Laurel Events
Thursday, June 29th, 2000
Independence Day Pageant
County Bank is sponsoring a pageant for youth ages 2 to 4. Pat Murphy as "Uncle Sam" will be master of ceremony. Geraldine Taylor will be "Betsy Ross" and she will take care of escorting the children. Spaces are available for 15 candidates. The spaces are being filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications for Little Miss Independence are available at County Bank in Laurel. The winner will receive a crown and trophy from MCM jewelers, a stuffed animal from Empress Doll Boutique and a $100 savings bond from County Bank. First runner-up will receive a trophy, a stuffed animal and a $50 savings bond. The four judges for the pageant will be associates from County Bank. Dukes Lumber Company will provide a truck for the float for Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross and all candidates will ride in the parade.

Ross Point Improvement Club
Members of the Ross Point Improvement Club are planning their first Alumni Day for Saturday, Aug. 5. The event will be held on the school grounds from noon until 4 p.m. A brief program of information and history is planned. A day of remembering and renewing friendships will encourage the strengthening of community pride and appreciation of the past. There will be lots of fellowship, food and fun. It is hoped that an active organization can be formed later and future plans can be made. For suggestions and further information, feel free to contact James West, 629-3433; Shirley Oney Caldwell, 875-5620, Phyllis West Robinson, or Cora Norwood Selby, 875-3790. Phyllis Robinson is the RPIC president. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Laurel Lioness scholarships
The Laurel Lioness Club is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual scholarships. Two scholarships, each in the amount of $500, were awarded this year to Blair Hall and Carol Weber. Two scholarships were awarded, each in the amount of $250, to Sara Phillips and Sabrina Whaley. These were given in memory of Jewel Hickman, a former Laurel Lioness member. The two scholarships were given by the family of Mrs. Hickman. Congratulations from the club to all recipients.

Laurel class of 1980 reunion
The Class of 1980 is holding their 20-year class reunion on Oct. 7, at the American Legion Home. Anyone that graduated with this class and did not receive information, contact Jan Otwell at 875-2743.

Class of 1990 plans reunion
The Laurel High School Class of 1990 is planning its 10-year Class Reunion to be held in November, 2000. We are trying to contact all classmates.If you haven't been contacted or know someone who hasn't contacted, please call Alison Hastings at 875-2166 or Kelly Layton at 875-4029.
Park plans summer programs
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, is sponsoring several programs during the summer. Weekly programs include Swingin' Seniors, a walking program for senior citizens, Pond Adventures, which invites kids to explore life in the pond, hayrides, canoe trips and sunset tours of the pond. Continental Cruises, mid-morning tours of the pond featuring continental breakfast, are held every Saturday, as are evening paddleboat tours of Trussum Pond. Nature camps for children will be held through July. For details on these and other programs, call 875-5163.

Naturals in Nature Camp -- Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration deadline: June 30
Campers age 10-12 will discover the array of plant, aquatic and terrestrial environments within Sussex County. Daily explorations and experiments will provide hands-on opportunities to discover the wonders of our natural world. Crafts, games and stories related to our adventures will allow campers to apply their scientific finds and new knowledge. $110 per child. Registration deadline: June 30.

Swingin' Seniors, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Senior citizens are invited to show their spunk as we begin the day with a refreshing history hike. We'll share stories of Trap Pond's history and folklore, as we journey around its beautiful boundaries. Bring a grandchild to enrich his/her appreciation of cultural and natural history. We'll start the morning off right with fresh juice or fruit prior to each hike. Interested walkers can contact the nature center at (302) 875-5163.

Pond Adventures, Fridays, 2 p.m.
Don't let the "No Swimming" get you down. Just about every kid loves to get wet and dirty, and this is the place to let them go a little wild! We'll use seine nets, dip nets, buckets and hands to explore life in the pond. Old shoes and clothing that can get wet are recommended.

Hayride Hoopla, Saturdays, 6 p.m.
Hop on board for an old-fashioned hayride. You'll see the park in a different light and enjoy some ice-cold watermelon. Limit 20. Sign up at the campground fee booth. $3 per person.

Canoe Trip
Golden Hues of Sunset: Fridays, now through Sept. 1, 6 p.m. As the sun sets, golden beams of sunlight glisten atop the pond and nocturnal travelers begin their journey. Keep your eyes and ears open on this one-hour tour! $3 per adult and $1.50 per child 12 and under.

Continental Cruise: Saturdays, now through Sept. 2, 10 a.m.
Enjoy the lazy days of summer as you pamper yourself on a relaxing tour of Trap Pond. We'll provide a continental breakfast to savor as you enjoy the pond awakening to a new day. $5 per adult and $3 per child 12 and under. For details on these and other programs, call 875-5163.

Pontoon Tours
To register for pontoon programs, please contact the nature center or sign up at the boathouse prior to the program. Space is limited to 18 per trip, or depending on the water level. Pond-toon Tours: Saturdays, Now through Sept. 2, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays, Now through Sept. 3, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing and informative one-hour boat tour of Trap Pond. $3 per adult and $1.50 per child 12 and under.

"Music in the Park" weekly beginning July 12-Aug. 30
"Music in the Park" will be held every Wednesday night beginning July 12 through Aug. 30, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Laurel Park bandstand. There will be different performers each week: July 12, Laurel Wesleyan Praise Band; July 26, Humanaires; Aug. 2, Rob Carroll; Aug. 9 Somerset; Aug. 16, Lewis Family/Woodbridge Chorus; Aug. 23, Epworth Quartet; Aug. 30, group from St. Johns Church in Seaford. Bring your chairs or blankets - free admission. This is sponsored by the Laurel Lions Club.

"October Sky" display now - demonstration July 15
The Laurel Public Library's display case could be a scene from the movie "October Sky" during the month of June. The hobby rocket display is on loan from local enthusiasts. These rocketeers will be putting on a highflying rocket demonstration as part of the Library's Summer Reading Program on Saturday, July 15, at 4 p.m., in the open area adjacent to the north side of Laurel High School.
The display collection includes a cluster rocket, with three motors that are lit simultaneously at launch, multi-stage rockets, whose motors are fired consecutively to achieve higher altitude, a four-foot rocket with its parachute, and one approximately five-feet long. The rockets sent up by the rocketeers at their travelling demonstrations can go from 500- to 10,000- feet into the sky.