The Annual Troop 5 Needy Family Project swung into action last Friday morning at the state police barracks in Bridgeville. Pictured (from left) are Capt. Randy Hughes, Carole Wornock, Jim Weller of Weller's Utility Trailers, Megan Gerhard, Amy Messick, Charlotte Wheatley, Cpl. Ron Thomas, Cpl. Sean Mullankey (Santa Claus), Maj. Tom MacLeish, William Conaway, Anthony Bailey, Betty Owings, Cpl. Eddie Cathell and Tfc. Cheryl Arnold. The group is preparing to head out with food and presents for needy families in western Sussex County. Missing from photo is Lt. Colonel Aaron Chaffinch.

Photo by Michael Sullivan

Morning Star's holiday schedule
The offices of Morning Star Publications will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Dec. 27 edition of the Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers went to press Friday, Dec. 21. The Jan. 3 edition of the two newspapers will go to press Friday, Dec. 28.

Try, try again - Never give up seems to be the motto of the Woodbridge School District in its quest for a successful referendum. Page 3

Fence goes up - A fence has been installed by DNREC at Hearns Pond, the site of a recent drowning. Page 5

Take small steps - If you want your resolutions to succeed, take small steps. Page 10

Deer problem - The percentage of highway accidents involving animals may be smaller than you think. Page 26