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News HALLOWEEN - Trick or Treat hours are Friday in Delmar and Saturday in Laurel. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. in both towns. ELECTION 2010 - The Star is presenting responses to questions from the candidates verbatim to help voters learn more about them and their ideas. We encourage readers to take time to learn all they can about the candidates for office and to vote on Tuesday, November 2. Pages 25 - 33 TESTING - Laurel School Board discusses new state testing system. Page 3 HEROES - Making a major difference in a child’s life. Page 8 HISTORY - Workshop on old documents is a part of Family History month. Page 48 LAUREL BAND - The Laurel High School Marching Band is the Tournament of Bands. Page 49

Sports BULLDOGS - The Laurel varsity football team hosted Woodbridge and former coach Ed Manlove last Friday night. See page 37 to see who won this Western Sussex showdown. CONfERENCE CHAmpS - The Laurel Pop Warner Pee Wee and Midget football teams won the Henlopen Conference with wins last weekend in Laurel. Page 37 STARS Of THE WEEk- A Laurel field hockey player and a Sussex Tech field hockey player are this week’s Laurel Stars of the Week. Page 39

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HOmECOmING - Shown (l to r) is the 2010 Laurel High Homecoming court: front- Kayla Miller, senior; Katie Espenlaub, senior; Thalia Baker, freshman; back- Elizabeth Mancini, junior; Gaby Gomez, senior; Courtney Evans, senior; Desirae Williams, senior; Taylor Elliott, sophomore. The Homecoming queen will be crowned during half-time of Friday’s football game against Indian River. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel guidance counselor writes book on transitions By Tony E. Windsor

As a school guidance counselor, Joyce Sessoms has learned first-hand the needs of young people. She is sensitive to the emotional and academic needs of the students she sees in the halls of Laurel High School each day. She recognizes that society places a huge amount of pressure on young people, but she has also learned that the role of student can also be a major source of pressure for teenagers.

Sessoms has been a guidance counselor at the high school since 2002. Her experience with young people has given her some insight into how she might be able to help them make the transition into high school a little easier. She decided that along with trying to meet some of the needs of her students during the one-on-one sessions she has with them during the school year, she would also like to provide

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them with a special resource that could help them as they prepare for advancement in high school as well as life after school. In recent weeks Sessoms has brought into fruition a long time desire to write a book that can serve as a guide to students who are moving into high school from middle school and make the transition more comfortable. The book, “SuccessAbility! Taking the Continued on page 12


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Sussex County Return Day festivities announced

For the politicians, pundits and press, there is no bigger day this year than Election Day 2010. Those who know Delaware politics though might point out that the most important day on the calendar is not the first Tuesday in November - it’s the Thursday that follows. Officials with the Sussex County Return Day Committee and the Georgetown Police Department are working to make the festivities set for Nov. 4 as enjoyable and safe for participants and spectators alike. Delaware is once again in the national spotlight with this year’s U.S. Senate race so expectations are high for Return Day 2010 to draw high-profile political figures, a throng of national and international media and thousands of spectators. “Return Day is tradition in Sussex County, and people don’t like it when you mess with tradition,” said Return Day Committee President Rosalie Walls. “We still have all that tradition with horse-drawn carriages, the burying of the hatchet and the reading of the returns. But obviously, we live in a different time from when Return Day began all the way back in 1792, so we are doing everything we can to balance the public’s safety with everyone being able to have a good time,” Walls said. With the advice of local law enforcement, limits on parade entries include:

Desserts taste testing

The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Fantastic Desserts Taste Testing Day. Visit Nanticoke’s lobby on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to taste test desserts including, pumpkin cobbler, apple crisp and cherry cobbler. Gift sets, perfect for the holidays, will be available for sale in the Look-In Glass Shoppe. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955. Payment is expected at time of order.

SCAOR holiday auction

The Sussex County Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation has received their public charity status from the IRS and is excited to expand the charitable work started by volunteers within the realtor community many years ago. Years ago, the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) established an annual auction every fall to benefit needy children and families during the holiday season. Over the years, the committee has raised funds and provided warm coats, food and clothing as well as a Christmas surprise for many children. This year, the auction theme

• the prohibition of fuel tanker  trucks, and other large, enclosed vehicles (box trucks, garbage trucks or tractor trailers) • a restriction on throwing  candy or other items from parade entries and • requiring participants to remain on the entire parade route from start to finish. There are no restrictions on the type or size of floats and marching bands, civic organizations, dance troupes, etc., are encouraged to participate. All entries must register with the Return Day Committee by Saturday, Oct. 30. For an entry form, visit The Return Day parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Entrants must be in place near staging areas by Georgetown Middle School no later than 11 a.m. to allow for inspection and security checks. The public is reminded that many streets throughout Georgetown will be closed beginning Wednesday, Nov. 3. Detour signs will be posted directing traffic around The Circle by way of side streets. However, through-traffic is encouraged to use the U.S. 9 truck route (Airport Road to South Bedford Street to Arrow Safety Road to U.S. 113) to avoid downtown closures. All streets should reopen to traffic by 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. For more information about street closures, contact the Georgetown Police Department at 856-6613.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and carpool if possible. Park-n-Ride locations include Del Tech, North Georgetown Elementary School and the Sports at the Beach complex. The public is asked to refrain from bringing backpacks, coolers and large purses as those items could be subject to search. As always, attendance at Return Day is free and there will be


Get a head start on holiday shopping at the 27th Annual Craft & Art Fair on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13 at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Admission is free; there will be door prizes and refreshments. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the William A. Carter Partnership Center, numerous crafters will offer everything from floral arrangements, country gifts, glasswork, and ceramics to needlework, woodcarvings, jewelry, dolls and more. This two-day event is the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your gift list. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus + program at 856-5618.

Circle in downtown Georgetown. Call 856-7391 to purchase tickets. For guests with special physical needs, a designated area on The Circle is available at no cost. Guests can make use of this area by parking in the designated handicapped parking areas in Georgetown. For more information on return day, visit

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Laurel School Board discusses new state testing system By Mike McClure The Laurel School Board received an update on the new state tests during last Wednesday’s meeting. Two students also gave a robotics demonstration during the board meeting. Laurel Superintendent Dr. John McCoy reported that the new state testing system, Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS), features lower cut points and higher standards. Students will take the test three times a year, instead of one. Unlike the DSTP, the former state test, DCAS is administered online and allows districts to get instant results. Testing is currently taking place with tests being

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administered two more times during the school year. Laurel students Zackary Aliff, a ninth grader at Laurel High School, and Brent Aliff, a sixth grader at Laurel Intermediate School, gave a robotics demonstration during Wednesday’s board meeting. The students took part in a robotics program this summer.

Following the passage of part of the district’s referendum (the construction of new schools), the district is now looking to hire an architect and construction firm for the project. The board voted to accept the results of the referendum, which took place earlier this month. A district prayer breakfast for faculty and staff, sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association, will

take place Saturday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Georgia House in Laurel. Also, the governor and secretary of education will visit Laurel Intermediate School on Dec. 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) The board voted, 5-0, to send proposed revisions to the dress code policy back to committee. The issue is scheduled to be brought back to the board next month.

Laurel Historical Society honors students

Madeline Dunn presented an interesting program at the general membership meeting of the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) on Sept. 16, describing the honors that were received in 2009 by students of the Laurel School District for their scholarship in history. Several Laurel High School students participated in the United States history class, “We the People,” taught by Eileen McAnulla. This is a multiple unit class in which students learn about congressional hearings, how the Declaration of Independence was written, what is protected by the Bill of Rights, the Articles of the Confederation and the responsibilities and duties of elected officials. Laurel had three first place and three second place students in statewide testing. Congratulations to Mrs. McAnulla and her students for their great accomplishment. In another program taught by Mrs. Jodi Green, fourth graders at North Laurel Elementary participated in the Secretary of State’s Fourth Grade History Contest and tied for first place in the state com-

From left are Jodi Green, Dakota King, Jamin Baker and Andrew Risper.

petition. The students were presented the “Richard Bassett Award” by the Secretary of State who sponsored the contest. A total of 601 students competed in this contest which covered such topics as why the Constitution was written, Delaware delegates that ratified the Constitution, the various Articles of the Constitution and the amendments to the Constitution. These

students also composed a cool Constitution Day rap song which was key to winning the competition. Their song was performed by students Dakota King, Jamin Baker and Andrew Risper at the LHS membership meeting and the crowd loved it. Congratulations to Mrs. Green and her innovative students for this great honor.


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Christian writers group holds its annual conference By Tony E. Windsor

It was a day of inspiration and creativity as the Vine and Vessel Christian Writer’s Fellowship held its second annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 15. The conference featured keynote speaker Arthur Doakes, a motivational speaker who is a platinum member of the Les Brown speaker’s network. A self-professed “dynamic dreamer,” Doakes is an internationally certified chemical addictions counselor. He is a school counselor and basketball coach with the Seaford School District and has a master’s degree in Divinity and Christian Psychology. Doakes addressed the conference participants who were gathered at the Crossroads Community Church in Georgetown. He encouraged the group to “give wings to their words” and maintain “a dream, passion and goals.” He said for writers to not be discouraged if their work is not always accepted. “You will be observed,” he said. “You must be organized for your purpose. You will not always be accepted, but don’t get upset. You must be the CEO and president of your own fan club. God has appointed each of you and placed you together to interact and help fulfill the vision.” The Vine and Vessel conference featured workshops hosted by professionals in the areas of writing and the arts including columnist and author Karen Whiting, local publisher Candy Abbott of Fruitbearer Publishing; local poet and Laurel High

Fifteen-year-old dance instructor, Kiana Hinton, gives a performance during the 2010 Christian Writers Conference.

School teacher, Michael Blaine; Liturgical Dance instructor, Kiana Hinton; drama teacher, Travis Brown and writers Linda Hostelley and Linda Windsor. Founded in 2007 by two local writers, Joyce Sessoms, of Laurel and Betty RicksJarman of Greenwood, Vine and Vessels, the organization explains its purpose as “providing a nurturing, supportive environment which lends itself to personal growth and written-expression; where members are esteemed, empowered and encouraged to polish and perfect their craft for the up-

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building of the Kingdom of God.” The Vine and Vessels Writer’s group meets the fourth Friday of each month at the Seaford District Library from 9:30 to 11 a.m. During Saturday’s conference co-founder Ricks-Jarman said the writer’s group is seeking new members and is especially interested in getting youth writers involved. She said the monthly meetings are informal and are primarily for critiquing and encouraging the craft of writing. “We invite guest speakers to teach and

encourage us,” Jarman said.” There is no membership fee. Sessoms, who joined Ricks-Jarman at the podium to welcome the conference audience, recently published a book, “SuccessAbility,” a guide for teens who are entering high school. She wrote the book using her own experiences as a high school guidance counselor at Laurel High School. For more information about the Vine and Vessels Christian Writer’s Fellowship, visit

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Community Concerts hosting ‘Riders in the Sky’ The Seaford Community Concert Association Board invites concert attendees to suit up in their cowboy shirts, jeans and boots (no hats please) and mosey on over to the Seaford Senior High School Madden Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to see Riders in the Sky. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is the first ever western concert for the SCCA and the second concert of the 20102011 season. These exceptional artists have been delighting audiences for more than 30 years. This classic cowboy quartet is reviving and revitalizing western music with their own legendary wacky humor and western wit. They have performed as guests for countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn and Teller. They have written award winning songs for their own albums as well as themes for cartoons and movies. One of their most familiar performances is “Woody’s Round Up” in the animated movie, Toy Story 2. For this, they received a Grammy Award in 2001 as “Best Musical Album for Children” and then two years later received a second Grammy for Monsters, Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites. Riders has also been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” six times and the Academy of Western Music has named them “Western Music Group of the Year” twice in five years. The four cowboys include: “Ranger Doug” on arch-top guitar and baritone vocals, “Too Slim” on bunkhouse bass, face

and tenor vocals, “Woody Paul” on fiddle, tenor vocals and rope tricks, and “Joey the Cowpolka King” on accordion and baritone vocals. To become a member or patron of the Seaford Community Concerts, call 6296184 or visit Leave your name, address and phone number to be put on our mailing list. The three remaining 2010-2011 concerts are: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at 8 p.m., classic American baritone, Daniel Narducci and soprano Sherri Seiden; Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8 p.m., John Davidson, TV, film and Broadway star; and April 10, 2011 at 3 p.m., the Duquene University Tamburitazans. Remember to bring your membership card to every concert as the SCCA policy is to punch the card at each concert. Doors at the Seaford High School Auditorium open at 7:30 with performances at 8 p.m. Plenty of parking is available.

Manor House schedules its annual Holiday Shop Bazaar

Manor House Annual Holiday Shop Bazaar, Friday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Manor House is located at 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford. Start your holiday shopping early. Crafts, quilting items, holiday decorations, bake table, collectable dolls, etc. Thrift Shop and Boutique also open. Chicken Salad Luncheon Platters served in the dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $6.50. For more details or questions call 628-5631.

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MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOv. 3, 2010

Business Realtors open new Re/Max office in Seaford By Lynn R. Parks There’s a new real estate office in town. Re/Max Above and Beyond on Bridgeville Highway is planning an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for Wednesday, Nov. 3. Owners are agents Brenda Rambo and Trey Hardesty and broker Kevin Thawley. All most recently worked for Century 21 Ramey Real Estate. “We just wanted to start our own business, take advantage of the opportunity to be our own boss,” said Hardesty. “That is the American dream,” added Rambo. “And we wanted to be able to serve the community better.” Re/Max Above and Beyond is selling all kinds of real estate, commercial as well as residential. It focuses on property in Sussex County, but extends into Kent County as well as Maryland’s Eastern

iPad raffle at Nanticoke The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will raffle an iPad just in time for the holiday season. Tickets are on sale for a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad with case and adapter, retailed at $540. Tickets are available for sale at The Look-In Glass Shoppe (located at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) through Dec. 17 and cost $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 17. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955. Payroll deductions are available for eligible employees.

Shore. It is the exclusive listing agent for Century Homes builders in Governor’s Grant in Seaford and for Bay to Beach builders in Appletree Crossing near Bridgeville. It is also the only real estate office selling lots in Little Meadows in Blades. The office is located in the Broker Post building across from the Seaford Post Office. Broker Post Commercial Farms and Land, a separate real estate company that is owned by John Hanenfeld, is also still operating in the building. Hardesty said that professional service will be the hallmark of Re/Max Above and Beyond. “We will treat our clients in the most professional manner and attend to every need throughout the transaction,” he said. That attention is particularly important in these difficult financial times, when getting financing to purchase real estate isn’t always easy, he said. Also setting the company apart from other real estate companies will be its affiliation with Re/Max, Thawley said. “It really is superior to anything else out there, with national television exposure and great Internet traffic,” he added. Rambo, 48 and a resident of Seaford, has been a real estate agent for six years. She went into realty after working for an interior design company. “I love what I do and I love working with people,” she said. Hardesty, 47, is a resident of Bridgeville. He got his real estate license five years ago after working for 15 years with children and adults with disabilities. Before going to Century 21 Ramey Real Estate, he worked for Sunrise Realty in Bridgeville. Before becoming a real estate agent, Thawley, 44, owned Auto Express Transport in Seaford. He sold that business in 2004 to his partner, Allen Loudon, and got his real estate license in 2005.

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Making a major difference in a child’s life By James Diehl


arely does a day go by that Bethany Radcliffe doesn’t feel fortunate to be where she is, living with the family that took her in as a young girl. Life could be a whole lot different these days for the 14-year-old high school sophomore – and she knows it. So do her parents, Don and Karen Radcliffe of Millsboro, one of many families at Laurel Wesleyan Church who have adopted children from overseas and given them stable homes in the United States. Married for 13 years, the Radcliffes, who are white, have adopted three children – all of color. “We just feel that God loves all of us. We all need love and we all need nurturing,” says Karen Radcliffe. “He created us in his own image, so who are we to not like someone because of the color of their skin?” The Radcliffes are part of a growing trend in America – families adopting children from foreign countries like China, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Guatemala, South Korea, Russia and more. The number of international adoptions has risen dramatically in the United States over the years, from just 10,641 in 1996 to nearly 20,000 in 2007, according to official statistics obtained from the State Department, which tracks the number of immigrant visas issued to international orphans. Some couples at the Laurel church admit to going the international route because of liberal laws in this country that can sometimes take an adopted child away from a family long after a bond has already been formed. Others say they simply wanted to reach out to a child whose future may have been very sad and very short without their help – both issues came into play for the Radcliffes. “If Bethany was still in China, she would probably be a prostitute by now,” says Karen Radcliffe, stating the grim facts of the life of a female orphan in the world’s most populous country. “I just felt bad that they were giving up all these girls, so we thought China was a good option for us.” It would be hard for a family to be any more diverse than the Radcliffes. Joining Bethany in recent years has been Bahiya, 12, adopted from Ethiopia, and Andrew, a 7-year-old half Nanticoke Indian boy who

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If you know of someone who has dedicated his or her life to service to others, suggest their names for this series. Contact James Diehl at 302-222-2685 or email Bryant richardson, brichardson@ was adopted domestically. “Red and yellow, black and white,” as the old children’s song goes – each is represented in the Radcliffe household. Don and Karen Radcliffe met in 1996 through the state of Delaware’s foster parent program – Karen had a foster daughter while Don had a foster son. Their like interests brought them together and, before long, a romance blossomed and plans were made to marry and adopt their first child. Their diverseness is a reason for the family of five to chuckle and make light of what many in the world take issue with. But they care not what others think; they’re brightening the lives of children who otherwise would have very bleak futures – they love every minute of it. “We just want them to hear from us that the differences don’t matter,” says Don Radcliffe matter-of-factly. “If they hear something that’s not appropriate, we want them to tell us about it. God loves us and we love them, but the world sometimes has a different impression.” When still participating in the foster care program and before Andrew came into the picture, the Radcliffes were lovingly referred to as the “nut family.” The married couple of three still laughs about that today. “Bethany was the almond and Bahiya was the walnut,” says Karen Radcliffe with a chuckle. “And, if I remember correctly, Don and I were the peanuts.” Their diversity is a laughing matter within the Radcliffe household; the family plays and teases each other with regularity. “You guys tell me all the time that I was left in the toaster too long,” blurts Bahiya, to a room full of laughter. Unfortunately, many who live outside the four walls of the family’s Oak Orchard area home are not as understanding. Both parents, as well as the two older children, have wit-

The Radcliffe family, from left, includes Karen, Bethany, Don, Andrew and Bahiya. The multi-cultural family lives just east of Millsboro, but they’ve been long-time members of Laurel Wesleyan Church.

nessed discrimination over the years. Sometimes the parents shrug it off, sometimes they take issue with it. However they handle it, it’s for the benefit and well-being of their adopted children. “I actually had an incident where I took Bahiya for tests and they refused service, then questioned me about who I was,” reveals Don Radcliffe. “They just wanted to know why I was with a dark-skinned child. Fortunately that was taken care of internally, because I just flipped.” From the day the couple first laid their eyes on Bethany in the Guang Zho area of China – her original name was Qing Gao – the Radcliffes knew they wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who’s lot in life was less than favorable. Still, there are many in society who don’t understand their need and their want to adopt children from overseas. There are many orphans here in the United States; why not adopt one of them? It really comes down to two reasons, says the Radcliffes – the cost and the courts. “There are many stories of people who have adopted domestically and the courts later ordering the kids to go back to their birth parents,” says Karen Radcliffe. “I just knew

that I couldn’t go through that.” A big help to the couple over the last few years has been the adoption support group founded by members of Laurel Wesleyan Church who have been through the process. The group gives all present or future adopting couples a place to come and share their thoughts and their concerns, and just be a part of a nurturing group of people who have all been through it before and can help out, even if it’s just by lending a sympathetic ear. “It’s wonderful just knowing that there are other parents out there that, for one reason or another, have adopted and are dealing with similar issues,” says Karen Radcliffe. “It’s basically just a way to show that we’re not alone. Others are going through the same thing and it really helps just to talk about it.” The Radcliffes have been away from Laurel Wesleyan for a few months helping another church in the Millsboro area get started. But they plan on being back within the confines of their home church very soon. “[The Millsboro church] is nice and we’ve met some really great people, but we really miss Laurel,” says Don Radcliffe. “We miss the worship and we really miss our friends.”

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The Laurel Lions Club will hold their 23rd annual “Pet Culver Memorial Journey for Sight” on Sunday, Nov. 7. The event will take place at Trap Pond State Park. Registration is at 12 noon. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. (In case of inclement weather, the walk will be held at Laurel High School). The walk is a fundraiser sponsored by the Laurel Lions Club. The funds generated are used for the purchase of eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and diabetic needs. This year, the walk will be approximately five miles in length. Trophies and medals will be given out for outstanding individuals and team efforts. The Laurel Lions will host a picnic for the participants immediately following the walk. All clubs or organizations with teams of five or more will receive a 50% rebate on all money turned in on November 7. This is an excellent opportunity for groups to raise money for their treasuries and help the local community via the Laurel Lions Club. For more information, call Lion Ron Scott at 875-2823.

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Officials with the Sussex County Return Day Committee are striving to make this year’s festivities a memorable occasion. Dr. Harriet Smith Winsor, Delaware’s Secretary of State from 2001 to 2009, will serve as parade grand marshal. Honorary marshals include: The Chad Spicer family (Norman, Ruth Ann and Aubrey Spicer) and V. George Carey, Sussex/State Representative 36th District. The committee is now accepting parade registrations. Categories include: floats, marching bands, individuals marching, groups marching, costume characters, scout troops, civic organizations, equestrian, antique cars and antique marching units. Trophies this year include the Mayor’s Trophy, the Return Day Trophy and the Best Return Day Theme Trophy. Awards will be given for First, Second and Third place in each category. Entrants must be in place at the appropriate staging areas no later than 11 a.m. on Return Day to allow for inspection and security checks. There will be certain limits on parade entries. Those include: • No fuel tanker trucks, or other large enclosed vehicles  (such as garbage trucks, box trucks or tractor-trailers); • A restriction on throwing candy or other items from  parade entries; those found not adhering to this rule will be removed from the parade. • Requiring all parade participants to remain on the entire parade route from start to finish. There will be no restrictions on the type or size of floats, however, entries must register with the Return Day Committee before Saturday, Oct. 30. For an entry form, visit For more information or a list of activities, visit www. or call 855-0722.

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Nanticoke Memorial’s Trauma Center verified as a ‘Level III’ facility RETURN DAY PACKAGE WINNER - Lynn Lester, innkeeper and proprietress of The Brick Hotel on The Circle in Georgetown, recently selected the winner of the two-night Return Day Package featuring special lodging, dining and entertainment. The winner is Julie Beebe of Milton who bought her chance at the Kiwanis District Convention in Dover. The prize is valued at $850. Funds raised by the raffle support Georgetown Kiwanis’ Youth Leadership and Scholarship Programs. Here, Lester is shown pulling the winning stub from a bowl held by event Co-Chair, Holland vanValkenburgh, flanked (from left) by Kiwanis member Christopher Couch, Return Day Committee President Rosalie Walls, Kiwanis VP Richard Shaw and member Sandra Shaw.

Allen’s achieves certification Allen Family Foods, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000, Level 3 Certification including scores within the highest or “excellent” category. “Allen Family Foods is a member of a very small and elite group as it is one of the first vertically integrated poultry companies in the United States to be SQF 2000, Level 3 certified,” said Jane Pappin, SQF certification manager for Cert ID. After an evaluation of systems that are aligned to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, Allen’s chose to proceed with the SQF 2000 program which is supported by the American-based Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Jill Hollingsworth, group vice president of FMI states that “Producing safe food is a priority for all food manufacturers as more retailers are requesting their suppliers be certified by independent third party auditors such as SQF. Achieving SQF Certification provides verification that a supplier’s food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced,

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Shop for that bookworm in your life, or get a little something to read for yourself in the lobby of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial is hosting a “Books Are Fun” fair featuring quality books and unique gifts at great savings. Join us for huge savings. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955. Payroll deductions are available for eligible NHS employees. Payment is expected at time of order.

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as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional or state health care systems agencies. Delaware’s Trauma Designation committee conquers with the American College of Surgeons in that Nanticoke Memorial Hospital demonstrates commitment to providing high quality trauma care; therefore, Nanticoke’s Trauma Program is granted the full 3-year verification as a Level III trauma center.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $3,511,254 grant to assist approximately 546 workers affected by layoffs at Valero Energy Corp. located in Delaware City, said the state’s congressional delegation, Sens. Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman (both D-Del.) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the funding was awarded to the Delaware Department of Labor and will provide affected workers with access to dislocated worker services that may include skills assessment, individual career counseling and occupational skills training. On-the-job training will be provided to about 467 of the former Valero workers to transition them to new employment opportunities at the modernized refinery. Others will receive training on transferring existing skills to other careers to meet the

needs of local companies. The Delaware Department of Labor worked hard to put together a very strong application for this funding and has worked with the new owner of the Valero facility, Delaware City Refining Company LLC, to identify the skills needed to upgrade the facility with state of the art air emission reduction technology. The congressional delegation worked diligently in support of this application with the Obama Administration. They also worked with Governor Markell, the state, and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons to make sure Valero could be reopened as quickly as possible. This funding is part of a National Emergency Grant which is part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and is awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit

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Coons Flip-flops on Taxes By TREVOR POTTER

Chris Coons, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has a history of changing his position on major issues affecting Delawareans. While he promised not to raise taxes during his tenure as County Executive, Chris Coons raised taxes an average of $500 on New Castle County residents and proposed a myriad of other new fees and taxes. Now, as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he has changed his position on federal taxation four separate times. The original position Coons took on taxes, which is still featured on his campaign website, agrees with his party bosses’

promise to raise taxes on incomes over $250,000, a number he may or may not today consider “an arbitrary line.” He then changed this position during a nationally televised CNN debate, where Coons told Wolf Blitzer that he will “support extending the Bush tax cuts for the overwhelming majority of Americans … and that we should not draw an arbitrary line at $250,000.” That was his second position. Next, Coons adopted his third position, when he told CNN that he would “support extending all of the Bush income [tax] cuts.” Just a few days after the CNN

interview, Coons adopted his fourth position on taxes while being interviewed on ABC’s “This Week,” in which he stated that he would “vote to extend the overwhelming majority of the Bush tax cuts.” Coons’ statement contradicted three previous publicly stated positions. Voters are confused as to what Coons’ true policy position is on extending the 2001/2003 tax cuts for all Americans. If Coons can’t make up his mind now, and he hasn’t in the past, how can we expect him to represent Delawareans as a member of U.S. Senate?


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Chris Coons’ Family Business Could Earn Billions Under Cap And Trade By CAITLIN THOMAS Dover, DE: Special interests and corruption is all but the norm in the political landscape of the nation, but it hits closer to home when it rears its ugly head here in Delaware. Delaware US Senate Candidate Christopher Coons knows a lot about special interests. Coons’ family company, W.L. Gore & Associates, produces industrial air filtration systems, which are made to remove particles from air. The company, which was founded by his step-grandfather and stepfather, also makes fuel cell componets and other things that companies will be forced to buy if Cap and Trade legislation is passed by Congress.

Interestingly, as corporate counsel for W.L. Gore & Associates, Coons deployed scientists to testify before Congress in favor of environmental mandates because, as Coons said, it was good for business. In fact, on Nov. 16, 2003, “company lawyer Christopher Coons” told Wilmington’s News Journal: “This is one of those very rare moments where the legislative outcome matters to Gore.” Now, as candidate for U.S. Senate, Coons himself admitted during a nationally televised debate hosted by Wolf Blitzer of CNN, that his stepfather’s business stands to make billions off their industrial air filters if Cap

and Trade legislation is passed. Chris Coons and W.L. Gore have a direct interest in affecting the outcome of pollution and energy legislation that passes through Congress. Meanwhile, this legislation will cost the average Delawarean family between $1,200 and $3,500 a year. If Chris Coons gets his way and helps Harry Reid push Capand-Trade through a lame duck session, Delawareans can also expect their utility bills to jump about $1,200. Then, there’s the extra $3,000 a year for higher consumer prices when small businesses, service providers and companies raise their prices to cover their own skyrocketing

And it could make Chris Coons’ family business Billions! Every time you turn on a light, start your car, or heat your home, you will pay an energy tax. Costing Delaware families over $1,200/year1 and Chris Coons family could earn Billions.2

Despite clear Conflict of Interest Chris Coons will vote for Cap-n-Trade Energy Tax. 1 2 Steven Church, “Gore tackles Airborne Gunk, “The News Journal” 2/3/03) Steven Church, “Gore joins environmental policy debate”, The News Journal 11/16/03


energy costs. “That cap-and-trade scheme stands to financially benefit Chris’ family while it costs yours, through so-called green technology manufactured by the company that belongs to my opponent’s family,” said Christine O’Donnell, Republican candidate for the United States Senate.


Rather than blindly vote this November, consider all the facts before heading into the ballot box. The last thing we need, especially during the worst recession in modern history, is another self-serving, elitist, crony politician that will put his greed before the needs of Delawareans.


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Sessoms publishes guide book for students on transitioning Continued from page 1

Burden out of Navigating High School,” was truly a labor of love for the guidance counselor and she said the pages of print “just poured out of me.” Sessoms said the idea for writing a high school guide came from discussions she had with students. “Two years into my work as high school guidance counselor I started realizing as I spoke to more and more students that they knew little to nothing about the high school process,” she said. “They had no idea what GPA (grade point average) is and what it means to their academic future. They do not recognize how subjects throughout their high school career build on one another in a transition toward graduation. I wanted to do something to help.” “SuccessAbility” is an easy to read, step by step guide to high school and includes a planning opportunity to meet each individual student’s plans to reach graduation and to make a clear path toward college, the military or a vocation. Sessoms said her book is chocked full of cartoons and colorful graphics that help make the academic plan a fun process. The lead character in the book is “Clifton,” and Sessoms has given a “student” his own personality, family history and social and academic challenges. To provide an entertaining and youth-friendly way to make sure her book becomes an active part of the reader’s life, Sessoms is in the process of developing a special web blog. The blog will allow readers to follow Clifton as he faces some of the social, family and academic challenges they face each day. The readers will have an opportunity to “talk” to Clifton online and give their own input on how best he can deal with his issues and make good decisions. “In today’s social environment if we want to keep our children’s attention and keep them engaged we need to use whatever resources we can,” Sessoms said. “There is no question that the Internet is a significant tool for reaching young people today.” The book is divided into special tabbed pages to take a student from his or her entrance into high school all the way through each grade level. The topics are relative to the grade level of each student. Special interactive pages are included to help the students plan out their academic transition and develop a plan for graduation and eventual after-school career and/ or higher education plans. Sessoms said the book is not only a guide for students, but a must have for parents as well. “I wrote this book with not only the student in mind, but the parents as well,” she said. “It may not be easy for a student to understand the high school process, but in many cases, it is even harder for parents to understand how it works. This book can help parents recognize how best to assist their children in making plans that will make them successful in high school as well as develop a plan for their future.” In her book, Sessoms writes in the introduction what she hopes “SuccessAbility” can provide to students and their parents. “SuccessAbility does not pretend to be the end-all to the vast

Joyce Sessoms, guidance counselor at Laurel High School, has written and published a guide book to help students navigate their way successfully through high school.

amount of information students will need for their high school journey. What SuccessAbility does do is provide a foundation for students to understand what is expected of them in high school and what they should expect from their high school experience,” she writes. Sessoms also says that “SuccessAbility” can help students take advantage of the resources available at high school, including better understanding the role of teachers, guidance counselors, principals and other staff who can be of assistance to them throughout their time in school. Sessoms says if students and parents will utilize the interactive planning journals inside the book as a means to develop a plan of action, she believes it will make a big difference. “If they keep the journal handy, review it frequently and set short and long-term goals it can mean the difference between making good decisions about their future or blindly meandering through the high school experience, unsure of whether they are on track for graduation and the career of their dreams,” she said. Laurel High School principal, Dean Ivory, is praising Sessoms’ book as “a

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available to help children fulfill their life purpose however I can,” she said. She graduated from Del Tech with an associate’s degree in psychology and went on to get a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Wilmington College. She also obtained a second bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Logos Christian College in Florida. In 2002 she graduated with honors with her master’s degree in education in secondary school counseling from Wilmington University and received the Trustees Award for Service. In 2006, Sessoms was inducted into the “Alumni Walk of Success” and award recognizing outstanding achievements by college alumni. A bronze plaque bearing her name was placed in the walkway alongside those of colleagues outside of the Delaware Technical & Community College campus library in Georgetown. Sessoms and Seaford writer, Betty Jarman, founded the “Vine and Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship,” which hosted a Writers Conference in October, 2009. The group held its 2010 writer’s conference at Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown, on Oct. 16. The book “SuccessAbility” was published by Fruitbearer Publishing, of Georgetown, and is available online at; amazon. com or Information about the book is also available by calling the publisher at 856-6649, or by e-mail at

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Bethel Christmas House Tour

The Bethel Christmas House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Pick up your map at the museum located on First Street. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, call Pat at 875-2793 or email Proceeds benefit the Bethel Historical Society.

Charity fundraiser

There will be a charity fundraiser to help with the mounting medical costs and related expenses of the Mike Cherrix’ family of Laurel. Mike is recovering from cancer treatment/orthopaedic surgery. The event will be Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1-5 p.m. at Station 7 at the Laurel Junction, located at the corner of Rts. 13 and 9, formerly Bargain Bill’s. The cost is $10 per ticket in advance or at the door. There will be live and silent auctions and entertainment by the Bo Dickerson Band. Snacks will be provided. A cash bar and full menu will also be available. For more information, ticket purchase, or to contribute items for auction call Laurie Short at 236-7642, Karen Cherrix at 875-7460 or Cheryl Macklin at 8758505.

Wheaton’s special sale

Come join the Bethel Historical Society and be part of the specials that Wheaton’s will be offering to our guests on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per ticket. Specials include: discounts on all items except for furniture, door prizes and light refreshments. Wheaton’s is located on Stein Highway in the old Tull’s location. Call Helen at 877-0231 for tickets.



The friends group of the Bridgeville Public Library is raising money through area IHOP restaurants. Patrons can eat at IHOP in Seaford, Rehoboth Beach, Salisbury, Md. and Dover and then take their receipts and restaurant comment cards to the library or to Bridgeville Town Hall. The library will receive a payment from IHOP for every receipt and card that is collected. For details, call Pat McDonald, 337-7192.

Eat at IHOP to help the library

Enjoy a meal any time at the IHOP restaurant in Seaford and support the Greenwood Library. Simply fill out a comment card after eating and give it to the cashier as you pay. You will be given a special receipt which you then take to the Greenwood Library on your next visit.

Historical Society cookbook

The Seaford Historical Society has collected more than 340 recipes in the traditional, old-fashioned style and compiled them into an attractive, hardcover, keepsake cookbook, “A Recollection of Recipes.” Books are now on sale for $12. Featured are heirloom recipes, Civil War era recipes and Victorian Tea recipes. Books will be sold at the gift shops of the Gov. Ross Mansion at 1101 North Pine St. Ext. and the Seaford Museum at 203 High St., Seaford. For more information, call 6289828.

Halloween Best Pizza party

GFWC Acorn Club of Seaford will hold a Halloween Best Pizza in Town Party, at Christ Lutheran Church, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Hostess is Sue Ockels and her committee.

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• The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have “Baby Bookworms” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. This program introduces infants through 36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. For more information, call 6292524 or visit • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will host the Magic Cards Club on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. This is for teens who like to play Magic Cards. • There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten “Story Time” at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 6292524 or visit • “Lights, Camera, Action!” The Seaford Library and Cultural Center hosts a movie night on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. We provide the refreshments, you take a seat and enjoy the show. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www. • There will be a Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. • On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have its Children’s Book Discussion sign-up and craft at 4 p.m. for children in 2nd through

4th grade. Kids can read a great book, discuss it with friends and do a fun craft. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit

Trunk or treat

Join the Clarence St. Church of God for the 2nd annual Trunk or Treat on October 30 at 5 p.m. Food, fun and games.

Seaford Block Watch Clean Up

Volunteers are needed for the Seaford Block Watch Clean Up on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. Meet at City Hall for directions, bags, gloves and vest. Beverage and snacks are provided. Clean your yard, alley and street of papers, bottles and other trash. The rain date is Saturday, Nov. 6. For information call 629-9844

Chartering ceremony

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MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010 tribute will help maintain and add interest to the already beautiful town of Laurel. Beauty creates interest and interest creates promise; and Laurel has opportunity. For more information, contact Barbara Wise at 875-5537. Contributions of any amount can be made to Laurel Pride in Bloom, c/o The Bank of Delmarva, 200 E. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.

Trunk or treat Homeschool Book Clubs

The Laurel Public Library monthly book clubs are designed especially for homeschoolers. Children must be at least 5-years-old to participate. Each club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. For details, call Becky Norton at 875-3184 or email Space is limited.

Laurel trick or treat

The Town of Laurel has scheduled trick or treat for Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for children ages 12 and under.

Trunk or Treat at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a night of safe family fun. Also enjoy free hot dogs, games, hay rides, hot chocolate and popcorn. For more information, call 875-5380 or visit www.

Daniel Burton LeCates reunion

The Daniel Burton LeCates family reunion will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Laurel Grange Hall, off Route 9. If family members have any questions, they should call 245-6851 and speak with David.

LHS Class of 75 reunion

Laurel High School class of 1975 is planning their 35th class reunion and volunteers are needed. For more information, call Melinda Rogers Tingle, 875-0355; Debbie Calloway, 875-4160; or Denise Elliott Cugler, 245-5631.

Veterans Day

The Laurel American Legion Post 19 invites all Laurel area residents to Veterans Day celebration at the Post Home on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be Sen. Robert Venables. Boy Scout Troop 90 will take part in the service and singing will be provided by Mary Ann Young.

Cub scouts seeking memorabilia

This year (2010) is the 100th anniversary of scouting. Cub Scout Pack 90 is looking for former scouts interested in joining then for an upcoming show and tell. They would love to see your scout uniforms, books, photos, patches, and hear your stories about your adventures with scouting. Contact Cub Master, Clifford Alpert at 228-2390.

Bethany Church bazaar

The Bethany Church Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Bethany Church is located on Lowes Crossing Road, 8 miles east of Laurel, off Route 24. The bazaar will feature handmade ornaments, tote bags, jewelry, baby & children items, crocheted kitchen items, pepper relish, jams, white elephant table, bake table and more. Breakfast sandwiches and lunch will be served.

Laurel Pride in bloom

You can now donate to purchase or maintain planters that change with the seasons, displaying Laurel’s community pride year round. There are several levels of giving. Adopt a planter - as a business - to give back to your customer base; as an individual or family - to memorialize loved ones; as an organization - to promote group recognition. You can also donate for seasonal plantings or toward maintaining a planter in general. Any amount you con-

Trunk or Treat

Don’t miss Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of Greenwood United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. Bring your children and visit each ‘trunk’ for a treat, participate in fun activities, sign up for the drawings for door prizes and enjoy some light refreshments. For more information, call 349-4047; leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Fall Bazaar

The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center located at 41 Schulze Rd. in Greenwood, will have a Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, a clothing sale, baked goods and a soup and sandwich luncheon. Table space is available for a fee. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Bridgeville Library

The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library. • Story time - Tuesdays 11 a.m.- 2 to 4-year-olds; Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 to 6-year-olds; Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years • Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8 p.m.; Nov. 16 Thanksgiving Delight; Dec. 21 - Holiday Extravaganza • Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.

Dinner Club DHS Class of 1960 reunion

Delmar High School, class of 1960, is holding its 50th reunion at the Delmar VFW, 200 W. State St., Delmar, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 30. Social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner. The class of 1960 invites other folks that graduated before or after the class of 1960 to stop by the VFW and visit after dinner, around 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-896-9172.

Delmar Christmas Parade

The 2010 Delmar Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, Dec. 12. Participation in the parade, which is sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce is free. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to Me.” For a parade application, call the chamber of commerce voicemail at 846-3336, pick up an application at Delmar Town Hall, or download from The application deadline is Dec. 8.

Basket bingo

The Delmar Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bingo featuring Longaberger and Vera Bradley on Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The bingo benefits the Ladies Auxiliary. For ticket information, call 875-2195 or 846-2335.

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Join us for Dinner Club with the Good News Tour Ministries at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $6 per member and $8 for non-members. For more information, call 349-5237.

Seaford AARP trips

Dec. 6-8 - Wheeling Island Casino Hotel in Wheeling, W.V. Two meals per day including a dinner show. Tour the Glass Museum, Colonel Oglebay’s Mansion


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010 Museum, addmission to the park for a bus tour of the Festival of Lights. Also a stop at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. Bus driver tip included. Cost: $349 per person/doubles; $435 single. Dec. 16 - “A Holiday Tradition Christmas Show” at the American Music Theatre sponsored by the Georgetown AARP. Cost: $90. Contact Hilda Parker at 856-2760. For more information, contact Rose at 629-7180.

Delmar Alumni trip

Delmar Alumni Association members will be traveling with Holloway Tours to attend the American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show 2010 on Saturday, Nov. 13. Cost is $107 per person which includes bus transportation to Lancaster, Pa., smorgasbord lunch at Hershey Farm Restaurant and tickets to the Christmas Show. For more information or to request a reservation form, call Dot Wolfgang at 846-2366 or Jean Maloney at 875-2337.

Caribbean trip

Dr. Marie Wolfgang is sponsoring a winter getaway cruise to the Southern Caribbean as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, sailing from Port Liberty, New Jersey on Jan. 16, returning on Jan. 28. The itinerary includes Labadee, Samana, St. Thomas, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Antiqua and St. Maarten. Call 629-4471 for brochure.

nia Dutch cuisine for lunch. View or buy original gifts, artwork and fair-trade items from around the world at the Holiday Gift Bazaar on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Salisbury University. Delight in the special holiday exhibits at Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 28. A Brandywine Christmas features an extensive model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse and thousands of ornaments.

‘White Christmas’ show trip

Laurel Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to the Christmas Show at Lancaster Apple Theater to see “White Christmas” on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Cost is $72 and includes transportation, meal and show.

Miracle of Christmas trip

The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center is offering a motor coach trip to see the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Cost is $90 per person for members or $100 for non-members and includes transportation, show ticket and smorgasbord dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant. Deadline for payment of the trip is Oct. 26. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Travel with Del Tech in November

Limited seats are available for upcoming trips sponsored by Corporate and Community Programs at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Shop, watch a Broadway show or visit museums in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Delight in the new Broadway musical “The Addams Family” in New York on Saturday, Nov. 6. Witness the chaos that occurs when the Addams are forced to host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his family. Observe animals from around the world at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Tour a Victorian house and eat lunch in Lewes on Tuesday, Nov. 9. This historic house features original gingerbread as well as English porcelain collectibles, artwork and period furnishings. Feel the passion and excitement of 20 championship dancers as they dance ballroom styles including the waltz, Rumba and much more in “Burn the Floor” at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 12. Enjoy the zany musical “Seussical” based on the stories of Dr. Seuss and lunch at the Candelight Dinner Theatre in Ardentown on Sunday, Nov. 14. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966. Find out what happens when a village tries to raise money for a tiny English church by gambling without the vicar’s knowledge in “Pool’s Paradise” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Visit Shady Maple Farmers Market in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 20. Enjoy a smorgasbord of authentic Pennsylva-

Needlepoint Guild

The Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets on the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Linda at 644-1523.

Sussex County Marines

Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post #6, “the log cabin,” in Seaford.


United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.

H.A.P.P.E.N. to meet

The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its protection, preservation, enhancement and naturalization, will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Seaford Museum. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Funds raised will be applied to obtaining top-rated genealogical speakers for an all-day Conference to be held next April. For more information, check the SCGS website, On Saturday, Nov. 20, the society will hold a membership meeting. Matt Metz, a local surveyor, will speak on the aspects land records play in family research. This meeting will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in family history is welcome. In recognition of November being Family Health Month, we recommend that everyone talk to family members about health issues at upcoming holiday family gatherings. Many illnesses have been passed down through generations. At the Dec. 18 meeting, come and hear our research stories and share yours in a holiday setting with refreshments. For more information, call 875-5418 or visit

Seaford AARP board meeting

AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of Western Sussex County will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford. This chapter is open for membership to all persons 50+. Come and join us to decide if you would like to become a member of the local chapter. Also, visit the tour table at the meeting and sign up for our upcoming trips to the Festival of Lights in Wheeling, W.V., on Dec. 6-8 and the Christmas Show at the

Laurel Cub Scouts

Laurel Cub Scout Pack 90 holds their weekly meetings at 6:30 every Monday night, in the basement at Centenary UMC in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys from 1st grade through 5th grade.

Sussex Tech reunion

The Sussex Tech Class of 2001 is planning a class reunion. If you are a member of the class of 2001, send your contact information to Sussextech2001@hotmail. com and join the Facebook group, Sussex Technical High School Class of 2001.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

The Community Civic League of Federalsburg is having a fundraiser, a Saturday Morning Breakfast, on Nov. 6 from 7 to 10:30 a.m., at 3439 Laurel Grove Rd., Federalsburg. Breakfast includes meat, eggs, potatoes, applesauce, bread, coffee and orange

Basket Bingo Extravaganza IX Benefit: Delmar High School Girls Sports Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 Doors Open at 11 am


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Genealogical Society events

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Sussex County Genealogical Society (SCGS) will hold an Antiques and Collectibles Road Show at the Georgetown Fire Hall. Appraisals begin at 4 p.m. and continue until all have been evaluated.

American Music Theatre on Dec. 16. After the meeting, refreshments are served. For more information, call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519.

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juice. Eat in or carry-out. Cost is $6. For more information, call 410-754-9992 or 410-200-4935.

Couture & Class Fashion Show

Couture & Class, Saturday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m., Carter Partnership Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Proceeds fund international education scholarships. Participating stores: Carltons, Pineapple Princess, Rose Garden, Sole, Coolspring Cottage, Deanna’s, Tiger Lili and Twila Farrell. Event includes shopping bazaar, online auction. Tickets are $35/person; $225/table for eight. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 855-1659.

Adult Plus activities in November

Form friendships, improve computer skills or develop a new hobby by participating in activities offered in November by the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Learn how to use a presentation program such as PowerPoint in Bring Your Idea to Life on Thursdays, Nov. 4 to 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Beginners can acquire basic computer skills in courses offered on Tuesdays, Nov. 9 to 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn how to set up an e-mail account, send attachments and create an address book in First Steps to E-mail on Nov. 9. Discover how to use the Internet in First Steps to the Internet on Nov. 16. Develop the knowledge needed to create professional documents in First Steps to Microsoft Word on Nov. 23. Learn to use text and graphics to create presentations in First Steps to PowerPoint on Nov. 30. Women can learn self-defense techniques to enhance their personal safety on Wednesdays, Nov. 10 to Dec. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Acquire the skill needed to shoot multiple targets in Firearms Training: Tactical Safety on Saturdays, Nov. 6 to 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the instructor’s shooting range in Georgetown. Advanced Firearms Training is a prerequisite for this course. On Thursday, Nov. 11, the Couples Club will meet at noon. Singles shouldn’t feel left out; the Mixed Singles Club offers the opportunity to share a meal, meet new people and plan social outings on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Have fun learning about the art and history of hot air ballooning on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Discover another perspective from a hot air balloon; delight in the spectacular view of the picturesque countryside on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 a.m. Novice to intermediate artists can receive informal instruction in Portrait Workshop on Thursdays, Nov. 16 to Jan. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Discover how to add a special touch to celebrations with easy to create hors

d’oeuvres specialties on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy hands-on demos and prepare tasty recipes in Easy & Elegant Desserts on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Improve coordination, balance and flexibility with an energizing, low-impact aerobic workout that includes toning exercises and stretching in Senior Cardio/Tone on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 17 to Dec. 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Examine Lincoln’s political genius in creating the most unusual cabinet in history in Abraham Lincoln and His Team of Rivals on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Build strength without excess bulk to create a sleek, toned body in Pilates on Mondays, Nov. 22 to Jan. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. Adults ages 50 and up can become Adult Plus+ members for $18 per year. Membership benefits include unlimited use of the Stephen J. Betze Library located on campus; exclusive advanced registration and special discounts on trips, courses and events; and a free drink with purchase of a meal in the dining hall on campus. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus+ program at 856-5618.

Country breakfast buffet

A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month September through June, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Galestown Community House. Adults, $7, ages 6 to 12, $4, under age 6, no charge. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community house is located on School House Road at the intersection of Galestown and Reliance Roads in Galestown, Md. The next breakfast is October 24.

Leaf burning prohibited statewide

With autumn leaves beginning to fall, DNREC’s Division of Air Quality reminds residents that burning leaves is prohibited statewide. The leaf burning ban, in effect since February 1995, is important to protect people from harmful chemicals that are produced by open burning. Leaf burning produces a considerable amount of airborne particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and at least seven carcinogens. Some of these compounds react with sunlight and chemicals in the air to produce ground-level ozone, a respiratory irritant particularly dangerous to children and the elderly. In addition to the leaf burning ban, burning refuse such as old lumber, trash or garbage, grass and tree stumps, is also prohibited year-round. Campfires, cooking fires and bonfires, meeting size restrictions, are legal year-round, unless prohibited by local, town, or county ordinances; however, only clean, unpainted wood or charcoal is to be used in these fires. Burning of cut or fallen branches, limbs or shrubbery trim from a residence is allowed daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct. 1 to April 30, except when the State Fire Marshal issues a ban on all outdoor burning. Open burning for agricultural or prescribed purposes and for intentional

structure fires for firefighter training requires written notification to DNREC. Illegal burning continues to be among the most common complaints handled by DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit. Since 2007, more than 2,300 illegal burning complaints have been investigated and more than 300 citations issued. Citizens can report illegal burning by calling 1-800-662-8802, and Verizon Wireless phone customers in Delaware can reach DNREC’s Environmental Complaint Line by calling #DNR, toll and airtime-free. Delaware residents have several options to help manage leaves and other yard waste. • Handling it yourself by composting, including use of a mulching mower. • Arranging to have someone else manage your yard waste either by hiring a landscaper or making arrangements to have a waste hauler remove it. • Developing a community-wide solution by creating your town or community’s own yard waste site. Information on options for managing yard waste is posted on DNREC’s web site, or contact Jim Short, 302-739-9403.

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Fall yard sale, bake sale

A yard sale and bake sale will be held at Bethel Worship Center on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. until. There will be scrapple and egg sandwiches, soda and coffee and goodies at the bake table. Visit the raffle table for three chances to win a quilt, afghan and crock. Proceeds go toward the building fund.

Antiques and collectables show

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will hold an Antiques and Collectables Road Show on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Georgetown Fire Hall. The show begins at 4 p.m. Expert appraisers will be available to suggest values on your items. Items will be appraised for $5 each. A $3 entrance fee will be waived with an appraisal. Refreshments and a bake sale will also be available. Funds raised will be applied to the costs associated with an upcoming allday educational conference on genealogy scheduled for next April. More information can be found at www.scgsdelaware. org or by calling 856-7904 or 875-5418.

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Shop one of our 14 Goodwill stores and we’ll guide you to a creative halloween costume!

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Church Bulletins ‘Fresh Connection’ services

Centenary UMC, located at the corner of Market and Poplar Streets in Laurel, is starting a new service, “Fresh Connection.” This service will be held the third Saturday of each month through May, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Blair Hall at 875-8106.

200 Years of Christian Service

Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church will celebrate its 200th anniversary on Nov. 14. The service will begin at 2 p.m. There will be special music featuring the Jones Boys. The Rev. Randy Booth of Wisconsin will be our special speaker. Fellowship will follow at the community house following the service.

Free weekly soup social

A free weekly soup social is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office daily, 9 a.m. to noon, at 875-4233.

Magi Choral Festival tickets on sale Tickets for the 2010 Magi Choral Festival are available at several locations. The Magi Choral Festival features the National Christian Choir and the Magi Children’s Choir. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Wicomico High School Auditorium in Salisbury. Tickets are $15 and are available in Salisbury at The Gospel Shop and all branches of First Shore Federal Savings and Loan. Ticket proceeds go directly to the Christian Shelter and Joseph House

Center, two Christian crisis ministries serving the needy on the Lower Eastern Shore. For more information, call Bonnie Luna at 410-749-1633.

Operation Christmas Child

This is the fifth year that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford will be participating in filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. All boxes, designated for either a boy or a girl within a certain age group, should be brought to the church by Sunday, Nov. 14.

‘A Heavenly Rainbow’

Antioch A.M.E. Church in Frankford and St. Jude the Apostle Church of Lewes present “A Heavenly Rainbow,” a multicultural experience bringing God’s people together to worship in song. The event, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. at Antioch A.M.E. Church, features Brother Bryan Clark and other singers. Cost is a $15 donation which benefits the Pledge Reduction Fund. For tickets, call 644-6933.

Christmas yard sale

Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel will hold a Christmas Yard Sale on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Recreational Night at Trinity UMC Trinity UMC near Trap Pond in Laurel will be having Recreational Night (Rec night) every Tuesday when school is in session. These events will start at 6:30

p.m. and end at 8. All teens are invited and there will be games including basketball and board games.

Andre’ Kole Magical Spectacular

The Federalsburg Ministerial Association will be sponsoring one of the world’s most unusual stage shows, the Andre’ Kole Magical Spectacular, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Colonel Richardson High School auditorium. Kole is a world renowned master illusionist and the foremost investigator of the unusual and supernatural. For more information about the Andre’ Kole Magical Spectacular, visit or call 410-754-9958 or 754-3473 to purchase tickets.

Christmas Extravaganza

Trinity United Methodist Church will have their 3rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to all vendors and the cost is $10 per table. For more information and to reserve a table, contact Karen Rogers at 875-2078.

Parish Mission at Our Lady of Lourdes Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford is sponsoring a “Parish Mission” at the end of November. The Parish Mission begins Sunday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and continues each of the next four evenings at 6:30 p.m., concluding on Thursday evening. For details call the church office at 629-3591.

Trunks of Treats

Delmar Church of God of Prophecy is holding a “Trunks of Treats” on Sat., Oct.

30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dress up in costumes. There will be free snacks, games and fun. The church is located on Rt. 13 and Dorothy Road, about 3 miles north of the MD/DE state line. For further information, call 875-7824.

Mt. Calvary UMC events

Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church located at 28 Church St., Bridgeville, announces the following events to celebrate the 5th Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. Baron N. Hopkins Sr. • Pastor Appreciation Banquet - The Pastor’s Aide Committee and the Bridgeville charge will be sponsoring a Pastor’s Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Heritage Shores Clubhouse and Restaurant, Bridgeville. Guest preacher will be Pastor Quientrell Burrell Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church of Weldon, Weldon, N.C. Musical guests will be gospel jazz recording artist, Tony Smith and gospel vocalist Suzette Pritchett. Cost is $75 for adults and $25 for ages 5 thru 12. To purchase tickets, contact Minister Brandon J. Gale Sr. at 410-845-5991. • Pastor Appreciation Service - A service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Bridgeville. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Michael T. Scott Sr., pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church, Temperanceville, Va. Dinner will be served prior to the service at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Minister Brandon J. Gale Sr. at 410-8455991.

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

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

A church you can relate to

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

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

(302) 875-3644

The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus, Rector Holy Eucharist with Healing Sunday ~ 8:30 & 10:30 am Church School ~ 9:30 am

Centenary UMC


200 W. Market Street, Laurel, Del. Contemporary Worship, 8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship, 11:00 a.m. Sunday School, for ALL Ages, 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays: Bible Study 1 p.m.; & Youth Ministry 6:45 p.m.

Stein Highway Church of God

425 E. Stein Highway, at Market Street Seaford, DE 19973 Lighted Pathway Pre-School, Infant to age 6

Mrs. Casey Davis, Director Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study & Youth Service 7:00 p.m. E-mail: Web page: Facebook: Stein Highway Church of God Pastor Robert W. Clagg • Church 302-629-8583

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

Youth Group Wednesday 7:00 pm

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



22581 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE • 629-6298


Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 (Nursery & Jr. Church)

Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Wed. Night Service 7:00 p.m.

Know, Grow, Show & Go in our Walk with Jesus Christ

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 Pastor Timothy Dukes, Senior Pastor Pastor John Lanzone, Youth/Family Pastor

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

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

Wednesday: Bible Study 7 PM


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

Evening worship and Bible study

invited. Come and bring a friend. Nov. 28 - Blue Christmas Gathering, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 - Capital Ringers Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 12 - “Star Journey” - a dramatic children and youth Christmas program Dec. 19 - Choir Cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 24 - Silent Holy Communion, 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve worship, 7 p.m. For more information, call 337-7409.

A study, “Revelation and The End Times: Unraveling God’s Message of Hope,” will be offered on Sunday evenings beginning Oct. 31 at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville. Each session is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and will be held in the Colonial Room. Sessions include: Oct. 31: The Character of Biblical Prophecy Nov. 7: The Return of the King Nov. 14: The Other World: Heaven and Hell Nov. 21: Raising the Dead Nov. 28: The Afterlife: The Rapture, the Millennium, and the New Heaven and the New Earth The book, which accompanies the study, is available in the church office. Sign-up is not required and attendees are invited to come to individual sessions as their schedule allows.

Christmas yard sale

Family and Friends Day

St. Luke’s Church news

Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, will observe Family and Friends Day on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. The theme is, “Letting Go of the Past and Embracing the Future,” from Phillipians 3:13. A fellowship meal will be served before the service at 2:30 p.m. Guest preacher is Pastor C. Guy Robinson of Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church, Baltimore. Pastor Robinson received formal music training at Morgan State University. As a composer, his music has been recorded by numerous gospel music artists. He is also the lead organizer of Authentic Revelation Ministries. The public is invited to join in this celebration of family and friends. There will be a free will offering. For more information, call 337-8198 or 542-5752.

Bay City Quartet concert

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel, will host the Bay City Quartet from Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 31. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with Don Murray and friends beginning at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 875-7900 or 856-6107.

Advent and Christmas worship

Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will hold the following Advent and Christmas worship opportunities. All events are free and the public is cordially

A Christmas Yard Sale will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 11 a.m.

Kings Ambassadors in concert

The Kings Ambassadors will perform in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Delmar Wesleyan Church in Delmar, Md. No charge and there will be a love offering. Everyone is welcome to attend. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. “Luke’s Letter” is published quarterly and will be available online at You can also join the email list if you send a request to StLukesEpis@comcast. net. St. Luke’s services are Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., and Thursday evenings, Holy Eucharist and Healing at 6 p.m.

Weekly Bible Study

A weekly Bible study is being held every Wednesday night from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at the Days Inn, Rt. 13 South, Seaford (next to KFC). Family oriented Bible lessons for all ages. Sunday worship service is at 12 noon. Elder Cornell Johnson, of Jesus The Christ Apostolic Ministries, is pastor. Call 628-0349 or 302-344-9672 for more information.

Bible Study

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford is conducting a Bible Study every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Parish House. They are also studying the booklet, The Story of Scripture. For more information, call St. Luke’s church office at 629-7979.


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.


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

302- 875-4646

PO BOX 60, LAUREL, DE 19956

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

Children’s Church • Nursery


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



302-629-8434 •

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

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

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

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 Music: Jim Burket “The Cross Is Grounded In Grace”

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



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


Ministry for the wholef amily 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson

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



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

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

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

Laurel Baptist Church, SBC SUNDAY


8:30am Worship / Nursery 9:45am Classes for all ages 11:00am Worship / Kids Church & Nursery 7:00pm Evening Service

6:45 AWANA (K-grade 6), Catalyst Youth (gr. 7-12), DivorceCare support group, 7:00 Intercessory Prayer, Men’s Group

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

The Church by the Side of the Road 15092 Cokesbury Rd, Georgetown, DE

(302) 629-5222 • Pastor Harold Carmean & Congregation Sunday School 9 am Contemporary Church Service 10 am

Mount Olivet

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

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

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


Messiah’s Vineyard Church

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


St. Luke’s

Episcopal Church Front & King St., Seaford, DE


Holy Eucharist: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Thurs. Eve. Service: 6 p.m. The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby-Coladonato, Rector

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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


United Methodist Church

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

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

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 •

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

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

Seaford Seventh-day Adventist Church



Saturday Services Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Pastor - O. Kenneth Scheller 302-875-0140

A Safe Sanctuary & Stephen’s Ministry Church Rev. E. S. Mallozzi

Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

26295 Sussex Highway (south on 13), Seaford, DE

All are welcome to worship here every Sabbath.



Contemporary Services ... 8:45 & 10:30 a.m. Nursery Care & Children’s Church Provided Corner of Woodland Ferry Rd. & Stein Hwy., 4 miles West of Seaford • 629-2862 Jeans Expected! No Halos Required!

27225 Kaye Road Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814 Timothy P. Jones, Pastor Sunday Family Worship - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Family Ministries - 7:00 p.m.

“Shining His Light”


Contemporary Service............9:30 a.m. Sunday School.............10:15 a.m. Traditional Service. .11:30 a.m. Mount Pleasant Road, Laurel (Just off Rt. 24 west, on Rd. 493A)


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010


Obituaries Dathiette M. Hearn, 80

Dathiette “Dath” M. Hearn of Laurel, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. She was born in Federalsburg, Md., a daughter of the late Clarence and Molly Milligan. “Dath” attended Seaford High School and later worked for Walters Garment Factory as a seamstress. She worked with her husband for many years and retired as a bookkeeper for Hearn’s Auto and Truck Salvage. Mrs. Hearn loved her grandchildren, gardening and going to the Gospel Café and fellowshipping Hearn with her friends at dinners. She also loved her pets. Dathiette is survived by her son, Eric Hearn and wife Marsha of Laurel; her brothers, Stanley Milligan of Baltimore, Md. and Van Milligan of Seaford; grandchildren, Scott Hearn and fiancé Ashley Zarello, Kyle Hearn and Ryan Hearn; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hearn in 1985; a brother, Khulman Milligan; and a sister, Iadalle Calhoun. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Joe LeCates officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Hearn’s memory to Bethel Worship Center, PO Box 132, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Karen Sue Kerscher, 51

Karen Sue Kerscher courageously departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, after a three year battle with cancer. She was affectionately known to all as “Susie”. She was born in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 1959. At the time of her death, she lived in Wescosville, Pa. However, from infancy until the time of her death, she spent all of her summers and spare time in Montauk, N.Y. This is the place she truly called “home”. Susie is survived by her husband of 16 years, Michael Kerscher of Wescosville; her mother, Anna Sterling of Montauk (formerly of Seaford); her sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Mike MacCoy of Seaford; her sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Peter Joyce of Montauk; her brother and sister-in-law, George and Lisa Sterling of Wake Forest, N.C.; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen & Ted Kohuth of Emmaus, Pa.; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chris and Cindra Kerscher of Raleigh, N.C. She is also survived by her 13 adoring nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George Sterling and her sister Laura

Sterling, both of Montauk. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 18, at St. Therese of Lisieux in Montauk, with burial at Most Holy Trinity cemetery in East Hampton, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Kerscher Cancer Society or the ASPCA.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ F. Lord, 86

Dorothy “Dot” F. Lord of Delmar, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. She was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Harry R. Ward and Lulu F. Elliott Beach. Dorothy spent her youth in Laurel where she received her education. She was a talented seamstress, working for 35 years at the Manhattan Shirt Factory in Salisbury and for many years for the Blind Industries of Maryland. She was a charter member of Delmarva Evangelistic Church in Salisbury where she unselfishly served in various capacities through the years. She had an unwavering love for life and her family. She enjoyed playing Bingo every Wednesday in Hebron. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, William (Bill) E. Lord; three sons, David L. Jones and his wife Sharon Lynn of Laurel, Stephen A. Jones and his wife Sue Ann of Chesterfield, Va. and Robert E. Jones and his longtime companion, David Jerry Banks of Salisbury; two sisLord ters, Helen W. Calloway of Salisbury and Florence McGee and her husband, Ralph of Delmar; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles A. Jones, to whom she was married for 36 years, who passed in 1984. A funeral service was held on Friday, Oct. 22, at Delmarva Evangelistic Church, Salisbury. The Rev. Ruth Chamberlain officiated. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Delmarva Evangelistic Church, PO Box 986, Salisbury, MD 21803. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.

Acie Turner Mankins Jr., 88

Acie Turner Mankins Jr. of Laurel, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Genesis Elder Care in Seaford. Born in Coalwood, W.V., the son of the late Elizabeth Z. Collins and Acie T. Mankins Sr., he was an

industrial electrician for Perdue Inc. in Salisbury, Md., retiring in 1985 after 17 years of service. Mr. Mankins attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Steen Mankins; a son, Acie Lee Mankins and wife Michele of Lewes; a brother, Robert L. Mankins of Walnut Cove, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Aimee and Brooke Mankins and Amber Gallery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Beasley, Ruth Biggers and Katherine Self. A graveside service was held on Monday, Oct. 25, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, with the Rev. Don Murray officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.

Mervyn Niles, 80

Mervyn Niles passed away on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Mervyn was born in Massachusetts to the late John and Margaret Niles. He was a veteran of the Army. He proudly served for 21 years. He also retired from Ford Motor Company. He was one of nine children: Lucille Walsh, Herbert Niles, Ellen Dimmock, Madaline Masse, Eldon Niles, Clyde Niles, Ethelyn Bowling and Joan Breault. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Niles and granddaughter, Mary Catherine. His remains will be interred at Arlington Cemetery with full military honors on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association at or 1-800-272-3900. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Samuel G. Davis, 56

Samuel “Sammy” Gray Davis of Laurel, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born in Seaford, a son of Howard Samuel Davis and his wife Joyce of Seaford and the late Jane Jones Lewis. Sammy worked as a truck driver for over 30 years for his father’s company, Howard S. Davis Trucking in Seaford. He was a member of the 3D Racing Team, driving modified cars for over 20 years. Riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife, Joan was one of his favorite activities. Sammy treasured time spent with family, especially his grandchildren. He was good at fixing things and would usually be found in his garage fixing something for a family member or friend. Sammy is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joan Grant Davis; a daughter, Sammi Jo Davis of Laurel; a son, Donnie Grant and his wife, Sharon of Laurel; three grandchildren, Crystal Garrett, Rodney Grant and Breann Jewell, the “apple of his eye”; a sister, Brenda West of Seaford, and her children, Jennifer, J.J. and Cody; a brother-in-law, Joe West of Seaford; two aunts, Barbara Robertson of Delmar and Pat Moody of Raleigh, N.C.; and an uncle,

Donnie Robertson and his wife, Louise. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Joe LeCates Davis will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Worship Center, PO Box 132, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.

Nina L. Clark, 82

Nina L. Clark of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was born on April 20, 1928, the daughter of the late William H. and Bessie B. (Cooter) Duncan. Mrs. Clark was a lady of many trades she was a beautician, restaurant owner and antique store owner. She loved animals, sewing and garage sales and was an avid collector, especially of ceramic turtles and frogs. Mrs. Clark was also known for her baking skills and her famous deviled eggs. She was an active member of the Bethel Worship Center, Seaford. She was a woman of strong faith which she loved to share with all. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her son, Steven L. Cunniff and two siblings. She is survived by her son, Gary W. Cunniff of Palm Coast, Fla.; two daughters, Patricia G. Poole and husband Robert E. Jr. of West Chester, Pa. and Terri J. Dalious and husband John B. of Bridgeville; six siblings, Earl Duncan, Mary Jo Hines, Iris DeMerritt, Jack Duncan, Darnell Duncan and Barbara Cooper; six grandchildren, Robert, Denise, Steven, Kimberly, Corri and Waylon; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Bethel Worship Center, PO Box 132, Seaford, DE 19973. Sign the online guestbook at

Death Notices

Thomas R. Turner Sr., 65

Thomas R. “Tom” Turner Sr. of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. The funeral was held at Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church, Laurel, on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Interment was in Belle Haven Cemetery, Belle Haven, Va. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

Dinner reminds us how Doing the Towns Together special small town life is LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Sarah Marie TriviTS • 875-3672


MEN • WOMEN • CHILDREN Cuts • Perms • Color • Highlighting Foiling • Facial Waxing Ear Piercing Day & Evening Hours Appts. & Walk-Ins Welcome

arch rival of our own children who were fierce Bulldog fans, competing against the bi-staters in all sports events. Tim and Debbie attend the second service, thus are seldom in contact with those from the early service. They are involved in the parish in many ways, giving of their time toward the altar guild, acolytes, Old Christ Church, etc. For many years I have served as a church organist and particularly enjoy playing for weddings. I have played for the weddings of young couples who were close family friends, some who were parish members who I did not know that well, and some I actually did not know at all, at least until the wedding rehearsal got underway. However, at the dinner, I had instant memories of two very special couples. One was when Alan and Jennifer Foskey Schweitzer came into the dining room, and the other when Penny Sheridan entered. Penny is married to Mark Sheridan, who was unable to attend the dinner due to a work commitment out of town. However, the three of these young people are active at St. Philip’s in many capacities, as are their parents. As families, we have shared many good times together and each have our special memories. Doug Butler, of Seaford, came in for dinner, along with others who are now EMT’s and offer valuable services to area communities. Doug’s parents are Ed and Shirley Butler of Seaford. Ed is the current mayor of Seaford, and through his business in Seaford (Butler’s Sewing Center), as well as the years he served as a high school sports official, we have become good friends. Doug began working at Butler’s as a young kid, has stayed active in the business and we have watched him grow up from a gangly young man into a very responsible and respected adult, still serving the community and those of us who live here. These and many more memories came back to me as we enjoyed the dinner. The evening was well set, the recall of good times shared with friends was very special, and brought into focus just how special it is to live in a small town and enjoy such a good life.

CURIOSITY SHOP Middleford Rd., Seaford • 302-629-2650 Open Friday 9-5

It’s All Christmas Majority of houseware merchandise will be Christmas items on

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 This includes buT is noT limiTed To gifTs, decoraTions, eTc.

A surprise party on Oct. 2 was hosted for Sherri Benson at the Delmar VFW with approximately 60 guests attending. They celebrated her promotion to Captain after 25 years of service on the Delaware State Police force. Congratulations,Sherri! The Laurel ladies members of the class of ‘59 met for their monthly fellowship lunch at the Laurel Pizzeria on Oct. 20. These gals really keep things going as they never seem to miss a month of gathering time. The Charity Lodge’s haunted house is again in full swing and for thrills and chills can be visited Friday and Saturday night until the Halloween night arrives. The house is located next to the Odd Fellows cemetery, as you all probably know by now. Several families from this area took a pre-Halloween, holiday weekend to Cherrystone Camp site last week. The families were the David Oddos, Martin O’Neals, John Wards, John Trivits and a few Hartsteins. While there they decided to make the trip interesting and a bit humorous, too. So — there was a “mock” renewal of wedding vows for Martin and Kim O’Neal with “pastor” John Ward officiating. The bride wore an off the shoulder (Donna Ward original) white plastic gown, fashioned from the dollar store’s high quality table cloth. The attendants were attired in pink, yellow and blue, same designer and same best-in-line materials. No word on whether the newly renewed couple will take a second honeymoon or return home to daily chores. At this same outing, the men’s annual miniature golf tournament took place and after three years of holding the top trophy, John Trivits finally had to relinquish it to Steven Hartstein. Well, it all

sounds like a fun weekend to me.

Several residents from Laurel attended the Truman-Kennedy dinner in Bridgeville last Saturday night and it was proclaimed a great success with over 100 guests, more than expected, arriving for the event. Senator Kauffman was the keynote speaker and was also being honored at this time. Among those honoring him were: Senator Carper, Governor Markell, John Carney, Chris Coons and Beau Biden. High light of the evening, I’m told, was the auction, which proved to be a most hilarious segment of the evening, compliments of Chris Coons. In all, the evening was, as I heard it, “Over the top.” Arvalene Moore and Betsy Davis on Sunday, Oct. 24, hosted a dinner at the King’s Church community hall for relatives visiting in this area. The guests were Louise Mitchell Halbrook, her daughter, Lois, and her granddaughter, Catrina, all from South Carolina. Mrs. Halbrook is formerly from Laurel and at this time was able to meet with many friends and relatives she had not seen for several years. From Delmar, good friend Doris Banks wishes good friend Ann Jones a very happy belated birthday on Oct. 21. Belated wishes, too, go to Tex Young who celebrated his with a family dinner last weekend to observe his “day” on Oct. 23. Donna Cecil hopes that her grand daughter will have a very happy time celebrating her second birthday on Oct. 30. We continue with prayers for our service men and women and for friends who are ill: Homer Disharoon, Terry Whaley, Ralph Gootee, Rita Brex, Dot Murphy, June Benson Powell, Shirley Rehal, Rita Baker, Mary Jane Phillips, Calvin Hearn, Susan Levredge, Hazel Baker, Robert Truitt, Conner Niblett, Eddie Melvin, Jean Henry, Janet Musser, Jean Foskey, Catherine LeCates and Betty Chandler. Happy October birthday wishes to: Raymond Johnson, Eugene Savage, Herb Whaley and Marie Waller (29). All of you have a happy, scary and haunting Halloween! See you in the stars.



Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton

Eugene and Pauline Burris have just returned from a two-week visit to their daughter, Gina Barker, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Gina is a former Laurel resident and graduated here with the class of ‘77.

Name: _________________________________________ Old Address: ____________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

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Moments With Mike


Those of us who live in one of the multitude of smaller towns that make up this United States sometimes have difficulty finding time to participate in all of the activities involving community life. The question of city dwellers is just what do people who live in smaller towns do for fun or to fill their spare time. For the smaller portion of those of us who make up every small town in America, this is surely not a difficult question to answer. Not only that, but we find it hard to understand the questioning of our city dwelling friends. Those who live in metropolitan areas simply do not realize that for some of us in a small town there simply is quite often not enough hours to fill our busy days and accomplish all that we want to do. A good example of smaller town life, particularly here in western Sussex County, was apparent on a recent Saturday night when the acolytes of St. Philip’s sponsored a spaghetti supper. The young people involved had their sponsors from the parish, along with many parents, working like beavers in the church kitchen preparing the food, setting up the dining hall, doing the publicity for the event, taking care of the cleanup, decorating the area, soliciting dessert donations, and making plans for the group to use the profits form the dinner for a trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., for the young churchmen. The evening was a success in many ways, all thanks to the adults who supported it in one way or another. The food and the service outstanding. It was a night of good fellowship, and for many of us, a time to renew friendships and bring back happy memories. As Chuck and I sat and enjoyed dinner with parish friends, I was reminded of shared happy times with many of those also in attendance. Some are parish members, others came for the evening meal and the fellowship. Memories of great times shared filled my mind rather quickly as I chatted with some of the participants. Sometimes when a church has more than one worship service on any given Sunday, there are two distinct congregations and it is seldom that those who attend the “early” service ever are in contact with those who attend the “late” service. Such was the case in point when Tim Keenan and his wife, Debbie, came into the dinner. Chuck and Tim’s late Dad, Guy Keenan, of Delmar, worked together for many years at Seaford’s DuPont nylon plant. They shared many a good time together during those years. On a personal note, I could remember when Tim was in high school at Delmar, an

A delightful fall scene is a-bloom just two houses down from me, as Kirk’s pumpkin patch and “mums” are displaying their full colors. Pumpkins, gourds and mums grace that locale and a great variety is there for the choosing.

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MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010


Health Mammography Van back on the road

The Women’s Mobile Health Screening van, newly retrofitted with state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, was rededicated on Oct. 4 at Legislative Hall in Dover. State Senator Nancy Cook and the Delaware General Assembly sponsored the upgrade. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) manages and operates the van, which provides free or reduced cost mammograms to eligible uninsured or underinsured women. Digital technology (Hologic Lorad Selenia) replaced x-ray film equipment on the 2002 Airstream Commercial medical vehicle. Digital technology provides greater image resolution, while allowing health providers to access mammograms from any workstation. Digital records are also easier to store. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends annual clinical breast exams for all women, with mammograms by age 40, and annual mammograms and clinical breast exams afterwards. Women at greater risk for breast cancer may need earlier and more frequent screenings, and should discuss those options with their doctors. For more information about arranging a screening mammogram, call DBCC at 1-888-6729647 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Van staff works some Saturdays and early evenings. Women should have a mammography prescription from their doctor and if possible, a copy of their previous mammogram films for comparison. Van staff will help those without a prescription or a primary care provider.

NHS Tribute awards

Nanticoke Health Services has announced the recipients of the 6th Annual Nanticoke Tributes for Healthcare Leadership. Nanticoke Tributes awards individuals who have made significant contributions to the provision and improvement of health care in the communities of Western Sussex County. The awards will be presented at a dinner and reception on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. The Founders Award will recognize two new inductees, Sister Rosita Alvarez and the Soroptimist International of Seaford. The Charles C. Allen, Jr. Philanthropy Award is being presented to Rex L. Mears who is being recognized for his dedication and commitment to Nanticoke Health Services. The Nanticoke Tribute Awards also recognizes a new inductee into the Nanticoke Physicians Hall of Fame. This year, Louis F. Owen, Jr., MD will be presented with the Hall of Fame Award. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling Nanticoke Health Services Foundation at 629-6611, ext. 8944 or

Breast cancer support group

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist – with assistance from Lois

Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Of particular value to newlydiagnosed women is DBCC’s Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Cancer Support Group

The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Competition to improve school meals

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutritionpacked meals alongside White House chefs. The top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families. To learn more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, visit www. The deadline for recipe submissions is Dec. 30. For more information, visit

Bereavement luncheons

Delaware Hospice’s “New Beginnings” bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences. Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program. The location rotates each week of the month according to the following schedule: • 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rte. 26, Bethany Beach; • 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel; • 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro; • 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton;

• 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. “New Beginnings” luncheons are open to the public. Registration is not required. There is no fee except the cost of your lunch. For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 8567717.

Survivors of Suicide Day program

Delaware Hospice and Exceptional Care for Children will host the 12th Annual Survivors of Suicide Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 20, with a program at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots

Way, Milford, from 10 a.m. to noon. A panel of local survivors of suicide loss will begin the program, which will be followed by the 12th National Survivors of Suicide Day Video Conference, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There is no fee for this program, but registration is required by Nov. 10. Register online at:, or contact Vicki Costa, LCSW: 302-4785707 or 302-856-7717, or Sponsored by the Delaware End-ofLife Coalition and the Mental Health Association.

Similac infant formula recalled The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is alerting Delaware parents about a Sept. 22 voluntary recall for certain Similac powder infant formula products. The manufacturer, Abbott Nutrition, is recalling these products after an internal quality review detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The recall of these powder infant formulas includes: • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers. • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and

12.9-ounce cans. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas. The Delaware WIC program advises participants to check the lot number of any Similac products (www. online to see if it is subject to the recall. Any Delaware WIC participant with affected products should contact their local WIC office or the WIC State agency (800-222-2189) and make arrangements to return the product and learn how to get substitute Similac products. They may also call the company’s information line, 800-986-8850.


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Can some football injuries be prevented? By Dr. Anthony Policastro

A lot of concern has been raised recently about the types of tackling in professional football. The concerns relate to one player leaving his feet and hitting another player in the head with his helmet. The result is often a concussion for the player receiving the blow. The discussion has centered on several factors. The most ridiculous discussion is that football is a violent game. Fans enjoy the violence and will quit watching the game if precautions are put in place. The few fans who watch the game purely for the violence can tune out any time they want. They can go watch boxing where the goal is to hit the other fighter in the head and knock him out. The goal in football is to score points not injure the other players. Another factor being discussed is what

would be the correct punishment for the individuals who make these kinds of tackles. There are two punishments currently handed out. The first is a 15 yard penalty at the time of the tackle. The second is a fine that might be handed out later. As a behavioral pediatrician, I can state one thing clearly. Those two penalties are insufficient to change the way players tackle. I have heard several players comment about the fact that they don’t mind a fine. It is often only a small part of their salary for that particular game. Penalties are common in football so they do not make the kind of difference that is needed. So what is the correct penalty? The answer is simple. The correct penalty is the one that will make a player change his behavior. We do not change anyone’s behavior. Only the individual can change his behavior and they have to be motivated to do so. There are people who favor suspen-

sion. Others favor bigger fines or ejection from the game. The important thing is that whatever is chosen, it needs to be viewed by the player involved as reason enough to change his behavior. This is behavior modification in its simplest form. A third point is related to the teaching of tackling. The weekly football show Inside the NFL had a discussion on this. The players made it clear that there are no tackling drills on professional football teams. That is something that is supposed to be taught at a younger age. The author of a current football book says the same thing. For that reason, tackling skills need to be taught at the PopWarner, high school and college level. There are ways to do this. Every baseball pitcher knows that there is a specific strike zone. It is the same for every baseball game. There is

no reason that there cannot be a specific tackle zone that excludes the head area. Behavior is learned. It should be learned from the beginning. There will likely never be a perfect solution because of the speed of professional football. There will be situations where a player is going to make the correct tackle but the receiving player moves in a different direction. The result will be a different hit than intended. However, when a player leaps in the air and goes helmet first into the helmet of another player, that can be dangerous. We need to realize that safety is important in a violent game. Safety can be taught and behavior can be modified. I do not think any of us would like to be the relative of the player who gets paralyzed or dies because of something that we might have prevented.

Job shadowing helps med students

Salisbury resident Sarah Blondeaux worked in finance for four years. While she was successful in the field, it eventually became clear that was not what she wanted to do with her life. She left the business world to return to college in hopes of entering the medical field. This time, thanks to Salisbury University’s Health Professions Advisory Program (HPAP) and Dr. Joseph Kim of Nanticoke Physician Network, she knows that the medical field is exactly where she should be focused. Blondeaux is one of several SU students participating in the HPAP’s physician shadowing program, volunteering with several physicians in the lower Delaware area. This program is the brainchild of Kim, a 1998 alumnus of Salisbury University and family practice physician in Laurel. He facilitated a network of area physicians from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s medical staff who are willing to assist SU students hoping to enter the medical field. As an undergraduate preparing for his eventual admission into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kim found out that he needed to demonstrate job-shadowing experience. “The reason I pursued this venture was to provide pre-medical students an opportunity to shadow physicians in different areas of medicine,” said Kim. “It reduces the stress of trying to obtain shadowing experience. The physicians involved

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5 MILL POND, LAUREL.$189,900. One of a kind 3BR, 2BA 2-story townhome on Records Pond. Directions: From Rt. 13, west on Rt. 24 (4th St), right on Waterview Drive, left on Lake Drive which turns into Governor`s Ave., Mill Pond is at end of Governor`s Ave. Home is the 5th on the right. Host: Scott Venables.

6 RIVERS END DRIVE, SEAFORD. $299,000. Space galore in this 5BR, 3BA home w/ 1st flr bedroom & in-law suite. Directions: From Seaford Rt. 13 to west on Middleford RD (at Dairy Queen) right at stop sign, right on Old Meadow, left into River’s End. House is on left. Hostess: Jesscia Bradley.

24527 PINE BARK LANE, SEAFORD. $339,000. 4BR, 2BA colonial w/ dramatic 2 story family rm, Huge master suite, w/ sitting area. Directions: From Rt. 13, N turn right on Middleford Rd., right on Old Furnace, left on Old Meadow, left into Coummunity, go to end, home on right. Hostess: Dana Caplan.

435 W 6TH ST., LAUREL. $139,900. New home with water view offering 3 BR, 2 BA, kitchen has hardwood floors with an island, corian counter tops, 2 decks. Directions: Rt 24 West bear right onto 6th Street house on right. Hostess: Angie Zebley.

9318 MIDDLEFORD ROAD, SEAFORD. $152,900. 4 BR, 2 BA with garage. Spacious home on shaded lot with full basement. Directions: From Rt.13 turn into Middleford Road going East, house on right, see sign. Hostess: Michelle Mayer.

114 N CONWELL ST., SEAFORD. $129,900. New construction in town of Seaford offering 3 bedrooms,2 baths, open floor plan, high ceilings. Directions: High St. North on Conwell St. Host: Ed Higgins.

405 S WINDING BROOKE, SEAFORD. $219,000. Nicely landscaped 3BR, 2BA on cul de sac w/ screened porch, fenced rear yard. Directions: Rt.13 N of Seaford to Elks Road, Right into Clearbrooke Est., Turn right ,home on left. Host: Jason Willey.

7 TIFFANY VILLAGE, SEAFORD. $122,900. 3 BR, hardwood floors, 16x12 deck, hot tub, private backyard, shed. Directions: Turn at PK Restaurant, stay straight into Woodside Manor on Tulip turn right at stop sign. Look for sign. Host: John Williamson.

21741 MAPLE DRIVE, SEAFORD. $149,900. 3 BR, 1 1/2 Bath 1400 sq. ft. Rancher in great neighborhood. Directions: From Rt.13 Turn onto Camp Road, Turn left into Bryan Park, Home is on the right. Hostess: Dianne Reece.

7735 GRACE CIRCLE, SEAFORD. $250,000. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 4 Car Garage, Inground Pool, Screened Pool House & Deck. Directions: From Rt.13, Turn West on Concord Road towards Blades, Turn Left on Market Street, Turn Right on River Road, Turn left into Hill & Dale, Left on Grace Circle. Host: Lee Marland.

28854 ONEALS ROAD, SEAFORD. $244,750. 3BR, 2BA w/ open floor plan. Awesome size Master BR, sunroom, deck, fireplace & 2-car garage. Directions: From Alt. 13, take Bethel Rd. west, turn right on O’Neals RD. Home on left. Hostess: Sabrina Marland.

28940 JOHNSONS DRIVE, SEAFORD. $189,000. 3BR, 2BA offering hardwood flrs, Flordia rm w/ heat, office, hot tub & fish pond. Directions: Woodland Ferry Road (Laurel) to Patty Cannon Estates. Right on Johnsons Drive. Hostess: Patti Haney.

104 MAPLE STREET, LAUREL. $189,000. 3BR, 2BA with unfinished second floor, irrigation system, fire & security system. Directions: From Rt 13 in Laurel, turn west on Rt 24 thru town. Cross the RR tracks & go 4 blocks to right on 9th Street. Turn right on Maple. Hostess: Barbara Smith.

75 RIVERS END DRIVE, SEAFORD. $399,000. 5BR, 3.5BA on corner lot. Partial finished basement. Directions: From Rt 13 take Middleford Rd. to end, Right on Old Furnace Rd., Cross bridge & make 1st right on Old Meadow Rd. Turn left into Rivers End. Host: Russ Griffin.

139 WIDGEON WAY, BRIDGEVILLE. $299,900. 4BR, 3BA in 55+ golf community offering large master suite & dream chef’s kitchen. Directions: Take Heritage Shores Drive to back of development. Turn left on Canvasback Circle (second entrance), turn right on Widgeon Way & stay straight. Home on right. Hostess: Wanda Rash.

122 WILLIAM ROSS DRIVE, SEAFORD. $234,900. Fabulous contemporary with stone front, granite counter, full basement & loads of extras & upgrades. Directions: Take Stein Highway west. Turn right on Atlanta Rd. Development entrance approx .7 mile on right. Turn into development stay straight. Hostess: Nancy Price

742 ROSETREE LANE, SEAFORD. $139,900. Immaculately kept 3BR, hardwood flooring, tons of living space Directions: Rt. 13 N to W on Rt. 26, R on E. Ivy, L on Magnolia, L on Rosetree, House on left. Host: Lee Farris

24316 BEAVER DAM DR., SEAFORD. $289,000. Newly remodeled 5BR, 2.5 BA with great views of the pond! Designer finished basement. Directions: Rt. 13 to intersection of Arby’s. Turn into Beaver Dam Rd & continue into neighborhood until 2nd to last home on left. Hostess: Nancy Price

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Monday, November 1 6 to 8 pm

Monday, November 8 6 to 8 pm

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Wednesday, November 17 6 to 8 pm

Saturday, November 20 10 am to 12:30 pm

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Participants will also be asked to take part in an interactive computerized research survey. Sessions will begin and end promptly.

Leslie Merriken is an advocate of forest planning for her farm in Greenwood. As a member of the Delaware Tree Farm Committee and the Delaware Forestry Association, she works with many public, private, nonprofit, and industry groups to promote the many benefits of a Forest Stewardship Plan. A good plan is a written blueprint to guide the activities to achieve a landowner’s unique goals. Merriken’s goals include: Establishing better wildlife habitat for quail and other species. Joining with local hunting groups to practice quality deer management. Working with forestry experts on strategies for profitable and sustainable timber harvests.

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MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOv. 3, 2010

2010 General Election


Issues and Answers

Candidates on the ballot were given an opportunity to respond to our survey. Their responses are reprinted here verbatim to help voters learn more about them and their ideas. We encourage readers to take time to learn all they can about the candidates for office and to vote on Tuesday, November 2. Editor’s note: Candidates from the two major parties were contacted with the questions. In cases where the candidates did not have an opponent (Daniel Short of Seaford and Biff Lee of Laurel) a survey was not sent. (The question of “Why should voters elect you over your opponent” would not work.) Half of the candidates responded to the first request to complete the survey. The others had to be contacted one or more additional times. Candidates of the minor parties were not contacted just because of lack of time.

US Senate Christopher Coons (D) The candidate did not respond to the survey despite repeated attempts to encourage his campaign staff to participate.

Christine O’Donnell (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I’m running for U.S. Senate because I’m concerned about the direction of our country. Our constitutional founding principles of limited government, low taxation and free enterprise are no longer viewed as indispensable by our so-called leaders in Washington. It doesn’t take an expert to see our country is going broke. We can’t spend O’Donnell our way to recovery nor tax our way to prosperity, yet that’s what Washington continues to propose. We can begin the effort to turn the tide in our nation. I am optimistic. Yet, we must roll back the damage wrought by liberal big spending career politicians. My candidacy has been about putting the political process back in the hands of the people and restoring accountability. My campaign has been about fighting for the people and sending someone to Washington who will stand up to the special interests and break up the back room deals. In these trying times Delaware needs a senator who puts the needs of others before her own. We need to restore the sense that elected office means service to those whom you represent. We need leaders who

will sacrifice for the needs of others. To get our country back on track, those serving in Washington must be committed to a cause greater than themselves. For me, that cause is the people of Delaware. I am asking for your vote on Nov. 2, so that I can go to Washington and serve your interests, not political special interests. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? For our country to get back on track we must replace career politicians with citizen politicians. I want to go to Washington to represent the common interests of Delawareans not the special interests in Washington. My opponent has promised to be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Reid agenda. He will vote to increase taxes on job creators. He will vote for the national energy tax called Cap and Trade, which will cost every Delaware family at least $1,200 a year in higher utility costs and about $3,000 a year in higher consumer costs. And my opponent’s family could stand to make millions of dollars from the family business stake in Cap and Trade. My opponent’s answer for nearly every problem is the federal government. He believes in the overreaching arm of government, and I believe that reach must be reined in. My opponent recently told a candidate’s forum that voters should look at his performance as New Castle county executive to know how he will serve in the U.S. Senate. That’s exactly what voters should do, and when they do, they will see someone who raised property taxes by 54 percent, and who cut into the county’s surplus in order to attempt to balance the New Castle County budget. One bond rating service even said that if New Castle County stayed on the taxing and spending course that it’s now on, the county will be bankrupt in 2014, and will have a $17 million deficit by 2015. Imagine what my opponent would do if he’s sent to Washington and given the checkbook of the U.S. Treasury. During the upcoming lame duck session, I will vote to stop the Obama tax increases, to stop Cap and Trade and to keep the Death Tax from being reinstated on January 1. My plan is to cut taxes and keep money in the hands of the American people, giving certainty back to our job creators and encouraging them to invest back in their businesses and hire new workers.

What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? All across this state I’ve heard from small business owners who are pleading for certainty from Washington so that they can get back to creating jobs. They want our federal government to stop the reckless spending that has added $2.7 trillion to our national debt over the past two years. They want a senator who will vote to stop the Obama tax increases, so that they can know that Washington will let them keep more of their own money to reinvest in their businesses. This also means stopping the reinstatement of the Death Tax. Studies have said that permanently repealing the Death Tax could generate 1.5 million jobs. And, I will introduce legislation to implement a two-year holiday on the capital gains tax. This too will allow our job creators to see real economic growth sustained by hard work and a good business model, not by tax dollars. The best thing government can do to help the economy is to get out of the way of the small business owner and the entrepreneur and allow them to create jobs rooted in the private sector. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? We cannot afford to implement a devastating national energy tax such as the Obama administration’s Cap and Trade proposal. This job-killing proposal will affect Delawareans every time they flip on a light switch. Business owners will be hit with sharply higher utility costs and thousands of jobs will be lost as a consequence. My opponent’s family business could gain millions of dollars from the manufacture of equipment needed to meet Cap and Trade standards. However, he has said he would rubberstamp Cap and Trade. I will go to Washington during the lame duck session and vote to stop this national energy tax and the enormous burden it will place on Delaware families. I do believe that moving toward energy efficiency and getting off of our addiction to foreign oil is an important step we need to take, but we simply cannot afford to pass Cap and Trade legislation that will cripple businesses and create a massive bureaucracy in Washington.

US RePReSentatIVe John Carney (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? I’m running for Congress because now - more than ever - we need strong leaders to address the serious challenges we face as a nation. People are really struggling out there in the worst economy in our lifetime. In these difficult times, our representatives in Washington have let us down. John Carney We need new leaders who will put progress over politics and do what’s right for the country - not ideologues who are just interested in their narrow political agenda. As congressman, I’ll be an independent voice to create jobs and get the country back on the right track. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? Delawareans have a very clear choice in this election. If I’m elected to Congress, I will be a strong, independent voice working to create jobs, help small businesses grow, and strengthen our economy. I will work to cut taxes, reduce burdensome federal regulations and take advantage of new industries to create jobs for American workers. Glen Urquhart wants to take us back to the failed policies of the past. He opposes common sense Wall Street reforms to protect American families from risky lending practices, wants to abolish the Department of Education and proposes shifting the tax burden from the wealthy to the middle class. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? My top priority in Congress will be creating jobs and building a 21st century economy in Delaware. We need to revive U.S. manufacturing and make things in America again. I will work to do that by creating opportunities in new, green energy industries, like building the supply chain for offshore wind development. My opponent scoffs at these ideas. Small businesses are the engine of growth in our economy. I will work to help small businesses get access to credit through community banks, lower their tax


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Issues and Answers burden and reduce federal regulations to help them grow and create jobs. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Reducing the budget deficit is critical. As a member of Congress, I will work across the aisle to develop a comprehensive plan to address the rising national debt, beginning with the recommendations from the bipartisan committee President Obama has appointed to address this issue. Ultimately, the best way to reduce the deficit and bring down the national debt is with a strong and growing economy. That’s why I will implement policies that help small businesses grow and revive manufacturing in the U.S.

Glen Urquhart (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? We are piling up a tremendous amount of debt that is beginning to threaten America’s future. I am running to keep the American dream alive for my 14 grandchildren so they can have the same opportunities that I did. Angela and I started from nothing and have lived the American dream. I want to help America find life after debt. I want us to stop bailing Glen Urquhart out billionaires and get back to common sense principles and a government for the people. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? I am a proven job creator. I have over 30 years of business experience. I am an independent voice who will be on your side. I also served under President Reagan. I had a front row seat in the Reagan revolution which created 17 million net new jobs. I will follow that example. I also stand for the right to life and traditional marriage unlike my opponent. My opponent was Ruth Ann Minner’s loyal lieutenant and will be the same for Nancy Pelosi. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? Let’s revive the economy. Debt is destroying jobs. As a proven job creator, I want to get us back to creating jobs. Canada cut its corporate income tax rate and its unemployment rate dropped from 10% to 8%. Reagan cut taxes and got government out of the way of innovators and job creators. We created a net of 17 million new jobs. It is what works. Other areas include encouraging innovations in energy policy and encouraging building plants here in America by cutting the depreciation time in half. We have to repeal stifling regulations. Instead, my career politician opponent favors more of them like cap and trade which could cost 2.3 million jobs. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? We need real health care reform. We

need to jettison the disease of big. Big government, big insurance and business are controlling our medical care. We need to return to the doctor/patient relationship as the core of medicine. There are several mechanisms for accomplishing this goal. One new method is the Health PACT model which networks patients and doctors together. Instead of an insurance company getting in the middle and dictating which care is covered, the doctors and the patients control the care. 99% of medical needs could be covered for $106 for individuals and $212 for families a month. If we combined this approach with a health savings account with tax credits allowed for businesses also being available to individuals and interstate competition for catastrophic insurance plans, we could have universal access to health care without mandates, government control or deficit spending. We have to get out of the health insurance mindset and think about delivering superior health care.

ing tax credits to businesses that hire graduates of Delaware schools and graduates of top-tier universities; creating a public/ private investment fund to aid small and mid-sized businesses that want to expand and create jobs; and serving as an advocate for Delaware’s small businesses.


Colin Bonini (R)

Chip Flowers (D)

Why are you interested in holding this office? It’s your money! Delaware is the third most expensive state government in the country, per person. Third most expensive! Delaware has a spending problem – we spend over $8 billion a year in our state government – that’s almost $10,000 for every Delawarean. Do you think you’re getting $10,000 worth of services? I didn’t think so. Colin Bonini This excessive spending has to stop: it’s unsustainable and it’s killing our economy. I am running because as treasurer I can bring true transparency and accountability to our state government and reign-in the out-of-control spending. We must get our money out of the government and into the job-creating sectors of the economy. I believe I can do that as our next treasurer.

Why are you interested in holding this office? In this difficult economic climate, with so many families and businesses facing high unemployment, pay cuts, foreclosures and budget deficits, Delaware needs a state treasurer who will become engaged in seeking solutions to these major problems. I have been blessed to lead a successful business. Now I want to offer my talents and ideas, Chip Flowers along with my training in economics, business, law and government administration to benefit the people of Delaware. My experience, education and desire to promote new ideas will help me oversee a modernization of the State Treasurer’s Office. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? The treasurer is responsible for overseeing the management of billions of dollars of state funds. The treasurer must work to maximize investment returns on state funds and ensure that all payments are made on time and at the least possible expense to the state. My proposals would increase and improve the treasurer’s service to Delaware’s government and its residents. As the owner of a successful business (Flowers Counsel Group, LLC) and the holder of degrees in economics, business administration and public administration, I have more relevant background and training to hold this position than my opponent, a career politician. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The top issue is creating more jobs. I will work with the governor and his team to promote economic development. Ideas include targeting state spending toward small businesses to increase hiring; offer-

What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? The number-two issue is improving the overall quality of economic analysis and forecasting in state government. By consolidating economic data collected by other state agencies with data from federal and private sources, I would create a financial early-warning system to provide essential information to state agencies and Delaware businesses and citizens. This information would enable all Delawareans, in and out of government, to make better financial decisions. I would also work with state agencies to create “rainy day spending plans” so they’re prepared to cut costs when another downturn looms.

Why should voters elect you over your opponent? Bigger government vs. transparency and accountability. My opponent is advocating for a dramatically bigger, more expensive, more intrusive, and less accountable State Treasurer’s office. He believes that even more government control and interference in our economy will lead to economic recovery. I disagree completely. My plans for the State Treasurer’s office will save taxpayers money and will bring absolute transparency and accountability to state government. We must get the money out of the government and into your, the taxpayer’s, pocket in order to turn our economy around. Also, my opponent only plans to be a part-time state treasurer. He plans on keeping his lucrative law practice while getting $110,000 of taxpayer’s money for his parttime commitment. I will be a 100% fulltime and accountable state treasurer. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you

address this issue? Government spending and jobs. The bottom-line is that we must make Delaware state government accountable to taxpayers. If we can do that; and that is my plan for the State Treasurer’s office, I truly believe we can free-up the resources for our private sector and turn our economy around. Delaware has the resources to get our economy back on track – but we must get them to the job-creators, not into ever bigger government. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Stop the waste – it’s our money! Delaware state government is excessively inefficient. Our state government spends literally millions on paper checks, duplicate billing, different agencies running their own accounts receivable departments, etc. I think the state treasurer should consolidate many of these functions. By doing this we could save untold millions every year. Someone has to have the courage and the decisiveness to hold state government accountable and I believe I can be that person as our next state treasurer.

STATE AUDITOR R Thomas Wagner (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am interested in continuing to hold this office because public service is my passion. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as state auditor using my experience and skills to serve the people of Delaware in this capacity. I enjoy my job and know that I have made a difference in bringing more effectiveness and efficiency to state government opTom Wagner erations. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? Experience and a proven track record. My opponent has no accounting and auditing experience and works as a lobbyist. I have a B.A. in finance and an MBA. I am a Certified Government Finance Manager, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Control Auditor. I am past president of the National State Auditors Association and the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers & Treasurers. My office has a 100% conviction rate with cases prosecuted by the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. We have proposed over $94 million in cost savings over the past two years, and uncovered over $10 million in fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayers money. I take my job as Delaware’s financial watchdog very seriously and have worked hard to establish a record of which Delawareans can be proud. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The top issue facing the Auditor’s office is the growth in expenditures in state government is starting to exceed the rev-

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Issues and Answers enues of state government. We have to find a better way to deliver the important services and eliminate duplicate services and services that we simply cannot afford to provide any longer. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? The Auditor’s office first and foremost is an office of integrity. My office has issued factual reports and over the years no one has ever questioned the integrity of me or my professional staff. This year my opponent claims that local school district funds are not being audited. That is absolutely untrue. Even after my professional staff met with him to explain this, he continues to contend that this work is not being done. This lack of understanding of auditing is as troubling as his continual misrepresentation of the facts.

Richard Korn (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? I’m running for state auditor because the present auditor is not doing what he is required to by state law and because the people of Delaware deserve a more accountable government and need someone who can protect their tax dollars from wasteful spending. As a private citizen and taxpayer

watchdog, I’ve been aggressively trying to ensure our government is accountable and transparent to all of us. I fought for and won transparency and accountability of $242 million in New Castle County’s 2005 budget in the Court of Chancery. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? Richard Korn Title 29 of the DE Code specifies the duties of the auditor, including the duty to audit local district funds on an annual basis and to audit all departments, agencies, bureaus etc., on a bi-annual basis. The auditor should be the watchdog at the school district level. I repeat, over the last 10 years $4,087,433,286 of local school district funds were not audited as required by law. How many taxpayer dollars could have been saved if these funds had been audited? As auditor I will perform and fulfill the constitutional and statutory duties as specified in DE code. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? Title 29 of the DE Code specifies the duties of the auditor, specifically the duty to audit local school district funds on an annual basis and to audit all agencies and

departments on a bi-annual basis. Over the last 10 years $4,087,433,286 of local school district funds were not audited as required by law. The present auditor has not audited local school district funds as he is required to do by state law. As auditor I will perform and fulfill the constitutional and statutory duties as specified in DE Code and will perform “spot audits” designed to identify waste, abuse and possible criminal activity. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Every Delawarean should be interested in this race. This race affects everyone. Our tax dollars are at stake - where and how our money is spent - impacting state fiscal policy. All too often we hear that state government is “too big” and that we should consolidate this or consolidate that or privatize this or privatize that. However, when - as mandated by Title 29 - all departments, agencies, bureaus etc. - are not being audited on a bi-annual basis you cannot reasonably determine what is “too big” or what could be consolidated. As auditor I will perform and fulfill the constitutional and statutory duties as specified in DE Code and will be pro-active and perform “spot audits” designed to identify cost savings, waste, abuse and possible criminal activity as is done by many modern state auditors.

State Rep (35th DiStRict) David Wilson (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am the current state representative for the 35th District. I believe I have done a good job and merit your vote for re-election. I have devoted almost all of my adult life to public service in one way or another. I have served as the register of chancery, David Wilson the register of wills and state representative. I have helped anyone and everyone who has asked for assistance by conducting charity auctions, events and the like. As one of the few small businessmen and farmers in the General Assembly, I bring a unique view to Dover. I believe in smaller government, reduced taxes and responsible spending. I have voted consistently on each of these issues while in Dover. I want to be able to continue my work for you in Dover. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? I think you need to look at my record. I have voted against every tax and fee in-

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Issues and Answers crease while I have been in Dover. I have opposed balancing the budget on the backs of state employees or any one particular group. I have worked hard to represent the voters of our district. Just look at my constituent service since being a state representative. I have a record you can examine – and rely upon. I am not an unknown. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? Clearly, the biggest concern we have is the state’s economy. We must govern, spend and budget responsibly. The majority party hasn’t done so in the past. We have to focus on reigning in spending and budgeting responsibly. I have voted against each tax increase and fee increase since being in Dover. I will continue to do so. I have voted against balancing the budget on the backs of our employees and citizens. I will continue to do so. We must retain the businesses we have in Delaware now and recruit new ones. We can use tax abatements, incentives and public-private arrangements to keep our businesses. We must reduce regulation and unnecessary government meddling. Government doesn’t create jobs and businesses, but we must be sure the environment is ripe for business development. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Along with the economy, we must work to put our citizens back to work. Delaware has lost the auto industry, the credit card industry and is losing the agribusiness industry. This has to stop! We must get government off the backs of employers. Red tape does more to kill jobs than almost anything else! We must reduce the tax burden on the business community and the individuals to help the poisoned business environment begin to return to health. We must permit local control to determine local issues – and help develop local jobs.

James Westhoff (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am running because my neighbors and I are frustrated at the lack of action from our elected officials. There are specific actions that can be taken to create jobs, and to fix our schools, but not enough people in Dover are willing to step on some toes and get our state moving again. James Westhoff Why should voters elect you over your opponent? People should choose me over my opponent because I pledge to work full-time as their representative, sponsoring bills, helping my neighbors and being their representative in the very best sense of the word. On the evening when I am elected, I will resign from my job and commit myself fully to the people of my district.

Unlike my opponent, I have released specific ideas that will create jobs, reform our schools and make Delaware a better place to live. In fact, I released my “To-Do” list on my website. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? In the short term, we must start enforcing the law for contractors. Too often, outof-state contractors come to Delaware, and do not have a payroll, do not pay insurance, do not have a business license. They can do this because there is virtually no enforcement. This puts our honest, Delaware contractors at a disadvantage. In the mid-term, we must pass laws that reward safe businesses by offering lower premiums on workman’s compensation insurance. In the long term, we must push for wind power. In five to eight years, when we get those blades turning, oil prices will be high, so Delaware will have lower energy rates than surrounding states. This will attract manufacturing jobs to Delaware. In addition, as a representative, I will visit our existing employers and ask them what the state can do to help their business succeed. We must also reach out to existing businesses and help them grow and remain in Delaware. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Education is a major issue. We have a broken system here in Delaware that is making a handful of people rich, while our students are not receiving the education that we are paying for. We can keep our school districts, and our local control, but we must shift most of the administrative functions to a central, statewide office. The school districts are draining the resources away from our kids. On my website, I have a detailed plan for making common-sense changes to our schools, which will reduce overcrowding, increase learning and will not cost taxpayers any additional funding.

SuSSex RegiSteR of WillS Gregory Fuller (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? Because like any good leader, I am driven to finish any job or task that I have begun, and there would be some unfinished business should I not be returned to the office. I have learned a lot as the register of wills and I want to be able to continue to share all Gregory Fuller that I learn as I have in the past with the people. In addition, I believe that our seniors deserve a servant who will always avail himself to the people at all times and consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the fine people of Sussex County. Why should voters elect you over your opponent?

Because I have a genuine desire to serve people which is validated by my service to my country, my service abroad as a short term missionary and my willingness to avail myself to the fine people of Sussex County in whatever mode of service I’m asked. Whether singing the national anthem for a particular program or speaking to a group of youth on decision making, or sharing my “helpful tips” with seniors at the Cheer centers, I do it all because I love helping people. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The development of the Register of Wills office first ever Policy & Procedure Manual because there has to be in writing the specific manner in which matters are addressed in the office to ensure consistency. I have addressed this issue by having already initiated the developmental process in April. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? It is essential to keep the public informed about the importance of having a will and ensuring that all their personal affairs are in order before they go home to be with the Lord. In addition, continuing to conduct organizational forums on the specific matters and changes to the office that are of importance to them.

Cynthia Green (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am interested in being the next register of wills because I want to participate in keeping Sussex County a nice place to live and raise a family. I want to give back to the county and the people that I have spent a lifetime getting to know, and I will do that by representing them as the register of wills. Cynthia Green

Why should voters elect you over your opponent? I have spent the last 10 years caring for the elderly and walking beside the family members that have lost their loved ones. I know firsthand what they go through, and the last thing they need is more government red tape when facing that difficult time. I will never ask that the taxes be increased, and I will work efficiently to keep the costs low. I am available to serve full time and will devote my energy and experience to the Register of Wills office. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? Governor Markell has proposed that the row offices be removed from county gov-


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Issues and Answers ernment. This will take away our control and the income these offices provide for our county. I will oppose this, and work with legislatures to maintain our local control. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? I will not be in favor of raising taxes. I will work with county council to keep the fees as low as possible and will not propose that the fees increase.

SuSSex RecoRdeR of deedS John Brady (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? I ran in 2002 to improve the services, upgrade the computer system, cut costs and make the office more efficient. Since 2003, that is what I have done with the dedicated county workers that staff the office. Deeds and other documents are now returned in weeks, not months. I have cut the expenses and the budget by over 22% in the last four years, John Brady and have not increased fees during that time. No tax dollars are used to run the office. Since I have been in office, over $10 million in excess fees have been turned over to County Council to help fund the paramedic service and for public safety. Staff has been reduced by 22% through attrition (retirement, transfer) as well. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? My demonstrated experience in running the office, cutting costs and making the office more efficient. I have submitted seven balanced budgets. In the most recent budget (FY ‘10); my expense budget was $1.189 million. The unaudited figures as of Oct. 1, 2010 show expenses for FY ‘10 at $1.021 or $168,000 under budget. Last year the online deeds went active, reducing the costs for contractual services. In 2003, there was one recording station. Now there are five recording stations and a drop box. None of these improvements came out of tax dollars, only user fees. I want to finish the e-filing initiative, and I do not plan to run again for this office in 2014 as I believe that offices should rotate, not be a lifetime job. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? Security and maintenance of records. How will you address this issue? I have been working on this since I took office. Initially we moved the duplicate microfiche records to a different storage area than the primary set of microfiche. Since 2003, we have been digitizing the records. Instead of spending over $1.5 million to do it all at once, we are back scanning the records ourselves at no additional costs. We record over 50,000 documents a year, and the back scanning is done after the new documents are put online. A new

security system has been installed in the public and back area of the office as well. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? Privacy and e-filing. I worked with the legislature to develop guidelines to allow persons to request certain personal information at no cost by filing a request form with the Recorder of Deeds, and I have worked as a member of the E-filing task force to develop the guidelines to permit the electronic filing of deeds, mortgages and easements. I am also very accessible to the public.

Scott Dailey (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I would like to bring my private sector experience to make government more efficient. The office’s budget has gotten smaller, but it is completely out of line with its current revenue. I will bring expenses in line with revenue, and I will improve customer service. Scott Dailey I have been volunteering in a Christian youth mentoring program in Sussex County for the last 11 years, and I want to continue my community service to all residents of Sussex County. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? When the incumbent took office, the Recorder of Deeds expenses were about 20% of revenue. In 2009, the office expenses were over 34% of revenue. This year the office will spend the same amount of money as it did in 2004, but the office will process 20,000 fewer documents. This office needs management that is from a small businessman. My opponent is a career politician who has the endorsement of the Working Families Party. This party believes in open borders, open marriage and universal health care. My opponent’s views are not a fit with the citizens of Sussex County. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The largest issue is revenue. I will cut spending in the office by taking my private sector experience and applying common sense business principles to the office. I will keep the money local, as the Democratic party wants to take this office from the county level and make it a state appointed position. I will work for Sussex County citizens so that we can fund more police, paramedics and libraries. I will do all this without raising taxes or fees. This office needs to be elected by Sussex County residents and the revenue it generates needs to stay local. As a Republican, I will stop the Democrats. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? The second is an issue of leadership. The incumbent does not have regular hours in the office. The office routinely

changes policies and procedures without notice to citizens and professionals who interact with the office. I will keep regular office hours. I will make sure that the lines of communication with the public and real estate professionals are open. I will make the office more responsive because I will be on site making sure work gets done. I am not a career politician who will occupy my time running for another office.

SuSSex council (diStRict 5) Vance Phillips (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I love Sussex County, and I don’t want to see it governed like New Castle County. People in Sussex County are more conservative in nature. We like low taxes, smaller and more responsible government, Vance Phillips and we love our freedom. We don’t want a bunch of politicians and unelected bureaucrats raising our taxes and telling us what we can and cannot do. I think I have a very clear record of fighting to keep our property taxes low, while still maintaining a balanced budget. Why should voters elect you over your opponent?

I have never raised taxes, and I never will. I have a clear record of keeping taxes low, protecting property rights and respecting the Constitution. If the residents of Sussex County want to pay higher taxes instead, they can vote for my opponent. Sussex County residents enjoy a much higher quality of life than residents of neighboring counties. I believe that is in large part due to our significantly lower taxes. During my time in office I have had to constantly defend that position from those, like my opponent, who would raise our taxes to bring the “services” that New Castle County has to offer. I simply have a hard time believing that many people would willingly give up the low taxes and quality of life that we enjoy here in Sussex County to live in New Castle County with their sky-high taxes, fees and endless bureaucratic red-tape. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The people of Sussex County, myself included, are facing very difficult economic challenges. Our politicians are making tough times even worse. While our jobs are being threatened, homes being destroyed and lifestyles unreasonably burdened, our politicians are steadily trying to make government bigger, borrow and spend more money and raise more taxes. I have fought this at every turn, and I will continue fighting to keep big-government out of our lives and our pocketbooks. De-

WHY RE-ELECT DAVE WILSON? n He brings common sense and fiscal conservatism to the table. n Dave doesn’t rely upon a state paycheck. He’s a private sector small businessman who makes a budget, meets a payroll and stays within his means. n He doesn’t believe in spending what we don’t have or balancing an irresponsible budget on the backs of any one group. We are facing an ongoing economic crisis, and yet the majority wants to keep on spending recklessly. Dave voted NO on balancing the budget on the backs of state employees. n Dave is responsive and dependable. Everyone knows if you need Dave Wilson, he’s there when you call him. Dave believes his first responsibility is to the people of the 35th District.





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Issues and Answers spite the state, and both neighboring counties raising taxes and increasing their budgets, Sussex County has fought the trend. I have never raised taxes, and I never will. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? I think these two issues are related. Jobs is probably the second biggest issue in this county. As government gets bigger, our economy gets smaller. We have watched our politicians make government bigger and more expensive. As a result, we have watched our economy decline and jobs disappear right out the window. That is unacceptable to me. Our biggest industries in Sussex County are agriculture and agribusiness. Unfortunately DNREC and the EPA seem to have our farmers and agribusiness in their crosshairs. I think by reducing taxes on agriculture and related businesses we can help keep these industries competitive and keep those jobs here in Sussex County.

Dennis Cordrey (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? Many people have suggested that a change is needed in the 5th District and encouraged me to seek the office. I served the citizens of Sussex County for 33 years. I retired in August, and I still have a passion to serve the citizens, but in a capacity where I Dennis Cordrey can make a difference for all citizens. I do not profess to know it all, there are some areas I would need to become more informed, but informed I would be before decisions are made. With my background in county government my qualifications are second to none as a new councilman. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? The voters of the 5th district should elect me because I will be a full-time county councilman. I will be accessible throughout the district and have no special interests to satisfy except the taxpayers. I will listen to the voters and make common sense decisions based on their input and what is in the best interest of the county. As Sussex County director of personnel for 30 years, I have the necessary experience in county government to hit the ground running. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? Jobs – Many county residents are facing bankruptcy, losing their homes to foreclosure and struggling to put food on the table for their family. The county has a role to play in finding jobs and I will make that my number one priority. I will ask the Governor to include Sussex County officials in the job recruitment efforts so that we can promote Sussex County as the most attractive county to relocate a business.

What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? I am concerned about housing construction and the condition of our roads. I will hold accountable those national home builders who come into our communities and promise quality workmanship only to deliver projects that were half finished or never completed. I will work with the state to insure that our roads can accommodate the additional development and repair the roads that need repairing.

SuSSex County Sheriff Eric Swanson (D) Why are you interested in holding this office? Having spent my adult life in service to our Country, State and County, upon retirement I ran for Sheriff. I believed than, as now, my experience with the law, dealing with people, and keeping the Eric Swanson peace, were invaluable in restoring the Sheriff’s Office to a financially stable position, and to serve Sussex County without controversy or discord, and efficiently and responsibly perform the designated duties of Sheriff. I am seeking re-election to continue improving the operation of The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office. Why should voters elect you over your opponent? My record as Sheriff over the last four years speaks for itself. With a hardworking and dedicated staff, we increased the office’s revenue by securing the document service at Family Court that had been done by outside contractors. This increased our in-house monies and saved the taxpayers. WE now have a staff that works together, is user friendly, and has the cooperation and respect of all public and private agencies with which we work and serve. We have made huge organizational strides to keep up with the current load of Sheriff Sales. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? I want to make the office even more cost effective, and to maintain and even to increase the high standards of service we provide to the county. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? We need to investigate new avenues for additional revenues to ensure that the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office becomes even more fiscally responsible to the people and more cost effective, especially with the present economic conditions that affect all of us.

Jeffrey Christopher (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am a conservative, Republican candidate and I believe first and foremost that the office of Sheriff should remain small but should do more for the people. In the 1700’s, Edmund Burke said, “The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” The Sheriff’s office once provided child and senior safety programs Jeff Christopher (Deputy Bob) by using volunteers and students to fingerprint children and train seniors about home and cyber safety. Child predator incidents and crimes against seniors are on the rise. Something can be done rather than letting these things grow beyond control. A growing concern among citizens about their security regarding illegal immigration, child predators, thefts and crimes of violence, is a clear indicator. We must be proactive to re-instate programs that worked then and will work now. Knowledge is the key and the sheriff can do just that. While we enjoy a slower pace it is important to put safeguards in place. Training, certifying and professionalization of the current staff to serve you better, reduces liability!

Why should voters elect you over your opponent? Voters should elect me over my opponent because of my 25 plus years of police experience, including administrative experience, that concentrated on people (community policing) and what I could do to make life better for them. I believe my opponent does not have this type of experience with community based policing. That said, I believe one must be approachable from his constituents in a manner that is genuine and sensitive to their needs, not just procedural. An elected sheriff must be responsive to the people that he serves. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? The top issue facing the office now is a comprehensive plan to use current technology to improve efficiency. The current use of technology is outdated. In fact, it’s what was in use when I was there in 2006. Maximum use of volunteers and local students to perform certain tasks not only benefit them for the experience but save taxpayer money. It has been requested by people in the county who want to have things to do with their time assisting with sheriff sales, document processing and safety training duties. Modern GPS and mapping software is capable of cutting redundant travel and man hours needed, therefore reducing costs. I am familiar with the current systems there as it was installed under my supervision. In summary, the lack of



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Issues and Answers up-to-date applications of technological equipment has caused the office to fall seriously behind in sheriff sales and document services, including family court. What is the second most pressing issue and what will you do to address this issue? The Delaware Constitution (section 14) defines sheriff as the “Conservator of the Peace,” a person charged through the office to maintain the peace by preventing crime and acts that breach the peace of the people. In current times, we must use our resources wisely and to their potential to deal with problems such as illegal immigration, which will be a logistical nightmare if we don’t stay ahead of it. Proper planning under federal guidelines will soon dictate to local law enforcement across the U.S. procedures to follow in dealing with the immigration situation. If proper training, certification and professionalism is not a concern for the current sheriff, then these things will be standing in the way when the task to

act is suddenly upon us. The citizens will suffer from the lack of planning and training as the problem continues to worsen. There is much more that the current sheriff could do to help with child and senior safety as incidents of crime continue to grow. The council controls the budget for the sheriff and as stated, massive growth is not in my plans. I simply want the role to be defined to allow the staff to be professionalized through better training, proper certification and clarification of arrest powers so that liability is minimized and we are prepared should the county council need the department to respond. Finally, my opponent has said he turned in $2 million to the county last year and “put the office back into the black.” The fact is the Sheriff’s office has never been in the red and the monies he returned is directly correlated to the number of foreclosures that have come about in this county, so this is a given. He has done nothing but the basics and you deserve more, especially in these times of uncertainty.

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MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

Fun and easy Halloween treats for kids of all ages In 5th century Ireland the Celts believed that on the last day of their summer, Oct. 31, the dead rose to walk once more with the living. Guided by glowing window candles, the souls would return for a meal with their families, a place having been set for them. Children set out to ask for offerings of food to serve symbolically to their guests. Afterwards, the food would be distributed to the poor. One theory has it that wearing scary costumes originated to frighten off the spirits who weren’t welcome at the table. The reasons for celebrating Halloween have evolved over many years to the point where it’s become more of a child oriented, secular holiday. Now, Halloween is big business - not just with the usual costume and candy sales but also with the proliferation of haunted houses, Halloween cookbooks and tons of dedicated websites. From the Halloween joke website: How do you make a witch scratch? Take away her “W”. What do birds give out on Halloween? Tweets! Here are a few suggestions for fun and easy Halloween “tweets” that can be enjoyed by kids of any age. Carrot Fingers and Ranch Dressing 6 to 8 servings 1 bag peeled baby carrots 1 cup sliced almonds Cream cheese Bottled ranch dressing Place a bit of cream cheese on the end of a baby carrot and place an almond slice face down on top. The almond should look like a fingernail on the carrot “finger”. Repeat until all carrots are finished. Pour dressing in a bowl and stand a few carrot fingers upright in the bowl. Place the bowl on a platter and lay the remaining carrot fingers around the bowl. (If you paint a bit of red food coloring onto the end of each baby carrot, it will look like a severed finger!) Robin Miller, The Food Network Cheese Ball Goblin Recipe courtesy Paula Deen 20 servings 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature, plus 2 (8-ounce) packages whipped cream cheese 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature 1 tablespoon milk

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The Practical Gourmet 2 cups shredded mixed cheeses, such as cheeses for tacos Green food coloring 2 large tortilla chips 1 whole pepperoncini pepper 2 pimiento-stuffed olives 1 bell pepper, cut 2 thin strips and 6 small triangles 6 pitted green olives 20 small carrot sticks 3 cups shredded red cabbage Toothpicks Assorted crackers Assorted vegetables Place 2 packages of cream cheese, butter and milk in a mixing bowl, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and combined. Add the shredded cheese and mix until well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or up to 24 hours. Remove the chilled cheese mixture from the refrigerator. Place the mixture on a piece of waxed paper and form the cheese ball into a head-like shape. Place 3 pieces of waxed paper around the edges of a serving plate, leaving open space in the center. Place the cheese in the center of the platter so some of it is right on the platter, but the edges are on the waxed paper. This will ensure that the platter does not get dirty while you make your goblin. In a medium bowl, stir the remaining softened cream cheese until totally smooth. With a spatula, spread the whipped cream cheese over the head. It’s okay if it’s not totally smooth - this will give your goblin spooky skin. Place a few drops of green food coloring in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix well. With a pastry brush,

paint the tortilla chips with the food coloring until they are the desired color. Set aside to dry for a few minutes. Once the chips are dry, press them into the sides of the cheese ball to form ears. (An easier idea: just use blue tortilla chips instead). Skewer the pepperoncini with a toothpick and then attach it to the center of the head to make a nose. Press the pimiento-stuffed olives into the head to form eyes. Use the 2 red bell pepper strips to make eyebrows. Take the pepper triangles and insert them into the holes in the pitted green olives. The green olives will serve as toes, and the red pepper strips will be scary toenails. Once the olives are assembled, press them into the bottom of the head to form the toes. Press the carrot sticks into the head to form teeth. Leave them sticking out a bit to make scary teeth. It’s okay if your carrot sticks are different lengths and thicknesses. Hold the head onto the platter with a spatula and gently pull away the waxed paper. Finally, press the cabbage into the top of the head to make hair. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables. Snake Bites 10 servings 1 can crescent rolls Flour, for dusting 4 tablespoons spicy mustard 10 ounces thinly sliced ham 10 ounces thinly sliced salami 10 ounces bologna 12 ounces Monterey Jack, grated Liquid food coloring 3 egg yolks 2 whole cloves Toothpicks 2 small pimiento-stuffed olives 1 (1-inch) strips jarred roasted red peppers Preheat the oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease the foil and set aside. Dust a flat surface lightly with flour. Spread out the crescent dough — do not separate. Pinch together the seams so that you have 1 piece of dough. Roll out to make a large rectangle. Make sure the

This Cheese Ball Goblin is sure to delight kids of all ages.

dough is not stuck to the surface at all. Brush the dough with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border. Layer the meats down the center of the rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border on either end. You can feel free to use your favorite cold cuts. Top the meats with the cheese. Fold 1 side of the dough over the filling, lengthwise. Then, fold the other 1/2 over and press the seal the filling inside. Take 1 egg yolk, and beat lightly with a fork. Brush the egg yolk over the top of the dough. The yolk will act as the glue to hold. Fold the dough in 1/2 again lengthwise. Pinch the seam with your fingers to seal. Press the outside of the dough to make sure everything is sealed tight and to make an even thickness for the body of your snake. Taper 1 end of the dough to form a tail shape. Form the other end into a head shape. Beat the 2 remaining egg yolks together. Transfer to 3 separate small bowls. Add some food coloring to each bowl — whatever colors you like! Using a clean paintbrush, “paint” the snake with the egg yolk/food coloring mixture. Transfer the snake to the foil lined sheet tray. Form into an “s” shape so it looks like the snake is slithering. Insert 2 cloves into the head to look like nostrils and 2 stuffed olives for eyes. Create a mouth or tongue with the roasted red peppers. Bake the snake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Halloween candy ‘Buy Back’ opportunity

One area dental office is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween “trick or treaters” can bring their excess candy to the office of Lynch & Rodriguez, PA and receive $1 per pound. Dr. John Lynch and Dr. Janette Rodriguez are leading this anti –decay movement by giving away dollars and goody bags in exchange for cavity–provoking candy. “Visiting the dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your mouth a healthy boost,” says Dr. Lynch.

Global sugar consumption by children increases about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year. Candy can also lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. Some types of candy can cause broken teeth and damaged braces. The “Buy Back” will take place on Nov. 1 at the dental office of Lynch & Rodriguez, PA located at 543 Shipley St., Suite E in Seaford. Candy will be purchased from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Collection will be for “trick or treat” candy and only unopened candy will be accepted. The candy will be shipped to troops serving overseas. Call 629-7115 for more information.

FREE SCARY PANCAKE - IHOP restaurants in the Salisbury area will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake on Friday, Oct. 29 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween. The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.

MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOv. 3, 2010


Painting floor turned into an event worthy of the Olympics

I didn’t exactly paint myself into a corner. From where I was standing, the room’s four corners were all several feet away. Unfortunately, so was the door. And between it and me lay an expanse of wet paint. You might ask how this could happen; how a reasonably intelligent woman could start painting a floor right in front of the door and end up standing in a small, dry patch in the center of the room. Let me explain. My adventure started when my husband and I decided to pull up the carpet that had been in our son’s room since we moved into our house 29 years ago. As we suspected, underneath the decades old rug was good variable-width pine flooring, covered, in the style of the old farmhouse, in warm brown paint. My husband suggested that we sand off the paint; maybe then we could refinish the old pine and have a really beautiful floor. But images of layers of paint dust, loaded with the lead that we all know we aren’t supposed to breathe, stopped us. We would scrub and paint the floor instead. With a stiff-bristled brush, I scoured the floor, erasing more than 20 years of accumulated dust and grime. “This is the way of women who came before you,” I reassured my knees, which were grumbling over the hard floor on which they were pressed. The floor clean, I got to work painting. The first half of the room, the end away from the door, went well: I started painting in the southwest corner and ended up in the southeast corner, near to the door and my exit to lunch. But it was with the second half of the room that I ran into trouble. I started that phase of the painting during a telephone conversation with my sister and I blame our discussion over a high school dance to which her son was going and the question of whether he was expected to give his date flowers for my confusion. On the other hand, that confusion could have been part of my natural thought process. I am reminded of my bicycle rides around my hometown when I was a child and my encounters, only when I forgot that it was there, with a railroad track that cut across the road in a non-perpendicular way. I knew that there was a way to turn my wheel so that I could cross safely and another way to direct the bike so that the wheel would get wedged between the rail and the asphalt and I would fall. This way, that way, this way, that way; I debated as I approached the track. It seems that nearly all the time, I chose the wrong way and fell. My brain, usually methodical and organized, can freeze when confronted with a simple puzzle. Maybe it was that, or maybe it was the telephone conversation with my sister; at any rate, I started painting right in front of the door. I realized my mistake about an hour later, as the end of the paint project neared. I stood up to survey my progress and saw that to exit the room, I would have to cross a sea of wet paint. Leaving my footprints for generations of people to point, laugh and wonder at. I pondered the problem. Perhaps, I thought, one giant leap would cross the expanse of wet paint; but could I do it? I am not, after all, the same girl who bounced right up when her bike hit the railroad track. I eyed the distance. I pumped my arms in the way I was taught in gym class, when we had to do a broad jump. And, ready in mind and body, I jumped. When my family gathers around the table at my parents’ house this Thanksgiving, we will have several things for which we can express thanks. Good health, happy offspring, plenty of food, working

Lynn Parks exit the room, I would have to cross a sea of wet paint. plumbing. We will also express thanks for the fact that I was able to join them; that I was not stuck in the middle of a still-wet painted floor, nor was I lying in a broken heap in the upstairs hallway. And I will be especially thankful that my jumping muscles are intact; that with a broad jump that my high school gym teacher would be proud of, I was able to clear the wet floor without leaving behind a single footprint. Brain and body working together to solve a problem. Maybe, approaching my fifth decade, I have finally stumbled on the way to answer complex questions. I think after dinner, when the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie have sufficiently settled, I will take a bike ride around town.

Fashion show benefits scholarships

From casual to elegant, fashion will be center stage during the third Couture & Class on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Proceeds from the fashion show and luncheon help to fund international education scholarships for Owens Campus students. These opportunities enable students to acquire an international outlook, provide them with a competitive edge in the global job market and prepare them to work and live in a culturally diverse world. Delaware Tech offers study abroad programs to countries as diverse as Scotland, Russia, Mexico, Vietnam, Turkey, Ireland and Ecuador. The fashion show has proven to be a successful way to raise scholarship funds – nearly $3,000 was raised in 2008 and profits more than doubled to $7,100 in 2009. Presenting men’s and women’s clothing in the categories of casual, business, holiday and resort wear will be Carltons, Pineapple Princess, Rose Garden, Sole, all in Rehoboth; Coolspring Cottage, Deanna’s, Tiger Lili and Twila Farrell, all in Lewes. Attendees will be able to purchase clothing and store items at the show’s shopping bazaar; participating stores will donate 15 percent of all sales to the scholarships. New this year and adding another element of excitement is an online auction, with the proceeds also designated for scholarships. Items — including timeshares, resort vacations and unique experiences — can be viewed online at fashionshow. Participants will have the opportunity to make final bids on auction items during the show. The event is chaired by Sue Saliba, college trustee and member of the Owens Campus Development Council. The planning team is comprised of community members and college staff. Tickets are $35 per person and $225 for a table for eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 855-1659.

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MIDGET WIN- The Bulldogs’ Benjamin Miller goes up in the air on a run during the Laurel Pop Warner Midget football team’s 33-0 win over Woodbridge. Miller and Cain Collins each had an extra point in the victory. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel running back Shawn Miller follows lineman Cameron Porter (60) on a run during the Bulldogs’ home win over the Raiders. Miller ran for 82 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Laurel. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel football team tops Blue Raiders, former coach, 19-13

Two-headed ground attack leads the way in final drive By Mike McClure The Laurel varsity football team put together a drive late in last Friday’s home contest to defeat the Woodbridge Raiders, 19-13. The Raiders, led by former Bulldog coach Ed Manlove, took a 13-7 lead early in the second half, but the Laurel ground game accounted for the final two scores and the Bulldogs’ defense held the Woodbridge offense at bay the rest of the way. The dynamic duo, Chris Jones and Shawn Miller, led the way for the Bulldogs as they followed their offensive line

for a combined 224 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The tandem took the load of the work with quarterbacks Adam White and Bryce Bristow in for injured starter Joe McGinnis. “It’s a lot of pressure,” said Jones, who had 28 carries for 142 yards and also lined up under center in the Wildcat late in the first half. “They (White and Bristow) completed some passes,” Miller added. “Our line, they were driving and driving. We were just a different second half team.” Continued on page 41

Laurel’s Timaun Williams is shown carrying the ball during last weekend’s Pop Warner Pee Wee football game. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel Pop Warner Pee Wee football tops Woodbridge for eighth win

The Laurel Pop Warner Pee-Wee football won its eighth game of the 2010 season on Saturday by a 28-6 score over the Woodbridge Blue Raiders to win the Henlopen Conference title. The Pee-Wee Bulldogs will be on the road on Saturday, Nov. 6 at a time to be determined vs a team to be determined at Cape Henlopen High School in the Division 3 Eastern Regional tournament. On Saturday, Laurel scored 21 points in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by Donnell Briddell, a two-yard run by Garrett Temple, and a 28-yard touchdown strike from Justin Hill to DeonTre Parker. Temple added an extra point run and Bragg Davis caught a pair of passes for extra points. Trent Hearn scored on an eight-yard touchdown run in the third quarter with Hill finding Davis for the extra point. Woodbridge scored a touchdown at the end of the game to make the score 28-6. Briddell had nine carries for 51 yards and a touchdown, Timaun Williams carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards, Hearn ran for 38 yards and a touchdown, and Temple had four runs for 23 yards and a touchdown. Skyler Chaffinch led the Laurel defense with five tackles; Williams had three stops; and Temple, Alyzjah Kellam, and Hearn added two tackles each. Brandon Jackson also had an interception for the Bulldogs. For more information about the Laurel Pop Warner program, visit www.leaguelineup. com/laurelpopwarner.

Delmar Youth Basketball League signups to take place in November

Laurel’s Dylan Shockley makes a grab on the first play of Laurel’s opening drive last Friday night. Shockley also recovered a fumble in the Bulldogs’ 19-13 win over Woodbridge. Photo by Mike McClure

Signups for the 2010-2011 Delmar Youth League Basketball season, for boys and girls ages 6-12, will be held on the first three Saturdays in November. These dates are: Nov. 6, 13, and 20. Signups will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the north entrance of Delmar High School by the gym. The cost is $30 per child or $45 per family. Children must be residents of the Delmar School District. Any question please call Odell Jones Jr, president of Delmar Youth League Basketball, at 410-251-6570 (cell) or 302-846-9544 ext. 141 (work).


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

LOOKING TO PASS- Seaford quarterback Myron Hayes looks left for a pass as Delmar’s Keandre Whaley hangs back protecting the right side of the field. Photo by Lynn Schofer

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME- Laurel’s Jerron Tull grabs Woodbridge quarterback Darrius Miller during last Saturday’s Pop Warner Midget football game. Tull had a pair of touchdown runs to help the Bulldogs to a 33-0 win and the conference championship. Photo by Mike McClure

TOUCHDOWN RUN- Laurel’s Yermour Auguste heads for a touchdown during his team’s middle school football game against Sussex Central. Submitted photo

DIG PINK- Sussex Tech’s Tatum Jones goes for the block during her team’s home match against Indian River last Tuesday in the Dig Pink match. Photo by Mike McClure

PEE WEE FOOTBALL- The Bulldogs’ Elijah DeShields carries the ball during his team’s 28-6 win over Woodbridge on Pop Warner Pee Wee football play. Photo by Mike McClure

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FACEOFF- The Wildcats’ Samantha Johnson, left, looks to keep ball away from Seaford’s Ania Sypek during last week’s game in Delmar. Photo by Mike McClure

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Laurel Stars of the Week

The Wildcats’ Thomas Gray, left, puts a foot on the ball during last week’s varsity boys’ soccer game. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar soccer team picks up home win over Laurel

The Delmar varsity boys’ soccer team went 1-1 last week, defeating Laurel, 8-0, and falling to Polytech, 2-1 in overtime. Thomas Gray had two goals and an assist, James Whaley netted a pair of goals, Joe Prochownik added a goal and an assist and Robbie Budd dished out two assists in the win over Laurel. Brady Scott, Carl VanGessel, and Dominique Showell each had a goal and Roel Dominguez and Josh Lord contributed one assist each for the Wildcats. Delmar lost to Polytech, 2-1 in overtime, on Thursday. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead into the half before scoring the game-winner in OT. Gray netted a goal for the Wildcats in the loss. Gray also had a goal in his team’s loss to Worcester Prep.

Female Co-Athlete of the WeekDesirae Williams- Laurel High Laurel senior Desirae Williams scored all four of her team’s goals in last Monday’s 4-3 win over Smyrna including the game-winning goal in overtime.

Female Co-Athlete of the WeekAbby Atkins- Sussex Tech High

Sussex Tech’s Abby Atkins netted seven goals in her team’s two wins last week. Atkins had three goals in a 7-1 win over Lake Forest and added four goals and an assist against Dover. Honorable mention- Shawn Miller- Laurel; Jermel Smith- Laurel; Chris JonesLaurel; Dylan Shockley- Laurel; De’Vaughn Trader- Delmar; Sam Spellman- Sussex Tech; Jacob Williams- Sussex Tech; James Smith- Sussex Tech; Josh Walstead- Sussex Tech; Christian Grijalba- Delmarva Christian; Robbie Robles- Sussex Tech; Ricky Hernandez- Sussex Tech; Desmond Sivels- Sussex Tech; Shane Marvel- Sussex Tech; Alyssa Miller- Laurel; Ashley Matos- Delmar; Melissa Russo- Delmar; Morgan Parsons- Delmar; Sam Johnson- Delmar; Lauren Massey- Delmar; Carlee Budd- Delmar; Caroline Phillips- Delmar; Mallorie Parsons- Delmarva Christian; Lauryl Berger- Delmarva Christian; Maxine Fluharty- Sussex Tech; Kelsey DohertySussex Tech; Izzy Wharton- Sussex Tech; Emily Ritter- Sussex Tech; Bethany Killmon- Sussex Tech



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Delmar’s Nick Machado looks to clear the ball during his team’s home contest against Polytech last week. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel Star varsity sports schedules (10/28-11/3)

Thursday, Oct. 28- Soccer- Delmar at Woodbridge, 4 p.m., Sussex Tech at Caesar Rodney, 7 p.m.; field hockey- Laurel at Lake Forest, 4 p.m., Sussex Tech home vs. Polytech, 4 p.m., Delmar at Lake Forest, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29- Football- Laurel home vs. Indian River, 7:30 p.m., Sussex Tech home vs. Caesar Rodney, 7:30 p.m.; girls’ volleyball- Delmarva Christian at Polytech, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30- Football- Delmar home vs. Polytech, 1:30 p.m.; field hockeySeaford at Laurel, 11 a.m.; cross country- DSAC cross country championship, 3:30 p.m.; soccer- Sussex Tech home vs. St. Thomas More, 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1- Field hockey- Laurel at Dover, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2- Field hockey- Sussex Tech at Delmar, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3- Soccer- Woodbridge at Laurel, 4 p.m.; cross country- Sussex County cross country championship, 3:15 p.m.; soccer- Sussex Tech at Smyrna, 7 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER- Laurel’s Evan Cerna, right, vies for control of the ball against Delmar during a middle school soccer game. Laurel picked up the 3-0 win. Submitted photo


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

CHAMPIONS- Shown are winners of the Heritage Shores 18 Hole Ladies Golf Championship match which took place October 21: Kay Mooney (first place), Cyndy Zemitis (second) and Muriel Waite (third). Submitted photo

Delmar’s Kevin Trader tucks the ball and puts his head down as Seaford’s Andre Washington wraps his arms around for the tackle. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Seaford varsity football team falls to Delmar on ‘Think Pink Day’


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CORRECTION- Seaford’s Udiel Perez-Mendez completes the attack on Laurel goalie Pete Tonelli for the Blue Jay score during last Tuesday’s game in Laurel. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Henlopen Conference varsity football scoring leaders (week seven) 1. Quadir Bryant, Lake Forest- 24 touchdowns, one two-point- 144 2. Desmond Sivels, Sussex Tech- 21 touchdowns and one two-point- 128 3. Pierre Foreman, Dover- 15 touchdowns- 90 4. Frank Braham, Delmar- 11 touchdowns- 66 Dante Shells, Caesar Rodney- 11 touchdowns- 66 6. Samuel Mohr, Cape Henlopen- eight touchdowns- 48 Carlton Nash, Smyrna- eight touchdowns- 48 8. Freddie Sample, Woodbridge- seven touchdowns, one two-point- 44 9. Jerome Johnson, Cape Henlopen- seven touchdowns- 42 10. Jason Owens, Seaford- six touchdowns, one two-point- 38 11. Chris Jones, Laurel- six touchdowns- 36 De’Vaughn Trader, Delmar- six touchdowns- 36 Donovan Cain, Dover- six touchdowns- 36 In the fourth quarter Seaford pushed the ball to the 25 yard line for a first down but a fumble put the Blue Jays deep with a second down and 27. The next play would give The Wildcats a 54-6 lead after Deondre Reddick pulled in Delmar’s fifth interception and returned it for a 31-yard

touchdown. Seaford may not have scored often but they scored last when at 4:42 left in the game Andre Washington ran the ball from the 15 yard line to the end zone. Cannon added two points making the final score 54-14.


Seaford High School showed support in combating breast cancer during the Second Annual Think Pink Day. Seaford High graduate Katrina Johnson died at the age of 29 of breast cancer and each year the school campaigns for awareness in Katrina’s memory. The varsity football players, cheerleaders, coaches, and fans all wore pink during the Friday Night Football game against Delmar. Although the Wildcats came to town and pounded out a 54-14 win, the Blue Jays believe the fight against cancer will prevail. In the first quarter, Delmar wasted no time and put the first touchdown on the books when De’Vaughn Trader intercepted the pass by Myron Hayes intended for Jason Owens. Trader took a handoff from quarterback Alex Ellis for the touchdown. After a failed two point attempt, Seaford’s Shaquill Turnage returned the kickoff to the 30 yard line but less than one minute later Ellis pulled in the second interception. The Wildcats were quickly up 13-0 when Trader ran from the 21 yard line through the middle of the Sea-

ford defense to the end zone. In the second quarter Delmar continued its domination and at 10:50 an unstoppable Trader added another touchdown to his night putting the score at 20-0. Seaford took possession at 10:29 but another interception by Trader with a 20-yard return set up the Wildcats’ Erick Dennard ‘s 23-yard touchdown run for a 27-0 lead. Seaford’s Dean Cannon took over quarterback duties but he too fell victim to an interception and with 1:16 remaining in the half Delmar’s Devene Spence took the ball in from the one yard line. Seaford finished the first half with four interceptions. In the third quarter, a Seaford penalty for a face mask put Delmar into Blue Jay territory. The Wildcats’ Kevin Trader ran 36 yards for the touchdown and a 47-0 lead. The Blue Jays were able to give themselves a lift when Jason Owens out jumped the double team and pulled in a touchdown for Seaford with 3:10 left in the third quarter. Delmar had another scoring opportunity but fumbled on the five yard line and Seaford recovered the ball.


By Lynn Schofer

MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010


Laurel’s David Cornish runs for 16 yards on a reverse late in the first half of last week’s 19-13 home win over Woodbridge. Cornish also recorded eight tackles to help lead the Bulldogs. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel football continued Laurel opened the game with the ball on the 44 yard-line. White, a sophomore, completed a 20-yard pass to Dylan Shockley on the first play of the drive. Jones added two carries for 12 yards and Miller had a 24-yard touchdown run. Adam Black’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 10:26 left in the first quarter. The Raiders answered with their own drive on their first possession of the game. Freddie Sample picked up six yards on third and four from the 22 and C.J. Pleasants completed an eight-yard pass to Trez’mon Kane on third and four from the 34. Sample added runs of 12 and 13 yards, Pleasants had a 12-yard keeper, and Christian Cole scored from one yard out. Brent Adams’ PAT knotted the score at 7-7 with 1:12 left in the quarter. Laurel opened the next possession with the ball on the 42. Jones scampered 12 yards to push the ball into Raider territory. Woodbridge’s RaHeem Deputy held Miller to a two-yard run on third and nine from the Raider 45 and Jones slipped on a fourth down run, giving the ball to the Raiders on downs. Woodbridge started with the ball on its own 42 yard-line, but tackles in the backfield by the Bulldogs’ Brandon Scott and David Cornish forced the Blue Raiders to punt. Deputy and Bryan Samuels held Jones to a two-yard gain on third and seven on the 32, forcing Laurel to punt. The two teams exchanged punts until Laurel took over on its own 45 with 33.3 second left in the half. Cornish picked up 16 yards on a reverse as Jones lined up as the quarterback in the Wildcat. Jones was dropped for a nine-yard loss by Troy Worthy, but gained 17 yards on a run before being brought down by Anthony Jefferson with no time left in the half. Woodbridge got the ball first in the second half and put together a scoring drive, starting at the 48. Sample picked up five yards on fourth and three on the Laurel 45, Kane ran for nine yards and then rumbled for 10 yards on fourth and inches from the 18, and Sample capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked, but Woodbridge held a 13-7 lead with 6:22 to go in the third quarter. The Bulldogs wasted no time answer-

Delmar’s Carlee Budd takes a shot on goal on a corner during last week’s home contest against Seaford. Budd had one of her team’s goals in the 3-0 win. Photo by Mike McClure

Lady Wildcats net two second half goals in win over Seaford By Mike McClure Despite a solid effort by Seaford goalie Molly Cain (20 saves), the Delmar varsity field hockey team was able to find the cage three times in a 3-0 win last Thursday in Delmar. Carlee Budd scored off a feed from Taylor Elliott on a corner (28:15) for a 1-0 Wildcat lead at the half. Delmar outshot Seaford, 13-0, and held a 9--0 advantage in shots while Cain made nine saves in the first half for the Blue Jays. Seaford came out firing early in the second half, but Delmar goalie Caila White kept the Blue Jays from scoring on a pair of corners. Delmar’s Lauren Massey followed up a pair of saves by Cain with her team’s second goal (16:17). Cain turned back Caroline Phillips’ penalty stroke, but Phillips found the net on a feed from Bethany Parsons 21 seconds later (14:02) for a 3-0 Delmar lead. The Wildcats finished with a 31-6 advantage in shots. Cain had 20 saves while White made four stops. Laurel kicker Adam Black prepares to kick off during the Bulldogs’ home win over Woodbridge last Friday night. Photo by Mike McClure

ing the Raider score. Jones ran for 11 yards on first and 10 from the 21 and later picked up five yards on third and one from the Woodbridge 46. Jones had three more carries for 21 yards and Miller ran 12 yards for the touchdown. The extra point was no good and the score remained 13-13 with 1:14 left in the third. Woodbridge tried to come back with another scoring drive early in the fourth quarter behind the running of Kane. Kane had runs of nine and eight yards as the Raiders moved the ball to the Bulldog 32. Shockley recovered a Woodbridge fumble on third and one. Laurel was also able to move the ball downfield as Jones had three carries for 11 yards and Bristow completed a 15-yard pass to Jones on third and nine from the 40. The completion and a Woodbridge penalty set up first and 10 on the Raider 30, but this time the Bulldogs turned the ball over with a fumble. Woodbridge took over on its own 26 yard line. Laurel’s Zach Toadvine blocked

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a pass by Pleasants on second and nine, but Pleasants found Sample for a 24-yard completion on the next play. The Raiders elected to punt the ball on fourth and five from the Laurel 49 with under four minutes left in the game. Laurel put together an 85-yard gamewinning drive, led by Miller, Jones, and the offensive line. Miller had two carries for 16 yards, Jones added a 10-yard run, Miller rumbled for 10 yards, Jones had two more carries for 25 yards, and Miller scored from 11 yards out. The extra point was blocked, but Laurel took a 19-13 lead with 1:11 remaining in the game. Woodbridge tried to put together one last drive, starting at its own 24. The Laurel defense pushed the Raiders back and on third and 21 from the 13, Cornish and Shaughn Shaughn Rubino Rubino sacked Pleasants for a five-yard loss. On fourth and 26 from the eight, the Raiders broke out the trick play. Pleasants pitched the ball to Sample who tossed it to Kane who threw a pass to Pleasants who was brought down at the 17, giving Laurel the ball. The Bulldogs took a knee to run

out the clock to seal the 19-13 win. “When you win it’s always a good thing. Tonight when our backs were against the wall the defense made plays,” said Laurel head coach Clarence Giles. “We persevered and got the win.” In addition to Jones’ 142 yards rushing, Miller had 10 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Jermel Smith led Laurel (2-1, 3-4) with 11 tackles, Cornish and Miller each had eight Jermel Smith tackles, and Kegan Yossick added seven stops. Sample carried the ball 29 times for 108 yards and a touchdown and Kane had 10 carries for 45 yards for Woodbridge (1-2, 3-4). According to the Laurel players, the team was fired up for the return of their former coach. Now the team is focusing on Friday night’s Homecoming game against the rival Indian River Indians. “That’s going to be a real tough game. If we play like we did in the fourth quarter tonight we’ll be good. We just have to make big plays all the time,” Miller said. “We have to contain Jarmon (IR quarterback),” added Jones.


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

Laurel/Seaford Star Monday/Tuesday varsity sports scoreboard

ON THE RUN- Laurel’s Trent Hearn runs with the ball during last weekend’s Pop Warner Pee Wee football game against Woodbridge. Photo by Mike McClure

BULLDOGS-RAIDERS- The Laurel defense tackles Woodbridge’s Jo’Quon Smith on a run during last weekend’s Pop Warner Midget football game. The Bulldogs clinched the conference title with a 33-0 win over the Raiders. Photo by Mike McClure

Field hockey- Delmar 2, Polytech 1- The Delmar varsity field hockey team picked up a road win in a battle of the two top teams in the Henlopen South. Taylor Elliott had a pair of goals and Danielle Bradley dished out two assists in the win. Caila White also recorded six saves in goal. Sussex Tech 8, Smyrna 0- Kelsey Doherty scored a pair of goals, Abby Atkins had two goals and an assist, Maxine Fluharty contributed a goal and an assist, Frannie Delrosario and Devon Bitler each had a goal and Izzy Delario added an assist. Woodbridge 10, Campus Community 0 (Monday)- Leslie DeRoche paced the Raiders with two goals and two assists, Taija Maddox had two goals and one assist, Kate Mullett netted a goal, Kelsey Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Rachel Doyon, Morgan Rifenburg, and Brittany Joseph each tallied a goal for the Raiders. Boys’ soccer- Cape Henlopen 1, SusDelmar goalie Caila White sex Tech 0- James Smith had four saves for the Ravens in the narrow loss. Seaford 4, Delmar 1- Dustin Venables scored a pair of goals and Ethan Lee and Andre Rosario added one goal each for the Blue Jays. Seaford’s Zak Parks, Adam Crouse and Andrew Rutter also had one assist apiece. Brady Scott scored a goal and Bailey Kaniecki made 21 saves for the Wildcats. Lake Forest 6, Laurel 0- Pete Tonelli made seven saves in goal for the Bulldogs while Lee Butler fired four shot and Tyler Givans had two shots on goal. Seaford 4, Polytech 1 (Monday)- Daisuke Shigaki scored two goals, Ethan Lee had a goal and an assist, and Andre Rosario netted a goal for Seaford. Christian Gosnell also had an assist and six saves for the Blue Jays. Dover 6, Laurel 0 (Monday)- Pete Tonelli recorded 21 saves for Laurel. Delmarva Christian 2, Gunston 1 (Monday)- Tyler Troyer scored a pair of goals and Todd Hurley and John Hopkins each had an assist for the Royals. Girls’ volleyball- Sussex Central 3, Delmar 0- Jacquelyn Austin had 10 assists, Ashley Matos recorded seven kills and four digs, Morgan Parsons added eight assists, and Janae Corbin made four kills for the Wildcats. Indian River 3, Woodbridge 0- Veronica Buzzulini contributed four kills and four blocks, Kirsten Blake had four blocks, Hannah Millman served up four aces, and Danielle Briggs added four blocks for the Raiders. Delmarva Christian 3, Sussex Tech 0 (Monday)- Mallorie Parsons led the Royals with 12 kills, Sierra Parsons had five kills and five aces, Lauryl Berger dished out 21 assists, and Jessica Hassett added four kills and nine digs. Morgan Messick had four kills, Crystal Loudon contributed six kills, and Ellie McNatt added three kills for the Ravens.

Sports at the Beach hosts Octoberfest baseball tournament The Sports at the Beach complex hosted the Octoberfest tournament Oct. 23-24. The following are the results from the championship games: 10 year-olds- South Jersey Young Guns 5, Loudoun South Eagles (Va.) 4; 11 year-olds- Germantown Hawks (Md.) 3, Game Gear Gators (N.Y.) 2; 12 year-oldsSouth Jersey Young Guns Navy 6, Pro Skills Baseball Academy (N.J.) 5; 13 yearolds- All Out Baseball National (N.J.) 11, Game Gear Gators (N.Y.) 3; 14 year-oldsTri State Arsenal Neborak (N.J.) 18, Delaware Sabres 3; 15/16 year-olds- Maryland Baseball Academy 9, Maryland Monarchs 0

Sussex Tech boys’, girls’ cross country teams earn wins

TIE GAME- Laurel’s Shelby Murphy, right, gains control of the ball during her team’s middle school field hockey game against Sussex Academy, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Submitted photo

Seaford Recreation Department to hold Little Wrestlers program The City of Seaford Recreation Department is holding a Little Wrestlers program for children ages 6-12. The cost of the program, which will begin in mid November and will run through March, is $25 per child. All registration will be held at the recreation office. The deadline to register is Nov. 12 Junior Jordan Basketball Clinic to be held in January- The Seaford Recreation Department’s Junior Jordan Basketball Clinic, for boys and girls in grades K-3, will be held on Saturdays in January at the Frederick Douglass gym. The cost is $5 per child. Basic fundamentals will be stressed at the clinic. The deadline to register is

The Sussex Tech varsity boys’ cross country team earned a 15-50 win over Delmarva Christian last Thursday. The Ravens also faced Lake Forest and Polytech in the home meet. The Ravens’ Robbie Robles placed first overall (18:04), Ricky Hernandez placed second (18:18), Adam Kelly came in fourth (18:39), and Dylan Varrato was fifth (18:41). Sussex Tech’s Ryan Fitzgerald finished seventh (19:05) and Sudesh Singh placed eighth (19:07). The Sussex Tech girls’ team topped Polytech, 18-40, and Lake Forest, 15-44. Izzy Wharton placed first overall for the Ravens with a time of 19:58 while teammates Emily Ritter and Bethany Killmon placed second (20:10) and third (20:47). Briana Hall came in fifth (22:19), Laura Zweibel was seventh (23:03), and Aleah Jumurally came in eighth (23:12).

Sussex Tech field hockey team nets 13 goals in win over Dover

The Sussex Tech varsity field hockey team recorded a 13-0 home win over Dover last Thursday. Abby Atkins had four goals and an assist, Izzie Delario contributed two goals and two assists, Maxine Fluharty added three goals and two assists, and Kelsey Doherty chipped in with a pair of goals. Darian Scott and Brie Pavlik tallied one goal each, Logan Pavlik dished out two assists, and Taylor Kieffer had an assist.

MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010


DIG- Delmar’s Jacquelyn Austin looks to make the dig as teammates Gabriella Rairon, Ashley Matos, and Alexis Smith look on during last Thursday’s varsity girls’ volleyball match. Photo by Mike McClure

Shown are some of the participants at the First Tee Junior Golf Program which took place last week at Hooper’s Landing in Seaford.

Hooper’s Landing hosts First Tee Junior Golf program

The First Tee Junior Golf Program got its start on Tuesday, Oct 19 and it was a great beginning to the future of junior golf in this area. The First Tee Program is a nationwide program and Hooper’s Landing golf course is one of the first to offer it in Sussex County. The First Tee’s Mission is “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” The Adkins Management group has been working with the Delaware Chapter of The First Tee to bring new program to Sussex County. The first of the four day clinic was last Tuesday. The TARGET Program is the introduction level of The First Tee, which provides a fun and safe environment that creates curiosity about the game of golf. The program’s organizers are planning on doing the next levels of The First Tee in the future and will be working with the boys and girls club to do another TARGET program. The event had 11 kids on the first day. To get more information on The First Tee go to:

Delmar grad on roster of first ranked Division II soccer team

Casey Bellamy, a 2010 graduate of Delmar High School, made the Shippensburg University men’s soccer team’s roster as a freshman defender and the rest is history. The Red Raiders, coached by Jeremy Spering, are currently ranked in first place in Division II standings within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Shippensburg moved into first place in the PSAC standings with a victory October 16 and has guaranteed itself its first winning record in conference play since 1996 – the same year that the Red Raiders last qualified for the post season tournament. Shippensburg matched the longest winning streak in the 49-year history of the program with a 3-0 non-conference road victory at Point Park. Shippensburg (10-5) has won seven consecutive matches for the first time since 1970 and reached double-digit Casey Bellamy victories in a season for the first time since 2003. SU has outscored the opposition 17-4 during its streak and posted four shutouts during this span. Bellamy is a product of Delaware Soccer training, having participated in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) with Coach Nick Bolton, for CDSA Revolution coached by Noureddine Melikechi and Demitir Dandolos’ Kirkwood Nemesis. While sporting number four for Delmar soccer, Casey earned four varsity letters as a Wildcat under head coach Tim Phillips. He finished his prep career with 14 goals and 16 assists in 60 games played. He was selected to the All-Henlopen South Conference’s first team following his sophomore and senior seasons and was named a Second Team All-Henlopen South Conference pick as a junior. As place kicker for the 2009 Wildcats state champion football team, Casey (#35) lettered twice in football and was named an All-Henlopen South Conference first teamer in football as a senior. A solid academic performer, Casey was an honor roll student at Delmar and was vice president of school’s student government association his senior year. Casey Jay Bellamy is the son of Bob and Julie Wheatley of Laurel, DE and Mac and Dawn Bellamy of Salisbury. He is majoring in history/education in hopes of returning to Delmar after graduation to teach.

The Ravens’ Bethany Killmon looks to make a dig as teammates Ellie McNatt, Samantha Hudson, Briannon Troyer and Crystal Loudon look on during last week’s game against Indian River. The Indians won the match, 3-0. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech girls’ volleyball team falls to Cape Henlopen

The Sussex Tech varsity girls’ volleyball team lost to Cape Henlopen, 3-0, last Thursday in Lewes. The Vikings topped the Ravens, 25-20, 25-11, and 25-14. For the Ravens, Crystal Loudon had three kills and three aces, Morgan Messick contributed four kills, and Hannah Small added one ace and three blocks.

Delmarva Christian girls’ volleyball team earns 3-0 win The Delmarva Christian varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Aquinas Academy, 25-9, 25-21, 25-12 last Saturday. Mallorie Parsons had 14 kills and five blocks, Madelyn Gilbert contributed six kills and 10 digs, Jessica Hassett added five kills and 11 digs, Lauryl Berger dished out 30 assists, and Kelsey McMunn had four kills and eight digs for the Royals.

Sussex Tech boys’ soccer team holds off Dover, 1-0

The Sussex Tech varsity boys’ soccer team handed Dover a 1-0 loss last Thursday in Georgetown. Josh Walstead scored off a feed from Dustyn Bebee in the second half (57:15) for the game’s only goal. The Ravens held the advantage in shots (10-6) and corner kicks (8-5) while Sussex Tech goalie James Smith recorded five saves in the shutout.

Sussex Tech football team fall to Smyrna, 47-41, in road contest The Sussex Tech varsity football team fell to Smyrna, 47-41, last Friday in Smyrna despite holding a 28-20 lead through three quarters of play. The Eagles held a 27-13 advantage in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Sussex Tech’s Desmond Sivels had touchdown runs of 20, six, eight, and one yards; Shane Marvel caught touchdown passes of 13 and 20 yards from quarterback Jesse Swanson, and James Smith had five extra points for the Ravens.


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

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Wednesday AM Mixed

Lefty Left 22-6 Seaford Lanes 21-7 Two Plus One 21-7 New Bodies 17-11 ABC of It 16-12 Cougars 12-16 Jean and the Guys 11-17 Bee Movies 10-18 Lucky Strikes 10-18 High games and series Dan Morrison 266 Andrew PArlier 266, 741 Judi Uccello 263 Erma Baker 722

Club 50

Gamblers 20-8 2-1 19-9 Three Buddies 17-11 The Untouchables 16-12 Lucky Strikes 15-13 Magic Markers 15-13 Cowboys 14-14 Hopefuls 14-14 Pretenders 13-15 3 Wise Men 12-16 Deal or No Deal 11-17 Pinbusters 10-18 New Friends 7-9 High games and series Bob Rice 295 Roger Hall 749 Dors Barron 253, 748

Tuesday AM Mixed

Fun Bunch 18-10 Pin Drops 15-13 Sparetimers 14-14 Getter Dun 14-14 Trouble 12-16 The Strikers 11-17 High games and series Mark Causey 206, 566 Shirley Bennett 243, 630

Baby Blue Jays

Jays 15-6 New Beginnings 13-8 Strikers 7.5-13.5 Hot Shots 6.5-14.5 High games and series Robbie Johnson 181, 334 Kathryn Donati 185, 339


Ten Pins 22-6 Spare Timers 18-10 Pin Destroyers 14-14 Strike Masters 12-16 Dead Eyes 12-16 Strikers 6-22 High games and series Marcus Greene 221 Mason Whitelock 612 Abbey DeCarlo 266 Kayla Arnett 706

Tuesday Early Mixed

Just Chillin 20-8 Seaford Moose 20-8 Half and Half 19-9 Payne and Two 18-10 Trouble 17-11 Cross Fire 16-12 Down N Out 14-14 Laurel Junction 14-14 Empty Pockets 13-15 Vacationers 13-15 Dreamers 10-18 B Attitudes 9-19 Bass Ackwards 8-20 High games and series Russell Reed 278 David Sirman, Sr. 680 Annette Ruths 268 Heather French 751

Mardel ABC

Fairway Auto Sales 50-14 Walking Wounded 50-14 The Wiz 48-16

Buluga’s 46-18 Team Dynasty 36-28 Joey White Horseshoeing 34-30 Henry’s Furniture 34-30 Delmarva Consignment 32-32 Kernodle Construction 32-32 3 Jokers and a Queen 30-34 No Clue 30-34 Sandbaggers 28-36 Stoopid Monkey 24-40 Who is That 16-48 Lewis Racing Stable 14-50 High games and series Tom Wheatley 294, 800

Friday Trios

Win Lose or Draw 17-11 Puppies at Play 16-12 New Attitude 15-13 Norma’s Crew 15-13 Strikes and Spares 14-14 Wolf Pack 14-14 7 Up 13.514.5 Terry’s Tigers 12.515.5 12 in a Row 12-16 Can’t Touch This 11-17 High games and series Steven Cox 261 Michael Pendexter 760 Deb Humphreys 253, 681

Seaford City

Easy Pickins 16-8 Seaford Lanes 13.510.5 Ruff Ryders 13-11 Guardian Angels 10.513.5 Git-R-Done 10-14 Phillips Construction 9-15

High games and series Ray Bowden 287, 798

Senior Express

Curves Chicks 19.5-8.5 Mission 3 19-9 New Comers 17.510.5 Just the Guys 17-11 Under Warranty 16.511.5 New Crew 15.512.5 Just Us 15.512.5 Pin Pals 14-14 Chick’s Rollers 14-14 Senior Survivors 14-14 Mighty Pioneers 13.514.5 Pinbusters 13-15 Kellam’s Crew 12-16 Strikers 12-16 We Don’t Know 11-17 Russ Morgan DDS 10-18 Attitude with Spares 9-19 Rack Attack 9-19 High games and series Ray Gattis 301 718 Cal Brundick Cathy Young 269, 799

Sunday Adult/ Youth

Pin Destroyer 6-2 THR MVP’s 5-3 Double Trouble 4-4 Getter Dun 4-4 Trouble 4-4 High games and series Gordon Hearn 302, 790 Theresa Richey 273, 756 Justin Marine 298, 798 Taylor Richey 269, 718

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PLAY DAY- The Seaford Department of Recreation recently held a field hockey play day. Shown are some of the participants during the play day. Submitted photo

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club offers co-ed indoor soccer league

The Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club is hosting a co-ed indoor soccer league for the following age groups: Under 6: ages 3, 4, 5; Under 9: ages 6, 7, 8; Under 12: ages 9, 10, 11; Under 15: ages 12, 13, 14; and Under 19: ages 15-18. The registration fee is $25 for club members and $40 for non-club members ($15 covers a one year membership to the club). Register at the club Monday-Friday from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Practices start the week of Nov. 8. For more information, call Alyson Rowe at 6283789. Volunteers are also needed.

STAR TEAM PHOTO OF THE WEEK- Shown is the Sussex Tech varsity boys’ cross country team following a recent meet. Submitted photo Next week: Seaford AAU girls’ basketball team Send photos and captions to

This week in Star sports history 10 YEARS AGO- The Delmar varsity field hockey team improved to 12-0-1 with a 3-0 win over Milford. Becca Gum scored a pair of goals to lead the Wildcats. The Seaford girls’ cross country team moved to 9-1 with three wins and won the Salisbury School Invitational as Jen Willis, Caitlin McGroerty, and Greta Knapp finished first through third. FIVE YEARS AGO- Antwon Trimball threw for 108 yards and Robert Reed recorded 10 tackles to pace Laurel in a 25-6 win over Indian River. ONE YEAR AGO- Courtney Torbert scored two goals and Molly Cain had 13 saves to lead the Seaford field hockey team to a 2-0 upset win over Delmar.

Billy Pauch wins fifth career small block dirt championship By Charlie Brown Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., demonstrated once again why he has had such an illustrious career in dirt track racing as he captured the 50-lap Small Block Modified Delaware State Dirt Track Championship at the Delaware International Speedway. Pauch’s first win came back in 1989 but his fifth career win was his biggest as he collected $5,525 in purse and lap money. Richie Pratt, Jr. set the pace at the drop of the green with Pauch, Jimmy Horton, Wade Hendrickson and Ray Swinehart in close pursuit. With the two racing grooves on the table top smooth track Pauch was able to slip by Pratt to lead lap three. The first yellow was out on lap seven as Mike Mammana slowed to a stop in the first turn. Pauch controlled the restart with Chic Cossaboone moving into the top five. Pratt, who was still in striking distance in second, slowed in the fourth turn to bring out the second yellow on lap 11. Horton was now in the second spot with Hendrickson third. Swinehart had climbed back to fourth and Larry Solomon was making a smooth drive in fifth. Local fans were watching as H.J. Bunting, who had blown a tire in the qualifier and started in 21sth, was now up to sixth. Bunting got by Solomon on lap 20 but that is as far as his drive would go as he coasted into the infield at the halfway sign. One lap later the third yellow was out as Dave Gerhart came to a stop just past the flag stand. The only multiple car tangle brought out the fourth yellow two laps later when Neil Huber, Stan Frankenfield, Cossaboone, and Rick Holsten tangled coming off turn four. Three laps later, Huber and Dave Howard tangled in the first turn for caution number five. Horton tried to get along side of Pauch on the restart but Pauch was just too strong coming off the second turn. Hendrickson tried to unseat Horton from second while Solomon and Shawn Reimert held down the top five. Horton’s night went up in smoke with just two laps to go bringing out the final yellow. On the restart, Hendrickson was no match for Pauch who drove to the checkered flag .824 seconds ahead. Solomon turned in his best DIS finish in third with Reimert fourth and Swinehart fifth. Horton and Pratt won the heats. In the 10-lap Little Lincoln Championship, Virgil Bradford led the first two laps before Brian Brasure moved out front. Jamie Wagner came from 15th to second in three laps and challenged Brasure but Brasure was up for the challenge and held him off. By mid race, Brasure was able to open some breathing room as Wagner chased in the high groove. Bill Bittingham and Mel Joseph, Jr. put on a good battle for third while Steven Baker held down fifth. Brasure took the checkered for his second win of the season and his first championship win. Wagner finished in second with Joseph taking third on the final lap. Brittingham finished in fourth and Baker rounded out the top five.

Delmarva Christian boys’ soccer team loses to Worcester Prep The Delmarva Christian varsity boys’ soccer team fell to Worcester Prep, 7-1, last Thursday. Christian Grijalba scored the lone goal for the Royals while Matt Carey netted three goals for Worcester Prep.

MORNING STAR • OcT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010


Delmarva auto alley Young drivers continue to grow, impress spectators By Bonnie Nibblett

The Delaware International Speedway hosted the 2010 Delaware State Dirt track Championship last weekend. We’ll take a look at the winners of the half mile clay track in next month’s article. When Charlie Cathell, owner/promoter, began the GM sealed crate motor divisions in 2004, it offered an opportunity for young drivers to start racing in a more cost effective car division. The first crate car division was the TSS AC Delco Modified which resembles the body style of the big block modified racing car. In 2006 the Crate Model, which resembles the look of the Super Late Model stock car, was introduced. The crate division has allowed young racers to run sooner because it is more economical compared to running in the main Modified & Late Model classes. Another advantage is the age limit. Drivers only have to be at least 14-years-old to race, which covers a lot of ground for the young drivers who want to step up. The two crate classes field a full field of cars every week. Most drivers have participated in another variety of racing such as go-karts, micro sprints, BMX or the modified lite. With this experience, most of the drivers jump right into the crate classes. The amount of new, fresh, young drivers has been outstanding and very impressive every season. Since the start of the two divisions, the number of new drivers continues to grow. Some of the drivers to watch for next year include Dylan Evans, Robbie Emory and Matt Glanden. Dylan Evans #80, age 14, attends Sussex Central High School and moved into the crate model in 2010. Evans stated that he was 10 when he started in Mod Lites. He raced a few years in the mod lite division at Winternationals in Florida and Middleford Speedway. Before that, Evans started to race at age 6 in go-karts. Evans remarked that he enjoyed the opportunity to run against older drivers this year. He wants to get at least one win next season and just stay consistent with top 5’s & 10’s. Evans was awarded Redbud69racing Rookie of the Year in the Crate Model class by finishing highest in points for new driver in his class. Evans finished 12th in DIS track points. Second generation driver Robbie Emory #9E, age 14, attends Sussex Tech and started in go-karts at age 5. To a credit of seven championships, and more than 150 wins in karts, Emory says it was time to step away from karts. John Emory, Robbie’s dad, raced Late Models, and Robbie runs in the crate model class. When Emory was asked how hard it was to go into the class, he commented, “It was a challenge going right from karts to the crate class. I had to learn about the suspension and get a feel for the change. It took a little while. I love it though, and I hope to stay in this class a few years or until I am 18. My goal is to get at least one win next year and later on a championship maybe.” Emory loves racing, it keeps him out of trouble and he especially loves spending time with his family. Emory finished 16th in DIS track points his first year.

Matt Glanden #9MG, age 14, of Colonel Richardson High School, began the year in Mod Lites with only five entries before he changed to the crate model division. Glanden started in ¼ midgets at age 7. At 10, he raced 270cc micros & mini cup, and then went to Mod Lites. Glanden said it was a little hard at first going into the full size car, but loved it. Glanden finished 22nd in track points. He plans to start the new season in the crate class and maybe get into the super late models. The AC Delco Modified class had a few new young drivers that competed this season: Scott Hitchens, Taylor McCracken, Trent Willey and Ryan Anderson. Scott Hitchens, #15, who was 17 this season, participated in his first year at Delmar. Hitchens, who is not new to racing, has been involved in some form of racing since he was 8. Hitchens ran go-karts for four years and then ran an Aarons Pro Challenge asphalt late model. Hitchens also drove Legends and Mod Lites a few years. Hitchens’ father drove Thunder cars at Georgetown Speedway a while back. Hitchens remarked, “I liked having a full field of cars each week. It is just so much fun racing this class and I plan to race in this class a few years, unless an opportunity comes along to drive asphalt trucks or any asphalt.” Hitchens finished 13th in track points and was awarded Rookie of the Year in the AC Delco TSS Modified by scoring highest in points as new driver at Delmar. Hitchens would like to thank all his sponsors. Taylor McCracken was 17 at the start of the season and turned 18 in June. McCracken of Newark, attends the University of Delaware, and has been racing since he was 8 in ¼ Midgets. At 15, he moved in the Mod Lite class running it until this past season and collected a championship in mod lites at Middleford Speedway. This season was his first year in the #9 AC Delco Modified. McCracken said he loved driving the bigger car and really enjoyed the change. He plans to keep racing in this class for now. Trent Willey, 14, and a student at Cape Henlopen High School, has run in the Modified Lite division the last three years. This year was the first to run at Delmar and plans to change to the AC Delco Modified class next season. Willey did not run a full year but said, “It was exciting to race on the big track here at Delmar, it’s fast. I’ve been in the mod lites long enough. I look forward to the change.” Willey started racing at age 5 in go-karts, accumulating over 30 wins. Willey’s father, Steve ran in karts along with a few uncles. Willey said, “I hope to get a win next year and will stay in this class for a while. I love racing and being able to spend time with my family.” TSS Mod driver Ryan Anderson is a third generation driver. Anderson started racing three years ago in motorcross. Anderson, who is a Marine Corp Iraq war veteran, has improved each week. He finished 14th in track points, just one point behind Hitchens. Anderson will be a contender to watch in the coming season. The Crate classes have been a great step-

Scott Hitchens, 17, AC Delco Modified

ping stone for drivers to prepare for Big Block Modified and Super Late Model later on. A few of last year’s young drivers showed great promise and were fun to watch competing with the big dogs. Amanda Whaley #44, age 15, moved into the super late model from the crate this year. She finished 9th in track points, and was the recipient of the Redbud69racing Rookie of the Year in Super Late Model. Another driver that made an impression in this class was Andrew Mullins #51. Although he did not run a full season, he was a notable driver to watch. A few of the young drivers from 2009 showed promise this past season. Tyler Reed #44 won the crate model championship in just his second year of racing in this class and two wins. Clint Chalabala, #24, finished 4th in DIS track points in his second year and one win; Nick Davis #92 took home four wins. Two Mod lite drivers who made an honorable mention are Ray Gulliver #3D finishing sixth in track points, and Kerry King Jr. #KB1 had an impressive year finishing eleventh in track points. Gulliver was the recipient of the Rookie of the Year in Mod Lites presented by Most of the drivers mentioned in this article were 14 to 17-years-old. A lot of these young guys have been running against one another in karts or some other form of racing. They all agree that it is fun competing against drivers you have raced against before. The Delaware International Speedway is

located in the Delaware Motorsports Complex, Delmar, just before the Maryland & Delaware line. Visit the track’s website for a schedule of events to the dirt track, directions, etc. at or call the track hot line at 846-3968 or the office at 875-1911 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday). The complex is also home to the ¼ mile asphalt US 13 Dragway strip. The Dragway will have the last race of the season on Sunday; gates open at 10:30 a.m. Visit the track’s website at for upcoming events and join us on Facebook. The US 13 Kart Club Track is located on the grounds just to the left before entering the main grounds. The last race was last weekend, but you can visit the web at www. to keep up with events and join us on Facebook. The award Rookie of the Year is not associated with the DIS track. The award is presented from to the highest in points as a new racer in all of regular five classes that run at Delmar. The 8x10 plaque has been sponsored by John Theofiles of AutoWorld in Salisbury since 2004. For all your Delaware news, visit www., your Delaware and surrounding tracks race news plus NASCAR, and also home of the largest message board on the shore at http://redbud69racing. powered by Hab Nab Trucking of Seaford. See you at the track!


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Community Snapshots

It was a night of fierce competition between parents, teachers and kids at the Laurel Middle School’s Family Fun Night. Submitted photo

Laurel High School student Zackary Aliff, left, and Laurel Intermediate School student Brent Aliff are shown giving a robotics demonstration during last Wednesday’s Laurel School Board meeting. Photo by Mike McClure

Students, teachers and parents participated in a number of activities, including a stacking contest, at the Laurel Middle School Family Fun Night. Submitted photo

The Laurel High School band performs during half-time of last Friday night’s varsity football game. Photo by Mike McClure

The Laurel Pop Warner cheerleaders celebrate following the midget football team’s conference clinching win over Woodbridge. Photo by Mike McClure

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People Scarborough baby arrives Fensick’s welcome son

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Adam & Melissa Gaull, of Laurel, are excited to announce the birth of their son, Kellan John Gaull. Kellan was born Sept. 6, 2010 at 1:15 p.m. at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. Grandparents are Bart & Susan Phillips and Bill & Jessica Gaull, of Laurel. Greatgrandparents include Fred Phillips, Barbara Oliphant, Irvin & Rose Hastings, Fred & Shirley Prettyman, and Peggy Sink, also all of Laurel. Kellan was welcomed home with love by his big sister Addison.

Ronald Nathan “Nate” Fensick

Kellan John Gaull

State troopers promoted to major Delaware State Police Superintendent Robert M. Coupe has announced the appointment of two majors to his executive staff. One promotion is historic in nature since the Division will elevate a female trooper to the rank of major. Captain Charles J. (Chip) Simpson and Captain Melissa A. Zebley have been promoted to the rank of major. Colonel Robert Coupe stated, “Captains Simpson and Zebley both earned this opportunity through their hard work and distinguished performance. Their diverse backgrounds bring an incredible amount of skills and knowledge to our executive staff. This is a tremendous opportunity for the division as we continue to move the agency forward.” Captain Simpson was appointed to the Division on Sept. 2, 1980. After completing his academy training he was assigned to Troop 7 near Lewes. That was followed by assignments at Troop 1, Penny Hill and Troop 6, Prices Corner. In November 1983 Simpson was assigned as a K-9 handler until April 1989 when he was transferred as an investigator to the Special Investigations Unit. In January 1991 Simpson was promoted to sergeant and took command of the northern Drug Unit. In November 1994 he was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned as the officer in charge of the Special Investigations Unit. He was later transferred to Troop 6, Prices Corner, in June 1998 where he assumed responsibilities for the criminal operation of the troop. In June 2000 Simpson was promoted to captain and was transferred to Troop 2, where he was in charge of all the trooper detectives who investigated major crimes in New Castle County. In 2003 he was transferred to Headquarters as the commander of the Special Investigations Unit. There Simpson oversaw all investigations ranging from drugs, to gambling, to auto theft. Captain Simpson most recent assignment prior to his promotion to major, was Troop Commander at Troop 4 in Georgetown where he oversaw all major investigations in Sussex County and the patrol function in central and lower eastern Sussex County. Captain Zebley is an 18 year member of the Division and was appointed as a trooper in July 1992. Upon completion of her academy training she was assigned to

Troop 6, Prices Corner. In September 1997 she was transferred to the academy as a drill instructor. She served that function until December 2001. In April 2002 Zebley was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was assigned Simpson to Troop 1, Penny Hill. She served as a patrol supervisor until October 2005 when she was transferred to the Public Information Office and later assumed the role of director. In February 2007 she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned Zebley to Headquarters as the fiscal officer for the Division. In April 2009 she was transferred to Troop 2 near Glasgow where she was in charge of patrol operations for the troop. In August 2009 Zebley was promoted to captain and was transferred to Troop 1 as the commander. Captain Zebley is the officer in charge of the Delaware State Police Honor Guard and a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Since 2003, Captain Zebley has been a Wilmington University adjunct instructor and a program assistant for the Criminal Justice Program. She has organized the annual Women in Criminal Justice Leadership Conference since its inception in 2005. This promotion makes Captain Zebley the first female trooper in the Division’s 87 year history to hold the rank of major. When the state police was formed in 1923 as the Delaware State Highway Police, the department was comprised of an all white male force until the first African American, William W. Bessix, was appointed as a trooper in 1969. In 1975 Georgia A. Carter and Cynthia A. Lowden were the first females appointed as troopers with the Division.

Billy and Christy (Adams) Scarborough of Salisbury announce the arrival of their daughter, Sarah Lynn. Sarah was born at PRMC on Sept. 26 at 4:16 a.m. She weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Al and Sandy Adams of Laurel. Her paternal grandparents are Bill and Marybeth Scarborough from Snow Hill, Md. They give God praise for this special miracle addition to their family.

On June 4, 2010, Ronald Nathan “Nate” Fensick was born to the proud parents, Ronnie and Crystal Fensick, at 9:46 a.m. at Kent General Hospital. Nate weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. The paternal grandparents are Ronnie and Lisa Fensick of Seaford and John and Susan Knight of Rehoboth Beach. Maternal grandparents are Donnie and Debbie Short of Greenwood. He is the great-grandson of Margaret Tull of Greenwood and George Fensick of Seaford.

Operation We Care, started by the Eastern Shore Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG), has set a goal of 300 boxes to be delivered to service members serving in theaters of conflict. The boxes will be packed the Sunday after Veterans Day and delivered before Christmas. Last Veterans Day, the group placed and shipped more than 260 of the U.S. Postal Service boxes with products donated by residents of Delmarva’s three states. The group did another 226 boxes in May, after Armed Forces Day. The boxes are the equivalent of a warm hug from home, extended to those serving our country abroad. Each package contained at least one box of Girl Scout cookies, donated by the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout council. Members of Troop 688 decorated all 226 boxes with hand-drawn artwork and messages of support before they were packed. The top 10 items needed for the projected 200 boxes to be shipped include bars or bottles of body soap, small packs

of baby wipes, pull-top cans of pasta, hot chocolate packets, cotton balls, playing cards, dental floss, deodorant (non aerosol), shampoo and tea bags. Zip-lock bags in the sandwich, quart and gallon size are also needed to separate items for shipping. The donation list is available online at, Minuteman Press in Salisbury and most drop-off points. Donations can be dropped off at Minuteman Press and Clear Channel Radio in Salisbury, BB&T Bank in North Salisbury, Dr. John Schneider in Easton, Mr. Baldy’s Family Restaurant in Chincoteague and Harley-Davidson of Seaford. Cash donations will be used for postage, as each box costs $12.50 to ship to the troops. The Ocean City Post Office delivers most of the boxes to Iraq and Afghanistan in about a week to 10 days. If you know a local member of our military who is deployed or is soon to be deployed, contact Jeff Merritt, coordinator of Operation We Care at 410-713-8940 or

Sarah Lynn Scarborough

Operation We Care sets goal to help soldiers

Jenny Keim is GSCC Volunteer of the Year Each year the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce selects one person or group that performs outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the Chamber. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Chamber and their efforts are appreciated by staff and the board of directors. Jenny Keim volunteers her time on the Membership Services Committee and is also a chamber ambassador. Last October, Keim jumped in to assist with planning for the Fall Dinner so that the executive director could take a week’s vacation the week before the event. She organized the Membership Services Committee to put together the decorations, prepare the program and help set up the Fire Hall the day of the dinner.

Again this year, Keim has taken the lead in getting the committee together for lunch several times to plan and carry out the theme, decorations, donations and program for the dinner. Keim also volunteers her time to meet new members and make sure they are learning about the Chamber and getting all the benefits they receive as a Chamber member. Keim graduated from Laurel High School in 1991 and from Davis & Elkin College in Elkins, W.V. in 1995. She is advertising manager for the Sussex County Post, a division of Independent Newspapers, Inc., and has been with the company for 10 years.


MORNING STAR • OCT. 28 - NOV. 3, 2010

Workshop on old documents is a part of Family History month

By Lynn R. Parks In the workshop on researching old documents that she presented last Wednesday night at the Laurel Public Library, Madeline Dunn, curator of education for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, showed the 10 participants a list of the property of Cato Dickinson, a free AfricanAmerican who had been a slave on the John Dickinson plantation in Dover. The “Inventory of the Goods and Chattels,” prepared in 1807, the year of Cato’s death, epitomizes many of the problems encountered in trying to decipher old handwriting, Dunn said. For one thing, each line in the inventory starts with the word “To.” “I don’t know why they did that, they just did,” said Dunn. For another thing, the handwriting itself is hard to read. Letters aren’t formed exactly as we would form them; an “s” before another consonant is written as “f.” Cato didn’t have candlesticks; he had “candlefticks.” And to add to the difficulty, words are not always spelled correctly. According to the inventory, Cato lived in a “loged House.” He had “two small potts,” “sundry pieces of tinn ware” and “3 old chears,” or chairs. “Sometimes if you read these inventories out loud, you get an idea of how people spoke back then,” Dunn said. “They didn’t say ‘chairs’ — they said ‘chears.’” Dunn called her workshop “Cracking the Code.” She presented it as part of Laurel Family History Month, sponsored throughout October by the library and the Laurel Historical Society. The month has featured another workshop, on how to use

public libraries in genealogical research, and the annual meeting of Sussex County Cousins, designed to connect people with local roots. An exhibit of photos of African-Americans from the Waller Collection at the historical society will remain in the library through October. The culminating event of the month was held Tuesday, when recent University of Delaware graduate Kimberley Toney talked about her master’s thesis on the history of West Laurel and its AfricanAmerican community. Another tough-to-read document that Dunn presented to the workshop students was an invoice of the items in a tavern and inn owned by John Battell. Even student Norma Jean Fowler, long-time genealogical researcher and president of the Laurel Historical Society, had some trouble reading the invoice’s old handwriting. “How can you tell what these abbreviations are?” Fowler asked. “Sometimes they just look like a squiggle.” “Sometimes it is a squiggle,” Dunn replied. “Remember, these documents were written by clerks and sometimes they used their personal abbreviations.” Despite the difficulty they present, old handwritten documents are worth reading, Dunn said. She gave participants in the workshop a list of resources valuable in Delaware research, including the State Historic Preservation Office, the Public Archives, the Delaware Historical Societies and local historical societies, among them Laurel’s. “You have a treasure trove of information here, especially with the society’s collection of photos,” she said. Dunn also offered encouragement

to the researchers and some hints of best ways to compile genealogical information. “Research is something that takes a lot of time,” she said. “Organize your material and have a methodology. Information is easy to lose when you have it written on little pieces of paper that are all over the place. Develop a plan and define your goals. What are the key questions you want to ask? Identify your resources and

always maintain a research log. You don’t want to double track just because you don’t remember if you’ve looked through something already.”

For your information For more details about Laurel Family History Month, call 875-3184 or visit the websites, or

New Century members from left, front, Kay Spinnato; Becky Brittingham, treasurer; Kathy Porter, secretary; Doris Mackey, vice-president; Brenda Morris, membership chairman. Back, Jeanne Blazejack; Teresa Kordek; Fanchon Griffin; Sandy Davis, past president; and Lydia Livingston, president.

Delmar New Century Club meets The Delmar New Century Club held their Membership Luncheon on Oct. 19 at the Delmar Library. Brenda Morris, membership chairman, led the ceremony adding four new members to the club Jeanne Blazejack, Teresa Kordek, Fanchon Griffin and Kay Spinnato. Officers lit a candle and read a brief

note about the importance of the club and serving the community. The Delmar Club continues to support many causes in the community and internationally. Some of the causes include collecting money for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Program; helping fight domestic violence; and collecting canned goods for the Food Bank.

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Marching Band named champion The Laurel High School Marching Band is the Tournament of Bands (TOB) Chapter 9 Champion in group 1A for the 2010 season. The Marching Band placed first in all of their competitions this year. For the first time in Laurel High School history, the LHS Marching Band will represent their district and all of Sussex County at the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC’s) at Hershey Stadium on Nov. 7. This event is an honor and a privilege because participation is by invitation only. You must qualify as one of the best bands in nine states in your group in order to be selected to participate. During their performance at the Chapter 9 Championships in Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 23, the winds played their hearts out, hoping to earn a high enough score to extend their competitive season for a few more weeks. Best Drum Major, Liz Waite led the band to just that – an 82.55 – earning them an ACC’s berth for the first time in school history. The LHS percussion section also set itself apart from its competitors, earning Best Percussion for the third straight show. They scored a memorable 82.0 in their specialty and were essential in the overall musical success of the team. A young group, the LHS percussion section is perhaps the most improved section in the

entire band this year. Over the course of the past two seasons, the Laurel High School Color Guard has climbed to the top of their class, earning eight consecutive Best Auxiliary honors. Led by Captain Jojo Ray, the 14 piece visual ensemble spins flags, rifles and sabres throughout their performance, making them one of the only Color Guards in Delaware to spin all three pieces of equipment. On Saturday, they got the highest score (88.0) in all of A class regardless of group size and look forward to a chance at being named All Chapter Champions on Nov. 7. Students and staff of the LHS Band program thank the Laurel School District’s Board of Education, teachers, administrators and other school officials for all of their support. Without them, this memorable season would not be possible. They would also like to recognize the parent volunteers for making band run smoothly at all of their community appearances – you are truly a blessing. There are plenty of opportunities to see the LHS Marching Band perform before the end of the season. For schedule information, contact Director of Bands, Brian Cass, at 875-8120 or bcass@laurel.k12. Any community involvement or support is always welcomed.

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Council backs commission, denies New Horizons subdivision appeal

By Ronald MacArthur Sussex County Council has denied an appeal from a local land trust to build an affordable housing project outside Laurel. Council had previously heard an appeal from the Diamond State Community Land Trust for the New Horizons subdivision, which would provide 50 homes on 42 acres of leased land near Laurel, but deferred a vote to the Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting. In the 4-1 vote to uphold the county’s planning and zoning commission decision, Councilman George Cole of Ocean View cast a negative vote saying he wanted the application to be sent back to planning and zoning for another public hearing. Council President Vance Phillips of Laurel and Councilman Mike Vincent of Seaford voted to support denial of the project based on the findings of the planning and zoning commission. The action set off a wave of criticism from affordable housing advocates. Ken Smith, director of the Delaware Housing Coalition, said the decision is groundless and unprecedented. “It disregards the rights of the majority of Sussex County residents who like everyone else want to be become homeowners in communities of their choice. The council’s approach represents an elitist housing policy, which is discriminatory to working Sussex Countians.” Lot rent would be $40 a month and the homes would sell for $115,000 to $150,000. Vince Robertson, assistant county attorney, said the applicant’s request for a clus-

ter development must be in a town center, according to county code, but the proposed location of the development is 6 miles from Laurel. He said the smaller lots and homes would also have an adverse effect on surrounding property values. During public hearing testimony, neighbors also complained the development would have a negative effect on property values. Richard Berl, assistant county attorney, said the proposed project is simply in the wrong location. “This is a Level 4 area that would not support affordable housing,” said Councilwoman Joan Deaver of Rehoboth Beach. According to his research, Smith said this is the first time since 2005 that an application has been denied for nontechnical reasons in a Level 4 area. Jim Fuqua, attorney representing the land trust, argued the subdivision is a permitted use in an AR-1 district as authorized by the county’s land-use plan, and the project was not requesting any special considerations, waivers or exceptions. He said the applicant was not seeking participation in the county’s affordable housing program. He also said county officials have a track record of approving subdivisions in Level 4 areas, which are considered locations the state does not support growth. Van Temple, executive director of the land trust, said it’s premature to comment on a possible appeal to Superior Court. “We’ve been working on this important homeownership initiative for five years. We will take some time to consider our options,” Temple said.

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MOTORCYCLES/ REC VEHICLES ‘04 ARTIC CAT ATV, 650 LE 4x4, 700 mi., like new, w/wench & grill guards, $3700. 410-251-8725. 10/7 HD MOTORCYCLE JAKLIFT, model 1800 (1200# cap.), used little. New $380, asking $125. 629-8077.

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BLACKSMITH SHOP Equip., Forge, anvil, etc. 8875-5164 or 875-7531. 10/21 CAST IRON CAULDRON, 3 legs, great shape. Used during old hog-killing days, $150. 846-9788. 10/21 ANT. ROCKING CHAIR, 100 yr. old, great cond., $110 OBO. 519-0441. 10/21 GASOLINE PUMP, Wayne Dresser #60 Flying A, $1000 OBO. 745-0638. 9/23

FOR SALE BULLET HEATER, Kerosene, 35K BTU, good cond., $75 OBO. 349-4241. 10/28 2 WINDOWS, ThermoPane, Energy Star, tilt, sand color, 59 1/4” H x 35 1/2” W, new construction, $100 ea OBO. 875-3115. 10/28

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ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD, like new, hardly used, $290. 875-7495. 10/14

GAS HEDGE TRIMMER, 22”, used 1 time, $70. 8755889. 10/7

CHANDELIER & MATCHING 44” Ceiling fan w/light, brass; 5 white glass shades on ea., w/all parts needed for hanging, exc. cond., $100 for both. 410-8832541. 10/7

BETA VIDEO PLAYER (not VHS) & 3 boxes of movies, all G-rated. $35. 628-1385. 9/30

MASTER TOW CAR DOLLY w/elec brakes straps incl., $425. 877-0622. 10/7

CHERRY WOOD, seasoned, $75 for 1/2 cord. 381-4656. 9/30

VHS MOVIES: James Bond, Titanic, many more, 50¢ ea. 628-1880. 10/7

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JVC DVD PLAYER, new, never out of box, $40. 6294482. 10/7 YARDMAN WEED WACKER, gas motor, $40. 6294482. 10/7 DEWALT WORK STATION RadIo w/built-in charger & auxiliary port, $100. 6294482. 10/7

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Verizon Wireless proposes to construct a new telecommunications tower facility at located on Dickerson Road, Laurel, Sussex County, DE. The proposed facility will consist of a 150foot monopole tower with a 5-foot, top-mounted lightning rod (overall height of 155 feet) and an 11.5-foot by 30-foot equipment shelter, all within a 50-foot by 50-foot fenced compound. Additionally, Verizon Wireless proposes to improve a 12-foot wide access road from Dickerson Road to the tower site. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effect the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending such comments to: Project 61105883-SLF c/o EBI Consulting, 6876

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Seaford School District Board of Education will hold a public meeting for the purpose of consideration of a waiver to the provisions of 14 Delaware Code §1705(A)(a) requiring any kindergarten or grades 1-3 public school classes to have no higher ratio of teacher to students than 1:22 by the last school day in October of the current school year. This ratio is only to apply to a class where students are instructed in core academic subjects of English/Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. A local school board may waive this subsection after voting to waive it at a public meeting noticed for that purpose. Any local school board seeking such a waiver shall do so on or before December 1st of each year. The meeting will be held on Monday, 8 November 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 North Market Street Extended, Seaford, DE 19973. Citizens may present written or oral comments on the matter under consideration by the Board of Education. Procedures related to the public forum portion of this meeting include: 1) Citizens who wish to address the Board shall complete the “Public Participation Form for School Board Meetings” (available at the Seaford School District Office at 39 0 North Market Street Extended during regular business hours or at the time of the meeting) and present it to the presiding officer prior to the start of the meeting; 2) Citizens may address the Board of Education by seeking recognition from the presiding officer. When recognized, citizens shall first state their names and the topic upon which they would like to speak; 3) The presiding officer may limit the time for comments. WHAT: WHEN: WHERE: WHY:

A public meeting of the Seaford Board of Education 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 8 November 2010 Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 N. Market Street Extended Consideration of a waiver of the provisions of 14 Delaware Code, §1705(A)(a) for West Seaford Elementary School, Blades Elementary School, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and Central Elementary School


The Seaford School District Board of Education will hold a public meeting for the purpose of consideration of a waiver to the provisions of 14 Delaware Code §1704(3). This subsection of the law requires all public school buildings to have allocated to them 98% of the Division 1 units generated by the actual unit count in that building by the last school day of October of the current school year. A local school board may waive this subsection after voting to waive it at a public meeting noticed for that purpose. Any local school board seeking such a waiver shall do so on or before December 1st of each year.

The meeting will be held on Monday, 8 November 2010 at 7:15 p.m. in the Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 North Market Street Extended, Seaford, DE 19973. Citizens may present written or oral comments on the matter under consideration by the Board of Education. Procedures related to the publ ic forum portion of this meeting include: 1) Citizens who wish to address the Board should complete the “Public Participation Form for School Board Meetings” (available at the Seaford School District Office at 390 North Market Street Extended during regular business hours or at the time of the meeting) and present it to the presiding officer prior to the start of the meeting; 2) Citizens may address the Board of Education by seeking recognition from the presiding officer. When recognized, citizens shall first state their names and the topic upon which they would like to speak; 3) The presiding officer may limit th e time for comments. WHAT: WHEN: WHERE: WHY:

A public meeting of the Seaford Board of Education 7:15 p.m. on Monday, 8 November 2010 Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 N. Market Street Extended Consideration of a waiver of the provisions of 14 Delaware Code, §1704(3) for Frederick Douglass Elementary School and Seaford Senior High School

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The Town of Laurel, Delaware, in cooperation with the Sussex County Council (SCC), and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), will hold a public hearing so that all citizens can have an opportunity to participate in the development of an application to the State of Delaware Community Development Block Grant Program for a grant under the provisions of the Community Development Act of 1977. The primary objective of the Community Development Program is the development of viable urban communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. It is also a primary objective to alleviate physical and economic distress through the stimulation of private investment and community revitalization in areas of population out-migration or a stagnating or declining tax base. In accordance with the Section 106 Review Process established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, comments are especially encouraged from interested agencies and individuals with respect to undertakings that may affect historic properties of significance to such agencies and individuals. The hearing will be held in the Laurel Town Hall, Laurel, Delaware on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. A status report for FY-10 will also be included. For more information contact William Lecates, Director of Community Development and Housing at 8557777. 10/28/1tc


Northwest Fork Hundred Case No. 10735 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 115-23, Item C(4) of said ordinance of COUNTRY REST HOME, INC. who are seeking a special use exception for expansion of a convalescent home, to be located south of Route 16,

eat of Road 585. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Dela ware, on Monday evening, NOVEMBER 15, 2010, at 7:00 P.M. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 10/28/1tc


Estate of Pauline B. Carey, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Pauline B. Carey who departed this life on the 6th day of September, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Asher B. Carey, III, on the 5th day of October, A.D. 2010, 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 6th day of May, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Asher B. Carey, III 1371 State St. Dover, DE 19904 Attorney: Richard J. A. Popper, Esq. Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP P.O. Box 391 Wilmington, DE 19899-0391 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 10/21/3tc


Estate of John A. Fredricks (Sr.), Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of John A. Fredricks (Sr.) who departed this life on the 25th day of September, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto John A. Fredricks, Jr. on the 12th day of October, A.D. 2010, 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 See LEGALS—page 53

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Police Journal Police investigate burglary

On Oct. 19, Delaware State Police investigated a burglary at the Delaware Electric COOP located on Sussex Highway, Greenwood. The burglary is believed to have occurred overnight between Monday Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 19. The suspect came into the work yard site located off Adams Road, Greenwood, and cut a hole in a chain link fence. The suspect then removed copper wiring from several different trucks and a Milwaukee drill. The suspect fled the property undetected. The approximate loss for the copper wiring is estimated at $1,400 while damage done during the commission of the crime is $1,100. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call investigators at 8565850, ext. 211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous.

Millsboro man pleads guilty

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office has announced that John D. McElhenny Jr. pled guilty recently to one count of second degree rape and two counts of unlawful sexual contact involving three teenage girls. McElhenny’s alleged crimes occurred over multiple years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but were reported to law enforcement authorities earlier this year. He faces a significant prison term when he is sentenced in December. McElhenny, 41, of Millsboro, is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution.

Police search for forgery fugitives

Delaware State Police has active warrants for two persons wanted for identity theft and other related charges. On Oct. 11, police received information from Delaware National Bank about a forgery investigation. Police learned that a 76-year-old Laurel man, who is now deceased, reported a theft of checks and forgery to Delaware National Bank on Sept. 16. Police learned that on Aug. 6, the suspects, Shelrita L. Cannon, 35, of Bakerfield Road, Milford and Herman L. Hargrow, 43, of Bedford Street, Georgetown, walked into the Delaware National Bank located on Sussex Highway, Seaford, and presented checks written out to themselves with the victim’s name forged at the bottom. Both checks totaled $995. After viewing surveillance photos, police were able to identify Hargrow and Cannon performing the transactions within LEGALS - from Page 51 said Executor on or before the 25th day of May, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: John A. Fredricks, Jr. 6922 Atlanta Circle Seaofrd, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 10/21/3tc

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minutes of each other at the same branch on Aug. 6. Police additionally learned that Cannon was stopped and arrested by the Milton Police Department on Aug. 8 and had the 76-year-old victim’s checkbook in her possession. Cannon was arrested by Milton Police Department for receiving stolen property. Delaware State Police is attempting to locate Shelrita Cannon and Herman L. Hargrow. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 856-5850, ext. 221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP3333. Callers may remain anonymous.

Investigation arrests child predators

Attorney General Beau Biden and law enforcement officers have announced that a Child Predator Task Force undercover investigation has resulted in the arrest of two suspects on child exploitation charges. An undercover investigator with the Task Force, posing as a divorced father of a 9-year-old boy, was contacted separately by the two suspects in an Internet chatroom. Both suspects sought to meet the investigator’s fictional son and have sex with him. On Saturday, Oct. 16 the Task Force arrested 29-year-old Shane E. Kiser at a Dover-area hotel. Kiser, of Millsboro, had agreed during an Internet chat to drive to the Dover-area hotel to have sex with the investigator’s fictional child. Kiser told the investigator he was going to bring a pacifier for the boy to suck on while he assaulted the child. At the time of his arrest, Kiser had a baby pacifier and two hot wheel toy cars in his possession. Kiser was charged with first degree attempted rape and solicitation and is being held on $500,000 cash bail. The Child Predator Task Force has executed a search warrant on Kiser’s residence where computers and other digital media were seized. The forensic examination of that evidence is ongoing and additional charges are expected. Kiser is a registered nurse who was employed at Beebe Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The Task Force contacted both hospitals after Kiser’s arrest, and also notified the Delaware Division of Professional Regulations. The second suspect, a 41-year-old adult male from Maryland, initiated online conversations over a period of several months with the undercover investigator. The target repeatedly stated his intention of having sexual activities with his investigator’s 9-year-old child. The target was arrested on Oct. 17 outside a restaurant near the Christiana Mall. Prosecu-


Estate of Donald W. Gillespie, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Donald W. Gillespie who departed this life on the 14th day of September, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto David Gillespie on the 29th day of September, A.D. 2010, 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 14th day of May, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: David Gillespie 300 Arbutus Ave. Seaford DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 10/14/3tc

tors believe he traveled from his home in Maryland to meet with the undercover investigator to finalize arrangements to meet his young child and have sex. During that meeting, immediately before his arrest, the target agreed to return to Delaware later to have sex with the child. The target was charged with attempted first degree rape and conspiracy and is being held on $9,000 cash bail. Because the target allegedly crossed state lines to commit his crimes, the Task Force referred this case to federal authorities. The target’s identity is being withheld at the request of federal authorities because their investigation is ongoing. The Task Force also notified Maryland authorities of his arrest and they are actively participating in the investigation.

Safe stolen from Dover Pools

On Oct. 24 at 4 a.m., Seaford Police responded to Dover Pools on Sussex Highway in Seaford in reference to a burglary. Officers determined that the unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the business by breaking out the main entrance door glass. A safe containing an undisclosed amount of currency was removed from the business. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 629-6644 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Excessive window tinting an issue

The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been encountering an increase in the number of cases in which drivers are falsifying documents which allow them to use excessive window tinting on their vehicles. This is a serious public safety hazard. A medical tint waiver allows a vehicle to have legally tinted windows for an existing medical condition. There are currently 12,000 vehicles statewide that have an approved tint waiver registration. The DMV has instituted several measures to prevent fraud by making Tint Waiver forms (and all other documents and forms utilized by DMV) more secure. DMV staff has also completed training to increase their abilities to recognize altered, fraudulent or forged documents. Staff is also contacting doctor’s offices to ensure that the information contained in the tint waiver application is accurate. It was this training and new security steps that allowed Georgetown DMV staff to spot six forged medical tint waivers presented by five different people in the past month. In each case, physicians had no record of the patients claimed condition and denied signing the waiver forms. That information was turned over to Capitol Police who charged the five individuals with second degree felony forgery. The allowance for a tinted window waiver is found in Delaware Code Title 21, Section 4313.

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DOE COMMENDS SENIORS - Congratulations to 32 seniors at Sussex Technical High School who earned a Distinguished Performance certificate from the Delaware Department of Education for exceptional academic achievement on their Grade 11 science and social studies DSTP Testing last spring. Recipients are: Row one, bottom - Jamin Adkins, Harbeson (science and social studies), Kaitlyn Adkins, Harbeson (science and social studies), Jackson Beckner, Long Neck (science), Te’Myra Brown, Millsboro (science), Allyssa Bunting, Lewes (science); Row two - Samantha Constantine, Greenwood (science), Rachel Crum, Laurel (science), Mayra Cruz, Georgetown (science), Meghan Engst, Seaford (science and social studies); Row three - Maxine Fluharty, Millsboro (science), Myles Gray, Seaford (science and social studies), Courtney Hastings, Laurel (science), Tianna Hutchins, Seaford (science and social studies), Jake Jones, Milford (science and social studies), Matt King, Seaford (science and social studies); Row four - Aubrey Klick, Lincoln (science), Anson Marsh, Lewes (science), Chelsea McHugh, Milton (science and social studies), Kristina Metz, Millsboro (science), Michelle Paradee, Millsboro (science); Row five - Kenneth Poole, Delmar (science), Martin Prieto, Georgetown (science and social studies), Michele Snead, Harbeson (science), Casey Styers, Millsboro (social studies); Row six, top - Assistant Principal Michael Firch, Crysta Ward, Milton (science), Angela Wilson, Laurel (science), and Principal Dr. John Demby. Seniors absent from the presentation are: Ryan Cannon, Milton (science), Craig Chatterton, Dagsboro (science), Tyler Edge, Millsboro (science), Michael Mather, Seaford (science), Conor Small, Lewes (science), and Samuel Spellman, Milton (science).

New courses for kids at Del Tech

Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens campus invites parents to sign their children up for some fun and exciting activities for this fall. Introduce children ages 3-5 to the wonderful world of sports in a non-competitive, everyone wins environment. Basic ball handling skills and continued development of large muscle groups will help prepare them for involvement in beginning sports programming. Classes are on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Children should wear clothing with elastic waistbands and sneakers. Explore the world of ballet in a fun, enlightening environment for ages 3-5. Please wear leotards, tights, ballet slippers and either a ballet skirt or shorts. Class will be on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Teens from ages 13-16 merge design and creativity by experiencing design concepts used by architects and designers; then translate your ideas into three-dimensional designs. Model it on the computer and make a scale model to take home. Class is on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join an expert learning hands-on about the needs of each adorable pet. Children ages 6-10 will receive tips on grooming, feeding, and becoming a responsible pet care-taker. Class is on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. Horseback riding lessons, for ages 8-14, will cover the basics of safety, stable management and equestrian skills. Horse/tack equipment furnished. Please wear pants and shoes or boots with at least a 1/2 inch heel. Class is on Saturday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the indoor riding ring of Singletree Stables in Seaford. To register, contact Delaware Technical’s Corporate and Community Programs at 856-5618.

ADULT ED GRADS - Sussex Tech Adult Education congratulates nine students who recently graduated from the James H. Groves Adult High School. The graduates received their high school diplomas at graduation ceremonies held at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover on Sept. 12. Congratulations to, from left: Eugene Klinefelter, Milford; Meya Chilengi, Bishopville, Md.; Justin Ellsworth, Seaford; Yormeli Ramirez, Georgetown; and Ernest Dice, Bridgeville. Not pictured are Stephanie McIntire, Milford; Tynetta Mullen, Lincoln; April Parkin, Delmar; and Damien Sargent, Georgetown.

STUDENTS EARN CERTIFICATION - For the third year, Digital Publishing and Print Design students at Sussex Technical High School sat last spring for their PrintED certificate exams. Results of those tests were recently announced by instructor Denise Miller. Earning industry certification are: front row, seated - Danielle DelNegro, Millsboro; Caitlyn Phillips, Lewes; Natalie Bennet, Millsboro; Nicole Linaweaver, Millsboro; Natalie Hein, Georgetown; Sarah Overman, Georgetown; Brianne McDowell, Bridgeville; Briana Bolden, Bridgeville; and Katie Brown, Seaford; back row, standing - Ashley Taylor, Blades; Salathiel Beck, Georgetown; Adam Kelly, Milton; Tim Flynn, Laurel; Katie Hardesty, Seaford; Daly Pineyro, Bridgeville; Alexandra Cannon, Lincoln; Lauren Welsh, Millsboro; Melissa Schoenle, Laurel; and Jessica Carpenter, Milton.

Sussex Academy: Rated ‘Superior’ Eight Years in a Row

The Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences invites parents, guardians of current fifth grade students to learn more about our unique public school opportunity for middle school students in grades 6-8. As the only charter school in Sussex County, we provide a challenging; accelerated academic curriculum. In order to introduce interested parents and fifth grade students to our school, we are holding the following events: • PUBLIC INFORMATION meetings at the school on November 16 and 17, 2010 at 6 p.m. • SCHOOL TOURS on November 15, 16, 17, & 18, 2010 at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, or 10:30 a.m. No appointment necessary. The APPLICATION PERIOD for incoming sixth grade students for the 2012 school year begins November 19, 2010 and ends January 7, 2011. Applications are available online at For more information, please visit our website.

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Even Start program gets funding Sussex Technical Adult Division’s Even Start Family Literacy Program received $25,000 from the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs to expand the number of Sussex Country low income Hispanic families who are eligible for the Even Start program designed to empower families with adult education opportunities, assistance for parents to fulfill their role as their child’s first teacher, early childhood education and interactive parent and child literacy activities. The Delaware State Housing Authority at Laverty Lane and Phillis Wheatley Middle School will provide classroom space and other resources. The Sussex Tech Adult Ed grant is part of $96,642 in grants presented to support five community-based programs that help Hispanic families learn the English language or include an educational focus on family literacy, health literacy and/or financial literacy at a reception on Oct. 12,

at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover. According to the Delaware Hispanic Needs Assessment, a study commissioned by the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs in 2008, over half of Hispanic Delawareans are Spanish-dominant and almost all share the desire to learn English. This series of grants, supported by the Arsht-Cannon Fund of the Delaware Community Foundation and partners, will address these educational needs and interests. The Consortium has been involved with assessing the characteristics, contributions, needs and issues of Hispanic Delawareans, setting goals and funding priorities, conducting grant application and review processes, and partnering with public and private foundations and institutions to provide funding support. The Consortium includes leaders in the community, business, education, health, and government, who meet monthly.

Amayrani Villalobos twirls Brenda Velasquez around on the dance floor during the Even Start Father-Daughter Dance in Bridgeville.

Family-bonding programs held Sussex Tech Adult Division offered two family-bonding activities highlighting its Focus on Fathers program. Thanks to a $1,500 community mini-grant from Children & Families First, a Father-Son Picnic and Father-Daughter Dance were held for families participating in the Even Start Family Literacy Program conducted by the Sussex Tech Adult Division. The Even Start Family Literacy Program serves families throughout Sussex County who are participating adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students and

Accepting the grant are Dr. John Kreitzer, ST adult ed coordinator; Emily Ritchey, Even Start coordinator; Terry Corder, James Groves Adult High School principal; Jose Oyola, Even Start coordinator; Dr. A.J. Lathbury, ST District superintendent; and Dr. Kevin Dickerson, ST director of support services.

Hopkins delegate at Boys Nation

Each year since 1946, delegates from 49 states gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the American Legion Boys Nation. These representatives are selected from the thousands of state level participants in Boys State. This year, John Hopkins, a senior at Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, Hopkins was selected as the number one delegate from among the 98 participants.

Annual conservation poster contest The Sussex, Kent and New Castle Conservation Districts are sponsoring a poster contest. This year’s theme is “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats.” Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively. Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 8. This year’s theme reminds people that conservation of our natural resources is important in every community. Conservation habits can help conserve water, provide shelter for animals, birds and insects as well as increase their food supply. Each of the Conservation Districts will

“At the event, each delegate acts as a senator from his Boys State. The young lawmakers caucus at the beginning of the session and then organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills submitted by program delegates,” said DCHS Principal Mr. Kemerling. “Senators learn the proper method of handling bills according to U.S. Senate rules. Participation in the political process is emphasized throughout the week, including organization of party conventions and nominating and electing a president and vice president.” Since the inception of Boys Nation, a number of its graduates have been elected to public office, including presidents, congressmen, state governors and state legislators. Many others have been inspired to work for the campaigns of individuals seeking public office.

submit their first place posters in each category for judging at the state level. State level winners will then be submitted to the national contest. Last year, the winning Delaware poster for the 10-12 category, created by Noah Link of Kent County, went on to win first place in the 10-12 category in the national contest. Posters must include the name of the student, teacher and school along with the grade level, and must be hand delivered or mailed flat in time to meet the deadline to the conservation district in the county in which you reside. The Sussex Conservation District is located at 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947. For more info, contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135 or email

their children ages six months to 14 years. The mission of the program is to empower families and promote improved literacy. Both the picnic and dance are also used as a forum to provide parents with information about the importance of a strong, supportive relationship between children and their fathers. For more information about the Even Start Family Literacy Program or other programs in the Sussex Tech Adult Division, call 856-9035 or visit

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Eighth Grade Open House Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Open House registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Tour the facilities, meet the teachers, and find out why Sussex Tech has been the recipient of numerous National and State education awards. Students will receive information to plan their educational future. The Open House will include information on Sussex Tech’s: • Technical Areas • Academic Classes • Integrated Curriculum • Athletics • Academic Skills • Extracurricular Activities • Techademic Coaching • Admissions Process For more information, call Steve Persolio at 302 854 2820 or e-mail at


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Halloween was a low budget event at my childhood This weekend ghosts and goblins of all shapes and sizes will be meony indsor andering through the streets of local communities. Halloween is upon All of these characters us and it amazes me that each year a new crop of costumed characters had one thing in comwill be taking part in this annual mon, they dressed like tradition. As a young boy this was one of the holidays that seemed to Tony Windsor. create a sense of excitement during the lull between holidays that comes once summer is over. When I was a young boy I had mother to decide what my costume would to improvise and find something to be. The fact is I cannot ever recall weartake my mind off the fact that there would ing a costume for Halloween. I wore a be three months till Christmas and at least mask. That’s right. I was many different a month until the Sears Wish Book came characters for Halloween during my childout. So, I set my sights on Halloween. I hood. I was Superman, I was Batman, I know that a lot of people tend to see Halwas a devil and even once I was Casper loween as a very negative and almost sacthe Ghost. All of these characters had one rilegious holiday, but to a child it means thing in common, they dressed like Tony nothing except “trick or treat” and bags Windsor. full of candy! It means dressing up and Mom would proudly come home with looking silly or scary and getting bags full a mask for my brother and me. We could of candy! Walking for what seems like choose what we wanted to be, however, miles just to get bags full of candy! Do the only consideration was whether the you sense a common denominator here? However, there was something exciting mask I chose was big enough to fit over my unusually large head. You would think about sharing stories with your friends the it would be simple to just take an old sheet weeks and days before Halloween about and cut a hole in it and drape it over my “who you are going to be” for Halloween. body to make the perfect Casper the Ghost There were the traditional witches, devils, costume. The only thing is, though there batman and superman. I, of course, had were a few “old sheets” in my house; they no choice but to chime in about what my were all covering a few old beds. I would plans were. But, I knew in the scheme of have just as soon asked Mom to cut a hole things, it would ultimately be up to my


Gas Lines

Prices at the pumps leveled off last week after seeing double-digit increases during the first half of the month, despite the fact that crude oil continues to trade above the $80 a barrel mark. The national average price of regular grade gasoline was $2.83 Friday, unchanged from the previous week, yet 14 cents higher since the beginning of October and 21 cents above year-ago prices. Despite recent increases, gas prices remain $1.28 below the record high set in July 2008. Crude Oil Prices Crude oil see-sawed throughout last week, slumping more than 4% Tuesday (slightly below $80), posting its biggest daily gain (nearly 3%) in more than a month on Wednesday, slipping $2 (nearly 2%) Thursday and ended more


than 1% higher Friday to close the week at $81.69. While a weak U.S. dollar contributed to crude oil’s rise, poor economic data out of China, a smaller-than-expected crude oil inventory increase and a slight rebound of the U.S. dollar sent crude lower. A look ahead “While analysts maintain consumers will not see a sizeable increase in prices at the pumps for the remainder of the year, unforeseen events such as the French labor dispute and soon-to-be Hurricane Richard could change that outlook,” said Jana L. Tidwell, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson. Local pricing On Wednesday gas stations from Delmar to Greenwood were selling regular gasoline in a range from $2.699 to $2.889 a gallon. The low was the same as a week ago and the high three cents higher than a week ago.

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in the living room curtains as I would have one of her bed sheet. I knew that was out of the question. So, off I went, grinning, white, plastic Casper face and all. Friends would come by dressed as witches with black pointed hats and black nylons and ghosts peering from under, long, white, flowing sheets. I would be walking down the sidewalk with my older brother, both of us wearing our 10-Cent Store mask, dressed in work shoes and a pair of jeans. We looked like we were more likely to be robbing a Shore Stop than going Trick-or-Treating. But, as Mom would say when we complained about the lack of a full body costume, “How about you don’t go at all?” So, I suppose given that option, we were very satisfied with our attire. On another note: This past weekend was the Ag Fest at the Ross Plantation. What an outstanding community event. The weather was beautiful and looking out over the grounds of the Ross Mansion was like taking a mental trip back to the 19th century. I was honored to have been asked by my good friend Thresa Allen to perform on the festival stage for both days of the event. I performed on Saturday following WBOC TV-16’s Charlie Papparella and his band. Charlie and I grew up in the same community of Marion Station, Md. Previous to performing at the Ross Mansion I was also excited to be invited by good friend Ron MacArthur to perform for

the Seaford Library and Cultural Center’s “5-K Run and Community Fitness Walk”, another outstanding community event. After performing at the Ross Mansion I immediately went to Sears of Seaford, where another good buddy, Dave Elzey, the store’s manager, asked me to perform for a special community awareness event in front of the store. So, needless to say, by 4 p.m., after having set up and performed for three different venues, I was zombie tired. On Sunday as I prepared to take the stage at the Ross Mansion following the performance by Craig Banks and the “Good News Band,” I realized that I had somehow lost all of the background music that I use for my shows. I literally tore my van apart but failed to produce the music. I was forced to cancel my appearance and Craig Banks and his band generously agreed to extend their performance and cover for me. I would like to thank Craig and his extraordinarily talented group for stepping up and filling my spot. I would also like to apologize to any friends who came to hear me play and also to all of the wonderful people who organized the Ag Festival at Ross Mansion.

Halloween Pot Luck

There will be a Halloween pot luck dinner and costume party on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m., at Woodland Methodist Church. The dinner will be followed by a family costume party. The church is 3.5 miles west of Seaford. Bring a dish and enjoy the fun. Call 629-8775 for details.

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Habitat builds home-ownership one board at a time By Ronald MacArthur Over the past 20 years, one nail at a time, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity has provided affordable housing for 54 low-income families. Most of those have been in areas of need in western Sussex County. To up the ante, Habitat has begun an aggressive campaign to serve 87 new families over four years. The goal is to complete 42 home-ownership projects

and also do exterior repairs to 45 existing homes in a new “Brush with Kindness” program. Since July 2009, nine new homes have been completed and another three have been refurbished. Director Kevin Gilmore, in a Tuesday, Oct. 5 report to Sussex County Council, said the secret to Habitat’s success is homeowners have a buy-in by providing sweat equity to help build their homes. Gilmore said the organization has an ecumenical Christian foundation.

Sussex Habitat for Humanity is building a home on West Sixth Street in Laurel, part of a neighborhood revitalization program.

Construction days start with prayer and completed homes are blessed with laying on of hands as workers and family members circle each home. “These homes are built with love,” he said. The goal of the campaign is $6 million, with $3 million pledged so far. Gilmore said half the funding, about $3 million, would come from bank partners and grants with $700,000 from Habitat’s annual fund, $721,000 from existing homeowners’ mortgage payments and $825,000 from charitable foundations. Habitat got a big boost this year with the donation of two homes in the Georgetown area owned by the county. After remodeling, the homes are used to house some AmeriCorps volunteers who commit to a year of volunteer service. With Gilmore in council chambers were 11 new AmeriCorps who had started their year of service that day. Habitat has several completed and ongoing projects including 19 homes in Concord Village near Seaford, 10 homes as part of the West Laurel revitalization project, two homes in the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program and 22 proposed homes in the Georgetown Point project. The average cost of a Habitat home is about $110,000, which includes $35,000 for land and infrastructure, $60,000 for construction and $15,000 for organizational overhead and program expenses. Habitat homeowners also take advantage of no-interest mortgage loans for 25 to 30 years from Habitat for Humanity with the

Laura Bolles of Austin, Texas, an AmeriCorps volunteer, uses a table saw to cut wood on a Women Build home in Laurel. Photo by Ronald MacArthur

average monthly payment around $400. Potential homeowners must meet certain criteria to be accepted. Each adult must be willing to invest 250 hours of sweat equity into the program, and homeowners must be able to pay up to $2,000 in closing costs, learn about home construction and maintenance, attend home ownership preparation classes and become an ambassador for the program. Income levels are also considered. For example, a family of four’s annual gross income cannot be less than $17,100 or greater than $29,304. For more information, go to or call 855-1153.



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Letters to the Editor

Tired of liberal drivel

I am so tired of liberal drivel! In light of the constitutional content debate that Christine O’Donnell’s (R) comments in the recent debate against Chris Coons (D) at Widener University have started nationwide, and media coverage of the senate race in Delaware, I must weigh in on the truth. The Constitution does not contain the phrase “separation of church and state” because the founding fathers did not want it to! However, the Constitution of the former Soviet Union does contain the phrase in question. Socialist college professors and “Bearded Marxists” (i.e. Chris Coons, it was like a joke only not as funny!) have twisted the Constitution to support their intolerance and bigotry against Christians who, compelled by conviction of truth (i.e. Christine O’Donnell), are running for office, very much like the Puritans who came to this country and our founding fathers. The phrase in question is found in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend. Liberals and socialists have taken that phrase and capitalized on it (how’s that for irony?!) and have begun to attribute the phrase to the actual Constitution. What happened at Widener when the college students were shocked at Ms. O’Donnell’s

question, “where is that [separation of church and state] found in the Constitution?” was that the college students did not know the phrase is not found in the United States Constitution. Because of Marxist professors doing the job of brain washing college students for so many years, we now have a class of ignorant college students who graduate with a degree in liberal drivel. If you read the history of the debates the founding fathers had “back in the day” you will see they never intended to protect government from religion but instead religion from government. The majority of our founding fathers were Christians. I say “You go girl!” to Christine O’Donnell. Thanks for standing up for truth against an onslaught of ignorance and liberal drivel! Assoc. Pastor Kim Birowski

County - the one government that works. Now some would attack Sussex Council President Vance Phillips for what - keeping government working, holding taxes down and giving the best service in the state? The entire state is looking at this race to see if conservative leadership gains votes. Does it matter you are the only county not to raise taxes? That is why I care about this race. If the tax hikers win, there is no hope for the rest of the state. I have confidence in the wisdom of the people of western Sussex County. I believe you will continue to lead the way back to common sense and better government. Thank you for providing an example for the rest of us by electing great leaders like Vance Phillips.

it is to have the right person representing the area on the County Council. Dennis has unique qualifications for the office because he served for some 30 years before his retirement as the Sussex County Personnel Director. As such, he has seen at close hand the way the county government operates. Along the way, he has developed a deep understanding of how things ought to be done. Now that he is retired, he has the time and the desire to serve his fellow Sussex Countians in a new way by putting his knowledge and experience to work for the people. If elected, he will be a full-time councilman. I hope you will give him your vote on Election Day, Nov. 2. I predict that he’ll do a fine job.

David Anderson

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Sussex’s government works

Cordrey will do a fine job

All across the state, we have seen what Democrat rule gives us - higher taxes, fewer jobs and lousy service. State, county and city governments have hit us with tax hikes due to their lack of planning in the good times. The one exception is Sussex

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As a resident of Bethany Beach, I can’t vote for Dennis Cordrey for the 5th District Sussex County Council seat, but I am supporting his candidacy just the same. The 5th District includes most of my State Senate district and I know just how crucial

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Laurel’s efforts to recover stolen money are not over As we approach the first year anniversary of the discovery of r ohn c oy misappropriation of funds by the former business manager in Laurel Little did I know Schools, I want to take this opportunity to share some background coming into the Disinformation. trict that this problem When I first arrived in Laurel, I requested of the School Board had been going on and the Department of Education since 2003. a full audit of our financial books. I wanted this as I thought about the financial problems in Christina our attorney and the Department of EduSchool District and their former administrator. Board President Jerry White cation. They directed me to the auditor’s office and the state payroll office, PHRST. was in favor of this and we proceeded to Through these contacts, I was able to have two audits that showed no irregulariconfirm that there was a payroll problem. ties. Little did I know coming into the District (This speaks loud and clear to the fact that this problem had been going on since that Mr. Hitch stated he found a glitch in 2003. the system that he was able to manipulate. Mr. Hitch was confronted with the The auditors from Tom Wagner’s office evidence gathered up to that point. His attempted to manipulate the glitch and own admission that he had made “regular, found they were able to do so.) substantial, and unauthorized” payments Once Mr. White and I determined that to himself was more than enough evidence Mr. Hitch seemingly received unauthorto place him on administrative leave. Two ized payments, I immediately contacted days later, the School Board accepted his

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resignation. From the start, Mr. White and I agreed that the investigative process and our findings would be transparent and forthright. I acted when I had sufficient evidence to suggest a wrong-doing. It took the fourmember audit team about five weeks to determine how and where the unauthorized payments came from and how they were paid. Trained auditors had difficulty working through the maze of the paper trail left behind by Mr. Hitch. Despite frequent monthly meetings at Central Office with me and the monthly board reports, the illegal activities of Mr. Hitch went undetected, for awhile. But as in most cases of wrong doing, sooner or later “what is done in the dark will be brought to the light.” Through my efforts and the support of the Board President, we were able to bring to a close a reign of financial injustice that had been unknowingly plaguing this district since 2003. I worked closely and often with the Attorney General’s Office as they prepared

charges against Mr. Hitch. There was a time I was summoned to Wilmington to give a statement regarding this case, in addition to numerous phone calls and emails from the AG’s office. I took this case very seriously because I was extremely bothered that someone entrusted not only with state, local, and federal funds but also with furthering the educational opportunities for our children, violated that trust and had done so for years. The sentence given to Mr. Hitch has shocked and saddened many in Laurel and throughout the state as well. Their faith and trust in the judicial system had been dashed! Please know that this is not over. Through our Board attorney, we are working to recoup the funds that were taken by Mr. Hitch and will not settle for the $50 per month. I hope that we can soon put this situation to rest and move on to other topics of interest to our Laurel School Community. John W. McCoy, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Laurel School District.

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Final Word

Is more government the answer or the problem? By Rick Manning

It wasn’t until Christine O’Donnell beat official Washington’s choice Mike Castle in a Delaware primary election for the Republican nomination to seek the U.S. Senate seat that it happened. The Washington, D.C. insiders have finally gone completely nuts. Democrats were declaring victory in a race that they had previously conceded, and the know-it-alls in the Republican Party who created a political environment that allowed Barack Obama to become president, became completely unhinged. How could the actual Republican voters in Delaware give up a “sure thing” Republican takeover in order to nominate a candidate who actually is in alignment with their principles? Don’t they understand the potential power they are giving away? Unsophisticated rubes. Karl Rove, who gained his fame as President Bush’s campaign guru, became the official mouthpiece of insider DC Republican “intelligentsia” when he castigated the voters’ choice of O’Donnell on the Sean Hannity show on FOX News, and again the next day, providing political fodder for Harry Reid’s “pet” candidate, Democratic Party nominee — Chris Coons. A reasonable person would ask why Rove and those of his ilk freaked out. They are scared, and cannot afford to have O’Donnell win the general election. An O’Donnell victory forever destroys their capacity to choose the “safe” nominee because he/she has the best chance to win. An O’Donnell victory in November would strip the power of this argument from them. Of course the irony of the “vote for the electable candidate” selection process is that it produces candidates who are virtually indistinguishable from one another as was the case in Delaware. Last year, New Jersey broke this mold by electing a Republican as its governor who promised to cut government. Governor Chris Christie has turned the establishment of the state on its head with his plain

spoken imposition of budget cuts to pull the state back from the brink of bankruptcy. No one thought he could be elected, yet he was. In Massachusetts, no one thought that a Republican named Scott Brown who touted himself as a fiscal conservative could win the so-called Ted Kennedy Senate seat — yet he did. These two cataclysmic events in late 2009 and early 2010 signaled brightly that the political world has changed and the politicians better get on board or they are going to get to find out that the people really aren’t messing around. Those who are flocking to the tea party banners have for years been told to sit in their corners and trust the big money political professionals to give them the candidate that can win. This year, the “silent majority” of the Republican Party have gotten up collectively and screamed in their best Howard Beale voice, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Record deficits, the decline of the American standard of living, failing public schools, high unemployment, taxpayer bailouts of failing banks, the housing crisis, and a general disgust that many elected officials seem to be more interested in feathering their own nests rather than serving the public interest, these have all fueled an electoral revolt among citizens who have never felt they needed to get involved before. The politicians in both parties have let them down, and the tea party movement is rapidly remaking the face of the Republican Party to represent their values, and the insiders better shut up and listen. In 1852, there were two political parties in America, the Whigs and the Democrats. The vacillating Whigs wanted to be in the middle and not take on the most pressing issue of the day — slavery. In 1854, the Republican Party was born, and by 1860, the Whig Party ceased to exist, and Abraham Lincoln was our first Republican Party president. A political party that stands for nothing serves no purpose and is destined to

disappear from the political landscape. The basic debate in American politics today is about whether larger government is the answer or the problem. The tea party movement is in the process of taking the Republican Party back from those who have forgotten the basic credo that the best government is the least government, and the establishment deal makers don’t like it. The great part about America is that we get to vote for our elected representatives. Perhaps the political intelligentsia will learn a valuable lesson from the 2010 election cycle — a candidate has to be electable in the primary election, and if not, they never get to run in the general election. All the wringing of hands by the power brokers about lost opportunities are merely the dying gasps of those who are seeing their fortunes built on political connections being shattered by an electorate determined to fix Washington, and save their country. America’s leaders, both Democrat and Republican, have lost the trust of the people, and now those people will not be ignored; just ask Arlen Specter, Bob Bennett, Lisa Murkowski and now Mike Castle. It sure will be interesting when the Capitol Building is filled with idealistic tea partiers who believe in constitutionally limited government rather than angling for a spot on some obscure committee that only matters to people in D.C. If you think the insiders are screaming now, just wait until Jan. 3, 2011. About the author Rick Manning is the director of communications for Americans for Limited Government.

Vital Stats

Federal Debt as of October 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. $13,676,558,010,942 Population of United States 309,370,333 Each citizen’s share of debt $44,208

The average citizen’s share of debt decreased $4 the past seven days. While the debt increased by more than $696 million a(just million) the population increased by 42,448, spreading the debt around to more people. Source:

Last Laugh Pray for Leroy At the Saturday night tent revival the preacher announces, “Anyone with ‘needs’ to be prayed over, come forward, to the front at the altar.” Leroy gets in line, and when it’s his turn, the preacher asks: “Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?” Leroy replies: “Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing.” The preacher puts one finger in Leroy’s ear, and he places the other hand on top of Leroy’s head and prays and prays and prays, he prays a blue streak for Leroy. After a few minutes, the Preacher removes his hands, stands back and asks, “Leroy how is your hearing now?” Leroy says, “I don’t know, Reverend, it ain’t ‘til next Wednesday.”

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