Delmar Events
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Delmar Public Library plans its fall programs
The Delmar Public Library will sponsor a program on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. featuring Ed Okonowicz. Okonowicz is a well-known local author of books about ghosts, especially ghosts that inhabit the Eastern Shore. During the program he will speak about ghost stories. The program will be followed by a book signing. The library will start its fall children’s programs next week with a kick and a punch. On Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m., the library will present a program featuring Shorinji Kempo, a form of defense martial arts. Bruce Davis and Randy Parsons of the Delmarva Shorinji Kempo will demonstrate basic control techniques for children ages 8 and up. Both Davis and Parsons are black belts associated with Delmarva Shorinji Kempo, located in the Power House Gym in Salisbury, Md. Admission to both programs is free. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and the staff at the Delmar Library is ready to help anyone obtain a card. A card to the Delmar Library enables the owner to borrow books from all Sussex County libraries. All new card applicants will have their names entered in a drawing, which will be held the end of September.

Nominations for citizen of the year are open
The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2003 Citizen of the Year during a banquet on Thursday, Nov. 6. The chamber is accepting nominations for the citizen of the year, who is chosen in recognition of outstanding achievements in the community of Delmar. Citizens of the year must:
  • Be a resident of the Delmar School District
  • Have made a contribution for the improvement of the community
  • Show commitment and contributions through local church, social, business, school, chamber or other community related projects
  • Be a role model reflecting strong character
Former citizens of the year are: Mora Irene Culver, Dr. Ernest Larmore, Jean Ellis, Joseph Morris, Ronnie Hastings, Doug Niblett, Bill Brittingham, Al Covington, Jay Green, Hattie Moore, Irvin Aydelotte, Pete Pedersen, Dee McDonnell, Percy Elliott, Anthony Triglia, Melba Hastings, Robert Handy, Shawn Brittingham, Mary Lee Pase, Linda Jones, and last year’s recipient, Charles Truitt. Among the Delmar citizens honored who are now deceased have been: J. William Gordy, A.E. Hantwerker, Edward McClaine and George Leong. Ballot boxes are located at the Bank of Delmarva, Delmar Chamber office, Delmar Town Hall, Delmar Post Office, Delmar Public Library and Wilmington Trust in Delmar. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 22. This year’s banquet will be held at the Delmar VFW. Information regarding the event can be requested by contacting Lisa Lloyd Ellis at the Bank of Delmarva, 410-742-9401. In addition to the City of the Year banquet, the chamber sponsors Delmar’s Day in the Park, Delmar Christmas parade and Carnival of Lights and hands out scholarships at Delmar High School to graduating seniors. For details, contact the chamber office, 302-846-3336.
Bi-Staters Coffee Talk

Sharon Cordrey

Many retirees, friends and family attended the annual DuPont Power picnic at the Soroptomist Park in Seaford on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing and all the good food.

Alvin and Irene Culver have returned to their villa in Sebring, Fla., after spending July and August in Delmar with their family and many friends. I talked with Alvin and he said the weather in Florida was beautiful. While they were here, they traveled to Greenbackville, Va., for the Thomas S. and Jennie Lee Culver family reunion. There were about 115 in attendance and Alvin and Irene traveled the greatest distance.

Family and friends would like to wish Kevin Ralph and his twin sister, Karen Bradley, a very happy birthday, which was Sunday, Sept. 7.

An early reminder: St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church will hold its fall festival Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Camelot Hall on State Street next to the church. There will be food, crafts, an indoor yard sale and a raffle.

Paul and Vivian Moore have recently returned from a trip to Charleston, S.C., after visiting with her sisters. Vivian told me that cruise ships are now leaving Charleston. She’s hoping to go on one the next time she goes to Charleston.

Our get-well wishes to Kevin Morris who is a patient at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. If you like to drop Kevin a card, his address is Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Room 3101-D,100 E. Carroll Street, Salisbury, MD 21801.

We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of Rhonda M. Johnson, Francis Thomas Fleetwood and Richard Gene Welch.

Citizens are reminded to nominate citizens for the Delmar Greater Chamber of Commerce sponsored program for Citizen of the Year. Ballots can be found in Delmar banks and the Delmar Post Office.

We wish the following people very happy birthdays: Larry Kershner, Joseph C. Morris Sr. and Pat Disharoon, Sept. 7; Norma Faye Hudson and Cody Graham, Sept. 8; Kaye Bonsall, Sept. 9; Scott Dukes and Robert Benson, Sept. 10; Jeff Melvin and Gary Humphreys, Sept. 11; Gary Stickles, Sept. 12; and Tom Scott, Sept. 14.

Thought for the week: A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.