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News REFERENDUM - Laurel School Board approves referendum date. Page 12 HOUSING - Laurel property owners and town feeling impact of housing market woes. Page 43 LADIES DAY - NHS Ladies Day Golf Tournament September 23 at Heritage Shores. Page 4 HEROES - Dixie Northam remains dedicated to ladies auxiliary. Page 8 PHISHING - Scam artists claim Delaware Lottery in scheme. Page 9 STORM PREP - Delmarva is warned to begin preparing for Hurricane Earl. Page 10 DUPONT - Seaford Historical Society program on T. Coleman duPont. Page 57 CONCERTS - Annual Concert Series memberships available. Page 57 Tommy Lee, of Laurel, shows off some of his many hand crafted duck calls during a recent community event in Hardscrabble, hosted by the Delaware Chapter of the Delta Waterfowl national organization. Lee, a member of the local chapter, has been crafting duck calls from his home for a little over a year. Photo by Tony Windsor

Sports FALL SPORTS PREvIEw- The Laurel Star’s Fall Sports Preview section, with varsity schedules, preview stories, and photos, begins on page 27. FOOTbALL SEASON- See how the local varsity football teams stack up. Laurel, Delmar, and Sussex Tech previews begin on page 25.

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Laurel man heeds the ‘call of the wild’ with duck calls By Tony E. Windsor For the past 20 years Tommy Lee has worked the streets of Seaford as a police officer. Today Det. Sgt. Lee primarily investigates crime scenes. With a job as stressful as that of a police officer, it may be interesting to learn how Lee unwinds after a day of fighting crime. He will be quick to tell you that his major source of stress relief comes in the form of wood. “I have found the most relaxing hobby that I have ever been involved with,” Lee said. “If I knew that I was going to have this much fun doing something I would have started a long time ago.” Lee, of Laurel, is talking about his hobby/business of making duck calls. “This is absolutely the best

therapy in the world and I love it,” he said. Lee’s passion for creating duck calls was not born of a lifelong desire to be a wood worker. Quite simply, he started the hobby to save his son some money. “My son was about to buy a duck call that was going to cost him $179. I told him that I believed I could make a duck call cheaper than that. So, I did some research online and bought a wood lathe,” he said. With absolutely no experience or knowledge of how to make a duck call Lee set out on his mission to make one for his son. Though he has a pension for “fixing anything,” Lee confesses he is no carpenter. “I am the kind of person who sets his mind to something and won’t stop until I get it done,”

he said. “I was confident that once I learned how you make duck calls I could make one.” His confidence paid off and just over a year after first broaching a project to make his first duck call Lee has made more than 200. His work is held in such high esteem that word of mouth has had his duck calls sell as far away as Connecticut. “I have talked about getting a website to help promote what I do, but for now I am just going on word of mouth,” he said. The beauty of Lee’s duck calls has caused some patrons to come to his shop and buy the calls for living room ornaments. “Some people just buy the duck calls because they think they are Continued on page 3


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pretty and would look nice sitting in the house,” he says chuckling. Lee says the beauty of duck calls is their uniqueness. “Regardless of what type of woods I combine no two duck calls come out the same,” he said. I can use the same types and amounts of wood, but each duck call will have its own unique color or barrel diameter. I tell people that no matter which duck call they get it will be one of a kind.” As a matter of fact, Lee’s duck call business, “Bag Limit Game Calls,” sums up the unique quality of the duck calls with, “Each call is as unique as the person who is hunting with it.” Lee spends about three hours making each duck call. He strips wood into blocks and glues it together and spins it on a lathe. The different types of wood create the color of the call. He said he uses a variety of hardwoods, but some of the more traditional include Zebra wood, Cherry, Maple and amaranth (Purple Heart). As the wood spins on the lathe Lee uses a chisel like tool to run up and down the wood to shape the barrel. Once he has gained satisfaction in the barrel shape and length, Lee will prepare the end of the barrel where a special tone board and reed will be inserted to develop the actual sound of the duck call. A special brass ring will be placed in the end to help set the site for the tone board and reed. Lee said the length of the barrel will ultimately help determine the tone of the call; however, each hunter is able to create desired sounds as well, based on how they use the reed and tone board. His duck calls vary in length from 2.75” to 3.5” long. Lee applies lacquer to each duck call and creates the smooth luster that brings out the wood colors on the calls. A self-professed “perfectionist,” Lee says he will not keep a duck call unless he feels it is created at a very high quality. “I have made about 200 duck calls and threw 75 of them away because I was not happy with how they came out,” he said. Probably Lee’s favorite duck call is one he made in memory of a good friend and fellow police officer, Chad Spicer. Spicer, a Georgetown Police officer, was killed in the line of duty in 2009

when he and his partner attempted to stop a vehicle that had been involved in an earlier shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot on US 113. A benefit was held in honor of Spicer and Lee created a special duck call. He used wood that allowed him to make the duck call black with a thin blue line around it. He also engraved Spicer’s badge number “908-3” into the wood. It took about four hours to make the duck call and it fetched an auction price of $450 to benefit the slain officer’s daughter, Aubrey Spicer. Lee’s wife Sandy always knows where to find her husband when he is not working as a policeman in Seaford. He will be out in his workshop/garage, sometimes several hours into the night. “I go out to the garage after dinner and stay for three or four hours at a time,” he said. “I have guys come buy just to try out the duck calls. I tell them to just go ahead and blow on the duck calls and I will be over here making some more of them.” Making duck calls is not the only work Lee does outside in his garage. For the past eight years or so, he has also made European head mounts. His mounted deer, elk, wild boar and bear heads are displayed around the region including New York and Virginia. His head mounting business, “Bare Bonz,” came about when he decided that he wanted a deer head mounted that he had just got while hunting, but did not want to pay to have it done. “I figured I could do it myself and I did,” he said. “Then my brother-in-law saw it and asked me to do one for him. Before I knew it I had people stopping by and calling to get me to mount their game heads.” A hunting club in Virginia saw Lee’s work and brought a dozen deer heads to be mounted. Lee says the process involves allowing dermestid beetles to eat off the skull for about three days cleaning it to the bone. He then soaks the head in peroxide and cleans it up and mounts it. The process takes about 10 days per mount. He has mounted a Texas Longhorn for Clark Hastings of Hastings Butcher Shop, in Laurel and is currently working on two bear heads. He said the most interesting animal head he has mounted was a Nubian Ibex, a type of wild mountain goat that is

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found in the northern regions of Africa. A former salesman for a Wilmington liquor company, Lee became a police officer after seeing how successful his brothers were in law enforcement. His brother, Clifford “Biff” Lee, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives, is a retired Delaware State Police officer and his other brother Randy is a long-

time Delaware State Fire marshal. Their father, Clifford Lee Sr. was also a longtime state representative at the time of his death in a car accident in the 1980s. It is obvious from his hobbies that Lee is an outdoor enthusiast. He loves being in the woods and also enjoys hunting. “I could sit in the woods for hours,” he said. “I also love to hunt because it is something I can do with my son


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The Nanticoke Health Services Ladies Day Golf Tournament committee is busy planning the Sept. 23 tournament being held at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. The tournament is open to all lady golfers ready to take to the course for Women’s Health Services at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This year’s planning committee consists of Arsie Burton, Christina Darby, Jenny Davis, Ursula Gardner, Tina Hill, Janet Hubbard, Sharon Mears, Joanie Phipps, Pat Shannon and Cathy Vansciver. Participants will enjoy 18-holes of golf at Heritage Shores Club, several specialty opportunities during the round of play, food and team prizes for gross and net scores. A full field of participants is expected. Throughout the course, players will have chances to test their skills by competing in contests for Longest Drive, ClosestTo-The-Pink Ribbon, the Pursuit of the Perfect Drive and a Hole-In-One. All participants will have the opportunity to putt through a three-step qualifying round, and one individual will putt for $1,000. Presenting sponsor is BNY Mellon. The Ladies Day tournament will provide funding towards the purchase of

cardio-respiratory monitors for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s nursery. These monitors measure a newborn’s breathing rate, heart rate and oxygen levels. Caregivers utilize the monitor’s measurements to determine the health of the child and to help develop a treatment plan. This year’s tournament will once again feature the PINK Links program. The golf ball shaped signs honor and memorialize loved ones and are available for a donation of $25 per sign. Golfer entry fees are $75 per player and $300 for a foursome on Thursday. Sponsorships packages are available. On Friday, Sept. 24, the hospital will host the 24th annual Open Golf tournament. Additional sponsorship opportunities include Eagle, Birdie and Par level sponsorships, as well as Flag, Hole, Cart and Pink Links sponsorships. Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and businesses. More information and registration forms for the tournaments are available online at, or by contacting the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation at 629-6611, ext. 8944 or

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Realtors offering seminar on rights of homeowners What is the Delaware Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (DUCIOA) and how does it affect First State homeowners who live within common interest communities? The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) invites all Delaware residents to their Georgetown-area headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to learn more about this recently enacted law. “As realtors, we’ve found that this is not a popular law, nor is it one that people fully understand,” says Judy Dean, 2010 president of SCAOR. “New changes to this law went into affect on Aug. 11, and people need to be aware of what these changes mean for them. If you live in a common interest community in Delaware, you must learn how to be compliant with this very complex piece of legislation.” Passed on Oct. 31, 2008 by former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and revised by Gov. Jack Markell last summer, DUCIOA regulates the creation and operation of common interest communities containing residential property. It is a rewrite of the Unit Property Act, Delaware’s condominium law for decades, and is meant to bring clarity to the many technical questions inherent in the previous legislation. Many of the changes made to DUCIOA were adopted after input from homeowners, condominium boards, condominium managers, builders and realtors. A few of the elements of the DUCIOA which affect all homeowners within Delaware’s planned communities include: • Contents of the declarations, bylaws and plans. These  documents are all now subject to requirements.

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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes to anyone interested in learning CPR at the Nanticoke Training Center located on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn how to perform the basic skills of CPR on adults, children and infants and how to help an adult, child or infant who is choking. This classroom-based, video, and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friends and community members the opportunity to learn CPR and who need a course completion card. Classes are open to participants 12 years old and up. This program is specifically designed for those who prefer to learn in a group environment with feedback from an instructor. The target audience is those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Cost is $30. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class. Late registrations (if seating is available) will be an additional $5.00 fee. To register, or for further information, contact the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Training Center office at 629-6611, extension 8919. Pre-registration is required.

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Business CFM names top agents

Kathy Farnell, broker of Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., in Seaford recently announced the firm’s top producers for the second quarter of 2010. Dee Cross was the top selling agent, and the top listing agent was Bev Blades. For the month of June, Karen Hamilton was the top selling agent and Bev Blades was the top Cross listing agent.



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MORNING STAR • SepTeMbeR 2 - 8, 2010

Dixie Northam remains dedicated to ladies auxiliary By James Diehl


n September of 2018, Dixie Northam has every intention of walking across an as-yet-to-be-determined stage and accepting a certificate recognizing her 50 proud years of service to the ladies auxiliary of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. It will literally be nothing more than a handsome piece of paper, but the meaning behind it will be much more special to the 46-year resident of Laurel. “I would really like to reach that goal in my life,” says the native of western Maryland. “To me, that would mean that I was able to go and help and participate for 50 years. It would also mean that the other auxiliary members didn’t mind having me around for that long.” When Northam first joined Laurel’s ladies auxiliary, four years after marrying her husband, Jack, and moving to town in 1964, she became part of a committed group of fireman’s wives who wanted nothing more than to serve their local community. With only about 30 members today, however, finding younger members has become more of an issue with each passing year. “I think 40 years ago, people were more willing to volunteer and belong to different organizations than they are now,” says Northam, who decided long ago to split her time solely between the ladies auxiliary and St. Phillips Episcopal Church. “Of course, lifestyles are entirely different now. It’s definitely a time constraint thing today; serving in the auxiliary is certainly a big personal commitment.” Even after losing her husband, a former president of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, in 1997, Northam decided to remain involved with her beloved ladies auxiliary. In the 13 years since Jack’s death, her commitment to the organization remains as strong as it ever was.

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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@ “After you put in your time, you really don’t need to continue going up to the fire hall and helping out,” she says. “But I just enjoy being around the ladies; we really have a good time up there. You could say we solve the problems of the world when we get together.” Before moving into the new and improved Laurel Volunteer Fire Department that the public today knows and loves, the role of firemen and auxiliary members alike was much more difficult in their tight quarters on Poplar Street. But the auxiliary still managed to serve meals nearly every weekend from the cramped two-story building that today houses the Laurel town offices, as well as the police department. They even managed to have a little fun at times with people who were on-site for anything but a charitable dinner. “At that time, the police station included several holding cells that were located below our kitchen,” Northam recalls. “I remember we’d bang on the pipes and, if there was anybody down below who had been arrested, they would bang back. It was just to let them know we were up there.” When the time finally came to move to the larger and more modern structure on nearby 10th Street in 1976, life became much easier for members of the ladies auxiliary. But moving out of their longterm home included a few surprises along the way.

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Dixie Northam has been volunteering with the ladies auxiliary of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department for more than 40 years. A former two-term president of the organization, she doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

A smile still creeps onto Northam’s face today, decades later, when recalling some of the stories. “I remember there was this one time we were having a beef and dumpling dinner and one of the firemen was taking a pot of greens downstairs when he tripped and dropped them everywhere,” Northam says with a chuckle. “When we moved out of that firehouse years later, they found some of those greens.” A former two-term president of the auxiliary, Northam takes a great deal of pride in the service she’s been able to provide to her adopted hometown over more than

four decades. She remembers countless hours spent with her husband at the firehouse over the years, making many friends and serving hundreds of quality, homecooked meals. Her devotion has not gone unnoticed – she and her husband’s only child, Stacy, joined the auxiliary years ago and is a former president of the ladies auxiliary for Sussex County. Her son-in-law, Todd, is a fireman in Laurel and her sister-in-law, Judy, is also involved with the ladies auxiliary. Lovingly described as a “firehouse Continued to page nine

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regard the notice and contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 800-2205424. The scam message is deceptively official in its appearance using Delaware Lottery logos and a signature. To date, the scam has only been reported from one overseas recipient, but could easily circulate into other regions. “These scammers have gone to great lengths to convince victims they’re legitimate,” Biden said. “But if consumers are aware, they’ll see right through it. If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket, you didn’t win the lottery.”

Biden recommended the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of lottery and sweepstakes scams: • Refuse offers to buy international lottery tickets. Never believe a letter, phone call or Internet message that claims to guarantee you a prize. Legitimate lotteries do not guarantee that you will win a prize and do not require people to join prize pools to play. • Do not give out your social security  number, credit card and bank account numbers to anyone. • Do not pay up-front fees for prize pro-

Dixie Northam finds fulfillment serving in the auxiliary Continued from page eight

brat” by her mother, Stacy Smith sort of grew up in the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. There many times with her mother, and often with her father as well, it was natural that she should one day join the organization that once dominated her parents’ lives. “In the early years, when I went to the firehouse, Stacy just came with me,” says Northam. “She’d sit in the kitchen and help or take some toys with her and play. She was always around with me in the kitchen, and in the dining room.” While her role with the ladies auxiliary has been a major part of her life over the last 40-plus years, it’s not been her entire life. A long-time wife, loving mother

and doting grandmother to young Jack – named after his late grandfather – Northam is also largely committed to her church, where she’s been singing in the choir for as long as she can remember. And, on the final day of 2009, she called it quits on another long-time commitment – she retired after 45 years of service to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, leaving as the coding supervisor for the medical records department. “When I started at the hospital in 1964, there were two full-time employees and one part-time employee in medical records. When I retired last year, there were probably 25 employees in the department,” she says. “I know I could have gone other places to work over the years, but I’d al-


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ways been treated fairly at Nanticoke and, for the most part, it was always a great place to work.” Now spending a good deal of time with her 2-year-old grandson, Northam is enjoying all that retirement has to offer. But her days at the Laurel firehouse will not be ending any time soon, if she has anything to say about it. “Volunteer firefighters are a very devoted group of people, and so are the ladies,” she says. “The ones who want to be involved are very involved and committed. Jack and I were very involved with the group, and that was really our life. It’s just a great group of people.”

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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. All entries include the contributor’s name, enabling you to find recipes of family and friends. 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 628-9828.

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MORNING STAR • SepTeMbeR 2 - 8, 2010

Delmarva is warned to begin preparing for Hurricane Earl

Readers can visit the Star websites for updates on the storm activities and other breaking news. Visit or Readers can also access weather updates 24 hours a day through the websites.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is advising residents and visitors to keep a watchful eye on the tropics and to prepare now, when the weather is calm, as the region could be affected later this week by strengthening Hurricane Earl. The latest forecast shows the storm could brush Delaware and the rest of the mid-Atlantic states with powerful waves, deadly rip currents and storm-force winds by Friday. No watches or warnings have been issued as of presstime Tuesday. However, preparation ahead of the storm is key to limiting and preventing loss of property, said Sussex County EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas. “Certainly the forecast can change, but if people haven’t done so already, they need to begin their preparations now,” Thomas said. “We have a busy holiday weekend coming up. We’re not saying stay away or change your plans. Not yet, at least. All we’re saying is, given the forecast, now is the appropriate time to keep an eye on this storm and prepare for possible problems.” Here are some steps you can take now to make your home and family ready in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane: • If you live in a flood-prone or other  vulnerable area, be prepared to evacuate. Plan your evacuation route now. Emergency managers will notify the public, via the media, of what areas should evacuate and when. In the event you evacuate, take  a storm kit with you. Take valuable and/ or important papers with you. Secure your house by locking the windows and doors. Turn off all utilities (gas, water, electric, etc.). Notify a family member or someone close to you outside the evacuation area of your destination. • Secure all outdoor items. Property  owners also will need to secure their boats.

Area residents should clear rainspouts and gutters and trim any trees that may pose a problem during high winds. • Have a family disaster kit. This kit  should include the following items: 1. A three-day supply of water. This should include at least one gallon of water per person per day; 2. Non-perishable foods and a manual can opener; 3. A change of clothes and shoes for each person; 4. Prescription medicines; 5. A blanket or sleeping bag and pillow for each person; 6. Personal hygiene items; 7. A flashlight and extra batteries for each person; 8. Special needs items, such as formula and diapers for infants, as well as items needed for elderly or disabled family members; 9. A portable radio with extra batteries; 10. Money. During power outages, ATMs will not work; 11. Fuel. Gas pumps are also affected by power outages, so it is a good idea to have fuel in advance.

• In the event of an approaching storm,  travel during daylight hours. Do not wait until the last minute to make plans or to purchase gasoline and supplies. When a storm watch is issued, you should monitor the storm on the radio and television. An evacuation could take 24 to 36 hours prior to a storm’s onset. • If ordered to evacuate and seek shelter  elsewhere, follow the instructions of local emergency managers on where to go and when. Authorities will announce shelter locations in advance of their opening. Make provisions for your pets, as many shelters will not accept animals. • If not ordered to evacuate and you  decide to take shelter in your home, have your disaster kit ready. Keep your important papers with you or store them in the highest, safest place in your home, and in a waterproof container. Even if you seek shelter in place, you need to secure your home by locking the doors and windows. Turn off all utilities (gas, water, electric, etc). Monitor the storm by portable radio to keep up with the latest information.

Stay indoors. Try to stay in an inside room away from doors and windows.

• Use your phone sparingly. Make only  essential calls and keep the calls brief. Report emergencies to 911. When reporting emergencies, identify yourself and your location, making sure to speak clearly and calmly. If you have a mobile telephone,  make sure it is charged and ready to use at all times. Remember, however, that cell service may be interrupted during and after the storm. In the event a hurricane affects our  area, expect polluted water, limited communications, no electricity, overflowing or backed-up sewers, undermined foundations, beach erosion and heavy damage to homes and roadways. Do not re-enter the area until recommended to do so by local authorities. As you re-enter the area, be aware of possible hazards such as downed trees and power lines. Be aware of debris and water on roadways. Upon re-entry, have identification  and important legal papers ready to show officials proof of residency. Continue to use your emergency water supply or boil water until notified that the drinking water is safe. Take precautions to prevent fires. Sussex County is encouraging those visiting the area to monitor conditions and to use caution if planning a visit to the beach. While swimming may not be advisable, those who do venture into the water should heed the direction of lifeguards on duty at local beach towns and state parks. The Sussex County EOC encourages residents and visitors to continue monitoring the storm as it moves closer to the coast. For updates, stay tuned to local television and radio stations, the Sussex County EOC Web site at www.sussexcountyde. gov/services/storm, and the County’s Twitter feed at The public should also monitor the National Weather Service, at www.nws.noaa. gov/er/phi, for the latest forecast. For more information, contact the Sussex County EOC at 855-7801. For more information on preparing for hurricane season, including evacuation maps and preparedness brochures, visit

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Growers advised to prepare for the storm

It has been several years since Delmarva has felt the full force of a hurricane and Hurricane Earl might be headed our way. Here are things that chicken growers should do to prepare for a hurricane. • Check the operating condition of  back-up generators. Have adequate fuel and filters for several days of operations. Make sure automatic starting systems are ready to go. • Make sure there is adequate propane  gas on the farm and arrange an earlier than normal delivery if necessary. • Check the feed inventory and notify  the poultry company if there is reason to believe a delivery will be needed before the next normal delivery. • Make sure cell phones are fully  charged and have extra charged batteries on hand in case land-line telephone service is lost. • Secure outside objects so they don’t  blow and cause damage. • Check security of roofing materials,  chicken house siding, and windows/doors to make sure they will not blow off or blow open. Corners and edges of buildings are particularly vulnerable. • Be sure drainage ditches are free of  debris and are adequate to move large volumes of water away from the chicken houses. • Make plans for larger than normal  carcass disposal. Consider in-house composting if practical. • Be prepared to keep birds longer than  normal in case processing plants are unable to operate. • Be sure that all equipment such as  tractors and skid loaders are fully fueled. • Put important documents into waterproof containers. • Have cash on hand since some merchants without electricity might not be able to process credit and debit cards. • If there is no electricity whatsoever,  monitor house conditions more frequently and make adjustments as needed. • If strong winds knock down trees,  make farm lanes and houses accessible to delivery vehicles.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On the grounds of the Seaford Police Department and Western Sussex B&G Club on Virginia Avenue, Seaford.

Come On Out and Join Us For a Great Evening… • Free Hamburgers, Hotdogs & Chips Boys & Girls Club • Free Pepsi products School-Age • Live Entertainment Care Ages 5 - 12 • Variety of community public service AM and PM hours available and emergency response Transportation available to and from all Seaford schools education booths For information call • K-9 and Motorcycle Demos Rhonda at 302-628-3789 • Boy and Girls Bike Giveaways Ad and B&G Club event promotions funded by DE Criminal Justice Council



Laurel School Board approves referendum date By Mike McClure The Laurel School Board approved Monday, Oct. 4 as the date for its major capital improvement referendum. The board, which held a special referendum meeting last Wednesday night, also approved Oct. 11 as the inclement weather date for the referendum. Under the new plan, district residents will be asked to vote on two questions. The first question asks voters to approve the new certificates of necessity for a new high school/middle school, acquisition of land near the high school, a new elementary school, the demolition of North Laurel Elementary School, and selective demolition of the Laurel Middle School. The second question asks residents to approve a certificate of necessity for the construction of new athletic facilities or the renovation of the existing facilities. If this project is approved, the district would be able to build a new stadium or renovate the existing one. The 1,400 pupil high school/middle school would be located at the site of the current high school. The 1,200 pupil elementary school is being proposed at the site of the North Laurel Elementary school. The original plan called for the elementary school to be built where the football stadium is located (behind the middle school). The total cost of the construction of the new schools, demolition of North Laurel, the high school, and parts of the middle school, and the purchase of land is $117,349,500 with a local share of $28,163,900. The new athletic facilities, which would entail more than just a football stadium, is proposed at a cost of $3,591,400 with a local share of $861,900. Board president Lois Hartstein said the district’s new plan, with two options for residents to vote on, addresses the following concerns expressed by voters during the district’s public meetings: scale down size of referendum, have new schools, have more options, decrease property tax rate, and keep schools in current locations. “We listened to you,” Hartstein told the audience. “We held lots of meetings (to get the public’s input).” The district had the certificates of necessity rewritten to go along with the new proposals. The state-local split went from 74 percent paid by the state to 76 percent, with the local share falling from 26 percent to 24 percent which means a two percent savings for the taxpayers. The original plan called for the current middle school to be transformed into

a district office and learning center. The new plan includes selective demolition of part of the middle school. The rest of the school would remain for trade classes and for space to move students to during construction. “By not tearing down that middle school you could have some space for some quick expansion if you needed it,” Hartstein said. The change in plans for the current middle school means a savings of $4,980,300 compared to the previous plan. The middle school/high school would mean a savings of $11,115,100 (due to an oversight by the state). The cost of the elementary school ($43,612,600) and the athletic complex ($3,591,400) is the same as the previous plan. Under the new plan, the total cost of the project has been reduced from $137,036,300 to $120,940,900. The local share, to be funded by the taxpayers, was reduced from $35,629,438 to $29,025,800. If the school project is approved but the athletic stadium and fields are not, the total cost of the project would be $117,349,500. “We need athletic fields, not just for extracurricular sports. They are a part of the education,” said Hartstein. Under the new plan the tax rate would go up 29 cents per $100 of assessed rate the first year (following a successful referendum) and would increase over the next three years ($ 1.02, $1.95, $2.28) before decreasing to $2.19 per $100 of additional taxes in the fifth year. If the school plan is approved but athletic complex is not, the rate would raise at the same rate the first two years and would then increase $1.89 and $2.21 before decreasing to $2.13 per $100 in the fifth year. According to board member Calvin Musser, the new elementary school would have to be a two story school at the North Laurel site. The site of the elementary school may change if the district determines it is not cost effective once architects and engineers start work (if the referendum is approved). The district is not planning to tear down the P.L. Dunbar Elementary School. Those students would go to the school at North Laurel. P.L. Dunbar may be used as a community center. Some audience members questioned why the district is separating the athletic complex from the rest of the project. If the school project passes but the athletic complex does not pass, projects such as the new football stadium or the paving of the track (so the high school track team could

Laurel School District resident Jonathan Kellam questions the Laurel School Board on its new referendum plan which was presented at a special meeting last Wednesday night. Photo by Mike McClure

have home meets) would not be funded. “So the next time the insurance company comes along and says you have to do something to it (football stadium) the football boosters have to raise money again?,” David Brown asked board members. “In my opinion you are making a big mistake.” Musser said he believes the district could build a new baseball field with contingency funds because the field, which is located where the new high school will be built, needs to be relocated. “If you destroy the field, you have to replace the field,” added Board member Brent Nichols. Laurel School District resident Dick

Whaley questioned whether the district had a plan B in case construction costs were over budget. Hartstein said the district is limited to the amount in the budget and that other school districts (Milford and Indian River) have come in under budget and have gotten money back. Musser said the district would have to cut back on the construction costs if it goes over budget on items such as the type of tile used in the new schools. If the new referendum is unsuccessful, the district would have to wait until April 1, 2011 to hold another referendum. The district plans to hold additional public meetings prior to the referendum to explain the new plan and ballot.

ATTENTION: PATIENTS OF DR. JOHN APPIOTT For the next few weeks Dr. Appiott will not be seeing patients due to an unexpected injury. Dr. Appiott is expected to return to his practice in October. When he returns, Dr. Appiott will be joining the Nanticoke Family Practice Center, an affiliate of Nanticoke Health Services. Dr. Appiott will see patients at both his current Federalsburg location and at the Nanticoke Family Practice Center in Seaford. If you need to be seen by a physician or health care provider while Dr. Appiott is on medical leave, please call the Nanticoke Family Practice Center at 302-629-4240. They can schedule an appointment for you with one of the other health care providers in this office. Thank you for your patience during Dr. Appiott's absence. We look forward to working with Dr. Appiott to provide the best possible care for you and your family.

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CHEER Beach Day 2010

CHEER, a non-profit private organization that serves senior citizens in Sussex County, will hold Beach Day 2010, one of its’ biggest annual fundraisers, on Friday, Sept. 24. The event includes a health fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and a fundraising walk for seniors near and around the Boardwalk. To participate in the Health Fair, donate to, or be a sponsor, call 856-5187.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

The Community Civic League of Federalsburg is having a Saturday Morning Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 10:30 a.m., at 3439 Laurel Grove Rd., Federalsburg. Cost is $6 and includes meat, potatoes, applesauce, bread, coffee and orange juice. Eat in or carry out. For more information, call 410-7549992.

Bridgeville Open Golf Tournament

The fourth Bridgeville Charity Open golf tournament will be held on Friday, Oct. 8, at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with the shotgun start for the four-player scramble starting at 9 a.m. sharp. A luncheon and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Orlan Brown serves as this year’s tournament chairman. Proceeds will support the efforts of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Foundation, the Bridgeville Lions Foundation and the Bridgeville Senior Center. To become a sponsor or to register for the tournament, call Peggy Smith at 337-7135.

Join the Alzheimers Memory Walk

The Kent-Sussex Memory Walk Committee is planning the Alzheimers Memory Walk, the only annual fundraiser held in Sussex County, on Saturday, Oct. 2. The walk begins at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach, travels around Silver Lake, continues the length of the boardwalk and returns to the park via Columbia Avenue – a distance of 3.8 miles. Participants are needed. Register online at For more information, call Jamie Magee at 8549788 or 1-800-272-3900. Team Captain kits are available online at desjsepa.

Hospice Golf Outing

The Delaware Hospice Golf Outing, sponsored by NRG, will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro. The fee is $125 per person which includes green fees, cart, box lunch, golf jacket and an awards reception. The format will be a scramble. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. The awards reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The outing will feature the following con-

Eat pancakes, help the library

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.

the shelter and its homeless pets. The package, valued at over $950, includes a two night stay at the Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast; gift certificates to Studio 26 Salon & Spa, DiFebo’s Restaurant, Bethany Blues Restaurant, Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant, The Cafe on 26 Bistro and The Pottery Place; two prints from Carolina Street; and an ocean kayaking adventure. The services provided by the Delaware SPCA are only possible with the charitable support of the community. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each and the drawing will take place on Oct. 10. For more information, or to purchase raffle tickets, call 541-4478.

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.

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ment. Class is for ages 18 months through 6 years of age and a parent/caretaker. Classes will be at 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. depending on interest. There will be no class on Sept. 29. Call now to register as space is limited. No cost but a faith offering is always welcome. The class is taught by Envoy Debbie Engel. Sign up by calling 668-7412 or email

Summer Luau at Seaford Elks

The Seaford Elks Lodge is holding a Summer Luau 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 11. Cocktails are at 5:30, dinner is at 6 p.m. There will be games and prizes, music and dancing with Wolfman, a wonderful dinner menu and a ‘Luscious Kreations Dessert Bar’. The cost is $20 per person. For tickets or information, call 629-2458.

Seaford Night Out Music to Grow On

A new session of “Music to Grow On” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Wednesday, Nov. 3 (eight classes) at the Salvation Army in Seaford, next to Food Lion. The program nurtures the total development of your child through a fun, interactive class that combines music and movement in a faith-based environ-

On Sept. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Seaford Police Department, along with Delaware State Police Troop #5 and Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, will host the 19th Annual “Seaford Community Night Out Against Crime and Drugs.” The festivities will be on the Police Department and Western Sussex Boy’s and Girl’s Club properties in the 300 block of Virginia Ave., Seaford.



taught by Wayne Carter of Seaford, will  cover home maintenance and repair in  September is Library Card Sign-up  • There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten  three basic areas: plumbing, electrical and  Month. “Story Time” at the Seaford Library and  carpentry.  Anyone who signs up for their very  Cultural Center on Thursday, Sept. 2, and  The initial program at 6:30 p.m. on  first library card at the Greenwood Library  Sept. 13 will be an introductory session  Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m.  will be given a goody bag and a chance  • “Lights Camera Action!” The Seaford  covering basic tools and equipment needed  to enter a drawing to be held Oct. 1, for  Library and Cultural Center hosts “Movie  for home repair and maintenance plus a  a $20 gift card good at Tamburelli’s in  Night” on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m.  rundown of the specific topics to be covGreenwood.   • The Seaford Library and Cultural  ered in the following seven weeks. All  To get a library card, adults 18 and over  of the sessions will be held on Monday  Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6.  need to present a photo ID with current ad- evenings and are free of charge. Space is  • The Seaford Library and Cultural  dress and fill out a registration form. Chil- limited and pre-registration is required, so  Center will be having “Baby Bookworms”  Chicken BBQ Sept. 4 dren 17 and under need to be accompanied  call 349-5309 or come by the library to  on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Sept.  The Laurel Ruritan Club will hold a  by a parent or guardian who will present  21, at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces  Chicken BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 4, from  reserve your spot.  infants through 36-months-old to the world  10 a.m, to 2 p.m. at O’Neal’s Antiques, Rt.  their photo ID with current address, assist  their child with the registration form and  of nursery rhymes and books.  13, Laurel. The cost is $7 per dinner. then sign it. For more information, call the  • The “Science and Religion” Book  A portion of the proceeds will benefit  Greenwood Library at 349-5309 or visit  discussion will meet at the Seaford Library  the Laurel High School football stadium  renovations. and Cultural Center on Tuesday, Sept. 7  and Monday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.  Big Saturday Celebration • On Wednesday, Sept. 8, there will be  Homeschool Book Clubs Big Saturday will be held Sept. 4, in  a “Kid’s Book Club” at the Seaford LiThe Laurel Public Library is in its  downtown Greenwood. From 8 a.m. to 3  brary and Cultural Center starting at 4 p.m.  fourth year of monthly book clubs deThis program, which is for children in sec- signed especially for homeschoolers. Chil- p.m. there is a town-wide yard and flea  market sale, pony, train and fire truck rides  Book & video sale ond through fourth grades, offers a chance  dren must be at least 5-years-old by Sept.  for the children, moon bounce, face paintThe book and video sale at the Bridto read great books and discuss them with  30, to participate. Each club meets once a  ing and nature exhibits by Abbott’s Mill  geville Library ends Sept. 11. Hours are  friends and do a fun craft.  month on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Nature Center. Throughout the day, enjoy  Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7  • There will be a Seaford Library and  The meetings center around hands-on  music played by the Jumpin’ Jukebox  p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to  Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesgroup activities designed to extend the  deejay; at 11 a.m listen to the voices of the  6 p.m. Hardbacks are $1, paperbacks .25  day, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. learning experience and have included  and videos .50.  • The Seaford Library and Cultural  making dioramas, movie-type posters, pic- First State Harmonettes; and at noon, enjoy the great sounds of the Milford ComThe library is closed on Monday, Sept.  ture books, comic strips and puppets and  Center is having “Family Fun Time” on  munity Band. At 1 p.m. bring the family  6. For more information, contact Karen  Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. Anne Nor- writing and performing skits.   Johnson at 337-7401, ext. 107. Book clubs begin in October and books  pet to the Strut Your Stuff Pet Fashion  man will be the guest speaker.  Show.    for each club, which are provided by the  For more information about Seaford  Breakfast is available at Greenwood  Basket Bingo library events, call 629-2524 or visit www. library, will be available in early SeptemUnited Methodist Church, snacks, goodies  ber. For more information, call Becky  The Bridgeville Fire Company Norton, Youth Services librarian at  Laurel  and lunch for sale.   iary will host a Basket Bingo on WednesVendor spaces are $10 or $15 day of  day, Sept. 22, at the Bridgeville Fire Hall.  Swheatscoop September fundraiser Public Library, at 875-3184 or email reevent. For details call Frank at You can also find  Doors open at 6 p.m. with games startHomeless Cat Helpers (HCH), Inc., is  3420.  more information and registration forms  ing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance  having a month-long fundraiser at Concord  online at $25 at the door. There will be door  Pets in Seaford. Stop in and make a donaGreenwood CHEER Dinner Club clubregistration.doc. Space is limited. prizes between every game with the Grand  tion to HCH by purchasing a $1 or $5 paw  The Greenwood CHEER Activity CenDoor Prize a library table with shelf. There  print, and your donation will be used for  ter, located at 41 Schulze Rd. in Greenwill also be a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles  our purchase of Swheatscoop Litter for our  wood, will host their Greenwood Dinner  and free refreshments during intermission.  kitten foster/adoption program. For more  Club on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., in  For more information or to purchase  information, visit www.HomelessCatHelpSeptember and October. It will be an evetickets, call 337-7429, 337-7867, 337-9511 ning of fellowship and a delicious dinner  or 337-7446.  entrée, dessert and beverage. Card games  SHS Class of 1990 Reunion from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and  Neighborhood Clean-Up Day Seaford High School Class of 1990  $6 for non-members. For menus and more  Bridgeville has employed M-T Trash to  will hold their 20 year reunion on Saturinformation, call Susan Welch at 349do a special curbside pick up on Thursday,  day, Oct. 9, from 5 to 10 p.m., in the ball- CHEER Grandparent Challenge 5237. Sept. 30. Items need to be curbside by 6  room of Heritage Shores Club House in   CHEER in Greenwood is offering a  a.m. M-T Trash will only go down each  Bridgeville. The event is $45 per person.  Diabetic Self-Management Workshop   Do-It-Yourself workshops street once. Checks, which should be made payable  designed for people with Type 2 DiabeThe Greenwood Library will be offerAllowable items for pick up include  to SHS Class of 1990, can be mailed to  tes, which runs for two hours one day a  ing a series of do-it-yourself home mainfurniture, household trash, stoves and  Sandy Whitten Stinson, 31521 Miller Rd.,  week for six weeks (9 to 11:30 a.m.), betenance and repair workshops beginning  limbs bundled in 4’ lengths. Items that  Cordova, MD 21625. For more informaginning Sept. 15. Call Cindy Mitchell at  Monday, Sept. 13. The 8-week series,  will not be picked up include tires, battertion, visit the class Facebook page, Sea856-5187 for more information. ford Senior High Class of 1990, or call  745-1935. 

Seaford Library

St. John’s House Tour

The St. John’s U.M. Church annual  House Tour will be held on Oct. 7, from  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Seven homes and the  Blades U.M. Church will be open for  tours. Tickets will be on sale in September. For information, please call Teresa  Wilson at 629-6417.

Breast Cancer Coalition in partnership  with the Laurel Public Library at 6:30 p.m.  on Thursday, Sept. 23, in the library’s  meeting room.  Sonia Jackson, with the  Coalition, will offer a presentation covering the latest information about breast cancer, breast health, self-examinations and  local resources for screenings. For more  information, contact Norma Jean Fowler at  875-3184 or  This program is free and open to all.

A program on breast cancer health  education will be offered by the Delaware 

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MORNING STAR • SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2010 ies, oil, construction materials, dirt, rocks, bricks, etc. M-T Trash will have a truck available to pick up refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, as long as the freon has been removed. M-T Trash will also have a truck to pick up paint, stain, etc. Note that these items must be kept in a separate area from the rest of your trash. Paint must be dried out; take off lid or place kitty litter in the can to dry it out. Large limbs can be delivered to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant, morning only. You will be directed to an area for the placement of limbs. A scrap metal container will be placed at the Town Hall parking lot for the disposal of such items as aluminum siding, window frames, barbecue grills, tire rims, bicycles and stainless steel. Do not place any other trash in this container. If you have any questions, call Bonnie Walls at the Town Office at 337-7135.

Community-wide yard sale

The Town of Bridgeville will hold a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at 7 a.m.

Delmar Council election scheduled Delmar municipal elections will take place on Monday, Oct. 4. The mayor (two-year term) and two Council seats (four-year terms) are up for election this year. The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at town hall. The deadline for candidates to file is Friday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. The deadline for voters to register and the deadline for absentee ballot applications is also Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Candidates must be a resident of the United States and the state of Delaware and a resident of Delmar for at least one year before the election. Candidates must also be at least 18 years of age. Voters must be at least 18-years-old and must have resided in Delmar and the state for at least six months before the elections. Voters are also required to register at town hall. Call 846-2664 or 410896-2777 for more information.

Beef ‘n dumpling dinner

A beef ‘n dumpling dinner will be held at the Delmar VFW on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Cost is $12 and carry-outs are available. The dinner is sponsored by St. Stephen’s UMC Relay for Life team. There will be silent auctions. For more information, call Peggy Moore at 846-3901.

Sandwich & yard sale

The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy is holding a sandwich sale on Saturday, Sept. 4, 9 a.m. until. Oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, soft crabs, chicken salad and more. There will also be homemade ice cream and baked goods. Get your car washed and check out the yard sale. The church is located on Route 13 and Dorothy Road, 3 miles north of the MD/DE state line.

Delmar Heritage Day Festival

The Delmar Revitalization Committee is planning this year’s Heritage Day Festival for Saturday, Sept. 25, in the downtown business district. This year’s event will include a car show, food and craft vendors, games for all ages, entertainment and fireworks. The car show registration begins at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Fireworks will take place at dusk in the Mason Dixon Park complex. Food and craft vendors can register for a spot by contacting William Hardin at 410-896-2777 or 846-2664.


Travel with Delaware Tech

Witness the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie in “The Color Purple” at the DuPont Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 18. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, this play is a landmark theatrical event with a Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues. Adults ages 50 and up can become Adult Plus+ members for $18 per year. Benefits of membership 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.

WPS Fall Trip Herr’s Factory, Shady Maple trip

The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center is offering a motor coach trip to Herr’s Potato Chip Factory and Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Cost is $40 per person for members or $45 for non-members and includes transportation, tour and Smorgasbord dinner at Shady Maple Restaurant plus you will enjoy the fall foliage between Nottingham and East Earl, Pa. Deadline for payment is Sept. 16. The bus departs Greenwood CHEER Activity Center at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Enjoy a motorcoach trip to Hudson Valley, N.Y., on Oct. 20-22. The trip includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, lunches at the Culinary Institute, one dinner, tour of the Culinary Institute, Hudson River Cruise, US. Military Academy tour, FDR Home & Library, Vanderbilt Mansion, Purple Heart Hall of Honor, baggage handling, all taxes and gratuities. Cost per person, double occupancy is $410. For information, contact Frances Horner at 629-4416.

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. Transportation to and from the dock is included. Call 629-4471 for brochure.

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. The show portrays Mary and Joseph and the miraculous birth of Jesus. 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. The bus departs Greenwood CHEER Activity Center at 10 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Laurel Senior Center Trips

The Laurel Senior Center is offering the following trip: Tennessee Sampler, Oct. 4-9, cost $739 per person, includes 5 nights hotel accommodations, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 luncheon, cruise, 3 shows, Graceland & Dollyland. For more information, call 875-2536.

Trip to Louisville

AARP #915 presents a trip to Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24-29. Trip is six days and five nights and includes five breakfasts and five full dinners. Sights include the Derby Dinner Playhouse, Belle of Louisville Riverboat, Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby Musesum, “My Old Kentucky Home”

23RD ANNUAL PIG PICKIN!! A Fundraiser For State Representative

Clifford G. “Biff” Lee

Saturday, September 11th 4 to 7 pm


Laurel Fire Company Banquet Hall 10thStr eet

$15.00 per person

Children Under 12 Free when accompanied by an adult

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SUPER BINGO EVERY TUESDAY Tickets On Sale Tuesday Night

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410-896-3722 or 410-896-3379

National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet - Sept. 18


Place, Heaven’s Hill Distillery, Louisville Slugger Museum and much, much more. Cost is $775 per person/ double occupancy. Single occupancy is slightly higher. For information or reservations, call 410-754-8189 or 410-754-8588.

Seaford AARP trips

Oct. 25-29 - See Tennessee in the fall. This is a special priced anniversary trip that includes four breakfasts, four dinners and two lunches. Includes two performances and three dinner shows, plus admission to Dollywood and the Titanic Museum. Enjoy an on-the-bus guided tour of the Smoky Mts. Tour guide and bus driver tip all included. Cost: $595 per person/ doubles. Nov. 3 - A trip to Boiling Springs, Pa., to the Allenberry Theatre for a buffet luncheon and a Christmas Musical matinee, “Becoming Santa.” Bus driver tip included. Cost: $78. Nov. 15-17 - A Victorian Christmas in the Amish countryside. Stay at the Berlin Hotel & Suites in Millersburg, Ohio. Visit the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home. A holiday feast dinner at the Carriage House. Visit the Mudd Valley Creamery, the Warther Carvings Museum, Hershberger’s Bakery, Walnut Creek cheese & chocolates and the “Tis the Season Christmas Shop.” Trip includes: 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 full course dinners and bus driver tip. Cost: $339 per person/ doubles; $389/single. Dec. 6-8 - Wheeling Island Casino Hotel, Wheeling, W.V. - Two meals per day including a dinner show. Bus driver tip included. Cost: $349 per person/ doubles; $435/single. For more information on these trips, contact Rose at 6297180.

USCG Auxiliary

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. For more information, contact Cindi Chaimowitz at 302-398-0309.

Cub Scout

Laurel Pack 90 will hold their weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Meetings are held every Monday night at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is de-

MORNING STAR • SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2010 signed for boys in the first through fourth grades.

‘Feline Rescue’ session

Homeless Cat Helpers will hold a question and answer session on “Feline Rescue Resources” at the Seaford Library on Monday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m.

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. All former and retired Marines from all generations are welcome.

Friends of the Library

There will be a meeting of the Friends of Bridgeville Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the library meeting room. All members are requested to attend as important items will be discussed. The meeting is open to everyone.


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 6280312.

SHS Alumni

The SHS Alumni Association will resume their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Seaford Museum. If any graduates, teachers or current students are interested in attending, call Donna Hastings Angell at 629-8077.

AARP Chapter 1084

AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of Western Sussex County will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford. Guest speaker this month is Kathy Weber from the American Cancer Society. Get more informed about your health and she may be able to help you with some of your questions. This chapter is open for membership to anyone age 50 and older. Call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519 for more information.

Sussex Bird Club

“Kingfishers of the World” will be the topic at the Sussex Bird Club meeting on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m, with refreshments and a social after. The meeting will be held at the Visitor’s Center at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton. Jeffrey A. Gordon, a writer, photographer, tour leader and naturalist who lives in Lewes, will be the speaker. The club welcomes visitors and guests at all of its functions at no charge. For more information, visit www.sussexbirdclub. com.

Learn to square dance

The Whirl-a-Ways, a square dance group from Georgtown, will be offering square dance lessons beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The lessons will be held at the Milford Senior Center at 111 Park Avenue in Milford. The first two lessons are free; after that the cost is $5 a class. Class will be taught by Larry Kanniard. This activity offers, fun, fellowship and light exercise for all. Singles are welcome. For questions or to be added to the list, call Cindy at the Milford Senior Center at 422-3385 or Lucy at 424-4789.

CRHS 25th Reunion

CRHS Class of 1985 will hold a 25th Reunion at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the FVFC Hall. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, contact Debbie Feyl Brohawn at 410-754-8910, crhs1985@gmail. com or find us on Facebook at C.R.H.S. Class of 1985.

WiHi 40th reunion

It’s been 40 years since the Wicomico Senior High class of 1970 walked across the stage to receive diplomas and they plan to celebrate the weekend of Sept. 17-18. If you have not yet heard from a class member, call Ron Nelson at 410-430-9523 or email Ann Wilmer at wilmer@

Submit Bulletin Board items by noon Thursday, at least one week before. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, or email to

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

See Answers Page 40.



Church Bulletins Old Christ Church schedule

Old Christ Church, an historic church in Laurel, will meet on Sept. 5. Services are open to anyone of any denomination and will include refreshments and tours of the church after each service. The traditional “Blessing of Animals” will be held on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. A collection will be taken for local animal shelters. November features a Thanksgiving Day Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. followed by Advent lessons and carols with guest concert artists in December. For more information, call 875-3644 or email and

New service times

Atlanta Road Alliance Church is changing Sunday morning service times effective Sunday, Sept. 5. The new time schedule will be: 8 a.m.Intercessory Prayer; 8:30 a.m. - Worship Service/Nursery; 9:45 a.m. - Nursery and classes for children, youth and adults; 11 a.m. - Worship Service/Nursery/Kids Church (age 4 through grade 4). Atlanta Road Alliance Church is a Christian & Missionary Alliance church located at 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford. For more information, call 629-5600 or visit

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 les-

sons for all ages. Sunday worship service is at 12 noon in the same location. Elder Cornell Johnson, of Jesus The Christ Apostolic Ministries, is Pastor. Call 628-0349 or 302-344-9672 for more information.

Free soup and sandwiches

New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel offers free soup and sandwiches every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Timothy Duffield Sr. at 875-0727.

New service time

The Lighthouse Church, 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel, is changing their service on Sundays to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 875-7814.

Fall Festival at Snethen UMC

Snethen United Methodist Church is holding a Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be food, produce, craft vendors, flea market, yard sale, classic cars, fun and much more.The event will take place, rain or shine. The church is located on Rt. 54, Delmar Road, in Mardela Springs, Md. Vendor, craft and flea market/yard sale space is available. Call 410-341-4520 for information or a registration form.

Gethsemane seeks musicians, singers

Gethsemane United Methodist Church on Woodland Ferry Road in Seaford seeks musicians and singers with a country gospel flair. The second 10:30 a.m. service is adding

a new, fresh twist to the praise music and needs violin, banjo, guitar and voices. If you can help, call 629-2862.

Labor Day Gospel Concert

A Labor Day Gospel Concert hosted by Faith Fellowship Church will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, at Federalsburg Marina Park Pavilion in Federalsburg, Md. Featured artists include The King’s Ambassadors, Pickin’ Pals and Judy Laramore. Bring a chair and a friend. Concessions will be available and a love offering will be received.

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.

‘Walking For The Homeless’

A “Walking For The Homeless” WalkA-Thon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. The two mile walk begins at Delaware Avenue on the Boardwalk at 9 a.m. Check in is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. All proceeds benefit the homeless shelters in Sussex County. The event is sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church Women in Rehoboth. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. For more information, call Christina Miller at 227-3118 or Tenesha Duffy at 644-1159.

Fall bazaar and luncheon

Christ United Methodist Church located at 510 S. Central Ave., in Laurel, will hold their annual Fall Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, a bake table and a country store.

Dinner at Bethel UMC

Bethel United Methodist Church, 3435 Harper Rd., Federalsburg, Md., will sponsor a dinner on Friday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10. Dinner will include fried chicken, fish, ham, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, cornbread, bread and cake. Dinners will include everything on the menu. The dinner is sponsored by the Trustees and Finance committees of Bethel Church. Orders may be called in on the day of the event at 410-754-8494.

‘Family and Friends Day’

Ross Point Freedom Church will celebrate their second annual “Family and Friends Day” on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p.m. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Gary Burns from Fort Washington, Md. Services are being held at 10016 Concord Rd. at the Church of God, Saints of Christ building. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 841-0203, Sister Doris Winder or Sister Karen Evan, or visit

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.

The Gift of His Love Let others know where you are and when you meet. To advertise in this directory, call


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



‘God Provides’ study

Throughout history, people have wrestled with the concept of trusting God to meet their needs versus relying on their own efforts, other people, money or other things society has to offer. Laurel Nazarene Church will be holding eight weekly sessions on Wednesdays, from Sept. 8 - Nov. 10. There will be classes for all ages, from nursery, through adults. “God Provides” is one of the adult classes offered this session. The sessions run from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner is also available for $2 per person, from 5:30-6:30, for your convenience, so you don’t have to rush to fix something before coming on out.

For further information or to sign up, call the church at 875-7873 or email

200 Years of Christian Service

Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church will celebrate its 200th anniversary on Nov. 7, 2010. 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. Everyone is welcome. Come out and enjoy the blessed day of celebration with us.

Ernest Trehearn Dukes Sr., of Seaford, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Newark Manor, Newark. Born in Galestown, Md., the son of the late Blanche Trehearn and Franklin P. Dukes, he was an electrician at the duPont Company in Seaford before retiring. He was a member of Blades United Methodist Church, and Hiram Lodge #21 Seaford and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Jean Windsor Dukes; a son, Ernest T. Dukes Jr. of Seaford; a daughter, Debora D. Hearn and husband Doug of Seaford; and a brother, Verlon E. Dukes of Secretary, Md. A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 27, in Blades Cemetery, Blades. Arrangements are in the care of WatsonYates Funeral Home, Seaford.

Ray D. Foskey, 84

Ray D. Foskey of Laurel, passed away at Elkton Rehabilitation and Care Center in Elkton, Md., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Ray was born in Laurel, a son of the late Joseph R. Foskey and Edna Taylor Foskey. Mr. Foskey proudly served his country in the United States Army, participating in the Battle of the Bugle with General George Patton. He later retired from the United States Postal Service as a Laurel supervisor, from 1960-1987. He was past commander of American Legion

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

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



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

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

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

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.



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

Post #19 in Laurel. Ray was a talented singer, participating in Kings United Methodist Choir and in the cortet, Choirs of Nanticoke. He was a member of Kings United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher for Foskey many years. Mr. Foskey was a proud American and took much pride in his service and the American flag. He enjoyed fishing, making jokes and spending time with his family. Ray is survived by his son, Alan Foskey and wife Vanessa of Elkton; his sisters, Esther Kenney of Wilmington and Kay Crouse of Salisbury, Md; his pride and joy - grandchildren, Brandon Foskey of Texas and Brett Foskey and Brooke Foskey, both of Elkton; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Taylor of Salisbury. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral, Laurel. The Rev. Dale Evans officiated. Interment with full military honors was in Laurel Odd Fellows Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Ray Foskey’s memory to American Legion Post #19, PO Box 329, Laurel, DE


Ministry for the wholef amily 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson 302-877-0443

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



Obituaries Ernest T. Dukes Sr., 79


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 • SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2010 19956 or Kings United Methodist Church, c/o Hanna Collins, 14272 Wootten Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Verleada A. Tull, 67

Verleada A. Tull of Seaford, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Mrs. Tull was retired from Sussex County where she was a clerk. She loved cross-stitching and her dog, Rusty. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, W. Haines Tull; one son, Christopher Parker and his wife Sara; and two stepdaughters, Julia Lynn Tull and Kimberly Ann McCane. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

Bradley Kyle Hirneisen, 44

Bradley Kyle Hirneisen, of Delmar, passed away at Nanticoke Hospital on August 19, 2010, after a lengthy illness. Born in Ephrata, PA on November 24, 1965, Brad was the son of Malcolm Kroninger and the late Flora Kulp Eisenhard. Brad enjoyed life, loved horses and was a talented musician. Prior to his illness, Brad was employed at Domino’s Pizza in Seaford. He will be dearly missed by his family, many friends and his faithful companion, Maisey. In addition to his father, he is survived by his daughter, Heather Hirneisen of Fort Lauderdale, FL, a sister Lynn Hirneisen of Lititz, PA, his friend and caregiver, Joan Robinson, and his girlfriend, Gina Shap-

ley. A memorial service honoring Brad was held on Tuesday, August 31, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley Street, Seaford. Charitable contributions in Brad’s memory may be made to the Peninsula Cancer Care Center, 701 Middleford Road, Suite 1A, Seaford, DE 19973

Dorothy A. Budd Greenwell, 80

Dorothy A. Budd Greenwell, of Salisbury, Md., and formerly of Delmar, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury. She was born in Salisbury, a daughter of the late Paul S. Jones and Jeannette Hastings Mills and her husband, James B. Mills. “Dot,” as she was known to her family and friends, was a lifetime member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Greenwell in Delmar, where she was active in the Deborah Circle Ladies Group. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant for United Insurance Company in Salisbury and also for Dr. Earl M. Beardsley of Salisbury. For many years she also worked as a volunteer at the patient information desk at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was very active in her community and her memberships included the Laurel Senior Center, the Women of the Moose, Chapter #1208 in Salisbury, the New Cen-

tury Club of Delmar and the Ladies Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union #430. During the 50th anniversary celebration of the Delmar Little League, she was honored as a past treasurer of the Mothers of the Delmar Little League, which she served for many years. Dot cherished the special memories made with her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved sports and was a faithful Baltimore Orioles fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Barry Budd; her husband, Philip S. Greenwell; and her former husband, James K. Budd. She is survived by two sons, Gary W. Budd and his wife, Terry of Delmar and J. Gregory Budd and his wife, Linda of Delmar; and four grandchildren, Mickey, Erin, Carlee and Robbie. A graveside service was held on Sunday, Aug. 22, at St. Stephen’s Cemetery Park in Delmar. The Rev. Phyllis Walton officiated. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Snethen United Methodist Church, c/o Jan Frey, 4203 Delmar Rd., Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Howard C. Fenner, 90

Howard Christopher Fenner, of Laurel and formerly of Otisville, N.Y., died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville, N.Y. The son of the late Walter and Eileen O’Keefe Fenner, he was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Greenport, Long Island. He was a retired teacher of Orange County Community College, Middletown, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Keating Fenner who died March 30, 2002, and their son, Robert who died May 21, 1951. He leaves behind four daughters, Arleen and her husband Jon Walston, Elaine and her husband Roger Van Leuven, all of Constableville, N.Y., Marion and her husband Arlie Wooters of Laurel, and Patricia and her husband Ray Smith of Pt. St. Lucie, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kathy Dodd, Karen O’Keefe, Thomas VanLeuven, Annette Diehl, Tammy Lynn, Christopher Walston; and eight great-grandchildren. Howard was a wonderful father and husband. He made you smile. Together, Howard and Anne were volunteer mem-

bers of the Otisville Ambulance Squad. They were avid photographers and enjoyed traveling the country taking beautiful photographs. Howard enjoyed playing music: accordian and organ. He was a very talented man who will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY. The Rev. Bob Kersten officiated. Burial followed in St. Peters Cemetery, Monticello. Arrangements were in the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 845-4347363 or www.colonialbryantfuneralhome. com.

Craig S. Whaley, 40

Craig S. Whaley, of Laurel, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at home. He was born in Salisbury, Md., a son of Woodrow “Woody” Whaley and Elizabeth “Jaye” Whaley of Laurel. Craig will be remembered for his sense of humor, especially making the ladies laugh. Quite the jokester, his smiles and laughter will be missed by many. Craig loved to read the Bible and loved the Lord. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Scott Whaley and wife Kim of Laurel; a sister, Kara Beth Whaley and fiancé Donnie Donovan both of Laurel; a special and close nephew, Adam McGinnis; and nieces and nephews, Kristen Whaley, Kelsey Whaley, Katlin Whaley, Kenzie McMullen and Kailen McMullen. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Ken Deusa and the Rev. Dale Evans officiated. Interment followed in Laurel Odd Fellows Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Craig Whaley’s memory to the National Tourette Syndrome Association, 42-40 Bell Boulevard Bayside, New York 11361-2820. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Death Notices

Lillian Sackett, 92

Lillian Sackett of Greenwood, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Greenwood Rest Home. A graveside service was held on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Milford Community Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.

In Memory of William D. Parsons Sr. 01/01/29 - 08-30-09

God saw you were getting tired, he came down and took you home. The Lord took you in His loving arms and is looking out for you now. We still feel your presence all around us every day. One day we will be beside you again, so know we still love you and miss you everyday, as you continue to guide us. We will never forget your tender touch and laugh — We Love You. We know it’s only been one year, but you are missed so much. Love, Carolyn and Children



Health Alzheimer’s Support Group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at LifeCare at Lofland Park’s, first floor Resident Lounge, 715 E. King St., Seaford. Modeled from the American Stroke Association, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is engaging speakers to provide education, community resources and emotional support to those who have been affected by this life-altering disease. This group provides support and information about Alzheimer’s and dementia to families, caregivers, and anyone who is affected by this disease. Refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call LifeCare at Lofland Park at 628-3000, ext. 8302.

First aid classes

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community First Aid classes to anyone interested in learning first aid on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6:30–9:30 p.m., at the Nanticoke Training Center located on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn basic first aid that will enable them to administer help during the first few moments until emergency responders arrive. Classes are open to participants age 13 and up. The course

covers cognitive learning, role-playing and skill practice. Cost is $30. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days before the class. Late registrations (if seating is available) will be an additional $5 fee. To register, or for more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919. Pre-registration is required.

Luaces joins Delaware Hospice

Delaware Hospice announces the appointment of Victor Luaces as vice president of Access and Business Development. Luaces is a senior executive with a proven track record in developing effective marketing and sales strategies. He brings to Delaware Hospice more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience with large multinational companies. He is Luaces fluent in Spanish and brings valuable multi-cultural experiences.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’ program Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now

Flu vaccine is now recommended for

“Everyone Every Year! Immunization against seasonal flu will begin in September! Monday nights in September & October are available for appointments now!

Harry A. Lehman, III, MD, PA 411 N. Shipley St. Seaford, DE 19973-2317

Call for an appointment at 629-5050. Flu Mist (while supplies last) or shots are available.

receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of their treatments. LOOK GOOD...FEEL BETTER, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer, conceal loss of hair, skin problems, and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. The next program will be hosted by the Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center’s 2nd floor conference room. The program is free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center at 629-6611, ext. 2378 or 2588.

Randeree joins staff

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital welcomes Rashida Randeree, DO, MS, BA to its active medical staff. She specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and joins Nanticoke Women’s Health Services. Dr. Randeree is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. She completed her

Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. Dr. Randeree also has a master’s degree in natural sciences/epidemiology, a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate’s degree in math/science. She is accepting new patients at 8472 Herring Run Rd., Seaford, 629-0452. Dr. Randeree

Prostate screenings offered

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Care Center staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will provide prostate screenings on Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the lobby of the Miller Building (121 S. Front St., Seaford). There is a $5 screening fee and pre-registration and fasting are not required. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital encourages men over 50 to take advantage of this service. Also men age 40 and at high risk of developing prostate cancer are also encouraged to participate. African-American men and men who have a family history of the disease have a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. For more information, call Melinda

Huffman, nurse navigator, at 629-6611, ext. 3765 or 2378.

Delaware Hospice support group

Delaware Hospice’s Bereavement Counselor, Paul Ganster, LCSW, will lead an eight-week grief support group on “Grieving the Loss of a Loved One,” on Thursdays, from Oct. 14 through Dec. 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. There is no fee for this service which is provided as a community outreach by Delaware Hospice. To register, call Paul Ganster, LCSW, at 357-7147, or email

MORNING STAR • SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2010 PAGE 21 for women newly-diagnosed with breast gram of emotional support and hope. Cancer Support Group cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Facilitators are trained mental health The Wellness Community-Delaware Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in professionals with a master’s degree or offers a general cancer support group for Seaford. more. people affected by cancer and their loved The free, monthly program is ofCall 645-9150 for information or to regones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital fered at the Cancer Center located at ister for this program. All support groups in Seaford. 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third offered at the Wellness Community are The monthly support group meets in Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. free of charge. the second floor conference room of the The program is facilitated by This program is made possible by the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next Center professional staff - Terri A. 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I’ve never understood how summer, filled with such lazy days, can oretta norr move so fast. Sadly, this summer has been no exception. The school year’s begun and all waking hours are abuzz with so much activity that it’s difficult for busy families to sit down together at the dinner table. Studies tell us that a structured meal time, nutritious food and just communicating with family members help children avoid obesity and do well in school. There’s also evidence that they’re 1 jar (24- to 26-oz.) good-quality mariless likely to smoke, use drugs or develop nara sauce eating disorders. It sure would help to have 4 cups (1 lb.) grated part-skim mozzadinners that are not only flavorful but also rella cheese effortless. 3/4cup finely grated Parmesan cheese Enter Pam Anderson, former executive Vegetable oil spray editor of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine and Place oven rack in lower-middle posibest-selling author of six cookbooks. Her tion; heat oven to 400 degrees. latest contains wonderful ideas for making Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons salt in 2 it a snap for the busy cook to achieve that quarts piping hot tap water in a 9-by-13goal. Perfect One Dish Dinners: All You inch baking dish. Add noodles and soak Need for Easy Get-Togethers, may even until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and set encourage you to invite a few guests to aside. pull up a chair! Meanwhile, mix filling of choice with Here are a few recipes from her book basil, 8 ounces of the cream cheese and that everyone around the table is sure to 1/4 cup of the broth. In another bowl, mix remember. remaining 4 ounces cream cheese and 1/4 cup broth; set aside. Quick Creamy Lasagna Smear 1/4 cup marinara sauce on botServes 10 to 12 tom of baking dish. Layer ingredients in A choice of fillings makes this a very this order: 3 noodles, scant cup marinara, 1 versatile dish. cup filling, 3/4cup mozzarella and 2 tableSalt spoons Parmesan. Repeat layering 3 times, 15 ripple-style oven-ready lasagna noo- for a total of 4 layers. dles (such as Ronzoni; from 2 boxes) Filling: 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken or 2 cups (1 lb.) lump crabmeat plus 2 cups We Sell cooked salad shrimp 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 12 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, softened 1/2cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegAll Sizes! etable broth



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For 25 years, the “Friends of Summer” have mourned the passing of the summer tourist season at Bethany Beach with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year’s funeral will be celebrated on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, with a private “wake” at 5 p.m. The “solemn procession” follows at 5:30 p.m. This year’s procession, accompanied by the music of the Dixieland jazz bands, will start at the north end of the Bethany Boardwalk. The event is family-friendly and free to the public. Back for its fifth year is the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction, on Friday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bethany Blues Restaurant. All funds raised benefit the Delaware Audubon Society and the Chesapeake Audubon Society. Those who are interested in helping out as “Friends of Summer” can contact the Jazz Funeral at P.O. Box 505, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, e-mail, or leave a message at 537-1585.


Top with remaining 3 noodles, creamcheese broth mixture, 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with oil and place it, oil side down, over the pan, sealing tightly. Bake until bubbly throughout, 40 to 45 minutes (50 to 55 minutes if it went straight from the refrigerator into the oven). Leaving the lasagna on the same rack, remove the foil and broil until spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Coq au Vin Blanc Serves 6 2 pounds (about 8 medium) boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided Salt and ground black pepper 1 package (1 pound) frozen pearl onions, not thawed 1 package (8 ounces) sliced baby bella mushrooms 3 ounces (about 6 thin slices) proscuitto, minced 3 large garlic cloves, minced 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken broth 1 can (13.75 ounces) whole artichokes, halved 2 pounds new potatoes, rinsed and halved 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

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The Fancy Shaw Dance is one of the dances you might expect to see at the 33rd Annual Powwow on Sept. 11-12. Said to imitate the movements of the butterfly, the dance is a relative newcomer to the pow wow circuit, starting in the 1950s and 1960s. The intricate foot movement and dancer’s spinning show off the fringe on the shawl and the colors of the dancer’s regalia. The powwow grounds are located in the middle of a natural wooded area off Rt. 24, John J. Williams Highway. Powwow signs will be posted along Rt. 24 between Rts. 113 and 1 (beach areas). Powwow grounds open at 10 a.m., and Grand Entry on Saturday will be at noon, 2nd dance session at 4 p.m. Sunday morning begins with a Worship Service at 10 a.m.; Grand Entry on Sunday is at 1:30-til. Forty Native American crafts and food vendors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. All day parking, including admission, is $8 per car, walk-in admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, $5 for motorcycles, $25 for buses, plus $2 for each person on the bus. Driver will have to collect fees on each bus. Come and share our culture with us and enjoy! For more information, contact Marilyn at the Nanticoke Indian Center, 945-3400.

Cast members Trish Herholdt of Milford and John Marino of Lewes rehearse a scene from Possum Point Players’ fall romantic comedy, “A Love Affair.”

Southern Delaware Choral Society rehearsals begin September 7

The Southern Delaware Choral Society will begin rehearsals for their winter concert, “An English Christmas,” on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The concert will be held on Dec. 11-12 and will feature Benjamin Britten’s, A Ceremony of Carols and also include six traditional English carols. New members are welcome to join and no formal audition is necessary. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and in the Parish Hall of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown. Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m. so that all members can register and pick up their music. Rehearsal starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 226-5231.

“A Love Affair” by Jerry Mayer will be accompanied by a dinner affair at Possum Hall during the first two weekends of October. Opening on Oct. 1, this comedy is being produced in conjunction with a limited-seating dinner option. A Love Affair is being co-directed by Titia Halfen of Prime Hook Beach and Tommye Staley of Milford. This comedy takes the audience through the reminiscences of a married couple looking back as they pack up their memories. The couple has lived through a lot in their long marriage, and as they look back, a variety of characters come to life in their memories and on the stage. Possum Point Players is offering a delightful dinner served right on the premises at Possum Hall. The four-course dinner is served by Possum volunteers in the glass-front atrium of Possum Hall. Possums recommends reserving tickets early, as there will be a limited number of dinner seats. Performances of A Love Affair are Oct. 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 8 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 and on Oct. 3 & 10 at 2 p.m., lunch seating at 12:30. Tickets are available for $18 ($17 for seniors or students). Dnner tickets are an additional $20. All tickets can be reserved by calling the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560.

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Sussex area real estate market is better than the national trend Recent sales data released by the United States Commerce Department clearly shows continuing troubles in the nation’s real estate markets, possibly big troubles. But projections in southern Delaware aren’t nearly as gloomy. Members of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) have reported a completely opposite trend thus far in 2010 – a nearly 20 percent increase in sales over the same period a year ago. “We understand that our nation’s real estate markets are struggling as the United States continues to rebound from its recent economic problems,” says Judy Dean, 2010 president of SCAOR. “But, buoyed in part by our coastal areas, sales continue to be strong here in southern Delaware. We’re confident this will continue into the fourth quarter of the year, and into 2011.” More than 1,200 properties were sold in Sussex County through the end of July, nearly 200 more than through the first seven months of 2009. That’s a far cry from the near-record 2,000 properties sold in the first seven months of 2006, however, just before the nation’s economic woes began affecting the real estate markets. “We have a very unique market here in Sussex County, and I think that is helping us sort of buck the national trend,” says Dean. “Sure, we’re nowhere near where we were a few years ago, but no one is. The point is that we’re making progress now, and that’s what’s important.” Officials with the Commerce Department issued a report that showed June

sales nationwide were off more than 32 percent over the same time a year before. Sales of new homes were at the lowest level since the United States government began tracking the data in 1963. Experts contribute part of that drop to the expiration of federal tax credits, which created renewed interest in real estate before a government-imposed April 30 deadline. “Those tax credits sort of inflated the market while they were in place, but their expirations have now depressed markets nationwide,” says Dean. “But that doesn’t seem to be affecting us just yet here on Delmarva. We’re hopeful that trend will continue, even after the traditional summer season has ended.” Through June 18 of this year, nearly 1,000 homes had sold in Sussex County, totaling more than $300 million in gross sales. The average sale price of a residential unit in the first half of the year was $315,434, a 5 percent increase over the same time a year ago. Sales figures for all of Sussex County obviously include properties sold east of Route 1, which can skew numbers just a bit during the spring and summer months. Nevertheless, data from 2010 indicates across the board improvement throughout the entire county, from Seaford in the west all the way to the coastal resorts bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The majority of sales in Sussex County have been in the $200,000 to $299,000 price range thus far this year, with sales in the resort areas ac-

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scooped up,” says Dean. “Here in Sussex County, there’s never been a better time to buy a house than right now.”

CONCERT MEMBERSHIP DRIVE - The kickoff for the Seaford Community Concert Association annual membership drive began this past Saturday. The drive runs through Sept. 20. This year’s theme is “Journey to the Peak” with a membership goal of 1,300. Admission to all concerts is by membership only and all five concerts will be held at Seaford High School. For more information, visit or call 629-6184. Sales workers pictured seated, from left: Peggy Boyd, Karen Swartout, Sandy Blackwell and Mary Swanson. Back row standing: Phil Livingston, Maribel Santos, Harry Nelson, Margi Nelson, Elsie Young, Helen Skjoldager, Allan Kittila, Karen Kittila, Jim Aschenbach, Mabel Madden, Jim Burket, Ray Jackson, Harriet Mair, Michael Persico, Doug Rhodes and Gwen Messenger. Not shown is Ruth Skala.



Amateur radio groups present certificates to state legislators The Sussex Amateur Radio Association and the Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club recently honored Delaware state legislators for their support in passing House Bill 494 and House Amendment 1. In a joint meeting held at Georgetown’s Marvel Carriage Museum, Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club President Patrick Ryan and Sussex Amateur Radio Association President Bill Duveneck presented certificates of appreciation to Delaware State Senators Joseph W. Booth (R, Georgetown), George H. Bunting, Jr. (D, Bethany Beach), Robert L. Venables Sr. (D, Laurel), and Delaware State Representatives Ruth Briggs-King (R, Georgetown), Gerald W. Hocker (R, Ocean View), David L. Wilson (R, Bridgeville), and Daniel B. Short (R, Seaford). The event was followed by a demonstration of amateur radio equipment, emergency capability and amateur radio’s importance to the citizens of Delaware. On Wednesday, July 1, the 145th Delaware General Assembly passed House Bill 494 with House Amendment 1. HB 494 amended Title 21 of the Delaware Code relating to Rules of the Road. The Act excludes use of specified two-way communications devices while driving. House Amendment 1 to House Bill 494 (sponsored by Rep.Ruth Briggs-King) was also passed by both Houses of the Delaware General Assembly, exempting FCC

Amateur radio associations honor Delaware legislators at a joint meeting, Aug. 19. From left, ARRL Delaware Section Manager Frank Filipkowski, State Senator Joseph W. Booth (R, Georgetown), Sussex Amateur Radio Assn. President Bill Duveneck, State Senator George H. Bunting (D, Bethany Beach), State Representative Ruth Briggs-King (R, Georgetown), State Representative Gerald W. Hocker (R, Ocean View), State Senator Robert L. Venables, Sr. (D, Laurel), State Representative Daniel B. Short (R, Seaford), and Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club President Patrick Ryan. Photo by Herb Quick. Delaware State Senator Joseph W. Booth (R, Bridgeville), right, completes an amateur radio contact under the guidance of Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club President Patrick Ryan, KW3Z. Photo by Herb Quick.

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The recognition of the legislators highlighted the outstanding cooperative effort among the Senators and Representatives, who created legislation to improve motor vehicle safety, while recognizing and supporting amateur radio’s important role in emergency communications. The results of their legislative efforts are critical to Delaware’s more than 2200

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County issues property tax bills Sussex County’s annual tax bills are on their way to mailboxes and some in-boxes, too. Starting this week, the County’s Treasury Division will begin issuing tens of thousands of annual tax bills for the 2011 fiscal year, totaling an estimated $101 million in revenue. Bills continued to be mailed throughout August. Payment is due by Sept. 30. While the total number of bills issued tops 168,500, the County once again will reduce the amount of bills actually printed and mailed, to about 128,000 paper bills this year. Just as was done last year, the remaining 39,500 will be sent electronically to mortgage lenders, requiring no paper, postage or time to distribute, representing a sizeable savings to County government. Amanda M. Bennett, director of the County’s Treasury Division, said last year’s shift to paperless billing for those property owners whose taxes are rolled into their monthly mortgage payments, through what is known as escrow accounts, was well received. All property owners can view their tax bills online, and those who no longer receive a statement still can request a paper copy of their account’s status, if needed. Annual tax bills include County property taxes, as well as County sewer and water, tax ditch and street lighting fees, where applicable. Additionally, tax bills include local school district taxes, which are collected by the County, but turned over to the State. Delaware law requires Sussex County to bill property owners for

school taxes on behalf of the eight public school districts within the county. Approximately 10 percent to 14 percent of the typical residential tax bill is for County property taxes. Sussex County accepts tax payments by cash, check, money order or credit card. Taxpayers have different options to make their payments. These include: • Through lender - Many taxpayers  have their annual taxes paid out of an escrow account by their mortgage lenders. If these taxpayers have any questions regarding the status of their escrow accounts, they should contact their lenders. • Online - Payment can be made on the  Internet, with the use of most major credit cards or by check. Go to and select “Make a Payment” on the left side for more information. • By mail - Property owners can mail  their tax payments using the return envelopes included in their statements. Bills should be addressed to the Sussex County Treasury Division, P.O. Box 429, Georgetown, DE 19947. All payments sent by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 30 to avoid the 1.5 percent penalty, per month, on unpaid balances. • In person or by phone - The County’s  tax office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is located on the second floor, Room 252, of the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. For more information, call 855-7760.

Offshore wind permitting granted Delaware has become the first state delegated authority for enforcing and implementing offshore wind permitting related to air quality as it prepares to site the country’s first offshore wind farm – continuing as a national leader in renewable and alternative energy. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was granted delegating authority recently by the Environmental Protection Agency through a statute of the federal Clean Air Act pertaining to the outer continental shelf. The EPA delegated to DNREC the primary authority to implement and enforce the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) regulations. Delaware adopted the federal requirements into 7 DE Admin Code 1150, Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations, in June. These regulations control air pollution from OCS sources by establishing that Delaware’s land-based air pollution control requirements apply to sources located on or above the outer continental shelf, which is any area within 25 miles of Delaware’s coastline. Delaware’s delegation of the OCS regulation marks the first time that a state program has been delegated authority of the rule. Previously, only a handful of local Air Pollution Control Districts within California had been delegated authority by EPA. The first action in Delaware that will

be subject to these regulations is a proposed meteorological tower associated with the Blue Water Wind project. This tower is proposed to be constructed approximately 18 miles off the coast of Delaware’s shore. The regulation will require that any emissions that occur during its construction and operation, or during any future projects’ construction and operation, will be controlled to the same level as if those emissions occurred on land. Delaware recently hosted the BOEM task force to help coordinate and accelerate the permitting process. Governors Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O’Malley of Maryland wrote a letter to President Obama asking the federal government to partner with the two states in buying offshore wind energy. Maryland and Delaware continue to work together to expand the Blue Water Wind Mid-Atlantic Wind Farm off the coast of Rehoboth to maximize economic and manufacturing opportunities. DNREC’s having authority for implementing and enforcing air quality permitting is essential for moving forward with offshore wind. “This action allows Delaware to more effectively respond to the permitting needs of any offshore project and associated timing for permit issuance,” said Ali Mirzakhalili, director of DNREC’s Division of Air Quality.


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Laurel property owners and town feeling impact of housing market woes By Tony E. Windsor The economy as it relates to the housing market forecast nationwide is dim at best. According to the National Center for Responsible Lending (2010), In Delaware since the third quarter of 2006 the rate of foreclosures has gone up by 335 percent. In the first quarter of 2010 there were a total of 19,542 mortgages past due. It is forecasted that between 2009 and 2012 there will be as many as 20,605 mortgages going into foreclosure. It is estimated that due to nearby foreclosures, Delaware will lose about $2.9 billion in home equity wealth between 2009 and 2012. Recently, during a Laurel Mayor and Council meeting, Code Enforcement supervisor Paul Frick submitted his monthly report and expressed concerns about the growing trend of homes being left vacant by homeowners who are “walking away” from the houses because of the inability to pay the mortgages. In his report, Frick noted, “The staff has observed numerous properties in town where the owners, due to financial hardship, have simply walked away from the property and the financial institutions are foreclosing. This is occurring at an alarming rate,” he stated. Frick said when the homes are left empty the code enforcement is not aware immediately and it is only when violations such as grass and trash removal become an issue that the town is aware. He said his staff is monitoring the properties that have fallen vacant to ensure that maintenance continues in regards to grass, objectionable objects, such as abandoned refrigerators, or vehicles and violations are addressed based on town codes. Frick said he has seen a steady increase in the number of homes that have been left empty by owners since the economic turndown. “I am looking at one that just came across my desk and it shows that Fannie

Mae is now taking over the deed for one property in town,” he said. “It is amazing how many of these have started popping up.” Frick said that the town usually finds out about the housing being left empty when grass starts growing higher than town ordinances allow, but they are also notified at the time the banks and other lending institutes are going through the deed change at county offices in Georgetown. “We are notified because it is important for the county to know that these properties are free of county or town fees or taxes before simply signing the deed over,” he said. “If we have had to cut the grass or haul away trash or other objectionable objects from the property, such as cars or household items, we are owed money and the banks have to assume those costs.” He said once the lending institutions start the foreclosure process and take over the ownership of the properties they have their own maintenance contractors who will come in and take care of grass cutting and other issues that could be violations of town codes. “It could be months before the banks get control of the property as they go through the foreclosure process,” Frick said. “In the meantime, we have to enforce the town codes. If we have to cut the grass or haul away items it is very costly. We make it costly as a means to discourage home owners from letting it get to the point where we have to step in. The banks don’t want us doing the maintenance for this very reason.” He said the town will mail a notice out to property owners making them aware their grass needs cutting or items need to be removed from the property pursuant to town codes and give them seven days to respond. “On the eighth day we go in and do the work and bill the property owner,”

Frick said. The cost for having the town cut the grass can be as much as $150 per hour plus administrative costs, with a minimum one-hour charge. This could mean a homeowner would pay $185 to have their lawn cut by the town. Glances over his desk top papers on Monday morning, Frick named as many as six recent properties falling victim to owners walking away from mortgages. “I have three on East 6th Street, one on West 10th Street, two on 8th Street and the list just keeps going,” he said. “It is unfortunate, but it is simply a case where these homes are no longer valued at the amount they were bought for and there is no equity available for homeowners. So, it is difficult to try and get a lower interest rate and subsequently, a lower mortgage payment. These homes are nice homes and they are not in violation of town codes. This is not a case of anyone doing anything illegal or wrong, it is just that the owners are not

able to keep up the payments, so in many cases they simply walk away.” He said in checking the value of the town’s own surplus property there has been as much as a fifty percent loss of property value. Frick said his staff will continue to monitor all properties in the town and when there are issues pertaining to maintenance issues such as grass and trash and abandoned vehicle violations, they will take actions. According to Public Works supervisor Woody Vickers, in July his crews took care of 17 Code Enforcement related work orders, including cutting grass and removing items in violation of town ordinances. The total billed by the town to homeowners for that work is about $2, 841; much of which will ultimately be paid by lending institutions going through the foreclosure process.

Coachmen Lane to be closed

The Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Maintenance crews will close Coachmen Lane between Old Stage Road and Robin Hood Road near Delmar for the replacement of a crossroad pipe. The road will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 7 and will reopen on or before 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. Access to local residents and emergency response vehicles will be provided at all times. DelDOT will post signs to alert motorists of the closure and the accompanying detour routes. Real time travel and construction information is available online at www.

Delaware Ghost Hunters program

As Halloween approaches, the Laurel Public Library invites the public to join them for a program presented by Delaware Ghost Hunters, a statewide volunteer research group dedicated to investigating and documenting supposed paranormal phenomena. This presentation, which was cancelled this past February due to the massive snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the Carpenter Meeting Room. There is no fee or registration necessary for this program which is open to ages 14 and up. Formed in 2005, by brothers Jason and Justin Sipple, Delaware Ghost Hunters investigates possible ghost hauntings using the latest technical equipment available. Delaware Ghost Hunters do not endorse the use of practices such as séances and Ouija boards, but rather use scientific equipment such as infrared thermometer fluctuations, electromagnetic field measurements and other forms of verifiable data when searching for ghosts. They have gathered information at the Civil War prison site at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island as well as homes in Claymont, Delaware City and Wilmington. For more information, call 875-3184.

HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY - In celebration of her 10th birthday, Jerrica Robertson of Laurel, recently visited Ocean City, where she won a drawing from a Radio Disney MeetN-Greet that was held there. Actor, Jason Earles, who plays “Jackson Stewart” on Hannah Montana, was there and Jerrica got to go up on stage and have her picture taken with him. She also won a prop from the Hannah Montana show, which was a large surfboard signed by Jason Earles, and an autographed, framed picture of the cast.



Delaware works to safeguard country against security threats By Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

The recent revelation by the Department of Defense that in 2008 foreign intelligence agencies compromised classified and unclassified networks of our nation’s military by relying on unsuspecting U.S. soldiers to plug in infected thumb drives although a new type of attack at the time - is sadly old news. More disturbing is what the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency have not told the American public - that nearly every critical system and network that runs the nation’s financial systems, air traffic control, electric grid, and other vital networks are just as vulnerable. In fact, foreign intelligence agencies likely have targeted these systems and at times compromised them. Some have argued that the threat of a cyber attack isn’t real, or is being overhyped, but if the International Space Station orbiting around the Earth can be compromised by software intended to steal NASA’s scientific information, as acknowledged in 2008, what makes people think a similar type of attack can’t also be used to take down other critical networks? This latest revelation underscores the scary reality of how vulnerable we really are to cyber criminals, terrorists and nation-states seeking to use technology to steal from us or do us harm. Unfortunately, Americans often don’t have the knowledge and skills necessary

Crash kills drivers and one child

Delaware State Police are investigating a two car crash that killed two drivers and an 8-year-old girl. On Friday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m., Cristi Lynn Gingerich, 30, of Hartly, was driving her Oldsmobile west on Route 8, east of Dover. At the same time, Edward R. Lee Sr., 51, of Dover was heading east on Route 8 in his Toyota Corolla and was approaching Gingerich when his car crossed the center line and struck Gingerich’s vehicle head-on. Both Gingerich and her 8-year-old stepdaughter, Alexis J. Gingerich, and Lee were all killed in the crash. Two daughters of Gingerich were seated in the rear of the Oldsmobile and were also injured. Both girls were flown to A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children near Wilmington. The 7-year-old was admitted for fractures to the hip and contusions and the 9-year-old girl was admitted for a broken arm and nose. All occupants were wearing their seat belts and alcohol is not suspected in the crash.

DNREC investigates human bone

Following a recent discovery of what appeared to be a human femur by a fisherman on the Indian River Inlet, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation Enforcement officers searched the area again without finding any more human bones. Parks and Recreation Enforcement were assisted by a dive team from Delaware State Police. The leg bone was turned over to the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office by Delaware State Parks enforcement officers working the case. The bone will be sent to a forensic pathologist in hopes of identify-

to defend against these sophisticated 21st century attacks. For years, agencies like the National Security Agency have needlessly obscured the frequency and significance of attacks like those recently publicly revealed by the Department of Defense out of fear that this attention would entice even more bad guys to attack our vulnerable networks. The problem with keeping the public in the dark about this threat is that the bad guys have already set up shop inside our networks. That’s why I partnered with my colleagues on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to introduce legislation that will not only defend against these types of attacks, but prevent them before they even happen. We won’t be as safe as we should be until we ensure that a fully capable civilian agency is at the helm of our cyber security efforts, working as an open and transparent partner with the private sector to defend our nation from these types of attacks. Further, just a few weeks ago my home state of Delaware graduated 20 highlyskilled cyber guardians from an intense first-of-its-kind week long summer camp that taught students the skills needed to defend against these sophisticated types of attacks. This is a good first step, but we need a more robust effort from the federal government to build the defenses and train the defenders we need to protect our vital networks. That’s why it’s so important for Congress and the Administration to come

ing the remains as human, according to Chief Wayne Kline of Parks and Recreation Enforcement. An angler hooked the bone while casting from the south side of the inlet within Delaware Seashore State Park.

Troopers arrest robbery suspect

Delaware State Police have made one arrest in a home invasion in which a shot was fired at a home on Sand Hill Road, north of Georgetown. The crime occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, when three to four suspects broke out glass on a rear door of the home and made entry. Once inside, the suspects confronted three adults and three children. As they began to make demands, the suspects were confronted by two pit bulls. As the suspects were retreating, one of them fired a shot into the house. The suspect fled to a vehicle, however, Richard Cohen did not make it back to the car before they left. Troopers found him in a wooded area approximately one quarter mile from the house. Cohen, 21, of Milton, was charged with first degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, first degree burglary, six counts of reckless endangering, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, criminal mischief and second degree conspiracy. He was committed to the Department of Corrections in default of $98,500 cash bail. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information concerning the identity of the other suspects they are asked to call “Crime Stoppers.” Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit. com.

together and deal with this threat, before it’s too late. Sen. Carper has been a national leader on cyber security issues and, as chairman of a key Senate Homeland Security subcommittee, has chaired several hearings over the past three years examining ways to more effectively secure the U.S. from cyber attacks. These hearings culminated in June 2010 when the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed comprehensive cyber security legislation, the Protecting Cyberspace as

a National Asset Act of 2010 (S.3480). Sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), this legislation aims to modernize, strengthen, and coordinate the security of the federal, civilian and private sector critical infrastructure networks. One key provision in the bill would also provide the Department of Homeland Security the authority to develop and bolster cyber security challenges across the nation in order to identify, educate, and train the future cyber security workforce.


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DELMAR - Marching Band works to raise funds for travel costs. Page 3

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - George, Miles & Buhr is celebrating 50 years of service on Delmarva. Page 4

BUSINESS - George, Miles & Buhr is celebrating 50 years of service on Delmarva. Page 4

UPDATE - Memories of Dr. Sarah Dykstra’s kindness live on. Page 6

UPDATE - Memories of Dr. Sarah Dykstra’s kindness live on. Page 6

HEROES - Jim Cina knows the fears, joys of being a veteran firefighter. Page 8

HEROES - Jim Cina knows the fears, joys of being a veteran firefighter. Page 8

LIBRARY - ‘Ride to Read’ Poker Run, BBQ helps Seaford Library. Page 12

ENTERTAINMENT - Community announces membership drive. Page 23


ENTERTAINMENT - Seaford Community Concerts announces membership drive. Page 23

LAUREL - Cost adjustment for irrigation wells has spawned interest. Page 37 FUNDRAISER - Walk raises $1,170 for Angelman Syndrome. Page 37


PLAy DAy - The Laurel, Delmar and Sussex Tech field hockey teams took part in the Seaford Play Day last weekend. Photos on pages 24 and 26

AWARD - Woodbridge Elementary earns ‘Academic Achievement’ award. Page 34

Some $38,000 in grants from the Horsey Family Youth Foundation was presented Aug. 19 during HFYF’s annual meeting in Laurel to 17 organizations, many of them represented here. Seated are Amanda Horsey, Dave and Pat Horsey and Brandy Givens of Shore Thunder Starz. Standing, middle row, from left, are Terry Lemper, Middletown Wildcats; Joe Leblanc, Woodbridge Track; Wayne Price, Del Tech; Chris Havrilla, Woodbridge Track; Cheri Knotts, Dover/CR Raiders; Tammy Baynum, Laurel Pop Warner; Chris Eames, Milford Pop Warner, and Don Dubinski, Laurel Little League. Standing, back row, are Keith Bryan, Georgetown Little League; David Willoughby, Diamond State Swoop; Bill Falasco, Harrington Pop Warner; Chad Lagtow, Diamond State Swoop; AJ Lathbury, Sussex Technical High School; John Little, Autism Delaware; Carter Knotts, Dover/CR Raiders, and Melissa Martin, Autism Delaware.

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When Dave and Pat Horsey lost one of their four sons, Tim, at age 19 in a motorcycle accident in 1985, they weren’t sure they’d have enough money to bury him. Fortunately, there was some insurance coverage. When everything was paid for, they used the leftover money to start David G. Horsey and Sons Inc. Since then, they’ve been blessed financially and now are giving back to the community. Through the Horsey Family Youth Foundation, established in 2003, nearly

$200,000 has been awarded to support organized athletics in Delaware. At the sixth annual awards presentation on Aug. 19 in Laurel, checks totaling more than $38,000 were dispersed to 15 organizations. The HFYF also celebrated becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization at the meeting. In 2003, Dave said, when he first got the idea of setting aside some money for donations, a representative of Delaware Community Foundation suggested creating an endowment and giving away the accumulated earnings, rather than the principle. “I’m gratified Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Mears Diagnostic Imaging 200 Health Services Drive Seaford, DE 19973

he did,” Dave said. The endowment has grown to more than $600,000. “I hope to live long enough to see the fund get to a million dollars,” he added. “Then we’ll open it to education and give away scholarships.” Through the DCF, the HFYF now supports programs for youth all over the state of Delaware. The foundation’s goal is to try to keep children off drugs and the streets by encouraging them to become involved in education and sports programs. An estimated 3,500

PART OF HISTORY - SVFD member Barry Calhoun sits in the driver’s seat of the department’s 1919 Seagrave pumper. The steering wheel is on the right side of the front seat; why it is is a mystery, Calhoun says. Story on page 37. Photo by Lynn R. Parks


PLAY DAY - Twenty four teams and over 400 players competed in the annual Seaford Play Day last weekend. The event is sponsored by the Seaford Field Hockey Boosters. Page 24

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By Lynn R. Parks

After hearing from Seaford Police Department Chief Gary Morris that a proposed smoking ban in city parks could result in “unnecessary negative contact between citizens and police officers,” the city council Tuesday night voted yet again to table the proposal. “I think that we need to think about this a little more,” councilman Rhea Shannon said in his motion to table the proposal. The proposed smoking ban is the result of a letter sent to the city by Brandy Parks, Long Branch Road, complaining about people smoking at the city’s sports complex. “While there are considerate smokers, there are others that are sitting on the bleachers, standing in line at the concession stand or hanging out near the dugouts where the smoke is being inhaled by our children,” she wrote. Council members discussed the ban at their Aug. 10 meeting but tabled the proposal to gather input from the community. City manager Dolores Slatcher said on Tuesday that she had received several e-mails in support of the smoking ban.

Morris told the council that he would hate to see problems arise between the police department and the community over smoking. “It could cause a scuffle if a police officer tells someone to put away a cigarette,” he said. “I am not a smoker and my concern is not for smoking. It is about how we would enforce this ban.” In addition to the sports complex, the city’s parks are: Gateway Park in downtown, Kiwanis Park on Stein Highway, Soroptimist Park on Middleford Road, Nutter Park on Norman Eskridge Highway, a boat ramp on the Nanticoke River and the Jay’s Nest, near the sports complex. The city also recently opened Hooper’s Landing, a golf course, and the Seaford Community Swim Center, both on the former grounds of the Seaford Golf and Country Club. In addition, the city owns Williams Pond Park, where Seaford Little League games are played. Alcohol is not allowed in city parks. That is not because of a city ordinance, Slatcher said, but because of a policy that was adopted by the city council in the 1970s. “In a lot of these parks, you have adult

events,” Morris said. “In Soroptimist Park, people hold family reunions. Gateway Park is a big part of Riverfest. At the sports complex, there are a lot of adult games, adult softball and adult flag football. At the boat ramp, people are fishing and loading and unloading boats. And Nutter Park is where AFRAM is held every year and where adults play basketball.” Councilwoman Leanne Phillips-Lowe suggested that smoking be banned at Williams Pond Park and the Jay’s Nest, places that are frequented by children. But councilwoman Pat Jones wondered about the wisdom of banning smoking altogether at the Little League fields and at the sports complex. “I think that we should have a designated smoking area,” she said. “To me that’s the fair thing, rather than saying no smoking at all.” Councilwoman Grace Peterson suggested that a smoking ban at Williams Pond is something that could be enforced by Seaford Little League. “I am concerned about smoking in the dugout areas, but that is something that the coaches should say something about,” she said.


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Tanning service businesses must collect an excise tax

Many businesses offering tanning services must collect a 10 percent excise tax on the tanning services they provide. This provision started July 1. This excise tax requirement is part of the Affordable Care Act that was enacted in March. Here are nine tips on the tanning excise tax that providers must collect. 1. Businesses providing ultraviolet tanning services must collect the 10 percent excise tax at the time the customer pays for the tanning services. 2. If the customer fails to pay the excise tax, the tanning service provider is liable for the tax. 3. The tax does not apply to phototherapy services performed by a licensed medical professional on his or her premises. 4. The tax does not apply to spray-on tanning services. 5. If a payment covers charges for tanning services along with other goods and services, the other goods and services may be excluded from the tax if they are separately stated and the charges do not exceed the fair market value for those other goods and services. 6. If the customer purchases bundled services and the charges are not separately stated, the tax applies to the portion of the payment that can be reasonably attributed to the indoor tanning services. 7. The tax does not have to be paid on membership fees for certain qualified physical fitness facilities that offer indoor tanning services as an incidental service to members without a separately identifiable fee. 8. Tanning service providers must report and pay the excise tax on a quarterly basis. 9. To pay the tax, businesses must file IRS Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return using an Employer Identification Number assigned by the IRS. Businesses that don’t already have one can apply for an EIN online at Find more information about the excise tax on tanning services, IRS Form 720 and other tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act at

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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. Two Delaware students will join 102 other delegates March 5-12, 2011, for the program’s 49th Annual Washington Week. Each year, The United States Senate Youth Program brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington to experience an intensive week-long program educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service, the students generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. They continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Each of the 104 student delegates will receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital. The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. They will meet with Senators, cabinet officers, government leaders and policy-makers. The delegate selection is administered

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by each state’s chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Delegates must be junior or senior elected student officers for the 2010-2011 academic year and reside in the state where they attend school. Eligibility considerations may also be made for student representatives elected or selected (selected by a panel, commission or board) to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organizations. Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia) in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides. Exceptions to the residency rule are made for the Department of Defense Education Activity and for states with schools under Interstate Compacts. Names of students selected will be formally announced mid-December. Interested students should contact their high school principal or the state-level selection administrator, Preston Shockley, at 7354180 or The 2011 program brochure with detailed rules, selection process and the annual yearbook may be accessed online at

‘Litter-Free’ Delaware Clean Up The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will host the sixth annual “Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware” Clean Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. DelDOT has designated this as a statewide cleanup day when everyone is invited to come out to clean Delaware’s roads, highways and community areas. It’s a great day for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and/or Adopt-A-Bike Path volunteers to do one of their annual clean ups. Businesses, citizens, and homeowners are also being asked to ensure that trash is well contained, to pick up debris blowing around their property and to step outside to sweep a sidewalk, pick up sticks or rake up leaves. To participate, register online at www.

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS TODAY. DON’T HESITATE! Name: _________________________________________ Old Address: ____________________________________, under Hot Topics or contact the Office of Public Relations at 760-2080 or 800-652-5600. The registration deadline is Oct. 1. No telephone registrations. There is no fee to participate. Anyone cleaning roadways should visit the nearest DelDOT district office to obtain safety information, safety vests and trash bags during the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1. After the cleanup, participants should either dispose of the trash themselves (i.e., via household trash pick up, landfill, etc.), or place it near a highway sign for DelDOT to pick up. If you need DelDOT to remove the trash bags, call the nearest DelDOT district office to request DelDOT remove them as soon as possible. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 3.

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Westoff announces campaign plans Jim Westhoff, candidate for state representative in the 35th district, has announced that if he wins the election, he will resign from his position at Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and serve as a full-time legislator. Westhoff, 43, is employed as a community relations officer at DelDOT, where he researches and handles questions from the pubWesthoff lic. He also handles some media relations duties for DelDOT. He is the endorsed Democratic candidate to challenge one-term incumbent, Republican David Wilson of Lincoln. Westhoff’s wife, the former Cindy Conley, is a second-grade teacher in the Lake Forest School District. “With all of the problems and issues that need to be addressed, the voters deserve someone who is fighting for them full time. If I am going to serve as the tenacious legislator that I play to be, it will be more than a part-time job,” said Westhoff However, Westhoff said the primary reason for this decision concerns his family. “If I perform both jobs, then I will be away from my family far too much. If I work full-time as a legislator, I will be able to be a Dad while also being a good representative. For more about Jim Westhoff, visit

Hola Awards to honor Hispanics

The Second Annual Hola Awards on Sept. 25 will showcase some of the most admirable Hispanic leaders in Sussex County. More than 400 people are expected to attend the event at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The gala, presented by the talk show “Hola FM” on WGMD, recognizes the extraordinary citizens that help strengthen the local community. “We have spoken with many of these people on “Hola FM” and learned about the type of work they perform,” said Kevin Andrade, host of the show and the gala. “The Hola Awards is a way to give something back to those who have given so much.” To honor nominees and participants, To learn more about the Hola Awards, or to purchase tickets, visit

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Consumers are more inundated than ever with seemingly too-good-to-be-true vacation prices, especially online. How can even the most seasoned travelers be expected to cut through the clutter and make the right decision? Part personal shopper and part matchmaker, a professional travel agent can match up options from hundreds of travel deals with your personal preferences, and take the stress out of the vacation planning process. Consider the following: • First-hand experience - Chances are  good that your travel agent has experienced the resort first-hand or has received personal feedback from clients who have. With so many websites containing outdated or misleading information, the expert advice and personal recommendation of a travel professional can be far more reliable and less biased than a travel brochure or web posting. • Interpreting the fine print - Professional travel agents are familiar with the disclaimers and hidden fees that could

cost you far more than you bargained for. They’ll provide expert advice on everything from optional resort excursions to the real value of travel insurance. • Convenience, cost and value recognition - By sifting through the web or making countless phone calls to hotels and airlines, you may be able to find a lower price on your own. But more likely, a travel agent will find you the best value in far less time, and you can avoid making a decision that may cost you dearly. Knowledgeable travel agents can discern the difference between a low price and a good value. When you book a vacation, you’re investing not only hard-earned dollars but also valuable vacation time. It pays to get  it right. • Clout - With a travel agent, you have  someone who will go to bat for you should the unexpected happen. Experienced travel agents have long-standing relationships with travel suppliers. They have the right contacts and know how to get things done in the most efficient and timely manner.

EXPLORERS RECEIVE AWARD - Delaware State Police Explorers members recently attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference held in Atlanta, Ga. During this week-long conference, State Police Explorers competed in several challenges. State Police Explorers Post #2852 from Troop 4 received a second place award in the White Collar Crime Scenario. Delaware State Police Explorers are young people ages 14-20 with an interest in a career in law enforcement. Explorers can be seen at community service events throughout the state such as Camp Barnes, Delaware State Fair, Special Olympics and Punkin Chunkin. Left to right are Det. Mark Justice (advisor), Evan Gillespie, Troy Bowden, Emily Bergman, Julius Young, Shannon Sanders, Robert Passwaters, Det. Cheryl Arnold (advisor), and Bryan Smith (advisor).

Mid-Atlantic Writers Conference

SCAA RECEIVES GRANT - The Sussex County Animal Association Inc., of Seaford, is pleased to be chosen as one of 31 non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Delaware Community Foundation. The $6,900 grant will be used to complete two shelter facilities used to house dogs and cats awaiting adoption. The SCAA, a no-kill facility, has been in existence since 2003 and, along with Whimsical Animal Rescue, has worked to rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter, and place cats and dogs in forever homes. For more information, visit From left, seated are Mike Magaha, President Tammy Magaha and Secretary Eric Foster. Back row, Vice President Amy Royal and Melissa Keim.

Best-selling author and speaker Lara M. Zeises will be the keynote speaker for the Mid-Atlantic Writers Conference: The Writers Conference for Non-Writers (MAWC), set for Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sheraton Dover Hotel, Dover. “Conference organizers choose Lara for her humor and ability to motivate an audience, but also for her background,” said Bethany Hacker, conference coordinator and director of Delmarva Discussions. “She is a lifelong resident of Delaware and, as Lara puts it, when she began to write ‘it never occurred to me that I could make a lifelong career out of  something I did for fun.’ This makes her a  perfect choice to address a writers conference for non-writers,” Hacker said. “The conference is aimed at those who enjoy aspects of writing for work, making up stories for their children and grandchildren, journal, or have family documents and letters they think others would enjoy or benefit from,” said Hacker.

The MAWC is a day-long event, bringing regional authors and beginning writers together to explore various genres of writing including fiction, memoir and poetry. Fifteen sessions are scheduled throughout the day and attendees have the opportunity to lunch with an author, have their story/poetry/publishing ideas critiqued by a professional and spend an evening with Charles Dickens. Special lodging rates are available by calling the hotel at 678-8500 and mentioning the writer’s conference. Delmarva Discussions is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the promotion of literature and lifelong learning on the Delmarva Peninsula. You must pre-register before Sept. 18 to participate. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. More information and registration forms can be found at, by calling 7249049, or by emailing

Commemorative casino chip

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in conjunction with sister company Dover Motorsports, will release the inaugural, limited edition Monster Mile commemorative casino chip for the upcoming Sept. 24 – 26, NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway. The $5 commemorative chip is the first in a planned series to be designed for each subsequent NASCAR race weekend at the speedway. “Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is happy to begin offering a series of collectible gaming chips,” said Pete Bradley, vice president and general manager of Casino Operations. “The initial Miles the Monster casino chip is the first in this series, which will be offered at each of the spring and fall motorsports weekends at Dover International Speedway.” The $5 chips can only be purchased at the casino table games area of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and only 5,000 chips are being produced. The chip depicts Miles the Monster, Dover International Speedway’s signature icon. The concrete  monster is spawned from the track’s nickname, “The Monster Mile,” and is also featured on the winner’s trophy, tickets, memorabilia, and of course, the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The first Monster Mile casino chip will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, only at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

FENCE REPAIRED - Kids and adults cool off at the “New Seaford Pool.” Because the existing fence had several large holes cut by vandals gaining access to the pool area, the city purchased new wire from Nanticoke Fence who donated the labor to make the repairs before the pool opened.

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Keeping the crab ladies in action By Karen Hosler

Sometime in mid-September, a sea parade of female crabs, fresh from Maryland encounters with those No. 1 Jimmys, will head down the Chesapeake Bay to a winter sanctuary in Virginia where they will launch the next generation. Warning to the she-crabs: this year there’s no guarantee of safe passage. Apparently, you are just too good at what you do. Sharp limits on the taking of female crabs imposed since 2008 combined with favorable winds, tides, and temperatures have produced spectacular results. The bay’s crab population, then at historic lows, has more than doubled in just two years. Sparing the pregnant moms, who knew? But those protections will ease a bit this fall because beleaguered watermen have pleaded like crazy for relief they may not need. And because the experts can’t say for sure that a little relief would do much harm. Eric Johnson, a fisheries ecologist for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, said he’d like to see the restrictions fully in place long enough to build up some population “equity” against a season of bad weather. But he’s not kicking up a fuss. Nor are any of his colleagues. Witness the rare sight of environmentalists on the cusp of what might be a great victory. They’ve learned to be careful for fear they will jinx it. “This is a wonderful position to be in,” said Stephanie Westby, a fisheries scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Crabbers can get a bit of a break, yet the annual harvest is still on track to hit the target of 46 percent of the total crab population, which scientists have agreed is the minimum sustainable level. “That means they can take almost half, yet still leave enough to replace the population and allow for some growth,” Westby said. “If we have a bad year, we can tweak the regulations in the other direction.” Since time past memory, folks have been arguing that too many crabs were being fished from the sadly polluted bay. Watermen fired back that bay pollution wasn’t their fault. They blamed fertilizer running off farms, and dirty rainwater rushing into the bay from overdeveloped suburbs. And they were right. Crabbing doesn’t cause dead zones or spoil water quality. But by 2008, crabbers were taking 60 percent of a total population that had dwindled to 280 million--a third of its 1993 level. The fishery was near collapse. State leaders in Maryland and Virginia got scared enough to take bold action. Even so, it seems a marvel that those rules were actually imposed. For the first time ever, female crabs were protected

through a comprehensive program enforced by both states. In Maryland, where female crabs come to mate, the season was shortened, and catch limits were set. In Virginia, where female crabs hibernate, the ages-old practice of winter dredging was banned. “Hundreds of people came out to the public hearings,” recalled John Bull, a spokesman for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. “They said the children will starve, life as we know it will be gone forever…One man asked me if I would pay his mortgage because he couldn’t.” Politicians tried to ease the pain with $30 million in federal disaster aid to the two states. Much of the money went to buy out and retire crab licenses. Some of it paid watermen for removing derelict “ghost” crab pots from the bottom of the bay, where these lost and abandoned pots are death traps for all sorts of creatures. So far, it looks like watermen did pretty well this year, Bull said. “Everybody tells us they are having a banner year,” catching a smaller percentage of a much bigger population, now estimated at 658 million crabs bay-wide. Concessions granted this year are small. Maryland extended the fall season for catching females by nine days. Virginia allowed watermen a few extra days to keep very pregnant “black sack” sponge crabs that are likely to die if they are thrown back into the water. But why not leave well enough alone, at least for another year or two to determine how much weather is a factor? Because watermen are still complaining, this is an election year in Maryland, and another dust-up over oysters is underway. The environmental lobby has learned to pick its spots. “Public policy advocates wrestle with this all the time,” said Dru Schmidt-Perkins, executive director of 1000 Friends of Maryland, which has no dog in the crab fight. “There’s the perfect solution for the environment, the perfect solution for economic development, and the perfect solution for a fair society. You can’t look at an issue in isolation from other factors and expect success.” So, here’s an idea. Let’s keep the crab ladies in action, but also work on the water pollution that makes their job so much more difficult. Get tough water quality standards out of Congress, tough storm water regulations out of local governments, and live by them. Hey, we might have just have dodged a future without steamed crabs. Need more be said?

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Cadets graduate from DOC

The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) recently held a graduation ceremony for 18 cadets who completed Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT). The graduating class was comprised of 17 correctional officers and one correctional counselor. Cadets took the oath of office and received their assignments before family, friends and DOC officials. Lee Kearly, Viola, was named Outstanding Cadet by CEIT training staff, while Steven Rebman, Bridgeville, was selected by his peers to be the class speaker. Local graduates include Ticara Collick of Bridgeville who has been assigned to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute as a correctional officer and Steven Reban of Bridgeville who has been assigned to Sussex Correctional Institute as a correctional officer.

Legislation protects voting rights

Attorney General Beau Biden and Delaware City have reached an agreement to resolve legal concerns about voter qualifications in the municipality’s April 6 elections that ended with a tie vote for one Council seat. Under the agreement, Delaware City will hold a new election for the one year Council seat that had resulted in a tie vote. Council member Paul L. Parets, who had been seated after a vote by the council, has voluntarily agreed to resign from office in order to expedite the agreed-upon run-off election process. Following the April 2010 election, the Delaware Department of Justice received and investigated complaints about a municipal requirement that voters be current on taxes and other fees in order to vote, and determined that those requirements raised constitutional issues. Delaware City took immediate steps to alter its code to remove the restrictive voter qualifications for future elections. The Attorney General’s Office maintained its objection to the outcome of the council race that resulted in a tie vote. Both parties acknowledged that the City does not have the legal authority to order a run-off election on its own. As a result, Delaware City cooperated with the Department to seek a legally acceptable

resolution to that outstanding concern by means of a judicial consent order. Biden also announced that his office and Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove are sending letters to every municipal government in Delaware urging them to review the election provision of their charters and confirm that they are consistent with federal and state law. To better protect Delawareans’ voting rights should disputes over qualifications arise in the future, Biden said his office will be drafting legislation to allow the Elections Commission to overturn elections where the provisions relating to voter qualifications violate federal or state law. To facilitate the new Delaware City election, the Attorney General’s office has filed a petition asking Superior Court to issue a Writ of Mandamus, directing Delaware City to conduct a run-off election for the vacant council seat set to expire in April, 2011. In addition, the Attorney General’s office and Delaware City have prepared a consent agreement outlining this resolution, which was also filed today with Superior Court. If approved by Superior Court, the consent agreement would be entered as a court order and would require Delaware City to conduct a new election, thus providing the legal authority it seeks.

Sussex County sponsors historical book

About the author Karen Hosler, former editorial writer for the Baltimore Sun, is a reporter, commentator and talk show host in Baltimore.

Sussex County’s history is going to be the central character in a new book set for publication sometime next year. County Council, at its Tuesday, July 27, meeting, agreed to sponsor the project, which will highlight 50 historic and cultural sites within Sussex. The book, now in the early stages of development, would be published through the Delaware Heritage Commission, Preservation Delaware Inc., the University of Delaware and the County’s historic preservation office. As sponsor, Sussex County will collect donations and manage funds necessary to complete the project and pay for the

book’s publication, though no tax dollars will come from the County, said C. Daniel Parsons, historic preservation planner. Organizers need to raise $23,000 in donations and grants to collect the content and print approximately 1,500 copies of the book. Parsons said project organizers also plan to create an interactive program to complement the book, which will contain photographs, maps and 400-word summaries for each of the historic and cultural sites. The interactive, electronic program would allow users to click a site to learn about its past. It would be made available to local schools and on the Internet.

Internal Revenue Service. The IRS posted on a special page of the names and last-known addresses of these at-risk organizations, along with guidance about how to come back into compliance. The organizations on the list have return due dates between May 17 and Oct. 15, 2010, but the IRS has no record that they filed the required Form 990 returns for any of the past three years.

The IRS will keep the list of at-risk organizations on until Oct. 15. Organizations that have not filed the required information returns by that date will have their tax-exempt status revoked, and the IRS will publish a list of these revoked organizations in early 2011. Donors who contribute to at-risk organizations are protected until the final revocation list is published.

If an organization loses its exemption, it will have to reapply with the IRS to regain its tax-exempt status. Any income received by the organization between the revocation date and renewed exemption may be taxable. For more information about the Form 990 filing process and the list of at-risk organizations by state, go to the website at

New IRS filing procedures provide relief for small charities More than 1,000 Delaware organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status can get relief by following newly announced IRS procedures. Small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010, under a one-time relief program announced by the

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Police Journal Toddler shoots gun at SVFD door

On Aug. 25, at 2:10 p.m., Seaford Police responded to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department for a report of criminal mischief. Officers located two bullet holes in a roll up door on the west side of the building. Further investigation revealed that a 3-year-old child on the porch of a nearby residence had obtained an unsecured loaded 410 shotgun from inside the residence. Officers determined that the shotgun discharged causing damage to the fire house door. The defendant, Christy A. Smullen, 18, who is the mother of the child, was taken to the Seaford Police Department where she was arrested. The shotgun was recovered from the residence and found to have been loaded with 38 caliber ammunition. Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence in the 200 block of Cannon Street in Seaford, where they located additional ammunition and a BB gun. Defendants Keisha A. Griffith, 39, of Seaford, and Stephanie Brittingham, 36, of Seaford, were also located at the residence and found to be wanted on various charges. Griffith was wanted for failure to appear for child support hearing and failure to pay on a charge of falsely reporting an incident. She was committed to the Department of Corrections on $7,109 cash bond. Brittingham was wanted for failure to pay a truancy fine. She was committed to the Department of Corrections on $54 secured bond. Smullen was processed at the Seaford Police Department and arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court #2 in Rehoboth and released on $8,000 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas. Charges include tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangering, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief over $1,000 and discharging a weapon in city limits. The Delaware Division of Family Services responded and placed the child with

his father. The Seaford Police Department reminds everyone to properly lock and secure both their firearms and ammunition in a safe location away from children.

Unattended cooking causes fire

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 11:50 a.m., in the 28000 block of Oneal Road in Seaford. The Blades Fire Department, assisted by the Seaford, Bridgeville and Laurel Fire Departments, responded to the scene. Upon arrival, they encountered heavy fire showing from the center of the structure. The homeowners were not inside the home at the time of the fire. Two pets perished in the fire and three pets were rescued and taken in by the SPCA. Damages have been estimated at approximately $200,000. State Fire Marshal investigators have determined that the fire originated in the kitchen and was caused by unattended cooking.

Police search for assault suspect

On Aug. 28, at 9:25 p.m., Seaford Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Arch Street in Seaford for an assault complaint. Prior to arriving, officers located the victim walking in the 400 block of Arch Street. The victim, a 43-year-old man with a Wauchula, Fla. address, stated he was in the backyard of a residence when he and another subject became involved in a fight regarding a female. The victim stated that an unknown suspect who was also at the residence produced a handgun and fired several shots at him. The suspect then fled the area on foot. The victim was transported to Nanticoke Memorial where he was treated and released for a laceration to the back of the head. The Seaford Police Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the crime. The suspect is described as an unknown Hispanic male, 5’10” - 6’, 28–35 years of age, thin build, wearing a black shirt and

camouflage pants and displaying a dark colored handgun. Anyone with information is asked to call the Seaford Police Department at 629-6648 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction.

Crash kills driver near Bridgeville

Delaware State Police are investigating a two car crash that killed a Georgetown man. The crash happened just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, when Abigail J. Carmean, 26, of Greenwood, was operating her Ford Explorer south on Chaplin’s Chapel Road, east of Bridgeville, when she entered the intersection of Redden Road and was struck by a Mercury Millena. The Mercury was heading eastbound on Redden Road at the time of the crash. After impact, both vehicles burst into flames. Preliminary investigation indicates that Carmean failed to stop for a stop sign when she entered the intersection. A Good Samaritan stopped and began pulling occupants out of the vehicles. A 48-year-old woman was pulled from the Mercury, and flown to Christiana Hospital near Newark. She was admitted in critical condition with severe internal injuries. In addition, a 20-year-old Lewes man was also pulled from the wreckage and he was taken to Baltimore Shock Trauma in critical condition with a closed head injury. He was flown by the Maryland State Police helicopter. The 58-year-old driver

(a man from Georgetown) was pronounced dead at the scene after fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames and a medical crew could get to him. Carmean and her two children were also pulled from the car by the Good Samaritan. Carmean was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where she was admitted with a lacerated liver and a broken back. Her 8-month-old daughter was transported to Milford Memorial where she was treated and released with minor cuts and contusions. Her 4-year-old son was flown to A.I. du Pont Hospital near Wilmington and admitted for head and left arm injury. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and the 8-month-old was properly secured in a child seat. The name of the 58-year-old driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Notice to readers

An article in the Police Journal last week mentioned the arrest of Wilmington pediatric dentist Marieve O. Rodriguez. The information came from the attorney general’s office. There is also a Rodriguez in a dental practice in Seaford. There is absolutely no connection between the two. The local practice is a long standing and well respected dental office and operates with the highest of ethical standards. The Star regrets any confusion that the article may have generated.

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where claims fell for the first time in a month, poor housing numbers and a revised gross domestic product continue to signal lackluster U.S. economic recovery.

Declining crude oil prices in recent weeks continue to drive gas prices down, an encouraging factor for motorists looking to take to the road for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. This summer’s gas prices have remained relatively stable, settling between $2.68 and $2.78 a gallon this season. Gas prices have been on the downside ever since Memorial Day weekend. Crude Oil Prices Crude oil continued its decline early last week, dropping to an 11-week intraday low of under $71 a barrel a week ago Wednesday, driven by lingering doubts over the U.S. economic recovery and, in turn, the outlook for oil demand. Although crude rallied mid-week after news of a positive U.S. jobs report,

A look ahead “Prices at the pump have followed crude oil declines in recent weeks, dropping to their lowest point of the summer last weekend. AAA expects the national average gas price to be between $2.65 and $2.75 per gallon during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Jana L. Tidwell, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson. Local pricing On Tuesday gas stations from Delmar to Greenwood were selling regular gasoline in a range from $2.439 to $2.599 a gallon. The high is six cents less than a week ago, the low is also down six cents.

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SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT - On Thursday, Aug. 26 at 10:15 a.m., Terry Lacewell, 49, of East Orange, N.J. was traveling southbound in a 2001 Ford Explorer on Route 13 in the right lane when he left the road and struck a ditch. He overcorrected and drove back across the southbound lanes and into the grass median where the vehicle overturned several times coming to rest on its tires. All occupants of the vehicle, which included the front seat passenger, Tammy Bridgeforth, 41, of Newark, N.J. and a rear seat passenger, a 7-year-old female, were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital by Emergency Medical Services. Lacewell suffered multiple lacerations, Bridgeforth head injuries and the child a possible neck injury. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.



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Education First class graduates from the US Cyber Challenge Delaware Camp Governor Jack Markell recently joined Senator Tom Carper and Delaware’s Chief Information Officer Jim Sills to congratulate the first graduating class of the United States Cyber Challenge Delaware Camp. Delaware is one of only three states chosen to host a cyber-security training camp in 2010, aiming to develop skills and prepare students to protect vital infrastructure in the face of an extreme shortage of qualified personnel. According to Jim Gosler, founding director of the CIA’s Clandestine Information Technology Office, “There are about 1,000 people in the U.S. who have the specialized skills to operate effectively against these criminals at a world-class level in cyberspace. To be effective, we need 10,000 to 30,000.” Cyber threats are increasing in complexity, volume and seriousness,

as criminals and terrorists armed with a computer and some knowledge can reach across borders and through walls. Cyber-security experts are needed by state agencies like the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI), as well as the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Large and small companies nationwide are also facing challenges that put critical infrastructure and services at risk, including the electric grid, our telecommunications network and our financial system. “We are a society that is increasingly dependent on computers and computer networks to do everything from shopping online and sending text messages to investing for retirement and emergency response,” said Mark Pellegrini,

a camp participant who is pursuing a PhD in computer engineering at the University of Delaware. “If we are going to be so dependent on computers for our daily needs, it is critical that we take steps to guarantee that they are reliable and secure.” Twenty students from the University of Delaware and Wilmington University were chosen to participate in the Cyber Challenge Delaware Camp. The week-long camp was hosted at Wilmington University with the support of the University of Delaware, Delaware Technical & Community College, the SANS Institute, and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information. Students attended an intensive schedule of learning sessions each day, met with cyber experts during the evenings, and toured the State Police High Tech Crimes Lab.

They faced a series of challenges on hacking, digital forensics, incident handling, and penetration testing, culminating in a fierce “Capture the Flag” competition. Senator Carper has been a national leader on cyber-security issues. In June, Carper helped lead efforts to secure the passage of comprehensive cyber-security legislation by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (S.3480) aims to modernize, strengthen, and coordinate the security of critical federal, civilian and private-sector infrastructure networks. The act is expected to be considered on the floor of the Senate in the fall.

Fitness, special interest classes

At the start of the new school year, students assembled in the gym for opening ceremonies and words of inspiration. After the ceremony, DCHS students prayed for one another. Seniors Grant Callaway of Seaford, Tyler Troyer of Greenwood, and Shayne Ivory of Greenwood pray for freshmen Hamilton Schlabach of Greenwood, Sam Schlegel of Millsboro, and Freddie Barnard of Millsboro, and others for a successful school year.

DCHS students begin new year

Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) continued its tradition of starting school at noon on its first day, Wednesday, Aug. 18. “This allows us to have our opening chapel, run a mini-schedule of classes, and then prepare for the family BBQ at 5 p.m.,” said Susan Gum, DCHS Admissions and Marketing coordinator. “The BBQ is then followed by an Open House and College Fair. We have found this to be a wonderful way to

start the year, build fellowship and get a lot of things done is an efficient way.” DCHS has seen continued growth as it enters its seventh year. Principal Scott Kemerling shared that enrollment has continued to climb each succeeding year, with 11 percent growth over last year. “We have 186 students in grades 9-12 and have been blessed by the quality of students who have chosen to be a part of what we are doing.”

Children and adults can get in shape, acquire a new hobby or increase their knowledge in classes offered in September at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Learn basic techniques of basket weaving such as twining, chase stop-start and continuous weave in Basket Weaving for Beginners on Thursdays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn simple defensive driving strategies and earn a 10 percent reduction on the liability portion of your automobile insurance for three years by completing the basic defensive driving course on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three years after completing the basic class, graduates can participate in Advanced Defensive Driving on Monday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to learn additional strategies for road safety and earn a 15 percent reduction on their insurance for another three-year period. Explore aura, human energy systems, chakras, intuition and meditation in Beyond the Physical on Mondays, Sept. 20 to Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn how to use crystals and stones to enhance healing and inner perception. Divorcing parents can satisfy Delaware’s legal requirements for parent education and learn what children experience when parents divorce by participating in the Divorcing Parent Education Program on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Fitness and wellness classes will help to improve your health and lower stress levels. Have fun while exercising with Zumba, an hour-long calorie-burning workout which fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 14 to 30, from 5 to 6

p.m. Discover basic and fun belly dancing moves in Belly Dance Aerobics on Thursdays, Sept. 16 to Nov. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. or explore the culture of the Middle East through dance techniques and music in Belly Dance Choreography from 7 to 8 p.m. Horseback riding is offered for beginners at Singletree Stables in Seaford; participants will learn the basics of safety, stable management and equestrian skills on Saturdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. for ages 8 to 14 and Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to Oct. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 15 and up. In karate, children ages 7 to 12 can learn basic karate movements; improve coordination and concentration; and build respect in a safe learning environment on Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to Oct. 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon, children ages 9 to 16 can find out if they have what it takes to become a pro in Is Golfing Your Sport? at Midway Par 3 in Lewes. An expert will teach basic swings, the correct way to make a great shot and the rules of the game. Children ages 3 to 5 can learn about sports in a non-competitive environment in Little Sportsters on Saturdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 23, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. or explore the world of ballet in a fun, enlightening environment in Tiny Tutus from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Want to exercise at your own pace? Become a member of the Delaware Tech Fitness Center by signing up for the monthly or 16-week program. Personal training sessions are also available for individual help reaching fitness goals. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

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Ahmed graduates from LT

Arif Ahmed of Seaford graduated from Lawrence Technological University in May with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Lawrence Technological University is located in Southfield, Mich.

Charitable planning course offered

The Delaware Community Foundation and Delaware Technical & Community College Education Foundation invite you to attend a seminar on “Sophisticated Charitable Planning Techniques” on Friday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Charitable planning expert Arthur Joseph Werner, JD, LLW of Werner-Rocca, PC in Philadelphia, will cover charitable planning topics including: the sophisticated issues of estate bequests, tax strategies for beneficiary designated gifts, charitable gift annuities and trusts, proper use of private foundation, qualified planned gifts and the proper use of life insurance in a charitable plan, among others. Werner, who specializes in business, tax, financial and estate planning for high net worth individuals, has presented more than 1,500 seminars to certified public accountants and financial planners in the past fifteen years. While gaining a comprehensive understanding of the estate and financial planning techniques of charitable giving, professional advisors attending the seminar will be eligible for eight hours of CPE, CLE, CFP and CLU continuing education credits. This is the first in a series of seminars created in memory of long-time Delaware Community Foundation friend and former director, Howard R. Layton. Layton was a nationally-recognized seminar speaker on estate and financial planning topics. He was known for his work as a CPA and as an instructor for more than 16 years in the business department of Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus. For more information about the seminar or to register, download the brochure by visiting or call 855-1617.

Church of Christ scholarships

Seaford Church of Christ has announced the presentation of two scholarships on Aug. 1. The scholarship fund was established in the memory of Eva Gant, who initiated and set up the fund for students that needed financial help to attend college, had a love for the Lord and was practicing it in their lives. The recipients are Jordan Harris, who will be attending Harding University in Searcy, Ariz., and Katelyn Stapleton, who will be attending FreedHardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. This year a total of $4,000 was awarded to these recipients. Application packets are given out each year before Feb. 1. Contact the Seaford Church of Christ Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 783, Seaford, DE 19973 for more information.

Wright graduates from Kaplan

Laticia Wright of Bridgeville, has been awarded an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University. Wright’s accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 in Chicago. The Kaplan University summer 2010

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By vote of 247-161, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to provide $10 billion to support an estimated 160,000 education jobs nationwide and another $16 billion to help states fund Medicaid budgets. The bill allocates $27.4 million to support 400 education jobs in Delaware. The U.S. Senate passed the bill by a vote of 61-39 and the President has signed the bill into law. Over the last two years, the Department has been able to support 300,000 education jobs through stimulus funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At this time, seven states have drawn down 100% of previously allocated jobs funding, while 18 states total have drawn down 80% or more. A July report from the independent Center on Education Policy found that 75% of school districts that received stimulus funds expect to cut teaching positions in the upcoming school year. The $10 billion fund will support education jobs in the 2010-11 school year and be distributed to states by a formula based on population figures. States can distribute their funding to school districts based on their own primary funding formula or districts’ relative share of federal Title I funds. In order to ensure that states receive funding as quickly as possible, the Department will streamline the application process so that states can submit applications within days. The Department will award funding to states within two weeks of their submission of an approvable application.

NEW STAFF - Several new faces greeted students at Sussex Technical High School this year. Joining the teaching and administration staff are, from left: seated - Ethan Long, library media/intervention specialist; Clara Dewey, athletic health care; Dontez Collins, math; Warren Perry, climate officer; standing - Dr. Loriann White, assistant principal; Margie Booth, health professions; Jason Blanshine, student history teacher; Chris Wright, math, Deangello Eley, criminal justice; Brendan Warner, climate officer; and George Fisher, dean of students. Not pictured are Sarah Rust, student history teacher; Rick Cohee, climate officer; and Lou Nicoletti, work-based learning coordinator/student youth activities/AP history teacher.

care and education training courses at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Training in Early Care and Education (TECE) courses are designed to prepare participants to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in an early care and education program. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. TECE I, Sept. 15 to Dec. 1, includes topics such as professionalism,

health, safety and nutrition issues. Participants will also discuss child development, curriculum planning, child behavior and working with families. In TECE II, Jan. 19 to April 2, 2011, students will learn to support children’s learning and multicultural differences as well as relationship and language development. Courses are approved through childcare licensing in Delaware; hours can be applied toward relicensure. For more information, call 854-6966.

Evening polysomnography course

Take the first step toward a career in the growing field of polysomnography (sleep technolology) by participating in an evening training program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The program prepares students to work as trainees with sleep technologists in the performance of diagnostic sleep studies that are required for the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. They will learn how to operate sophisticated monitoring devices that record brain activity, muscle and eye movements, respiration, blood oxygen levels and other physiologic events. A free information session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Delaware Tech. Participants will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. at local sleep disorder centers and Delaware Tech in Georgetown. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for employment as sleep technologist trainees. Sleep technologists are typically employed in sleep laboratories located in medical centers, clinics, offices, or free-standing sleep laboratories. The program is taught by Paul Walker, director of education for Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers. Funding through the Department of Labor is available for this course. For more information, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

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Remembering the growth Doing the Towns Together of little league in Laurel LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS

“You’ve come a long way, baby.” Those could be the words used when referring to the female population and little league. When the program first began years ago, the teams were strictly made up of males. There was never a question as to whether or not females would be considered as team members. It just wasn’t done. Times change. Viewpoints change. Little league and the entire program has changed through the past more than 50 years. To the point that for the seventh time in just that many years, the District III representative placed in the top five in the Senior League Softball World Series. And just who might that District III team be? None other than the Kenny Willey coached team and his girls from Laurel. Along with assistant coaches Robert Trout and Ashlyn Booth, the team finished fifth with a 3-0 win over Southeast in the game played at the Roxana complex. Interestingly enough many of us remember when Kenny and Robert were just beginning to play little league ball here in Laurel. The fact that they are men with daughters and sons old enough to be involved in the game is difficult to believe. Sometimes we have a great tendency to think of the coaches, managers and all of the parents of the various team members as “kids.” We forget that they have grown up, married, have families, and a few even have grandchildren. Laurel Little League has always been strong, and the credit goes to a huge number of men and women who were dedicated workers in the program. We can remember the days before the little league complex was built out on Tenth Street (it now houses a condo complex). That complex replaced the area where the program had its beginning and teams used the high school field. When my own sons began playing, the field was in operation on Tenth Street. Those were the days of the rock-hard bleacher seats that were along the first and third base lines. The concession, maintained by the auxiliary, offered hotdogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, potato chips, coffee (for adults only), and provided extra funds for the program. The concession stand was a low-ceilinged cinderblock place that was hotter than Hades, had a large open window, no air conditioning, was always busy and short of help. If memory serves me correctly, there was a minor league field and a major league field, and that was about it. About midway through each game, the fathers of the team members would “work the crowd” and pass the hat for monetary donations toward the program. Halfway through the season the mothers would put on a special “Mothers Night,” when the majors would compete against the minors. Those were the days when most of the mothers still wore skirts as opposed to slacks and not a single female would even have given a thought to wearing shorts. It just wasn’t “proper.” If memory serves me correctly, it was the late ‘60s or early ‘70s before girls were admitted to the little league program. By then, the complex out on Tenth Street had added

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Moments With Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton another field and the program expanded to senior league teams. It is difficult to believe, but there were actually those so-called adults who argued against females being allowed to participate in the well-established little league program. Fortunately there were enough intelligent adults to override the protest and a whole new dimension opened up to not only Laurel girls but young ladies throughout the nation and the world of little league. Laurel has always had strong teams, both male and female, and while it has been a long time since I attended a game (and others of my generation as well), we have always supported the program and been very proud of all of the teams — both male and female. The Tenth Street complex replaced the fields around Laurel that were used by the early little league teams. The Cliff Lee Memorial Park just north of town is a fine complex that replaced the Tenth Street fields. Females have been admitted to the program, former players are now grandparents, parking is still a problem, but some things have remained constant: The enthusiasm and dedication of people like Kenny Willey and Robert Trout remains and hundreds of others who began as gangly little kids who could barely swing a bat is still there. The principles of the game and the entire little league program are still there. The end result is that all of those young men and women who have ever been a part of the little league program have brought honor and pride to not only themselves, but to their families and this western Sussex town of Laurel. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a “Remember When In Little League Day” and have every one of the former players, coaches, managers, helpers, and parents gather out on the Laurel High football field? What a day that would be!

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Golda Williamson has had a very busy summer what with entertaining between or during our various heat waves, she enjoyed the visit of her son, Todd Slatcher, and his family from California; then arriving in Laurel for spending time with the Williamsons were her daughter, Robyn Veasey, and family from Newark. Following these visits Golda joined 75 other relatives for a Sellers family reunion in Winchester, Ky. I have just received word of a recent wedding on July 24 when Judi Ciccone, formerly of Laurel, wed Theodore Davis at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Following a honeymoon trip to Bermuda and Nassau the couple is residing in Georgetown. The Laurel Historical Society is extending many thanks to it’s members and participants for their very successful Basket Bingo Party on last Thursday night, August 24, their annual fund raising event. To the members who furnished goodies for the refreshment table (and a special thanks to Marlene Collins for that hugh bowl of cold cubes of watermelon — straight form the local Collins farm) and for the many desserts brought by other members as they can always be counted on to help with the ever popular sweets for the players. On Sept. 4, Taylor Johnson will take one big breath to blow out 16 candles on a luscious birthday cake. Her family sends love and best wishes for many more celebrations. The Laurel “Chatter Hatters” enjoyed their get-together lunch at the Brick Hotel in Georgetown on August 24. The menus were especially designed for the Red Hatters while Rosemary Suddith, as hostess, welcomed the group. Edna Sheridan’s son tells me that after recent surgery Edna has returned to Green Valley Rest Home in Smyrna, her current place of residence. The Laurel Football Boosters had a car wash at the site of Bargain Bills last Saturday morning. That was one big, bunch of soapy, wet boys! They worked like trojans getting a shine on the cars that rolled in. I know that my car hasn’t been this clean for several months. The Boosters will have several more fund raisers during the year — one at Laurel

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Pizzeria and one at the Georgia House — with funds being put to use for upgrading of the football bleachers and field. I will post ahead the dates for these events. Very happy belated birthday wishes to Dr. Pierce Ellis who observed another year last week as friends celebrated with him. Those lovely, large planters that you see gracing areas on Market Street will be planted and maintained through the year with seasonal plants and flowers. They certainly add a colorful and homey touch to Market Street and started as Laurel’s Pride in Bloom week around the time of the Strawberry Festival in May. Donations to continue with this project, from civic clubs or individuals, may be sent to Laurel’s Bank of Delmarva. Happy birthday wishes to grandson Ethan Elliott for his seventh year on Sept. 5 from Donna Cecil, with love and a wish for many more. Two reminders for the coming week, The Ruritan Barbecue at O’Neals parking lot on Rt. 13 and Sycamore Rd., Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A good lunch is promised from there. Another memory jogger is for the members of the class of ‘52 who will meet at the Georgia House, on Sept. 8 at noon. Please join the crowd if you’re a ‘52er! We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of; Ray D. Foskey. We continue with prayers for our service men and women and for friends who are ill: Terry Whaley, Ralph Gootee, Ruth Hickman, Bob Robison, Rita Baker, Ida Lee Coulbourne, Mary Jane Phillips, Eddie Melvin, Hazel Brumbley, Susan Levredge, June Benson Powell, Cecile Jones, Byrd Whaley, Hazel Baker, Rita Brex, Sandy Jones Lee, Conner Niblett, Betty Chandler, Robert Truitt, Greg Bratten, Catherine LeCates, Donald Brumbley, Jean Henry, Theodosia Gordy, Calvin Hearn and Jean Foskey. As the holiday approaches we hope for the end of heat wave weather, some cool Fall breezes and a fun but safe Labor Day holiday for all! See you in the stars.

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The Delmar Pop Warner fans were out in full force last weekend during the teams’ opening games against Seaford and Dover last Saturday in Delmar. Photo by Mike McClure

The Delmar Pop Warner Mitey Mite cheerleaders cheer on the Wildcats during last weekend’s game. Photo by Mike McClure

Members of the Laurel football team are shown washing a car during last weekend’s Laurel Football Boosters Club fundraiser at Bargain Bill’s. Photo by Mike McClure Area residents check out the car show during last weekend’s Summer Celebration at St. Stephen’s Methodist Church in Delmar. The event also featured a petting zoo, a maze and food. Photo by Mike McClure

Dick Whaley speaks during the Laurel School Board’s special referendum meeting last Wednesday at Laurel High School. See story in this week’s paper. Photo by Mike McClure

Children enjoy a train ride during the Summer Celebration at St. Stephen’s Church last weekend in Delmar. Photo by Mike McClure

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WORLD GLOBE, lights up, on wood pedestal, $35. 629-8524. 8/26

17’ LAWN MOWER BLADES, still in box, $25. 846-9788. 8/19



BABY STROLLER, $5. 8755881. 8/19 4 PC BR SET, Pennsylvania House, brand new mattress, fr. Janosiks, $3000. 6288546. 8/12 TE20 FERGUSON TRACTOR, new clutch, runs great, good tires, $2900. 260-2679. 8/12 JVC CAMCORDER in hard case, $15. Minolta Instant Camera, $5. 628-1880. 8/12 SCHOOL DESK, night stand, wood smoking stand, $100 OBO for all. 410-8832541. 8/5

ANIMALS, ETC. LG FISH AQUARIUM w/ pump, $25. 629-8524. 8/26 DELUXE KENNEL, PetMate Kennel Cab, 2-tone pink, 19x12x10, $12. Ideal for cat or small dog, used 1x. 875-0747. 8/26

Location: Horsey Church Road, Delmar, DE 19940

LIFT HARNESS for dogs, 50-90 lbs. Alternative for ramp; easy way to lift dog in & out of vehicles. Brand new, $15. 875-0747. 8/26

5:30 P.M. (On-site)

BEAGLE MIX PUPPIES, $75. Will be 5 wks. old on 8/19. 875-8284. 8/19

Friday, September 10, 2010

Inspection: Sunday, August 29 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7th from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Or contact auction company for an appointment

The first parcel known as parcel “F” consists of a three quarter acre building lot with frontage on Horsey Church Road. This lot has an approved entrance and has been approved for a mound septic system.

The second parcel known as parcel “G” consists of a three quarter acre building lot with frontage on Horsey Church Road. This lot has an approved entrance and has been approved for a mound septic system.

The third parcel consists of 22 acres of land more or less. This parcel also has an approved entrance and has been approved for an LPP septic system. This property also is improved with several farm implement storage sheds. The property is mostly cleared towards the middle and back portions with some mature trees that would make an ideal home site. This property features an abundance of turkey and deer. A great piece of real estate that would make a great horse farm, home site, or hunting property. All entrance permits, septic & well permits, and plots are available by contacting the auction company. The seller is highly motivated to sell these properties and all paperwork has been completed.

Order of sale: Parcel “F” will be sold first and the bid reserved. Parcel “G” will be sold second and the bid reserved. 22 acre parcel will be sold last and bid reserved. All 3 parcels will then be offered together and sold for which ever way produces the maximum amount.

Terms: Parcel “F” & Parcel “G” - $5,000.00 down payment on each lot, 22 acre Parcel - $15,000.00 down payment on the day of auction in the form of cash, cashier’s check, or certified check with the balance to be paid within 45 days when a good and marketable deed will be given. If buyer purchases all 3 parcels then down payment will be $25,000.00. Buyer & Seller will equally share all state & county transfer taxes. Buyer to pay the cost of preparing and recording the deed and any other costs that may occur. Failure to comply with the terms of sale will cause down payment to be forfeited and property will be resold at the expense of the buyer. Seller has the right to accept or reject any or all bids, but it is their intent to sell said property. Property is being sold, “AS IS”. 3% Buyer’s Premium.

JOS. C. O’NEAL, INC. Auctioneers & Appraisers

11112 Laurel Road, Laurel, DE 19956 302.875.5261

SILVER POODLE, Pure breed male, about 6 yrs. old; owner is to old to care for. Needs good loving home. Loves attention & to play fetch. Serious inq. only. Call bet. noon & 8 pm at 628-9901, lv. msg. 8/5

WANTED TO RENT VA VET looking to rent apt. or mobile home in Delmar area. In 60’s, references, need ASAP. 629-6504. 9/2


Empire Buffet, Inc. has on August 13, 2010, applied with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner for a liquor license for the sale of alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) for consumption in a dining room on the premises located at 22950 Sussex Highway, Seaford, Delaware (19973). Persons who are against this application should provide written notice of their objections to the Commissioner. For the Commissioner to be required to hold a hearing to consider additional input from persons against the application, the Commissioner must receive one or more documents containing a total of at least 10 signatures of residents or property owners located within 1 mile of the premises or in any incorporated areas located within 1 mile of the premises. The protest(s) must be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner at the 3rd Floor, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The protest(s) must be received by the Commissioner’s office on or before September 17,

2010. Failure to file such a protest may result in the Commissioner considering the application without further notice, input or hearing. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the Commissioner’s Office at (302) 577-5222. 8/19/3tp


Estate of Dorothy M. Hearn, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Dorothy M. Hearn who departed this life on the 6th day of July, A.D. 2010 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Carolyn Dodson on the 20th day of August, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 6th day of March, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Carolyn Dodson 89 Pleasant Hill Dr. Camden, DE 19934 Attorney: James A. Yori, Esq. Fugua, Yori & Willard, P.A. 28 The Circle, PO Box 250 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 9/2/3tc


The Commissioners of the Town of Bridgeville will consider the property of Antonio and Rosa Carannante for annexation at this Annexation Referendum. This property is located on South Main Street in Bridgeville directly adjacent to Tony’s Pizza and Pasta. The Annexation Referendum will be held at the Bridgeville Town Hall, 101 N. Main St., on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Every citizen of the Town who is eighteen years of age shall have one vote, provided he/she has registered on the “Books of Registered Voters” of the Town of Bridgeville. A person may register at the Town Hall during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. No person shall be registered after the close of business on September 8, 2010. A Public Hearing concerning the Annexation will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010 during the regular monthly Commission meeting, which takes place at 7:00 P.M. at the Bridgeville Town Hall. COMMISSIONERS OF BRIDGEVILLE

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Historical society program on T. Coleman duPont By Anne Nesbitt

On Monday, Sept. 13, Michael C. Hahn will tell the story of T. Coleman duPont and his dream of building a monument 100 miles high and laying it on the ground. The monument is the DuPont Highway that runs north and south through the State of Delaware. The program, held at 7 p.m. in the Manor house, is sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society and the Methodist Manor House. T. Coleman duPont is the great-grandson of Eluethere Irenee duPont, the founder of the DuPont Company. Coleman and his cousins, Pierre duPont and Alfred I. duPont, saved the company from being sold to a competitor in 1902. Hahn is project manager of Environmental Studies for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He has a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He is originally from the Philadelphia area, but has lived in Delaware for 22 years. He has been with DelDOT for 19 years. Hahn will be showing slides of the construction process as it took place between 1911 and 1924, showing

Photos are from the book, “Images of America The DuPont Highway” by William Francis and Michael C. Hahn. The photo above was taken in Sussex County in 1923. Notice the old Texaco pump on the right. The photo below is of the intersection of US 13 and 113 in Dover.

scenes of places throughout Delaware that look very different today. The program is open to the public. There is no charge. For further information call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.

Annual Concert Series memberships available The Seaford Community Concerts Association (SCCA) mailed their 62nd concert season 2010-2011 brochure/membership application form to last season’s concert pass holder and to those who requested to be on the mailing list. All membership applications returned and paid to SCCA before Sept. 11, 2010, will pay early bird prices for season passes: adults $50, family $115, and student $15. After Sept. 11, the price for adult is $55, family is $120 and student passes remain the same. This price is an incredibly good value for the entertainment the SCCA presents. There were several adults, late joiners, who paid full price for a season pass just to see the last and 5th concert of the 20092010 season. The 2010-2011 concert audience will be surprised and happy to see and hear such a diverse selection of entertainers, such as Jim Witter — The Piano Man on Thursday, Oct.7; Western Country Performers, Riders in the Sky on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The handsome Narducci & lovely Seiden joined as a team this year to make beautiful music on Feb. 1, 2011. John Davidson, from the big screen, stage and TV fame will entertain on Tuesday March 1, 2011. Last but not least, are the Tamburitzans, from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. A group of young instrumentalists, dancers and singers who perform in costumes representing different eastern European countries, will end the concert season on Sunday, April 10, 2011. To become a SCCA member, call 629-6184 or visit Give your name, address and phone number. A brochure/ membership application will be sent to you upon request.

Page by Page News from the Seaford Library and Cultural Center

By Amber Motta Schedule your next meeting at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center Do you think that the Seaford library is only just for borrowing books or for free access to the internet? Then now is the time to take another look. The Seaford Library is also a place to schedule your next meeting or event. We have two spacious rooms that are available to the public for use. The Molly H. Woodfuff Community room has seating and tables that will seat up to 200 persons. The Warren L Allen Family Meeting Room is a smaller room with a conference table and will accommodate 20 persons.

The Warren L. Allen Family Meeting Room is also set up as an Art Exhibit room for artists that are interested in displaying their art works at the Library. Non-profit organizations may use the meeting room free of charge (donations are welcome). There is a nominal fee for profit organizations. All meeting room requests must be submitted on the application form available at the library circulation desk. For information about reserving the rooms and regulations for their usage, please call the Seaford Library and Cultural Center at 629-2524 or go to our website for more information.

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Elderly parents often refuse a family’s help Just when you thought that a family caregiver’s job couldn’t get more difficult, consider this: Many of the estimated 27,000 households caring for a senior in Kent and Sussex Counties are trying to help an aging relative who’d rather not have help. A study of family caregivers who responded to a survey on caregiverstress. com revealed that more than half of the respondents (51 percent) said that their aging relative was very resistant to care. These seniors often object to help whether it’s from their own children or a professional who tries to come into their homes to assist. “This is a real problem for family caregivers worried about the safety of a senior loved one who might be forgetting food on the stove or neglecting to take their medications,” said Erin Lee, general manager of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Dover and surrounding areas. But experts say that keeping fiercely independent seniors safe at home isn’t a lost cause; there are solutions for them and their family caregivers. That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care network is launching, Caring for Your Parents: Education for the Family Caregiver. The program includes a number of resources that address senior resistance to care as well as a variety of other topics such as choosing an in-home care

provider, the signs of aging, long distance caregiving and communicating with aging parents. The free materials and videos are available at Why do seniors resist help? “If seniors admit they need help, they feel their independence is in question,” said Lee. “Seniors believe that once they acknowledge they need help, they’ll lose control of their affairs. They are trying to maintain dignity. Unless they feel they can trust someone, they resist change. I believe it’s the fear that life as they’ve known it will be taken away from them.” Sometimes seniors only want help from a son or daughter, which can put undue pressure on that family caregiver who feels he or she can’t call for professional help. Most caregivers can go into “crisis mode” to rally around a loved one in the shortterm, “but you can’t be totally immersed in a crisis mode long-term without your own family, work and health suffering,” according to family caregiving consultant Dr. Amy D’Aprix, who holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in social work and is author of From Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Your Caregiving Experience. The strain can take a toll on working family caregivers. The Home Instead Senior Care study revealed that 42 percent of caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caregiving. That’s the equivalent of a second full-time job.

Lee said the battle to turn resistance into assistance can be fierce, like seniors who call police when a professional caregiver shows up. “Education can help arm family caregivers with the tools they need to create a win-win for everyone.”

Help (Not) Wanted

Five strategies to help counter a senior’s resistance to assistance Following are strategies from Home Instead Senior Care and family caregiving consultant Dr. Amy D’Aprix to help family caregivers turn resistance into assistance. 1. Understand where the resistance is coming from. Ask your parent why he or she is resisting. “Mom, I notice that every time I bring up the idea of someone coming in to help, you resist it. Why is that?” Oftentimes older adults don’t realize they are being resistant. 2. Explain your goals. Remind your loved one that you both want the same thing. Explain that a little extra help can keep her at home longer and will help put your mind at ease as well. Have a candid conversation with him about the impact this care is having on your life. Often, seniors don’t understand the time commitment of a caregiver. 3. Bring in outside help. If a relationship with a parent is deteriorating, ask a professional, such as a geriatric care

manager, for an assessment. A thirdparty professional can provide valuable input. Also, go to for tips on how to talk with a loved one. If you are having problems getting through to your older adult, consider asking another family member or close friend to intervene. If you’re not making headway, perhaps there’s someone better to talk with your parents. 4. Research your options to find the best resources for your loved one. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or a geriatric care manager to research resources in your community. Or go to and click on the resources tab for The Home Care Solution, a guide for family caregivers to help them find the best in-home care for their loved ones. If you decide outside help is needed, reassure your parents and tell them you have researched caregivers and you are confident you have found the best one you can find to come into the home to help. 5. Respect your parent’s decisions. Sometimes you won’t agree with your parent’s decisions and that’s okay. As long as your loved one is of sound mind, he or she should have the final say. A note: If your senior has dementia, seek professional assistance from a doctor or geriatric care manager. Logic often will not work and other strategies must be employed.

Personal development activities available at Delaware Tech Stay active, enhance your creativity or develop a new hobby in personal development courses offered in September at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The classes are held at Delaware Tech, unless otherwise noted. Learn how to download photos from your digital camera to your computer and basic photo editing in Creating Better Photos, Beginner on Mondays, Sept. 13 to 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Release tension and stress through a variety of meditation, breathing and stretching exercises in Yoga on Mondays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. Combine the use of the mind, body, and spirit into graceful and slow movements in Tai Chi, level 1 at 6 p.m. or level 2 at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 18. Discover how to combine text, photos, clip art, sound and videos to create a presentation using a program such as PowerPoint in Creating the Great Video Presentation on Thursdays, Sept. 16 to 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn how to use the same presentation as a web page, slide show or printed page; create a presentation to take home. Learn to use a firearm properly and proficiently in Firearms: Protection and Training on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. This class is held at a firing range in Georgetown; firearms are not permitted on campus. Learn how to navigate the dance floor at weddings, proms, cruises and parties by taking Intro to Ballroom on Tuesdays from Sept. 21 to Dec. 21. Jitterbug, triple step swing and foxtrot classes are held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.; cha-cha, samba and rhumba classes meet from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. All dance classes are held at Georgetown Middle School.

Graduates of the introductory ballroom class can add new steps and improve their technique in Ballroom, level 2 on Thursdays, Sept. 16 to Dec. 9, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Learn salsa, bachata and merengue in Intro to Latin Basics, level 1 on Thursday evenings, Sept. 16 to Dec. 9, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Not sure if ballroom or Latin dancing is for you? Attend a free Intro to Ballroom session on Tuesday, Sept. 7

or a free Intro to Latin Basics session on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Georgetown Middle School. Receive complete instruction on basic golf swing methods and hitting as well as rules and etiquette of golf on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Midway Par 3 in Lewes. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.



Dad still could have moved like a Ninja at age 80 Where did the time go? It is as if I have been riding a fast moving merry go round and it suddenly stopped and I find that over 35 years have passed since I graduated from high school. If I could take a time machine back to pre-1975, I think I would treat those days a bit more delicately. My 11th grade history teacher, Mr. Crockett was right, we were in fact “eating our white bread.” Little did any of us know just how carefree those days as teenagers were. Why was it so important for me to be the class moron, as opposed to using the class time for its intended purpose of learning? Oh well, that is water under the bridge and today still remains the first day of the rest of my life. I suppose I am wasting time by analyzing the actions of my youth. My dad would have been 80 years old this past Monday. It is hard not to think of him as I recall my carefree and sometimes irresponsible days of youth. My Dad was also right in the words he used to describe how I spent most of my time. He would accuse me of “dilly-dallying” as I made my way to school. I have

Tony Windsor

So, how do you handle a heathen young’n that dilly-dallies…

yet to figure out what that means. Anytime I was out past my curfew he would say I was “up to no good;” once again, possible a very accurate description of my behavior. Then there were the people I hung around with. Dad referred to these people as “riffraff.” So, how do you handle a heathen young’n that dilly-dallies on his way to school with a bunch of riff raff who are up to no good? Well, Dad has a phrase for that as well. He would make it clear that he would “knock me seven days from Sunday and into next week.” This has a very odd ring, however,

the problem is that Dad would have in fact knocked me seven days from Sunday and into next week. There was one thing about Dad that was very well understood, he was a man of his word. There was also something that was understood about me when I was a teenager also, I was stupid. So stupid in fact, that I would challenge this man who spent most of his daily hours wearing a handgun. The fact that my father was a policeman should have given me cause to maintain constant restraint. However, for some ungodly reason, I found it necessary to push Dad over the brink of self-control. I often defend my father’s strict disciplinary rule around my childhood home against those people who call his actions, “child abuse.” It is my firm belief that any young’n that is fully aware that his father means business when he threatens retaliation for disrespect and misbehavior, yet continues hell-bent on a mission to challenge that rule, gets everything that is coming to him. I do admit, however, that it is much easier for me to defend Dad’s position now

that I am some 40 years away from those attacks from his trusty belt; a belt I think I wore more than he did. But, it is not as if Dad “picked on me.” I really believe wholeheartedly that dad did not have the slightest desire to beat me; he just lived by the “last straw” theory. I always pushed beyond the last straw and on past my father’s last raw nerve. When he finally broke from my continuous display of arrogance and ignorance, he would come at me like a medieval warrior. As young and agile as I may have been, Dad was always several steps ahead of me. When he came at me, belt in tow, it was as if he was moving under a strobe light. I could see his hands clutching the belt and see the belt rise in the air; however, from that point on it was pure Ninja precision. The belt would strike so quickly and in so many different places that I thought Dad had brought along some help. No, it was not child abuse, it was discipline and I cannot recall any time that I got it that I had not needed it for several weeks. So, in some respects, I guess Dad was more patient than I even gave him credit for.

400 Channels to choose from

NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY - Rebekah Legar of the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office and Mike Lowe, of the Delaware State Fire School, were accepted into the National Fire Academy’s “Developing Fire and Life Safety Strategies” course. Training took place from Aug. 14-20, at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. Here, Legar and Lowe receive their certificates upon graduation from the Superintendent of the National Fire Academy and Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Dennis Onieal.

Group to begin feasibility study BBP & Associates, LLC has been selected as the consulting firm tasked with conducting a feasibility study relating to a Civic Center in Bridgeville. One dozen submittals were received from five different states. The review process included evenly weighted criteria in the areas of ability, reputation, deliverables, project approach and cost. BBP, LLC from Annapolis, Md., was selected from the three companies interviewed. The selection committee included members from the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), Sussex County and the Town of Bridgeville. In June, the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD) provided a $30,000 grant to the Town of Bridgeville to fund the study. The initial perceived need for a conference center in Sussex County was made by

Linda Parkowski, director of Tourism for DEDO to the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) at their December 2009 meeting. It is BBP, LLC’s intention to anticipate functional space utilization based on evaluation of user group types, frequency of use, attendance, the competitive market position and available niche markets. Bridgeville Commission President William Jefferson advised, “All of the Town Commissioners are excited to move forward with this feasibility study. We are hopeful that the results will confirm Bridgeville as an exceptional location for a civic center in western Sussex. It would certainly enhance our businesses and our community.” It is anticipated that the project will start in early September and take approximately four to six months to complete.

You’ll never guess what I did last night. And so, without further ado, I’ll tell you. I watched a baseball game on television. The Washington Nationals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 11 to 10 in 13 innings. You may ask, So what? Millions of Americans watch baseball games every night. It is, after all, our own homegrown sport. That may be so. But with the takeover of the nation’s airwaves by cable and satellite conglomerates, watching baseball games isn’t as easy as it used to be. With a few rare exceptions, Fox’s Saturday-afternoon game being one of them, games are not broadcast on free channels anymore. And until recently, television signals that came into our household came in the old-fashioned and no-cost way: through the air and over an antenna. We got 10 channels, six of which were PBS. But no more. On Monday, a technician spent four hours putting a satellite dish in our back yard and connecting it with cables to our two televisions. Now, when we settle onto the couch for a little TV watching, we have more than 400 channels from which to choose. Not that even half of those are of interest to us. My husband programmed the remote control to skip the channels that we will never want to watch and when he was finished, there were just 61 selections left. Two of those are Showtime channels, which we get free for a few months and which will vanish when those few months are up. (For anyone who’s wondering, Fox News is not among the channels programmed into the remote control. In addition, members of my family have strict instructions that if they see me watching the news channel, they are to turn the television off immediately and send me outside. I have no doubt that they will obey, as no one likes it when I rant. And after even just a few minutes of watching fear- and angermongering on Fox News, rant I would.) We decided to join the rest of 21st-century America when our telephone company offered a combination deal, satellite television and unlimited long-distance service. We’ve yet to

Lynn Parks We’ve decided to join the rest of the 21st century

receive our first bill and verify that the amount that we were quoted is actually the amount that we will be charged. But if the saleswoman who talked with me turns out to have been accurate, it will be a pretty good deal. I don’t have a lot of hope, though, that that will prove to be the case. We were also promised that we would get our “local channels”; that actually means, it turns out, that we get ABC and NBC from New York City. We don’t get CBS and Fox at all — to watch shows on those networks, we have to adjust the settings on the television so that the signal once again comes in over the antenna. Not difficult to do, but still not what we were promised. So it might turn out that we have satellite television for just one month, from the time the dish was installed until the time the first bill arrives. But if we have to give it up, that will be OK. We lived for many years without 400+ television channels and we can do so again. I’d hate to be the one, though, who, if we decide to send the whole package back, has to break the news to that hard-working technician. The pole that holds the satellite dish is sunk in concrete, after all. And the cable that attaches it to our house is buried underground. If he does have to take it all out, we could invite him in afterward for an iced tea and perhaps, if the conversation lags, some television watching. Surely our hospitality — another glass of iced tea, if he would like — would make up for just 10 channels, six of which are PBS, to choose from.

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OHS launches teen ad campaign Lights, Camera, Action! The Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is continuing its underage drinking prevention campaign by launching a TV/video ad contest to highlight the dangers and consequences of alcohol consumption by young people. The contest is open to anyone under the age of 21 who lives, works or goes to school in Delaware. The goal is to gain a teen’s perspective about why drinking underage is dangerous and to have them explain other risks and consequences teens can face as a result of drinking before the age of 21. The official contest website,, contains all contest rules, as well as information on Delaware underage drinking laws and starter ideas. Teens participating in the contest will be asked to create a 30 second video/ TV commercial. The tone may be serious,

funny or artsy. Teens will be able to start submitting entries, via either the website or mail, on Sept. 1. The contest will continue until Nov. 1. Cash prizes will be awarded in December with $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Winners could also see their ad aired as a public service announcement on local broadcast and cable TV next spring. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite commercial online at before final judging begins. Winners will be determined through a combination of the results of online voting, and scores from a panel of judges to be comprised of both state traffic safety officials and public relations professionals. Submissions will be judged on creativity, originality and the message itself.

Seaford Mayor Ed Butler recently proclaimed Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week in the City of Seaford. Attending the proclamation were the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). From left are Helen Ruff, Joyce Zoch, Averill Crewe, Ginger Trader, Mayor Butler, Cathie Dickerson, Pam Broussard, Julia Palmer and Betty Young. Seaford citizens are urged to reflect during that week on the many benefits of the Constitution and American citizenship. Photo by Tracy Torbert

DAR promotes Constitution Week Friday, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution,

which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world. DAR has served America for 120 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America. Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs, visit or call 202-628-1776.

With the very students who will be impacted looking on, Governor Jack A. Markell signed legislation raising the minimum age for mandatory reporting of misdemeanor school crimes from 9 to 12.

School crimes age changes to 12 With the very students who will be impacted looking on, Governor Jack A. Markell recently signed legislation raising the minimum age for mandatory reporting of misdemeanor school crimes from 9 to 12. The legislation, House Bill 347, addresses situations in which young students end up with arrest records because currently Delaware requires school officials to report to police all misdemeanor offenses committed by students over the age of 9. The bill comes from the House School Discipline Task Force, which was formed last year to address concerns about school discipline that had been raised. Currently, if a 9-year-old allegedly committed a misdemeanor – which includes third-degree assault and offensive touching – school officials would be required to report it to the police and, in certain instances, initiate criminal prosecution. Under HB 347, sponsored by Rep. Michael A. Barbieri, school officials still would be required to file a written report of the incident with the superintendent, who in turn must file a written report with the Department of Education. However, school officials do not have to report the

incident to local police if the alleged offender is less than 12 years of age. “The task force found that, in many cases, by the time an unclassified misdemeanor reaches court, the kids involved aren’t fighting any more and we have used a lot of state and school resources following this law,” said Rep. Barbieri, D-Newark, and chair of the task force. “We determined that this wasn’t the best use of our resources and that there are better ways to handle some situations rather than requiring law enforcement to get involved.” The School Discipline Task Force was created in May 2009 and was charged with reviewing a more than 15-year-old disciplinary system that mandated reporting of all in-school incidents and set uniform punishments for infractions, then issuing recommendations to more fairly dispense justice without negatively impacting the school environment. The task force’s recommendations included increasing the minimum reporting age, establishing a three-step process for addressing minor school offenses instead of requiring arrest and reviewing alternative placement and in-school suspension programs.

National DUI Crackdown begins Going out this weekend? Be warned so are state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, as they join thousands of their colleagues across the country in a nationwide DUI crackdown. “The Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” mobilization began Friday, Aug. 20 and runs through Labor Day. In Delaware this means increased enforcement in the form of 15 sobriety checkpoints and 273 DUI saturation patrols, as well as additional radio and TV ads reminding people that one more drink could be one too many. Ninety-six drivers were arrested for DUI during the 2009 impaired driving crackdown. Since Jan. 1 of this year, 17 of the 63 traffic deaths (27%) were alcoholrelated compared to this time last year when 20 of the 69 traffic deaths (29%) were alcohol-related.

If you choose to drive impaired, you could face jail time, loss of driver license and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device, installed in your vehicle at your own expense. If you are convicted of a DUI you will have a criminal record for the rest of your life, your insurance premiums will significantly increase, and you will have to pay for and attend a mandatory eight week DUI treatment classes with drug testing. For more information, visit www. or visit the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) website at For more information about Checkpoint Strikeforce and all of OHS’s campaigns visit and follow updates on Twitter at DEHighwaySafe.



People Jones, Stover to wed in 2011

Megan Jones and Hunt Stover

Mike and Debbie Jones, of Laurel, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan, to Hunt Stover. Hunt is the son of Jim and Brenda Stover, of Seaford. Megan graduated from The University of Delaware in 2005 with her doctor of physical therapy and works for Southern Delaware Physical Therapy in Georgetown. Hunt graduated from The University of Delaware in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and works for Fairway Independent Mortgage in Laurel. The wedding is planned for June 11, 2011, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel.

Pritchett, Jestice to wed this fall

Christopher Raymond Jestice and Caitlin Elizabeth Pritchett announce their engagement. Caitlin is the daughter of Timothy Pritchett of Laurel and Brenda Ward of Milton. Chris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jestice of Laurel. Caitlin attends Delaware Technical and Community College for Early Childhood Education and is employed at Delaware Tech Child Development Center. Chris is a self-employed farmer. The wedding is set for Sept. 25.

Christopher Jestice and Caitlin Pritchett

Littleton, Hastings to be married in May

Kurt Hastings and Sarah Littleton

Alan and Kim Littleton of Laurel are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Littleton, to Kurt Hastings of Laurel, son of Danny Perry of Seaford and Crystal Charnock of Laurel. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Laurel Senior High School. She attends Delaware Technical Community College and is working toward a degree in photography. She is employed at Tropic Fever of Laurel. Her fiancé is a 2004 graduate of Laurel Senior High School. He is employed in Inventory Control at Penn Fibre in Greenwood. The wedding is planned for May 14, 2011. Formal invitations will be issued.


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September 14th primary

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Back in 2006 during the Delaware State Fair, I volunteered to work for two days at GOP booth in which I had the opportunity to talk with around 100 people about the Republican Party. The one overwhelming thing that all these people had to say was that they wanted the Republican Party to stop acting like liberals and to give the people a choice to which I say “hurrah.” Too long here in Delaware we have had to either vote for a Democrat or a “democrat wanna-be rino.” It’s got to be that when I vote for a Republican in the general elections anymore, I have to hold my nose and fight the gag reflex, but for the first time in quite a while we have two choices in the upcoming primary that won’t cause me to suffer those symptoms. Those two choices are Glen Urquhart for U.S. House of Representatives and Christine O’ Donnell for the U.S. Senate. I have watched and listened to these two candidates for months now and they always say the same thing everytime no matter who they are speaking to. They don’t mold their messages to whomever they happen to be speaking to in order to gain favor with a particular group not like some of the other candi-


“From walking to school to crossing the street for the school bus, children face a unique set of safety challenges when school is back in session. We encourage parents, kids, and the general public to keep safety in mind during the upcoming school year,” said Milford Memorial Hospital Trauma Program Coordinator Judi Graybeal, RN. Graybeal notes that school bus safety is especially important and incidents around school bus stops have led to traumatic injuries and fatalities in Delaware the past few years. She urges parents to go over bus safety rules with their kids. One key rule for kids is to stay aware of “the danger zone,” defined as the area within a ten foot radius of the bus. According to Graybeal, the bus driver cannot see a child unless (s)he is at least 10 feet away from the school bus. It’s also vital for kids to follow safety protocols, heed the instructions of the bus

driver, and be aware that distractions for the driver can greatly increase the chances of an accident. When walking to and waiting at the bus stop, young children should have adult escorts. And while parents and kids have a crucial role in ensuring safety, all drivers are ultimately responsible for keeping the roadways and streets safe for children. When a school bus flashes its lights and extends its safety arm, all traffic on both sides of the road are required by law to come to a full stop, and children are supposed to wait for the bus driver’s signal to cross the street or board the bus. However, impatient drivers may not wait for the full safety sequence to be completed, or may even try to pass the bus. Here are other tips to keep your kids safe during the upcoming school year: Safety rules for all vehicles • Keep arms and legs inside the vehicle.

dates that have one message for New Castle County and another message for Sussex. These two candidates are strong conservatives and believe in smaller government, less taxation, cutting spending and protecting our conservative core values. I urge all registered Republicans to get out vote for these two on September 14th. As an old style conservative Republican I’m sick and tired of career politicians. We need new tires on this congressional bus not recaps. Larry Calhoun

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Addressing the AFL-CIO recently, President Obama said: “For generations, manufacturing was the ticket to a better life for the American worker. But as the world became smaller, outsourcing, an easier way to increase profits, a lot of those jobs shifted to low-wage nations. We are going to rebuild this economy stronger than before, and at the heart of it are going to be three powerful words: Made in America.” The president’s belief that American manufacturers can help reignite our economy is exactly right. But he misdiagnoses the challenges facing manufacturers, and his policies are doing little to advance their cause. There’s no question that American manufacturers are hurting from the recent recession, but this doesn’t change the fact that in the past two decades they have set new records for output, revenues, profits, profit rates, and return on investment. In 2008, the United States remained by far the world’s largest manufacturer. The same can’t be said of factory jobs. U.S. manufacturing employment peaked in 1979 at 19 million jobs. But the jobs haven’t “shifted to low-wage nations,” as the president asserts. Rather, the lost jobs have gone, for the most part, to a country called “productivity.” Technological change, automation,

and widespread use of information technologies have allowed firms to boost output even as some have cut payrolls. The productivity revolution is a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, China shed 25 million manufacturing jobs from 1994 to 2004, 10 times more than the United States lost in the same period, according to William Overholt of the RAND Corporation. So if offshoring isn’t the cause of manufacturing job loss, what can we do to spur our manufacturing sector? The simple answer is to boost exports. President Obama acknowledges that one in three U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and yet he has failed to advance a trade agenda that would result in more U.S. manufacturing jobs and sales. Put simply, we can’t “make it in America” if we can’t sell at least some of it abroad. If you don’t believe me, listen to the former head of the AFL-CIO from 1952 to 1979, George Meaney, who wrote: “Millions of American workers are dependent for their livelihood on the sale overseas of the goods they produce. We must keep in our minds the necessity to find even more markets for Americanmade goods overseas.” We need to get back to the pro-manufacturing, pro-trade policies of the past, which many presidents have turned into political success. For the sake of those who make things in America, we hope that President Obama does the same.

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Republican Primary for U. S. Senate, a quandary for conservatives Delaware Republicans have a critical decision to make, selecting a candidate to run for Vice President Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in November. Congressman Mike Castle is running against conservative activist Christine O’Donnell for the Republican nomination in the September 14th primary. Conservative Republicans have a tough choice – vote for Castle, virtually a sure winner in November; or support O’Donnell, a candidate who shares their views, but would have difficulty defeating Democrat Chris Coons. Remember, this is Delaware, a decidedly blue state. In a recent poll, Castle leads Coons 49% to 37%, and O’Donnell trails Coons 36% to 46%. However, Castle’s support has recently dropped below 50% for the first time. Reviewing Congressman Mike Castle’s recent voting record, the On the Issues website ( labels Castle a moderate. However, a better indicator may be his rating by Americans for Democratic Action (ADA). In each of the last three years, he had a 50% or better ADA approval rating, and is ranked as one of the most liberal Republicans in the House. Castle’s record of voting with Democrats has increased, while the Democratic Party has pursued a more progressive (i.e. socialist) agenda. Castle has stated he did not get into the Senate race “to be part of the opposition.” Mike Castle’s supporters will tell you that he sides with Republicans about 80% of the time. That is true; however, on substantive votes he does not. He has a tendency to vote yes or no with Republicans on amendments, and then vote his more liberal conscience when it comes to the real issue. Counted in the 80% are votes recognizing Weber State University’s 120th anniversary and supporting “Teen Read Week.” To his credit, Castle voted against Obama Care and the stimulus package and supports the military. However, recently

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he voted for a “Cap and Trade” bill that would cost Delawareans jobs and drive up taxes, as well as the $26B state bailout bill pushed by the teachers’ unions. Like many Obama initiatives, the state bailout is patently unfair, picking winners and losers. The winners are tax and spend states that squandered their education budgets: The losers are states that demonstrated fiscal responsibility. Only two Republicans voted for the bailout. Congressman Castle’s voting positions on energy policy are strongly opposed by most conservatives. Castle voted against allowing drilling for oil in ANWR, against authorizing new oil refineries, in favor of maintaining the moratorium on offshore drilling, in favor of limits on CO2 global warming pollution, and in favor of adding $2B to the wasteful “cash for clunkers” program. He also favors making the radical Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a cabinet position. His positions on energy indicate he has bought into “global warming” hysteria. However, the issue that really makes conservatives cringe is Mr. Castle’s consistent voting record against Second Amendment rights for citizens to bear arms. The NRA grades his record as an F. Although she doesn’t have a voting record, O’Donnell’s positions are unequivocally conservative; limited government, reducing debt, traditional social values, Second Amendment rights, and adherence to Constitutional principles. David Broder, liberal-leaning columnist for the Washington Post, commented on a prospective Castle – Coons race, calling it “an antidote to cynicism.” Broder does not even recognize the Republican primary. Mike Castle must not either: He has adopted a bunker mentality by not agreeing to debate O’Donnell. Broder wrote in the Post that the Castle – Coons race would restore voters’ faith in representative government. What he really means is that there is a just a modicum of difference between the two candidates. Conservative Republicans have two options. Hold your noses and vote for Castle, knowing that he may vote against Obama, Reid and Pelosi on some of the Democrats’ most flagrant bills. Vote for O’Donnell, who is predicted to lose to Coons, and Delaware may end up with a senator rubber stamping Obama’s agenda. Christine O’Donnell may fail to acquire enough support to defeat Castle; however, if she makes a strong showing, he may move to the right. You never know, she may win the primary. Then conservatives will have to redouble their efforts to get her elected in November. It is certainly worth a try. Fred Seth


Vital Stats

Federal Debt as of September 1, 2010 at 10:13 a.m. $13,376,691,057,285 Population of United States 309,033,565 Each citizen’s share of debt $43,286 The average citizen’s share of debt increased $22 the past eight days. The debt increased by more than $8.7 billion and the population increased by 45,328. Source: September temperature records 102 degrees in 1912 31 degrees in 1947

Next to the Last Laugh Green Lies & Ham A new, updated, Dr. Seuss book: I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this speaker, Nan,

I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN.’ I do not like this spending spree, I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free. I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies. I do not like this kind of hope. I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!

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Last Laugh The 5 Percent Rule In a bid to stem taxpayer losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify. His proposal was rejected 57-41 on a party-line vote because, as Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) explained, “passage of such a requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it.” Repeat this gem again to yourself – slowly this time… I just can’t add anything else to this. Bob Wooten

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