Laurel News Briefs
Thursday, December 18, 2003
New Year’s Breakfast
American Legion Laurel Post 19 breakfast, 9-11 a.m. Menu includes: chipped beef on toast, scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, toast, juice, coffee, pastries and fruit. Price for adults is $5, children $3, and six and under are free. Any service personnel who is on active duty is free. Must sign up at the Legion Home and pick up tickets. Cut off date is Dec. 29

Laurel Toy Drive
Laurel Police Department is in the process of organizing a Toy Drive for the Christmas Holiday. Its goal is “No Kid Without A Toy For Christmas.” They will be working with school nurses to see that the toys go to families that are truly in need. LPD is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys. Donations may be dropped off at the Laurel Police Department Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or contact Sgt. Jamie Wilson at 875-2244. The drive will run until Dec. 23.

Students collect stuffed animals
By Mike McClure

What started out as the Delaware Career Association’s annual community service project, a teddy bear drive for the Ronald McDonald house in Wilmington, has blossomed into a major project for a group of Laurel High students. The students are in the Jobs for Delaware Graduates class, which automatically makes them members of the DCA club. The students chose the teddy bear drive as its community service project this year and the response from students, family members, faculty and the community has been phenomenal. DCA has collected more than 150 stuffed animals of all kinds and will also donate stuffed animals to A.I. DuPont Children’s hospital. The students also raised over $200 in monetary donations by collecting spare change from fellow students during lunch. That money will be used to buy hand held games and computer games for Ronald McDonald house patients. Laurel High student Ashley Brittingham raised more than $100 and collected several bears herself. Brittingham set up a drop off area at work (Hardee’s of Seaford). “The students decided to do this. This was their own idea,” said Christina Gallo, the DCA advisor. “They’ve taken the ball and just rolled with it. They’ve really gone above and beyond.” DCA is delivering the bears to the two locations this week. The students will hand out stuffed animals in each room at the Ronald McDonald house and will meet and spend time with the patients. Gallo said the response to this year’s project, which fits in well with the holiday season, has been great.
Parade entries are awarded trophies
The 2003 Laurel Christmas parade was Friday, Dec. 12. Trophies were awarded to the following entries:
  • Boy Scout marching unit, first place - Pack 90. Second place - Troop 90.
  • Boy Scout float, first place - Troop 90. Second place - Troop 174.
  • Girl Scout float, first place - Troop 1468. Second place - Troop 494.
  • Commercial entry, first place - M&M Heating & A/C. Second place - Spicer & Hudson Construction.
  • Civic entry, first place - Laurel Lioness. Second place - Laurel Civic.
  • Church entry, first place - Trinity United Methodist Church. Second place - Centenary United Methodist Church.
  • Animal entry, first place - Marine Farm. Second place - Trailblazers.
  • Motor vehicle, first place - Karl & David Walker.
  • Vehicle clubs, first place - Dream Setters. Second place - Elevated Trucks.
  • Youth entry, first place - W. Sussex Boys & Girls. Second place - Sandy’s Starlight Twirlers.
  • Fire Departments:
  • Best appearing modern engine, first place - Greenwood. Second place - Gumboro.
  • Best appearing engine, pre-1990, first place - Delmar. Second place - Blades.
  • Best support unit, first place - Georgetown. Second place - Greenwood.
  • Best ambulance, first place - Blades.
  • Best Christmas entry, first place - Georgetown. Second place - Greenwood.
  • Best appearing fire department, first place - Greenwood.
  • Judges’ awards:
  • First - O’Neal Bros.
  • Second - Epworth Cheerleaders
  • Third - Diamond State Llamas
  • Fourth - Carey’s Inc.
  • Fifth - Church of Christ
  • The David B. Joseph Memorial Award for the best overall entry was awarded to the Bethel Worship Center.