTY Your LOCAL Real Estate Connection

Home Team Realty is pleased to present agent spotlight. In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting the agents that make our company so successful. At Home Team Realty we believe that making friends is more important than making a dollar, so we thought it would be nice for you to get to know our agents a little better. They are not just great agents, they are great people. They work very hard for their clients and really care about the way we do business. As a locally owned and operated full service real estate firm, we are proud of the fact that every dollar we earn stays in our community. We hope that agent spotlight will help you remember


when you or anyone you know is ready to buy or sell.

TIANJIN DANCE THEATRE - East meets Eastern Shore this summer when the Tianjin Song and Dance Theatre comes to Salisbury University. The traveling company of China’s famed Tianjin Dance Drama and Opera House performs a combination of traditional and modern Chinese music at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410-543-6030 or visit www.


AGENT SPOTLIGHT “RICK BENNETT” Rick Bennett has been with Home Team Realty for 5 years. He was named Top Producer in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and obtained his DE Brokers License in 2008. He specializes in Residential, New Construction and Bank Owned Properties. Rick graduated from Sussex Central High School in 1988. Rick and his wife Laura have 3 children, Nick will be attending Delaware Tech in the fall, Matt will be a junior and Darian will be a freshman at Sussex Technical High School. They reside in Bridgeville, DE. You can reach Rick on his cell at 302-2281760 or by email

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MORNING STAR • july 2 - 8, 2009


Cupcakes are the perfect end to your Fourth of July By the time you read these words, I’m praying that somebody up there will have gotten the memo: Spring over. Summer officially here. Excessive rainfall no longer needed. Since I’m writing more than a week until the big 4th of July holiday, I expect my prayers will be answered and we’ll get to enjoy some much awaited dry weather with day long sunshine and cloudless blue skies. I hope you’ll enjoy my suggestions for a couple of quick, easy and fun desserts for the perfect end to your Independence Day picnic or barbecue.

Loretta Knorr

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen, 2007 Servings: 24 frosted cupcakes 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cocoa powder 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 2 large eggs, room temperature 2 tablespoons red food coloring 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the cream cheese frosting: 1 pound cream cheese, softened 2 sticks butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. 2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. 3. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting. For the cream cheese frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry. Cook’s Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip. Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes Servings: makes 20 cupcakes Filling 1/2 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg

The Practical Gourmet 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup mini chocolate chips (8 ounces) Batter 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda Salt 1 cup water 1 large egg 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon white vinegar Topping 1. 1/2 cup blanched sliced almonds 2. 1/3 cup sugar

Directions Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 20 muffin-pan cups with foil liners. Make the filling: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar, egg and salt until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, cocoa, baking soda and a pinch of salt. In a small bowl, whisk the water with the egg, vegetable oil, vanilla and vinegar. At low speed, beat the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups to fill them halfway. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese filling into the center of each cupcake, then sprinkle the almonds and sugar on top. Bake the cupcakes in the upper and lower thirds of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until puffed and springy to the touch. Switch the pans halfway through baking. Unmold the cupcakes; let cool on racks before serving.

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MORNING STAR • July 2 - 8, 2009

Health Getting good grades is always an important goal By Dr. Anthony Policastro

I frequently see adolescents who are having problems in school. One of the questions I ask is what they see themselves doing five years from now. It is interesting how often I get the same answer. The response is that they expect to be playing a sport in college on an athletic scholarship. In most cases they have made a conscious decision to not do their class work or homework. They have decided to not study for tests. Their report card usually has mostly failing grades. However, they feel that it does not matter. There are two problems with this way

of thinking. The obvious is that they will cause he was going to get a basketball scholarship to the University of North not get an athletic scholarship if all of their high school grades are F’s. That of- Carolina. This is related directly to the second problem ten does not seem with this way of to make a differColleges are not interested thinking. When ence. in second tier players; they want I asked him They are conif he was that vinced that they the best. Colleges with better good of a basare so good that reputations know that they can ketball player, the colleges will his response was not care about get the best so they will not be yes. their grades. bothered with someone who has I then asked Occasionally, him if he was they will admit failing grades. the best player in the office that on his team. The this thinking is not answer was no. realistic. College scholarships are not easy to I had one patient who was failing come by. everything and felt it did not matter beThey usually require the individual to not only be good at the sport but to achieve a level of play that is remarkable. Most students who get scholarships are the best player on their high school team and at their position in the confer-

Nanticoke Health Services to participate in Riverfest Nanticoke Health Services will once again be part of this year’s Riverfest with a health tent located at the Nanticoke Network Building across from Gateway Park in Seaford (corner of Front and Market Streets). The tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Healthcare professionals will provide free: blood pressure checks; screenings for risk of circulatory problems; information on healthy lifestyles and programs and services available at Nanticoke; cancer screening information; and information on

Nanticoke’s Wound Care Center. Meet Nanticoke’s most recent addition to their surgical staff, Dr. Michael Wingate and their newest Nephrologist, Dr. Janet Cruz. A First-Aid station will be located under the tent. There will be health information for all ages and interactive displays. The first 100 participants (one per family) will receive a free gift. To learn more about Nanticoke’s health tent, contact Nanticoke Occupational Health at 629-6611, ext. 8682.

Attendees of last year’s Riverfest learned about prevention and services provided by Nanticoke Health Services.

ence. Colleges are not interested in second tier players; they want the best. Colleges with better reputations know that they can get the best so they will not be bothered with someone who has failing grades. Parents will sometimes support the notion that their child is college athlete material when that is clearly not the case. If you look at the local individuals who went on to professional sports, that is clear. Delino Deshields was outstanding in several sports. Luke Pettigout was a superb football player. There are really two important lessons here. The first is that high school grades are very important. Parents need to focus on those being good before they focus on athletic ability. The second is that unless an adolescent is clearly the best player on the team, the college scouts are likely to look elsewhere to award their scholarships. Expectations need to be realistic.

MORNING STAR • July 2 - 8, 2009


Advisories issued for blue-green algae at state ponds and lakes

A team of scientists, biologists and managers from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health and the Department of Agriculture have developed a water advisory sign that will be displayed at selected state and municipal lakes and ponds throughout Delaware to alert the public to the presence of blue-green algae and its possible harmful effects on people and animals. States ranging from Massachusetts to Washington and Wisconsin have developed or are developing guidance for the public who may recreate in fresh water bodies. Blue-green algae – also known as cyanobacteria – are naturally occurring microscopic organisms that increase in density or “bloom” under certain envi-

ronmental conditions, most commonly, an oversupply of nutrients combined with warm water temperatures. The blue-green algal blooms can form dense mats that appear most often as thick green, white or reddish-brown scum on the surface of the water. The blooms or dense mats can cover entire areas of a pond or only certain portions such as along the shoreline. When the blooms die and decay, the water can appear multi-colored and be mistaken for a paint spill. Blue-green algal blooms occur annually throughout Delaware on ponds and lakes of all sizes and some tidal freshwaters. They begin forming during summer and are often particularly vigorous in early autumn. Certain strains of blue-green algae can

produce toxins and the incidence of this occurrence is unpredictable. Although there have been no reported cases of human or animal illness in Delaware associated with exposure to bluegreen algae, the inter-agency team was formed to review the scientific knowledge of the state’s recreational lakes and ponds and develop educational water advisories as a common-sense, precautionary measure for the public. The best precaution is to avoid contact or exposure to water with blue-green algal blooms or scum and if contact is unavoidable or accidental, to wash thoroughly after contact. Recreational activities that may inadvertently result in swallowing or inhaling droplets of water from areas of scum should be avoided. Health effects to humans from skin

contact can include rashes, hives and blisters, especially on lips and under swimsuits. Less frequent reactions reported nationally in individuals who have inhaled or swallowed water containing high concentrations of blue-green algae include, from inhalation: runny eyes and nose, sore throat, asthma-like symptoms or allergic reactions. If swallowed, reactions could include: diarrhea and vomiting, liver toxicity, kidney toxicity and neurotoxicity. Pets may have the same adverse reactions as humans and should be washed or rinsed off after contact with the water. For more information, visit www.

Health Briefs Safe Sitter Class offered

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is offering a Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13. The 2-day course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 8 and 10. The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Cost is $50. Participants are to bring a bagged lunch. To register your son, daughter or child’s babysitter, call 6296611, ext. 2540. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will also learn about the business aspects of babysitting.

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Getting children to the dentist can be a chore of any parent, but if the children have disabilities, the challenge of finding a dentist and the costs associated with treatment can be especially daunting. Often dentists who provide specialized treatments aren’t included in a company’s dental plan and parents must pay the bills. Now that’s changed under legislation Gov. Jack Markell signed recently. Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, Sen. Patricia Blevins and Rep. John Kowalko, requires insurance companies to pick up the cost of out-of-network dentists for patients of children with severe disabilities when their in network dentist cannot provide the care needed.

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MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Education Seaford High School releases quarterly honor roll The following students were named to the honor roll for the fourth marking period at Seaford High School. Distinguished Honor Roll Grade 9 - Lindsay Dawn Alexander, Ryan Dorsey Collins Jr., Kadesha Renee Cook, Maria Allison DeMott, Radames Morales Givens, Alexis Denee Hawkins, Kaitlyn Brooke Hitch, Ashley Irvin, Eric Luther Jennings, Eryn Nicole Johnson, Jacques Hervens B. Jules, Peter Stanley Kowalski, Andrew Bradley Mackler, Zachary Spicer Parks, Akshay P. Patel, Priyanka S. Patel, Emily Ann Phifer, Colton Harley Phillips, Uri Azareel Rebolledo, Shaun A. Repp, Thania Alheli Sanchez, Amanda Lynn Scudder, Dustin Blair Venables Grade 10 - Tiffany Booth, Molly Masten Cain, Kabreah Tiara Lee Cannon, Ines Michell Carino, Amber Paige Desautels, Benjamin Kevin Hearn, Regens Janvier, Anthony Bruce Johnston, Dylan Maguire Jones, Martha P. Lamb, Ethan David Lee, Kathryn Scarlett Papp, Kyle Anthony Pepper, Chelsey Rae Procino, Emily Grace Sallade, Jonathan Alan Schwinn, Steven Val Searcey Jr., Alexandria Christine Smith, Erica Nicole Robinson Snider, Franklin Dewayne Stewart III, Ryan Christopher Stewart, Ania Victoria Sypek, Kei’Osha Shana Turner, Brittany Walters, Zachary Brian Wayne Webb, Cassie Virginia Wooters, Whitney Helayne Wright Grade 11 - James Thomas Betts, Adam Patrick Caldwell, Tyrek Camper, Melvin Edward Cannon III, Gestey Fanie Charles,

Michael Delaney Cherrix, Jose Antonio Cortez, John Cortland Darden, Robert Douglas Davis, Phillip Matthew DeMott, Meredith M. Dempsey, Kristen Nicole Eckhardt, Elizabeth Katherine Ferber, Brittany Nicole Gibson, Timothy David Halter, Amanda Nicole Hayes, Talexis Domonique Henry, Kathryn Elise Hickey, Jessica Rae Hill, Kelsey Marie Hoch, Jennifer Marie Hoffman, Savannah Brooke Jones, Alex James Layton, Gregory Lee Mayer, Joshua Lewis Mayfield, Joseph Adam Mitchell, Tuyet-Nhung Thi Nguyen, Elizabeth A. Perciful, Jessica Lee Phifer, Keyshawn Samuel Purnell, Haley Elizabeth Quillen, Aaron Daniel Robinson, Ashley Saincy Louis, Alison Ann Schwinn, Ryan Curtis Shockley, Amanda Lynn Short, Tessa Elizabeth Slacum, Rochelle Lorraine Smack, Karen Taloute, Paige Marie Venables, Keyona Roshae Vessels, Charles Reed Wilkins, Lorenza Catarina Williams, Jenna Coale Wills, Terry Richard Wooters, Erin Elizabeth Wootten Grade 12 - Jillian Marie Armiger, Zachary Noah Cain, Monserrat Abigail Celayos-Martinez, Hilary Tull Cooper, Daniel Joseph DeMott, Dejana Oshay Lynn Delarosa, Robert Tyler Delgado, Erin E. Dempsey, Anna Francis Duryea, Deandria Mayo Fountain Farlow, Katherine Adrianna Fryling, Renee Marie Garrison, Kimberly Rose Graves, Aubrey Jean Hastings, Raymond Joseph Herman, Emily Kathryn Hubbard, Nicholas Ryan Hunt, Sheena Monae Jefferson, Keiosha Rasha

Jones, Megan Elizabeth Jones, Kelly Elise Kimpton, Matthew Burton Lank, Shalanda Lawson, Clayton Adam Lester, Whitley Kimberley Maddox, Kathryn Elizabeth McMullen, Megan Nicole Milligan, Bryant Kyle Mitchell, Mark Christopher Naylor, Kirk James Neal, Emily Ann Nielson, Spencer David Noel, Obenson Oscar, Courtney Ann Painter, Alejandra Perez, Hendrik Arie Phillips, Jennifer Nicole Scudder, Briana Grace Shuman, Rebecca Lee Skipper, Joshua Michael Smith, Jamie Elizabeth Swain, Taylor Kristina Swain, Chad Andrew Taylor, Nayely Alcantara Tran, Emily Lynn Wheatley, Emily Elizabeth Whitaker, Brian Anthony Wright, Shannon Renee Wright Regular Honor Roll Grade 9 - Theodeline Alexis, Kayla Anne Anderson, Ketsia Brunie Aurele, Ryan Mitchell Bartlett, Orleana Bland, Autumn Lynn Byington, Shanice Nacole Cannon, Alvin Leon Dixon, Yady Marie Fourquet, Amanda Paige Hastings, Chase Jordan Hazzard, Kelsey Ann Hearn, Hannah Michaela Hitchens, Michael Hotten, Carlancia Jean, Kyle Thomas Johnson, Keshanna Tasha Jones, Jamie Lynn Lancaster, Zoe Iman Laws, Christopher Spencer Michel, Johane Mommin, Julio Cesar Ramirez, Tasha Nicole Snow, Matthew Ryan Taylor, Tameka S. Wallop, Lorenzo Anthony Williams Jr., Taylor Zoe Wilson, Haley Georgia Zachry Grade 10 - Jessica Marie Abraham, Marie Eveline Bien-Aime, Timothy Les-

lie Burlingame, Macey Lee Cordrey, Jamell Heath Daniels, Justin A. Ellsworth, Preston Elwood Godfrey III, Tosajhn Joaquin-Devonte Hughes, Kaitlyn Rebecca Johnson, Autumn Elaine Kessler, Kathia Masseus, Luis Felipe Mier, Kayla Marie Miller, Sydnee Elizabeth Pollock, Jean Josue Pradieu, Paige Marie Robbins, Kenly Seleny Roblero-Mazariegos, Carlie Erin Schuster, Jordan Remell Stanley, Amanda Maria Torres, Jacob Aaron Webster, Katelyn Nicole Wesselhoff Grade 11 - Ross Warren Clagg, Maria Alejandra Febles-Fourquet, Timothy Mark Oscar Fields, Nazaret Garcia, Adrienne D. Gaydos, Timothy Lee Hall, Jordan Ashley Haman, Brittany Leigh Hassett, Faith Ceirra Hayes, Zachary Allen Hearn, Anitra Chanelle Hughes, Tyler Newton Hughes, Courtney Lyn Krause, Johanna E. Lamb, Lashonda Rennee Lawson, Julius Gordon Mullen Jr., Noel Ornelas Jr., Cody Brian Revel, Chelsea Lynn Robison, Courtney Leigh Torbert, Jennifer Valle, Tracie Marie Vanvleck Grade 12 - Sarah Elizabeth Anthony, Gregory Neil Brooke, Sarah Kathleen Carrick, Lindsay Renee Chapman, Keith C Cook Jr., Paige Marie Crouse, Deandre Malcom Dickerson, Rafael Gomez, Victoria A. Hines, Ebens Jean, Joshua Chance June, Kaitlin Michele Norman, Deysy Lucero Ojeda Perez, Krishna Chandrakant Patel, Roy Phipps, Mia Lynette Trammel, Deadra Rene Truitt, Bobbie Jean Williams, Tyler Matthew Wood

LIS releases quarterly honor roll The following fifth and sixth grade students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Laurel Intermediate School. 5th grade - Mrs. Brennen: All A’s Kellye Rowe, Ashlan Venables, Bethany Watson, Joanne Yeary; A/B - Scott Carmean, Elijah Deshields, Kaiya Hudson, Joey Johnson, Antishea Jones, Donald Joseph, Zamara Matos, Jordyn Tonelli, Rosa Toomey, Madison Whaley, William Willey; Mrs. Callaway: All A’s - Nicholas Jones, Suneydi Jimenez, Josiah Johnson, Sabrina Vandeyar, Nieja West; A/B - Evan Ahtes, Dhamir Bailey, Kailyn Bickerton, Kacie Bruce, Charles Hagaman, Shayna Jimenez-Domingo, Darrin Mills, Paul Toomey, Abigail Venters, Chance Watts, C.J. Wilkerson; Mrs. Dolan: All A’s Allysa Alpert; A/B - Jennah Baker, Danielle Bishop, Blaine Erdie, Hunter Henry, Micheal Henry, Austin Kuntz, Christopher Lacey, Arden Miller, Susan Ryan, Emma Stawisuck, Harley Tuck, Christopher Wathen, Jeffery Whitten; Mr. Moyer: All A’s - Mary Kate Bennett, Josh Yawn; A/B - Nicole Albino-Lopez, Anthony Ash, Breannah Bell, Zach Carey, Cole Cook, Taylor French, Trent Hearn, Ashlee McCoy, Kendrick McDaniel, David Morton, Elias Orellana-Santos, Christian Riggin, Billy Voges; Mrs. Pugh: All A’s - Morgan Callaway, Juanita Carreno, Cole Collins, Dylan Eskridge, Quentin Wilkerson; A/B - Ashton Christophel, Melania Clark, Justin Hill, Alyzjah Kellam, Cade Pusey; Mrs. Pusey: All A’s - Sarah Allen, Connor

Bailey, Michaela Brodie-Willey, Brooke Jones, Daniel Yu; A/B - Randy Carey, Kalah Kellam, Charelle Lewis, Mariah Riggin, Austin Taylor, Donovan Wilhelm, Timaun Williams; Mrs. Thielmann: All A’s - Cassie Dyson, Nate Heineike; A/B - Morgan Brunner-Cooke, Nathaniel Cannon, Douniah El Mir Ayoubi, Sarah James, Noah Rose, Zaidel Sanchez, Kyra Swift, Tressie Bennett, Tara White 6th grade - Mrs. Bice: All A’s - AshLyn Rossi, Courtney Trazo, Brittany Woods, Skyler Wroten; A/B - Hannah Cox, Alex Davis, Kasey Ellsworth, Chontel Handy, Corey Hudson, Timmy Kelley, Danielle Owens Eron Swan, Tyler Whitby; Mrs. Bowden: All A’s - Selime Arslan, Sara Jo Whaley; A/B - Erin Brittingham, Zachary Collins, Morgan Hastings, Melissa Joseph, Morgan Joseph, Corey Tant, Kevin Vandeyar, Hunter Veazey; Mrs. Goff: All A’s - Jared D’Antonio, Rachel Davis, Conor Matthews, Briana Milliner, Cody Niblett; A/B - Caitlin Abrams, Caleb Calloway, Regan Green, Nick Hastings, Johnny McGinnis, Jeremy Metz, Ryan O’Neal, Ana Ros, Courtney Snyder; Mrs. Hastings: All A’s - Trevor Bradley, Lindsey Marino, Alison Pusey; A/B - Savannah Brown, Kelsey Cline, RJ Horsey, Charvonne Lamontagne, Alan Lubiniecki, Shelby Murphy, AJ Osorio, Jacob Spencer, Rebecca Spicer, Brian Story, Lindsey Sullivan, Mya Swift, Lathan Verry, Savannah West; Mrs. Palmer: A/B - Destiney Atkinson, Money Deputy, Jasmine Mat-

From left in the front row are Scott Bell, third place in the Southern Division; Kristin Phillips and Nick Phillips, tied for first place at Sussex Tech; back row – Sussex Tech Assistant Principal Dr. Kevin Dickerson; Joe Alan, ST alumni and DJ for Radio 97.7; Karen Busby, SmartDrive program coordinator; Mike Kazala, general manager of Radio 97.7; Merrill Moore and Kevin Elzie, ST driver’s education teachers.

Sussex Tech excels in contest For the third year, Sussex Technical High School was the winner of the South Contest in the online driver enhancement teenage driver program called SmartDrive, sponsored by Delmarva Broadcasting Company. Sussex Tech had the highest percentage of performance of schools signed up for the contest in Kent and Sussex counties. For their commitment, Sussex Tech received $1,500 that was used

for the school’s prom and a DJ for the senior picnic. Sophomore Scott Bell of Seaford won third place in the Southern Division and received a flat screen television. Kristin Phillips and Nick Phillips, both of Georgetown, tied for first place at Sussex Tech. Kristin received a $100 gift certificate to GLOW Salon, and Nick received a $100 gift certificate for sunglasses at Accurate Optical.

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A’s - Richard Bailey, Kendal Butterworth, Brianna Messick; A/B - Tayler Chaffinch, Ashton Hastings, Samantha Hawley, Michael Lecates, Destinee Banks, Antianna Jones, Jazmyne Smith,; Mrs. Thompson Gemima Murat


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LeCates graduates

Natallie LeCates recently graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Penn State Berks Campus in Reading, Pa. She was also named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester with a 3.93 LeCates GPA. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. LeCates of Seaford and a 2005 graduate of Seaford High School.

Etiquette classes

Children can improve their manners and social graces in new etiquette classes offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. All courses are held Monday through Friday. Children ages 4-7 will have classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and ages 8-11 from 10-11 a.m. In “Say Please, Say Thank You,” beginning July 13, children ages 4-7 will be taught using a hands-on approach designed to build children’s self-esteem and increase confidence in social situations. Program includes greetings and goodbyes, handshakes, helping others and other kind things to say and do. Beginning Aug. 10, “Pass the Peas, Please” is offered for children ages 4-7 and “Social Etiquette for Children” for ages 8-11. In “Pass the Peas, Please” activities and games will be used to teach appropriate behavior at the table. Children will learn how to set the table as well as how to hold and use utensils. Students will build confidence and self-esteem by learning to be comfortable in social situations in “Social Etiquette for Children.” Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. To find out more information or to sign up, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Green camp at Del Tech

A new, interactive camp for children interested in exploring environmental topics is being offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. “Enjoy Being Green” for children ages 6-9 will be held Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; snacks will be provided. Themes of the camp include water, trees, alternative energy, transportation, animal habitats, recycling and gardening. Many of the activities will take place outdoors so students should wear comfortable play clothes and shoes. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. To find out more information or to sign up, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302854-6966.

Middle School Mania camps

Middle school students can participate in “Middle School Mania” camps at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus in July. Middle School Mania camps are designed for 12 to 14-yearolds. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m., unless otherwise stated. Beginning Monday, July 6, young graphic artists will learn how to create and design their own movies with computer animations by choosing their own characters, actions and much more. Environmentally conscious students will enjoy “Go Green,” a fun and interactive program which incorporates science, math, history, reading/writing, computers as well as arts and crafts, games, fitness, nutrition and a field trip. “Go Green” is a full-day camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. which begins on July 13. “Express Yourself” will take place in a fun, supportive environment where youth can be creative, expressive, and improve their skills beginning July 20. In this camp, youth will explore, create, and develop a stand-up routine. Students can show off their talent in “Dance or Sing? So

you Think you Can” beginning July 27. The instructor will provide guidance to prepare students for a recital with parents on the last day. Scholarships or sibling discounts are available for camps. To find out more information or to sign up, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Worc. Prep names students

The following area students were named to the Headmaster’s Academic List at Worcester Preparatory School for term 4. Grade 6 - Gabrielle Alicea, Seaford; Amanda Gabriel, Laurel; Jenny Rosales, Laurel; Grade 7 - Ariella Anthony, Seaford; Alexa Conaway, Seaford; Lorenzo deJesus, Seaford; Grade 8 - Brad Mullen, Seaford; James Willey, Bridgeville; Grade 9 Cole Phillips, Seaford; Grade 10 - Matthew Carey, Seaford; Ali Schwartz, Seaford; Grade 11 - Lauren Price, Seaford; Megan Rosales, Laurel Honorable Mention Grade 6 - Mark Wilson, Seaford; Grade 7 - James Hemmen, Seaford; Grade 8 - Jessica Banning, Seaford; Grade 9 - Alyssa Alicea, Seaford; Grade 10 - Erin Cook, Seaford; Grade 12 - Colton Bradley, Seaford

Cook awarded scholarship

Lindsey Cook, a 2009 graduate of Woodbridge High School, was the recipient of Daisey Insurance, Inc. Scholarship for 2009. Lindsey plans to attend University of Delaware to study Animal Science/Ag Education. Lindsey has a high GPA and is involved in many clubs. She has also worked at several different jobs to save her own money for college. The Daisey Insurance, Inc. Scholarship, in its fourth year, is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, work experience, community involvement and financial need. The award provides $1,000 per year for four years to assist the student with college costs. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and attend college with no breaks in attendance.

Davis presents at conference Rebecca Davis of Seaford recently presented “The Responsibility of Pet Owners” at the eighth annual Salisbury University Student Research Conference. During her presentation, Davis spoke about major responsibilities of pet owners including having their animals spayed or neutered and taking them to low-kill

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COMMUNITY SERVICE Greenwood Mennonite School (GMS), a values-based K-12 school in Greenwood, recently held a fundraiser, “Service for Education,” to reinforce community service for high school students. Approximately 60 students painted, cleaned and weeded for the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company, Little League Park, Greenwood Public Library, Cheer Center, Country Rest Home and Cannon Mennonite Church in Greenwood. Shown here, Laura Van Kampen, a senior at Greenwood Mennonite School, washes fire trucks.

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ANTIQUE WOOD & COAL Stoves, several; 2 Antique Wood cook stoves. Best offers. 337-8961. 6/18

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to advise that Joseph G. Mihalik of Greenwood, Sussex County, Delaware, will be filing with the Prothonotary in and for Sussex County, State of Delaware, an application for License to Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon, according to the Laws of the State of Delaware. 7/2/1tp


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In accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pretreatment Program Standards, Code of Federal Register (CFR), 40 CFR Part 403. 5(c)(1), Part 403. 18(b)(2) and 40 CFR Part 25, the City of Seaford, hereafter referred to as the City, is hereby giving Public Notification of changes to their Pretreatment Program Local Limits. The Pretreatment Program Local Limits regulates the concentration of specific pollutants that may be discharged to the City’s sanitary sewer system. The EPA has directed the City, through the City’s National Pollution Elimination Discharge System (NPDES) permit, to reevaluate the City’s Local Limit parameters. The City has completed, submitted

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In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article VI, Subsection 11540, Item A of said ordinance of JANICE BRITTINGHAM DIX who is seeking a special use exception to retain a manufactured home on a medical hardship basis, to be located south of Bunny Lane, 1,718 feet south of Route 20. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, AUGUST 3, 2009, at 7 P.M. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 7/2/1tc


In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on request for a special use exception and a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 115-21 and 115-25, Item A(5) and A(1) of said ordinance of BRYAN D. AND ANGELA M. DATTILO who are seeking a special use exception

to retain a manufactured home on less than ten (10) acres and a variance from the minimum lot width requirement for a parcel, to be located north of Road 505, 3,000 feet west of Road 509. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, AUGUST 3, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 7/2/1tc


In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 115-23, Item A of said ordinance of DELAWARE GOSPEL ASSEMBLY who are seeking a special use exception to place a manufactured home type structure as a classroom, to be located south of Route 18, 330 feet west of Road 528, being Lot 1. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, AUGUST 3, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 7/2/1tc


In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on request for a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article XXV, Subsection 115-185, Item F of said ordinance of TIM RIALE who is seeking a variance from the side yard setback requirement, to be

• JULY 2 - 8, 2009 located north of Road 614, 1,375 feet east of Road 613. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, AUGUST 3, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 7/2/1tc


The Bank of Delmarva is accepting bids on the following vehicle: 2000 - 9900 International Eagle Tri Axle Dump Truck, Mileage 702071 Bids will be accepted until 7/13/09 & should be sent to The Bank of Delmarva, 2245 Northwood Drive, Salisbury, MD 21801 Attn: Cheryl Robbins or fax 410742-9588. All bids received will be opened on 7/14/09. The Bank reserves the right to refuse any & all bids. Vehicle is offered “as is” without warranty expressed or implied. Title will be transferred upon receipt of cash, cashiers check or certified funds. 6/25/2tc


Trussum Pond Self Storage, LLC Located at 11323 Trussum Pond Road Laurel, DE., will be disposing the contents of the following units on Thursday August 6, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. due to non payment of rent Pursuant to the Self Storage Facility Act. Richard Pitkanen P20 – Burgundy Pontiac Grand Prix. Vin# believe to be 1G2WH54T6PF216435 Richard Pitkanen A43 – welder (2), cement mixer, tools, riding mower, furniture, washer, dryer, generator set, computer, air compressor, trailer, power washer Richard Pitkanen A44 – computer, furniture, fax machine, refrig, beds, trailer, elect wheel chair, misc boxes, ladder. Shedric Cain B7 – clothes, furniture, power washer, lamps, vcr, radios, books, sled, lawn furniture. 6/25/2tc

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Estate of Paul M. Powell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Paul M. Powell who departed this life on the 21st day of May, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Ann W. Nyce, Donald C. Powell on the 23rd day of June, 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 Co-Executors on or before the 21st day of January, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Ann W. Nyce 14331 Shiloh Way Laurel, DE 19956 Donald C. Powell 10512 Foxhunt Rd. Oak Hill, VA 22070 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 7/2/3tc


Estate of William D. Gardner, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of William D. Gardner who departed this life on the 29th day of May, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Junior D. Clayton on the 17th day of June, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administrator without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administrator on or before the 29th day of January, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: Junior D. Clayton 408 Patriot St. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 7/2/3tc


Estate of Stephen P. Scherer, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Stephen P. Scherer who departed this life on the 12th day of June, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Michael S. Scherer, Stacey Dietz on the 18th day of June, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said

Co-Administrators without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Administrators on or before the 12th day of February, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Administrators: Michael S. Scherer 309 Worthington Rd. Towson, MD 21286 Stacey Dietz 426 Five Farms Ln. Timonium, MD 21093 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 7/2/3tc


Estate of Charles M. Truitt, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Charles M. Truitt who departed this life on the 13th day of June, A.D. 2009 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto Peggy T. Morris, Penny J. Truitt on the 22nd day of June, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Administratrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Administratrices on or before the 13th day of February, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Administratrices: Peggy T. Morris 906 Jones Terrace Delmar, DE 19940 Penny J. Truitt 200 Hantwerker Dr. Delmar, DE 19940 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 7/2/3tc


Estate of Edward Collins, Jr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Edward Collins, Jr., who departed this life on the 3rd day of April, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Richard H. Worthy on the 11th day of June, 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 3rd day of December, A.D. 2009 or abide by the See LEGALS—page 35

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Police Journal Man dies in boating accident

A Bear man involved in a boating accident on June 25 died at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover. According to the initial investigation by DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents, two men launched a 14-foot open cabin motorboat from the Bowers Beach Boat Ramp and were less than a half-mile out into the Delaware Bay when the owner/operator was knocked overboard and the passenger was thrown to the floor. The owner/operator was helped back to the dock and pulled from the water by witnesses. Barry L. Temple, 51, of Bear, was airlifted to Kent General. Passenger Paul E. Zulinski, 62, of Newark, was not seriously injured. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement is continuing their investigation. This is the first boating-related fatality in Delaware waters in 2009.

Body found on beach

State troopers have investigated the death of an individual whose body washed up on the beach area just south of the town limits of Rehoboth. The body of Oliver Shockley, 34, of Milford, was located by a passerby on the beach just after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. The Medical Examiner’s Officer ruled the cause of death accidental drowning.

Nixle available to Laurel residents

On July 1, the Laurel Police Department is launching a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to area residents using the latest technology. This service, created by Nixle, LLC, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail and cell phone. To register, visit www.nixle. com. For now, Laurel residents will be able to receive police-related information and municipal government information via LEGALS - from Page 34

law in this behalf.

Executor: Richard H. Worthy 26 Karlstad Road New Castle, DE 19720 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 6/25/3tc


Estate of Marvin L. Short, Sr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Marvin L. Short, Sr. who departed this life on the 6th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Clara Catherine Short on the 11th day of June, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments

Nixle. Channels providing other kinds of information are expected to be introduced in the future. “Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to their residents,” said Craig Mitnick, founder and CEO of Nixle. “When it comes to public safety information, you have to trust the source. Residents of Laurel can rest easy that the local messages they receive are authentic.”

Robbery suspects arrested

State Police Detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery to a pizza delivery driver. Dalesandro T. Dickerson, 18, of Seaford, and his 17 year-old accomplice were arrested on Tuesday, June 23, after troopers found Dalesandro Dickerson evidence at the scene that connected Dickerson to the crime. On Friday, June 19 at 9:10 p.m., a 30 year-old male victim was delivering pizza for Hungry Howie’s Pizza in Seaford and was sent to Loblolly Drive near Concord Pond to deliver pizza, soda and an order of chicken wings. When the victim arrived in the Lakewood Development, the two defendants were waiting in the street on Loblolly Drive. The driver got out and attempted to exchange the food for money, when he was beaten about the head by Dickerson and his accomplice. The victim suffered lacerations to the head, left ear and neck from a box cutter razor blade that was used by the defendants. The food was stolen along with cash that the victim had in his possession. The victim was treated and released at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two men were arrested and charged with first degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of •

to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 6th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Clara Catherine Short 27058 Dillards Road Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: David W. Baker P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 6/25/3tc


Estate of George Daniel Isenhower, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary

upon the estate of George Daniel Isenhower who departed this life on the 9th day of February, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Dorothy Faye Johnson on the 4th day of June, 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 9th day of October, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Dorothy Faye Johnson 1101 Bridgeville Hwy. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 6/18/3tc

a felony, second degree assault and second degree conspiracy. Both suspects were arraigned via video at Court 2 and bail was set at $71,000 for the pair. Dickerson was committed to SCI and the juvenile was taken to the Stevenson House.

Attempt to enter court with knife

On June 25, Delaware Capitol Police arrested Wayne Dickerson, 70, of Bridgeville following his attempt to enter the Kent County Courthouse with a knife. Dickerson was carrying a knife with a blade of approximately 2 1/2 inches long. Dickerson, who was not permitted beyond the Capitol Police security checkpoint, threw the knife as he exited the building, striking a five-year-old child. The child suffered two lacerations to the hand. Two other juveniles were present when the victim was struck, but were not injured. Dickerson was arrested for assault 2nd (felony) and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Dickerson was arraigned at Court 7 and released on $800 unsecured bond.

Seaford Police make five arrests

On Monday, June 29, at approximately 6:47 p.m. Seaford Police Officers responded to the Chandler Heights Apartments Complex for a report of a large crowd preparing to fight, while in the parking lot. Officers dispersed the crowd and while doing so arrested defendant #1 for disor-

derly conduct. Defendant #1 was transported to Seaford Police Department for further processing. About five minutes after clearing the scene, officers were again called for a large fight in progress. Officers requested assistance from other agencies, at which time State Police Troop Five, Bridgeville Police, and Probation and Parole arrived to assist and disperse the crowd. While dispersing the crowd defendant’s # 2, #3, and #4 were arrested on various charges. Defendant #5 was arrested on a Capias from the Court of Common Pleas. All defendants were transported to Seaford Police Department for further processing. Defendant #1: Asia Sampson, 18, Seaford, Disorderly Conduct. Arraigned at Court 4 and released on $500 unsecured bond. Defendant #2: James Sampson, 45, Seaford, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief. Arraigned at Court 4 and released on $1,000 unsecured bond. Defendant#3: Kevin L. Butler, 41, Cambridge, Md., Disorderly Conduct. Arraigned at Court 4, pled guilty, $165 fine. Defendant #4: 17-year-old juvenile female, Seaford, Disorderly Conduct. Arraigned at Court 4 and released on $500 unsecured bond. Defendant #5: Kevin L. Deshields, 23, Laurel, Capias out of the Court of Common Pleas for Failure to Pay. Arraigned at Court #4 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of bond.

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Who can afford to live in DE? The Delaware Housing Coalition (DHC) released its annual housing affordability study recently. The report - Who Can Afford to Live in Delaware? - summarizes affordable housing conditions statewide and includes sections discussing: Housing and Poverty; Homelessness; Rental Housing; Homeownership; Foreclosures; Housing and Communities; Income and Employment; and Recommendations: Where Do We Go From Here? • There are 61,215 households in the state with incomes at or below half of the area median. 22,541 of these  households are severely costburdened, paying 50% or more  of their income for housing. • 15,540 of these severely  cost-burdened households have incomes at or below 30% of the  area median. • There is a deficit of 20,444  units statewide that needs to be filled in order to house these households affordably. • When a “fair share”  measure for very low-income households is applied to the state’s census tract districts, every census district in the state except for the City of Wilmington - is found to have a deficit of affordable housing. • There are almost 28,000  extremely low-income households in Delaware - 13,422  in rental units and 14,414 in  owner-occupied units - in need of affordable housing due to cost burden. • 25,000 very low-income  families pay 30% or more of  their income for housing costs or are on waiting lists for assisted housing. • 1,479 Delawareans were  identified as homeless in the January 2009 Point in Time  survey by the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, with  nearly 7,000 state residents experiencing homelessness during the year. • A disabled person dependent on SSI cannot afford an efficiency (zero-bedroom) apartment anywhere in the state.

• The efficiency apartment  housing wage stands at $13.43  for Delaware, 188% of the state  minimum wage, an annual salary of $27,934.    • Delaware needs 648 new  supportive housing units, along  with 1,000 new rental subsidies  in order to house the 2,000 individuals who are most in need and most at risk of homelessness. • The Fair Market Rent for a  two-bedroom apartment ranges from a low of $714 in Sussex  County to $774 in Kent County  to a high of $1,005 in New  Castle - an increase of as much as 20% since 2004.  • A worker in Delaware  must earn $17.75 per hour - or  $36,917 annually - to afford an  average two-bedroom apartment. • 46% of all workers in New  Castle, 45% in Sussex and 63%  in Kent can afford a two-bedroom apartment in their county of employment. • Delaware has 4,604  project-based Section 8, Low  Income Tax Credits, or Rural  Development units that could lose subsidy or affordability restrictions between 2008-2012.  • In late 2008, the median  purchase price for a house in Delaware ranged from $206,000 in Sussex County to  $230,000 in New Castle. • House price increases  since 2000 range from 51% in  Sussex County to 81% in Kent.  • Median household income in Delaware ranges from $58,600 in Sussex County to  $77,800 in New Castle. • The state’s homeownership rate is 76%. However,  only 41% of Hispanic families  own their own homes. African Americans have a 50% home  ownership rate. • 15% of Delawareans  (131,000) live below the poverty level which in 2009 is  $22,050 for a family of four.   • Five of the six top growth  occupations in Delaware do not pay a median wage adequate to buy a house in the state nor rent a 2 bedroom FMR in New  Castle County.

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Homeowner tax credit helps local buyers By Ruth Briggs King

It’s summertime in Sussex County – the temperatures have warmed up, people are making a  beeline for the beach and traffic has returned to Route 1. As we begin to take full advantage of all the benefits of living here in Sussex County, it’s  time to take a look at the many opportunities available in today’s real estate market. If you’re looking to buy a home, there may never be a better time to do so than right now. With inventory levels up, motivated sellers at the ready and more financial incentives than perhaps ever before, the time to  buy truly is now. With today’s higher inventory of homes and longer average days on the market, it’s a competitive market for most sellers. Buyers can take advantage of this competitive market and the current economic climate to get a better deal on a home than anyone thought possible just a few years ago. Additionally, thanks to new  programs enacted by the Obama administration, financial incentives abound in an effort to jumpstart real estate markets from coast to coast. One of these programs, the  $8,000 New Homeowner Tax  Credit is included as a part of the Federal Housing Tax Credit Program. Highlights include:

• Only first-time homebuyers  who purchase primary homes between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009  are eligible. • To qualify as a first-time  home buyer, the purchaser or his/ her spouse may not have owned a primary residence during the three years before the purchase. • The credit may be applied  to all primary residences, including single-family homes, condos,  townhomes and co-ops. • Ownership of a non-primary  home used as an investment property doesn’t preclude one from participating in this program. • The maximum allowable  credit for home buyers is $8,000  and these tax credits do not need to be repaid as long as the buyers remain in the home for at least three years. Making this program even  more enticing, the Department  of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that Federal Housing Administrationapproved lending institutions would begin developing programs allowing for the usage of a tax credit as a “bridge loans” to  qualified home buyers. Those buyers can now use the full benefits of the $8,000 federal  tax credit up front for closing costs, to buy down an interest rate, or to put more than the  minimum 3.5% down payment  required for FHA loans. No one knows how long these 

types of credits will stick around – the $8,000 “new” homeowner  credit mentioned above is due to expire Dec. 1, 2009.  Eventually, with all of the incentives  for a buyer to buy a home, the  country’s real estate markets are going to return to normal, sellers  will have more control, and buyers will again see home prices escalating. When these changes occur there will no longer be a need for financial incentive packages supplied by the government and the great interest rates, large inventories and lower prices will once again become a thing of the past. For more information on the federal tax credit program, visit or php#2.  There are a number of bargains just waiting to be the next home for a savvy buyer – now might be your last chance for many years to purchase a new home at a great price. Take advantage of these tax credits while they are available – the Delaware State Housing Authority’s American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) is also an option worth pursuing. These credits are there in an effort to stimulate the real estate markets and the broader economy. When the economy returns to its position of strength – and it will – you’ll be glad you did.

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100 days after the Recovery Act By Jayne Armstrong

It has been a little more than 100 days since the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). In that time the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented new programs to get credit flowing again and has several more on the way that will help small businesses weather this economic storm, and ultimately continue to grow and create jobs. First and foremost, we enhanced our top two loan programs – 7(a) and 504 – which have so far resulted in $4.3 billion in new loans for small businesses. The SBA temporarily eliminated fees for borrowers on its 7(a) loans and for both borrowers and lenders on its 504 loans. The

ACE partners with Delmarva Power

Rommel’s ACE Hardware stores in Cambridge, Ocean City, Salisbury and Stevensville, Md. are seeing an increase in sales in compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) due to a partnership with Delmarva Power. Delmarva Power subsidizes the cost of the compact fluorescent bulbs and Rommel’s sells the energy efficient bulbs to their customers at a reduced rate. Using a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about six months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. The 13W (60W equivalent brightness) retails for $.99 and the 23W (100W equivalent) is $1.99. Dimmable and 3-way bulbs are also available. The Salisbury store is currently offering an in-store recycling program for CFL bulbs. Delmarva Power will also offer a $25 mail in rebate on all Energy Star appliances and air conditioners.

ACE opens in Chincoteague

Rommel’s ACE recently celebrated the grand opening of its Chincoteague, Va. store. The first 200 customers received either a free ACE bucket or ACE re-usable shopping bag. Customers also received 20% off their entire purchase during the event. This sale was also honored at the other 11 Rommel’s ACE stores across Delmarva. The Chincoteague store, which opened in February, is the former Parks Hardware and Paint store located at 6735 Maddox Ave.

SBA also temporarily raised the guarantee on most of its 7(a) loans to as much as 90 percent, up from 75-85 percent. In this short time, there has been a 30 percent increase in average weekly loan dollar volume compared to the weekly average before the passage of the Recovery Act. Lenders have responded positively to these program changes. From the signing of the Recovery Act on Feb. 17 to May 29, the SBA worked with 484 lenders that had not made an SBA loan since October 2008. Moreover, of those, 219 had not made an SBA loan since at least 2007. This recovery capital is flowing to a broad base of small businesses: 25 percent to rural; 21 percent to minority-owned; 19 percent to women owned; and 9 percent to veteran owned. SBA recently launched the America’s Recovery Capital – ARC – loan program. The ARC loans will provide a “bridge” for many small businesses to the better economic times ahead. This program provides loans of up to $35,000 to viable, but struggling small businesses to help them make debt payments. ARC loans are interest free to the borrower with deferred repayment terms and offer a 100 percent SBA guarantee to the bank. The SBA also makes the interest payments to the bank. With the launch of ARC loans, SBA has now put in place programs implementing 88 percent of the $730 million provided to the agency by the Recovery Act. In addition to the Recovery Act, we have expanded eligibility of our 7(a) program with an alternate size standard, which makes more than 70,000 small businesses newly eligible for SBA support. Also, we are rolling out a pilot program for Dealer Floor Plan financing in July. And, in the coming weeks, we will announce other Recovery Act programs, including an expansion of our microloan program, a loan that uses the 504 loan program to refinance debt, and a guarantee program to stimulate sales of 504 first mortgage pools in the secondary market. America’s small businesses are the key to our nations’ economic recovery. The SBA is using every tool in our toolbox – and creating new ones when necessary – to help small businesses lead us out of these tough economic times.

About the author Jayne Armstrong is the district director of the SBA’s Delaware District Office headquartered in Wilmington.

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County to apply for funding under Housing Preservation Grant The tight economy has many American homeowners scaling back major additions or forgoing expensive remodeling jobs. For low-income residents, though, just a small fix-it job around the house poses a financial chore. Sussex County may be able to help. County Council, at its Tues-

day, June 23 meeting, authorized the Community Development & Housing Office to apply for funding under the federal Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, grants go to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilita-

Nearly 100 participants packed the Sussex County Association of Realtors new headquarters near Georgetown recently for a three-day Green designation course developed and presented by the National Association of Realtors. Held from May 27-29 at SCAOR’s recently expanded high technology education center at the corner of Park Ave. and Route 9 near Georgetown, each attendee left with their official “Green” designation and tons of information on the latest in environmentally friendly technology. “This was the first real chance we’ve had to open up our new conference and training room for a course of this nature,” said Ruth Briggs King, executive vice president of SCAOR. In response to growing consumer demand for green homes and buildings, as well as green home and building features like solar, geothermal and wind turbines, NAR launched its Green designation course at its annual conference and expo last November in Orlando, Fla. “I’ve noticed lately that a lot of people won’t even look at a house with oil or gas heat; they

want high efficiency heat pumps now. This is the direction real estate will be going,” said Long & Foster Realtor Judy Dean, who attended the three-day class. Over three days and nearly 20 hours of classroom time, attendees learned about all of the advances in green technology, including what to look for and what to avoid. Topics included green building concepts, principles and practices, marketing to the green consumer, potential cost savings of green features, the significance of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Energy Star and other rating systems and regulatory issues and zoning and building codes as they relate to sustainability. Renewable energy, or green technology, has been a growing trend in Delaware and across the country for a number of years. As of last year, the First State ranked sixth in the nation in the number of renewable energy installations per capita, trailing California, New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii, according to data from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Criminals who lure deliverymen and deliverywomen with the intent of robbing them will face stiffer penalties under new legislation that passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 196, sponsored by Rep. Melanie George Marshall, D-Bear, would allow police to charge a defendant with firstdegree robbery if they lure or entice a person who is doing their job from their place of employment to another location for the purpose of robbing them. According to Delaware sentencing laws, first-degree robbery carries a sentence of three to 25 years, with the first three years being mandatory imprisonment. Currently, a person can only be charged with first-degree robbery if they injure someone, display or imply they have a deadly weapon, are armed with a dangerous instrument or commit the crime against someone 62 years of age or older. Otherwise, the suspect would be charged with

second-degree robbery, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Rep. Marshall said the bill, which passed the House unanimously, was prompted due to a rash of robberies of delivery people earlier this year. New Castle County Police Department Lt. Craig Weldon said that the problem is more pronounced than originally believed. Several eateries have informed police that they receive multiple calls from the same phone number and, recognizing the number, do not deliver after the first incident. “Once someone robs a food delivery person, there is a high chance they will do it again,” Lt. Weldon said. “The criminals get a two-for-one – they get the money from the delivery person, and they also get food. For police, it gives us another tool at our discretion to use to protect citizens.” The bill goes to the Senate for consideration.

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tion of low- and very low-income housing. Sussex County, in conjunction with Kent County, has applied for funds under the HPG program during the past 17 years, and has received funding every year. This year, the two counties will request $50,000, to be split equally between both ju-

risdictions. The money will assist low-income families with small housing projects such as handicapped accessibility, plumbing projects, and electrical repairs, said Brad Whaley, assistant director of Community Development & Housing. Sussex County expects as

many as a half dozen households to benefit from the grants, if approved by USDA. County officials hope to receive funding this fall, at which time applications will be accepted. If you are interested in the HPG program, call 302-8557777.


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Shown (l to r) is the District III champion Laurel Minor League all-star softball team: front- Sarah Hill, Jenna Calloway, Lexi Harris, Brooke Jones, Lexi Ullman, Sabrina Savage, Rachel Burke, Kelsie Kidpath, Marissa Walls, Nicole Hovatter, Hannah Layton, Alex Joseph; back- coach Scott Hovatter, manager Duane Calloway, and coach Marcy Walls. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel holds off Woodbridge to win Minor League softball District III title By Mike McClure

After going undefeated and cruising through the winner’s bracket of the District III 9-10 year-old softball tournament, the Laurel all-stars met some resistance against the Woodbridge all-stars in last Sunday’s championship game in Milton. Woodbridge took an early lead before Laurel scored seven runs in the third inning. Woodbridge moved within three

before Laurel added two more runs in the top of the sixth and held on to win, 10-5, to win the district championship. Laurel threatened in the top of the second inning when Brooke Jones singled and Alex Joseph and Marissa Walls each walked, but Woodbridge pitcher Laurie Beth Wroten got a ground out to keep Laurel off the board. Woodbridge scored in the bottom of the inning when Yasmine Hill walked,

Laurel Little League president Don Dubinski presents a pin to Lexi Ullman as tournament chairman David Hare and the Laurel players look on during the District III post-game ceremony last weekend in Milton. Photo by Mike McClure

stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch. Laurel answered with seven runs in the top of the third. Jenna Calloway singled, Lexi Ullman was hit by a pitch, and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Hannah Layton singled in Calloway. Sabrina Savage walked to load the bases and Ullman scored on a fielder’s choice as Woodbridge shortstop Brady Keeler got the force at third base. Rachel Burke drew a walk and Kelsie Kidpath was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Nicole Hovatter singled in a pair and


AT THE PLATE- Laurel’s Perez Nichols is shown batting during his team’s game against Lower Sussex last week. Laurel was eliminated from the District III tournament with a loss in the game. No results were submitted. Photo by Mike McClure

Calloway singled and went to second on an error, allowing two more runs to score (7-1). Woodbridge rallied in the bottom of the third as Hill hit a two-run single to score Tana Rafail and Maddox. In the top of the fourth, Walls walked with the bases loaded to score Savage (walk) after Jones singled and Joseph walked. Ullman singled and Layton doubled in the fifth, but Woodbridge kept Laurel off the board. Woodbridge moved within three with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Continued on page 42

LAUREL ALL-STARS- Shown (l to r) is the Laurel Minor League all-star baseball team: front- Jeff Howard, Mitchell Moyer, Chance Watts, Timuan Williams, Seamus Burke, Mike Covey; middle- C.J. Wilkerson, Nate Heineke, Christian Murphy, Tim Chandler, Perez Nichols, Austin Venables, Mike Williams; back- coach Tim Chandler, coach Mike Murphy, manager Scott Venables, and coach Keith Moyer. Photo by Pat Murphy


  MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Dominic Anthony of the SGCC swim team swims in the 8u boys’ freestyle race at the MYRC during the first swim meet of the season.

THE PLAY AT THIRD- Laurel’s Jenna Calloway slides into third base as Woodbridge’s Shaina Larimore looks for the throw during the District III Minor League all-star championship game last Sunday in Milton. Photo by Mike McClure

Gibson gets off to fast start in New York Penn League The following are Seaford grad Derrik Gibson’s stats (through Sunday) from the Lowell Spinners of the New York Penn League: 13-31 (.419), six runs, four doubles, two triples, three RBIs, and eight walks. Gibson is playing second base for the Spinners. See next week’s Star for more on Gibson.

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Gas Lines The Gators’ 8U girls medley relay team has won both of their beginning meets and look forward to a successful summer season. Pictured from left are Tori Carey (anchoring freestyle) and Claudia Carey (backstroke), Paige Butler (Butterfly) and Jenna Beard (breaststroke).

SGCC Gators open season with pair of meets The SGCC Gator swim team has started its 2009 swim season with two meets last week, one in St. Michaels at Miles River Yacht Club and one at their home pool against Sussex Community. There are many returning swimmers as well as many new swimmers and the team is off to an exciting and fun start for the summer earning many first and second place wins at both meets. The Gators are coached by Whitney Pogwist and Rachael and Todd Drace- all former swimmers themselves.

Delawareans driving less

After a 54-day run up in gas prices, motorists welcomed a much-anticipated decrease at the gas pump last week. Gas prices began their retreat on Monday, June 22, and continued to fall for five consecutive days through Friday, June 26. The average U.S. retail price for regular grade gasoline dropped to $2.66 a gallon on Friday, down 3 cents from a week ago, but still $1.42 below the record price of $4.114 set last July. Crude oil fell below $70 a barrel early in the week, rose to just under $71 mid-week upon news of Nigeria’s supply disruptions and as equity markets rallied on perceptions the global recession was easing, then fell back below the $70 mark in Friday trading to settle at $69.16 at the market’s close. Following late week increases, crude oil is on course for a 4% gain this month. Optimism for potential economic recovery boosting weak oil demand has lifted crude oil prices from below $40 a barrel

over the past three months, yet they are still less than half their record peak of $147 a barrel set last July. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported U.S. crude oil stocks fell 3.8 million barrels, while U.S. gasoline stockpiles rose 3.9 million barrels to 208.9 million, exceeding analysts’ predictions. The EIA also reported gasoline demand dropped 225,000 barrels a day to 9.129 million. The one-week slide in gasoline demand suggests that higher prices have tempered motorists’ enthusiasm during the summer driving season. “After nearly two months of daily gas price increases, we are finally seeing a little relief at the gas pumps, which motorists are welcoming just in time for the holiday weekend,” said Catherine L. Rossi, manger of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Local pricing On Tuesday one station in Seaford was selling regular gasoline for $2.449 a gallon, down six cents from a week ago and 13 cents from two weeks ago.

Price comparison average for Regular Unleaded Gasoline National SAFE AT THIRD- Woodbridge’s Riley Vickers goes to third base as Laurel shortstop Jenna Calloway covers third base on the play. Photo by Mike McClure



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SPRING CHAMPS- The Junior High team from Seaford won the Parks and Recreation Spring Session basketball championship on Saturday with a final score of 51-44 over Federalsburg. The team includes Xavier Drummond, Joquan Bailey, Marvin Morris, Todd Oliphant, Donregus Holland, Deonta Nocks, Aquarius White, Montrell Burton and Coach Marvin L. Morris, JR. Photo by Lynn Schofer


BATTING PRACTICE- The Laurel 9-10 year-old baseball team takes some swings before last Wednesday’s game in Georgetown. Laurel fell to Lower Sussex and Georgetown in the all-star tournament. Photo by Mike McClure

District III Little League all-star schedules

The following are the Western Sussex teams’ schedules (subject to change) in the Delaware District III Little League all-star tournaments: Major softball (winners bracket at Rehoboth, losers bracket at Millsboro)- 7/8Laurel vs. Lower Sussex at Rehoboth, 8 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Millsboro at Millsboro, 6 p.m.; 7/9- winners bracket 6 and 8 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/10- losers bracket 6 and 8 p.m.; 7/11- winners bracket 6 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/12- losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/13- championship 6 p.m. at Rehoboth; 7/14- championship 2 6 p.m. at Rehoboth Major baseball (winners bracket at Millsboro, losers bracket at Milton)- 7/10Laurel vs. Milton at Milton, 6 p.m.; 7/11- Woodbridge vs. Laurel-Milton winner at Milton, 8 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Georgetown at Milton, 6 p.m.; 7/12- losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/13- winners bracket 6 and 8 p.m., losers bracket 6 and 8 p.m.; 7/14- losers bracket 6 and 8 p.m.; 7/15- winners bracket 6 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/16- losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/17- championship 6 p.m. at Millsboro; 7/18- championship 2 6 p.m. at Millsboro Junior softball (winners bracket at Woodbridge, losers bracket at Lewes)7/13- Laurel vs. Lower Sussex at Woodbridge, 6 p.m.; 7/14- Nanticoke vs. Millsboro/ Georgetown at Woodbridge, 6 p.m., Woodbridge vs. Lower Sussex/Laurel winner at Woodbridge, 8 p.m.; 7/15- losers bracket, 6 p.m.; 7/16- winners bracket 6 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/17- losers bracket, 6 p.m.; 7/18- championship game 6 p.m. at Woodbridge; 7/19- championship 2 6 p.m. at Woodbridge Junior baseball- NA Senior softball (winners bracket at Lower Sussex, losers bracket at Laurel)7/17- Laurel vs. Cape at Lower Sussex, 8 p.m.; 7/18- Woodbridge vs. Lower Sussex/ Georgetown-Millsboro winner at Lower Sussex, 6 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Laurel-Cape winner at Lower Sussex, 8 p.m.; 7/19- losers bracket 6 and 8 p.m.; 7/20- winners bracket 6 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/21- losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/22- championship 6 p.m. at Lower Sussex; 7/23- championship 2 6 p.m. at Lower Sussex Senior baseball (winners bracket at Laurel, losers bracket at Lower Sussex)7/11- Laurel vs. Cape at Laurel, 6 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Woodbridge at Laurel, 8 p.m.; 7/12- Georgetown-Millsboro vs. Laurel-Cape winner at Laurel, 6 p.m., Lower Sussex vs. Nanticoke-Woodbridge winner at Laurel, 8 p.m.; 7/13- losers bracket 6 and 8 p.m.; 7/14- winners bracket 6 p.m., losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/15- losers bracket 6 p.m.; 7/16championship 6 p.m. at Laurel; 7/17- championship 2 6 p.m. at Laurel

District III Pat Knight Major League baseball schedule

The following is the Delaware District III Major League Pat Knight baseball schedule (subject to change, all games in Millsboro): 7/2- Woodbridge vs. Lewes, 6 p.m., Laurel vs. Millsboro, 8 p.m.; 7/3- Woodbridge vs. Georgetown, 6 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Millsboro, 6 p.m.; 7/6- Woodbridge vs. Millsboro, 6 p.m., Laurel vs. Lewes, 6 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Georgetown, 8 p.m.; 7/7- Laurel vs. Lower Sussex, 6 p.m., Nanticoke vs. Woodbridge, 8 p.m.; 7/8- Nanticoke vs. Lower Sussex, 6 p.m., Laurel vs. Woodbridge, 8 p.m.; 7/9- Laurel vs. Nanticoke, 6 p.m., Woodbridge vs. Lower Sussex, 6 p.m.; 7/10- championship, 7 p.m. Sports editor’s note: The Pat Knight Minor League baseball schedule was not released prior to the start of the tournament.

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ALL-STARS- Laurel’s Timaun Williams stands at the plate during last Wednesday’s Minor League all-star baseball game. Laurel’s Christian Murphy, right, prepares to pitch during his team’s game against Lower Sussex. Photos by Mike McClure

Maryland District 8 Little League All-Star Schedules

The following are Delmar’s District 8 all-star schedules (subject to change): 9-10 baseball- 7/7- Delmar vs. Princess Anne at Delmar, 6 p.m.; 7/9- Delmar vs. Snow Hill at Snow Hill, 6 p.m.; 7/11- Delmar vs. Berlin at Berlin, 4 p.m..; 7/13- semifinals at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/15- championship at TBA. 6 p.m. 11 baseball- 7/2- Delmar at Berlin, 6 p.m.; 7/6- winners bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/8- losers bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/10- winners bracket at TBA, 6 p.m., losers bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/12- losers bracket at TBA, 2 p.m..; 7/14- championship at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/16- championship 2 at TBA, 6 p.m. Major baseball- 7/10- Delmar at Willards, 6 p.m.; 7/12- Princess Anne at Delmar, 5 p.m..; 7/14- Delmar at Snow Hill, 6 p.m.; 7/16- Fruitland at Delmar, 6 p.m.; 7/20semifinals at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/22- championship at TBA, 6 p.m. Junior baseball- 7/11- Delmar home vs. Berlin, 10 a.m.; 7/13- loser’s bracket at TBA, 6 p.m. ; 7/15- loser’s bracket at TBA, 6 p.m., winner’s bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/17- loser’s bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/19- championship 1 at TBA, 5 p.m.; 7/21championship 2 at TBA, 6 p.m. Senior baseball- 7/8- Delmar at Fruitland, 6 p.m.; 7/14- Delmar-Fruitland winner vs. West Salisbury at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/16- loser’s bracket at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/20- championship 1 at TBA, 6 p.m.; 7/22- championship 2 at TBA, 6 p.m. YOUR IMAGE BUILDER



MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

Jeff Brady, Jamie Russell split Bad 8 finals at U.S. 13 Dragway By Charlie Brown

Laurel’s Nicole Hovatter rounds third and goes home as Woodbridge third baseman Shaina Larimore points home during last Sunday’s game in Milton. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel softball continued

Maddox reached on an infield single, stole second, and scored on a single by Keeler. Keeler moved up on a pair of wild pitches and came home on a single by Hill (8-5). Laurel added insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning as Lexi Harris walked, Hovatter had an infield single. Calloway walked, and Ullman hit a two-run single. Hovatter, who had 12 strikeouts in six in-

nings, struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to seal the 10-5 win. Hovatter also went 2-5 with two runs and two RBIs; Calloway was 2-4 with a run and an RBI; Ullman batted 3-4 with a run and two RBIs; Layton went 2-5 with a double, run, and RBI; and Jones collected two hits and drove in one for Laurel. For Woodbridge, Maddox went 2-3 with two runs, Keeler was 1-3 with a run and an RBI, and Hill was 2-2 with a run and three RBIs.

Jeff Brady of Westminster, Md., was one of a group of Mason/Dixon Dragway regulars to invade the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar on Friday night and Brady drove away the winner in the Bad 8 Open Wheel. Jamie Russell of Dover took the other half of the Bad 8 winning in Full Body. Another one of the western Maryland invaders, Jamie Niedomoski captured Super Pro, Pro was won by Jesse Long of Preston and Charles Nock of Frankford rode to the win in Pro Bike. Other winners on the night included: Kenny Davis of Seaford in Street; Sean Hoback of Federalsburg in Import; Geoff Choisser of Berlin in Bike Trophy; Herby Sullivan of Ridgely, Md., in Jr. Dragster 1 and Brandon Layfield of Salisbury in Jr. Dragster 2. In the Bad 8 Full Body final it was Russell facing Mark Palmer of Snow Hill. Russell hit a great .005 reaction light and drove to the win with an 8.692/150.45 on an 8.65 dial. Palmer ran an 8.777/154.61 on an 8.72 dial. Jack Back of Delmar set Low E.T. and Top Speed with an 8.136/168.41. The Open Wheel final was between Jeff Brady and Danny Bastianelli of Georgetown. Bastianelli had a red light foul and Brady took the win with a 7.507/177.27 on a 7.49 dial. Jack Moore of Milford set Low E.T. in qualifying with a 7.280 and Top Speed was set by Mike Larkin of Salisbury at 185.03. The Super Pro was an all-dragster final matching Niedomoski and Clinton Mills of Kennedyville, Md. Mills had the better reaction with a .005 light to Niedomoski’s .026 but Niedomoski drove by at the finish with a 7.853/170.74 on a 7.84 dial. Mills ran a 7.961/166.60 on a 7.92 dial. Semi-finalists were Jamie Russell and David Tucker of Ellendale. Long met Charlie Dehaven of Salisbury in the Pro final. Dehaven had a red light foul and Long took the win with an 11.000/105.78 on a 10.86 dial. Semi-finalists were David Hornsby of Delmar and Ivan Newman of Warwick, Md. Nock rode up against Deltez Davis of Salisbury in the Pro Bike final. Davis had a red light foul and Nock coasted to the win with a 13.824/84.53 on a 9.15 dial. Semi-finalist was Doug Thomas of Ellendale. Davis defeated Daniel Boone of Ingleside, Md., in the Street final. Davis had the better reaction and took the win with an 11.699/114.69 on an 11.68. Boone ran a solid 11.590/111.69 on an 11.58 dial. In Import it was Sean Hoback taking the final over Zach Cordrey of Delmar. Cordrey had a red light foul and Hoback got the win in his ’94 Nissan with an 18.236/76.38 on an 18.06 dial. Choisser had the better run to win in Bike Trophy over Evan Melson of Bishopville, Md. Choisser ran a 10.849/128.79 on a 10.81 dial. Melson ran a 9.902/144.67 on a 9.80 dial. In Jr. Dragster 1 it was Sullivan up against Paul Riddle Jr. of Millsboro. Sullivan had the better reaction and took the win with a 9.004/68.40 on a 9.00 dial. Riddel ran an 8.961/72.55 on an 8.95 dial. In Jr. Dragster 2 it was Layfield facing Shelby Bireley of Salisbury. Bireley broke out with a 7.916/81.41 on a 7.94 dial. Layfield got the victory with an 8.226/77.57 on an 8.20 dial.

David Pettyjohn notches second win in Delaware Late Models By Charlie Brown

Track conditions were perfect for David Pettyjohn as he captured Saturday night’s 20-lap Super Late Model feature at Delaware International Speedway. Dale Lingo led the first two circuits before Pettyjohn, who had started in fifth, took the lead. The yellow was out on lap four when Ross Robinson spun and Mike Parsons went off of the first turn. On the restart Hal Browning made his presence known as he got by Lingo for second. David Hill was also on the move dropping Lingo to fourth on lap eight. At the halfway sign the top five were David Pettyjohn, Browning, Ray Davis, Jr., Hill and Lingo. Davis made several challenges on Browning but Browning was able to fend them off. David Pettyjohn had settled into a rhythm in the high groove as his younger brother, Mark, got by Hill for fourth. Hill’s night ended with five to go when he rolled to a stop in the turn. Browning made a bid for the lead on the restart but Pettyjohn held him off down the back straight. The final yellow was out on lap 17 when both Kelly Putz and Parsons came to a stop. Once again Browning cranked it up nosing into the lead at the starting line. Pettyjohn kept cool and regained the lead coming off the second turn. From that point on he was able to pull away for his second win of the season in the Terrafirma of Delmarva/Hitchen’s Bros. Trucking/Rocket. Browning ended a season high of second with Davis third. Fourth went to Mark Pettyjohn and Richard Jarvis, Jr. rounded out the top five. “We got together, my guys did and made a few changes on this car,” said Pettyjohn. “And man it really came in. We had a lot of car left. A win is a wonderful thing and with this field they are had to come by.” The Pettyjohn brothers, Mark and David were joined by the return of the legendary father, Eddie in competition Saturday night. Piloting his famous No. 8-Ball the patriarch of the family finished a respectable ninth. Heats were won by Browning and Hill. Kevin McKinney posted his first win of 2009 in the 10-lap Mod Lite feature. Alan Passwaters led the first three laps before McKinney moved on top. Tim White ran the top groove to second. At the halfway sign the pair were followed by Ty Short, Brandon Dennis and Steve White in the top five. Tim White took the lead on lap six but his chances for a repeat win ended two laps later when he slowed bringing out the yellow. McKinney/in the Vending Technologies/ Pro would lead the final to laps for the win. Dennis came on strong to finish in second with Steve White third. Fourth went to Short and T.J. Williams rounded out the top five. Steve White set fast time in qualifying. Laurel’s Sarah Hill looks to come home during the District III Minor League softball championship game last weekend. Photo by Mike McClure

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Laurel Star spring sports scrapbook


Shown (clockwise from top left) are: Delmar’s Alex Ellis taking a shot on goal, Delmar’s Doug Causey standing at the plate, Kyle Brown receiving a career achievement award at the Laurel Varsity L banquet, Laurel athletic director Jerry Mears presenting a girls’ basketball award to Brooke Evans, Delmar’s Christen Bozman putting the ball in play, and Laurel’s Gaven Parker receiving the DIAA’s Harry Roberts Senior Scholar Award. Photos by Mike McClure

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  MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009

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NYSA Fall signups to take place Thursday, July 7 The Nanticoke Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) will hold its 2009 Fall soccer signups on Thursday, July 7 and Monday, July 13. All signups will take place from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $40 for the first child, $20 for the second, and $10 for each additional child. Signups will be at the NYSA shed. The season will start Sept. 12. For more information, call the NYSA hotline at 629-3530.

Post 6 Patriots edged by Post 1 in a pair of games

The Post 6 Patriots fell to Fox Post 2, Post 1, and Stahl Post 30 in games last week. The Western Sussex American Legion team fell to Post 1 by a run in both ends of the doubleheader. On Thursday, Post 6 scored two runs in the first, but Fox Post 2 answered with three in the first, two in the second, three in the fourth, and three in the sixth for an 11-2 home win. Chris Cutsail tripled, Korey Hearn had a hit and two RBIs, and Zach Reynolds went 1-4 with a run in the loss. On Saturday, Post 1 scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Post 6 put one run on the board in the seventh, but lost, 8-7. Hunter Absher went 2-4 with a run and two RBIs, Nick Usilton was 3-3 with a run and an RBI, Dustin Richards batted 1-3 with a run, Casey Zitvogel and Tyler Ruark each had one hit and one run, and Spen- The Patriots’ Tyler Ruark fields cer Coulbourn added one run and one RBI. a ground ball in Tuesday’s In game two, Post 6 scored three in the top of the American Legion game played seventh before Post 1 scored three in the bottom of in Seaford. Photo by Lynn Schofer the inning for the 7-6 win. Ruark went 2-4 with a double, two runs, and an RBI; Absher scored a pair of runs; Coulbourn and Usilton added one hit and one RBI apiece; Garrett Eskridge had a hit and a run; and Richards scored a run. On Sunday, Stahl Post 30 topped the homestanding Patriots, 6-2, in game one. Ruark went 2-3 with a run, Chris Cutsail was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs, Jordan Stanley batted 3-3 with a run, Coulbourn added a hit, and Zach Reynolds went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out six. In game two, the Patriots fell, 11-4. Ruark batted 1-3 with two runs, Reynolds and Coulbourn each went 1-3 with an RBI, Absher hit 2-2, and Hearn was 1-3 with a run.

Seaford Recreation Department is holding Fall signups The Seaford Recreation Department is holding signups for the following Fall sports programs: NFL Flag Football- The cost is $30 for this co-ed league which open to ages 6-8 and 9-11. Sign up now through August. Games start in September and will be played on Sunday afternoons. Tackle Football- The cost is $40 and the league is open to children ages 7-10 and 11-13. Sign up now through August. Physicals and practice will take place in September and games will start in October (on Saturday mornings). Girls Cheerleading- The cost of registration is $40 which includes a uniform to keep. This program is open to children ages 7-10 and 11-14. Cheerleaders will cheer during the tackle football games on Saturdays. Girls Field Hockey- The cost for this program, open to ages 8-12, is $25. This instructional league will start Sept. 12 and will take place on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. The league will compete in at least one play day.

STAR TEAM OF THE WEEK- Shown (l to r) are the USSSA state champion East Coast X-plosion 18U Gold: front row: Kristin Cooper, Connie Floyd, Sarah Agnew, Jessica, Jenna Allen, Kelsey Doherty, Shannon Manor; back row: Coach John Agnew, Coach Jeff Evans, Stephanie Wheatley, Melony Thompson, Coach Mark Thompson, Melissa Trout, Jenna Cahall, Coach Robert Trout, Brooke Evans, Taylor Oliphant, Alexis Oliphant, Kelsey Oliphant, and Manager Jeff Allen. Send your team photo to sports@mspublications. com to be a Star Team of the Week.

East Coast X-plosion Gold wins USSSA state championship

The East Coast X-plosion 18U Gold won the 2009 USSSA Delaware state championship, defeating the Delaware Cobras, 6-1, on Sunday. The X-plosion went undefeated in the tournament and allowed only four runs in the five games they won. This championship comes off a championship the previous weekend in Ocean City’s Blast at the Beach. Over the two tournaments, the X-plosion won all nine games, giving up just six runs.

Delaware Tech-Owens to host summer camps in July

Young athletes can have fun and stay fit by participating in a variety of sports camps in July at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus. Children should wear appropriate clothing to the camps which are held Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., unless stated differently. Tae kwon do and tennis begin on July 6. Children ages 7-18 will learn the fundamentals of tennis in week-long camps at The Plantations in Lewes from 9 a.m. to noon. Tennis camps will be held every Monday in July. In tae kwon do, children ages 7-12 can get a physical, mental and spiritual workout. Baseball fans ages 7-12 can concentrate on fundamentals and drills, learn the basic mechanics of pitching, hitting, base running, and sliding tips beginning July 6 or 13; camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children ages 7-12 also can participate in a camp focusing on the principles of pitching beginning July 20. Boys and girls ages 7-10 and 11-14 will be taught basketball skills including defensive play, rebounding, passing, shooting, dribbling and movement in a week-long camp beginning on July 6 for boys ages 11-14, July 13 for girls ages 11-14, July 20 for boys ages 7-10 and July 27 for girls ages 7-10. Intermediate and advanced soccer players, ages 7-12, will refine their skills and tactical applications as well as practice dribbling, faking, feigning, passing, shooting, and driving in camps the week of July 6 and July 20. Beginning July 13, students ages 7-12 will explore the basics of arm movement, voice and crowd control as well as learn new cheers, chants, cheerleading techniques, cartwheels, flips and jumps in cheerleading. Football players can improve their skills and increase their knowledge in camps the week of July 20 and 27. Camp will focus on stance, starts, passing formations, huddles and the fundamentals of snapping and punting. Tae kwon do and tennis also will be offered in August. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available for camps. To find out more information or to sign up, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966. GOLF WINNERSThe Heritage Shores Ladies’ 18 Hole Golf Association low net winners from June 23 are shown (l to r): Kathy Harrigan, second place Flight 2; Cynthia McDevitt, first place Flight 2; Cyndy Zemitis, first place Flight 1; and Muriel Waite, second place Flight 1.

MORNING STAR • JULY 2 - 8, 2009


Woodbridge Little League scoreboard (for the week of 6/22)

Major League baseball- Seaford Moose #1728 15, Timmons Amusements 6- Nick Smith picked up the win on the mound for Seaford Moose as they finished out their first place season at 11-2. At the plate, Smith had an RBI single, Logan Wescott went 3-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs, Kani Kane was 3-4 with three RBIS and three runs, and Joshua Vazquez had an RBI single and a run. Nick Rosado singled and scored a run, Jared Hopkins had a single, two RBI’s and two runs, Noah Perry singled and scored twice, Josh Reibsome and Jordan Chelton both had an RBI single and a run; and Josh Sprout added a run for the Moose. For Timmons, Emil Gallo tripled and scored; Ryan Parker went 2-3 with an RBI double; and Anthony Lucke, Christian McDowell and Nikko Lucke all singled and scored. Riley Parker had an RBI double, Cole Cook had an RBI, and Josh Keefe scored twice. Senior League baseball- Woodbridge 14, Nanticoke Orioles 3- C. J. Pleasants picked up the win on the mound for Woodbridge as he, Joey Petrone and Vinny Gamba combined to strike out eight. They allowed just one hit and no earned runs. At the plate, Pleasants had an RBI and two runs, Petrone had an RBI and three runs, and Gamba added a run. Trevor Wescott and Jordan Vazquez both scored two runs; Tyler Absher and Robbie Miller each scored a run; Dustin Jones went 2-2 with a home run, a double, a run and five RBI’s; John Keefe singled and scored a run; and Ronnie Wisseman had an RBI. For Nanticoke, Jeremy Elliott had a two-run single and a run and Garret DeWolf and Mike Joseph both scored.

Delaware State Police announce 37th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Race

The 37th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, July 7. Gates to the speedway will open at 5 p.m. and racing action begins at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8. The Delaware International Speedway is located on (Sussex Highway) US 13 north of the Delaware–Maryland line. Tickets to the event are available at the speedway’s ticket booth the night of the event. Spectator tickets are $15 and pit tickets are $25. Children 10 years of age and under accompanied by a parent or guardian are admitted free to spectator seating. This year’s event will again feature competitors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Drivers will compete for over $35,000 in prize money. Modified, Late Models, Street Modified, Modified Lites, TSS AC Delco Modified and Little Lincoln Vintage Cars will compete in over 100 laps of feature racing in their respective classes. Also, back by popular demand is the 12th Annual Camp Barnes Shoot-Out featuring the top five finishers from the Modified feature and the top five finishers from the Late Model Feature. A $2,000 cash purse is at stake when they go head-to-head in a 12 lap dash. Camp Barnes originally opened in 1948 to combat juvenile delinquency. The camp was named in recognition of Colonel Herbert A. Barnes. Colonel Barnes was the Superintendent of the State Police at the time of the camp’s establishment, and he was instrumental in raising the necessary funds and volunteer help to make Camp Barnes a reality. The camp is located next to the Assawoman Wildlife Area on Miller Creek, 6.7 miles southeast of Bethany Beach. During an eight-week span in the summer, 60 children, ages 10 to13 attend Camp Barnes each week with no financial burden on their parents or guardians. The camp operates on an annual budget of approximately $223,000 a year not including major repairs, which the camp greatly needs. Camp Barnes gives approximately 800 underprivileged children a two to five night camp experience they would never have. The camp is used by Delaware State Police Underprivileged Camp Week, Special Olympics, City of Wilmington, 4-H Club, and Stockley Home for the Handicapped. If you can not make the race, donations to help with the cost of carrying on this camping experience for the children of Delaware can be sent to the Delaware State Police. The tax ID number is El#510062049. Your donation should be made out to Camp Barnes Inc. and sent to: Delaware State Police, P.O. Box 430, Dover, Delaware 19903. For additional information, please contact Detective Preston (Pep) Lewis at (302) 856-5850 Ext. 301.

Woodbridge Pop Warner to hold final signups July 15 Woodbridge Pop Warner will be holding a final sing-up/meeting on July 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Spots are only available for Junior Pee Wee and Pee for football and for all cheerleading spots. The league will not have a Midget team this year. The July 15 signups will also be the league’s monthly board meeting during which parents can drop off paperwork (final report card, physical, copy of birth certificate for new players, and parent contract). Also, final payments and equipment and uniforms (including cheer uniforms) from the 2008 season can be dropped off at this time. All paperwork, payments, and equipment must be received by this date to participate in the 2009 season. No further extensions will be allowed. All players must come to this meeting to have a photo taken and to have a fitting. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on July 29 for football and cheer, starting at 6 p.m. (cheer must arrive at 5 p.m.) at the Woodbridge Ahletic Field Complex. Attendance is required in order to participate in the upcoming season. Pizza fundraisers have already been turned in. Call Teresa with any questions. Please contact the league at or P.O. Box 231, Greenwood, DE 19950 or visit Contact Teresa (302-382-9363) for further details. The season begins August 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Sports Complex.

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Seaford Museum hosts display on local sports heroes By Lynn R. Parks

Spook Jacobs, a native of Cheswold who played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates, signs baseball cards during the opening of an exhibit at the Seaford Museum focusing on local members of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Sirman talked about a few of the athletes featured in the display. Bastianelli, who was a coach at Georgetown High School and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001, helped to spur high school wrestling in Sussex County, he said. Ron Dickerson, a Laurel High and Seaford High football coach, has more wins, 192, than any other downstate coach. Dallas Marvil, a Laurel grad and 1978 inductee, was voted best tackle in the country in 1931 when he was a student at Northwestern University. Mike Neill, who graduated from Seaford High and was inducted in 2005, was on the gold-winning U.S. baseball team in the 2000 Olympics. And Ron Waller, who graduated from Laurel High and went on to play and coach professional football, “was the greatest athlete ever out of Delaware,” Sirman said. “Those of us who saw him play know that nobody ever played high school football like Ron Waller.” Waller, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 1977, its first year, still holds the record for most points scored during a football season, Jon Rafal, hall of fame director, said. Waller scored 213 points during the 1950 season, “and that was with only eight games,” Rafal said. In addition, “it would have been more if they had had the twopoint conversion back then.” Assisting Sirman in pulling the exhibit together were historical society members Jim Bowden and Mike Lambert. “Between the three of those men, I don’t think anyone



Steve Callaway has visited the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. But the son of Ed “Punk” Callaway, the first downstate high school sports official to be inducted into the hall of fame, is happy that the Seaford Museum is hosting a display focusing on sports heroes from Sussex County. “This is in our home,” said Callaway, looking at pictures of his father that are part of the display. “People in Wilmington don’t know who these people are. But I know all of these people.” The museum in downtown Seaford hosted a grand opening of the exhibit Friday afternoon. In addition to Callaway, Bob Briggs, son of hall of famer Barney Briggs was there. “This is wonderful,” he said, looking around the Webb Room in which the exhibit is located. “I am very proud to see this.” Barney Briggs, who died in 2000 and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2007, was a long-time coach at Milford High School. A picture of him in the display shows him wearing a baseball cap with an “M” on it. “That was his multi-purpose hat,” said his son, who lives in Washington, D.C. “He was part of the old guard of coaches who coached everything — football, basketball and baseball.” Dave Kujala, curator of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, said that the Seaford Museum exhibit is the first large exhibit of hall of fame memorabilia outside of the Wilmington facility. He hopes to arrange a similar display, featuring Kent County athletes, in Dover. “This is all about community spirit,” he said. “There’s a lot of nostalgia in an exhibit like this and when people start remembering, it brings the community together.” There are 274 people in the hall of fame, including athletes, coaches, broadcasters, reporters and officials. Of them, 22 are native Sussex Countians and are represented in the Seaford display, Ben Sirman, vice president of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and one of three Seaford Historical Society members who arranged the exhibit, said during the opening. Five, Briggs, George Schollenberger, Frank Coveleski, Herm Bastianelli and Bob Dowd, are coaches who came to the county after growing up elsewhere. And another three, including Cheswold native and Major League second baseman Spook Jacobs, moved to Sussex County after their careers. “Somebody suggested that we include Spook Jacobs in this display, but I didn’t know,” Sirman said. “He’s not from Sussex County. But then I thought, well, he has lived here for 60 years. OK, let’s let him in.”

Ben Sirman, vice president of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, right, talks with Bob Briggs, son of hall of famer Barney Briggs. Barney Briggs is one of 30 Sussex County athletes featured in an exhibit at the Seaford Museum. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

knows any more about local sports history,” historical society president Rudy Wilson said. Wilson said that the people represented in the exhibit are “legends of sports.” “They are the heroes of Sussex County in the sports field,” he added. “Their accomplishments, sacrifices and contributions made local sports interesting and competitive.”

For your information: Items from the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame will be on display at the Seaford Museum on High Street in Seaford through the summer. The museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $3, free for Seaford Historical Society members and children 12 and under. For details, call 628-9828 or visit the Web site

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Weaber-Honess to wed in August Lee and Christine Weaber of Greenwood are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracey L. Weaber to Frank C. Honess IV. Tracey is a 2002 graduate of Greenwood Mennonite High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry in 2009 from Chesapeake Bible College. Frank is a 2001 graduate of Delmar Senior High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Bible Ministry in 2005 from Valley Forge Christian College. The couple will wed on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Dagsboro Church of God in Dagsboro. The couple is seeking God’s direction for future ministry.






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SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Young members of the Laurel Boys & Girls Club take the walk from the club to the Laurel Public Library where they participated in the summer reading program. Photo by Pat Murphy

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It’s summertime, and the Doing the Towns Together living is easy. Really it is! LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS

For a great many of us, summertime means getting up very early and going outside to pull any weeds that grow in the garden overnight, or watering the plants that we put in to beautify our property, or any other tidying up that might need doing, done. These incessantly hot days we have to get up and go outside very early if we want to beat the heat. On a trip to South Carolina in late June, we joined hundreds of other vehicles forced to come to a halt or travel at a snail’s pace for quite a distance as road crews did their job of removing or installing special sections of the major north/south highway. With the sun boiling down from the heavens and not too much of a breeze, the workers performed their jobs with skill, while we average visitors whizzed by, intent on getting to our destination and barely giving the highway workers a second thought. Women joined the highway workers workforce quite a few years ago, and I can remember when we saw the first females directing traffic or holding those directional signs for drivers. Every time we pass a road crew I am thankful that their job is one that I never had to give even a first thought to doing. As a fair-skinned redhead, I have always had an aversion to the broiling rays of the sun and cannot imagine a job any worse than being a road crew member. Going to the beach and sitting out on the hot sands as the rays penetrated my skin, making it beet red, then blistering and peeling, is something that I definitely do not purposely do at any time. Our trip to South Carolina was a very special one this time. Chuck and I traveled down so that we could be a part of a baby shower for the child that will soon be our first greatgrandchild. What a joyous occasion! Our trip to Florence, S.C., is one that we have taken for well over 30 years now, ever since daughter, Bonnie, and son-in-law, Jim, graduated from college and became school teachers in the southern city. Lots of changes have taken place through those years. The first is that the bridge-tunnel has added an entire new section — a boon to travelers and quite an engineering accomplishment. We have seen isolated little communities grow as retirees moved to the areas between Laurel and the bridge approach. Once quiet little villages are now large towns, fast food shops are prevalent as each competes for the tourists dollars, sleepy little towns now have large shopping centers that compete for the

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Sarah Marie TriviTS • 875-3672 The Laurel High School class of ‘56 held their 53rd class reunion at Laurel’s Georgia House on June 20. Attending were: Frank Calio, Jay Windsor, Shirley Marine Webb, Jean Brittingham Layton, Saralee Pepper Wharton, Paul Sheridan, Billie Hastings, David Horsey, Bill Prettyman, Marjorie Wright Steiner, Pastor Roland Tice, Janet Atwell Windsor and Marlene Hastings James. There’s a new arrival this week as Isabella Marie Brittingham’s birth was announced. She was born on June 23, weighing six pounds, four ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long. She is the daughter of Kelsi Ward and Josh Brittingham of Laurel. Her maternal grandparents are John and Donna Ward, paternal grandparents are Lauri and Glen Jones and Karla Brittingham. Her maternal greatgrandparents are Mitch and Marilyn Lagowski and paternal great-grandparents are Bonnie Hill and Joanne Brittingham. Congratulations to all the families! Carolyn Grady and children, Nolan and Corine of Philadelphia spent Father’s Day weekend with her parents, Tom and Mona Wright. It was a special holiday for them just to see Tom home, cheerful and recuperating from his recent serious accident. Tom is really enjoying that front porch now that summer is really here. Won’t be long, Tom, ‘till that Sharptown Carnival traffic goes whizzing by. Congratulations to Alexis Oliphant, Laurel High School Junior, for being named to the 2008 All State Softball team. A correction from last week’s column which stated that Jerry Dukes was from Bridgeport, N.J. — but Jerry is indeed from Laurel. Sorry about the “typo,” Jerry. On behalf of the Laurel Historical Society we are extending sincere thanks for those who attended and participated in the annual, summer membership meeting in June. Especially to Jay Hill for a most informative and delightful program on “Bacon Switch” and to “My Turn to Cook” for a delicious hot dinner and to the many who donated in any way to help keep the “Society” “moving right along.” Get your writing materials out and pen a couple of your favorite recipes for the “Friends” library cookbook, coming out later this summer. We would like to have them by

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Cap and Tax will be costly

Last week many Delawareans flooded Congressman Mike Castle’s email and phone lines with requests to not vote for the Waxman-Markey ACES Cap-andTrade Bill. They expressed their concerns over how this bill would increase costs, harm farmers, and cost jobs in a time when few of us could afford it. His answer to all was he was still collecting facts or that he does not announce how he will vote before he does. This answer in itself tells you that he has forgotten that he works for the people who voted him into office. He was one of only eight Republicans who voted for this bill. In fact, even 44 democrats voted against this bill. The ending vote was 219 to 212, proving there is much to be concerned about. This bill has 50 pages alone on light bulbs, 300 pages were introduced at the last minute and once again, they went to vote to create new laws on something they had not even read. I contacted Senator Castle’s office along with Senator Kaufman’s and Carper’s offices almost a month ago, asking for an appointment with each, or a member of their staff. I thought with the advanced notice they would be able to arrange for at least an office member to meet with me. It turned into a big run around with a final phone call. I may meet with a staff member from both Castle’s and Carper’s office if I can be in Wilmington at 8:30 in the morning. “One stop shopping” was the term they used. I am sure I only got this offer because they are aware that we are planning a protest in the afternoon on that day. Castle has been Governor or US Congressman since 1985, Kaufman has been working for Biden since 1972, and Carper has been either a Representative, Governor, or Senator since 1983. We used to look at this as someone who has provided great service. Considering how inaccessible these men are now, we must start to wonder how far have they drifted from the knowledge that they are there because of us and they owe their service to us, not their affiliations. Let’s look at the upcoming cost these politicians are signing us up for. For someone making $25,000 to $60,000, the Delaware income tax is 5.55%, The Federal income tax is 25%, thus taking more than 30% of your income. Add the future payments for the $787 billion Stimulus Package and the $10.9 trillion national debt, which is rapidly growing. Our lawmakers have now decided to make America green with an estimated price tag of over $12 thousand for the average family, according to We have not even begun to see how much health care reform will cost. How much more can your wallet take? There is discussion of recession and de-

pression. I can promise we are headed for a depression worse than the first. The difference is it will be caused by our elected officials and it will be something we the people can stop. Are you still ready to sit by and let them do this? This is not a Republican issue, this is not a Democrat problem, this is a national crisis. I urge you to think about the effects these new laws will have on your family. I plead that you will join the battle to stop this insane spending. Please pick up your phone and call your elected officials and tell them you will not stand for this. We need more voices to make these men listen. Please don’t wait until it is too late. Chris Shirey

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Castle vote is disappointing

Our only member of the House of Representatives, Republican Mike Castle, voted yes for the “Cap and Trade” bill. Delawareans have a limited amount of representation in Washington, D.C., and this man wasted what little representation we have in my opinion. I personally e-mailed Mr. Castle and asked him to vote no on the “Cap and Trade” bill. He did not comply with my request and as it turned out, he was 1 out of only eight House Republicans who voted yes on this bill. There were 168 House Republicans who voted no on this bill. The “Cap and Trade” bill was barely passed by the House of Representatives, thanks to the help of Congressman Castle, by a vote of 219 for and 212 against. The bill will now be forwarded to the Senate for a vote on its passage. I have e-mailed Senator Carper and Senator Kaufman and asked them to vote no on this bill. We will have to wait and see what the outcome is. Dennis DeFelice


We need public health care option

In its simplest terms, the decision about what direction to go in the revamping of our health care system is pretty easy for me: We need a public health care option. But then there are various factors to weigh, some real and some Trojan horses. Recently, I received in the mail three glossy brochures supporting the public health care option. They purport to be paid for by a project called “Change that Works,” something created by the SEIU. Now, who is the SEIU and where are they getting their money from? So, I went Googling. The SEIU is the Service Employees International Union. They seem to have a lot of locals, so I guess this is a pretty big union. But, I ask myself, why has this

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become something upon which they are willing to expend huge sums of money and exactly where is this money coming from? I simply don’t know, but it has a faint smell to it. On the other hand, I’m a member of AARP and I’m pretty sure AARP is also in favor of a public option plan, which makes it more palatable, as the interest connection is pretty clear. One thing AARP is pushing for, and to which I fully agree, is to extend Medicare type benefits to the 5064 age group. While the Social Security full benefit retirement age has been raised to 67, with grumblings of maybe more to come, the fact is that those over 50 are especially vulnerable to layoffs. These are folks who are paid more than their younger counterparts and, where pension plans are still in effect, the multiplying effects of higher wages/salaries and years of service rapidly increase the pension benefits they receive upon retirement. Thus, by whatever means may be available to a company, dumping employees in this age group relieves them of an escalating financial burden. So, as much as Social Security aims to keep us in harness until age 67, the reality, I believe, is that retirement before that is the fait accompli option, thus the need for medical coverage to protect this vulnerable age group. But, I digress. The most facetious argument for those against the public health care option is that it is socialized medicine. Frankly, until recently, I wasn’t quite sure that this claim was wrong. But, it is. There is a difference between socialized medicine and a single payer plan. In socialized medicine, you go to a doctor and hospital within your geographic area. Choice is not necessarily an option and thus the argument against socialized medicine has validity. Also, depending on the country examined, you may find that waiting times for service may be lengthy, another objection. But that is not what is being proposed. Single payer is what it says. That’s what we have with Medicare. You still choose your doctor and hospital. Now, the argument is made by those that support the single payer public health care option is that we who have insurance are already paying about $1,100/year extra in premiums to cover those that aren’t, so what’s the big deal? Well, I think there is a difference. If I am correct, that $1,100 goes to the hospitals to cover the indigent care. A person without insurance is likely to get the minimal amount of care. Elective surgery would be out of the question. So, if we were all equally insured, it is pretty obvious that the cost would go up, as we would all have equal access to the wonders of science. The figure being touted is something like $1.2 trillion over 10 years. Mr. Shirey

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in his letter conveniently shortened this to “over $1 trillion dollars,” failing to point out that this was over 10 years, a very meaningful omission. So, in reality, the estimate is $120 billion/year, not exactly a budget buster these days. Just look at the expense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, we have a middleman between you and your health care benefits, the insurance companies. I’ve heard a figure that the cost of health care is increased by 30% by having these middlemen. There are a whole lot of people in the medical insurance business and their livelihood would be clearly threatened by a public health care option. But, pragmatically, do insurance companies actually provide added value to the process? I submit that they don’t. Well, maybe not completely. We are the world leaders in every conceivable medical service available. We delight in building bigger and more expensive diagnostic tools. I understand they’ve developed a device that accelerates protons at near unbelievable speeds as a method of curing something or other. The thing is absolutely huge and probably costs the annual GDP of some small nations to run. But we have it. The insurance company that would have to approve the use of this device is likely to balk, thus holding down the cost of our insurance premiums. Would a government run option be as judicious? Cost containment has to be a major goal in any health care reform. We can’t keep sending people to specialists and running every available test just because it is there. What happened to the old fashioned country doctor who heard you out on how you felt, made a few in office measurements of your lungs, heart, nerves, etc., and said, well, it likely is such and such and we’ll assume it is that and treat it accordingly? No, we have to get blood work run or go get a chest x-ray or be seen by a specialist three weeks off. In the meantime, while waiting for the results or the specialist, we are miserable. We clearly spend too much on medical care. We no longer use judgment. With this mishmash of conflicted thinking, I still believe that the public health care option is the correct one. We also need to contain costs. Perhaps many of those working for heath insurance companies could be absorbed into the government, but now taking out the element of profit, which should certainly reduce costs. I haven’t even brought up the pharmaceutical companies until now, but I think it goes without thinking too hard that costs here are also out of control. So, all in all, there is a lot of room to keep this program from being another government money pit. Richard T. Eger Seaford

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Final thoughts about a great leader

It was sometime in early 1972 when Ms. Mary Truitt, a Democrat committee woman from Bridgeville, came into my shoe repair shop with a bag of shoes to be repaired for her and her husband Leroy. She had an exciting announcement. “We have a good man to run for the Senate seat and he’s going to win,” she said, trying to contain her enthusiasm. The name she presented was Thurman Adams Jr. Although she went on to explain his qualifications, I knew him and his wife Hilda as customers. Hilda was my brother’s second grade teacher. And a good choice he was right up to his sudden passing last week. He served as the powerful Senate president pro tempore. I often referred to him as “The Godfather” after watching lobbyists who wanted bills passed and citizens with problems march into his office to take advantage of his ability to make things happen. If he felt you were a good person and were being dealt a bad hand, he stuck with you. Even away from Legislative Hall his office at the feed mill was open in the early hours of the morning for anyone who wanted to speak with him. He was an honest man from a working class family who never forgot the plight of the working person and represented them with every vote he took. “The Boss,” as some of us affectionately referred to him, was a person of action. When he wanted something done, it got done. When I was nominated by Governor Minner as State Election Commissioner, I went to the senator to ask for his blessings and advice, as I had in the past so many times. As chair of the executive committee, if you didn’t get his approval (even if you were the governor’s choice) you may as well hang it up. Lucky for me I didn’t have that problem. As it was, the office was vacant and the senator wanted it filled ASAP for reasons I shall not mention now, but perhaps in my memoirs. Some senators wanted to delay my nomination until later in the week, but he was emphatic with a resounding “No, we’ll do it today.” Now this is no simple feat. First there is a hearing with the Senate Executive Committee, questions are asked, and then you need their approval. Next is bringing up your name for a vote before the full Senate, and then the successful candidate usually holds a swearing in ceremony later in the week.

Well, because of the senator’s insistence, I appeared before the Executive Committee, was voted on by the full Senate, rushed up to the governor’s office and was sworn in with the governor holding the Bible in less than an hour. Senator Adams was unfairly criticized by the media and the goody two shoes about his desk door veto (keeping unpopular bills from reaching the Senate floor for a vote) method of holding bills from being introduced and by those wanting to know everything government did. Some of those bills were not good for Sussex County and there are meetings that simply must be held behind closed doors. He did not abuse his power; he did what he felt was best for Sussex County. At times he was regarded as old fashioned, but he was honest, respected, a conservative, a politician with passion and one whose word was his bond, a trait missing in government today. His legislation was important to Delawareans. I recall writing an article for the Banner about something I read in Reader’s Digest on how an enhanced 911 system saved lives. He said he liked that idea and shortly thereafter passed the bill which saved the life of a kidnapped woman in Delaware who called 911. You have seen the end of power for Sussex County. We will never see another senator from this county in a position of authority. The top three leadership posts in the Senate were filled the day after the senator’s passing, all with New Castle Countians, even though two Sussex Senators, George Bunting and Bob Venables, have more seniority. Gone are the political appointments of good cabinet posts, commission positions and judgeships. Senator Venables has his position as Bond chairman because of Adams and Sussex projects were able to share in the bond monies, but Venables will find a new ball game now. Worst of all we have lost a great friend who gave his all for Delaware. We are a better county and state because of him. A huge thank you to his family for sharing him with us. Frank Calio Laurel

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