Local taekwondo teacher’s work catches Hall of Fame’s eye

Molie Blaz, whose taekwondo title is Sabumnim Blaz  demonstrated a position in the mirror while her students  worked to replicate it. Photo by Tony Russo  Molie Blaz settled down her class nearly instantaneously. The students fell in line and she took them through the opening parts…

From Western Sussex to Eastern Asia

Rick Dickerson poses in front of his Route 13 farm stand.  Dickerson recently returned from an economic development  mission to China and Vietnam to build business for the American  Soybean Market. He was selected from hundreds of applicants  to take the trip. Photo by Tony Russo “The first…

Delmar may begin to make downtown revival inroads

Sandy Rose,  Patsy Bridge, Misty Fields and Cindy Dayton want  to help transform the Delmar downtown into a viable, occasional,  destination for local and regional artisans to show off their talents  and bring Delmar a little more recognition in the region. Downtowns all over the Eastern Shore are…

Good reads, regional culture and plenty to eat at the Delmar Library

Barbara Elliott, Rachel Florentino, Susan Uphole, Diana Young  and Sandy Scott enjoyed a lunch with one another from a book  about Delmarva Cooking as part of the Delmar Library’s  “Escape the Ordinary” adult program.  Libraries increasingly are becoming community centers and not just for towns that don’t…

Three good signs of an amusing week

I love knowing that this used to just say: “Free Samples Try Me!” At the end of a long week, it always is nice to spend a Saturday morning running what might be called pleasant errands. We do this occasionally in the Russo household, but not…

Program offers guidance to veterans who want to start a new business

Project Opportunity free entrepreneur training for vets will be offered this fall. There is an interest meeting beginning 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the Wicomico Partnership, 408 Cole Circle in Salisbury. For more information visit www.project-opportunity.com or call Joe Giordano at 410-860-6664. Military service can…

Learning to appreciate the natural wonders of Trap Pond

Fritz and Elsbeth Whal look on as naturalist Diane Twining  shows them the field guide she prefers to use when identifying species of birdat Trap Pond State Park. Photo by Tony Russo Diane Twining stood under the portico at the entrance to the Baldcypress Nature Center talking to…

Mead, follow, or get out of the way

Seaford resident Jon Talkington, one of the owners of the planned  Brimming Horn Meadery in Lewes, has won  some of the  most prestigious awards bestowed upon mead makers. That one of the oldest drinks in history also is among the most obscure makes sense on some level. After all, mead…

Local barbecue phenom goes regional

Dillon Booth ran the table at the inaugural Boss Ross Smokeout in Seaford, Del. this weekend, picking up top honors in the overall competition as well as taking first place in the chicken competition and third in ribs. In his short career, the 17-year old, has…

‘Torches’ could be a boost for culture

 On the face of it, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce’s replacement for the Salisbury Festival seems to be, well, not. In its heyday, the festival was a massive draw to the riverwalk park. It drew from Ocean City’s Springfest as well as from the Salisbury University…

Buying and selling at the Delmar surplus auction

This story originally appeared in the April 23, 2015 edition of the Laurel Star. Willie Benton of Eastern shore Auctions spent the better part  of Saturday calling out prices and bidders at the Delmar Police  surplus auction.  The Delmar police surplus and seizure auction wasn’t scheduled until 10…

Delmar chief prepares to close out storied career

Delmar Police Chief Harold Saylor rose quickly to the  top of the force, and spent his career in service to the  town. Photo by Tony Russo Delmar Police Chief Harold Saylor’s office is barely used. After spending the better part of three decades in the ramshackle building that…