Students, staff at Delmar High honor Sept. 11
By Brian Cordrey
The 9-11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon were marked by a solemn ceremony on Wednesday at the Delmar Middle and Senior High School.
Students gathered outside on the front lawn of the school. Many were dressed in red, white and blue and several were holding American flags.
Dr. George E. Stone, superintendent, began the ceremony by introducing and thanking members from the Delmar community for their support and attendance. He reminded the audience of the great tragedy and explaining it in terms of its effect on his life and that of his daughter and what they were feeling the morning of the tragedy.
The audience was reminded of how closely this tragedy touched home by the speeches of Garland Hayward and William Mills, both teachers. Hayward, an agriculture teacher, served during the tragedy at the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base and Mills, a science teacher, spent a year with his military unit in Afghanistan.
Both reminded the audience of the sacrifices that are necessary so that we all can enjoy the freedoms we have in America.
Mark A. Holodick, principal, read a poem and led a moment of silent remembrance.
David Burton Sr., social studies teacher, Hayward and Shawn Hatfield, state resource officer, raised the flag to half mast and the Delmar band played the Star-Spangled Banner. Holodick and Stone then laid a wreath at the foot of the flagpole and there was silence as the band played Taps.
Bi-Staters’ Coffee Talk
On Sunday, Sept. 1, the Laurel Saddle Friends held a 35th anniversary celebration with approximately 75 members and guests in attendance. President Marilyn McConnel welcomed everyone and Pansy Plummer, 35- year member, shared interesting comments relative to membership over the years.
Mildred Windsor West, the last of the original founders of the organization, shared its history. Back in 1967, her late husband, Elmer Windsor, sat at a kitchen table with the late Hubert Collins and shared their love of horses and trail riding. They called a few locals whom they knew also owned horses, and the “little group” met in each other’s homes for quite some time. Then the “group” selected a name, Laurel Saddle Friends, which happened to be Mildred’s suggestion.
They rented grounds and a small building in its early years, later purchasing the present acreage and adding a clubhouse, the Plummer Building, a storage building and an arena.
Ten years ago, members got together around this same time and buried a time capsule. On this celebration, Joe Plummer and Bill Parsons dug up the time capsule and C. J. McConnell read notes and sentiments written 10 years ago.
Members and guests shared stories and events from trail riding, horse shows, camping, holiday dinners, etc.
Though the weekend brought more rain than our area had had in months, spirits and friendship were not the least bit dampened. A covered-dish dinner with roast pig and lots of “homemade” dishes were enjoyed by all of the “saddle” friends.
Congratulations to the members and best wishes for 35 more years of “Happy Trails.”
Get well wishes to Florence Calloway, who is recovering from hip replacement surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 11. She is home and doing great.
After a fall at home, Elizabeth German is temporarily residing at Barb’s Mason Dixon Home, 29233A W. Line Rd., Delmar, MD 21875. We hope she is feeling better real soon.
The family and friends of Annabel Cordrey would like to wish her a wonderful birthday on Monday, Sept. 23. She will be ?? years old this year.
We wish the following people a very happy birthday: on Sept. 15 - Kyle Prettyman and Haley Scott; Sept. 17 - Penni Truitt, Geraldine Dashiell, Bill McCain and Addie Benson; Sept. 18 - Joyce Melvin; Sept. 19 - Paul Scovell and Fred Disharoon; Sept. 20 - Trent Carr and Bonnie Hudson; Sept. 21 - Nadine O’Neal, Dale Trader and Joe Trice.
Thought for the week: “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.” —Seneca