MANSION DECORATIONS - Dennis Russell of Act II Florist adds some finishing touches to a mantle in a room at the Gov. Ross Mansion in preparation for the eighth annual Victorian Christmas Dec. 10-12. See a story on page 26.

Photo by Ronald MacArthur

Red Kettle Drive off to a slow start in Sussex

GOING AHEAD - Even with the threat of legal action, a local board prepares to proceed with a building project. Page 3

ON PARADE - Santa Claus officially arrives during the Seaford Christmas Parade. Check out the winners. Page 4

FERRY CHANGES - The historic Woodland Ferry is facing some major changes if a proposal by state officials takes place. Page 6

WHAT A FIND - While searching for cans on a rural road near Laurel, you won't believe what a lady finds. It causes a stir among election officials. Page 13

ON TOUR - Some of Bethel's historic homes will open their doors for a holiday house tour this weekend. Page 14

WOOD ART - When this local man takes out his chainsaw, he doesn't cut trees down, but creates works of art right in his backyard. Page 15

LIGHTHOUSES - A love of lighthouses develops into an international business for this Sussex artisan. Page 48