Laurel News Briefs
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Laurel Independence Day
Events (breakfast, parade, 5K run, talent show, fireworks, and more) will take place all day on Monday, July 5, in downtown Laurel. Phone 875 -9319. The following entertainers will be a part of Laurel’s Fourth of July celebration, which this year is being held on Monday, July 5: ‘Bunky Eye’ and Dottie, Jones Boys Band, Hart and Soul, Side by Side, Virginia Van Tine, Taj Mahal. See page 5 of this week’s paper for more details.
Sarah Marie Trivits

I was just thinking (and that’s a chore these days ) that 60 years ago (plus) I would walk uptown from my home at 210 8th St. maybe two, three or four times a day to mail a letter, buy a pound of sugar, get a stamp at the post office or whatever. Now I get in the car to just go around the corner. Is it the times or are my legs just giving out?

Karla Walker Gomez, formerly of Laurel, now residing in Guatemala City, was guest of honor at a “stork” shower on June 5 at the home of her parents, Derby and Janet Walker. Eighteen family and friends were guests at the shower, among them cousins from Charlottesville, Va., Katie Wright McAvoy from Baltimore and Karla’s brother, Steve, his wife, Maria, and children, Stephen, Victoria and Laura from Pearl River, N.Y., who also stayed with the Walkers last week. Marla Motta of Guatemala City will be the Walkers’ guest next week.

On Wednesday, June 10, nine members of the Laurel Garden Club met at Nancy Smith’s home in Portsville to end their current meeting season with a covered-dish supper. After their fill of plentiful, seasonal delights they toured the grounds of John and Mary Louise Janosik. It is just beautiful there, especially this time of year. A straw hat, fashioned with 50 $1 bills was raffled off by the group and the winner was announced that evening. The lucky lady was Mariellen Leonhartt of Seaford. The first meeting of the new season will be on Sunday, Sept. 12. Meetings are always held on the second Sunday of the month (unless a holiday), at St. Philips’ Parish House at 1:45 p.m. We welcome all visitors, guests and those who may want to sit in to decide if you want to become a member. Feel free to join us

Shawn Phillips’ signing of a baseball contract with the Texas Rangers has been covered in most local papers, but to add to his honors, Matt and Michelle Kirk hosted a large celebration for him at their farm on Rt. 9, on June 12. The family and friends just about took over the whole “back 40” and enjoyed all homemade foods. Shawn is the nephew of Michelle and she has just told me that his team won their games on Friday and Saturday night last, and Shawn will pitch his first game on Wednesday, June 23. His cousins, Brittany and Samantha, wish him the best of luck!

It is said that good things come in threes and that proved true for Margaret Coladonato a couple of weeks ago when she saw three of her grandchildren graduate from high school, all of them having the distinction of being honor roll students. Tyler Bryan graduated from Sussex Tech and this summer is doing police duty at Dewey Beach. Kristy Warfel and Mike Dodson received their diplomas at Laurel High School. Kristy hopes to be a nurse and Mike has his sights set on the Marine Corps sometime in the future. Margaret held a graduation celebration at her home for Mike following the ceremonies.

Airman First Class Amy Messick of the U.S.A.F. and her fiance, Cpl. M.T. Berry, U.S. Army, both stationed at Abilene, Texas, had a wonderful five-day visit spending time with family members and friends in this area last week. Amy will be deployed for duty in July (location not given). Her family and friends send her off with love and prayers that she will be safe from harm. Amy’s parents are Donna Cecil and Ronald Messick of Laurel.

The big, white house at 158 Delaware Ave. is no longer sitting there alone as the Evans family, John, Heidi and Reba have arrived for the summer from their home in Sarasota, Fla.

We express our sympathy to the family and friends of Elizabeth P. Dukes, Irmina Henry Sullivan, Mabel M. Lynch and Mary E. Riley.

We add continued prayers for those who are ill: Emma Wootten, Edna O’Neal, June Powell, David English, Virginia English, Louise Ward, Kelly Griffith, Penny Spicer and Barbara Phillips.

“You’re only old when your back goes out more than you do!”

See you in the Stars.