’Tis the season

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Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark:

It is the season for giving thanks, or just giving. But it’s good to give in any season, as members of Girl Scout Troop 649 from Selbyville known from lending a hand at the monthly food pantry at Salem United Methodist Church. The scouts are working to earn pins and patches in community service.

This Week's News

Thanksgiving for Thousands again offering holiday meals for those in need

This week will mark the 20th time that Mountaire Farms will be feeding those who may otherwise be unable to share a Thanksgiving meal with their families and loved ones.

Fire displaces Millsboro family, but donations roll in

Once again, the community is rallying to help a local family — this time, a young couple and two children who lost their Millsboro home to a devastating fire this week.

Steen’s to continue providing beach concessions for next two years

Steen’s Beach Service will continue to provide beach equipment rental concessions to residents and visitors to Bethany Beach for at least the next two years.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously, with Councilman Joe Healy absent, to renew Steen’s current contract for an additional two years.

Ocean View woman charged with third DUI, arson

A car on fire was reported at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Atlantic Avenue about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Delaware State Police assisted the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office in securing the scene that night, and it was suspected that the fire had been intentionally set.

South Bethany continues mandatory freeboard discussion

The South Bethany Town Council will be continuing its discussion of requiring 2 feet of mandatory freeboard following a change in some council members’ minds after their Oct. 23 workshop.

Dagsboro men arrested after string of burglaries

Two Dagsboro-area men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries committed in the last month.

Jacob G. Svenson, 33, and Edward J. Nearey Jr., 37, were each charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, five counts of Theft, Conspiracy 2nd, Selling Stolen Property and two counts of Criminal Mischief.

OV discusses trash collection, gets update on historical complex

The Town of Ocean View will be looking into the cost of contracting with a single trash and recycling company for services town-wide.

“It’s not a new idea,” said Councilman Tom Sheeran, who brought the idea forward to the council. “It has been brought up several times prior.”

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.

IR JROTC remembers its roots at Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Indian River High School’s JROTC cadets present colors.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Indian River High School’s JROTC cadets present colors.An American military force that’s older than the United States, the Marine Corps was immensely proud to celebrate 238th birthday last week, and Indian River High School JROTC cadets stood just as tall as their military counterparts at the annual school dinner celebration on Nov. 7.

Founded in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps now use the cake-serving ceremony as “a symbol of passing traditions, customs and courtesies from the old corps to the new corps,” said JROTC instructor Maj. Frank Ryman (Ret.).

After cutting the cake with a sword, the oldest cadet passes a slice of cake to the youngest cadet. Therefore, C/Pvt. Annel Calles Vildiva ceremoniously passed more than 200 years of history to C/PVT Jessie O’Neal in front of their classmates, families, guests from AMVETS, American Legion, Indian River School Board and more.

Special guest 1st Sgt. Jonathan Dixon told the story of his first experience driving tanks in a training exercise. Smashing through the wilderness was “the best thing in the world” for the 18-year-old, until he drove the tank into a ditch. That night, he was terrified of the flak he might receive from his comrades.

Civil War Profiles: The Georgetown connection: ‘Gath’ memorializes Gen. Torbert

When the casket with the general’s body arrived in Milford, having traveled through Jacksonville, Fla., New York and Philadelphia, with solemn ceremonies and high-ranking officials in attendance at each location, members of the Philadelphia City Troop carried it through the streets lined with crowds to his home on Walnut Street.

A season for giving, and giving thanks

The traditional season of giving thanks kicks off this week, and for those looking to pay their good fortune forward, there is no shortage of opportunities right in our back yard.

The miracle of birth, the wonder of paternity leave

As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a glass window, as a joyous nurse would weave her way through a maze of bassinets and point out his baby.

McIntosh inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame

Last month, Frankford resident Marie McIntosh became the 25th person to be inducted into the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Hall of Fame.

Thanksgiving 5K to raise money for childhood-cancer research

After losing their 5-year-old daughter to cancer in 2011, the Vogel family vowed to help other families in the same situation.

“Our biggest thing is Gabby didn’t get well,” said her mother, Carolynn Vogel. “Unfortunately, the cancer was terminal upon diagnosis, and there have been no medical advances in over 30 years in her type of cancer.”

It’s never too soon for fire prevention

Coastal Point • Submitted : Students and staff at the Kathy Collins Preschool get a visit from the firefighters and equipment of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to educate the children about fire prevention.Coastal Point • Submitted : Students and staff at the Kathy Collins Preschool get a visit from the firefighters and equipment of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to educate the children about fire prevention.It may be adorable to watch young children try on giant firefighter suits, but it may also save a child’s life. That’s why the Kathy Collins Preschool invited Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department to teach its children fire prevention.

Although most children are used to learning fire prevention in elementary school, Collins said she wanted her preschool and daycare students to be prepared.

“We learned fire prevention just like they do in schools,” Collins said. “They did a lot of hands-on activities, and we had a lot of fun.

Now, seven children (mostly ages 3 to 4) have a better idea of what to expect in an emergency.

“Kids got to get in the ambulance and put on the gloves and get on the stretchers, so they wouldn’t get scared,” Collins said.

The DVFD volunteers added immensely to the experience, she said.

Delaware Electric Cooperative to give $3.4M back to members

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has voted to return $3.4 million in capital credits to the cooperative’s member-owners in December. Capital credits are also known as the co-op’s profits or margins. Because DEC is a non-profit utility, margins are returned to the people the cooperative serves.

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.

The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.

“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.

“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.

Georgetown to hold ‘Simply Christmas’ parade

The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of what Christmas is because the theme this year is, “Simply Christmas.”

OVCC to host 2nd annual community Thanksgiving dinner

The Ocean View Church of Christ (OVCC) will hold its 2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. This event is free. All members of the community are invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.

Caribbean Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the 10th annual Caribbean Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Lord Baltimore sends students to Special Olympics competition

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : David LeCates performs a dribbling drill.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : David LeCates performs a dribbling drill.Sussex Technical High School hosted the Delaware Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition on Monday morning, Nov. 17, inviting select athletes from Sussex County elementary schools to participate in a variety of competitions involving various basketball skills, with a chance at winning medals.

Lord Baltimore Elementary School sent Omar Baker, Alex Gomez, Rebecca Kelly, David LeCates, Mason Leith, Isaac Lowman, Alijah Taylor and Harmony Tuelia as athletes to compete in such skills as dribbling, shooting and passing.

Helping the athletes as Unified Partners were students Gabriel Mouynivong and Laysha Salazar-Molina, who teamed up with the athletes to assist in any way they could to help their teammates earn a medal.

Taylor, who loves his mom and wanted everyone to know that, represented Lord Baltimore in carrying the Olympic torch to the podium, as he waved his hand in model fashion and helped take part in kicking off the event, which was organized by Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware, assisted by around a hundred Sussex Tech students, all belonging to the Project Unify Club.

Book and bake sale set for Dec. 13 in Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

IRHS’s Allison signs with Towson University lacrosse

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush : IR’s Maggie Allison, center, signs with the Towson University Tigers lacrosse team on Nov. 13, with her parents, (left and right) in attendance.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush : IR’s Maggie Allison, center, signs with the Towson University Tigers lacrosse team on Nov. 13, with her parents, (left and right) in attendance.Nov. 13 was National Signing Day — a day when thousands of high school seniors sign letters of intent to continue playing their sport of choice at their choice of a higher-education institution — and Maggie Allison, a senior at Indian River High School, was one of those select few elite athletes across the country, signing her letter of intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for the Tigers of Towson University.

“I don’t even know the words to describe it... I just feel happy, thankful. It’s a relief to actually have signed,” Allison said after the official signing.

Allison’s achievement of being one of the few high school students around the country to accept the scholarships awarded to a NCAA Division 1 college athlete is made all the more impressive when one considers that her high school does not currently field a women’s lacrosse team upon which Allison can play.

Indian River reaches semi-finals, loses by 1 to No. 1

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River soccer team after a tough loss to No.1 ranked Caravel Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Indian River soccer team after a tough loss to No.1 ranked Caravel Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 12.The 2014 season for the Indian River boys’ soccer team came to a heartbreaking end last Wednesday night, at the new Dover High School in the outskirts of Dover, against No. 1-ranked Caravel Academy, a private school known as an athletic powerhouse that competes in the DIAA Division II championships despite boasting an almost all student-athlete student body and athletic resources few schools in Delaware have the luxury of utilizing.

Caravel came into the contest boasting a 13-1-1 record, while the Indians, 10-4-1, came into the contest red-hot, winners of seven of their last eight matches, outscoring opponents 60-14, for a goal differential of 46 points.

The battle on the pitch that night was set to be a hard-fought one, as two of the most elite teams in Delaware soccer — Division I included — faced off.

Before kickoff, the Indians kneeled in a huddle as a unit, to prepare each other for the obstacle laid before them and display their strength in unity. After all, the defending Division II champs had begun the season facing some of the best soccer clubs not just in the state, but in the country. They showed they belonged in the same category, despite what the numbers of wins and losses said.

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New location announced for Festival of Trees in Sussex County

Baywood in Long Neck will be the venue for this year’s Festival of Trees, to benefit Delaware Hospice. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Baywood, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck.

Bethany discusses taking over beach concessions

There was a collective grumble in Bethany Beach Town Hall earlier this week, as many property owners came out to support Steen’s Beach Service, which has been operating in the town since 1957, following the announcement that the Town would be looking into providing beach concessions itself.

District: Suspected school heroin case was isolated incident

Suspected of swallowing heroin while at Selbyville Middle School, a 13-year-old student now faces drug charges.

During an after-school dance on Friday, Oct. 31, a male student allegedly went into the boys’ bathroom and ingested suspected heroin, said school district spokesman David Maull.

Roadside signs must be removed by Dec. 5

With the 2014 elections now history, all roadside signs must be removed by Dec. 5 or those posting them will face fines for each sign, the Delaware Department of Transportation reminded residents this week. According to state law, signs are allowed in some areas of the State-owned right-of-way for 30 days prior and 30 days after an election.

Millsboro council gets police updates, talks town events

In case of after-hours emergencies, the Millsboro Police Department is asking businesses to provide additional contact information.

Sometimes when an alarm goes rings, or during other emergencies, MPD doesn’t always know who to call during nights and weekends, Lt. Brian Calloway told the Millsboro Town Council on Nov. 3.

Boat sinks at Indian River Inlet

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell : A 38-foot boat sank at the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Nov. 11.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell : A 38-foot boat sank at the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Nov. 11.On Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, rescue efforts were under way to pull a distressed boat from the Atlantic Ocean at the Indian River Inlet.

While returning to the inlet around 7 p.m., a 38-foot recreational fishing boat had gotten stuck on the northeast side of the inlet jetty, out in the ocean.

Two people were onboard, both rescued by the Lewes Fire Department. One was treated for minor injuries, including a broken nose and facial lacerations, officials said.

The vessel sank and was considered a total loss, said Cpl. John McDerby of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. He reported an incoming tide and calm seas.

To help tow the twin-diesel motor Topaz boat from the surf, J.D. Walsh brought his boat trailer from Anglers Fishing Center in Lewes.

“They’re gonna bring it down here on the beach; they’re gonna get this boat on it; and they’re gonna drag it to the road,” Walsh said during the extraction. “Once it’s on the road, they’re gonna take it to Indian River Marina.”

The exact cause of sinking was still under investigation mid-week.

Hocker coffee serves up discussion of oysters and rent hikes

For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.

Selbyville council revokes business license

Tired of being ignored by a local business owner, the Selbyville Town Council didn’t hesitate to revoke the business license of Andrew Principe, owner of the site maintenance company SMI Services.

Principe did not attend the Nov. 3 council meeting to defend his business practices.

Return Day caps 2014 election season

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Town Crier Kirk Lawson stands on a balcony at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown to read the 2014 election returns during the Return Day celebration.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Town Crier Kirk Lawson stands on a balcony at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown to read the 2014 election returns during the Return Day celebration.Celebrating a unique Sussex County tradition, candidates from across the state traveled to Georgetown last Thursday to participate in Return Day.

“Delaware sets a shining example — I think the gold standard — for the entire country, after a divisive and hard-fought campaign season,” said Master of Ceremonies and WBOC-TV anchor Steve Hammond. “We come here, literally and figuratively, to bury the hatchet.”

Festivities began last Wednesday night, with concerts on the Circle in Georgetown and the commencement of the traditional roasting of an ox.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, election candidates gathered to ride into the Circle together in carriages and cars. Return Day attendees Included Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Lieutenant Gov. and Attorney General-Elect Matt Denn, former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, U.S. Rep. John Carey, outgoing Attorney General Beau Biden, Delaware National Guard Gen. Francis Vavala and Sussex County District 5 Councilman-Elect Rob Arlett, as well as outgoing Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips, re-elected Councilman George Cole and sitting Councilman Sam Wilson.

Marching bands from Indian River and Sussex Central high schools attended, as did Delaware State University’s band, all playing for the crowds.

“We celebrate the burying of the hatchet with a parade, many different activities and food. We hope you all enjoy it,” said Georgetown Mayor Bill West. “Your visit here today is greatly appreciated. This wouldn’t be successful without you.”