Delmar Events
Thursday, September 16th. 1999
 
Brittingham is honored by town
By Pat Murphy

Shawn Brittingham, member of the Delmar School Board of Education, owner of Delmar IGA and a Delmar community leader, was given the Delmar Citizen of the Year Award at a Chamber of Commerce dinner Saturday night at the Delmar Fire Hall.
John Riggin was the master of ceremonies. Local dignitaries who attended the affair included county councilman Vance Phillips, who was the featured speaker; state Sen. Robert Venables, Delmar Vice Mayor Paul Scovell, Maryland Sen. Richard Colbourn, Mayor Doug Niblett, commissioner Anna Humphrey’s, councilwoman Regina Melvin, councilman Michael Houlihan, Mary Lee Pase and former Citizens of the Year, including last year’s recipient Bobby Handy.
Phillips stated that Delmar is Laurel’s sister community and despite the great rivalry, “we both have a tremendous heritage, and common values that we possess. What we believe in is family — Mom and Dad to raise our children. Shawn is an example of family, dedicated to the needs of the community.” Phillips also stated that being Citizen of the Year in a small community is a tremendous honor and sets an example for others.
Proclamations were read by chamber president Linda Jones and from Sen. Joe Biden. Maryland Sen. Richard Coulbourn presented proclamations from the Maryland legislature.
Brittingham is a lifelong citizen of Delmar and a member of the graduating class of 1977.
He was a proud member of the 1976 Delmar team that won the state championship. In addition to the many hours Brittingham puts in as owner and manager of Delmar IGA, he also is involved with the VFW, the Lions Club, Senior League Softball where he has taken his team to the Eastern Regionals, the Delmar Parks and Recreation, the Board of Delmar Little League and the Delmar School Board, where he has been active with the new school project.
In accepting the award, Brittingham said that he appreciated everything and thanked his wife, Rosemary, for her understanding when he was gone the countless hours during his involvement with the community. Brittingham also remarked about the guidance he received from his parents, Wallace and Mabel Brittingham, as well as from Jay Green of Delmar School.
“Twenty years ago I would not have believed I would be standing before you like this,” he said. “I am extremely proud. Delmar is one of the most unique towns in America, by being bi-state. We support our youth programs, high school teams and our school system,” Delmar is a town that refuses to be second to none… this is what makes Delmar a great community.” In concluding, Brittingham added, “There is work to be done and I will not sit idle.”
Brittingham is married to the former Rosemary Johnson. They are the parents of two children, Katie and Joseph.
The event was hosted by the Delmar Fire Department Auxiliary.