STEPPING BACK IN TIME AT THE ROSS MANSION - Volunteer tour guides in period dress from the Seaford Historical Society greet visitors during the eighth annual Victorian Christmas at the Gov. Ross Mansion this past weekend. Above, Betty Bevans talks about decorations and antiques in the formal parlor and below, Lillian Deputy explains the use of the family parlor room in the mansion. See more photos on page 20.

Photo by Ronald MacArthur

Boe Harris takes another ‘mission’ to military bases

RED HATS - These ladies love to wear red hats and go out to lunch. Page 2

THE WEED - Yes Virginia, there is a downstate Christmas weed and it can be found nearby. Page 8

IN THE SWIM - Seaford’s swim teams are off to great starts this season. Page 44

FOR THE KIDS - Local Kiwanians are collecting school supplies for students in Iraq. Page 50

LAND PURCHASE - Bridgeville officials make another ‘historic” decision in a series of major moves in the town. Page 51

NEWSPAPER OFFICE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY - The offices of Morning Star Publications will be closed for the holiday on Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Jan. 31.

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR TOY-FOOD DRIVE - The annual toy and food drive is under way for the Seaford-Blades Associated Charities. Collection points for toys and food include: The Seaford Star, 628 Stein Highway, Leader & State Register, Stein Highway, Burton Bros, 407 High St., the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club and Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Sears, Seaford Village Shopping Center, and Peninsula Chiropractic Center, 26685 Sussex, Highway. Last collection date is Dec. 17. Donations can be mailed to: Seaford Blades Associated Charities, c/o Ginny Short, 723 Washington Ave., Seaford, DE 19973.