Rains stop Memorial Day ceremony, but not the prayers

At right, Richard Drummond, chairman of the Seaford Veterans Committee, is not throwing his hands up in disgust after announcing that the Memorial Day Services scheduled for Kiwanis Park had been cancelled. Instead, he is calling the crowd together for a time of prayer in memory of the soldiers who have died to keep our nation free. At left, Rudy and Donna Long, the parents of Specialist Ryan Long, listen as Pastor David Humphrey of St. Johnís United Methodist Church says a prayer in honor of their son and all the others who have died in service to the nation. Specialist Long was killed near Baghdad Thursday, April 3, in a suicide bombing. A 1999 graduate of Seaford High School, he was with the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, based in Fort Benning, Ga. The car which exploded, killing Long and two other soldiers, stopped at a checkpoint northwest of Baghdad. A woman who appeared to be pregnant jumped out of the car and was screaming. When the soldiers approached it, the car exploded. Despite the rain a good crowd had gathered at the Memorial at Kiwanis Park to honor the memory of our heroes. The rain had cleared for the time of prayer and the sun broke through the clouds briefly.

Photos by Bryant Richardson

Seaford Museum to open Saturday - There will be a preview reception for members of the Seaford Museum at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. Then on Sunday, June 1, the new Seaford Museum opens to the public at 2 p.m. Tours will be available both days. This museumís outstanding storyline is a microcosm of the advancement of civilization for the whole United States. It includes exhibits depicting life in the days of native Americans, slavery, the wars, and the agricultural and industrial development of our country. The museum features state-of-the-art air management and fiber optic lighting which provide optimum preservation conditions for artifacts and documents. There will be admission charge for non-members on June 1 of $3 per person. Members may always tour free of charge.

Relay for Life rescheduled June 6 - The American Cancer Societyís Relay for Life has been rescheduled for Friday, June 6, from 5 to 11 p.m. at Soroptimist Park in Seaford. If you would like to learn more about The Relay for Life, or join in the fun at Soroptimist Park on Friday, June 6, from 5-11 p.m., call The American Cancer Society at 1 800 937-9696 or Sherry Wix at (302) 629-2131 for information on how you can get involved. In the event of rain on June 6, the Relay will move indoors at Seaford High School.

Fellowship - David Eger will be returning to Budapest courtesy of the U.S. State Department, making him the second Tech student in two years to win the fellowship. Page 3

State title - Seafordís Chris Rupp and Phil Dobson brought home the second doubles state title with wins last week. Page 18

Going to states - The Seaford golf team warmed up for the state match by playing in the Henlopen Conference championships last week. Page 20