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Vol. 4, No. 1


April 2017

Batts, invention are a hit at Home and Housewares Show in Chicago By Mary Bargion

This is the third and final installment of a series on entrepreneurs.

GUEST SPEAKER- SalisburyOcean City-Wicomico Regional Airport manager Dawn Veatch was the guest speaker at the Greater Salisbury Chamber’s March meeting. Story on page 12. Photo by Mike McClure


The month’s the Salisbury Star pays tribute to our local farmers and other members of the agriculture industry. Pages 8-11. TEACHER OF THE YEAR- A Prince Street elementary school teacher is the Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Page 4 ANTHEM OF THE BRAVE- Anthem of the Brave choir, orchestra to honor veterans in May. Page 6


Bulletin Board.......................22-23 Business Digest........................ 12 Business Directory...............32-33 Church........................................ 31 Delegate’s Report........................ 5 Education .................................. 25 Entertainment............................ 24 Final Word.................................. 34 Gee Dunsten.............................. 16 Health......................................... 29 Personnel................................... 15 Real Estate................................. 16 Sports....................................18-21 Student Profile........................... 25 The Great Outdoors.................. 21 Veronica Correa......................... 30

Not all entrepreneurial passions reside in the hearts of adults. This month’s spotlight is on a newly-minted 15-year-old who’s taken a page from the universal inventors’ book of identifying a need and meeting it with creativity spurred on by hope and persistence. April’s spotlight is on R.J. Batts of Salisbury, who’s created Tip Tough, a new product for the kitchen that protects the cook’s fingers from the movements of a sharp knife. The metal product has an admirable usefulness in the food industry say the experts. Recently, the tool made a big splash at the Home + Housewares Show in Chicago- where art intersects with engineering and industry trends are launched. Batts was featured in the Inventor’s Corner as the youngest inventor yet to debut a ware (he was 14 at the time) and given the chance to appear before a panel of pros. He spent multiple days on the floor in this well-designed but cramped booth touting his ware to anyone who would listen. He didn’t mind that he was on his feet from 8:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., slicing, dicing and extolling the benefits of his creation. His mother, Lori Batts, accompanied him and enjoyed watching her son shed the shyness that plagues most teens. L. BATTS: To everyone that walked by he stepped forward and said, “Do you want to see a demonstration of my product? “A year ago he didn’t know what word “margins” meant, now he can calculate them in his head. SS: National media caught the buzz, including NBC Today Show’s technology segment hosted by Steve Greenberg, Home Shopping Network’s


American Dreams, and an article by Steve Wolf, publisher of The Spoon, who opined that in today’s climate of smart houses and technologically connected kitchens a focus on simplicity has great value. Even the much vaunted TV show, Shark Tank, has expressed interest. How do you feel about all this attention? R.J. BATTS: I never thought I would get this far. The trade show was exciting and entertaining. I got to meet top marketers and brand-makers in the industry. SS: How did the product come about? R.J. BATTS: My father is a chef. One day he came home with a serious cut on his finger. I decided he shouldn’t have to suffer for what he loves to do. I began drawing. SS: How long was it before you saw something come from your efforts? R.J. BATTS: It was in the sketch pad for one year. Then I got involved with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and they taught me about fundraising and how to get a product to market. I also won $15,000 from a Salisbury University competition which helped a lot. SS: How do you propose to market Tip Tough in the crowded food-gadget industry? R.J. BATTS: We see it as a riskmanagement tool and we’ll target safe-food outlets such as schools, franchises and professional kitchens where younger chefs have less experience. Tip Tough can bring them more confidence. We also believe the product can save restaurants money from lost food as well as the cost of Workers Compensation. I’d love to see it picked up by Blue Apron, the meal delivery service that offers restaurant-quality food and cooking directions for home cooks. That would be awesome! SS: How long have you been up and running as a company with the humorous name of Picklehead LLC? R.J. BATTS: I picked that because it’s my dad’s nickname for me. We’ve been up for a year with 450 to 500 units out there but in June we’ll take delivery of 10,000 units from a Pennsylvania fabricator. We want it to be made in the U.S.A. exclusively and known as a good product. Tip Tough’s larger size

R.J. Batts of Salisbury introduces his invention for the kitchen, Tip Tough, at the recent Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. He was the youngest inventor there and created quite a buzz.

will retail for $19.99, a smaller one for $9.99. SS: You mentioned that injuries are very prevalent in the food industry. R.J. BATTS: Yes, an emergency room trip costs $300 to $1,000 per visit and one out of every 14 people go to the ER with cooking related injuries. Tip Tough is also great for kids who want to help in the kitchen and gives elderly people and the handicapped more independence. SS: Small prongs on the bottom keep the food from sliding around. Are there patents pending? R.J. BATTS: Yes. It has is trademarked and has a provisional patent. There will be several sizes and one for kids. We’ve had inquiries from Sweden, Norway and Germany and a woman from France bought several dozen. I definitely see the product going somewhere. SS: You must have challenges balancing schoolwork with the needs of your business. R.J. BATTS: Yeah. But my mom keeps me on task. SS: So what do you think about all this success? RJBATTS: It’s cool.



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Blind Industries and Services of Maryland creates opportunities for blind people By Carol Kinsley

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) is a not-for-profit company in Salisbury with a mission and vision of creating opportunities for blind people of all ages. “We do that through employment and free blindness skills training,” explained Christina Davis, Director of Communications. Within the blindness community there is a 70 percent unemployment rate. BISM works to change that statistic within the state of Maryland. In Salisbury a rehabilitation and training center provides free blindness training for blind children, adults and senior citizens. “We teach them realworld skills, build their self confidence and prepare them for the everyday challenges of family, school, and work,” Davis said. “They learn to travel with a long, white cane, read braille and use accessible technology.” Davis emphasized, “We focus on blindness being an attribute of who you are, not a definition of who you are. We do a lot of confidence building activities. Just because you are losing your vision, does not mean your lifestyle must change. You can still be an active member of your family and your community.”

BISM services are free, both at their Northwood Drive location and at peoples’ homes. “Sometimes people do not feel comfortable leaving their house for training, so we go to them,” Davis said. BISM has two facilities in Salisbury where textile garments, mainly military uniforms, are made for the federal government. One is at 2240 Northwood Drive, the other at 1303 Old Ocean City Road. BISM also recently purchased a custom label water bottling facility in Federalsburg where bottled water is produced for the commercial market in a variety of sizes. Throughout all of BISM’s operations they produce more than 150 products, including cleaning supplies and paper pads. BISM’s blind and visually impaired associates earn competitive wages while producing a variety of high quality products for state, federal and commercial customers. BISM’s ecommerce website, ShopBISM.com is a one-stop shopping solution for office supplies, offering next-day shipping on most items and friendly customer service. BISM and its subsidiaries employ more than 600 associates at 15 facilities in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


MATH COMPETITION - Eight members of the Worcester Prep Middle School MathCounts team competed in the regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Baltimore. Two WPS team members, seventh grader Ayush Batra and eighth grader Daniel Chen, advanced to the state competition which was held at Johns Hopkins University on March 18. The WPS Middle School MathCounts Team, including, from left, eighth graders Joe Schwartz of Salisbury, Will Mears of Berlin, Daniel Chen of Salisbury, John Arrington of Salisbury, Hunter Gentry of Selbyville, Del., Summer Walker of Church Creek, Va., Anna Dashiell of Ocean City, and seventh grader Ayush Batra of Rehoboth Beach, Del., competed at the Regional MathCounts Tournament in Baltimore.

BISM will hold a Pro-Invitational Golf Classic tournament on Friday, May 19 at Green Hill Country Club. “All proceeds benefit everything BISM does to serve the blind on the Eastern

Shore,” Davis added. For more information, visit bism. org or call (410) 749-1366. BISM welcomes anyone who is interested in learning more to call and arrange a tour.




Prince Street Elementary’s Tacka

named Wicomico Teacher of Year Christen Tacka, an intervention teacher at Prince Street Elementary School who works every day to help students in her reading groups and throughout the school become more confident and successful, was honored as the 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year on March 23 at the annual Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet at the Commons at Salisbury University. “I tell people that I love my job. I know it sounds corny but I love getting up every day and going into my school and being able to positively interact with students,” Tacka said. “Some students are not currently in my reading groups, but they are students I interact with on the bus ramp or in the hallway. I love all students who are at our school and I do everything I can to help the students believe in themselves and to let them know that they are valued. I think that’s something that is very important, to let them know that they are very important to us and that they should believe in themselves. I hope by showing them that I believe in them that hopefully they’ll be able to believe in themselves and know that they can do anything they want to do as long as they persevere.” Asked for a memory that truly defines why she teaches, Ms. Tacka said many memories come to mind from the past 22 years of her career in public education. But the one that stands out most clearly happened just this year with a girl in first grade at Prince Street. “It was very challenging when this student and I first met. One of the things she said to me was, ‘I’m not a reader. I can’t read. Reading is just too hard for me.’ And so I knew I needed to pay close attention to her as we were in reading group. “One day it was time for us to move up a level in reading and we were starting a new book, and I could see in her eyes that she was very nervous about whether she was going to be able to read this book. So I gave the students a pep talk, told them to remember all the strategies that we’ve learned throughout the school year.” As the students read independently, Mrs. Tacka leaned in to check on each one. “I was watching her read the words on the page, turn each page, and as she’s reading successfully her eyes are as big as saucers, her smile is as wide as can be … She was just beaming with pride and couldn’t stand it, and she shouted, ‘I’m a reader, Mrs. Tacka, I’m a reader!’ That is definitely a memory that stands out for me and defines why I teach.” The new Teacher of the Year began her year in style, arriving at Prince Street Elementary School for a school celebration. She was chauffeured in a classic 1949 Buick provided for the occasion by Wicomico music teacher and auto enthusiast Buck Burton.

Christen Tacka

Ms. Tacka, 48, received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Towson University in 1991, and her Masters of Education in Reading Instruction from Goucher College in 2005. She taught for 14 years in Harford County Public Schools, then joined Wicomico Schools in 2009 as a Reading/English/Language Arts teacher at Mardela Middle and High. She has been an intervention teacher at Prince Street Elementary since 2012. She was instrumental in creating a Student Government Association and a mentoring partnership between at-risk readers and Salisbury University interns. Tacka is currently the parent engagement coordinator for her school, and serves as a mentor for the Wicomico Mentoring Project. Parent engagement to support students’ success should be a goal for every teacher and every school, Ms. Tacka wrote in her Teacher of the Year semifinalist writing prompt. “There should not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach to engaging our families. I believe we should look at our own school’s unique makeup of caregivers. We need to know how to better communicate with our families using whatever means is best for them – not necessarily for us. If a large number of our families do not speak English as a primary language, then maybe we need to re-think how we communicate our school’s monthly news. [Prince Street is doing just that, posting in multiple languages on its Facebook page.] Perhaps the way we conduct our PTA nights should be re-imagined to better meet the needs of our families and students. For some of our students who may be struggling in reading and/ or math, a home visit once or twice a marking term could be an approach worth trying. Using technology to skype a conference or a workshop may prove beneficial for some of our families to stay engaged during the school year. Some of our caregivers are re-

luctant to get involved. As a teacher, I need to find the right way to reach out for the benefit of the student.” As Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Tacka represents the outstanding staff of Prince Street and the more than 1,250 teachers of Wicomico County Public Schools. Later this year, she will represent Wicomico County Public Schools in the Maryland Teacher of the Year contest. Wicomico is proud to have three former Maryland Teachers of the Year, Bonnie Walston, Aaron Deal and April Todd, working in the school system on behalf of students. Top Teachers The annual Teacher of the Year Banquet spotlights not just the year’s most outstanding teacher, but all Wicomico educators who demonstrate outstanding leadership, a commitment to excellence, dedication to teaching the children of the community, and professional achievement. This year many teachers were nominated. After rating reviews were completed by administrators and supervisors, 25 semifinalists were selected. The task of narrowing the field of semifinalists for Wicomico County Teacher of the Year was a very challenging one. Each semifinalist interviewed with a blue-ribbon judging panel, participated in a public speaking challenge called a “fishbowl,” and completed a writing exercise. Scores from each of these steps as well as the evaluations were compiled to determine the winning finalist for each of the four school levels,

with the highest-scoring finalist becoming the Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Finalists, in addition to Tacka for the primary level, are: Intermediate: Jennifer Hill, Adaptive Physical Education, Pinehurst Elementary; Middle School: Alison Wysocki, English Language Arts, Wicomico Middle; High School: Laurie Davies, English, James M. Bennett High. The other semifinalists for 20172018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year are: Beaver Run Elementary: Valerie Folsom, second grade; Bennett Middle: Kari Thomas, Math; Charles H. Chipman Elementary: Danielle Thompson, Kindergarten; Choices Academy: Devin Smith, Math; Delmar Elementary: Heather Jackson, Special Education; East Salisbury Elementary: Shannon Hurley-Wilson, Special Education; Fruitland Intermediate: Jessie Brown, Special Education; Fruitland Primary: Phoebe Horsman, second grade; Glen Avenue Elementary: Lorianne Menzel, Media Specialist; Mardela Middle and High: Cathy Ramey, History; North Salisbury Elementary: Sarah Burton, Orchestra; Northwestern Elementary: Charlie Echard, fourth grade; Parkside High: Kevin Zaczkiewicz, Band; Pemberton Elementary: Arnetta Thomas, fifth grade; Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Lindsay McCauley, Physical and Health Education; Salisbury Middle: Chris Agoglia, Health Education; Westside Intermediate: Alexis Willing, fifth grade; Westside Primary: Erin Continued on page 5

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Maryland Delegate’s Report

By Carl Anderton, Maryland Delegate

It is hard to believe that the 437th Legislative Session is coming to an end and with less than three weeks remaining, we have been working hard to make sure Wicomico County’s priorities are addressed before Sine Die, April 10. March has kept us on our toes with all of the bill hearings, committee meetings, and events in the district. There is never a dull moment and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve district 38B. This month saw the passing of the Governor’s budget in the House Chamber. We are pleased to know that all of our priorities that were in the budget are still there. We are thankful that Governor Hogan has remained steadfast in his commitment to the Eastern Shore by including the Perdue Stadium funding in his supplemental budget. However, there is still one more step to go and we are working hard to keep the funds intact as it goes through the remaining legislative process. On the 16th we had the pleasure of welcoming our friends from Salisbury University for SU Day! The event took place in the Miller Senate Office Building and students had the opportunity to tour the State House, meet with legislators, and attend the annual

ceremony honoring the 16th recipient of the Hargreaves Fellowship. Congratulations to my colleague Delegate Tawanna Gaines, who received the John R. Hargreaves Carl Anderton Award on behalf of the University. The award honors the late Delegate Hargreaves who represented Caroline County, and it encourages students to establish a closer connection to their legislators. Bill Hearings We began the month with Maryland Municipal League and many local officials across the state who traveled to Annapolis to speak to our committee in support of our Highway User Revenue bill. These bills, HB0942 and HB0946, sponsored by Delegate Gaines and myself were heard in the Environment and Transportation Committee, where I serve. It was an honor to advocate on behalf of municipalities throughout the state and we are appreciative of all of the support we have received. We are thankful for the individuals who joined us at the hearing and also to those who sent in letters of support. We had our hearing for HB0922, “Sales and Use Tax – Exemption –


Sales by Nonprofit Organizations Raising Funds to Assist Veterans,” in the Ways and Means Committee. Later in the month, we had a bill hearing for our Wicomico County Delegation legislation regarding Sunday hunting in the Environment and Transportation Committee, where we were joined by Colby Ferguson of the MD Farm Bureau who testified in support of the bill. This bill has passed in the House with a vote of 133-6 and is making its way over to the Senate! Events in the District This month included many noteworthy events in the district such as the ribbon-cutting and first-pitch ceremony for the Sea Gull Softball Stadium, the

TEC Tigers’ scrimmage at Parkside High School, Parsonsburg’s Annual Fireman’s banquet and the Tim Kennard River Run at Salisbury University to name a few. Our 2017 Scholarship Application is now available! If you live in District 38B and are interested in applying, please send an email to Carl.Anderton@house.state.md.us. Applicants must have plans to attend college in Maryland. Reach out to us! If you have an idea, concern, or issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. Our office phone number is 410-841-3431 and our email address is Carl.Anderton@house. state.md.us.

County Executive announces public hearing on proposed operating budget Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver invites all citizens to participate in a public hearing on the FY 2018 Operating Budget. The meeting will be held on April 13 in the Flanders Room of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, beginning at 6 p.m.

Tacka continued Matthews, first grade; Wicomico Early Learning Center: Freda Morris, prekindergarten; Wicomico High: Lillian Hoffman, Band; Willards Elementary: Cristin Eurice-George, second grade “For all 25 semifinalists, the Teacher of the Year Recognition Program will continue long after tonight’s festivi-

ties,” said Dr. Donna C. Hanlin, “The semifinalists will be part of a year-long think tank that will meet periodically with school system leaders to share their insights and ideas and to brainstorm solutions to issues in education. We congratulate these outstanding teachers on their success, and thank them for their ongoing service in representing their schools.”

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Anthem of the Brave choir, orchestra to honor veterans with May concerts By Al Higgins

In May, Delmarva folks will have a unique opportunity to recognize area veterans. Power Production Ministries, Inc. will be presenting Anthem of the Brave, a large community-based choir and orchestra, to honor veterans. Power Production Ministries has been presenting community dramas and original Christian & Community theater to the Delmarva community since 1992. The choir is being directed by Alice Wigfield, the choral director of Magi Fund Concert. “We have about 60 folks in the choir and another 25 in the orchestra,” said Wigfield. “The choir and orchestra are comprised of people from the shore representing 35 different churches and constitute a cross-section of local cultures. The music is patriotic and inspirational in nature and will be complimented by special effects, lasers and lighting.” The screenplay “Brave” was filmed in 2016, and will be presented among the choir/orchestra musical selections during the event – all with a focus to salute our military for their bravery, sacrifice and service. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Fisher House, a veteran’s charity. For more than 25 years, the Fisher House Program has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes

offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important – the healing process. There are 70 Fisher Houses located in the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom. “We would like to give a free meal at a local restaurant to each veteran who attends the event,” said Mary Pompar PR and Communications Director. “We are asking local businesses,” she continued, “to offer their support for this important event, and we have packages including advertising in our play program with us providing your business or organization your own color vinyl 12’ banner to be hung at the three performances. The business may keep the banner after the event and it will be tailored to that particular business or organization.” It is only in recent years that America has begun to recognize and appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of its veterans. Anthem of the Brave is yet another attempt to bring veterans into focus and the Power Productions Ministries are to be congratulated for their efforts. The show will be held at the Christian Community Center 408 Gordy Road, Salisbury, on May 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and May 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. They can be found online at www.anthemofthebrave.com, or at The Country House in Salisbury and The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

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2017 Congressional Art Competition

The 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which recognizes talented high school artists around the country, is now open for submissions. Winners from each congressional district will be invited to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. All high school students in Maryland’s First Congressional District are encouraged to apply. A winner from each congressional district will be chosen to display his or her artwork in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. “Every year the Congressional Art Competition highlights the artistic talent in Maryland’s First District,” said Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01). “I am continuously impressed by the submissions we receive and am honored to display the First District runners-up in my office. This year I am asking students to consider honoring the sacrifices of our law enforcement community, as they prepare their submissions, as special consideration will be given to works with this theme.” For full competition guidelines and the student release form, visit Congressman Harris’ website at harris.house.gov. Go to the “Serving You” tab at the top of the screen and click on “Art Competition.”

Boy Scouts to honor Naleppa

The Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America, is honored to announce that Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr.M., FACHE, president/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), has been chosen to receive the 2017 Boy Scouts of America Lower Shore Distinguished Citizen Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Naleppa on Thursday, May 11, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. This year’s event is being chaired by Bruce Patterson with Wor Wic Community College President and former Chairman of the PRMC Naleppa Board of Trustees, Dr. Ray Hoy, serving as honorary chairman. Dr. Naleppa has a 40-plus year history as a healthcare executive, 15 of those years in Salisbury, and has been the president/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and the Peninsula Regional Health System in Salisbury since 2010. Dr. Naleppa will retire in January but intends to remain in the area. Recipients are selected for their outstanding service as evidenced by their leadership to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues. The event will draw over 200 people to recognize Dr. Naleppa for her service and will raise over $70,000 to help support scouting programs and services. Individual seats at the event are $125. Event sponsorships are also available. Register online at www.dmvc.org/dcad-les. For more information, contact the Boy Scouts at 443-523-7639.

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Window World has enlarged showroom, more warehouse space in a new location By Carol Kinsley

Window World of Delmarva has moved from Salisbury to Delmar, Del., just three miles north of the state line. The new location at 36427 Sussex Highway has an enlarged showroom and triple the warehouse space as the former facility. Mike Hayman, who started the company 10 years ago, invites everyone to stop by and see the new building, even though they are still in the process of setting everything up. “We are open for business in Delaware,” he declared. Window World of Delmarva will continue to provide both replacement windows and windows for new construction, exterior entry doors, sliding glass doors and vinyl siding to the same territory — all of Delaware except the northernmost part, plus six counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, from the Bay Bridge south, and Accomack County, Virginia. Window World is a nationwide company that sells 1.3 million windows a year — all made in the U.S.A. Founded in 1995, Window World has grown to become America’s largest replacement window company. It is one of only three manufacturers that has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Window World of Delmarva is one of 200 locally owned and operated franchises. Hayman’s company sold 6,000 windows last year. “We sell and install,” Hayman said. “All our products are custom-ordered.” A sales representative will bring samples and take measurements so you

can be sure the windows or doors will fit. Once ordered, normal turnaround is three to four weeks. Installation generally can then be done within two to three weeks, depending on the customer’s location and schedule. In the busy season, which is coming soon, it can take a little longer. “Beat the rush! Order now,” Hayman suggested. Don’t let cold weather stop you. “When we install, we do one window at a time, so even when the window is removed, it won’t be open very long,” said Hayman. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, is difficult to difficult to handle when temperatures are below freezing, so Hayman is glad spring is here. “We particularly like to sell and install insulated siding,” he said. “It has foam insulation attached to the back, so insulation is wrapped around the whole house along with the siding, improving the insulating factor by quite a bit. Resistance to impact is also considerably greater,” he added. Insulated siding is more expensive, but you have to cost vs. value, Hayman said. Few builders use insulated siding because it adds to the cost of construction. “We realize people are very priceconscious. We try to offer the most economical packages available for windows, doors or siding. Our motto is ‘Simply the best for less.’” Stop in to see Window World of Delmarva’s new showroom in Delmar, visit online at www.windowworlddelmarva.com, or for more information, call the new telephone number, (302) 846-2224.

STUDENTS WIN AWARDS - Students at The Salisbury School swept the board at the Optimist Club’s annual art contest. In the private school section, students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades won first, second and third places for each grade. In middle school, students won six of the nine awards, including first place in all three grades. The theme of the competition was “When I grow up,” which produced drawings and paintings covering a range of careers from ballet dancer to scientist. The winning artworks were displayed at the Better Living Expo at the Wicomico Civic Center.Above, elementary school participants: from left, back row: Gavin Anderson, Abby Willis, Gabrielle Elliott, Raelynn Bonebreak. Middle row: Elizabeth Donoway, Rileigh Bonbright, Emilia McGrew, Reed Whiner. Front row: Henry Kemp, Alex Stevenson, Ainsley Holder, Quinn McDowell.



Eastern Shore Poultry Services fills need in three locations on Delmarva By Carol Kinsley

Pictured, from left, are Salisbury University student Fulbright semi-finalists Katherine Potvin, Matthew Jones and Hannah Ennerfelt of Salisbury and Brittany Bursa of Flemington, N.J.

SU students compete for Fulbright Four Salisbury University seniors are semifinalists for prestigious Fulbright awards that would take them on adventures ranging from conducting neuroscience research in Sweden to teaching English in Spain and Asia. Hannah Ennerfelt is being considered for a study/research grant at Uppsala University, the oldest campus in the Nordic countries. Brittany Bursa, Katherine Potvin and Matthew Jones are being considered for English Teaching Assistantships to Spain, Mongolia and Thailand, respectively. Three of the students are in the SU Honors College. Their applications are in the final stage of review by their host countries. Ennerfelt, of Salisbury, is pursuing a dual degree in biology and psychology and is planning on a career in neuroscience. With the Fulbright, she hopes to conduct ALS stem cell research in a neuroscience lab at Uppsala. “The lab is an amazing fit for my goals to research this disease,” she said, adding that she already has citizenship in Sweden, thanks to her father’s family roots. Bursa, of Flemington, N.J., is pursuing a bachelor’s in English and secondary education with a minor in art. She said a world renowned program like the Fulbright Assistantship combines her passion for educating kids with knowledge of how schools abroad function. She plans to pursue advanced degrees in international and comparative education.    Bursa hopes living in Spain also will enhance her own language proficiency – in Spanish – which she first picked up

from her bilingual mother. Potvin, of Salisbury, is pursuing a bachelor’s in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), with a K-12 certification. She said she applied to teach in Mongolia – a country that she first learned about as a 6-year-old child – as it builds its educational policy as a relatively young democracy, independent from Russia and China.  “I want to see the curriculums that other countries use,” she said. Jones, of Salisbury, is pursuing a bachelor’s in elementary education with an ESOL minor. He already has taught abroad, completing part of his internship in Tauranga, New Zealand. He also was part of the PATHWAYS undergraduate research cohort at SU studying effectiveness in math education.  He hopes to gain strategies to incorporate into his classroom and further appreciation of diverse learning environments. More than 20 SU students have won national (and international) fellowships, scholarships and awards in the past five years; three have been Fulbright winners. The Fulbright is America’s flagship international exchange program and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. SU students or alumni who are interested in applying for any national fellowships, may contact Walton at kpwalton@salisbury.edu for assistance. For more information, visit www.salisbury. edu/nationalfellowships.                                                             

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Eastern Shore Poultry Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hog Slat Inc., offers turnkey construction of poultry houses or can supply equipment to those who wish to construct their own facilities. Being part of Hog Slat Inc., Eastern Shore Poultry offers a Grower Select product line of equipment to meet all your feeding needs. Make your poultry house chores easier and quicker with the company’s poultry handling equipment such as Tong Sticks. Use of migration fencing allows you to control access to given areas of the poultry house and ensures optimal conditions for your birds. Hog Slat offers a variety of biosecurity products to protect your farm. Disposable coveralls, face masks and book covers offer personal protection and prevent transfer of disease pathogens. Synergize and Tek-Trol disinfectants and a selection of foamers and sprayers offer a convenient and effective way to disinfect vehicles and other equipment before and after visiting your facility. Hog Slat was started in 1969 in Newton Grove, N.C., where Billy Herring needed appropriate flooring for the nursery of his farrow-to-finish hog farm. He constructed his own slats,


which drew the attention of and demand from other hog producers. Today the business produces a full range of hog and poultry farming equipment. The corporate office remains in Newton Grove, with additional locations throughout 20 states. Eastern Shore Poultry Services has three locations on the Delmarva Peninsula: Laurel and Harrington, Del. and Pocomoke, Md. “We at Eastern Shore Poultry Services are proud to be a part of the Hog Slat family,” said Greg Mariner, regional retail manager. “The poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula is a vital part of our economy.” He added, “We pride ourselves on timely response and completion of projects.” Whether you need construction or comprehensive servicing of poultry and hog equipment, heating, lighting, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, biosecurity or waste management, you’ll find what you need at Eastern Shore Poultry Services. Call (302) 875-0889 in Laurel; (302) 398-0690 in Harrington; or (410) 957-6800 in Pocomoke City, or visit online at www.hogslat.com.



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Laurel Farmers Auction market opens 2017 season June 15 By Carol Kinsley

Mark your calendars! June 14 is starting day for the Laurel Farmers Auction Market’s 2017 season. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in season are auctioned by the box, bag or bin from a pavilion on the grounds near the intersection of Routes 9 and 13 in Laurel, Del., where the market has been located since 1954.


Market Manager Calvin Musser said the 60-foot by 96-foot pavilion was added about five years ago, when he first took the job, taking over for Tom Wright, who had retired. “In a way, the market dictated what needed to happen,” Musser said. Most other produce auctions in the region had

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Dean Gray, partner with his father in Robbin Gray Senior Planning Services of Salisbury, summarized the company’s purpose simply: “We are here to help seniors, or those about to be seniors.” That help includes a broad range of services from pre-retirement planning to lifetime income planning, end-of-life and estate planning, Medicare supplements, annuities, reverse mortgages and advice in making other financial decisions. Another important service is assisting with Medicaid strategies — how to preserve assets for their intended purposes when someone goes into a nursing home. (All Medicaid approved.) “We like to start with people at age 52 to 55, or at least 59 if they plan to retire at 62. My dad likes to say, ‘Most people don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.’” Dean cited as an example a man Robbin met who was 62. He was getting ready to retire after 40 years in the insurance business. “Pop asked him, ‘How are you doing?’ “He was the most honest man we’ve ever met. He said, ‘I don’t know if the money is going to last.’ He was honest about the challenges ahead. We sat down and made a road map, then he was more comfortable. “I find many people, when it comes to retirement, are like college students. They are so stoked; they’re going to graduate and take the world by the tail. Then they reach their goal and ask, ‘Now what?’ There’s no one to tell them what to do. It’s their responsibility. “Retirement is like that. You’ve been working all your life toward this goal, and you retire. There’s no gold watch. Few people have the retirement benefits our grandparents had. Now what? “Thats where we at Senior Planning Services come into play. We can tell you what the ‘what’ is, or at least

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gone from selling directly from open trucks to bin or box lots, but the Laurel market had not. “It has helped sales immensely, so far as the auction side of it goes,” said Musser. With smaller amounts offered, there is more participation from the public. Sales are up. Gone is the long line of trucks idling as they inched closer to the platform where the auctioneer stood. “We’ve gone green,” Musser said. “Sellers are not burning fossil fuel waiting in line.” Growers can bring their produce the night before or by 8:30 a.m. the day of the sale, unload it and leave it, if they wish. They fill out a consignment sheet, and the market handles things from there. A check will be ready after 11 a.m. the next day. Likewise, buyers don’t have to wait around all day either. “You can call in your order, tell us how much you want to spend for a box or tomatoes or whatever, and we’ll see if we can’t purchase it for that price,” Musser said. Order buying works as well for individuals as it does for restaurants and small markets. The buyer can just send someone to pick up the purchase later that day. Pickup must be the same day, Musser explained, because the auction does not have a cooler. Most of the produce comes directly from fields or gardens

within a radius of 50 miles, although some produce is brought in from Amish farms in Pennsylvania. Watermelons are still brought in by the busload and unloaded into bins on the platform. These melons are grown according to contracts with brokers and are bound for northern cities, even Canada and Iceland. “We are the shipping point and handle the paperwork,” Musser said. A packaging department on-site makes baskets, boxes and bins available to growers. Vegetables are sold by the box, except for corn, which is sold in bags of three dozen ears. This is the 77th year of operation for the market, which was started in 1940 by a cooperative of 213 farmers each chipping in $5. A fee is charged to sellers, but since the cooperative is a nonprofit, farmers may get back a percentage at the end of the year. The auction will be open at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays until the first week of July. Starting July 5, it will operate six days a week through August. In September and October, auctions will be held Wednesdays and Fridays. The address is 10667 Georgetown Road. The number to call to place an order is (302) 875-3147. Want to know more? Visit http://www.laurelauctionmarket.com.

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Salisbury Chamber welcomes new airport manager at March meeting By Mike McClure New Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport manager Dawn Veatch was the featured speaker during the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s general membership meeting on March 16 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. “I can’t tell you how honored and thrilled I am to be the airport manager at Salisbury,” said Veatch, who lives in Cambridge with her husband. Veatch has over 25 years of experience working in flight standards service with the FAA. Prior to that she served as a pilot, as a personal pilot for two Secretary of the Interiors and as PilotIn-Command of Firefighting missions. She also provided high level secure transportation with the Secret Service. According to Veatch, Assistant Manager David Hynes started his career at Henson Aviation in Salisbury. He has airline experience, while she has piloting and regulatory experience. She also helped develop aviation programs in South America, Latin America, and the Carribean. Veatch is looking to work with leadership in the area and have private and public partnerships. She also wants to develop educational partnerships to fill the void created by a missing generation of pilots, though she said aviation offers job opportunities beyond piloting.

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“We have to figure out ways to get people back in the air pits,” Veatch said. “The whole industry is growing like crazy and there is nobody to work

Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce to hold meetings this month The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Delmar Police Department. There will also be a Chamber Breakfast on April 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Delmar Diner.

New hub for Innovation Lab

SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business has launched a new Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Hub (formerly the Student Services Center) on the first floor of Perdue Hall. Part of ongoing efforts led by William Burke, SU executive director of economic development, the hub houses the school’s expanding Innovation Lab, overseen by Dr. Gene Hahn. In addition to the 3-D printing facilities and rapid prototyping support offered at the lab, the new hub includes dedicated spaces for idea generation and opportunity assessment. It also provides space to help students prepare their business plans for entrepreneurship competitions. Perdue School faculty and staff, and representatives from the Small Business Development Center at SU; the SU Foundation, Inc.; and others also have space at the hub to meet with students, business partners, community leaders and other members of the local “entrepreneurship ecosystem.” For more information, call 410-543-6316 or visit www.salisbury.edu/perdue.


in it.” Veatch presented a video that showed educational and growth opportunities that exist at local airports including Angel Flight, a service that flies sick people and donors to hospitals; STEM programs; tourism; recreation; and the use of airports by police departments. On the issue of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, Veatch said, “This is going to be part of our airspace. The Jetsons are here folks. Unmanned vehicles are just going to be part of what we see.” Veatch, who plans to hold an air show at the airport in the fall, said the airport is missing opportunities for fuel sales and having people fly in and stay in the area over night because it does not have proper hangars. She said a new 20,000-30,000 square foot hangar is needed. The airport is renovating its conference area to provide a meeting place

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Aside from protecting your smile, dental care ensures good oral and overall health. Several studies suggest that oral diseases, such as periodontitis (gum disease), can affect other areas of your body—including your heart. Understanding and choosing dental coverage will help protect you and your family from the high cost of dental disease and surgery. What Is Dental Coverage? Dental coverage is similar to regular medical insurance and is one of the voluntary benefit options commonly offered through employers. When you have dental insurance, you pay a premium and then your insurance will cover part or all of the cost for many dental services. Like medical insurance, dental coverage is offered in several types of plans: Dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) – Coverage is only provided when you visit dentists who are in-network with the insurance plan. Dental preferred provider organization (DPPO) – Coverage is provided with in- or out-of-network dental care providers, but you will typically pay less with an in-network dentist. Dental indemnity plan – Coverage is provided for any dentist you choose, with no difference in cost. Discount dental plan – This type of plan is a common option for reducing dental costs without regular insurance coverage; with this plan, you pay for

all your dental care at an agreed-upon discounted rate. Why Should I Have Dental Insurance? Professional dental care can diagnose or help prevent common dental problems including toothache, inflamed gums, tooth decay, bad breath and dry mouth. If conditions like these remain untreated, they can worsen into painful and expensive problems such as gum disease or even tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association, more than 16 million children in the United States suffer from untreated tooth decay, which is the most common chronic childhood disease. Regular dental exams can not only treat dental problems but can also identify other serious health concerns, including some types of cancer. Dental coverage will allow you to inexpensively receive preventive and diagnostic care. What Dental Services Are Typically Covered? Dental coverage focuses on preventive and diagnostic procedures in an effort to avoid more expensive services associated with dental disease and surgery. The type of service or procedure received determines the amount of coverage for each visit. Each type of service fits into a class of services according to complexity and cost. Services are generally broken up into the following classes: Class I – diagnostic and preventive care (cleanings, exams, X-rays)


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Kurt Schuster was among 220 incoming presidents of Rotary clubs in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia who recently attended at two-day training seminar in Chantilly, Va. The President-Elect Training Seminar or PETS is required for all incoming Rotary presidents of the 33,000 clubs that operate in over 200 nations. Schuster will be installed at the end of June as president of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, taking over leadership from Marie Calafiura at the conclusion of her one year term. He is a 17 year member of the Rotary Club of Salisbury. Schuster Schuster, a graduate of Ohio State University, is retired from a 30 year career selling and marketing animal health products. He has served with several local organizations and has chaired a number of committees during his decade and a half in Rotary. A resident of the Eastern Shore since 1975, Kurt and wife Patti are the parents of two grown children, Bryan and Michael.

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You hear it every day: businesses can’t find qualified workers, yet workers can’t find jobs. It sounds like an oxymoron, but the “skills gap” is real and growing at an alarming rate. According to Fortune magazine, there is likely to be a shortage of about 40 million high-skilled workers and 45 million medium-skilled workers by 2020. At the same time, analysts predict that there will be a surplus of 95 million workers who do not have the training to fill most vacant jobs. Although the number of unemployed has significantly declined over the past two years, we still are suffering from a significant skills gap for those workers who are

available in the labor pool. What’s causing the gap? Experts across all industries cite four issues contributing to the skills gap: • A mismatch between workplace needs and the training offered to college students • A lack of needed training for current workers • Rapid changes in technology, which can quickly make some training obsolete • A loss of workers who retired from companies with critical knowledge and skills current workers do not have A Wall Street Journal article on the topic notes that “ageism” in hiring has taken a lot of important skilled workers out of the workforce, often before they were ready to stop working. The article notes that this may change as more

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Chambers named SACC president Dr. Cathy Townsend, chairperson of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced the appointment of Bill Chambers as SACC’s president/CEO. Bill is an experienced executive with 37 years of high Chambers level organizational management expertise. He has managed large, multi-level programs utilizing public and private partnerships. Bill has been the president/ CEO of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce for two years and has represented over 430 member business organizations. He has worked directly with the Maryland Legislative Delegation on legislation impacting local businesses and has also worked closely with local elected and appointed officials. Bill’s past Chamber experience also includes past chairman of the board for the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his role at the Calvert County Chamber, Bill was the executive director of the Arts Council of Calvert County for over three years. For 32 years, he served as the general manager of The Show Place Arena and Prince George’s Equestrian Center. He graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in sociology and criminology.

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John Ferretti, the immediate past chairman of the board of Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), has been chosen to lead the organization as its next president and chief executive officer. “Following an extensive search for a new leader, we found the most qualified candidate was already part of the team overseeing the organization,” said the board’s vice chair, Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “John has the ability, knowledge and expertise to continue to guide the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s transformation into the future.”  Ferretti replaces Roy Roper, who announced last September his intentions to retire at the end of March. John brings over 25 years of executive and entrepreneurial leadership exContinued from page 14

the norm. After two years, 95 percent of the nurses were retained by the hospital after graduation, an increase from 85 percent before the program was initiated. Economists say that closing the skills gap will benefit far more than the individual companies involved. It is also projected to have a positive ripple effect on workers, their productivity,


perience as a performance-driven CEO, board director and private investor. He is known for his ability to identify and spearhead profitable business opportunities, transform operational processes, and secure capital for manufacturing and technology companies.  In addition to his work with BBD, John serves on the boards of the Visiting Nurses Association of Christiana Care Health System and the ARC Angel Fund. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA from Monmouth College in New Jersey. John will officially begin his duties as president and CEO at BBD on April 1. 

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Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed Torrey Brown of Salisbury as web programmer/analyst. Brown has held webmaster and software developer positions since 2005, eight years as webmaster at the UniBrown versity of Maryland Eastern Shore. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Salisbury University and his master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.

Women Supporting Women is pleased to announce the newest addition to the WSW team, Brandy Braxton as event coordinator. Brandy will facilitate the fundraisers and events WSW hosts throughout the year. She comes from CoBraxton lumbia, S.C., with an extensive background in non-profit work and event planning experience.

Day named CEO of Perdue Farms

Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to chief executive officer of Perdue Farms. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Day is the fourth CEO in the compaDay ny’s nearly 100-year history. Jim Perdue will continue to serve as chairman and company brand spokesperson. “Randy has more than 36 years of experience in our company, with deep knowledge of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. He embraces and drives change, and will provide the strategic leadership to make sure Perdue Farms remains innovative, relevant and trusted as we move into our next century,” said Perdue. Prior to being named chief operating officer in 2016, Day served as president of Perdue Foods since February 2015. He joined Perdue Farms in 1980 and has held various positions of increasing re-

and the national economy. About the author Mary Ellen Carter is the owner of Express Employment Professionals located in Salisbury on Naylor Mill Road. Express is a full service HR & employment agency and has served over 600 clients in the Delmarva area. Carter can be reached at maryellen.carter@expresspros.com or 410-860-8888.

Brown joins Wor-Wic

He and his wife, Tyvette, have two sons, Torrey Jr., 9, and Talven, 3.

United Way welcomes new staff

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore announces the addition of two new team members - Stacey McMichael as resource development manager and Olivia Mommé as community outreach coordinator. McMichael McMichael comes to United Way with 25 years of nonprofit and management experience. She will be leading the workplace giving campaign in the four county region, as well as coordinating donor stewardship efforts and analytics. Mommé has been involved with United Way for five years Momme as a volunteer and, most recently, as a part-time campaign associate. Her primary focus will be on working with companies in Worcester County and coordinating the Dine United campaign.

Express Employment Professionals is celebrating ten years of business on the Eastern Shore. From the beginning, our goal has been to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible find good people. Since we opened our doors, we’ve helped thousands of people find jobs with over 600 local Eastern Shore companies. Thank you for being an integral part of our success! We look forward to the next ten years of serving our community with expert staffing and human resource solutions.



Real Estate

Six reasons to consider investing in rental homes By Gee Dunsten

Single-family homes offer an investor the ability to borrow large loan-tovalue amounts at fixed interest rates for long terms on appreciating assets, tax advantages and reasonable control. Some of these characteristics are not available through other investments. Seventy five to eighty percent loanto-value mortgages are available on most residential properties up to four units. Comparatively, the stock market allows you to borrow up to 50 percent on a stock, but if the price goes down, they will require additional cash to keep the ratio at or below 50 percent. If it isn’t available, your stock can be sold to satisfy the loan. Real estate investors call getting a long-term mortgage putting an invest-

ment to bed. The fixed-rate and the 2030 year terms are exceptions to loans for most other investments, if they’re available at all. Real estate tends to go up in value over time. There can be a lot of variables that affect the price like supply and demand, condition and available mortgage money, in addition to the general economy. Rental real estate has several different tax advantages. The profits are taxed at lower, long-term capital gains rates for investors who have owned the property for more than 12 months. While the property is being rented, investors are given a non-cash deduction based on cost recovery of the improvements. Tax deferred exchanges can also be available if specific conditions are met which allow an investor to post-

SVN Land Group has announced the third release of their annual Land Report. After closing on over 40 tracts of land totaling over 4,500 acres with $28M in total trade value, Ben Alder of SVN Land Group is energized by the success and looking forward to 2017. “2016 has been a banner year for us in the dirt business and our singleness of purpose seems to be paying off,” Alder stated. The team slogan of “We Sell Dirt” was coined a few years back and has appeared on drink coasters, shirts and hats. “I even put it on my luggage,” Alder explained, “it helps me find my bags at the airport and it makes it easy to tell folks what we do.” The SVN Land Group is a business unit within the SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate Firm located in Salisbury. The team is comprised of Senior Advisor Ben Alder, Advisor Doug Williams

and Advisor Nick Campanaro. Together they work from Kent County, Delaware to North Hampton County in Virginia. “Our hard work in Delaware paid off this year; we sold over 1,000 acres through six farms and also worked diligently in Accomac County to service poultry developers working to build new poultry housing.” 2016 saw notable growth for the Land Group with the addition of Advisor Doug Williams, whose focus is in Delaware and the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Land Group regularly works on projects which include changes in land use, but believe reporting land values in this manner more accurately measures actual raw land value without being skewed by a few high valued transactions. The 2017 report accounts for transactions in six counties and over 100

Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC, a full service mortgage banker and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Long & Foster Companies, is now offering HomeBuyer Power PLUS, a new mortgage product. Under current tight lending standards, many homebuyers face challenges that make homeownership seem unattainable, including the ability to save for down payment, pay closing costs or qualify for a loan. While these factors may cause otherwise motivated clients to wait to buy, Prosperity Home Mortgage wants to help them purchase homes now. For a limited time, the company is offering a program that has many features of a traditional mortgage but with additional incentives that may help these clients become home-

owners. Prosperity Home Mortgage’s HomeBuyer Power PLUS program offers a number of possible benefits to homebuyers who qualify. These include: a program credit of one percent that can be used to reduce the down payment to less than three percent down, lower closing costs without impacting maximum seller contributions or offset a one percent discount point used to reduce the mortgage rate; and a $500 program credit to borrowers who participate in an approved homeownership education course. Qualified borrowers may also be eligible for two years of job loss protection through MortgageAssure. For more information, visit www. PHMLoans.com.

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pone paying the tax on the gain. It isn’t necessary to have a partner with most rental homes if the investor can qualify for the mortgage. This allows investor-control of all the decisions that an owner is entitled, such as setting the rent, making improvements and determining when to sell. Rental real estate can earn a much higher rate of return than other available investments while providing income during the holding period. It certainly is worth investigating the possibility with a real estate professional who understands and works with rental properties. About the author: Gee Dunsten, a graduate of the University of Maryland, entered the real estate business in 1972. Starting in residential sales, he progressed to general sales manager, then owner/

broker in 10 years. Over the course of his career, Gee has helped more than 3,000 families achieve the American dream of home ownership, and he is currently an associate broker with Long and Foster in Ocean City. Gee has been a senior instructor with the Council of ResiGee Dunsten dential Specialists for over 25 years and served as their 2001 president. Gee has co-written and developed the Recreation and Resort Specialist Training courses and is recognized as a Recreation and Resort Specialist. Gee was inducted into the Real Estate Experts Hall of Fame in 2012 and was also selected as one of 10 Top 5 Elite Speakers.

The SVN Land Group is a business unit within the SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate Firm located in Salisbury. The team is comprised of Senior Advisor Ben Alder, Advisor Doug Williams and Advisor Nick Campanaro.

land transfers. The Land Report is available online at www.SVNlandgroup.com or by contacting Nick Campanaro at nick@ svnlandgroup.com. The Land Group regularly conducts free property analyses for raw and

entitled land to advise landowners on management of their land based assets. To speak with SVN Land Group about how they might assist you, Ben Alder can be reached at ben@svnlandgroup. com or 410-543-2440.

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CONTEST FINALISTS - After receiving almost 100 submissions, the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) has chosen three finalists – one from each of the three Lower Shore counties – in this year’s Fair Housing Calendar Contest. They include: Tashira Ballard, third grade, Greenwood Elementary School; Lindsay BirkheadMorton, sevent grade, Snow Hill Middle School; and Lyric Campbell, fifth grade, North Salisbury Elementary School. Each finalist received a framed copy of their submission and a Visa gift card. The three finalists have been forwarded to the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR). Only one will be chosen for inclusion in MAR’s statewide 2018 Fair Housing Calendar. That winner will also be invited to Annapolis for a special recognition ceremony with the governor or other state official. Above, from left, North Salisbury Elementary School Principal Kathy Vail; Jesse Campbell; Realtor and CAR Board Member Grace Masten; finalist Lyric Campbell; Realtors and CAR Board Members Brandon Johnson and Joni Martin Williamson; and Realtor Holly Campbell.


FIRST KRISPY KREME – Monument Restaurants has purchased the 4,000 SF former Bay Country Meals building on Rt. 13 in Salisbury and will be opening the Eastern Shore’s first Krispy Kreme in April. Renovations are underway and they have begun the hiring process. The deal was negotiated by SVN | Miller Commercial Real Estate Advisors Wesley Cox, CCIM and Henry Hanna, CCIM, SIOR. To request a retailer or store you would like to see anywhere on the Eastern Shore, contact Cox at 410-334-3721.

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Varsity spring sports season arrives Worcester Prep girls’ tennis

Head coach- Cyndee Hudson Years coaching- 17 Last season- 6-0, 11-1 Returning players- Seniors Jamie Gittleman, Lauren Gosnear, Stormy McGuiness, Eva Parks; juniors Anchita Batra, Hope Sens, and Sammy Wolpin; and sophomore Maya Natson Newcomers- Mesa Cammack, Korina Gjikuna, Kennedy Humes, Annika Larsen, Saylor McGuiness, Abi Plylar, Molly Pugh, and Abby Taylor Team strengths- Experience and skilled new players Concerns- Inexperience in matches Key losses- Number one and two singles Outlook for season- Bright once girls have match experience

Worcester Prep boys’ tennis

Head coach- Terry Underkoffler Years coaching- Four Last season- 12-1 overall, ESIAC team champion, singles Finalist, doubles champion and finalist Returning players- Seniors Zac Wilson (doubles, captain) and Adam Pizza (singles, captain; junior Brenner Maull (singles); sophomores Will Todd (singles), Dominic Anthony (singles), Colin Miller (singles) Newcomers- Sophomores Graham Hammond (doubles), Cameron Hill (doubles), Matt Wilson (doubles), Parker Brandt (doubles), Matt Durkin (doubles) Team strengths- The singles players are very equal in strength and technical ability, should be fun to watch. Concerns- New doubles teams will have to mesh quickly to round out the lineup. Key losses- ESIAC champion doubles player Charlie Pritchard, ESIAC tournament singles player Alex Choy Outlook for season- Good team with lots of young, developing players

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Mardela varsity softball team

Head coach- Kory Shiles Years coaching- 12th season Last season- 12-0, 20-5 Returning players- Seniors Kale Adkins (P), Sydney Goertzen (SS), Taylor B. Baker (OF); juniors Leah Disbennett (OF/IF) and Maddie Parsons (OF/IF); sophomores Logan Genga (C), Samantha Lanham (1B), and Jordyn Lekites (OF/P) Newcomers- Junior Taylor M. Baker (OF) and freshmen Megan Caputo (OF), Camilla Flagg (OF), Alexa Jones (2B), and Riley Niblett (3B) Team strengths- pitching and defense Key losses- Kasey Goshorn (3Bfirst team All-Bayside South 2014-16), Baylee Littleton (2B- second team AllBayside South 2015-16), Megan Roy (1B- second team All-Bayside South 2016), Amber Lovelace (P/RF- 2016 Senior All-Star), Mackensie Disbennett (C- 2016 Senior All-Star), Maddy Catlin (CF- 2016 Senior All-Star) Outlook for season- “The 2017 Mardela High School varsity softball team will need to replace two-thirds of the starting lineup from a year ago. Senior captains Kalie Adkins and Sydney Goertzen are leading a young team that hopes to be competitive in the conference and region this season.”

Delmar varsity softball

Head coaches- Michelle Niblett and Wayne Massey Years coaching- 15+ and nine years Last season- 3-10, 3-15 Returning players- Senior Avery Wheatley; juniors Lexi Harris, Tracy Pleasanton, Shelbi Taylor, and Sydney Tyndall; sophomores Hannah Davis, Brielle Johnson, Madison Lemon, Paige Lynch, Stephanie Massey, and Jordan Moore; and freshman Mya Kemp Newcomers- Senior Haley Rogers, junior Alyssa Weldon, sophomore Natalie Smith, and eighth grader Kaegan Brittingham Team strengths- Return most of team, defense/speed/depth, Wheatley’s leadership on and off team Concerns- Pitching and pitching depth, still over half of team are in 10th grade or below Key losses- Carly Covington (injured knee last season) Outlook for season- Looking to improve on last season, competing for playoff spot

LACROSSE- Shown (clockwise from top) are scenes from the James M. Bennett-Delmar varsity boys’ lacrosse game: Nathaniel Renegar of Delmar defends James M. Bennett’s Cade Tauger as he passes the ball; Clippers’ freshman Alex Sewell looks to make a play; Wildcat goalie Hunter Gilmore prepares to pass the ball; and Luke Nestor looks to make a move with the ball during his team’s road win. Photos by Mike McClure


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Quillin, Brous receive Sunshine State Conference lacrosse honors

Lynn University men’s lacrosse players Travis Quinn and Dryden Brous were each named Sunshine Conference Specialists of the Week. Quillin, a Sussex Tech graduate and Sharptown resident, registered a career first multi-goal game to be awarded the Specialist of the Week. He finished with two goals on five shots in Lynn’s 12-8 victory over Young Harris. Quillin recorded a ground ball pickup and helped the Fighting Knights face

off crew to a 15-9 edge over Young Harris Dryden, a freshman at Lynn who graduated from Stephen Decatur and lives in Ocean City, earned this recognition in his first game as a Lynn Fighting Knight. In Lynn’s 9-7 win over Adelphi, Brous won 60 percent of his outings at the X, going 6-of-10 on faceoffs, while securing a game-high five ground balls. He also tacked on an assist, marking his first career point.

Delmar varsity girls’ soccer Head coach- Ryan Walls Years coaching- first year high school, 15 years of coaching baseball, soccer, and Pop Warner football Last season- 10-5 Returning players- Seniors Julia Johnson (Goalie) and Bashia Korten (mid/ striker); juniors Desiree Granados (midfield) and Sasha Adams (defense); sophomores Mackenzie Niblett (striker), Ashlyn Carr (midfield), Bethany Dunn (defense), Kaleigh Layton (defense); and freshmen Ashlynn Hastings (midfield) and Logan Walls (midfield/striker) Newcomers- Juniors Kayla Hovatter (defense), Monyae Alexander (striker), and Marley Ruark (striker); sophomores Madison Shoemaker (striker), Becca Wyatt (defense), and Lara Wood (mid/defender); and freshmen Ashlyn Shoemaker (midfield), Haylyn Shoemaker (defense), Gladis VanGessel (defense), and Ashlyn Cave, defense Team strengths- “We have a lot of skilled returning players this year which hopefully will result in a successful season.” Concerns- “My biggest concern is being a new coach and getting all the girls to adapt to a new style and come together quickly to have a great season.” Key losses- Injuries to Bethany Dunn (foot) and Kaleigh Layton (back), two great defenders. Hopefully they can be back before the end of the season. Outlook for season- “My outlook for the season is to make the playoffs and see what happens after that.”

Delmar varsity boys’ lacrosse Head coach- Todd Cushman Years coaching- first at Delmar, 20 years overall Last season 5-1, 10-4 Returning players- Seniors Nate Renegar (Def.), Nick Smith (A/M), and Remington Plunkert (A/M); junior Hunter Gilmore (G); and freshman Mason Lilly (A/M) Newcomers- Juniors Nick Davis (A/M) and Zach Rosenthal (A/M) and sophomore Hunter Holland (LSM) Team strengths- The team is a tight unit that works really hard Concerns- Trying to make it through the season healthy Outlook for season- Excited to see how these players come together

LETTER SIGNING- Parkside senior Juan Ramirez is shown with head football coach Brendan Riley during Ramirez’ college letter signing. Ramirez will continue his education and play football at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. Submitted photo

Delmar varsity golf Head coach- Dennis Winters, PGA professional Assistant coach- Beverly Wilson Years coaching- first Last season- 8-0, 16-1 Returning players- Seniors Grant Hardin, Troy Lambrose, and Jacob Lemon; juniors Shelby Tapman and Helen Wilson; sophomore Isaac Granados; and freshmen Caleb Bowling and Braeden Sigwalt Newcomers- Sophomores Jonathon Nibblett and Chase Breadhurst and freshmen Brodie Compton and Connor Woroniecki Strengths- 2016 Henlopen South champions, Wilson placed third in state finals; top four players Lambrose, Lemon, Tapman, and Wilson Concerns- Who will round out the top six for matches? Outlook for season- Looking to win Henlopen South for fourth year in a row, going for Henlopen conference championship, return to state tournament

Delmar varsity baseball

Head coach- David Hearn Years coaching- 26th Last season- 6-7, 10-8 Returning players- Seniors Jimmy Adkins (P/SS), Isaac Austin ©, Damarius Kelly (OF), and Christian Murphy (P/OF); juniors Jordan Haddaway (P/SS) and Chris Richardson (P/C/1B); sophomore Trey Parsons (OF) Newcomers- Junior Seth Compton (P/OF); sophomores A.J. Angelo (2B) and Matt Rodriguez (P/3B); freshmen Khalil Beasley (P/OF), Gabe Rincon (P/1B), Hunter VonArx (P/SS), Jacob VonArx (P/2B/C); and eighth grader Dylan Pasta (P/OF) Team strengths- Team speed and pitching depth Concerns- Hitting and scoring Key losses- Hunter Frey (P/1B), Cade Pusey (P/3B), Tim Ward (P/2B) Outlook for season- Will have to find ways to score and work as a team defensively to be competitive in conference play.



Salisbury University sports notes

The Capital Athletic Conference league office released weekly honors for the week ending March 12. Salisbury senior pitcher Jeff Oster earned conference recognition as he was named CAC Pitcher of the Week. Oster turned in a solid performance in Salisbury’s first CAC game of the season against St. Mary’s College of Maryland on March 12 picking up his second win of the season. He went seven innings allowing just five hits and an earned run with no walks. Oster totaled 10 strikeouts for the second straight game taking a perfect game into the top of the fifth inning and recording seven strikeouts against the first 14 batters he faced overall. Men’s lacrosse- Salisbury University men’s lacrosse junior Kyle Tucker was named the Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Tucker and the Salisbury defense had a lock down performance against Washington (Md.) College as the Shoremen only mustered three shots on cage all game. The first goal for the Shoremen came in the final minutes of the dominant defensive performance. Washington College came into the game averaging 11.80 goals per contest before putting up the lone tally against Salisbury. Also, in the 51 all-time meetings between Salisbury and Washington College, the one goal is the lowest total either side has scored in a game. In the win, Tucker had a game-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Going into the game, Tucker had accumulated seven groundballs and four caused turnovers all season. Senior Andrew Ternahan was named the Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The Sea Gulls opened up CAC play with a 17-5 win over the University of Mary Washington where Ternahan and the defense held the visitors to just nine shots on cage. Also in the contest, faceoff man Duncan Campbell went 14-for-20 from the faceoff X with Ternahan as a big part of the success as one of the wingers on the faceoffs. Individually, Ternahan accounted for eight groundballs and five caused turnovers in the victory. Ternahan now sits at 39 groundballs (fourth in the CAC) and 17 caused turnovers (second in the CAC) for the season. Softball- Salisbury University junior LeAnne Collins was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Collins hit .636 in Salisbury’s six games last week, leading the team to four wins, notching 14 hits, seven of which went for extra bases. The Sparks, Md. native had four triples in the span of two days, and now has seven for her career, which is tied for eighth in program history. On Sunday, she hit for the cycle in a 9-2 win against the State University of New York at New Paltz,

with the home run being an in-the-park homer for her first home run of the year. Collins drove in 10 runs during the week, even more impressive coming from her leadoff spot in the batting order. She scored 10 times and picked up a stolen base. Collins was named the Louisville Slugger Division III Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Track and field- Salisbury University track and field junior Alison Schwartz earned Capital Athletic Conference recognition as the runner of the week for the week ending March 18. Schwartz turned in an impressive performance at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Schwartz captured a fourthplace finish in the 10,000-meter run finishing only behind two runners from the University of Illinois and an unattached runner, Zola Budd Pieterse, a former Olympic runner. Schwartz posted a time of 38:29.99 which shattered the former Salisbury school record set back in 1997 by Vicki Huchko, who posted a time 38:44.5. It was also Schwartz’s first time competing in the event. Men’s tennis- Freshman Patrick MacLean was named the CAC Player of the Week for the week ending March 19. MacLean helped Salisbury to a pair of wins, topping Hampden-Sydney College and St. Lawrence University in a pair of neutral site contests. MacLean won his two singles matches, earning a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 3 against Hampden-Sydney, while going for a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 win at No. 4 against St. Lawrence. In doubles play, the Crownsville, Md. native also grabbed two wins, both at the No. 2 spot. With classmate Matthew Ryan, he won 9-8 against Hampden-Sydney and picked up an 8-6 win with senior teammate Grant Hudson against St. Lawrence. Sports performance- For the second year in a row, Salisbury University Coordinator of Sports Performance Matt Nein was honored as one of four finalists for the National Strength and Conditioning Association College Strength Coach of the Year award. Nein was the lone Division III finalist for the award which is bestowed upon an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) to recognize their dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and ef-

fective science-based programs. Nein is regularly traveling to speak at conferences and appears on podcasts and webinars in addition to his duties with the Sea Gulls. Nein joined the Salisbury family in 2004 and has consistently grown SU Sports Performance into a successful program that has allowed its graduate assistants and interns to gain the experience to move to other premier programs. The SU program has sent former students to programs such as University of Alabama, University of Maryland, College Park, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina State University, Eastern Michigan University, the Boston Red Sox, and many more. Fundraiser- The Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team hosted the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, March 18 for the team’s eighth annual Lax 4 Leukemia Youth Day and far surpassed its goal to raise $8,500. The annual silent auction was a big hit with local and national businesses donating items to be auctioned off. The combination of the silent auction and various donations raised $11,136 with all of the proceeds going directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland. Pro football- Most NCAA studentathletes will not have the chance to take the next step in their sport and play at the professional level, but for Salisbury University alumnus Isaiah Taylor, he is one of the lucky few. Taylor, who played football from 2012-15, has signed a contract to play professionally for the Corpus Christi Rage of the National Arena League. As a stand out offensive player for Salisbury, Taylor played both slot and wide receiver in his career, rushing for 346 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 67 passes in three years for 1,555 yards and 15 touchdowns, playing at the wide receiver position primarily his senior season, where he caught 33 passes for seven of the touchdowns. Taylor was an honorable mention all-conference performer in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in 2012 and 2013, and was named to the All-New Jersey Athletic Conference Second Team in 2015. The National Arena League is playing its first season in 2017, and teams will play a 12-game schedule. The Rage began their season on Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. (eastern time) at the Monterrey Steel, in Mexico.The closest Taylor and the Rage will be to the Eastern Shore is an April 29 contest at the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, played at the PPL Center in Allentown, Penn. 200th win- The Salisbury University women’s tennis team earned a 9-0 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) College at the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center, and in the process garnered the 200th career win for head coach Randy Halfpap. The milestone win comes in

Halfpap’s 18th season as the Salisbury head coach and brings his career record with the program to 200-95 overall. Men’s basketball- The Capital Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball awards for the 2016-17 season and for just the second time in program history, the Sea Gulls had three players earn all-conference honors. Seniors Wyatt Smith and Justin Witmer were each named to the first team and classmate Gordon Jeter earned second-team accolades. This is Smith’s second first-team honor in two years in the maroon and gold. The forward currently stands fifth in the CAC in points per game, averaging 15.5 per game, while pulling in 8.2 rebounds per game and blocking 1.7 shots per game, which both rank third in the CAC. He leads the team in all three categories. Despite playing just two years at Salisbury, after transferring, Smith has scored 786 points, and ranks in the top 10 in program history in both rebound and offensive rebound averages and is sixth in program history with 75 blocks. Witmer is scoring 11.6 points per game this season, which is third on the team, and ranks 19th in the CAC making 40.6 percent of his three-point attempts. This season, Witmer hit the 1,000-point plateau for his career on February 4, 2017, fittingly on a threepointer. Witmer ranks fourth in program history in the three-point field goals made, having connected 193 times from outside. Witmer and Smith join Ray Williams (2005-06 and 2006-07) as the only Sea Gulls to be named to the first team twice and this is only the third time the Sea Gulls have landed two players on the first team in the same season. Jeter has been an all-around asset for the Sea Gulls this season, averaging 9.6 points to go with seven rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Jeter also hit the 1,000-point mark this year and ranks ninth in program history in rebounds with 706, is tied for fifth in offensive rebounds with 254, and is just behind Smith in seventh having blocked 67 shots over four years. Smith was also named to the D3hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Middle Atlantic District second team. He ranked in the top five in 10 different statistical categories in the Capital Athletic Conference, finishing second in the league in double-doubles and total rebounds. Women’s basketball- Salisbury University women’s basketball senior Lauren Rothfeld was named to the AllCAC first team by the Capital Athletic Conference. Rothfeld led the CAC with 16.3 points per game and 3.8 steals per game as the Sea Gulls’ go to player. Rothfeld also ranks fourth in the CAC in rebounds with 204, fourth in offensive

SALISBURY STAR • APRIL 2017 rebounds with 70, and 10th in threepoint percentage, hitting 31.4 percent of her tries. The first-team honor marks Rothfeld’s first All-CAC honor. During her senior season the Dresher, Penn. native was twice named the CAC Player of the Week. Rothfeld’s first Player of the Week nod came for the week ending Dec. 4 when she went for 16.5 points per game over two CAC wins for the Sea Gulls. The next honor came on the week ending Feb. 5, after averaging a double-double on the week with 19.5 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game all while going 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) from the field. Rothfeld concludes her career in the maroon and gold with 968 points, 575 rebounds, 233 steals, and 170 assists as an everyday contributor since her freshman season. Rothfeld has also been selected to represent Team USA this upcoming July in Israel in the 20th annual World Maccabiah Games on the Maccabi USA women’s basketball team, Maccabi USA Women’s Basketball Chairman Donna Orender, Head Coach Sherry Levin, and Assistant Coach Jennifer Cosgrove announced. Rothfeld was one of 12 women’s basketball players selected to the squad that will compete in the annual games. Of the 12-player squad, Rothfeld is one of just five nonDivision I players. Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will join the 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports. This year’s games will take place from July 4 through July 18. Indoor track and field- Salisbury University had nine runners and athletes earn recognition for their performance in the CAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. For the Women’s team, sophomore Jamie Farley and senior Meghan McGowan led the way for Sea Gulls on the women’s side as each of them earned All-CAC First-Team honors. Farley captured her first first-team selection after her performance in the 400-meter dash. Farley got a first-place finish in the event crossing the finish line in a time of 59.32 seconds. McGowan earned her third consecutive individual championship and first-team selection in the high jump. McGowan posted a jump of 5’ 8.50” to win the title while also breaking her own school record she set less than a month prior, breaking the CAC meet record, and CAC record overall. Her jump also ranks her second in all of Division III Indoor Track & Field as well. Kyleigh Dumas, who was competing in her first CAC championships, was named All-CAC Second Team after her second-place finish in the pole vault. Dumas cleared the bar at a height of 10’ 10” to beat out four of her team-

mates and finish just under three inches behind first. Six different members of the maroon and gold earned All-CAC honors on the men’s side for their outstanding performances at the championships. Eric Halton and Zach Schmelz swept the 400-meter dash finishing first and second respectively. Halton earned his first All-CAC First-Team selection with his victory in the 400, crossing the finish line in a time of 49.90 seconds. Schmelz would finish just fractions of a second behind his teammate crossing the finish line in a time of 50.57 seconds to place second and earn a secondteam nod. The 4x400-meter relay team of Schmelz, Halton, Justin Moultrie, and Alex Hardman garnished first-team honors after their first-place finish. The team combined for a time of 3:22.91 to earn the victory by four one hundredths of a second. Duncan Ferrin earned his first All-CAC First-Team accolade with his victory in the weight throw. Ferrin posted a throw of 52’ 4.75” to earn the win. Junior Matthew Adedeji rounded out the list of honorees earning his second consecutive All-CAC Second-Team honor. Adedeji finished second in the triple jump posting a jump of 45’ 3.50”. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the AllRegion honorees for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season. Seven different Sea Gulls earned recognition for their performances during the season as they were named to the Mideast All-Region team. Both Adedeji and Duncan Ferrin were recognized for their outstanding seasons in the field events. Adedeji finished second in the triple jump at the Capital Athletic Conference championships while also breaking the school record in the triple jump earlier in the season at the Vince Brown Invitational. Halton was also honored for his performance in the 400-meter dash as was the 4X400 meter relay team. Senior Meghan McGowan was honored on the women’s team for her performance this indoor season. McGowan broke the school high jump record twice this season as well as breaking the Capital Athletic Conference meet record at the 2017 CAC Championships and broke the CAC overall meet record. On the final day of the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships both Halton and McGowan turned in impressive performances in their respective events. Halton finished third in the 400-meter dash while McGowan tied for sixth in the high jump. “I feel so blessed to achieve third place from barely qualifying for nationals,” Halton said. “I am honored to run as a representative for my school against so many other incredible athletes.” McGowan finished in a tie for sixth place after clearing the bar at a height


April marks opening of Rockfish season The Great Outdoors By Al Higgins

It’s April, and in this part of the world that means the season for catching giant rockfish is upon us. April 15th marks the season opener of the spring trophy rockfish season, which runs through May 15th. Anglers are allowed to take one fish per day, with a minimum length of 35 inches. Note: That is take one fish per day; not catch. The reason this is important is as anglers we do not have to take; or kill; every big fish we catch. After being caught, rockfish can be safely returned to the water to spawn and fight again some other time. Striped bass (rockfish) can live 20 years or more and each time a mature female enters the Bay she deposits hundreds of thousands of eggs, to ensure the continuance of this remarkable species. Every time we kill a mature female we are removing a very valuable resource. When an angler catches a giant rockfish and wants to take it to his taxidermist who can argue with that? But too often these big beautiful fish are brought home, only to be shown off, with just a fillet or two being reserved for the freezer. Few could argue that the smaller males are much better on the table, and they will still be in the Bay when the regular rockfish season kicks in on May 16. When the season opens the vast majority of anglers will be trolling various contraptions behind their boats. Some favor old time favorites like umbrella rigs or anything that resembles a school of baitfish. Others prefer dragging a single lure, such as a deep diving Bombers or DJ-30’s, maybe even a Mann’s

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20+. A common mistake by many fishermen is to rig the lure so that it simply follows behind the boat, well clear of the bottom. There is a better way. Rockfish are predators and they are hardwired to attack when they see a baitfish in trouble. For that reason, try using a lure that will make contact with the bottom from time to time. By doing so the lure will kick up a small cloud of sand upon contact and it will always change direction when it hits something hard. What this means to a predator is that the lure (baitfish) is in trouble and ripe for the taking. Sure, you may lose a lure or two if you get hung-up on a rock pile or a long ago lost crab pot, but the increase in action will make it all worthwhile. As mentioned previously, many of the rockfish have been coming to the Bay for years and they have seen it all, when it comes to baits and lures. Try doing something just a little bit different than the other guy and you might be pleasantly surprised by the result.

Registration Open for Jr. Eastern Shore Golf League

The Jr. Eastern Shore Golf League is back for 2017, and registration is open now. The league, for boys and girls ages 9-18, will run from April 24-June 15 on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. There will be three age divisions: 9-11, 1214 and 15-18. The program will be held at different golf courses: Nutters Crossing, Green Hill Country Club, Great Hope Golf Course, the Elks Lodge, Horse Bridge Golf Course (ages 9-11 only) and other courses if necessary. Participants ages 9-11 will receive instruction on Mondays. Registration is open through April 14 and is $50 per person plus $5 due at the course. Participants must provide their own equipment.  Registration is available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and online at www.WicomicoRecandParks.org. Contact Brian Workman at 410-548-4900 x105 or bworkman@wicomicocounty. org. of 5’ 6.50”. With the finish McGowan earned All-American honors in the high jump for the third consecutive season. “You can’t really ask for much more and I am so happy to represent my team and school and get on the podium,” McGowan said. “It feels so amazing to earn All-American honors for the third straight season after all the hard work I have put in during the entire season both in meets and in practice. I couldn’t

feel happier or prouder of myself.” Sophomore Michael Millemann was named CAC Field Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 4. Millemann captured a first-place finish in the javelin at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted annually by Salisbury University. Millemann earned the victory with his throw of 161’ 10” beating the second-place finisher by over 20 feet.

Community Bulletin Board


Civil War Heritage Day


Delmar Alumni Banquet

Enjoy Civil War Heritage Day at Allen Community Hall, 26575 Collins Wharf Rd., Allen, on Saturday, April 22. This is a free event and the public is welcome. Vendors with local crafts and food from the Civil War period will be for sale. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch. There will be soldiers from the Sons of Confederacy and Union, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, crocheted rugs, local authors of Civil War books, exhibitors with Civil War weapons, medical equipment and more. Wear your Civil War attire and bring the kids. If you missed our Civil War in Allen play last year, copies of the DVD will be available to purchase. Proceeds from food sales will go toward the restoration of the Huffington/Pollitt house, future home of our museum. Contact John Culp at 410-546-2043 or oldejay@aol.com for more information.

The 15th Annual Delmar Alumni Association banquet will be held on Saturday, April 22, at the Delmar Fire Hall. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a ham, fried chicken and crab cake dinner. A special highlight of the evening will be introduction of the 2017 scholarship recipients. As in past years, Chinese, silent, and live auctions will be held, and all monies collected from the auctions will go directly to the student scholarship fund. Donated items are needed for these auctions. If you have any questions or if you have an item you would like to donate, contact Diana Nero Dean at 302-846-9592. Pickup can be arranged if desired. Cost is $25 per person. Advance registration is required by Monday, April 10. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Reservation forms are available at www.delmaralumni.net or by calling Gary Riley at 302-846-3846.

Unmanned aircraft systems course

Cowan to discuss works

Anyone interested in the next Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training course being offered by the continuing education and workforce development division at Wor-Wic Community College has until April 15 to apply. The course will be offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 5-30, at the college campus in Salisbury. The course introduces students to the history of unmanned aircraft systems, and current and future developments in civil and military operations. Topics covered include unmanned vehicles, communication, navigation, launch and recovery, control stations, payloads and support equipment. Aviation regulatory system and integration, safety and human factors, ethical and legal issues, and the future of UAS will also be covered. Students also receive in-class flight simulator experience in a computer laboratory in order to reinforce classroom learning and prepare them for hands-on field experiences. Tuition is free, but applicants must go through a selection process and space is limited. For more information, visit www. worwic.edu or call 410-334-2815. To be considered for the training, visit the training programs section on the Quality Staffing Services website at www. easternshorejobs.com or call them at 410-742-2600.

Delmar Alumni meeting

Delmar Alumni Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3, in the library at Delmar High School. Members are encouraged to attend this meeting where election of the 2017-18 officers will be held.

Glass sculptor Amber Cowan discusses her works and career during an artist talk 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Conway Hall Room 153. Cowan reworks vintage pressed glassware produced by some of the best known — but now defunct — American companies from the 1940s-1980s, reincarnating them into opulent abstractions. Through her work, she tells the story of the rise, glory and demise of U.S. glassware manufacturing and its influence on society. Earning her M.F.A. in ceramics and glass from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Cowan has exhibited at venues including SOFA Chicago; the Robert Lehman Gallery of Brooklyn, NY; and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Sponsored by SU Art Galleries, admission to her talk is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410-548-2547 or visit www.salisbury. edu.

Free US census workshop

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) will host a workshop designed to show local nonprofits how to benefit from data from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Foundation’s offices in Salisbury. “Whether you’re conducting a needs assessment, producing a community profile, a program evaluation, or applying for a grant, credible statistics give you the ability to tell your story with more insight, credibility and creativity,” said Erica Joseph, CFES President. The Census Bureau releases statistics annually about communities for more than 69 indicators. Their website also provides access to this data using several online tools. In addition

to learning how to leverage Census figures, nonprofit attendees will learn more about the Maryland ALICE report, a statewide project that began last year with the United Way to quantify the number of households in Maryland who are living above the poverty level, but still struggling every day to make ends meet. Amy Luppens, of the United Way Lower Eastern Shore, will provide a brief breakdown of area information to help identify those barriers and challenges that ALICE households face. This information is beneficial to the nonprofit community when sourcing grant funding and planning programing to meet local needs in the community. Nonprofit organizations wishing to register for the workshop should visit www.cfes.org.

Annual Lions golf tournament

The 24th Annual Delmar Lions Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 14, at Nutters Country Club in Salisbury. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., start is at 9:30. The tournament is a two person scramble with a max of 25 for handicap. Fee is $80 per person and includes golf, cart, lunch after play and prizes. For more details or registration form, contact Dave Burton at 302-8469860 or Doug Carey 443-783-7355. Deadline for entry is Friday, April 7.

‘The Fourth Light Project’

Electro-acoustic group Niyaz presents “The Fourth Light Project” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall Auditorium. Free tickets are available at the Guerrieri University Center Information Desk. Blending acoustic and electronic music, the group mixes poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with 21st-century global and trance music in its latest album, The Fourth Light. The live musical and sacred dance performance is presented with interactive technologies, and advanced projection and body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. For more information, call 410-5436271 or visit www.salisbury.edu.

Garden Club spring luncheon

The Town and Country Garden Club of Salisbury is hosting a spring luncheon, “Spring Splendor,” on Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m., at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Visiting members of area garden clubs will create floral designs, which will be auctioned at the event. Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Rita Willey Crocket at 443-614-2029 or Yvonne Matthews at 410-742-7013 by Wednesday, April 5, for reservations.

Aachen Guitar Duo

The Aachen Guitar Duo performs at Salisbury University 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Comprised of Julian Walter-Nuberger and Martin Friese, the duo joins SU as artists-in-residence this spring, providing students the opportunity to work with emerging international performers in a musical and cultural exchange. The duo was formed in 2013, when both were students at the esteemed Conservatory in Aachen, Germany. Since then, their performances have earned top prizes at competitions including the International Guitar Festival Gevelsberg. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410-5485588 or visit www.salisbury.edu.

Philosophy Symposium

Salisbury University’s 37th annual Philosophy Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Conway Hall Room 153. This year’s theme is “Just Kids? What Philosophy Can Do for Children and What Children can Do for Philosophy.” Guest speakers include Michael Burroughs, associate director of Penn State University’s Rock Ethics Institute; Claire Katz, professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University; and Megan Laverty, associate professor of Philosophy and Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. They attempt to answer questions including “Can children actually do philosophy, and should they?”; “What can adults learn from children about philosophy?”; and “Does philosophy in schools benefit children, teachers and the wider community, and, if so, how?” The morning session features speaker presentations. The afternoon includes a panel and open discussion. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410677-5070 or visit www.salisbury.edu.

Go Wild about Reading at the Zoo

Salisbury Zoo and the Eastern Shore Reading Council have partnered with a variety of community organizations to offer a fun evening at the Zoo on Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Children will learn about zoo animals through a variety of literacy activities. Activities will be offered for preschool (ages 3-4), primary students (K-2nd), and intermediate students (3rd-5th). This is a great way to get information on summer reading programs from local libraries. There will be many opportunities to explore literature through local community groups. Local authors will be at the event to sell and talk about their books. All children must be accompanied

SALISBURY STAR • APRIL 2017 by an adult. The event is free to the public but registration is required. A registration form is available online at www.salisburyzoo.org. Rain date is April 13.

Presentation by Kristen Anchor

Salisbury University Art Galleries offers the second presentation of its Seeing Sound Series, highlighting contemporary artists working with live sound and visuals, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Conway Hall Room 317. The event, “Everyman as Anyman, or Putting On, On, On, On, On,” features artist Kristen Anchor’s interpretation of Esta Nesbitt’s 1969 multimedia performance work demonstrating “the media bombardment surrounding ‘everyman’ today” as a live, multi-channel video performance. The digital interpretation was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in 2015. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410548-2547 or visit www.salisbury.edu/ universitygalleries.

Dr. Gratton to present at SU

Salisbury University’s spring Environmental Studies Colloquium Series culminates with the presentation “Landscape Simplification and Pollinators: Can We Design Agricultural Systems and Maintain Ecosystem Services?” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium. Dr. Claudio Gratton, professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin and principal of its Gratton Lab for the Landscape Ecology of Insects, discusses how increasing demands for food and fuel have led to the “simplification” of the agricultural landscape. Through this trend, natural and seminatural areas have been removed or reduced, while monocultures of annual crops have increased. Gratton also delivers the presentation “Insect Carcasses Link Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems: Lessons from the Subarctic” as part of SU’s Biology Seminar Series 4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Henson Science Hall Room 213. During that discussion, he speaks on his lab’s experimental studies at the margins of lakes and land in Iceland that show insects represent a relatively large contribution to terrestrial ecosystem influxes, despite their small size. These insects also can affect food web interactions on land. A cookies-and-coffee reception precedes the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Henson Science Hall Room 213. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410543-8105 or visit www.salisbury.edu.

Register for summer camps

Registration is open for Wicomico County Recreation programs, Kids Klub Summer Escape and Pemberton Park Nature Camp. Each camp offers

10 weeks of different themes. The programs run from June 19-Aug. 25, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids Klub Summer Escape is for children ages 5-13. Cost is $120 per week for full-time participants and $95 per week for part-time participants. Purchase of Care is accepted and scholarship opportunities may be available. During the first eight weeks, Kids Klub Summer Escape will be held at Delmar Elementary, North Salisbury Elementary and Westside Intermediate schools, and during the last two weeks, camp will be held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. There are optional weekly field trips at the cost of $20/trip. Pemberton Park Nature Camp is for children ages 6-14. The cost per week is $150 and the camp will be held at Pemberton Historical Park. Registration is available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office, online at www.WicomicoRecandParks.org for Kids Klub Summer Escape and at www.PembertonPark. org for Pemberton Park Nature Camp. For more information, contact Cortney Kline at 410-548-4900, ext. 109 or ckline@wicomicocounty.org.

Tango Lovers

The powerful Latin music and movements of Tango Lovers returns to Salisbury University 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. The group achieves harmony between tango salon and tango show styles, proposing a different perspective of the genre that shows its evolution over time. Tango Lovers mixes wardrobe, dance and songs to give the audience a taste of the rhythm of Buenos Aires during the first half of the show. In the second, it offers a modern view of the dance, inspired by the vortex of big cities and relationships among people, while displaying avant-garde aesthetics. Admission is $15, $10 for SU students, faculty and staff with ID (limit one per student). Advance tickets are available at the Guerrieri University Center Information Desk.

Heritage Council meeting

The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council invites the public to their 17th Annual Luncheon Meeting & Heritage Awards “Through the Lens - Cultural Adventures,” on Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m., at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Flanders Room. Keynote speaker will be Edwin Remsberg, renowned international photographer and author. Remsberg, www. remsberg.com, is best known for his environmental portraits and projects focused on agriculture and Maryland. His photos appear regularly in regional and national magazines, including Life magazine. There will be also be a special presentation from Maryland Traditions to Trimper’s Amusements.


PERCUSSION FESTIVAL - The Salisbury University Music, Theatre and Dance Department hosts the 2017 Salisbury Percussion Festival: SPF 17 Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. The SU Percussion and World Drum ensembles, directed by Eric Shuster and Ted Nichols, respectively, inaugurate the event with their annual spring concert, “An Evening of Percussion,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6. The Percussion Ensemble’s program salutes early percussion ensemble pioneer Lou Harrison (1917-2003) on the centennial of his birth. It also features a new multimedia work for percussion and computer by Matt Wellins. The World Drum Ensemble performs works by Babatunde Olatunji and Carlos Santana, among others. The festival continues with a concert by featured artist Tatsuya Nakatani with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Students of Shuster and Nichols conclude the series with a performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 410-5436385 or visit www.salisbury.edu.

Deadline for registration is April 26, by advance purchase only. Cost is $30 per person; reserved table sponsorships for groups are available. Enjoy a catered lunch, LESHC community Minigrant project exhibits on display and a silent auction fundraiser. For more information, visit www. lowershoreheritage.org.

Vermont, New Hampshire

AARP #1276 is planning a trip to Vermont and New Hampshire for June 11-15: “The Hills are Alive.” For more information and a brochure, contact E. Seaton at 410-742-6684.

Apply for United Way funding

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore has opened the annual application process for local non-profit programs seeking funding for 2018. Nonprofit organizations providing programs focused on health, education or financial stability for Lower Shore residents are encouraged to apply for funding no later than March 24. A complete list of requirements, funding application and instructions are available online at www.unitedway4us. org/apply-funding. Funding decisions will be communicated in August. For more information, contact Pam Gregory, United Way Community Impact director at 410-7425143 or pamela@unitedway4us.org.

Community Yard Sale

Join the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion and the Newtown Neighborhood

Association for a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 8 from 7 a.m. to noon; please, no early birds. We have been doing some spring cleaning at the Mansion and have found a lot of non-historic items such as housewares, decorations, and other household goods that we don’t need. We have also asked our neighbors in Newtown to join us to make this a community event. Poplar Hill Mansion will be open and have free admission during the yard sale. All proceeds from the sale of the Friends of PHM items go towards the preservation of Poplar Hill Mansion, a 501(c)-3. For more information, call 410-749-1776.

Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk

The Salisbury Zoo will host Zoo Stampede sponsored by VP Shoes on Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. The run/ walk starts at the Zoo’s east gate and runs through the City Park and its wooded trails. This race is catered to all runners and walkers and is fun for the whole family. After the race, VP Shoes and the Zoo will give away random prizes to race participants. Age categories start at 12 and under and go up to 70 and above. Participants can pre-register for $20 at VP Shoes or at the Salisbury Zoo. A printable form is available on the web at www.salisburyzoo.org. For more information, call Mary Seemann at 443944-0357 or email mseemann@citylivingsalisbury.com.




Shown are Brewers Mathew Shockley, Backshore Brewing Company; Joe Belia, Ocean City Brewing Company; and Matt Burrier, Burley Oak Brewing.

Annual Shore Craft Beer Fest More than 800 people, accounting for more than 75 room nights and at more than double that many meals in local restaurants, came to Ocean City recently for the 2nd annual Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap event at Seacrets. Organized in partnership with Seacrets and the Ocean City Hotel, Motel, Restaurant Association, Shore Craft Beer used the event to kickstart what appears to be an early travel spring. “Ocean City obviously has demonstrated it is a top craft beer destination,” Said Ann McGinnis Hillyer, Shore Craft Beer CEO. “The fact that these beer fests are all and only local beer is one of the main attractions. Having the brewer or brewery representative there to discuss their beers is another.” Shore Craft Beer festivals are the only regional events that promote Del-

marva beer exclusively, which is why they tend to have a strong following. This year, the event sold out in advance, more than doubling the advance ticket sales from the inaugural event. Last year’s attendance numbers hovered around 700, but nearly 40 percent of those were purchased at the door. The fact that the event was at Seacrets certainly didn’t hurt, especially among the people who purchased tickets last year. Although the weather was spectacular, the fact that it was mostly indoors was another contributing factor for the event’s mid-winter popularity. Hotel packages topped last year’s numbers significantly. Moreover, this was a banner year for craft beer hotel packages all month long. Several hotels that participated in the Maryland-sponsored FeBREWary Craft Beer Lovers Month

Chincoteague to host Beer Fest Eating oysters while drinking stout became so popular in the early 20th century that brewers starting combining the two, resulting in a now very popular beer style, the oyster stout. By then, of course, locally brewed beer and regional dishes already were one of the oldest pairing practices on the planet, as much because of necessity as anything else. This year’s Shore Craft Beer Fest: Chincoteague, slated for Saturday, April 29, at the Chincoteague Fair Grounds, celebrates local food and local beer and aims at expanding the popular notion of food and beer pairings. “Roasted oysters obviously are a great place to start,” said Ann McGinnis Hillyer, president of Shore Craft Beer. “But there are so many other exciting pairing possibilities and we can’t wait to see what people come up with.”

The exclusively local beer festival features unlimited tastings as well as the opportunity to purchase food from a variety of food trucks and vendors that will have pairing suggestions listed. Food and beer adventurers will be able to vote on what they think is the best pairing. “We’re on a mission to get the word out that the Shore is one of the top craft beer destinations in the country,” Hillyer said. “Creating a culture of pairings is just the next step.” Tickets range from $25 to $40 in advance and include unlimited tastings and live music at this family and petfriendly event. For more information, visit www.ShoreCraftBeerFest.com or contact Ann McGinnis Hillyer at AMH@Maryland.com or call 410-7031970.

OC AIR SHOW - The 2017 OC Air Show will feature the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team. The A-10 Thunderbolt II, returning to air shows for the first time since 2012 will also participate in the Air Force Heritage Flight along with a P-51 Mustang and the F-22 (pictured). The 10th anniversary edition of the OC Air Show will take place June 17-18, over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City. “With the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey and now the addition of the Air Force F-22 Raptor we have three of the best military demonstrations all at the same show in the same year,” said Bryan Lilley, president of the OC Air Show. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ocairshow.com or call 877-722-2927.



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James M. Bennett’s Nick Selser leads clubs, teams in senior year By Rachel Farris

Nick Selser has been keeping busy throughout his senior year at James M. Bennett High School, as he has every year. Selser is the vice president of the student body and of the National Honor Society, as well as the captain of the track and cross country teams. That was something he had not expected upon coming to JMB. His freshman year, it was announced that the cross country team needed new runners, and Selser decided to go for it. “I was a really bad baseball player who needed another sport. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play baseball here because this team’s actually good,” he explained. Though he had switched schools, he didn’t want to go through high school without playing sports, since he had been involved in athletics since age eight. The first practice did not go smoothly, however. “I tried to run really fast because I thought I was all that and a bag of chips,” he joked. “I was that freshman that everyone loves to hate.” He recalled not being a mile into the run, laying on the ground and wondering if this was really for him. “I ended up being a captain for cross country the next year. I’ve been a captain for cross country ever since,” Selser said. Though the cross country team is very small, it is also very tight knit, he added. Selser has been the track captain for the last two years as well, which is much bigger. He enjoys the diversity in the team, which he may not get from other groups like NHS as it attracts a certain type; “with track, it’s like every end of the spectrum,” he said. And he has achieved success in these sports, from placing at the Bayside meet to being a state finalist for Wendy’s High School Heisman. “You work hard, you learn to love something,” he concluded. Selser credits his work as an Eagle Scout candidate (through Troop 151 in Asbury) as providing him with the skills necessary to be a leader in his teams and student body roles. He joined boy scouts when he was in fourth grade, when a friend told him that they play man hunt in the woods and do camp outs. “Now my perspective has completely changed,” he explained. He has, through Scouts and Venture Crew, gone hiking in the Rocky Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains. In the Adirondacks, he said, they went miles off trail during the snowstorm last winter. Their Venture Crew advisor, Michael Finegan, Ph.D., has been the lead psychologist for the Maryland State Police for 13 years, amongst a long resume of working with police, disaster

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response, and trauma. “Dr. Finegan’s worked with Navy SEALs,” Selser said. “At the beginning of last year, he was like, ‘We’re going to go to the Adirondacks. We’re going to really rough it. We’re going to learn how to survive out there with nothing… and build a shelter that no one’s going to be able to find.” He added that it was 20 degrees and snowing, and they built a shelter and slept there all night. “I drank mac and cheese,” Selser confided jokingly. “When you’ve been soaked and cold because the fire’s [small], because again it has to be discreet, and your cup breaks and you forgot your spoon at home, you drink mac and cheese.” The whole experience has been a nostalgic reflection for him through his senior year. “You look back and realize how much better of a person you’ve become through this,” he explained. “Scouting is the reason why I can be a track captain. It’s the reason why I can be an effective vice president for our student body, for NHS. It’s the reason why I can be a good friend. I never knew that going in.” Sports and outdoor activities are not the only things Selser excels at, though. He is a member of the “It’s Academic” team at JMB. It’s Academic, now in it’s 56th season as the world’s longestrunning TV quiz show, has programs in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Central Virginia, and Hawaii (as well as two programs under different names in Cleveland and Pittsburgh). Selser describes it as similar to Jeopardy, but with teams of three that can discuss before the captain answers. He explained that there are a variety of questions in literature, music, math, science, and history. Though he has been on the JMB It’s Academic team since ninth grade, this was his first year starting on the TV show. The team won his first year on the team, he added, which led to a rather funny memory: as a reward for winning, the team was invited to a fancy, salmon-dish dinner with one of the hosts, Dave Zahren; while dressed in suits and ties, they had their “fancy dinner” in the bakery section of a Giant Food, the show’s sponsor. Fancy dinners aside, Selser is excited to finish out this season. “It’s a really neat program,” he said. “It’s been fun to be a part of, and we’ve been doing extremely well.” They won their match in the playoffs against Atholton and Mt. St. Joseph (scheduled to air April 22). JMB will compete in the semifinals on May 13. “I don’t know who we’re seated against, but we match

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up well with any of the other teams in the region,” Selser assured. Nick mentioned that the three members of the winning It’s Academic team are now attending Princeton, Columbia, and West Point. It seems that Selser hopes to continue this tradition of excellent students with high ambitions. “I applied to Hopkins, Penn, Cornell, a bunch of other research schools,” he said. “I want to study cognitive neuroscience specifically relating to language acquisition, retention and memory in degenerative diseases. My family has a history of Alzheimer’s. My greatgrandmother had it, and I’m starting to get really worried that my grandmother is developing it.” He aspires to be part of a team that finds the cure or new treatments for degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. He wants to discover why dementia takes people’s


sense of self, their memories, their minds’ “sharpness.” “We’re so close to finding it and understanding why people suddenly lose all of these elements of their cognition,” he said. “It’s been fascinating to me for a while. I’ve known I want to do something with the brain, something with psychology, for a long time, but I never really knew what.” In addition, he can have a personal connection to this field, because it could someday help members of his own family. Selser also applied for a research project on language acquisition. Another way to apply personal interests to work, he hopes to use the project to “analyze language acquisition in different classroom environments to see whether or not we can do better in teaching our public school students foreign languages, because we’re really behind in that,” he commented. His interest in the field stems from his heritage, as his grandmother is from Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanishbut no one else in his family does. He can write in Spanish “at a solid level” and can hold a conversation for maybe 10 minutes; kids in other countries are speaking three languages, usually their native language, English, and Spanish or French, by 16, he said. “That’s something that if we can catch up with the rest of the world, it’ll be a good thing for the future of our country and future generations,” Selser added. Nick is currently still deciding which school he will attend come fall. “I’m weighing my options right now and am still hearing back from schools,” he wrote in an email. “I really like Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, and Tufts and would have the opportunity to run club track with some of my friends at the University of Maryland College Park, a possibility I am really looking forward to. No matter where I end up, I know I will be happy and able to pursue my goals and have a fulfilling experience.”

MATH COMPETITION- Pictured, Worcester Prep MathCounts Team leader and math teacher, Mrs. Kathy Fahey with eighth grader Daniel Chen, Salisbury, (left) and seventh grader Ayush Batra, Rehoboth Beach, Del., who placed 12th and 10th respectively in the regionals and advanced to the MathCounts State Competition on March 18.



Welch wins regional spelling bee

The fourth time was the charm for Erin Welch of Princess Anne at the 2017 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee. The eighth-grader from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury Welch bested 26 other competitors recently to win the title of the Lower Shore’s best speller. Welch, 13, had previously competed in three other regional spelling bees sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and was runner-up twice. Her win qualifies her to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May.  Welch spelled 19 words correctly, including the “championship” word solvency.  The runner-up was a first-time competitor, Isabel Mena, a 10-year-old fifth-grader from Pemberton Elementary School in Salisbury. James Gordy, a sixth-grader from Somerset Intermediate School in Westover, was the second runner-up.  Sofie Welch, Erin’s mother, said Erin was intent on finishing her career as a competitive speller by winning the 2017 event. Only students in grades three through eight are eligible under Scripps National Spelling Bee rules.  “She was practicing 400 words an hour, at one point,” Mrs. Welch said. “We are so proud of her.”  Among those in Welch’s cheering section was two-time Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee champion Gia Bautista, who is a family friend.

Gordon named Emergent Scholar Cassie Gordon, Delmar, a sophomore communications major at Elizabethtown College, was honored as an Elizabethtown College Emergent Scholar at a special luncheon on Sunday, March 12. Emergent Scholars have attained at least a 3.75 cumulative grade point average at the end of their first three semesters.

DI teams compete in tournament

Wicomico County Destination Imagination teams performed well at the Eastern Region Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament, held at Salisbury Middle School on Saturday, March 4. Eighteen of the teams from Wicomico County Public Schools and Wicomico County have qualified to compete at the Maryland State DI Tournament on Saturday, April 1, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville. Congratulations to the following teams that have advanced to the Maryland State DI Tournament: 1st place teams: North Salisbury Elementary Mustache Mustangs, Scientific Challenge; Westside Intermediate DI Brows, Improvisation Challenge; West-

BPA STATE LEADERSHIP WINNERS - Congratulations to the Delmar High School 2017 BPA State Leadership Conference winners. They include: Advanced Office Systems & Procedures: Rebekah Noonan - first place; Basic Office Systems & Procedures: Reenal Patel - fourth place; Business Meeting Concepts: Reenal Patel - first place, Trevor Harrington - second place, Seth Walker - third place; Digital Media Production: Sandy Pham - first place; Economic Research Team - Rhiddi Patel, Helen Wilson, Sarah Rogers and Parth Patel - second place; Legal Office Procedures: Trevor Harrington - first place, Aryan Patel - second place; Medical Office Procedures: Reenal Patel - second place; Parli Pro Concepts: Rebekah Noonan - second place; Presentation Management: Vasmi Patel - third place.

side Intermediate Lightbobs, Technical Challenge; Bennett Middle Legendary Llamas, Scientific Challenge; Salisbury Middle Funky Monkeys, Improvisation Challenge; James M. Bennett High DIscoverers, Technical Challenge; Wicomico High Uncommon DInominators, Service Learning Challenge; Wicomico High DI of the Tiger, Fine Arts Challenge; Salisbury Christian School DI Dreamers, Service Learning Challenge 2nd place teams: North Salisbury Elementary Fabulous 4, Fine Arts Challenge; Pemberton Elementary Masterminds, Scientific Challenge; Bennett Middle Carpe Diem, Fine Arts Challenge; Bennett Middle Square Squad, Improvisation Challenge; Salisbury Middle Mindful Thinkers, Scientific Challenge; Pittsville Middle Cats with Top Hats, Service Learning Challenge; Pittsville Elementary FDI, Service Learning Challenge; Shining Co-op Little Engineers, Structure Challenge 3rd Place Team: Shining Co-op Purple Penguin Pals, Improvisation Challenge

grants to schools, grades K through 12. Funds are used by the schools for the purchase of books for libraries and classroom collections other than textbooks, encouraging literacy and developing learning through reading initiatives.

Lowe accepted at Delaware Valley Eugene Lowe IV of Hebron, has been accepted for admission at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa.

MASMI named USCA member

The Mid-Atlantic Sales and Marketing Institute at Salisbury University (MASMI) recently became the 24th member of the national University Sales Center Alliance (USCA). MASMI joined the alliance as an as-

sociate member in 2016. Its full membership was announced during the SU program’s annual “Meet the Sponsors” job and internship fair. “The USCA represents a select body of universities meeting quality criteria within their sales programs,” said Dr. Amit Poddar, MASMI director and chair of SU’s Management and Marketing Department. “We are proud to become a full member of this prestigious organization.” Poddar noted that when the program began in 2015, it had 14 enrolled students and no dedicated classes or faculty. Today, some 75 students are enrolled in the MASMI’s Sales Program, which boasts two dedicated faculty members and six classes in three sections. SU also has added a sales minor for business and marketing students since the institute’s creation.

Schools receive grant for books

Twenty-seven area schools were recently impacted by a grant of almost $9,500 made possible by The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Samuel W. Seidel Memorial Reading Forever Endowment Fund. Since the inception of the annual Reading Forever grants in 1991, more than $141,000 has been distributed to both public and private schools in Wicomico County. The Reading Forever Fund was established by a gift to The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore from Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel. The mission of the fund is to provide annual

WPS MUSICAL - Worcester Preparatory Upper School students, under the Direction of Paulette DeRosa-Matrona and Music Director Christopher Buzby, performed the musical comedy The Addams Family on Feb. 24 and 25, to rave reviews. The cast, from left: 1st row: Quinn McColgan, Millsboro, Del.; 2nd row: Amy Lizas, Berlin; Jay Poduval, Berlin; 3rd row: Sambina Anthony, Seaford, Del.; Davis Taylor, Lewes, Del.; Isabel Dashiell, Ocean City; Porter Bunting, Ocean City; 4th row: Meghan Cummings, Berlin; Abby Taylor, Lewes; Annika Larsen, Ocean City; Maddie Simons, Ocean City; Grace Schwartz, Salisbury; Carter Hill, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Chandler Dennis, Millsboro; Dominic Anthony, Seaford; Jordan Welch, Berlin; Jaye Eniola, Salisbury; Caleb Foxwell, Ocean View, Del.; Devin Wallace, Berlin; Olivia Parker, Ocean City; Isabella Osias, Bethany Beach; Kaitlyn Hamer, Rehoboth Beach; McKenzie Blake, Lewes; Emilee Dorey, Millville, Del. Not pictured: Henry Taboh, Fruitland.



SU student volunteers in India

ARTWORK DONATION - Drs. Sandy Pope (left) and Diana Wagner (right) of Salisbury University’s Education Specialties Department recently accepted a donation of artwork for the Maryland Holocaust Educators Network (MD-HEN). The lithograph, Among Those Who Stood There, was painted by Abraham Rattner circa 1944. It was donated by Dr. Gordon Peacock, faculty emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and his wife, Georgine. Both served on the UT Austin College of Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Council. Rattner, the son of a rabbinical student-turned-baker who fled Czarist Russia for the United States, served in the U.S. Army during World War I, suffering a chronic battle-related back injury. Following the war, he spent two decades in Paris before returning to the U.S. on the eve of World War II. At that time, he incorporated imagery into his work that included torture and crucifixion as a commentary on the brutality in the world and what he considered an appalling indifference by most Americans to the persecution of Jews in Europe. Among Those Who Stood There evokes these themes. Overseen by Wagner and Pope, the Maryland Holocaust Educators Network provides materials and seminars to educators on methods for teaching the sometimes difficult subject of the Holocaust in contexts including civil rights and social justice. MD-HEN hosts a Summer Institute for Teachers from June 25-30 at SU. For registration and more information, visit www.salisbury.edu/educationspecialties/mdhen.

Salisbury University sophomore Eleanor Brown spent her winter break volunteering in New Delhi, India, teaching “slum and street” children at a school that serves those with disabilities and low incomes. The experience, she said, was “life-changing.” The four-week project was the perfect fit for Brown, who is pursuing a dual degree in social work and political science and a psychology minor, and serves as volunteer coordinator for SU’s Student United Way chapter. Organized by International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ), Brown’s program included Hindi language lessons and visiting historic sites. She also stayed with a host family (who founded the school), allowing her to become immersed in the culture.  The highlight of her experience, however, was working with the children, who were eager to learn. “Smiles were always a universal language,” she said. Brown brought some school supplies and games, including a hula hoop, ball and bowling set, from home to donate. “The whiteboards,” she said, “were a huge hit.” According to IVHQ, over 100 million children are living on the streets and in slums in India. Volunteer projects like Brown’s provide them with a basic education through lessons, games,

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Eleanor Brown, a student at SU, spent winter break in New Delhi, India, teaching needy children.

one-on-one support and other activities, such as art and sports. For Brown, the experience solidified her career path and degree choices. She saw how social work plays a role in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like the school, which provides children with meals, uniforms, transportation, supplies and other family resources. The school, which relies on grants and corporate donors for funding, also reminded Brown of her work with the United Way. Continued on page 28

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Wor-Wic releases fall dean’s list

A total of 484 area students at WorWic Community College have been recognized for superior performance by being named to the dean’s list for the past fall semester. Students who maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking six or more credit hours during the fall semester include: Delmar, Del.: Darian Adkins, Kimberly Johnson, Skyler Vann, William Wise Delmar, Md.: Katelin Beach, Abigail Boltz, Destiny Ginn, Elizabeth Guy, Heather Hancock, Julia Johnson, Ashley Keidel, Brian Lowe Jr., Amanda Joy Murph, Megan Rickards, Natalya Sallowicz, Crystal Sentman, Geoffrey Wells, Angela West, Crystal Wolfe Eden: William Murray, Jamie Raab, Amanda Tilghman, Michael Washington Sr., Brandi Wyatt Fruitland: Jenna Beetler, Ryan Cole, William English, Leslie Fountain, Anna Garlock, Stephanie Garrity, Kyle Howard, Mason Olinde, Rebecca Parsons, Virginia Predeoux, Rachel Ralph, Lindsey Ward Hebron: Kalie Adkins, Kelsy Bowen, Alec Bryson, Timothy Cannon Jr., Lisa Dennis, Avery Disabito, Taylor Earley, Macie Greene, Adriean Hayward, Carys Hazel, Hayley Jones, Elisha Raizen Mardela Springs: Megan Baker, Patrick Bateman Jr., Eric Brumbley, Christine Cousins, Casey English, Keith Flagg, Patrice Goslee, Brittany Larger, Erica Lewis, Brittany McCready, Sean McGee, Casey Pilchard, Savannah Vincent, James Zimmerman Nanticoke: Erika Turner Parsonsburg: Noah Beauchamp, Taylor Dashiell, Christopher Hasson, Robert Hutton, Frances Kellaher, Brittany Lewis, Derek Magoon, Michelle Moore, Christopher Newton, Elizabeth Parker, Heather Reeser, Rebecca Rossbach, Allan Scarborough, Angela Scarborough, Amie Thornton Pittsville: Carlie Chilton, Kayla Davis, Jessica Graver, Mya Mills, Rhonda Smith, Ana Valdes, Nicole White Quantico: Rachel Bowser, Elizabeth Cottrell Salisbury: Kimberly Adams, Jasmine Aldridge, Olivia Amtsberg, Daja Anderson, Joy Arnold, Christopher Aulerich, Ileata Baassiri, Joshua Banks, Kelley Barbre, Katina Barker, Vladamiur Belone, Sha’kyra Berry, Logan Best, Robert Bianco, Nicholas Bierman, Jessica Billard, John Bishop Jr., Megan Bishop, Rebecca Boldt, William Bozman, Tina Brennan, Manithe Brinache, Morgan Brinkley, Joshua Brown, Kari Brown, Marshall Brown, Elizabeth Burton, Rakeisha Burton, Shelby Carey, Latre’ Cephas, Katie Cherrix, Camryn Coady, Brooke Coleman, Colin Costigan, Ryan Creedon, Ubaldo Cuateco-Tepehua, Aja Cunningham, Haley Dashiell, Cory Davis Jr., Rachel Dean, Tara Diskin, Amanda Doukas, Noelle Edelman, Katrina Encarnacion, Dana Eskridge, Lexi Evelyn, Matthew Eversman, Jaynelle Ewell, Victoria Fears, Dan-

iel Fickenscher, Kaitlyn Fitzhugh, Tiffany Fleming, Caleb Foltz, Haley Franz, Hannah Franz, Keilly Frump, Cassandra Gillette, Larry Gilmore III, Kevin Godwin, Bethany Goldsmith, Callan Grant, Tyler Gravenor, Danielle Gray, Danielle Green, Gemina Greene, Cody Grosch, Megan Hall, Dutch Harbour, Brady Hare, Amari’ Henry, Emili Hibbitts, Linda Hoeben, Raquel Holter, Taylor Hudson, Thomas Idoni, Britni Ilczuk, William Ingley, Latisha Jeffress, Cheryl Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Millie Jones, Yvette Jones, Shushen Joshi, Ashley Karanja, Andrew Kelly, Jiwon Kim, Allison Lambert, Erin Langan, Andrew Larson, Jon Laverty, Noah Lawson, Shane Leatherbury, Gaston Lebois Jr., Marlan Lee, Mark Lewis, Tara Logan, Hector Lugo, Andrew Lynch, Adam Maixner, Tyler Manchin, Angela Marino, Lydia Marsh, Bailey Marshall, Karen Marshall, Kelsey Martinson, Dean Martz, Elizabeth Maxwell, Robert McCarroll, Ramona McFadden Ouattar, Desiree McKinnon, Annabelle Messick, Melissa Messick, Jessica Milbourne, Megan Miller, Sherriah Mills, William Mills, Edward Mitchell, Beka Modebadze, Xavia Modeste, Tanesha Mondestin, Carla Moore, Jessica Moore, Michael Morris, Chase Murphy, Levi Murray, Kate Naumann, Jordan Nelson, Miranda Neville, Kyle Oliver, Justin Palmer, Adam Parks Jr., Kelley Parmer, Shrusti Patel, Tabitha Payne, Kevin Perretta, Jarrin Peters, Devon Phillips, Tashana Phillips, Allie Phippin, Elizabeth Phippin, Sarah Phippin, Sandra Pierre, Ina Porter, Kayla Price, Perri Pruett, Laura Pryor, Magdalena Ramos, Yuliza Ramos-Taylor, Ashley Reynolds, Taneisha Richards, Courtney Richardson, Kristi Richardson, Jessica Rickels, Shirley Rivera-Alvira, Madolyn Robertson, William Romansky, Jake Ruffo, Mary Scharlock, Dylan Schevel, Logan Schevel, Emma Schmitt, John Schmidt III, Sheila Schoolfieldjones, Laura Schulze, Lucy Seagraves, Marissa Sears, Wendy Seiler, Ryan Shriver, Ana Silvestre Perez, Harvey Smith III, Jordan Smith, Sidney Smith, Taylor Smith, Kimberly Somers, Robert Somers Jr., Sandra Sorrenti, Sarah Springer, Melanie Spruill-Johnson, Erika Thomas, Gwendolyn Thomas, Alexander Titus, Mariya Trifonova, Onya Turner, Alex Tyler, Cranston Tyler, Jordan Usilton, Blair Vilov, Shanequa Wallace, Kersey Walters, Karrington Ward, Lisa Ward, Colin Watson, Derek Weber, Trey Wehlan, Ayden Whitehead, James Whitney, Gregory Whittaker, Jacob Whittington, Matthew Wilkinson, Elizabeth Williams, Kristin Williams, Juleanna Willis, Brianna Wright, Richard Young, Amy Zillweger Sharptown: Jessica Collins, Kenneth Kohlhoff, Taylor Williams Tyaskin: Jason Nester Willards: Olivia Blades, Marissa Bratten, Abigail Thomas, Brian Whitman, Robert Yeager

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is all just the beginning of her journey in making a difference in the world we live in,” said Kacey Decker, United Way’s donor relations coordinator. No stranger to being abroad, Brown was born in England and moved to the U.S. when she was nine, growing up Ijamsville, Md.                                                                   

In addition to serving on the executive team for the student chapter, Brown has been hired by the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore for a paid internship. “Eleanor is true gem and I know this


‘Cabaret’ Culminates 37 Years of Directing at SU By Dr. T. Paul Pfeiffer Music, Theatre and Dance Department Salisbury University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program presents the classic Broadway musical Cabaret March 30April 2 and April 6-9 in the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays. Set in 1929 Berlin, Germany, the show revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with young English cabaret headliner Sally Bowles. While the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub dance the night away, the nation’s mounting tensions are kept outside. As the song goes, “In Here, Life is Beautiful” — until the tranquility and charm eventually are shattered and relationships broken as the Nazi Party rises to power. SU’s version is for mature audiences only. The role of open sexuality in this revised script is much more emblematic of Berlin in that period and is central to the advent of totalitarian restrictions brought on by the Nazis. Our production does adhere to this stance. Cabaret’s journey to the musical stage began with the short 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. Playwright John Van Druten adapted the book into the 1951 play I Am a Camera. In 1966, playwright Joe Masteroff adapted that play into Cabaret, with music by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. Its original Broadway run won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score in 1967. Over 30 years later, it also received the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, along with three others. The 1972 film version garnered eight Academy Awards, including a Best Actress honor for Liza Minnelli and Best Director for Broadway legend Bob Fosse.

Variety said the music of Cabaret “sends shivers up the spine.” The New York Post called the play “fantastic.” The Los Angeles Times summed up: “The time is always right for a production of Cabaret.” Admission is $12, $9 for seniors, students and SU alumni with ID. Tickets are available online at www.salisbury.edu/theatreanddance. Tickets also may be purchased through the SU Box Office, Fulton Hall Room 100. SU ID holders receive one ticket free for Thursday performances with advance reservations. For me, it will be a bittersweet production. As a director, Cabaret is my final show after 37 years with the Music, Theatre and Dance Department. When I retire at the end of this academic year, I will look back on more than four decades with the SU theatre program — including several years as a student — with many fond memories. I invite you to come out and share this one with me. For more information call 410-543-6228 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.




Diabetes education classes

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is sponsoring Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon diabetes selfmanagement education class sessions to discuss healthy eating, activity, monitoring, medications, healthy coping, risk reduction and other self-management skills to help assist with diabetes control. The evening class session will meet at the Medical Center on five consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 5. The afternoon class session will meet at PRMC on five consecutive Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning April 6. All classes are taught by certified diabetes educators. Registration is required. The cost of the five-week program may be reimbursed by insurance or Medicare. For more information or to register, call the Peninsula Regional Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061.

Coastal Hospice has invested in educating staff members to guide community groups and individuals through the process of creating Advance Directives. With a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, staff members from Coastal Hospice attended the Respecting Choices ™ conference at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wis. The program helps participants ensure that their wishes are clearly documented. Through these free presentations, Coastal Hospice hopes to replicate the impact Gundersen had in their own community. Hospice staff members who have received this education will be available to make presentations throughout the year, but the agency is placing an emphasis on this issue during April. For more information or to arrange a speaker for your group, contact Community Relations Manager Elaine Bean at 410-742-8732 or ebean@coastalhospice.org.

‘Good Diabetes Health’

Free oral cancer screenings

The Peninsula Regional Nutrition & Diabetes Education program invites anyone interested in learning more about diabetes to attend a free education event, “Good Diabetes Health: Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes” on Monday, April 10 in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the PRMC campus. Jorge Vivar Aguirre, MD, an endocrinologist with the Peninsula Regional Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Salisbury, will keynote the session that will look into how eating right and making simple lifestyle changes can improve life with diabetes.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with exhibits from companies involved in diabetes care and services until 6:45 p.m. Dr. Vivar Aguirre’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  An RSVP is required; call Peninsula Regional Nutrition & Diabetes Education at 410-543-7061.

Free Advance Directive workshops

As part of a new initiative, Coastal Hospice will offer free Advance Care Planning workshops to area clubs and organizations on the Lower Shore during April, Healthcare Decisions Month. Attendees will learn about the importance of Advance Directives and receive information about completing their own documents. Nationally, only about 26 percent of adults have Advance Directives. That means nearly three-quarters of Americans run the risk of having no way to express their wishes for treatment if they are injured and unable to speak. This situation is often worse for the patient’s loved ones, who are left trying to decide what the patient would want. Disagreements have been known to fracture families and wind up in court.


Oral cancer causes nearly 10,000 deaths a year in the United States – a rate that could be lower if the disease were caught at an earlier stage. But for many, especially those who don’t have routine dental checkups, oral cancer can easily progress without even being noticed. That’s why Peninsula Regional Medical Center is holding free oral cancer screenings in April, in both Salisbury and Ocean Pines. Worcester County screenings will be held on Tuesday, April 4 from 4-6 p.m. at Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Ocean Pines, located in the Delmarva Health Pavilion at 11101 Cathage Rd. in Berlin. The Salisbury screenings will be held on Monday, April 10 at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC from 4 to 6 p.m. The screenings are free and open to all, but appointments are required; call 410-543-7006. Smokers are at highest risk for oral cancer; heavy alcohol use and excessive sun exposure to your lips can also be risks. Symptoms include a sore that doesn’t heal; a growth or lump in the mouth; tongue pain,; difficult or painful chewing or swallowing; and an ongoing sore throat. It can affect the lips, gums, tongue, cheek lining and roof or floor of the mouth.

Nutritional wellness teaching

Local breast cancer nonprofit Women Supporting Women is now offering free one-on-one nutritional wellness sessions to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. This program is led by WSW Mentoring Coordinator and Co-Founder Sue Revelle, an RN with 30+ years experience. “This is an opportunity for the cancer survivor to talk about their concerns and/or issues regarding stress, weight loss, nutrition questions, etc.” Revelle said, “For one hour we can discuss topics like salt intake, how to read nutri-

SUNSHINE AWARD - Peninsula Regional Medical Center has honored Certified Nursing Assistant Brenda Moore with the Sunshine Award, which recognizes outstanding certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians and assistants for exceptional care. This month, PRMC is proud to give this award to a CNA whose compassion made a difference to a patient and her family. The patient’s husband nominated Moore, saying, “We were cared for by many staff members; however, there was that one person who stood out above all, Brenda Moore, CNA. She took the extra steps to care for my wife and myself during her stay. She demonstrates genuine concern for others, and is consistently ‘present.’ Brenda demonstrates empathy with the joys and pains of others; she was there to assist me during my wife’s critical events. On Brenda’s own time, she visited my wife in ICU, and again when she was brought back to the fifth floor. We as a family appreciate the compassion and dedication she showed.” Moore was honored in a ceremony before her coworkers, and was presented with fresh flowers, a pin and a certificate recognizing her exceptional care. To nominate a deserving CNA, PCA or PCT, visit www.peninsula.org/sunshine.

tional labels, the differences between a probiotic and prebiotic, the importance of Vitamin C and calcium, and other important information to help them live a healthier lifestyle.” Also available are monthly group sessions. This group session allows

survivors to share what they have done differently to change their lifestyle that could help others. Survivors interested in either the individual wellness coaching or the group sessions should call the WSW office at 410-548-7880.


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Yoga Therapy goes for the cure

Shown is the “supported fish” during a Svaroopa Yoga therapy session.

Spring is a time for renewal

Many years ago, when I had successfully transitioned ife oaching from my writing pad to my brand new computer I asked Inside your heart lies an my youngest son to look at it because it was not workemotional trash can that ing well. He took the time to check it out and said: “Your trash can is full, that’s why has accumulated debris your computer is not working well.” I said, “Trash can?” I for years. didn’t know computers had a “trash can.” that your life is going well you may In my mind I was thinking about a want to consider the areas of expansion trash can like I had in the kitchen. He that you would like to explore further. “emptied the trash can” and the comWould you like to become really puter went on to function, normal once good at something that you don’t think again. you could do? Like a 100-mile bicycle Inside your heart lies an emotional trash can that has accumulated debris ride, or a 5K run, or a marathon? Perfor years. In it you can find sadness for haps you would like to learn how to things that didn’t happen, regrets for play the piano, paint, or sing. Maybe things that you did or didn’t do, hurts you are curious about other cultures and and resentments for the pain that other learning a foreign language. The pospeople caused you, fears that have kept sibilities are endless. you stuck doing the same thing over Several years ago, I decided that I and over again, and much more. Just wanted to be in the Seagull Century and like my computer, with this accumuride my bicycle to Assateague Island lated stuff in our trash can we also don’t and back to Salisbury. I trained hard work as well. and I had a great riding partner who beSpring cleaning is often associated lieved I could do it when I was doubtwith house cleaning but I invite you to ful. The feeling of that accomplishment focus on you and ask yourself: what do was wonderful, and that helped me I need to let go that no longer serves me? What fears need to be recycled into overcome other fears about things I courage so I can do what my heart is didn’t think I could do. telling me to do? Who needs my forThe older I grow the more excitegiveness so my heart can be clean and ment and renewal I want to bring into clear to enjoy more love and passion in my life, and spring is a great time to my life? shake off the winter dust. I hope you When spring comes we are ready for join me. Happy spring! the new. Hopefully you have had time this winter to reflect and ponder on your About the author life and the direction that it is going and Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, is a to make sure that it is aligned with the licensed clinical social worker, certidesires of your heart. Also, it is imporfied hypnotherapist and life coach. To tant to remember that your soul is allearn more about her work, visit www. ways looking for expansion and growth thepersonalwellnesscenter.com or call in order to be happy and fulfilled. Even though you may come to the realization 410-742-6016.



“Got pain?” Free Pain Clinic is coming to Yoga To You Wellness Center in Salisbury to show how Svaroopa (shuh-roo-pah) Yoga therapy can help! On Tuesday, May 2 from noon - 3 p.m., Kusuma Sachs, a senior Svaroopa® Yoga Trainer, will conduct a Pain Clinic followed by an Introduction to Yoga Therapy at 4:30 p.m. Both workshops on Tuesday are open to anyone experiencing or knows someone who is living with chronic pain and will include an experiential pose class or therapy session. These programs are free but, due to limited space and props, preregistration is required. Unlike traditional Western medicine practices, Svaroopa® yoga believes that suffering with pain is not necessary and can be managed, even healed, without medications or surgery in many cases. As our bodies age and strive to maintain an overactive lifestyle, there is an accumulation of accommodations in the body to compensate for stress and injury. This accumulation of tension causes misalignment and imbalance in the body and mind creating vulnerability to injury and pain. Svaroopa® yoga works to empower your body to heal itself by releasing deeply embedded tensions in the spine, muscles, and joints which lead to pain. Svaroopa® yoga does not only address the symptoms but seeks out the cause to heal pain and injury at its source. The only place to experience Svaroopa® yoga on the Lower Eastern Shore Maryland is

at the Yoga to You Wellness Center in Salisbury. “It’s amazing – one student recently reported on how they now can sleep on their side hip without pain after just four weeks of yoga,” Hardman beams. “Kusuma Sachs has been my primary teacher since my first Svaroopa® yoga teacher training and has been a huge support in my practice, along with Swami Nirmalanada (the founder of Svaroopa yoga). I look forward to sharing her knowledge and compassionate teaching with my students and community.” Linda Hardman is the founder, teacher, and yoga therapist at Yoga to You Wellness Center. Linda started her yoga teaching career and became a Certified Embodyment® Yoga therapist in 2009, after her own personal experience of healing through yoga classes and therapy. She opened the Yoga to You Wellness Center in January 2015 in Salisbury. She recently completed intensive training for treating pain as a Yoga Therapist. In January 2017, Linda completed Advanced Svaroopa Yoga Teacher Training to become a 500 hr. Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance which maintains standards for quality assurance of yoga teachers. She offers five yoga classes a week in her studio and private therapy sessions by appointment. For more details and to register for events or classes, please call or email Linda at yogatoyoustudio@gmail.com or 443-735- 8930.

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Easter Services at Parkway


Parkway Church of God, Salisbury, will hold Easter services on Saturday, April 15, 6 p.m. with refreshments served after the service and Sunday, April 16, 9 and 11 a.m. with breakfast served 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

St. Stephens events

Join us for the following events at St. Stephens UMC, 101 E. State St., Delmar. For more information about any of the events below, contact the church office at 846-9501 or visit www.ststephensumc.com or on Facebook at delmarststephens. Sunday services - Join us on Sundays - 9 a.m. - Contemporary Praise Service; 10 a.m. - KIDZ & Adult Sunday school classes; 11 a.m. - Traditional Service & KIDZ Church Donations are needed for Operation We Care, which sends supplies to troops overseas. For more information, contact Brenda Morris or visit www.operationwecare.org. April - Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 16 - Sunrise Service, 7 a.m.; Praise Service, 9 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Traditional Service, 11 a.m. June - Our Annual Golf Tournament will be held in June. Look for more information soon.

Rise Against Hunger Project


It’s estimated that 792 million people, or roughly one in nine across the world, are chronically undernourished. The Rotary Club of Salisbury, which sought a District 7630 $5,000 Rotary grant, is being joined by Rotarians from a number of other Rotary clubs in the District to help feed those who are food insecure. On Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Crown Sports Center in Eden, the clubs will be working with the international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger to prepare 20,000 meals for distribution to people in some of the world’s most undernourished nations. The public is encouraged and welcomed to join the Rotary clubs on the project. Bags containing a high nutrient mix of soy and rice will be prepared during the two hour session. Each bag yields six meals. Teams will be needed to unload and load trucks, fill bags with the nutrient mix and refill supplies for those bagging the product. Eighty volunteers are required. If interested in assisting Rotarians on this project, contact Rotary Club of Salisbury President Marie Calafiura at 410-543-0182 or mbcalafiura@gmail.com. To learn more about Rise Against Hunger, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.

Worship Guide Parkway Church of God

Service Times: 9:00 and 11:00am Pastor Greg Morris

31525 John Deere Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804

Saturday Services All Are Welcome!

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Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Sabbath School 9:30 am Worship Service 11:00 am Pastor Greg Carlson 410-546-1225 Full Vegetarian Fellowship Luncheon Every Week After Service - Everyone Welcome

St. Stephens

United Methodist Church Join US Sundays …   9 am Contemporary Praise Service 10 am KIDZ & Adult Sunday School 11 am Trad. Svce & KIDZ Church

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ACCOUNTING Twilley, Rommel & Stephens, P.A. Robert Stephens, Jr. 410-749-1919 410-548-5039 trscpa.com rstephens@trscpa.com 1405 Wesley Dr., Salisbury, MD 21801 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ADVERTISING Morning Star Publications, Inc. Greg English 302-629-9788 302-629-9243 mspublications.com genglish@mspublications.com 951 Norman Eskridge Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Tede Griffith 410-404-1278 302-629-9243 mspublications.com tgriffith@mspublications.com ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS Andrew W. Booth & Associates, Inc. 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2017 Day of Prayer Breakfast Senior corporate executive and author Terence Chatmon will address the seventh annual Salisbury Area National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the program begins at 7:15. From soda bottle recycling entrepreneur at age 6, to international corporate leader responsible for billions of dollars for the Coca Cola Company, Chatmon has also served in executive leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson and Citibank, and has been president and CEO of global nonprofit organizations.  Chatmon is now president and CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI), known around the world for its global platform, world class annual conference, and invaluable business leadership resources. As head of this organization of corporate executives in 92 countries, Chatmon leads unprecedented efforts to equip and encourage leaders in companies of every size. In addition to his leadership at FCCI, Chatmon has recently written his first book, Do Your Children Believe? Becoming Intentional about Your Family’s Faith and Spiritual Legacy, published by Thomas Nelson.  When the civic center doors open, a community prayer time will be conducted to pray for members of the law enforcement community, and the spiritual needs of the region. The public is invited to participate. Organized by a committee of com-

munity leaders cochaired by Bonnie Luna and Jack Savage, the breakfast is ecumenical and “message centered,” followed at noon by a “prayer centered” National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance in front Chatmon of the City-County Government Office Building in Salisbury, where pastors will lead prayer for the nation. The public is urged to attend both events. “Our nation and the world desperately need people to pray,” said Luna. “The National Day of Prayer is a powerful opportunity to make our voices heard, ask God’s forgiveness, and pray for healing of divisions in our country.” The theme of the 66th annual NDP, taken from Daniel 9:19, is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us… Heal Us!” The national prayer for the occasion was written by Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham.  Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $20, available in Salisbury at The Country House, or by mail. Send check ($20 per ticket or $160 for a table of eight) payable to Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast Committee, to PO Box 521, Salisbury, MD 21803. For more information, call Bonnie Luna at 410-749-1699. 


Hawkins receives DAISY Award

A truly caring nurse’s compassion extends far beyond the bedside. One Peninsula Regional nurse, Kirsten Hawkins, RN, went above and beyond with a thoughtful action for her patient, and for her outstanding care, she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A colleague nominated Hawkins after witnessing this act of kindness. “On her day off, Kirsten came into the hospital with a big bag with tissue paper that looked like a birthday present,” her coworker said. “When I asked her who it was for, she said ‘a patient.’ After she came out of the patient’s room, I asked if she knew the patient personally, and she said that she did not Hawkins and she just wanted to bring him something nice. Later that day, I spoke with the patient in passing. He shared with me that he was homeless, living in his car and Kirsten had brought him clothes since he didn’t have much. He was very grateful for the gift. This act goes above and beyond her nursing duties. Not only did she bring the patient clothes, she wrapped them and presented them in a way that brought him dignity.” For demonstrating true compassion, Hawkins was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.

REVISED 04/01/2017

4.5 INCHES IRADEEP charitable


In the annual rush to file their tax returns some taxpayers may be unaware they could benefit from directly transferring assets from their IRAs to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES). “Americans over age 70½ can transfer up to $100,000 annually from an individual retirement account (IRA) into a charitable fund without first paying federal income tax on that gift,” said Erica Joseph, CFES president. “By making a charitable gift now, future estate and income taxes can also be avoided,” she added. There are four types of charitable funds at the Community Foundation that qualify for tax-free IRA transfers. They include: • Community Needs Funds: Meeting urgent and ever-changing needs in our


community. • Field of Interest Funds: Connecting personal values to high-impact opportunities on the Lower Shore of Maryland. • Designated Funds: Helping local nonprofit organizations to succeed in their mission and grow. • Scholarship Funds: Helping young people in our community prepare for success and fulfill their dreams. The Community Foundation urges donors to work with their professional advisor to determine the effects of this rule on their specific tax situation. Potential donors are also encouraged to seek legal or tax advice on IRA charitable contributions from their professional advisors. For more information, contact Sharon Dickson, CFES finance director, at sdickson@cfes.org, or call 410-7429911.

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Final Word

Letters to the editor

Dental Clinic a great success

and restored and protected hundreds of thousands of miles of rivers and I personally want to thank the 1,300 streams in all six Bay states and the citizens who volunteered at the Eastern District of Columbia. Shore Mission of Mercy Free Dental The economic worth of the ChesaClinic recently. peake Bay watershed is valued at over Over 1,200 patients were served by $1 trillion dollars. If enacted, these the clinic performing oral surgery, exdevastating budget cuts would impact tractions, cleanings, fillings and restor18 million residents, and their access to ative work. clean water. Additionally, it will mean In addition, Wicomico County Reca loss of jobs, recreation, business, reation, Parks and Tourism event and tourism and the health of local comsecurity staff donated 236 hours. Your munities. volunteerism is so appreciated by the The Chesapeake Bay Program is citizens of Wicomico County. undeniably the most successful watershed restoration effort of its kind in Bob Culver Wicomico County Executive the world. It is the truest example of a partnership. As the new EPA AdminThreat to eliminate EPA funding            istrator, Scott Pruitt has stated, this is an example of exactly how the EPA Eliminating all EPA funding for the should work.    Chesapeake Bay and other regional resTwo thirds of this year’s Chesapeake toration initiatives stops progress at the Bay Program’s $73 million budget went very time that broad signs of recovery to state and local governments and conare being realized. It is irresponsible servation groups in the form of grants and simply reflects a lack of foresight and wise judgment. to aid Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. This budget proposal puts over 30 Remaining funding supports monitoryears of Chesapeake Bay recovery work ing to measure the efficacy of cleanup and hundreds of millions of dollars in efforts, technical assistance to guide federal investments at risk — investthe work, and activities that ensure ments that have advanced clean water public engagement in restoration. Here

Annual Light of Literacy Awards The Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries will host their Fifth Annual Light of Literacy Awards on Thursday, April 20, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at all Library locations and online at lightofliteracy.org. The Light of Literacy Awards recognizes the power of everyday individuals doing extraordinary work in promoting the power of literacy throughout the community. By recognizing individuals and or-

ganizations who promote literacy and by raising public awareness of their work, the Friends hope to multiply their efforts and the effect they have in the community. The 2017 Light of Literacy Awards nominees include: Adult Award: Denise Allen, Barbara Bennett, Dr. George Demko, Pat Layton, Marylane McGlinchey, Hannah Miller, Vira Ogburn, Linda Prochaska, Jane Whitmore Business Award: Avery Hall Insurance Group, Vantage Point Solutions

Attorneys to offer free assistance

Area attorneys will volunteer their time to offer free assistance in creating Advance Medical Directives on Monday, May 1, in observance of Maryland Law Day. This free service is by appointment only, and is being sponsored by MAC Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, the Wicomico County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association Elder Law Section. In Salisbury, those age 65 and older will get help in creating the document from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. at MAC. For an appointment, call Cindy Robinson at MAC Inc., at 410-742-0505, ext. 118. An Advance Medical Directive is a written document meant to reflect your health care wishes should you become impaired and are unable to make health decisions for yourself.

The Outhouse

at the Alliance, we use these critical funds to bring communities together to find solutions, help local governments restore streams, plant trees, reduce polluted runoff, and assist schools, houses of worship, and businesses to take environmental actions that contribute to Chesapeake restoration. This elimination of the federal role in the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration represents a radical shift from the position taken by every president since Ronald Reagan, who in 1984 declared the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed a “treasured national resource.” Reagan called for a sizable boost in the EPA’s budget then, in part to begin “the long, necessary effort” to clean up the Bay. That effort is finally starting to show results. We encourage all Americans to reach out to their members of Congress and to stand up for a responsible EPA budget that will continue to protect the nation’s largest and greatest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, and ensure its health of all those who cherish it or call this watershed home. Al Todd

Chesapeake Bay Executive Director Annapolis, Md.

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Last Laugh

Once there was a young boy that lived in the country. They had to use an outhouse. The little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter and stunk all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of the river and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse in the water. One day after a spring rain, the river was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse in, so he got a large pole and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled in and floated away. That night his dad told him he was going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the boy asked why. The dad replied, “Someone pushed the outhouse into the river today. It was you, wasn’t it, son?”  The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, “Dad, I read in school that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn’t get into trouble because he told the truth.”  The dad replied, “Son, George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree.”

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