Laurel Events
Thursday, February 10th, 2000
Miss Laurel and Little Miss Pageant set for April 18
The 2000 Miss Laurel and Little Miss Laurel Pageant, sponsored by The Laurel Exchange Club will be held April 18 in the Laurel High School gym at 7:30 p.m.
A contestant for Little Miss Laurel must be a resident of the Laurel School District and must be at least four, but not have reached her sixth birthday by July 1 of the year in which she competes.
A contestant for Miss Laurel must be a resident of the Laurel School District and must be a sophomore or junior with passing grades.
Applications may be picked up at Laurel Library; Laurel High School or Todd's Tax Service, 305 Poplar St., Laurel. For more information call Juanita Stone, 875-5385 or Dolores Todd, 875-3433.

MS Read-a-Thon at Library, kits available now
The children and youth section of the Laurel Public Library is participating in the Year 2000 Multiple Sclerosis Read-a-Thon, sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read-a-Thon kits are available at the Library through the end of February.
The kits include a registration card, sponsor list, book list, and prize information. Children will ask people they know to make a pledge to the Multiple Sclerosis Society for each book or newspaper they read. They keep a record of the books, then return to the sponsor at the end of the month with the list. The sponsor will fulfill his pledge by writing a check to the MS Society. For example, if a sponsor pledges $1 per book and the child reads 20 books ,the sponsor will donate $20 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Delaware Chapter is awarding a number of prizes, from discount coupons and free tickets to all children completing the Read-a-Thon, to special prizes for kids raising $500, $1000, or $1,500. A number of prizes will be awarded. The top prize is a four-day trip to Walt disney World.
Children may register in the children's room of the Laurel Public Library. For more information, call Jane Stuchell, Youth Services Librarian, at 875-3184.

Income Tax assistance notice
There will be no income tax assistance offered in the Laurel Public Library this winter. Please call AARP at 1-800-897-2277 for more information.

Garden Club meets Feb. 13
The Laurel Garden Club will meet Sunday, Feb. 13, at St. Philip's Church. The meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m. with a social time and refreshments. Following a short business meeting, Sharon Shulder, club president, will do a special "Hands On" demonstration entitled "Making Your Own Lavender and Roses Potpourri." Participants will need to supply their own container for the potpourri. Anyone interested in joining the garden club is cordially invited to attend this meeting. For more information call 875-0787.

Cookbook for sale at library
The Laurel Public Library has copies of the historic "Down State" Cookbook for sale for $7.50. It is a reprint of the cookbook that was originally compiled in 1909 by the members of the Laurel New Century Club for the purpose of raising money to establish a Free Library in the town of Laurel. Recipes were gathered from the housewives of southern Sussex County, whose names are attached to their contributions. The cookbook includes old housekeeping hints as well a recipes. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will benefit the Laurel Public Library.

Laurel Lioness Scholarship
The Laurel Lioness Club is once again offering a $500 Scholarship. Applications are available at the Laurel High School Guidance Office. Also, another scholarship is being offered by the family of Georgetta Jewel Hickman, a former Laurel Lioness. This one is for a female Laurel student who wants a career in the Medical Profession. Applications are available at Laurel High School and Sussex Tech. Contact Joyce Morris at 875-2452 or the Laurel High School for any other information. The scholarship deadline is April 1.

Mid-winter-blues chaser dinner to be held Feb. 27
Friends of the Laurel Library will sponsor a Beef & Dumplings Dinner on Feb. 27, 4-7 p.m., at Delmar VFW, 200 W. State Street, Delmar. Entertainment will be by The Humanaires. Door prizes will be given. Cost is $7.50. Call library at 875-3184 for more information.

"The Chesapeake Bay: End of an Era" series begins Feb. 17
This series details the environmental threats to this region and evaluates the impact on the people who work the water. Meetings are on Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Travel Perks, Laureltowne.
The Laurel Public Library is sponsoring the series which is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Delaware. Spaces are still available - sign up now. We plan on offering a bus trip/tour in conjunction with this series! Call library for more information 302-875-3184.
•Feb. 17 - Tom Horton, "Bay Country."
These essays by a veteran environmental reporter provide a disturbing portrait of an estuary in decline under the pressure of a burgeoning population. David Foster, Independent Scholar.
•March 2 - Curtis Badger, "Salt Tide."
This engrossing description of marshes and inlets in both ecology and memoir of a family's lessons from and love for the Eastern Shore. Charles Petrocci, Independent Scholar.
•March 16 - George Reiger, "Heron Hill Chronicle" and
Robert Arthur, "Hymn to the Chesapeake."
Reiger describes conservation in practice on his small salt marsh farm, while poet Arthur lyrically imparts the lore of people and places. Nan DeVincent-Hayes, Salisbury State University.

Dr. Seuss Day on March 2
Children of all ages are invited to the Laurel Public Library on Thursday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. to honor Dr. Seuss, beloved writer of children's books.
The Laurel New Century Club will entertain the children with humorous readings from some of Dr. Seuss's most popular books, such as "The Cate in the Hat," or "Green Eggs and Ham." One of Dr. Seuss's more recent books, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!," is a favorite of older children for its lessons in persevering through the ups and downs of life.
After the readings, the children will be treated to Dr. Seuss cake and punch.
Home School resources at the Laurel Public Library
The Laurel Public Library has begun the process of building a collection of home schooling educational materials and resources for public use. Several recent purchases have been made based on the suggestions of several local home schooled families. Parents who home school their children often utilize the county library system extensively, using the Hollinet computerized card catalog to have materials on a specific topic sent to the laurel Public Library from other libraries in the county.
Shelf space in the children's room has been designated for home school and educational materials. In addition, the library has begun receiving a subscription to "Home Education Magazine." Jane Stuchell, Youth Services Librarian, welcomes suggestions from educators and home school parents for resource materials they would like to find at the library.
"Building a collection like this is a gradual process that takes time and money," Mrs. Stuchell says, "but we have started by ordering almost everything that was suggested in an initial meeting with parents. We would like to see this collection expand to become a valuable resource for all parents and teachers. With this in mind, I consider input from the public and requests for purchases to be of infinite value, since our goal is to serve our public. Anyone can call me with suggestions for purchases of educational resource materials at 875-3184."
In addition, the Laurel Public Library facility can be made available to groups of home school families for meetings and programs on a regular or one time basis, and to other education professionals for programs.

Laurel Time Capsule
The Laurel Historical Society will be burying a Time Capsule, during the July 4th festivities in the year 2000, in a location yet to be determined, within the Town of Laurel. It is the intention of the society to have the capsule buried for 100 years. The Time Capsule was donated to the society by the Short Funeral Homes, Inc. of 700 West St ., Laurel, through the help of Edward Hannigan, manager of the Laurel facility.
Everyone in the community is invited to place something within the capsule for the future residents of this community. The capsule measures 36" long, 15" wide and 15" deep. Therefore, size restrictions will have to be made so everyone will be able to place something within the capsule. The society is asking that all items be flat and thoroughly documented: especially if the item is a photograph. Try to identify the person, place or item by using names, dates, spouses, etc. In this way, our descendants will have an idea of what our town and its people looked like in 2000.
All items to be placed within the Time Capsule may be sent to Richard Hutchinson, chairperson, at P.O. Box 350, Bethel, DE 19931. Due to size restrictions, the society will have the final decision on items to be included.

Fundraising opportunity with Tupperware
Tupperware has an exclusive fundraiser line of six popular products. We offer fundraisers from the full-line catalog and custom-made fundraisers using a product or products of your choice. No group is too large or too small. For information call Go 'N Grow Sales at 800-741-8545.

Bethel Historical Society Exhibit in Laurel
The Laurel Public Library is showcasing a special exhibit from the Bethel Historical Society during the month of February. Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hastings have put together a collection of antique ships carpenters' tools, antiques, and art work relating to Bethel's shipbuilding heritage. Among the items in the display case are old adzes, European china, watercolor and pen and ink renderings, and a large print of the Schooner Victory Chimes.

Old Yearbooks are on sale in Laurel
Laurel High School has an assortment of old yearbooks that can be purchased. If you have lost your senior yearbook, or never had one, now is the time to buy one. There are yearbooks from 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 on sale. The prices vary depending on the year that you want. Please contact Karen Beck at Laurel High School for more details. The phone number is 875-6120.

Laurel Historical Society Calendar
The Laurel Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of its 2000 Calendar with photo's from the Waller collection of early 20th century Laurel scenes.
It will be available at the following locations: Laurel Trading Post, RJ's Riverside restaurant, Maxines Hair Happenings, Travel Perks, Insurance Market, Town Hall, Walt's Barber Shop, Wilmington Trust, Bank of Delmarva and Delaware National Bank. The cost is $8.
Mail orders may be sent to Laurel Historical Society, P.O. Box 102, Laurel, DE 19956, with a check for $9.50 which covers shipping.

Lions Club Variety Show March 23-25
The Laurel Lions Club 39th Annual Variety Show, "Celebration 2000" will be held at the Laurel High School, "Howard Elliott Gymnasium," on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 23, 24 and 25; showtime at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets early - adults $5, children 5-12, $4.They can be purchased from any Lion member, O'Neal's Jewelry Store, Laurel Petroleum, Dr. Adiarte's office or by calling 875-7767. A fun show for the whole family where the songs and skits always make a hit.

Trap Pond State Park January & February events
All programs meet at the Baldcypress Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Some programs require pre-registration. To register for a program, call the nature center at (302) 875-5163.
•Twinkle, Twinkle, Saturday, Feb. 12, 7 a.m. Clear winter nights provide perfect stargazing opportunities. learn about planets, constellations, and stars as we scan the nighttime sky.
•Beaver Bound, Saturday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. Join us for a hike along the Cypress Point Trail as we search for signs of beaver activity along the end of the pond. Meet at the Cypress Point parking lot.
•Maple Sugaring, Saturday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m. Take part in the tradition of maple sugaring. learn the traditional ways of gathering sap. We'll warm up in the nature center and sample some of the succulent sap and products made from maple syrup.