Milford Live is a new approach to news and information, bringing the community together in Milford. A local business run by local people for the local community. We act as a traditional news source, bringing you local news as well as statewide news that affects Milford but we also aim to serve as a gathering point for the people of Milford to share news, information and opinions, both here on the site and on Facebook. Have tips, questions, comments? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WHO WE ARE:
BRYAN SHUPE (MHS ’02) is a graduate of the University of Delaware with deep experience in government and political affairs, and a passion for the city of Milford. He has run local political campaigns and been involved in issue advocacy. His deep understanding of government affairs – local, state, federal and international – adds a layer of expertise to his coverage of local issues.
Shupe’s love of the city of Milford and his deep roots here are the driving force behind Milford Live.
“Growing up in this town I have built so many relationships in this community, personal and professional. Those relationships make this town such a great place to live,” said Shupe. “When I was growing up in Milford I felt that this town was truly a community with individuals who enjoyed getting involved. I feel that we are losing that closeness and believe that Milford Live is a way to engage, excite, and inform our community once again.”
Bryan and his wife Sherry also own Fur-Baby Boutique, Daycare & Spa in downtown Milford and are rescue and foster advocates for local animal rescues in Delaware. The couple has three dogs of their own: Alfie, Hannah and Saddie.
TERRY ROGERS began her career as a writer almost by accident. After 20 years in public education, Terry was looking for something different. She discovered an online writing service that allowed her to create, write and publish articles she found interesting. Terry discovered that the majority of her hometown, Milford, Delaware, was listed on the National Historic Registry. As an avid history lover, she began researching and writing about various historic homes in town. This evolved into a writing and research business that provided search engine optimized blogs, press releases, website copy and more.
Terry has been writing for Milford Live almost since she began her writing career, initially providing them with the historic home articles that got her started in her writing. She now covers many different events in Milford, with a focus on city politics and government. Terry has been married to her husband, Greg, for 26 years. She has a stepdaughter, Kiley Purcell, who lives with her family in Houston. Terry’s daughter, Nicole, is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Her stepson, Keith, was killed by a drunk driver in December 2000, inspiring Terry to create a non-profit, designated driver service that she is currently working to implement in the area.
Terry has an Associate’s Degree from Delaware Technical and Community College in Human Services and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She was born and raised in Milford and currently lives in Lincoln.
KEVIN EICKMAN A United States Navy Submarine Force Veteran, Kevin was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. While in the Navy, Kevin excelled in communications system maintenance, particularly in the field of cryptography. Since his honorable discharge in the late 80’s, Kevin has been working in the Information Technology field. He is presently employed with the State of Delaware as a Regional Communications System Supervisor.
Kevin moved to the Milford area from Brooklyn in the spring of 2000. While he had spent most of his life in the city, Kevin craved the small town atmosphere that Milford had to offer “I always felt like I was a small town guy, trapped in the big city,” stated Eickman. “The first time I saw Milford I fell in love with all the town had to offer, I knew I was here to stay.”
A lifelong sports fan, Kevin is thrilled to be able to cover the sports action in and around Milford. He takes a special interest not only in the games, but in the athletes themselves. “The student athletes in Milford are astounding, the time and effort they put into their athletic and academic pursuits is just amazing,” commented Eickman. “The youth of this area are so very special and I am lucky to be able to share just how great these members of our community are.”
SARA PLETCHER (MHS ’04) is the Conference Operations Manager at Zephyr Conferences, the brainchild for beer, wine and food conferences for bloggers and industry professionals. Sara also designs MilfordLIVE.com’s Weekly Review for the digital paper and website.
Prior to joining Zephyr, Sara was the Promotional Marketing and Communications Manager at GROWMARK FS, LLC, arranging corporate travel and meetings as well as the marketing, advertising, and brand awareness development for the company. Sara also served a one-year term of service with AmeriCorps at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity as the Marketing and Design Coordinator and also worked for Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and the Transportation Management Association of Chester County in Pennsylvania. Sara continues to volunteer with DMI, as well as the City of Milford Planning Commission and the Delaware March of Dimes as a board member.
“I’m thrilled to be back in Milford and to see the city growing into a destination town! The events I help coordinate with DMI are putting Milford on the map and as a homeowner, it’s great to see others enjoying everything Milford has to offer,” Pletcher said.
Sara graduated from Immaculata University in Chester County, PA in 2008 and is a 2016 graduate from Wilmington University, earning her master’s degree in Marketing Management. Sara resides in Milford and enjoys reading, the beach, and entertaining in her own home.
TJ Millman (MHS ’10) grew up playing any sport that he could. He came from a very close family, and every Sunday was Game Day. Whether it was whiffle ball, basketball, or the ever intense game of badminton, TJ and his cousins were competing. To this day he has never played a more intense game than the ones played in his grandmother’s front yard.
In his spare time TJ likes to read books, watch sports, and spend time with his younger brother and sister. His favorite books are the Harry Potter books, his favorite sport is lacrosse, and his favorite sibling is…never mind. TJ also enjoys all types of music. He likes to play the drums, keyboard, and much to the dismay of his college roommates, he plays a pretty mean recorder.
Like his mother, TJ wants to be a teacher. He is currently one year away from obtaining his Secondary English Education Degree from the University of Delaware and could not be happier. He chose English because he wants his students to have a voice. He believes that everyone should learn to think for themselves, and his goal is to help his students feel confident in being able to communicate their ideas.
TJ is really excited to be assisting Kevin Eickman in covering sports for MilfordLIVE. “Two of my favorite things in the world are sports and writing, and I could not wait for the opportunity to do both at once. Milford has always had a diverse set of student-athletes, ranging from Ivy League scholars to Division 1 athletes, and it is a pleasure to get to shed light on their accomplishments,” he stated.