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News Citizen of the Year - The town of Laurel recognized Midge McMasters as this year’s Citizen of the Year last Friday. Page 5 Murder - Former Laurel resident is murdered in Tennessee. Page 12 this old house - 23 year old Luke Nielson is busy renovating a house on Spruce street that used to belong to artist Matthew Blaine. Page 13 sure bet - See who’s betting that Viva Las Vegas will be a big success. Page 3 rape Charges - A former school teacher is charged with six counts of fourth degree rape. Page 8 aCCident arrest - A Seaford woman is charged with death by motor vehicle from an accident that took the life of a three-year-old. Page 8

Sports spring sports - The Laurel Star’s varsity

spring sports previews begin in this week’s edition. Coverage begins on page 24.

hall of faMe - Laurel’s Edward “Punk” Calla-

way will be inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of

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PHILLIES CHAMP SHIRTS ON DISPLAY IN IRAQ. Pictured is the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard from Smyrna that is stationed in Iraq. Second row from the bottom, fifth from right is Capt. Willie Hoffman of Laurel. Also pictured is Capt. Timothy Drake of Lewes, Chief Warrant Officer II Matt Stevens of Bridgeville and Sgt. 1st Class Scott Smith of Georgetown. The unit is wearing World Champion Philadelphia Phillies shirts that were supplied to several units in Iraq by the Phillies. Submitted photo.

Residents find hope in the fight to halt Mill Dam walls By Tony E. Windsor A Delaware State Senator said the people of Laurel have been heard and he sees no option but to take whatever action necessary to meet their demands. About 40 people turned out for a public workshop held by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on Monday night to discuss plans to rehabilitate the Records Pond Dam along Willow Street. The meeting was highlighted by concerns by many of the residents regarding the state’s plans to erect a four-foot high parapet wall as part of the rehab. Residents said the wall will ruin the view of Record’s Pond. Greg Paxon, of Schanbel Engineering, designers of the bridge and dam construction project, said out

of three options to make the dam safer in the event of a major storm, the most viable plan calls for installing sheet pilings and the four-foot parapet walls. In 2004, the estimated cost for the project was about $1.3 million. Paxson said doing the rehab can help assure that, should a major storm dump as much as 15 inches of rain over a 24-hour period of time, the water would be forced around the dam and over the roadway, and not cause it to flow back into the spillway, diminishing the possibility of creating a failing of the dam. This would potentially impact all the residential and commercial properties along the Broad Creek. Norma Jean Fowler, who works for the Laurel Public Library, asked if this meeting offered anything different than the state’s previous meeting held last summer. State Dam Safety Engineer,

David Twing responded that there was nothing new in this presentation and everything was basically the same. “If you remember, the last time we addressed the town about this project our presentation was an item on the Laurel Council’s agenda,” he said. “We were restricted on time. This time we wanted to allow more time for your questions and bring along our design engineers and some visual aides to help enable you to better see what the plans call for.” Fowler said by constructing the four-foot wall and blocking the view of Record’s Pond, the state was destroying a beautiful part of the town. “It’s a shame,” she said. “With that wall we will never get to see the pond again.” Carl Brown, who resides adjacent to the Mill Dam, expressed concern Continued on page four

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DNREC agrees to reconsider Mill Pond Dam wall Continued from page one

that along with destroying the ability to see the pond, the state was also suggesting the removal of trees. “How much water comes over the Mill Dam now,” he asked? “This is basically a 100-foot in diameter semi-circle. It seems to me it may be a better idea to dredge the Broad Creek downstream from the Dam to give the water some place to go. Also, if you could lower the level of Record’s Pond by an inch or two, we would be able to cope with any flood that could possibly come.” Brown said the state is making all the wrong decisions as it pertains to how it plans to deal with the Dam rehab. “You are going to kill some Bald Cyprus trees and destroy the habitat around the pond. You are going to make it impossible for me or anyone else to see the lake. Brown was told by design engineers that lowering the lake by one or two inches “will have little or no effect” on the dam. Twing said he agreed that the project calls for removing Cyprus trees and putting up a wall that will block some of the view of the pond. He said that there was no flexibility when it comes to trees on the dam. He said the state will not allow any trees to be left along the dam because of the danger the roots pose to the concrete structure. He said that the project is less about aesthetics and more about safety. “I will admit that this calls for doing some things that are not necessarily accepted, but we are doing this with an eye for safety. The design plan we are recommending is based on the safety of everybody that lives along the Broad Creek and in the town of Laurel,” he said. Laurel Town Manager read a letter drafted by former Laurel Councilman and Delaware Department of Elections Commissioner, Frank Calio, who opposes the dam rehab project as it has been recommended. Calio was out of town at the time of the meeting, but wanted his concerns shared with the state. In his letter, Calio said the problem facing Laurel in the event of a major storm is not the Record’s Pond Dam, but nearby Chipman’s Pond Dam. “At the last meeting when the state presented their proposal for renovations of the Laurel Mill Dam as protection for a 100-yr rain, it was mentioned by the state that the real culprit should we have a heavy rain is the Chipman Pond Dam which once was a priority for repairs over the Laurel Mill

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Dam. Their structure is old and just waiting to cave,” he said. “Whether that was a slip I don’t know, but everyone knows the real problem lies with the Chipman Pond Dam. “In a conversation with Senator Robert Venables at that meeting, he mentioned to me the problem was Chipmans Pond and at one time the priority was Chipman’s over Laurel’s Mill Dam and he couldn’t understand the change in plans. The state presented a weak argument about funding or lack of for Chipman’s Pond which resulted in doing the Laurel project. It seems like fuzzy math to me,” he said. Twing explained that at one time Chipman’s Pond Dam was a priority. It was a project that DNREC worked in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Transportation. He said a study, much like the one done for Record’s Pond was “about 95 percent complete,” when DelDOT said it was low on money and pulled out of the project. “We pulled out of the project and decided to put our focus on Record’s Pond.” Calio’s letter went on to accuse the state of using politics to decide the fate of the Laurel Mill Dam. “There are many tributaries that flow into Chipmans and Laurel Lake; should there be a rain storm of the nature you address not only will the pressure cause the older gates to fail at Chipman’s, you will flood everything along to the Mill Dam. As an owner of property on Laurel Lake, I have seen the pond drained in the winter to kill the undergrowth, a large snow followed with rain and the lake filled and overflowed to the low area made for that purpose and flooded Cooper and Front St. “I think there is a political snake that has caused a change in plans on the west side of the dam to protect property on that side and the residents on the east side of the dam will be flooded,” he said. “It is my opinion if the dam at Chipman’s Pond is rebuilt, not as much raising of the walls at Mill Dam will have to occur. By not repairing Chipman’s dam, you are putting more unnecessary resources to prepare for the failure of Chipman’s Pond dam and expense in town and ruining the scenic beauty and charm of the area. Someone is going to look foolish if we do get the 100 year storm, Chipman’s fail and everyone gets flooded after you’ve spent all that money.” Frank Piorko, of DNREC, took excep-

tion to Calio’s portrayal of the state’s decision about the Mil Dam. “We will draft a letter of response to Mr. Calio’s letter, but we want to assure everyone that there is no ‘political snake’ at play here,” he said. “The catalyst behind this project is life and death safety. Delaware is fairly new at the dam safety program and will be the 49th of 50 states to put regulations into play which oversee the safety of our dams. Our goal is to put forth regulations protecting the high and significantly high hazard dams. It is all about public safety,” he said. Laurel Mayor John Shwed told the state engineers that it seems based on the comments at the meeting, many Laurel citizens simply do not want to see the state build a four-foot high parapet wall along the Mill Dam, which will obscure the view of the Mill Pond. “I think based on what we have heard tonight, there is no intention of anyone being willing to accept the walls,” he said. Twing said another option which was not recommended involves burying sheet pilings from the Mill Dam bridge up to the site of where the mill operation was based. He said this is much more expensive and may also create a problem with the state Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, which is reviewing the Mill site as a possible registered historical site. State Sen. Robert Venables, who was in attendance at the meeting said he wanted to clarify that Frank Calio’s perception about the Chipman’s Pond Dam being a priority over the Laurel Mill Dam

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was accurate. He said that he had initially asked then DNREC Secretary John Hughes to put a priority on Chipman’s Pond. However, when DelDOT pulled its money out of the project, the focus moved to Record’s Pond. However, Venables made it clear to the DNREC engineers at the Laurel meeting that the people of Laurel do not want a four-foot parapet wall built on the Mill Dam Bridge. “I think you either have to build the wall two-feet high, or you have to go with the option to bury the sheet piling all the way to the Mill site,” he said. “I think it is possible to drive the sheet piling without disturbing the Mill foundation. But, I do not think we have a choice. The people of Laurel do not want the parapet walls, so I will take it upon myself to fight to get the additional money to get the dam project completed without the walls,” he said. The DNREC engineers said they will go back and review the designs and check with Historical and Cultural Affairs and see about coming up with an alternative to the parapet walls. They made no promises, except that they will review and come back to the citizens before anything is decided. The audience broke out in applause and the meeting closed with Piorko offering the business cards of all the engineers and an invitation for anyone to contact DNREC should they have any additional questions.

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Midge honored as Citizen of Year in Laurel By Pat Murphy The Town of Laurel took over from the Chamber of Commerce the Citizen of the Year selection and banquet this year and it appears they made a good one in a longtime citizen Mary “Midge” McMasters. She was honored at a banquet Friday night, March 13, as Laurel’s 2008 Citizen of the Year. Sunday, March 15 was designated as “Midge” McMasters Day in Laurel said Laurel Mayor John Shwed in a proclamation given to her. McMasters, an active participant in Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel, started volunteering at the Good Samaritans Shop in the early 1980’s. She used a Bible scripture for her inspiration to continue to volunteer and in 1990, she became co-manager at the store along with long-time manager Henrietta Koch, who was present to honor her Friday evening. McMasters gives 25-plus hours weekly at the all-volunteer organization that distributes items to needy families and runs the organization’s stores on Market Street. Master of ceremonies councilperson Terry Wright said in her introduction, that McMasters has the heart of a servant and the love of God for her fellowman. “She talks the talk and she walks the walk,” said Wright. Mayor John Shwed said, as he pre-

sented the Citizen of the Year plaque, that Johnny Janosik is very proud of you. Janosik is one of the founders of the organization and its strongest supporter. Sen. Robert Venables said that he and McMasters sit in the same Sunday school class at Centenary Church. “Her heart is in the right place,” said Venables, adding that she was blessed with 14 grandchildren and “is an inspiration to family and community.” State Rep. “Biff” Lee, also a member of Centenary, delighted the audience with this comment as he looked at McMasters and the audience, “Centenary rules tonight.” Lee also said that the Good Samaritans Aid organization is really something and Midge is a large part of it and with people like her it would keep going. McMasters sister Peggy Rogers told of asking “Midge” many times after she retired from Covey’s, “Midge have you got a job yet? Finally after becoming involved with Good Samaritans, McMasters told her sister she had a job,” I just didn’t tell her I was not getting paid.” McMasters came by her nickname as the smallest of nine children and was called midget, later shortened to “Midge” that most people know her by, although some still call her Mary. McMasters is married to Paul McMasters a retired Acme store manager and they have four children and 14 grand-

Midge McMasters is Laurel’s Citizen of the Year. From left are Paul McMasters, Midge McMasters and Laurel mayor John Shwed. Photo by Pat Murphy

children and an exchange student grandson Frednk Sandin from Sweden who was there Friday evening to honor her.

McMasters said the award was “very humbling, nothing I ever expected. I plan to keep on as long as I can go.”


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Business Solid Image Kitchens recognized

Solid Image Kitchens of Laurel was recently named a “President’s Club Award” winner for exceptional kitchen and bath cabinetry sales by Showplace Wood Products. This is the fourth consecutive year they have been recognized for this achievement, which places them in the top percent of Showplace dealers nationwide. For more information, visit www.

Pampered Chef offers opportunity

The Pampered Chef has announced a new career stimulus plan that makes beginning a direct sales business easier than ever. In March, anyone who joins as a new consultant can receive a 50 percent rebate on his or her initial investment. Consultants can start their own business for $155, which covers the cost of a starter kit that includes a selection of high-quality products and business materials. The kit is valued at more than $500 and includes everything new consultants need to start their businesses. Consultants joining this month who sell $1,250 in products during their first 30 days with the company will receive up to $77.50 back, or half the cost of their starter kit. Based on cooking show sales averages, an average consultant sells $1,250 in just three cooking shows. To learn more, call Michelle Moyer, director for The Pampered Chef, at 302-8752563 or email

Funding available for EDA program

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announces the solicitation of applications under its $150 million American Recovery Act Program. EDA is soliciting applications from eligible applicants across the United States to fund projects that will advance economic growth in communities and regions experiencing chronic high unemployment and low per capita income. EDA’s goal is to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship and attracts increased private capital investment. The deadline for applications under the Recovery Act Program is June 30, 2010. For more information, visit www.eda. gov and look up the March 10 Federal Register notice (74 FR 10232) and the companion federal funding opportunity announcement.

Trinity joins Responsible Care

Trinity Transport, Inc. has earned membership into the Responsible Care Initiative sponsored by the American Chemistry Council by demonstrating their commitment to upholding the principles and practices in accordance with the organization’s mission for safe practices. Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s initiative that demonstrates the industry’s commitment to continuous improvements in health, safety, and environmental performance. To learn more about the Responsible Care initiative, visit

Tractor Supply coming to Seaford

Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Seaford, the company’s third Delaware location. The store will be at 20952 Sussex Highway, and employ 12 to 17 full and part-time team members. The 19,097 square-foot store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be built for storage and display of items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. A construction completion date has been tentatively set for May. For more information on Tractor Supply, visit

Whitney joins Regional Builders

Regional Builders, Inc (RBI) announces the addition of Diana L. Whitney as the director of marketing for both the Delaware and Maryland divisions. In this position, Whitney will assist clients from the site selection phase through the building design process. She will lead the expansion of RBI’s DDL department, which specializes in overhead door and dock leveler sales, installation and preventative maintenance. She will also work with clients, especially in agriculture, offering clear span buildings from Cover-All, an economical alternative to conventional buildings. Whitney has over 22 years of experience in the real estate industry and over 34 years in sales and marketing. She will retain her position as broker of record for Whitney-Wallace Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC where she holds brokers licenses in both Maryland and Delaware. She resides in Salisbury, Md. with her husband, Andrew and their family.

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MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009

Police Journal Driver hits utility pole

On Saturday, March 14, at 1:39 a.m., Troop 7 patrol officers responded to the area of Route 24, east of Mulberry Knoll Road in Rehoboth, in reference to a single vehicle crash. A 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by William Mangum, 25, temporarily living in Millsboro, but originally from Raleigh, N.C., was traveling westbound on Route 24. The Silverado traveled off the right side of the roadway where it struck a utility pole and then a fire hydrant. Mangum told authorities that just before the crash, he dropped his cell phone. He said he leaned over to pick it up and took his attention off the road. It was at this point that he lost control and struck the utility pole. Mangum, who was not injured, was transported back to Troop 7 where he was charged with DUI and inattentive driving.

Manslaughter charges

James K. Harrington, who was involved in a fatal crash on Feb. 21 on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown, was arraigned on Friday, March 13 in Superior Court in Sussex County. Harrington’s charges were upgraded from second degree vehicular homicide and second degree vehicular assault to manslaughter, first degree vehicular homicide, first degree vehicular assault and DUI. The crash killed Henry Huff of Milton. Troopers received a toxicology report from the Medical Examiner’s Office indicating a schedule II narcotic was involved in the crash. Harrington posted $15,000 bail in Superior Court and was released pending a preliminary hearing.

Former teacher arrested

State Police detectives have arrested Jennifer D. Bollinger, a 25-year old former pre-school teacher of Laurel, after a seven month investigation. The investigation began when the mother of a 14-year old boy from Bridgeville discovered that her son allegedly was involved with Bollinger. Troopers were contacted in July 2008. Police said Bollinger befriended the boy in the beginning of the summer of 2008. The two became friends through a mutual acquaintance and began to com-


municate regularly. Bollinger would pick up the victim and two of his friends, a 13-year old and 14-year old boy, in her car and drive them back to her apartment north of Laurel. It is alleged that Bollinger had sexual encounBollinger ters with the 14-year old multiple times between June and July. After the investigation began, troopers attempted to locate Bollinger for several months and were finally successful in February. State Police charged Bollinger with six counts of fourth degree rape. She was arraigned and committed to the Department of Correction in default of $12,000 secured bail pending an appearance in the Court of Common Pleas in and for Sussex County on Thursday, March 19, for a preliminary hearing. State Police learned that Bollinger was a pre-school teacher in Blades and was currently employed as a daycare manager at an exercise facility in Seaford. Troopers are asking that anyone who has additional information concerning Bollinger’s contact with other juveniles is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 4 in Georgetown by calling 302-856-5850, ext. 222. All information will be kept confidential.

Man charged with pornography

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Death by motor vehicle charge

Delaware State Police have arrested Marcella L. Nichols, 45, of Seaford, for one count of death by motor vehicle (traffic offense) for her involvement in the fatal crash on Oct. 18, 2008 that killed Alexis Downes, 3, of Laurel. Nichols failed to yield right of way when crossing US 13 at Bethel Concord Road and pulled into the path of a car driven by Lacey I. Rash, 22, of Laurel. Alexis Downes was ejected from the vehicle during the collision. Nichols was arrested on March 16 and released on a $50 unsecured bond. Investigators previously arrested Lacey I. Rash on March 6 for a single count of a child restraint violation. She was released on her own recognizance.

Police search for suspect

Troopers assigned to Troop 5, Bridgeville, are actively looking for William Lindemon, a suspect in a burglary on Jan. 27 that occurred at a residence on Old Furnace Road in Seaford. A weapon was stolen during the burglary. William E. Lindemon IV, is 34, a white male, 6’, 230 pounds, with a last known address in Millville. Lindemon has active warrants for burglary and theft of a firearm. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Lindemon is asked to contact the State Police at Troop 5 at 337-1090.

Loitering, weapon charges

On March 13 at 11:22 p.m. Seaford Police Department officers observed Adrian D. Neal, 26, of Hurlock, Md., loitering in the Chandler Heights Apartment complex area. Officers stopped Neal and arrested him for loitering. A search revealed that Neal was in possession of a loaded .25 caliber semi-auto handgun and drug paraphernalia. Neal was arrested and charged with loitering, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Neal was transported to Justice of the Peace Court #3 for arraignment where he was committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of bond pending trial at a later date.

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Central Worship Center hosts ‘09 Pine Car Derby

Members of this year’s Board include seated, from left, BreAshia Hazzard, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Illyante Waters, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Zachery Judy, junior, Woodbridge High School; Kate Hickman, junior, Indian River High School; Jessica Tylor, junior, Indian River High School; and Michael Horton III, junior, Indian River High School. Standing from left are Caleb Craig, senior, Delmarva Christian High School; Zach Prettyman, senior, Milford High School; Emily Wheatley, senior, Seaford High School; Philip Gordon, junior, Delmarva Christian High School; Peter Gorgui, junior, Delmarva Christian High School; Chris Cutsail, junior, Laurel High School; and Sierra Spicer, junior, Laurel High School. Not pictured are Meghan Whittington, senior, Delmarva Christian High School; Olivia Smith, junior, Delmar High School; Casey Bellamy, junior, Delmar High School; Kelsey Murrell, junior, Delmar High School; and Michael Cherrix, junior, Seaford High School.

Board considers grant applications Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board recently visited Coverdale Crossroads Community Council in Bridgeville and Spirit of Excellence Ministry of Deliverance in Dagsboro to evaluate whether or not these organizations should receive grants for their programs that impact area youth. DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County will award a total of $10,000 in grants in 2009 to one or more schools and qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Sussex County.

Applications were accepted for programs that focus on promoting a productive lifestyle by encouraging students, grades 8 through 12, to stay in school and equipping them for college or their future in the work force. Extra consideration was given to programs that provide moneymanagement guidance (i.e. budgeting and savings) and/or prevent substance abuse. Grant recipients will be announced in April. For details, contact Judy Warrington, Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County advisor, at 302-422-6010.

Wednesday’s are an exciting time at Central Worship Center (CWC) in Laurel. Along with good food, great fellowship and Bible study, you will find the God Squad children’s ministry for kids in kindergarten through grade 6. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, they learned things like teamwork and good sportsmanship during the God Squad’s annual Pine Car Derby. All 39 entries had to meet the five ounce limit to qualify. Each participant had an opportunity to practice before the race while parents and other adults offered strategies to help the kids get their cars running faster. The competition spanned three age groups with 12 awards given for the Most Artistic, Most Original, Most Creative and Most Realistic cars. The double elimination race resulted in Fastest Car by age group. Winners were Trey Henry (K-Grade 2), Camyrn Thompson (Grade 3-4) and Malkha Almandoz (Grade 5-6). Each of these winners competed for the championship with Camryn Thompson earning the title of 2009 Pine Car Derby Champion. For more information about God Squad or other CWC Ministries, contact Church Administrator Maurica Kinnikin at 302-875-7995.

2009 Pine Car Derby Champion, Camryn Thompson, with dad Lee Thompson

Questions about event planning ? Texting - a modern day form of harassment that is punishable In Delaware many incidents of harassment occur every year and go unreported. For those which are investigated by law enforcement, harassment comes in many forms. The Delaware State Police has the methods and means to investigate this type of crime with the help of the High Technology Crime Unit. Prior to the advent of the texting, it was common for one person to bother another by calling them repeatedly, persistently sending letters or pestering another in person. Harassment by texting is on the rise. Why texting? Texting itself has become an accepted means of communication for all generations using cell phones. It’s quick, to the point and, depending on the wireless plan one may have, it’s cheap. Harassment is harassment and is unacceptable in any form. It does not matter if it is via a phone call or a text message. If someone is being repeatedly bothered by another person, law enforcement can get involved. Follow these steps if you are being harassed. • Tell the person who is bothering you  to leave you alone. The earlier the perpetrator knows his or her behavior is unac-

ceptable, the sooner it may stop. • Save the text messages to show an investigator the frequency and content of the text messages. • Call sooner rather than later. Do not  let the situation escalate. • Don’t take threatening messages for  granted. A threat is the same whether one says it or texts it. • Consider changing your cell phone  number. Although this step is drastic, it may alleviate the issue. Parents should speak to their kids about this issue too. Children and teens commonly have cell phones now, and with cell phones also comes a potential medium for harassment. In the not too distant past, teens might harass their peers by passing a note in the classroom or whispering a rumor in the hallway. Texting has proven to be an effective method to pass along this kind of information at a lightning pace. When addressing this issue with children and teens, it is important to relay the idea that harassment via text message is just as hurtful as saying it directly to someone. If certain factors are present, it may also be criminal.

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MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009

A new home and a new look at the marketplace By Ruth Briggs King

Sussex County Association of Realtors

As we complete the move into our beautiful new facility just outside Georgetown, we here at the Sussex County Association of Realtors feel the time is right for a broader look at our county’s real estate market. More than any year in recent memory, 2008 was challenging to say the least – a worldwide recession tends to have that kind of effect on local business. Because of the economic situation around the country, more and more potential homebuyers stayed on the sidelines last year, a natural response in tough economic times. We certainly saw a slowdown here in Sussex County as well, but not nearly as bad as it could have been given the circumstances. For the first time since 2002, the total amount of residential real estate sold in Sussex County fell short of $1 billion – but by just a little more than $150 million. And contrary to sentiment that homeowners were letting properties go at rock bottom prices, sellers generally garnered more than 90 percent of their asking price countywide in 2008. In a normal year, we may likely be a tad disappointed with these numbers. But in the middle of the nation’s worst economic downturn in more than a half a century, we don’t think they’re all that bad. They’re also better than many people probably expected, and should be cause for optimism moving forward. Here are some quick numbers related to Sussex County real estate for 2008: The total volume of residential real estate sold in 2008 was $848,884,032. The total number of residential units sold was 2,500. The average sales price for all

residential homes sold in 2008 was $339,554. The second quarter was the best of 2008, generating $248,977,118 from the sale of 743 units. The fourth quarter of the year was the most challenging, resulting in just $164,776,208 from the sale of 536 units. The local real estate market has corrected itself, which was bound to happen after many years of record growth in Sussex County. Sure, that correction may have been brought on as a result of the recession, but it ultimately would have corrected itself anyway. There’s no way our real estate market, and our local economy, could have continued on the record pace it was on for the last several years – it just couldn’t be sustained long-term. We do have an extraordinary amount of homes on the market right now, as is the case nearly everywhere in the United States these days. It’s going to take a while for things to get back to normal – we understand that and we’re committed to seeing this thing through. But we still feel the numbers for 2008 are not anywhere near as bad as they could have been given the tough economic climate in the United States and around the world – there were still nearly seven homes sold per day, every day of the year, in Sussex County. Not exceptional, but certainly very far from things coming to a grinding halt. What the recession has caused is a buyer’s market in Sussex County, the first in many years. Mortgage rates are at record lows, the recession has driven home prices down and new tax credits have been enacted by the Obama administration to try and boost the nation’s real estate markets. It’s a good time to buy, and

we think the next few years will bear me out. Our economy works in cycles and we just happen to be in an exaggerated period of economic downturn at the moment – but history proves that this too will pass. And as people begin spending again and the country returns to normal, that home you bought in 2008 or 2009 will likely begin

looking like the smartest investment you ever made. “The smartest investment you ever made” – we here at SCAOR® wholeheartedly believe in that statement and by cutting the ribbon on our new building on March 12, we put our money where our collective mouths are. This building is an investment in our future and a belief in the

enduring power of the Sussex County real estate market. We truly believe that this more than 5,000-square-foot facility will prove to be one of the best investments we have ever made. Only time will tell, of course, but we honestly believe that will be the case. Sussex County will endure, and we’ll be here to see it through.

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Keep off-road vehicles away from beaches and state wildlife areas Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminds citizens that they must follow laws and regulations when driving trucks, ATVs and other off-road vehicles on the beach. Driving four-wheel drive and other off road vehicles is unlawful in coastal areas managed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, including state owned and maintained beaches and state wildlife areas. On property managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the law requires that vehicles must stay on designated and established roadways. All vehicles must have a current vehicle registration and the operator must have a valid driver’s license. Delaware State Parks offers limited off-road vehicle access by permit only to several park beach areas for the sole purpose of surf fishing. Four-wheel drive vehicles with permits may enter and leave the beach only at designated dune crossings and must meet requirements which include carrying a low pressure tire gauge, tow rope/chain and a board, jack and shovel. “No one should ever drive on or over the dunes except at designated vehicle crossings. Driving should only take place on that portion of the beach which lies below the toe of the dune, the wrack line and vegetation,” said

Environment Scientist Maria Sadler of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section. “Besides damaging the protective dunes and vegetation, vehicles can disturb wildlife, including horseshoe crabs, turtles, shorebirds, beach nesters and other rare species that may stop to rest and feed on horseshoe crab eggs.” On private property, a person wishing to drive a vehicle offroad must obtain the landowner’s permission. People driving on the beach on privately owned lots are trespassing on private property. Here are some additional details to keep in mind: • Along the Delaware Bay, in communities such as Pickering Beach, Kitts Hummock Beach, Bowers Beach, South Bowers Beach, Big Stone Beach, Broadkill Beach, and Prime Hook Beach, many of the property owners own land down to the mean high water line. Driving on these beaches without the property owner’s permission is trespassing. • Many communities have signed easement agreements with the DNREC Division of Soil and Water Conservation allowing the public to use the beaches for recreation in exchange for preservation and maintenance of the beach and dune. This means that the public is permitted to access the beach area through public access points for walking, swimming, sunbath-

Community Walks are set for April 4 in towns throughout Sussex County The Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition, the town of Laurel, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Lewes and the city of Seaford and Nemours Health & Prevention Services have joined together for a third year to promote Sussex County’s Spring into Health Community Walk. This walk is being held simultaneously in all five towns on Saturday, April 4. The goal of the walk is to promote the prevention of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes, particularly in children. The event is free and it is not a fundraiser, simply an awareness campaign. Special guests will be popping up around the community for adults and children. The first 100 participants at each site will receive a free t-shirt

just for participating. The mayor from each town or their representative will be present to read a proclamation on behalf of the town council promoting April 4 as Community Health Day. Residents are encouraged to begin a healthy lifestyle which includes the 521AN program where people are encouraged to eat five fruits or vegetables per day, cut down on computer or TV screen time to no more than two hours per day, get a minimum of one hour of exercise per day and reduce all sugar sweetened beverages to almost none per week. For more information on the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition, call 302-444-9062 or visit

ing and fishing on the beach. It does not give people permission to drive on those beaches. • The damage or destruction of beach grass or other vegetation growing on any state-owned or maintained beach seaward of the building line is prohibited and a violation of the Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches.

Violators of these regulations can face arrest, fines up to $5,000, and, in some cases, a very large tow bill or flooding of the vehicle if they get stuck in the sand. Violators can be reported to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources Enforcement office by calling 800-523-3336. For more information about

Fish and Wildlife managed properties, contact Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913. For more information about vehicle beach access and requirements on Delaware State Parks properties, to obtain a vehicle beach permit or for information about surf fishing, call 302-7399220.

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MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009

Former Laurel woman is murdered in Tennessee

By Tony E. Windsor

Like their former classmates, Laurel school teacher, Jana Pugh and local farmer, Mark Collins, have many great memories of growing up in Laurel and attending Laurel High School. However, they are hard pressed to recall any of the most enjoyable memories that do not include their mutual “best friend” Renee Roissier. In or out of school, Collins, Pugh and Roissier along with a few other friends hung out together and did all the things that great high school memories are made up of. Their friendship was the lasting kind. They stayed in touch via phone, e-mail and in 2006 Renee and her family attended the Laurel High School 30th Class Reunion. On Thursday, March 12, Collins and Pugh traveled to Tennessee to see their friend Renee one last time. The unimaginable had occurred just a week earlier. Their childhood friend had been murdered, at the hands of a family friend. “This is unreal,” Pugh said as she and Collins made the 15 hour trip to Roissier’s home in Madisonville, TN. “I can’t believe anyone could do anything like this to someone like Renee. I feel like we are just on our way to visit Renee, it is hard to imagine we are going for her funeral.” Pugh said that she and Collins, who she said was Renee’s “best male friend,” and some other members of their high school graduating class seemed to never be apart. “We were inseparable,” Pugh said. “Renee was unique. When we were together we didn’t do things like everybody else. We did our own thing. Renee and I were on the field hockey team in high school and then later we went to college together at Salisbury State. Renee was even Maid of Honor at my wedding. She e-mailed me in February. We stayed in contact ever since she left the area.” Renee Roissier met her husband, Jamie Miller, while attending Salisbury State College. She became very involved in physical fitness and became a competitive body builder. She worked in fitness centers in Ocean City, Md. as a trainer and massage therapist. In 1985, she and her fiancé moved to Alaska and were married in 1985. She continued working in fitness and doing massage therapy and also ran a daycare while living in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1994 the family moved to Tennessee where they have a farm with a variety of animals, including Emus. Pugh said in the summer Renee operated a day camp for children who came to learn about life on a farm and have the opportunity to interact with the animals. The Millers have nine children, Joannie, Jackie, Jeremy, Jesse, Jason, Joey, Janna, Jerry and Jax. Jamie Miller continues to work in Alaska and travels to and from his family farm throughout the year. It was in the late night hours of March 4, when police discovered the body of Renee Roissier Miller. According to Monroe County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department reports, Miller’s body was discovered inside her red convertible in a secluded area in a neighboring county. Sheriff’s Department reports indicate that Miller’s husband contacted a police officer who

was a family friend expressing his concern that he had been unable to contact Renee. Police began a search and also learned that a man, Kenneth Erick Waldrop, 20, had been seen with Renee earlier in the day. Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies interviewed Waldrop and he confessed to killing Renee Miller. He then led officers to her body in nearby McCinn County, in a wooded area near the Mecca Pike. Police are not offering a motive for the murder, but did say that Waldrop is admitting his involvement in the murder and events following the incident. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the McCinn County Jail. Little is being released about why the murder occurred. Apparently, Waldrop had been involved with one of Miller’s daughters and had been living with the family. Pugh said the man was trusted by the family and had even made trips with the Millers when they visited Delaware. On Friday, a Memorial Service was held in the Butcher Auditorium of Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tn. Over 300 people attended the service and Pugh said students from Greenback (TN) School where the Miller children attended were given time off from school to attend the services. “She was so involved in her kids’ education and so active in the school helping with other children that school officials felt it important that the students have a chance to pay their respects,” Pugh said. “It was obvious from the turnout and expressions of appreciation from so many people that Renee was loved as much there in Tennessee as she was by us in Laurel.” Pugh said it was important to Jamie Miller that in the shadow of such tragedy his wife’s services were kept in a positive light, much like his wife’s legacy. In the eulogy for his wife, Miller spoke of Renee’s strengths. “It is always customary to say nice things about any deceased during a memorial service. Often we tend to politely overstate their accomplishments and speak of them just a little bit better in death than we ever did in life. Those who knew Renee well knows she needs no such embellishment. In fact if I were to cut her life’s work in half, the only word to describe her would be: Amazing!” “Her ability to get things done and tackle any challenges was simply unbelievable. It wasn’t just the amount of activity she could handle; it was the way in which she did it. I have known others who could get things done but none did it with Renee’s humor, grace and class. She had fun doing anything and everything and brought joy to all those around her. It was impossible to be around her and not get caught up in her enthusiasm,” he said. Calling his late wife “a gifted mother,” Miller pointed out the same qualities that Pugh and Collins found in their lifelong friend. “I truly believe Renee was the most natural and gifted mother on the planet. I know there are plenty of good moms out there; I had a pretty good one myself. But it is a simple statement of fact: none were better than Renee. She had the unique ability to make each of her nine children feel they were the most special person in the world to her. Renee’s dedication to

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her children resulted in several people, unknown to each other and living hundreds or thousands of miles apart, referring to her as “Saint Renee.” “In addition to caring and nurturing her own children, Renee shared her gifts with hundreds of other kids, coaching gymnastics, soccer, horse riding, swim team and many other activities. I don’t see how the circumstances could be much sadder, but I know with all my heart that Renee wants

each of us to celebrate her well-lived life, not mourn her death, and that is what I will attempt to do,” he said. When growing up in Laurel, Renee’s father and mother, [the late] Robert and Gail Roissier, operated a drug store in town. Jeff Gordy, who graduated Laurel High School in 1975, remembers Renee very well. After graduating, he lived with friends in an apartment next door to her family. “I remember her in school as being very athletic, but she was just a little thing,” he said. “She always had a great big smile on her face and was the nicest person you could ever meet. I am really shocked by what has happened.” As law enforcement in Tennessee continues to investigate the tragic murder of Renee Roissier Miller, back in Laurel like Gordy, people are shocked. “The only word I can think that adequately describes Renee is ‘remarkable,’ Pugh said. “She was a strong woman and fortunately she and Jamie have taught their children to be strong. That is what it will take to get them through this, that’s for sure.” A special fund, “The Miller Children Fund”, has been set up for the benefit of Renee’s children. Contributions can be sent to: The Miller Children Fund, c/o Regions Bank, 101 Tellico St. S., Madisonville, TN 37354. Condolences may be sent to: Jamie Miller & Family, 146 Campground Rd. Madisonville, TN 37354 and may be posted at http://

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MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009

Old house in Laurel gets new owner, facelift

By Lynn R. Parks

Community College in Georgetown, lives in Seaford with his parents. He decided to purchase a house last spring and put the word out among his friends. “I was pretty open-minded about what I wanted,” he said. “But I have always liked old houses. They have a character that you can’t really recreate in a new house.” He learned about the Spruce Street property from a friend’s mother, who is a real estate agent. Nielson said that he is not sure how old the house is. His mother, who has been researching the property, said that she has found information that indicates that the house was built as early as 1880. Retired art teacher Matthew Blaine, from whom Nielson bought the house, had his Broad Creek Pottery studio in the house in the 1970s and 1980s. He bought the property in 1972 from Laurel native Dr. James Marvil, who acquired the property with the intention of moving it to Lewes for the Shipcarpenter Square development there. The house was too small for the development, Blaine said. Blaine and his son, Michael, who lived in the house from 1993 until 2003, planted the trees and the gardens that surround the house. In one corner of the lot, there is a tall and straight magnolia. In another corner, a cluster of hazelnut trees bears fruit every fall. Most recently, the Blaines rented out the house. “That really didn’t work out,” said Michael Blaine. “I believe that every house needs a partner to take care of it and love it. We grudgingly decided that we had

When Luke Nielson first saw it, the cottage at 402 Spruce St. in Laurel was not in great shape. “It was a sad looking house,” said Nielson. The plaster walls were falling off, one part of the floor was rotten and, Nielson said, the interior had a bad odor. “It smelled like maybe there had been cats living under the floor,” added Luke’s mother, Jeannine. But the structure of the old house was sound. And now, 10 months later, the cottage has seen a renaissance. Luke Nielson, 23, bought the house last May and, with the help of his mom and dad, Mark, as well as Seaford contractor Bill Smith, has been fixing it up since. The four-room house has new electrical, heating and plumbing systems, has been insulated and is awaiting new drywall. Where the floor was rotten, there is new plywood. Outside, the house has new windows, new siding and a freshly-patched roof. Nielson has even started cleaning up the large corner lot on which his house sits. So, is his new house happy? “I’d say so,” said Nielson, a mechanic for the Delaware Department of Transportation. “I certainly like the idea of taking a home, seemingly on its last legs, and adding many more years to its lifespan.” Nielson, who graduated from Seaford High School in 2003 and studied automotive technology at Delaware Technical and

This small cottage at 402 Spruce St. in Laurel is undergoing renovation. The new owner, 23-year-old Luke Nielson, says that he likes the character of old homes. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

to sell.” “It is a great little house and I’m glad to see that somebody’s interested in it,” added Matthew Blaine. Area historian Kendal Jones said that he remembers that in the late 1930s, a family by the name of Burris lived in the house. The structure was moved from a 4th Street lot where the telephone office is now, probably in the late 1920s or early 1930s, he said. Jones said that the home’s curved stairway, with steps that are just a few inches across at their widest, is typical of stairways that were squeezed in next to fireplaces. Nielson said that there was a chimney in 10903_AcePaint_AdSlick


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Del Tech hosts senior art exhibit The 19th annual Statewide Senior Art Exhibit will be held this spring at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Amateur and professional artists 50 years of age and older are invited to submit up to two pieces of artwork in the following categories: oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, photography, sculpture (metal or stone), pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, ceramics and “other.” Seniors can bring their artwork to the Carter

Partnership Center on Monday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibits of all submitted works will be on display in the William A. Carter Partnership Center from Monday, April 27 to Thursday, June 4. The event will culminate with a luncheon and awards presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 4. Ribbons will be awarded by judges in each category. For more information or to register, call Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus+ program at 302-856-5618.

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‘Abe Lincoln’ delivers famous speech at Del Tech A crowd of nearly 400 people stood in awe as a man over six feet tall walked down the aisle and onto the theater stage at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus on Feb. 19. President Lincoln was portrayed by Jim Rubin, a retired psychologist from Prosperity, W.V., in celebration of the 200th birthday of our nation’s 16th president. The event began with a formal introduction by Russ McCabe, director of the Delaware Public Archives and a member of the Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. McCabe spoke about Lincoln’s six terms in the Legislature and his visit to Delaware on June 10, 1848. He then introduced Lincoln who told stories of his childhood in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Lincoln related how he received only about a year of formal education, learning most of what he knew from reading books, magazines, newspapers and the Bible. Lincoln considered himself to be a very religious man, but he did not attend church because he believed “religion is private.” He noted the Bible was very special to him and sometimes it was the only book he had to read.

The President also gave a vivid description of how seeing a lady being sold at a slave auction left a great impression on him as he thought about the family being split apart. For most of Lincoln’s life, he kept a clean shave. His beard is credited to an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell from Westfield, N.Y. Lincoln shared how Grace wrote him a letter, saying she had four brothers whom she would convince to vote for him if he let his whiskers grow. Local newspaper publisher Dennis Forney, in period attire and mode, held a brief mock press conference with Lincoln. Forney asked him if he ever saw a time when this nation would have a black president. Lincoln responded that at first he saw the black race as inferior, mainly because they weren’t afforded the same educational opportunities. But when he met Frederick Douglass at the White House it changed his mind; it was unheard of at that time for a colored man to come to the White House to meet the President. After the press conference, Rubin received a standing ovation.

From left are Delaware Tech President, Dr. Orlando George and Owens Campus Director, Dr. Ileana Smith with Abraham Lincoln (Jim Rubin) and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln (Edna Rubin).

Accompanying Rubin was his wife, Edna, who portrayed Mrs. Lincoln. Attendees stood in line for over an hour to ask questions and take pictures with “Lincoln.”

Judge Henry duPont Ridgely, another member of the state’s Lincoln bicentennial commission, presented Lincoln with a gift; McCabe also gave away free Lincoln bicentennial books and pens.

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The second annual Sussex County Hamfest and AARL Delaware State Convention will be held at Sussex Technical High School on Saturday, April 4. Gates open at 6 a.m. and doors open at 7 a.m. Activities will run throughout the day. Featured personality is Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH, former special council for the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. Dozens of exhibitors, forums, food and FCC amateur radio exams will be featured. Admission is $5 (under 12 are free). Each admission includes one lunch when you return your Hamfest information card to the K3STR table. Vendor tables are available for $15 for the first table and $10 each additional (includes one lunch ticket). Electricity is an additional $5. Tailgating space

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Community Bulletin Board Seaford Library

• “Lights, Camera, Action!” The Seaford District Library hosts “Movie Night” on Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. • Baby Bookworms, an infant story time, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m; Toddler Tales, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m; 3-5 Storytime, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • Delaware EITC Campaign offers 2008 tax preparations on Fridays starting at 10 a.m. • Love a good murder mystery? Who is Sam Spade? Find out this and much more with your free copy of The Maltese Falcon written by Dashiell Hammett. • The 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. The library will receive 10% of the total receipt. • Registration for the adult winter reading program, “Winter Sizzlers” ends March 20 and all reading logs are due March 24 with the “Grand Finale” celebration on March 28 at 3 p.m. • The Celiac Support Group will meet on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. • There will be a Seaford Library Board meeting on Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m.

Homecoming competition

Miss De-Jana O’Shay Lynn De La Rosa, daughter of Maria De La Rosa of Bridgeville, has been selected finalist for Delaware’s 29th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held March 21 & 22, at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, Pa. She is the Seaford High School Homecoming Queen. Delaware’s 2009 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an expense paid trip to the national finals to compete with queens from the other states for America’s Homecoming Queen.

Soroptimist Youth Forum

The purpose of the Soroptimist Youth Forum is to provide an opportunity for young people to meet, interact, and discuss current and pressing issues that society faces. It gives youth a voice on their world and keeps the community in touch with the experiences and knowledge of our young people. Participants discuss under guidance a current issue and are rated by judges on several areas. Youth have the ability to win prize money, which can be used to further their education. Participants range from grades 9-12 and can be enrolled in public, private, and home school. This year’s event will take place on March 28 from 9 a.m. until noon at Trinity Transport in Seaford. The public is invited to attend.

Texas Hold’Em tournament

Seaford VFW Post 4961 will host a Texas Hold’Em tournament on Saturday, March 28 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the buy-in is $100.

Cash pay outs and dealers are provided by Go All In. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and there will be a silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Auction items include an 8x10 signed by Peyton Manning, 8x10 signed by Nolan Ryan, two tickets for the Dover Downs Sprint cup race on May 31, a basketball signed by Bill Walton, Phillies cap signed by Greg Dobbs, football signed by Emmitt Smith and much more. For more information, call Keith White at 875-7768 or 302542-0308.

Egg Hunt at Ross Mansion

The Seaford Recreation Department hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Ross Mansion in Seaford. Age groups include toddlers, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-9 year olds. There will be an Easter bonnet contest after the egg hunt. Rain date is Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m.

AARP Driver Safety Course

An AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course for people 50 and over will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford. The one-day program, sponsored by the American Association for Retired Persons, stresses how older drivers may operate vehicles safely. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate entitling them to a reduction in their auto insurance. A 15 percent reduction is given to anyone repeating the program within three years. For information and registration call 629-8081, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. only. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

AAUW Geranium Sale

The Western Sussex branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is taking orders for their annual geranium sale to raise money for a local high school student scholarship, a Delaware Tech student going for an advanced degree, a Delaware Space Academy student, and a student attending Camp Invention. Lakeside Greenhouse in Laurel has again provided us with the best quality plants. Colors available are: red, white, pink, salmon, and fuchsia. The price for each 6-inch pot is $4.25. To order call 628-1615 or contact any AAUW member by March 31. The plants will be available for pick-up at West Seaford Elementary School parking lot on Saturday, April 25, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Schwan’s sale benefits Easter Seals

Schwan’s Fundraising Truckload Sale is Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 22350 Sussex Highway, Seaford, one mile north of Walmart in the southbound lane. Up to 20% of sales goes to the local Easter Seals facility in Georgetown. Submit preorders online at Schwans. com or 1-888-724-9267.

Beef & dumpling dinner

All-you-can-eat beef and dumpling dinner, with parsley potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee, will be held on Sunday, March 22, noon till 4 p.m., at

the Seaford Moose Family Center, 227 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. For information call 875-7530.

Chili Bike Run

Col.’s Camp Barnes Chili Bike Run will be held March 29. Two registration locations: Smyrna Rest Area on Rt. 13, North of Smyrna or Harley-Davidson of Seaford on Rt. 13, North of Seaford. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. $25 registration fee per rider. Police escorted scenic ride. Chili will be provided at Camp Barnes. Free t-shirt for the first 250 participants (with 125 at each location). Fund raiser to benefit Delaware State Police Camp Barnes. This event is open to the public. Donations appreciated. Make checks payable to: Camp Barnes. For more information contact Brenda Lee Unruh at 302-739-3711.

Italian ice giveaway

For the 17th year, Rita’s Italian Ice has “Spring FREEver” - and on March 20, from noon to 10 p.m., Rita’s will offer every guest a free, 10 oz. cup of Italian ice to celebrate the beginning of spring. This giveaway will take place at all Rita’s locations. Visit to find your neighborhood Rita’s by zip code.

Lenten fish dinners available

The Knights of Columbus, St. Molua Council #4075 is offering their Lenten fish dinners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, which is located at the rear of the church, 535 East Stein Highway, Seaford. The dinners will be held every Friday during Lent (March 20, 27, and April 3). Serving times are from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes baked breaded flounder, homemade cole slaw, scalloped potatoes or baked macaroni and cheese, glazed carrots, cut green beans, rolls and butter, assorted deserts and coffee and iced tea. Adults are $8, children are $4. All proceeds benefit the St. Molua Council #4075 College Scholarship Fund.

Miss/Little Miss Seaford

The Lioness Club presents its annual Miss/Little Miss Seaford pageant on Friday, March 27, at the Seaford Senior High School. Contestants for Miss Seaford must be 14 years of age prior to the pageant date but cannot turn 19 during the pageant year. They must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior. Contestants must live within the Seaford School District, but do not have to attend Seaford School. Miss Seaford will be awarded a small scholarship and $100

MORNING STAR • MARCH 19 - 25, 2009 cash prize. For more information or to pick up an application, contact Bonny Hastings at Cut-n-Up Family Salon, or call Bonny at 841-4884 or 628-8150.

Fitness classes

Come join us in fitness classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, at 9 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. We meet in St. John’s UMC Fellowship Hall in Seaford. (Sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public.) Beginners to intermediate participants are welcome in this fun, faithfilled, co-ed, non-competitive, resistance training, stretching, high/low aerobic class. For more information call Carol Lynch at 629-7539.

must be a graduating son or daughter of a member of the Laurel Alumni Association for at least three years prior to June 2009. The Laurel Alumni Scholarship Foundation also administers the Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis Scholarship and the Class of 1956 Scholarship. Graduating seniors of Laurel High School are eligible for these scholarships. The application forms are available from the guidance office or by calling 8752503. All completed applications are due back to the foundation by April 1.

Oyster roast

Hope Lodge 4 will be having an oyster roast on Saturday, March 21, at the lodge location on Sixth Street, Laurel, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oyster fritters, crab cakes and homemade cream of crab soup will be available. All are welcome.

Laurel Chamber seeks food vendors Laurel election

The Laurel General Municipal Election will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 1 to 8 p.m., at the Laurel Fire Hall, located at 205 Tenth Street. Registered voters must show proof of identification. There is a contest for the seat of mayor, between Joshua S. Duryea and John Shwed. The following uncontested candidates are: Robin Fisher, councilwoman ward two; William Trujillo, councilman ward three; and H. Donovan Phillips, Jr., councilman at large.

The Beatles

The Laurel Lions Club will put on their show, “Let’s take a look at the 60s,” at the Laurel High School auditorium on March 27, 28, 29 (Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.)

Easter Egg Hunt

The Boys & Girls Club at Laurel will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4. The event starts at 11 a.m. and various age groups will be hunting for eggs until 4 p.m. Up to three years old will hunt at 11 a.m.; ages 4 and 5 will start at 11:45 a.m.; ages 6 and 7 will start at 12:30 p.m.; ages 8 and 9 at 1:15 p.m. and ages 10 to 12 at 2 p.m. The egg hunt will take place in the open field next to the Insurance Market along Central Avenue. There will also be a variety of food, games and other things being held at the Boys & Girls Club building. For more information, call 875-1200.

Attention Active Duty Veterans

The American Legion Post 19 of Laurel is actively recruiting new members for the post. Membership eligibility dates: WWI, April 6, 1917-Nov. 11, 1918; WWII, Dec. 2, 1941-Dec. 31, 1948; Korean War, June 25, 1950-Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam War, Feb. 28, 1961-May 7, 1975; Lebanon/ Grenada, Aug. 24, 1982-July 31, 1984; Panama, Dec. 29, 1989-Jan. 31, 1990; Gulf War, Aug. 2, 1990-Cessation of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government. Any member serving today is eligible if they are on active duty. Proof of service (DD-214) is required. Call Bettylou Evans, membership chairperson at 875-0167 for more information or fax 875-1943 or send a note of interest with your name, address and phone number to P.O. Box 329, Laurel, DE 19956.

Laurel Alumni Scholarship

The Laurel Alumni Scholarship Foundation announces that the scholarship forms for 2009 are now available. An applicant for the Laurel Alumni Scholarship,

Laurel Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for food vendors for its 4th of July celebration.

Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital

Community yard sale on Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Pet Portraits on that day from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will help our team raise funds for the annual Walk for the Animals in Rehoboth Beach on April 25. The money raised for the walk goes to the Delaware Humane Association. If you have any items that you would like to donate for the yard sale, they would be greatly appreciated. For more information call ESVH at 875-5941.

AARP Driving Course

Laurel Senior Center will be holding an AARP Driving Course on March 2324, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for non members. To register for the course call the Laurel Senior Center at 875-2536. Laurel Senior Center will have an AARP Refresher Driving Course, on April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. To register for the course call 875-2536.

Laurel Lioness host bingo

Laurel Lioness Vera Bradley bingo will be held Tuesday, April 21, at Laurel Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Play starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from any Lioness or call 875-5597. Cost of tickets: advanced sales $20; at door, $25. Many door prizes and refreshments will be available.

Greenwood library events

• Come join the folks in Greenwood as they read and celebrate the granddaddy of them all, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, during The Big Read taking place in the month of March. The Greenwood Library will host a viewing of the movie “The Maltese Falcon” on Friday, March 20 at 6 p.m. There will be a discussion of the book on Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library. Both programs are free and open to all teens and adults. • AARP Tax-Aide tax preparers will be available at the library from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: March 25 and April 8 to conduct free tax


preparation and e-filing for all taxpayers of all ages. Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Greenwood VFW dinner

The Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 announces its traditional spring bbq beef and chicken dinner at the post on Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 7478 will offer dessert for $1 a slice or serving. Dessert profits will benefit the Ladies Auxiliary Program for Cancer Aid and Research. For more information, contact Commander Harold Mullins at 302670-6695.

1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit community projects. Cost is $10 and carry-outs are available. There will also be a Chinese Auction. For more information, call 302846-9880.

Easter egg hunt

Delmar Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt will be held on April 4, 1 p.m., at Delmar Middle and Senior High School football field. (Rain date April 11, 1 p.m.)

Casino Night

Delmar Volunteer Fire Department is holding a Casino Night, April 4, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.: poker, blackjack, money wheels and tearoffs. Admission is $10, includes cold cuts, beer and soda.

AARP Driver Safety Course

There will be a two-day AARP Driver Safety Course at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This basic two-day course is $12 per AARP member and $14 for non-members. For more information or to register, call Susan Welch at 302-349-5237.

Beef & dumpling dinner

The Delmar New Century Club will have a beef and dumpling dinner on Sunday, March 22 at the Delmar VFW from

Girl Power Celebration Brunch

The third annual Ginny Verosko Girl Power Celebration Brunch and the presentation of the Girl-Powered Award to the Honorable Ruth Ann Minner is Saturday, April 4 at The Brick Hotel on the Circle in Georgetown. Girl Power alumnus and Delaware Tech Upward Bound graduate Cristina Collins is the keynote speaker. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for youth. For reservations, send a check to Women Networking in Southern Delaware, Inc.,


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Ruritan’s ham & turkey shoot

The Ellendale Ruritan Club ham and turkey shoot, Saturday, March 28 (rain date April 4) at 11:30 a.m., at Ellendale VFW, on V.F.W. Road. Directions: 1/2 mile south of U.S. 113 and 16 intersection). Refreshments will be available for sale. (If rain dates are cancelled, we will go to next shoot.) For possible cancellations call 302-422-2948 or cell 302-2497025.

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Ruritan Club

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

Galestown yard sale

Galestown Community House will hold a yard sale and crafts from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 28. There will also be available: breakfast food; homemade vegetable soup and oyster sandwiches (start serving 11 a.m.) This will benefit Galestown United Methodist Church.

Bluegrass Gospel Show

Bluegrass Gospel Show at Sam Yoder’s Community Building, Houston, on Saturday, March 21, featuring Summit Hill Bluegrass and Raymond Sheridan and Gospel Side. Cost is $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m. Food and beverages for sale by Marilyn’s Catering. For details call Marie at 875-2595.

Sound ‘n Movement

Sound ‘n Movement, an ensemble of tap dancers and jazz musicians, will appear for one performance at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 2. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Don’t miss this exciting new dance company headed by nationally renowned tapper and choreographer, Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, students and military; and $5 for children. Call 302-678-5152 for tickets.

Ride to the Tide planned

The Ride to the Tide, a police-escorted motorcycle ride that benefits Special Olympics Delaware, will take place on Sunday morning, April 19. Bikers can depart from the University of Delaware football stadium parking lot at 10:30 a.m. or the Seaford Harley Davidson at 11 a.m. All riders will end at Jake’s Seafood Restaurant in Lewes. Jake’s will provide a complimentary lunch. Register before April 16 and pay $20 for riders and $15 for passengers. Day-of registration fee is $25 for riders and $20 for passengers. The ride is organized by the Delaware Blue Knights - Chapter 1, and supported by Delaware’s Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, Jake’s Seafood and WBOC. For more information or to register online, contact Special Olympics Delaware at 302-831-4653 or visit www.

Bus trip to English Town

On Saturday, April 4, at 6 a.m., a bus trip to English Town, N.J. Flea Market will leave from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (trip sponsor), 108 First St., Bridgeville. Cost is: adults $30 each, children under 12 years, $15.

Garden trips

Delaware Horse Expo

The Delaware Horse Expo is Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Event includes a parade of breeds, clinics, riding horse sale, Breyer horse show, vendors. Admission is $5, children 12 and under free. For more information, call 302398-4630 ext. 110 or visit www.Delaware

handcrafted by thousands of artisans, and Longaberger Homestead, the company’s shopping, dining and entertainment destination. For more information or to make reservations, contact Morris at 302-2458842 or

Seaford AARP trips

Friday, May 22 - Gettysburg, Pa. Visit the Eisenhower Farm, $79. This is a revised price. Visit the galleries in the museum at the Visitor’s Center and enjoy lunch at General Pickett’s Buffet. Wednesday, July 1 - Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Lancaster, Pa., $79. After lunch, enjoy a classic musical. Wednesday, Sept. 2 - Rainbow Dinner Theatre, “Uncle Chick’s Last Wish,” $70. Saturday, Sept. 12-18 - Mackinac Island, Michigan, $790 pp double. Trip includes six hot breakfasts, five dinners and one lunch at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. In Frankenmuth, take a bus tour around the city; ride a hyro-jet across Lake Huron and Lake Superior; take a guided tour by horse and carriage and more! Friday, Oct. 16 - Strasburg Railroad with lunch on the train, $69. Nov. 16-20 - Christmas At The Biltmore Estate, $589 pp double. Wednesday, Dec. 2 - American Music Theatre, Christmas show, $92. Contact Rose Wheaton at 629-7180 to make your reservations.

Theater trips

Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus is offering trips with a multi-generational appeal that would be a great experience for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren. On Saturday, April 4 at the DuPont Theater in Wilmington, experience the critically acclaimed musical drama “Four Score and Seven Years Ago.” At the Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. on Friday, April 17, journey into the enchanted forests of “Cirque Dreams” and encounter the strength and power of soaring aerialists, spine binding contortionists and vine swinging characters. On Tuesday, April 21 at Delaware State University in Dover enjoy the touching story of “Silent Boy.” The Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” will premiere at Toby’s Theater in Baltimore, Md. on Thursday, April 23. For complete trip information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Longaberger bus trip

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

Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, and the East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro are offering a bus trip to Winterthur on Sunday, March 22 to hear guest lectures on spring plants and view the blooming spring bulbs. The second trip will be on Tuesday, April 7 to the Rawlings Conservatory, the Baltimore Botanic Gardens and the Baltimore Museum of Art. For more information or to register, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-855-1617.

11:30 a.m. at the Sussex Pines Country Club. For details contact: Dee Richards at 302-841-5066 or Bettie Comer at 302-2655606.


The March meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at the Sussex Pines Country Club. The business meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by lunch and a speaker. This month’s speaker is the chairman of the State Republican Committee, Tom Ross. To make reservations, call Kathy Vengazo at 302-539-4757. Visitors are welcome. For more information on the club and club activities, visit www.scrwc. net.

Young Republicans meeting

Sussex County Young Republicans invites all interested young Americans between the ages of 13 to 29 to the first meeting of the Sussex County Young Republicans. The meeting will be held promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at Sussex County Republican Headquarters located at 131 E. Market St., Georgetown. For more information, contact Jim Dundas at

Sea Purls meet monthly Embroiders’ Guild

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

Republican Women

The Seaford Republican Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, March 26, at the Seaford Golf & Country Club at 10:30 a.m. For further information call Sharlana Edgell at 629-7123.

Acorn Club

The G.F.W.C.-Acorn Club is having a soup and sandwich night and a business meeting at theBlades Community Hall on March 26 at 6 p.m. The hostess is Ann McFarland and her committee.

Georgetown AARP

Join Georgetown AARP Chapter 5340 at their monthly luncheon meetings held on the first Monday of each month at

The “Sea Purls” chapter of the Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 1. Lunch is available and new members are always welcome. For details, call Roseanne Jahnke at 302854-6776.

Genealogical Society meets

Join the Sussex County Genealogical Society for a presentation on “Fields of Stone” on Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library’s upstairs meeting room. Chuck Swift and Doug Breen will give an overview on how they have found and recorded the many “hidden” and previously unrecorded cemeteries in the Laurel area. For details visit Submit Bulletin Board items by noon, Thursday. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email to or drop off at 951 Norman Eskridge Hwy., Seaford (Home Team Bldg.).

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These youth are showing how to make a difference It seems that every generation looks at the next generation and at urPhy says, “What is ever going to become of our country?” I remember my dad telling me many years ago, “I love Delaware, as he looked at my generation, and me, “Son, if you don’t mend your the southern ways you won’t be able to get a job hospitality, no in a pie shop.” I don’t know what made dad honking of horns. think I wanted a job in a pie shop It’s just great.” anyway, but when I was in Fort Knox, I was assigned to the bakery. Among my jobs was mixing the of all of them. Michelle Speranza is here ingredients for pies. Sure enough, I sent my dad a post card telling him, “Dad I for the third year and plans to come again next year as a senior. I had to laugh at her just got a job in a pie shop.” comment, “I love Delaware, the southern So it has gone on for generations, hospitality, no honking of horns. It’s just each telling the next they better shape up. great.” Michelle also worked for Habitat in Seriously though, folks, we all have had New Orleans, which she said was more deenough information telling us this generamolition than anything else. “It was weird tion is the one that is going to ruin us. to see that (the devastation) in the United Is it possible we are all caught up in States,” said Michelle. the media frenzy, or sensationalism in the For a few moments I saw some young news of today? Not enough of the many people, very respectful to their elders and good things our young people are doing is told. I got a good lesson of the good things with a respect for community and country. I want to thank Dot Dolby for inviting me. they are doing at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel last week. I met 13 of the I hear there is to be a new business in nicest young people you can meet. They were sponsored by the church and the old Flower Shop in Laureltown, but I can’t tell you much more at this time. Habitat for Humanity to help build houses in Concord. They gave up their spring Steve “Bo” Brittingham, you know break to come here and do this, some for the second year and some are already plan- “the-mail-must-go-through Brittingham, ning on being here next year. They are stu- called me the other day with concern about one of his mail recipients, Jean Fuller. dents at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She’s getting a lot of cards and there have I was able to spend a few minutes with been a lot of cars up there. “Are Loren one of the students after I took a photo









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and Jean Okay?” asked Bo. Yes, I told him, other than the fact she is enjoying another birthday. Later I realized I should have warned “Bo,” as he is also a member of the Fire Department, that when they light the candles on that cake there may be a bright flame at that house. Tell the members, it’s only Jean’s cake with many candles on it. Happy birthday, Jean.

Laurel native James Diehl will soon be joining the list of Laurel writers who have written books over the years. Robert Phillips, Roger Martin and Nancy Lynch are among the best remembered at this time in my very small memory bank. James’ Book, “Remembering Sussex County,” should be out around Memorial Day and contains 33 short stores about places in Sussex such as the DuPont Plant, Ross Mansion, Old Christ Church, the Town of Laurel and much more. Since graduating from Laurel in 1988, James has been the editor of the Sussex Post as well as a writer for the Sussex Countian and the Salisbury Daily Times. It seems like only yesterday he was riding the school bus with my wife as the driver. Much success with your book, James. Once again Little League Baseball-Softball sign-ups are down in Laurel. I hear they are also down in Seaford, but no word on Delmar. The economy, travel ball and other interests are much of the blame. When was the last time you saw kids in a yard having a pickup baseball game? What a shame. For me the sweetest sound I know is the pop of a ball in a mitt and to

this day I enjoy it. Little League is a great program and I encourage kids to give it a try. It’s also a great social place for our youth. We just received the news that “Punk” Callaway of Laurel has been selected to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, something long overdue. There will be much more on this next week in my column as well as in the sports. You say “Punk” and anyone in Laurel instantly knows who he was — a great athlete and one of Laurel’s great storytellers.

By now everyone in Laurel knows of the very serious farm accident Tommy Wright was in a week ago. A simple message to Tommy: Never in my 13 years of doing this column, have I heard such concern for someone. Tommy is a member of the class of 1962 and is about as soft spoken and liked as you can get. A former teacher, Tommy is and always has been a farmer at heart. He is the manager of the Laurel Auction Block. Wayne Barr said on Monday, that Tommy has been asking for someone else to learn about the workings of the block, but, like Wayne said, no one has as much knowledge of it. Tommy is also a very big part of the Ruritans and handles all the scholarships for the Laurel Alumni. It is easy to see why Tommy Wright has been asked about so much. Tommy, we need you, hurry and get on the mend! Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

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Homemade Easter eggs

Lenten services

Free Community luncheon

Janet Hubbard of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be coordinating a Bible study of the book of Esther. The group will meet in St. Luke’s Parish House. Additional information can be obtained by calling Janet at 628-0417. The Greater Seaford Ministerium announces the following schedule for Lenten services. March 25 - Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., 629-7693. April 1 - St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Front St., 629-7979. All services start at noon and are 25 minutes in length, followed by a light luncheon at the host church.

Ash Wednesday

The Ash Wednesday services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be at 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist service with imposition of ashes will be held at the Manor House on Middleford Road. At 7 p.m. there will be a Holy Eucharist service with imposition of ashes at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Front Street. The Rev. Jeanne Kirby-Colodonato, rector of St. Luke’s, will be the celebrant at both services.

Soup supper, Lenten study

The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel, is the leader of a Lenten Journey Day-ByDay, held each Wednesday during the special season until Easter. Study begins at 7 p.m. with a soup and bread meal at 6 p.m. The church is located at 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel.

Homemade Easter Eggs from Christ Lutheran Church, finest ever and still the best on the shore. $3.50 each. Selection is: peanut butter, coconut cream and butter cream. To order call 629-9751 or 6299755. Laurel Baptist Church will be hosting a free community luncheon on Saturday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard, approximately 2 miles south of town. Any questions, call Shirley, at 875-2314.

LMA meets at St. Philip’s Church

The next meeting of the Laurel Ministerial Association is Wednesday, March 25 at 9 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Discussion topics include scholarships, Baccalaureate and the Good Friday service. All ministers from the Laurel area are encouraged to attend. For details call the Rev. Julie Lewis at 875-4741.

Pre-Men’s Day Joy Night

Mt. Calvary UMC in Bridgeville presents Pre-Men’s Day Joy Night on Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. All men’s choirs, soloists and praise dance ministry teams are invited. For details contact Butch Lee at 302-337-8198 or George L. Batson at 410-754-6987. Host pastor is the Rev. Baron N. Hopkins Sr.

Gospel Café

Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Poplar and Market streets, Laurel will have it’s Gospel Café every Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Bruce &

Nancy Willey Music Ministry, live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. March 21 – Wayne Dukes, Ashley Yoder, Amanda Jones. Saturday, March 28 – Don White and Dan Walch. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539 or 875-7339.

from ticket sales and auction will go to cancer patient, Linda Bunting. Woodland Church is located 4.5 miles west of Seaford next to the Woodland Ferry. For additional information and tickets call 629-4749 or 629-7136. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Mennonite Chorale in concert

During Lent, Thursday evening service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Seaford, will include Holy Eucharist and Stations of the Cross. The service begins at 6 p.m. and newcomers are welcome.

Woodland UMC dinner

The women of the Woodland United Methodist Church will serve a chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is adults, $10; children 6-12 years are $4; and 5 years and under are free. No carry outs. For additional information call 6295404 or 629-4662.

Mt. Olivet UMC attic sale

There will be an Attic Sale at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, in its Fellowship Hall, on Saturday, March 28, from 7 to 11 a.m., rain or shine.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

The Wesley and Woodland United Methodist Churches are holding a benefit spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 28 at Woodland Church. Dinner (eat-in or carryout) will be served at 5 p.m. followed by a baked goods auction and gospel music entertainment. Cost is $10 for adult, and $5 for children 8-years and under. All money

The Greenwood Mennonite School chorale and ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Yoder, will be in concert at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited for an evening of beautiful music. The concert is free and an offering will be received. For more information, call 302629-5600.

Easter Sunrise Service

The Easter Sunrise Service at Janosik Park in Laurel is scheduled for Sunday April 12, at 6 a.m. This is sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association. Everyone is invited.

Good Friday events planned

The Laurel Ministerial Association (LMA) is sponsoring Good Friday events for the Laurel community on Friday, April 10. The first event is a Cross Walk that starts at Centenary United Methodist Church at noon and follows a path through the downtown area where participants will stop at different locations and pray. The next event is a community Good Friday Service at Christ United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. This is an ecumenical service and will have participation from different denominations. For details call the Rev. Julie Lewis at 875-4741.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

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

Obituaries Della D. Moore, 87

Della D. Moore of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 13, 2009, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born in Laurel, a daughter of Samuel and Jennie Dorman. She and her husband Harry operated the family farm in Laurel. She had also worked at the Hollybrook Dairy, Farmers Bank and as a secretary for numerous employers including Jim Faulkner, Attorney at Law. She was a lifetime member of Kings United Methodist Church. Her family and friends will remember her for her card ministry. She is survived by her daughter, Betsy L. Moore of Laurel; her son, Dana D. Moore and his wife Audrey of Laurel; her grandchildren, Amanda M. Moore, Bridget C. Moore, Hanna L. Moore-Collins and her husband Lee, and Zachary M. Moore, all of Laurel; a great-granddaughter, Riley Moore; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Moore, who passed away in 2001 and several siblings. The funeral was held Tuesday, March 17 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. The Rev. Dale Evans officiated and interment followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: King’s United Methodist Church, c/o Treasurer Hanna Collins, 14272 Wootten Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.

Camillio ‘Angelo’ Dulis, 80

Camillio “Angelo” Dulis of Laurel passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. He was born in Pennsylvania, a son of Herman and Minnie Dulis. Angelo retired from E.I. DuPont Company in Seaford as a Control Room operator. He also proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He loved bowling, putting puzzles together, working in his garden and was a talented cake decorator. He will be remembered for decorating birthday cakes for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Dulis is survived by his loving wife, Dot Dulis of Laurel; children, Alan


SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

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

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.

Dulis of Laurel; David Dulis and fiancé, Jennifer Keith of Arizona; Brenda Rubino and husband, Mark of Laurel; Pam Dill and companion, Wayne Murray of Maryland; and Linda Dulis of Laurel; sister, Mary Gibbons of Delmar; brother, John Dulis of Laurel; grandchildren, Dr. Matt Rubino and wife, Kristi; Julie Jacko; Regina and husband, Jamie White; Amanda Lynch; Jessica Lynch; Brad Cooper; Josh Munoz; Austin Dulis; Madison Dulis; and Caroline Keith; and great-grandchildren, Jonathon Lynch; Carson Cooper; Kayla Jacko; and Cameron White. He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Dulis and a grandson, Brock Montague. The funeral was held Friday, March 13 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. The Rev. Roland Tice officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.

Robert F. Reed Sr., 78

Robert F. Reed Sr. of Seaford, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Mr. Reed retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1985 after 36 years of working in the powerhouse. He was an Army veteran of Korea. His wife, Julia O. Reed, died in 2008. He is survived by two sons, Robert F. Reed Jr. and wife, Becky of Seaford, and Michael A. Reed of Bridgeville; a daughter, Grace Derrickson and her husband, Jeff of Hockessin; and three grandchildren, Sara Derrickson, Scott Derrickson and Gregory Reed. He is also survived by two brothers, William Reed of Denton, Md. and James Reed of Bridgeville; and two sisters, Elma Jean Neal of Denton and Jo’Ellen Smith of Dover. The funeral was held Monday, March 16 at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. Burial was in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.

Michael W. Smith, 52

Michael W. Smith passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at his home in Milton, Fla., surrounded by his family. Born on July 9, 1956 in Seaford, he was a 1974 graduate of Seaford High


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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”




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

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

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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

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

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

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

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

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

PAGE 22 School, and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. He served in the U.S. Navy for five years as an airframe technician at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, followed by civilian employment with the Beechcraft Aerospace industry for a few years. He then settled into a career as production manager for DeSoto Oil and Gas Co. in Milton, where he was highly regarded. A devoted husband and father, Michael had a wonderful sense of humor, which endeared him to many friends in Santa Rosa County, where he had lived for 33 years. Michael is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara Smith; two sons, Jason Smith and Jesse Smith; and one granddaughter, Lyla, all of Florida; his father, Jerald S. Smith Sr., and mother, Dorothy Socha Smith Grove of Seaford; two brothers, Jerald S. Smith Jr. of Martinsburg, W.V., and David C. Smith of Laurel; a sister, Elizabeth S. Moyer of Seaford; an uncle, Kenneth Smith of Strasburg, Pa.; two aunts, Sandra S. Madwar of Columbus, Ohio and special aunt, Cindy Lyons Taylor of Seaford, who was close in age and adored him; and his paternal grandmother, Catherine B. Smith of Seaford. Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John S. Smith; and maternal grandparents, John and Helen Socha. Memorial services were held at Lewis Funeral Home in Florida on Friday, March 6. Friends may send condolences and share memories with the family online at www.

Roger Judson Scrimshaw, 84

Roger Judson Scrimshaw of Seaford, and previously a longtime resident of Cape St. Claire, Md., passed away at his home on the morning of Tuesday, March 3, 2009. He was born on Aug. 30, 1924, in Olean, N.Y., a son of Rev. Clifford A. Scrimshaw and Gladys Oehler Scrimshaw. Roger started school in first grade at Friendship, N.Y., and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1943, winning varsity Scrimshaw letters in football, baseball and basketball. In July 1943 he joined the Navy and, as a Seabee, saw the world. Roger was honorably discharged at Long Island on April 1946 and received Asiatic/Pacific, American Theaters and Victory Medals along with an Award for Good Conduct. He then headed back to Rochester, N.Y. and to a girl by the name of Dorothy Miller. Roger and Dorothy met as high school students and, the day after Dorothy finished her nursing training, they were wed. Roger entered American University, majoring in physical education and finished the four-year course in three. Diploma in hand, Roger went to work as a recreation director for the District of Columbia in the summer of 1949. Following, he took a job as a guard at the Elmira Reformatory for a year. He then worked as an Internal Tread Grinder and Turret Lathe operator at Gleason’s. In his heart, Roger Scrimshaw wanted

MORNING STAR • MARCH 19 - 25, 2009 to be a director of physical education for boys and in 1952 he was appointed to the position of Boy’s Physical Director, at the Central Y in Rochester, N.Y. He was YMCA director in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; and Annapolis, Severna Park and Glen Burnie, Md. through 1979. In 1981, Roger went to work as a supervisor of IITRI (ECAC), in Annapolis and retired in March 1988. Roger was an avid camper and enjoyed traveling with his wife and two children. He visited all 50 United States, seven countries in Europe and all Provinces of Canada. Roger also enjoyed all sports, reading, country music and spending time with his beloved, Dorothy. He was active in his fellowship at Cape St. Claire Methodist Church in Annapolis and at Mt. Olivet Church in Seaford. He is survived by a sister, Sonia Ingles of Rochester; a brother, Capt. USN Ret. Paul Scrimshaw of Winter Haven, Fla.; two children, James “Grumpy” Scrimshaw of Annapolis and Susan Schreckengast of Federalsburg, Md.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Scrimshaw was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Miller Scrimshaw, who passed in June 2008. A sister, Clifdene Cornell, also preceded him. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 6, at Perdue Chapel, Methodist Manor House, Seaford. Memorial offerings may be made to VITAS Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Newark, DE 19713 or Methodist Manor House Benevolent Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.

Elaine M. Townsend, 79

Elaine M. Townsend of Seaford, died Thursday, March 12, 2009. Mrs. Townsend worked for Nanticoke Cleaners for over 20 years before retiring. Her husband, Clarence S. Townsend, died in 1975; a son, James W. Downes Jr., also preceded her in death. Mrs. Townsend is survived by a son, Michael Townsend and his wife, Debra of Laurel; a daughter, Carol Clifton and her husband, Bob of Milton; five grandchildren, Ross Downes, Jeremiah Downes, Katelin Townsend, Zachary Townsend and Jimmy White; one great-grandson, Bryan Downes; and three sisters, Alice Davidson of Dagsboro, Evelyn Davis of Parksley, Va. and Eva Tindall of Seaford. The funeral was held Tuesday, March 17 at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Library for the Blind, 43 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.

Harold ‘Rick’ Valerius, 85

Rick Valerius of Seaford died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, after a lingering illness. Born April 27, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Margery and Harold R. Valerius Sr. While in elementary school, Rick was a student at the Philadelphia Boys Choir School. He served two years in the Army (194446) stationed in Hawaii and then graduated from Clemson University with a degree in textile engineering. In Seaford, Rick worked for the DuPont Company in the area of research and development, for 37 years until retirement.

He was an active member for 50 years of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Rick served on the vestry, acted as church treasurer, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. He was also a board member of the Committee of Camps and Conferences. Rick was committed to helping others and volunteered for various Valerius organizations including the Food Bank of DE, Angel Tree and the AARP Tax Service. He was a founding member of the Seaford Federal Credit Union, an auxiliary policeman and drove children to visit their parents in prison. Rick continued his contribution to society with an anatomical gift, the donation of his body for medical or scientific study. The memory of Rick will be cherished by his wife, Mary, of almost 59 years; his children, Betty O’Regan, and husband, Denis, of Arden; Jim Valerius, of Seaford; and Marge Myslinski, of West Chester, Pa.; and grandchildren, Michael and Alexandra Myslinski and Bea O’Regan. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at St. Luke’s Church, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Arrowhead Scholarship Fund, 2020 Tatnall St., Wilmington, DE 19802-4821. Arrangements are by Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.

Lorraine V. Johnson, 90

Lorraine Virginia Johnson of Seaford and formerly of Lake Barcroft in Falls Church, Va., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at home. Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Hope, N.D., a daughter of Robert and Sophie Dege McLaughlin. She attended the University of North Dakota where she met her husband of 69 years, Raymond Sund Johnson. They were married on Nov. 18, 1939 in Ohio. They relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1940, then to Fairlington in northern Virginia in 1944 until 1958 when they moved to Lake Barcroft. They built a home and Ray continued to build more than 20 homes in Lake Barcroft In Memory of

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and Walters Woods. In 2005, the Johnsons moved to Seaford to live with their daughter, Barbara. Mrs. Johnson was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked at Valleybook School, Welcome Newcomer, General Electric Credit Corporation and the Better Business Bureau before retirement. She was an active member of the Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club and an avid bridge player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen McLaughlin of Hope, N.D.; Ruth Dahlberg of Sacramento, Calif.; and Marie Haug of Minot, N.D. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Johnson of Seaford; a son, Robert Alan Johnson of Simpsonville, S.C.; a daughter, Barbara Rae Johnson; three grandchildren, David Bruce Johnson of Arlington,Va., James Raymond Hancock and his wife, Wendy of Overland Park, Kan., and Jeffrey Alan Hancock and his wife, Emilie of Falls Church, Va.; a sister, Jeannette McNaughton of Sacramento; a brother, Robert McLaughlin of Sacra-

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Jane E. Daughenbaugh, 88

Jane Eleanor Baker Daughenbaugh of Seaford died Saturday, March 7, 2009. A memorial service was held Sunday, March 15 at Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford. She donated her body to science and internment will take place at a later date at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

Perhaps Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent us flowers; it was so kind of you to care. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say; Perhaps the snow began to fall, and you thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, We thank you so much whatever the part. The Family of Anthony Daniel Ruggiero June, Michael, Robin, Marsha, Sig, Roni and Georgia. We would also like to say a special ‘Thank You’ to Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home for their kindness and direction.

MORNING STAR • MARCH 19 - 25, 2009 mento; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were private and handled by Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. The family suggests contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19973.

Ebe T. Reynolds Jr., 86

Ebe T. Reynolds Jr. of Greenwood passed away in the presence of family on Friday, March 13, 2009, at Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. Ebe, son of Ebe T. Reynolds Sr. and Sara Harrington Reynolds, was born in Harrington on June 13, 1922. He graduated from Greenwood High School with the class of 1940. He was particularly pleased when he became the longest surviving male of that class. Ebe was drafted in 1942 into the U.S. Army Air Corp. and served overseas in Venosa, Italy in the 485th Bomb Group where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant as a ground Crew Chief. Upon returning to civilian life, he resumed his pre-military position at G.W. Hanks Grocery Store in Greenwood where he had worked since boyhood. In 1953, he and his wife bought Hanks Store which then became Reynolds Market which they operated until retiring in 1978. He was a member of Independent Bible Fellowship Church, Harrington; a former charter member and former commander of the Greenwood VFW; and a former member of Gideons South Kent Camp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother John “Jack” W. Reynolds. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Griffith Reynolds; his son, Jay G. and his wife, Penny of Dover; two granddaughters, Jennifer L. Reynolds of Wilmington and Beth Christiansen and her husband, Sean; two great-grandsons, Troy and Chase Christiansen of Dover; a brother, Charles R. Reynolds and his wife, Jeanne of Dover; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Reynolds of Wyckoff, NJ. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at Independent Bible Fellowship Church in Harrington. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at Fleischauer Funeral Home in Greenwood. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Floral tributes are welcome as are memorial contributions to Independent Bible Fellowship Church, 6797 Milford-Harrington Highway, Harrington, DE 19952 or The Gideons International, PO Box 56, Harrington, DE 19952.


John Leon Wix, 94

John Leon Wix of Harrington passed away peacefully at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, on Sunday, March 15, 2009. Born in Harrington, he was one of 13 children born to Norman and Nettie Wix Sr. Mr. Wix worked on the railroad. He started with Pennsylvania Railroad and completed his career with Conrail. He started as a brakeman and worked his way up to conductor. His work was so valuable, that even though he wanted to enlist and go to war, he was denied because they needed his service on the railroad more. In his spare time, Mr. Wix played baseball. He was even inducted into the Baseball Amateur Hall of Fame. He loved to tell his baseball stories to all who would listen, and he played ball until he was in his 60s. After that, he started coaching baseball and mentoring others. Another passion was fox hunting. Along with two brothers, they started the Fox Hunters Club of Vernon, where he continued to be very active. They even had a story published about the Wix Brothers in a fox hunting magazine. He won several trophies for the fox hunting dog trials, and hunted up to the age of 94. Mr. Wix was a charter member of the Pilgrim Chapel, and donated quite a bit of money toward its building. He was a member of the Harrington Senior Center, and a lifetime member of the Harrington Moose lodge #534, and the Vernon Fox Hunters Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Sedgewick Wix; his second wife, Mary Ellen Bradley Wix; a son, Roger Wix; a daughter, Rosalie Voies; and two grandchildren, Mark Wix and Chucky Voies. Survivors are a son, Allen K. Wix of Seaford; a daughter, Betty Lyons of Greenwood; stepdaughters, Sharon Workman of Milford and Elizabeth Morris of Chestertown, Md.; a brother, Norman “Junior” Wix Jr. of Whiteleysburg, Md.; grandchildren, Tina Lyons, Rob Wix, Jill Wix, Mary Lou Voies and Kenny Wix; and great-grandchildren, Trey, Erin, Liam, Robert, Nicole, Victoria and Joseph Wix. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Pilgrim Chapel, 4792 Milford Harrington Hwy., Harrington, DE 19952 Arrangements are by Melvin Funeral Home, Harrington.

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Shown (l to r) is the Laurel varsity softball team: front- Stephanie Wheatley, Jenna Cahall, Brooke Evans, Brittney Brittingham, Kelsey Willey; middle- Cassidy Elliott, Bree Venables, Mariah Dickerson, Breada Boyce, Keyonna Horsey, Ashley Brittingham; back- Kelsey Oliphant, Taylor Oliphant, Alexis Oliphant, and Tomorrow Briddell. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel varsity softball team looks to return to state tournament By Mike McClure

Laurel varsity softball coach Margo Morris, who has been coaching for 23 years, is looking forward to the 2009 season. The Bulldogs lost one player (Kelsy Gordy) to graduation from last year’s team which went 7-6 in the conference and 10-9 overall and earned a berth in the state tournament. The majority of the 12-13 players returning to the varsity team are juniors. Having a large group of players in their third year with the varsity squad is something new for Morris. Because the players are used to Morris and her routine, she hasn’t had to push them as much in practice. “It’s a real, real difficult thing,” Morris said. “It’s just

a real good position to be in. I’m really looking forward to the season starting.” Laurel’s returning players are: seniors Brittney Brittingham (2B) and Ashlee Brittingham (RF); juniors Stephanie Wheatley (P), Kelsey Oliphant (C), Mariah Dickerson (1B), Brooke Evans (SS), Jenna Cahall (3B), Taylor Oliphant (1B), and Alexis Oliphant (CF); and sophomores Kelsey Willey (RF) and Keyonna Horsey (Utility). Kelsey Oliphant, Wheatley, Brittney Brittingham, Cahall, and Alexis Oliphant were named to the all-conference teams last year. Alexis Oliphant was also named first team all-state. The all-conference players as well as the other returning starters give the Continued on page 28

PLAY DAY- The Wildcats’ Sarah Smith clears the ball during one of her team’s scrimmages at last weekend’s play day in Bridgeville. Photo by Mike McClure

Shown (l to r) are members of the Laurel varsity track and field team: Chris Jones, Twila McCrea, Caleb Wilson, and Lauren Hitch. McCrea, Wilson, and David Albert qualified for the state meet last season. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel boys’, girls’ track teams look to improve on last year’s records By Mike McClure

With his best numbers since the start of the Laurel track and field program and a number of experienced athletes leading the way, Laurel head coach Gary Cannon is looking forward to new season. Cannon, who has been coaching track for seven years, is looking for the boys’ and girls’ teams to improve upon their records from a year ago. This year Cannon has a total of 34-35 athletes on his team. In the past he had just 10-11 boys and four or five girls. “It’s not as good as I’d like for it to be, but it’s an improvement,” said Cannon. “I think we’ve done very well with what we’ve got. We’ve got a lot of young people.” Leading the way for the Bulldogs are seniors David Albert (jumps), Caleb Wilson (hurdles), and Twila McCrea (200 and 400). All three were state qualifiers

last year. “They have the leadership ability. It’s just unfortunate that they’re all three seniors,” Cannon said. “We’ve got to start working harder and pushing more,” Wilson said. McCrea said the seniors are trying to motivate the younger athletes to do their best. The boys’ team went 4-9 in the conference and 5-8 overall last season. Gone from that team are graduates Tyrell Whitney (shot put, discus), Jerry Henry (shot put, discus), and L.J. Watts (800, 1600, 3200). Among the returning athletes for the Bulldogs are: seniors Albert (HJ, LJ, TJ) and Wilson (hurdles); juniors Lee Butler (400, 800, 4X8), Ryan Boyce (800, 1600, 4X8), Caleb McDonough (1600, 3200), Jean Ilera (100, 200, 4X1), Zach Exume (200, 400, 4X4); sophoContinued on page 27

‘Punk’ Callaway is among Delaware Sports Hall of Fame 2009 inductees The Delaware Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2009 inductees. This is the 34th year the organization has enshrined new inductees. There are currently 274 people from 29 sports in the hall of fame. The annual gala will take place Wednesday, May 20 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront. Call Joe Ackerman at 302-654-2798 for tickets, which cost $55 each with tables of 10 available for $550. Among the newest inductees is Edward “Punk” Callaway of Laurel. The following are the 2009 inductees: Edward “Punk” Callaway- Edward Callaway’s football officiating career began in 1943 and spanned 41 years. He refereed the first half of the inaugural

Blue-Gold All-Star game in 1956 and worked six Blue-Gold games. Ed refereed the first Delaware State Football Tournament in 1971. His officiating included traditional Thanksgiving games between Lewes and Rehoboth (12 years) and the first-ever games played by Milton, Greenwood, Pocomoke, Crisfield and North Dorchester high schools. Punk served as President of Del-MarVa Coaches and Officials Association and as the assignor. After his last game at Delmar High School in 1983 he was presented the game ball. His number was retired by the association; he is the only Delaware High School official so honored. Punk was a basketball official for 32 Continued on page 28

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Laurel varsity golf team looks for continued improvement in 2009 By Mike McClure

Laurel varsity golf coach Mike Allen has a mix of experienced players and newcomers on his team this season. While most of the newcomers have never played the game before, the returning players give the Bulldogs more experience than they had a year ago. Allen and his team will have a chance to see where they are out when they scrimmage at Heritage Shores on Thursday. Like most spring sports Quinten Langley coaches, Allen hasn’t had as much practice time as he would have liked due to the weather. Back from last year’s team are seniors Quinten Langley, Gaven Parker and Brandon Phulesar. Senior Aaron Givens is out for the team for the first time but does have golf experience. Also back are juAaron Givens niors Eric Hastings and Colby Watts. The team’s top golfer, Chris Moore, is out due to disciplinary reasons. “I have a lot more experience this year,” said Allen, who lost one player to graduation from last year’s squad. Allen said he is looking forward to

Laurel senior Gaven Parker is shown teeing off during a match last season. Parker is one of several players returning for the Bulldogs this season. Photo by Mike McClure

seeing what Givens can do. The rest of Laurel’s newcomers are underclassmen who are new to the game. The team does feature four female games, which Allen said is good for the sport. Continued on page 27

Young Delmar varsity golf team looks to build on 2008

Head coach- Dave Hudson Years coaching- two Last season- 1-12 conference, 1-14 overall Returning players- Seniors Adam Mariner and Ryan Prettyman, junior Corey Phillips, and sophomores Christien Carey and Andrew Bergeron Newcomers- Senior Seth Benson, junior Lindsey Shockley, freshmen Chris Bireley, Jeff Caskey, Taylor Collins, Hailey Fretz, Cody Holland, Dillon Koval, J.R. Outten, Danielle Pettingill, Chris Siers, and Kerry Ward; eighth graders Hunter Lecates and John Persinger Team strengths- numbers (19 golfers, 11 of which are in eight and ninth grades) Concerns- Lack of experience Key losses- Wes Breda (2008 MVP) and Jamie Lees Outlook for season- “We are continuing to build our young, second year program. I’m excited about our returners and newcomer Seth Benson. He has all the tools to be a special player, however, he has a lot to overcome as a first-time competitive golfer.”

Laurel Pop Warner to hold ‘09 signups March 21 Laurel Pop Warner will be holding signups for the 2009 on Saturday, March 21 from 7- 10 a.m. at the Laurel Church of Nazarene. The cost this year is $90 per child, which includes a Horsey foundation ticket, and $20 for each additional child. The doors will open at 2 a.m. and signups are first come first serve. The age and weight restrictions are as follows: Mighty Mite (7-9 years old)- 45-90 pounds; Junior Pee Wee- 8-10 year olds- 60105 pounds, 11 year olds- 60-85 pounds; Pee Wee- 9-11 year olds- 75-120 pounds, 12 year olds- 75-100 pounds; and Midget- 11-14 year olds- 105-140 pounds. You can receive all forms needed for sign-ups on the league’s website at www. Also, see the website for the second signup date. If you have any questions feel free to call Glenn Phillips, Jr. at 302-236-1249.


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Shown (l to r) at Andrew Townsend’s press conference are: sitting- former cross country coach Lou Nicoletti, Andrew’s father Wes Townsend, Andrew, and Andrew’s mother Maria Townsend; back row- Sussex Tech principal Curt Bunting, athletic director Joe Thomson, Andrew’s sister Jamie Townsend, PEP Committee advisor Lisa Swan, football coach Bill Collick, and district superintendent Dr. Pat Savini.

Sussex Tech’s Townsend signs letter of intent to attend St. Joseph’s University By Mike McClure

Sussex Tech senior Andrew Townsend signed a letter of intent to attend St. Joseph’s University during a press conference last Thursday. Townsend will run track and major in accounting at the Philadelphia based school. Townsend and former coach Lou Nicoletti called several schools last summer following the state meet of champions. He visited the school several times and chose it because he likes head coach Mike Glavin and his staff and the accounting and track programs at St. Joseph’s. “You put your time in and all good things come out of it,” said Andrew’s father, Wes, a track and basketball coach at the school. Townsend thanked his son’s teachers, administrators, and coaches during Thursday’s press conference. “It’s been a great time. The staff here’s been great to me,” Andrew Townsend said. “Sussex Tech played a big part in all of our kids, especially in the encouragement we got,” said Maria Townsend, Andrew’s mother. All three of the Townsends’ children went to Sussex Tech. Andrew’s siblings, Jamie and Wesley, are currently attending college. In his time at Sussex Tech Andrew has played football and basketball, but run-

ning has become his passion. After competing in the 800 meter run in spring and winter track, Townsend ran cross country for the first time last Fall and placed first in the conference and was second team all-state. “Coach Nicoletti pushed me a lot. The other athletes that I ran with were very nice,” Andrew said. “It’s (running) just something that I worked at and fortunately for me it was something I got good at.” His father remembers seeing him run for the first time in middle school. While he didn’t know how to run properly at the time, Wes knew he had potential. “I knew deep down inside that he was a runner,” Townsend added. Andrew ran track with his older brother, Wesley, when he was a freshman and Wesley was a senior. “If he (Wesley) didn’t run track I know I wouldn’t have,” said Andrew. “My dad’s always been there. My mom’s always been there.” Wes Townsend cited hard work, dedication, and doing the right thing as the reasons his son was able to achieve what he has so far. Now that he signed a letter of intent, Andrew can focus on his final track season this spring. “I have one thing to focus on now,” Andrew added.

Shown (l to r) is the 2009 Delaware Tech-Owens baseball team: front row- James Reeser, Cory Chance, Nate Martin, Tyler Kline, Josh Miller, Eric Reiske, Ethan Calloway, Kyle Palmer; middle row- Asst. Coach Dann Lebright, Michael Adams, Anthony Pace, Doug Burdsall, Josh Cesario, John Rasberry, Jordan Johnson, Coach Curtis Brock; back row- Gino Wise, Eddie Stratton, Bobby Milham, Skyluar Neal, David Jones, Korey Hearn, David Hewitt, Jr., and Bobby Adams.

Delaware Tech baseball team loses first games of season

The Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, baseball team lost its first two games of the season in a double-header against Camden County College on Saturday, March 1. In the first game, the Roadrunners lost 5-4; in the second game, they lost 7-3. Head Coach Curtis Brock said it wasn’t where they wanted to be, and the team just didn’t hit the ball in key situations. Overall, Brock predicts a successful season for his team. He emphasized that he is very happy with what he has seen so far with his young pitching staff. The team just returned from spring training in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They won six out of 10 games played against teams from all over the country. Brock said the spring training gave him an opportunity to evaluate the players and their positions. The team has predominately second year students on the field, but on the mound there are a lot of younger pitchers. “I’m hoping these second-year students really step up and get the job done,” Brock said. “Defensively, I think they will do a pretty good job.” The team will be playing at home March 22 against Camden County College at noon.

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Delmar senior Kevin Forse, center, will be looked to for leadership this season. Varsity lacrosse coach Mark Quillin called Forse the quarterback of the team. He served as the football team’s quarterback last Fall. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar varsity boys’ lacrosse team looks to grow in its second season By Mike McClure

The Delmar varsity boys’ lacrosse team, in its second season as a program, is looking to build on its inaugural season. The Wildcats went 3-3 in the conference and 8-7 overall in their first season. “Last year was a great year for us,” said head coach Mark Quillin. Among the players the team lost to graduation is Taylor Ballard, who was one of the few players who had lacrosse experience going into the 2008 season. While last year’s mark was impressive given the team’s lack of experience, the Wildcats lost a number of close contests including a double overtime loss to Sussex Tech. Quillin would like to see his team get closer to the teams it lost to and close the gap on the skilled teams. Delmar’s returning players include seniors Kevin Forse (Mid), Cody Thompson (Def.), and David Bradshaw (Def.) and junior Tyler Cornish (Mid). Quillin calls Forse, the quarterback on the football team, his team’s quarterback because of the way he leads by example. Cornish, the team’s face-off player, has great speed which makes him an explosive lacrosse and football player. The Wildcats also feature a physical defense, led by Bradshaw, Thompson, and junior Spencer Fothergill. Among the team’s newcomers are: juniors Jose Flores (Attack) and Cameron Maddox (Attack). The Wildcats had 38-39 players out for the team. Some of the players played all year long, playing summer and winter ball at the Crown Center in Salisbury, while others picked up the lacrosse stick for the first time on the first day of practice. Quillin calls his team a nice, hard working group. He is also thankful for the

Delmar junior Tyler Cornish, shown during a game last season, is one of the varsity lacrosse team’s key returning players. Photo by Mike McClure

help of his coaching staff. The team also consists of a number of eighth graders, including four who have played lacrosse before. Those players will have an opportunity to play the sport for five years on the JV and varsity teams. All Quillin expects out of those players is to play and have fun and improve every day. While the Wildcats still lack the experience that their opponents have, Quillin sees a difference between this year’s team and last year’s squad. Both teams featured athletic kids, but this year’s players also have improved stick skills.

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mores Jeremy Handy (800), and Ryne Wood (1600, 3200). Cannon expects the distance runners, led by Wood and Boyce to do well despite the lack of a cross country team in the Fall. “If we had cross country or indoor track it would help the program so much,” said Cannon. The team’s newcomers include: Chris Jones (100, 200, 4X1), Roosevelt Joinville (200, 400), Justin Rife (shot put, discus), Jordan German (300 ih, relays), Jermaine Harris (sprints, relays), Gilberto Vasquez (800, 4X8), Jeff Robertson (relays), and Voishane Sewell (800, 4X8). “He’s (Jones) going to be really special. He’s going to surprise a lot of people in the sprints,” Cannon said. He also expects Harris to do well and is looking for Rife to step up in the shot put. The Bulldogs will be strong in the jumps and hurdles while overall experience, depth, and a lack of sprinters are concerns entering the season. In addition to improving the team’s record, Cannon would like to see his athletes peak at the

PAGE 27 right time in preparation for the conference and state meets at the end of the season. The girls’ team went 2-9 in the conference and 4-9 overall last season. Back from last year’s team are: Senior McCrea (200, 400, 4X4); juniors Lauren Hitch (800, 1,600, 4X8) and Sherloune Charleron (800, 4X8); and sophomores Ashley Zarello (shot put, discus), Sierra Butler (hurdles, relays), and Lindsay Dolby (800, 1600). The newcomers include: seniors Kara Mears (shot put, discus) and Kittie Stancell (400, 200); junior Taylor Littleton (800); and freshman JaHara Ross (sprints); and Taylor Castri (200, 400, relays). Cannon expects Ross to do well in the sprints while Zarello and Mears will lead the way in the shot put. Cannon sees his team’s hard work and willingness to learn as its strengths while depth is a concern. He would like to see his Lady Bulldogs improve their overall record and have more athletes qualify for the conference and state meets. Cannon sees Caesar Rodney, Dover, and Milford as the teams to beat in the Henlopen Conference this season.

Laurel golf continued As a result of the mix of experienced and inexperienced players, Allen puts his team in groups with two new players and two returnees which allows the experienced players to work with the newcomers. Allen believes his team can be competitive in the Henlopen South. He expects the conference to be the same as it was

last season. “I just think the level of play will be better in the South this year, throughout the entire conference,” Allen said. Win or lose, Allen is looking forward to another season as Laurel’s golf coach. “They’re (players) good people to be around. I enjoy the season every year. It’s a joy to coach golf every year,” said Allen.

Woodbridge varsity golf

Seaford High varsity golf

Head coach- Steve Yiengst Years coaching- two Last season- 0-11 Returning players- Senior John Tomeski; juniors Alex Martinez and Quamear Goodman; and sophomores Eddie Thomas and Colby Christopher Newcomers- Senior Katie Tomeski, junior Angie Fitze, and freshman Kara Dunnigan Team strengths- all players have a positive attitude Concerns- inexperience Key losses- Spencer Williams Outlook for season- “I look for some vast improvement from my returning players. There has been more interest this year from students so I am looking forward to a good season.”

Head coach- Tim Lee Years coaching- 10 Returning players- Seniors Matt Lank and Greg Brooke and juniors Adam Caldwell and Tyler Hughes Newcomers- Josh Hamilton and Tripp Godfrey Team strengths- A couple of very solid seniors leading the team Concerns- numbers and depth in the squad to fill out the top six players Key losses- Corey Ewing Outlook for season- “We hope to compete.”

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Bulldogs a solid defense, especially up the middle. Willey stepped in at right field as freshman last season and made some great plays in the field. While Laurel has a lot of quality players and is one of the teams to beat in the Henlopen Conference, Morris doesn’t want to see her team rest on its laurels. “We’ve got to work hard for what we get. In order to come out on top we need to put the time in (on and off the field),” said Morris. The team’s newcomers include: juniors Brooke Fuller (Utility), Cassidy Elliott (Utility), and Tomorrow Briddell (Utility) and freshmen Breada Boyce (Utility) and Bree Venables (Utility). Several of the team’s players worked on their hitting

with DelTech players Amanda Horsey and Erin Tingle. With Evans out until April with an injury sustained during basketball season, Morris has tried different players out at shortstop. The addition of the newcomers gives her a lot of flexibility with her lineup. “This is the best cast of players around any pitcher that I’ve ever coached,” Morris added. “We’re as solid as anybody around.” Morris is looking for her team to contend in the Henlopen South and return to the state tournament. She sees Sussex Tech as the team to beat in the conference and the state because of pitcher Brooke Tull but also expects Smyrna, Caesar Rodney, and her team to be in the mix.

Delmar softball team has good mix of youth, experience

Delmar’s Chloe Hurley, left, battles an Ursuline player for the ball during a scrimmage at the Woodbridge Play Day last Saturday. Photo by Mike McClure

Callaway continued years and served as president and assignor of I.A.A.B.O. Board #129. He was charter member of the Boys’ State Basketball Committee, serving from 1967 to 1972. He officiated in the first Boys’ State Tournament in 1967 and continued until the 1972 State Championship game. Punk also worked college football and basketball games at Wesley, Salisbury State, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Washington College and many tournaments in the Dover Air Base Service League. His lifelong love of sports began at Laurel High School where, as a threesport athlete, he earned 14 varsity letters from 1937-1941. He continued playing until 1952 with the Laurel Owls in the Eastern Shore Basketball League and softball teams until he was 65 years old. The Star will have more on Callaway in a future addition of the paper. Mike McGlinchey- After winning numerous awards as an all-round athlete at Newark High School and the University of Delaware, Mike McGlinchey served as head football coach at Central Connecticut State University and Frostburg State University, and was head football and wrestling coach at Salisbury State University. He retired in 1996 after battling ALS for seven years, and died in 1997. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Salisbury University, Frostburg University and the Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame. At Frostburg (1992-96),

McGlinchey’s football team won the ECAC Championship in 1994 and 1996 and played in the 1995 NCAA Division III quarterfinals. He was head football coach at Central Connecticut from 198792. While coaching at Salisbury State from 1972 through 1986, McGlinchey started the school’s wrestling program. His teams finished among the top five in Division III for four consecutive years. He developed 16 Division III All-American wrestlers including three national champions. Mike also served as defensive coordinator of the football program for 10 years before becoming head coach in 1982. Under McGlinchey, the Seagulls’ football team also gained national attention, making the Division III semifinals in 1983, the quarterfinals in 1985 and finals in 1986. McGlinchey won letters in four sports at UD, where he was named 1967 Outstanding Male Senior Athlete. He won four varsity letters in wrestling, one each in football, soccer and baseball– and won the 1967 Red Tawes Award as the Blue Hens’ most improved wrestler. At Newark High, Mike lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. The other inductees are: Albert B. “Buddy” Clark, Jr., James “Jimmy” Flynn, Dave Hubinger, James “JJ” Johnson, Frank Kaminiski, Clifton “Gator” Lewis, Tom Marshall, F. Tucker “Tuck” Mulrooney, Charles “Gene” Schaen, and Dave Sysko.

Laurel baseball team looks to pitching, defense in 2009 Head coach- Jerry Mears Years coaching- 11 (as head coach) Last season- 7-6 conference, 13-7 overall Returning players- Seniors Brandon Hearne (SS/P), Kyle Brown (2B), Josh Kosiorowski (OF), Jamie Ruhl (1B/P), Jake Dubinski (C), and Billy Yossick (OF); junior Chris “Critter” Cutsail (OF/P); sophomore Branden Fischer (P) Newcomers- Seniors Tyler Webb (P), Corey Givens (3B), and Brooks Hearne (C); juniors Josh Morres (OF) and Nick Munoz (3B) Team strengths- pitching Concerns- lack of preparation time for pitchers Key losses- Lance Kelley, Matt Parker, Zack Bonniwell, David Bartee Outlook for season- All depends on pitching and defense

Head coach- Michelle Niblett Years coaching- two Returning players- Seniors Gabby Andrade, Lindsay Lloyd, Melanie Twilley, Meghan Gordy, and Shannon Wilson; junior Mallory Elliott; sophomore Lauren Massey; freshmen Carlee Budd, Danielle McWilliams, and Caroline Phillips Newcomers- Senior Deneen Trader and freshmen Bethany Wheatley and Tina Lehman Team strengths- Good attitudes, sound defensively, a good mix of age and youth Key losses- Alison Bloodsworth Outlook for season- “The girls are really excited and want to do well. They are working really hard.”

Seaford varsity softball

Head coach- Richard Dixon and Maureen Keller Years coaching- first at Seaford Returning players- Senior Shannon Wright (OF); juniors Courtney Torbert (P), Katie Hickey (1B), Jenna Scheers (OF); sophomores Brittany Walters (2B), Stephanie Cardillo (3B), Jordan Haman (C), and Katie Wesslehoff (OF) Newcomers- Seniors Megan Milligan (C/OF) and Becky Skipper (OF) and freshmen Katie Hitch (P) and Courtney Rementer (C) Team strengths- defense and pitching Concerns- Not getting enough outside practice due to the weather Key losses- Kelsey Riggleman, Amanda Swift, Jenna Adkins, and Danielle Haldeman Outlook for season- “We have talented players on the field as well as a t bat. We’re looking forward to a great season.”

Seaford varsity baseball

Head coach- Artie Uhlich Years coachingfirst at Seaford Last season- 10-3 conference, 13-7 overall (15-8 with states) Returning playersSeniors Zach Reynolds (P/2B), Spencer Coulbourn (3B), and Jared Banning (OF); juniors Joe Mitchell (P/SS), Ryan Shockley (2B/OF), and Aaron Robinson (1B) Newcomers- Junior C.J. Martinez (C), sophomore Jordan Stanley (OF), freshman Danny Rayne (1B/P) Team strengths- solid pitching and infield play, great attitudes of players Concerns- depth and varsity experience Key losses- Derrik Gibson Outlook for season- returning players are showing leadership, look to return to state tournament

Young players, pitching, and defense keys for Delmar baseball Head coach- David Hearn Years coaching- 18th Last year- 6-7 conference, 12-8 overall Returning players- Seniors Chad Porter (2B), Drew Merrill (P/1B), David Webster (P/3B), Mark Timmons (P/OF); juniors Dylan Shupe (P/SS), Jeff Fleetwood (1B), Jose Dina (P/OF), and Doug Causey (C/OF) Newcomers- Senior Bobby Disharoon (3B), juniors Ryan Thomas (P/OF) and Geoffrey Wells (P/OF); and sophomores Kyle Dykes (C/3B) and Thomas Gray (P/SS) Team Strength- Core group of returning infielders Concerns- Depth in pitching, hitting and run scoring capability Key losses- Matt Campbell and Joe Pete Outlook- “Younger players will have to contribute right away; pitchers will have to keep us close and we will need to play flawless defense to compete in conference play.”



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Sussex Tech boys’, girls’ track and field teams look to be competitive in 2009 By Mike McClure

SOCCER SCRIMMAGES- Above, the Sussex Tech varsity girls’ soccer team looks to move the ball upfield during a Woodbridge Play Day game last weekend Below, the Delmarva Christian girls’ soccer team is shown during a scrimmage at Play Day. Photos by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech varsity softball team looks to build on its past success By Mike McClure

The Sussex Tech varsity softball team looks to build on past success while coming together as a team in 2009. While the Ravens, who won 15 games last season and are two years removed from winning the state title, lost three players to graduation, they return six starters and nine players from a year ago. John Marvel, who has coached the team for the past 11 years, returns as the Ravens head coach. Several of his former players (including Brittany Joseph- Florida State, Hope Cornell- Shippensburg, and Kim Owens- DelTech-Owens) have gone on to play softball in college. “I believe the program will survive no matter how many players you lose,” said Marvel. “So far we’re very encouraged. We’ve been blessed for so many years and we’re blessed again.” Back from last year’s squad are seniors Brooke Tull, Jenna Allen, and Melony Thompson. All three players have been with the varsity team since they were freshmen and were members of the 2007 state championBrooke Tull ship team. Also back are juniors Lauren Smith (C), Melissa Trout (OF/1B), and Caitlin Amodei (C) and Logan Pavlik (OF/2B/C), Kelsey Doherty (2B/SS), and Samantha Bowersox (OF/3B). The Ravens’ newcomers include freshmen Cassidy Taylor (P/OF), Kim Smith (P/IF), Amber Callahan (OF), and Erin Johnson (C).

Marvel said his team’s individual goal is for each player to become the best they are capable of being. The team goal is to become a team through self sacrifice. Jenna Allen “We’ve learned that chemistry is of the utmost importance and we let the rest take care of itself,” Marvel said. Marvel believes nine or 10 Henlopen Conference teams have the skill in the field to be competitive, the question is whether those teams have the pitching to match it. As the defending state champions, Sussex Central enters the season as the team to beat. Marvel knows from experience how much works goes into winning a state title as well as building a successful softball program. “It’s a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” said Marvel. “I’m really blessed to have the coaching staff that we have.” Marvel is assisted by Cara Robinson, Debbie Kenton, and Eric Swanson. Swanson has been Marvel’s assistant coach for the past 10 years. Former players Krista (Dukes) Schirmer, Christy (Lewis) Sammons, and Kelly Schirmer are coaching the JV team. Sussex Tech faces a daunting schedule which includes non-conference games against Easton, Caravel, Concord, Hodgson, Archbishop Spalding, and Mount St. Dominick. “We like our schedule. It’s a difficult one but we believe you need that to prepare yourself for the tournament,” Marvel said.

The Sussex Tech boys’ and girls’ track teams are young, but Head Coach James Durkin does have a core of veterans back from a year ago to provide leadership. Durkin, who has four years of experience as a track coach, is in his second season with the Ravens. He served as an assistant coach last year. Gone from last year’s squad are graduates Darius Sivels and Tyrone Hickman. The team’s returning athletes include seniors Andrew Townsend (captain), Wyatt Spellman (captain), Jamie Price (distance); juniors Shanay Snead (captain) and Darian Dennis (sprinter); and Desmomd Sivels sophomores Desmond Sivels (captain), Paige Morris (captain), and Emily Ritter (distance), and Earl Batten (shotput). Crystal Wilson and Emir LeRoya also have track experience for the Ravens. Durkin calls Desmond Sivels, who is only a sophomore, “an outstanding runner and person.” Sivels, Townsend (a

distance runner), and Morris (shotput, discus, 4X400, and 200) will be looked to for leadership. Morris and Sivels will lead by example while Townsend is more of a vocal leader. Paige Morris Among the newcomers who will look to make contributions for the Ravens this season are: Mary Batten (shotput) and freshmen Josh Strand (sprinter/high jump/long jump), Ben Barron (sprinter), and Deshawn Sheppard (sprinter/shotput). Durkin expects to be strong in the distance, female shotput, and male sprinting events. While the Ravens are strong in these areas, they are also young. “Where Shanay Snead we’re strong, we’re young,” Durkin said. Durkin sees the female sprinting events and the male shotput as areas of concern as his the regular season draws near. Despite his team’s youth, Durkin expects the boys and girls to be competitive.

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Seaford Bowling Lanes

Tuesday AM Mixed

High games and series Scott Causey 238 Maurice Duncan 642 Marion Terry 228, 613

Eastern Shore Men

High games and series Kenneth Garrett 278 Samuel Cucinotta 751

Baby Blue Jays

High games and series Mason Whitelock 187 Adin Chambers 343

Abbey DeCarlo

181, 346

Seaford City

High games and series Terry Johnson 296 Henry Palmer, Sr. 792

Sunday Nite Mixed

High games and series Justin Imbs-Auf-Inga 308, 812 Brenda Layton 287, 764


High games and series Chris Fortin 240, 630 Kayla Arnett 234, 636 Jenna Cottet 234

Christian Fellowship

High games and series Bill Ziolkowski 263 Steve Carey 639 Karen Jerread 273, 693

Wednesday AM Mixed

High games and series Mike Baker 307, 794 Gloria Ellis 250 Shirley Bramble 699


High games and series Will Reynolds, Jr. 282, 753

Young Adults

High games and series Ben Hearn 678 Trey Lord 275 Cassie Wooters 251, 700


High games and series Chris Patchett 275, 764

Friday Trios

High games and series Buzzy Watson 281 Steve Teagle 285 Marcy Robbins 253, 671

Club 50

High games and series Ken Bolt 279, 773 Gail Phillips 258 Eleanor Carmine 258, 742

Thursday Night Mixed

High games and series Wayne Smedley, Jr. 255 Dale Burgess 704 Kayla Correa 261, 727

Sunday Adult/ Youth

High games and series Gordon Hearn 267 Bill Graver, Jr. 752 Theresa Richey 281, 750 Doug Avery, Jr. 280, 768 Brittany Hastings 280, 761

Tuesday Early Mixed

High games and series Jesse Evaristo, Jr. 286, 747 Michele Campbell 301, 733

Senior Express

High games and series Roland Tice 298 J. Eddie Greene 821 Joeanne White 301 Elsie Willey 803

Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation sets event dates

Members of the Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation’s Board of Directors set the dates for this season’s important events during their March 12 meeting. The Members Night at the Delmarva Shorebirds will be Saturday, July 18. “This is an important night for us,” said President Kenny Green. “We like to use it to bring all of our membership together at a baseball game, talk about baseball, and give them an opportunity to enjoy the Shorebirds at a reduced ticket price.” ESBF Treasurer Jeff Fields organizes the Maurice L. Fields, Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of his father. This year’s tourney is slated for Saturday, October 10. “We’re looking to make this a celebrity tournament,” he pointed out. “Last year we had Harold Baines there. He was great. This year, we hope to have many more high profile sports figures participate.” The event raises money to support the ESBF scholarship program. The Foundation’s major program each year is the annual induction banquet, set this year for November 14. Secretary Wayne Mitchell summed up the purpose of the yearly fete, “Our goal is to celebrate the rich baseball history on the Eastern Shore. What better way to do that than to recognize those who helped create that history.” Further details will follow. For more information, contact Green at (410) 742-6096.

Delmarva Christian boys’ lacrosse looks to gain experience

Head coach- Jeff Mohr Years coaching- 18 Last season- 4-4 conference, 8-8 overall Returning players- Seniors Jeff Mohr (Mid/Def) and Justin Hawkes (Mid); juniors Mark Engle (Mid/Def), Tom Catalano (Attack), Mike Terrill (Def), Ken Riely (Def) Newcomers- Freshmen James Mohr (Goalie), Tyler Collins (Mid), and Payton Green (Mid) Team strengths- Jeff Mohr, named all-state last season, defense is very big and fast Concerns- very young, thin in numbers and experience Key losses- Will Bethard, Justin Davis, Sam Mullins Outlook for season- “Should be able to play with the weaker teams in our conference but will struggle with the strong teams.”

Delmarva Christian softball aims for improvement in ‘09

Head coach- James Pentoney Years coaching- first Last season- 9-8 Returning players- Seniors Tara Munro (CF), Chloe Johnson (3B), Kelsey Guarna (C), and Kattie Parsons (OF); juniors Emily Pentoney (SS), Brittany Mariner (OF), and Anna Bernard (2B); sophomore Cassidy Clark (OF) Newcomers- Sophomores Lyndsey Lofland (P) and Sierra Parsons (1B/P); freshmen Georgia Kruger (IF/OF), Erin Chisenhall (1B/3B), Alyssa Niethammer (C), Lauren Quirk (OF/IF), and Darian Corder (OF/IF) Team strengths- Defense is solid, leadership and work ethic are strong, upgraded pitching staff, middle of line up is strong offensively Concerns- Replacing leadoff is top concern, young and inexperienced support cast Key losses- Rachel Lins (1B) and Natalie Painter (P) Outlook for season- Look to do better than last year’s 9-8 record, maybe an upset or two along the way

Delmarva Christian track and field team ready for season Head coach- Mike Giacoma Years coaching- first Returning athletes- Seniors Caleb Craig (pole vault) and Kattie Parsons (pole vault, 200 meter) and junior Kayla Burd (pole vault) Newcomers- Senior Chloe Johnson (shot put), sophomore Lucas Johnson (400 meter), and freshman Sarah Bryan Team strengths- small, supportive team willing to take on challenges Outlook for season- “It‘s going to be a good season.”

Delmarva Christian girls’ soccer shoots for team unity

Join the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse. This sport is made up of speed, skill, and endurance and is a combination of football and soccer. This is a great way to get in shape for football or any sport. Protective equipment is provided. The league is for beginners to advanced. The program runs from March 23 to April 30 on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. All ages are encouraged. The cost is $20 per player.

Head coach- Lauren Cook Years coaching- one Returning players- Junior Kayla McCarthy (goalie); sophomores Rachel Gooss (right forward midfield), Jordyn Gum (left D/left midfielder), Sylvana Gorgui (left/ right midfielder), Mallorie Parsons (left forward), Emily Rae (left/right forward, defense), Kayla Williams (left/right defense), and Mallory Gum (right/left midfield) Newcomers- Sophomores Tempest Hall, Liz Bivens, Yieri Contreras, and Maggie Winterling; freshmen Mary Philips, Christie Betts, Tricia Holland, Jessie Arthur, and Logan Rogers Team strengths- importance of team unity and pursuit of excellence as unto Christ Concerns- young team

Sussex County Special Olympics Skills Competition is March 24

Seaford Recreation Department prepares for softball season

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club offers lacrosse program

Nearly 200 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and peer partners from 13 Sussex County schools and one community program will showcase their skills at the 2009 Special Olympics Delaware Sussex County Basketball Skills Competition. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at Sussex Tech High School from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Over 50 students from the high school will serve as volunteers for the event. Among the participating schools are: North Laurel Elementary, Seaford Autism Program, and Woodbridge High School.

Delaware Tech-Owens softball ends trip with 7-3 mark The Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens campus, softball team went 7-3 in a recent tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C. On Wednesday, the Roadrunners blanked Salem Community College (N.J.), 14-0, as Chloe Vescovi tossed a one hit shutout, striking out 11 in five innings. Kari Bergh doubled, Marie Richards went 2-4, and Amanda Swift and Brittany Williams each doubled. DTCC defeated Beaver Community College (Pa.), 16-5, in the second game of the day. Kim Owens struck out eight in six innings for the win and also went 3-5 at the plate. Kelsey Riggleman and Kristine Jackson each went 2-4 with a double for Del Tech. On Thursday, Delaware Tech topped Shawnee Community College (Ill.), 7-4. Owens, Williams, and Vescovi each had two hits including a double and Jenna Adkins added a hit. In the final game, DTCC defeated Salem, 7-1. Mindi Wheatley allowed one run on five hits and struck out nine in seven innings and Adkins went 2-2.

The Seaford Recreation Department is getting ready for the softball season. Anyone interested in entering a team into the men’s slo-pitch, men’s modified, or co-ed Sunday leagues can call the office at 629-6809 for more details. There will be coach’s meetings scheduled at a later date. Entry fees will be determined depending on the number of teams in the league, so register your team now.

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Seaford native C.J. Faison competes in stock car races in Southeast, attends school online By Mike McClure

Seaford resident C.J. Faison is pursuing his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver by racing on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. The 15 year-old, who attends Bradenton Prep Academy (Fla.) online, will be racing throughout the southeast through the Fall. C.J. is the son of Don and Terri Faison. Currently driving late model cars, Faison got his start driving go-karts in the Pee Wee division in Delmar when he was just five and a half years old. While he wants to eventually compete in one of the NASCAR divisions, he his currently focussed on holding his own on the ASA tour. “We’re starting to get a little better quality of cars. Hopefully we can even win a race,” said Faison. Faison, who is in ninth grade, started attending school online as an eighth grader. “You can go to the track and do things with your friends. If you get caught up with school work you can take a week off,” Faison said. C.J. and his team were recently in the Sarasota/Bradenton area to kick off the racing season. When he visited his school in Bradenton the students and staff signed the hood of his car, which had the Bradenton Prep logo, while he signed autographs and merchandise. Following practice, Faison also made a guest appearance at Hooters in Bradenton. The following day was qualifying and race day. Faison was cheered on by the Bradenton Prep students and staff as well as his fans. C.J. keeps his cars in North Carolina where crew chief Tony Blanchard is from. Blanchard served as crew chief for Joey Logano, who is now a NASCAR driver. A lot of work goes into preparing for a race. According to Faison, the crew must go through a four page check list before the car is loaded on the trailer. On race weeks, Fridays are usually practices followed by the qualifiers. Race day is on Saturday, but Faison gets time to practice prior to the races (on Saturday). C.J. goes to North Carolina every other week to help prepare for his races. He lives there in the summer and will be rac-

Seaford resident C.J. Faison is currently competing on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. The 15 year-old, who started racing in Delmar when he was five and a half, attends school online.

ing in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina every other weekend through October. “You’ve got to be very committed,” Faison said of driving race cars. “It’s stressful and nerve wracking watching him race,” C.J.’s sister, Brittany Abbott, added. “The whole family is involved in it. We love it. Everybody’s very supportive of it.” Faison is the youngest driver on his tour. The next oldest driver is 19. “You’ve got to hold your own ground and not let them (other drivers) intimidate you,” said Faison. “ The first three races I try to earn everybody’s respect. You don’t give up too much but you don’t hold back either.” Faison is thankful for the support of his family and his crew. His sponsors include Delaware Auto Exchange and Cokesbury Equine Clinic. For more information on C.J., visit his website at cjfaision. com.

Easter break programs to be held at Boys and Girls Club

The following programs will be held at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club Monday-Thursday during Easter break: Tumbling- Participants will learn the basics of tumbling. Tumbling will take place on a mat. The program will take place 2-3 p.m. for ages 4-5 and 3-4 p.m. for ages 6-8. Bitty Indoor Soccer- This mini league is co-ed and is for 3 -5 year olds. The league, which will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m., will feature practices and games. The cost to participate is $8. Shin guards and sneakers must be worn. Cheer Camp- Girls will learn basics of cheer and older girls will learn stunts with cheers. The cost is $20. The program will take place 9-10 a.m. for ages 4-5, 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6-8, and noon to 2 p.m. for ages 9-12.

Seaford Recreation Department to hold spring program, trip

The Seaford Department of Parks is currently holding signups for the following programs: Spring co-ed youth basketball- The league is open to ages 8-18 at a cost of $20. Sign up at the office or call 629-6809. The leagues will start the end of March and all games are played at Seaford Middle School. Orioles vs Yankees at Camden Yards- SDR will take a trip to see the Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees on Friday, May 8. The cost is $55 which includes the game ticket and charter bus. The bus leaves from Seaford High School at 4 p.m. Call the office to reserve your seat early. There are only 46 tickets available.

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MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009

Health Cameras can be a dangerous feature to a child’s cellphone By Anthony Policastro, M.D

A few months ago I wrote about the reasons I had concerns about children under age 16 using cell phones. The news has recently added one more reason to restrict cell phone use to responsible adults. The reason has been called sexting. This is a term that relates to the use of the picture taking components of cell phones. It involves sending sexually suggestive pictures via cell phones. The usual case is that of an adolescent girl who sends a picture of herself to her boyfriend. The picture may have her semi-clothed. The picture may have her unclothed. The statistics are relatively startling. A survey showed that 20% of adolescents send such pictures via their cell phone. Another survey showed that 44% of adolescents have received such pictures. While the pictures are usually meant for one individual to view them, that does not always happen. Most adolescent boys who receive such a picture tend to brag about it to their friends. Thus they show it to all of their friends. Sometimes the pictures get downloaded to a page like facebook so everyone can view them. There was one girl in the Midwest who sent a picture to her boyfriend. They later broke up. He shared the picture with the entire school. She was branded as a slut by all her classmates. She committed suicide.

What is more at issue is the fact that every state has laws related to child pornography. In most cases the sender is underage. Therefore the sending of it makes them a violator of the law. The recipient then has child pornography on his cell phone. If he passes it on to others, then he is distributing child pornography. A recent survey of 225 high school students asked if they knew sexting was against the law. Only 31 were aware of that. At the very least parents need to make it clear to their children that they expect them to obey this law. Many localities are left with no choice but to prosecute the adolescents when they find this kind of thing. In one case a 19 year old boy received a picture from his 15 year old girlfriend. He passed it on. He got caught. He was sent to prison for 6 years. Some police departments have started prosecuting adolescents under 18 for these activities. The real question for parents is whether their adolescent falls into the 20% who send pictures or the 80% who do not. Since 44% of adolescents receive pictures, the odds are about 50/50 that your adolescent has received such a picture. Like all devices cell phones require a great deal of responsibility on the part of the user. There are some basic cell phones that do not take pictures. Perhaps that is all your child needs.

FICC plans its 2009 conference “Healthy Communities Start with You” is the theme for the 2009 Families, Individuals and Communities Conference (FICC) on Friday, May 1 at the Carter Partnership Center at Del Tech in Georgetown. Formerly known as the Families in Crisis Conference, the FICC is celebrating its silver anniversary. The conference planning committee is made up of representatives from various social service agencies from throughout Sussex County. The format of this year’s conference has changed to allow for more choices for attendees. There will be three general sessions throughout the day focusing on family, individual and community issues and health. There will also be workshops and roundtable workshops on health and information. Additionally, there will be a Marketplace, health screenings and a number of activities throughout the day. As part of the conference, the third an-

nual Ray Lloyd Memorial Award will be awarded. Mr. Lloyd was a longtime, popular Delaware Tech instructor who passed away in 2007. In the early years of the conference, Mr. Lloyd was a keynote speaker and facilitated workshops. Sussex County Council received the award in 2007 and the award was shared by Secretary of State Harriet Smith-Windsor and John Hollis of Nemours in 2008. Businesses and organizations are invited to display information about their organization in the Conference Marketplace. For more information on scholarships, registration or the conference, contact Committee Chairperson Christel Shumate at 302-855-7890. To nominate someone for the “Ray Lloyd Memorial Award,” e-mail Dr. T.J. Mumford at or call 302-856-5400. To set up in the Marketplace, contact Jackie Wightman at 302857-5183.

From left are Lisa Hill, administrative assistant, CSNN, CCC; Terri Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Jacyne Burdett, RN; Jennifer Powell, PSR, CNA, and Barbie Sheldon, medical account executive for Delaware Hospice.

Nurses tour the Hospice Center Staff members from Nanticoke Cancer Care Center and Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Dr. James Martin’s office recently toured the Delaware Hospice Center and learned more about the new option of hospice care offered at this stateof-the-art facility. The Delaware Hospice Center, which

opened last April in Milford, offers a new option of care for patients who are hospice appropriate and suffering from any lifelimiting disease, such as heart, lung, or kidney failure, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. There are 16 patient/family suites, formal living rooms, country kitchens, family rooms and a reflection room.

MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009


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

Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Look Good... Feel Better, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer conceal loss of hair, skin problems, and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host the program on Monday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cancer Care Center’s 2nd floor conference room. The program is free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required and space

is limited. To register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center at 629-6611, ext. 2588.

CHEER plans healthy living expo

On Tuesday, April 21 the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown will host a free Healthy Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Healthy Living Expo, which is open to the public, has room for more vendors to set up a table at the expo. The fee is $75 or $50 if you offer a health screening. For registration or more information, call 302-854-9500.

Tunnel Cancer Center fundraiser

The Sussex County Cancer Survivors Fund will host a fundraising event for the Tunnel Cancer Center patient-relief fund from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 14,

at Gray Hare on Route 24 in Lewes. The event includes food, music and other entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the relief fund at Tunnel Cancer Center, which helps patients in financial duress while they fight catastrophic illnesses. For more information, email or contact Frank Shade at 302-542-5582.

Nanticoke offers cholesterol class

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s next cholesterol class is Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. at the hospital. The class will focus on foods and eating habits that may help manage cholesterol levels and incorporate practical suggestions for overcoming the barriers to eating in a heart healthy way. Topics include risk factors, saturated, unsaturated fats, trans fats, portion sizes and other


All Delaware residents age 18 or older are eligible. TESTING will be completed in 3 (three) phases.

PHASE 1: March 30th or April 2nd 5:15 PM to 9:30 PM

PHASE 2: April 25th

8:45 PM to 3:00 PM

PHASE 3: May 16th

8:15 PM to 5:00 PM All testing will be held in Dover. Pre-enrollment is required. Seating is limited. Enrollment closes Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at Noon or when seats are filled.

Enroll by calling 302-739-5558 Only pre-enrolled examinees will be allowed to enter the testing facility. Official State of Delaware photo identification is required. All doors will lock promptly at the posted start time. All examinees must qualify from Phases 1 & 2 to take the GED Test.

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PAGE 34 American Heart Association guidelines. Class fee is $20 and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2455.

Diabetes education classes

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford will hold a four-session diabetes educational program beginning Wednesday, April 8 and continuing April 15, 22 and 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hospital. Registration is required and the cost of the four-session program may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-session program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes selfmanagement. Family members/significant others are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Education Department at 6296611, ext. 2446.

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening

Residents living in and around the Seaford community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Seaford VFW Post #4961 will host Life Line Screening on April 8. The site is located at 9767 Middleford Road in Seaford. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information call 1-877-2371287 or visit Preregistration is required.

Respiratory care recognized

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Respiratory Care Department has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is one of only 700 hospitals in the United States to apply and receive this award. To qualify, Nanticoke proved it met a series of criteria regarding staff competence, availability of critical services, and a physician designated as medical director of respiratory care services. Dr. Amir Quefatieh is the medical director of respiratory care services at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The Respiratory Care Department provides assessments, diagnostics, and treatment for patients with pulmonary disorders and also offers education, prevention practices and screenings at community health events.

Caregiver training available

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times a

MORNING STAR • MARch 19 - 25, 2009 year in each of Delaware’s three counties. Delaware Hospice Center at 100 Patriots Way in Milford will host the training on Friday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program includes a medical overview, legal and financial issues, challenging symptoms, daily care issues and information on getting the help you need. Training for family caregivers is free and lunch will be provided by Delaware Hospice. Pre-registration is required by Friday, April 17. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee at 302-854-9788.

ESMGMA plans seminar

The Eastern Shore Medical Group Managers Association will host a seminar on “How to Handle Difficult Patients” on Saturday, March 25 at noon at Adam’s Ribs in Fruitland, Md. The speaker is Bob Teale, a certified ophthalmic executive with the Eye Care Business Advisory Group of Allergan, Inc., an eye care company based in Irvine, Calif. Teale works with medical practices, physician groups, hospital pharmacies, billing companies and managed care organizations. His advisory expertise includes financial analysis, human resource management, optical shop enhancement, leadership training, practice valuations, strategic planning and overall practice efficiency. There is a $15 charge for lunch and space is limited. To attend the seminar, call Bill Martin at 410-546-2500, ext. 112 or email

Depression support group

There will be a bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who suffers from depression is welcome to attend. To register, call the Delaware Mental Health Association at 800-287-6423.

Hospice promotes Decisions Day

Have you thought about your future health care? The term “Advance Directive” may sound intimidating or irrelevant, but the reality is that every adult should have one. An Advance Directive enables individuals to make legally valid decisions regarding future medical treatment, in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves, and ensures that those wishes are carried out in the manner they have chosen. This document records your medical care preferences for your physician, loved ones and clergy, and relieves the decision-making burden from your family members. Delaware Hospice is participating in a national effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making— an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2009 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. Representatives from Delaware Hospice will be available throughout April to speak to your organization about Advance Directives.

For more information, call 1-800-8389800, and ask for the Community Ed representative for your area.

For complete information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Nurses’ assistant program

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Become a member of the rapidly expanding health care field by taking the evening nurses’ assistant course, offered through Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Instruction will be given at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford and Delaware Tech in Georgetown from April 27 to June 25; classes will meet on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. This 150-hour course teaches students to safely perform basic nursing skills under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Graduates will be prepared to take the Nurse Aid Competency Exam for certification. All nurses’ assistants must take this exam to be certified to work in Delaware. Funding through the Department of Labor and limited scholarships are available for this course.

LifeCare at Lofland Park will host a buffet dinner at the Georgia House Restaurant in Laurel on Monday, March 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes an all-you-can-eat buffet consisting of Mississippi Cajun catfish, Yankee pot roast, buttermilk fried chicken, pasta marinara, salad, rolls, various sides, assorted desserts and nonalcoholic beverage. Carryout is available. Adults are $16.99 each, ages 4 to 12 cost $8.99, and ages 3 and under eat free with a paying adult. All money raised will be used for entertainment costs for residents at LifeCare at Lofland Park. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact LifeCare at Lofland Park at 628-3000, ext. 8300 or via email at

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MORNING STAR • MARCH 19 - 25, 2009


People Kittila, Piehl to wed this spring Dr. and Mrs. Allan B. Kittila of Seaford announce the engagement of their son Timothy Allan Kittila to Erin Luanna Piehl, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick and Cindy Piehl of Hutchinson, Minn. Tim graduated from Seaford High School in 1997. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 2002 from Virginia Tech and a master of business administration from the University of Delaware in 2004. He is a mechanical engineer and a partner in Hypertect, Inc., a data center design company, located in Roseville, Minn. The bride-to-be graduated from Hutchinson High School in 2000 and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern College in 2004. She is an insurance agent employed by the Hutchinson Agency. A spring wedding is planned in Roseville, Minn. Formal invitations will be issued. The couple will reside in Shoreview, Minn.

The fourth session of the Rising Stars Leadership Training Program began on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Trinity Transport in Seaford. There are 12 students that represent seven area school districts.

Timothy Kittila and Erin Piehl

Sapna, Owens to wed this June Mr. and Mrs. George H. Sapna II, of Seaford, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kathleen Ann Sapna, to Mr. Jack F. Owens Jr., son of Mrs. Donna L. Owens and the late Mr. Jack F. Owens, of Georgetown. Miss Sapna is a 2004 graduate of the University of Delaware and is a human resources generalist for George, Miles & Buhr, LLC, Architects & Engineers. Mr. Owens is a 2000 graduate of Salisbury University and a 2003 graduate of Wilmington College. He is the assistant principal at North Georgetown Elementary School. A June wedding is planned.

Rising stars begin new program The Trinity Foundation, in partnership with the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy (DYLA), began their fourth session of the Rising Stars Leadership Training Program on Saturday, Feb. 28. This 10-week program is designed to enhance the leadership, academic and social skills of youth between the ages of 12-16. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings at the corporate office of Trinity Transport

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State teen pageant is March 29 Nineteen young women between the ages of 13 and 17 will vie for the title of Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2009 on Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. in the Centre for the Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, Georgetown. Amanda Debus, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2008, will crown the winner. Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen is the sister pageant to the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant, and are affiliates of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America Organizations respectively. The winner will represent Delaware at the 2010 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in August in Orlando, Fla. The pageant theme is “Rhythm Reigns” featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and the Jackson Five. The contestants, hailing from towns throughout the state, will compete in the areas of private interview, talent presentation, evening gown, on-stage question and physical fitness. Tickets are available now and are reserved seating only. Ticket prices are $30, $25 and $20 and may be purchased in advance by contacting Laurie VanSciver at 302-249-9370 or LVanSciver2005@ A Ticket Reservation Form,

in Seaford. The current class includes 12 students representing seven school districts. The curriculum includes nine weeks of goal-setting, time management, ethics development and career and financial development training, with the final class marking their official graduation. To learn about the fall session, contact Careen Kouts at 302-253-3926 or visit

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Team Two from Sussex Tech defeated Brandywine and the Charter School of Wilmington in the Shock Waves III category to receive top honors. The first place team members are, from left, seated, Dyllan Hawley, Laurel; Chris Littleton, Delmar; John Rogers, Ocean View; and Brandon Wilkins, Laurel; back row – Josh Mueller, Selbyville; Coach Tammy Hawley, and Skylar Willey, Bridgeville.

Team One took home two second place medals in the Earth Trek III category and Superstition III category and Team Three won third place in the Lost Labor of Heracles III category. The Odyssey of the Mind program at Sussex Tech is coordinated by electronics teacher Dennis Smith.

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FRESHMEN HELP FAMILIES - The freshman class at Sussex Technical High School recently donated four $25 Wal-Mart gift cards to assist Delaware families in Kent and Sussex counties. The students met with Mrs. Edie Banning of the Kent/Sussex Adopt-a-Family who told them about the large number of requests for help this year, including those who have been recently displaced by fire. Class officers making the presentation are, from left, Elizabeth Marshall, Millsboro, reporter; Jenna Hochstedler, Bridgeville, parliamentarian; Ms. Banning; Bethany LeChance, Seaford, secretary; and Ashley Morley, Milton, treasurer. 100%


Sussex Technical High School Odyssey of the Mind teams brought home several trophies and medals from the state competition at the University of Delaware. Team Two won first place which qualifies them for the World competition at the University of Iowa on May 27.

SuSSEx StudENtS tAPE SEMINARS - Media Broadcasting technical students recently taped two 30-minute television shows entitled, “Surviving and Thrive,” produced by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Delaware District Office. The shows are seminars giving advice for success to small business owners and will be broadcast at a later date on WMDT-TV and Comcast Television. Above - Panel members on the show were, from left, seated - Jayne Armstrong, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Julie Wheatley, director, Sussex County Economic Development; William Jack Riddle, executive vice president and chief lending officer, Community Bank Delaware; Olakunte Oludina, business consultant, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, YMCA Delaware; Ed Heath, branch manager/business counselor, SCORE Delaware Chapter; and William Pfaff, director, Sussex County, Delaware Small Business Development Center. Students doing the filming were, in the back row from left, teacher Gary Conaway; Chris Broadhurst, Milton; Sarah Samaha, Milford; Chandler Elmore, Georgetown; Livia Berg, Lewes; and Kurt Browning, Georgetown.


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Sussex Tech principal Curt Bunting (center) congratulates electronics teachers Dennis Smith (left) and Anthony Carmen for being named Staff Members of the Month for February.

Teachers honored at Sussex Tech Sussex Technical High School has named electronics teachers Dennis Smith of Seaford and Anthony Carmen of Ellendale as Staff Members of the Month for February. In making the announcement, Principal Curt Bunting commended the teachers for their cooperation in designing lesson plans for their students that incorporated wiring the new classrooms in the newly constructed wing of the school. “Not only did the electronics students receive a valuable lesson in hands-on experience of installing and wiring SmartBoards and surround voice systems,” said Mr. Bunting, “but Mr. Smith and Mr. Carmen’s cooperation also saved the school district thousands of dollars in installation

fees.” Smith came to Sussex Tech in 2000 after 23 years of service with the U.S. Air Force, 18 of which were spent in computer technology. He earned a master’s of education degree from Wilmington College. Smith was the first band director at Sussex Tech and also is an advisor for Odyssey of the Mind. Carmen started teaching electronics at Sussex Tech in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and was an audio engineer for eight years. He then earned a master’s degree in technical education from Wilmington University. He has also been an assistant lacrosse coach for the Ravens.

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Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus is offering three spring break camps for kids. All camps are five-sessions and run Monday through Friday beginning Monday, April 13. Our Solar System and Beyond, for ages 6 to 11, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp includes science, math, history, reading, writing, computers, arts & crafts, games, fitness, nutrition and a field trip. The baseball camp, for ages 7 to 12, will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This camp concentrates on fundamentals and drills; basic mechanics for pitching, infield and outfield plays, hitting, base running and sliding tips. Kids should bring a glove. The basketball camp, for ages 8-14, will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Young players will learn defensive play, rebounding, passing, shooting, dribbling and movement. They also will practice drills and lead-up relays. For complete information about these camps, or to register, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Antique Tractor Club scholarship

The First State Antique Tractor Club exists to preserve and display antique tractors and farm equipment and to provide the public with an opportunity to experience the historical growth of agricultural technology. The First State Antique Tractor Club offers scholarships to graduating seniors for the purpose of continuing education in the field of agriculture. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student, accepted in an agriculture program at a two- or four-year university or college. All applications must be received

by Thursday, April 30. All applicants must show financial need and academic merit. The amount of the award/awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of The First State Tractor Club. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2009. Scholarships are paid directly to the school or college as directed by the recipient. Scholarships will be awarded at the First State Antique Tractor Club’s annual show held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds on June 12-14. Return completed applications in person to your Agri-science teacher/FFA advisor/4-H educator or mail to: First State Antique Tractor Club Scholarship, P.O. Box 277, Greenwood, DE 19950. For more information, call Steve Britt at 410-822-9113. Applications that are missing one or more parts will be disqualified.

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UD, Ag Department train new generation of leaders Agricultural producers face greater risk, changing markets, a global economy, new technologies and pressures from land use changes. Producers also find themselves stewards of their own environmental resources as well as those surrounding their operations. In opening remarks at the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, held Friday, Feb. 27 in Dover, Governor Jack Markell said, “Anything that we can do to make sure the Delaware agriculture industry is prosperous is important,” speaking to many new initiatives by UD and DDA. “Now, more than ever, the time for leadership within the agricultural sector is essential,” said Laurie Wolinski, University of Delaware Cooperative extension associate in the Department of Food and Resource Economics, and the associate director of the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education. LEADelaware — sponsored by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UD Cooperative Extension, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture - is an agricultural and natural resource leadership program designed to help build the next generation of leaders within the food and fiber industries that influence the food

system, the economy and the environment. At the Governor’s Conference, Wolinski and 11 other LEADelaware fellows were honored as the program’s first graduating class. During their two-year long training cycle, fellows participated in teamwork and leadership capacity building exercises and were provided opportunities to practice those skills. They visited members of the Delaware legislature, regional agribusinesses and completed an agricultural exploration trip to Chile. “The foreign trip to Chile ranked right up there with the better experiences, seeing what their agricultural industry was like, and how it related to ours right here in Delaware,” said Brandon Bonk, 25, a grain farmer in eastern Kent County. Bonk attributes his desire to be a part of the first class to Ed Kee, DDA Cabinet Secretary and retired UD extension professional, who served as a leader for Class I. Other class leaders include Tom Ilvento, chairman of UD’s Department of Food and Resource Economics, and Bill McGowan, UD community development extension associate in Sussex County. Bonk added, “One of the best

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Whaley, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension; and Denny Wilson, grain farmer. The LEADelaware program is now seeking its second class, recruiting 15 to 20 agricultural professions. For more information about LEADelaware and the application process for the next class, contact Laurie Wolinski at or 302-831-2538. The application deadline is March 31.


Working with researchers to provide a competitive edge to the U.S. soybean farmer. By pursuing advancements in key areas such as pest management and disease prevention, soybean checkoff-supported research has helped U.S. soybean production grow from 1.98 billion bushels in 1991 to nearly 3 billion bushels in 2008.


“Checkoff dollars help bring the research community and soybean breeding community together and really develop collaborations that focus on U.S. soybean-specific problems. In the early days of soybean genomics, it was really checkoff funds that got us started. The ultimate gain of this research impacts U.S. farm-gate profit.”

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etable farmer; Todd Davis, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Marty Desmond, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; Colleen Kitzmiller, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; David Marvel, grain and vegetable farmer; Jim McCabe, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; Steve McCarron, Kenny Produce; Robin Talley, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; Corey

things that I got out of LEAD was meeting the other fellows, guest speakers and class leaders. We met people in the agriculture and banking industries, in service and in government, and having made those connections, our ability to network with other leaders throughout the state was such a key aspect of the program.” Other graduating fellows include: Will Carlisle, grain and veg-


Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Chu have announced that Delaware will receive $37,964,668 in weatherization and energy efficiency funding – including $13,733,668 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $24,231,000 for the State Energy Program. This is part of a nationwide investment of nearly $8 billion under the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – an investment that will put approximately 87,000 Americans to work. The funding will support weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, which will pay for itself many times over. The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy ef-

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to advise that Raymond A. Massey Jr. of Laurel, 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. 3/19/1tp


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On Saturday, 04/18/09 at 11:00 a.m., Peninsula Mini Storage, located at 40 S. Market St., Blades/Seaford, DE will hold a public auction pursuant to the State of Delaware Self-Storage Facility Act Title 25 Chapter 49. The following storage units will be sold or disposed of for Non-Payment of storage rent. Tenant’s name and last known address are listed below. Candy Deshields, Laurel, DE, Unit 159/160 & Unit 203. Barbara Kilgoe, Unit 336, Seaford, DE. Call 629-5743 for details. Frank Passwaters, Storage Manager. 03/19/2tc


charges will in effect constitute the implementation of the Financial Good Standing Ordinance These costs shall be charged against the real estate upon which the work was performed and shall be a lien upon such real estate. A complete copy of Chapter 13. Trees and Vegetation may be obtained at the City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware or by calling the City Office at 302-629-9173 and requesting a copy. Adopted March 11, 2009 OR-03-09 Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager 3/19/1tc


BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Seaford, An Ordinance to Amend the City of Seaford Municipal Code Chapter 15. Zoning Sec. 15-7 Definitions adding #152 which defines “Outdoor eating area” and An Ordinance to amend the City of Seaford Municipal Code Chapter 15. Zoning Section 15-29 Uses by Right (a) #5 that describes the requirements for an “outdoor eating area.” A complete copy of Amendments to Chapter 15 Zoning Ordinance, relating to an outdoor eating area in a commercial district may be obtained at the City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware or by calling the City Office at 302-629-9173 and requesting a copy. Adopted March 11, 2009 OR-01-09 OR-02-09 Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager 3/19/1tc

The Commissioners of Bridgeville will hold a Court of Appeals on Saturday, March 28th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the Town Hall, 101 N. Main Street, Bridgeville, Delaware. At that time, the Commissioners will hear appeals dealing with the Town of Bridgeville’s 2009 Property Assessments. A copy of the 2009 Property Tax Assessments listing is located at Town Hall for public view during normal business hours. Commissioners of Bridgeville Bonnie S. Walls Town Manager 3/19/1tc

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Seaford, An Ordinance to Amend the City of Seaford Municipal Code Chapter 13. Trees and Vegetation Article 2. Weeds and Vegetation Sec. 13-11. Cost of Removal by City; Payment by Owner. Whenever the City Manager has effected the removal of any unregulated growth or has paid for its removal pursuant to the provisions of this Article, the property owner shall be charged for the work performed at a rate to be set by Council. Interest on all outstanding balances owed to the City shall be charged at the rate of Eighteen percent (18%) per annum to be applied thirty days following the date of completion of the work. If not paid by the owner or occupier prior thereto, said bill shall be charged to the owner or occupier of such property. Failure to pay such


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Little Creek Hundred Case No. 10382 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 115-25, Item A (1) and A(2)of said ordinance of GUNSLINGER INVESTMENTS, L.L.C. who are seeking a variance from the minimum square footage and lot width requirements for parcels, to be located north of Route 24, 406 feet east of U.S. Route 13. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on See LEGALS—page 41


Monday evening, APRIL 20, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 3/19/1tc BID NOTICE Town of Blades The Town of Blades will be accepting bids for the mowing and trimming of the grass at the Town Cemetery on Market Street. All bids must be submitted by April 3, 2009, to the Town Administrator. Copy of your Business License & Insurance Certificate must be attached with the bid. For more information please contact the Town Administrator at 302‐629‐7366. Town of Blades Vikki Prettyman Town Administrator 3/12/3tc BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT TOWN OF BLADES TAKE NOTICE: On March 31st, 2009 at 7pm the Board of Adjustment of the Town of Blades will sit in its Board Room at Hardin Hall, 20 West Fourth Street, Blades, Delaware, Sussex County, to publicly hear and determine the matter of: 1. A request for multiple variances from Blades Development, LLC regarding parcel 132-1.15-16.00 located on the corner of Market Street and River Road, for the purpose of moving forward with the “Blades Common” development. Variance requests include dwelling units per acre for single, triplex, and condo units, the minimum square footage per dwelling unit, street frontage, lot width, setbacks, building coverage, accessory building distance, maximum lot coverage, street design

standards, sidewalk rightof-ways, off-street parking, off-street loading, screening and landscaping from the railroad, and shading along streets. 2. A request for a special exception use variance from Loving Care Daycare, Cynthia Forman, Owner/Director at 204A E Seventh Street, parcel 132-1.15159.09, property owner Lee & Marcella Schuh. The current zone this parcel is in is an R-1. Daycares are not a permitted use in this zone and a special exemption must be granted. 3. A request for a variance from Ray & Pauline Best, 410 Summit Drive, parcel number: 132-1.12122. Requesting to add a sunroom onto the rear of the home. This will extend into the rear setbacks by five (5) feet. Such hearing may be adjourned from time to time by said Board without further written notice. All interested parties are welcome to attend the hearing and make oral comments or submit written comments in advance of the hearing to be placed on the record. Issued this 9th day of March, 2009, pursuant to the rules heretofore adopted by the Board of Adjustment of the Town of Blades. BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT TOWN OF BLADES BY: Vikki Prettyman Town Administrator 3/12/3tc


Estate of Vernon K. Carter, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Vernon K. Carter who departed this life on the 25th day of February, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Diane E. Neal on the 9th day of March, 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

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Estate of Emma LeCates Bennett, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Emma LeCates Bennett who departed this life on the 30th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Robert G. Bennett, Daniel B. LeCates on the 5th day of March, 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 30th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Robert G. Bennett 28511 Seaford Road Laurel, DE 19956 Daniel B. LeCates P.O. Bo 233 Bethel, DE 19931 Attorney: Eric C. Howard Wilson, Halbrook &

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Estate of Naomi B. Workman, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Naomi B. Workman who departed this life on the 14th day of February, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Joyce W. Wheatley, Deborah A. Kessel on the 27th day of February, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executrices on or before the 14th day of October, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executrices: Joyce W. Wheatley 22296 Shore Drive Seaford, DE 19973 Deborah A. Kessel 205 Arbutus Ave. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 3/12/3tc

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Notice is hereby given to all qualified voters of the Town of Blades, Delaware that the Annual Municipal Election will be held in said Town on Monday, April 6th, 2009 from 2pm to 6pm at Hardin Hall, West Fourth Street, Blades, Delaware.

The Mayoral seat and Two (2) Council seats shall be elected. There are Two (2) candidates for the Mayoral seat and Four (4) candidates for the Two (2) Council seats. The candidates are: MAYOR: (Please vote for only one (1) candidate) David L. Ruff

Michael J. Smith

COUNCIL: (Please vote for two (2) candidates) Earl Chaffinch, Sr. Martin Evans Russell Joseph Donald Trice

Mayor and Town Council terms are for two (2) years beginning April 13th, 2009 and ending March 14th, 2011.

Absentee Ballot Affidavits may be obtained at the Town Hall from the Town Administrator. The Town Administrator can take Absentee Ballots until 12 Noon on April 3rd, 2009.

All citizens wishing to vote in the April 6th, 2009 election must register at the Blades Town Hall by the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 25th, 2009. No registration will be allowed after this date. All citizens who shall have attained the age of eighteen (18) years on the date of the Annual Election and be a citizen of the United States of America for a period of one (1) year and a citizen of the Town of Blades for a period of six (6) months preceding the date of the Annual Municipal Election shall be eligible to register and hold one (1) vote. All citizens who have not voted in the last two (2) contested elections held by the Town must re-register to vote by the above stated date. Vikki Prettyman Town Administrator


Estate of Robert L. Nibblett, Sr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Robert L. Nibblett, Sr. who departed this life on the 20th day of January, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Robert Lester Nibblett, Jr., Richard Alan Nibblett on the 18th day of February, 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 20th day of September, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Robert Lester Nibblett, Jr. 8170 Gum Branch Road Seaford, DE 19973 Richard Alan Nibblett 26075 Bethel-Concord Road Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: Shannon . Owens, Esq. Procino Wells, LLC 225 High St.

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Estate of William K. Rayfield, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of William K. Rayfield who departed this life on the 21st day of January, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Sherry L. Rayfield Hastings on the 23rd day of February, 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 21st day of September, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Sherry L. Rayfield Hastings 27654 Layton Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 3/5/3tc

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Cuts in government payroll may be one answer Once a safe haven from layoffs hundreds of Delaware state rank alio and county employees may find themselves in the unemployment It’s been 19 years lines joining thousands of Delawareans. since taxes have The state, facing a $600 million shortfall, may see that cut in been raised in the half with $300 million coming to Delaware from the passage of the county; that streak stimulus package going toward may end. transportation projects and Medicare. The belt tightening urged by from a high of 549. the new governor has barely made a dent During my time there the county in the remaining deficit, and when the enjoyed prosperity with the rest of the budget is balanced, (Delaware law mancountry as the population exploded with dates a balanced budget be passed) larger retirees from neighboring states finding a deficits loom over the next few years unsafe and quiet environment and low taxes less the economy does an about face. in Sussex County. Laying off employees seems to be one Growth averaged 3% a year and transof the ways to make a huge dent in the fer taxes jumped to around $19 million deficit. Benefits, insurance, sick leave and vacation make up a huge part of the state’s a year; revenue is now expected to be around $12 and $15 million, causing the budget. serious shortfall. Sussex County Council faces a smaller Not only did the growth exceed expensbut huge to them shortfall in the amount es, but the county put millions in surpluses of $11 million. I understand the county into CDs, always making sure to thank the has 100 plus jobs that could be eliminated county employees for making that possible because the volume of work is not there, especially in the permitting processes since but forgetting to give them a piece of the action for their efforts, as Sussex County building permits are way off. employees remain the lowest paid in the When I worked for the county as ecostate and at one time some were eligible nomic development director in 1991, the for welfare programs. I imagine in these county had 350 employees; today the times that is still a fact. county has approximately 520 employees

Money flowed into the county coffers by the truckload, so much the focus of bringing new business into the county was shelved, frustrating me to the point that I moved on. After I left, the Economic Development Office was moved from a business friendly environment to a corner office away from the center of town. For a while the county was without an economic development director until then candidate Mike Vincent began asking questions: now they are trying to rebuild the office. Sussex County has always enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate, now it has the highest, hovering over 8.2 percent, the same as the national rate. How the stimulus package will affect our county remains to be seen. The county is not responsible for Medicare or roads. It’s been 19 years since taxes have been raised in the county; that streak may end. I just hope if cuts are made either by the state or the county, they are based on need, not on who is a friend of a friend, cuts by seniority or a percentage from each department. There are agencies, especially with the state, where citizens need government assistance and supervision; children and veterans are already shortchanged, and many who need help fall through the cracks. Hopefully, across-the-board personnel cuts won’t happen, but instead cuts will occur where there is fat in the budget.

Just saying NO doesn’t cut it I’ve always welcomed criticism that is constructive, meaning if a person disagrees, then I expect them to come up with an alternative plan. The opposition party in Washington doesn’t like the programs being presented by the new president. Nothing wrong with that, but they are not coming up with alternative solutions. Disagreement among parties sometimes leads to compromise and the taxpayers win if alternative choices are presented. When I was chairman of the Nanticoke Hospital Board during the tenure of Sr. Bush, healthcare was going down the tubes. With two years under the belt of the Bush administration all the hospitals in the state planned a meeting with Bush health advisors in Washington. We asked what their plans were. Remember they had been in office for two years. Their answer was, “We don’t have a plan; what do you suggest?” My point is you can’t just sit back and do nothing, especially during these times. Republicans want to freeze spending and cut taxes; that is not an alternative. Failure is not a disgrace. Many successful medical discoveries came after many failures. All of President Obama’s programs probably will not work, some will work better than others, some will need some tuning, but at least he is trying. Better than sitting back, voting no, and hoping his programs fail.

I often wonder what is the bigger issue: being young and frustrated ony indsor because there is so much you want to do, but are not old enough, or beThe desk looked more ing old and regretting all the things you didn’t do? It is the same when like the back lot of looking back on your youth and longing for the days when you had a chop shop than a no real responsibilities. place of legitimate My Uncle Stanford used to say that people were designed backbusiness. wards. When we are young and energetic we have nothing to do. When we get older, we suddenly place I would go each day and talk on the have all the responsibilities and none of phone, fill out papers and sit at my own the energy. neatly decorated desk with pictures of my Of course, everything is relative. When wife and kids. Of course I did not realize you are 12 years old you feel like the that once this arrived I would be doing it weight of the world is on your shoulders. for eternity. And that neatly arranged desk Between your parents’ expectations rewas also a major figment of my childhood garding to your school work and the feeling that you can never be within the top 10 imagination. Ask anyone who has had the pleasure chosen for the recess kickball team, it is of sitting anywhere near my workstation. agonizing. The desk and immediate area surrounding I remember as child I would bring the it look more like the back lot of a chop mail in and be so envious that Dad reshop than a place of legitimate business. ceived so much mail. All the envelopes I am a nostalgic at heart. I often sit and bearing his name and address seemed so reflect on my life and recall the days of impressive to me. I longed for the day my youth as I grew up in Crisfield, Md. when I would be so important that mail I was somewhat of a rapscallion and bearing my name would come through the scalawag (do these mean the same thing?), postal service. As we have learned throughout life, “be according to my sixth grade teacher. But I, like many other hooligans, really were not careful what you wish for.” As an adult I mean spirited, just heathens. quickly learned that getting mail for the Until I was writing this column I had most part was not so impressive. It was forgotten about those age-old nouns used a vehicle for bills, another responsibility by my teacher to describe my antics. It that as a child I did not have to bear. So, forced me to look up the definitions to see childhood started to look more and more if she might have been a little bit unfair in desirable. her description. As a child I lay awake at night imaginAccording to, a rapscaling what it would be like to have a job, a lion is derived from the word rascallion

which is derived from the word rascal. It is defined as “rascal, rogue; scamp.” So, I think she was pretty close in her opinion. Now, scalawag is bit more specific. It is a “cheat, cheater, delinquent, fraud, hooligan, liar, mischief maker, prankster, rapscallion, reprobate, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, scalawag, scoundrel, shyster, sneak, swindler, trickster, troublemaker, villain and whippersnapper.”

Okay, suffice to say, my teacher could have used scalawag and covered all the bases. However, as painful as it is, I cannot argue with her assessment. But, in all fairness, if you look at the definition, you have to admit that for a young boy this was quite a massive laundry list of character traits to live up to. Perhaps I have been inaccurate about describing my childhood as carefree after all.



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For the third time in the past four weeks, gas prices saw a slight decline last week dropping to $1.92 a gallon for regular grade on Friday after holding steady at $1.93 a gallon for most of the week. This marks the 16th consecutive week gasoline has been below $2.25, The longest period of below-$2.25 prices since first attaining that level on April 4, 2005. Crude oil rose more than 10 percent in trading last week to top $46.25 a barrel at the close Friday, its highest level in two months. “Uncertainty is the name of the game. As job losses continue to mount

and Americans continue to rein in spending, it’s difficult if not impossible to determine with any certainty what gasoline demand or prices will be in the coming weeks.” said Catherine L. Rossi, manager of Public and Government Affairs, AAA MidAtlantic. “We typically see demand for gasoline increase as the days lengthen, however, with jobs still being lost and most driving work-related, we expect only a modest increase in demand this month, if any.” Local pricing Locally, one station in Seaford was selling regular gasoline for $1.749 a gallon on Tuesday, five cents a gallon less than a week ago.

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Christ United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Tuesday afternoon soup kitchen at their church on Central Avenue. Pictured are Leigh Ann Elzy, chairman David Elzy and Toni Devincentis of the church. Photo by Pat Murphy.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR - Leigh Clark and John Holter, both of Laurel, look a Delaware Public Archives exhibit in the Laurel Public Library. The exhibit, about Delaware during the Revolutionary War, will be set up through the summer. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Alexandra Morris of Girl Scout Troop 864 is being presented with a check for $420 from American Legion Post 19 Commander Jim Moore of Laurel. The money was the project “A Taste of Home”. The Legion donated 10 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to the troops overseas. Photo by Staci Morris.

Mr. Sam Jones, Yale University graduate, encourages and motivates Laurel High School students to succeed by developing a “game plan” to achieve their academic, personal and career goals. Ms.Val Cottman, retired educator and community service professional, shares words of wisdom on developing character and integrity with student mentors at Laurel High School. Submitted Photos.

Members of the Curry College Habitat for Humanity Team were headquartered at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church last week while working on housing in Concord. They are bottom row, Endre Cenolli, Angela Moabito, Richardo Uado, the Rev. Howard Backus, Natalie Petit, Michelle Speranza, Wendy Dolby (church), Kendra Wisneski, Shelbie Delaney, Mike D’Amore, Robin Waldman, Dot Dolby (church), Joe DiMaria, Katie Russell, Jessica Joseph and Katie Wallace. Photo by Pat Murphy.

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The North invades the South Doing the Towns Together but this time to build homes LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS

Most of us have studied the history of the Civil War and are familiar with the stories of how the armies of the north invaded the south of this great land of ours. Many of us have visited the battlefields where young men from the Confederacy and the North gave their lives for a cause they believed in. Here in Delaware, at a small town named Delaware City, we have Fort Delaware out on Peapatch Island, a historical site open to the public during summer months. We can go to the Fort as tourists and learn about the desolate spot where young Johnny Rebs from the South were imprisoned and where most died for a cause they believed in — freedom from the invaders from the North. Life goes on, times change, a new invasion took place right here in Sussex County last week. This time, the invasion was by 11 fresh-faced and energetic students from Curry College, eager to help with the Habitat program, give of themselves and make life easier and brighter for others. Curry College is a liberal arts four-year college in Milton, Massachusetts, seven miles south of Boston. Several members of the team from Curry were in this area last year during spring break from college, working for Habitat. They were so impressed with the hospitality they received here in Sussex they know their choice for serving others this year would have St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel as their first choice of locations. The group of 11, along with Curry chaperones Kendra Wisneski, hall director, and Joe DiMaria, assistant director of Student Activities at Curry, arrived in Laurel at St. Philip’s on Sunday evening, March 8. The church was “home base” for the team while they gave their time and talents for a week. Sunday School rooms became dormitories, food and hospitality were provided by the parish and community, and with a vitality only the young have the invasion from the North began. Michelle (2nd year), Ricky, Katie, Angela, Mike, Endri, Katie, Michelle, Robin, Shelbie, Natalie, and Jessica were also joined by Habitat personnel from Georgetown, Becky Ryan and Chiara McKenny. Each day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the students worked on new homes in the Concord area. Students from Curry had been interviewed and screened prior to entering the program. No college credits are given for their time spent working on the Homes


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Moments With Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton for Habitat, they just volunteer their time. When queried as to just why they were involved with Habitat, the answers from each student were basically the same, “We wanted to help others.” Other comments stated the young people wanted to “feel good about myself by helping others,” “be involved in a new experience,” “go to a different place,” “travel to a new part of the country,” “in my own small way make a difference for someone else,” “help outside of Massachusetts,” “help people who really need help.” The young builders were learning new skills. Most had never held a hammer before. They now have helped put up siding, applied gallons of paint, put in insulation. The list of new skills is endless. A second team from Massachusetts spent the week in Exmore, Va., working for Habitat for the first time, also. Laurel and St. Philip’s was the overwhelming choice of the Curry students when they signed up for their week of dedicated service during their spring break from studies. The word had spread from last year that the hospitality in Laurel at St. Philip’s was overwhelming, plus the food was “exceptionally good.” The visitors from Curry College in Massachusetts are back in the classrooms. The classrooms at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church are ready for the Sunday School students. The pots and pans in the kitchens are stored in their proper place once again. One now wonders just who benefited the most by the invasion from the North by the students of Curry College. Was it the new owners of the homes in Concord outside of Seaford, or the good people of St. Philip’s whose hospitality and good food brought rave reviews? Or is it the students who gave so freely of themselves, building a lifelong memory of their service to others — total strangers in a new land. The answer is powerful.

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The Meade family of Bethel, Charlene, Darrell and three siblings, spent several days last week visiting their son, Steven, in N. Troy, Vt. where Steven is studying this school year. I understand that the family also enjoyed getting involved in some winter sports at Jay Peak Ski resort in the area. They returned home on Tuesday. The Laurel New Century Club will host a membership luncheon for the Sussex County members of the Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs at the Laurel Georgia House on March 24. If planning to attend, reservations are necessary. Members of the Delmar New Century Club will hold a beef and dumpling dinner at the Delmar VFW on Sunday, March 22, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and carry-outs are available. Proceeds are used to benefit community projects. A group of Laurel High School lady graduates will meet at noon for lunch at Smith’s Restaurant in Greenwood on Saturday, March 21. If you are one of these “gals” come join in at that time.

Our congratulations to Midge McMasters for being named Citizen of the Year for 2009. Midge is a dedicated and tireless worker for her special cause, the Good Samaritan aid in Laurel. Congratulations, also, to Julie Dayton, former Laurel High graduate and resident of Laurel, she is named 2008-09 Independent School Athletic Administrator of the Year by the VIAAA and will be honored at their State Conference on March 27 in Roanoke, Va. Ryan Meade a student at Messiah College in Pennsylvania and Amanda Hudson of Millsboro who attends Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., will be spending their spring semester studying in Athens, Greece from March through June.

Gloria Adkins of Delmar is now residing in the Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and would greatly enjoy visits from her friends at any time. It may not be too late to round up your boots and saddle and giddyap to Exhibitors’ Hall, Del. State Fairgrounds in Harrington, for a Casual Country Affair on Saturday, March 27. Tickets may still be available at




$30 for an evening of food, entertainment, door prizes and Silent Auction. Call 302684-3966 for more information. As of this writing on Monday morning, the update I have on Thomas Wright is that he remains a patient in Christiana Hospital in Wilmington where he is in the ICU. Nothing more to date. Special get-well wishes to young Conner Niblett from all of his friends in Delmar. Friends of the Laurel Library wish to thank all of you who attended their Blues Chaser dinner on March 1. Even though it was a gloomy Sunday, many dinners were served, door prizes won and a fifty-fifty awarded — all for the cause of the library’s children’s summer and winter reading programs. Thanks again! We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of: Camillio “Angelo” Dulis, Della D. Moore, Elaine M. Townsend, James W. Mears and Renee Roissier Miller.

We continue with prayers for our service men and service women and our friends who are ill: Thomas Wright, Flaudine Otwell, Jean Henry, Homer Justice, June Williams, Patrick Starr, Hattie Puckham, Harriett MacVeigh, Alvin Lutz, Mary Wilson, Calvin Hearn, Steve Trivits, Donald Layton, Sr., Joyce Lord, Robert Truitt, Cecile Jones, Bob Horn, Martha Windsor, Homer Disharoon and Bob Christian. Some very special happy birthday wishes to Helen Pearce at the Manor House who will observe ninety-eight years on March 20; and to Addie Haddock also on March 20 from the Tuesday bridge “gals.” Connie Whaley will whoop it up celebrating her day on March 22. Then along come the Mitchells, father and son, Robby will acknowledge 40 years on March 27 and dad, Donald, doesn’t acknowledge any specific number but will celebrate his on March 30. Now for other March birthdays with greetings: Lewis Whetzler on March 20; Barbara Baynum, Jean Henry and Diane Oney, March 21; Evelyn Collins and Rita Brex, March 22; Frank Calio, March 23; and Fran Cole, March 25. See you in the stars.

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Opinion Guest Column

Weathering the storm By Vance Phillips

President, Sussex County Council

As Sussex County, our state and the nation sink ever deeper into an economic black hole, Americans can take comfort in knowing that our country has weathered many storms in its 233-year history. Maybe the fabric of our nation has been frayed a bit thanks to easy credit and pop culture, but the tenacity that defines the American spirit has the strength to endure. As president of Sussex County Council, I hesitate to comment on the direction of other levels of government, although it is clear to me that in Delaware, our new governor, Jack Markell, seems genuinely interested in reaching out to all Delawareans. His young administration understands the importance of public perceptions and soon we will see the results of his engagement of the citizenry. We here in Sussex are caught in the familiar financial dilemma plaguing other levels of government, businesses and households in our society: too much going out and not enough coming in. This is a trend that will not change for some time to come. Our small government will likely lose about $5 million in its current fiscal year ending June 30th. Meantime, projections currently have our 2010 revenue below this year’s budget by more than $11 million. Now and in the coming weeks, the Sussex County finance team will be crunching numbers relentlessly in order to produce a balanced budget for the County Council to consider this May. It is my expectation that this balanced budget will not include the use of reserves or increased taxes. Instead, it will find significant savings and make substantial cuts in the size and scope of Sussex County’s government. It will recognize that our level of activity and the revenue streams associated with much of that activity are likely to be comparable with that of 2002. To understand the magnitude of this, we only have to consider that our government was 20 percent smaller then than it is now. We employed a little more than 400 people, whereas today County government has more than 500 employees on the payroll. We spent around $40 million to operate our general fund then; today, our current budget has climbed past $50 million. In mandatory public service departments such as Emergency Medical Services, our growth must be sustained as our population is unaffected by the economic downturn. But with housing-related revenues dropping more than 56 percent since 2005, adjustments in the government’s operations will have to be made to ensure our expenses do not exceed our revenues. No one in society will or should be immune to the sacrifice we as a nation will undoubtedly face in the years ahead. But in sacrifice we may find the character that some think Americans have lost. Leaders at all levels of government will be expected to do the right thing, but will always fall short of perfection. However, government does not define America. It is her people and their resilience that make this the greatest nation on Earth.

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Was your mailbox damaged?

The recent winter storm (March 1) that dumped an estimated 10” to 12” of snow on our area made driving a challenge. Our state workers are to be commended for their non-stop efforts to clear, sand and salt our major and secondary roadways. Unavoidably, the act of clearing these arteries resulted in some unintentional damage, especially to roadside mailboxes. In the event that a state snow plow has damaged your mailbox, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of repairing or replacing it. Most of the claims resulting from the March 1st storm have already received attention, but it was clear that many of these people were initially confused about where to turn for help. For future reference, citizens who have a potential claim resulting from the state’s snow removal operations can contact the state Insurance Coverage Office (ICO) by calling its toll-free number (1-877-277-4185). Staffers will take your name and address and conduct a brief interview regarding the damage. Able-bodied residents will be asked to replace their damaged mailboxes and posts with components approximating the originals. The receipts can be mailed to the ICO for reimbursement. Requests are typically processed within two weeks of being received. If you are physically unable to conduct the repairs yourself, the ICO has relationships with local contractors to do this work on your behalf. Considering the hundreds-ofmiles of roads that need to be cleared each time the snow falls, the amount of collateral damage caused by the state’s snow removal efforts is very low. However, in the unlikely occurrence these operations impact you, call the Insurance Coverage Office at 1-877-277-4185. State Rep. Dan Short


Women’s equality

“The media and public are invited to celebrate Women’s History month by joining the Delaware Commission for Women at the state’s most prestigious award ceremony honoring women. The 2009 Hall of Fame of

All letters should include the writer’s name, address and phone number for verification purposes. Names will be published. No unsigned letters will be published. No letters which the management deems to be libelous will be published. The Star reserves the right to edit or reject any letters. Send your letters to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, or you may email editor@mspublications. com Delaware Women inductees are Theresa “Tes” del Tufo, Sally Hawkins and Lynn Williams. A reception and award ceremony will be held at The Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m.” (Source: Delaware Commission for Women news release) For the first time in many years, this event is not being held in a location that is equally accessible to all women and girls throughout the state. The three women being honored by the State of Delaware at its official Women’s History Celebration are well-deserving and fully meet the requirements of this prestigious award. Their stories need to be heard and repeated often throughout Delaware, and will be an inspiration to the audience on their special night. I speak for those people who do not have the time, the funds or the means to miss a day’s work to travel to northern Delaware. It is disappointing that the new Secretary of State, who oversees the management of the Women’s Commission, and the Governor, would permit such a transgression. Delaware has had passable reputation of equal representation, compared to other states. That reputation has been impacted by the loss of two legislative seats held by women in this past election. Perhaps the Delaware Commission for Women has seen a trend for the future? I hope it is not acting erroneously, because women have no plans to step back - we are moving forward

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Laurel Pride in Bloom

Someone said, “Spring is Just Around the Corner.” How could they know this with 19 degree temperatures and snow? Could it be they know plans are in the works for another Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 16, at St. Philip’s Church in Laurel, featuring the wonderful berries of Maralene Givens of The Hen House. Or maybe they know the Laurel Garden Club is working on a Garden Tour of the area’s beautiful gardens. This year’s “Laurel Pride in Bloom” will continue to be the start of something good. The Laurel Library is planning to offer programs featuring the history of Laurel. The Laurel Chamber of Commerce will showcase the areas businesses. And The Bank of Delmarva has made a very generous donation of spring flowers to decorate the town. Well, maybe “Spring is Just Around the Corner.” The next planning meeting for these spring events will be held at St. Philip’s Church on March 24 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Craft tables are available for the Festival. Contact Terri at 877-0438, or Gloria at 875-2775 to reserve yours. Barbara Wise

Festival chairperson

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It sounds so much better when President Obama says it! On the stump this past summer John McCain made a fatal flaw when he said, “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” When he was tarred and feathered by the press for being “out of touch,” McCain defended his comments by explaining that it was the spirit of the American worker that he believed to be strong. On Friday, March 13, President Obama said, “If we are keeping focused on all the fundamentally sound aspects of our economy, all the outstanding companies, workers, all the innovation, and dynamism in this country, then we’re going to get through this. And I’m very confident about that.” I wholeheartedly agree with the President’s remarks. Who’d have guessed I would ever say that? Here’s the rub: I need someone to explain to me the difference between Senator McCain’s statement and President Obama’s statement. Why is John McCain a blubbering, out-of-touch moron for making the same statement in (what was then) a better economy than the one we are presently enduring? In August of 2008 unemployment was 6.1 percent. In February 2009 the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent. For those who disagreed with the comment made by Senator McCain last summer, please tell me what has improved so much that the same comment can be made and the speaker be thought a hero with the foresight of a god? I just don’t understand it and I am inviting someone to explain it to me. Also, during the first of three debates between Senator McCain and Senator Obama, I specifically remember Obama saying, in reference to McCain’s idea to impose a spending freeze on Washington, that McCain was, “...using a hatchet where you need a scalpel.” Could someone also tell me where President Obama’s scalpel is now that spending legislation is on his desk? How are ALL of the earmarks proposed getting through? Maybe a freeze wasn’t a good idea, but is spending trillions of dollars the answer? George Bush spent, spent, spent and our towering deficit reflects those poor choices. How is the spending put forth by the Obama administration any different? I welcome responses to these questions. In the meantime, I’ll still be waiting for change I can believe in.

Laura Rogers

Star staff

Economic hole getting deeper

In the aftermath of Monday’s news that the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council decreased its revenue estimates by $70.3 million in fiscal 2009 and by $148.2 million in fiscal 2010, Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Dennis P. Williams, D-Wilmington North, issued the following statement: “Today’s DEFAC revenue estimates show just how serious and difficult this economic situation really is. We went from balancing our 2009 budget through reversions and the federal stimulus to being in a deeper hole than we were before the federal funding arrived. And the situation for fiscal 2010 isn’t any better. The

Final Word drop in state revenues essentially wiped out whatever federal money we were receiving for Medicaid. We need to realize that while any money we receive from the federal government is welcome, it isn’t going to come close to solving our problems. “We in the General Assembly, and especially those on the Joint Finance Committee, will need to work closely with Governor Jack Markell’s administration in the coming weeks and months to tackle this historic challenge and craft a responsible budget. The most important thing we must do is work to eliminate waste and inefficiency in government before even considering other options. Still, difficult choices are ahead.”

From a press release

A New Tea Party

If you are disgusted and angry with the way Washington is handling our taxes, if you are fearful of the fallout from the reckless spending of billions to bail out and “stimulate” without accountability and responsibility, then we need to become one loud voice that can be heard from ev-

ery city and town in America. There is a growing protest to demand that Congress, the President and his cabinet listen to us, the American Citizens. What is being done in Washington is not the way to handle the economic free fall. So, here’s the plan: On April 1, 2009, all Americans are asked to send a tea bag to Washington, D.C. You do not have to enclose a note or any other information unless you so desire, just a tea bag. Many cities are organizing protests. If you simply search, “New American Tea Party,” several sites will come up. If you aren’t the “protester” type, simply make your one voice heard with a tea bag. Your one voice will become a roar when joined with millions of others that feel the same way. Why, April 1? So they reach Washington by April 15. Send it to your congressional leaders or to the President.

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Give us liberty, not debt

Police in Cincinnati say at least 4,000 people showed up Sunday for a grassroots protest of wasteful government spending in general, and President Obama’s stimulus package and budget in particular. It was one of many tea party protests around the country — inspired by the Revolutionary War era Boston Tea Party protesting British taxation. Protesters had signs reading “Give us liberty, not debt” and “Where’s my bailout?” Fox News report

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