Bulletin Board
Thursday, January 25, 2007

Nanticoke Auxiliary Winter Dance 'Puttin' on the Glitz'
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary Winter Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. This year's 1930s theme, "Puttin' on the Glitz," will feature Art Deco decorations in a Grand Ballroom. Those attending will enjoy elegant food followed by the music of Encore while they whirl across the dance floor. Dust off your spats and top hats and put on your pearls and enjoy this memorable evening. Linda Robertson is the chairperson for the annual gala event. She is assisted by Bonnie Allen, Patty Burk, Sharon Mears, Janet Hubbard, Judi Thoroughgood and Jenny Werner. Proceeds from the event will be part of the auxiliary's annual donation to Nanticoke Health Services. Details can be obtained by calling the Nanticoke Health Services Volunteer Office at 629-6611, ext. 2301.

A Toast to Romance
Wishes, Bubbles and romance - The Shoppe's of High Street in Historic Downtown Seaford will be hosting a toast to Romance. Couples are encouraged to stroll High Street on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1-4 p.m. and join participating retailers for a champagne tasting, hosted by Nylon Package Store. Learn about the different types of champagne and enter drawings for romantic giveaways and door prizes. Register your special Valentine wish with your favorite retailers during your visit.

Hearts for Hope
Hearts for Hope - A benefit dinner and auction for Hope House I and II, sponsored by the Laurel Community Foundation, a 501-c3 non-profit organization, will be held on Feb. 17, 6 p.m., to the Laurel Fire Hall. Entertainment will be by Beverly La Fazia and Robert Naylor. Tickets are on sale at Laurel Petroleum, or from any LCF Board member, for $25. Call Leigh Clark for information at 875-9480.

Golden Dragons Acrobats
On Sunday, April 29, the Golden Dragons Acrobats will perform at 2 p.m., in the theatre in Arts & Science Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Rt. 18, Seashore Highway, Georgetown. The world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe; features award-wining acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes. Tickets are $22 for adults; $18 for students (must present ID at time of purchase); $10 for children 12 and younger. Open seating; doors open at 1 p.m. Beginning Jan. 16, tickets will be available for purchase, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; call 855-1617 to purchase by credit card or in person at Delaware Tech, Suite 109, Jason Technology Center.

Farm Toy and Truck Show
The 15th annual Blue Hen Farm Toy and Truck Show and Sale is Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 to 2 p.m. in Exhibit Hall at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Buy, sell or trade farm toys and trucks with vendors from Delmarva. This show offers a wife variety of toy tractors, implements and trucks of different sizes and brands, as well as some NASCAR collectibles. Admission is $3, with children 10 and under free with paying adult. The show will also feature door prizes and concessions. All proceeds will benefit Lake Forest East Elementary School's PTA. For more information about the show, call Chris Argo at (302) 684-0117.

Watermelon Convention
The 42nd Annual Mar-Del Watermelon Convention will be held February 2-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Md. The competition for the 2007 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen will be held during the convention. The competition is open to young women from Maryland or Delaware between the ages of 18 and 23. For more information about both the convention and the queen competition, visit www.mardelwatermelon.org, or call 443-783-2871.

Blind Willie Band
Blind Willie Band playing Classic Rock (Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzie, Bob Segar, Lynard Skynard, etc.) will be at Federalsburg VFW Hall, Federalsburg, Md. on Feb. 10, from 8 p.m. till midnight. Tickets are $20 per couple to benefit Oddfellows, Hebron Lodge #14, Seaford. Come out and have fun and support an outstanding local organization in the process. For more information contact, Robert Anger 302-542-4751.


Nanticoke Little League
The Nanticoke Little League will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Moose Lodge, located on Rt. 13A in Seaford. The evening will consist of 20 games and will feature several basket sets, Collectors Club, Membership basket, Journal basket, Napkin set and several regular line baskets as prizes. Advance tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. Advance ticket includes a chance to win the Large Hamper, Heartwood Serving Bowl basket, Toboso Plaid Throw or one of the eight door prizes. Several chances to win. Refreshments will be available. For ticket information contact any Nanticoke Little League member, call 875-2947, or email Hbyrd@delawarenational.com.


Laurel Installation Dinner
Laurel Chamber Installation Dinner will be on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30-6 p.m. social, with dinner at 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall. Tickets are $20 and must be paid for in advance. They can be purchased at MCM Jewelers.

Golf Kiwanis Tournament
Friday, June 8, is the date for the 21st annual golf tournament sponsored by the Seaford Kiwanis Foundation, which was created to provide college scholarships to worthy and aspiring high school seniors. Thanks to enthusiastic participants and willing sponsors 44 students have been helped so far. Most have graduated. Last year's winners are students at the University of Delaware, York College and at the University of Virginia. Mark your calendar and help the Kiwanis Club help deserving youth.


AARP Chapter 5340
Georgetown's AARP Chapter 5340 will meet Feb. 5, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown with luncheon at noon. Guest speaker Uday Jani, M.D., FACP of Shore view Medical P.A. will provide information about risk factors for coronary artery disease. Cost of the lunch is $15 per person. Call Anita Wright 856-6215 for reservations that are needed by Jan. 29. New members are welcome.

Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Seaford.

Embroiders' Guild meeting
The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders' Guild meets on the second Monday of the month, September through June at 10 a.m. at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome. For more information call 410-208-9386.

Western Sussex Democrat Club
Chris Calio, a member of the Laurel Town Council will be the speaker at the regular monthly meeting of the Western Sussex Democrat Club Monday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Calio will present topics of interest to all residents of the 40th District. The meeting is held at Duke's Pool House on Sycamore Road in Laurel and features a dish to pass dinner. Duke's Pool House is about three miles east of Rt. 13 and Sycamore Road is marked by O'Neal's Antiques on Rt. 13. From the Georgetown area, take Rt. 9 to Rt. 13, turn south and look for O'Neal's Antiques. Newcomers to the area and interested residents are welcome to attend.

Acorn Club
The G.F.W.C.-Acorn Club of Seaford will have a business meeting at the Methodist Manor House on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The hostess will be Betty Johnson and her committee.

Delaware Equine Council
The next meeting of the Delaware Equine Council will be at 7p.m. at the AmericInn in Harrington on Monday, Feb. 19. There will be a short meeting followed by guest speaker, Dr. Beth Ross, DVM. Dr. Ross is new to the area. For details call Peggy at 629-5233.

Seaford Watch
The next Seaford Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Mission. RSVP 302-628-1908.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.

The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its Protection, Preservation, Enhancement and Naturalization met on Jan. 11 to discuss issues concerning the Hearns Pond area. The focus of the meeting was the need to bring the Hearns Pond dam up to the highest state standards, creating a safer environment for all homes and businesses affected by flood events of the past five years. The group's next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Toastmasters of Southern Delaware meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month in Bay Shore Community Church at 6 p.m. Develop your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Joy Slabaugh at 846-9201, or joy@estfinancial.com.


Celtic Woman Concert
Celtic Woman Concert on Friday, Feb. 23, at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, $60. The concert features five Irish vocalists whose latest album has been No. 1 on the Billboard World Music Chart for more than 70 weeks. Call 629-6809 for tickets.

Norfolk Azalea Festival trip
The Seaford Area Chapter of the AARP is conducting a trip to the Norfolk Azalea festival on April 18-21. The cost is $440 per person and includes: most meals, all tips and bus transportation; tickets to the Festival's Grand Parade and the Virginia International Military Tattoo Show; tours of the Norfolk Naval Base and Botanical Gardens; and a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. Contact Patrick Curran at 628-9743 by Feb. 8.

Caroline AARP plans trip
The Caroline County AARP 915 will take a trip to San Antonio, Texas, for 11 days beginning March 16. It will include a four-night stay in San Antonio with 18 meals, a guided tour, visits to the San Antonio River Walk District, The Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, LBJ Ranch, the San Antonio Missions and the IMAX theatre, which will show "The Price of Freedom," and much more. For more information or to register, contact Peggy Perry at 1-410-822-2314 or pegperry@ myshorelink.com.

Overnight Trip to Atlantic City
Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism's Happy Timers organization presents an overnight trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The event, which is open to the public, will take place March 22-23. The cost for the two-day trip is $105 based on double occupancy which includes motor coach transportation to and from the Wicomico Civic Center, one night of lodging, one meal, one free show ticket the night of arrival (if available) and two days of coin bonuses. Located on the boardwalk, the Tropicana is rated the best casino in Atlantic City and offers first class shopping and dining. For more information contact Sharon Engster at 410-548-4900, ext. 118.

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. trip, June 18-22, $589 per person, which includes round-trip Motor Coach, four nights hotel accommodations, four breakfasts, four dinners and six shows including: Grand Illusion, Country Tonite Theatre, Comedy Barn Theatre, Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show, The Miracle Theatre, Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show. Dolly Parton's Dollywood, visiting Gatlinburg, Tenn., taxes, tips, and baggage handling. For more information call 875-2536.


Breakfast Cafe
VFW 4961 Breakfast Cafe, open Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund. All are welcome.

Sunday Breakfast Buffet
Sunday breakfast buffet, All-You-Care-To-Eat, served by the Galestown Ruritan Club on the fourth Sunday of each month, October through June, from 7-10 a.m., at the Galestown, Md., Community Hall. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children ages 6-12. This month it will be Jan. 28.

Oyster Sandwich Day
Hope Lodge Four, Oyster sandwich day, Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot dogs, Polish sausage, soup, 102 West 6th St., Laurel. Eastern Star will have baked goods.

All-you-can-eat breakfast
Blades Firemen and Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast, Sunday, Feb. 4, 8-11 a.m., at the fire hall, on the corner of 5th and Cannon streets in Blades. Adults $7, children 10 years and under, $3. All breakfast foods, coffee, milk. The breakfast takes place the first Sunday of each month, at the Blades Volunteer Fire Company Hall.

Milford Unity BBQ
The Milford Community Unity barbecue chicken dinner will be held Saturday, March 31, at the Carlisle Fire Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. A person from the Milford Community will be honored as a volunteer of the year. Local officials and celebrities will be serving the BBQ chicken dinner that includes potato salad and baked beans. Community clubs and organizations will have the opportunity to have a booth during the event. This event is made possible by Community Partners including Milford Parks and Recreation, and the Milford Moose Lodge. If you would like to nominate a volunteer or to have a booth call Gary Downes at 422-8863.


Winter Reading Program
Registration for the Laurel Public Library's Second Annual K-6 Winter Reading Program "Pirates @the Library!" begins Saturday, Feb. 3. Children in grades K-6 who complete the program by reading five books will receive a book and a prize from the Friends of the Laurel Public Library, and will earn trips to the Treasure Box each time they add three books to their Reading Log. The month-long program will also feature several exciting programs, including a visit from the folks at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation to learn about real pirates on Saturday, Feb. 3, a Pirate Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, and a Pirate movie on Saturday, March 3, all at 12:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, children are invited to a Magic Tree House Book Party, featuring "Pirates Past Noon" and on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the library will present a Time Warp Trio Book Party, featuring "The Not-So-Jolly Roger." Both Wednesday programs are from 4:15 - 5 p.m. and require pre-registration. Last day to record books is Saturday, March 3, and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, March 10. The student reading the most books will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate and the classroom that has the most children completing the program by reading five books will win a Pizza Party. Top readers for each grade will also win prizes. For more information about the Laurel Public Library's Winter Reading Program, or to register for the Book Parties, stop by the Library at 101 East 4th Street or call 875-3184.

Seaford District Library events
Here is what's happening at the Seaford District Library for Jan. 25-Feb. 1: ¥ Seaford District Library's First Adult Winter Reading Program entitled "Warm Your Soul and Toes with a Hot Book" has begun and will run through Tuesday, Mar. 13. Every 5 hours of reading will earn you an entry blank for the weekly prize drawings. Major prizes will be awarded at the Grand Finale Celebration on March 14, at 6:30 pm. The 3rd Prize will be a SanDisk MP3 Player, 2nd Prize will be an Accurian 8" Tablet Portable DVD Player, and the Grand Prize will be a $150 Visa Bank Card. For ages 17 and up. For more info contact: Thelma Jones at 629-2524. ¥ "Mother Goose on the Loose" is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading. This program will be held on Tuesdays at the Seaford District Library starting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2006 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Parents ofinfants and toddlers up to the age of 3 are encouraged to attend. This award-winning program, which incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled 30 minute session for the children with their parent or caregiver. For more info contact: Cindi Smith at 629-2524. ¥ Story Time continues in 2007 on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Bring your preschoolers for a fun-filled time of listening to stories, singing, and making take home crafts. Programs are free and open to the public.

Up Coming Events:
¥ In observance of Black History Month the library will kick off its Annual "African American Heritage Jubilee", with a second Book Signing by George E. Brummell, a blind African American Vietnam Vet and author of "Shades of Darkness" on Friday, Feb. 9 from 4-6. Hosted by Rosetta Garfield ¥ Immediately following the Book Signing (Feb.9), Ms. Garfield will continue the celebration with our second year of "Historical Reflections" featuring several guests from the Delmarva Peninsula sharing their stories at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. All are welcome. Refreshments served. ¥ Book Signing with the Rev. Dr. Catherine A. Camper, founder and Bishop of the United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel. Bishop Camper a native of Concord, recently released her first book; a biography entitled, "As God Would Have It." Come meet her on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m.


Master Gardener workshop schedule
The Sussex County Master Gardeners, of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both Delaware State University and University of Delaware, are pleased to announce their Workshop Schedule for he first half of 2007. The workshops are being held at the Carvel Research and Education Center and in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. The workshops are free except where noted. In addition to the presentation style workshops, the Master Gardeners are inviting the public to work with them in their garden on April 17, May 15, and June 19, from 9-11 a.m. Bring your gloves and favorite hand tools and join us. The Carvel Research and Education Center (REC) is located on Rt. 9 (County Seat Highway), west of Georgetown. Traveling west, it is 4.7 miles from the intersection of Routes 113 and 9, past the Sussex Tech High School, and the office is on the right. Traveling east, it is 2 miles from the intersection of Rt. 20 and Rt. 9, on the left. The garden is just behind the Carvel Building. Call Sharon Webb at 302-956-2585, ext. 540, to register for the workshops. If you have any special needs, give this information to Sharon when you register.

Classes held in the building
Planning a Garden - Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Ana Dittel and Linda Peters presenting - We will discuss the basics of starting the garden from scratch and will cover topics such as type (vegetable, flower, formal, informal), size and location. We will talk about soil and how to lay a design out on paper and plan in detail what you will do. This is a fun exercise for the new and experienced gardener.
Starting Plants from Seeds - Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Ila Myers presenting - Learn the basics of seed starting including types of containers, timing, lighting, temperature, moisture, and soil. You do not need a greenhouse to grow strong, healthy seedlings. At little cost, you can increase the variety and quantity of your plans by using seeds.
Is it a Nesting box or Birdhouse? - Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m.
Nancy Davis presenting - Learn about bird habitats and housing needs. Discover what attracts birds to your yard and how to entice bird families to nest and raise their young near you. Just as humans live in different houses, so do birds. Check out the models available for your neighborhood; consider the square footage and door size. Bring Phillips-head screwdriver and $10 to cover all material costs and you'll go home with a new cedar abode for your feathered friends.
Don't let Your Home be a Home for Bugs - Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Susan King presenting - The workshop will cover indoor pests, how to identify them, what a homeowner should do, and when a homeowner should call a professional.
Weeds - Identification and Control - Tuesday, March 27, 7: p.m.
Jay Windsor presenting - Not sure if it's a weed or a flower? Learn the difference and how to control (eliminate? those pesky weeds.
Tomatoes - Planting and Growing - Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Greta Reed presenting - It's all about tomatoes - the many varieties and special planting techniques. Also, how, when and where to plant, the type of soil best suited to tomatoes and when to fertilize.
Shade Gardening - Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Bobbie Ranney presenting - You can have a colorful and interesting garden even in a shady location. We'll discuss types of shade and ways to manage it, shade gardening techniques and shade loving plants.
Gardening in Miniature - Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Emily Peterson presenting - A demonstration of how to build a miniature garden scene using live plants and other materials.
Magnolias around the World and one or more for your Garden, too, Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Susan Bitzer presenting - Learn about their prehistoric origin and many uses for bark, wood and flowers. Discover some of the many varieties of magnolias, modern planting techniques, and soil requirements. See pictures and samples of plants, leaves, flowers, etc.
Gardening for Part-time Residents - Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Ingrid Hetfield presenting - Selection of plants, maintenance and protection from pests and harsh weather are some of the challenges part-time gardeners face. Easy-care landscape plans for your summer home will be presented at this workshop.

Classes Held in the Garden
Paint and Plant a Pot - Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
Donna Fuhrman presenting - Bring the kids and join us for a hands-on workshop and learn how to prime, paint, and decorate a clay pot using your own design or copying from samples. There will be a demo for anyone who wants to "paint along." The completed pots will be planted with a fast growing seed. Class size is limited. A $5 fee will be charged to cover all supplies furnished in class. Lavender - Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Terri Carr presenting - There are several varieties of lavender that can be grown in this area. Learn their soil and water preferences, when to prune and when to harvest, as well as the many uses fo these fragrant, evergreen, aromatic shrubs in the culinary arts, crafts and decorating, and they are easily dried for potpourri and sachets. Come sample delicious baked goods made with lavender.

Be a Beekeeper this year
Bob Mitchell, the Apiary Inspector for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, is teaching a mini-course facilitator" so that the bees can achieve greater productivity. Beekeeping on beekeeping. The courses are the mornings of Saturday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 until noon at the Redden State Forest Education Center in Georgetown. The cost is free and open to the public. Beekeeping is both science and art and one cannot learn everything in two short mornings, but one can learn enough to begin the journey with confidence. Bees, after all, have been taking care of themselves for a long time, and a beekeepers role is often more of a "can be an inexpensive hobby." To start from scratch with new equipment is only about $300 and that cost can be considerably reduced if one can find used equipment. Moreover, the return on investment is sweet. Poor puns aside, getting rich in beekeeping is difficult, but one can make decent money at it. There is a great appreciation for local honey and beeswax, and people are prepared to pay a premium for it. Moreover, bees are important to the success of farming, especially the production of fruits and vegetables, so there is a need for beekeepers who provide pollinating services. Unfortunately for farmers, the number of beekeepers is shrinking and will go into catastrophic decline very shortly because the average age of beekeepers has crept up to 60. In short, there are job opportunities for small entrepreneurs right here in Delaware. Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper for fun or profit and wants to "test the water" without a major investment of time or money, this is the way to do it. For more details or to register for the course, please call John Tulloch at (302) 378-1917.

Whitetail Deer School
Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife buffs, take note: the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will host an advanced Whitetail Deer School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Hwy., Dover. Certification of continuing education credit for attendance will be of special interest to Delaware Master Hunters and new candidates for the DMH program. Participants in previous QDMA seminars have been extremely enthusiastic about the quality, depth and value of the information presented. The course is free of charge and open to the general public. Parking is available behind the Richardson & Robbins Building. To get into the parking lot from Rt. 13, go west on Loockerman St. and turn right at the light next to the Dover Post Office. For more information, call the Hunter Education Training Center at 302-323-5336.


Stay and Play
Parents and children from birth to age four are invited to play together, listen to a story, learn new songs and finger plays, and network with other families. Free. Now thru-May 2007. Closed on school holidays. No registration required. Call Anna Scovel at 856-5239 for more information.Seaford Parks & Recreation (SDPR), 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Rabies Clinic schedule
The Rabies clinics will be held at the SPCA, Rt. 113, Georgetown. All dogs must be on leash; all cats must be in carriers. Dates are: Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1-3 p.m.; Friday, Feb 9, 10 a.m.-noon; Thursday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon; Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon; Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Rabies vaccination is $10; Canine distemper, $12; Feline Distemper, $10; Bordetella (kennel cough) $10. This is a no-exam vaccination clinic that will be held monthly. Call for more dates, 856-6361.

Ruritan host Ham/Turkey Shoot
Ellendale Ruritan will hold their Ham/Turkey Shoot at the Ellendale VFW, Road 607 (1/2 mile south of Rt. 113 and 16 intersection), at 11:30 a.m. each month. This month it will be held Jan. 27 (rain date Feb. 3). Refreshments will be available for sale. For possible cancellation call 422-2948.