is honored by town
By Pat Murphy
Shawn Brittingham, member of the Delmar School Board of Education,
owner of Delmar IGA and a Delmar community leader, was given the Delmar
Citizen of the Year Award at a Chamber of Commerce dinner Saturday
night at the Delmar Fire Hall.
John Riggin was the master of ceremonies. Local dignitaries who attended
the affair included county councilman Vance Phillips, who was the
featured speaker; state Sen. Robert Venables, Delmar Vice Mayor Paul
Scovell, Maryland Sen. Richard Colbourn, Mayor Doug Niblett, commissioner
Anna Humphrey’s, councilwoman Regina Melvin, councilman Michael Houlihan,
Mary Lee Pase and former Citizens of the Year, including last year’s
recipient Bobby Handy.
Phillips stated that Delmar is Laurel’s sister community and despite
the great rivalry, “we both have a tremendous heritage, and common
values that we possess. What we believe in is family — Mom and Dad
to raise our children. Shawn is an example of family, dedicated to
the needs of the community.” Phillips also stated that being Citizen
of the Year in a small community is a tremendous honor and sets an
example for others.
Proclamations were read by chamber president Linda Jones and from
Sen. Joe Biden. Maryland Sen. Richard Coulbourn presented proclamations
from the Maryland legislature.
Brittingham is a lifelong citizen of Delmar and a member of the graduating
class of 1977.
was a proud member of the 1976 Delmar team that won the state championship.
In addition to the many hours Brittingham puts in as owner and manager
of Delmar IGA, he also is involved with the VFW, the Lions Club, Senior
League Softball where he has taken his team to the Eastern Regionals,
the Delmar Parks and Recreation, the Board of Delmar Little League
and the Delmar School Board, where he has been active with the new
In accepting the award, Brittingham said that he appreciated everything
and thanked his wife, Rosemary, for her understanding when he was
gone the countless hours during his involvement with the community.
Brittingham also remarked about the guidance he received from his
parents, Wallace and Mabel Brittingham, as well as from Jay Green
of Delmar School.
“Twenty years ago I would not have believed I would be standing before
you like this,” he said. “I am extremely proud. Delmar is one of the
most unique towns in America, by being bi-state. We support our youth
programs, high school teams and our school system,” Delmar is a town
that refuses to be second to none… this is what makes Delmar a great
community.” In concluding, Brittingham added, “There is work to be
done and I will not sit idle.”
Brittingham is married to the former Rosemary Johnson. They are the
parents of two children, Katie and Joseph.
The event was hosted by the Delmar Fire Department Auxiliary.