Thursday, February 27, 2003
Auxiliary Dinner/Auction April 12 at Country Club
The Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary on Saturday, April 12, will present “Take A Walk on the Boardwalk,” which is the theme for the 17th annual dinner/auction at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Co-chairmen are Nancy Cook and Nancy Brown. Auction items range from hand-needlepoint items to a ginger jar, from jewelry to being an honorary batboy (or girl) for the Delmarva Shorebirds or honorary general manager, from a watercolor of the lucky bidder’s home to dinner for two at a popular Lewes fine dining room. In addition to the live bidding with Don Moore as auctioneer, Joan Policastro will handle the Chinese Auction and there will be a myriad of gifts for silent auction bidders. Limited tickets are available and those planning to attend will do well to purchase tickets early. Nancy Brown, Nancy Cook, any committee member, or Reneé Morris, public relations and development spokesman for Nanticoke, or Jean Baldwin, volunteer services coordinator, have tickets available at $55 per person. All proceeds from the event will be used by the Auxiliary as part of their five-year commitment of $250,000 to Nanticoke Health Services.

Safety in baby sitting
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. on April 24 and 26. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.

Disaster Preparedness
Are you prepared? In the event of a disaster, could you survive in your own home for three to five days without help from local authorities or emergency personnel? If not, then consider attending one of the “Family Disaster Preparedness” presentations at your local library. Tell your family and friends. In this time in our nation when we are on high alert, we will bring you this critical information in seminars open to the public at all libraries in Sussex County. Presentations will be held at the following public libraries:
  • March 1 - Laurel Public Library, 11 a.m., 875-3184;
  • March 12 - Delmar Public Library, 7 p.m., 846-9894;
  • March 13 - Bridgeville Public Library, 6:30 p.m., 337-7401.
For additional information contact the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 302-856-5815. In case of inclement weather on the date of the presentation, call the library for information.
Substance Abuse Prevention
Five organizations serving Sussex County residents are among 13 recipients of program grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). The Foundation awarded a total of $215,692 for substance abuse prevention programs for children and youth 18 years of age and under. The prevention of substance abuse was identified as one of the most important issues facing Delaware in a needs assessment survey conducted by the Foundation last spring. Thirty-eight organizations requested funding for programs directed at abstinence from alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • A grant of $20,000 will help Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware, Inc. provide adult mentors to 40 Georgetown-area youth, ages 6 to 17, who are being raised by a grandparent or other family members after the loss of a parent due to drug use.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Inc. will use its $19,430 grant at three of its sites, including Milford and Seaford, for the "Beating the Streets" program which educates youth, ages 6 to 13, about the dangers of substance abuse; trains peer mentors/educators; and disseminates information to the community regarding substance abuse prevention
  • Girls Scouts of the Chesapeake Council, Inc. received $10,000 for the "Zone, Living Drug Free" prevention program, offered in conjunction with athletic activities, to emphasize living a positive, healthy and drug-free life. It will serve girls from public housing communities in and around Milton, Milford, Georgetown and Ellendale.
  • REALITY USA received $20,000 to offer a four-week informational program in each county for first time offenders, ages 13 to 17, that emphasizes the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol and drugs.
  • WHYY, Inc., which broadcasts its Delaware Tonight newscast statewide, will use $17,192 in funding for the production of 26 bi-weekly news segments on substance abuse prevention programs and activities for youth.
The public television station will also produce and broadcast an hour-long town meeting on the issue of substance abuse and compile the information on a resource videotape, which will be made available to the public.

Pediatric first aid
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus. Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including but not limited to: convulsions, burns, insect bites, poisoning, drowning, fractures and sprains. The course is approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing. Two-session classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays, March 3 -5 and April 7-9. Another session meets Tuesday and Thursday, April 29-May 1. The cost is $30; all classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a three-year course completion certificate. For information and/or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 855-5988.

Nurses home study
Nurses who have family or work commitments that make attending seminars difficult can meet continuing education requirements with home study courses offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Nurses in ambulatory care, home health care, long term care and hospital settings can benefit from these courses. Topics covered include assessment of the geriatric patient, avoiding medication errors, delegation, time management, and writing skills, and assertiveness in nursing. Each course consists of a written program and a post-test; students will receive individual feedback from the instructor after the post-test. Dates and times can be conveniently arranged throughout the semester. Students can earn 6 contact hours for each completed course; the cost is $59. For more information, call 855-5988; to register, call 855-1617.