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NEWS HEADLINES Bell ringers wanted for the season The Good Samaritan aid Organization needs people to rings bells at its Food Lion collection site starting Nov. 25. Shifts last for two hours. For information or to volunteer, call 875-7743. AIDS WALK - County-wide walk to encourage awareness of AIDS and help for its victims to be held again in Laurel. Page 2 GOING, GOING, GONE! - Old Laurel Post Office goes on the auction block. Page 4 GROWTH IMPACTING SCHOOLS - The Laurel School District will hold a special meeting to discuss impact of growth, No Child Left Behind. Page 17 WILDCATS WIN - The Delmar varsity football team moves to 11-0 with a playoff win over Hodgson last week in Delmar. The Wildcats will visit Caravel in the semifinals this week. Page 41 ALL-CONFERENCE - Laurel and Delmar athletes are named to the fall Henlopen All-Conference teams. See first team photos starting on page 41. GOING TO FLORIDA - Sussex Tech senior Brittany Joseph of Laurel will attend Florida State University where she’ll play softball. Photo page 42, story page 46 THANKSGIVING - The Star office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

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PREPARING COMMUNITY MEAL - Volunteers spent Saturday, Nov. 18, at United Delaware Bible Center in Laurel preparing Thanksgiving dinners for needy Laurel community members. This is the third year of the dinners. Evonette Gray, Margo Hitchens, Donald Hitchens, Devon Jones, Thelma Jones, Michael Jones, Myra G. Elzey, Grace Mills, Rosemary Martin, Ida Morris, Elizabeth Carter, Marla Morris, Bertha Hitchens, Teri Vann and Darlene Albury. See story, page 18. Photo by Pat Murphy

Discovery project draws opposition By Lynn R. Parks One by one, residents whose homes are near the site of the proposed Discovery project begged the Laurel Town Council Monday night to postpone any decision on the project until further studies can be done. “I ask that you table this for one year to investigate the negative impacts of this massive development,” said W. D. Whaley, president of the newlyformed Sussex County Organization to Limit Development Mistakes (SCOLDM). “One year would give you the time to work out the details about how this would impact the environment, schools, water and sewer services, trash, noise and commercialism in our community.” “I know that you’ve got the best interests of Laurel at heart,” former Mayor Dick Stone told the council members. “But the scope of this project boggles my mind. I hope that you’ve gotten some opinions from qualified people who can see the possible pitfalls in this for Laurel. This kind of money, we just don’t have too much experience with it. And the kinds of people you are dealing with aren’t the kinds of people we have dealt with before.”

Discovery is proposed for nearly 500 acres on U.S. 13, near the former site of the Laurel Drive-In. Developers are Ocean Atlantic, Rehoboth Beach, and the David Horsey family, Laurel. Monday night’s public meeting, held in the Laurel Fire Hall, addressed two questions: whether the land, and the Car Store property next to it, should be annexed into the town and whether, if annexed, the property can be developed under the town’s Large Parcel Development zoning. About 200 people attended the hearing. Both the Discovery property and the Car Store property are included as possible annexation areas in the town’s Comprehensive Plan, which is approved by the state. A review of the project by the state’s Office of Planning, completed in September, said that the state has no objection to annexation and development of the land. “The state views these parcels as a future part of the town of Laurel and has no objections to the proposed rezoning and development of this parcel in accordance with the relevant codes and ordinances,” the report said. The state did, however, have several objections to the plans as they stand. (See related box.)

Doug Warner with the architectural firm Element Design Group, Lewes, said at the public hearing that the project would contain about 1,400 homes as well as more than 1 million square feet of retail space. Discovery would have two stadiums, one with 12,000 seats and the other with 6,000 seats. For comparison, Perdue Stadium in Salisbury has 5,200 seats. Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium in which the Blue Rocks play has 6,500 seats. There would also be two theaters, an amusement park, hotels, parking garages and a number of non-profit facilities. “This is too large-scale for what Laurel needs now,” said Monet Smith, Laurel. “We can’t fill the retail space that is downtown now. We can’t fill Discountland. The old Salisbury Mall is sitting empty. Downtown Salisbury is a beautiful area but it is vacant.” “We need to build on the town that is already here,” added Leslie Carter. “This will create sprawl and do nothing for our existing town center.” But Discovery is exactly what Laurel needs, said area businessman and former head of the Sussex County Economic Development Office Frank Continued on page 5



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Old post office building brings $304,500 at auction Buyer is with an area insurance company By Lynn R. Parks “Somebody’s going to own an old fallout shelter in about five minutes,” said auctioneer Doug Marshall. That was at 5:25 p.m. last Thursday, about two minutes before the auction of the old Laurel Post Office on Central Avenue was set to start. It took longer than five minutes. In fact, the auction, during which four people submitted bids, was the one of the longest single-parcel auctions Marshall had ever conducted. But at the end, about 34 minutes after the first call for a bid went out, Ned Fowler of The Insurance Market was the new, proud owner of an old fallout shelter. Buying price: $304,500. Fowler, the only bidding person among several representatives of The Insurance Market present at the auction, said that the building would be used by the company. He declined further comment. The old post office was built in 1935. Kevin and Pat Taaffe bought the building in 2002 and renovated it into five offices and one office suite. Pat Taaffe used the suite for her accounting firm, Edwards Taaffe and Company. She retired and sold her firm last year to George T. Walker, who renamed it G. T. Walker and Associates. That firm will move in December to an office in Laureltowne. Marshall started the auction, which was held in the post office lobby, promptly at 5:27 p.m., as promised. Bidding started at 5:45 p.m., after Marshall explained the terms of the sale. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” he said, then asked for an opening bid of $500,000. After getting no response, he asked for $400,000. Then $375,000. $350,000. $325,000. And so it went, until he was down to $175,000. “The lower they start, the more they bring,” he cautioned his audience. Finally, someone tossed out a bid: $100,000. “We’ve got a long way to go this way,” Marshall said. And a long way it was. The bid jumped to $130,000, then in $10,000 increments to $160,000. Fowler’s first bid was for $165,000. Slowly it crept up, by $5,000 then by

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Calio. “I strongly believe we need a new direction and a chance to grow,” he said. “This could be a new beginning for Laurel and will bring people here who will contribute to the community, not be a drain on society.” Calio urged the council, of which his son, Chris, is a member, to OK the development. “Do what other councils before you have not had the courage to do,” he said. “See beyond your noses and say that things have to change around here.” Larry Calhoun also spoke in favor of the project. “Laurel should be moving along a little bit better than it is,” he said. “I might not live to see the end of this project, but it will be here for my children and my grandchildren and for the future of this community.” Calhoun said that the town can use the revenue that property taxes from Discovery would generate. “I am so tired of living in a town where we need more revenue to fix things,” Calhoun said. But the vast majority of people at the hearing were opposed to the project. At the start of the hearing, when Mayor John Shwed asked people who were for the project to raise their

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Office of Planning recommends some changes in project By Lynn R. Parks In its review of the proposed Discovery project, completed Sept. 20, the state’s Office of Planning, while voicing no objection to annexation and development of the property, made several recommendations for modification of the plans. They include: Additional buffers around some stormwater management ponds Elimination of proposed intersections that are not at right angles Better protection of wetlands Realignment of tax ditches to eliminate conflicts with rights-of-way Better protection of forested areas Inclusion of a walking trail system Landscaping to buffer nearby historic properties Implementation of a program to plant trees to replace those that are lost to construction The state wants to be able to explore the site, to deter-

mine if it is home to any endangered plants or animals. A foraging area for the Cooper’s hawk, a state-endangered bird, is nearby and could extend into the Discovery property as well, the state says. “Efforts to reduce forest fragmentation should be made,” the report says. The developer was also asked to develop a mechanism to ensure that the 400 homes that are to be set aside for first-time home buyers actually be accessible to that group. “Often proposals come through with units set aside for first-time homebuyers,” the report says. “However, when the units are actually built, their price is out of reach for this target population.” As for area schools, the report estimates that Discovery will mean an additional 700 students in the Laurel School District. “The district does not have adequate student capacity to accommodate the additional students likely to be generated from this development,” it says. The report encourages the developers to talk with the district and to consider donation of land for construction of a school. The complete report is available at the website

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hands, about 10 hands went into the air. When he asked those who were opposed to the project to raise their hands, more than 100 did so. Several people came to the hearing to get more information about the project. David Edwards Jr. had a list of questions focused on taxes and infrastructure. “When will the new taxes begin to flow into the town’s treasury?” he asked. He also wondered if it would be more cost effective to allow Discovery to use a proposed county sewer rather than the town’s wastewater treatment plant. On several occasions, Shwed told those with questions that he would respond to them later. “At this point, you should have the answers to all of these questions,” countered Sylvia Brohawn. “You need to slow this down and get more information so you can give us proper answers.” Elly Shacker listed a number of studies she would like the town to do before OK’ing Discovery. They included analysis of crime increases that would come with the growth, whether area hospitals are equipped to handle in increase in population and where the people will live who will work in the Discovery stores. The developers have estimated that the complex will gen-




Business Mountain Mudd is spreading on the peninsula By Cindy Lyons Taylor That little green and white cabin replica with the welcoming lighted trees, sitting in the parking lot of the Ace Hardware store in Seaford, is not Santa’s house. It is Mountain Mudd, a franchise that offers specialty coffee. General Manager Mike Riley says business is “going well” and the response has been favorable, once customers realize what it offers. He’s amused by the comments he hears when informed that some people thought it was Santa’s spot, among other things. “They’re catching on,” he says. Riley and his family also operate the coffee booths in Millsboro and in Georgetown. By mid-November, Mountain Mudd will open a fourth site in Laurel on Route 13, in the parking lot of the former Discountland. Mountain Mudd coffee is beginning to

attract attention here, as it has in the Mid West. “It’s a growing trend here on the Shore,” Riley says, commenting that he loves the fact that he can “get espresso now, without driving to the beach.” He adds that it is the quality of the coffee, along with the convenience, that keeps customers coming back. They tell him it’s the “best they’ve ever had.” Riley says that acceptance in the towns has been great. People have already approached him with ideas about doing fundraisers for schools, and other causes. Mountain Mudd supported a fundraiser for a young cancer patient in October. The idea to bring Mountain Mudd to the area originated with Riley’s father, John Riley, whose business connections brought his attention to the franchises. He witnessed the demand for the product, so he decided to introduce it here. It’s a family affair. Riley says that the

large family, which includes 11 siblings, operates the core of the business, but they have hired other help. His mother and three sisters are involved in the day-to-day aspects, but the entire family helps out, including his wife, a teacher in the Laurel School District. “Sometimes it gets crazy, but it’s fun,” he says. From the menu, customers can choose any flavor combination, hot or iced. Flavors include Milky Way, and other popular candy bar flavors, tropical flavors, and traditional flavors like hazelnut, mint, mocha, or vanilla, and much more. Brewed tea is included on the menu, hot or iced, in flavors like peppermint and lemon. Riley points out that frozen drinks are also available in over 20 flavors. Many varieties of beverages are available. “Conservative or crazy, the combinations are endless,” he says. Each day there are different specials. Individually wrapped muffins and biscotti are sold as accompaniments.

All of the beverages are made with water from the Georgia House that has undergone a hi-tech purification system. Customers return, often with big orders. Some local offices, including those of the medical profession, bring lists for the whole office group. Mountain Mudd was founded in Montana, and now the little “kiosks,” as the company calls them, in 22 states. The coffee is oak-roasted following the Italian tradition of master roaster Carlo Di Ruocco, giving it a rich, smooth taste that is without harsh acidity. The Riley’s goal is to bring more and more Mountain Mudd kiosks to the area, especially in the beach resort area. More are moving into spots in southern Maryland, with Salisbury a site focus. Mountain Mudd is open at all sites from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except in Seaford, where hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The business is closed on Sunday.

Delmarva Poultry Industry creates electric buying group Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.(DPI), the trade association for the peninsula's broiler chicken industry, is creating an electric buying group to help its members lower their electric bills. "Rising electric bills, caused by rising rates and greater consumption, have created a difficult situation for many DPI members, particularly poultry growers," noted DPI president Roger Marino. "In response to members' concerns, we began an effort in September

Inflation adjustments announced Personal exemptions and standard deductions will rise, tax brackets will widen and income limits for IRAs will increase in 2007, announces the Internal Revenue Service. By law, the dollar amounts for a variety of tax provisions must be revised each year to keep pace with inflation. Key changes affecting 2007 returns, filed by most taxpayers in early 2008, include the following: • The value of each personal and dependency exemption, available to most taxpayers, will be $3,400, up $100. • The new standard deduction will be $10,700 for married couples filing a joint return (up $400), $5,350 for singles and married individuals filing separately (up $200) and $7,850 for heads of household (up $300). • Tax-bracket thresholds will increase for each filing status. For a married couple filing a joint return, for example, the taxable-income threshold separating the 15-percent bracket from the 25-percent bracket will be $63,700, up from $61,300 in 2006. In 2007, for the first time, inflation adjustments will raise the income limits that apply to the retirement savings contributions credit, contributions to a Roth IRA and deductible contributions to a traditional IRA where the taxpayer or the taxpayer's spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work.

to design a program to help all our members throughout Delmarva. Unfortunately, because of legal and market conditions, we will be unable to offer lower electric rates for many of our members, but Delmarva Power customers in Delaware and Maryland should be able to benefit," president Marino stated. DPI has mailed information packets to more than 2,000 members and will hold educational meetings in the coming days to inform members about the program and give them an opportunity to enroll. Persons interested in attending any of the meetings must make reservations by contacting the DPI office. A meeting to discuss the effort will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the University of Delaware Research and Education Center, 16684 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. DPI hopes to go to the wholesale electric market in mid-December and seek bids from interested suppliers. On a date to be determined, individual DPI members will accept or reject the submitted bid. More information about the process is

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OHS awards the Smart Drive program creator The Delaware Office of Highway Safety recently presented businessman Julian "Pete" Booker with a national safety award for his efforts to reduce teen crashes in Delaware at the YELL (Youth to Eliminate Loss of Life) annual conference in Dover. Booker was one of five individuals or groups of people selected to receive the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Peter K. O’Roarke Special Achievement Award. The O’Roarke Special Achievement Awards recognize achievements in the field of highway safety. OHS nominated Booker for the O’Roarke Award for his work in the creation and implementation of the Smart Drive program. Smart Drive is an educational program for 11th and 12 grade high school students which focuses on re-enforcing safe driving behaviors and techniques originally learned in driver education. Booker, the president and CEO of Delmarva Broadcasting Company, came up with the concept for the program in 2004 after several fatal crashes involving teen drivers. One of those crashes hit close to home as one of the victims was a friend of his son. So Booker brought together a partnership of several safety "experts" including OHS, the Delaware State Police, the Attorney General’s Office AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Delaware Safety Council and driver education teachers to develop a format for a program to remind teen drivers about how to make smart and safe decisions behind the wheel. The result was a series of monthly modules involving both written and hands on activities that must be completed by both the student and parent. Topics range from impaired driving to driving in rain and snow conditions. A wide array of prizes and incentives were available to those who participated in and completed the program, including a special concert staged by Delmarva Broadcasting. Other unique features of the program include a student advisory panel formed at each participating school, as well as the creation of the Smart Drive website for schools and students to find additional support and information. Originally rolled out assembly style in 16 Delaware high schools in 2005, Smart Drive has quickly expanded to 32 high

schools statewide this year. Smart Drive is primarily privately funded, with Delmarva Broadcasting leveraging most of its resources to keep the program afloat. The Smart Drive safety partners, including OHS, provided not only time but also informational and incentive support to the program. To learn more about the program, visit The GHSA is the states' voice on highway safety. The nonprofit association represents the highway safety offices of states and territories. These offices work to change the behavior of drivers and other road users in order to reduce motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries. Areas of focus include: occupant protection, impaired driving and speed enforcement, as well as motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and traffic records. The association provides a collective voice for the states in working with Congress and the federal agencies to address the nation’s highway safety challenges.

$127 million in bonds sold The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces the successful sale of $127 million of Delaware Transportation Authority bonds, and an upgraded bond rating from Standard & Poor’s. The transportation System senior Revenue Bond Series 2006 were issued to provide additional funds for the capital transportation program. UBS Securities LLC was the winning bidder among the seven underwriting syndicates that participated. The True Interest Cost (TIC) was 4.10 percent for the sale. The bonds were upgraded from AA to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s, and remained at last year’s Aa3 rating by Moody’s. This upgraded rating essentially means we can borrow for less, which saves the taxpayer money in the long run. Both rating agencies also reported a “stable” outlook for the transportation system revenue bonds. Regarding the Bond sale, DelDOT secretary Carolann Wicks stated, “This reaffirms that DelDOT has a sound and well managed financial plan. Still, we have implemented a variety of new and improved internal measures that will ensure our ratings remain solid and our bond sales remain significant.”

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Delaware landfills will make gas from decomposing organic waste Two solid waste landfills are about to take center stage in the ultimate recycling project – using the landfill gas generated from decomposing organic waste to produce renewable energy. The landfills, located in Kent and Sussex Counties, are owned and operated by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA). “Reducing the burden on the environment and recycling all possible waste products is central to DSWA’s mission,” said N.C. Vasuki, DSWA’s CEO. “The landfill gas-to-energy projects successfully utilize a resource that would have otherwise been wasted, and in the process, produce benefits for the landfill, the environment, and the local community.” DSWA had the vision to recycle the landfill gas in a beneficial way, and selected Ameresco, an energy service company with an expertise in landfill gas project development, to make that vision a reality. Ameresco developed, owns, and operates the two multi-million dollar landfill gasto-energy power plants at DSWA’s Southern and Central Landfills. Thousands of tons of naturally occurring methane, a potent greenhouse gas, will now be captured and converted into “green” electricity. “With these two new plants coming into service, DSWA once again demonstrates its vision and commitment to environmental leadership” said George P. Sakellaris, President and CEO, Ameresco. “Ameresco is proud to be a part of such a forward looking project, especially one that has such tremendous community and environmental benefits.” Developing new sources of renewable energy will lead to improved local and global air quality by offsetting the need to use other, more polluting fuels for energy. The Delaware projects will reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 60,000 tons a year, a local environmental benefit equivalent to removing more than 60,000 cars from Delaware’s roads, or offsetting the use of over 1,500 rail cars of coal annually. Until now, the methane gas was safely extracted at the landfill sites through wells and pipes buried in the landfills and combusted in a flare. The gas will now be diverted from the flare to the landfill gas plants equipped with specialized GE/Jenbacher engines designed to burn nonpipeline gases such as landfill gas. The seven engines are expected to produce a combined 7.4 megawatts (MWs) of electricity – enough to meet the annual power needs of over 4,500 homes. Constellation NewEnergy, North America’s largest competitive power supplier, has signed a 10-year agreement to purchase the power from the two plants. “Constellation NewEnergy is excited to partner with DSWA, Ameresco, and GE to bring these renewable energy sources online,” said Constellation NewEnergy’s Bruce McLeish, Vice President, Wholesale Origination. “The competitive power market in Delaware is expanding rapidly and competition is driving these innovations in renewable energy.” The State of Delaware has a renewable portfolio standard which requires power providers to have 10 percent of their power come from renewable resources by 2019. Northeast Energy Systems, GE Energy’s Jenbacher distributor for the northeast region, provided the engine-generator sets, application engineering, and will provide parts and service support for operations. “Northeast Energy Systems (NES)

shares the project partners’ interest in renewable energy project development, and we are proud to deliver the best available technology for green power production,” said Al Clark, Vice President-General Manager. GE’s Energy Financial Services unit is financing the project and noted the positive impact on the environment. “Combining our financing and equipment, the Delaware landfill gas projects demonstrate how GE’s ecomagination initiative is helping customers meet environmental challenges,” said Kevin Walsh, a managing director and leader of renewable energy investments at GE Energy Financial Services, which financed the purchase of the gas-to-energy engines. Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to expand its portfolio of cleaner energy products while reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions. Governor Ruth Ann Minner applauded the public/private partnership and its positive impact on the environment and the State of Delaware. “The launch of these two landfill gas projects marks a new era for alternative energy in Delaware,” Governor Minner said. “By creating more diversity in our energy supply choices, we are setting the stage for improving our environment and our economy.” Richard Pryor, Chairman of DSWA concluded, “Producing green power from landfill gas is a win-win for the environment and the community. And for DSWA, it is the ultimate in recycling. We are proud to partner with these companies and support this visionary project.”




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SUSSEX HABITAT BUILDING NEW OFFICE - Senator Thomas Carper joined USDA Rural Development officials for the announcement of funds that will help support a new office location for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Through Rural Development’s community facility program, a $650,000 loan will help Sussex County Habitat for Humanity move from cramped office conditions rented on Bridgeville Road to new construction just south of town. USDA Rural Development has over 40 programs to support rural affordable housing opportunities, business development, community facilities, and the environment. Construction is set to begin on the new office in the spring and representatives from Habitat for Humanity are speaking with area builders who may partner with them to lead the project. Volunteers will help build the new office. Over 500 volunteers a year work on their housing worksites. Currently, projects are ongoing in Georgetown, Lewes and Concord Village in Seaford. From left to right in front of their current office in Georgetown is Kevin Smith representing senator Joseph Biden; mayor Michael Wyatt; senator Thomas Carper; Sussex County Habitat for Humanity representatives Sandy Spence, treasurer and Kevin Gilmore, executive director; USDA Rural Development state director Marlene Elliott; and Kate Rohrer representing congressman Michael Castle.


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For authentic Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget the corn The history of Thanksgiving cannot be told without acknowledging the influence of the native Indian population. The relationship between Pilgrim settlers and Indians was much more complex than the romanticized popular version but even though the Indians did not fully trust these new arrivals, their religion dictated that they treat all with hospitality and respect. It may have been out of that religious In a bowl, stir together the two cans of sense that the Indians provided the bulk of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream and the the food for that first Thanksgiving feast. melted butter. Pour into a greased casseCorn was the most important crop of role dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until the northeast Indians. All varieties were golden brown. grown — white, blue, yellow and red — Remove from oven and top with chedand all parts of the plant were used. Husks were braided and woven into masks, moc- dar. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. casins, sleeping mats, baskets, and cornLet stand for 10 minutes and serve husk dolls. Corncobs were used for fuel warm. and to make darts and rattles. Some of the grain was dried to preserve Corn and Wild Rice Pudding for the winter months in the form of Serves 6 to 8 hominy. Some was ground into corn meal that was used for bread, syrup and pud2 eggs ding. 1 egg yolk The Europeans knew nothing about 1 cup heavy or whipping cream corn before they met the Indians. Today, 2/3 cup milk more farmland in this country is used to 4 ears sweet corn, blanched and kernels grow corn than any other grain. removed from If you want to make your Thanksgiving cobs, about 3 feast more authentic, cups corn add what the Iro1 cup cooked wild quois prayer calls If you want to make your rice “the sacred food, our 3 scallions, finely sister corn.” Thanksgiving feast more chopped enough Here are two corn authentic, add what the Iroquois to make 1/3 cup pudding recipes, one 1 1/2 teaspoon traditional and one prayer calls “the sacred food, our cayenne pepper elegant. Both are 1 1/2 teaspoons salt yummy. sister corn.” 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg 1/2 tablespoon butter Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole Serves 6 to 8 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg, egg yolk, 1 15 and 1/4-ounce can whole kernel corn, heavy cream and milk and whisk well to drained combine. Add all remaining ingredients 1 14 and 3/4-ounce can cream-style corn except butter and mix well. 1 8-ounce package corn muffin mix (Jiffy Grease a 7- by 11-inch or 8- by 12-inch works well) casserole with the butter. Pour custard in1 cup sour cream gredients into prepared casserole and bake 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted uncovered for 45 minutes, or until custard 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar is set and golden brown on the top. Serve cheese warm. From Emeril Lagasse Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Delaware’s Growth Model approved by USDOE The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Delaware is one of only three states to have their “Growth Model” approved under the guidelines of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Just one year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced a pilot program where states who were closing achievement gaps and increasing student achievement could submit proposals to help strengthen their accountability standards. Secretary Spellings stated that no more than ten high-quality growth models would be approved in 2006. Delaware’s growth model is based on individual student achievement over time and will allow Delaware to look at individual student growth from year to year rather than comparing one class to another. “The growth model selected by Delaware for the pilot program is similar to one that had been developed prior to the

No Child Left Behind Act of 2002,” said Robin Taylor, Associate Secretary for Assessment and Accountability. “For years, Delaware has had the necessary data systems and infrastructure, assessments for multiple years in the areas of reading and math in contiguous grades, and a model designed to hold schools accountable for all students being proficient by 2013 – 2014. Today’s announcement just further enforces our work to ensure all students succeed.” The approved growth model was developed by a statewide NCLB stakeholder group including teachers, building level administrators, administrators’ association, special education coordinators, Title I coordinators, curriculum directors, local chief school officers, State Board of Education, parents, business community, advocacy groups, and local boards of education.

In order for the growth model to be approved by Washington, Delaware’s accountability system must meet seven core principles as outlined by USDOE. Those principles are: The proposed accountability system must ensure that all students are proficient by 2013-2014 and set annual goals to ensure that the achievement gap is closing for all groups of students. The accountability system must establish high expectations for low-achieving students that are not based on student demographic or school characteristics. The accountability system must establish high expectations for low-achieving students that are not based on student demographic or school characteristics. All students in the tested grades must be included in the assessment and accountability system; schools and districts must be held accountable for the performance of

student subgroups; and the accountability system must include all public schools and districts in the state. Annual assessments in reading/ language arts and math in each of grades 3-8 and high school must have been administered for more than one year, must produce comparable results from year to year and grade to grade, and must be approved through the peer review process for the 2005-06 school year. The accountability model and state data system must track student progress. The accountability system must include student participation rates in the state's assessment system and student achievement on an additional academic indicator. Delaware will now report the traditional school accountability information as well as the growth model information side by side in school report cards when that information is released.

$202,000 in refund checks are returned to the IRS The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 264 Delaware taxpayers who can claim their share of undeliverable refund checks totaling approximately $202,000. The IRS can reissue the checks, which average $766, after taxpayers correct or update their addresses with the IRS. In some cases, a taxpayer has more than one check waiting. Nationally, there are 95,746 taxpayers with undeliverable refunds, totaling approximately $92.2 million with an average refund of $963. "Every year, many taxpayers miss their refunds because they move without notifying the IRS or Postal Service of a change of address," IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. "For those missing their check, the IRS is making it easier than ever for taxpayers to update their information and claim their refunds." Taxpayers can use the "Where's My Refund?" feature on the home page of the Web site to learn the status of their refunds. To use it, a taxpayer must enter a Social Security number, filing status (such as single or married filing jointly) and the re-

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Health National Influenza Vaccination Week By Dr. Anthony Policastro Every year we experience a flu epidemic. Some years the epidemic is mild. That was true in 2005 – 2006. In years like that about 1 in 20 people get the flu. In bad years, it can go up as high as 1 in 5 people. Usually, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from influenza complications every year. In addition, about 36,000 people die from influenza. Most of the deaths occur in the elderly. A significant number occur in younger people with other risk factors. Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its complications. Anyone who wants to reduce his or her risk for getting influenza should be vaccinated during each influenza season. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for several groups of individuals. One of those groups is related to age. Individuals over 50 years should receive the vaccine. Young children between 6 months and 5 years have recently been added to the list. A second group includes those people

The United States Department of Health and Human Services as joined with several other nationwide groups to raise influenza vaccine awareness. with certain medical conditions. Pregnancy counts as a medical condition for vaccination. Other conditions include things like diabetes, asthma or kidney disease. Age is not an issue. Individuals of any age with these conditions are included. The next group includes individuals who care for patients at high risk of getting the flu. The largest number of individuals in this group are health care workers. We know that the influenza is contagious before symptoms actually begin. Thus

health care workers can infect their patients without even knowing that they have the flu. Since health care workers treat highrisk patients, they can put those patients at risk. When I was in the military it was mandatory to get the vaccine. Most hospitals had a rate above 99% for vaccination. In the civilian world, there is less opportunity to make it mandatory. Hospitals average only about 40% of their employees getting vaccinated. For that reason, if you are hospitalized with a chronic medical condition during flu season, you should ask your caregivers if they have had the vaccine. If they say no, you should ask for a different person to take care of you. This year for the first time, health care workers who refuse the vaccine have to sign a statement declaring that they are refusing to do so. They can no longer just skip it entirely. It is for the protection of their patients. Most patients in nursing homes are at high risk. We have clearly shown that this group will have increased deaths if the

employees do not have flu vaccine. Therefore, the rates in those facilities are usually over 90%. It is likely that the risks are the same in the hospital. However, patients stay for such brief periods that we are not able to prove that unvaccinated hospital personnel increase the death rates for their patients. It is likely to be the case. It is just not yet proven. If you are someone who provides care for a high-risk relative or friend, you also should be getting the vaccine. It will help protect them. The United States Department of Health and Human Services as joined with several other nationwide groups to raise influenza vaccine awareness. They have announced a National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). It will take place from Monday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 3. If you are one of the eligible individuals, now is the time to plan for that vaccination. Dr. Anthony Policastro is medical director at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

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Easter Seals recognized for excellence The Board of Directors of Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore was recently honored by the national office of Easter Seals with the Excellence in Affiliate Board Leadership Award which recognizes outstanding affiliate board performance and leadership. This is the second time this year that the Delaware affiliate of Easter Seals

has received a national award. The award was presented to Easter Seals Board chairman, Robert J.A. Fraser, and Easter Seals president and CEO Sandy Tuttle at the Easter Seals National Convention in October. Nominees are evaluated on nine key criteria within critical board responsibilities, including: support of Easter Seals mission;

oversight of Easter Seals chief executive officers for effective organizational planning; securing adequate resources to fund wellmanaged services; ensuring ethical and legal integrity and accountability; recruiting new board members; and enhancing Easter Seals public image. Currently, there are 27 directors on the board. Through com-

bined efforts, the board secured $250,000 for the 2005 fiscal year, and contributed more than $1.5 million toward the local affiliates’ capital campaign. In May, the Easter Seals board received the Excellence in Comprehensive Development Award in the category of “Best Giving and Getting Board.” This award specifically recognizes the

board’s involvement and commitment to fundraising efforts. Easter Seals provides services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information, call 1800-677-3800 or visit

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS - In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications) and Verizon Wireless awarded over $100,000 to eight Delaware nonprofits to support domestic violence prevention and education efforts. Awards were presented at Hotel DuPont during the annual meeting and luncheon of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. From left to right are Jennifer Gunther, VSA Arts of Delaware; Margaret Rose Henry, Delaware Technical & Community College; Tom Jewitt, Catholic Charities, Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington; William Allan, Verizon Delaware; Christine Baron, Verizon Wireless; Dawn Schatz, Child, Inc.; Eleanor Kiesel, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.; Geri Lewis-Loper, Delaware Center for Justice; Linda O’Neal, Delta Outreach and Education Center, Inc.; Abner Santiago and Maria Matos, Latin American Community Center.

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In the September 28, 2006, edition of the News Journal, Nanticoke was cited for our excellence in emergency response to heart attacks. The rankings were the result of an analysis performed by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We credit our physicians, technicians, nurses, support staff, volunteers, auxiliary and board members for delivering on our AMERICAN MOTHERS MAKE DONATIONS - The Delaware Chapter of American Mothers Inc. recently presented three $1,000 checks to the pregnancy centers in each county of the state. Those presenting the check to the Sussex Pregnancy Center are from left, Doris Kowalski, Rita Denney, the executive director, Dusty Betts and Joyce Schaefer, the state president. The Delaware chapter of American Mothers Inc. is a member of the same national organization that encourages each state to honor a Mother of the Year for her efforts to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of her home and whose public service in her community has been widely recognized.


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Consortium seeks funds for HPV Vaccine Initiative The Delaware Cancer Consortium (DCC) recently requested $800,000 from the Delaware Health Fund Advisory Committee to support a vaccination program to prevent cervical cancer among Delaware’s estimated 29,000 uninsured and Medicaid females ages 9-26. The request is part of DCC’s goal to reduce the state’s cervical cancer incidence and mortality, which is part of their action

plan for 2007-2010. Delaware’s cervical cancer five-year age-adjusted mortality rate ranks 45th in the nation, with 50 being the worst. Between 1999 and 2003, 76 Delaware women died of the disease and the state’s rate was 22.8% higher than the national. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease in a group of viruses that includes more than 100 differ-

ent strains or types. Most people who become infected with HPV will not have any symptoms and will clear the infection on their own. However, some of these viruses are called "high-risk" types which may lead to cervical cancer. A vaccine, released in June, targets the strains of HPV responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers. The vaccine is approved for use in girls and women ages 9-

26 and should be given before they become sexually active. The vaccine offers no protection to women who have already been exposed to HPV. The vaccine would be distributed in 2007 as part of the “Ending Cervical Cancer in Our Lifetime” program, an initiative started in 10 states in August 2006, and coordinated by Lt. Governor John Carney of Delaware.

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In a recent opinion poll commissioned by Nemours, 58 percent of Remember, the daily Delaware parents reported that hour of physical activity their children get less than the recommended hour of physical activithat is recommended for ty every day. children doesn’t necesIn fact, according to their parsarily mean a solid hour ents, over one in 10 (13 percent) Delaware children only get an hour of running or biking. of exercise twice a week, or less! throw around a frisbee, play catch, play Bulletin to parents and caregivers: chilhopscotch, rake leaves together. If the dren need moderate to vigorous physical weather doesn’t cooperate, put on a CD activity every day. It should be an enjoyand dance, get a good family exercise or able part of their daily lives, and adults yoga video, play Twister, do household play a vital role in making sure that it is. chores that involve bending and stretchWhy is daily physical activity so iming. Also, take advantage of your local portant? YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or PAL Club * It is good for kids to get their hearts - they often have a wide range of propumping - when the heart beats faster, it grams for children of all ages. For more gets strong. ideas, go to * Physical activity gives kids energy, Remember, the daily hour of physical helps with concentration and is a natural activity that is recommended for children mood lifter. doesn’t necessarily mean a solid hour of * When kids are moderately to vigorrunning or biking. It can be done in increously active, they often feel better, sleep ments throughout the day: Play tag for 20 better and think more clearly. * Exercise gets kids away from screens minutes, vacuum for 10, walk the dog for 30, and you’re there! - TV, video games, instant messaging Be creative, be committed, and in the which are sometimes violent and/or sugwords of a famous shoe brand, just do it. gestive, contain ads for unhealthy prodChildren who are active are far more ucts, and are awfully good at luring kids likely to be active as adults and better able to spend far too many hours just sitting. * Regular physical activity is one of the to maintain a healthy weight and good overall health throughout their lives. most important factors in helping children achieve or maintain a healthy weight. John Hollis is director of Community If you want your children to be active, Relations for the Nemours Health and get out and play with them. Take walks, Prevention Services. go to the park or playground, ride bikes,

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Health Bulletins Delaware Hospice holds groundbreaking ceremony Delaware Hospice recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on Fri., Nov. 3. Over 200 guests attended the ceremony. The Delaware Hospice Center will serve families throughout the state of Delaware and will be the first hospice center to serve Kent and Sussex counties. Wayne and Betsy Holden, co-chairs of the Community Campaign to Expand Delaware Hospice, announced that the center will be built through the capital campaign whose goal is to raise $4 million. In her opening remarks, Delaware Hospice president and CEO Susan Lloyd stated, “Our vision for the Delaware Hospice Center developed from a statewide needs assessment that we undertook several years ago, which clearly indicated that citizens of Delaware needed and desired expanded options for end-of-life care. Today we take the next step to fulfill our promise and intention to respond to those needs.” The future Delaware Hospice Center will feature sixteen patient and family suites, a Family Support and Counseling Center, a Community Resource Center, a Meditation Room, and new offices for our home-based services and administrative staff. Families will be able to enjoy the kitchens, dining rooms and sitting rooms with alcoves for visiting children to play. The center will be available to patients of all ages. Professional hospice care will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Special recognition was given to campaign co-chairs, Llaird and Peg Stabler; and to significant contributors to date, including: Mike Harrington, Lillian Burris, Bob Dickerson and Lida Wells, the team leaders of support committees; the Welfare Foundation; The Longwood Foundation; Crystal Trust; the State of Delaware; the Bank of America; and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. To learn more about the Delaware Hospice Center and the Community Campaign to Expand Delaware Hospice, contact Manny Arencibia, vice president of development, 800-838-9800 x131 or visit


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Public Health flu vaccination Delaware’s Division of Public Health announces its influenza vaccination schedule for Delawareans without a healthcare provider or whose insurance does not cover flu shots. While many DPH adult clinics accept walk in clients, DPH will vaccinate children by appointment only on scheduled days. Medicare Part B and donations are accepted. Sussex County adult clinics Nov. 28, Tuesday Blades Fire Hall, 200 East 5th St., Blades, 4-7 p.m. Walk In Dec. 7, Thursday, Blades Fire Hall, 200 East 5th St., Blades, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Walk In Children under the age of 18 will be seen by appointment only at the DPH Clinics and State Service Centers. Parents or guardians interested in making appointments for flu shots may call one of these DPH clinics. • Sussex County, Georgetown State Service Center, 856-5213 • Sussex County, Shipley State Service Center, 628-2006 For more about flu clinic locations and dates, go to

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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006


Laurel School Board discusses impact of new developments on school district By Mike McClure Laurel School Board president Calvin Musser brought up the issue of the impact of new developments on the Laurel School District for discussion during last Wednesday’s school board meeting. The board also watched and participated in a presentation by kindergarten teachers and students from Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School. Although the issue wasn’t on the agenda, Musser brought up the issue of new developments in the school district and their impact on Laurel schools. Musser said 11 new developments have come to the district since January. He believes the district should receive impact fee money to help offset the additional resources that will be needed to accommodate additional students from the developments. Vice president Jerry White said the issue would have to be addressed by the state through legislation. Musser pointed out that three or four of the developments are within Laurel’s town limits and that the town could designate an impact fee to help the schools out with added growth. At the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting, Pam McCumbers and Dawn Williams and some of their students made a presenta-

The Laurel School Board will hold a special meeting hursday, Nov. 30, to discuss the federal law No Child Left Behind and the effects of growth on the district. The regular December meeting will take place Dec. 6. tion on kindergarten calendar time. The students, with help from their teachers, school board members, and members of the audience, demonstrated some of the things they do at the start of their school day. In other board business, the board was notified that inclement weather in-town bus transportation will be provided for secondary students. Bus transportation will be provided for secondary students in grades 7-12 who live in the walking area. The transportation will begin Dec. 4 and end April 5. The bids have been submitted for two buses at $82 per day for 77 days and will be paid for through a grant. School board member Harvey Hyland reported that he attended a Delaware School Board Association meeting recently. The board is looking at sharing school plans for stock designs to eliminate the need for new blue prints. According to Hyland, it was also reported at the DSBA meeting that there will be no state funding for stipends for student teachers.

Kindergarten students from Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School demonstrate some of the things they do at the start of the school day. The demonstration took place during last Wednesday’s school board meeting. Photo by Mike McClure

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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006

Finisha Hopkins and her daughter, Rodnique’, put up a sign to advertise a dinner at the United Deliverance Bible Center, Laurel. Photo by Pat Murphy

Area churches reach out to hungry to feed them a Thanksgiving dinner By Debbie Mitchell The words “anyone welcome” and “free to all” adorned marquees and posters last week as local church groups reached out to members of the community to offer them a Thanksgiving meal. “People are down this time of year and we want to reach out and share our blessings,” said Teri Vann, spokeswoman for the United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel. At her church, the smells of roasted turkey and all the trimmings filled the air as busy volunteers prepared for this year’s dinner, which was served Saturday, Nov. 18. The United Deliverance Bible Center first held a community pre-Thanksgiving dinner in 2000 as a part of the church’s mission outreach program, Helping Hands, of which Vann is a member. This year, the dinner, which was held at the Bible Center, was also sponsored by St. Matthews, Victory in Grace Tabernacle, New Beginnings Christian Center, Emmanuel’s House and Sussex Mass Community Choir. People who visited the church for the dinner were greeting by smiling faces like that of Donald Hitchens. In addition to the meals served in the church, Hitchens and more than 25 volunteers delivered meals to people in the Laurel, Seaford, Millsboro and Delmar areas. According to Vann and Helping Hands president Edith Hood, the church has served as many as 400 meals. Planning begins a year ahead of time and the donations come from churches, members of the community and organizations, Hood said. “We visit the elderly and sick who can not get out,” Vann said. “We take a moment to sit and talk with people too.” A constable for the state of Delaware,

Vann added that she sees this as an opportunity to plant a seed. “We definitely see a change in heart and spirit,” she said. And helping with the dinner benefits the volunteers, she added. “I aspire to inspire before I expire,” she said. From baking to packing, delivering to serving, there is a job for everyone at the dinner. Even the teens pitch in. “I think it is great helping the community for their needs,” said 13-year-old Rodnique Hopkins. “It makes me feel great and one day someone might need to do it for me. God will bless us.” New Zion Church in Laurel has been serving weekly meals for 10 years. In addition, the church hosts an annual community holiday meal. This year’s dinner will be served today, Nov. 22. The church planned to serve about 100 meals to young men who have lost work, people in poor health, shut-ins and the elderly. According to 78-year-old Ethel Fooks, “This is a celebration of the year and of God’s abundance to the food mission.” Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, hosted its community meal on Sunday, Nov. 19. Organizers Midge McMasters and Mimi Boyce head up dozens of Centenary volunteers who have served close to 150 people, including 50 shut-ins. The group has been serving the Thanksgiving dinner for more than 10 years. According to pastor John Van Tine, there is a real need for such a meal. “Our food pantry has been heavily used in the past week,” he said. “The dinner benefits a lot of people. It helps not only those in financial need, but those who wish to have the fellowship.”

Police, town unite to help those in need The Laurel Police and and the town’s Public Works departments have joined forces to help needy families this holiday season. They are sponsoring the No Child Without a Toy program. Donations of gifts including new unwrapped toys, gift cards, new winter coats, hats and gloves are needed.

For more information, contact Chief Jamie Wilson at 875-2244 or Public Works director Woody Vickers at 8752277. Donations can be dropped off at the Laurel Police Department or at Laurel Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CUB RACERS - Cub Scout Pack 90 of Laurel participated in a Cub Mobile Derby Saturday, Nov. 4, on Willow Street in Laurel. Winners were Nicholas Wilder, Chance Walls and Ike Wharton. Consolation winner was David Elliott. Above are Jacob Foy, Wolf Den Leader (left), and John Theis, Cub Master. Below are the participating Cub Scouts with one of their homemade derby cars.

Chicken Salad & Dumpling Dinner Bake Sale & Silent Auction The friends of Joey Wheatley will be holding a benefit to help offset the rising medical costs for Joey’s ongoing cancer treatments.

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Annual Safe Family Holiday Campaign begins This week launches the ninth annual Safe Family Holiday campaign sponsored by the Office of Highway Safety and its safety and law enforcement partners, which runs through New Year's Day. As Delaware families prepare for the holiday season, the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is implementing traffic safety checkpoints, hundreds of patrols, public awareness messaging in the form of ads and billboards and several communitybased safety events. During this year's campaign, motorists can expect to see not only increased DUI enforcement but also increased efforts to stop aggressive drivers with a new initiative, "Operation Commute" to target aggressive drivers during the morning rush hour. Highway safety officials feel the timing of the campaign is particularly critical as traffic deaths are already up 3% over this time last year. Additionally, the risk of traffic crashes typically increases with the

onset of the holiday season, primarily due to increased traffic volume from people visiting families during the three major holidays and shopping for gifts. DUI prevention will also be a major focus of safety and police agencies in the SFH campaign. A total of 33 sobriety checkpoints are scheduled between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve as part of Delaware's high visibility "Checkpoint Strikeforce" initiative, coordinated by OHS. Delaware's MADD chapter, which will hold a candlelight vigil for victims of impaired driving in late December, is supporting the initiative by assisting officers at checkpoints. Delaware will also participate in this year's second National "Drunk Driving Over the Limit, Under Arrest" impaired driving crackdown by funding State and local police agencies to conduct DUI saturation patrols during the last two weeks in Dec. Updated campaign statistics for DUI

and aggressive driving enforcement will be available Nov. 28 at Community-based public awareness efforts include statewide posters encouraging children and adults to buckle up as well as the OHS "Mocktail" party, which features safety information and samples of "smart" party foods. The DUI Victim's Trees will be on display in DMV lobbies statewide and MADD red ribbons are also available. The campaign timeline is as follows: DUI Checkpoints - weekly November 23 - Jan. 1; DUI Saturation patrols - December 1 31, as part of "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit Under Arrest." National mobilization; "Stop Aggressive Driving Campaign" & "Operation Commute" patrols - weekly, Nov. 23 - Dec. 30; Christmas Tree Tag Distribution - OHS

will distribute tags with a "don't drink and drive" message on them to local Christmas tree farmers during the first week in December; Mocktail Parties - OHS will hold three non-alcoholic cocktail or "mocktail" parties this year. Dec. 2 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Dover Boscov's, Dec. 6th at the Georgetown DMV from 5 - 8 pm and Dec. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Wilmington DMV. DUI Victim's Tree - Each red light on the tree symbolizes an alcohol-related death, and each green bulb an alcohol-related injury in Delaware during the Safe Family Holiday campaign. Trees will be located in the lobby of the Dover DMV, the Georgetown DMV, and the Wilmington DMV. Brochure and MADD ribbon distribution - brochures on impaired and aggressive driving, and MADD red ribbons in support of the Tie One on for Safety campaign are available by calling 302-7442740.

Food specialty store expected to occupy Video Den location By Lynn R. Parks The Stein Highway property that is home to Video Den has been sold. Former owner Jim Horne, Seaford, said that the new owners are “local people” who are bringing a “food specialtytype shop” to the area. “They have asked me not to say anything about what it is going to be,” Horne said. “I will say that it will be something different for Seaford. Something that you might expect out of the city.” Rumors have been circulating that a Panera Bread restaurant is coming to the site. Mark Crawley, spokesman for Panera Bread, based in Richmond Heights, Mo., said last week that he had no information about a Panera Bread coming to the area. That does not

mean that one is not coming, he added. It could be that one is in fact coming, but its opening is so far in the future that the company is not ready to talk about it yet. Horne sold his business, which includes about an acre of land, in October. Since then, he said, the new owners have been in the building, taking measurements. “I believe they are going to redo the whole thing,” he said. Horne bought the video and photo-development business 12 years ago from his brother, Harold. He said that in recent years, business was in a steady decline. “There was no way for me to compete,” he said. He is happy, he said, to have sold the property. “I think that people will be happy with what is coming,” he added.





Extended hours for Downtown For the second year, the retailers on High Street in Downtown Seaford will be hosting an extended hours shopping night for all of your holiday needs. Retailers will open their doors until 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and the Union United Methodist Church Choir and Bell Choir will provide musical entertainment for your enjoyment. The choir will perform Christmas Carols on the east end of High Street at 6 p.m., the bell choir will perform at the corner of High and Pine Streets at 6:30 p.m. and the choir will perform again at 7 p.m. on the West end of High Street. Participants include 2 Cats in the Yard, Cranberry Hill, Sand & Stone Creations, Bon Appetit,

Serenityville, Carol Beth's gift baskets, Hamilton Associates, Eastern Shore Books and Coffee, The Browsery, the Seaford Museum and more! Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the holiday music, save with many holiday specials, and enjoy personalized service and gift wrapping in many locations. Gift ideas include unique specialty items, gourmet coffees and teas, antiques, decorative house wares including wreaths, pillows, throws, towels and more, handmade and designer soaps and lotions, jewelry and jewelry making items, gift baskets, holiday decorations, gift certificates and more! For more information, contact Trisha Booth at 629-9173.

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Superintendent reminds citizens how to request use of building Dr. David C. Ring Jr., superintendent of the Delmar School District, would like to remind citizens of the district’s procedures regarding requests to use the school building: • All requests must be approved by the Delmar Board of Education • The request must be submitted a month prior to the requested date • Request forms can be found in the district office • Those making the request must complete the responsibility release and the building request forms • They must then return the completed forms to the district office • The building principal will review the forms, check the master calendar, comGETTING IN THE SPIRIT - Laurel Middle School held its Spirit Night at Laurel Hardees on Monday, Nov. 13. Twenty percent of the evenings’ proceeds will go to the school to support incentives for better behavior. Included in the picture are Mary Bing, Nicole Ingley, Nicole Fook, Tucy Steele, Doug Brown, principal Jennifer Givens, Katie Coppoch, Carolyn Tyndall, Alyssa Givens, Brandon Steele, Marisa Lowe, Hardees manager Lori Bailey, Jennifer Bell, Ashley Healey and Sumika Dixon. Photo by Pat Murphy

plete the attached fees and provide a signature • The request will be placed on the board’s monthly agenda for a final decision. Board meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month with the exception of November and December, when the meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the month • Immediately following the board meeting a letter will be mailed to the citizen with a final decision. Questions concerning the use of facilities should be directed to the school superintendent. He can be reached at 846-9544, ext. 104, or by e-mail at dring@delmar.

Delmar parade set for Dec. 2 The Delmar Christmas parade, sponsored by the Delmar Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. with a rain date of Dec. 3 (2 p.m.). Parade judges are needed for this year’s parade. Also, anyone interested in chairing the event next year may call Roger Mar-

tinson at 410-430-6566. Parade applications are available at Delmar Town Hall. Applications will be accepted up to two days prior to the event. Anyone submitting late applications is asked to call Martinson.

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302-628-4140 LIFE-SIZE DRAWINGS - Participants in Preschool Story Time at Laurel Public Library on Nov. 7 made life-size drawing of themselves. They received help from parents and older siblings. Additional “Me and My Family” programs will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 p.m. For more information about Preschool Story Time at the Laurel Public Library, call at 875-3184 or visit the the Web site

MUSICAL CELEBRATION - The Delmar High band plays in celebration of the Wildcat football team’s win over Hodgson in the first round of the state tournament. Delmar visits Caravel this Saturday night in the Division II semifinals. Photo by Mike McClure

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Memories during wartime of a long-ago childhood Summer evenings at my grandparents’ West Virginia home were YNN ARKS made for playing outside. Their front yard, an oasis of flat in a sea We went inside only of rolling hills, was perfect for freeze tag, hide and seek, Simon when darkness and says, red light green light — any playground game that three chiladvice from our dren, four years apart in age, grandmother about damp could come up with. Once in a while, we managed night air forced us to. to convince adult members of the family, who typically sat on the mail, was in italics and bold. front porch and talked, to join us in the “Then she went on to blame you” — cool grass. Our parents enjoyed the occabold — “for that ridiculous expression, sional round of badminton, my grandfathat you said it when you were kids. I ther, who even in his 70s could run the said it couldn’t be you — sounds more bases, often joined us for kickball. like Lynn” — again bold, followed by During one of those kickball games, I several explanation points. “What’s the misaimed my foot and kicked home truth here?” plate, a rock from the nearby field, inI was humbled by my brother-in-law’s stead of the ball. Despite my aching foot appreciation of my creative ability. But I and the fact that a kicked rock does not had to share the credit. travel nearly as far as a kicked ball, I “I don’t know who first said ‘Wobbly managed to make it to first base. Wilma,’” I wrote back. “But whoever it During another game, a small blood was, we all three endorsed it. And that vessel in our grandfather’s leg burst as he rounded third. He scored — Go team! only shows our wisdom — look at how the phrase has endured all these years. If — then limped to a chair under the Al Michaels himself used it, and John maple tree. Madden concurred, ‘Yes, that was indeed But troubles were rare. Most of the a Wobbly Wilma,’ I would not be at all evenings were wonderful, and we went surprised.” inside, and to the bathroom, where our Well, maybe I would be a little surmother helped us wash our grass-stained prised. But when dealing with brothersfeet, only when darkness and advice in-law, one must be firm. from our grandmother about damp night My brother’s account squared with air forced us to. mine. “I cannot remember who said it Much of our time outside was spent first, but there is a 33 and1/3-percent hitting a badminton shuttlecock. Not chance it was me,” he wrote. And, he over a net — the net wasn’t always set up — but one to the other in a circle, try- added, “I believe I have used that name in the last month.” ing to keep it in the air as long as we And this is the thing: We are not chilcould. For incentive, we got to sing one dren anymore. My brother, the youngest word of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” for every time our racquets hit the birdie. of the three of us, is a helicopter pilot, serving a one-year term (longer, if the We rarely made it past the first “star”; I powers-that-be feel like extending it) in don’t remember ever getting to the secIraq. ond and final “How I wonder what you Our days of play in cool West Virare.” We also had a Frisbee. Again standing ginia evenings are over. We all, and especially my brother, have far more seriin a circle, we threw it one to the other, trying, as with the shuttlecock, to keep it ous matters to worry about than catching Frisbees and hitting shuttlecocks. from hitting the ground. I hope that his ability to handle a sevWe didn’t sing in this game; instead, en-ton Blackhawk helicopter outweighs we invented silly names to describe our his skill, as I remember it, with a badthrows. The alliterative names were minton racquet. And I hope that when, in based on characters from The Flintthe last month, he was inspired to call stones: Fast Fred, Bad Barney, Bumsomething a Wobbly Wilma, it wasn’t Bum Bam-Bam; you get the idea. (Actually, I just made that last one up. If I had any kind of flying machine that he was talking about. thought of it 40 years ago, I would have Next Thanksgiving, my brother’s time ruled in the front yard Frisbee throwing in this foolish, ill-conceived and illcompetition.) planned war should be finished. He Most of the names were pretty munshould be back home and we all will be dane. But one, Wobbly Wilma, to deable to celebrate the holiday together. scribe a throw unlike anything the toy Perhaps, a celebratory game of “badmakers at Wham-O had in mind, we all use to this day. minton in the round” will be part of the “Hey Matt,” my brother-in-law wrote day. There are more people in our family in a recent e-mail to my brother (and now, including my athletic brother-incopied to other members of our family, law, and we should be able to get well including me). “I was watching the West beyond “Twinkle twinkle.” Virginia game the other night and the And if Frisbee throwing follows the Pitt quarterback threw a particularly bad badminton, I will be ready. Wobbly pass. My wife” —who is my sister and, obviously, my brother’s sister; back to Wilmas, Fast Freds, even Bum-Bum the story — “said, ‘Boy, that was a Wob- Bam-Bams — all will be welcome as we bly Wilma!” Wobbly Wilma, in his eall get to, once again, play like children.





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Stories of Old-Time Laurel The Laurel Historical Society’s Kendal Jones will be presenting a three-part slide show on “Places, Faces and Stories of Old-Time Laurel” at the Laurel Public Library in the new community meeting room. This meeting is open to the public. Members are encouraged to invite a nonmember to join them for this interesting presentation. The date is Wednesday, Nov. 29. The program will start at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered.

Poker Night Novenber 25 The American Legion, Laurel Post 19, will hold Poker Night at the Post Home, 12168 Laurel Road, Laurel, DE 19956, on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 per person entrance fee. Free Snacks. Come out and play a hand or two and a dozen more.

Belly Dance Workshops SDPR is hosting 3 Belly Dance Workshops, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14 at the Recreation Building, 7-8 p.m. Cost is $10. Attend one or all three.Classes will start in January. Call Athena at 381-6256 or the Recreation Office for more information.

MEETINGS Toastmasters of Southern Delaware Visit the local chapter of Toastmasters International and improve your presentation and speaking skills. The next meeting is Nov. 30 in the educational wing of Bay Shore community church. For more information call Joy Slabaugh at 846-9201 or email For more information about Toastmasters International, go to

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

Du Pont Golden Girls The annual Du Pont Golden Girls Luncheon will be Thursday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. For reservations call Connie Keene 629-3377, or Jackie Davis 875-7625.

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Stress Buster now through Dec. 22 Fitness Classes Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., now through Dec. 22 in St. John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Seaford (Sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public). Sylvia will be providing for a.m. class only, excellent childcare at no extra fee. Beginners to intermediate participants welcome in this coed, non-competitive, muscle-toning, stretching, high/low aerobic class. Try a free one to see if it meets your needs. Only a 6-8 week commitment at a time required. For more information or to register call 21 year AFAA certified fitness professional, Carol Lynch, 629-7539.


Basket BingoLongaberger Basket Bingo on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Laurel Boys & Girls Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $25 at the door. Several door prize drawings. Raffles: Hamper Basket, Hostess Holiday Bundle and more. Refreshments will be available. For more information call 875-1200 or 629-8740. Benefits the programming at the Laurel Boys & Girls Club. Your support is greatly appreciated.

AARP Chapter 5340 Board AARP Chapter 5340 will hold a Board Meeting 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at the Sussex County Airport Conference Room, Georgetown. All members are encouraged to attend. For details call Melissa Richardson, president, 945-1288.

AARP Chapter 5340 meeting Georgetown’s AARP Chapter 5340 will have their Christmas luncheon Monday, Dec. 4, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown beginning at noon. Donald Murray will provide the entertainment. Cost of the lunch is $13.50 per person. Call Cathey Betts (302) 856-3441 for reservations that are needed by Nov. 27. New members are welcome.

The Seaford High School Class of 1996 will be holding its 10-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 25. The event will be held at the Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. We are searching for missing classmates. Contact Susan at 302-344-0741, or

SHS Alumni Assn. Fall Social The SHS Alumni Association is hosting their annual fall social at the Seaford Golf & Country Club on Friday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Any SHS graduate, has attended Seaford Schools or has an interest in the Alumni Association is invited to attend. You do not have to be a member of the SHS Alumni Association to attend. There will be light snacks and a cash bar available. Come out to revel in fond memories of good ‘ole SHS. For additional information call Donna Hastings Angell 629-8077, or Mary Lee DeLuca at 6298429.

Seaford Class of 1976 The Seaford Class of 1976 will hold its 30-year class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Seaford Fire Hall from 6 p.m. until midnight. Light fare will be served, cash bar and music provided by Tranzfusion. For more information, contact David Smith at 410749-5776 or Dee (Christopher) Palmer at

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HOLIDAYS Victorian Christmas The Tenth Annual Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion, 1101 North Pine St. Extended, Seaford, will be held Dec. 8 through 10. Thirteen rooms in the historic restored Italian Villa Style mansion will be elaborately decorated by local florists and decorators. The Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion starts with a new activity this year. On Friday, Dec. 8, there will be featured a Christmas Tea and Tour. The tour will start at 1 p.m. Tea will be served at 2 p.m. Servers will be in costume complimenting the gracious atmosphere of the elaborately decorated 13 rooms of the restored

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

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

Sunday Breakfast Buffet Sunday breakfast buffet, All-You-CareTo-Eat, served by the Galestown Ruritan Club on the fourth Sunday of each month, October through June, 7-10 a.m., at the Galestown, Md., Community Hall. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children ages 6-12.This month it will be Nov. 26.

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


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MORNING STAR ✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006 historic mansion. The charge is $10 per person and must be paid in advance. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Ruthe Wainwright at 629-8765. Seating is prearranged with four people at a table. Parties who would like to sit together should make their reservations accordingly. Only 40 people can be accommodated. For further information call Anne Nesbitt at 628-7788. On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m., there will be house tours and craft demonstrations; and from 5-9 p.m., there will be house tours by candlelight; $7 per adult, $1 per child under 12 years. Sunday, Dec. 10, is Family Day. There will be House Tours from 1-4 p.m., with

Gov. and Mrs. Ross Receiving. Carriage rides from 2 to 3 p.m. Children’s activities in the Honeymoon Cottage (Star and Necklace making, Readings, Santa Clause). At 3 p.m., a raffle drawing for a Steve Theis Portrait. Cost is $7 per adult, $1 per child under 12 years of age. Sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society, Proceeds benefit the Ross Plantation and Seaford Museum.

Sounds of the Season Holiday music, performed by “Vital Signs” and others, will be on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m., at Delmar High School auditorium. Cost is $15 each or $25 for two, in Dr. Wolfgang’s office, 629-2366, or 629-2131. Join us for an afternoon performance of singing, dancing, and instrumentals. There will also be a Chinese auction and raffles on site. Concert to benefit The Western Sussex County Relay for Life.

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Nanticoke Auxiliary Winter Dance ‘Puttin’ on the Glitz’ Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary Winter Gala committee has begun preparations for the annual dinner dance event to be held January 27, 2007 at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. This year’s 1930s theme, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” will feature Art Deco decorations in a Grand Ballroom. Those attending will enjoy elegant food followed by the music of Encore while they whirl across the dance floor. Dust off your spats and top hats and put on your pearls and enjoy this memorable evening. Linda Robertson is the chairperson for the annual gala event. She is assisted by Bonnie Allen, Patty Burk, Sharon Mears, Janet Hubbard, Judi Thoroughgood and Jenny Werner. Proceeds from the event will be part of the auxiliary’s annual donation to Nanticoke Health Services. More details about “Puttin’ on the Glitz” can be obtained by calling the Nanticoke Health Services Volunteer Office at 629-6611, ext. 2301.

Regional builders, Inc. has begun its annual toy collection drive for the Toys for Tots program. This program, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collects and distributes toys to needy children in the community. To participate, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at Regional Builders, Inc., 300 High St., Seaford. Donations will be accepted on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Dec. 15. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 1947, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134. Regional Builders appreciates your continued support for this very worthy cause.

Lioness Christmas House The Seaford Lioness and The Shiloh House Of Hope present the 16th annual Christmas House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-8 p.m. There will be eight homes on this tour and they are located in Laurel, Seaford and Bridgeville. Refreshments will be served at the Shiloh House Of Hope which is also on the tour. Tickets can be purchased at Cutn’ Up Family Salon or by calling Bonny Hastings at 6299596 or Sharyn Dukes at 236-7754.

Carolling in the Park The Gateway Park Committee and the City of Seaford will be hosting the 13th Annual Carolling in the Park Celebration and Tree Dedication Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., in Gateway Park. This year’s Carolling in the Park will


include the dedication ceremony for a new Community Christmas Tree. Individuals interested in supporting the holiday decorations in the park or the Carolling in the Park event can make donations to the Gateway Park Committee, through the City of Seaford, at PO Box 1100, Seaford, DE 19973. Any donation over $300 will be recognized with an engraved brick in the park. For individuals who would like to support the tree with a smaller contribution, “silver bell” ornament sponsorships are available for $5, $10 and $15, depending on size. A sponsorship will place a name of your choice on the ornament before it goes onto the tree. For more information contact Amy Walls at 629-9173.

Seaford Christmas Parade The theme for this year’s Seaford Christmas Parade is “The Sounds and Lights of Christmas.” The date is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Nylon Boulevard. It proceeds down Pennsylvania Avenue to High Street. The judges stand is at the parking lot of Mt. Olivet Church. The parade continues down High Street, and turns at Market Street. The Parade goes up Market and

ends at the Seaford Middle School. So far, seven school bands, non-profit groups, and businesses are planning to be in the parade.

Bethel House Tour Sunday, Dec. 10, there will be a House Tour in Bethel, consisting of several homes. The choir at Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be performing a Christmas Cantata at 4:30 p.m. prior to the tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per person. Any questions call 875-3971 or 875-3733.

Christmas Show Trip Laurel Senior Center Christmas Show trip, Dutch Apple Theater, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 20. Cost $63, includes transportation, luncheon and show. Shopping after the show if time permits. Call 875-2536 to reserve a seat with deposit.

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Historical Society’s Gift Shop The Seaford Historical Society’s Gift Shop is pleased to announce that they will be selling jewelry made by Cindy Cole. All of her jewelry is made with sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Stop in the Seaford Museum Gift Shop on High Street to see this unique collection of hand-made jewelry.


Players holiday production Possum Point Players’ holiday production, “The WPPP 1947 Christmas Special” will incorporate an old-style radio version of It’s A Wonderful Life mixed with seasonal solos, duets, and choral music at Possum Hall in Georgetown during the first two weekends of December. Performances are December 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 8 p.m., and December 3 & 10 at 2 p.m. in Georgetown. Tickets are $15, or $14 for seniors or students. For reservations, call the Possum Point Players ticketline at 856-4560.

Bridgeville’s Caroling in the Park The Town of Bridgeville will host their annual Caroling in the Park on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Historical Society Park on the corner of Delaware Avenue and William Street. Please bring a canned good donation for needy families. Come for fun, fellowship and a visit from Santa Claus. Bridgeville sponsors this event yearly on the first Friday evening in December.

Christmas in Bridgeville Saturday, Dec. 2 - Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Woodbridge Jr./Sr. High School, Laws Street, Bridgeville. Admission is Free. There will be 60 vendors; $1 chances on an antique Oak Wash Stand. There will be catered breakfast and lunch available.

Delmar Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 2 - Delmar’s annual Christmas parade. For details call the Delmar Chamber of Commerce, 846-3336. Rain Date: Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Applications can be picked-up at Delmar Town Hall.

Georgetown holiday events Thursday, Dec. 7 - Georgetown Christmas parade. 7 p.m., starting at Sussex Central High School. For details call the chamber, 856-1544. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 - Annual Festival of Trees, Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown. Sponsored by Delaware Hospice Inc. For details call 856-7717. Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 - ‘The 1947 Christmas Special,’ a holiday music revue presented by the Possum Point Players, Georgetown, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. $15, $14 for senior citizens and students. For details, call 856-4560 or visit www.

Monday, Dec. 4 - Caroling on the Circle, Georgetown. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., singers will lead members of the public in songs of the season. Canned goods will be collected.

Laurel holiday events Friday, Dec. 8 - The Laurel Chamber of Commerce and Laurel Fire Department will again co-host the annual Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will take place on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Dec. 9. The theme this year is “Old Town Christmas.” Applications may be picked up at the Laurel Fire Department or the chamber office. Laurel Senior Center Christmas Show trip, Dutch Apple Theater, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 20. Cost $63, includes transportation, luncheon and show. Shopping after the show if time permits. Call 875-2536 to reserve a seat with deposit.

Art Show and Silent Auction The Children’s Beach House Art Show and Silent Auction committee is busy wrapping up details after almost one year of planning for their 17th annual Holiday Art Show and Auction on Dec. 1-3. All proceeds are divided among the programs offered by the Children’s Beach House whose mission is to help children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and communities. The event has reached 100% of its goal for artist participation. Nick Serratore of Lewes was named this year’s featured artist. Serratore will auction an original work based on his artistic interpretation of the event theme: “Home is where the heart is…Home is the Children’s Beach House.” A private reception for contributors and patrons is Fri., Dec. 1 from 6-10 p.m. The reception includes a pianist, caroling by Debbie Kee’s children’s choir, fine jewelry display by Elegant Slumming of Rehoboth, an artist meet and greet, and a sneak preview of the featured art and silent auction. The silent auction includes limo rides, child care, dining gift certifi-





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MORNING STAR ✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006 carving, and more. Contest registration is held in September. The Egg Decorating contest is open to any Delaware resident interested in pursuing the art of egg decorating. The winning egg will receive $100 and an invitation from the White House to see the state eggs displayed with a welcome reception by the First Lady. For more information, contact Cindy Davis at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at 800-282-8685.

cates, jewelry, art, home furnishings, golf packages, clothing, spa and salon services, lodging and more. The event continues with free admission on Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sun,, Dec. 3, noon – 3 p.m. For more information call 645-9184 or visit

Choral Society Christmas Concert Tickets are still available for the Southern Delaware Choral Society 22nd annual Christmas Concert, "Christmas Oratorio" by J.S. Bach, under the direction of John Ranney, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Edmond's Church, Rehoboth Beach, and on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford. Featured soloists will be soprano, Virginia Van Tine; alto, Rebecca McDaniel; tenor, Donald McCabe; baritone, Richard A.D. Freeman and bass, John R. Ranney. All are members of SDCS. Also joining the chorus will be trumpeter, Sarah Kuwick. Organist Crystal Pepper of Harrington is a guest soloist. In her 25 years as a church musician, Ms. Pepper has enjoyed a distinguished career as an organist and is well-known in a number of musical circles. She began accompanying church choirs at the age of 12 and by the time she was 15 she had become a regular organist and plays at various churches in the MidAtlantic region. She has a BA in vocal music from Delaware State University and has studied with John Dressler. She serves as director of music at the Dover Presbyterian Church and is currently pursuing a Master of Special Education at Wilmington College. Tickets to the Christmas concert are $15 and $10 for students. For tickets or more information call 302-645-2013 or log on to SDCS is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware.


Salisbury holiday events Saturday, Nov. 18, Sunday, Nov. 19 Maji Choral Festival at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Wicomico Senior High School, Salisbury. Tickets are $15. Call Bonnie Luna at 410-749-1633 for details.

History of 19th Century Laurel Have you gotten your copy of this most informative book on early Laurel? The book would make a wonderful and valued gift for the holidays. The 430+ page book is a reprint written by the late Harold Hancock in the 1980s and is selling for $45 or it can be mailed for an additional $5. To obtain a copy contact any board member or call Linda Justice at 875-4217.

Eggs will be on display Vote for the egg that you would like to represent the state of Delaware at the White House next year on Dec. 3 at the Dover Mall from noon – 5 p.m. Delaware egg artists of all ages will have their decorated eggs on display behind Santa, next to JC Penney. There will be more than 40 eggs to choose from. Since 1994, each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display. Local crafters and artists create decorated eggs which represent each state and the District of Columbia. Eggs can be decorated in any fashion using paints, beads, decoupage, etching,

Saturday, Nov. 25 - Starry Night Boat Parade along the Wicomico River in Salisbury. Sponsored by the Wicomico Yacht Club and Urban Salisbury. Call 410-5463205. Sunday, Dec. 3 - The 60th Annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. starting at the intersection of Mt. Hermon Road & Civic Avenue, traveling to East Main Street, ending at Ward Street. Sponsored by the Salisbury Junior Chamber of Commerce. Rain Date: Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Selbyville holiday events Friday, Dec. 1 - Selbyville Christmas Parade. The annual parade, sponsored by the Selbyville Chamber of Commerce, starts at 7 p.m. at the town hall, 68 Church St.

For details call Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, 539-2100, or visit www.

Snow Hill holiday events Christmas in Snow Hill, Friday through Monday, Dec. 1-4. Christmas tree lighting and kids coloring contest on Friday. Historic home and business tours on Saturday, along with Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Workshop and a Christmas tree auction. Holiday music celebration and 19th Century Christmas at Furnace Town on Sunday. Snow Hill Christmas Parade on Monday, Dec. 4. Call 410-632-2080 for details.

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

Read Aloud training Read Aloud Delaware volunteer training session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Seaford Public Library, 402 North Porter St., Seaford. Call 8562527 to sign up for training or for further information. Volunteer readers are needed at various reading sites in Sussex County.

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A letter from Santa Mrs. Claus and I invite you and your families to join us at Delaware Hospice’s Festival of Trees for our Lunch with Santa, on Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. Some close friends of ours from the North Pole will be joining us, and we’ll have pizza, goodie bags, and “special treats,” plus a picture with Mrs. Claus and I. You’ll also love our magnificently decorated trees and wreaths which will be on display. We hope to see you there! Sincerely, Santa Claus P.S. Admission tickets are $5 each, including admission to the tree and wreath exhibit. Purchase tickets in advance by calling Delaware Hospice, 856-7717 or Debbie Wright, 856-3878. All proceeds will benefit Delaware Hospice’s families.




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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, on Old Stage Rd. in Laurel, will present an evening of gospel music featuring the “Don Murray Family Band” on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. A special guest performance begins the evening at 6:30 p.m. This band has spread the gospel through music for many years and is formerly known as “The Old Time Religion.” Songs are traditional and an enjoyable evening will be shared by all. For more information, call Pastor Don at 302-856-6107. For directions, call 302875-7900.

Blaine Bowman at Christ Church Blaine Bowman and His Good Time Band are coming to Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Road, Laurel, on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Thanksgiving dinners delivered Volunteers have been busy in the kitchen of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church parish hall. Thanksgiving dinners are being prepared for distribution to those in need in Seaford and the surrounding communities. The project is sponsored by the Church of God and Saints of Christ church members, who are using St. Luke’s facilities. The dinners will be delivered in Seaford, Laurel, Bridgeville and Georgetown by the YACTA youth group. This is a group of young people who organize food drives, and work within the church to serve Christ. YACTA stands for Youth Anointed with Confidence, Talent, and

Old Time Religion will perform at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Atonement. Last year 1,600 dinners were prepared and distributed, some of which were served in the St. Luke’s Parish Hall to those in need on a walk-in basis. It is hoped that this year’s project will serve as least as many and perhaps more.

Galestown UMC Fall Hymn Sing Galestown United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Hymn Sing on Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Special music by “Revived” and “The Gospel Gents. A buffet style hot dinner will be served immediately following the service at the Galestown Community Center. The book titled “History Repeats Itself

around Galestown Millpond” is now available for $5. This would make a great Christmas stocking stuffer gift for a special person as well as a great table top informative book.

Guest preacher at Christ Church Come and hear dynamic preaching at Christ Evangelistic Church, 802 Camp Road, Laurel. Evangelist David Ellis will be preaching on Dec. 10, at the 11 a.m. service.

Children’s Christmas Musical The children of Laurel Wesleyan Church will be performing a heavenly Christmas musical, “Fear Not Factor,” on

A prayer breakfast, “Dare to Dream like the King,” is planned for Jan. 15, 2007 at 8 a.m. at the Seaford Country Club. The breakfast, which is a buffet, features keynote speaker, Dara Laws, the 2007 Seaford School District Teacher of the Year. Entertainment will be provided by The Good News Tour. Drs. Julius and NaTasha Mullen will receive the Community Recognition Award. Admission is $20 by advance tickets only. In conjunction with the prayer breakfast, the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club will hold a day of activities for young adults from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $1 and features 7 Quilts for 7 Sisters as well as crafts, storytellers and entertainment. The day includes a teen summit and youth dance. Lunch is provided and vendors and giveaways are also included. For tickets and more information, call 302628-1908. Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9 and 11 a.m., at Laurel Wesleyan church, located 1/2 mile north of Laurel on Rt. 13A. Nursery will be provided. For more information call 875-5380.

Celebrate the Joy of Christmas The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy is excited to present the Broadway-style musical production “Let There Be Light.” Continued on page 27

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For info, call 875.7995 or visit

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

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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




Merry Christmas to friends at Wal-Mart By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


It seems “Merry Christmas” is Most Americans you back in vogue. Wal-Mart announced this week that they will be meet have no problem including Merry Christmas in its seeing a Menorah on greetings, advertising, and holiday displays. one corner and a NaCertainly economics were a key tivity on the next. factor in this decision. Other retail stores including Macy’s and Kohl’s are following suit and believe this tion that embraces religious freedom is not will play well amongst American shopto sanitize us from religious expression, pers. but to be able to accept our differences Meanwhile, let me give three reasons why I believe ultimately this is a good de- without offense. Most Americans you cision, and one much more important than meet have no problem seeing a Menorah on one corner and a Nativity on the next. the bottom line benefit to stores. Finally, it is good to see a positive reFirst, it shows retailers still listen. sponse to Christians today. Recent years Wal-Mart was inundated by concerned have seen a parade of lawsuits trying to Americans who are tired of the liberals’ “protect” Americans against those dangerwar on Christmas. ous manger scenes in public, those acriIn letters, e-mails, personal complaints monious Christmas carols in school “holiand even outright boycotts customers told day” concerts, or any other mention of the Wal-Mart their politically correct decision name Christ during this season. was a poor one. Yet the celebration of Christmas preIt is gratifying to recognize that the dated the arrival of the pilgrims on the largest retailer in the world still gives Mayflower, is part of our historic tradition some credence to the opinions of their as a nation, and forms a part of who we clientele. Congratulations to those who are as a Christian nation. I hope that Waltook the time to graciously complain... Mart’s action will be a step in the direcyour voice was heard. tion of tolerance and reason that will serve Second, it represents a good viewpoint us all well this Christmas season. on freedom of speech. As Americans, we So, from my heart let me say, “Thanks need to realize that saying “Merry Christfor the Christmas gift, Wal-Mart.” Oh, and mas” is not a tacit form of saying, “Don’t “Merry Christmas to you too!” have a Happy Hanukah.” Celebrating a holiday of our own choosing is not a form The Rev. Crofford is Senior Pastor at Laurel Wesleyan Church. His views do not necessarily represent the views of of disrespecting other beliefs. the congregation or Wesleyan Church International. You The key to living side by side in a namay email


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

302-629-8434 •

MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 4:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. DAILY: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; First Sat. 9 a.m. HOLY DAYS: Eve. 7:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. NOVENA DEVOTIONS: Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. CONFESSION: Sat. 4:30-5 p.m.; Sun. 8-8:25 a.m.


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

LAUREL-MT. PLEASANT CHARGE 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814 Pastor: Rev. Timothy P. Jones

Sunday Morning Wed. Bible Study & Worship & Children’s Children’s Discovery Club 7:00 PM Ministries 10:00 AM “Flowing in Power and Love to a Parched and Thirsty World”

YOU ARE INVITED! Come into This Church and Gather in Christ’s Name to Worship Him! Psalm 95:6 Sun. School 9:45 a.m. • Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Pastor, Stacey Johnson


“A Growing Church For All Ages”

2 miles N. of Laurel, DE on Alt. 13

302-877-0443 410-957-4696

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

ome! Revelatio e To C n 22 Tim : 17 The Ark s ' t I Seaford Wesleyan Church

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

King’s St. George’s Mt. Pleasant

Worship Sun. Sch.

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

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

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

Proclaiming Faith 4 pm Sunday on WKDI 840 AM Radio

Food Outreach Emergency Food

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

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

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Directed and produced by three-time National Crystal Communicator Award winner, Wendy Craig, the production will premier Dec. 15, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. with free admission. This is no ordinary “church skit.” With full set design, lighting, make up, costumes, singing and choreography it has already proved to be a delightful smash to both young and old alike. With a contemporary approach to the Christmas message, this group reminds us to “celebrate the joy of Christmas” - the joy of family and friends brought together again because of the baby Jesus. “Let There Be Light” is a major must-see event. The host pastor of the church is Bishop Michael Phillips. The church is located on Rt. 13 and Dorothy Road, just three miles north of the Maryland/Delaware state line. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A bicycle will be given away each night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come early because seats are limited. For more information, call 875-7824 o 875-3242.

The Ninety & Nine Dinner The Ninety & Nine extends an invitation to both men and women to attend their annual Christmas dinner at The Seaford Golf & Country Club in Seaford, on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The Ninety & Nine is a ministry, which was formed in 1984 by a group of women who care about the needs of others. If you would like a night out full of fun, food, fellowship and lots of encouragement, then The Ninety & Nine is the place for you. There are no membership dues to pay. We welcome your presence. Special Guests Special speaker for the evening is Pastor Tim Dukes. When he was only eight years old, his family became a part of Epworth Fellowship Church in Laurel. In 1982, Tim graduated from Epworth Christian School. He attended Valley Forge Christian College and gradated in 1986. For more than five years he served as Youth Pastor in Farmville, Va. From Virginia he moved to Maryland and pioneered the Ocean City Worship Center and Continued on page 29

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

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)


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

Laurel Wesleyan Church

The Gift of His Love

315 High St. • Seaford, DE

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

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

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OBITUARIES Jo Ann Sullivan, 64 Jo Ann Sullivan of Federalsburg, Md., died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1942 in Federalsburg, the daughter of Rachel Bryant Richardson of Seaford, and the late Andrew A. Richardson, Sr. Jo Ann Sullivan She was a graduate of Federalsburg High School Class of 1960. In addition to being a wife and mother she had worked for the Seaford Banner, the Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers and the Seaford Leader in sales and marketing. She was instrumental in the startup of the Banner and the Stars. She attended Gloryland Tabernacle in Denton, Md. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 45 years, James R. Sullivan, whom she married on Sept. 23, 1961, four children, Denise Stover and her husband, Mark, of Easton, Cindy Foskey and her husband, Mark, of Federalsburg, Cathy Todd and her husband, Larry, of Fenton, Mo., and Michael Sullivan and his wife, Kim, of Federalsburg; six grandchildren, Michael Cluley, Jr., Storm Sullivan, Candace Todd, Josh Todd, Amber Sullivan, and Kyle Sullivan; two brothers, Andrew Richardson and his wife, Sherry, of Federalsburg, and Bryant Richardson and his wife, Carol, of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg with the Rev. Otis Seese officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Caroline Hospice Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.

Preston Hastings, 63 Preston “Cobby” Hastings of Laurel died Nov. 11, 2006. He was born a son of Alton and Alda Ferrell Hastings. Mr. Hastings worked 30 years, for Dukes Lumber Company. He was a member of the Seaford Moose Lodge. He volunteered his time to serve people in need.

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He was an avid Dale Earnhart Sr. #3 fan. He loved working on cars. He enjoyed going to Ocean City, Md. for his wedding anniversary. He was a fantastic grandfather who loved every one of his children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Alfred “Punkin” Hastings, who died in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Delores Hasting; a son, Preston Hastings Jr. and his wife Sheryl, of Laurel; daughters, Teresa Foskey of Laurel, stepdaughter Jeanette Massey of Blades; stepdaughter, Benda Robertson and husband Shannon of Selbyville; a brother, Harvey T. Hastings and wife Edna of Blades; sisters, Joyce Chambers and companion Henry Mason of Seaford; Peggy Dean and husband Bill of Laurel. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Eric, Chelsea, Tryston, Kerlee, Mason, Stephanni, Kortni, Benjamin, Zachary, Allen, Lori.; two great grandchildren, Kyler and Brianna.; and several nieces and nephews. His services were on Friday, Nov. 17, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, with Pastor Jerry Denton, Pastor Timmy Dukes and Pastor Joe LeCates officiating. Interment was in Blades Cemetery, Blades. Contributions may be made to Blades Fire Dept., .200 East Fifth St., Blades, DE 19973 Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,, or

Gertrude A. Miller; and several nieces and a nephew. She is survived by a son, John L. Rouse and his wife, Patti, of Crisfield, Md.; two daughters, Sandy Bilbrough and her husband, Gary, of Secretary, Md., and Mary E. Sellers and her husband, David, of Denton, Md.; three grandchildren, Amy Wilson, Courtney Rouse, John Rouse, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Michael, Dustin, and Amber. Her funeral service was on Nov. 22, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg, with the Rev. Ray Parsons officiating. Interment followed at Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Caroline County Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.

Harrison Bernard Connolley, 84 Harrison Bernard ‘Hots’ Connolley age 84, of Seaford, DE died Saturday, November 18, 2006 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Ridgely, MD on June 21, 1922, the son of Verona Hardesty and Carroll Connolley. He was a supervisor at the Chrysler Plant in Newark, retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service. He then worked as a guard at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Henlopen Grange # 20, an auxiliary member of Little People of America, Ches-Del Bays Chapter; in which he was instrumental in helping to form. He was a foster parent to 21 children and he had a great love for camping, fishing and crabbing.


Eleanor M. Rouse, 77

United Methodist Church

Eleanor M. Rouse, of Federalsburg known fondly as “Elea” departed this life on Nov. 17, 2006, at her residence. She was born Oct. 2, 1929 in Rochester, N.Y., a daughter of Walter E. Lambe and Olive G. Little Lambe. She retired from Black & Decker after 27 years of service. She worked in the kitchen at Caroline Nursing Home in Denton for four years and also worked for the Caroline County Board of Education for 10 years as a school bus driver. She was a member of A.A.R.P. and the Widowed Persons Service that met in Seaford. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Rouse on March 6, 1993. She was also preceded in death by three sons, James Robin Rouse, Donald W. Rouse, Roy W. Rouse; a sister,

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

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


Delphine Ann Page, 75 Delphine Ann Page of Greenwood, passed away on Saturday, Nov.18, 2006 at her residence. She was born on July 25, 1931 in Lebanon, DE to the late Delphin and Wilhemina Daisey. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard Allen Page of Greenwood; three sons, Frederick Donophan of Cumberland, Md, Bruce Donophan of Pennsyl-

BETHEL WORSHIP CENTER 9431 Ginger Lane, Seaford (2.4 mi. north of Wal-Mart on US 13) 628-4240 Recorded Info 628-4241 Church Office

Pastor Joseph Lecates - 875-2059 Adult Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am & 6:30 pm Children’s Church 10:30 am Nursery 10:30 am & 6:30 pm Youth Meeting Sun. 7 pm Promise Keepers Tues. 7 pm Wed. Night Bible Study 7 pm “We’re not building a church, we’re building God’s Kingdom!”

Christ Lutheran Church

SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

He is survived by two sons and their wives, Keith and Pat Connolley, Seaford, and Tom and Mary Connolley, Greencastle, PA; two daughters, Linda Simmons and her husband Roger of Gaffney, SC and Penny C. Connolley, Lewes; a brother, Charles Connolley of Warren, RI; two sisters, Ellen Stant Lazzeri, Camden, and Henrietta Maloney, Milford; 11 granddaughters and one grandson; 15 greatgrandchildren; his extended family, which includes in-laws Edith and Chuck Benton, Palm Springs, CA; Frances and Jim Shields, of Delray Beach FL; and Janice Bramble of Millington, MD. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his loving wife Erma Bramble Connolley whom he met at Heavens Gate on November 18; a grandson and a granddaughter; six brothers and six sisters. Services were Wednesday, Nov. 22, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stein Highway, Seaford, with a commital service in Lewes Presbyterian Church Yard. Contributions may be made to Ches-Del Bays Chapter 64, 405 Ivory Lane, Newark, DE 19702.

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

Corner of Shipley & Spruce Sts.

A Family Friendly Church Home for You Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 am Phone: 629-9755 Bible School for the Mentally Challenged Saturday at 10 am


Senior Pastor

Located halfway between Seaford & Bridgeville, turn off Rt. 13 East at Cannon Rd. light, 4th place on left.

Mark Landon 7046 Seashore Hwy. Bridgeville, DE 19933

1611 KJV, Independent, Fundamental, Soul Winning

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY 10:00 Sunday School 7:00 Prayer Service 11:00 Worship Service 6:00 Evening Worship Nursery Provided Rev. William Goslee - Ph. 349-0190


Church of God

Fax 302-337-8769

Worship Services: Seeker Service 8:30 am • Sunday School 9:30 Morning Worship 10:45 am • Wed. Night 7 pm

“Welcome Home!”

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

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

MORNING STAR ✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006 vania, Richard A. Page; four daughters, Regena Bordley of Greenwood, Tracy Murray of Greenwood, Deborah Page of Salisbury, Md, Deaneen Page of Grasonville, Md; four grandchildren; one great granddaughter. Funeral Services will be held at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville on Friday, Nov. 24, 2006 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the services at Bridgeville Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Delaware Hospice 20167 Office Circle Georgetown, DE 19947-online condolences may be sent to

Doris Yvonne McQuay, 83 Doris Yvonne McQuay passed away at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury on Saturday, November 18, 2006.

She was born in Bozman, Maryland, a daughter of Daniel Seth McQuay and Helen Graff Fedder. Doris was a Major with the Salvation Army. Major McQuay was commissioned from The Salvation Army Training College in Atlanta, Georgia in May 1953. She then had a short appointment to the Mountain Mission in North Carolina. She also had been stationed in The Salvation Army’s Homes and Hospitals for Unwed Mothers in Birmingham, Tulsa, Tampa, Louisville and Richmond. She served at The Salvation Army Day Care Center in Baltimore and was the director of the Girl’s Club in WinstonSalem, North Carolina from 1973 until her retirement in 1985. Major McQuay was a Christian comic and traveled to many Salvation Army senior camps throughout the eastern United States after her retirement


and appeared many times on a local Salisbury television station. She was The Salvation Army’s Woman of the Year for the Salisbury area in 2005. She attended The Salvation Army Corp in Salisbury, Maryland. She is survived by her sister, Katherine Ziegelheafer of Delmar; a brother, Gordon Reuben McQuay of Baltimore; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceeded in death by a brother, Leroy Seth McQuay. A viewing was held at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk on Tuesday. The funeral service was at the funeral home on Wednesday. Major Keath Biggers and Major Gene Hogg officiated. Interment followed at Gardens of Faith in Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3235, Salisbury, MD 21802.

What must I do to be saved? Acknowledge your sin and place your trust in Christ. All who place their trust in Christ in this way are adopted as God’s children. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:23 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. — Romans 10:9

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pastored there for 13 years. In July 2006, Pastor Tim began his tenure at Central Worship Center (formerly Epworth Fellowship Church) in Laurel. He, indeed, has come back full circle. He and his wife, Dottie live in Ocean Pines and have four children. The singer will be Corey Franklin. Corey pursued music when he was at a very young age. It wasn’t long before he began song writing and he has been making music a priority ever since. Corey joined the high school choir his junior year, became interested in vocal training, and gained an appreciation for vocal and music theory. He enjoyed much success and received several high honors such as

the national chorale men’s choir division in 1995. Corey is now booking and playing live shows. Currently, he is the Worship Leader at Central Worship Center in Laurel. Corey and his wife, Michele, live in Laurel and have three children. Come and receive a blessing. Reservations are necessary. Deadline is Nov. 29. For details or more information call: Joyce Thomas at 629-2248, Michele Thompson at 877-0797, or Arvalene Moore at 8754387.

Church of God Concert Jerry Jones will present a Christmas Concert at Stein Highway Church of God, 500 Arch St., Seaford, Friday evening, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. He will share in word

Help a lonely senior through the Be a Santa to a Senior Program Home Instead Senior Care, provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, will hold the third annual Be a Santa to a Senior program now through Dec. 4. The program is designed to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for seniors who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays. Participating local non-profit organizations identify needy, orphaned and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for the program. Christmas trees in The Dover Mall and at each Halpern Eye location feature ornaments with the first names only of needy seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these seniors. A citywide gift-wrapping day will be held on Dec. 8 at Westminster Village in Dover at noon

and Dec. 9 at Genesis/Seaford Center in Seaford at noon. The following local organizations have joined the program in Kent County - Green Meadows, State Street Assisted Living, Courtland Manor, Home Health Corporation of America, Compassionate Care Hospice, Capital Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services and Westminster Village. In Sussex County, the organizations include Nanticoke Senior Center, Harrison House, Lewes Senior Center, Delaware Hospice, The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and Easter Seals. Also participating are The Dover Mall, and all Halpern Eye locations. Helen, 81, is one area senior who benefited from the program last year. She received gloves, a hat and a scarf that requested and was delighted to have visitors during the holidays. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help on the citywide gift-wrapping day, contact Nancy Bork or Valerie Crew at 302-697-6435. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors.

and song with Traditional Christmas music, Country Gospel Music, and Contemporary Gospel Music. All are invited. A love offering will be accepted. For more information call 6299689 or 629-8583.

Centenary Church Gospel Café Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music hour each Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce and Nancy Willey are presenting

live Christian music, fellowship, and refreshments. Each week Mary Ann Young sings your Gospel favorite. November guest singers are: Nov. 25: Hannah Smith, Abundant Joy. Everyone is invited to attend. Come as you are. For more information, contact the church office at 875-3983, or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

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Laurel Wesleyan Church Presents

A Heavenly Children’s Christmas Musical

FEAR NOT factor Saturday,

Dec. 2 nd at 6:00 pm

and ... Sunday, Dec. 3 rd at 9:00 am & 11:00 am

Located 1/2 mile north of Laurel on Alt 13 in Laurel, DE For more information contact the office at 875-5380



“Your Satisfaction is Our Goal”


P.O. Box 598-US 13 Seaford, DE 19973 Fax: 302-629-5573


302-629-5575 800-221-5575

Thanksgiving Greetings With best wishes to all our neighbors, associates, customers and friends. Thank you for giving us so much to celebrate this year.


BAY STREET BRASSWORKS IN CONCERT - The Seaford Community Concert Association will be presenting its second concert of the season with Bay Street Brassworks. The group consists of French horn, tuba and two trumpets. Among numerous awards, they received first prize at the 2003 New York Brass Conference, Brass Quintet and two Career Development Grants from the Peabody Conservatory. The concert is on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m., at the Seaford High School. The concert series has been sold out for this year, and admission is by membership only.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 2006 holiday season Mark your calendars! During the first weekend of December, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a concert of "Holiday Joy" featuring Robert Cantrell, bass/baritone guest soloist. He has been described by the late Washington Post critic Joseph McLellan as "a warm supple voice that brought out the lyrical intentions of the composers making them treasured moments". Cantrell has appeared with the Washington Opera Company as "Jim" in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and as the "Jailer" in Puccini's "Tosca." He has also performed with several other opera companies, including Baltimore Opera Company, Wolftrap Opera, and Opera Delaware. Following a performance of Verdi's Requiem, a Baltimore Sun critic wrote "Cantrell's ripe bass filled his solos vividly." In January 2007 he will be making his debut at Carnegie Hall as bass soloist in Mozart's "Requiem." MSO Music Director Julien Benichou has chosen a rich full program certain to delight the audience. Along with traditional carols, such as "Joy to the World" and

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Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The protest(s) must be received by the Commissioner’s office on or before December 18, 2006. Failure to file such a protest may result in the Commissioner considering the application without further notice, input or hearing. If you have questions regarding this matter please contact the Commissioner’s Office.� 11/23/3tc

PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Laurel, Delaware, in cooperation with the Sussex County Council (SCC), and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), will hold a public hearing so that all citizens can have an opportunity to participate in the development of an application to the State of Delaware Community Development Block Grant Program for a grant under the provisions of the Community Development Act of 1977. The primary objective of the Community Development Program is the development of viable urban communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. It is also a primary objective to alleviate physical and economic distress

DELMAR SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHEDULES REFERENDUM The Delmar School District will hold a referendum on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 to seek voter approval to float bonds through the State of Delaware to continue the previously approved construction of six [6] additional middle school classrooms and two-thousand [2,000] additional square feet of cafeteria space. The additional monies appropriated and approved by the Delaware Legislature in June 2006 will be 80% funded by the State of Delaware. The 20% local share of $560,000 will be funded through bond sales for the school construction. THIS REFERENDUM DOES NOT INCREASE THE SCHOOL TAX RATE. In the six years since the construction of the 20 million dollar Delmar School District/Delmar Middle and Senior High School, the enrollment has climbed from under 700 students to 1070 in 2006, with increases anticipated in coming years. The additional space will greatly improve services and class enrollments. The election will be held in the Delmar District Board of Education Room with polls open from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. If approved, planning will begin immediately, and construction is expected to start the following year. Voters may obtain absentee ballots by contacting the Department of Elections for Sussex County, 114 N. Race Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 [302]856-5367. Any resident of the Delmar, DE School District, eighteen years of age or older with proof of residency, may vote in the referendum. Voters, however, need not be registered to vote. Any questions concerning the referendum should be directed to the District Office. Informational meetings will be held at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Delmar Middle and Senior High School on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, and again, Wednesday, November 29, 2006.

through the stimulation of private investment and community revitalization in areas of population out-migration or a stagnating or declining tax base. In accordance with the Section 106 Review Process established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, comments are especially encouraged from interested agencies and individuals with respect to undertakings that may affect historic properties of significance to such agencies and individuals. The hearing will be held in the Laurel Town Hall, Laurel, Delaware on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. A status report for FY-06 will also be included. For more information contact William Lecates, Director of Community Development and Housing at 8557777. 11/23/1tc

PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Greenwood, Delaware, in cooperation with the Sussex County Council (SCC), and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), will hold a public hearing so that all citizens can have an opportunity to participate in the development of an application to the State of Delaware Community Development Block Grant Program for a grant under the provisions of the Community Development Act of 1977. The primary objective of the Community Development Program is the development of viable urban communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. It is also a primary objective to alleviate physical and economic distress through the stimulation of private investment and community revitalization in areas of population out-migration or a stagnating or

PAGE 35 declining tax base. In accordance with the Section 106 Review Process established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, comments are especially encouraged from interested agencies and individuals with respect to undertakings that may affect historic properties of significance to such agencies and individuals. The hearing will be held in the Greenwood Town Hall, Greenwood, Delaware on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. A status report for FY-06 will also be included. For more information contact William Lecates, Director of Community Development and Housing at 855-7777. 11/23/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NANTICOKE HUNDRED Subd. #2005-87 Notice is hereby given that the County Planning and Zoning Commission of Sussex County will hold a public hearing on Thursday evening, DECEMBER 21, 2006, in the County Council Chambers, Sussex County Administrative Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on the application of DERIC PARKER to consider the Subdivision of land in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District in Nanticoke Hundred, Sussex County, by dividing 22.491 acres into 23 lots and a variance from the maximum allowed cul-de-sac length of 1,000 feet, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Road 40, and Road 591. Planning and Zoning public hearings will begin at 6:00 P.M. Text and maps of this application may be examined by interested parties in the County Planning and Zoning Office, Sussex County Administrative Building, Georgetown, Delaware. If unable to attend the public hearing, written com-

ments will be accepted but must be received prior to the public hearing. For additional information contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 11/23/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Northwest Fork Hundred C/U #1676 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the County Planning and Zoning Commission of Sussex County will hold a public hearing on Thursday evening, DECEMBER 21, 2006, in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on the application of PETER J. GOEBEL to consider the Conditional Use of land in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District for retail crafts sales to be located on a certain parcel of land lying and being in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, containing 3.1469 acres, more or less, lying northeast of Route 404, 550 feet northwest of Route 18. Planning and Zoning public hearings will begin at 6:00 P.M. Text and maps of this proposal may be examined by interested parties in the Planning and Zoning Office, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to the public hearing. For additional information contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 11/23/1tc See LEGALS—page 36

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following Ordinance has been proposed at the regular meeting of the Sussex County Council on January 31, 2006: AN ORDINANCE TO GRANT A CONDITIONAL USE OF LAND IN AN AR-1 AGRICULTURAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT FOR RETAIL CRAFTS SALES TO BE LOCATED ON A CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN NORTHWEST FORK HUNDRED, SUSSEX COUNTY, CONTAINING 3.1469 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, (land lying northeast of Route 404, 550 feet northwest of Route 18; application filed on behalf of PETER J. GOEBEL; C/U #1676). Copies of the above ordinance are available in the Office of the Clerk of the Sussex County Council, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware. Public Hearings thereon will be held in the Chamber of the Sussex County Council, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, JANUARY 9, 2007, at 7:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. At that time and place, all persons interested shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to the public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 11/23/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Nanticoke Hundred Case No. 9704 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 VI, Subsection 115-42, Item B of said ordinance of EMERSON WILLIAM JONES who is seeking a variance from the front yard setback requirement, to be located northwest of Road 526, 900 feet northeast of Road 525. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, DECEMBER 18, 2006, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard.

MORNING STAR 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. 11/23/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 9707 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 C of said ordinance of SHARON AND CHESTER PORCHES, JR. who are seeking a variance from the front yard and side yard setback requirements, to be located 1,200 feet southeast of Road 79, south of Porches Lane. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, DECEMBER 18, 2006, 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. 11/23/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 9708 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article XV and XXVIII, Subsection 115-111 and 115210, Item A(3) (h) of said ordinance of ALLEN’S HATCHERY, INC. who are seeking a special use exception for a feed mill, to be located 5,500 feet east side of Route 561, .6 mile south of Road 554. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, DECEM-

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BER 18, 2006, 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. 11/23/1tc

PUBLIC NOTICE You are hereby notified the below application will be before: The City of Seaford Board of Adjustment and Appeals for their determination on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at 12:00 P.M., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware: 1) Case No. V-59-06: WalMart, 751 N. Dual Highway, is seeking a special exception as per Sec. 1540A, Uses by Special Exception, to place 12 storage containers on site to store Christmas merchandise. 2) Case No. V-60-06: Engle Thomas Properties, owners of 408 Market Street, are seeking relief from Sec. 15-18 Uses by Right in R-2, in order for the potential new owners to convert the building into a restaurant which is not a permitted use in a residential district. 3) Case No. V-61-06: Walter Snigier, 517 Hickory Lane, is seeking relief from Sec. 15-13 Accessory Uses (a)(1)E in R-1, in order for the potential new owner who intends to reside in the house operate a one chair beauty salon from this location. A beauty salon is not a permitted accessory use in a residential district. 4) Case No. V-62-06: W. A. RAMP, property owners of 418-422 Pennsylvania Avenue, are seeking relief from Sec. 15-12 Uses by Right in R-1, to convert storage space into two office 1,056 sq. ft. and 956 sq. ft. The offices will face Shipley Street. Offices are not permitted use in a residential district. 5) Case No. V-63-06: Kevin Thawley, property owner of 413 Hickory Lane, Tax Map and Parcel 53113.0570, is seeking relief from Sec. 15-15(2) Area and bulk requirements in R1. The owner desires to subdivide part of this parcel. The lot width of the new parcel would be 59.94+feet which is less than the minimum required lot width in R-1 of 75 feet. 6) Case No. V-65-06: Seaford Commons, LLC.,

property owner of Tax Map and Parcel 3-31 5.00 40, located on Sussex Highway, is requesting relief from Sec. 15-68 Limitations of Signs (4) in order to install a pylon sign advertising a business that is not located on this property. “No signs shall be erected except on a property to which it is related.” If any of these projects are of concern to you and you wish to present your position or evidence, please attend this meeting. You may have counsel attend on your behalf. Issued this 22nd day of November 2006 pursuant to the Rules heretofore adopted by the City of Seaford. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Dolores Slatcher City Manager 11/23/1tc

NOTICE Estate of Roland Oliphant, a/k/a R. Lee Oliphant, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Roland Oliphant, a/k/a R. Lee Oliphant who departed this life on the 23rd day of September, A.D. 2006 late of Laurel, DE, were duly granted unto Wayne L. Oliphant on the14th day of November, A.D. 2006, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administrator without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administrator on or before the 23rd day of May, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: Wayne L. Oliphant 8358 Hilda Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804 Howard Clendaniel Register of Wills 11/23/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Myrtle Lee Bechtel, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Myrtle Lee Bechtel who departed this life on the 20th day of October, A.D. 2006 late of Seaford, DE, were duly granted unto Thomas S. Bechtel on the 1st day of November, A.D. 2006, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 20th day of June, A.D.

2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Thomas S. Bechtel 11201 Sharptown Rd., Mardela Springs, MD 21837 Howard Clendaniel Register of Wills 11/16/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Helen E. Passwaters, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Helen E. Passwaters who departed this life on the 9th day of October, A.D. 2006 late of Bridgeville, DE, were duly granted unto William Coulter Passwaters, Earlee H. Passwaters on the 3rd day of November, A.D. 2006, 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 9th day of June, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: William Coulter Passwaters 18450 S. Main St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Earlee H. Passwaters 9675 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Attorney: Eugene H. Bayard, Esq. Wilson, Halbrook & Bayard P.O. Box 690 Georgetown, DE 19947 Howard Clendaniel Register of Wills 11/16/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Leora Kay Bodkin, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Leora Kay Bodkin who departed this life on the 10th day of May, A.D. 2006 late of Seaford, DE, were duly granted unto Frederick W. Reinhardt on the 2nd day of November, A.D. 2006, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administrator without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administrator on or before the10th day of January, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: Frederick W. Reinhardt 26955 Danny Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: Michele Procino Wells, Esq. 123 Pennsylvania Ave.

Seaford, DE 19973 Howard Clendaniel Register of Wills 11/16/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Mildred Lee Esther Sanabria, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Mildred Lee Esther Sanabria who departed this life on the 14th day of February, A.D. 2006 late of Laurel, DE, were duly granted unto Queen Sanabria-Allen on the 30th day of October, A.D. 2006, 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 14th day of October, A.D. 2006 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Queen Sanabria-Allen 321 Gregory Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052 Attorney: Cindy L. Szabo Sergovic & Ellis, P.A. P.O. Box 875 Georgetown, DE 19947 Howard Clendaniel Register of Wills 11/09/3tc

LEGAL NOTICE Greenwood Liquor, Inc. T/A Greenwood Liquor has on November 20, 2006 applied with the Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner for a license by store to sell alcoholic liquor not for consumption on the premises where sold located at 12599 Sussex Highway, Greenwood, DE 19950. If you wish to protest this application you can file a written protest, signed by at least ten (10) residents or property owners located within one (1) mile of the premises, or in any incorporated areas located within one (1) mile of the premises. The protest must be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner at the 3rd Floor, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The protest must be received by the Commissioner’s Office on or before December 20, 2006. Failure to file such a protest may result in the Commissioner considering the application without notice, input or hearing. If you have questions regarding this matter please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 302.577.5222. 11/23/3tc



Police Journal Delmar woman kidnapped, assaulted The Seaford Police Department and the Caroline County Sheriff's Department are investigating a carjacking and kidnapping that occurred on Nov. 16 at approximately 10 p.m. in Seaford at Herring Run Road and US Rt. 13A. A 33-year-old woman from Delmar, Del. was stopped at a traffic light when the suspect opened the car door and assaulted her. The suspect, who was described as a 30-year-old black male with a beard and close cropped hair, made the victim move to the passenger seat. The man then drove the vehicle to a dirt road in the Federalsburg, Md. area and physically and sexually assaulted the victim, said Captain Gary Flood, Seaford Police Department. The woman told police that she passed out from the assault. When she awoke , she contacted a resident in the area who called the Caroline County Sheriffs Department. The victim was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Seaford Police Dept. at 302629-6644 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved.

Seaford woman dies in crash The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a vehicle versus tree fatal crash, which took the life of an 18-year old Seaford woman. On Sat., Nov. 18, at 8:50 a.m., troopers responded to County Route 485 just south of County Route 488 for reports of a crash. Investigators report that a 1996 Mercury Sable was eastbound on County Route 485 approaching a curve to the left. The driver, Julisa R. Jones, 18, of Seaford was traveling too fast for the curve and drove off the south edge of the road. Jones overcorrected turning to the left and the car began to rotate counterclockwise and exited the north edge of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the Mercury began to overturn and struck a tree with its roof and right rear door. Jones, who was seat belted, was taken to Nanticoke Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.

Delmar man dies, Samaritan injured The Delmar Police Department reports that a Delmar man was killed on Thursday, Nov. 16, following an accident at 6 p.m. on E. State St. just east of Woodlawn Ave. in Delmar, Md. The victim was attempting to cross the roadway in his motorized wheelchair with the help of a good Samaritan. Both were struck by a 1995 Ford F150 pickup driven by a Mardela woman traveling east bound on State Street. The victims were transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where the man in the wheelchair died a short time later. The exact cause of death is pending an autopsy but a heart attack is suspected. The woman suffered from a

broken shoulder and may require surgery for her injuries. The driver of the truck was charged with negligent driving.

Laurel fire damage $450,000 The Delaware State Fire marshal’s Office is investigating a dwelling fire that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:28 a.m. on the 10000 block of Dorothy Road in Laurel. The Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Delmar, Sharptown, Blades, Georgetown, Gumboro and Salisbury fire departments. Upon arrival they encountered heavy smoke and fire emitting from the home. The homeowners, Rick and Jane Jordan, were at home at the time of the fire. They were transported to Nanticoke Hospital, treated for minor smoke inhalation, and released. State Fire Marshal’s office Investigators have determined that the fire originated in the living room and the cause is still under investigation. Damages have been estimated at approximately 450,000.

Sex offenders apprehended The Delaware State Police are continuing the comprehensive and exhaustive efforts to apprehend those registered sex offenders who have failed to maintain address verification requirements. On Saturday, Nov. 4th, the State Police issued a statewide press release making public notice of those offenders who were wanted on the felony charge of Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender within seven days of an Address Change. On Tuesday, Nov. 11, state police apprehended two sex offenders who failed to re-register within seven days after an address change. Gene W. Dukes, 21, of Pear Tree Road, Millsboro, was apprehended at approximately 10 a.m. during a traffic stop on Canterbury Road north of Milford. Dukes was charged and then committed to the Sussex Correctional institution in lieu of $2,000 secured bond. Shane E. Means, 25, of Walnut Drive, Frederica, was apprehended at approximately 3 p.m. at a home on Matthes Avenue, Wilmington. Means was charged and then released on $10,000 unsecured bond pending further court action. If you have information about any individual wanted for failing to re-register as a sex offender, you may make an anonymous call to 911; make an anonymous call to Delaware State Police investigators at Troop 2 in New Castle County at 302-8342620, Troop 3 in Kent County at 302-6974455, Troop 4 in Sussex County at 302856-5851. Additionally, you may contact the Delaware State Police State Bureau of Identification, Sex Offender Central Registry, P.O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903. Email: SBI (

Pedestrian,47, dies from injuries The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash, which took the life of a 47-year old female pedestrian. On Friday, Nov. 17, at 9 p.m., troopers responded to State Route 5 approximately one quarter mile south of State Route 24

for reports of a pedestrian involved crash. Investigators report that a 1997 Toyota Corolla was traveling south bound on State Route 5 approximately one quarter mile south of State Route 24. A pedestrian, Deborah J. Veach, was walking south on State Route 5, carrying items she had just purchased from a nearby Shore Stop. When the pedestrian reached the development of Oak Meadows, she crossed the street directly in front of the Toyota. The Toyota struck Veach with its left front, causing the pedestrian to strike the windshield and then get thrown into the northbound lane of travel. A 2002 Chevy Cavalier came along seconds later traveling northbound and struck the pedestrian a second time. Veach, 47, of Millsboro died at the scene due to massive trauma. The driver of the Toyota, identified as Shirley G. Baker, 72, of Millsboro sustained minor cuts due to broken glass. She was seat belted. The driver of the Chevy, identified as Odessa V. Showell, 49 of Millsboro was not injured. She was seat belted. Alcohol is not a factor on either vehicle operator. It is unknown at this time regarding the pedestrian. The pedestrian was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and was not carrying a light. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 hours while the crash was being investigated. The investigation remains ongoing.

23 Arrested for DUI in Week 21 Delaware Law enforcement officers arrested 23 individuals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol during week 21 of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. This brings the number of individuals arrested for DUI since July 4th weekend to 493. In addition to the 23 DUI arrests, officers issued 4 citations for underage drinking violations, made 28 drug arrests, 10 felony arrests, apprehended 6 wanted individuals, and issued 137 citations for other traffic violations at five sobriety checkpoints. Participating agencies included Delaware State Police Troops 1 and 6, the Millsboro Police Department and the New Castle, Kent and Sussex County DUI Task Forces. Now in its fifth year, "Checkpoint Strikeforce" is a multi-state crackdown on impaired drivers coordinated locally by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia are conducting weekly DUI checkpoints between the 4th of July and New Year's Eve, and monthly checkpoints in the spring, all with the goal of at deterring impaired drivers and arresting DUI offenders. The Office of Highway Safety wants to remind all motorists that traffic deaths kill and injure nearly twice as often as violent crimes.

Fellow Sussex Countians

Your support is sincerely appreciated. I enter this office with humble appreciation. Thanks again for putting your trust in me.

THANK YOU Eric Swanson

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Devil Dog Detachment celebrates Marine Corps Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Seaford, DE, held a Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Seaford Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Ball commemorated the 231st birthday of the Corps, which was founded on Nov. 10, 1775, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Worldwide, Marines and their families celebrate the founding of the Marine Corps with birthday ball ceremonies each year. The Seaford Ball was dedicated to the memory of fallen Marine heroes, Cpl. Cory Palmer and Lance Cpl. Rick James. Over 60 Marines, their families and guests attended the affair. Guest of Honor was Major General Ronald K. Nelson, USMCR (ret.), accompanied by his wife Marian. The Honorable Ed Butler, Mayor of Seaford and Joe Tune, Commander of American Legion Post #6, and his wife also attended as guests of the Detachment. The Birthday Ball included a traditional cake cutting ceremony, and readings of the Commandant’s message and General John A. LeJeune’s message to the Corps in 1921. Thirteenth Commandant, General LeJeune commanded that his message be read at all ceremonies in the future, and the Seaford Detachment followed his order. General Nelson addressed attendees about the dangers of today’s world and the necessity for all Americans to support the

fight against the war on terror. He compared the war to the challenges met by the “greatest generation,” fighting Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Two Detachment members of that generation, former detachment commandants, Sam Mellin and Vaughn Russell, were recognized and presented with gift books documenting the history of the Corps during World War II. Vaughn brought a print of the famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph made from the original negative, and signed by photographer Joe Rosenthal. The photograph was prominently displayed during the ceremony. Detachment Commandant Fred Seth presided over the proceedings, ably assisted by Dave Buck, who conducted the cake cutting ceremony and Noble Callaway, who read the Commandant’s message. Detachment Paymaster Gail Gordy baked a beautifully decorated and delicious cake for the ceremony. Members of the Woodbridge High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Unit formed a color guard and presented the cake during the ceremony. By tradition, the Guest of Honor, General Nelson; oldest Marine present, WWII veteran Staff Sergeant Mellin; and youngest Marine present, Gunnery Sergeant Michael Janiszewski, received pieces of cake. Gunnery Sergeant Janiszewski, Military Instructor at Woodbridge High School, also trained the JROTC members of the

Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Seaford, held a Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Seaford Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 11. Pictured are guest of honor Major Gen. Ronald K. Nelson (left) and Sr. Vice Commandant Dave Buck.

color guard, who demonstrated their military bearing during the ceremony. The Seaford Country Club hosted the ball. Former Detachment Commandant Gary Yates, a country club member, coordinated the superb service provided. Gary also coordinated the solicitation of program ads

from individuals and local businesses that supported the League in record numbers. The ceremony, dinner, and remarks were followed by an evening of dancing and camaraderie, enjoyed by Marines of different generations and their guests. Plans are already being made for next year’s celebration.

Effort underway to show support for troops Twenty-five years ago, Lee Merritt was in the middle of a formidable force. Merritt was the center on an undefeated Seaford High School football team that would eventually win a state championship without faltering once. As the center, Merritt was the player who touched the ball first and led an offensive line that would open gaping holes for hardened running backs to chew up yardage in measured chunks - sometimes large, sometimes small. Alone, Merritt

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After auction, old post office still owned by Laurel folks We have new owners of the old post office in Laurel. At auction, AT URPHY the Insurance Market bought it from Kevin and Pat Taaffe on Ned Fowler, Jim and Steve Thursday evening in a very enterHartstein, John Downes taining auction led by Doug Marshall of Marshall Auctions. Doug and the rest of the did a good job of breaking the tenInsurance Market folks sion and made both buyer and sellhave got their Christmas er happy, I think. When the bidding finally stopped at $304,500, a tired gift already. Doug Marshall blew a sigh of relief. His comment that this was one week, as Jim Yori is spelled with an “o,” of his longest auctions of this type was on not a “u.” I knew he graduated in 1959, target as many times real estate auctions are over in 20 minutes or so. It took longer but my brain and my left hand sometimes do not work together. Sorry, Jim. as there was a phone bidder and bidders kept wanting to raise the bid in increments Several local Realtors attended the Naof only $250 at a time. An old sign that is tional Association of Realtors Convention part of the very early history of the post in New Orleans recently. I’m told the office and that was hanging on the wall said, “Shop-Mail NOW for Christmas.” At NAR is one of the biggest organizations in the U.S. Sue Bramhall, Callaway, Farnell the bottom of the poster was the name of and Moore; Wanda Rash and Barbara postmaster James Farley. It is probably Smith from Broadcreek Realty; Ron Harfrom around 1935 or so. mon from Home Team Realty, and I’m Well, Ned Fowler, Jim and Steve Hartsure more I don’t know about, attended. stein, John Downes and the rest of the Insurance Market folks have got their Christ- As for seeing much of the flood damage mas gift already. In addition, the old build- they did not, so I am told. ing is staying in the hands of some Laurel Carlton Pepper of American Legion folks. I am sure Ned will see that the hisPost 19 tells me that the post already has tory of that historic building is kept intact. its speaker for the 2007 Memorial Day service. It’s Col. Thomas McLeish, who You will hear more on this as spring nears, but the John Smith Delaware-Nanti- recently addressed the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. coke Exploration project is going to be something you do not want to miss. There I don’t get down to Delmar and the is to be a historic monument at Phillip’s Railroad Cafe like I used to, with so much Landing and a shallop, an early rowboat, going on, but within minutes after I arwill be there with people in period cosrived on Wednesday, here came Gary tumes, including Capt. John Smith. It’s on Horseman, a man of a few thousand May 29 and you will hear much more on words. I soon realized I was not going to this, as both Seaford and Laurel are inread that paper I had in my hands. With volved. Bill Davis “baiting” him, Gary was his usual interesting self. All the while, “the I trip up often and I did again last



Colonel,” Jim Jenkins, sat quietly as if nothing was going on, eating his breakfast. They did say there have been a series of burglaries in Delmar and Gary was one of the victims. The burglars got Gary’s medicine so if you see someone talking an unusually long time, that may be the burglar. Seriously though, Col. McLeish, in his talk the other day to the Laurel Chamber, encouraged people to report unusual things to the police. Many times it proves to be a help in solving a crime. This is dedicated to some of our local hunters, Roland Wingate, Joe Hitchens, Gardner Gootee, Rob Hazel and even ol’ “Sure Shot” Dick Whaley. I promise this is the last time I will tell it, but this is just in case someone has not heard it and to show these “avid outdoorsman” what a real hunter is about. Many years ago on a clear Monday before Thanksgiving, I was riding on Dual 13 North and in front of me was what I thought was a chicken truck. Well, as I soon found out , the truck was actually carrying a load of turkeys. Out of the back of one of the coops flew a gigantic bird of epic proportions and wing span. It bounced on the highway and started hobbling onto the field right there by Bargain Bill’s Flea Market. All of my hunter’s training and memories of the Pilgrims came into focus at once, as I yanked my car off the highway and started chasing this magnificent, big turkey. After several minutes, I finally was able to catch the bird, which had a broken

wing and broken leg. It about beat me to death as I trudged across the field to my car. When I looked up, several cars had pulled of the road and several people actually got out and some applauded my great hunting ability. I quickly put the bird in my truck, where it made a grand mess, and hauled it off to Ted Taylor on Alternate 13. Do you remember Ted? A great fisherman, Ted had this side business of dressing and cleaning chickens, ducks, turkeys or whatever and he was always busy. “Put him right up here,” said Ted, as he went to work. Of course, I couldn’t look and he gave me a little taste of that stuff he kept in the back room to calm my nerves. Well, come Thanksgiving Day, there was this tremendously large turkey in the center of our table, cooked to a golden brown. It covered two meat platters and had one broken leg which was facing the wrong way. This little event some 35 years ago forever put me in the Hunter’s Hall of Fame. I truly knew how the Pilgrims felt as they enjoyed their first thanksgiving turkey. Seriously now folks, as we all enjoy the great bounty, let’s take one moment and think of our soldiers in far away lands trying to enjoy their day and the many who do not enjoy the laughter and bounty we take for granted. Well, I guess I’m just thinking about life this early morning. Thanks for bearing with me. Enjoy!

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Christmas parade set for Dec. 8 The Laurel Fire Department and Laurel Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2006 Laurel Christmas parade Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. (rain date is Saturday, Dec. 9). Lineup begins at 6 p.m. at Oak Lane and Evergreen Drive. The theme is “An Old Town Christmas” Applications can be mailed to Steve Brittingham, 120 Tracy Circle, Laurel, DE 19956, or faxed to the chamber of-

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Lois Nash and Amanda Jones of Flowers by Hearn will be decorating the James Ross bedroom and bathing room. This is the first year that they have participated in the event and we are looking forward to enjoying their talents. They will keep the Victorian element in the design. Flowers by Hearn is located in Delmar.

Special Christmas Tea at Governor Ross Mansion This 10th anniversary of the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion starts with something very new and special this year. On Friday, Dec. 8, there will be featured a Christmas Tea and Tour. The tour will start at 1 p.m. Tea will be served at 2 p.m. Servers will be in costume complimenting the gracious atmosphere of the elaborately decorated rooms of the restored historic mansion. The charge is $10 per person and must be paid in advance. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Ruthe Wainwright at 302-629-8765. Seating is prearranged with four people at a table. Parties who would like to sit together should make their reservations accordingly. Only 40 people can be accommodated. Saturday the Mansion will be open from 1-4 p.m. for hours tours and craft demonstration by local artists. From 5-8 p.m. there will be candlelight tours given. Music will be played throughout the day by Ruth Mulford, Rainey Day Four and John Kiscella on the dulcimer. Each event costs $7 per adult and $1 per child under 12 years of age.

Sunday is Family Day! From 1-4 p.m., there will be rides with a horse drawn carriage around the grounds. Governor and Mrs. Ross will be greeting visitors. Children’s activities will take place in the Honeymoon Cottage with crafts and a visit from Santa. Cost for this day is $7 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. At 3 p.m. there will be the drawing for the portrait donated by Steve Theis. During each tour members of the Historical society will be dressed in period clothing to recount the historic significance of the furnishings and artifacts and to answer questions during the tours. Nine local florists and decorators donate their talents to decorating 13 rooms in the Mansion. This year they are Act II Florist, Tull’s, Lucy’s Florist, Seaford Florist, Bess’ Buds, Flowers By Hearn, John’s Four Seasons, Décor and You, and the Seaford Spade and Trowel Club. The Mansion is located at 1101 North Pine St. extended. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ross Plantation and The Seaford museum. For more information call Anne Nesbitt 628-7788 or Teresa Wilson 629-6417.

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Laurel Star Sports

Seth Benson- Delmar 1st team All-Conference- P

Kelsey Gordy- Laurel 1st team All-Conference- Def.

Megan Wilkinson- Delmar 1st team All-Conference- Def.

Russell Lecates- Delmar 1st team All-Conference- Def.

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Wildcat linebacker Matt Campbell tackles Hodgson quarterback Terrell Johnson near the Delmar sideline during last week’s state playoff game in Delmar. The Wildcats visit Caravel in the state semifinals last Friday. Photo by Mike McClure

Wildcats move to 11-0 with win in first playoff game Delmar defense stands tall in 29-12 win over Hodgson By Mike McClure The Delmar Wildcats jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Hodgson and held off a third quarter rally by the Silver Eagles for a 29-12 win in the first round of the Division II state football playoffs last Friday night in Delmar. The victory marked the Wildcats’ 11th win in as many games and set up a second round showdown with the defending state champion Caravel Bucs this Saturday in Bear. “We just played out hearts out. It was our last senior home game,” Delmar senior Jenson Dennard said after the game. “We still haven’t played our best football game.” “We wanted our chance at the defending champs (Caravel) and now we got it,” added Wildcat senior lineman Darren Collins. Hodgson started the first possession of the game with the ball on their own 25. Deveon Smith had runs of 11 and five yards before the Delmar defense stuffed Shane Treml to set up third and five. Collins batted down the third down pass and the Eagles were forced to punt. Hodgson recovered a Wildcat fumble on third and 11 from the 36, giving the Silver Eagles the ball on the Delmar 44. Smith ran for 10 yards on third and one from the 35, but Delmar’s Billy Cropper put pressure on the Hodgson quarterback on fourth and nine and Taylor Ballard intercepted the pass. As was the case for both teams throughout the opening quarter, Delmar

Delmar running back Jenson Dennard looks to shake a Hodgson defender during the Wildcats home playoff win last Friday. Photo by Mike McClure

was forced to punt the ball after being held to three plays. Delmar’s Justin Thomas, Gene Evans, and Collins stuffed Shane Treml on a run on second and 11 and Thomas held Smith to four yards following a reception, forcing the Silver Eagles to boot the ball back to the Wildcats. The Hodgson defense once again forced Delmar to punt, giving the offense the ball on their own 29. Matt Campbell dropped Smith for a five-yard loss late in the first quarter. Thomas opened the second quarter with a fumble recovery on the Continued on page 44



Shown (l to r) at Brittany Joseph’s press conference are: sitting– father Al Joseph, Brittany, and Lauren Joseph (Brittany’s sister); back row– Sussex Tech Athletic Director Joe Thomson, Joseph’s grandparents Karen Joseph and Janet and Frank Cummings, Sussex Tech softball coach John Marvel, and assistant coach Eric Swanson. Not pictured is Brittany’s mother, Laurie, who was unable to attend the press conference. Joseph signed a letter of intent to play softball at Florida State. Brittany is studying athletic health care at Sussex Tech. She plans to major in education and minor in health at Florida State. See story on page 46.

Star to feature Where are they Now?, On Campus With stories The Seaford/Laurel Star will continue running “Where are they Now?” and “On Campus With” stories this year. If you know of a local graduate who is no longer in school and has gone on to do great things in life, submit their name for our “Where are they Now?” series. If you have a local “star” who has gone on to play sports in college, let us know about him or her for our “On Campus With” series. Please contact the Star with their name, some background information, and a way to contact them. Send information to the Star at or 302-6299243 (f) or call sports editor Mike McClure at 302-629-9788.

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Nathan Zanks- Sussex Tech1st team All-Conference- Def.

Hope Cornell- Sussex Tech 1st team All-Conference- MF

SDPR to hold registration for youth winter sports programs The Seaford Department of Parks Recreation is holding signups for the following winter sports programs: Youth Basketball League- The SDPR Youth Basketball League is open to boys 810 and 11-13 years old and girls 8-13. Practice starts in December with league play starting in January. Players must register at the office, no registration will be taken at the gym. The deadline to register is Dec. 1. Six and seven year-old basketball league- The deadline to register of the boys and girls 6-7 year-old league is Dec. 29. The league starts in early February with games played at Frederick Douglass on Saturdays. The cost of the league is $20. The league must have at least 32 kids in order to take place. Junior Jordan Basketball Clinic- The Junior Jordan Basketball Clinic is open to boys and girls in grades K-3. The clinic will take place Saturday mornings in January at Frederick Douglass with the basic fundamentals being stressed. The cost is $5 and the deadline to register is Dec. 29.

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Laurel Stars of the Week

Male Co-Athlete of the Week- Kerry King- Delmar Delmar junior Kerry King scored both of the Wildcats’ first half touchdowns in last Friday’s win over Hodgson in the first round of the state playoffs. King had two touchdown receptions for 43 yards and was also one of the team’s top tacklers on defense.

Male Co-Athlete of the Week- Justin Thomas- Delmar Wildcat junior Justin Thomas joined Kerry King as Delmar’s top tacklers in Friday’s win over Hodgson. Thomas, who made a key fumble recovery, also ran for 44 yards on eight carries


Laurel Winter Schedules VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL 12/5 home vs. Delmar 7:15 12/8 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 12/12 at Lake Forest 7:15 12/15 at St. Thomas More 7:00 12/16 at St. Thomas More TBA 12/18 at Woodbridge 7:15 12/21 home vs. Indian River 7:15 12/28 home vs. St. Thomas More 7:00 1/4 at Milford 7:15 1/6 home vs. Seaford 6:15 1/9 at Delmar 7:15 1/12 home vs. Polytech 7:15 1/16 at Cape Henlopen 7:15 1/19 at Sussex Tech 7:15 1/23 at Sussex Central 7:15 1/26 home vs. Caesar Rodney 7:15 1/30 home vs. Dover 7:15 2/1 at Smyrna 7:15 2/6 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 2/9 at Seaford 7:15 2/13 home vs. Woodbridge 7:15 2/16 at Indian River 7:15 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL 12/1-2 A.I. Dupont Tip Off TBA 12/5 at Delmar 6:00 12/12 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 12/18 home vs. Woodbridge 6:00 12/21 at Indian River 7:00 12/28 home vs. St. Thomas More 6:00 1/2 at Milford 7:00 1/5 home vs. Milford 7:15 1/9 home vs. Delmar 7:15 1/11 at Polytech 7:15 1/16 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:15 1/18 home vs. Sussex Tech 7:15

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at Holly Grove 5:30 home vs. Sussex Central 7:15 at Caesar Rodney 7:15 at Dover 7:15 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 at Lake Forest 7:15 home vs. Seaford 7:15 at Woodbridge 7:15 home vs. Indian River 7:15 VARSITY WRESTLING 12/2 at Brandywine Tourney 8A 12/8-9 at Milford Invitational TBA 12/13 home vs. Woodbridge 7:00 12/15-16 at Battle at the Beach TBA 12/20 at Smyrna 7:00 1/3 home vs. Indian River 7:00 1/5 at Milford 7:00 1/6 home vs. Sussex Tech 12:00 1/10 home vs. Delmar 7:00 1/12 at Polytech 7:00 1/17 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:00 1/19-20 at Wi Hi Invitational TBA 1/22 at St. Thomas More 7:00 1/24 home vs. Sussex Central 7:00 1/26 at Caesar Rodney 7:00 1/31 at Dover 7:00 2/7 at Lake Forest 7:00 2/9 home vs. Seaford 7:00

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PAGE 44 Delmar football continued Eagle 30 after Donald Poole made a hit to knock the ball loose. Dennard picked up nine yards on the first down run before taking in Alan Preston’s second down pass. Dennard fumbled the ball after picking up the first down, but teammate Kerry King recovered it at the 13. Preston found King in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass on the next play and Seth Benson added the extra point to make it 7-0 with 10:34 left in the first half. Delmar’s defense continued to put the clamps down on the Eagle offense as Ballard and Collins dropped Smith for a twoyard loss. Campbell also grabbed Hodgson quarterback Terrell Johnson on a third down run to force a punt. The Wildcats got the ball on their own 36 and put together their longest drive of the first half. Marquis Leatherbury gained six yards on a third down run and Preston completed a 10-yard pass to Campbell to move the ball to the Eagle 39. Dennard added an 11-yard reception and Preston found King for their second straight touchdown connection, this time from 30 yards out. Benson’s PAT extended Delmar’s lead to 14-0 with 3:20 remaining in the half. Delmar held Hodgson to three plays and out and got the ball back on its own 41. Preston had a three-yard run behind his offensive line of Billy Cropper, Jordan Johnson, Ryan Causey, Craig Thompson, and Darren Collins on fourth and one from midfield, but the Wildcats had to be content with a 14 point lead at the half. Delmar was held to 45 yards rushing in the first half with Leatherbury leading the way with six carries for 17 yards. Pre-


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ston completed six passes for two touchdowns including a pair of touchdown strikes to King. The Wildcats made a statement on the first play of the second half as Leatherbury galloped for a 68-yard touchdown run down the Delmar side line. Benson’s extra point made it 21-0 with 11:43 to go in the game. But the Silver Eagles put together a third quarter surge, starting with their next possession which began on their own 43. Johnson completed a 19-yard pass to Byron Henderson before throwing a third down pass down field which went off the hands of Delmar’s Tevin Jackson and into the hands of Kevin MacDowell for a 25yard pass play. Johnson found Henderson for a 15yard touchdown pass on fourth and 13 from the 15. Collins met Johnson short of the end zone on the two point try to keep the score at 21-6 with 6:52 left in the third quarter. “That was a big play. They had all the momentum and we stopped them,” Collins said. “The defensive line and linebackers pushed it out to me and I made the play.” The momentum was still going the Silver Eagles’ way as they got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff on a Delmar fumble. Hodgson got the ball on the Wildcat 20, but the Delmar defense didn’t make it easy. Smith picked up eight yards on a run on fourth and one from the 11. Johnson scored on a three-yard keeper. Henderson got the ball on a reverse before being knocked out of bounds by Jackson on another failed two-point attempt (21-12 Continued on page 45

DE-FENSE- Shown (top) the Delmar defense puts pressure on Hodgson quarterback Terrell Johnson leading to a key interception by Jenson Dennard. Above, Delmar’s Darren Collins bats down a pass by Hodgson’s Bryan Reshetar during the Wildcats’ home win in the first round of the state playoffs. Photo by Mike McClure


Delmar Winter Sports Schedules VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL at Laurel 6:00 at Smyrna 6:00 home vs. Lake Forest 6:00 at Seaford 6:00 home vs. Woodbridge 6:00 Lions Club tourney at Indian River 6:00 home vs. Laurel 6:00 home vs. Cape Henlopen 6:00 home vs. Salisbury School 4:00 at Sussex Tech 6:00 at Nandua 5:00 at Sussex Central 6:00 at Caesar Rodney 6:00 at Dover 6:00 home vs. Milford 6:00 home vs. Polytech 6:00 home vs. Smyrna 6:00 at Lake Forest 6:00 home vs. Seaford 6:00 at Woodbridge 6:00 home vs. Indian River 6:00 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL 12/5 home vs. Laurel 6:00 12/7 at Salisbury School 5:00 12/9 home vs. St. Mark’s 1:00 12/14 at Lake Forest 6:00 12/15-16- St. T.M. Invitational TBA 12/21 at Woodbridge 6:00 1/5 home vs. Indian River 6:00 1/9 at Laurel 6:00 1/11 at Cape Henlopen 6:00 1/16 home vs. Sussex Tech 6:00 1/18 home vs. Sussex Central 6:00 1/23 home vs. Caesar Rodney 6:00 1/25 home vs. Dover 6:00 12/5 12/12 12/15 12/19 12/21 12/27 1/4 1/9 1/12 1/14 1/16 1/18 1/19 1/23 1/26 1/30 2/1 2/6 2/9 2/13 2/16 2/20

1/30 2/2 2/6 2/8 2/13 2/16 2/20

at Milford 6:00 at Polytech 6:00 at Smyrna 6:00 home vs. Lake Forest 6:00 at Seaford 6:00 home vs. Woodbridge 6:00 at Indian River 6:00 VARSITY WRESTLING 12/8-9 at Cambridge Tourney TBA 12/13 at Seaford 6:30 12/15-16 at Parkside Tourney TBA 1/3 at Woodbridge 6:30 1/6 at Indian River 6:30 1/10 at Laurel 6:30 1/12 at Cape Henlopen 6:30 1/17 home vs. Sussex Tech 6:30 1/19 home vs. Sussex Central 6:30 1/20 at Delmrava tourney TBA 1/24 home vs. Caesar Rodney 6:30 1/26 home vs. Dover 6:30 1/31 at Milford 6:30 2/2 home vs. Polytech 6:30 2/7 at Smyrna 6:30 2/9 home vs. Lake Forest 6:30


Delmar Sports Scene By Tommy Young Last Friday night the Delmar High School football team took their first step toward another Division II state championship as they defeated Hodgson 29-12. The Wildcats got off to a good start as they had a 14-0 lead at the half-time then when the “Cats” got the ball in the third quarter, Marquis Leatherbury ran 68 yards on the first play; Seth Benson added the point giving Delmar a 21 point lead, and the Delmar fans feeling good. However, this lead and the Wildcat fans’ mood quickly changed as Delmar fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the visitors recovered the fumble on the Delmar 20-yard line and turned it into their first score of the evening. Before the quarter ended, Hodgson had scored again to make the score Delmar 21Hodgson 12 as Hodgson went for two points after both of their scores, and the Delmar defense came up big time and stopped both plays. In the fourth quarter, Delmar got on the scoreboard again as Preston finished off a long drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Donald Poole. Then Tevin Jackson scored on the two-point conversion to give the 29-12 lead, and that’s the way the game ended as Delmar’s defense stopped the visitors, and the Wildcats ran out the clock. Delmar will be playing at Caravel this Saturday in their next playoff game. I would classify Friday’s win over Hodgson as a “team win” because every Delmar player that went out on the field Friday night contributed to the Delmar win. They all played well on both sides of the ball. ASSISTS AND ERRORSFirst, I want to apologize for last week’s column as I was upset about the lack of coverage by the local daily papers, and at first tried to get more information about what went on in the game, but after writing a couple hundred words decided to trash it and wound up talking about the scoring plays and left out a lot of other stuff that was in the Delmar win. One thing I left out was a Wildcat, Tyrone Greene, scoring his first touchdown although it was late in the ball game, but he ran it in from more than

50 yards out and did it with style as he ran away from the defenders and Jenson Dennard who has been used sparingly by Coach Hearn since he is recovering from an early season injury ran one in also. I did mention the play of the first stringers who have been good all year. And now to honor the 25 Wildcat athletes who have been giving their all for the Delmar High School fall sports; program, and some play other sports also. I am talking about the seniors who will be graduating next spring. We begin with the team that will lose the most players, football: Alan Preston, Marquis Leatherbury, David Pollitt, Bruce Roberts, Jenson Dennard, Jason Lynch, Jordan Johnson, Darren Collins, Ryan Causey, Bobby Bingham, Donald Poole, Corey Marvel, and Barry Bratten. These young men had an undefeated season and were riding a 15-game winning streak as the season ended and won the conference title. The other team that won a conference title was the girls’ field hockey team who were 14-2 during the regular season and then won their first game of the playoffs before losing to Division I William Penn. They are only losing two members of this winning squad: Erin Tingle and Caitlyn Twilley, so things really look good for next year as they have a large junior class who got a lot of experience last year. The soccer team which graduates five, Chris Phillips, Corey Basch, Brent Murrell, James Brinck, and Nathan Andrade, led the team to a respectful season with a 7-7 record. The volleyball team only won two matches, but they are only in their second year of the sport and should improve next year as they only lose two players, Brooke Boothe and Jill Klaverweiden. However, Brooke and Jill were leaders on the team and will be missed. The cheerleaders only lose three cheerleaders, Jalesa Hull, Katie Harpool, and Alice Ward. However, their coaches, April Ennis and Debbie Elliott have been working with a good group of juniors and sophomores.

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Delmar football continued with 4:35 left in the third). Delmar was forced to punt the ball following its next possession. Thomas then hit Smith hard after a two-yard gain on a pitch and the Wildcats’ David Bradshaw sacked Johnson for a six-yard loss. The two teams exchanged punts into the fourth quarter. Hodgson turned the ball over on third and 10 from its own 30 when Delmar put pressure on Johnson and Dennard intercepted his pass to set up first and 10 on the Eagle 49. “I went up and got it. I wanted to run it back but I slipped,” Dennard said of the interception. “It was good pressure on the quarterback, I owe it to the defensive line and linebackers.” Preston completed a 17-yard pass to Campbell, Thomas ran over the Silver Eagle defense for a 16-yard gain, and Poole hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass on third and eight. Jackson ran the ball in on the two-point attempt to make it a three score game at 29-12 with 5:20 left in the contest. Delmar’s offense would get the ball back and put together one final drive from the Hodgson 49. Leatherbury had runs of 13 and nine yards, Thomas added two carries for 12 yards, and Jackson had a five-yard run to move the ball to the Eagle 10 where Preston took a knee to bring the first round game to a close. Despite a slow start with the running game in the first half, Leatherbury finished with 127 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Thomas added eight carries for 44 yards while Preston completed 10 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. King finished with the two touchdown receptions for a total of 43 yards and Campbell caught three passes for 46

Delmar junior Taylor Ballard looks for room to run after making an interception during last week’s 29-12 win over Hodgson in state tournament play. Photo by Mike McClure

yards. “Their defensive line gave a big push. They’re the biggest line we’ve seen all year,” said Collins. “We had to adjust to their size and their quickness.” Two of Delmar’s four touchdowns came after the Wildcat defense forced a turnover. King, Thomas, Poole, and Campbell were the team’s top tacklers. Collins deflected a pass, Bradshaw had a sack, Dennard and Ballard each had an interception, and Thomas recovered a Silver Eagle fumble. Third seeded Delmar (11-0) visits second seeded Caravel (9-1) this Saturday at 7 p.m.

DelmarCaravel common opponents LaurelCaravel 42, Laurel 0; Delmar 17, Laurel 0 St. ElizabethCaravel 35, St. Elizabeth 6 Delmar 20, St. Elizabeth 0

Laurel Pop Warner Pee Wee football team defeats Delmar, 31-6 The Laurel Pop Warner Pee Wee football team defeated Delmar, 31-6. in a game last Saturday. Laurel’s Shawn Miller scored on a five-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. Delmar answered with a 53-yard touchdown run (no name provided). Bryce Bristow completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zach Whaley before finding Colby Daye for the extra point (13-7). Kegan Yossick added a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make it 19-6 at the half. Daye had a 30-yard touchdown reception from Bristow and Brandon Scott added a 10-yard touchdown run to complete the scoring. Miller ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, Yossick had 11 carries for 90 yards, and Scott contributed 30 yards on six carries. Bristow completed three passes for 48 yards with Daye catching a pair of passes for 33 yards. Yossick led the defense with seven tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery. Miller had five tackles, Daye added four tackles, Scott intercepted a pass and made three tackles, and Whaley added three tackles. Dylan Bunner, Daylin McCausland, Devin Collins, Jeron Tull, Derek Eskridge, Christian Ellsworth, and Bobby Townley recorded two tackles each for the Bulldogs. Jordan Bailey also had a tackle and a fumble recovery as the Laurel defense allowed 149 yards. The Laurel Pee Wee team, which along with the Laurel Midget are the 2006 Henlopen Conference champions, are scheduled to host South Caroline in a game on Saturday, Nov. 25 at noon.


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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006

Brittany Joseph to attend Florida State, play softball By Mike McClure Sussex Tech senior Brittany Joseph showed some of the determination she displays on the softball and field hockey fields this past summer when she pursued her dream of playing softball at Florida State University. Joseph was scheduled to attend a camp at the school in June, but prior to the camp she got the tape she sent to the school back along with a note indicating that the softball program was full and didn’t need anymore players for the upcoming season. That didn’t deter the Laurel native. Joseph called the school and was told she could still go to the camp and the coaches would take a look at her and recommend her to another school. After taking part in the camp, Brittany and her father, Al, were pulled aside and given some good news: she had been picked out of 70 players at the camp to attend Florida State and play softball. Joseph held a press conference last Wednesday where she signed a letter of intent to attend Florida State. “If she had not persevered they would not have known who she was. That’s a lesson for all of us. She didn’t give up on her dream, she pressed on and made it a reality,” said Sussex Tech head coach John Marvel. “She’s a tremendous representative for the state to break down barriers that someone from Delaware can’t play softball.” Joseph chose Florida State because of

its physical education program (her major) as well as the warm weather. As Brittany pointed out, “You can’t play softball in cold weather.” “When I met the coaches and teammates I fell in love with them because they love to have fun on and off the field,” Joseph said. “It’s not just about softball.” Another reason Joseph chose the school is because she wants to play in the College World Series, something Florida State has done several times. Last year the team won in regional play and finished in the top 16. The team is guided by head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf who is entering her 29th season as the Seminoles’ head coach and has an NCAA best 1,355 career wins. “I can’t wait. I love it down there. It’s a big school,” said Joseph. “I’m excited to go down there and play.” “Most of the campuses you go to you can’t even find the softball field. They care about female athletes as well as males,” added Al Joseph. “The coaches were so nice down there.” According to Al, the family will fly down to Florida and will be able to watch Brittany’s games on Saturday (doubleheader) and Sunday. With Florida State in the ACC, they will also be able to go to the University of Maryland and other regional schools to see her play. Joseph’s signing solidifies Delaware’s place in the softball world after a number of area travel ball and all-star teams

Al Joseph and his daughter, Brittany, pose for a photo during last Wednesday’s press conference at Sussex Tech. Photo by Mike McClure

placed well in regional, national, and international tournaments in recent years. “It’s kind of interesting when I would go to those kinds of competitions, you can really tell people were thinking Delaware is such a small state we don’t know anything,” Brittany Joseph said. “We’re being shown the right mechanics. I think Delaware is above a lot of states in softball.” “It’s a big day for her and her family, the school, the softball program, and the state of Delaware. Florida State is the big leagues. We have a player that’s going to do well down there which is good for the state,” said Marvel. “I think people are beginning to realize that Delaware is more than field hockey (in girls’ sports).” Marvel called Joseph a tremendously skilled athlete who is “even better as a person than she is as a player.”

GIANTS WINPictured (l to r) is the U8 Giants which won the Seaford Parks and Recreation NFL Flag Football championship with a win over the Chargers: Bottom Row: Brad “Joker” Morgan, Brad “Brad-Brad” Myran and Rodney “ Roman” Wyatt; second row- Shane “Flash” Stark, Dylan ”RT” Wilkerson and Raekwon “Razor” Willey; third rowRosure “Ro-Ro” Smith, Travis ”Hawk” Schockley and Brennan “Cork” Stark; Top row: Coach John Hanenfeld, Nathan “N. J.” Hanenfeld and Coach Bob Stark. The Giants, coached by John Hanenfeld defeated the undefeated Chargers in the U8 Super Bowl by the score of 1812. The Giants won with no time remaining with a pass from Brennan Stark to Travis Schockley. Nathan Hanenfeld had two running touchdowns in the game. The Giants’ defense was lead by Raekwon Willey and Rosure Smith.

Brittany recently completed her final season as a field hockey player with the Ravens earning a berth in the state tournament before falling to William Penn in the first round. Joseph is looking forward to the softball season. “Hockey was a lot of fun. I’m kind of sad that it’s done,” Joseph said. “I’m looking forward to softball.” Al Joseph thanked Sussex Tech, Laurel High, Sussex Storm, Delaware Magic for all the time the coaches spent working with his daughter. Brittany thanked the following coaches: Johnny Marvel, Randy Johnson, Wayne Price, Bill Perry, Margo Morris, Martin O’Neal, Tony Peters, Wayne Warren, Guy Warrington, Sewall McCabe, Jerry Lafferdy, Eric Swanson, Debra Kenton, Kevin Tingle, Paul Anthony, David Dolby, and Donna Ward.

WILDCAT FANS- The Delmar Wildcat fans show support for their football team during last Friday’s state playoff game in Delmar. The ‘Cats topped the Hodgson Silver Eagles, 29-12, to advance to the Division II semifinals. Delmar visits Caravel this Saturday night in Bear. Photo by Pat Murphy

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Local high school grads make marks on college fields Idler and Marlins advance to final four- Woodbridge grad Jerilyn Idler and the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins advanced to the NCAA Division III women’s soccer final four with a 4-3 double overtime win over Washington and Lee University in the sectional finals last Sunday. The final four games will be played at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Wesley College football team advances to regional semifinalsThe Wesley College football team earned a 49-21 win over Dickinson last weekend to advance to the Division III South Region semifinals this weekend. Sussex Tech grad Marcus Morris made eight tackles for the Wolverines in the win. Wesley faces Carnegie Melon this Saturday in Dover. Downes interception seals win- Delmar grad Tyler Downes’ interception helped preserve West Chester University’s 31-29 win in the opening round in the Division II playoffs last Saturday in Smithfield, R.I. West Chester (9-3) advances to the Northeast region semifinals this Saturday at Bloomsburg University (PA). Spicer earns All-Centennial Conference honors- Laurel graduate Summer Spicer, a senior at Swarthmore College, ended her collegiate career by being named to the 2006 All-Centennial Conference first team, Spicer, a mid-fielder, started all 17 games this year and finished third on the team with 13 points after scoring four goals and dishing out a team-high five assists. She finished seventh in the conference in assists and assists per game (0.29). Spicer was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 9 after scoring a pair of goals, one of which came in overtime for a 3-2 upset of No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Oct. 4. She was also named to the Seven Sisters All-Tournament team on Sept. 17 for the second consecutive year. Spicer, a team captain, earned second team all-conference honors last year as a junior and was named to the conference honor roll seven times. Summer also posted 16 goals and 16 assists for a total of 48 points in her career. She started in 60 of 68 games.

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Tiamia Black- Sussex Tech1st team All-Conference- Off.

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Seaford Bowling Lanes Nite Owl High games and series Mike Gorman 278 Tim Justice 747

Christian Fellowship High games and series Bill Ziolkowski 236, 612 Wendy Lowe 227, 630

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See next week’s Star for more first team all-conference photos Check out next week’s Laurel/Seaford Star for the rest of the first team all-conference photo cards. Only the Star features photos of every local first team all-conference athlete each season. The following student athletes will be featured: Jordan Wescott- Woodbridge; Trevor Lee- Seaford; Josh Quinones- Woodbridge; Donald Poole- Delmar; Chris Phillips- Delmar; Justin Thomas- Delmar; Kerry King- Delmar; Katie McMahon- Delmar; Jenson Dennard- Delmar; Katie Nennstiehl- Sussex Tech; Nicole Mahoney- Sussex Tech; and Jamar Beckett- Sussex Tech

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Sussex Tech Winter Schedules VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL 12/1 home vs. Sussex Central 6:00 12/5 at Caesar Rodney 6:00 12/8 at Dover 6:00 12/12 home vs. Milford 6:00 12/15 at Polytech 6:00 12/16 at Salesianum 6:00 12/19 home vs. Cape Henlopen 6:00 12/27-28 at Salisbury tournament TBA 1/4 at Sussex Central 6:00 1/9 home vs. Caesar Rodney 6:00 1/12 at Smyrna 6:00 1/16 home vs. Delmar 6:00 1/19 home vs. Laurel 6:00 1/23 at Indian River 6:00 1/26 at Woodbridge 6:00 1/30 home vs. Seaford 6:00 2/1 home vs. Dover 6:00 2/6 at Milford 6:00 2/9 home vs. Polytech 6:00 2/13 at Cape Henlopen 6:00 2/16 at Lake Forest 6:00 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL 12/1 at Sussex Central 6:00 12/8 home vs. Dover 6:00 12/12 at Milford 6:00 12/15 home vs. Polytech 6:00 12/19 at Cape Henlopen 6:00 12/21 at Caravel 5:00 1/5 home vs. Sussex Central 6:00 1/9 at Caesar Rodney 6:00 1/11 home vs. Smyrna 6:00 1/13 home vs. Seaford 2:00 1/16 at Delmar 6:00 1/18 at Laurel 6:00 1/23 home vs. Indian River 6:00 1/25 home vs. Woodbridge 6:00 1/29 at Delcastle 3:00

at Seaford 6:00 at Dover 6:00 home vs. Milford 6:00 at Polytech 6:00 at Padua 6:00 home vs. Cape Henlopen 6:00 home vs. Lake Forest 6:00 VARSITY WRESTLING 12/2 at Haverford Tournament 12/7 at Pine Grove 12/8-9 at Penn Manor Tournament 12/13 home vs. Cape Henlopen 6:30 12/15-16 at Battle at the Beach 12/20 at Lake Forest w/SC 6:30 12/28-29 at Tiger Classic TBA 1/3 home vs. Lake Forest 6:30 1/5 at Sussex Central 6:30 1/10 at Caesar Rodney 6:30 1/12 home vs. Smyrna 6:30 1/17 at Delmar 6:30 1/19-20 atWi-Hi Tournament TBA 1/24 home vs. Indian River 6:30 1/26 home vs. Woodbridge 6:30 1/27 at St. Andrews 1/31 at Seaford 6:30 2/2 home vs. Dover 6:30 2/7 home vs. Milford 6:30 2/9 at Polytech 6:30 2/17-18 Henlopen Conference Tourney 2/23-24 State Tournament VARSITY WINTER TRACK 12/6 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 12/13 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 1/3 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 1/10 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 1/17 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 1/24 at Worcester County Rec. Ctr. 2/8 HAC meet 2/17 State meet

Western Sussex athletes compete on college football fields Tyler Downes- Delmar (Laurel)- West Chester University- 11 games, 12 solo tackles, 11 assists, one fumble recovery, one kick return for 10 yards Eston Ennis- Laurel- Wesley College- 10 games, 16 solo tackles, 26 assists, two sacks, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles A.J. Neal- Sussex Central (Bridgeville)- Delaware Valley- 11 games, one interception, 24 solo tackles, 26 assists Jamil Young- Sussex Central (Bridgeville)- Northeastern- 10 games, 18 tackles, 14 assists, one forced fumble Anton Ridley- Laurel- Villanova- seven games, 15 receptions, 248 yards, 16.5 yards per catch, one touchdown Dale Rains- Woodbridge- Wesley College- four games, two solo tackles, four assists Gabe Ellis- Delmar- Frostburg- nine games, two fumble recoveries, 35 solo tackles, 29 assists, two blocked kicks Brandon Hudson- Sussex Tech (Delmar)- Delaware State University- 10 games, 19 punt returns for 221 yards and a touchdown, five kickoff returns for 116 yards

Western Sussex grads compete in Fall college season The following are college stats for local high school graduates: Field hockey- Summer Spicer- Laurel- Swarthmore- 17 games, four goals, five assists, 13 points Lindsey Collison- Woodbridge- Shenandoah- 10 games, nine games started, one goal, one assist Tracey Lloyd- Delmar- Salisbury University- 21 games started, four goals, seven assists, 15 points, two defensive saves Shannon Taylor- (Seaford)- University of Richmond- 22 games, 21 games started, 18 goals, 11 assists, 47 points Danielle Twilley- Delmar- Salisbury University- 20 games started, four goals, six assists, 14 points Dusti Vanderwende- Woodbridge- University of Delaware- 2G Claire Rekitzke- Seaford- York College- 16 games, 15 games started, 26 goals allowed, 1.62 per game, 102 saves Kelly Lloyd- Delmar- Salisbury University- six games, two assists, two points Erin Keenan- Delmar- Salisbury University- six games, one game started, two goals allowed. 0.63 per game, four saves Lauren Correll- Sussex Tech (Bridgeville)- Salisbury University- 21 games started, 19 goals, nine assists, 47 points Soccer- Heather Bleile- Seaford- Randolph Macon- 12 games, five games started, 24 goals allowed, 51 saves Jerilyn Idler- Woodbridge- Virginia Wesleyan- 22 games, four games started, three goals, three assists, nine points Charles Fryling- Seaford- Neumann College- 19 games, 16 games started, two assists, two points Josh Scotton- Delmar- Salisbury University- two games, two saves

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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006

People Amid flying pumpkins, couple marries A North Carolina couple tied the knot at the 2006 World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition in Millsboro on Saturday, Nov. 4. Michelle Mayfield and Bob Carbo, of the Onager team in the adult torsion catapult class, said their vows on the field before friends and family. “We actually just decided to do it two weeks ago,” said Mayfield. “We both hit on the idea — Punkin Chunkin, perfect place and time,” said Carbo. The couple met two years ago in their hometown of Clayton, N.C., at a party for one of Carbo's longtime Punkin Chunkin buddies. Mayfield, an environmental scientist, was immediately smitten with Carbo, a psychologist who was likewise charmed. “We just hit it off right away,” said Mayfield. Carbo took her to the next Punkin Chunkin contest in Delaware, and his team won one of its three world championship titles in the torsion category. “She's been doing it ever since,” said Carbo. “I'm the wench for the winch,” explained Mayfield. The couple was struggling with when and where to get married, because of their busy schedules and because friends and family members were scattered all over the country.

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Michelle Mayfield and Bob Carbo of Clayton, N.C., were married at the 2006 World Championship Punkin Chunkin Saturday, Nov. 4.

The pair kept with a medieval theme — with a Monty Python twist — for their wedding. “It really was fun,” said Mayfield. “We even did a wine ceremony with some grape juice.”

Madison Celeste Huffman was born at 5:43 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2006, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. She weighed 7 pounds 8.6 ounces and was 20 and 3/4 inches long. She is the daughter of Rick and Deeidria Huffman of Seaford. Her maternal grandparents are Donna D. Parker of Laurel and Mr. and Mrs. James C. Parker Sr. of Hurlock, Md. Her maternal greatgrandparents are Webster L. Dorsey Jr. and the late Virginia S. Dorsey of Easton, Md., Madison Celeste Huffman and Charles Parker Jr. and the late Eleanor Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. James Parker of Federalsburg, Md. Her paternal grandparents are Hassett of Bridgeville. Madison was also welcomed Mr. and Mrs. James Grant of into this world by her godmothWoodstock, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. ers Katina Shockley and RebecJerry Huffman of San Antonio, ca Barker-Trivitts of Seaford.

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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006

People Amid flying pumpkins, couple marries A North Carolina couple tied the knot at the 2006 World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition in Millsboro on Saturday, Nov. 4. Michelle Mayfield and Bob Carbo, of the Onager team in the adult torsion catapult class, said their vows on the field before friends and family. “We actually just decided to do it two weeks ago,” said Mayfield. “We both hit on the idea — Punkin Chunkin, perfect place and time,” said Carbo. The couple met two years ago in their hometown of Clayton, N.C., at a party for one of Carbo's longtime Punkin Chunkin buddies. Mayfield, an environmental scientist, was immediately smitten with Carbo, a psychologist who was likewise charmed. “We just hit it off right away,” said Mayfield. Carbo took her to the next Punkin Chunkin contest in Delaware, and his team won one of its three world championship titles in the torsion category. “She's been doing it ever since,” said Carbo. “I'm the wench for the winch,” explained Mayfield. The couple was struggling with when and where to get married, because of their busy schedules and because friends and family members were scattered all over the country.

Huffman family welcomes new baby daughter, Madison

Michelle Mayfield and Bob Carbo of Clayton, N.C., were married at the 2006 World Championship Punkin Chunkin Saturday, Nov. 4.

The pair kept with a medieval theme — with a Monty Python twist — for their wedding. “It really was fun,” said Mayfield. “We even did a wine ceremony with some grape juice.”

Madison Celeste Huffman was born at 5:43 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2006, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. She weighed 7 pounds 8.6 ounces and was 20 and 3/4 inches long. She is the daughter of Rick and Deeidria Huffman of Seaford. Her maternal grandparents are Donna D. Parker of Laurel and Mr. and Mrs. James C. Parker Sr. of Hurlock, Md. Her maternal greatgrandparents are Webster L. Dorsey Jr. and the late Virginia S. Dorsey of Easton, Md., Madison Celeste Huffman and Charles Parker Jr. and the late Eleanor Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. James Parker of Federalsburg, Md. Her paternal grandparents are Hassett of Bridgeville. Madison was also welcomed Mr. and Mrs. James Grant of into this world by her godmothWoodstock, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. ers Katina Shockley and RebecJerry Huffman of San Antonio, ca Barker-Trivitts of Seaford.

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NANTICOKE ROTARY DONATION - Donald Hollenbeck, past president of the Nanticoke Rotary Club, surprised the Seaford Board of Education by presenting a check for more than $1,800 for the purchase of calculators for the math department of our Seaford High School. Hollenbeck stated that he had submitted a competitive grant with the International Rotary Club and was awarded the money to purchase some teacher materials and more than 40 scientific calculators. Dr. William Parmelee, Seaford School Board president, left, is shown accepting the check. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford-Blades Associated Charities toy and food drive Seaford-Blades Associated Charities will be packing Christmas boxes again this year according to Ed Butler, president of the organization. This will be the 66th consecutive year this organization has headed this up. Ginny short, Christmas chairperson, said what is collected will be distributed locally in the Seaford-Blades area. A food drive is currently under way in all the Seaford schools. Coordinated by Karen Schreiber and the Western Boys and Girls Club. Dr. Michael Triglia and the Peninsula Chiropractic Center are in the middle of their annual toy drive. Donations of unwrapped new toys and nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the following locations for the Seaford-Blades Associated Charities by Dec. 16: Morning Star Publications, 628 W. Stein Highway; Custom Flooring, 624 W. Stein Highway; The Leader and State Register office, 302 W. Stein Highway; Burton Bros, 407 High St.; Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, Virginia Avenue; Peninsula Chiropractic Center, 26685 Sussex Highway.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Seaford-Blades Associated Charities, 723 Washington Ave., Seaford, DE 19973

Phone cards for military effort Peggy’s Restaurant, located north of Greenwood, will be partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478, on the weekend of December 8 & 9. They will be promoting Operation Uplink, a program that provides phone cards to the military. Although many thousands of American men and women will be spending the holiday season far from home, they can call their loved ones thanks to Operation Uplink. Patrons who dine at Peggy’s Restaurant on Dec. 8th & 9th will have the opportunity to make a donation to purchase the military phone cards. A special display will be featured on Peggy’s counter for anyone who wishes to participate in the special holiday promotion for our service men and women. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at Peggy’s Restaurant. For more information contact President Michaele Russell of the Ladies Auxiliary.

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Letters Seaford School District should undertake strategic planning Is there a plan that leads the Seaford School District forward? For a district with a record of less than adequate performance in the state testing program, one would think improvements are guided by a district-wide plan. Both secondary schools already have state-mandated plans for improvement because they didn’t meet the standards. If the elementary schools in the district show superior results, which they do, then what causes the poor performance in the secondary schools? Does the entire cohort of achieving students exit for other middle schools and never come back? Or, is there some other factor or factors determining the poor performance? More than likely, there are varied influences resulting in the achievement slide from elementary to secondary in the school system. I say system because citizens pay taxes to a school system, not a system of separate schools. And it is the superintendent’s responsibility to effectively lead a school system toward outstanding student achievement at all grade levels. School improvement is not an easy task. I do not presume working with the total school communities is easy either; however, it is the most important task of any school system. And it is the superintendent’s task to ensure school improvement is not only tracked, but also planned for in a system-wide manner. The last time the district engaged in strategic planning was 1991 and that plan carried it through to 1996. It has been ten years since the district, on a system-wide level, has planned to provide strategic direction to its schools. Granted, schools now engage in school improvement plans — a yearly goals-focused effort geared toward improvement on the Delaware State Testing Program. One needs only to look at the results of the two secondary schools in the district to see the efficacy of that effort. Shouldn’t the school board and the superintendent be laying the groundwork for system-wide success? And what a marvelous opportunity a strategic planning process could be for the Seaford school community at large — getting behind our most prized future, our school children, and engaging in a strategic journey toward world-class educational achievement. Education is a calling of the heart. Just look at the motivation of those who enter the profession to understand this. Teachers do not go into the profession to become rich in a monetary sense; they become teachers to become rich in their souls. One need only look at the intangible rewards teachers reap through their stewardship of students and learning in general to recognize how much love, devotion and caring is truly at the heart and soul of the educational process. When teachers work in a school system, which cares for everyone’s heart, everyone flourishes and learning becomes a guaranteed by-product of this valiant effort. It is this marriage of the heart and

soul, of the art and science of education, and the careful interplay between form and structure, which is the hallmark of the stellar school systems within America. Seaford once had this strong bond between student, teacher and school system, but that bond appears to have weakened. However, that does not mean that Seaford can’t become a sound school system again. What could be accomplished through a strategic planning process? The single purpose of planning is to provide a roadmap to measure progress, to report results and to establish ongoing goals to foster continuous improvement. It is the continuous improvement that needs to be tracked over time so the total school community can assist the many course corrections, which are inherent in the improvement process. One plans for success, yet often meets failure; however, failure is also learning. The great challenge is to maintain the focus on the plan and make the inevitable adjustments, which continue the organization on a path to success. When the district last planned strategically in 1991, the implementation fell short of the lofty goals. It is this history of faulty implementation, which should be the goal of any strategic planning the district may consider undertaking. I faced this history when I led the high school through its Middle States process in 2000. Each stakeholder group assessed reported district leadership as a hindrance to strategic improvement. Maybe it is not so much a function of the leadership but more a function of how the total system works on change. Surely, there is a need for all stakeholder groups to come together in a collegial manner to get the school system on track toward significant achievement again. If the district undertakes this planning effort, and, I submit, they should, one of the most vital keys to success will be who they choose to lead the effort. If they go with a consultant who is skilled in planning and building consensus, they should choose someone who also has no present or former ties to the district. There simply is not enough trust within most organizations to choose someone who is linked to the organization as its planning leader. To openly assess your strengths and weaknesses and lead toward your shared hopes and dreams, the planning leader must glean what is said and not said; what is felt but not seen; and what is yearned for but not yet crystallized in thought. A person who has worked or lived within the system’s effects does not have this capacity. The school board would be wise to select an individual who can devote the time to building consensus within and across groups and who can bridge that consensus into effective action. I mentioned earlier that school change is not easy — indeed, it is an onerous task. It takes the skilled leadership of individuals whose heart and mind are equal to the task. Hopefully, the school board will decide strategic planning is paramount to leading the district toward success. And hopefully, the board will see fit to involve the total school community working with a skilled, external consultant to build a plan

that will guide improvement. And finally, the school board will ensure that the implementation of this consensus plan will be tracked specifically and reported regularly to the community so the community can work with the district to ensure that Seaford’s future promises greatness for subsequent generations. COL Ken Madden Jr. Seaford

Lioness Club fund-raiser gets support from the community Thank you to everyone who supported the Laurel Lioness Club in its basket bingo fund-raiser. With your help we will be able to finance many projects in our community. We would like to thank the Lioness members for their donations of refreshments and door prizes, His & Hers for sponsoring the tickets and the local newspapers for their publicity. A thank you to members off the Lions Club for their help and a big thanks to Randy Lee for his great calling of the bingo games. Last but not least, a special thanks to the following businesses that donated fantastic door prizes: Curves, Maxine’s Hair Happenings, Bargain Bill’s, Jeff’s Greenhouse, O’Neal Brothers, Bess’ Buds, Edge Of Creation, Lakeside Greenhouse, A & K Tackle, Richard Small Insurance, Biff Lee, A.T.C. Lawn Care, A. C. Givens & Son, MCM Jewelers, John Bennett Inc., Bethel Store, Kathryn’s Greenhouse, Dutch Inn, Dukes Lumber, This & that Shop, RJ Riverside restaurant, Johnny Janosik, Carey’s Inc., His & Hers and The Pit. Laurel Lioness Club, Laurel

Community’s donations helped Red Ribbon campaign succeed Laurel Middle School, would like to thank the local community businesses for their gracious donations to this year’s Red Ribbon Carnival. The carnival was an overwhelming success, and it could not have happened without the generosity of others. The message of Laurel Middle School’s Red Ribbon Campaign, which focuses on the importance of being drug-free, was heard loud and clear during our carnival. On Monday, Oct. 27, the community pulled together and created a wonderful atmosphere for the fifth- through eighthgrade students of Laurel. Thanks to strong community support our children are staying away from drugs and alcohol and pursuing healthy activities. Bulldogs Against Alcohol and Drugs would like to thank the following community business for all they have done: Horsey’s, O’Neal Brothers, Bobby and Lisa Horsey, Carey’s, Lions Club, Lioness Club, Johnny Janosik’s, Elks Lodge, County Bank, Wal-Mart of Seaford and Camden, Food Lion, Solo Cups, Lord Brothers and Higgins, Rapa Scrapple, Pepsi, Dr. Evans and Dr. Urban, Pizza King, Pizza Palace, Pizza Hut, Grotto’s, Laurel Dutch Inn, Tastee Freeze, Rite-Aid, Lori Bailey of Hardee’s, Strohmann’s, Ace

Hardware, Diary Barr, Dunkin Donuts, Delmar Pizza, Sunshine Class, Laurel Fire Department and the Sussex County 911 Center. Brenda Thomas, Laurel

Writer is thankful for those who helped her feel better I would like to take a few minutes to thank each person who had any part of my getting stronger and my feeling better each day. I don’t want to leave anyone absent. They include my friends and co-workers, doctors, nurses and all the auxiliary departments of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Methodist Manor House and the University of Maryland Hospital. A special thanks for the co-workers of Methodist Manor House for the bingo benefit which was a huge success. I want each prayer chain from the bottom of my heart to know how much I appreciate you! Without the prayers I would not be here today. Continue to pray. I believe in miracles. Thanks to everyone, including my husband, children and all my family. God bless everyone. Joyce Wolfgang, Seaford

Castle praises Delaware’s participation in NCLB model Editor’s note: Delaware Congressman Mike Castle recently released the following statement regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Delaware has been chosen to participate in the No Child Left Behind growth model pilot program. Today’s announcement that Delaware will participate in the No Child Left Behind growth model pilot program is a crucial step forward in assessing individual achievement for students in Delaware and hopefully, for the rest of the country. I have said from day one that growth models have the potential of providing a more complete understanding of the academic progress of each of our children and I am happy to see that this pilot program is expanding to a total of seven states. No Child Left Behind is rooted in the belief that every child deserves, and is expected, to be proficient and given the opportunity to succeed. Until this point, states have been operating under one model, a ‘ status model. ‘ The growth model provides another manner in which we can hold schools and districts accountable to this tenet. To do so, we must realize that we are examining growth to proficiency so as schools continue to make gains in closing the achievement gap. As Congress begins the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, I will work to ensure that we have a conversation about growth models, and how best to incorporate them into Adequate Yearly Progress. I want to congratulate the Delaware Department of Education for taking the necessary steps and succeeding in getting the approval to move forward with this pilot. Once again, Delaware has set an example for the rest of the country.



✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006

Education Romanians visit Del Tech and university

HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS - Sussex Technical High School recently inducted 49 students into the National Honor Society/National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. Front, from left – juniors Kasey Cordell (Millsboro), Brittany Cooper (Laurel), Kristen Conner (Seaford), Kelly Conner (Seaford) and Bethany Callaway (Bridgeville); and seniors, Jill Willey (Seaford), Leanne Wharton (Millsboro), James Sekcienski (Millsboro) and Tiffany Roles (Bridgeville). Second row – juniors Mark Mallamo (Milford), Maham Mahmood (Seaford), Hannah Krieg (Seaford), Adeline Hemmen (Seaford), Kariann Flynn (Laurel), Robert Evans (Millsboro), Megan Eskridge (Laurel) and Lacey Eckert (Bridgeville). Third row – juniors Justin Rider (Bridgeville), David Ricksecker (Laurel), Zachary Rickards (Frankford), Keri Reibsome (Greenwood), Leigh Powell (Millsboro), Alyssia Mohun (Millsboro), Christopher Mitchell (Millsboro) and Alexis Massey (Seaford). Fourth row – juniors Rhonda Warrington (Bridgeville), Katelin Tull (Seaford), Joy Stephenson (Seaford), James Stephens (Selbyville), Bradley Snyder (Seaford), Sarah Smith (Seaford), Jenna Sinnamon (Lewes) and Ellen Rowe (Selbyville). Fifth row – sophomores Tyler Justice (Seaford), Brittnae Johnson (Seaford), Briana Joachimowski (Frankford), Ashley Bice (Seaford), Sara Baker (Millsboro) and Sara Adams (Seaford); and juniors Antonio Williams (Frankford) and Travis Wharton (Millsboro). Sixth row – sophomores Justin Worster (Laurel), Sarah Woods (Milton), Rachel Southmayd (Ocean View), Nathan Rider (Bridgeville), Caitlin Owens (Lewes), Rebecca McMillin (Seaford), Carly Marconi (Milford) and Stephanie Keller (Millsboro). Senior members who were inducted last year include, seventh row – seniors Kelly Marvel (Milton), Jessica Guyer (Ellendale), Alison Byram (Georgetown), Courtney O’Neal (Bethel), parliamentarian Shannon Hudson (Millsboro), treasurer Brianna Class (Georgetown), secretary Nicole Hitchens (Dagsboro), and president Mason Newark (Harrington). Eighth row – Kristin Elliot (Laurel), Amber Dykes (Laurel), Melany Dubbs (Seaford), Amber Drummond (Bridgeville), Briana Barron (Georgetown), Kristen Cunningham (Seaford), Jessica Parker (Seaford), Emily Johnson (Bridgeville), and Ashley Phulesar (Laurel). Ninth row – Caleb Ricker (Georgetown), Derek Remo (Frankford), Rebecca Paradee (Millsboro), Katie Marvel (Milton), Ryan Lee (Bridgeville), Brittany Joseph (Laurel), Megan Jones (Dagsboro), and Bianca Flowers (Dagsboro). Absent from photo is vice president Hope Cornell (Dagsboro).

Tech students help school choose mascot Alison Byram and Danielle Parsons, both of Georgetown; Schyler and Erika Conaway of Seaford; and Katie and Kelly Marvel of Milton, all media broadcasting seniors at Sussex Tech, recently visited their alma mater, Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences, to help choose the school’s new colors and mascot, which change every three years. The seniors were among the first students to attend the academy when the middle school opened in 2000. As part of that first class, these six had the privilege of being among those who selected the school’s original colors of teal blue and gold and the dragon mascot. Recently, they were guests on Sussex Academy’s school wide television program, SAAS Chat Live. After an informal question and answer session, the students judged entries in the new school colors and mascot contest. According to Allen Stafford, dean of in-

Sussex Academy students at left, Ethan Lee, Priyen Patel, Megan Connor and Courtney Hastings moderate a discussion with Sussex Technical High School students, front, Danielle Parsons, Katie Marvel and Erika Conaway; and back, Alison Byram, Schyler Conaway and Kelly Marvel.

struction, the school culture has changed at Sussex Academy since it first opened. “The personalities and backgrounds of each class coming into Sussex Academy are different,” he said.

New Sussex Academy colors are orange and turquoise. The school’s new mascot is the Strikers, with a lightning bolt as the symbol.

A Romanian delegation of 15 senior level policymakers from government, the poultry industry and academia who bear responsibility for managing outbreaks of avian influenza recently visited Georgetown for a nine-day technical training tour. The Delmarva International Poultry Partnership, led by Del Tech and the University of Delaware, played an integral role in meeting the goals of the visit. The United States Department of Agriculture awarded $424,000 to the institutions for this project. The university is one of the top avian research institutions in the world, and Del Tech is a leader in providing the types of technical assistance and training that will enable the affected countries to plan for and manage the threat of avian flu. The visit included tour of the University of Delaware’s Carvel Research & Education Center and Lasher Laboratories and Del Tech’s medical laboratory training labs at the Owens Campus. Delaware has the highest concentration of chicken production in the United States.

Fund-raiser will benefit construction, field improvements The Sussex Tech Athletic Department will host a live auction of fine art, sports and music memorabilia on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Commons Area of the high school. A one-hour preview begins at 5 p.m. and the live auction gets underway at 6 p.m. The event is the first fundraiser to benefit Sussex Tech’s five-year Athletic Facilities Upgrade Plan. This major project will include the construction of the new Raven Athletic Center and improvements to all Sussex Tech athletic facilities and fields. Auction items will include original artwork and collectible limited editions, autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia and reproductions of popular, traditional and contemporary artists. One of the featured items at the auction will be an original portrait painted by Sussex Tech art teacher Don Golacinski. The highest bidder can request specifically who or what they want painted. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. For tickets and more information call 424-4043. Tickets will also be available at the door. Hors d’oeuvres, coffee and cake will be served and a raffle will be held.


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Seaford classrooms meet state-mandated size By Lynn R. Parks

Sussex Tech students who accepted the trophy from the Blood Bank of Delmarva are, left to right: seniors Ashley Tull (Greenwood) and Ashley Stephens (Laurel), juniors Lauren Mroz (Milton) and Rhonda Warrington (Bridgeville), and senior Max Day (Georgetown).

Sussex Tech is top blood donor Sussex Technical High School’s Health Pro students were recently honored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva for collecting the most units of blood of any school in Sussex County during blood drives last school year. Sussex Tech students donated 128 units to the cause. The next blood drive at the school will be Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Blood donation is the subject of senior Max Day’s STEM (Senior Technical Exhibition of Mastery) project. Day is doing research to present to Delaware legislators to consider changing the legal age of

blood donors to 16 without parental consent. At present, it is 17. As his product for the STEM project, Day will be writing the legislative bill that will be presented to state officials. According to Day, only six percent of the total U.S. population donates blood. His research also reveals that only one percent more donors are needed to eliminate the shortage of the blood supply. If the donated blood is not used within 42 days, it must be thrown away, Day said. Needle phobias also hold people back from donating, he added.

AAUW celebrates 125 years Western Sussex branch was founded in 1940 AAUW, Western Sussex Branch, announces the celebration of the American Association of University Women’s 125th anniversary on Nov. 28. AAUW is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocating for women’s rights. Founded on Nov. 28, 1881, by 17 female college graduates, AAUW has developed a rich tradition of leadership, scholarship, advocacy and action. Members have included many exceptional women, such as Coretta Scott King, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught and Dr. Johnnetta Cole. Today, AAUW numbers more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches and 500 college and university partners. Locally, the Seaford branch (now known as the Western Sussex Branch) was founded in 1940 as the third branch formed in Delaware. In 1943, this branch began to offer scholarships to area women seeking higher education. Since then, this branch has awarded nearly 100 women and girls with financial assistance in achieving their educational goals. The Western Sussex Branch also seeks to encourage young girls to pursue careers in the fields of science and mathematics by awarding scholarships to the Delaware Aerospace Academy and recognizing the academic achievements of local high school seniors at a state sponsored awards luncheon each year.

AAUW has shaped the social, political, and economic scene for women, including the fight for pay equity; a woman’s right to vote; and legislation that protects women at home, in schools and in the workplace. For years, AAUW has been a source for research about women and higher education, sexual harassment and workplace equity. The AAUW Educational Foundation — the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women — supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. The foundation funds research, fellowships and grants, community action projects, and legal advocacy for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. AAUW celebrates its 125th anniversary by highlighting the achievements the organization has made toward equity for women and girls. In the future, AAUW hopes to achieve economic security for women through education and lifelong learning. For information regarding membership in AAUW or how to make a tax deductible contribute to the AAUW Educational Foundation, contact the president of AAUW of Western Sussex, Jenny Werner, 629-6886 or

For the first time in several years, all kindergarten through third-grade classrooms in the Seaford School District meet state law regarding student population. They all have no more than 22 students, meaning that administration did not have to ask the school board to approve a waiver of the state law for the district. Such a waiver is provided for in state law. But last year, when the school board was asked to approve the waiver, it heard from the then-president of the Seaford Education Association. “Class size is always an issue and year after year, you request a waiver,” Cheryl Bowman, a guidance counselor at Blades Elementary School. “The district is not putting its efforts where they need to be. Class sizes need to be smaller.” School board president William Parmelee promised Bowman that the district would look at ways to reduce class size. To meet the state requirement this year, the district did away with two guidance counselor positions and a half-time music position and replaced them with classroom teaching positions. “We have met the state requirement,” said district spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson. “We are very excited about that.” The district was also able to keep its four enrichment teachers, one for each ele-

The district was also able to keep its four enrichment teachers, one for each elementary school. The teachers offer weekly enrichment classes to all students and also teach the district’s gifted and talented program (SPARK). mentary school. The teachers offer weekly enrichment classes to all students and also teach the district’s gifted and talented program (SPARK). Earlier this year, parents of children in the SPARK program spoke out against a district suggestion that some SPARK teaching positions could be eliminated to provide for more classroom teachers. Because of the reduction in the number of guidance counselors in the elementary schools, students no longer have weekly guidance classes. Now, Johnson said, the district’s two elementary guidance counselors, each one of whom serves two schools, meet with children who need extra counseling. The will also meet with entire classes when a problem in the class is identified, Johnson added.

Training for school mentors set Mentors are needed in schools in Seaford and Laurel districts. All it takes is one hour a week to make that difference. Free training is available for both elementary and middle school mentors. Registration is required. In Sussex County, training will be held as follows: Lewes Library - Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m. to 9p.m., elementary school

training. Georgetown State Service Center Monday, Nov. 27, 1:30 p.m. to 5p.m., middle school training Georgetown State Service Center Thursday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., middle school training. To register for training or for more information on mentoring call Creative Mentoring, toll free, at 877-202-9050.

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✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006


VISION SCREENING - The Laurel Lions Club provided eye screening at Paul Laurence Dunbar School. Standing, from left: Lions Judy Sheridan, Jim Littleton, Patty Littleton and Barbara Shwed. Seated: Lion Ash Ashinhurst from the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, Vice District Governor Bob Jones and Lion Keith Duda, from the Laurel Lions Club.

ALWAYS HELPFUL - Larry Godwin, center, despite his handicap, is always helping with various church programs throughout the community. Here he is pictured with long time workers Margo Hitchens and Tracy Hopkins. See related story page 18. Photo by Pat Murphy

VISIT WITH SMOKEY - Smokey Bear visited students at Dunbar Elementary School to talk about the importance of fire safety. With Smokey are, from left, Jillian Wharton, Clay LeCates, Aaron Finner, Loghan Kachuba, Katlin Dinh and Matthew Osorio, all first-grade students in Donna Sava and Terry Small’s class.

BUSY VOLUNTEERS - Concession volunteers (above) were kept busy at the Delmar football game on Friday, Nov. 17. Left: Future stars of Delmar High are water boys Craig Miller and Jeffrey Melvin. They were busy at the Delmar Hodgson game Friday night. For details about the DelmarFOOTBALL, EVEN IN THE RAIN - Loyal fans and grandparents are 1958-59 alumni Donald and Peggy Morris and Everett and Doris Baker, whose great grandson Ryan Causey was playing in the quarter-final football game between Delmar and Hodgson. It was the Bakers’ first football game. Photo by Pat Murphy

Hodgson game, see page 41 in the sports section. Photos by Pat Murphy


✳ NOVEMBER 23 - 29, 2006


This Thanksgiving, take time Doing the Towns Together to be thankful for blessings LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Sarah Marie Trivits . 875-3672

Thanksgiving. A day that was designed to remind us of the blessings we receive each and every day. A day when families try to gather and share a meal, something that for our mobile society has become very difficult for lots of people. A day to gather together and think about our forefathers and the difficulties they endured to make this nation secure. A day when we are reminded of the pilgrims and the hardships they went through each and every day in a new land, far from home, and with only the clothes on their back and very little food. But, they are the ones who remembered to thank their heavenly Father for bringing them safely to a new land. These ancestors of ours were a sturdy people who were grateful for the most meager amount of food, clothing and shelter. They knew the meaning, the true meaning, of being thankful. In today’s world we are so busy being involved in so many things: Being sure that we have the proper housing, a fine automobile, eat the just-right foods in large portions, travel with the just-right crowd, have the just-right furniture for our homes, do our utmost to impress our friends and neighbors, as we brag about using the finest of everything needed to do even the most menial jobs, wear the finest namebrand labels and turn up our elegant noses at store-brands and see that our offspring attend the finest named colleges throughout the nation. The list of just-rights is long, yet many people will go into debt up to their eyeballs to make it possible to be a part of the jet-set crowd. Any literature we read about the pilgrims tells us that they were happy to have a meal that many of today’s folks wouldn’t consider putting on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. The pilgrims probably had a wild turkey (if the man of the house was able to shoot one in the wooded area near most cabins). The good wife probably had some sweet potatoes she had just dug in the small garden beside the house, perhaps a few turnips and some white potatoes, along with some corn, the last of the harvest for that particular year. Maybe there was a cornbread or even enough flour to make up some biscuits. The family gathered with friends and raised their voices in prayer for surviving

Moments with Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton the trip from England, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a cramped boat. Today’s average Thanksgiving Day dinner consists of roast turkey (from the grocery store or the frozen food specialty shop and pre-cooked, ready to be heated in the oven). There are mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cornbread or rolls, perhaps macaroni and cheese, butterbeans, baked pineapple, coleslaw, cranberries, dumplings nice and slippery with tiny bits of turkey in the rich broth, perhaps some cheese-flavored onions, or corn pudding. Calories are definitely not counted on Thanksgiving Day. Fat grams and carbohydrates are also not even thought about. The dessert list too is long, with homemade pies, cheesecake, coconut cake, brownies, cookies and ice cream. We stuff our bodies to the fullest extent possible and then wonder why we have indigestion. Many of us justify eating four times the amount of food we would normally eat because we know that on the day after Thanksgiving we will pile into the family automobile and head to our favorite shopping center or mall and shop from daybreak until day’s end. We will walk for miles and miles on cement floors, shopping, shopping, shopping. But, most of all, on Black Friday we will be making the merchants happy. We have come a long way since the first Thanksgiving Day all those years ago. Our lives are very different in 2006 from the lives of those who lived in the Pilgrim days. And, like so many of our family members and friends, we are happy to be a part of this age. Thanksgiving Day 2006, will be a day some of us won’t get to visit with our entire family due to the miles that separate us. But, we can take the time to say a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessings we receive each and every day. And, that is what it is all about. Happy Turkey Day. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Turkey day is here and so are a few travelers coming together for family day and feasting. Among these are Bonnie and Jim Shaw of Florence, S.C., who will be sharing dinner, memories and the holiday weekend with Bonnie’s parents, Chuck and Mike Barton. Also, David Elliott is returning from world-wide travels to stay with his mother, M.L. Elliott, for Thanksgiving along with his brother, Joe, his wife, Cindy, and their son, Justin, and his friend Julie, here from Flanders, N.J. In Bethel, Darrell and Charlene Meade have big holiday plans for Charlene’s sister, Deborah, and husband, Michael Matalone, from Gainsville, Va. The Meades’ son, Ryan, a freshman at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, is enjoying some home time for a few fall days, a respite from studies at this time. Friends and neighbors of Marguerite Austin may be interested to learn that after being hospitalized for a while she has been transferred to the Genesis Center in Seaford. Members of the Laurel Garden Club met on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Philip’s parish hall. They were instructed in creative arranging of flowers by Elaine Saddler from Jeff’s Greenhouse. Following her demonstration some of the ladies created their own bouquets with silks and materials they brought for this purpose. The business meeting was led by president, Shirley Skinner, and hostesses for the day were Josephine Lietzen and Diane Hudson. Ben and Linda Lowe send congratulations to Jacob and Candace Morris, who were wed Saturday, Nov. 11. The newlyweds are now residing in the Bacon’s area. Following traditional turkey day observance at their home, John and Kim Trivits, accompanied by Fran Munoz, departed for the weekend in Williamsburg, Va., where this time of year, they should see some

majestic scenery and the atmosphere of old Virginia to put them in a holiday mood. I am presuming that at the time this paper reaches you that Bruce Farrelly, following recent surgery, will be recuperating at his home on Delaware Avenue. I want to wish a very happy birthday on Nov. 28, to an old friend, childhood neighbor and classmate of ‘39, Jim Elliott, somewhere over there in Maryland. Diana Dean of Delmar, who is a member of the Eastern Shore Writers Club/A.O.L., recently attended a Writer’s Café Reunion in St. Charles, Mo.,Diana now has a published book of poetry, “Words from the Hearth,” which can be purchased at Barnes and Noble or by calling her. While in Missouri the group enjoyed talks by the author, Robert Vaughn, also poetry time and story telling. She also was treated to a paddle boat ride up the Mississippi River and said the scenery was at its fall finest. We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Preston Hastings, Jane Scala and Doris L. Johnson. We continue with prayers for those who are ill: John McGlaughlin, Blanche Elliott, Agnes Robinson, Kelly Griffith, Ralph Baker, Hattie Puckham and Richard Cordrey. Happy birthday to Ken Hampton on Thanksgiving Day and to other November celebrants: Albert Jones, William Moore and Gladys Wetherhold on Nov. 25; Thomas Wootten, Nov. 26; Pansy Plummer and Melinda Thornton, Nov. 28; and Wally Guyot, Nov. 29. Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy all those calories! See you in the Stars.

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Opinion Memories of a life lived in service

Political Fodder Straight talk from Washington Following are statements from Delaware’s Congressional representatives in Washington on key issues of today:

On John Bolton U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement in response to the White House’s renomination of United Nations Ambassador John Bolton: “I see no point in considering Mr. Bolton’s nomination again in the Foreign Relations Committee because regardless of what happens there, he is unlikely to be considered by the full Senate. Mr. Bolton did not get a vote in the full Senate last year because the Administration refused, with no justification, to allow the Senate to review documents highly relevant to his nomination. These included National Security Agency intercepts Mr. Bolton asked to see in order to learn the identity of American citizens referenced in the intercepts. Unless the Administration provides the Senate with the documents it is entitled to see, Mr. Bolton should not get a vote.”

On Donald Rumsfeld Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., issued the following statement about President Bush’s decision to accept Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation: “The president’s decision to accept Secretary Rumsfeld’s resignation is a step in the right direction. The American people want a change of course in Iraq. My hope is that by finally accepting Secretary Rumsfeld’s resignation, the president is indicating his willingness to consider a new direction for Iraq and the Middle East. To succeed in Iraq, we have to develop a strategy that is bipartisan and realistic. My hope is that the president’s new nominee, Robert Gates, will work with Congress — Republicans and Democrats alike — to figure out the best path to take. I look forward to considering his nomination in the weeks ahead.” Delaware Congressman Mike Castle released the following statement regarding the resignation by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “It is clear that we are facing many serious difficulties in Iraq and it is crucial that the resignation by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld serve as a catalyst for much needed change. Our men and women have served honorably in Iraq and it is absolutely vital that we stabilize the Iraqi government and country, so we can bring our brave soldiers home. Hopefully the confirmation process for Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates will allow us to thoroughly examine the issues we are facing and to establish a new strategy for moving forward.”

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Last week I said I would tell you about someone who for years has made a difference in the newspaper business in western Sussex County. That person, my sister, Jo Ann Sullivan, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, after a long battle with cancer. I also said you might be surprised to learn just how big a role she played in helping to bring about the Seaford Banner and Morning Star Publications, Inc. Here’s more of the story. In early 1984 I had just learned that I had lost my job with the publishing company for which I had worked for 12 years. I was hurt and apprehensive about what I would do next. My wife, Carol, helped me in the process of sorting through my options and so did someone else, my sister Jo Ann. When I made the decision to start a publishing company of my own, she offered to help me in an area I knew little about — sales. The phone book provided our first ad list. Even though she had no experience in this area herself, Jo Ann started making cold calls for a newspaper not yet in circulation, but to be known as the Seaford Banner. Her interest in helping her brother and his wife succeed made an important difference and kept us going until we sold the business in 1989 to Chesapeake Publishing Corp. Jo Ann and I became employees of Chesapeake and she was doing very well in sales. Then in 1996 when The Leader & State Register was sold to another publishing company, I left to start over again. Jo Ann was doing well in sales for the new owners, but decided to give up a good job with good pay to once again help out her brother. Jo Ann came up with the name Morning Star, which she found in the Bible. The reference is to Jesus being the bright and morning star. Jo Ann lived her life in a way that put the interests of others ahead of her own. That made her a good salesperson and that made her a wonderful sister and a friend. Jo Ann left the newspaper business a few years ago to spend more President Bryant Richardson Vice President Pat Murphy Secretary Tina Reaser

Treasurer Carol Wright Richardson Managing Editor Mike McClure

Editorial Lynn Parks Tony Windsor Gene Bleile Kay Wennberg Cindy Lyons Taylor Elaine Schneider Composition Rita Brex Carol James Dauna Kelly

time with our mother, Rachel. RYANT ICHARDSON Jo Ann’s life has been a ministry of We will never know why service to others. some good people have Peggy Granger, who served as news to go through such an editor for the Seaford illness before they die. Banner in the 1980s, brought me a frame in Does God see and not which to place a photo care? of Jo Ann. “The only photo I Many prayers were offered up had was the one in my mind,” she wrote. “But somewhere in a drawer, and they were a comfort to her and to her family members. in an envelope for safekeeping, is We will never know why some the perfect picture of Jo Ann, smiling, like she always was. This is the good people have to go through such an illness before they die. perfect picture to put here in her Does God see and not care? memory.” My sister would say no. She On the other side of the frame would remind us of the cross on were these words: “When someone which Jesus suffered and died and you love becomes a memory, the tell us not to question God. memory becomes a treasure.” She would also say to look for Thank you, Peggy, for your ways to serve others and to make thoughtfulness. their burdens a little easier to bear. Jo Ann had fought a battle Jo Ann lived this way and if we against cancer for more than two follow her example, we, too, will years. She didn’t smoke or drink albe a blessing for those around us. cohol. She grew her own vegetaI’ve seen many good people go bles, and selected her diet carefully. through long-term illnesses. Now I Her cancer started in her digesunderstand better what emotions tive system and grew undiagnosed their loved ones have experienced. for months. By the time it was Life is fleeting, but a life well identified, it was already in the spent, one spent in service to oththird of four stages. ers, creates a positive ripple in sociHer husband, Jimmy, and her ety that will carry on for years to four children made sure she had the come. best of care.

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Seven-Day forecast for Western Sussex County Thursday



Tides Sunday




High 3:20 p 4:04 p 4:51 p 5:43 p 6:40 p 7:40 p 8:44 p

Low 10:18 p 11:04 p 11:54 p —12:55 p 2:04 p 3:16 p

Sharptown, MD Shown is Thursday’s weather. High Low High Temperatures are Thursday’s highs Day and Thursday night’s lows. Thurs. 6:17 a 12:29 a 6:39 p Fri. 6:59 a 1:11 a 7:23 p Sat. 7:46 a 1:57 a 8:10 p Sun. 8:38 a 2:47 a 9:02 p Mon. 9:37 a 3:42 a 9:59 p Tues. 10:41 a 4:39 a 10:59 p Wed. 11:48 a 5:37 a —-

Low 12:16 p 1:00 p 1:50 p 2:45 p 3:48 p 4:57 p 6:09 p

Windy with rain at times

Windy, still the chance for rain

Breezy, clouds breaking for sun

Intervals of clouds and sunshine

Clouds and occasional sunshine

Mostly cloudy









Almanac Statistics through Tuesday Nov. 21 at Georgetown, Delaware



High for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Low for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Normal high . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Normal low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Average temperature . . . . . . . .

. 74° . 38° . 58° . 37° 53.1°

Total for the week . . . . . . . . . . 0.45� Total for the month . . . . . . . . . . 3.43� Normal for the month . . . . . . . . 2.20� Total for the year . . . . . . . . . . 43.69�

Smyrna 50/41 Dover 52/42

Apogee and Perigee

Date December 1 December 13 December 27 January 10

Time 7:07 p.m. 1:57 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 11:27 a.m.

Date January 22 February 7 February 19 March 6

Perigee Apogee Perigee Apogee

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Rise .6:53 a.m. .6:54 a.m. .6:55 a.m. .6:56 a.m. .6:57 a.m. .6:58 a.m. .6:59 a.m.

First Nov 28

Harrington 52/45

Time 7:25 a.m. 7:40 a.m. 4:35 a.m. 10:38 p.m.

Milford 53/45 Greenwood 53/44

Lewes 55/48

Bridgeville 53/43

Sun and Moon Sun Thursday . Friday . . . . Saturday . . Sunday . . . Monday . . Tuesday . . Wednesday

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Set .4:44 p.m. .4:44 p.m. .4:43 p.m. .4:43 p.m. .4:43 p.m. .4:42 p.m. .4:42 p.m.

Full Dec 4

Day Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed.

High 2:58 a 3:40 a 4:27 a 5:19 a 6:18 a 7:22 a 8:29 a

Low 9:23 a 10:07 a 10:57 a 11:52 a 12:49 a 1:46 a 2:44 a

Vienna, MD

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

Perigee Apogee Perigee Apogee

Nanticoke River Roaring Point, MD

Moon Rise Thursday . . . .9:49 a.m. Friday . . . . . .10:40 a.m. Saturday . . . .11:22 a.m. Sunday . . . . .11:58 a.m. Monday . . . . .12:28 p.m. Tuesday . . . .12:54 p.m. Wednesday . . .1:20 p.m.

Last Dec 12

Set . .6:45 p.m. . .7:51 p.m. . .9:02 p.m. .10:14 p.m. .11:25 p.m. . . . . . .none .12:37 a.m.

SEAFORD 56/46 Blades 56/45

Rehoboth Beach 55/48 Georgetown 51/44 Concord 56/46 Laurel 56/45 Delmar 58/45

Millsboro 51/44

Bethany Beach 55/47 Fenwick Island 57/48

New Dec 20

Day High Low High Thurs. 5:39 a 11:38 a 6:01 p Fri. 6:21 a 12:33 a 6:45 p Sat. 7:08 a 1:19 a 7:32 p Sun. 8:00 a 2:09 a 8:24 p Mon. 8:59 a 3:04 a 9:21 p Tues. 10:03 a 4:01 a 10:21 p Wed. 11:10 a 4:59 a 11:25 p

Low —12:22 p 1:12 p 2:07 p 3:10 p 4:19 p 5:31 p

Rehoboth Beach Day Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed.

High 9:02 a 9:48 a 10:36 a 11:27 a 12:23 p 12:55 a 2:00 a

Low High Low 2:24 a 9:19 p 3:23 p 3:08 a 10:05 p 4:12 p 3:57 a 10:56 p 5:04 p 4:52 a 11:52 p 5:58 p 5:54 a —- 6:53 p 6:59 a 1:22 p 7:47 p 8:06 a 2:24 p 8:40 p

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