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News TURKEY TRIO - Guess who’s coming to dinner and why now is not a good time to show up. Page 2 VICTORIAN - Candlelight tours and the chance to win a one-week stay in Williamsburg or Myrtle Beach are part of the Victorian Christmas 2008. Page 5 SANTA TAG - Delaware Motor Vehicles has sold almost 1,000 centennial plates and even Santa got into the act. Page 8 ENCORE - Laurel man makes second appearance on ‘Millionaire’ and walks away with another modest bundle. Page 9 SANTA FOR SENIORS - Sue Savina, manager of the Rose’s department store, is happy to have a Santa for Seniors Christmas tree in her store. Page 11 INSPIRATION - Delaware artist Ellen Rice will unveil the third painting in her inspirational Strength of Woman Series. Page 15

Sports FOOTBALL - This week the Star features photos of the Western Sussex varsity football players named first team all-conference. Page 41 FIRST SEASON - Seaford High grad Trevor Lee recently completed his first season of college soccer at Messiah College. See story on page 41. WINTER - The varsity winter sports pre-season is under way. The Western Sussex winter sports schedules begin on page 43. See next week’s Star for exclusive winter sports preview stories.


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Seaford artist surprised when her first try at painting turns out well By Lynn R. Parks Tammy Kearney was searching for something. Her only child, a daughter, Brooke, had left home for college and Kearney wanted a hobby to fill the hours. “I had always liked art,” said Kearney, 51, of Seaford. “My mother had painted when I was a kid and I had always liked the look of watercolors. I decided I would try to paint.” Kearney, who had never had a class, who had never even been told in school that she had any talent, bought a techniques book, some paints, paper and brushes. She set up a table in her home’s sunroom and started painting a picture of two quaking parrots. To her astonishment, the painting turned out well. “I was really surprised that I could do it,” she said. “I thought, ‘I think I really like this.’” That was in 1999. Today, Kearney has a well-lit studio on the side of her house, transformed from a garage by her husband, Mike, in a three and onehalf year project, where she creates her watercolors. In the corner of her studio is the only portrait she has ever done, an oil of Brooke. She accepts commissions and has works hanging in a gallery in Corolla, N.C. And she couldn’t be happier. “I just feel very blessed that I have found this in my life,” she said. “Painting is a great joy.” Kearney grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1975. She went to work for the Justice of the Peace court system soon after graduation and retired as operations manager of the Superior Court in Georgetown in 1992. She works part-time as an assistant at Century 21 Tull Ramey real estate, Seaford. Kearney takes classes with Nancy LaPrad, Seaford, and with Kurt Plinke, Greensboro, Md. Her focus is on nature-inspired paintings, in particular landscapes and birds. Lying on her painting table on a recent late-fall morning was a just-finished painting of a red-tail hawk standing on a weatherworn wooden post. A single Continued to page e four

Sitting in her studio at her drawing table, Tammy Kearney is shown working on a painting of a blue bird. Below are paintings she completed of an old stone barn in Odessa and a blue jay. Photos by Lynn Parks

Hometown Heroes Banners Delaware’s Hometown Heroes Banners honoring Delaware’s fallen heroes, which include six local heroes, will be presented for display at this year’s Caroling in the Park event on Monday, Dec. 1. The 30-plus banners were put up on Monday, Nov. 24, and will be on display until the end of January 2009. Tom Daws, president of the state chapter of Veterans Affairs and Judy Campbell, Display Organizer, will be

in attendance during this year’s Caroling in the Park to welcome the banners to our community and give a brief back ground on their creation We hope that our entire community will come out to honor the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom. For more information, or to pass on details about someone who was killed in action, call Judy Campbell, (302) 539-5991 or Tom Daws (302) 738-8875


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Three turkeys, probably domestic, visit Bridgeville By Lynn R. Parks My mother thought they were buzzards in her Bridgeville back yard. But when she called my father to the back door to have a look, he told her that the black feathered creatures were in fact turkeys that had come calling. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Since their first visit, the three turkeys, all hens, have made themselves at home, venturing onto my parents’ deck and perching on the railing. They can make quite a mess out there, my mother said. When they are shooed away, they saunter through the back yard and down the alley, seemingly unconcerned that Turkey Day is nearing and that some Bridgevillians might be happy to have a fresh bird on their holiday table.

Ken Reynolds, a program manager with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, said that the birds, which have been seen strolling across busy Main Street in Bridgeville, are probably escapees from a nearby farm. Such birds can be inextinguishable from wild turkeys, he said, but are not shy of humans. True wild turkeys are very skittish, a characteristic that has led to their reputation as wily. Reynolds said that he would send someone to Bridgeville to have a look at the birds and, if possible, to catch them and take them someplace where they won’t get hurt. But, he added, that may not be easy. Even domesticated turkeys tend to run when someone approaches with a net, he said.

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Caroling in the Park celebration is December 1 The Gateway Park Committee and the City of Seaford will be hosting the 15th Annual Caroling in the Park celebration on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Gateway Park, with a rain date of Friday, Dec. 5. The Gateway Park Committee has been dedicated to ensuring a festive holiday season for Seaford residents by decorating the trees in Gateway Park for over a decade. The idea started when two residents, Dave and Cristine Layton, volunteered to light the small trees in the park with mini-lights. It later escalated to large-bulb lights and the addition of Caroling in the Park held on the first Monday after Thanksgiving. With donations received from the community, a 24-foot, pre-lit panel tree was dedicated as the Community Christmas Tree in 2006. This year the Community Christmas Tree was erected and decorated on November 21. The tree will not be lit until December 1. Individuals interested in supporting the holiday decorations in the park or the Caroling 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, a “silver bell” ornament sponsorship can be purchased again this year. Those bells 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. With the purchase of a bell this year, you will receive a set of Holiday Specs. They are 3D Glasses that magically change the lights on the tree. Ornament sponsors are encouraged to place their bell on the tree at the dedication ceremony or may elect to have it placed on the tree in advance. Sponsors may keep their bell at the end of the holiday season. Bells are on display at City Hall. Collection boxes will also be available at Caroling in the Park for the City’s Community Food Drive. In a press release dated Monday, November 24, 2008, Mayor Edward H. Butler, Jr. announced a community food drive of non-perishable food items to be distributed to those in need through our local charities. He has asked that as you come out for an evening of fes-

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strand of barbed wire stretches across the bottom of the painting, a few sprigs of grass rise up from the ground. On a nearby counter was an unfinished painting of a bluebird, also standing on a post. Nearby were paintings of a blue jay with delphiniums, a yellow finch sitting on a thistle bloom, thrushes and swans. One painting was of an old stone barn in the snow, another was of a pair of Canada geese. “I’ve gotten great feedback from a lot of people and that makes me very happy,” Kearney said. Kearney is one of the founders of the year-old Nanticoke River Arts Council, which is trying to bring more opportunities to view and appreciate art to western Sussex County. The council had member displays during this summer’s farmers markets in Kiwanis Park and has held two Art in the Park events, also in Kiwanis Park. In September, it held an invitationonly art show and wine tasting at Act II

Radio City Christmas trip deadline nearing Seaford Recreation’s 17th annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is set for Sunday, Dec. 7, and is now taking registrations. Cost is $145 and seats are in orchestra section. There will be a few hours after the show to tour New York City. Call 629-6809. Register now for a discount.

florist in downtown Seaford. “We hope to get to the point that we can offer workshops and art education classes,” Kearney said. “Maybe even a festival.” Kearney believes that everyone can benefit from exposure to art and to painting. Based on her own experience, she insists that people don’t know the extent of their artistic talents until they actually put brush to paper. “I really wish that I had started this earlier,” she said. Her daughter, she added, “has a very good eye,” and she is encouraging her to start painting. “I don’t want Brooke to waste time,” she said. “I don’t want her to wait until she is 45 to start doing what she should be doing all along.” For your information: Tammy Kearney can be contacted at 629-2829 or by e-mail at Her studio is open by appointment.

tive cheer, that you keep those less fortunate in mind by bringing an item to place in the box and make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. For more information contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173. Community Food Drive Mayor Edward H. Butler, Jr. announces a community food drive to serve the local charities and food closets. Mayor Butler is asking our community to aid those less fortunate during the holiday seasons. Boxes will be placed at City Hall for the collection of non-perishable food items. The contents of the boxes will

Bridgeville Library will receive $300,000 By Lynn R. Parks The Bridgeville Public Library is inching closer to its $2.5 million goal for construction of a new facility. Last week, the library board received word that it had been approved for a $300,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation. That brings the total that the library has raised to a little more than $2.3 million. “We are extremely pleased and grateful,” said library director Karen Johnson. “This takes a huge burden off of this project. Now, we have less than $200,000 to raise.” Johnson was quick to say, though, that the library still needs the support of the


community to ensure that it raises the whole $2.5 million. The Friends of the Library are still planning fundraisers, including a community beam signing on Jan. 31, when people can make a donation and sign one of the construction beams in the new facility. On Feb. 20, the friends will hold a fundraiser, “For the Love of Books,” that will honor retired Woodbridge High School English teacher Norman Reynolds. The new library is being constructed on South Cannon Street. Contractor is Regional Builders, Seaford. Johnson said that expected completion date is May 23. The library should be able to move in during June, she said.


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Collections to be on display during Victorian Christmas Wine & Cheese and More is the name of the opening festivity of the 2008 Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. The cost is $10 per person payable at the door. The emphasis is on fancy hors d’oeuvres. Recipes have been researched and exceptional ones have been tried and tested. Just plain cheese and sweets will be hard to find. It will be an experience in gastronomical excellence. Two wine basket assortments will be awarded as door prizes to be drawn at 8 p.m. The committee in charge of this party consists of chairperson, Gloria Burton, Carolyn Griffith, Kendal Jones, David Monroe, Ann Sheriff, Shirley Skinner and Betty Young (telephoning). Added attractions that night will include candlelight tours of the mansion, the opportunity to bid on wreaths and arrangements, the chance to purchase tickets for an incredible raffle – one week in a highly desirable condo in Williamsburg or Myrtle Beach, exceptional shopping values in the gift shop boutique and the fascinating private collections on display throughout the mansion. Among the interesting collections that will be on display during all three days of the Victorian Christmas is a group of shaving mugs owned by Kendal Jones of Laurel. Shaving mugs were popular from 1860 to 1900. For the most part the mugs were kept in the barbershop and needed identification since there was no interchange with

other customers. A depiction of one’s occupation was the usual form, not in printed word but in sketches. Some mugs were silver-plated, some were glass lined and some were made to look like coalscuttles. Kendal has more than 100 mugs, which he started collecting 20 years ago. They will be on display in the Governor’s dressing room. Virginia Wilson collects Kewpie dolls among many other things. She started gathering these dolls more than 30 years ago just because she thought they were cute. Kewpie dolls are made of bisque, are nude and each has a curl of hair on the top of its head. Virginia has more than 100 dolls in her collection. She keeps them packed away in boxes but will make them available for this occasion in the Gage bedroom. Vintage jewelry is on what Diane Spicer says she got hooked. She started collecting back in the 1950s because the designs so intrigued her. Her first piece was bought at a flea market and that was when she discovered that the pieces are extremely well made. Her samples will be in the Jester bedroom. Bob Larkin has a hobby that has evolved into a collection. He does wood carving. His specialty is birds, some realistic and some whimsical. Lately he has been doing Santa Claus figures. His start with the result of visiting a wood carving show when he needed something to do one afternoon. Soon after he found his way to

Shown testing recipies for the Wine & Cheese and More party are (left t right) Betty Young, Kendal Jones and co-chair of the Victorian Christmas, Teresa Wilson.

the Ward Foundation in Salisbury. He has attended instruction sessions in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Myrtle Beach. When asked about his experience with wood carving, he says it took 10 years and $40,000. Today he shares his expertise. He teaches classes in his home every other Wednesday night for people who are interested. His works will be on display in the James Ross bedroom. Elaine Muhlbauer who lives in Bridgeville and for six years before that lived in Wilmington, collects Westmoreland glass. The company was founded in 1889 in East Liverpool, Ohio. It moved to

Gatesville, Pa., because of the presence of natural gas. In 1924, the company became the Westmoreland Glass. By 1940 their production concentrated on milk glass with 90 percent in that line. The business closed in 1984. The milk glass is done in several patterns. Some of Elaine’s are in a grape, some in little squares of a quilting design. Each piece is stamped with a “W” enclosed in an oval. She will be bringing 11 pieces that will be displayed on the buffet in the dining room. All collection pieces will be guarded during open hours. For more information call 628-9828.


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Joan E. Neal, senior vice president of Regional Builders, Inc., announces the addition of Teresa McVicker as a construction administrator. McVicker has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry on Delmarva. She will work from RBI’s main office on High Street in Seaford where her work will focus on brands of pre-engineered buildings offered by the company.

Pollution prevention grants

DNREC’s Pollution Prevention Program announces that $15,000 in competitive grant funds is available for pollution prevention projects for Delaware’s hospitality industry. The cost-share funds are to be used for projects that prevent or reduce pollution at the source. The deadline for submission of proposals is Jan. 15, 2009. Grants are available for Delaware’s hospitality industry, including hotels, motels and other lodging facilities. Preference will be given to facilities actively participating in the Delaware Green Lodging Program, a partnership between DNREC’s Pollution Prevention Program and the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association. The cost-share funds are available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Delaware Pollution Prevention project grant. A proposed project may target any

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As Santa Claus watches, Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles employee Todd Lowe of Bethel puts on a new centennial tag on Santa’s everyday car – not his sleigh. Photo by Ronald MacArthur.

Santa’s wish comes true ...a new centennial tag During the first month, the DMV has sold almost 1,000 centennial plates By Ronald MacArthur It started out as a promotion for the new Division of Motor Vehicles centennial license plates - until a little Christmas magic got mixed in. Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) public relations staff came up with the idea to use Santa Claus to promote the sale of the limited-edition plates as Christmas gifts. They came up with the catchy phrase: “Santa got his. Are you going to get yours?” Well, it appears Santa already had his the SANTA vanity tag had actually been taken by one of Santa’s helpers who lives in the Ellendale area. “When we contacted him, he thought this was the funniest thing ever,” said Darrel Cole, director of DelDOT public relations. And, Cole said, he was game for whatever Cole and his staff had in mind to help sell the license plates. So, before his schedule got too crazy, DelDOT and Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) staff arranged a photo-op Tuesday, Nov. 18, for Santa to get his own official centennial tag at the Georgetown DMV. But Santa, true to character, would not stand for just showing up for the photograph. He worked the crowd, shook hands, handed out centennial buttons and even

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Laurel man makes second appearance on ‘Millionaire’ Patrick Pugh, Laurel native and part-time patrolman with the Dewey Beach Police Dept., walked away with $25,000 in winnings on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” This marked Patrick’s second appearance on “Millionaire” this season. He originally appeared in episodes that aired Sept. 26 and 29 and walked away with $25,000 in winnings. Shortly after Patrick’s “Millionaire” taping, producers of the show realized that there was a spelling error in his $25,000 question. The question graphic was corrected before it aired however, so anyone who watched the show on Sept. 29, would not have seen the mis-spelling. Producers invited Patrick back for a second chance. He was allowed to start today’s show by looking at a new $25,000 question with all four lifelines left (“Ask The Audience,” “Phone A Friend,” “Double Dip” and “Ask The Expert”), since he had used lifelines on

the original question with the mis-spelling. Patrick used both his “Ask The Audience” and “Double Dip” lifelines on the $25,000 question, which was: Category, ‘On the Map’ – “If you draw a straight line on a map from Austin, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa, the line won’t pass through which of these states? A: Missouri, B: Oklahoma, C: Kansas, D: Nebraska.” The studio audience voted as follows: A=37% B=15% C=10% D=38%. Still unconvinced of the answer, Patrick used his “Double Dip” lifeline. It was a risky move, because once a contestant chooses the “DD” lifeline, they are committed to giving two answers. If both answers are incorrect, the contestant falls back to the next “safety level,” which for Patrick, would have been $1,000. Patrick’s first guess was “A,” which was incorrect. His second guess was “D,” which was correct. Patrick used his “Phone A

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Making sure that senior citizens aren’t forgotten at Christmas By Lynn R. Parks Sue Savina, manager of the Rose’s department store in Seaford, is happy to have a Santa for Seniors Christmas tree in her store. In fact, she said, she has taken four of the tree’s tags, each with the name of a senior citizen in Kent or Sussex County who needs a Christmas gift, herself. She will buy gifts for the senior citizens and place the gifts under the tree. “Seniors need help at Christmas time more than at any other time of the year,” Savina said. “Everyone focuses on children at Christmas and a lot of the time,

For your information: For details about the Santa for Seniors program, call project manager Erin Lee, (302) 697-6435. seniors are the forgotten people.” The Seaford Rose’s is the only location in Sussex County that has a Santa for Seniors tree. Other trees are located at the Rose’s store in Smyrna, the Dover Mall, the K-Mart in Dover and Cook and Smith florists, also in Dover. “There are a lot of isolated senior citizens out there who don’t get any gifts for Christmas,” said Erin Lee, general manag-

From left are Punkin Chunkin Association Vice President John Huber, Larry McLaughlin, Jake Burton, Wolfman Thompson and Capt. Speed Lackhove during the championship ring presentation.

Ring awarded to Chunkin’ champ J.C. Holland of Holland Jewelers donated the prized pumpkin ring that was awarded to world champion punkin chunker Jake Burton of Lewes during the 2008 Punkin Chunkin awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Each year, the winning team gets bragging rights and a hand-carved, wooden trophy. However, the trophy must be returned and passed on to next year’s winning team. When Holland learned winners didn’t get to keep the trophy, he decided to create something team captains could keep. The 14k gold ring shaped like a carved

pumpkin has a diamond set in one of the pumpkin’s eyes, and Holland has recreated the original design for the last 15 years. This year, several former world champions presented the ring to Burton, who has been competing in Punkin Chunkin since he was a child. His team, Young Glory III, sent a gourd flying 4,483.51 feet in the Air Cannon category to set a new world record. Young Glory III’s win also returned the trophy to Delaware after a year’s hiatus; The Big 10 Inch of New Jersey took the trophy home after the 2007 competition.

er of Home Instead Senior Care, the Camwill be taken to one of two gift-wrapping den-based for-profit health care provider parties. One party will be held Dec. 17, that sponsors the program. “This is a way 1:30 to 4, at Green Meadows nursing to give back to people who have given us home, Dover. The second party will be so much.” Dec. 19, 11:30 to 4, at the Lewes Senior Lee said that last year, Santa for SeCenter. niors arranged for about 2,000 senior citiEveryone is welcome to attend and help zens to get gifts. This year, the program wrap gifts, Lee said. The parties will inhopes to help at least 2,750 isolated and clude refreshments and entertainment. needy seniors. After they are wrapped, the gifts will be More than 40 agencies and nursing delivered to the participating facilities. homes, including DelGifts for senior citimar Nursing and Rezens who are part of habilitation, the ‘Seniors need help at Christmas the Meals on Wheels Bridgeville Senior program will be delivtime more than at any other time ered to the seniors’ Center, the Nanticoke Senior Center, Lifeof the year. Everyone focuses on homes by the Meals Care at Lofland Park, on Wheels drivers. children at Christmas and a lot the Laurel State SerTo help with gift vice Center and the pickups and deliverof the time, seniors are the forcounty’s Meals on ies, Wade Halverson, Wheels program, are owner of the Greengotten people.’ participating in the wood-based 1-800program this year. GOT-JUNK? franSue Savina Manager, Rose’s department store, Seaford These agencies prochise, has donated to vide Santa for Seniors Santa for Seniors the with the names of senior citizens who use of a covered dump truck. Workers with need some extra attention at Christmas. the program have had use of the truck for Santa for Seniors puts those names on a couple of weeks and will have it through tags that are hung on the trees the program Christmas, Halverson said. has put up. Also on the tags are gift sugHalverson said that in addition to the gestions. truck, he and his three employees will buy Donors can leave the gifts, with the gifts for senior citizens in the program. tags attached, in boxes that are placed at “This really seemed like a good prothe foot of the trees. gram for helping seniors,” Halverson said. Deadline to turn gifts in is Dec. 15. “It’s a great way to help the community After all the gifts are collected, they and people in need.”

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Online delinquent taxpayers list helps collect back taxes The State of Delaware has posted another list of Delaware’s Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers online. This is the fifth quarterly posting for the Delaware Division of Revenue since the inception of this program. “In less than two years this program has collected more than $3.3 million in back taxes from delinquent taxpayers whose names were posted, or were notified that their names qualified for posting, to the Delaware Delinquent Taxpayers website,” said Delaware Division of Rev-

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State Republicans choose new leadership for 145th Assembly The Republican Caucus of the Delaware State Senate selected its leadership for the 145th General Assembly at a meeting in Dover on Thursday, Nov. 20. Senator F. Gary Simpson (R-Milford) was named Senate Minority Leader and Senator Liane Sorenson (R-Hockessin) was reelected as Senate Minority Whip. Sen. Simpson replaces Sen. Charlie Copeland who left the Senate to run for Lt. Governor in the 2008 election. Gary Simpson was first elected to the Senate in 1998. He lives in Milford and represents the 18th Senate District which stretches from Milford south to Rehoboth Beach and the Long Neck area.

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Capt. Joseph ‘Beau’ Biden, right, son of vice president-elect Joseph Biden, is greeted by Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general, Delaware National Guard. Biden recently departed for Iraq. Photo by Lt. Col Len Gratteri, Delaware National Guard

Beau Biden leaves Army base in Texas, bound for Iraq On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 114 soldiers from the Delaware Army National Guard’s 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade departed Fort Bliss, Texas, for Iraq. Capt. Joseph “Beau” Biden, Delaware’s attorney general and son of vice president-elect Joseph Biden, was one of the departing soldiers. The aircraft was to make a stop in New England and another in Europe before landing at a staging area outside of Iraq. Soldiers will receive additional training and equipment at the staging area and are scheduled to be in Iraq sometime within the next two weeks. Capt. Biden will serve as trial counsel for the 261st and its subordinate units, which total approximately 1,200 soldiers. His primary duty will be to assist commanders as a prosecutor in enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The leadership team from the Delaware

Workshop to review proposed dam regs A public workshop on the proposed Delaware Dam Safety Regulations will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the DNREC Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway in Dover. The workshop will include an overview of the regulatory development and the proposed regulations for Delaware’s publicly-owned dams with high or significant hazard classifications. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the regulations. The regulations are available online at Pages/default.aspx or can be viewed weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DNREC Drainage Program Georgetown office, 21309 Berlin Road, Unit 6, Georgetown. For questions on the regulations, contact David Twing, 302-834-5557, ext. 115. For information on the workshop, contact Jennifer Campagnini, 302-739-9921.

National Guard, led by adjutant general Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, was on hand to wish the 261st farewell. The 261st will oversee communications systems in the Iraqi theater. The unit is scheduled to return home to Delaware in September 2009.


A REPORTER LOOKS BACK AT VIETNAM - Nancy E. Lynch, author of ‘Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968 - 1972,’ signs a copy of her book at the Laurel Public Library Saturday. The book is based on a column that Lynch wrote during the Vietnam War while a young reporter for what is now the News Journal in Wilmington. Delawareans who were serving in Vietnam wrote to the column, describing their experiences and asking about life back home. The book features the letters and the columns, as well as updates on 12 men who wrote letters to Lynch. In the contemporary interviews, the veterans describe the impact the war had on their lives. For information or to order a book, visit the Web site Lynch can be contacted at (302) 381-5993 or by mail at P.O. Box 68, Bethel, DE 19931. Photo by Lynn R. Parks









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From Thursday’s turkey comes Friday’s delicious soup So by now, if you’ve been following the advice I passed on from ORETTA NORR the Wizard of Wattles Rick Rodgers, you’re secure in the realization that you’ve done all you can to make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier on yourself. Now all you have to do is sit back and bask in the adulation you’ll receive from your guests. In my opinion, a big plus in having Thanksgiving dinner in my home is leftover turkey. A cold turkey and mayo sandwich almost Friday Turkey-Vegetable Soup 101 makes up for all the aggravation. (Makes 8 to 12 servings) Another happy outcome is the chance to make a pot of turkey soup. For soup base: Rick has a bone to pick with most left2 tablespoons vegetable oil over turkey soup recipes. He says tossing One medium onion, chopped the carcass and veggies together in a pot One medium carrot, chopped of water makes for good broth but cooks One medium celery rib with leaves, the taste out of both the turkey and the chopped vegetables. One turkey carcass, chopped into large His solution is to remove all meat from pieces (about 3 inches square), with edthe carcass and cook it with some vegetaible meat removed and reserved bles to make a base. Next, he sautés fresh Four parsley sprigs vegetables to which he adds the leftover 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme meat, the prepared base (minus the carcass One bay leaf and aromatic cooking vegetables) and One teaspoon salt some leftover gravy. 1⁄4 teaspoon black peppercorns I’ve followed this method for several years and can attest to the yummy results. For soup: Now if Rick could only tell me how to Two tablespoons unsalted butter find a use for all the other things stashed 1 large onion, chopped away before they look like chemical ex2 medium carrots, chopped periments gone terribly wrong… 2 medium celery ribs with leaves, chopped 1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped



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Summit will look at ways libraries Buy four nights, get three free. can improve health and economy Event, open to the public, set for Dec. 10 in Dover The Delaware Council on Libraries will host the Delaware Library Summit on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Dover Downs, to report on the results of planning studies and to identify the next steps in developing library services in support of health, economic development and lifelong learning and education. “Delaware libraries offer so much more than books,” said Theo Loppatto, Delaware Council on Libraries Summit planning chair. “We’re connecting people and communities with opportunity and information to help them develop knowledge. Libraries are empowering people to reach their full potential.” The Delaware Library Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature: • a health information panel, where health librarians and representatives from the medical community will review best practices in health resources and support provided by libraries across the country. • an economic development panel,

which will compare the use of library resources in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and how Delaware’s libraries can enhance their collections and resources to support community and economic development. • a lifelong learning and education panel, which will explore topics including professional development and workforce development, support for informal learning to achieve potential and the vital role that school and academic librarians play in education. After the panel discussions, moderators will help participants identify key priorities and action steps. “This is an opportunity for the public to get involved in the future direction of Delaware libraries,” said Annie Norman, state librarian. There is no charge to attend the summit, though donations for Friends of Delaware Libraries are accepted and registration is required. To register, contact the Division of Libraries at

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This oil painting of a local favorite, “The Cove,” at Indian River Inlet, will be released in print Friday morning at The Ellen Rice Gallery as part of the 14 annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Tour. The tour is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29.

Ellen Rice unveils new paintings during 2-day regional artist tour At 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, the first morning of the 2-day Thanksgiving weekend Southeastern Delaware Artists Tour, longtime coastal Delaware artist Ellen Rice will kick off her part of the tour by unveiling the third painting in her inspirational Strength of Woman Series and a complement of new oil paintings, including “The Cove” at Indian River Inlet. “The Strength of Woman – No Way Out” is a message of hope, light and encouragement, ” says Rice, who released the first painting in the series, “Standing on the Rock,” to national praise 10 years ago. The surf’s up at “The Cove” in the second of a handful of diverse paintings Rice will introduce at her Ocean View gallery during the free, two-day, self-guided Thanksgiving weekend tour of 18 juried area artists’ studios and galleries. Both premiering paintings will debut as archival giclee prints with large discounts as Rice’s “Thanks-giving gift” to tour goers “and everyone who’s been waiting so long for my new Strength of Woman Series painting. It’s also a heartfelt thank you for supporting local artists, many of whom rely on the sales of their work for basic income.” Remarques are miniature drawings or watercolors created in the lower margin of a print. Rice is offering to paint either a surfer’s favorite board or a fisherman’s favorite catch in the 10 prints’ margins. These will be special orders, which will be available to take home and present during the holidays with a certificate for the Remarque to be done after the holidays.

She’ll also debut a variety of small and larger oils featuring the beaches and inland landscapes of Sussex County, including her first snow scene. Of all of them, Rice says she considers “No Way Out” her most significant debut. Rice will also bring out a tour favorite, a bin of childhood works to encourage children in their artistic endeavors. “I think it helps them to realize how bad some of my early works were, to see progress over a period of years, and to see that it takes practice, not magic, to make beautiful artwork.” Rice’s Thanksgiving weekend festivities are part of the free, self-guided, two day Southeastern Delaware Artists Tour, which this year features 18 different artists. Rice is extending her hours beyond the tour’s regular hours to include Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who can’t get to the beach by Saturday. “Usually a few people come by on Sunday after the tour and feel bad that they missed it, who’ll have the cider warming and refreshments and cheer waiting for anyone who wants to come then.” For more information call The Ellen Rice Gallery at 302-539-3405, toll-free at 1-888-355-7423, or visit the gallery or its website,, where Rice has posted her annual tour invitation and newsletter. The gallery is located at 103 Atlantic Ave. (Rt. 26 in the same building as Country Wicker), 2.2 miles west of Bethany Beach’s totem pole. Everyone is welcome to come, bring family, friends and holiday guests to the Studio tour.



















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People Shrieves and Thomas are married The marriage of David Lee Shrieves to Patricia Maria Thomas was held on Nov. 8, 2008, at Bethel Worship Center in Seaford, performed by Pastor Joe LeCates. The groom is the son of Lee Shrieves of Fruitland, Md., and Beverly and Richard LeCates of Laurel. He is an em-

ployee of Peninsula Oil in Blades. His bride is the daughter of Russ Thomas Sr. of Salisbury, Md., and Pamela Bradshaw of Salisbury, Md. She is employed by Phillip’s Dry Cleaning in Salisbury, Md. The couple will reside in Laurel.

Wyatt, Hastings plan to be wed Mr. and Mrs. Steve Mayer of Seaford and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Wyatt of Milford announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Amanda Wyatt, to Benjamin Karl Hastings, son of Bart and Debby Hastings of Seaford. The bride-to-be graduated from Seaford High School and is working for Dr. Joaquin Cabrera and LifeCare at Lofland Park. Her fiancé also graduated from Seaford High School and is general manager of his family-owned business, Hastings Marine Construction, LLC. A wedding is planned for fall 2009.

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Community Bulletin Board Leaf removal Left over leaves littering your lawn or lot? Seaford Lions will rake your Seaford City limits location of leaves (for a donation), so you can live leaf free. Call Lion Keller at 629-4179, or Lion George at 629-7982, to set up an appointment.

Blades Fire Hall breakfast All-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of 5th and Cannon streets, on Dec. 7, at 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. Cost is adults, $7; children, 12-and-under, $3. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Company and the Blades Volunteer Fire Company.

Regional Buiders - Toys for Tots 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.

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. 12. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 1947, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134.

Century 21 Tull Ramey - Toys for Tots Century 21 Tull Ramey Real Estate announces that again they are a collection site for the U.S. Maine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Donations are being accepted at both locations, on Rt 13 North of Seaford and at 107 Pennsylvania Ave., Seaford. All toys should be new and do not have to be wrapped. All donations go to Sussex County needy families.

Seaford display For several years Kenna Nethken and Cheryl Webster, owners of Cut’Em Up Tree Care of Delaware in Seaford, have been sponsoring a holiday display at their home and business in Middleford. This year they invite area residents to drive through the display. The drive through will be well marked

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and will be opening the first weekend in December for residents of the greater Seaford area. The display will be open every evening from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. weather permitting, and will be open through New Year’s weekend. Donations are greatly appreciated. From Rt. 13 (Dunkin’Donuts) travel west on Middleford Road towards Georgetown. At the stop sign turn left and the display will be visible on the left.

S.C.A. Christmas concert Seaford Christian Academy students in grades 1st - 8th, and the High School Sound Waves will be presenting a concert on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the SCA Gym. Everyone is welcome to attend to hear what students have been learning in class this fall, and to enjoy beautiful Christmas music as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Call 629-7161, ext. 130, for further information.

Prayer breakfast Rise-n-Shine to a prayer breakfast at Seaford Golf & Country Club starting at 8 a.m. Advanced ticket sales only; $20 (No tickets will be sold after Jan 15, 2009).

The MLK Community Recognition Award will be presented to Regina Batson, a longtime educator dedicated to Seaford School District. Come out and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet, live entertainment, and gripping power points on the visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration continues at the Seaford High School from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is only $2. Special appearance by: Artist Earl Hardy Sobers, the Rev. Brian Nixon reciting, “I Have a Dream Speech,” also featuring a Teen Summit, open mic, live entertainment, creative dance, vendors, free lunch, step show, MLK Jr. trivia, theme contest, children’s games sponsored by the Seaford Parks & Recreation, and face painting by the Seaford District Library, and much, much more. For tickets call 628-1908.

DuPont Golden Girls luncheon 31st DuPont Golden Girls luncheon, Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. The cost is $15, for more info call Jackie 875-7625.

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Carols for Christmas The Southern Delaware Choral Society Christmas concert, “A Newborn Child: Cantatas and Carols for Christmas,” will be presented Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach. The cost for tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling 226-5231 or at

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‘It’s a wonder-full life’ It’s a wonder-full life, but would it be without the real meaning of Christmas? The Children at Laurel Wesleyan Church invite you to a Christmas musical about the best gift at Christmas. Join us Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery will be provided. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located north of Laurel on Rt. 13A. For more information call 875-5380.

Holiday food drive SunKissed Tanning wants to donate a holiday dinner to four Laurel families who need a helping hand during this holiday season. Our goal is 250 non-perishable food items to be donated by Dec. 22. Help us meet this goal. In return for your generosity, every three non-perishable items you donate, you receive one free tan. You can earn up to ten free tans.

Mentors needed The Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program is seeking dedicated adults to spend one hour per week with a fifth, sixth, or seventh grader. Mentors and students meet at the Laurel Library. Contact Kim Trivits or Lynne Betts at 629-7790 for details.

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Seaford class of 1988 20th year reunion will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, at Jimmy’s Grill Banquet Center in Bridgeville. If you graduated in 1988 from Seaford High School and did not receive an invitation, please call 302-5424200 for information. The reunion will be held from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. and includes dinner and dancing with a “DJ spinning classic ‘80s tunes. Tickets are still available for $75 a couple and $37.50 for single.

The Bridgeville Historical Society will host its 33rd Annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Woodbridge High School, Laws Street, Bridgeville. The craft show will include more than 60 vendors, selling a large assortment of holiday gift items. The show will include raffles for a 50-50 and antique furniture item. More than 40 door prizes will be given away. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the non-profit Bridgeville Historical Society.

Breakfast cafe VFW 4961 breakfast cafe, open Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund.

LHS class of ‘98 Laurel High School class of ‘98 is planning a class reunion. Contact Megan

The Town of Bridgeville will host their annual caroling in the park on Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Historical Society Park on the corner of Delaware Ave. and William St. Bring a canned good donation for needy families. Come for fun, fellowship and a visit from Santa Claus.

Dec. 5 – Christmas parade, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 – Open house/ribbon cutting, Members Christmas Party, Laurel chamber office 4-7:30 p.m.

The Seaford Historical Society raffle offers a luxurious condo in either Williamsburg or Myrtle Beach for a week in 2009 as the prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 and may be purchased at either the Ross Mansion on Saturday or Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. or at the Seaford Museum on Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The drawing will take place on the last day of the 2008 Victorian Christmas, which is Sunday, Dec. 14. The annual Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion, Dec. 12, 13 and 14, will once again feature a Christmas Boutique. Each member of the Seaford Historical Society is asked to contribute one item. Handmade gifts in the price range of $10 to $20 are especially popular. Items may be left in the gray box on the front porch of the Ross Mansion at any time. For questions call Diane Thomas at 629-2085 or Shirley Skinner at 629-9378.

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noon on Thursday, Nov. 27, in the church’s fellowship hall. Admission is free and all are welcome. Donations are accepted. For details call the church office at 337-7409.

Friends of the Bridgeville Library Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Hall on William Street in Bridgeville for a celebration recognizing the hard work, spirit and determination exemplified by our Friends of the Bridgeville Library. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. RSVP to Karen at

Free Thanksgiving dinner Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, is holding its 10th annual community Thanksgiving dinner at

Christmas craft night Do you have trouble finding a way to display your Christmas cards every year? Come to the Greenwood Library on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and make an adorable Christmas card wreath. The wreath, made of clothespins, craft wire and beads, is simple enough for younger children yet ready for an individual creative touch. The craft is free and open to all, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call 349-5309 or stop by the front desk at the library. Preregistration is required by Nov. 26.

Christmas concerts You are invited to join the students of Greenwood Mennonite School for their annual Christmas concert series celebrating the birth of Jesus. This Christmas season we will offer two opportunities for you to enjoy traditional Christmas music that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. On Tuesday Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. join the Elementary K-6th grades. The program will feature a kindergarten class drama presentation of the Christmas story under the direction of Kevin Yoder. On Thursday Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. join middle and high school grades. The program will feature the Middle School Choir, the Junior High Chorus, Senior High School Chorale, Ensemble and a combined Mass Choir under the direction of Kevin Yoder. Also featured for the evening will be the Junior and Senior High School bands doing a number of instrumental selections under the direction of Lowell Bechtel. Admission is free. The school is located at 12802 Mennonite School Road between Routes 16 & 36 just east of Greenwood. Visit for more information or call 302-349-4131, to learn more details about Greenwood Mennonite School.

Veterans Day program The Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 on 2 Governors Ave. in Greenwood is sponsoring a pet

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Sat. Dec. 6th 6:00 p.m. & Sun. Dec. 7th 9:00 am & 10:45 am Childcare provided Located 1/2 mi. north of Laurel on Alt. 13

MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008 food and pet toys drive during the month of November to benefit the SPCA in Georgetown. Items needed include: clean large towels, thin blankets with no filler, cat toys, dog toys, dog treats, cat treats, Beaverdam Hi-Pro Dog food (only dry dog food used), any brand dry cat food, clay cat litter (non-clumping), plastic colanders, leashes & collars (sm., med. & lg.), and baby gates. Contact Michaele Russell, president, for more information at 302-349-4220.

Pearl Harbor Day There will be a service of remembrance for Pearl Harbor Day on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 on Governors Ave. in Greenwood. The program is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Raymond Jervis Cooke, a retired United Methodist Minister with 70 years of service, will be the featured speaker. Dr. Cooke shares a long and varied career as a military chaplain and retired in 1972 with 28 years of service and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in USAF. During WWII, Dr. Cooke served as a military chaplain in the U. S. Navy. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of this historical observance.

Lost Love Series On Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Greenwood Library’s Bound by Books discussion group will be discussing the two-book Lost Love series by Karen Kingsbury. The two books to be discussed are Even Now and Ever After. The program will be held in the library meeting room and is free and open to all. To obtain copies of the books, please drop by the Greenwood Public Library or call Robin Miller at 302-349-5309. The Greenwood Public Library is located at 100 Mill St., just east of the railroad tracks in Greenwood.

Christmas Caroling Party On Friday, Dec. 12, at 6:00 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will be holding a Christmas Caroling Party at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. We will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6 p.m., sing carols throughout the facility, and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The activity is open to all; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is helpful, but not required. The Country Rest Home is located at 12046 Sunset Lane in Greenwood. To register, or for directions to the Country Rest Home, please call 349-5309. If you are able to supply some of your Christmas cookies as refreshments, please contact Robin at the same number.

Wreaths Across America Wreaths Across America, an organization formed to promote and coordinate sponsorship of Maine wreaths for national and state cemeteries that have shown a desire to emulate the Arlington wreathlaying event, will have a ceremony in every state in the country on Dec. 8.

This event kicks off a weeklong parade of wreath deliveries. Dec. 7 marks the start of the world’s Longest Veterans Parade from Maine to participating locations all across the country. On Saturday, Dec. 13, at 12 noon marks the simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies at over 286 locations all across the world, including 24 foreign cemeteries and aboard naval ships in all seven seas. The Dept. of Del. VFW Ladies Auxiliary is working in conjunction with Wreaths Across America to sponsor this ceremony. Veterans and Family Support Eastern Chairman Sally Kubicki and Dept. of Del. Chairman Michaele Russell have arranged to hold this event on Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. The public is invited to attend.

Longaberger sale The Delmar Lions Club is holding a Longaberger basket sale with all proceeds going to the community and the visually impaired. Baskets, with blue and orange trim and Wildcat paws, cost $49 each. The price of the lid, with a Delmar and Wildcat logo, is $30. Liners and dividers are available upon request. For more information or to order a basket contact Mildred Riley at 846-3846 or

‘Sounds of the Season’ On Dec. 7, the 3rd Annual “Sounds of the Season” Christmas Concert will take place at Delmar Senior High School. As in prior years, all proceeds will benefit local programs for the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life. A Chinese Auction will once again feature unique options for Christmas gifts, door prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be sold throughout the concert. Local performers include Lori (Miller) Lee, Lori Jones, the Delmar High School and Seventh Grade Choirs, and the Greenwood Mennonite High School Ensemble. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 629-2366, or at the door the day of the concert.


p.m. The chamber is seeking sponsors for the balloons to help offset the cost of the balloons and the gas to fill them. Sponsors can choose a balloon and level of sponsorship, will be able to have their sign or banner carried in front of the balloon, will be announced as the sponsor of that balloon by the parade MC’s David Marvel and WBOC’s Dennis Ketterer. Applications are now being accepted for entries in the parade. There is no charge for entering the parade. For more information on both sponsoring and entering the parade, go to and click the Reindeer link, email or phone 302-856-1544.

‘The Nutcracker’ “The Nutcracker,” acclaimed classical ballet performed by the First State Ballet Theatre; Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the theater, Arts & Science Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Route 18/Seashore Highway, Georgetown. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens/children/students. Call Delaware Tech at 302-8585475 or 302-856-5400, ext. 5545 for tickets.

Heritage month The Nanticoke Indian Association, Inc. will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month during the month of November. To celebrate this month, on Nov. 28, the association will offer free admission to their museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and join us for a day of dancing, food, and celebration of our heritage. For further information, call our center at 945-3400 or our museum at 945-7022.

‘Narnia’ exhibit Nanticoke Senior Center’s trip to Franklin Institute ‘Narnia’ Exhibit will be on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. Trip includes: motor coach transportation, admission to Franklin Institute, lunch at Old Country Buffet, all tips and gratuities. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.

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Sight & Sound Laurel Senior Center Trip to Sight & Sound, “Miracle of Christmas,” on Dec. 9. Cost is $90 and includes transportation, show & dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.

Radio City Seaford Recreation’s 17th annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is set for Sunday, Dec. 7, and is now taking registrations. Cost is $145 and seats are in orchestra section. There will be a few hours after the show to tour New York City. Call 629-6809.

MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008 All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend. For details call 302539-9717.

Olde Seaford Block Watch Olde Seaford Block Watch invites you to a covered dish dinner meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Seaford City Hall. The Program: “Sherlock Holmes – Eye Witness.” Drink and desserts will be furnished. Call 629-5643 for information.

Republican Women The Seaford Republican Women will meet, at Bon Appetite, for their Christmas luncheon. The date is Thursday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call Anne Nesbitt, at 628-7788.

SHS Alumni Association The SHS Alumni Association will hold an Executive meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4th at the Seaford Museum beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information please call Donna Hastings Angell @ 629-8077

Widowed Persons Service Embroiders’ Guild The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders’ Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at the CHEER Center in Georgetown.

The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 12:15 p.m., at the Golden Corral. Bring an unwrapped gift, toy

or canned goods for Associated Charities. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come join us — we all enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 6296337 for details.

S.C. Advisory committee The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will meet at the Sussex County West Administrative Complex, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, at 10 a.m. Agendas and minutes can be viewed on the county’s website at All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Raymond Moore, Chair, at 436-8132. Submit Bulletin Board items by noon, Thursday. Send to Morning Star Publications PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email to editor@mspublications. com or drop off at 628 West Stein Hwy., Seaford.

Hospice holds Festival of Trees The Festival of Trees’s volunteer organizing committee for Sussex County has worked all year to create the premier fundraiser of the holiday season. With the Festival scheduled for Dec. 5 to 7 at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Carter Partnership Center in Georgetown, final preparations are underway. Peggy Dolby, assistant director of development, said, “We’re excited about this year’s festival, with 130 sponsors providing more than 65 trees and 75 wreaths on display. A “Visit to the North Pole” will be held for children on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 to 2 p.m., which will include photos with Santa, craft tables and

games. Nancy Dorman has volunteered for the Festival of Trees for 14 years and chairs the decorating committee, coordinating orders for trees and wreaths with the volunteer decorators. She said, “We have over 100 dedicated volunteers who decorate the trees and wreaths, and each year they bring brilliant new ideas.”Delaware Hospice gratefully acknowledges the tireless efforts of everyone involved in organizing the Festival of Trees. There’s still time to sponsor trees and wreaths. If you or your business or organization would like to participate, contact Peggy Dolby at 302-856-7717. ext. 2123. To learn more about the Festi-

val of Trees or how Delaware Hospice can help you and your family, visit or call, 800-838-9800. Calendar of events Friday, Dec 5 Gala and Live Auction, 6 to 9 p.m., $30 per person, 855-2344 Saturday, Dec. 6 General admission, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3 adults/$1 students under 10 Saturday, Dec. 6 Visit to North Pole, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $5 per person, 855-2344. Sunday, Dec. 7 General admission, Noon to 3 p.m., $3 sdults/$1 students under 10 Memorial service, 3 to 4 p.m. (for Delaware Hospice families)

UD alumni plan special reception The University of Delaware and the Southern Delaware Alumni Club will host a reception with UD President Patrick T. Harker, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Ballroom C

at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway in Dover. The event is an opportunity for Blue Hens to stay connected with UD. The cost is $25 per

person, which includes cocktails and a buffet dinner. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 302-831-2341.

SUDOKU Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

Answers on page 45

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Business person of the year is great American success story You might call this a great example of the American success stoAT URPHY ry, and it is, as Greg Johnson, Laurel’s business person of the year, Rotary Club friend Charlie has enjoyed tremendous success Towers said that Greg is a the last few years as partner of Capp Enterprises, which encomfriend and a mentor to him passes some 15 local businesses. and a community-minded The Laurel Chamber of Commerce person who ‘does not like dinner last week drew a capacity a lot of credit. He likes docrowd to acknowledge his accoming things quietly.’ plishments and support a friend of the community. Rotary Club friend Charlie TowCharlie brought many laughs to the auers did a fine job describing Greg and dience when he said, “Cell phones are deftelling what he means to the community. initely a part of Greg, and I myself can say Charlie said that Greg is a friend and a amen to that one.” mentor to him and a community-minded Charlie finished with comments we person who “does not like a lot of credit. would all like to hear said about us. “I am He likes doing things quietly.” fortunate to know Greg,” he said. “He surCharlie’s description of the full Greg rounds himself with good people, especialcharacter brought many laughs as well as ly his wife, Carla, and family. I can’t ask quiet statements of “that’s true” from the guests. “Greg is very opinionated,” Charlie for a better friend or a better person.” Others who spoke included town counsaid. “If you want an answer he will give cilwoman Terry Wright, state Sen. Robert it. It may not be what you want but it is an Venables, Rusty Dukes and Don Dykes for answer.” Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. Charlie told about how much of an inGreg finished off the fine event with his fluence Greg has been to the Nanticoke personal comments and by thanking the Rotary Club, helping to build the first Rochamber for the award. He said that he left tary House, which provided emergency The Insurance Market “as a 30-year-old shelter to those in need. Greg has received kid” and soon became associated with just about every Rotary award there is, he businessman Ed Wilgus. That relationship said. has lasted more than 20 years and the partCharlie also talked about Greg’s competitiveness. “He goes all out in everything ners have more than 100 employees and 15 companies. in life,” he said.



“His confidence in me, it changed my life,” Greg said of Wilgus. Greg described his family as small but very strong. His dad and mom, “Shotty” and Shelby, taught him a work ethic in his early years. He worked on the farm, feeding 50,000 chickens, hogs and horses, washed school buses and learned the value of work. “We never went out to eat but there was always a hot meal on the table,” he said. An unemotional guy on the outside, Greg finished with comments about his wife and her love and support. Then, some emotions surfaced. “She never complains and she allows me to take risks,” he said. How about them Bulldogs? What a tremendous win Friday night against Caravel, and that takes us to the state finals and a chance to be state champions. Folks, this team puts excitement on the field for all who watch. I could talk about any of the players here, as they have all played great. But runs and touchdown catches by Josh Kosiorowski and David Albert are what movies are made from. If you weren’t there, you missed it. Robert T. Ruston Stadium was rockin’. Go get them this week, Bulldogs. By the way, there will be a Bulldog caravan leaving Sussex Irrigation, Laurel, at 2 p.m. Friday. Bulldog fans are welcome to join in the caravan and in tailgating before the game. The inflatable Bulldog will be there, as well as a blow-up Milford Buccaneer. Enthusiasm is high for the game, to

say the least! Several of the local churches are having special Christmas programs to raise money for the needy. Laurel Baptist Church will have a Christmas store Saturday, Dec. 6, at its Delmar Highway location. Bob Martin is the director of the Lions Club show this year and he is very excited about it. The show theme is “The Fabulous 60s” and I can relate to that. There will be no Thursday evening show but a Sunday matinee instead. There will also be a full cast this year as the date has been moved up, which allows more cast members to participate. What Bob really needs is an outside picture of the old Village Drive-In. See him if you have one, or I can get it to him. Now, talking about next spring’s Lions Club show, I’m getting ahead of myself, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner. I know that as parents, you have more pressure on you this year than ever before and I wish all of you the best. Keep your family together and offer them your love. That’s better than anything that the stock market or these tough times can do to us. That’s my Thanksgiving message. Oh, and clear the fields! “Sure Shot” Dick Whaley will be out there, as well as Gardner Goottee and Roland Wingate. Is there a rabbit that’s safe in the western hemisphere?






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Church Bulletins Mt. Olivet Preschool openings Mt. Olivet Preschool has added another three-year-old class to its program. There are limited openings in the three and four-year-old classes. Call Linda Stephenson at 629-2786 for details.

The evening is to benefit the Community Food Closets of Laurel and Seaford and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. An offering will also be received to support the food closets. Contact Pastor Chris Pennington at 629-9466 with any questions.

Christmas musical

Trustee Day On Nov. 30, at 4 p.m., Trustee Day/Van Rally. Guest: the Rev. S. Alexander Minor, I Zoar United Methodist Church, Selbyville, Male Choir and Congregation. Call 628-2810 for further information. The Rev. Dania R. Griffin is Pastor; and the Rev. Zakiya Y. Griffin, Assoc. Pastor

‘Evening of Music’ Thanksgiving eve community-wide “Evening of Music” featuring the Handbells of Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel and St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford and the choir of St. John’s UMC. The Rev. Wayne Grier of Centenary UMC - Laurel will bring a message of Thanksgiving, 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Eve at St. John’s UMC, Pine and Poplar streets, in the heart of Seaford.

The Children at Laurel Wesleyan Church invite you to a Christmas Musical about the best gift at Christmas. Join us Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery will be provided. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located north of Laurel on Rt. 13A. For more information call 875-5380.

Sound Waves Handbell Choir The Sound Waves Handbell Choir of Seaford Christian Academy will be performing for the Seaford Historical Society’s, “A Victorian Christmas” at the Ross Mansion in Seaford, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out to enjoy this special Christmas celebration.

Gospel Café Gospel Café of Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Poplar and

Market streets, Laurel meets every Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Bruce and Nancy Willey Music Ministry. Live Christian Music – Fellowship – Refreshments. Guest singers: Nov. 29 – Good News Tour (Singing from their new CD) Sam Hearn, Frank Silva, Mary Ann Riggi and Amanda Jones. For more information contact Bruce & Nancy Willey at 875-5539 or 8757339.

Open House Christ the Cornerstone Community Church open house, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come see what we have to offer and bring the kids. There is a shop for the parents and a shop for the young ones to purchase gifts for family and friends at a price they can afford and we will even help them wrap their gifts to keep them a secret until Christmas. You can even purchase a light lunch to keep you going. Ms. Santa will be available to tell a story at 11 a.m. and give the little ones a candy cane. The church is located on the corner of Bethel Road and 13A — The little white church with Thee Wedding

Chapel. Both are beautiful to see. Call 8758150 for more information.

Fall Fundraiser begins Christ the Cornerstone Community Church is starting its fall fundraiser. A selection of crafts, gifts, and decorations available until Dec. 15. To view these items, stop by the church, or call 875-8150 for time availability. Church is located at the corner of Seaford Road and Bethel Road, Laurel.

Operation Christmas Child The parishioners of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church once again participated in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Thirty-eight filled shoeboxes were received on Sunday, Nov. 16. Shoe boxes were filled with a variety of small gifts, school supplies, and toys to be distributed to needy children in the U.S. and countries throughout the world. In the past 15 years these shoe boxes have made a difference in children’s lives, representing the caring and devotion of God’s love. This is the fifth year of St. Luke‘s participation.

DIRECTORY: Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship TRINITY UNITED METHODIST Trap Pond, CHURCH NearLaurel, D el. 875-7715 Sun. School 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:00 a.m. Pastor Julie A. Lewis

“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 E-mail: NURSERY & HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

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

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

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


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

CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Rev. Donna Hinkle, Pastor Church: 875-4233 Sunday Services: 8:30 am Praise 9:30 am Sunday School,10:45 am Worship


Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching

Youth Group Wednesday 7:00 pm

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

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

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

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & Old Christ Church

“A Place to Belong”

600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 (302) 875-3644 The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus, Pastor Holy Eucharist with Healing and Church School ~ Sunday @ 9:30 am

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY Underground Family Worship (7-12 grade) 6:15 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Prayer Team ‘The Table’ God’s Big Back Yard (last Wed. of mo) 7:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.

94 Walnut St. Laurel, DE 19956


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 Road6 8, South of Laurel Laurel,D el.

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

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

Wednesday: BibleS tudy 7P M

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



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

A Gathering Of Faith Come together under Christ’s roof and share together in his love. Attend Church this Sunday

Obituaries are run without charge thanks to the support of area churches

“The Pickle Church” CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH PICKLE MINISTRIES OUTREACH & CORNERSTONE NOTE MUSIC MINISTRY Corner of Bethel Rd. & Alt. 13 • 302-875-8150 Church School -All Ages - 9:15 a.m. Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. Rev. Rick Elzey Wings of Prayer - Tues. 7:00 p.m. Come Join Our Family


WEDNESDAY NIGHT Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

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


Mary L. Miller of Millsboro passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mary was a retired insurance consultant. She was a member of the Millsboro VFW ladies auxiliary, and loved to bowl and travel. Her parents, Lincoln and Sadie Boyce Archer, preceded Mary in death. She is survived by her husband David Miller of Millsboro; children: Christopher Miller and wife Laura of New Britain, Conn., Debra Johnson and husband Robert of Avon, Conn., Kathy Vennell and husband Charles of Ellington, Conn.; one brother, Leslie Archer of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; two sisters, Oleta Jerome of Dexter, Maine, and Gail Hillard of

Crampton, N.H.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and her good friend Shirley Weatherby of Millsboro. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, where friends called. Burial was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed via or

Mary A. Robinson, 96 Mary A. Robinson of Seaford died on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at home. Her husband, Earl S. Robinson died in 1985, and two sons, Wayne Robinson and Mack Robinson, also preceded her in death. Mary is survived by six sons, Hillary

22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE (302) 629-5600 -

Besid e the StillW aters

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

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


Wednesday Evening

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

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

30320 Seaford Road, Laurel, Del. Ph: 875-7275 • Pastor Bill Konkel Sunday School: 9 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 1st & 3rd Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Thurs Evening Prayer: 7 p.m.


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

All Welcome Where Love Abides -- John 3:16

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

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

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

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

T on y W in d sor


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


Mount Olivet

Call: 302-236-9886

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

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

Mary L. Miller

[includes $1.00 donation to NIE (Newspapers in Education) program].

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



Tony Windsor’s brand new Gospel CD compilation is on sale now. Tony sings songs of faith and inspiration including “The Angels Cried,” “Everlasting Arms,” “I Saw the Light” and much more. Get your copy at the Star office for only $6.00

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

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

New Gospel CD: ‘Beside the Still Waters’

Located at Tyndall’s Furniture Plaza on Discountland Rd & Rt. 13, Laurel 302-875-4646

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


PLAY AT ST. JOHN'S - St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford will hold a play, Christmas in Cricket County, on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the church. From left are Marc Keeler (cousin Oswald), Phillip Kimbrough (cousin Fester), Dori Cummings (cousin Donna Jo) and Pastor Chris Pennington (Cousin Pete). Admission is a donation of nonperishable food items to benefit the Seaford Community Food Closet. For more information, call the church at 302-629-9266. Photo by Bandy Parks

Messiah’s Vineyard Church

Laurel Wesleyan Church Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel Sunday School - 9:30 Worship - 9:00 & 10:45 Sunday Evening Worship Wed. 6:30 p.m. - Youth Ministries & WKID, The Zone, Children’s Ministries Church 875-5380 • Sr. Pastor Ken Deusa Asst. Pastor: Rev. Rick Green; Youth: Kyle Horton Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Searcey

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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

Thank You to the churches that sponsor these pages. Your contribution makes it possible for the “Good News” to be published each week.

PAGE 24 M. Robinson, Robert E. Robinson, Albert J. Robinson, James M. Robinson, Melton E. Robinson and J. W. “Cliff” Robinson; two daughters, Shirley Ann Willoughby and Phyllis R. Elliott; 18 grandchildren, 34 great- grandchildren, and nine greatgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were on Sunday, Nov. 23, at The Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford, where friends called. Burial was in Blades Cemetery.

Arlene Clendaniel Geniesse, 44 Arlene Clendaniel Geniesse passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, surrounded by loved ones, in Salisbury, Md. She was born in Milford and graduated from Seaford Senior High School in 1982. She attended Salisbury College and University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Her brother, Jeff Clendaniel preceded her in death in 1986. Arlene is survived by her two sons, Spencer, age 16, and Jon, age 20, who is a marine; her mother, Sandra Fleetwood Figgs and stepfather, Robert Figgs, who reside in Florida. She is also survived by a sister, Deana Clendaniel, and niece, Hannah, in Tampa, Fla. as well as an aunt and uncle, Barbara and Charlie Fleetwood of Seaford, and a niece, Michelle Clendaniel of Easton. Letters of condolences may be sent to 2755 Curlew Rd, #78, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. In Arlene’s memory, contributions may be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P O Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 218021733 Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008 Fletcher, Morgan Fletcher and Amber Fletcher, all of Delmar; and two greatgrandchildren, Danny Holston, III of Delmar and Noah Fletcher of Salisbury. She is also survived by two sisters, Mildred Ennis of Salisbury and Madelyn Sern of Wilmington; a brother, William E. Toadvine of Salisbury and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ted Fletcher, Jr., three brothers, Norman, Theodore and Russel Toadvine and two sisters, Mary Eloise Ennis and Cora Wainford. A funeral service was held on Friday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at Short Funeral Home, Delmar. The Reverend Patty Frick officiated. Interment followed the services at Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Sharptown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 307, Sharptown, MD 21861. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Robert M. Glading, 79

He played harmonica with many local bands, most recently with the “Medics” in Seaford. He was a devoted and loving husband. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jan Birch Glading; a brother George R. Glading and his wife Lois of Dover, two nieces and two nephews. All services are private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Interment will be private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Memorial contributions be made to a charity of choice. Send online condolences to

Inez Stein, 97 Inez Stein of Seaford, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. She was born the oldest of three children in Warren, NJ, the daughter of Harvey and Mabel Erickson Blazier.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mabel Vickery, her first husband, Arthur Vickery and her second husband of 20 years, Benjamin Stein and her sister, Evelyn May Rodgers passed away in 1975. Inez is survived by her brother, Edwin Blazier and his wife Ada Bowers Blazier of Seaford, and many nieces, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. She retired from American Cyanamid in 1965. She was the organist for Mt. HorebMethodist Church and Springdale and Mt. Bethel for a number of years. Funeral services and burial will be private. The family would like to thank the staff at the Methodist Manor House for all of the care given to Inez during the years she spent there. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Robert M. Glading, of Bridgeville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born March 2, 1929 in Woodbury, NJ, son of Samuel Mead and Jean Nairn Kennedy Glading. Mr. Glading enjoyed a 35 year career with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, retiring as the Proprietary Information Protection Officer.

Doris Toadvine Fletcher, 70 Doris Toadvine Fletcher of Delmar, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at her home. She was born Dec. 11, 1937 in Salisbury, a daughter of William M. Toadvine and Anna Mae Jones Toadvine, who were of Quantico, Maryland. She graduated from Wicomico Doris Toadvine Senior High Fletcher School, was a lifetime member of the Sharptown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Sharptown. She loved her work as a caretaker for family and friends in need. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ted Fletcher; three sons, Kenneth Fletcher and his wife Shelly of Salisbury, Jerry Fletcher and his wife Kathy of Delmar and Terry Fletcher and his wife Terri of Delmar; ten grandchildren, James Fletcher and Caroline Fletcher of North Carolina; Coltman Fletcher of Salisbury, Gunner Fletcher of Sharptown, Tyler Spiker of Delmar, Brandon Fletcher and Gavin Fletcher of Salisbury, and Dillon

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

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

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!”

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

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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

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


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DOC Facility partners with Sportsmen Against Hunger Officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Correction recently joined a representative from Bay Shore Community Church’s food pantry to tour the DOC’s venison processing facility at the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown. Through the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife-sponsored Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, packages of flash-frozen ground venison produced in the facility will become meals for needy families in the church’s Gumsboro neighborhood. “I can’t express how important this program is to our mission. We would not be able to serve as many people as we do without the deer meat – and we receive it at no cost, supplementing other food items we purchase at low cost,” said Ricky

Lecates of Blessings Unlimited, Bay Shore’s food pantry. The number of people in need in the area that Blessings Unlimited serves has risen about 50 percent in the last three months, Lecates added. Statewide, more than 20 charitable organizations like Blessings Unlimited will receive donated venison through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program during the 2008-2009 deer season. The program was founded in 1992 by a coalition of sporting groups as a means for hunters to donate deer to help feed the hungry here in the First State, using participating private butcher shops to process the meat. DOC joined the list to support the program in 2005 with its venison processing facility. “Since its inception, the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program has provided

nearly 1 million meals, thanks to the hunters who donated the deer and the partnerships we’ve formed with processing facilities,” noted DNREC Deputy Secretary David S. Small. Last year, 1,069 deer were donated, producing 35,099 pounds of venison. In 2008, the program has already processed more than 317 deer into 10,518 pounds of venison. In the four years since joining DNREC in support of the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, the venison processing facility at SCCC has processed more than 800 deer into 26,000 pounds of venison. Offenders working in the program complete 40 hours of training in basic butcher shop operations and meat processing. Offenders are serving sentences in the SCCC’s Violation of Probation Center, generally after committing a technical vio-

lation to the terms of their probation. Three walk-in coolers are located in Sussex: Redden State Forest near Georgetown, Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach and Trap Pond State Park in Laurel. Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. This will allow the Division to verify that a deer has been registered. Division of Fish and Wildlife staff check coolers periodically; however, hunters are asked to call the phone number on the cooler when dropping off a deer to ensure that it will be picked up and processed in a timely manner. For more information or to volunteer, contact Joe Shockley at 302-537-3217. Organizations interested in receiving donated venison may call 302-739-9912.

Roadhouse Steak Joint will support Habitat on Dec. 11 Take a break from your holiday shopping and feed your body and soul on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Roadhouse Steak Joint in Rehoboth Beach. From 11 a.m. until closing the Roadhouse will donate 10% of all proceeds to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s 2009 Women Build. The Roadhouse Steak Joint is located at 4275 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach

by the Midway shopping center. This will be Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s third home built by women. Construction is set to begin in January 2009, with completion in mid-June. The house, in the Concord Village development in Seaford, is one of eight Sussex Habitat houses planned for 2009. Women Build began in 1991 in North Carolina as a program that seeks to in-

Youth board seeks applicants for $10,000 in grants in 2009 The Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County will award a total of $10,000 in grants in 2009 to one or more schools and qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Sussex County. Applications will be accepted for programs that focus on promoting a productive lifestyle by encouraging students, grades 8 through 12, to stay in school and preparing them for college or their future in the work force. Extra consideration will be given to programs that provide money-management guidance (i.e. budgeting and savings) and/or prevent substance abuse. Each grant request must be submitted on a 2009 Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County Grant Application Form which can be downloaded from the DCF’s website, or obtained by contacting the DCF’s Southern Delaware Office at 302-856-4393 or email, Completed applications must be post-

marked or delivered to 36 The Circle in Georgetown by Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. Grant recipients will be announced in April 2009. For more information, contact Judy Warrington, Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County Advisor, at 302-422-6010 or email About the Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County The Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) of the Delaware Community Foundation for Sussex County is composed of 18 students from eight public, independent and diocesan high schools in Sussex County. YPB members study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools and learn about community service and grantmaking. This year’s grants will be made possible in part by the Youth Philanthropy Fund established by Phyllis Wynn. Contributions to support this program may be sent to YPB for Sussex County c/o DCF, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, Delaware 19899.

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clude, encourage and empower women to join in Habitat’s mission to build simple, decent, affordable housing. In 2007 Women Build volunteers built more than 200 houses across the United States. Women Build takes women from all walks of life and teaches them basic construction skills, enabling them to not only build houses for Habitat but also to feel

more confident and empowered in their own lives. For more information or to volunteer call 302-855-1153 or email Since 1991, Sussex County Habitat has built 37 homes in Sussex County. Fifty-eight adults and 104 children live in Habitat homes in Sussex County.


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Health Remember to give thanks for your health By Anthony Policastro, M.D This is Thanksgiving week. I have used it to dust off one of my previous articles on the subject. Thanksgiving is the classic American holiday. When we think of Thanksgiving we think of food. That is understandable. The Pilgrim “Thanksgiving” in 1621 was a feast. It was not really a thanksgiving feast. It was a celebration of the traditional English harvest festival. These festivals were related to finishing the harvest before the coming winter. I am sure that the Pilgrims did indeed express their thanks to God. They were a religious group so this would not be a surprise. They probably thanked Him for the food. They probably thanked Him for the friendship of the local Indians. They probably were thankful for other things as well. However, they were likely most thankful for their health. The first winter at Plymouth Colony was not a good one. This was true at all of the colonies established in the new continent. Jamestown and Roanoke had hard winters as well. England is known for its bad weather. Therefore, most of the colonists should have been used to the bad weather. However, in England it is frequently cool and rainy. It is seldom very cold and snowy. I spent three years in Boston during my Pediatric training. I spent two years in England during my time in the Air Force. There is no question that New England winters are harsher than Old

England winters. The Pilgrims knew that their life would be hard. They may not have realized how hard. Prior to the Pilgrims arrival, the area around Cape Cod was occupied by the Patuxent Indians. The outside Indians who visited the Pilgrims told them that a “great plague” had killed them all. That left cleared farmland for the Pilgrims upon their arrival. Illness affected the Pilgrims to a great degree. In the first month alone, there were four deaths. During the remainder of the winter, there were about 40 other deaths. The result was that half of the passengers and crew of the Mayflower died that first winter. At one point, there were only 7 people healthy enough to tend the sick. Thomas Bradford, one of their leaders, expressed this concern in his journal. He spoke about the harvest celebration in 1621. He said: “They began now to gather in the small amount they had, and to fit up their houses and dwelling against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength…” He mentioned food, shelter and health. The causes of death during that first year were malnutrition, exposure and illness. It was natural for Thomas Bradford to focus on those three things. We tend to take food, shelter and health for granted. We tend to be thankful about the Thanksgiving dinner. We are not very worried about malnutrition. However, we need to realize

Sen. Carper visits the new CHEER center in Greenwood Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) had lunch with seniors at the new Greenwood CHEER Center on opening day, which was Monday, Nov. 24. The new 5,200 square foot Greenwood CHEER center includes a larger dining area, a bigger kitchen and a fitness center. Funding for the new $1.5 million facility included a $500,000 low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development and another $500,000 guaranteed loan from the Bank of Delmarva.

The new facility is part of a CHEER initiative to serve Sussex County's rapidly growing older population, which has an average age of 42.4. CHEER operates nine centers throughout the county along with other services geared toward an aging population. The new Greenwood center will serve seniors during the day and be open for meetings and receptions in the off-hours. Carper also visited North Georgetown Elementary School.

that food is important to our health. At Thanksgiving, we often take that attitude that we live to eat. Instead we need to be happy that we are not starving. We need to be thankful that we do not have to eat to live. We all gather around a table with family and friends. We take the presence of a roof over our head for granted. We are not very worried about exposure. However, we need to realize that shelter is important to our health. We are not usually concerned with health at Thanksgiving unless someone is actually ill at that time. We tend to forget that health is something that we cannot take for granted. We all know healthy people who have been stricken with a terrible illness. We all know young people who have died in accidents. If we have not experienced that first hand, we tend to

ignore it at Thanksgiving. When we sit down at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, we need to recognize these things. We should think of the problems of the Pilgrims. We should think of how important our health is. We should give thanks for that health. We should give thanks for the food and shelter that allows us to remain healthy. Another important thing to remember is that we should not have to wait until the fourth Thursday in November to give thanks for these things. We should recognize the fact that there are many things we do not control. Our health is one of those. Every day that we remain healthy is one for which we should be thankful. It is likely that the Pilgrims knew this. It is likely that they were thankful for their health every day. We need to look at the lesson we learn from them.

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Health Briefs Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening Life-Line Screening will be at the Nanticoke Senior Center on Dec. 10. The site is located at 310 Virginia Ave. in Seaford. Appointments will begin at 10 a.m. Screenings are non-invasive. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for men and women. Register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appoint-

ment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit us on the web at Pre-registration is required.

Nanticoke welcomes Dr. Gupta Nanticoke Memorial Hospital announces that Dr. Abha Gupta, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has joined Nanticoke Women's Health Center, located at 1309 Bridgeville Highway. Dr. Gupta is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is acDr. Gupta cepting new patients. Dr. Gupta graduated from Punjab University, Christian Medical College, Punjab, India. She trained as an OB/GYN physician

and was an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology before moving to the United States. After earning a master's of public health at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Gupta completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J. Her professional memberships include the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists. She and her husband have resided in the community for several years. To reach Nanticoke Women's Health Center, call 629-3923.

Nanticoke raffles game system The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will raffle a Wii gaming system console that includes a CD with five sports games, two nunchucks and two remotes (retail value $350). Tickets are on sale at The Look-In Glass Shoppe (located within Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) from now until Dec. 15 at noon. Tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 15. All proceeds from The Look-In Glass Shoppe benefit Nanticoke Health Services. For more information about the raffle, call 302-629-6611, ext. 4955.

County offices closed for luncheon Sussex County offices will close from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon. Members of the public with business to conduct at County facilities are asked to plan accordingly for the temporary closure.

Offices will reopen promptly at 1 p.m. The Mildred King Luncheon is held each December to recognize County employees for their service to the County government. It is named in honor of former County employee Mildred King, who served Sussex County for nearly 30 years.

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The Nutcracker, performed by The First State Ballet Theatre, returns to Delaware Tech in Georgetown on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Nutcracker returns to Del Tech The acclaimed production of “The Nutcracker” will grace the stage at Delaware Technical & Community College. The First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT), Delaware’s only professional ballet theatre, will perform this perennial favorite on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the theater of the Arts & Science Center. This production is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman. Pasha Kambalov, the company’s artistic director said, “The Nutcracker” is the world’s best known and most loved ballet. This is the sixth consecutive year we have presented this ballet at Delaware Tech. Our Sussex County audience is wonderful, and our dancers love to perform for them.” According to Robert Grenfell, president of the FSBT, “Tchaikovsky’s beautiful

music, the familiar story, and the exciting dancing make “The Nutcracker” a favorite with audiences of all ages. Our 60+ person cast will wear costumes created in the Moscow studios of famed Russian costume designer Lisa Dvorkina who designs for the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera.” “We are delighted also to continue our collaboration with Cheryl's Dance Alley in Millsboro, whose students will perform two of the variations in Act II of the production.“ General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children and senior citizens. For information or to purchase tickets, call the Public Relations Office at Delaware Tech at 302-858-5475 or 8565400, ext. 5545. Advance ticket reservations are recommended due to the fullhouse status of previous years.

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Holiday Drawings 11/19 thru 12/20 $10 Gift Certificate drawn Weekly Five $20 Gift Certificates drawn on 12/20 Purchase is required to Enter Drawing 10% discount with Seaford Chamber of Commerce or Nanticoke Hospital ID Cards.

WARD MUSEUM EXHIBIT - The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, presents Reflections on Water: Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture, on exhibit from Dec. 5, 2008 to Feb. 15, 2009 in the museum’s LaMay Gallery. The exhibition highlights the Eastern Shore’s wetland habitats, maritime scenery and nautical activities. The multimedia exhibit showcases traditional and contemporary works, reflecting the vision of 21 artists from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Most of the works are available for purchase. An opening reception with refreshments is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. For more information, call 410-742-4988 or visit Shown here is a piece by Ron Hugo.

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Messiah’s Vineyard Church

December 7th & 14th - Messiah’s Vineyard Church will present “Heaven Rejoices”. We will unfold the life changing miracle of Christmas in this two part drama series. Part 1 will begin on Sunday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. and Part 2 will unfold Sunday, December 14th at 9:30 a.m. The stage will be set with Heavenly Thrones, The Nativity Scene, and the prophet Isaiah proclaiming the “Good news.” There will be live animals, special effects, actors gorgeously arrayed in beautiful costumes, and special singing. Come be apart as Heaven Rejoices in The Miracle of Christmas. Sunday, December 21st - 9:30 am Messiah’s Vineyard’s

Children’s Church will be presenting “Joy to the World”, a special program presented by our children. There will be fascinating props, costumes, and special singing. There will also be a special children’s party with games and fun after the program that your child would love to be apart of. Messiah’s Vineyard Praise Dancers will also be ministering at this service. Special refreshments will be served to all of those who attend this service. We look forward to worshiping and celebrating the Birth of Christ with you!

Wednesday, December 24th at 6:00 - 7 pm Messiah’s Vineyard will be holding a special Christmas Eve Service. We invite you to bring your whole family as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. We will have a candlelight service along with praise and worship, special singing, and a message.

Dr. Carl G. Vincent, Senior Minister

All Are Welcome

Pastor Barry B. Dukes, Senior Pastor

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Entertainment briefs Adult Plus+ offers trips Take a day trip in December with the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Trips are available to the general public with discounts offered to Adult Plus+ members. Tour the Capitol building and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Take a trip to New York to watch the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes on Wednesday, Dec. 3. View the Christmas blooms on Friday, Dec. 5 at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Journey back in time to the historic lifestyles of influential 18th and early 19th century Philadelphians on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with a tour and holiday festivities presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Celebrate the season by watching “Happy Holidays” in great front orchestra seats at the Kennedy Center on Thursday, Dec. 11. Enjoy a guided tour of Winterthur Mansion decorated for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 12. Listen to carols, traditional hymns, singers, and an awesome pipe organ in a 200-year-old church in Bethlehem, Penn. on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Take a train ride to see the display of lights in Northside Park, drink tea and enjoy dinner in a Victorian oceanfront hotel in Ocean City on Monday, Dec. 15. Travel to New York for the day on Wednesday, Dec. 17 to shop or take in a show. On Thursday, Dec. 18, see the hit “Holiday Pops” at the Kimmel Center featuring Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at 2 p.m. or enjoy the “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center at 7 p.m. There are two great performances at the Delaware Tech theater. On Thursday, Dec. 4, watch “Scrooge” by Clear Space Productions. On Saturday, Dec. 13, enjoy the world famous ballet, “The Nutcracker,” by the First State Ballet Theatre. For more information, call 302-8565618.

Possum Point presents musical Possum Hall will be mistaken for oldtime London as Possum Point Players prepares for opening night. The famous Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens-Mike Okrent version of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” will open on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Opening night includes caroling and

holiday goodies. “We’re doing period costumes,” explained director Nina Galerstein of Millsboro, “and since the majority of the cast has more than one role, we started designing the costumes early.” Auditions were held in June. Rehearsals began in September and the cast of 39 has been working hard ever since. Galerstein’s cast is just over half the size of the original production. There are 29 adults and 10 kids. Performances are Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for $18 ($17 for seniors or students) by calling the Possum Ticketline at 302-856-4560. Directions to Possum Hall are also available at the Ticketline number.

Art show held in Rehoboth The Delaware Shore Artists Group presents ‘Miniatures and Small Treasures’, an exhibit of affordable original miniature paintings by local artists. The show is located at Wilmington University’s Rehoboth Beach site at 41 Rehoboth Avenue. Contemporary miniature art consists of original paintings done in small scale with all the detail of larger paintings. Subjects do not generally exceed one-sixth their natural size.

Christmas in Cricket County Itʼs the Social Clash of the Season, when the City Cousins, Oswald, Pete, Mimi & Petunia take the limo to Cricket County for the reading of Uncle Zekeʼs Will on Christmas Eve ...

St. John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall - Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford Thursday & Friday, Dec. 11 & 12 -- 7 P.M. Admission: Non-Perishable Food Item to benefit the Seaford Community Food Closet

Del Tech shares activities Form new friendships, get in shape or discover your artistic side by participating in Adult Plus+ activities at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Fitness and wellness classes will improve your health and lower stress. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2, combine mind, body and spirit into graceful movements with Tai Chi or learn the basics of horseback riding at an indoor riding ring in Seaford. Join the Delaware Tech Fitness Center by signing up for the monthly or 16-week program. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3, learn how to sketch what you see in the Basic Drawing Skills class. Learn how to create holiday gifts on Thursday, Dec. 4 using decorative painting in acrylic. Also beginning Dec. 4, learn how to make great gifts by participating in the woodcarving course. On Thursday, Dec. 11, single seniors are invited to attend the Mixed Singles Club to share a meal. Couples Club offers couples the opportunity on Wednesday, Dec. 17. For more information, call 302-8565618.

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This exhibit will be held through Dec. 13. For more information, call 302-2276295.

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Education Sussex Tech expands recycling program to other schools The Delaware Department of Natural schools asking if they would like to be Resources and Environmental Control part of the program. Milton Elementary, (DNREC) recently presented a check for Milford Middle and Smyrna Elementary more than $7,375 to four Sussex Technical schools responded back asking for help. High School students to help continue Then they wrote a grant application to the their recycling community service project Delaware Department of Natural Reat the school and expand it into three area sources and Environmental Control and elementary and middle schools. the Governor’s Recycling Public Advisory As part of a national technical school Council. leadership development organization According to the director of the Divicalled SkillsUSA, seniors Rachel Southsion of Air and Waste Management James mayd and Sara Baker and juniors Taylor D. Werner, the aim of the grants are to rePridgeon and Emily Southmayd began a duce the amount of municipal solid waste recycling program at Sussex Tech last generated and disposed of in Delaware school year for their community service landfills, and to contribute toward the project. state’s goal of recyThe program recling 51 percent of Since beginning its recycling ceived first place this waste. honors in state Skill“People are more sUSA competition inclined to recycle if efforts last year, Sussex Tech has it is convenient for and fourth place at the national conventhem,” said Werner. tion in Kansas City, “Having this program recycled an average of more than Mo. in the schools helps This year, instead provide that convenof beginning a new 19,000 pounds each month for the ience.” SkillsUSA project, Since beginning they decided to exits recycling efforts past four months. pand upon the existlast year, Sussex ing one and establish Tech has recycled an recycling programs average of more than in other schools. 19,000 pounds each month for the past The Sussex Tech students wrote letters four months. to various area elementary and middle Money from the 2009 grant will be

Sussex Tech students received a grant from DNREC to help other schools begin recycling programs. From left in the front row are Aaron Ritter and Tyja Best, fifth graders at Milton Elementary School, and Sara Baker, senior at Sussex Tech High School. Back row – Kevin Mumford, principal at Milton Elementary School; Wendy Harrington, teacher at Milton Elementary School; James Werner, Director of DNREC; junior Emily Southmayd, senior Rachel Southmayd and junior Taylor Pridgeon, students at Sussex Tech High School; and Kristin Carmen, teacher at Sussex Tech High School and advisor of the SkillsUSA community service project.

used to buy recycling bins for Milton Elementary, Milford Middle and Smyrna Elementary schools. Sussex Tech will also purchase 10 additional large bins for its

commons area. Dumpsters at Sussex Tech are provided by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, which empties them every week at no cost.

UD announces commitment to helping residents with funding, planning Thirty guidance counselors from Southern Delaware high schools were briefed on the enhanced University of Delaware Commitment to Delawareans at a recent meeting held at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. Originally announced in 2006, the UD Commitment to Delawareans is an academic roadmap designed to inform students and parents throughout the state of the courses and level of academic performance recommended for admission onto the Newark campus. Robin Morgan, dean of the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, told counselors that the UD Commitment to Delawareans has been expanded to include financial assistance to all Delaware students who qualify, as well as early notification.

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For students who will be entering the University of Delaware in fall 2009, the commitment was expanded to meet the full demonstrated financial need of those who fulfill the academic roadmap, inclusive of the cost of tuition, fees, on-campus room and board and books. Also, starting with the current admissions cycle, UD will introduce rolling admissions decisions and early notification for all Delaware applicants who meet the requirements outlined in the Commitment to Delawareans. Louis Hirsh, UD director of admissions, explained that Delaware high school seniors who receive early admission to the University of Delaware must maintain high academic standards. The new rolling admissions for Delaware residents means that notifica-

tions will start going out after Jan. 1, but ing principle in the University's Path to the letters will emProminence strategic phasize that the stuplan. For students who will be enterdent's grades must reDelaware First main high for the rest ing the University of Delaware in provides a commitof their school year fall 2009, the commitment was ex- ment that UD will be otherwise the letter the flagship of higher panded to meet the full demonwill be rescinded. education in the Hirsh explained state. strated financial need of those that while the reFor more inforwho fulfill the academic roadmap, quirements of the mation about the UD inclusive of the cost of tuition, Commitment to Commitment to Delawareans are very fees, on-campus room and board Delawareans, visit specific, University books. admissions officials mitment. consider each appliThe site includes cant on a case-byinformation on high case basis. school course selection, financial aid The Commitment to Delawareans is an and early notification for Delaware stuimportant part of the Delaware First guiddents.

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Students make the grade at Sussex Technical High School The following students were named to the first quarter honor roll at Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown. Bridgeville Grade 9 – Amber L. Callahan, Jenna L. Hochstedler, Steven M. Hopkins, Mackenzie A.D. King, Margaret E. Lee, Joshua W. Loockerman and Lindsi J. Ware. Grade 10 – Cassandra N. French, Sarah N. Grant, Moriah P. Johnson, Robert K. Miller and Daly Pineyro. Grade 11 – Tereena S. Brooks, Tyler D. Dickson, Kristin N. Drummond, Caitlin L. Knotts, Paul J. Osborne Jr., Benedict Pineyro, Taylor R. Rager, Caitlin R. Stone, Tara D. Taylor, Shelbi L. Temple and Xavier J. Thomas. Grade 12 – Amber L. Johnson, Evan C. Lee, Chelsea M. Nichols, Nathan J. Rider, Samantha M. Smith and Skylar D. Willey. Delmar Grade 9 – Brooke A. Faulkner. Grade 10 – Erica B. Adkins, Kenneth S. Poole and Emily F. Tull. Grade 12 – Nicholas P. Alberti and Taryn N. Townsend Greenwood Grade 9 – Richard M. Gaunt, Hunter R. Murray, Ashleigh M. Sturgis and Jacob B. Williams. Grade 10 – Edgar Aceves, Samantha Constantine, Sara J.

Cranmer, Aaron J. Prattis and Georgia A. Spencer. Grade 11 – Jennifer M. Bailey, Malachijah M. Clark, Michael A. Fuller, Amanda L. Nichols, Kaylyn B. Warner and Shani N. Wells. Grade 12 – Heather L. Fuller, Corey L. Green, Tamara L. Hanley, Alison E. Holloway and Brooke A. Tull. Laurel Grade 9 – Garrett R. Anderson, Gulbeyaz Arslan, Alexandra L. Ash, Emily R. Bergh, Kathryn P. Bethard, Kristin T. Brown, Aaron L. Calloway, Haley A. Clayton-Moyer, Marissa H. Graham, Travis A. Griffith, Megan E. Hayes, Erin N. Johnson, Sung H. Kang, Laura C. Kelly, Martina C. Major, Lauren A. Mann, Carlton F. Milligan III, Kristine D. Phulesar, Noelle C. Rash, Sudesh Singh, Hannah G. Small, Justin T. Stevenson, Anthony A. Taylor, Briauna A. Taylor, Isabel R. Wharton, Tara C. Windels and Breanna N. Wise. Grade 10 – AnaMaria Alvarado-Ibarra, Abby F. Atkins, Jeffrey J. Bradley, Brittany M. Chesser, Kayla M. Collins, Rachel E. Crum, Jessica E. Hansen, Courtney R. Hastings, Melanie A. Hitchens, Kelly E. Mullen, Autumn R. Stevens and Angela R. Wilson. Grade 11 – Cody L. Belote, Ralph H. Day

Christian Academy honor rolls announced Seaford Christian Academy announces the first quarter honor roll. A Honor Roll Kindergarten – Erin Bishop, Samuel Truitt, Abbie Rash and Alden Partyka. Grade 1 – Olivia Santos. Grade 2 – Emily Wallach. Grade 3 – Cassidy Boyd and Madeline Christopher. Grade 4 Zachary Bee, Alyssa Swann and Katie Fields. Grade 5 - Dylan Nepert, Megan Weinreich and Marina Boyd. Grade 6 – Derek Nepert. Grade 8 – Tori Hearn. Grade 12 – Neil Ebling. A/B Honor Roll Kindergarten - Shawn Layton, Mina Trice, Margaret Cartwright, Briauna Milton, Mykenzie Bradley, Amber Tally, Logan Frye, Kalli Williams, Desteny Hayman and Daniel Allen. Grade 1 – Sierra Scott, Laney Hassett, Todd Phillips, Shelby VanSciever and Delaney Quillen. Grade 2 – Caleb Ward, Spencer White, Sarah Layton, Seth Talley, Mehsam Awan, Allison Wheatley, Thane Keim, Tara Curtis, Jacob Smarte, Michael Christopher and Abigail Wile. Grade 3 – Megan Bradley, Kaitlyn Bishop, Michael Carannante, Austin Kapela, Mallery Galaska, Brielynn Massey, Makayla Rembold, Zachary Dickenson, Alexis

Thomas, Tatum Frye, Sydney Tyndall, Nicholas Bounds, Mitchell Christopher and Gregory Bee. Grade 4 – Carter Harman, David Simpler, Kelley Allen, Zachary White, Angel Rust, Nicholas Robinson and Christopher Weinreich. Grade 5 – Morganne Partyka, Trey Harrington, Branagh James, Madison Bee, Seamus Burke, Noah Shapley, Brittany Dickenson, Jenna Espenlaub and Troy Paulsen. Grade 6 – JR Whitelock, Gabrielle Glocker, Emily Messick, Courtney Willey, Robert Quillen and Hailey Williams. Grade 7 – Caitlin Wands, Kyle Dayton, Amber Russell, Gregory Harrington, Bobby Townley and Johnathan Hare. Grade 8 – Amanda Mitchell, Crystal Loudon, Madison Chaffinch and Adam Sallade. Grade 9 – Jenna Bradley, Michelle Collins, Colby Willey, Taylor Fooks and Katelyn Tilghman. Grade 10 – Victoria Wingate, Jordan Phillips, Ellie McNatt and Rachel Mulford. Grade 11 – Lauren Hare, Jalisa Jenkins, Philip Wands and Kelly Sweeney. Grade 12 – Rebekah Cain, Katilyn Terry, Kathleen Harding, Sarahmae Kiser, Brooke Coppage and Amanda Brittingham.

IV, Michael D. Edelin, Sharmaine M. Harris, Shannon T. Hopkins, Heather L. Johnson, Halie A. Parker, Mathew L. Parsons, Chad M. Ricci, Courtlyn C. Whaley, Daisy B. Wharton and DaNee C. White. Grade 12 – Zachary S. Adkins, Jenna N. Allen, Courtney A. Bailey, Casey L. Carter, Kariane L. Christophel, Dustin M. Hitchens, Sydney E. Little, Rachael M. Messick, Keleigh N. Moore, Kristin L. Parsons, Cody R. Shields, Rachael E. Springer, Brittany E. Wheatley, Brandon C. Wilkins and Justin N. Worster. Seaford Grade 9 – Hunter J. Absher, Jasmine G. Anthony, Ashley L. Bean, Damira C. Bolden-Downing, Matthew B. Dopler, Nicholas A. Dopler, Margaret M. Durig, Ryan K. Fitzgerald, Alexander D. Geniesse, Khalil S. GibsonThomas, Brooke A. Givens, Jenna A. Green, Trey A. Jewell,

Bethany M. LaChance, Mahnoor Mahmood, Shane P. Marvel, Aaron A. Massey, Cole L. Messick, Morgan R. Messick, Chase C. Milligan, Kyle W. Mister, Claire E. Redman, Kaitlyn M. Schirling, Payton E. Shirey, Gavin M. Short, Shane A. Smith, Morgan C. Swain, Cassidy B. Taylor and Krista J. Whaley. Grade 10 – Dana M. Bard, Scott C. Bell, Briana R. Bolden, Katie M. Brown, Taylor J. Budke, Paige E. Collins, Meghan Engst, Nicole K. Esham, Alyssa M. Francus, Timothy E. Gaskin, Myles J. Gray, Michelle R. Haney, Tianna N. Hutchins, Chelsea A. Kimbler, Matthew S. King, Chase G. Kouts, Michael V. Mather, Michael D. Rhone, Brock A. Smith, James A. Smith, Tara A. Snowden, Shannon L. Story, Dennis J. Trimble, Nathan C. Truitt and Jessica M. Widerman. Grade 11 – Paul D. Asa,


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LEGALS TOWN OF LAUREL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that a public hearing will be held on: Monday, December 15, 2008 a 7:00 p.m. Laurel Town Hall 201 Mechanic Street Town of Laurel Laurel, DE The public hearing will be conducted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Laurel, to consider the request of Roy & Carolyn Brittingham for the Town of Laurel to annex a certain property contiguous to the northerly limits of the Town of Laurel (Tax Parcel Nos. 2-32-12.18-3.00). All interested persons are invited to attend said public hearing and present their views. Additional information, including copies of the annexation requests and other pertinent documents, may be obtained at Town Hall during regular business hours. Mayor and Council of Laurel, Delaware 11/27/1tc

PUBLIC HEARING TAKE NOTICE: On Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. local time or as soon as possible thereafter, the Board of Adjustment of Laurel will sit in the Conference Room of the Mayor and Council of Laurel, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware to publicly hear and determine the matter of: GRANTING A VARIANCE UNTO SCOTT A. VENABLES, ATLANTIC COASTAL INVESTMENTS, INC., CONCERNING PROPERTY LOCATED AT 805A WOLFE STREET, SUSSEX COUNTY AND TOWN OF LAUREL TAX ACCOUNT NUMBER 432/8.10/33.00, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A DWELLING ON THE PARCEL, WHICH DOES NOT MEET THE TOWN OF LAUREL SET BACK REQUIREMENTS, PER ZONING ORDINANCE, SECTION 5.1, DENSITY CONTROL TABLE. THIS PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN A R-2,

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PUBLIC NOTICE You are hereby notified the below application will be before: The City of Seaford Housing Board of Appeal for their determination on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 7:00 P.M., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware: HBOA-05-08: Smart Rental, L.L.C., property owners of 200 Front Street (Tax Map and Parcel 431 5.00 195) is appealing the decision of the Building Official to Condemn the aforementioned property under Sec. 4-23-23 (d) of the Housing Code as unfit for human habitation because the dwelling units lack maintenance and lack essential equipment required by the Housing Code. If this application is 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 26th day of November 2008 pursuant to the Rules heretofore adopted by the City of Seaford. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager 11/27/1tc


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MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008 LEGALS - from Page 33 submit a work plan for renovations and until February 1, 2009 for all substantial improvements to be completed. However, if any of the deadlines are not met, the Demolition process will move forward. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Dolores Slatcher City Manager 11/27/1tc

PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Delmar, 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 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 Delmar Town Hall, Delmar, Maryland on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. A status report for FY-08 will also be included. For more information contact William Lecates, Director of Community Development and Housing at 855-7777. 11/27/1tc

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Estate of Edwin Vernon Thomas, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Edwin Vernon Thomas who departed this life on the 28th day of September, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Sandy Thomas on the 14th day of November, A.D. 2008, 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 28th day of May, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Sandy Thomas 401 S. Second St. Denton, MD 21629 Attorney: Shannon R. Owens, Esq. Procino Wells, LLC 225 High St. Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/27/3tc

Estate of Melvin R. Milligan, Jr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Melvin R. Milligan, Jr. who departed this life on the 24th day of October, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Michael R. Milligan on the 3rd day of November, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 24th day of June, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Michael R. Milligan 31531 Justice Farm Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/13/3tc

NOTICE Estate of June M. Dorrell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of June M. Dorrell who departed this life on the 29th day of September, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Clint A. Anderson on the 29th day of October, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 29th day of May, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Clint A. Anderson 28834 O’Neals Rd. Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/13/3tc

NOTICE Estate of James E. Hurst, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of James E. Hurst who departed this life on the 26th day of September, A.D. 2008 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Brittany Hurst, Steven Hurst on the 29th day of October, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Administrators without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Administrators on or before the 26th day of May, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Administrators: Brittany Hurst 33310 Horsey Church Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 Steven Hurst 7801 Chesapeake Rd. Pasadina, MD 21122 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/13/3tc

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On Nov. 18, Laurel Police arrested Robert Rust, 29, of Harrington, for a burglary at Salisbury Sports Cards in Bargain Bills in Laurel. Police said that the burglary occurred on Nov. 3. The Laurel Police Department was called to Salisbury Sports Cards in reference to a burglary complaint. Officers said that sometime during the night, someone had cut the lock off the door and removed approximately $7,000 in sports cards. The following day, police said, Rust attempted to sell some of the stolen cards to another dealer. Officers interviewed Rust, who confessed to the burglary. Rust, who assisted police in recovering all of the stolen property, was charged with second degree burglary and theft over $1,000. Bond was set at $6,000 unsecured.

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Two people were taken to Christiana Hospital near Wilmington after the van one of the people was driving was involved in two single-car collisions near Laurel. Police said that at 9:46 a.m. on Nov. 19, a 1995 Chevy Lumina Van operated by John K. Whaley, 51, of Laurel was traveling east on Chipman Pond Road when he lost control of the vehicle, striking a guardrail. Whaley stopped his van to check the damage when a passerby, who had seen what happened, asked if he needed any assistance. Police said that Whaley became confrontational with the bystander and then got back into his van and fled the scene. The witness called 911 to report the collision and continued to follow the van, which was traveling east on Chipman Pond Road. When the van got to Christ Church Road it turned southbound. Police said that Whaley's vehicle was observed traveling into the opposing lane and almost causing a head-on collision before he turned eastbound onto Laurel

Road. As the van continued east on Delaware 24, it left the south side of the roadway and struck a ditch, causing it to overturn numerous times. Both Whaley and a female passenger, Tina M. Frye, 41, of Laurel, were thrown from the vehicle before it struck a tree. Both subjects are listed in stable condition at Christiana Hospital. Police said that alcohol and drugs may have been a factor and seat belts were not used. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Former principal sentenced Dana Goodman, who pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree rape after he engaged in a sexual relationship with a student at the school where he was principal, has been sentenced. Goodman, 38, of Easton, Md., was sentenced on Nov. 14 in Sussex County Superior Court by Judge Richard F. Stokes to four years in prison. During that time, he must complete an intensive sex offender treatment program. Incarceration will be followed by six months of work release and two years of intensive probation. Additionally, Goodman must undergo DNA and HIV testing as well as pay restitution to the victim compensation board. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with children, except for his own; must register as a tier two sex offender; and will appear on the child abuse registry for life. Goodman pleaded guilty on Sept. 3 in Sussex County Superior Court to two counts of fourth degree rape, felony endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. Between January and May, Goodman engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student at Sussex Central High School, the school at which he was the principal. Goodman was arrested by Delaware State Police on May 2.

’Tis the season for traffic checkpoints Seven sobriety checkpoints, 69 DUI saturation patrols and 68 patrols that target speeding, aggressive and unbelted drivers — including team enforcement near high traffic shopping areas — are scheduled for the first big weekend of the holiday season. Twenty-one state, county and municipal police agencies are partnering with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for an all out Thanksgiving enforcement blitz, as OHS kicks off its 10th annual Safe Family Holiday Campaign. The Safe Family Holiday Campaign, which runs from Thanksgiving Eve to New Year's Day, is OHS’s major traffic safety initiative for the holiday season. It includes a combination of high visibility enforcement, public awareness activities, and media messaging aimed at stopping impaired and other dangerous drivers. Last year during the Safe Family Holiday Campaign, officers arrested 185 individuals for driving under the influence. But highway safety officials know it's not just alcohol that is killing and injuring

First State citizens. “We are urging motorists to give their full attention to the task of driving starting immediately,” says Tricia Roberts, Director of the Office of Highway Safety. “Traffic always increases during the holidays, and everyone is more distracted. Combined with the early winter weather we've been having which has triggered many injury crashes, this could be a recipe for disaster if everyone doesn't buckle up, slow down, minimize distractions while driving and use a lot of common sense behind the wheel in the coming weeks.” Since Jan. 1, 114 people have lost their lives in Delaware traffic crashes. Of them, 41 were killed in impaired driving crashes. Delaware's law enforcement and corporate communities will stay informed about the status of holiday highway safety activities through weekly bulletins distributed by OHS. Billboards, radio, internet and television messages will complement enforcement activities and raise the public's awareness about the penalties for DUI.


MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008

Pumpkin Treats FAMILY FEATURES Spiced Pumpkin Fudge Makes 48, 2 piece servings 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter 2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 1/2 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Premier White Morsels 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème 1 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil. COMBINE sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240°F (soft-ball stage). QUICKLY STIR in morsels, marshmallow crème, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Makes about 3 pounds. Nutrition Information per serving: 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 20g sugars, 1g protein

Mini Pumpkin Pecan Orange Soaked Cakes Makes 12 cakes 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 package (18.25 ounces) spice cake mix 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 cup vegetable oil 4 large eggs Orange Syrup (recipe follows) PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 6-cake mini Bundt pans. Sprinkle nuts over bottom. COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, vegetable oil and eggs in large mixer bowl. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds or until blended. Beat for 4 minutes on medium speed. Spoon about 1/2 cup into each mold. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden

pick inserted in cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven. With back of spoon, carefully pat down dome of each cake to flatten. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling rack(s). Poke holes in cakes with wooden pick. Spoon a tablespoon of Orange Syrup over each cake. Allow syrup to soak in. Cool completely before serving or wrapping for gifts. Orange Syrup: Place 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons grated orange peel in small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons orange juice. Nutrition Information per serving: 480 calories, 270 calories from fat, 31g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 30g sugars, 5g protein, 90% vitamin A, 10% calcium, 10% iron

Libby’s Pumpkin Roll Makes 10 servings Cake 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional) Filling 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Powdered sugar (optional for decoration) For Cake: PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a darkcolored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with

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Cajun Deep Fried Turkey Makes: 12 to 15 servings 1 (15-pound) turkey Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Garlic salt Cajun seasoning 4 to 5 gallons peanut or vegetable oil Deep-fry thermometer 26 to 40 quart large pot High-pressure, outdoor propane cooker Thaw turkey completely. Clean out cavity, rinse and pat dry. Season turkey with dry ingredients to taste. (For more flavor, season the night before you cook.) Place cooker outside in an open space, away from the house. Never use a turkey fryer indoors, in a garage or under a covered patio due to potential fire hazard. Heat oil in pot (allow enough room in pot for turkey to be placed, as too much oil will cause overflow), bringing oil to at least 375°F. Immerse turkey in oil. Maintaining at least 325°F throughout the cooking process, cook turkey until golden brown, about 4 minutes per pound.

Corn Bake Makes: 6 to 8 servings 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn 1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix 1 cup sour cream 1 large egg 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Pour into greased 9 inches by 13 inches casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm. Curry Pumpkin Soup Makes: 6 servings 2 medium pumpkins (3 to 4 pounds) 1 large pumpkin (for use as soup tureen) 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup water 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamon AUTHENTIC MEXICAN

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MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008

The holidays glow, despite empty chairs at the table Twenty years ago, when our son was 6 and our daughter 3, if anyone had told me that there would come a Thanksgiving when neither one of them would join us at the dinner table, I would have cried. I would have taken to my bed. And in my misery, I would have put my foot down then and there: Absolutely no one in the family will ever live so far away or be so busy that he or she can’t come home for Thanksgiving. Well, no one told me. I didn’t put my foot down. And this year, for the second time, the Thanksgiving celebration at the home of my parents will be missing the Parks offspring. I’m sure they will call. They will tell us what they are having for Thanksgiving dinner and we will surprise them with the announcement that the menu with which they are so familiar — turkey, mashed potatoes, turnips, cranberries, oysters, rolls, sauerkraut and pies — has an addition this year, collard greens. I don’t suppose they’ll regret missing that. But they certainly will regret missing the day-after family bowling and the twodays-after family movie (Bond this year. James Bond.) The leftovers and the football games. And the conversation that rolls from one day to the next and that, without their humor and intelligent insight, will not be all that it could be. Astonishingly, though, I’m not crying and I haven’t taken to my bed. Happy that my children are happy and sure that, if they could be here, they would be, I feel two days before Thanksgiving the same glow of anticipation that I have felt at the start of every holiday season I can remember. Not that I wouldn’t be thrilled to learn that there was a change of plans and that one or both was flying home. Just the thought of that admittedly very remote possibility makes that holiday glow burn a little brighter. And the belief that they and their spouses will someday move closer than St. Paul, Minn., and Portland, Ore., keeps a spring in my step. So it is right there, with our amazing children and the interesting lives they are carving out for themselves, that my list of things for which I am thankful starts. Their futures are full of possibility and really, what more could any mother want? Also on my list is that “roof over my head” that we all know to be thankful for

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D ELMARVA AUTO A LLEY State Dirt Championship announces season winners By Bonnie Nibblett Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the season to sit back, relax and enjoy lots of great food. NASCAR is over and the Delaware Motorsports Complex is closed until late winter/early spring when dragway action returns. I miss the track already - the fumes, the sounds, the hustling in the pits, and just plain great racing action. What a great year in racing! Jimmy Johnson won the 2008 Sprint Cup Championship, his third consecutive championship in a row. He ties the record with Cal Yarborough. Hats off to Clint Bowyer for winning the Nationwide Series Champ Title and Johnny Benson in the Craftsman Truck Series. Bowyer’s first visit to the Delaware International Speedway (DIS) was in May when the World of Outlaws Late Model tour visited the track. Bowyer also has ties to Shannon Babb in the #18 late model in the WoOLMS. During his visit, Bowyer told me that he didn’t even realize our track existed and he really liked it (we all know he loves playing in the clay). A DIRT rumor has it that the World of Outlaws and the Late Model Sprint Series may return to DIS in 2009. What a treat this would be for race fans! Tie these races in with NASCAR's first weekend in Dover in 2009 and we've got one heck of a weekend in racing. That weekend will surely satisfy my need for speed! The speedway hosted the last event of the season with the Delaware Dirt Track Championship during the weekend of Nov. 1-2. Beautiful weather, a lot of cars and a little bit of side by side racing closed out year. Saturday’s action started off with the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car races. Bill Brittingham of Felton took home the checkered flag in his ‘57 Chevy. Matt Johnson took the green, but the full 10 laps was filled with cautions. In spite of all the cautions that kept the race starting over and over, the guys put on a great race.

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2005 Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Rookie of the Year, Jamie Wagner started fourth. Before any laps were completed, there was a big pile up in turns one and two gathering Tony Daisey, Steven Baker and Wagner who suffered a flat tire. Wagner was back out on the track in time to restart at the rear. On the restart, Brittingham made the move to take the helm and continued to lead. Wagner made his way back to the front for a showdown between Brittingham and Wagner all the way to the checkered flag. The top five were Brittingham, Wagner, Matt Johnson, John Stevenson and Baker. Winner of the Small Block 50 lap feature was Craig VonDohren of Barton, Pa. His team also paid the gambler’s fee, so VonDohren picked up $3,500 for the victory, $1,000 for the gambler’s monies and then $645 in lap money for a total of $5,145. VonDohren is a past winner, winning in 1998 and 1999. The remaining top five were Gary Hager, Mike Iles, Keith Hoffman and MeMe DeSantis. A total of 42 small blocks battled for 30 positions. Heats were won by Ryan Godown, VonDohren and Gary Hager; and consi’s to Bobby Watkins and Rick Holsten. Also on Saturday, heats for the remaining divisions were run for the features that would run on Sunday. Big Block mods had at least 42 cars to try to run in the 50 lap feature. Heat winners were Wade Hendrickson, Glen Reed, Duane Howard and Richie Pratt Jr.; and consi’s won by Mike McAleer and Sam Wescott Jr. Duane Howard won the feature with Hendrickson, Pratt, Kenny Brightbill and H.J. Bunting (Bunting also won the track's season championship) rounding out the top five. Howard picked up $7,330. Super Late Models had 33 cars show up to qualify for the 50 lap feature, heats winners were Roy Deese Jr., Jamie Lathroum and David Pettyjohn; consi winner was Kyle Merkel. On Sunday, Lathroum had one of his best wins in his career. Lathroum visits DIS on and off during the

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Jimmy Wills. Wills, a rookie at only 14years-old, claimed the 20 lap main. The top five were Wills, Rick Wheatley, Nick Hendricks, Sparky White and Erik McKinney. Wills took home over $1,300 for a weekend of racing. The last two events were the Southern Delaware Vintage Club and the Slide for Five. C. J. Schirmer won the vintage modified class and the sportsman class was won by James LaPlant. In the Slide for Five, the winner was Randy Gray. That wraps up the Championships weekend. For a complete run down of drivers and results, visit or Racing may be taking a break but you can still keep up with racing in Delaware at - your Delaware and surrounding tracks race news website with the largest racing message board on the shore. The message board is powered by HabNab Trucking of Seaford and A1 Graphic & Lettering of Georgetown. See you at the track!



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Minority Caucus elects leaders, Dems assume control of State House The House Minority Caucus met on Nov. 18 and selected State Rep. Richard Cathcart (R-Middletown) to serve as Minority Leader and State Rep. Dan Short (R-Seaford) to be the new Minority Whip. Rep. Cathcart had served as Majority Leader during most of the recently concluded 144th General Assembly session and is one of a small group of state legislators in modern history to have been elected to the State House, left office, and later returned. Rep. Cathcart served in the State House between 1978 and 1982. He regained a State House seat in 1997, winning a special election to replace the late Oak Banning. The sagging economy, discontent over the policies of George Bush, and the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama helped fuel a wave of success for Democrats on Election Day that saw them take six seats in the State House of Representatives, wresting control from Republicans who

had been the dominant party in the chamber for more than two decades. “Our state is facing some of the most difficult challenges I’ve seen during my time in office,” Rep. Cathcart said. “As Minority Leader, I intend to fashion a cooperative relationship with House Democrats. We stand a much better chance of solving our problems if we work in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation.” In addition to the dealing with the state’s financial woes, Rep. Cathcart said he plans to revisit many of the initiatives of the last session including good government legislation and a package of bills to remedy the problem-plagued Delaware Psychiatric Center. State Rep. Dan Short, the former mayor of Seaford and a small businessman, replaces State Rep. Clifford “Biff” Lee (RLaurel), who had previously served as whip. Rep. Short is serving just his second term in the House. “I’m grateful that my colleagues have

placed their faith in me to be a part of their leadership team,” Rep. Short said. “It’s all the more meaningful because they chose me knowing the difficulties we’ll be facing together in the next legislative session.” With the choices made by the House Minority Caucus, the people that will lead the Delaware State House of Representatives in the upcoming 145th General Assembly are now in place. House Democrats met last week and selected State Rep. Robert Gilligan (D-Sherwood Park) as Speaker of the House; State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth) as Majority Leader; and State Rep. Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear) as the new Majority Whip. House Democrats now hold 24 seats in the chamber compared to 16 held by House Republicans. One seat, formerly held by State Rep. Diana McWillliams (D-Fox Point), is now open after she officially submitted her res-

ignation on Monday. McWilliams had announced her intentions not to serve another term just before the election, but was re-elected by virtue of the fact that she was running unopposed and made her decision too late to remove her name from the ballot. Normally the Speaker of the House would be responsible for issuing a Writ of Election, setting into motion the process for holding the special election. Although Rep. Gilligan will be the next Speaker, he does not officially begin serving in that post until a House Resolution is passed on the first day of the new legislative session (Jan. 13). As a result, the job of calling the special election will fall to Governor Minner. Given the upcoming holidays, and the looming start of the 145th General Assembly, it is likely that voters in the 6th Representative District will head to the polls in mid-December to chose Rep. McWilliams’ successor.

Lottery awards “non-winners” The Delaware Lottery announces that five Hot Lotto players have come forward to claim their second-chance drawing prizes. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 31 players who submitted their non-winning Hot Lotto and Hot Lotto Sizzler tickets to the Delaware Lottery were entered in a drawing for a chance to win a total of $10,000 cash in prizes. Prizes were awarded to the following players: $5,000 grand prize - Candy T. of Delmar; $2,500 first prize - Jerry Q. of Longneck; $1,500 second prize Charles W. of Dover; $500 third

prize - Mih A. of Seaford; and $500 third prize - Valery D. of Wilmington. Odds of winning the Hot Lotto jackpot are one in nearly 11 million, while the odds of winning the top Powerball prize are one in 146 million. Drawings for the multi-state game are held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Since 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $2.8 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. For more information, visit

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Ross Miller- Seaford- LBFirst team All-Conference

DaShawn McIvor- Seaford- DT First team All-Conference

Yvens St. Phard- Seaford- DE First team All-Conference

Jorge Young- Woodbridge- LB First team All-Conference

Trevor Wescott- Woodbridge- DB First team All-Conference

MyKeal Purnell- Seaford- TBFirst team All-Conference

Seaford graduate Trevor Lee, left, is shown at a high school soccer practice with his father and coach, Tim, during his senior season. Lee recently completed his first year of soccer at Messiah College. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford’s Trevor Lee completes first soccer season at Messiah College By Lynn Schofer Trevor Lee grew up playing soccer in Seaford and developed into an All-American soccer player. He was Seaford High’s 2008 class valedictorian and the varsity soccer team’s most valuable player for three straight years. Lee chose to attend and play soccer at Messiah College near Grantham, Pa. He took some time out of his busy freshman year schedule to talk about his first year playing soccer at the college level. “I knew I wanted to see some playing time this year and hope to become a better player,” said Lee. Ironically, at some point in his freshman year, head coach Dave Brandt saw something in Trevor and gave him the opportunity to start at center forward. Lee has scored five goals in his freshman year. “I figured out what the coach wanted me to do and I started to perform better,” Lee said. Although he has had ups and downs, Trevor is his own highest critic, always expecting only the best of himself. “There is a huge difference between high school and college soccer,” said Lee.

He said there is definitely a lot more physical contact, the game is much faster, and there are quick touches before a pass. Lee also said the level of play is so much higher because everyone is good and the players are sharp in their physical and mental game. This year Messiah has seven freshmen on the team. Lee is excited about his Messiah Ravens’ teammates and the friendships that have developed. “We do everything together. Everyone is great and we are all very close,” Lee said. Trevor has had to balance academics and athletics. He chose the demanding Mechanical Engineering major, but because of his own self discipline and structure that began from his home life, it has not affected him. Trevor seems to have a simple formula for success. “School is a lot of work but I go to my classes, I go to practice, and I do my homework,” said Lee. Sometimes he needs to do a balancing act. One week the team returned to campus at 2 a.m. on Monday morning, the same day a paper was due. Another paper was due on Tuesday and Lee had a test on Continued on page 44


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FLAG FOOTBALL- The Panthers beat the Redskins, 38-14, in the Seaford Department of Recreation NFL 8U flag football championship game. Pictured (l to r) are members of the Panthers’ team: Nicholas Parks, Garrett Ray, Hunter Price, Grant Lachance, David Allen, Andrew Hawkins, Cameron Kvilhaug, and Shane Stark.

Andrew Townsend- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Sara Adams- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

NYSA SOCCER- Pictured is the 2008 NYSA Sussex Cup U-10 first place team. Shown (l to r) are: Coach Gary Smith, Dylan Wagner, Justin Gray, Madison Wingate, Katlyn Smith, Coach Marco Ambrosho, Kelsie Quillen, Kurtis Webber, Alexis Thomas, Antonio Ambrosho, and Bridget Jemmson. Photo by Pat Murphy

Courtenay Rickards- Tech First team All-Conference

Ariel Espinoza- Sussex TechFirst team All-Conference

Nathan Zanks- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Logan Pavlik- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Western Sussex players named to all-state soccer teams The following Western Sussex players were named to the all-state soccer teams: Soccer- first team- Denny Murray, Delmar; Nathan Zanks, Sussex Tech; second teamAriel Espinoza, Sussex Tech; Tim Halter, Seaford; Cody Webster, Delmar; third teamOscar Castrejon, Seaford; Frank VanGessel, Delmar

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Seaford Stars of the Week

Male Co-Athlete of the WeekJosh Kosiorowski- Laurel High

Male Co-Athlete of the WeekDavid Albert- Laurel High

Laurel tight end Josh Kosiorowski pulled in two receptions for 27 yards, including the game-winning touchdown reception, in last Saturday’s state semifinal win over Caravel. The senior also recorded seven tackles and an assist.

Laurel senior wide receiver/defensive back David Albert caught four passes for 62 yards and had a key interception in his team’s 23-22 win over Caravel in the Division II state semifinals last Saturday.

Honorable mention- Chris Jones- Laurel; Tyler West- Laurel; Laurel offensive line; Brandon Hearne- Laurel; Nick Munoz- Laurel


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Seaford Winter Sports Schedules VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL 12/6 home vs. William Penn 2:30 12/7 at Woodbridge 7:15 12/12 home vs. Indian River 7:15 12/16 at Laurel 7:15 12/19 home vs. Delmar 7:15 12/29-30 atWilmington Friends 10:00 1/6 at Milford 7:15 1/8 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 1/13 home vs. Sussex Central 7:15 1/16 at Caesar Rodney 7:15 1/20 at Dover 7:15 1/23 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 1/27 home vs. Polytech 7:15 1/30 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:15 2/3 at Sussex Tech 7:15 2/5 home vs. Woodbridge 7:15 2/10 at Indian River 7:15 2/13 home vs. Laurel 7:15 2/17 at Delmar 7:15 2/20 home vs. Milford 7:15 2/24 at Lake Forest 7:15 VARSITY GIRLS’ BASKETBALL 12/5 at Sussex Central 7:15 12/9 home vs. Woodbridge 7:15 12/12 at Indian River 7:15 12/16 home vs. Laurel 7:15 12/19-20 at St. Thomas More Tourney 12/29-30 at Pat Borowski Tourney 1/6 home vs. Milford 7:15 1/9 at Lake Forest 7:15 1/15 Delmar 7:15 1/22 home vs. Dover 7:15 1/27 at Polytech 5:15 1/29 at Cape Henlopen 7:15 2/3 home vs. Sussex Tech 7:15 2/6 at Woodbridge 7:15 2/10 home vs. Indian River 7:15 2/12 at Laurel 7:15 2/14 home vs. St. Andrews 1:30 2/17 home vs. Delmar 7:15 2/20 at Milford 7:15 2/24 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 JV/VARSITY WRESTLING 12/6 atPolytech Invitational 8 a.m. 12/12-13 at Parkside Inv. TBA 12/17 home vs. Indian River 6:30 12/29-30at Brandywine Inv. 7 a.m. 1/7 at Milford 6:30 1/9 home vs. Lake Forest 6:30

1/14 at Sussex Central 6:30 1/16 home vs. Caesar Rodney 6:30 1/17 at North Caroline Tourney 7 a.m. 1/21 home vs. Dover 7:15 1/23 at Smyrna 7:15 1/28 at Polytech 7:15 1/30 at Cape Henlopen 7:15 2/4 home vs. Sussex Tech 6:30 2/6 home vs. Woodbridge 6:30 2/11 home vs. Delmar 7:15 2/13 at Laurel 7:15 TBA at HAC tournament 2/27-28 at state tournament VARSITY BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING 12/11 home vs. Sussex Central 3:30 12/12 home vs. Middletown 3:30 12/16 at St. Andrews 4:00 12/18 home vs. Caesar Rodney 3:30 1/6 home vs. Sussex Tech 3:30 1/8 at Cape Henlopen 3:30 1/13 at Kent Island 3:30 1/15 home vs. Kent County 3:30 1/20 home vs. Easton 3:30 1/22 home vs. Dover 3:30 1/29 at Milford 3:30 2/3 at Lake Forest 3:30 2/7 at HAC championships TBA 2/25 at state prelims (girls) 3:00 2/26 at state prelims (boys) 3:00 2/28 at state finals 11:00 VARSITY WINTER TRACK 12/10 at Worcester County 2:00 12/17 at Worcester County 2:00 1/7 at Worcester County 2:00 1/14 at Worcester County 2:00 1/21 at Worcester Country 2:00 TBA at HAC meet TBA 2/21 State championship meet TBA

Seaford Alumni Soccer game to take place Nov. 29 All former Seaford High School soccer players are invited to return to play in this year’s annual alumni game which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Seaford Soccer Stadium. Dust off those cleats and join your former teammates for an afternoon of great soccer playing with some of Seaford’s finest. Please contact Coach Lee at (302) 629-5465 or via e-mail at for further information and to register your attendance.

Seaford Christian boys’ basketball team looks to compete for conference title

The Seaford Department of Recreation held its Turkey Bowl games last Saturday. Shown are members of the Blue team during the Junior League game. The Blue team won that game, 19-13, in overtime. Blue topped Gold, 13-0, in the Senior League game. Rosters were not available. Photo by Mike McClure

Head coach- Christie Turner Years coaching- second Last season- 8-2 conference, 13-4 overall Returning players- Seniors Greg Russell (G), John Schneider (G), Neil Ebling (G), Herney Tovar (F); juniors Philip Wands (C) and Trey Tyndall (G); sophomore William Tribbett (F); and freshmen Colby Willey (G) and Jacob Wroten (G) Newcomers- Eighth grader Colin Sweeney (F) Team strengths- Six returning with game experience Concerns- Rebounding and depth Key losses- Corey Willey Outlook for season- Want to be able to compete for conference title

Lady Eagles look to compete for another championship Head coach- Chester Davis Years coaching- 33 Last season- 10-0 conference, 23-0 overall (back to back PACC champs) Returning players- Seniors Rebekah Cain (F), Brooke Coppage (G), Amanda Brittingham (G); junior Jennifer Carr (C); sophomores Jordan Phillips (G) and Morgan Messick (F); and freshman Taylor Fooks (F) Newcomers- Junior Kelly Sweeney (G), freshman Brandi Coppage (G), eighth grader Madison Chaffinch (G) Team strengths- Rebounding and big game experience Concerns- Shooting and early turnovers Key losses- Nikki Meredith (leading scorer) and point guard Julia Carr Outlook for season- Look to be in a position to battle for the league championship again

PAGE 44 Trevor Lee continued Wednesday. He still carries a strong B average his first semester. Trevor played for Seaford boys’ soccer coach Tim Lee, his father for four years and now plays for Brandt. “He is demanding and very strict,” Lee said of his college coach. “Coach Brandt knows what is in us and how we can perform. He demands the best. The team does very little dribbling of the ball. It is mostly one to two touches. I knew his style before I came to Messiah, so I think I was prepared.” Trevor said he will use the off season to improve his strength and game technique. The coach wants speed, mental sharpness, and the ability to anticipate the passes and Lee plans to deliver. Messiah is currently playing in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship and takes on Montclair State University, an undefeated team. The Ravens advanced to the “sweet 16” round after defeating 10th ranked University of Rochester. Trevor’s parents, Tim and Kristen Lee, make the trip to Pennsylvania regularly to see their son play. “We talk after the games and he still coaches me and tells me what I am doing wrong and what I need to improve,” Lee said of his father. “He is honest with me.”

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Woodbridge Winter Sports Schedules

Seaford’s Trevor Lee, a 2008 graduate, is shown with the ball during a high school soccer game. Lee recently completed his first season as a member of the Messiah College men’s soccer team. Star File Photo TURKEY BOWLMembers of the Gold defense make a tackle during the Seaford Department of Recreation’s Junior League Turkey Bowl game last Saturday. The Blue team won the game, 19-13 in overtime. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford Christian 2008 boys’ basketball schedule Dec. 2- at Fairwinds Christian, 6:00 Dec. 5- at Gunston Day School, 5:30 Dec. 9- at Worcester Prep, 5:15 Dec. 13- at Worcester Prep Tournament 11:30, 2:30 Dec. 16- at Sts. Peter and Paul, 5:30 Jan. 6- home vs. Wesleyan Christian, 7:30 Jan. 9- home vs. Fairwinds Christian, 7:00 Jan. 13- home vs. Worcester Prep, 5:30 Jan. 16- home vs. Greenwood Mennonite, 7:00 Jan. 20- at Holly Grove, 7:00 Jan. 23- at Salisbury Christian, 7:00 Jan. 27- at Wesleyan Christian, 7:30 Jan. 29- at Greenwood Mennonite, 7:00 Feb. 5- home vs. Salisbury School, 5:30 Feb. 10- home vs. Holly Grove, 7:00 Feb. 12- home vs. Salisbury Christian, 7:00 Feb. 13- at Odenton Christian, 5:30 Feb. 17- first round playoffs Feb. 19- semifinals Feb. 20- championship

Seaford Christian 2008 girls’ basketball schedule Dec. 2- at Fairwinds Christian, 4:30 Dec. 5- at Gunston Day School, 4:00 Dec. 9- at Worcester Prep, 3:45 Dec. 12- home vs. Bishop O’Connell, 5:00 Dec. 13- at Worcester Prep Tournament 10, 1 Dec. 16- at Sts. Peter and Paul, 4:00 Jan. 6- home vs. Wesleyan Christian, 6:00 Jan. 9- home vs. Fairwinds Christian, 5:30 Jan. 13- home vs. Worcester Prep, 4:00 Jan. 16- home vs. Greenwood Mennonite, 5:30 Jan. 20- at Holly Grove, 5:30 Jan. 23- at Salisbury Christian, 5:30 Jan. 27- at Wesleyan Christian, 6:00 Jan. 29- at Greenwood Mennonite, 5:30 Feb. 5- home vs. Salisbury School, 4:00 Feb. 10- home vs. Holly Grove, 5:15 Feb. 12- home vs. Salisbury Christian, 5:30 Feb. 17- first round playoffs Feb. 19- semifinals Feb. 20- championship

VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL 12/5 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 12/9 home vs. Seaford 7:15 12/16 at Indian River 7:15 12/22 home vs. Laurel 7:15 12/27-30 NHSCA Basketball Festival 1/6 at Delmar 7:15 1/8 home vs. Milford 7:15 1/10 home vs. North Caroline 7:15 1/13 at Lake Forest 7:15 1/16 at Dover 7:15 1/20 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 1/23 at Polytech 7:15 1/27 at Cape Henlopen 7:15 1/30 home vs. Sussex Tech 7:15 2/3 at Sussex Central 7:15 2/5 at Seaford 7:15 2/10 home vs. Caesar Rodney 7:15 2/13 home vs. Indian River 7:15 2/17 at Laurel 7:15 2/20 home vs. Delmar 7:15 2/24 at Milford 7:15 VARSITY GIRLS’ BASKETBALL 12/5 at Lake Forest 7:15 12/9 at Seaford 6:00 12/12 home vs. St. Peter and Paul6:00 12/16 home vs. Indian River 6:00 12/19 at Laurel 6:00 12/29-30 Christmas tourney at LF TBA 1/6 home vs. Delmar 6:00 1/9 at Milford 6:00 1/13 home vs. Lake Forest 6:00 1/20 at Smyrna 6:00 1/22 home vs. Polytech 6:00 1/26 at Salisbury School 5:00 1/27 at Campus Comm. 6:00 1/29 home vs. Campus Community 6:00

2/3 2/6 2/10 2/12 2/17 2/20 2/24

home vs. Smyrna 6:00 home vs. Seaford 6:00 at Delmarva Christian 4:00 at Indian River 6:00 home vs. Laurel 6:00 at Delmar 6:00 home vs. Milford 6:00 VARSITY WRESTLING 12/10 home vs. Polytech 6:30 12/12 at Milford Invitational 12/16 at St. Thomas More 4:00 12/17 home vs. Caesar Rodney 6:30 12/19 home vs. Appoquinimink 6:30 1/7 home vs. Delmar 6:30 1/9 home vs. Milford 6:30 1/14 at Lake Forest 6:30 1/16 home vs. Dover 6:30 1/21 at Smyrna 6:30 1/28 at Cape Henlopen 6:30 1/30 at Sussex Tech 6:30 2/4 home vs. Sussex Central 6:30 2/6 at Seaford 6:30 211 at Laurel 6:30 2/13 at Indian River 5:30 2/20-21 Henlopen Conferece Meet TBA 2/27-28 State Meet TBA VARSITY WINTER TRACK 12/10 at Worcester County 2:00 12/17 at Worcester County 2:00 12/20 at Tower Hill TBA 1/7 at Worcester County 2:00 1/10 at Tower Hill TBA 1/14 at Worcester County 2:00 1/17 at Tower Hill TBA 1/21 at Worcester County 2:00 2/4 at Worcester County 2:00 2/7 at Tower Hill TBA 2/14 State finals TBA

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Laurel advances to state finals with 23-22 win over Caravel By Mike McClure

Laurel quarterback Brandon Hearne fires a pass downfield during last weekend’s 23-22 win over Caravel in the state semifinals. Hearne completed six of six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Mike McClure

goal from the seven with 2.4 seconds left, setting up a 24-yard field goal by Brown to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead at the half. Caravel opened the second half with the ball before Laurel senior Gaven Parker recovered a fumble. West appeared to pick up a first down on fourth and two from the Caravel 3, but the ball was spotted at the 31 and the Bucs took over on downs. Albert picked off a pass on the first play of Caravel’s next possession, setting up another Laurel scoring drive. Laurel started with the ball at the 46 and West gained 15 yards on two carries for a first down. On fourth and two from the 23, Hearne threw a screen pass to Albert who hurdled a pair of Caravel defenders along the Laurel sideline on his way to the end zone. Brown’s extra point was blocked, keeping the score at 16-7 with 2:42 left in the third quarter. Caravel answered with a scoring drive, starting at the 41 yard line. Donald Brooks had a 19-yard line to move the ball to the Laurel 26 before Perez scored from 11 yards out. Broome’s extra point pulled the Bucs within two (16-14) with

Laurel senior David Albert goes up for an interception during his team’s state semifinal win over Caravel last weekend. Albert also had four receptions including a touchdown. Photo by Mike McClure

10:41 remaining in the game. Runs by Jones and West moved the ball to the Caravel 26 before the Bucs recovered a Laurel fumble. Caravel put together a 79-yard drive to take a late game lead. Perez rumbled 57 yards and Brooks scored from 16 yards out. Perez scored the two-point conversion to make it 22-16 with 2:09 left in the game. The Laurel offense was unfazed, putting together the two minute drill to regain the lead. Albert picked up 15 yards on a screen pass, Jones ran for nine yards, and Albert went out of bounds at the 17 with 45.5 seconds left on a six-yard reception. Hearne found Kosiorowski in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown with 28.5 seconds left. Following Laurel’s final time-out, Brown booted the extra point to give the Bulldogs the 23-22 lead. “I didn’t think I caught it. It’s a great feeling,” Kosiorowski said of the catch. “I don’t even bat an eye when the ball’s in the air. I know he’s going to come down with it,” said Manlove. Caravel came right back with a drive of its own. The Bucs started with the ball on the 26 and quickly moved it up field with a 39-yard run by Perez. Cheaton gained seven yards before being brought down by Kline Valentin with 10.4 sec-

onds left. On third and two from the 27, Broome attempted a 44-yard field goal. Broome’s kick sailed wide left at the buzzer, preserving the Bulldogs’ win. “We just came out and played our game,” Manlove said. “It’s cool that its two Henlopen South teams (and two Henlopen North teams in Division I). It’s good for the South and the Henlopen Conference to get a chance to represent that we do play pretty good football down here.” “It’s always fun to get revenge (against Milford),” said Hearne. “The past couple games our defense has been playing well.” Jones (22 carries for 128 yards) and West (30 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown) each surpassed 100 yards rushing, Albert hauled in four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, Kosiorowski had two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown, and Hearne completed six of six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Kosiorowski paced the Bulldogs with seven tackles and an assist; Jones had five tackles and an assist; Nick Munoz added five tackles; and Jordan Brown, Chris Cutsail, and Gaven Parker each recorded four tackles.

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The Laurel varsity football team improved to 6-0 in home games with a 2322 win over Caravel in the Division II state semifinals last Saturday. The Bulldogs will face Milford in the state championship game this Friday at Delaware State University. “It is amazing. We have one more step. Now we have to go home and prepare for next week,” said senior wide receiver Josh Kosiorowski, who scored the gametying touchdown. “We are a team and we’re together like a family.” “Ever since day one we’ve been practicing hard. We all have faith in each other,î senior quarterback Brandon Hearne added. “He (Laurel head coach Ed Manlove) has faith in all of us and we have faith in him.” Laurel opened the game with the ball on the 20 yard line and pushed it into Caravel territory on runs by Tyler West and Chris Jones before being forced to punt. Caravel quickly pushed the ball into Laurel territory thanks to a 25-yard run by Lariffe Seeney and a 12-yard run by Brandon Cheaton. Kosiorowski tripped up Travis Perez for a two-yard loss on second and eight from the 18. Jones recovered a Caravel fumble on third and 10 to give the ball back to the Bulldogs. Laurel drove 76 yards to put the first points on the board. Hearne completed a 20-yard pass to David Albert, Jones gained 23 yards on third and four from the Caravel 49, and West rumbled for six yards on fourth and one from the Caravel 18. Jones added a 10-yard run before West scored on a two-yard run with .7 seconds left. Kyle Brown’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. The Bucs came right back with a scoring drive of their own. Perez had a 43yard run, quarterback Jordan Hutchinson picked up four yards on fourth and three from the seven, and Cheaton scored on a one-yard run. Keasel Broome’s extra point knotted the score with 6:55 left in the half. The Laurel offense moved the ball downfield on its next possession, eating up the final minutes of the first half. The Bulldogs started with the ball on the 30 and moved the sticks several times to keep the drive alive. West ran for five yards on fourth and inches from the 39 and had a four-yard run on fourth and one from the Caravel 47. West picked up eight yards on third and two from the 35. Laurel had first and

Head coach- Damon Ayers Last season- 18-2 conference, 21-5 overall Returning players- Seniors Marc Nock (G), Jervontae Dale (G), Jorge Young (F), and Andre Dickerson (F); sophomore Trez’mon Kane (G) Newcomers- Senior RaShawn Felder (F); juniors Austin Perry (G) and Greg Seay (F); sophomores Justin Benson-Reed (F) and Demond Anderson (G); freshmen Dayon Anderson (F) and Cedrick Fooks (F) Key losses- Kyan Andrews, Deaven Horne, Vashad Whidbee, Jordan Mosley Team strengths- speed, solid defensive group Concerns- inexperience Outlook for season- Look to win the division and compete at a high level in the state tournament


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Sussex Tech Winter Sports Schedules VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Caesar Rodney 7:15 at Dover 7:15 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 at Polytech 7:15 at Salesianum 7:30 at Sussex Central 7:15 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:15 home vs. Caesar Rodney 7:15 at Milford 7:15 home vs. Delmar 7:15 home vs. Laurel 7:15 at Indian River 7:15 at Woodbridge 7:15 home vs. Seaford 7:15 home vs. Dover 7:15 at Smyrna 7:15 home vs. Polytech 7:15 at Vape Henlopen 7:15 at Lake Forest 7:15 home vs. Sussex Central 7:15 VARSITY GIRLS’ BASkETBALL 12/5 home vs. Caesar Rodney 7:15 12/9 home vs. Dover 7:15 12/12 at Smyrna 7:15 12/16 home vs. Polytech 7:15 12/19 at Cape Henlopen 7:15 12/29-30 at Mardela tournament 1/3 at St. Mark’s 2:30 1/9 home vs. Sussex Central 7:15 1/10 at Caravel 1:15 1/13 at Caesar Rodney 7:15 1/15 home vs. Milford 7:15 1/17 at Delmarva Christian 2:30 1/22 at Laurel 7:15 1/27 home vs. Indian River 7:15 2/3 at Seaford 7:15 2/6 at Dover 7:15 2/7 at Padua 7:30 2/10 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 2/12 at Polytech 7:15 2/17 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:15 2/24 at Sussex Central 7:15 12/5 12/9 12/12 12/16 12/20 1/8 1/10 1/13 1/16 1/20 1/23 1/27 1/30 2/3 2/5 2/10 2/13 2/17 2/20 2/24

VARSITY WRESTLING 12/5-6 War on the Shore 12/10 home vs. Sussex Central 7:15 12/12-13 Penn Manor tournament 12/17 home vs. Smyrna 7:15 12/19-21 at Beast of the East/Battle at the Beach 12/27-28 AI Dupont Tiger Classic 1/7 home vs. Lake Forest 7:15 1/10 at CR with Milford 7:15 1/16-17 Delmarva Classic 1/21 at Delmar 7:15 1/23 at Laurel 7:15 1/28 home vs. Indian River 7:15 1/30 home vs. Woodbridge 7:15 2/4 at Seaford 7:15 2/6 home vs. Dover 7:15 2/7 home vs. St. George’s/St. Andrews 1:00 2/8 home vs. Polytech 6:30 2/11 home vs. Cape Henlopen 7:15 2/13 at Polytech 7:15 2/20-21 at HAC championship TBA 2/27-28 at state championship TBA VARSITY WINTER TRACK 12/10 at Worcester County 12/17 at Worcester County 1/7 at Worcester County 1/14 at Worcester County 1/21 at Worcester County 2/4 Henlopen Conference championship at Worcester County VARSITY SWIMMING 12/9 at Lake Forest with Milford 3:30 1/6 at Seaford 3:30 1/20 at Gunston 3:00 1/22 at Cape Henlopen 3:30

Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team features young players

Raven wrestling team returns several experienced wrestlers

Head coach- Joe Thomson Years coaching- 19 Last season- 17-5 conference, 18-6 overall Returning players- Seniors Andrew Townsend (F) and Chad Sturgeon (C); juniors Tyler Belle (G) and Denton Mow (G) Newcomers- Juniors Julius Young (G) and Emir Laroya (G); Sophomores Desmond Sivels (G), Joe McGinnis (G), and Antwon Collins (F); freshmen Troy DeShields (C), Josh Strand (F), and Brandon Lewis (F) Key losses- Kory Belle, Corey Wyatt, and Jeffone Hill (moved) Team stengths- Athletic players who run a disciplined system Concerns- youth Outlook for season- “If we finish .500 with a shot at the tournament we’d be happy.”

Head coach- Scott Layfield Years coaching- nine Last season- 5-7, 6-8 Returning players- Seniors Alex Thomas (189), Kyle Kunzler (135), and Ryelan Pavlik (152); juniors Wendell Cannon (125), Cole Magangnotti (140), Jeff Shaffer (160), and Aikeem Brewer (Hwt.); sophomores John Briddell (112) and Matt Bennett (119) Newcomers- Juniors Joe Wallace (130) and Joe Casullo (Hwt.); freshmen Brent Prouse (145) and Shane Marvel (215) Key losses- Jamar Beckett (215) and Rob Wilgus (171) Team strengths- Leadership and experience with junior and senior class Concerns- Tough schedule, young guys will have to mature quickly Outlook for season- positive, look to improve every match and make a push at conference tournament

Emily Ritter- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Maxine Fluharty- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Tyler Justice- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Caitlin Stone- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Chad McMaster- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Desmond Sivels- Sussex Tech First team All-Conference

Seaford Recreation Department taking a trip to see the 76ers The Seaford Recreation Department is hosting a trip to see the Philadelphia 76ers vs the Miami Heat on Saturday, Feb. 7. The cost is $50 a ticket and this includes the lower level game ticket and transportation. You can sign up at the Recreation office or call 629-6809. All money is due by Dec 30. Signups are first come, first serve.

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Three Western Sussex hockey players named all-state

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Sussex Tech’s Maxine Fluharty and Delmar senior Lindsay Lloyd were named first team all-state last week. Delmar senior goalie Shannon Wilson also received honorable mention.

MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008

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A view from the cheap seats By Mike McClure, Star Sports Editor Thanksgiving leftovers- I haven’t had a chance to write a column in a while and have accumulated a lot of information over the last month or so. For those of you who like leftovers, here you go. College notes- The Washington College field hockey team’s season came to a close with a loss to Ursinus earlier this month. In that game freshman Chelsea Collison, a Woodbridge graduate, netted her first college goal. Seaford grad Claire Rekitzke, a junior goalkeeper at York College, was one of four Spartans named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad. Rekitzke was also named to the second team last season. This year she recorded 113 saves in goal. “Claire is a terrific collegiate goalkeeper,” York head coach Jamie Swartz said. “She has the ability to keep us in tough games, giving us a chance to win each time out. As long as she works hard over the off-season, I see no reason why she cannot be even better in 2009.” Sussex Tech grad David Ricksecker qualified for nationals as a cross country runner for Biola University. His sister Rebekah, also a Sussex Tech graduate, was a Big South runner of the week three times this season and placed second in the conference. She also was named Big South scholar athlete of the year with a 3.96 grade point average. See next week’s Star for the final stats of our local graduates who are competing in collegiate Fall sports. High school notes- The Woodbridge Fall sports banquet took place a couple weeks ago. Among the things noted at the banquet were: the Woodbridge varsity soccer team was a finalist for a state sportsmanship award after receiving no cards in 16 games. Also, Raider football player Jeremy Messick was recognized for not missing a practice or game in his four seasons at Woodbridge. The Woodbridge and Delmar senior football players and coaches joined the Bridgeville and Delmar Kiwanis Club

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High games and series William Newlon 288 Jim Marine 731

High games and series Leah Spicer 295, 755

Tuesday AM Mixed

High games and series George Bramble 260 Jim Suda 706 Riki Beers 264, 693

High games and series Maurice Duncan 241 Clem Warrener 629 Kay Lankford 243 Pam Good 623

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members for their annual banquet last week in Bridgeville. I was not able to attend that banquet but I’m sure a good time was had by all, as always. Seaford field hockey player Kelsey Hoch was named first team all-conference. Unfortunately, we ran the wrong picture last week. We’ll try and fix that next week. Trick play- The Laurel and Delmar Mitey Mite teams closed their seasons with their annual bowl games two weeks ago. During the game Laurel successfully executed an onsides kick. The kick was designed, the kicker’s shoe flying off on the kick was not. The shoe was recovered by Delmar, however, Laurel got the ball back. Quick hits- The winter sports season is upon us, although there is still one very important Fall contest left to play. Winter coaches are asked to send their preview forms in as quickly as possible. We are in the process of moving offices, so if you have any technical difficulties please give me a call. In the meantime, go out and support the Bulldogs this Friday night. Even if you are not a Bulldog fan, this is kind of an historic occasion with all four championship teams coming from the Henlopen Conference. So go out and help the Sussex County teams (Laurel and Sussex Central) bring home state titles.

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High games and series Patrick Curran 291 Harold Sheets 803 Margie Tingler 296, 806

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High games and series Todd James 291 Tim Dean 715 Theresa Hart 262 Amber Taylor 746

Sunday Adult/Youth High games and series Gordon Hearn 293 Doug Avery 795 Sherry Hastings 291, 762 Ben Hearn 295 Douglas Avery, Jr. 827 Taylor Richey 740 Brittany Hastings 263

Star High games and series Brad Morgan 227, 650 Ann Childress 228, 625

Seaford Department of Recreation to hold winter signups The Seaford Department of Recreation is holding signups for the following winter programs: Youth basketball- The age groups are boys 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18 and girls 8-13. The cost is $20. Practices start in December, registration ends Dec 1. Boys’ and girls’ basketball- The boys’ and girls’ basketball league for children ages six and seven years old will start in February. The league, which will play games at Fredrick Douglass on Saturday morning, will cost $20. Junior Jordan Clinic- The Junior Jordan Clinic will be open to boys and girls in grades K-3 at a cost of $5. The clinics will take place Saturday mornings in January, starting Jan 10. Basic fundamentals will be stressed. Registration ends Dec. 31. All registrations take place at the rec office or you can call 629-6809 for more information. BULLDOG RUNLaurel senior fullback Tyler West follows his blockers during last Saturday’s state semifinal contest against Caravel. West and freshman running back Chris Jones each ran for 100 yards in the Bulldogs’ 23-22 win in Laurel. Laurel faces Milford in the Division II title game this Friday in Dover. Photo by Mike McClure


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High games and series Jesse Evaristo, Jr. 292, 734 Shelley Sherman 252, 676

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High games and series Bill Krewina 299, 829

Baby Blue Jays Woodbridge head football coach John Parker, left, and Delmar coach David Hearn are shown with the Kiwanis trophy at a past banquet.

High games and series Bill Ziolkowski 253, 714 Wendy Lowe 273, 683

High games and series Eugene Herr 280, 734 Elgi Austell 275, 725

High games and series E. Scott Morgan 290 David Spicer 798

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Unhappily, bailout for auto industry seems inevitable As if the bailout for the banks and insurance giant AIG wasn’t a RANK ALIO big enough pill to swallow, now comes a request to bail out the One in 10 jobs here at struggling and near bankruptcy home rely on the U.S. auauto industry with a $25 billion tomotive industry and auto “loan.” When do the handouts stop dealers employ 1.1 million for big business and when does our people. It is expected that government begin to do something 700 car dealers will close about suffering Americans? their doors this year. The first bailout was to benefit homeowners who have lost or will lose their homes. Instead that went go without health care, according to the into pay bank dividends and boost their botdustries numbers. tom line. One in 10 jobs here at home rely on the I struggled with the first bailout; the U.S. automotive industry and auto dealers pitch was that AIG insured all the great employ 1.1 million people. It is expected businesses around the world and with the that 700 car dealers will close their doors banks going down the tubes thousands this year. On our recent trip to Phoenix, would be without jobs and the banking inwe saw three large domestic and one fordustry would shut down. eign dealership closed. Ditto the auto industry: A bankruptcy The question is: If this industry fails, would lead to 2.95 million people losing how bad will it be for the economy? Like their jobs; $21.1 billion in social security the banks, the auto industry created its deposits will disappear, further weakening own problems, making large trucks and future benefits; $24.7 billion in income tax SUVs and paying for benefits the unions will be lost and 2 million Americans will commandeered, something their foreign



competitors don’t have to worry about. Should the auto industry go under, the U.S. government would be on the hook for unemployment benefits, retraining and pension obligations, and would be receiving nothing in the way of taxes. Republicans and some conservative Democrats are against the bailout unless major concessions are made, including lower wages, cuts in pensions for nearly 800,000 retirees and spouses and insurance. In other words, we are back to the Reagan era when he broke the backs of the air controllers’ union by hiring scabs to replace union workers. In troubled times unions suffer; in good times they prosper. These are troubled times. Many Americans are saying that we should let the industry go under, file bankruptcy and use federal funds to guarantee bank financing which would allow the automakers to restructure, including tearing up old labor contracts and reducing their sizes. Maybe that would be unfair to the long term workers. But some feel government support

would give consumers confidence that the car companies would exist after bankruptcy. The companies could start with a clean slate and replace current management. A major shut down would trickle down to the smaller suppliers, some of which have already declared bankruptcy, and their closing would have a negative rippling effect on the foreign car manufactures who also depend upon parts from these vendors in the manufacturing of their vehicles. The demise of the Chrysler plant in Delaware and the uncertain future of the GM plant in Newark already have had a negative impact on Delaware revenue to the government and companies throughout the state. TV, magazine, internet, newspaper and billboard advertising is expected to fall by 17 percent. Much to my distaste, I believe another bailout is on the way. For those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and food on the table, we really need to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

State rewards students who got high test scores with scholarships Delaware's Department of Education nancially beyond their reach. And stu(DOE) and the Delaware Higher Educadents who believe they will not be able to tion Commission (DHEC) are pleased to afford college may not be doing all they announce the awarding of 560 scholarshould to prepare themselves academicalships of $1,000 each to 470 students ly. Early information about financial aid statewide who have attained high scores in — and especially early commitments to fireading, mathematics and writing on the nancial aid dollars — is thought to make March 2008 Delaware Student Testing an important difference in encouraging Program (DSTP) in grades eight and ten. many students to attend college who might The scholarship program, named in otherwise have thought it impossible.” memory of Michael C. Ferguson, former This year, three eighth-grade students Deputy Superintendent and Acting Superearned three scholarships; 37 students intendent of the Department of Public Inearned two scholarships; and 188 earned struction and former state Budget Director, one scholarship. In the tenth grade, 11 stuwas included in the Educational Accountdents earned three scholarships; 25 earned ability Act of 1998 and is funded by two scholarships; and 208 earned one Delaware's General Assembly. The proscholarship. gram is authorized a maximum of 600 The law states that up to 300 of the Ferscholarships annually ($1,000 each) to be guson scholarships will be awarded to stuawarded to eighth and tenth graders who dents who participate in the free and reattained the highest scores on the DSTP in duced lunch (FRL) program. Of the maxithe content areas of mum 300 scholarships reading, writing and awarded in both the ‘There are many, many stumathematics. FRL program and the dents and families who have “Since this pro300 not in FRL, up to gram began nine 150 scholarships will benefited financially from this years ago, more than be awarded to eighth wonderful program. I congratu4100 public school graders and 150 students have been awarded to tenth late all of this year's eighth and awarded more than $5 tenth grade recipients for an ac- graders. million in scholarFurthermore, the ships,” said Valerie A. ademic job well done.’’ law specifies that the Woodruff, Secretary number of awards in Valerie Woodruff of Education. “There each content area shall Secretary of Education are many, many stube as close to 50 as Delaware dents and families possible, and that any who have benefited unassigned awards financially from this wonderful program. I shall be allocated in the priority of readcongratulate all of this year's eighth and ing, mathematics and writing. tenth grade recipients for an academic job Students can use their scholarship once well done.” they begin their postsecondary education; Alan Philips, DHEC data analyst, says however, they must enroll at an institution “studies show that students from less afflu- within five calendar years of high school ent families often perceive college to be fi- graduation or the scholarship will be for-

feited. The award can only be used at regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institutions or at Delaware or other stateapproved private business and trade schools in the United States. The award cannot exceed direct educational costs. DHEC will contact each recipient with instructions for setting up an online account where they can keep track of their

scholarship funds, update contact information as needed and identify what college they plan to attend. Recipients can use the same account to access other DHEC-administered financial aid programs online. A complete list of this year's Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Award recipients can be found on the Higher Education Commission's Web site at

Gas Lines Another price drop

The national average price of gas fell below $2 a gallon on Friday, for the first time since March 9, 2005, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. More than half the states are averaging below $2 a gallon, including Missouri which was selling gas for $1.69 a gallon on average. Over the last week, the price of gas has declined by an extraordinary amount, more than 15-cents a gallon. Prices at the pump have fallen nearly 50% since peaking in mid-July at $4.11 a gallon. Locally, one station on Stein Highway in Seaford as of Monday was selling regular gasoline for

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MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 DEC. 3, 2008


Letters to the Editor We have to give him a chance

I have spent the days since the election thinking of how I wanted to respond to friends and associates who said, "Well, we have to give him a chance." And then Calio arrives on the scene with his hope that we can all play nice and get along now that his guy is about to be president. Barack Obama is about to become our president, my president. And I do agree that we have to give him a chance. But, it is important to define what that means, since there are at least three versions that would apply. First, is the chance that we can expect the liberal media to give him, i.e., he can do no wrong and there will be an excuse for every mistake and failure. Second, is to give Obama the same chance that Calio and other liberals gave George W. Bush, i.e., to start attacking him on Jan. 20, 2009, with snide, demeaning comments often supported with outright lies or gross distortion of the facts. Third, there is the interpretation of "give him a chance" whereby he will be judged on his governing philosophies and actions. A refreshing concept and the one I support. It allows for debate based on liberal-socialist and conservative beliefs.

Stars’ Letters Policy All letters should include the writer’s name, address and phone number for verification purposes. Names will be published. No unsigned letters will be published. No letters which the management deems to be libelous will be published. The Star reserves the right to edit or reject any letters. Send your letters to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, or you may email Using this third basis, I will support the new president as a member of his loyal opposition. I, as most all Americans, will be extremely concerned about how he and the Democratic Congress will try to manage the economic crisis. We are already hearing from some De-

Christmas doesn’t have to have gifts With the economy struggling a bit, Diane and I have had some seEV ODD ROFFORD rious discussions about expenditures this Christmas. The verdict: This holiday season We’ll be keeping it a little simpler under the tree this year. will not ultimately be deSo, this morning as we disfined by a bad economy, cussed together the real meaning of Christmas, we inevitably pulled a raucous black Friday out the famed Seussian quote, line or even how many “Christmas comes without boxes or bags.” pounds you gain. My 4-year-old, Carissa, looked at me and said incredulously, Dad, with the wisdom of Solomon, de“We’re going to have Christmas without clared it was to be a joint gift. presents?” “That’s not what I said sweetAs brothers, we had more fun with that heart. All I said was that Christmas would Evel Kneivel Stunt Cycle than every other still be Christmas even if there were no Christmas gift combined because it came gifts.” I am still pretty sure that my 4during the doldrums of winter. year-old never quite wrapped her mind My mind is abuzz with Thanksgiving around that one! Day family football games, Christmas carMeanwhile, I got to thinking about oling at the neighbors, my Dad’s homethose memories that we make around our made hot chocolate recipe on Christmas holiday tables and traditions and how so Eve and many sneaky trips in the middle many of them take on a life of their own. of the night to see Christmas morning’s Already, you are thinking of yours, so gifts a few hours early. let me share a few of mine as well. I still The unifying factor of all the stories? love to hear the story of how my brother The joy of people. This holiday season Mark threw out the Thanksgiving gravy will not ultimately be defined by a bad after the meal. The result: We had to eat economy, a raucous black Friday line or leftovers that whole next week with even how many pounds you gain. The canned gravy. That was almost beyond question is, “Will you honor God through what my Mom, the cooking purist, could honoring the people in your life who make handle. the holidays so meaningful?” Every year at Thanksgiving when In closing, I heard the other day of a someone says, “Could you please pass the family that got together for Thanksgiving gravy?” someone breaks out in, “Do you Dinner. As the father began to pray, he got remember the time Mark…?” Then there’s the time my Dad found an his words tangled up and said, “Dear Lord, at this Thanksgiving meal we ask overlooked Christmas present in the rethat you pardon this food and bless our cesses of our basement in February. All sins in Jesus name. Amen." three of us youngest went upstairs and Now that’s a story worth retelling! prayed fervently that it was for us. My

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mocrats the term "The New New Deal." Unfortunately, most people don't remember the history of the original New Deal instituted by Franklin Roosevelt. It drove our country from a very painful recession into a long depression which only ended as a result of World War II. Having our federal government throw our tax dollars willy nilly at today's economic problems will only exacerbate them. I will also be looking to the president and Congress for a strong national defense, protection from terrorist attacks and control of our national borders. I could also say I'm looking forward to a smaller federal government, with more efforts assigned back to state and local government; and a balanced budget based on a smaller federal government, not additional taxes that will continue to stifle our economy. But I'm afraid that is beyond the bounds of realistic expectation of either national party. Finally, I have a question that will only be answered after the fact. How far into Obama's term will President Bush be blamed for whatever happens or doesn't happen? Bob Wootten New Bern, NC

Time to Unite? Not

You did not need to correct last week's column — You were right the first time.

Walking across the aisle and uniting is what got us in the mess we're in. You do as you please, but as for me: I will never unite with a president or a party that believes it is OK to kill a child who is in the very process of being born. Never. I will never unite with a president or party that cannot read and comprehend a very simple and plain statement we call the Second Amendment. I will never unite with a president or party that believes that the harder I work and the more I earn, the less of it I deserve to keep. I will never unite with a president or party that believes that it is OK for a man to "marry" a man or a woman to "marry" a woman. I will never unite with a president or party that does not agree that the federal government is already too big, too intrusive and too expensive. And I will never unite with a president or party that demands that the creator of the universe be barred from the public square. Our enemies have vowed to destroy America from within. Political correctness, a left wing media, the feminization of the American male and now "unification" are all tools at their disposal. Now is not the time to unite but a time to fight against the destruction of our country from within. WD Whaley



MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008

Snapshots TRIP TO NASHVILLE - On Thursday, Nov. 13, 49 members and friends of the Seaford Chapter Widowed Persons Service departed for Nashville, Tenn. During the five days they were gone they had lodging at the Opryland Hotel (with its many features), saw a performance of Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” featuring world-famous Rockettes, experienced “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” come to life at ICE (an exhibit of the characters sculptured in ice), Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Show, “Joy to the World,” and a cruise on the General Jackson Showboat for lunch and entertainment. We are looking forward to our next trip — come join us — a great time is guaranteed.

EUROPEAN CRUISE - Recently 22 members and friends of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club took a 14-day European river cruise on the Rhine and Mosel rivers from Basel, Switzerland to Antwerp, Belgium. Seated L to R: Mary Noel, Lois Ewing, Don Ewing, Jane Drace and Susanne Stoner. Standing L to R: Wayne Hickman, Nancy Hickman, Rob Hutton, Rae Wolfe, Bev Hutton, Carol Schreffler, Dan Schreffler, Betty Richardson, Conway Richardson, Diane Datesman, Rich Datesman, Hollis Noel, Dan Stoner, Shirley Jordan, Dick Wolfe, Kathy King and Irv King. Submitted photo A GIFT IN THE FACE - This year’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin raised approximately $80,000 for charity not only through gate, competition and concert fees but also through individual efforts held throughout competition weekend, such as the cooking contests, which raised more than $200. Punkin Chunkin Association President Frank Shade paid $35 for a cake prepared by students at Richard Allen School. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, Shade bought the cake for the sole purpose of sharing it with Bob Elliott of Millsboro at the food auction on Nov. 1. Although this year Elliott received the gift in the face, there have been years when Elliott bought a dessert to apply to Shade’s face.

CLASS OF 42 - The Seaford High Class of ’42 recently held their 66th class reunion. Left to right: Doris Bell Fleetwood, Mary Hastings Lankford, Betty Fryling Young, Esther Melvin Berner, and Sturges Williams Lowe. Second row: Louise Patterson Collins, Calvin Allen, Bobby Figgs, Marion Hughes Merill and Ernie Pegelow. A great time was had by all! Out of a class of 55, 24 are still alive and 10 were able to attend the reunion. Submitted photo

PUNKIN CHUNKIN QUILT AWARDED - A Milton couple raised more than $600 for Meals on Wheels with a quilt raffle. For the past five years, Don and Debbie Daffner have designed and created a quilt made of donated Punkin Chunkin T-shirts. Charmaine Thomas of Lewes won this year’s quilt when her raffle ticket was drawn during the annual Punkin Chunkin awards banquet Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This year’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin and associated events raised approximately $80,000 for charity.

MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2008

Chunkers give safety advice Chunk’n-ology Capt. Rick Garloff, who is also a member of the Punkin Chunkin Association’s safety team, gave a special presentation to the Bad Hair Day team during the association’s annual banquet Saturday, Nov. 15, at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Bad Hair Day had a run of bad luck during the world championship weekend Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Pumpkins were stolen on two separate occasions, and pumpkin loader BJ Shade was injured while trying to repair a leaky valve the second day of competition. Shortly before the team was to shoot its final gourd on the third day of competition, Michelle Harris, who was filling in for Shade to load a pumpkin into the air cannon, fell from the ladder she climbed to access the chute. Harris was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by helicopter, where she was treated for broken bones. Concerned for her welfare and preoccupied with getting Harris proper medical

Shown is Garloff with the poster Bad Hair Day has the option of displaying during the 2009 Punkin Chunkin World Championships.

treatment, the team opted not to try to make the final shot. Hours later Harris, known for her tenacity and dedication to

Punkin Chunkin, returned to the competition casted but ready to help with breaking down the machine.

Ring awarded to Chunkin champ J.C. Holland of Holland Jewelers donated the prized pumpkin ring for the world champion punkin chunker that was awarded to Jake Burton of Lewes during the 2008 Punkin Chunkin awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Each year, the winning team gets bragging rights and a hand-carved, wooden trophy. However, the trophy must be returned and passed on to next year’s winning team. When Holland learned winners didn’t get to keep the trophy, he decided to create something team captains could keep. The 14k gold ring shaped like a carved pumpkin has a diamond set in one of the pumpkin’s eyes, and Holland has recreated the original design for the last 15 years. This year several former world champions presented the ring to Burton who has been competing in Punkin Chunkin since



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From left are Punkin Chunkin Association Vice President John Huber, Larry McLaughlin, Burton, Wolfman Thompson and Capt. Speed Lackhove during the championship ring presentation.

he was a child. His team, Young Glory III, sent a gourd flying 4,483.51 feet in the Air Cannon category to set a new world record. Young Glory III’s win also re-


turned the trophy to Delaware after a year’s hiatus, when the Big 10 Inch of New Jersey took the trophy home after the 2007 competition.


Online delinquency list helps authorities collect back taxes The State of Delaware has posted another list of Delaware’s Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers online. This is the fifth quarterly posting for the Delaware Division of Revenue since the inception of this program. “In less than two years this program has collected more than $3.3 million in back taxes from delinquent taxpayers whose names were posted, or were notified that their names qualified for posting, to the Delaware Delinquent Taxpayers website,” said Delaware Division of Revenue Director Patrick Carter. The website – located at – posts for public view the names of individual and business taxpayers who owe unpaid tax bills to the state. By legislative order, larger balances are targeted first for publication. Each quarter the next 100 consecutive business and 100 consecutive personal tax payers with unresolved balances over $1,000 are posted to the site. Today’s lists contain individuals and businesses that, combined, owe more than $24 million to the state. Most of these liabilities have been extremely difficult to collect. Since its inception in Feb. 2007, the Delinquent Taxpayers page has encouraged more than 400 Delaware taxpayers to enter into payment agreements or resolve their unpaid tax bills. To meet the criteria for posting to the Delaware Delinquent Taxpayers site, individuals and businesses must have already received a judgment for unpaid taxes. They must then be notified by mail that their name qualifies to be posted online and are given 60 days to respond. The names of those who enter into a payment agreement with the Division of Revenue or pay their balance in full before posting are not published. Those who pay after posting are removed from the Delinquent Taxpayers list. Taxpayers who have filed for bankruptcy protection or have incurred a liability that is being appealed are excluded from the published list until their case has been resolved.

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MORNING STAR • NOV. 27 DEC. 3, 2008

Opinion News Bulletin Minner choses Biden’s replacement Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced Monday that she will appoint Ted Kaufman to the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Vice President-elect Joe Biden. “I have known him for more than 30 years and he has superb qualifications. His political views are close to Senator Biden’s, and he doesn’t need any on-thejob training. He’ll be an effective Senator for Delaware from day one,” Minner said. Kaufman is co-chair of Sen. Biden’s vice-presidential transition team and is a member of the advisory board of the Obama-Biden transition project. He was senior adviser to Sen. Biden on the ObamaBiden presidential campaign and held a senior position in all of Sen. Biden’s federal campaigns. Kaufman operated Public Strategies, a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington from 1995 through 2008. He has been a senior lecturing fellow at the Duke University of Law since 1991, and in 1995, he was appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a charter member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was on Biden’s U.S. Senate staff from 1973 to 1994, serving for 19 years as Chief of Staff. From 1997 to 2001 he was the Democratic National Committeeman for Delaware. He previously worked for DuPont in a variety of finance, technical and marketing positions. He has a BSME from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “It is a great honor to be picked to serve in the senate seat so ably filled by Senator Biden,” Kaufman said. “I thank Governor Minner for her confidence in me. In the more than 30 years I have known the Governor, I have watched her become the embodiment of the American dream, so the honor of this appointment is elevated by the fact that I'm receiving it from her.” Kaufman received praise from Vice-President Elect Joe Biden, Governor-elect Jack Markell, Congressman Mike Castle and U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Biden issued the following statement: “I know this is was an unusual circumstance for the voters this year. And I want to thank the people of Delaware for the trust they placed in me. Now as I leave the Senate for the Vice Presidency, I believe Governor Minner has appointed the very best person she could have chosen to serve Delaware at this time in the United States Senate.”

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Pumpkin Chunkin Association concludes another great year Association members worked hundreds of hours setting up the field and moving all our equipment to and from the field of play By Frank E. Shade Punkin Chunkin Assoc. president

On behalf of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association I want to thank everyone for his or her help this past year. After seven years as president of this organization, I have decided to allow others to step up into the management roles for the 2009 Chunk. With the move to our new home in Bridgeville last year, we faced many problems, most of which will take experience to resolve. From set up to tear down, it was all the same, but different. Installing more than nine miles of fence and laying out a record-length firing line were just a few of the challenges. These and many other challenges were met and conquered again this year. I would like to thank our very gracious hosts, the Wheatley family, for allowing us the opportunity to hold the 23rd Chunk on their farm. I would like to recognize the Punkin Chunkin Association members who worked hundreds of hours setting up the field and moving all our equipment to and from the field of play. The ones who came and worked tirelessly know who they are, and the ones who didn’t come to work need to get involved. We would also like to thank the Department of Correction, which

Guest Column supplied workers who provided us with many hours of grunt work. Bob Walls, Eric Nelson and his family spent endless hours coordinating the set up and tear down of the event. We are also very grateful to Harry Caswell Plumbing Inc., which lent countless pieces of the heavy equipment to prepare the field and position the machines. Andy Givens and all his great volunteers got a record number of cars and people into the Chunk. Softball and baseball players and parents, JROTC groups and hordes of volunteers worked tirelessly – day and night – parking cars and monitoring the crowds. Terry Brewster, association treasurer, and her staff ran the entire financial end flawlessly; they are to be commended. Rita O’Neil had the overwhelming task of coordinating all the vendors in the midway, and for that we are truly grateful. Sandy Elliott and Betty Hurdle once again organized and oversaw the very successful cooking contest that not only adds sparkle to the event but raises funds for charity. Gilbert Holt Sr. and his entire security staff were on the grounds 24 hours a day addressing problems as they arose. They were the first to come to work on the field and the last ones to leave. Chuck Burton and his safety committee worked to ensure we had a very safe Chunk. John Collier and his measuring crew found, with the help of Mark Wells and our spotter crews, every shot they needed to find. They all

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did and outstanding job. John Huber, association vice president, handled all the problems on the firing line for the entire event. John addressed every chunker’s problem, and he still found time to compete in the Adult Catapult Division. Last but not least, I would like to thank all the chunkers who traveled from around the world to make this event as great as it was. Without the players, there could be no game. They came ready to compete, and compete they did. There were several new world records set. Congratulations to Jake Burton and the Young Glory III team for setting a new world-record distance and bring the traveling trophy back to Sussex County. The spectators came to see pumpkins fly and our teams launched approximately 4,000 of them through the skies of Sussex County. Our sponsor list grew again this year. Without the generosity of the following sponsors we could not continue our programs: the Delaware Lottery, ING-Direct, Wheatley Farms, Kaeser Compressors, Harley Davidson of Seaford, Polaris Ranger, Caswell Plumbing, Waste Management of Georgetown, United Rentals, Fogels Septic & Portables, WMDT Channel 47, CW 3, Clean Delaware Inc., Hudson’s Truck Repair, M&M Refrigeration, Cat Country & Delmarva Broadcasting, WDSD, WTDK, 96 Rock, Classic Rock 98.5, Techgas, Froggy 99, Holly Lake Campsites, Holland Jewelers, Hampton Inn of Lewes, K&L Sales and Wilmington Trust. The generosity of these wonderful sponsors allowed us to present a great concert Friday night featuring The Charlie Daniel’s Band and Randy Owen. Sales George Beauchamp Rick Cullen Emily Rantz Laura Rogers Doris Shenton Jimmy McWilliams

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Bring a toy and canned goods to the Christmas Parade The theme for the Seaford Christmas Parade is "Winter Wonderland" and we hope to bring the spirit of Christmas to all - to make this a true wonderland. We want to share with our neighbors, to help those who are less fortunate. Ginny Short, Seaford-Blades Associated Charities, is our grand marshal. We would like everyone - parade participants and spectators - to bring an unwrapped toy or canned food to the parade. Parade participants can drop their donation off at the registration trailer. For the spectators, we are going to try something new. Harley Davidson has volunteered to provide some Polaris Rangers to help pick-up the donations. These Rangers will be riding in the parade, near the front. There will be volunteers walking along, and you can give your donation to the volunteer where they will place your gift in the Ranger. Let's see how much we can share our blessings with our neighbors. Let's help Ginny Short makes Christmas a little better for those in need. Frank Raskauskas

Downtown Seaford Association

Red Cross seeks volunteers

As the Red Cross prepares for the winter season’s storms and increase in house fires, the need for volunteers is greater.

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Final Word Volunteers are needed, particularly for Disaster Action Teams. All disaster training is free and equips volunteers with the skills they need to help others when disaster affects their community. Volunteers are also needed to conduct presentations to local groups, schools and businesses about Disaster Preparedness and the many vital services your local Red Cross provides. Other volunteer opportunities are also available, which include becoming a Service to the Armed Forces caseworker who forwards urgent messages from loved ones to those in the military, or being trained to teach lifesaving skills such as CPR or first aid. Bilingual volunteers are always needed. On Monday, Dec. 1, a volunteer orientation will be held at the Red Cross Seaford office from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To register to attend the orientation, call the local Red Cross volunteer line at 800-7776620, option 7 or send an email to

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Humor from the Internet

As with most humor from the Internet, this was passed along, but the source is unknown. Just the same, we all need a diversion from the real world now and then. With that in mind, here are some Headlines and comments on those headlines from the Internet.

• Alton attorney accidentally sues himself. (What goes around, come around.) • County to pay $250,000 to advertise lack of funds. (Yep, that’s our tax dollars at work.) • Volunteers search for old Civil War planes. (Lemme know how that works out. Why not just search for “new” Civil War planes? Odds are, there are an equal number. • Caskets found as workers demolish mausoleum. (We had no idea anyone was buried there.) • Federal agents raid gun shop, find weapons. (What are the odds of that?) • Utah Poison Control Center reminds everyone not to take poison. (And here I was, sitting with rat poison, thinking it might be tasty.)

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