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The Delmar Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Hitchens, Hodgins win Delmar election

Incumbent Luther Hitchens and newcomer Marlena Hodgins were elected to the Delmar (Md.) Commission in an election that took place last Tuesday. Hitchens, who received 39 votes, and Hodgins, with 36 votes, each earned a seat on the commission. Mayor Doug Niblett, who received 57 votes, ran unopposed. The other commission candidates were Chris Pittas (28) and Reginald Lizotte (19).

TRIPPING - Got some time on your hands? You won’t believe what one area resident did with his extra time. Page 2 HOSPITAL - The challenge of fixing the hospital’s financial woes is part of what attracted administrator Mark Rappaport to his new job. Page 12 STATE SEMIFINALS - The Delmar Wildcat football team hosts Hodgson in the state semifinals last Saturday. See page 41 to see how the ‘Cats’ did. ALL-CONFERENCE - The Henlopen Conference all-conference football teams were recently announced. See photos of local players named to the first team starting on page 41.


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FISHING ON RECORDS POND - Angling for their Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe. These local fishermen enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving morning on Records Pond in Laurel last week. Photo by Pat Murphy

Skateboard park gets OK Town and school agree to understanding, group to start raising money By Tony E. Windsor The town of Laurel has cleared the way for the development of a skateboard park in the center of the community. During the Monday, Nov. 19, meeting of Laurel Town Council, the council voted to join the Laurel School

District in supporting the skateboard park project. At the recommendation of Councilmember Chris Calio, the proposal for the park was reviewed by the Laurel Parks and Recreation Committee for review. Committee member Kim Ralph gave the committee’s find-

ings to the council. She said that the committee met on two different occasions to discuss the park and solicit input from the community. “We heard no negative comments regarding the park proposal,” Ralph Continued on page five

More complaints don’t mean more crime, chief says By Tony E. Windsor The number of criminal complaints and other calls handled by the Laurel Police Department is on the rise — drastically in some cases. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there is more crime in Laurel.

According to Police Chief Michael Wilson, there are several dynamics that come into play in the rising numbers. First of all, Wilson said, officers are starting to document more thoroughly than ever before their enforcement efforts. “There were times in years past

when an officer may do a building check of a local business at 2 a.m. to make sure all doors are secured. They would do this and not document. Today officers are documenting these types of things because it is good to Continued on page four


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The young Reid Williamson learned enough geography in his early elementary years to know that he, his parents and his sister lived in Wicomico County. He knew the story of how Salisbury’s Division Street, which before the formation of Wicomico County in the mid 19th century marked the boundary between Worcester County and Somerset County, got its name. By age 8, when his family took a trip to New England and before they moved to Laurel, he was interested in the many counties through which that trip took him. That early interest in geography has stuck with Williamson throughout his life. And now, more than 50 years after that New England trip, he has visited all the counties and independent cities in the modern United States. He stepped foot in his 3,143rd and final county this summer, when the ferry on which he was traveling landed at Dutch Harbor in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, more than 4,000 miles from his Annandale, Va., home. He is, he believes, the first native Delawarean to be what The Extra Miler, a quarterly publication for the Extra Miler Club, for people interested in visiting all counties in the United States, calls a “completer.” “Given the difficulties reported by some completers,” Williamson wrote in the September edition of The Extra Miler, “this was a breeze. I just waited for the ship to dock, the crew to put the gangway in place and [took] a dozen steps down it and presto, I had been everywhere!” There to meet him at the dock were his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret “Margho” and Peter Huber, who traveled from their home in Richmond, Va., to Alaska to be with Williamson in his last county. “They are not EMC members, but Margho did note that Alaska is her 40th state visited,” Williamson wrote. “It was new for Peter too.” Williamson, 59, was born in Salisbury and moved to Laurel with his family when he was 8. His father, Harry, worked for Delmarva Power and Light and his mother, Eleanor, worked at Laurel High School, where she taught English and, at various times, Latin, geography and French. After graduating from Laurel High School in 1966, Williamson went to the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., from which he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He then went to the University of Connecticut, where he obtained a master’s degree in history. For several years, he was a substitute teacher for the Laurel School District and a summer employee at Trap Pond State Park. Then in 1975, he went to work for the U.S. Army as a civilian employee. Now he is a management analyst at Fort Belvoir, just south of Washington, D.C. Williamson said that he started keeping track of counties that he visited when he was 14 and a student at Laurel High School. “I loved looking at atlases,” he said. Because his father was a surveyor in addition to working for DP&L, “maps were very important in our house.”

In Alaska, Laurel native Reid Williamson holds a license plate bearing the number of U.S. counties he has visited.

At first, Williamson was simply interested in keeping track of the counties he visited. By the 1980s, he began to believe that he could make it to all of them. And in 1991, after he met Roy Carson, an Extra Miler member and then editor of The Extra Miler, he really began working toward it. “America is incredibly diverse, topographically and scenically,” he said. “I love the variety that I have made myself see.” His travels have convinced him of the necessity to understand the world’s nations and cities. “So many Americans don’t know much at all about geography,” he said. “How real are happenings around the world to them when they don’t know where those happenings are taking place?” The travels have also made him somewhat of an ecologist, he said. “This has made me aware of the necessity to protect the land. We need to make sure that two, three or 15 years from now, there is plenty of clean land, clean water and clean cities for the people who aren’t here yet.” Williamson counts northeast Vermont, Montana and Wyoming as among the most beautiful places he has visited. On the other hand, while he liked much of Georgia, he did not enjoy his visit to Atlanta. “It has nothing in the way of charm for me,” he said. Mississippi, he said, had the poorest places he saw, with nothing but “shacks, shanties and rusted cars” for miles. That was, he added, when the scenery wasn’t blocked by thick kudzu that “seemed as though it was reaching into the road and grabbing us.” As for what he will do now that he has visited all the U.S. counties, Williamson continues to be interested in bird watching, a hobby he took up several years ago. His journeys to the thousands of U.S. counties enabled him to enter many species in his log book. “Diversity of topography leads to a diversity of birds,” he said. He also wants to visit all U.S. national parks, of which there are 310. He has seen about three-quarters of them, including the 19 in Alaska. He is not sure, however, that he will ever get to the U.S. national park in American Samoa, in the South Pacific. “If I am going to travel that far, I would probably prefer to go to South America,” he said.


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Councilwoman calls low turnout in Delmar election ‘sad’ By Mike McClure The Delmar Joint Council began talking about the creation of voting districts during its meeting on Monday. But the discussion turned to the low voter turnout at the recent Delmar Commission (Md.) election. Only 67 of the 1,227 registered voters came out to cast a vote in last Tuesday’s election. (See results on page one of the Star.) Town manager Sara Bynum-King brought up the issue of creating voting districts at the request of Delmar (Del.) Mayor John Outten. Wicomico County and Salisbury have voting districts while Laurel and Milford have wards. Outten suggested creating voting districts because of the growth in town and the possibility that one development could end up running the entire town if districts

are not established. Bynum-King said she will find out what the process is for making the change as well as the cost involved in case the town chooses to create districts. “At the same time we’ve got to find a way to get these people to get out and vote,” said Councilwoman Diane Buckley, who said she would like to see the town use its Web site to get the word out about elections rather than spending more money. “We cannot make these people come out. They need to get in on the inside and see what happens on a monthly basis,” Councilwoman Mary Lee Pase added. “It takes everybody in the community working together. It is very sad to know that only 67 people got out to vote.” Delmar (Md.) Mayor Doug Niblett and Commissioner Luther Hitchens thanked those who came out and voted them back

in office. At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Joan Tisinger, who was not re-elected, thanked her colleagues. “I have enjoyed it. I learned a lot. I just hope everybody gets along as well as we have. I think we all worked well together,” said Tisinger. Bynum-King also reported that the town made an offer on property located on Foskey Lane for the possible site of a public safety building. The property owner made a counter offer based on the property’s appraised value. The commission gave Bynum-King the go ahead to move forward with the process. Chris Walter of the Delmar Revitalization Committee reported that the committee will discuss a date for next year’s Heritage Day Festival during its meeting on Dec. 12. The committee is also looking at doing something to celebrate

the 150th anniversary of the town in 2009. According to Bynum-King the town is also looking to commemorate the anniversary. Buckley reported that the Delmar Chamber of Commerce, the town and area businesses ordered 12 new street banners for the holiday season. Buckley calls the red and white banners with “season’s greetings” on them a start. The group will look into additional banners next year. Pase said there are 40 area children in need of assistance during the holiday season. She will accept donations of toys and games at the Delmar Elementary School until Dec. 15. Commissioner Carrie Williams reported that the Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for new members. The commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. at town hall.

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have that information available. For instance, if that same business was burglarized later in the night, we would have a better handle on the time frame of the incident. Any additional information is helpful to an investigation,” he said. Wilson also said officers are becoming much more proactive in handling street patrols and enforcement efforts throughout the community. “If an officer sees someone walking down the street at 3 a.m., they will be stopped and asked about why they are out at that hour and where they are heading,” he said. “It is the same with traffic. If we see a car with a headlight out at two in the morning, we would be more apt to stop and investigate. We are not looking for reasons to stop vehicles or pedestrians; we simply take more precaution when it is at unusual times and under suspicious circumstances.” Police are also able to spend more time than ever out on the streets patrolling. Wilson said in years past when an officer needed to do a report following a criminal or traffic incident, he or she would have to go back to the police station and file the report. Now, thanks to special law enforcement grants, police cars are being equipped with laptop computers and

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said. “We heard from students and their parents and we were able to learn how much use could be gained from a park like this.” She said the committee recommended that the council consider supporting the park project. Barry Munoz, a proponent of the park, told the council that the park could cost between $250,000 and $450,000. He said the money would come from fundraisers, grants and contributions. He said the park will probably have lights because during the fall and winter there is little daylight after school. The design of the park will ultimately be determined by the amount of money that the community is able to raise for the project, he said. In September, the Laurel School District Board of Education voted to support a memorandum of understanding with the town, which makes a 12,000-square foot parcel of land on the north side of Evergreen Drive adjacent to the existing Lions Club tennis and basketball complex available to the town for 20 years at a lease cost of $1. At the end of 20 years, the agreement can be renewed. The agreement stipulates that all maintenance, construction, staffing and operational costs associated with the skateboard park be the responsibility of the town and that the park be included in the municipal insurance policy. In an earlier council meeting, Calio suggested that the town investigate how its involvement in a skateboard park would affect insurance liability. Mayor John Shwed, a member of the Laurel Lions Club and the Laurel Community Foundation, two supporters of the skateboard park, acquired a statement from the town’s insurance provider that the development of the park would present no additional liability issues and that there would be no increase in insurance premiums for the town. After hearing the Parks and Recreation Committee’s report, Shwed called for a vote to decide whether the town would join the school district in the memorandum of understanding. Councilman Bill Trujillo motioned that the council join the Laurel

School District in the memorandum of understanding. Council president Terry Wright seconded that motion. Before casting her vote, Councilwoman Robin Fisher said she did not feel the Laurel citizens who were leading the effort to build the park had shared enough information with the town council. “I have never seen this group who has taken on the responsibility to raise the funds for the building of the skateboard park,” she said. “They have never come before us to answer questions.” Fisher said she has done some research of her own and learned that in at least one case, a community has been forced to close its skateboard park because lack of staff caused an increase in insurance premiums. “I am not against a skateboard park,” she said. “Our children need a place to express themselves and those opportunities are limited in Laurel. But, I want all the information I can get to make a good judgment on behalf of the citizens of this town.” Shwed told Fisher that she had “plenty of opportunities” to raise questions during previous council meetings. Shwed also told Fisher that the town’s insurance provider had issued a written statement declaring that a skateboard park would create no additional liability or increased insurance premiums. “I can’t see how you can get any more concrete than that letter,” he said. Prior to the vote, Councilman Calio said that he does not believe local government should be involved in something like a skateboard park. Rather, “I think a skateboard park should be operated in the same way as Little League or Pop Warner Football,” he said. In the end, the council voted five to two in favor of joining the memorandum of understanding with the Laurel School District, paving the way for the development of a skateboard park in Laurel. Fisher and Calio cast the two opposing votes. Shwed said the vote of confidence from the council will enable a sign to be posted on the school property stating, “Future site of the Laurel Skateboard Park.”



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MORNING STAR • NOV. 29 - DEC. 5, 2007

Challenges in the China-Burma-India Theater The Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers are running a series of articles on the veterans who served this nation during World War II. We welcome suggestions for interviews. Contact Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.

By James Diehl The men who served in the China-BurmaIndia Theater of Operations (CBI) during World War II were, in large part, a forgotten group until the 1962 release of the film “Merrill’s Marauders” by United States Pictures. The movie chronicled the struggles of U.S. Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill and his men as they moved behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina. Seaford resident Carlton King, Jr., and Laurel resident Lewis Pusey said they enjoyed the movie very much but, then again, they didn’t really need to see it. They were there to witness much of it firsthand. King, a medical technician, and Pusey, who worked in the labor pool, served the United States during the second world war at the 48th Evacuation Hospital in Burma. Several of Merrill’s Marauders spent time there during their journey. “When they came through, they were carrying all of their supplies with mules and horses,” Pusey remembers. “I made them a couple of first aid kits and made some good friends while they were with us.” Merrill’s Marauders, notwithstanding, working at the 48th was a difficult job in many ways, not the least of which was the arduous task of overcoming the language barrier in that part of the world. Most of the wounded who found their way to the 48th were from the Chinese fight-


Laurel resident Lewis Pusey, left, and Seaford resident Carlton King, Jr., served together in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II.

ing forces, trained by the Americans in Ramgarh, India, to help fight the Japanese. “Ramgarh was a training center for the Americans to train two Chinese divisions,” King said. “They’d fly the Chinese there and we’d fix them up. Every one of our patients was a Chinese ground soldier who was fighting the Japanese, who had occupied Burma.”

Officially established in March of 1942, CBI is often referred to as the “forgotten theater” of World War II. Of the more than 12 million Americans under arms at the height of the war, only about 250,000 were assigned to CBI. The theater was initially of great importance to the Allied war effort because of

plans to base air and naval forces in China for an eventual assault on Japan. Plans later changed, however, and CBI’s early importance to the war effort quickly faded. Still, there were Merrill’s Marauders, as well as the brave men who flew the so-called “hump” and the Army engineers who built the Ledo Road to open up a land supply route to the Chinese. It was the Ledo Road that was the major emphasis for the mostly Chinese force that later filled the 48th Evacuation Hospital. Pusey’s unit spent months carving out a path through the Burmese jungles until they found a place suitable to build the hospital. Working through the monsoon season, they went months without any food other than what they could find in the jungle. “Most of our food came from fish…we would use dynamite to get them to float to the top of the water,” Pusey remembers. “We also ate a lot of bamboo roots, which taste like sweet potatoes. “We went three months with no food except for what we could get out of the jungle. We also had to boil all of our water before we could drink it.” Enlisting the help of the natives proved to be beneficial, but constant caution became a way of life for Pusey and his unit. “You didn’t always see [the native tribes], but you knew they were there and you didn’t want to mess with them,” Pusey recalls. “If you messed with them, they’d cut your head off.” While Pusey was learning not to tangle with the locals, King was devising a way to steer clear of another inhabitant of the Continued to page nine

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Joint Federal Investigation nets dozens of arrests Colm F. Connolly, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced on Nov. 15, the initial arrests resulting from a year-long investigation into the illegal sale and use of valid Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security cards in Delaware. The joint investigation targeted several vendors/ brokers who transported various identity documents from Puerto Rico to the lower Delaware Hispanic community. According to indictments returned by a federal Grand Jury, these documents were ultimately used to satisfy documentary requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as it relates to employment. Moreover, once in receipt of these documents, individuals could fraudulently obtain all the rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen, including gaining employment, voting, purchasing firearms and obtaining valid passports to access U.S. borders. As a result of the investigation to date, three individuals have been indicted, a fourth individual has been arrested on a criminal complaint, and another 27 individuals have been arrested on administrative immigration charges. (An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.) As the scope of this investigation is large and ongoing, additional arrests are expected. On Nov. 6, the federal Grand Jury

sitting in Wilmington returned indictments charging Joan Santiago of Blades; Oscar Laines of Selbyville; and Hugo Lopez-Olguin of Seaford; each with identity theft and the unlawful transfer of Social Security cards and birth certificates. According to the indictments, these three defendants bought and/or sold approximately 129 Social Security cards and birth certificates. The charges against the defendants carry maximum penalties of 12 years incarceration. Julio Gonzales of Georgetown was arrested on a criminal complaint also charging him with identity theft, unlawful transfer of Social Security cards, and forging a Lawful Permanent Resident card. These charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment. “This investigation was initiated to eliminate the vulnerability to our national security and to the employment verification system by disrupting and dismantling the brokers’/vendors’ operations,” said John P. Kelleghan, the Special Agent in Charge of regional ICE Office of Investigations activities. William Lowder, the Resident Agent in Charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Delaware, added, “All the known employers affected by the presentation of these documents are cooperating with the ongoing investigation. It should now be clear that if individuals fraudulently present these types of documents to gain employment in Delaware, they subject themselves to future arrest

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Burmese jungles, a deadly fourlegged one. “I went wild boar hunting one time and that was the only time I had a gun in my hand the whole time I was there,” King said. “I did it once, but I sure didn’t want to do it again because they can tear your leg apart. “I learned that, when they come after you, you just have to step aside because they can’t turn quickly. That’s when you shoot them.” With the hospital complete in 1943, American trained Chinese soldiers set to work building what they hoped would be a major supply route between the Allied forces and the Chinese. And hundreds starting flooding the 48th, among them a young Chinese man King and his colleagues came to know simply as “Joe.” By all accounts, Joe was a fairly healthy young man who had been stricken with a case of malaria. It’s quite possible, however, that Joe had the longest bout of malaria in the history of recorded medicine. At least that’s the story told to the Chinese.

“[Joe] could speak English and having someone who could speak both English and Chinese was very valuable,” King remembers. “He was well in about a week, but we had two sets of records for him. “Whenever the Chinese came for him, we would give them the records that showed how sick he was, or was supposed to be.” Pusey and King were part of a group of 15 or so men from Delaware who worked at the 48th Evacuation Hospital. With a dire need for medics to aid the war effort, many of them, including Pusey and King, never completed basic training. That fact became an often amusing sidebar to their time spent in the jungles of Burma. “I’m still waiting on my basic training, but I sure hope they don’t send me now,” King, now 85, laughed last week. Next week’s feature will profile an Army infantry man, from Bridgeville, who served in the Pacific theater from 1943-1945. He was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant while serving in the Philippines.

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that because of the multitude of false names and the complexity of tracking the sale of identity documents, identity theft cases are difficult to investigate, and he commended the United States Postal Inspection Service and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their efforts in successfully investigating the various cases.

U.S. Attorney Connolly also thanked the numerous state and local police departments that assisted in the investigation, including the Delaware State Police and the Milford, Seaford, Georgetown and Selbyville Police Departments. For further information, contact United States Attorney Colm F. Connolly.

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Special services scheduled in honor of Vincent Morris Vincent C. Morris, 43, of Seaford, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma. Morris was born October 18, 1964, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1986 with a bachelors degree in health and physical education. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. In 1990 he married the former Jackie Rulon of Holland, Penn. The couple moved to Seaford in 1992 when Morris took a job teaching health and physical education in the Seaford Middle School. Morris was the Cross Country Coach at Seaford High School from 1992 through 2007, and was voted State of Delaware Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2000, when his girls team won the Division II state championship. Morris was also the winner of numerous Henlopen Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year awards. He coached Boys' Track and Field from 1997-2005, and also coached several seasons of junior varsity basketball. In 2002, he received his Masters Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. In 1999, in addition to his teaching and coaching duties, Morris took on the additional job of Director of Athletics for the

Area residents display holiday lights for two non-profits Kenna Nethken and Cheryl Webster, owners of Cut ‘Em Up Tree Care of Delaware, are once again inviting area residents to drive through their holiday display. Last year was the first time the couple designed their yearly display as a drive through. Donations were accepted on behalf of the Seaford Kiwanis, and this year two local charities will benefit from community support of the display. Whimsical Animal Rescue and Esther House are nonprofit organizations that work to help both animals and people. The volunteers for Whimsical Animal Rescue work to save and find good homes for hundreds of animals every year, and Esther House helps women in transition by providing low cost housing and other resources. Representatives of both organizations will be handing out candy canes and holiday greetings to area residents driving through the display. To see the display, drive towards Georgetown on Middleford Road to the stop sign. Turn left and you will see the display on your left. It’s hard to miss. The display will be open every evening Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 from 5 to 10 p.m. Kenna, Cheryl, and the staff of Cut ‘Em Up Tree Care hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

Seaford School District. In 2003 he left the classroom to become full time Director of Athletics, and remained so until his death. Morris's commitment to athletics continued at the state level where he served on various committees as a member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. In addition, this year he was serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Henlopen Conference. Morris was a mentor and an inspiration to the many cross country and track and field athletes he coached, as well as to his colleagues and friends. A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Vince Morris will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Seaford Senior High School in the Madden Auditorium. The program will begin at 11 a.m. Parking will be available at the High School, Middle School, Central Elementary School, and where available on the street. A reception will be held after the program in the SHS cafeteria. Morris is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jackie Morris, his mother, Mrs. Agnes Culpepper, his sister, Vicky Harper, his brothers, David Morris and Robert Morris, 10 nephews and three nieces. The Morris family requests donations to the local chapters of the Leukemia Society or the Western Sussex Relay For Life/American Cancer Society.

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Police receive proclamation Governor Ruth Ann Minner presented Colonel Thomas F. Mac Leish with a proclamation recently recognizing the State Police for achieving their second Meritorious Re-Accreditation Award. The Delaware State Police received this esteemed honor from the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) on July 24, 2007. The award culminates a weeklong review, by a national team of assessors, of the agencies policies, procedures, files, rules and regulations. “Our state troopers and civilian support staff work hard every day to serve the people of our state, and I’m proud that

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Nanticoke administrator wants hospital to offer more services By Lynn R. Parks

pedic surgeons. In July, the hospital requested that the state downgrade its emergency department, after it could no longer guarantee that an orthopedic surgeon would be available to treat emergencies 24 hours a day. That means that patients needing emergency orthopedic care have to be taken to other hospitals in the area, including Kent General in Dover and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Rappaport would also like to see Nanticoke get additional oncologists. Now, the hospital’s Cancer Care Center has two doctors and two oncology radiologists. “We have a beautiful Cancer Care Center,” Rappaport said. The hospital plans to do an analysis of the community’s needs, including the types and incidence of cancers that occur in western Sussex, to determine how many doctors the care center needs. Brown admits that the hospital was “a little slow to respond to changing times” and “should have started 10 years ago” looking for the specialists that it needs today. “Maybe the hospital didn’t start recruiting soon enough,” agreed Rappaport. But, he added, fixing Nanticoke is “about looking forward. We want to be able to provide the services that the community needs and at the same time, pay our bills.”

For the second year in a row, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, has posted a loss. The challenge of fixing the hospital’s financial woes — of what he called “righting the ship” — is part of what attracted administrator Mark Rappaport to his new job. “We have our financial challenges,” said Rappaport, who took the reins as hospital administrator Oct. 29. “Fixing them will mean working together with the hospital staff, medical staff and hospital board.” And, he said, he has no doubt that that process will succeed. “This hospital is in its adolescence, and it is going through some growing pains right now,” he said. “Those pains are not pleasant. But the hospital will come out of it all as a solid hospital. If I didn’t believe that, I would not be here. Closing down hospitals is not what I do.” In June, at the close of its fiscal year, Nanticoke posted a loss of $1.8 million, 64 percent more than the $1.1 million loss it posted in June 2006. So far this fiscal year, Nanticoke “is doing better than the previous year,” Rappaport said. “We are still running somewhat at a loss, but we are doing better.” “Businesses go through cycles, and we are having a down cycle,” added hospital spokesman Tom Brown. “But I would Doctors leaving leave if I didn’t think that we could make In addition to finding new specialists, our way through this.” Nanticoke also has to Getting the hospiIn June, at the close of its fis- replace doctors who tal back on sound fihave left. Recently, nancial footing is cal year, Nanticoke posted a loss hospital spokesman “about growing our Tom Brown said, of $1.8 million, 64 percent more services,” Rappaport Nanticoke has seen an said. That means prothan the $1.1 million loss it post- increase in the rate viding medical care that it is losing physied in June 2006. So far this fisthat attracts an inEven so, the creasing number of cal year, Nanticoke ‘is doing bet- cians. long-term physician patients. ter than the previous year,’ Raploss rate is still 7 per“There are people cent, the same as the paport said. ‘We are still running leaving the area for national average. services that we somewhat at a loss, but we are Brown said that should provide,” he doctors are leaving for doing better.’ said. “We need to a number of reasons, bring new services including retirement here or expand the and personal reasons. services we already provide.” The hospital has 97 doctors, up from In particular, the hospital would like to about 85 doctors two years ago, Brown hire at least one, maybe two, more orthoadded.

Local author will hold book signing Catherine A. Camper, bishop and founder of the United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel, will be the featured author at a book signing on Friday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jack’s Religious Gift Shop in Salisbury, Md. Her book, “As God Would Have It,” tells of life struggles, perseverance and victory of a strong woman of faith. The first 10 copies of the book sold that day will include a free CD featuring a personal interview with the author. For more information, contact book editor Joyce Sessoms at 875-1650 or 3829904.

Nanticoke has a new thoracic vascular surgeon, Nyen Chong, who is “fresh out of training” at the University of Pittsburgh, Brown said. It also has two new family practice physicians, who just opened an office in the former Trinity Transport building on U.S. 13 in Bridgeville, and has hired an obstetrician/gynecologist, expected to report to Seaford next summer. In addition to hiring new doctors, Nanticoke has been working to improve patient satisfaction. Recently, it was awarded the Compass Award, handed out by Press Ganey, a consulting firm that works with hospitals to measure and improve quality of care. The award recognizes health care facilities whose patient satisfaction scores have shown the greatest improvement over the past two years.

Child-care center to be closed

As part of its belt tightening, Nanticoke closed its Positive Steps exercise facility last month. Brown said at the time that the decision to close the facility was a financial one. “We were losing a considerable amount of money” with Positive Steps, Brown said then. “It was taking health-care dollars out of the budget, money that would be better spent on medical equipment and doctors.” In February, Nanticoke will also close its Small Wonder day-care center, which opened about 20 years ago. As with Positive Steps, Brown said, the decision to close the program was financial. No decision has been made about the fate of the Small Wonder building, which is owned by the hospital. Rappaport said that the hospital is “al-

Mark Rappaport took over the reins of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Oct. 29. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

ways looking at real estate stuff,” determining if it owns buildings that it should sell. But he does not anticipate that the cutting of programs will extend to any medical services. “We are focusing on how we can grow things, on how we can provide more medical care,” he said.

Combining medicine with business New Nanticoke Memorial Hospital administrator Mark Rappaport comes to Seaford from Lowville, N.Y., where he was chief economic officer of the Lewis County General Hospital. Before that, he was administrator at five hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in a career that spans 26 years. Rappaport, 59, grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1968. He attended La Salle College (now University), Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1972 with a degree in pre-law.

“For a while, I bounced back and forth between going to medical school and going to law schools,” he said. “Then, I was introduced to a hospital administrator, and that seemed to me to be a great blend of what I wanted to do, work in the medical field and in the business field.” He graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1981 with a master’s of business administration with a concentration in health care administration. Rappaport and his wife, Marjorie, have three adult children and three grandchildren.



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North Laurel school wants its students to be lean, fit By Mike McClure The Laurel School Board was updated on a program at North Laurel Elementary School aimed at improving the health of its students. The board also voted in favor of granting a waiver to a state policy on class size during its meeting last Tuesday night. North Laurel physical education teacher Garrett Lydic, along with principal Christy Greaves, Peggy Geisler, director of the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition, and Jeanne Dukes, Nemours school sector liaison, discussed the school’s partnership with the organizations during last week’s meeting. “We have a growing problem and its not just with adults,” said Lydic, who indicated that more than one third of Delaware children seen at Nemours are overweight. Lydic said some of the consequences of being overweight are high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and cancer. He added that in Delaware kids are inactive six hours a day (excluding school and sleep) and 36 percent of children are at an unhealthy weight. North Laurel has partnered with the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition and Nemours and is promoting the Nemours “formula for a healthy lifestyle”5-2-1- Almost none (at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, two or fewer hours of screen time a day, one or more hours of physical activity a day, and almost no sugary beverages) in an effort to increase healthy eating and physical activity. “It’s a prescription for health for children and adults,”Lydic said. “I sense a lot of momentum within our state to help solve this problem.” Laurel teacher Pam McCumbers asked the district not to waive the class size re-

quirement in four elementary school classrooms. According to acting superintendent Linda Schenck, there are two classrooms at North Laurel Elementary School and two classrooms at P.L. Dunbar Elementary School that exceed the state mandated cap of 22 students to one teacher in kindergarten through the third grade for reading, English, science and social studies. Schenck said Laurel Intermediate School and Laurel High School generate a large number of special education units (based on Sept. 30 enrollment) and that the district advertised for intermediate school and high school special education teachers to meet that need. If the waiver is not granted, teachers would need to be hired for those lower grade levels and the district would have to pay for the special education teachers out of local funds. The board approved the waiver, 4-1, with board member and former teacher Dorothy Hickman casting the only vote in opposition. Schenck announced that the high school marching band recently competed in the Tournament of Bands Chapter IX Championships at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Md. The band placed first in its competitive cluster and was seventh overall in Group I. The color guard also placed fifth overall in Group I Auxiliary competition.

GO TEAM! Delmar fans root on their team from the “Cat Pound” during last Saturday’s state semifinal contest. The Wildcats were edged by Hodgson, 22-14, for their first loss of the season. Photo by Mike McClure

School and library join together to sponsor mentoring program The Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI), the Laurel School District, and the Laurel Public Library announce their partnership on the Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program.” The program matches sixth-, seventhand eighth-grade students, one-on-one, with trained community mentors. Accepting up to 50 students, this mentoring program will continue to run during the summer months. Students and their mentors will meet for an hour each week at the library. This unique program is family friendly,

and has been designed to improve academic achievement, link positive school experiences to the student’s family, provide job and career planning concepts, and promote parent and community involvement via the Laurel Kids Connection Advisory Committee. Groups interested in having a presentation on the Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program, can call the staff at 8567331, ext.16. Anyone who would like to provide possible mentors or financial support may contact program director Kim Trivits at 856-7331, ext. 16, or 245-6566.

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Turnips were locally-grown, organic and virtually ignored For the first time ever, I prepared turnips for our family YNN ARKS Thanksgiving dinner. And in two versions: one, boiled with a tiny Turnips have a very pat of butter, and two, roasted in olive oil. strong flavor that is best Talk about having something to at a rate of no more than be thankful for. Turnips, two ways. one quarter turnip per My teenage nephews in particular meal. Even then, a healthy were pleased. For Thanksgivings past, my dose of ketchup or gravy mother has fixed the traditional goes a long way toward turnips. She, my father’s sister, palatability. now deceased, and a family friend, also dead, were usually the only ality, offers the basic, boiled turnip, 3 taones to partake of the root crop and even blespoons of butter to 1 and 1/2 pounds of then, it seemed that the turnip dish was as full at the end of the meal as it had been at turnips, and the fancier mashed turnip: add 1/2 cup heavy cream to that butter. the beginning. Butter and cream? We might as well Recently, my sister’s husband has indieat cheesecake. Or pie, which, as it turned cated a willingness to eat turnips. And this out, we did. By Saturday evening, all four year, with my new-found understanding of the necessity of eating local, seasonal food pies I had baked for Thanksgiving were gone, but the turnips were still hanging to help fight climate change and to help around, available, warmed up, for anyone preserve farming in this country — forget who wanted a piece. about those California strawberries for So, in light of all this, what will I do Christmas — I had a sudden urge to not with the remaining six turnips sitting in only eat turnips but to prepare them as my potato drawer? Cook them, perhaps, well. “I can bring the turnips this year, if you one at a time, for meals scattered throughout December, when there is something want,” I told my mother, who was up to else wonderfully delicious to take the pain her elbows in turkey and stuffing. of the turnip away? “Are you sure?” Hide them, again one at a time, in Well, yes. I already had about 15 bowls of mashed potatoes? For someone turnips, organic and locally grown, and I whose absolutely favorite food in the figured that that would be enough for our world is the potato, that seems particularly gathering of eight. cruel. As it turned out, 15 turnips were more Or wait until Christmas, when the famthan enough. Turnips, even locally grown, ily will once again be gathered and anothorganic ones, have a very strong flavor er bowl of turnips, maybe this time decothat is best at a rate of no more than one rated with parsley and red pepper, can be quarter turnip per meal. Even then, a sneaked into the celebration? This seems healthy dose of ketchup or gravy goes a like the best solution, but only if I don’t long way toward palatability. Before preparing the turnips, I searched have to clear it first with my mother, who is having to do away with all the leftover through my many cookbooks for an apturnips single-handedly. By Dec. 25, just petite-catching turnip recipe — root crop the thought of a turnip might be too much and cheddar pie, perhaps, or grated turnip for her. fritters. The only interesting recipes I Of course, Christmas does present giftfound were for young turnips: Turnips giving opportunities. Turnips, snow white pulled from the ground in the spring, at with purple tops, are pretty, after all. which time they are mild and can be used Wrapped in gold ribbon and nestled in in Young Turnip Salad with Apples and shredded purple tissue paper, they would Lemon Dressing, for example, or Young make a nice presentation, very Martha Turnip Galette with Cardamom. Seems maybe we are making a big mistake by al- Stewarty. Turnips on the Thanksgiving table, lowing our turnips to stay in the ground turnips under the Christmas tree. Oh, the until November. joys of the season. Fannie Farmer, always grounded in re-



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CLASS REUNION - The Laurel Class of 1955 held its 52nd-year reunion at the Seaford Country Club on Nov. 17. Front: Janet Phillips Phillip, Kay Foskey Crouse, Barbara Shockley Jenkins, Elaine Boyce Lynch, Edna James Studley, Faye O’Neal Rudolph, Joan Culver Hart, Helen Waller Kern, Ruth Sullivan Feeney, Iris Jones Benson and Sylvia Ruston Gee. Back row: Richard (Pete) Phillips, Stanley Records, William Jones, Henry Clay Davis, Robert Miller, Ellen Jane Banks Brittingham, Alan Whaley, John Cropper and George Elliott. SCHOOL PLAY - On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Laurel Intermediate students from Susan Cormier’s sixth-grade reading class presented two performances of the play, “Drama,” to fifth- and sixth-grade classes. The six-act play was written by the students as well as performed by them. The students (not shown in order) are: Kendall Wootten, Zack Aliff, De’Zuan Jones, Ronnie Milligan, Selena Carreno, Sarah Cropper, Breanna Seekamp, Dylan Wilson, Jonnie Petuya, J.T. Tyndall, Patrice Horsey, Destiny Layton, Jeremy Wheatley, Daniel Odham, Faith Cropper, B.J. Goslee, Antonio Britt, Casia Owens, Tonisha Strand, Shane Baker, Tessa Mathis and Malik Smith. Absent from the photo is Chantal Armwood. Photo by Pat Murphy. 210 W. Market St. PO Box 750 Georgetown, DE 19947



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These healthy, light foods are perfect for Hanukkah Next Tuesday is the 25th day in the month of Kislev. This date is significant because at sunset it begins the weeklong celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the rededication of the temple of Jerusalem. One hundred years after the conquering of Palestine by the Greeks under Alexander the Great, his successor, Antiochus IV, slaughtered worshippers in the temple and desecrated it with pagan sacrifices. Judah Maccabee led the army that overthrew this tyrant. But to cleanse the temple of his offenses, oil was needed to burn and there was very little left, enough for just one night. The candles burned continuously for eight. It’s this miracle that’s celebrated during the Festival of Lights. Unfortunately, Hanukkah would never be called the Festival of Light. Oil is front and center in much of this holiday’s meals, usually in the form of fried foods. During this season in which we all need to be aware of the dangers of overeating, these healthy Hanukah recipes from Eating Well at the Food Network are sure to be appreciated by diners of every persuasion.


Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette Makes 8 servings, 1 3/4 cups each Black olive vinaigrette 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Salad 3 medium navel or Valencia oranges 10 cups mixed lettuces (3 small heads), such as chicory, radicchio and leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 2 heads Belgian endive, sliced 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and sliced To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in olives and parsley. To prepare salad: Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Quarter the oranges; slice pieces crosswise. Just before serving, combine lettuces, endive, fennel and the orange slices in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat well. Pear Crumble Makes 12 servings Topping 1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup whole-wheat or all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5 tablespoons canola oil Filling 3 and 1/2 pounds ripe but firm Anjou pears, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch

The Practical Gourmet pieces 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 cup raisins 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons minced crystallized ginger Preheat oven to 350°F. To prepare topping: Combine oats, walnuts, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil and stir until evenly moist. To prepare filling: Combine pears, maple syrup, raisins, flour, lemon juice and ginger in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears. Bake the crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving. Oven Barbecued Brisket Makes 12 servings 2 medium shallots, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 teaspoons chili powder 4 teaspoons smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon kosher salt 4 pounds first-cut brisket (or flat-cut), trimmed of fat 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 14-ounce can no-salt diced tomatoes 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/4 cup cider vinegar Combine shallots, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Rub into both sides of meat. Set the meat in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Pour Worcestershire sauce over the meat. Cover the pan with foil and set aside at room temperature while the oven heats to 350°F. Bake the brisket, covered, for 2 hours. Meanwhile, blend tomatoes, brown sugar and vinegar in a large blender or food processor until smooth. After 2 hours, pour the tomato mixture over the meat. Continue baking, covered, until fork-tender, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes, for about 1 and 1/2 hours more. Remove the meat from the sauce. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice against the grain. Skim the fat from the sauce in the pan; pour the sauce over the meat and serve.

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Police Journal Handyman charged

On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Delaware State Police charged a Salisbury, Md., man with a total of 52 felony offenses including theft, forgery and unlawful use of a credit card after he allegedly stole checks from two senior citizens who hired him to do odd jobs at their home. On Friday, Nov. 23, officers from Troop 7 responded to Salisbury Street in Rehoboth Beach to investigate a reported theft complaint involving stolen checks, forgery and unlawful use of a credit card. Upon arrival, the victims, a 62-year-old woman and her 92year-old mother, were interviewed. During the investigation the officers learned that the victims hired Benjamin T. Meintzer, Jr., 36, of Salisbury, Md., on August 20, 2007 to do yard work and paint the interior of their home. According to the victims, Meintzer would frequently ask to use their bathroom and computer while working at the home. The victims told troopers that Meintzer had access to their checkbook and mail when he used the computer. The victims later learned that numerous checks had been stolen and allegedly forged and cashed by Meintzer. Meintzer allegedly stole a total of 19 checks between August 20, 2007 and November 1, 2007. The checks were forged and cashed at the victim’s bank for a total amount of $23,500. In addition, the victims learned that Meintzer allegedly stole an American Express credit card and made 13 unauthorized charges totaling $578.03. During the investigation Meintzer was charged with 20 counts of Felony Theft, 19 counts of Forgery 2nd Degree and 13 counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card. He was arraigned and later released on $52,000 unsecured bail.

House damaged by fire

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a fire in a single-family dwelling that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8:38 p.m., on the unit block of Front Street Ext. in Seaford. The Seaford Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by Blades, Bridgeville, and Laurel Fire Departments. Upon arrival, they encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the dwelling. The owner, William Vanvliet, returned home to discover the fire and called 911. The two-story dwelling received heavy smoke and fire damage. The American Red Cross is assisting the five residents of the dwelling. Delaware State Fire Marshal

Investigators have determined the fire originated in the ceiling of a northwest corner room and was caused by an electrical malfunction of the house wiring. Damages have been estimated at $85,000.

Home invasion

State Police are investigating an early morning home invasion style robbery that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Troopers responded to a residence on Honey Suckle Knol, just west of Layton Davis Road, near Millsboro, at 4:19 a.m. after it was reported two males forced entry into a residence, assaulted a male and removed property. Investigators said a 25-yearold male, 23-year-old female and a two-year-old girl were inside the residence sleeping when two males forced open a side door and entered armed with a shotgun and an automatic handgun. The robbers confronted the male and female and secured their hands together in front of them. They demanded cash, jewelry and other possessions. During the ordeal, the suspect with the shotgun struck the male victim numerous times with the stock of the gun causing cuts to his head and a dislocated finger. The robbers then retrieved an undisclosed amount of money and property and fled on foot. The victims were able to free themselves and call 911. The male victim was treated and released from Beebe Hospital. No other injuries occurred. The suspects were described as black males wearing dark clothing, dark hoods with the hood over their heads and black ski masks. Both are average build

and one suspect was described between 5’11” to 6’ tall while the other was described between 5’08” to 5’10.” Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call investigators at 856-5850, crime stoppers at 1.800-TIP-3333, or online at http://dsp.delaware. gov/crimestop.htm

Disorderly females

On Nov. 17, at approximately 1:30 a.m. members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Tavern by the Marina on West 6th Street for a disorderly group. Upon arrival officers located two females being disorderly. Both were arrested without incident. Arrested were Lynterica Ross, 30, of Seaford; and Latasha Cannon, 24, of Bridgeville. Both women were charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Women arrested

On Nov. 18, members of the Laurel Police Department made contact with Mareilena Custis on a complaint. Officers ran a wanted check on Custis and found that she had four active capias. Mareilena Custis, 27, of Laurel, was arrested on the following charges: • Sussex County Family Court Failure to Appear Mediation; • Sussex County Family Court Failure to Appear Mediation; • JP#14 Failure to Pay DUI; • JP#4 Failure to Pay Disorderly Conduct. She was committed to SCI on $14,779 secured bail.

Possession of marijuana

The following arrests were made on November 15 at Nylon Capital Shopping Center:

• William Dilks, 19, of Seaford, was charged with Possession with Intent to deliver marijuana; Maintaining a Dwelling for the Keeping of Drugs; Possession of Marijuana within 1,000’ of a School; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of drug Paraphernalia (3 counts); Conspiracy 2nd degree. Arraigned at Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $3,750 bond pending a preliminary hearing. • Justin A. Isaacs, 19, of Seaford, was charged with Possession with Intent to deliver Marijuana; Possession with Intent to Deliver Powder Cocaine; Possession of Marijuana within 1,000’ of a School; Possession of Cocaine within 1,000’ of a School; Possession of Cocaine; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts); Conspiracy, 2nd degree. Arraigned at Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $9,250 bond pending a hearing. • Jeff R. Wildonger, 19, of Seaford, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana within 1,000’ of a School; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts); Conspiracy 2nd. Arraigned at Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $3,250 bond pending a hearing. • Michael J. Mills, 20, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana within 1000’ of a School; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts); Conspiracy, 2nd degree. Arraigned at

Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $6,500 secured bond pending a preliminary hearing. Megan B. Disharoon, 19, of Seaford, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana within 1,000’ of a School; Maintaining a Vehicle for Keeping of Drugs; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) Conspiracy 2nd degree. Arraigned at Court 3 and released on $3,750 secured bond pending a hearing. Erica L. Grant, 18, of Bridgeville, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana within 1,000’ of a School; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts); Conspiracy 2nd degree. Arraigned at Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $3,250 secured bond pending a hearing. On Nov. 15 at approximately 7:47 p.m., Seaford Police Department officers along with members of the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task force stopped a vehicle in the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center, Seaford, that was being operated by Disharoon. Investigation led to the recovery of 162.2 grams of marijuana along with 1.5 grams of powder cocaine and the arrest of the defendants on the above charges. Further investigation also led Seaford Police Department and the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task Force officers to search a residence on Atlanta Road, Seaford, which in turn led to the recovery of another 486.7 grams of marijuana.

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Allen family works to keep Laurel community humming For the third time in my 11 years of doing this weekly blarney AT URPHY in the Star, I have torn up what I was writing and started with something different. Ernie has lived in Laurel I was going to express to you most of his life and is but my feelings about some of the soanother of the famous cial issues confronting us, but I deAllen Brothers who, from cided that this is not the time and I generation to generation, am probably not the person. So I have chosen good old Ernie Allen have kept Allen’s Body as one of my subjects for this Shop a busy place. week. I am sure you know him, the “official oyster inspector” of Charity Lodge, as lodge members humorously Down it came on Monday morning, call him. the old Delaware Avenue Antiques EmpoErnie has lived in Laurel most of his rium and former garment factory on life and is but another of the famous Allen Delaware Avenue. The building sat on the Brothers who, from generation to generawest end of “the hill,” as we in Laurel tion, have kept Allen’s Body Shop a busy know it. The building was built, so I am place. Ernie, after perhaps four years of told, around 1900 as the Tobias Underwear considering it, joined Charity Lodge some Company. Many a sewing machine seven or eight years ago and, like he did hummed along in there as our grandparwith the Laurel Booster Club, several othents sweated through the summer and er service organizations, Laurel Little shivered through the winter to make a livLeague and other endeavors, he has given ing. it his all. According to owner Jimmy Jones, the Recently, Ernie’s wife, Shirley, passed building had been useful for a long time away and Ernie kept on keeping busy in but heating costs and other expenses retirement, as Shirley would have wanted meant that it had very limited use in the him to do. Our community should be last few years. thankful for him and others like him who Ann “Snicky” Davis had an antique give their all for others. shop in the building a few years ago and It came to my mind the other night, when Ernie passed around a sheet of paper although there was one more set of owners, it was time for the building to go. I asking us what day we wanted to ring the know you are thinking it was historic, but bell for the Good Samaritan organization really, who could afford or had the need to at Food Lion, what a tough job filling all those ringing slots must be. Jimmy Jestice and others had the job before Ernie and I TURN YOUR SAVINGS INTO can only imagine getting some 180 slots filled with bell ringers not to mention having someone to count and wrap the money that people throw in the kettle. Ernie Money Market Fund should have been in sales, as he did not say, “Can you?” but rather, “What shift would you like to fill ringing the bell?” He’s a true salesman if there ever was one. The whole Allen family has been an asset to the Laurel community and we Why settle for low-interest rates should be proud Laurel is their home. when you have the potential to Ernie, I am sure you are uncomfortable earn more with a money market with this, but there is a song by the Lewis fund? It’s a great way to make family called “One Little Rose.” In it are more of your money. the words, “I would rather have one pleasant word in kindness said to me than flatThe underlying investment for the accounts is a money market fund. You should consider the investment tery, when my heart is still and life has objective, risks and charges and expenses carefully ceased to be.” Ernie is one of those kindbefore investing. The prospectus contains this and other information. Your Edward Jones financial advisor ness people and I’m glad to tell you about can provide a prospectus, or visit our Web site at him. And I know that writing about him is, which should be read carefully before investing. better than writing about the social ills of *Current historical 7-day taxable money market yield available on our time. 11/20/07. Effective yield assumes reinvested income. The rate on





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restore it as it was? Atlantic Demolition moved in and remarkably, as workers tore it down they fed the pieces into a recycle machine and onto a conveyer belt and onto a waiting 10wheeler truck. All the tin and aluminum were also given to a recycler. Jimmy expects to start on a new building for the Towne Package Store in January. Jimmy’s dad, Bill, started the business approximately 60 years ago and Jimmy thinks his present building was built around 1950 or 1952. By the way, Thanksgiving morning, our man of many talents, Billy “Bob” Hearn, was doing a little last-minute work at the building when he somehow set the alarm off. Our police arrived moments later, much to the embarrassment of Bill. First time he’s ever done anything like this. Remember the partial lawn job he did for Joe O’Neal? I just wish I had driven by at that time — a 36-inch by 36-inch photo would have looked nice in the fire hall. “ Get ‘er done, Bill! Sunkissed Tanning, 361 North Dual Highway, has a new owner. Her name is Margi VeVoter and she is a Delmar resident. So she will not have to rely solely on tanning, Margi plans to have a massage therapist as well as a nail technician there. Best wishes to her for a successful business. Also, I see where Laurel Pizza King is expanding.


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Community Bulletin Board Holiday Events Christmas gifts for children

Laurel Baptist Church will open a Christmas gift store on Dec. 8, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $1 or a can of food, two gifts can be purchased for your child. There will be toys for all ages. Refreshments will be served and babysitters will be available for the children while the parents shop. Pre-registration is required. Get preregistered by calling Kathy Meloney at 410-546-3918. (Deadline for registering is Nov. 24.) The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard; approximately two miles south of town; west side of 13A. Any questions contact: Gertrude Smith at 875-5300.

Toys for Tots collection

Regional Builders, Inc. has begun its annual toy collection drive for the Toys for Tots program. This program, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collects and distributes toys to needy children in the community. To participate, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at Regional Builders, Inc., 300 High St., Seaford. Donations will be accepted on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Dec. 14. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 1947, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134. Regional Builders appreciates your continued support for this very worthy cause.

Christmas auction

The G.F.W.C.-Acorn Club of Seaford is having a Christmas auction at Wesley United Methodist Church on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The hostess is Sue Ockels and her committee.

Christmas Choral Concert

Christmas Choral Concert at Old Christ Church with tea and … after the concert at Laurel’s historic Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, the story of the birth of Jesus with choral accompaniment will be read from the gospel of Luke. The story will be read by representatives of the daughter churches of Old Christ Church. Organist Mary Ann Torkelson will be providing accompaniment for the congregational caroling which will include such favorites as ‘Away in a Manger,’ ‘It came Upon a Midnight Clear,’ and, of course, ‘Silent Night.’ The Choral Society ensemble is a small group of 15 singers from the 80-voice chorus, and will be singing a variety of Christmas selections between readings. This group performs twice a year throughout Sussex County. The director is the Rev. John Ranney, and accompanist is Rebecca McDaniel. They will also be performing Handel’s Messiah with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony on Dec. 8 at Eagles’ Nest Fellowship Church. The OCC concert is free although a good-will offering will be taken to support the preservation and restoration of Old Christ Church. Be sure to bring a lap robe and cushions.

‘Stocking Stuffers’

‘Stocking Stuffers’ presented by Woodbridge High School. Break-A-Leg Productions, Dec. 6, 7, and 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodbridge High School Auditorium. Tickets are $3. Come meet Santa before the show.

Santa House schedule in Laurel

The Independent Order of Odd Fellow, Charity Lodge 27 of Laurel will again be hosting the free Santa House in Laurel. The location will be at the Laurel Town Park, at the intersection of 13A and Rt. 24. The Santa House is just to the left of the bandstand/gazebo. Last year we saw approximately 140 children over the six nights. Each of the children visiting Santa received a nice large candy cane and an age-appropriate reading book. The park is also beautifully decorated and adds considerably to the holiday spirit. Santa’s House will operate on Dec. 7, after the parade; Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 10 a.m.noon and 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.

‘Let There Be Light’

The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy is excited to present the Broadwaystyle musical production “Let There Be Light.” Directed and produced by three-time National Crystal Communicator Award winner, Wendy Craig, the production will premier Dec. 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with free admission. This is not an ordinary “church skit.” With full set-design, lighting, make up, costumes, singing and choreography it has already provided to be a delightful smash to both young and old alike. With a contemporary approach to the Christmas message, this group reminds us to “celebrate the joy of Christmas” – the joy of family and friends brought together again because of the baby Jesus. “Let There Be Light” is a major must-see event. The host pastor of the church is Bishop Michael Phillips. The church is located on Rt. 13, just 3 miles north of the Maryland/Delaware state line. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A $50 Toys R Us Gift Card will be given away each night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come early because seating is limited. For more information, call 875-7824 or 875-3242.

Senior Center Christmas party

Nanticoke Senior Center’s Christmas Party will be held Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. Entertainment at 10:30 a.m., will be Side By Side. Cost is $12 per person. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, Dec. 10. Food prepared on site by our staff. Door prizes and surprises. Don’t miss out on a great time of fellowship. Any questions call 629-4939.

Holiday concert benefit

The community is invited to come and enjoy an evening of musical talent and good eats at the Holiday of Hope Community Concert and dessert bar benefiting teen ministry, Shiloh House of Hope. This display of local musical talent will take place Friday, Nov. 30, at Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Musical talent in-

cludes Greenwood Mennonite Ensemble, Kent Embleton and Lauren Henry from Delmarva Christian High School, Eagles Nest Praise Band, Ben Sorrells and Ken Deusa, and others. Area churches, Christian schools and other ministries are encouraged to mobilize the community to come out and enjoy this special night. Tickets are available for $10/person or $25/family or at the door the night of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maria at (302) 337-9330 or visit their website at

Christmas in Bridgeville

The 32nd annual Christmas in Bridgeville sponsored by the Bridgeville Historical Society will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Woodbridge High School. Free admission. Chances will be available from the society on an antique ladies writing desk, to be raffled at 3 p.m. More than 60 vendors will be showing their wares ranging from homemade goodies, crafts, including wooden items, dolls, candles, Christmas decorations, quilts, poinsettias and Christmas greens. Lunch will be catered by “Jimmy’s Grille” in the school cafeteria. Caroling in the Park will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society Park on the corner of

Delaware Ave. and William St. Please bring a canned good donation for needy families.

Holiday Concert benefit

Dr. Marie Wolfgang’s Relay for Life team is sponsoring their second annual “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Concert to benefit the American Cancer Society and the 2008 West Sussex Relay for Life on Sunday, Dec. 9. The concert will again be held in the auditorium at Delmar High School at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Performers are volunteering their time and talents for this concert. Members of the audience will enjoy the talents of employees of Nanticoke Health Services, including Lori Miller, area middle school choruses and other members of the Sussex County area. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two. Contact Dr. Wolfgang’s office at 629-2366 or any member of the Relay team for tickets. A silent auction will also be held, and refreshments will be available for purchase at intermission.

Children’s Christmas party

Laurel American Legion Post 19 is holding a Children’s Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m. at the Post Home for children 12-year-old and under. Santa Clause will be stopping by. There will be games, goodies, gifts and fun for the kids.


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Kiwanis Club Santa House The Kiwanis Club of Seaford will again this year be sponsoring Santa’s House. Santa will be located at the Seaford Village Shopping Center next to Sears. The following will be the hours that Santa will be at his house: Friday Dec.7, 5-7 p.m. Saturday Dec.8, 5-7 p.m. Sunday Dec.9, 4-6 p.m. Friday Dec.14, 5-7 p.m. Saturday Dec.15, 5-7 p.m. Sunday Dec.16, 4-6 p.m. Friday Dec.21, 5-7 p.m. Saturday Dec.22, 5-7 p.m. Sunday Dec.23, 4-6 p.m.

Caroling on the Circle

Sussex Countians are invited to sing in the 2007 holiday season and help the needy during the 24th annual Caroling on The Circle event, to be held Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Georgetown. The annual community singing event doubles as a food drive for the hungry and needy of Sussex County. This year’s festivities will begin at 7 p.m. outside the historic Sussex County Courthouse. The program will feature a blend of traditional and Spanish carols performed by a number of singers. This year’s festivities also will include the ceremonial Christmas tree lighting by the Town of Georgetown. The event is free to attend. Participants are asked only to bring with them canned goods or other non-perishable food items for donation. Anyone who wishes to contribute, can drop off canned goods Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the County Administrative Offices building, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown. For more information, call 855-7700.

Parade participants wanted

The Santa Claus Committee is seeking entrants for the annual Federalsburg Christmas Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. This year’s theme is ‘Peace on Earth’ and will honor the men and women who are serving in the military. Rain date is Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Entry forms and guidelines are available at the Federalsburg Town Office at 118 North Main St. or on-line at For more information call 410-754-8157.

Community carol sing

There will be an old fashioned community Christmas carol sing at Delmar Park on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 4-5p.m. Bring your family and friends to get in the true spirit of Christmas.

Del Tech presents ‘Nutcracker’

Saturday, December 15 – The Nutcracker, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Delaware Technical & Community College, theatre, Arts & Science Center, Rt. 18, Georgetown. The First State Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Pasha Kambalov will present this holiday classic. General admission $20; students & senior citizens $15. For tickets call Del Tech at 856-5400, Ext. 5545.

West Seaford Holiday auction

The 2nd annual West Seaford Holiday Auction will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Items to be

bid range from gift certificates to huge themed baskets. All proceeds benefit the schools’ PTO which provides funding for various field trips, functions and supplies needed through the school year.

Events Joint effort for Military

We would like to have AT&T International Phone Cards donated to either Dr. Richard Tananis’ office or the Laurel Police Department. We will be accepting phone cards until Dec. 1. You can purchase the phone cards at any Wal-Mart, Happy Harry’s, Rite Aid or Food Lion. They range in price from $5 to $40 depending on the time bought. It is for the 153rd Military Police Company, National Guard. Adam Coleman from LPD is currently over there, along with several other police officers from surrounding communities. Currently they are over in Iraq on the front lines and are not expected home for at least nine months.This is an opportunity for them to call home and speak to their loved ones without incurring additional bills by doing collect calls. It is the one thing that they request the most.

Fashion jewelry extravaganza

A Fashion Hayvin jewelry extravaganza will be held Nov. 29 and 30, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the main lobby of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Enjoy 25 to 75% off retail prices.

Culinary arts and training

First State Community Action Agency’s new adult culinary training program is coming. Apply to be part of the adult culinary arts training program, located in Georgetown, sponsored by First State Community Action Agency, funded by the Workforce Investment Board of the Dept. of Labor. Evening classes are set to begin Jan. 7. The training program focuses on providing basic culinary and job readiness skills to prepare the student for a career in the fast growing food service industry. For more information, contact Ann Morris, 856-7761, ext. 166.

Trap Pond volunteers sought

Trap Pond offers free camping in exchange for volunteer services (required for free camping, 24 hours per week of volunteering). Host programs available in the campground, Nature Center, maintenance and administrative. For more information, contact: Glen.Stubbolo or call 302-739-1960.

Lap blankets for Vets sought

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19 of Laurel is looking for people who knit, crochet, or can hand-make lap blankets for our veterans in the local nursing homes. We have a goal of 60. If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, contact Ann Foskey, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19, at 875-0714.

AARP volunteer hours

AARP Chapter 1084 of western Sussex County request that members, who will not be present at the Dec. 13 membership meeting in the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall, to mail or phone in their 2007 volunteer hours to chapter president, Helen Skjoldager, at 875-5086 by Dec. 30. All volunteers’ hours will be totaled and sent to National Headquarters before the Jan. 30, 2008 deadline.


Model Railroad Club

Over 5000 square feet of displays including 6 operating layouts in 4 different scales. Large white elephant table with plenty of train related bargains. Refreshments and snacks will be served and a chance to win one of three train sets being raffled. Admission is free (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Camelot Hall, 103 East State St., Delmar. Saturday Dec. 1, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 13, noon 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20, noon-5 p.m. For more information call, 410-742-9325 or 856-9250.

AARP fund raiser

Longaberger fundraiser/bake sale sponsored by AARP Chapter #5340 Saturday, Dec 8, at Georgetown Wal-Mart. Basket donations are $2 each or three for $5. For more information call 856-3404 or 945-1288. AARP Chapter #5340 scholarship fundraiser is the Longaberger 2007 Christmas Collection Sweets and Treats Bundle basket. Basket ticket donations are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available until Dec. 20. For tickets contact any AARP member, or call 856-3404 or 945-1288.

Georgetown Library events

• Hometown Pictures has returned to The Georgetown Public Library. The exhibit will be open to the public during the normal hours of the library in the conference room. For more information call the library at 856-7958. • The Georgetown Public Library will hold story time at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning with Miss Sherri. For more


information call the library 856-7958. • The library is sponsoring Popcorn and a Movie on the first Friday of every month.

Stay and play

The “Parents As Teachers” (PAT) Stay & Play - Parents and children (birth to age four) are invited to play together, listen to a story, learn new songs and finger plays, and network with other families. Free. No registration required. Sessions are Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Seaford Dept. of Parks & Recreation (SDPR), 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Parent educator, Cris Henderson. (Closed on school holidays.) Call Anna Scovell at 856-5239 for more information.

Laurel AIDS awareness

AIDS awareness event on Dec. 1, ‘World AIDS Day,’ will be held in the downtown area of Laurel beginning at 6 p.m. with a brief program. This will be followed by a candlelight walk down Delaware Ave. to Janosik Park where there will be a “flower toss” in honor of AIDS victims. Refreshments will be served at Centenary Church on Market Street. Other World AIDS Day events in Sussex County will be held in Rehoboth Beach at the Grandstand beginning at 6:15 p.m. and the lobby of the State Service Center on Bedford Street in Georgetown from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. where brochures and red ribbon pins will be given out. For more information call the Sussex County AIDS Council at 644-1090.

Seaford Elk Lodge hoop shoot

The Seaford Elk Lodge will be holding their annual hoop shoot contest on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Laurel Middle School


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PAGE 22 Field House. Registration will begin at noon and the contest will begin promptly at 1 p.m. All Boys and Girls who will be nine years old by April 1 of 2008 and will not be 14 years old on that same date are eligible to participate. The classification is 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14, with male and female students competing in their own gender groups. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners and T-shirts will be awarded to all first place winners to wear at the District level of competition. All participants must bring a “copy” of their birth certificate on the above date to be in the contest. Questions may be answered by calling Roger Hall, local chairman at 875-5209.

Preschoolers storytime

Parents, caregivers and children ages two to five are invited to enjoy stories, songs, poetry, art, science, math, music and fun at the Laurel Public Library’s Preschool Storytime, which is held every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 875-3184.

Senior Center Red Hat Ladies

Help the Red Hat’s raise funds by participating in their Christmas Money 50/25/25 Give Away. Chances are only $1 each or six chances for $5. Chances will be sold by the Red Hat members and at the front desk of the Nanticoke Senior Center until Dec. 17. Open to the public - need not be present to win.

Meetings H.A.P.P.E.N. meeting

The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its preservation, protection, enhancement and naturalization, met to discuss the historical marker dedication for the mill at Hearns Pond, progress on the Hearns Pond Dam study, annexation, and traffic issues. The next meeting will beheld on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Republican Woman’s Club

A good time is planned for the December meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club. Santa is coming and there will be entertainment by the ESQ singers. Also an auction of donated items is planned. The meeting will be held at the Sussex Pines Country Club on Dec. 12 at 10:45. Luncheon will be served at a cost of $15. If you have items to bring for the auction bring them to the meeting with you. Reservations can be made by calling Kathy Vengazo at 302-539-4757, or on the club web site. For more information about our club and club activities see the club web site at:

AARP Chapter 1084 meeting

AARP Chapter 1084 of western Sussex County board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Seaford Methodist Manor House game room. Members are reminded to hand in their 2007 volunteer hours and to nominate new officers for 2008.

Genealogical Society meets

The Sussex County Genealogical Society meets the third Saturday of each month between September and May. The meetings are held at the Rehoboth

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Toastmasters of Southern Delaware meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month in Bay Shore Community Church at 6 p.m. Develop your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Joy Slabaugh at 846-9201, or

Marine Corps League

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

Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Maj. Gen. Arnold Elzey Camp #1940, Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the first Wednesday of each month in the lower level of the Salisbury Library at 7 p.m.

Trap Pond Partners

Trap Pond Partners’ monthly meeting will be held at the park’s Nature Center, the second Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in Trap Pond State Park is invited to attend. For more information feel free to call 875-5153.

Cancer Support Group

The Wellness Community-Delaware is offering a support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones at the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The group meets at the Cancer Care Center on the third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To register for this program or for more information call Kaye or Lori at 645-9150. All programs at The Wellness Community are free of charge for people affected by cancer and their loved ones.

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.

Trips Christmas Spectacular

Seaford Recreation’s 16th annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular is scheduled for Sunday, Dec 2. The cost is $130. Call or come into the office to reserve tickets 629-6809.

Delmar Alumni Association trip

The Delmar Alumni Association is planning an overnight two-day-bus trip to Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum and Chadsford Winery on Dec. 3 and 4. The cost is $149 (double occupancy) and includes bus, Inn at Mendenhall and breakfast buffet. For more information call Dorothy Wolfgang at 846-2366.

Trip to see ‘All Shook Up’

Georgetown AARP Chapter 5340 is offering a trip to see “All Shook Up” at the Dutch Apple Theater, Lancaster, Pa. The bus will leave Georgetown Square, East Market Street at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 7:30 p.m. The cost for each person is $73, which includes lunch. Registration and payment is due by Jan. 1. Call Hilda Parker at 856-2760. Everyone welcome.

Sight and Sound trip

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Nanticoke Senior Center’s Sight and Sound Trip presents: Voices of Christmas, at Living Waters Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., on Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Cost: $80 members, and $85 non-members. Price includes: Motor coach transportation and tip for driver, box lunch from the center, and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. For questions, call 629-4939.

Breakfast Cafe

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

Oyster Sandwich Day

Hope Lodge #4 is holding an oyster sandwich day Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Star will have baked goods. 102 West 6th Street, Laurel.

All you can eat breakfast

An all you can eat breakfast will be held at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of Cannon Street and 5th street in Blades, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. till 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and the firemen. Cost for adults is $7 and children $3.

Nanticoke Senior Center will hold its building fund breakfast on Dec. 6, at the Nanticoke Senior Center. Cost is $5. Menu includes: Fruit cup, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, cream chipped beef on toast, hash brown potatoes, biscuits, coffee or tea, orange juice. For sign ups and questions call 6294939.

Join us at the Greenwood CHEER Center every Wednesday evening for our weekly dinner club. The CHEER Greenwood Center is located at 12713 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood, and the public is welcomed. Each week there will be a delicious dinner offered for the price of $4 per person for individuals over 60+ years. For more information call 302-3495237 or visit the CHEER website at

DuPont Golden Girls luncheon

The Annual DuPont Golden Girls Luncheon will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. For reservations call Connie Keene at 629-3377, or Jackie Davis at 875-7625.

Breakfast with Santa

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Black Friday a huge success, no thanks to me Well, it has once again arrived. The Christmas shopping season is ONY INDSOR here and the malls and shopping centers are in all their elbow to elEven though family bow glory. homes are going into foreApparently, as a means to celebrate the birth of Christ, retailers closure around the counaround the country developed a try as adjustable rate mortway to help push their earnings gages come due, we still from “the red” into “the black,” thus was born “Black Friday.” This find it possible in one day is where the retailers place their to spend more than $10 economic hope for the year. It is billion on Christmas. estimated that as much as 10 percent of a store’s annual earnings stores on Black Friday and, according to can come during Black Friday weekend. news accounts, I was not missed. AccordNow, I may be a little too literal in my thinking, but if this shopping event is such ing to the National Retail Foundation, a major hope and opportunity for the econ- about 147 million shoppers were in the stores across the U.S. on Friday, up 4.8 omy, couldn’t we call it something other than “Black Friday”? Maybe we could call percent over last year. However, the bad news is, the average shopper only spent it “I don’t Care If We Can’t Eat or Pay the Electric Bill, My Youngun’ is Going to Get about $347.44, which is down 3.5 percent from last year. a Sony Play Station Day,” or something In the “Believe it or Not” category, it more upbeat like that. appears men outspent women this Black We have now also enhanced the honorFriday weekend. The NRF claims that the ing of the over 2,000-year-old tradition of average man spent about $393.63 while Christmas by introducing “Cyber Monthe average woman shopper spent about day.” This online shopping day follows $303.95. So, I apparently saved over Black Friday weekend and it is estimated $390.00 by not shopping on Black Friday. that 72 million people spent an additional In all, the economic news is good. Ac$700 million purchasing items over the Incording to the ShopperTrak RCT Corporaternet in the span of 24 hours. tion, which tracks sales at 50,000 retail Now, I did not venture out into the



outlets, there was about $10.3 billion spent nationally on Black Friday, compared to about $9.5 billion the same day last year. I can’t help but wonder what citizens of some third-world countries must think when they see photos of hordes of Americans camped out in front of Wal-Marts throughout the United States for hours, bundled up in blankets and sleeping on the sidewalks. It must amaze them when they find out that these people are not waiting in a government food line, but instead competing to buy a Wii game console or a pair of Uggs. Black Friday has become a tradition for many Americans. I have to imagine some people join a fitness club three weeks ahead of time so they can be in the necessary physical shape to fight their way to the front of the flat-screen TV line. I am sure there are those who say, “Tony, why are you so cynical? Why must you rain on the nation’s economic parade”? OK, maybe I should share in the economic glee that Black Friday brings each year. Perhaps I should be excited that even though family homes are going into foreclosure around the country as adjustable rate mortgages come due, we still find it possible in one day to spend more than $10 billion on Christmas. Maybe I should not be such a Grinch, feeling a little guilty that Christmas has

now come to epitomize America’s excesses. Instead of celebrating the birth of Jesus, we celebrate a boost to the economy. Instead of sharing family dinner around the table and fellowship with friends, we share guilt if our children are not wearing Hollister or Under Armor clothes and playing PlayStation 3 on a 42-inch high definition television. I wish that I could say my sentiments cause me to boycott this spending spree. No, I am as guilty as anyone else when it comes to pushing my financial limits to meet my Christmas obligations. And I admit, there is something almost intoxicating about walking through the stores during the holiday season, seeing the brightly lit Christmas trees and the stunning outdoor displays. But, I also wish I could see more nativity scenes and fewer snowmen and Santa Clauses, more spiritual messages and fewer blue light specials. I guess for the sake of the season, I will simply say, please don’t forget that even though Christmas is a blessing to our nation’s economy, it also represents the very foundation of the Christian faith. It is rooted in a message of faith, hope and compassion for the plights of our fellow world citizens. I will now step down from my soapbox and say, “Merry Christmas” to all!

State grants available to help create recycling programs The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is accepting applications for Recycling Assistance Grants for the fiscal 2008 grant year. Assistance will be provided to potential applicants at a series of workshops throughout the state. A total of $50,000 is available this year for the matching funds grant program, which requires grant applicants to provide 25 percent of the total project funding in either cash or in-kind services. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Grant awards will be announced in March 2008, and winning projects must be completed by May 2009. DNREC developed the grant program in conjunction with the Recycling Public Advisory Council to enhance Delaware’s recycling efforts. The program is designed to empower Delawareans to develop or expand innovative waste reduction, reuse, and/or recycling projects tailored to community needs. Eligible applicants include Delaware schools, colleges, uni-

versities, municipalities, not-forprofit organizations such as scouting troops, churches and others, civic associations and other community organizations. Applicants are encouraged to establish cooperative partnerships with other parties, including private industry. Eligible activities are those that will reduce the amount of municipal solid waste going to Delaware’s landfills. Examples include: the design, implementation or expansion of recycling and yard waste composting programs; curbside collection of recyclables; design or implementation of “Pay-As-You-Throw” programs; and recycling outreach or educational initiatives. Public information workshops on the Recycling Assistance Grant Program will be held at the following dates, times and locations: • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m., DNREC, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover • Thursday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m., Sussex County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

News items may be mailed to the Seaford and Laurel Star, 628 W. Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973. Or they may be faxed to 629-9243.

(This workshop is part of a larger recycling workshop.) • Monday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Smyrna Rest Area, 5500 N. DuPont Highway, Smyrna The average Delawarean generates an estimated 2,400 pounds of municipal solid waste annually. The Recycling Assistance Grant Program aims to reduce the amount of municipal solid waste generated and disposed of in Delaware and contribute towards achieving the state’s goal of recy-

cling 51 percent of municipal solid waste. Existing recycling programs in Delaware capture only about 22 percent of the waste generated by Delaware’s households and businesses. Keeping more recyclables out of the landfills will help conserve resources, reduce reliance on imported oil, extend the life of the landfills and promote sustainability. DNREC staff is available to provide technical assistance. For

directions to workshop locations, or to request an application packet or general information about the grant program, contact Bill Miller, Environmental Scientist, Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch, at 302-7399403 or via email at Applications can also be downloaded from DNREC’s Web site, (click “Recycling Grants”).

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Church Bulletins Take My Hand Ministry meeting

The Mary and Martha Tea Room, a program of Take My Hand Ministry, Inc., meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood. A light lunch is served, and a guest speaker teaches and ministers. This is a women’s ministry.

Ministries third anniversary

On Dec. 7-9, All Walks of Life Outreach Ministries will be celebrating its third anniversary. This year’s theme is “Praise is the way we say thanks.”Guest preachers are Pastor Helena Bailey of Kingdom Life Family Ministries of Millsboro; Apostle Richard Scott of Grow in Grace Worship Center of Delmar, Md.; Rev. Annette P. Wilson of Cathedral of Love AUMP of Salisbury, Md. Friday and Saturday services begin at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 5 p.m. Any questions contact the church at 875-7772; or email awolministry@ Pastor Randy and Elect Lady Lorrie Jones, Host Pastors.

Annual Fall Hymn Sing

Galestown United Methodist Church will have its annual Fall Hymn Sing on Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. No morning service. Guest singers will be Pam Rush, J.R. Mayle, and Ray Marine. A hot buffet style dinner will follow immediately at the Community Center.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery, a step program which claims Jesus Christ as its Higher Power, is meeting at St. John’s United

Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. This program is open to all persons who wish to turn over their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to God such that they may be healed. For more information, call Rev. Constance Hastings, 629-9466, or Robert Spadaccini 841-1720.

Messiah tickets now on sale

The Southern Delaware Choral Society, under the direction of John Ranney and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, will present Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, off Rt. 1 in Milton. This is the first time the choral group has collaborated with the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra of Towson, Md. and this year will only be giving one performance. Tickets, which are $25 for the general audience and $15 for students, are being sold at Puzzles in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth or by calling 645-2013.

‘Operation Christmas Child’

The parishioners at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Shoe boxes will be 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. Information on how to participate in this worthwhile project can be obtained at the St. Luke’s Church office at 629-7979

Christmas musical

It’s Gracey’s two days only “Free Gift” Christmas musical presented by the children of Laurel Wesleyan Church. The greatest gift of all, salvation, is absolutely free and all we need to do is receive it. Don’t miss this huge savings opportunity Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located just north of Laurel on Alt. 13. For more information call 875-5380.

Christmas Play

On Dec. 23, at 5 p.m., Rock Church of Laurel, invites you to attend their Christmas play, “Messiah,” and experience the promise, peace, grace and real forgiveness of Jesus, the Messiah. Refreshments will be served after the play. For more information call 875-0894.

Youth Pastor sought

Trinity United Methodist Church, Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. For further information, contact 302-238- 7432.

Christmas Cantata

The Chancel Choir of Union Methodist Church in Bridgeville will present their Christmas Cantata, “Season of Wonders” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information call the church office at 337-7409.

Gospel Café

Centenary UM Church, Poplar & Market Streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music hour each Saturday at 6 p.m. in the

Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce & Nancy Willey are presenting Christian music, fellowship, and refreshments. Each week Mary Ann Young sings your Gospel favorites. December guest singers are: Dec. 1: Don White, Frank Silva, Bill Primrose Dec. 8: DJ & Lillie Wootten, Voices of Harmony, Everett Hart Dec. 15: Dan Welsh, Ray & Revor, Bruce Willey & Linda Premo Dec. 22: Country Christmas Concert - Free admission but need ticket to attend due to limited seating. Featuring Cassandra Abbott, Dawn Hopkins, Sierra Spicer, J. R. Mayle, and many more. Dec. 29: Lights of Home Everyone is invited. For more info, contact the church at 875-3983 or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

The Mission of Hope web site

Now you can visit the Mission of Hope on the internet at The Mission of Hope provides rehabilitation, education and housing for men who are homeless. The Mission treats the causes of homelessness in order to return these men to a productive life in the community. The Mission needs people with grant writing or program development experience. Call Paul Alexander for details. The Mission accepts vehicle donations that return a tax deduction and the good feeling that comes from helping those in need. Please call 629-2559, or email the Mission at SeafordMission@ Verizon.Net, or write to Seaford Mission, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973.

DIRECTORY: Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship TRINITY UNITED METHODIST Trap Pond, CHURCHNearLaurel, Del. 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 9:50 am Contemporary

Come as you are… and be transformed in the love of Christ!

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

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


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

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


Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching Youth Group Sunday 4:30 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

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

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & Old Christ Church

“A Place to Belong”

600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 (302) 875-3644 Rev. Rita B. Nelson, Rector Holy Eucharist with Healing and Church School ~ Sunday @ 9:30 am

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

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 Road 68, South of Laurel Laurel, Del.

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

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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How much is too much? By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


The concept is really Two weeks ago we discussed the specifically Christian concept simple- if I need to that our possessions are not puruse my money to pay posed for us alone- but to be a blessing to the needs of others as my own debt, how well. The idea is a noble (and bibli- can I be free when I cal) one that most Christians asfeel a compulsion to cribe to. Since our nation is so firmly give? established with a Christian ethos, many people who don’t give to needs. claim to be Christians still believe in Sometimes we close our hearts to sharing with those in need and using such stirrings when we are doing all we their possessions for more than just can to stay ahead of consumer debt that their own enjoyment. Unfortunately, good intentions can be was unnecessary to begin with. One more question for this basic squelched by an insidious and sneaky quiz. “Am I buying this on an immaterialism that creeps up on us most pulse?” unexpectedly. As a general rule, if after two weeks The best way to combat such selfishand thoughtful consideration I am still ness is to regularly self-assess our behaviors concerning wealth and material- convinced I need this, then it MAY be time to buy it. ism. Holding off on the impulse buy also To help us do so, there are a few allows me to answer the question, practical questions we can ask our“How am I going to pay for this?” selves. If it is not absolute necessity, then I The first question we need to ask is, should be able to pay for it on the spot “How do I define the word ‘need’?” or by the time my Credit Card bill The Madison Avenue marketers are good at what they do and we are all too comes in. Credit Cards and impulse buys go willing to be convinced. Somewhere along the line bigger be- hand in hand. The thought of taking it home came better, newer became necessary, tonight dulls the reality of the bill arrivand this year’s model is always to die ing every month for even years to for. come. We do it with cell phones, TV’s, Waiting to purchase allows me to declothes and kitchen equipment. We termine if the payoff is worth the price. don’t replace things because they are I could probably name a dozen items I broken and useless, but only because have avoided buying, all the way from they have lost their luster. Next time you say, “I need that”, ask game systems to new cars because I decided to walk out of the showroom unyourself what you mean by “need.” decided. Next ask yourself, “What kind of posiUltimately your good intentions to tion is debt putting me in?” give can be fulfilled when you are free As debt level increases, generosity from the materialism that permeates our diminishes. The concept is really simcurrent culture. ple- if I need to use my money to pay How much is too much? my own debt, how can I be free when I Whatever possession strips you of feel a compulsion to give? For Christians, we rely on the stirring your ability to give as you know God would have you to. of the Holy Spirit to do good deeds or

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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.

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

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

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




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

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

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

MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 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.

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

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

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

King’s St. George’s Mt. Pleasant

Worship Sun. Sch.

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

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



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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

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


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

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

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

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

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

Laurel Wesleyan Church Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel Sunday School - 9:30 Worship - 9:00 & 10:45 Sunday Evening Worship Wed. Youth Ministries 6:30 p.m. Thurs. WKID, The Zone Children’s Ministries 6:30 Church 875-5380 • Sr. Pastor Todd Crofford Assistant Pastor Ken Deusa Asst. Pastor/Youth: Sue Boyce Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Searcey

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

Proclaiming Faith 4 pm Sunday on WKDI 840 AM Radio

Food Outreach Emergency Food

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

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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

“The Pickle Church” CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH PICKLE MINISTRIES OUTREACH & CORNERSTONE NOTE MUSIC MINISTRY Corner of Bethel Rd. & Alt. 13 • 302-875-8150 Worship Svce 10 a.m. - Rev. Rick Elzey Church School & Jr. Church 10 a.m. - Pastor Doris Whaley Wings of Prayer Tues. 7 p.m. Exploring God’s Word, Wed. 7 p.m.


Obituaries Madelyn Elizabeth Smith Hastings, 90

Madelyn Elizabeth Smith Hastings of Blades, on Nov. 18, 2007, peacefully passed away surrounded in love by her family. She independently operated Madelyn's Card and Gift Shop from her home in Blades, for 49 years. Mrs. Hastings was the loving wife of the Rev. Robert Whittington Hastings, who died in 1991. She cared faithfully for “Woody” during his battle with Parkinson's disease for 38 of their 54 years of marriage. Together they served the following charges of the Peninsula Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church: the Farmington, charge; the Church Hill, Md. charge; the Sharptown, Md. charge; St. Michael's United Methodist Church' and the Pocomoke City charge. She was a member of Blades United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her parents, Herman and Bertha Smith and six siblings: Edward Smith, Paul Smith, Jim Smith, Donald Smith, Jo Ann Bailey and Thelma Lee Smarte Larrimore. She is survived by her sister, Gertrude Hudson; her son, Robert H. Hastings and his wife, the Rev. Constance Hastings; her daughter, Karen H. McGroerty and her husband, Michael McGroerty; grandchildren, Lisa Hastings-Sheppard and her husband, David Sheppard; Alycia Jefferson and her husband, John Jefferson; Lt. JG Robert A. Hastings, United States Navy; and Caitlin McGroerty; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements made by the Cranston Funeral Home were on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Blades United Methodist Church, Blades, and the celebration of life was at noon. Burial followed in Blades Cemetery with a fellowship time at Blades Community Hall immediately thereafter. The Rev. Paul Isaacs, the Rev. George Godfrey and the Rev. Constance Hastings officiated. The family requests contributions be made in Madelyn's name to Blades United Methodist Church, 302 S. Market St., Blades, DE 19973; or the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

Sylvia Mae Adkins, 67

Sylvia Mae Adkins of Delmar, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at her daughter’s residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was a daughter of Earl and Lillian Parker Nichols of Delmar. She was a member of Full Gospel Church of Delmar. She was a loving wife, mother and sister. She had a great love for cooking and a deep love of her family. She was extremely lucky at Yahtzee and a connoisseur of wine. She knew no strangers and was loved by a large circle of friends. She suffered with chronic illnesses since the young age of 28, but left a legacy of love. She will be greatly missed by her four-legged companions, Toby, Britty, Baby, Travis, Chloe and Sam. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Hudson and a brother, Charles Nichols.

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She is survived by her husband, Maurice F. Adkins of Delmar; an uncle, Merrill Nichols and his wife, Joanna, of Marion, Ind.; a brother, Orville L. Nichols, Sr. and his wife, Janet of Laurel; daughters, Maria E. Adkins of Allen, Md., and Lisa Cathell and her husband, Hal of Laurel; a son, Maurice L. Adkins and his wife, Barbara of Parsonsburg, Md.; grandchildren, Michael L. Adkins and his wife Anna, of Delmar, Md., Cortney Cathell of Laurel, Nicole Adkins of Salisbury, and many greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Sylvia Mae Adkins She is also survived by special daughters, Anna Adkins and her husband, Scott of Delmar, and Marisa Carey of Allen, Md. A funeral service was held on Friday, Nov. 23, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, where family and friends called prior to the service. The Rev. Donald Murray officiated. Entombment followed the service at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058; or to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Anna K. Cugler, 80

Anna K. Cugler of Delmar, passed Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born on Dec. 24, 1926 in New Jersey, a daughter of Mary Kerekesch. Anna was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury. As a proud homemaker, she was creative with her hands and loved arts and crafts. Her family will remember her as an excellent cook and baker. A very generous lady, she always thought of others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Pete Kerekesch, George Kerekesch and Joe Morris, Sr. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Clayton D. Cugler; a son, George Cugler and his wife Vicki of Colorado; a daughter, Mary Cugler Loscomb of Laurel; a sister, Becky Higgins of New York; a brother, Mike Kerekesh of Virginia Beach, Va.; and three grandchildren, Randy Cugler, Melissa Cugler and Rachel Loscomb; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, where family and friends called on Friday evening. The Reverend Lou Bradley officiated. Interment followed the services in St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Matilda Myer Hastings Kemp, 89,

Matilda Myer Hastings Kemp passed away quietly on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford. Born on a farm near Bridgeville to Edwin Saxe and Lorraine (nee Marvil) Myer on May 1,1918. She was one of 13 siblings. She loved her large family and was a proud member of the renowned Myer harness racing clan. After her marriage at age 20 to Robert Clinton Hastings she moved to a farm near Dublin Hill where she resided until failing health necessitated her residence at LifeCare. After the death of her first husband she became a secretary at Bridgeville State Police Troop #5, where she remained for 27 years until her retirement in 1983. For most of those years she was the only secretary at Troop #5 and took pride in trying to keep “the Boys” in line. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Clinton Hastings, her second husband Charles S. Kemp and 10 siblings, Edwin Jr., James, William, Ellis, Robert, Francis, Alan, Ralph and Dorothy Myer and Ester Meredith. She is survived by her daughter Jean Hastings Genster of Schaumburg, Ill.; three grandchildren, Patricia Genster, Mary Beth Scherer and Robert Genster Jr.; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Annie Scherer, Sierra Genster-Rowe and Makaya, Haley and Ian Genster. She is also survived by her sister, Lilias Richards of Bridgeville and her brother Paul Myer of Delmar and many nieces

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

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

and nephews. Services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville where friends called prior to the services. Interment was in Bridgeville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 100 West 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801; or the American Heart Association, 1151 Walker Road, Suite 202, Dover, DE 19901. Send online condolences to:

Narcy John Kutz, 88

Narcy John Kutz of Seaford, formerly of Annapolis, Md., died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on Dec. 11, 1918, a son of Anthony and Helen Kutz of Askam, Wilkes Barre, Pa., who predeceased him. Mr. Kutz served in the U S Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, Baltimore during World War II. He was a teacher and retired from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in 1980 after 34 years. He taught at Glen Burnie High School from 1946 to 1960, four years at Linganore High School in Frederick County and from 1967 to 1980 at Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Md. Mr. Kutz was a devoted husband to his wife of 53 years, Dorothy who shared his passion for building houses and traveling in their air stream trailer. He is also survived by his daughters; Geraldine of Falls Church, Va. and Nancy of Annapolis, Md.; and a brother, Joseph of St. Augustine, Fla.

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!”

Welcome… SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

“Welcome Home!”

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

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. Nursery Provided Pastor: Rev. Steven Booth Minister of Music: Rev. David James


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

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 • Sunday: Midweek Activities: Church School........9:45 am Call for Details Morning Worship......11 am Children’s Church & Youth Explosion ........6 pm Nursery Provided Evening Worship.........7 pm *Counseling by appt. only Tuesday: Thursday: Bible Study & Family Corporate Prayer.........7 pm Training Hour...........7 pm ‘Come and Grow with Us!’

Greenwood United Methodist Church Greenwood, Del. Contemp Serv. 9 am Sunday School 10 am Traditional Serv. 11 am

“A Growing Church in The Heart of Our Community with a Heart for People & a Heart for the Lord.”

Pastor Richard Rogers 302-349-4047 Corner of Market & Church Streets

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A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Friends called at the Cranston Funeral Home on Monday evening. Burial was in Maryland Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Hurlock, Md.

George Paul Elias, Jr., 67

George Paul Elias, Jr., of Laurel died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born April 3, 1940 in Martinsburg, Pa., a son of Laura Furry Hudson and the late George Paul Elias, Sr. Mr. Elias attended and was an usher at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was a member of the Delmarva Motorcycle Association, and the former owner of Elias Trucking. He loved old pickups and cars and was so proud of restoring his 1942 GMC pickup. But most of all, he loved Jesus as his Savior. He was preceded in death by his father, George Paul Elias, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Elias; two brothers, John and Charles Elias; a sister, Barbara Keith; his mother, Laura Hudson; his aunt June Elias; his children, Richard Elias, Cathy Hubbert, Terry Thomas; stepdaughters, Robin Truitt and Joan Pinson; 12 grandchildren, Michelle, Kelly, Lauren, Lisa, David, Andrea, Brian, Stephen, Joshua, Susan, Rick and Brent and five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jordyn, Caydence, Ethan and McKaela. A funeral service was held on Monday, Nov. 26, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, where family and friends called prior to his service. The Rev. Donald Murray officiated. Interment followed the service at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

James S. Banks, 76

James S. Banks, “Jimmy,” of Delmar died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born Dec. 24, 1930 in Delmar, a son of Willard T. Banks, Sr. and Mabel Frances Banks, who predeceased him. Born and raised in Delmar, Jimmy was a member of the Delmar High School State Championship Soccer Team. After leaving high school, he loved his work as the owner and operator of the Delmar American Filling Station, where he worked for more than 33 years. He was a life member of the Delmar Fire Department where he served for over 49 years. He served many years as Chief Engineer and was a member of the Delaware and Maryland Fire Police. He was also a member of the Delmar VFW Post 8276 Men’s Auxiliary. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and everyone who knew him will remember how much he loved cutting grass with his John Deere tractor. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean S. Banks, who he married on April 18, 1949; a son, James S. “Sam” Banks, II and his wife, Colette; a daughter, Donna Wilkosz and her husband, Ron, all of Delmar; four grandchildren, Jordan

Banks of Delmar, Devin Banks, stationed in Iraq, Stephanie Ruark and her husband, Ken of Delmar and Heather Townsend and her husband, John of Delmar; two step-grandchildren, Missy Brubaker of Delmar and Aaron Brubaker of Chesapeake, Va.; and great grandchildren, Lauren, Justin and Marley Ruark and Brittany, Hunter and Brianna Townsend. He is also survived by a sister, Virginia Gorsuch, several nieces and nephews, and his special pet, his dog “Chico”. A visitation for family and friends is being held Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., and also Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Sam McWilliams will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Marian Deane Moore, 94

Marian Deane Moore of Seaford died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 at the Methodist Manor House while reading the First Chapter of Romans in her Bible. Mrs. Moore was the wife of the late C. Elmer Moore. Together they owned and operated an Industrial Electrical Contracting Business. She was born Dec. 4, 1912 in Williamsburg, Md. She was a graduate of Hurlock High School and Goldey College, Wilmington, Class of 1931. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church, Seaford, where she was treasurer and a Sunday School Teacher for more than 50 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Seaford Christian Academy. Mrs. Moore was active in Republican Party activities, serving as president of the Seaford Republican Women's Club. Mrs. Moore is survived by two sons, C. Edward and his wife Carolyn of Burnt Chimney, Va. and James L. and his wife Jan of Wilmington; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Percy Deane, of Hurlock. Funeral Services were on Monday, Nov. 26, at the First Baptist Church, Seaford. Friends called at the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford, on Sunday evening. Burial was in Unity Washington Cemetery, Hurlock, Md. The family suggests donations may be made to the Seaford Christian Academy, 543 N. Bradford St., Seaford, DE 19973.

Elizabeth B. Minner Hrupsa, 96

Elizabeth B. Minner “Buffy” Hrupsa of Felton died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 at Bayhealth at Kent General Hospital. She was born at Mastens Corner, the daughter of Thomas, Jr. and Octavia Bright Minner. She worked with her father at Minners Basket Factory, a bookkeeper and a craftsman, making furniture and also worked on the family farm. She enjoyed sewing, music and especially family get-togethers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph P. Hrupsa; a daughter, Frances Marie Hrupsa in 1937; grandaughter,

Thresa Lea Millman; five brothers and two sisters. Her surviviors include: seven children, Mathilda Knapp and her husband, Lt. Col. Ret. Ronald Knapp of Felton, Phyllis Pearson and her husband Donald of Dover, Mary Thresa Allen and her husband Robert of Seaford, Claire Lea Melvin and her husband Alfred; Floyd Hrupsa and his wife Ruth, Bartos Frank Hrupsa and his wife Thelma, Thomas Hrupsa and his wife Barbara, all of Felton; 17 grandchildren, Ronald K. Knapp, Jr., Elizabeth Anne Engle, Ruth Marie Lavelle, Mary Adel Knapp, Connie Ivins, Bonnie Yoder, Susan Welch, Rory Trythall, Donna Lynn Morgan, Sylvia Brohawn, Ursula Gardner, Stephen Welch, Holly Demko, Michael Melvin, Bartis Frank Hrupsa, Jr., Daniel E. Hrupsa, Wendy Hrupsa; and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral Services were Saturday, Nov. 17, in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Felton, where friends called Friday night. Interment was in Hopkins Cemetery, Felton.

Regina E. Jackson, 80

Regina E. Jackson of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born March 12, 1927 in Bridgeville, a daughter of Charlie H. and Mary E. Littleton Messick, who predeceased her. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She was a graduate of Bridgeville High School and received her Registered Nurses training in 1948 from Wilmington Memorial. She was an auxiliary member of the V.F.W. Post 5246 in Federalsburg. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, F. Marshall Jackson who passed away on Feb. 20, 1996 and a sister, Thelma M. Lane, formerly of Bridgeville. She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Lucille Richardson, June Elzey, and Betty Parks; special nieces Diana Matthews and her husband, Teddy, and Debbie Fox (Don), nieces, Terry Cole, Marsha Kenton, Pam Elzey, Shelia Owens, and Gloria Brake; and nephews, Gary Lare, Steve Parks, and Chris Parks; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday Nov. 30, at 1 p.m., at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. An Auxiliary V.F.W. service will begin


at 12:50 p.m. and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to V.F.W. Post 5246, P.O. Box 127, Federalsburg, MD 21632; or to Caroline Hospice Foundation, P O Box 362, Denton, MD 21629

Donald S. Liddicoat, 86

Donald Stanley Liddicoat, formerly of Federalsburg, Md., passed away peacefully at his home in Felton, on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. He was born May 16, 1921 in Reading, Pa., a son of Stanley Leslie Liddicoat and Erma Becker Liddicoat, who predeceased him. He was a graduate of Reading High School, and received a bachelor of science in 1948 from Albright College in Reading. He served his country in the United States Army. He was color coordinator for the former American Optical Corporation in Frederick, Md., retiring in 1981 after 23 years of service. He also had been employed by Maryland Plastics. His passion for singing began at the age of 11, and he sang in and directed many choirs and choral groups in Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware, including singing at one of the dedications of the Temple of the Latter Day Saints in Washington, D.C. He was a charter member of the Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C, sang with the Seaford Symphonic Choir and Queen Anne’s Chorale group, directed the Frederick Ward Choir in western Maryland for many years, and was the director of the Federalsburg Senior Serenaders since 1987. He won the “Maryland You Are Beautiful” essay contest, and was awarded Caroline County’s “Most Beautiful Person” award that was present by Gov. Wm. Donald Schaffer. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Easton/ Cambridge. He was also a member of the American Legion in Seaford, was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Frederick Ward, and had served past branch president of Seaford Latter Day Saints, and was presently a member of the Dover Ward. Besides his parents, two brothers, Bruce Liddicoat and Curtis Liddicoat preceded him in death. Continued to page 30


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Entertainment Soprano to join Messiah concert Soprano Meghan McCall will be among the four guest soloists singing with the Southern Delaware Choral Society and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert of the Messiah on Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, off Route One in Milton. The chorus, under the direction of John Ranney, and the symphony orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Julien Benichou, will be joined by soloists mezzo soprano Jessica Renfros, tenor Alvaro Meghan McCall Rodruiquez, and baritone Matthew Osifchin. “We are so thrilled to be singing with these incredible singers and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony for the first time,” said executive director Elizabeth Hochholzer, “Tickets are selling quickly so I hope everyone gets their tickets in time be-

cause this will be an inspiring event.” Praised for her “bell-like clarity and fine control” and “radiant full-bodied voice” by “The Washington Post,” American soprano Meghan McCall is establishing herself as one of the finest young artists of opera today. She has been hailed for possessing a “beautifully and flawlessly operatic voice” by “The West Highland Press.” In her recent interpretation of Susanna in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ “Meghan McCall made a superlative Susanna on the opening night and was consistently the most outstanding voice in all combinations,” “All Arts Review,” and was “a blooming, vivacious and confident Susanna,” “The Washington Times.” The young soprano’s career has already taken her to stages both in the United States and Europe. Ms. McCall has performed the roles of Fatime in Carl Maria von Weber's ‘Abu Hassan,’ Fiordiligi in ‘Cosi Fan Tutte,’ Madame Altina in ‘La Divina’ (Pasatieri), Lauretta in ‘Gianni Schicchi,’ Musetta in ‘La BohPme,’ Adina in ‘L’Elisir d’Amore,’ Gilda in ‘Rigoletto,’ Gretel in ‘Hansel and Gre-

tel,’ Marie in ‘La Fille du Régiment,’ Giulietta in ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi,’ Donna Anna in ‘Don Giovanni,’ Susanna in’Le Nozze di Figaro,’ The Princess in Conrad Susa’s ‘Transformations,’ Lucia in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ and Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ Upcoming engagements include Giulietta in ‘I Capuleti e I Montecchi’ (December 2007), Gretel in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (December 2007), Blondchen in ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’ (February/March 2008) with Bel Cantanti. She will also appear as a soloist in Opera Lafayette’s production of ‘The Genesis of Don Giovanni’ (March 2008). The Southern Delaware Choral Society is supported in part by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Sussex County Council, the Freeman Foundation and the City of Lewes. Tickets are $25 for the general audience and $15 for students and are being sold at Puzzles in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth. Call 302-645-2013 for more information.

Florists to decorate Ross Mansion The Seaford Historical Society has invited nine talented local florists to decorate the Ross Mansion for the Victorian Christmas celebration to be held December 7th, 8th, and 9th. This is the first year that Heather Werner of Heatherly Florist has chosen to show her talents. Her crew will be decorating the Bill and Gertrude Jester bedroom and the upstairs hall. Heatherly Floral Designs is located on 214 E. Front Street, Laurel, DE 875-0800. Tammy Presley of Tammie’s Florist, 116 N. Main Street, Federalsburg, MD 410-754-5005, will be decorating the James Ross bedroom and the upstairs bathroom. For the second year Lois Nash and Amanda Jones have agreed to decorate the Clara Gage bedroom and the nursery. They own Flowers by Hearn, 1001 E. State Street, Delmar, MD 410-896-9233. The Governor’s bedroom suite will be decorated by Seaford Florist owned by Linda Corcoran, 20 N. Market Street, Blades, DE 629-6661. The huge tree in the formal parlor will be surrounded by decorations created to follow the Victorian theme by John Beauchamp of John’s Four Seasons Florist, P.O. Box 387, Federalsburg, MD 629-2644. In the family parlor, the decorating will be done by Jane Matthews of Lucy’s Florist in Federalsburg, MD 205 E. Main Street 410-754-5011. Moving into the dining room, Bess Buds will be responsible for the decora-

tions including the table centerpiece. Beth Messick is the owner of Bess Buds, 34593 Sussex Highway 875-2507. The Seaford Spade and Trowel Club, under the guidance of Margaret Alexander, will provide a Victorian flair to the kitchen, office, back staircase and back hall. Upon entering the front door, Tull’sthe Shoppes at Dairy Lane will decorate the front hall upstairs and downstairs and the main staircase. Each florist represented will use artificial and live greens as well as flowers to make the Ross Mansion a beautiful home to visit for the holidays. The Mansion will be open for tours on Saturday 1-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5p.m. Two events require reservations. On Friday December 7th there will be a card/game party with dessert and table prizes. The cost is $10 per person. Please call Ruthe Wainwright 6298765. A Christmas Brunch with Santa will be held on Saturday December 8th 10-12 with gifts and music. Call Teresa Wilson 629-6417 for reservations. Sunday, December 9th, is Family Day with carriage rides, crafters, a children’s time in the Honeymoon Cottage and refreshments. The cost of these events is $7 per adult and $2 for children under 12. Everyone visiting the Mansion will receive a ticket to the Seaford Museum to view an antique toy and postcard collection on loan from Kathy and Mark Williams and Kendall Jones.

‘Holiday Joy’ will feature soprano Elizabeth Racheva Give your spirits a head start on the holiday season with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Joy” concert on December 2, 3 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View, Delaware. This festive holiday tradition is a delightful mixture of familiar Christmas music with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, traditional carols, holiday favorites, and a surprise or two. The featured soloist is the dazzling young American soprano, Elizabeth Racheva. Maestro Benichou described her as “…..a brilliant young soprano on her way up.” He notes that she is performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in its holiday concert program and “we are very fortunate she was able to arrange her schedule to be with us.” Joining Racheva will be the voices of the Southern Delaware Choral Society singing excerpts of the ‘Messiah’. Tickets, $29 adult and $10 student, with no charge for kids under 12, can be purchased in advance by calling 888846-8600. Tickets may be available at the door but reservations are recommended.



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He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia Messenger Liddicoat; a son, Michael D. Liddicoat of Felton; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg, Md. with Bishop Ronald Jess officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Federalsburg Senior Center, 113 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632; or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover , DE 19901.

Charles Robert Mumford, 49

Charles Robert Mumford of Millsboro passed on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at PRMC in Salisbury, Md. Mr. Mumford was born on July 13, 1958, in Whaleysville, Md. He was a maintenance foreman at Perdue Farms in Georgetown, where he worked for the past 23 years and he was retired from the Delaware Army National Guard after 25 years of military service. For 28 years, Mr. Mumford was a member of the Bible Church of Christ, Dagsboro, where he served as a deacon; he was a strong man of God with the heart of David. He loved and cared for God’s people. He loved and was very devoted to his family, loved by everyone that knew him, loved to watch westerns with his motherin-law, and Home Improvement with his father-in-law. He also loved to fish, loved his dog Tootles, and was a Washington Redskins fan. He also enjoyed doing home improvement projects. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel Mumford. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Andrea M. Mumford of Millsboro, his father – Charles Robert Pitts of Selbyville, two sons, Robert Corey Mumford and Charles Bryndon Mumford, both of Millsboro; three daughters, Chrislyn Lafaith Mumford, Cramelle Michelle Mumford, and Andrea Chanelle Mumford, all of Millsboro; a brother, Darryl Mumford of Baltimore, Md., five sisters, Eunice Mumford of Laurel, Beverly Mumford of Bridgeville, Zina Hazzard of Georgetown, Linda Mumford of Dover, and Dixie Mumford of Frankford; two grandchildren, Destiny T. Mumford and Corey J. Mumford; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law, who adored him and a flock of nieces, nephews, and friends. His service was on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, US Rt. 113, Bishopville, Md., where friends called prior to the service. Bishop Roland Mifflin officiated. Interment with Honors was held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Patriots Way, Millsboro. Arrangements were handled by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,, or

Barbara Jean Wilkerson Shutt, 67

Barbara Jean Wilkerson Shutt of near Georgetown, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital,

Seaford. Mrs. Shutt was born on April 17, 1940, in Frankford, a daughter of Manford J. and Elizabeth C. Hudson Wilkerson; who predeceased her. She was a bookkeeper retiring in 2002. She worked at Mountaire, Inc. in Selbyville for 10 years, Jacob’s Oil Co. in Wilmington, for 15 years, and before that at the Delaware Trust Company, in Wilmington. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville. She was a 1958 graduate of Selbyville High School where she graduated with a Business Education Diploma. She was a former vice president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Penny Hill Branch, Wilmington for two years. Barbara is survived by special cousins – Everett J. Wilkerson and Janet Long Redzig, an aunt, Elsie Lynch, and her very close special friends – Carolyn Oliphant and Judy Gallimore. Services for her will be at 1 p.m, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before. The Rev. Betty Jo Magee will officiate. Interment will be in Carey’s Cemetery, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home, or

Gladys W. Smith, 95

Gladys W. Smith of Laurel passed away at Seaford Center in Seaford, on Nov. 23, 2007. She was a daughter of Benjamin and Mary Hearn, who predeceased her. Gladys was a loving homemaker. She retired from working for many of the garment factories in the area. A past member of the former Epworth Church for 20 years. She loved to read and enjoyed flowers. She will be remembered as a loving mother especially during the holidays. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dawson Wilkerson in 1953 and her second husband, Thomas Smith; also two deceased grandchildren and numerous deceased brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Nina Glerum of Laurel, Betty Pentoney of Seaford and Janet Chambers of Laurel. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three greatgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A viewing was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, on Sunday, Nov. 25, followed by a graveside service at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Laurel. The Rev. Jerry Denton officiated. Contribution may be made in her memory to American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury, MD. 21803.

Mildred Tull Williams, 91

Mildred Tull Williams of Delmar, formerly of Seaford, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at Delmar Nursing and Rehab Center, Delmar. She was born in Galestowm, Md., a daughter of Elma Hubbard and John Franklin Tull, who predeceased her. She was a homemaker and a member

of Woodland United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Veal Williams in 1968; a son, Clarance Leroy Williams in 1993 and a step-daughter, Eleanor Massey. She is survived by a half-brother, Ralph Moore of Seaford; three half-sisters, Sarah Anne Archer of Smyrna, and Joyce Jacobs and Elinore Meredith, both of Federalsburg, Md.; and cousins. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stein Highway, Seaford. Contributions may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, c/o Calvin R. Ellis, 28225 Ellis Mill Road, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements by Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.

Louise V. Washington, 82

Louise Virginia Washington of Laurel passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born May 17, 1925 in Sharptown, Md., a daughter of Samuel and Helen Hall Winder, who predeceased her. She was a domestic worker in private homes and was responsible for raising a host of children. She was a faithful member to the Greater Life Church of Deliverance and Restoration, formerly known as Trinity Holiness Church of Christ Disciples, where she was “Mother,” Sunday School teacher and treasurer. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. “George” Washington on Feb. 13, 1981; a brother, William Hall; and a sister, Gladys Berry. She is survived by four sisters, Doris Haygood and Ernestine Robinson, both of Chester, Pa., Viola Vincent of Laurel, and Ardella Newton of Salisbury, Md., a special niece who was her caregiver, Olivia Hall of Laurel, and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Greater Life Church of Deliverance and Restoration in Laurel, with Pastor Teresa Banks officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Laurel. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements by Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. For more information, or for notes of condolence visit

Alice Marie O’Neal, 84

Alice Marie O’Neal of Seaford, passed away at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. She was born in Laurel a daughter of the late Edgar and Laurel O’Neal. She was a self employed beautician. A member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her sister Helen Quillen of Frankford. Alice is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was proceded in death by her brothers, Granville, David, Norman, Linwood, Preston, Joesph and Olan O’Neal and sisters, Ethel Elliott and Margaret Callaway. A Funeral Service is Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Ernest Bailey will officiate. Internment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association 2306 Kirkwood Hwy Wilmington, DE 19805.

Norma Lee Russell, 75

Norma Lee Russell of Bridgeville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Ms. Russell was born June 9, 1932 in Bridgeville, a daughter of William James and Bessie Olivia Cole Russell. Ms. Russell had worked as a home health care aide for many years in the Bridgeville area. She enjoyed working on puzzles, church socials and neighborhood outings. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Mildred Lofland, Roland Russell, Melvin Russell, Ernest Russell and Evelyn English. She is survived by her son, Larry Alan Seaman of Finksburg, Md.; one grandson, Zachary Seaman of Cambridge, Md.; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog “Harley.” Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery at Oak Grove, Oak Grove Road, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation of the Delaware Valley, 111 So. Independence Mall East, #411, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 Send online condolences to:

Charles A. Stewart, 85

Charles A. Stewart, “Peter Rabbit”, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 at the Lewes Convalescent Center in Lewes. He was born April 3, 1922 in Laurel, the son of Alexander and Evelyn Smith Stewart. His wife Emma E. Kellam Stewart preceded him in death. He was a WW II Army veteran serving his country from 1942 to 1945. He worked for the Delaware Department State Highway for many years before retiring. He was a member of New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel and was also a member of the Roger Gumby American Legion Post #19 in Laurel. He is survived by a son, Charles Elester Floyd Stewart of Vero Beach, Fla., a daughter, Evelyn E. Maddox and her husband Phillip T. Maddox, Sr. of Seaford, 4 grandchildren, Phillip T. Maddox, Jr. and his wife Michelle, of Laurel, Md, Tikiah D. Brown, and her husband James, of Newark, Shnea D. Stewart of Vero Beach, and Jamie A. Swain and her husband, Kenneth, of Lawnside, N.J.; 9 great-grandchildren, and also many nieces and nephews. A sister, Eunice Fountain, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at 1 p.m. at New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel, with Rev. Timothy Duffield officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Laurel. Friends may call at the church from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services entrusted to Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md.


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On the Record Marriage Licenses Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish joyfully announces the following couples have obtained marriage licenses: • Ronald Lee Russell, Bridgeville to Sonya D. Russell, Bridgeville • Justin Paul Chambers, Seaford to Maryann Hudson, Seaford • Joseph Marc Julien, Seaford to Melie Jules, Seaford • Matthew Tyler Massey, Seaford to Natasha Ann Maynard, Seaford • Larry David Morris, Jr., Greenwood to Angela Marie Redmon, Greenwood

Deeds • 04/27/07, Eileen R. Scheerer to Tobias Cerillo and Mildred E. Stewart, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $159,900 • 04/30/07, Sutton L. Wilson to John L. and Donna J. McCann, parcel, Little Creek Hundred, $130,000 • 05/01/07, Geraldine P. Thomas and Robin G. Beard to Sussex Exchange Services, LLC, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $695,000 • 04/30/07, Frank J. and Linda S. Johnston to Kathleen Ferber, Lot No. 48, Section I, Heritage Village, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $228,500 • 05/02/07, Ruth E. Murray to Bryce B. Jr. and Lee Ellen Bryan, parcel, Little Creek Hundred, $67,925 • 04/30/07, Z3, LLC to Dorothy White, parcel, Town of Blades, Broad Creek Hundred, $103,000 • 04/27/07, Stephen A. Hoffman, Sr., Andy Hoffman, and Ann Rayne O’Brien to Gregory F. Maloney, parcel, Town of Delmar, Little Creek Hundred, $140,000 • 04/30/07, Freddie E. and Denise N. Crockett to Kelly Davis, Lot No. 15, Lands of Robert R. Layton, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $170,000 • 04/30/07, George L. and Diane C. Coley to Jason A. Marker, parcel, Nanticoke Hundred, $142,500 • 05/02/07, Beaver Properties to Steven M. Greenblatt, parcel, Nanticoke Hundred, $229,000 • 04/24/07, Randy W. Radish to Rosita and Wilder Amisial, Lot Nos. 21-22, Section B, Lakeside Manor, subdivision, Broad Creek Hundred, $185,000 • 05/03/07, Everett S. and Catherine W. Warrington to Deric J. Parker, Lot No. 5, Lands of Everett S. and Catherine W. Warrington, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $65,000

• 04/26/07, Gregory and Laurie Riley to Christopher Adam Benson, parcel, Broad Creek Hundred, $210,000 • 05/04/07, Alfred Frank and Lois N. Wood to Arthur R. and Rachel H. Egolf, parcel, Little Creek Hundred, $112,000 • 04/30/07, Sylvia I. Short, Trustee, undivided 50% tenant in common interest, and Richard M. Calhoun, Trustee, undivided 50% tenant in common interest to Route 113 Associates, LLC, Lands for Easter Seals, parcel, Georgetown Hundred, $2,288,160 • 05/04/07, Ralph A. and Angela M. Zebley to Luis A. and Laurel A. Melendez, Lot No. 5, Lands of Ruth Ann Gray, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $265,000 • 05/04/07, Irene M. Heckerman to James and Katie Weibel, Parcel A, Pond Haven, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $299,000 • 05/02/07, Alley2J, LLC to Shawn M. and Monet A. Smith, Lot No. 2, Lands of Alley2J, LLC, subdivision, Little Creek Hundred, $70,000 • 04/11/07, Eric Swanson, Sheriff of Sussex County to Charles Daisey, parcel, Nanticoke Hundred, $125,000 • 04/27/07, Emmaus Walk, LLC to Randy L. and Kathy M. Hill, parcel, Addition to the Lands of Randy L. and Kathy M. Hill, Broad Creek Hundred, $20,000 • 05/04/07, Mark S. Hardesty to James W. and August L. Cave, Lot No. 3, Lands for Mark S. Hardesty, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $145,000

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Help Wanted The Woodbridge School District is seeking a qualified person to fill a temporary opening for the remainder of the 2007-2008 school year at Phillis Wheatley Middle School. • Special Education Eighth Grade Math Teacher Qualifications: Licensed and Certified in Special Education in the State of DE. Salary Range: $37,215.00 - $72,444.00/per year. Closing Date: Monday, December 3, 2007. APPLY TO: Heath B. Chasanov, Assistant Superintendent, Woodbridge School District 16359 Sussex Highway, Bridgeville, DE 19933 Phone: (302) 337-7990, Fax: (302) 337-7998, or The Woodbridge School District does not discriminate in the employment or educational programs, services, or activities, based on race, sex, or handicap in accordance with the State and Federal Laws. The District reserves the right to modify and/or delete any possible vacancy at its discretion for this position.

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LEGALS PUBLIC NOTICE You are hereby notified the below application will be before: The City of Seaford Board of Adjustment and Appeals for their determination on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 12:00 P.M., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware; Case No. V-44-07: Dewey Street LLC, property owner of 951 Norman Eskridge Highway Unit 4, is seeking relief from the Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 1575(10) Off-street parking requirements district. Case No. V-45-07: Circle J Developers, property owner of Tax Map and Parcel 331 6.00 444, located on Sussex Highway, are seeking relief from the Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 1534(a)(12) which states the entrance access driveway for a car wash shall not be located within 300 feet of the intersection of any two street lines. Due to the lot size and adjacent road layout, the site can not meet this requirement. Case No V-46-07: Alfred and Loretta Williams, property owners of Tax Map and Parcel 531 13.10 190, located on S. Bradford Street, are seeking relief from the Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 1559, Area and Bulk regulations for M-2 Heavy Industrial District. The owners propose to demolish an existing building and replace with a new metal building in the same location. Case No. V-47-07: Synetics Corporation, property owner of 123 Stein High-

way, are seeking relief from the Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 15-29 Uses by Right in C-1 to use the block building for four apartments and the existing residential structure as a duplex. C-1 does not permit residential uses. If any of these projects are of concern to you and you wish to present your position or evidence, please attend this meeting. You may have counsel attend on your behalf. Issued this 21st day of November 2007 pursuant to the Rules heretofore adopted by the City of Seaford. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager 11/29/1tc

NOTICE OF ZONING AS LARGE PARCEL DEVELOPMENT (LPDOD) OVERLAY DISTRICT AND APPROVING A MASTER PLAN BY THE TOWN OF LAUREL NOTICE OF ZONING AS LARGE PARCEL DEVELOPMENT (LPD-OD) OVERLAY DISTRICT AND APPROVING A MASTER PLAN of certain property located on the easterly side of the town, east of U.S. Route 13, Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware, being the lands of Samanda Properties Delaware II, LLC., Tax Map Parcel Numbers 2-32-12.00-65 & 74, containing approximately 77.56 +/- acres, known as Village Brooke East, by action of the Town Council of The Town of Laurel, Delaware, at its regular

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meeting on November 19, 2007. THE TOWN OF LAUREL BY: JOHN J. SHWED, MAYOR 11/29/1tc

LEGAL NOTICE ON DECEMBER 31, 2007 at 11:00 a.m., Laurel Storage Center, Road 468, Laurel, DE will conduct a sale pursuant to Title 25, DEL. C. ANN 4904-4905. The contents of the following bins will be sold: Bin’s #64 Letitia Davenport; #70 Susan Eudy; #195 Christina Espenlaub; #202 Williamanna Hill. BIDDERS: Call office on day of sale to confirm, (302) 875-5931. 11/29/2tc

CITY OF SEAFORD, DELAWARE ORDER OF DEMOLITION To: Mary Faist 312 Hickory Lane Seaford, DE 19973 Property: 312 Hickory Lane, Seaford, DE Tax Map and Parcel 5-31 13.09 39

PURSUANT TO THE CITY OF SEAFORD HOUSING CODE It is hereby ordered that the above described property is hereby ordered to be demolished within thirty (30) days of this Order due to the structure being so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use. Failure to comply with this demolition order within the time prescribed will re-

sult in the CIty demolishing the structure either through an available public agency or by contract with private persons and the cost of such demolition and removal shall be charged against the real estate upon which the structure is located and shall be a lien upon such real estate. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Joshua E. Littleton Building Official Dated: November 8, 2007 11/15/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Kenneth E. Riggins, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Kenneth E. Riggins who departed this life on the 19th day of October A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Letricia D. Tucker, Kenneth E. Riggins, Jr. on the 16th day of November, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executors without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executors on or before the 19th day of June, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Letricia D. Tucker 9062 Riverside Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 Kenneth E. Riggins, Jr. 36165 Robinhood Rd., Delmar, DE 19940 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/29/3tc



Title of publication: Seaford Star Publication number: 016-428 Date of filing: September 20, 2007 Frequency of issue: weekly Number of issues published annually: 52 Annual subscription price: $19 in county, $24 out of county, $29 out of state. Complete mailing address: Morning Star Publications Inc., 628 W. Stein Hwy., P.O. Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973-1000 Publisher: Bryant L. Richardson, 215 Elm Drive, Seaford, DE 19973 Owners: Bryant L. & Carol A. Richardson, 215 Elm Drive, Seaford, DE 19973; John Patrick Murphy, 28342 Discountland Road, Laurel, DE 19956; Mrs. Douglas J. Mordes, 901 Short Lane, Seaford, DE 19973; Christina M. Reaser, 34804 Susan Beach Road, Laurel, DE 19956.

Title of publication: Laurel Star Publication number: 016-427 Date of filing: September 20, 2007 Frequency of issue: weekly Number of issues published annually: 52 Annual subscription price: $19 in county, $24 out of county, $29 out of state. Complete mailing address: Morning Star Publications Inc., 628 W. Stein Hwy., P.O. Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973-1000 Publisher: Bryant L. Richardson, 215 Elm Drive, Seaford, DE 19973 Owners: Bryant L. & Carol A. Richardson, 215 Elm Drive, Seaford, DE 19973; John Patrick Murphy, 28342 Discountland Road, Laurel, DE 19956; Mrs. Douglas J. Mordes, 901 Short Lane, Seaford, DE 19973; Christina M. Reaser, 34804 Susan Beach Road, Laurel, DE 19956.

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PAGE 35 NOTICE Estate of Isabell Moore Bell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Isabell Moore Bell who departed this life on the 3rd day of November A.D. 2007 late of Bethel, DE were duly granted unto Timothy S. Miller on the 14th day of November, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 3rd day of July, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Timothy S. Miller 34313 Pepper’s Corner Rd. Frankford, DE 19945 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/29/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Donald R. King, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Donald R. King who departed this life on the 7th day of November A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Barbara L. Seidel on the 9th day of November, A.D. 2007, 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 7th day of July, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Barbara L. Seidel 1022 Radley Dr., West Chester, PA 19382 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/22/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Gladys R. Jackson, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Gladys R. Jackson who departed this life on the 28th day of September A.D. 2005 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Gerry J. Richards on the 2nd day of November, A.D. 2007, 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 28th day of May, A.D. 2006 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Garry J. Richards 1216 Silverthorne Rd., Baltimore, MD 21239 Attorney: Karl Haller, Esq. Haller & Hudson P.O. Box 533 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/15/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Alvin P. Lyons, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Alvin P. Lyons who departed this life on the 28th day of September A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Catherine Allen Lyons on the 1st day of November, A.D. 2007, 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. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Catherine Allen Lyons 2837 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: David W. Baker, Esq. P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/15/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Laura Celeste Jackson, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Laura Celeste Jackson who departed this life on the 13th day of October, A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Viola E. Cannon on the 7th day of November, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 13th day of June, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Viola E. Cannon 504 W. 7th Street, Laurel, DE 19956 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 11/15/3tc


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Health Peninsula Home Care celebrates home care month Each November, the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) celebrates National Home Health Care Month to honor health care administrators, nurses, therapists, clinicians and aides who make a remarkable difference in the lives of patients and their families. “Preserving Health Independence and Freedom” is the theme for this year’s celebration. With 77 million baby boomers only years from hitting retirement age and seniors numbering in the 35 million, a significant portion of the American population either is or will soon be evaluating their care options. Millions of Americans each year are successfully treated in the comfort of their own home when they are sick or recovering from a recent surgery. Caregiver and family training and support are a key element of home based care services. To manage cost and improve quality in a stressed healthcare delivery system we must continue to initiate greater support for health care providers that fall outside the scope of institutional care. A viable choice to meet an increased demand for cost-effective, quality home

care services is home health care. Personal preference, increased public awareness of the availability of home care services, cost-effectiveness and new technology have contributed to the growth of this home based service. When your mother, father, sister, brother and neighbor are struggling with a chronic illness, disability or recovering from a recent hospital or rehab stay professional caregivers can provide continued care within the walls of the patients own home. Home health care is often a continuation of recommended services from a recent hospitalization or rehab stay. Based at the Herring Run Medical Plaza, Peninsula Home Care, Seaford, is a Medicare Care Certified home care organization that provides comprehensive health services to patients and their families in the privacy of their own home. Our team of professionals provide services ranging from high tech nursing and medical care to basic assistance with therapists, occupational therapists, home care aides, social workers and administrative personnel, service the entire Sussex County region.

Depression support group in Laurel Stroke support group The Mental health Association in Delaware will be sponsoring a Depression Support Group in Laurel on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. The purpose of the Laurel Depression Support Group is to share experiences related to living and coping with depression. The group is confidential and offered at no charge. The MHA encourages anyone dealing with a depressive disorder to attend. Register by calling 800-287-6423. Peer support groups sponsored by Mental Health Association of Delaware are not intended to replace professional mental health treatment. To maintain the privacy of our members, MHA does not publish support group locations; locations are provided with registration.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer free monthly Stroke Support Group meetings designed for individuals who have survived a stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Sheila Brant and Joan Burditt, occupational therapists at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will facilitate the support group meetings. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 5121.

Daniel R. Yanicko Jr., M.D. Seaford Orthopedic Center 1309 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford, DE 19973 Phone 302-628-2500 Fax 302-628-2544 announces the closing of his Seaford, Delaware orthopedic medical practice and relocation out-of-state effective January 31, 2008. Current patients may call to pick up copies of their medical records until January 31, 2008.

The organization also has two additional branches, Peninsula Home Care, Salisbury, and Peninsula Home Care, The Pines, which service Wicomico, Somerset

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Back row from left are Holly Cay RN, Clinical Manager, Robyn Coughenour RN Branch Director, Dawn Davidson, Administrative Specialist/Office Manager, Lisa Jones RN, Scott Nerses Physical Therapist, Michele Bell Account Manager. Front row from left Shanna Walls, Administrative Specialist, Kate Zimmerman, Physical Therapy Assistant, Aleta Jones, Home Health Aide. Not pictured are Dawn Melvin RN, Lynn Defelice RN, Megan Keglovits, Occupational therapist.

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Experience has much to do with who we become By Anthony Policastro, M.D Much ado has been made about the process of cloning. The idea of cloning a human seems to scare people. However, we have had natural clones forever. We call them identical twins. One thing that is clear about twins is that they are very similar. Another is that they are also very different. There are many reasons for the differences. However, the main reason is that brain cells grow differently based upon the experiences that we have. Every infant’s brain has many brain cells. Those that are stimulated continue to grow. Those that are not stimulated die off. By three years of age, what cells remain is pretty much determined. Thus it is important for parents to expose their children to many varied things prior to that age.

That might include reading to them. They might not get the right training. That might include playing music for Their family may not live where there is them. That might include making sure a good trainer. they are physically Therefore these active. Olympians do not Finding out what your Everyone has necessarily reprecertain skills when the most talentchild is good at early in life sent they are born. Howed individuals. They ever, those skills represent the bestis important. Stimulating need to be nurtured. trained individuals. that skill throughout life is For example, Many years ago Olympic athletes school was for the important. Both of those represent the best in rich. It was for the their particular things require a lot of effort rich male. There event. What we ofwere probably many on the part of parents. ten forget is that individuals who they are the best were geniuses that trained at that event. never had the opportunity to go to There may be thousands of individuschool. als who have better skills than they do. They might have been poor and However, those individuals may not worked at the same trade as their partake up that sport. ents. They might have been slaves and

never had any opportunity. We are all born with a certain genetic makeup. Those genes predict what we will be good at. However, they also must be stimulated in order to have the brain cells for those skills grow. The stimulation needs to start as early in life as possible. This creates one of the biggest challenges for parents. Finding out what your child is good at early in life is important. Stimulating that skill throughout life is important. Both of those things require a lot of effort on the part of parents. Different approaches to identical twins in their early life helps show that indeed there are factors other than genetics that make us different. A clone will always be different than the original because of the differences in experience that exist for all of us.

LifeCare works to improve transitional experiences LifeCare at Lofland Park joined a statewide collaborative to improve a patient’s experience when transitioning from one health care setting to another. LifeCare is one of several agencies, including hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, and physician offices, that will be working together to improve the transitions a patient makes from entry into a hospital, transfer to a long-term care or rehabilitation facility, and then returning to home with or without home care. The Collaborative is being led by Quality Insights of Delaware, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the First State. The LifeCare team consists of Vicki Givens, administrator; Becky Patterson, director of nursing; Onna Outten, case manager; Christy Potter, admissions assessment coordinator; Kathy Hill, RN manager for Subacute; Deidre Weston, RN admission/discharge liaison; and Melissa Banks-Sockriter, RN BSN, education coordinator. The team recently attended the Improving Transitions of Care Collaborative Learning Session I in Dover, and displayed a storyboard about the facility.

The participants will meet three times, and conclude the collaborative in June 2008 with an Outcomes Congress. “We want to provide the best care possible for those in our facility and ensure a seamless transition to the next level, whether that be to home or another healthcare setting.” “This collaborative will allow healthcare organizations of all different types the ability to partner together and to improve quality as our common goal,” said Becky Patterson, director of nursing at LifeCare at Lofland Park. A collaborative is a systematic approach to healthcare quality improvement, in which providers test and measure innovations, then share their experiences to accelerate learning and implementation of best practices. Measurable objectives include reviewing the completion and timeliness in delivery of a patient’s discharge summary to his/her Community Primary Care Physician, patient discharge completion and understanding by the patient and family, and rate of return of the patient back to the hospital.

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings Residents living in and around the Seaford, community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or a serious bone fracture. Life Line Screening will be at Nanticoke Senior Center on Dec. 4. Appointments will begin at 8 a.m. A stroke, also known as a "brain attack," is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the leading cause of nursing home admissions. Screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They test for blocked carotid arteries, abdominal aortic

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New owner completes Seaford Center upgrades By Frank B. Calio The Seaford Center, a health facility in Seaford, unveiled their new look and new owners at a two-day open house last Wednesday and Thursday. Genesis Healthcare Corporation, which owned the Seaford Center, was acquired this May by Formation Capital and Jer Partners, for approximately $2.0 billion. Lon Kieffer, senior administrator for the Seaford facility for the past 10 years, said the new owners have spent $1.5 million dollars to renovate and upgrade all resident rooms including short-stay units with state of the art equipment. Pat Jimenez, who has been admissions director for 30 years, stated many amenities have been added including private showers, Internet access, plasma screen TVs, and cable and telephone hook-ups. Other improvements include upgraded medical equipment, all electric beds, new furniture in resident rooms and common areas. Also receiving upgrades are the dining room, living rooms, front lobby, and nurse’s stations. In all, 124 skilled beds and 19 assisted living units have been upgraded. Kieffer noted nursing homes are not just long care facilities or for retirement living anymore. “Fifty-five percent of our patients are peo-

ple who go home after 30 days,” he said. Because hospital stays are so short anymore, Kieffer says they are moved from the hospital to their short stay unit, “like trying to bridge the gap between the hospital and home,” he said. Kieffer, who owns the honor of having the longest tenure at the health facility, says the success of Seaford Center is his local team. “Our team is locally grown and committed. The core of our team grew up in this community and helps care for the community; we are taking care of our own families, our neighbors, and our friends.” He praised the longevity of his staff, which averages 12-15 years as proof of the dedication and sincerity. “At Seaford Center we have always bragged about ourselves from the inside out; you had to get to the heart and soul of who we are and what we do to appreciate our role in the community. We are proud of our new look,” Kieffer said. “Now with our renovations complete we can also brag about where we provide these services. Seaford Center has always been a great place to care and be cared for and now we show it on our sleeves not just in our hearts,” he added. The Seaford Center employees 150 and has an annual payroll of $6 million.

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Sussex Child Health Coalition celebrates one year anniversary Formed in 2006, the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition works to address issues impacting the health of children in Sussex County. With the now popular “5-21-Almost None” campaign, the coalition has accomplished a lot in a short time to make “Delaware’s children the healthiest in the nation.” On Thursday, Nov. 15, members of the coalition gathered at the Seaford Golf and Country Club to celebrate their one-year anniversary and honor several people. John Hollis, founding member of the coalition, and the group's fearless visionary, spoke on behalf of staff and volunteers thanking more than 125 partner organizations who have come together on behalf of Sussex County’s children. Among those attending the dinner were representatives of local school districts; Trinity Transport, Inc.; Discover Bank; The Banning Foundation;

Nemours Health and Prevention Services; Seaford and Laurel Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs; Darrell Meade of ASAP Printing; and staff members and volunteers who work on behalf of the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition. Hollis and the Birthday Planning Committee gave a special thank you to Peggy Geisler of PMG Consulting for her tireless efforts. Hollis also shared his thoughts on working in the local community and how we can harvest good news. “No social change comes about without the grassroots commitment to change, and this is what we have here in Seaford,” said Hollis. Hollis commented that the most valuable thing people can do to help others, especially children, in their communities is to “share your time and talents to improve the life of a child.”

John Hollis and members of the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition accepted the first Partner of the Year Award, “Champion for Children’s Health 2007,” at the birthday celebration held for the coalition on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Seaford Golf and Country Club.

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People Reaser, Williamson are married Catherine Ann Reaser of Seaford and Paul Wade Williamson of Seaford were married on Oct. 20, 2007, at Thee Wedding Chapel in Laurel. The bride is the daughter of Chris Jay and Christina M. Reaser, Laurel. The bridegroom is the son of Susan M. Rowe, Easton, Md., and Bruce Williamson, Bridgeville. The ceremony was performed by Rick Elzey. An organist provided by Thee Wedding Chapel performed the music. The bride wore a classic gown lent to her by her aunt, Carol Lang, that Lang wore for her wedding 30 years ago. Her matrons of honor were Carol James of Laurel and Charlene Reaser of Salisbury, Md., her sisters. Junior bridesmaids were her nieces, Makayla James of Laurel and Lyla Cornman of Salisbury;

and flower girls were her nieces, Haylee and Cadence James of Laurel. Best men were Mark Williamson of Easton, Md., and Carson Williamson of Bridgeville, brothers of the groom. A reception was held at the American Legion Hall in Laurel. Musical Memories provided music. The bride graduated from Laurel Senior High School, Laurel, and Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown. She is employed as a physical therapist assistant at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. The bridegroom is a graduate of Seaford Senior High School, Seaford. He is employed at Grottos Pizza, Seaford. Since their return from a honeymoon at Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford, Va., they are residing in Seaford.

Buechler family welcomes new daughter Vanessa Reneé Buechler was born on Oct. 5, 2007, at 7:34 p.m., at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. She weighed 6 pounds, 1.9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Vanessa Reneé is the daughter of Jonathan and Shannon Buechler of Centreville, Md. Her maternal grandparents are Lisa Warford of Newark, Md., and

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Joe Pete- Delmar- TE First team All-Conference

Blake Hare- Laurel- HB First team All-Conference

Justin Thomas- Delmar- FB/LB First team All-Conference

Billy Cropper- Delmar- OT First team All-Conference

Craig Thompson- Delmar- OG First team All-Conference

Seth Benson- Delmar- P First team All-Conference

Delmar running back Justin Thomas runs with the ball as his teammates help pave the way during last weekend’s state semifinal game in Delmar. Thomas ran for 102 yards and a touchdown in his final game as a Wildcat. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar falls to Hodgson, 2 2 - 1 4 , i n s t a t e s e m i f in a l s Wildcat offense unable to move the ball in defensive struggle By Mike McClure The second seeded Delmar Wildcats, who entered the game with a 10-0 mark, trailed third ranked Hodgson, 22-7, early in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s state semifinal game before scoring a touchdown with over four minutes left in the game. The homestanding Wildcats had one last chance to knot the score with under a minute left in the game before an interception ended Delmar’s season and sealed the Silver Eagles first ever Division II state championship berth. “We didn’t move the ball. They controlled the line of scrimmage. I’m real proud of our effort,” said Delmar head

coach David Hearn. “That’s a really good football team. They were well prepared and executed what they wanted to do.” Delmar opened the game with the ball and quickly moved into Hodgson territory on a 26-yard pass from Matt Campbell to Kerry King. Delmar power back Justin Thomas gained four yards on fourth and four from the Hodgson 40 but he fell inches shy of the first down and the Silver Eagles took over possession of the ball. Hodgson running back Jamaal Jackson raced 19 yards to the Delmar 43, Nick Tiberi gained 16 yards on the ground, and Jackson scored on a 28-yard touchdown Continued on page 45

Delmar’s Matt Campbell, Spencer Fothergill and Kerry King move in to tackle Hodgson’s Jamaal Jackson during last Saturday’s state semifinal contest in Delmar. The Silver Eagles avenged last year’s quarterfinal loss to the Wildcats with a 22-14 to advance to the Division II championship game against Caravel. Photo by Mike McClure


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Sean Carter of the Blue team looks to get past the Gold defense during the BlueGold Turkey Bowl game on Thanksgiving. Photo by David Elliott

Gold’s Jaylyn Magee looks upfield on a run during a Seaford Department of Recreation Turkey Bowl game last Thursday in Seaford. Photo by David Elliott

Christian Caredio of the Gold team runs with the ball during the SDR Blue-Gold Turkey Bowl game last Thursday. Photo by David Elliott

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Delmar running back Tevin Jackson fights for yardage during his team’s 22-14 loss to Hodgson in the state semifinals last weekend in Delmar. Photo by Daniel Richardson


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Chris Griffin takes over as Laurel boys’ basketball coach head coach- Christopher Griffin years coaching- 3 last year- 3-19 overall, 1-19 in conference returning players- seniors Cody Bristow (forward) and Lance Kelley (guard); juniors David Albert (forward), Carey Shelton (center), and Jernel Ross (guard) newcomers- juniors Dashawn Griffin (forward), Kline Valentin (forward), Rayshawn Feilder (center), Shannon Collins (forward/center), Treyon Parker (guard), Caleb Wilson (forward) team strengths- four returning starters concerns- lack of size key losses- Trent Passwaters outlook- “My outlook on the season is good if we come in and play hard every game,” said Griffin

Delmar varsity girls’ basketball team returns five players

Kerry King- Delmar- DB First team All-Conference

Tevin Jackson- Delmar- HB First team All-Conference

head coach- Shawn Larrimore years coaching- two last season- 3-17 overall returning players- senior Katie McMahon (guard); juniors Shannon Wilson (forward), Melanie Twilley (center), Lindsay Lloyd (guard), Deneen Trader (guard) newcomers- senior Alison Bloodsworth (point guard), sophomores Kelsey Lambrose (point guard) and Amanda Fields (center)

Justin Bradley is new Delmar varsity wrestling head coach head coach- Justin Bradley years coaching- first year as head coach, four years as assistant last year- 6-8 overall, 4-5 conference returning players- seniors Justin Thomas (189), Justin Perry (112), Joe Pete (171), Taylor Ballard (160) newcomers- many from a competitive MS program strengths- good senior leadership, good numbers (35-40) concerns- depth in all weight classes key losses- Darren Collins outlook- competitive in many weight classes

Delmar boys’ basketball team looks to gain experience

Matt Campbell- Delmar- LB First team All-Conference

David Hearn- DelmarConference Coach of the Year

Laurel Little League needs board members, managers Anyone interested in running for a board position please submit a letter of interest to Laurel Little League, P.O. Box 207, Laurel, Del. 19956. An election date will be posted in the near future. Also, any managers or coaches that wish to return are asked to submit a letter of interest before 12/23/07.

GIVING CHASE- Delmar’s Jeremy Layton and Cody Thompson look to tackle Hodgson speedster Jamaal Jackson during last Saturday’s state semifinal game in Delmar. Photo by Mike McClure

head coach- Garland Hayward years coaching- 27 assistant coaches- Ogia Miles, Larry Douglas, Dante Trader returning players- Seniors Fernandez Batson (guard/forward) and Kevin Ricketts (forward) newcomers- Seniors S. Slavens (center), Wayne Jones (forward/center); junior Kenny Smith (center); sophomores Jemel Jones (guard), Ravon Collins (guard/forward), Trea Spence (guard), B.J. Daniels (guard), Jared Johnson (center), and Robert Cottman (forward) strengths- speed, hustle, and strong desire to win weakness- lack of experience

Laurel Youth Sports basketball signups to be held at library Attention boys and girls in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades and seventh grade boys and girls not on the Laurel Middle School basketball teams: signups for the Laurel Youth Sports basketball league will be held at the Laurel Library. The cost is $25 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. The signups will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Any questions, please call Jeff or Marie Gordy at 875-7298.

MAKING THE SACK- Delmar senior Tyrone Greene hauls in Hodgson quarterback Jamie Treml during last Saturday’s state semifinal game. Greene recorded a pair of sacks in the Wildcats’ 22-14 loss. Photo by Mike McClure

MORNING STAR • NOV. 29 - DEC. 5, 2007


Delmar Sports Scene By Tommy Young

Delmar quarterback Matt Campbell rolls out before completing a pass to Kerry King as Craig Thompson (64), Taylor Ballard and the offensive line blocks during the Wildcats’ 22-14 loss to Hodgson in the state semifinals last Saturday in Delmar. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar football continued run on second and 15 with 6:48 left in the opening quarter. The Wildcat defense stuffed Jackson on the two-point run and the score remained 6-0. Delmar moved the ball to the Silver Eagle 38 on the next possession but Tevin Jackson was held for no gain on third and one and Hodgson recovered a fumble by Campbell on fourth down. Campbell and King stopped Tiberi after a one-yard gain on third and two from the 38. Jackson picked up one yard to keep the drive alive before Thomas hit quarterback Jamie Treml and forced a fumble which he recovered. Once again the Wildcats pushed the ball into Silver Eagle territory with Campbell completing a 15-yard pass to King and Jackson powering his way to a first down with a seven-yard run. Jackson was held to just three yards on fourth and six from the Hodgson 23 to give the ball back to the Silver Eagle offense. The Delmar defense held Hodgson and forced a punt, but the Wildcat offense gave the ball back as the Silver Eagles recovered a Delmar fumble on the Wildcat 38. A pair of Hodgson penalties, two incomplete passes, and a sack by Delmar senior Tyrone Greene forced another punt by Hodgson. The Silver Eagles got the ball back at the end of the first half following a Delmar punt. Greene sacked Treml again and the Wildcat pass rush put pressure on Treml, leading to an interception by Kevin Forse. Thomas ended the first half with a 21yard run as Hodgson took a narrow 6-0 lead into half-time. Thomas gained 36 yards, Jackson ran for 30 yards, and Campbell completed a pair of passes to King for 41 yards. Delmar’s defense held Hodgson in the opening possession of the second half thanks to stops by Taylor Ballard, Campbell, and Forse. Hodgson added to its lead on its next possession as Jackson followed up an 11-yard run by Tiberi with a 50-yard touchdown run. Treml completed a pass to Jamal Merrell for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. The Wildcats answered with a 58-yard touchdown run by Justin Thomas on the

first play of their next possession. Seth Benson added the extra point to pull Delmar within seven nine seconds after the Silver Eagles’ score. Greene, Jeremy Layton, and David Bradshaw recorded tackles as Delmar’s defense held tough despite allowing Hodgson to move the ball into Wildcat territory. Hodgson got the ball back on the Delmar 36 following a punt and opened the fourth quarter with first and goal from the four. Treml scored from three yards out and Jackson tossed a pass to Jamal Merrell for the two-point conversion to give Hodgson a 22-7 lead with 11:11 left in the game. Delmar was forced to punt on its next possession, but Bradshaw made a key fumble recovery to set up first and 10 from the 40. Campbell completed a 24yard pass to Jackson, had two runs for 10 yards, and completed a nine-yard pass to Jose Flores to set up fourth and one from the Hodgson 17. Jackson rumbled 13 yards for the first down and Campbell eventually found the end zone with a sixyard quarterback keeper on fourth and goal from the six. Benson booted the PAT to make it a one possession game (22-14) with 4:27 to go in the game. Delmar’s defense gave its offense one last chance as Fothergill held Hodgson’s Donnie Witte to a four-yard gain on third and 14 from the 49. Fothergill and Billy Cropper stopped Jackson one yard shy of a first down on fourth and two from the Delmar 47 and the Wildcats got the ball back with 31.4 seconds left. Campbell tossed the ball across field to Forse who fired downfield to King, but the first down pass was incomplete. Hodgson’s Bryan Reshetar intercepted Campbell’s desperation pass on the next play, sealing the Silver Eagles’ win. “They’re almost an overachieving team. They play with their heart on their sleeves all the time,” Hearn said of his team. “They made it exciting. It’s not our game to open up and throw the ball. Thomas had 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, Jackson was held to 48 yards rushing, and Campbell completed four passes for 74 yards. Hodgson will face top seeded Caravel in the Division II state championship game this Saturday at Delaware State University.

For the second time in the last two years, the Delmar High football team has entered the Delaware State Division II playoffs with a 10-0 record and made it to the semifinal game only to be eliminated by an upstate team. This time it was Hodgson who was the Blue Hen Conference Flight B Champion who also had a record of 10-0. Coach Hearn had gone up to watch Hodgson win their initial playoff game last week and said they were big and had two tall ends, 6’4”, and one good running back. Delmar handled the tall pass receivers pretty well, but their big line that outweighed the Delmar line by 20-pounds or more opened holes for Jamaal Jackson, their fast, hard running back, and he scored two touchdowns and set up the other one. This was the difference in the ball game. The Delmar line put up a gallant fight just as they have all year, but when your linebackers and defensive backs are making most of the tackles, it’s hard to keep the offense from moving down the field, especially when they have a running back like Jackson. Delmar could hardly move the ball at all in the first half as the defense kept them in the game, and the score was only 6-0 at half-time. In the second half, Hodgson drove down for their second score, but Delmar retaliated as Justin Thomas scampered 58 yards for a Delmar score. Then, in the final quarter, Hodgson moved down the field and scored their final score of the evening and added a two-point conversion. Again Delmar fought back as Matt Campbell completed several passes and then ran the touchdown in from six yards out, and Seth Benson’s extra point made the score 2214. Then, after holding Hodgson, who had to punt, Delmar took over deep in their own territory with only a few minutes to play and ran and passed the ball to get to the Hodgson 35-yard line where Campbell tossed a lateral to Kevin Forse who tried to hit Kerry King in the end zone, but the pass fell short. Then with 27 seconds to play, Campbell’s desperation pass was intercepted and Hodgson ran the clock out. I never read much in the program that had a lot of details about the playoff teams until I got home and noticed that Hodgson had wins over Salesianum, Concord (last year’s state champion) and

Brandywine. And after watching them play and seeing their record, I feel they may have a shot against Caravel, whom they will be playing in the finals this week. ASSISTS AND ERRORS- Congratulations to Danielle Twilley on being named to the Division III All-American field hockey team. She became the ninth Salisbury University Sea Gull to be named a two time first team All American. She helped lead the No. 2 Sea Gulls to a 20-2 record in 2007 where the Sea Gulls won 19 games in a row and won the 13th straight Capital Athletic Conference championship. Twilley was also named 2007 CAC player of the year. I remember when a few years ago when she was the youngest member of the group of girls from Delmar who were members of the Salisbury University National Championship team, and I named them “Fab Five.” You have come a long way, and best wishes in the future. I am still upset about the fiasco that occurred in the Delaware State field hockey playoff when Brandywine was chosen to play in the state finals against Tower Hill instead of Delmar. Both schools were defeated by Sussex Tech, but Brandywine and Delmar were awarded wins when DIAA found that Sussex Tech had used an ineligible player. Delmar had a better record than Brandywine and was ranked higher in the state standings, but the DIAA chose to let Brandywine instead of Delmar play Tower Hill for the championship. Do you suppose being from downstate had anything to do with their choice? It’s not the first time something like this has happened. The only satisfaction that the Delmar girls could possibly get out of this was that Tower Hill won the game. And as a final thought, I would like to thank Sean Maloney and his lovely wife, Melanie for transporting me to all of the away football games this past season. And the few times they could not do it, Jay Green filled in, and I want to thank him too as riding on these two lane country roads is not my cup of tea anymore. I hope Santa Claus comes to see you all. Seriously, you do not know how much I appreciate the ride, and I also enjoyed the company. (The typist is equally grateful to both the Sean, Melanie, and Jay.)

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Delmar senior Kerry King looks to gain additional yardage after making a catch last Saturday in the state semifinals. Photo by Daniel Richardson


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Laurel/Seaford Star sports predictions: week 13 College football- Pittsburgh at West Virginia- West Virginia 34-14- West Virginia will clinch a spot in the championship game with a blowout of rival Pitt. The Mountaineer offense is the most potent offense in college football. Mary Hardin-Baylor at Wesley- Wesley 35-31 University of Delaware at Northern Iowa- Northern Iowa 4228- Top seeded Northern Iowa, at home, will prove to be too much for the Hens. NFL- Buffalo at Washington- Buffalo 28-24 Seattle at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 21-17 New England at Baltimore- New England 42-17 Mike McClure- 7-1 High school playoffs- football- Division I championshiplast week, 77-31-1 Middletown vs. Sussex Central- Sussex Central 28-21 overall Division II championship- Hodgson vs. Caravel- Caravel 41-12 College football- Pittsburgh at West Virginia- West Virginia 49-17- West Virginia will see Missouri or Ohio State in the National Championship. Mary Hardin-Baylor at Wesley- Mary Hardin-Baylor 41-31Two evenly matched team, I will take the underdog. University of Delaware at Northern Iowa- University of Delaware 42-24- UD is unstoppable. They crushed Del. State on national television. NFL- Buffalo at Washington- Washington 28-13 Seattle at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 27-20- Hats off to Philly after the scare they gave New England on Sunday. Jesse Piquette- 5-3 New England at Baltimore- New England 56-3 last week, 67-41-1 High school playoffs- football- Division I championshipoverall Middletown vs. Sussex Central- Sussex Central 17-16 Division II championship- Hodgson vs. Caravel- Caravel 33-10 College football- Pittsburgh at West Virginia- West Virginia 35-10 Mary Hardin-Baylor at Wesley- Wesley 24-17 University of Delaware at Northern Iowa- University of Delaware 28-14 NFL- Buffalo at Washington- Buffalo 31-28- I have Lee Evans and Chris Cooley on my fantasy team, so I am hoping for a high score. Seattle at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 21-14- Philly suffered their most disappointing loss of the season last week. If New England had blown Philly away, I would not have been shocked, but to have the game won in the fourth quarter and then let it slip Daniel Richardson4-4 last week, 73-35away was very disappointing. 1 overall New England at Baltimore- New England 35-15 High school playoffs- football- Division I championshipMiddletown vs. Sussex Central- Sussex Central 28-21 Division II championship- Hodgson vs. Caravel- Caravel 28-14 Sports editor’s note: Send your week 14 predictions to sports editor Mike McClure at or 302-629-9243 (f) by Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Please include your name and phone number. Week 14 games- NFL- Chicago at Washington, New York Giants at Philadelphia, Indianapolis at Baltimore; College football- Wesley College vs. TBA, University of Delaware vs. TBA

The U-8 NYSA Jaguars soccer team, coached by Joe Ketterman, recently held its end of the season party at Pizza King in Seaford. The Jaguars are shown (l to r): front row- Allison Beard and Baylee Ketterman; middle row- Zach Adams, Zaire Smith, Christian Berger, Ged Pearson and Shane Collins; back row- Coach Joe Ketterman.

Delmar senior running back Justin Thomas gallops for a touchdown during his team’s 22-14 loss to Hodgson in the state semifinals last week. Photo by Daniel Richardson

Seaford Bowling Lanes Mardel ABC High games and series Edward Corbett 305 Mark Howard 780

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Delmar, Sussex Tech among teams in ‘07 Holiday Classic The 18th Annual Holiday Classic basketball tournament, sponsored by the Salisbury Lions Club, will take place Dec. 26-29 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury. Each of the 24 teams will compete for their bracket’s championship title. An Eastern Shore tradition, the Holiday Classic began as a showcase opportunity matching up the best teams from the Bayside Conference (Md.) and the Henlopen Conference (Del.). Now the tournament has grown to showcase some of the best teams from the Delmarva Peninsula alongside and against the best from the region. Along with local teams Delmar and Sussex Tech, the following teams will represent Delmarva: Snow Hill, Wicomico, Parkside, James M. Bennett, Mardela, Pocomoke, North Caroline, Cambridge Sourth Dorchester, Smyrna, and Dover. Regional teams from northern Delaware, western Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia include: Tower Hill, Douglass (Baltimore), Calvert Hall (Baltimore), Parkville (Md.), Eastern Tech (Baltimore), Walbrook (Baltimore), Northwestern (Hyattsville, Md.), Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.), Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.), Caesar Chavez Charter School (Washington, D.C.), Thurgood Marshall Academy (New York, NY), and Wilde Lake (Columbia, Md.). Admission to the Holiday Classic is $7 and children under six will be admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the gate and will be good for one full day of the tournament with the first tip off scheduled for noon. The Holiday Classic basketball tournament is sponsored by the Salisbury Lions Club in parnership with Dr. Pepper and Wicomico County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. For more information, contact Andy Wisk at 410-548-4914 or visit www.salisbury

Local high school grads’ Fall collegiate sports statistics Football- Marcus Morris, Sussex Tech, Wesley College- 12G, 25 solo tackles, nine assists; Eston Ennis, Laurel, Wesley College- 9G, 10 solo tackles, nine assists, one forced fumble; T.J. Jenkins, Sussex Tech, Wesley College- 7G, two solo tackles, five assists; Dale Rains, Woodbridge, Wesley College- 1G, one assist; Anton Ridley, Laurel, Villanova University- 10G, 16 catches, 177 yards, one TD; Brandon Hudson, Sussex Tech, Delaware State- nine punt returns for 128 yards, 13 kick returns for 335 yards and a touchdown, 14 solo tackles, nine assists, one fumble recovery for 10 yards and a touchdown; Gabe Ellis, Delmar, Frostburg- 9G, 31 solo tackles, 34 assists, .5 sacks, one forced fumble; Jason Layton, Delmar, Methodist University- 8G, nine carries for 10 yards; Alan Preston, Delmar, Methodist University- 1G, one sack, one forced fumble; Tyler Downes, Delmar, West Chester-12G, 58 solo tackles, 31 assists, one sack, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles Field hockey-Lauren Correll, Sussex Tech, Salisbury University- 22G, 21 goals, three assists, 45 points; Danielle Twilley, Delmar, Salisbury University- 22G, 15 goals, five assists, 35 points; Bethany Pavlik, Sussex Tech, Delaware Valley- 20GS, 20 goals, 10 assists, 50 points; Lindsey Collison, Woodbridge, Shenandoah- 11GS, two goals, one assist, 11 points; Caitlin Morris, Seaford, Shenandoah- 9GS, no goals; Claire Rekitzke, Seaford, York College- 21G, 19GS, 66GA, 161 saves; Candace Gaull, Laurel, Washington College- 17GS, 11 goals, seven assists, 29 points; Boys’ soccer- Josh Scotton, Delmar, Salisbury University- 5G, one save, no goals allowed; Mitch Fryling, Seaford, Neumann College- 18G, 14GS, one assist, one point Girls’ soccer- Jerilyn Idler, Woodbridge, Virginia Wesleyan- 18G, two goals, five assists, nine points Cross country- Rebekah Ricksecker, Sussex Tech, Liberty University- 52nd, 21:43, NCAA Southeast Regional championships Joleen Schilling, Delmar, Wesley College- top time 2:35 at CAB; 40th at conference meet, 25:06 Volleyball- Ashley Hearn, Epworth Christian, Wesley College- 79G, 34 kills, 509 assists, 52 aces, 162 digs,12 blocks

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Returning starters, key newcomers look to lead Lady Bulldogs to title By Mike McClure Laurel girls’ basketball coach Kevin Walmsley, in his second season as the team’s head coach, will look to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a second straight Henlopen South team this season. “Overall I’m pleased. I’m pleased with their work ethic,” said Walmsley. “I enjoy coaching this team. The girls are so coachable. They just want it so bad.” Gone from last year’s team, which went 13-11 overall and 10-0 in the Henlopen South, are graduates Twyla Hill (second team all-conference and Tiffany Evans and Kenisha Wilson, who moved to Georgia. Returning for the Bulldogs are juniors Tykia Briddell (guard), Sharay Smith (forward), Diane Paul (forward), Morgan Johnson (guard), Twila McCrea (forward) and sophomores Tomorrow Briddell (guard), Mariah Dickerson (forward), and Kiesha Oney (forward). Tomorrow Briddell was named first team all-conference last season while her sister, Tykia, received honorable mention. “She’s (Tykia) the heart and soul of this team. She is the most competitive person with natural leadership skills that I have ever been around in 15 years of coaching basketball,” said Walmsley. “Tomorrow has grown even more as a leader.” The two siblings, along with Sharay Smith are the team’s returning starters. All three will be looked to for leadership. Laurel’s newcomers are senior Kelsy Gordy (center); sophomore Brooke Evans (guard); and freshmen Alexis Hunt (guard), Aneela Anjum (guard), Kierra Johnson (guard), and Aireel Taylor (guard). Evans transferred from Delmar and will play the two guard while Gordy, who returns to the team after a one year absence, will look to fill Wilson’s shoes. Walmsley sees the team’s work ethic,

speed, experience, and point guard (Tomorrow Briddell) as its strengths. Filling the center position is a concern entering the season with Gordy, Dickerson, and Paul looking to fill the void. According to Walmsley, Seaford and Milford will be the teams to beat in the Henlopen South. This season Henlopen South girls’ teams are not required to play Henlopen North teams. The Bulldogs will still face Sussex Tech, Polytech, Smyrna, and Sussex Central in non-conference contests. Laurel opens the season at home against Delmar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 before hosting Milford on Friday, Dec. 9. All varsity home games will begin at 6 p.m.

The Seaford Department of Recreation will hold registration for the following winter sports programs: Basketball- boys ages 8-10 and 11-13 and girls ages 8-13. The cost is $20 which includes a shirt. Player must sign up by Dec 7. Jr. Jordan Clinic- boys and girls in K-third grade- The cost is $5 and is every Saturday in January at Frederick Douglass. Players must register by Dec 29. 6 and 7 year old- boys and girls basketball- The cost is $20 and includes a shirt.

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See next week’s Stars for more 2007-08 winter sports previews.

Jamar Beckett- Sussex Tech- DL First team All-Conference

George Godwin- Tech- LB First team All-Conference

Sean Hopkins- Sussex Tech- DB First team All-Conference

Laurel junior Tykia Briddell, shown in action last season, is one of three returning starters for the defending Henlopen South champs. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford Department of Recreation to hold winter registration

Seaford/Laurel Star sports section has a new e-mail address

David Ricksecker- Tech First team All-Conference

Five local field hockey players named first team all-state Delmar’s Alison Bloodsworth, Lindsay Lloyd, and Shannon Wilson; Seaford’s Kelsey Riggleman; and Sussex Tech’s Ellen Rowe were named first team all-state for the ‘07 field hockey season. Sussex Tech head coach Nancy Tribbitt was also named coach of the year. Sussex Tech’s Maxine Fluharty and Delmar’s Katie McMahon were named to the second team and Delmar’s Maribeth Beach received honorable mention.

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Four girls come away from pageants with titles

Front, from left: Jenna Beard, Little Miss Sussex County, and Jenna Hudson, Juvenile Miss Sussex County. Back, Cassidy Seabolt, Miss Sussex County’s Outstanding Teen, and Caitlyn Hitchens, Junior Miss Sussex County

On Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18 contestants competed in pageants for four division titles. The new 2008 Sussex County title holders are: Jenna Beard, Little Miss Sussex County 2008; Jenna Hudson, Juvenile Miss Sussex County 2008; Caitlyn Hitchens, Juvenile Miss Sussex County 2008; and Cassidy Seabolt, Miss Sussex County’s Outstanding Teen 2008. Congeniality award winners went to: Kelsey Kormanik, Little Miss division; Amberlie Rice, Juvenile Miss division; Caitlyn Hitchens, Junior Miss division and Bethany Redman, Teen division. First runner-ups in each age division were: Jade Taylor, Little Miss division; Sydney Beard, Juvenile Miss division; Jackelyn Toggart, Junior Miss division; and Ashley Bice, Teen division. To learn more about the Sussex County Pageant and the title holders visit

MESSICK FAMILY WELCOMES BABY BOY - Philip and Karen Messick of Forest Hill, Md., announce the birth of their son, Emery Foster Messick. Emery was born on June 26, 2007, at 7:58 p.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 and 1/2 inches long. His paternal grandparents are Danny and Janet Messick of Seaford. His maternal grandparents are Eugene and Barbara Logan of Seaford, and the late Chester Baltz of Seaford.

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Applications are available for the Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2008 Pageant, Sunday, April 20, at the Centre for the Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, Georgetown. The pageant is part of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, an affiliate of the Miss America Organization, and is the official state preliminary for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. The winner will be crowned by Chelsea Betts, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2007, and will represent Delaware at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in August 2008 in Orlando, Fla. She will also receive a $1,500 savings bond. Savings bonds will also be awarded to the four runners-up, non-finalist talent winner, non-finalist interview winner, and the scholastic achievement winner. Contestants must be 13 by April 20, 2008, and no older than 17 as of Aug. 31, 2008. They must have resided in Delaware for six months, be enrolled at an accredited public, private or home schooling program; be a US citizen; and be ineligible to compete in the Miss Delaware 2008 Pageant. For details, visit or call Georgeann White at 934-9797.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holiday season is upon us. Before you know it, we'll be welcoming in the new year. For now, racing has ended at the Delaware Motorsports Complex. March, which starts the U. S. 13 Dragway quarter mile action, isn't far away. The U. S. 13 Kart Club returns to racing in March and the need for speed will be in full swing for oval fans by April, which signals the beginning of half mile oval racing. The Delaware International Speedway ended the year with the Delaware Sate Dirt Track Championship big two day event on Nov. 3-4. Competing divisions brought fans some good racing. The Saturday day show sported the powerful Small Block Modifieds, along with the fast URC Racing Sprints, and, a blast from the past, with some hard racing by the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Club. Mike Isles of Medford, N.J., picked up his first-ever Delaware State Dirt Track Small Block Modified Championship on Saturday. In addition to the purse, drivers could also enter an additional gamblers fee. With the fee, Iles was awarded $4,500 purse with $940 dollars in lap money for a total of $5,440 for the 50 lap event. Second through fifth were Craig VonDohren (1C), Richie Pratt Jr. (28), Duane Howard (4), and Wade Hendrickson (85). The Small Block division had 44 cars for 30 spots with five taken out of four heats and five out of two consi's races. Heat winners were Iles (711), Brad Brightbill (19), Wade Hendrickson (85), and Shawn Reimert (41) with Mike Gular (53) and Keith Hoffman (51) taking the consolation win. Locals Norman Short Jr. (8M) finished 25th, and H J Bunting III (91) finished


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pulling away the entire race on restarts; Sammons was running him down. On the restart of lap 22, West was leading but Sammons was faster in the restart. The two rode wheel to wheel down the backstretch on lap 23. The track was slick but smooth all day. The two drag raced to turn three, with West protecting the inside line forcing Sammons to take a risk to try the outside lane. Sammons drove his #79 Sprint to the outside just hoping the car would stick. It was now or never to try this brave move. Sammons went into turn three dead even with West. Sammons' car gripped the track making his move to pass West in turn four from the outside. The fans were on their feet to witness this courageous finale. Sammons also won the LikeWise Construction Fast Time of the night with a 16.677 seconds and 107.933 mph on lap 24. Sammons was the 20th different driver of the year out of 28 events. The remaining top five were Randy West (17), Becca Anderson (17), Michael Carber (5G), and “The Pink Panther” Kramer Williamson (73). Three heats were held and the winners were Randy West, Jamie Bodo, and Josh Weller. The URC Series ended the points race with this last competition. The URC Champion was Curt Michael taking his second championship in a row. The Little Lincoln’s finished their points battle with the last race of the season on Saturday. The club brought great racing each and every time. Rookie John Stevenson earned his first career win and the 2007 Delaware State Dirt Championship Little Lincoln title. The ending top five were Duke Walsen (9), Emory West (7X), Pat McNeal (00), and Bobby Williamson (41). The championship was a battle between the top three all season long; single digits separated first, second, and third place winners. The championship goes to 2005 Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car champion, Bill Brittingham (4) of Felton. The other top

two in points were Jamie Wagner (3) with 20 points between him and the champion. Pat McNeal (00) finished third with only two points away from second and 22 shy of the championship. For more information on the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Club, visit Sunday began with the 50 lap Big Block feature with Jimmy Chester of New Field, N.J. (44C). Heats were run for 49 stock cars competing for 30 positions. The heat winners were Jimmy Chester, Mike Iles (79), and John Willman (91). The two consi’s were won by Ricky Johnson (69) and David Vanhorn Jr. (71). Iles had a good starting spot but luck wasn’t on his side on Sunday when he had a tire blow on the backstretch of lap 47. The 2007 Delaware Dirt Track Late Model Championship went to Roy Deese, Jr (05) of Laurel, Md. Deese did not pay the “gamblers fee” before qualifying and lucked out on some extra bucks. 43 late models bided for the 30 starting positions. The remaining top five were Rob Schirmer (118), David Pettyjohn (80), Dave Hertz (15) and Randy Stoudt (118M). Heat winners went to Jerry Wierman (65), Kenny Pettyjohn (38S), Jamie Lathroum (6), and Chuck Schultz (ONE). The consolation races were won by Trent Collins (5) and Ray Kable Jr. (90K). Ten time champion Kenny Pettyjohn seemed to be the car to beat after leading the first 18 laps. The feature was under caution when KP stopped on the front straight away and between the infields to have a safety crew member work on his fender. Where KP stopped was still considered to be on the track. A car cannot stop on the track under caution, only in the infield or pits so KP was told by track officials to start at the rear of the field. KP elected to go the pits instead. The feature fast lap was won by David Hill with 18.352 seconds and 98.082 mph on lap 31. The remaining support divisions were not a disappointment. The AC Delco TSS Modified Delaware State Dirt Track Championship went to Chad Clark, who


also earned his second state championship title in a row. This was Clark’s first year in the division and he finished fourth overall in the track's points. John Curtis (17), Bobby Watkins (4), Tim Trimble (21), and John Wynn (79) rounded the top five of the 25 lap feature. Heat winners were Clark, 2007 DIS Track Champion Brad Trice (33), and Jerry Carter II (46). The Modified Lite Delaware State Dirt Championship went to Kevin McKinney (V75) of Dover. The top five were Brandon Dennis (10), Tim White (93), Ryan Charland (10C), and the 2007 DIS Track Champion Steve White (93X). The Street Modified/TSS Late Model feature was won by one of the youngest rookies of the year - 14-year-old Tyler Reed (44) of Laurel, won the 25 lap feature. Reed drove a flawless race to earn his first Delaware State Dirt Championship title. Reed’s first year in this class gave him a 12th place finish in overall points. Reed ran micros in his prior racing divisions before coming into the crate class. The top five in the feature event went to Herb Tunis (5), veteran Hal Browning (55), Jamie Eichholz (28) and the 2007 DIS Track Champion of Jack Mullins Jr. (1). Heat winners were Reed and Joe Warren. The Dragway banquet will be held on Feb. 1, 2008 and the Speedway on Feb. 2, 2008, at Dover Hotel and Casino. For times, prices, and tickets for each track, call 875-1911 or visit The U. S. 13 Kart Track Club will have their banquet on Feb. 2, 2008, in Laurel, at the Firehouse. Tickets are on sale; check for more information and contacts. The club currently has a raffle for a gokart, which includes the body, motor mount, seat, and wheels, to be given away at the banquet. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bryan Bradford at 410-251-6450 or Richard Pearson at 302-349-5169. The Kart Club will have a meeting for all members on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 p.m., at the VFW in Millsboro. Congratulations to Jimmy Johnson who claimed the NASCAR Nextel Champi-

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Letters to the Editor Discovery equaled positive change

It was with much sadness that I read of the cancellation of the plans David Horsey, et al., had to develop property recently annexed along Rt. 13 north of Laurel, and this due to a few who oppose positive change for this community. I grew up and have lived in Laurel most of my life, and I do not understand the mind set of the people of Laurel, or the surrounding area of Laurel, that makes them so resistant to positive change and improvement in this community. There was a time when if you couldn’t find “it” at a Laurel business, then you didn’t really need “it” — whatever “it” was. Our downtown shopping area was thriving though small. Now, there are few choices. Downtown Laurel for the most part does not exist. There are mostly empty streets and vacant stores and those seem to be deteriorating at an alarming rate. At one time, Laurel was the first choice of businesses that were looking for a location to conduct business in (the DuPont company wanted to locate here and instead went to Seaford because the people in Laurel did not want the changes that would accompany that facility). Nothing has changed in that respect. What was once a large and thriving community is now nearly a ghost town and the people who live here no longer work here. To purchase anything, for the most part, one must shop elsewhere. With such a small tax base, the schools are suffering because there is little money to support them and keep them the quality schools they once were. Sussex County is a booming area. People are coming to Sussex County from all over to retire here, to vacation here, but it would seem Laurel is going to miss out on its share of that boom. Laurel has become the place to pass by or pass through, not the place to stop and settle in, to stop and shop, to stop and do anything. There was a time when Laurel was a good place to live, to raise children, to put down roots. Those days are long gone and shame on the people in the Laurel area for allowing Laurel to become what it has become over the years. You don’t want change? Well, change is happening and not positive change to my way of thinking. Linda Kittlittz


State rep thanks people for meeting

I wanted to take a moment to thank all those involved in the Short Coffee Break meeting I had on Nov. 15. The meetings are intended to give residents of the 39th Representative District a regular chance to speak with me, face-toface, over a free cup of coffee about whatever is on their minds. With the holidays already upon us, this was the last Short Coffee Break that I’ll be holding prior to the General Assembly returning to action in January. The next meeting will likely be held in February. I also wanted to thank the management and staff at the Pizza King restaurant (300 W. Stein Highway in Seaford) for hosting the meeting and providing its usual firstrate service.

As always, any resident of the 39th District who needs my help can contact me by phone (629-6525) or via e-mail at State Rep. Dan Short

39th District Seaford

Dinner benefited preschool

It's hard to put into words our sincere thanks for the tremendous support that was given at the recent spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit St. John’s Preschool. The event was a huge success, netting just over $5,000 for the school. This would not have been possible without the support of our preschool parents as well as the support of the community. First, thank you to our wonderful preschool parents who organized the event, solicited donations and did countless little jobs to help things run smoothly. Second, thank you to Leigh Ann Parks and Susan Michels, who did an outstanding job running the kitchen. Thank you to Karen Handy, Janet Hackett, Shannon Lovelace and Dottie Collins, who led our children's activities. A special thanks goes out to the Seaford High School jazz band, Miss Amanda Jones and Pastor Chris Pennington for providing wonderful entertainment. Thank you to the wonderful people of the Seaford High School Key Club and volunteers from the Sussex Academy of Arts and Science who volunteer their services to help with the event each year. Thank you to Bob Freeborn who is the glue that holds us all together. Bob knows how to get things set up and organized. Thank you to a wonderful preschool staff who offers their support and help in running the event. Lastly, thank you to each business in the community who generously supported our school. St. John's Preschool is committed to offering developmentally appropriate values-rich programs for preschool age children in a safe, nurturing environment. Our staff is committed to excellence in developing and implementing high quality programs. Thank you to each person and business whose support enables us to accomplish these goals. Connie Halter

Preschool Administrator, St. John’s Preschool Seaford

Bennett to be parade grand marshal

The Seaford Christmas parade is an event that everyone will enjoy. The parade is on Saturday, Dec. 1. It begins at 7 p.m. Last year, the Seaford Christmas parade was the biggest one on Delmarva. It looks like this year’s parade is going to be just as big, and just as much fun. The theme this year is Jingle Bell Time. We have lots of different kind of entries. There are churches, civic groups, elected officials, fire companies, businesses and car and cycle clubs. This year we have six schools that are going to be in the parade. The American Legion, VFW and NJROTC will all have color guards. We are proud to announce that this year’s grand marshal is Spuck Bennett. He has helped the community for many years, and in many ways. Just for the Christmas parade, he provides the registration trailer,

the judge’s stand, the sound system, the vehicle for Seaford officials and more. Christmas is the time for giving, and Spuck gives all year long. It is not too late to sign up to be in the parade. That includes all categories, even school bands and fire companies. We have the entry form and rules on the internet. The Web address is You can fill out the entry form online. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 629-9173, or 628-2828. We can fax or mail you an entry form. You can even pick up a printed copy of the entry form at Seaford City Hall, Dick’s Barber Shop, Fantasy Beauty Salon, or at Harley Davidson of Seaford. We need your help to have the parade. The donations are coming in, and every dollar you give puts us closer to our goal. We are not quite there, so keep the donations coming. Please make checks payable to Downtown Seaford Association. You can drop off the donations to any of the locations mentioned above where entry forms are available. If you prefer, you can mail your donation to the Downtown Seaford Association, PO Box 12, Seaford, DE 19973. Your generosity is helping us to have not only the biggest, but perhaps the best Christmas parade on Delmarva. Frank Raskauskas

Christmas Parade Committee Downtown Seaford Association Seaford

School gets weather station

As the Laurel School District math/science specialist, I would like to make the Laurel community aware of new technology installed at Laurel Middle School. The News Journal newspaper donated several weather stations to middle schools across the state, and I secured one of those weather stations for our eighth-grade science teacher, Terry Phelps. The weather station was recently installed and weather data is now available on a popular weather Web site. This availability is not the most important feature, however. The weather station provides real time data for students while they are studying the eighth-grade weather unit, and also provides data to our first graders when they are studying weather patterns at the beginning of the year. This donation is really exciting for our students as well as for the community. Chantel A. Janiszewski

Math/Science Specialist Laurel Middle School Laurel

This is National Education Month

A teacher — Teaches courses needed to succeed in the grown-up world Educates so the world will become a better place Advises to those who need guidance Counsels those who are in doubt Helps students when they are stuck on a problem Encourages our children to do their best Respects and teaches our future leaders respect for others and themselves This November is National Education Month. The American Legion, Post 19, and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary,

Unit 19, join together to thank all of our teachers from Laurel for the love and support they give to our children, the future leaders of this town, state and nation. Their efforts will produce some of the great leaders, caretakers, business managers and teachers of tomorrow. There is no limit to what teachers can obtain when they set out to educate our children. All the residents of Laurel, please, join the Legion and Auxiliary Unit 19 in honoring our teachers, facility, and staff for the time they devote to our children and our future. Connie Nichols


Discovery Project was visionary

I am dismayed by the apparent massive reduction in scope of the visionary Discovery Project. This large concept would have brought significant expansion of housing, revenue sources for town government and shopping and entertainment venues. However, by far the biggest loss is the economic impact the Discovery Project would have made in our area. Thousands of potential jobs will not be created for our future high school and college graduates wishing to stay in this area. Decades ago, somnolent Laurel declined the invitation to be the site of duPont’s revolutionary nylon production facility, much to the benefit of Seaford. Laurel slowly sank into an economically stagnant decaying community. The Discovery Project represented our next great chance at growth. A small but vocal group, many of whom are non-Laurel residents, opposed the expansion. Their leadership is now crowing about the “sun shining a little brighter in Sussex County” and refers to the Discovery Project as “a hideous blight on our town and county.” How narrowminded, selfish and short-sighted SCOLDM and its advocates are. If, by any chance, any of this misguided non-resident faction seeks assistance from the town of Laurel, I hope our mayor and council, fire and police departments, etc., may be a little slow responding, if at all. James P. Waddel


Bike-a-thon benefits St. Jude

The Seaford Kiwanis Club and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital want to extend a special thank you to a lot of people during this holiday season. The Seaford community recently completed our 21st annual bike-a-thon by collecting over $3,000. There were great organizations such as Trinity Transport, Morning Star Publications, Kiwanis Club and Seaford Rotary who contributed, while there were many families who rode in the event as well as collected money. We wish to congratulate Bobby Clagg and Cohen Davis for being the top fundraisers this year. Again thank everyone who participated, donated, and assisted with this worthy event. Each of you really knows the true meaning of Christmas. Ron Breeding

Bike-a-thon coordinator Seaford


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VOLUNTEER PAINTERS - Members of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America Lower Shore Chapter were at the Hope House in Laurel to give the interior a new coat of paint. This group has volunteered to paint the shelter for the last four years. Front: John Bennett and Mike Bennett of John Bennett Inc., Bill Bradford of George Miles and Buhr, Gina Lolsch of McCormick Paints. Back: Mark Alexander of Mark Alexander Inc., club president, Earl Johnson of Earl’s Custom Painting and Joshua Hale of Trinity Painting. Photo by Pat Murphy

ANOTHER OLD BUILDING GONE - Above, Atlantic Demolition moves in to take down the old factory and antique store on Delaware Avenue on Monday. In the below photo, the demolition is well under way. The building started out as the Tobias Underwear Company around 1900 and has been in use ever since. Photos by Pat Murphy

Glimpse of the past

A youthful Ronnie Waller in his penny loafers takes a moment from class in Laurel High School in this 1946 photo. Waller went on to star in football at the University of Maryland and professionally with the Los Angeles Rams. Photo courtesy of Kendal Jones

GETTING IN THE SPIRIT - Kenny Hastings, center, of Laurel makes the first donation for the annual Good Samaritan Christmas fund drive. With him are Doug Bounds, left, of Laurel Food Lion, and Dale Boyce, right, of the Good Samaritan organization. Last year, more than $10,000 was collected in the drive and used to help needy families. Photo by Pat Murphy

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Members of Congress receive unbelievable salaries, perks These are the days when it is almost impossible to pick up a newspaper or magazine, turn on the television or radio, or even check the incoming e-mail on a personal computer, and not hear, read or see something about the presidential election and those who seek nomination for this office. By the time the elections finally arrive, many will just forget about taking the time to go to the polls and vote. We listen to the nominees on television, see them on every conceivable television show, read about them in every printed page of newsprint from the New York Times to sleazy papers that are sold at newsstands. We listen to them rattle on and on about what they can each do for our nation, how they will handle any given situation from trimming our toenails to directing those men and women serving this nation in the Armed Forces. Some of what they say is almost as ridiculous as the toenail bit. A recent worldwide publication summed up what is probably the main reason for so many candidates wanting the top job in our nation. Many, perhaps most, of the candidates are already members of Congress. According to the well-read publication, the members of the Congress are already receiving unbelievable perks. Mr. Average American cannot imagine just what or how much some of these perks involve. There are millions of people in this nation without any type of health care. Costs increase almost daily for the average man and many are forced to decide between putting bread on the table or paying the increased amount required monthly to cover health care costs for the family. None of us will argue that being a member of Congress is not a time consuming and wearying job. But to a man or woman making minimum wage or less and trying to feed a family, that $165,200 annual salary sounds like a million bucks. The same problems face those on fixed incomes. Mr. and Mrs. Average American must pay for health care and food, housing, clothing, and gasoline, insurance and all the other daily costs involved in living each and every day. Federal workers, members of Congress and their dependents are eligible for Fed-

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LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Some Thanksgiving holiday notes are still trickling in, and I have recently learned several items concerning the same. One was that David, Celeste and Rider Lewis of Chicago came to spend a few days, including that big feast day, with Celeste’s parents, Robert and Billie Jane Wheatley in Bethel. Then, from Glen Bernie, Md., were Betty Bragg, Donnie Dwyer and family, and from Gainsville, Va., were Michael Matalone, wife Deborah and grandchildren, who stayed in Bethel for the holiday weekend with the Darrell Meades. As you now know, the Meades often make this newsletter since they have extensive family ties and consequently lots of company quite frequently. Insley Fowler was home for the holiday and entertained her friend Brittany Stewart from Nashville, Tenn. The girls, I understand, met on a trip sponsored by the Odd Fellows Lodge in Laurel, when they were 16. They became true friends then and have kept in touch ever since. This weekend they stayed with Insley’s parents, Ned and Norma Jean Fowler. Christine and Bob Hallings spent Thanksgiving with their daughter Susan and her husband, Dean, in Nottingham, Pa. “For once, I didn’t have to cook!” Christine told me. One of Laurel’s Red Hat group, the Lunch Bunch, wishes a very happy birthday to its newest member, Ruth Hickman, who will celebrate her day on Nov. 30. This same group of ladies will observe their annual Christmas festivities at the Fountains restaurant in Salisbury with lunch, followed by their posing for a formal portrait taken on the Fountain’s grand staircase. The December birthday celebrant for the Lunch Bunch is Ginny Little. Judy and Steve Vickers and sons, Brian and Steven, attended the wedding of Brian Hiller and Hannah Oden in Monroe, La., on a recent weekend. Following the wedding and reception, they spent a few days touring New Orleans and while there stayed in the French Quarter.


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Injured veterans are entitled to keep signing bonuses Americans can be great patriots, but they have short memories, and RANK ALIO they are hot and cold on the issues. Remember the tragic 9/11 event? Instead of the government Stores couldn’t keep anything in stock with an American flag writing off the $2,800 stamped on it, from toes to the tops, balance due him as a and flags were impossible to find. American flags were atop autothank you for his mobiles, replacing football flags, sacrifices as a patriotic and old patriotic songs, especially “God Bless the USA” by Lee soldier, the government Greenwood, topped the charts once wants its money back. again. No matter what event you went to you could count on hearing that song as many listened with The current patriotic trend is toward the tears rolling down their cheeks. war in Iraq. Many automobiles feature a We were mad; no one would attack ribbon or two on the trunk or on the side America and get away with it. George which state, “Support our Troops.” Bush’s approval ratings were at their highBush and his right wing supporters say est and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani if you don’t support the war you are not became an overnight hero across the coun- supporting our troops, which is purely hog try. wash; one has nothing to do with the other. Osama Bin Laden was a household You can support our troops, but not the word, the number one fugitive; he would mission. become dead meat, according to our presiBecause of the growing reluctance of dent. young Americans to join the military, cash While we will never forget that tragic money was offered in the form of bonuses day, a lot has changed. You can purchase to encourage enlistment. an American flag anytime you want. For The lure of cash up front attracted the most part, you don’t see them on cars many, especially struggling young men now. A few hang on, tattered, and once in and women, single or those struggling to a while you’ll see a Confederate flag. raise a family. Today Bush’s ratings are at their lowest Certainly those checks were cashed and Congress’s ratings are even lower. upon receipt to catch up on bills, or to buy That fugitive is still out there and I have that large purchase previously out of sight. my doubts that the search for him is as agMany military members are returning gressive as it was the day after 9/11. home maimed and have been asked to








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Seven-Day forecast for Western Sussex County Thursday



Tides Sunday




Rather cloudy and milder

Plenty of sunshine

Mostly sunny


Times of clouds and sun

A bit of snow and rain at times

Partly sunny and cold








Almanac Temperatures

Precipitation . 72° . 26° . 56° . 35° 48.2°

Total for the week . . . . . . . . . . 0.02” Total for the month . . . . . . . . . . 0.81” Normal for the month . . . . . . . . 2.86” Total for the year . . . . . . . . . . 29.04”

Smyrna 56/33 Dover 58/33

Apogee and Perigee

Date December 6 December 22 January 3 January 19

Time 11:55 a.m. 5:12 a.m. 3:07 a.m. 3:40 a.m.

Apogee Perigee Apogee Perigee

Date January 30 February 13 February 27 March 10

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Rise .6:59 a.m. .7:00 a.m. .7:01 a.m. .7:02 a.m. .7:03 a.m. .7:04 a.m. .7:05 a.m.

Last Dec 1

Milford 58/33 Greenwood 58/34

Lewes 58/34

Bridgeville 59/32

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Set .4:42 p.m. .4:42 p.m. .4:42 p.m. .4:41 p.m. .4:41 p.m. .4:41 p.m. .4:41 p.m.

New Dec 9

Moon Rise Thursday . . .10:13 p.m. Friday . . . . . .11:18 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . .none Sunday . . . . .12:20 a.m. Monday . . . . .1:20 a.m. Tuesday . . . . .2:19 a.m. Wednesday . . .3:18 a.m.

First Dec 17

Set .11:40 a.m. .12:08 p.m. .12:32 p.m. .12:54 p.m. . .1:15 p.m. . .1:36 p.m. . .2:00 p.m.

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

Harrington 58/33

Time 11:27 p.m. 8:09 p.m. 8:28 p.m. 5:40 p.m.

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

Low —1:00 p 2:08 p 3:15 p 4:18 p 5:13 p 6:02 p

Vienna, MD

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

Apogee Perigee Apogee Perigee

Day High Low High Thurs. 5:21 a 11:55 a 5:48 p Fri. 6:22 a 12:54 a 6:46 p Sat. 7:26 a 1:51 a 7:44 p Sun. 8:30 a 2:46 a 8:43 p Mon. 9:30 a 3:36 a 9:39 p Tues. 10:21 a 4:22 a 10:31 p Wed. 11:07 a 5:04 a 11:17 p

Sharptown, MD Shown is Thursday’s weather. High Low High Low Temperatures are Thursday’s highs Day and Thursday night’s lows. Thurs. 8:40 a 2:50 a 9:07 p 2:48 p Fri. 9:41 a 3:47 a 10:05 p 3:53 p Sat. 10:45 a 4:44 a 11:03 p 5:01 p Sun. 11:49 a 5:39 a —- 6:08 p Mon. 12:02 a 6:29 a 12:49 p 7:11 p Tues. 12:58 a 7:15 a 1:40 p 8:06 p Wed. 1:50 a 7:57 a 2:26 p 8:55 p

Statistics through Tuesday Nov. 27 at Georgetown, Delaware High for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Low for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Normal high . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Normal low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Average temperature . . . . . . . .

Nanticoke River Roaring Point, MD

SEAFORD 60/32 Blades 60/32

Georgetown 61/33

Millsboro 61/33

Full Dec 23

Bethany Beach 54/36 Fenwick Island 57/33

28959 Sussex Highway, Laurel DE 19956

Low High Low 2:12 a 8:29 p 2:10 p 3:09 a 9:27 p 3:15 p 4:06 a 10:25 p 4:23 p 5:01 a 11:24 p 5:30 p 5:51 a —- 6:33 p 6:37 a 1:02 p 7:28 p 7:19 a 1:48 p 8:17 p

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach 56/35

Concord 60/32 Laurel 59/32 Delmar 59/30

High 8:02 a 9:03 a 10:07 a 11:11 a 12:11 p 12:20 a 1:12 a

Day High Low High Low Thurs. 11:18 a 4:43 a 11:41 p 5:50 p Fri. 12:13 p 5:44 a —- 6:46 p Sat. 12:42 a 6:47 a 1:10 p 7:39 p Sun. 1:47 a 7:50 a 2:08 p 8:27 p Mon. 2:49 a 8:53 a 3:04 p 9:12 p Tues. 3:42 a 9:53 a 3:53 p 9:55 p Wed. 4:28 a 10:46 a 4:38 p 10:36 p

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