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Local businessman addresses Rotary Club on behalf of Toys-for-Tots

DOVER: Mark Pugh, owner of Pugh’s Automotive Service, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club regarding one of his favorite charitable organizations, Toys-for-Tots. Mr. Pugh, himself a member of the Colonial Rotary Club, began his presentation by providing the group with a brief history of the organization founded in the Los Angeles Area in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. His wife Diane had some dolls that she wanted to donate to less fortunate children at Christmas time and asked her husband to find an agency that could help. Not finding one, Diane then instructed him to start…

Accessible Playground Advocate Seeks Rotary Support

Lisa S. Chase, grant writer for the City of Dover, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club, seeking support from the area Rotary Clubs to construct an assessable playground at the Dover Park site. Mrs. Chase began by indicating that there are presently two such accessible playgrounds in Delaware in Wilmington and Milford. A third is planned for Kent County at the Dover Park off White Oak Road. The Dover Park Recreation Project seeks to design and construct a spray and splash pad, an accessible playground, and a supporting park building in Dover for the city’s residents and the general…

Deputy Fire Chief Addresses Rotary Club

Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Connor recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club, providing an overview of what his department does and some of the problems it experiences. As part of the introduction, Mr. William “Bill” Torbert provided those in attendance with a brief history of Robbins Hose Fire Department, which began its operation in 1882. Complimentary comments were also provided by Mayor Robin Christiansen and City Council President William “Bill” Hare. All three gentlemen are themselves Rotarians. It was quite evident that the fire company enjoys a great relationship with the community, which the deputy chief emphasized. Robbins Hose Fire…

Public Safety Director Adresses Rotary Club

Chief Colin Faulkner, Kent County Director of Public Safety, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club regarding the effects of Hurricane Isaias. His presentation centered upon community involvement in the face of this disaster. Chief Faulkner praised everyone involved in assisting in times of emergency, especially the First Responder group, the Kent County Volunteer Fire Service, the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Department of Transportation, Team Rubicon, and DEVOAD (The Delaware Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). “It was the case of people helping people,” he said, “After all, the number-one priority in such a situation always has to be life….

Aquaponics CEO Addresses The Dover Colonial Rotary Club

Douglas Wood, owner and CEO of Dover’s 302 Aquaponics, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club. Mr. Wood began his presentation by defining Aquaponics, which is a combination of Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (growing plants in a soilless system). As part of the twelve years he dedicated to his second career as a teacher, Mr. Wood worked with disadvantaged students, assisting them with techniques for growing plants. As a result, his interest in the subject increased, peaking when he attended an Aquaponics seminar in Milwaukee. By the time he was stopping over in Chicago on his way home from…
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