This Week's News
Fenwick Island’s town manager of four years will be leaving town hall to become CEO of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR). Merritt Burke IV said he’s proud to have served Fenwick since March of 2012 but sad to leave a town that he likes.
Four Food Lion supermarkets in Sussex County, including one in Millville and one in Millsboro, have been purchased by Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.
With Sussex County steadily growing, services need to expand as well. Beebe Healthcare CEO Jeff Fried spoke to the Sussex County Council on July 19 about the healthcare provider’s plans to respond to that growth.
“As the county grows, Beebe continues to look at opportunities to grow as well, to better serve our community,” said Fried.
Neighbors heard SOS calls for hours before calling 911
Alone in the dark water, a Maryland man was allegedly intoxicated this week when he capsized his boat in west Fenwick Island in the Big Assawoman Bay.
This summer, South Bethany’s election cycle saw the retirement of two active town council members: George Junkin and Tim Saxton.
“We need to thank them for hard work,” Mayor Pat Voveris said in May. “This is no easy gig sitting here.”
Last weekend, the Town of Fenwick Island held a public meeting regarding an update to its comprehensive plan — an official document intended to guide future development of a community in order to create and maintain a desirable environment and to promote health, safety and welfare.
The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved a special exception for a physical therapy/rehabilitation facility, to be located at 111 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 3.
Robert Hammond, owner of Atlantic Physical Therapy, told the board that he and his family have six other locations — the closest being in West Fenwick.
He may be in California, but Pete “Pierson” Roenke’s heart will always be in southern Delaware; and he has just launched a new business to pay tribute to his roots in the First State.
Delaware Apparel is an internet-based company that sells T-shirts, hats, jackets and stickers with Delaware-related slogans. The company has also been featured in “pop-up” displays at local stores, including the Lululemon outlet in Rehoboth Beach.
Roenke, a 2007 graduate of Indian River High School, grew up a few yards from the ocean in Fenwick Island, with all that entails — surfing, bodyboarding and just enjoying the beach lifestyle. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 and joined the U.S. Marines that same year.
A group of area writers has teamed up to hold two book-launch parties, aiming to give residents and visitors a chance to meet the authors and learn more about their works.
Jackson Coppley, Walter Curran and Frank Hopkins will be hosting book parties on Saturday, July 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, July 24, at Touch of Italy in Ocean City, Md., from 2 to 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
“It’s an event for the area,” said Curran. “We’re going to continue to do that kind of promotion.”
“The public can make reservations and have dinner there,” explained Coppley. “And we encourage that.”
It took creativity, artistic skill and just enough votes to make Rachel Santos-Martinez a finalist in the 2016 Rain Barrel Painting Contest sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment & Management Section.
This spring, Santos-Martinez finished her second-grade year at Phillip C. Showell Elementary and designed a barrel titled “Mrs. Minion” that has placed her among the five youth finalists.
The barrels will be displayed from July 21 to 30 at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, where festivalgoers can vote for their favorite in the DNREC tent. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 30.
Many entrants used water, wildlife and nature for inspiration. Santos-Martinez went in a different direction, turning to pop culture and the movie “Despicable Me” for her inspiration.
She turned her barrel into a full-sized yellow “Minion.”
The population of Sussex County continues to grow. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.
And, yes, we have heard this for years, but the reason for this is clear — the population in Sussex County continues to rise, and there is no reason to believe that will really stop anytime soon.
Four score and seven years ago...
Sorry, I was working on an original speech and it just spilled into the beginning of my column here.
Coastal-Georgetown AAUW thankful for bill
Mary Custis of Virginia, Julia Dent of Missouri, Mary Todd of Kentucky and Varina Howell of Mississippi were raised according to traditional Southern custom. These women formed partnerships with men who became the presidents and military commanders of the United States and the Confederate States of America during the Civil War era.
The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing to host their annual book sale to support the children’s reading program at the library. This year, the sale will be held over the course of two weekends, beginning July 28 with a members-only preview night from 6 to 8 p.m. The regular sale hours will be July 29 and Aug. 5 from noon to 7 p.m., and July 30 and Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more than 20 years, Frank Raines — better known by many as “Dewey Elvis,” for his weekly Breakfast with Elvis mornings at the Starboard in Dewey Beach — has been performing around the world as the King of Rock-and-Roll.
Raines, who’s based in Silver Spring, Md., but spends most of his summer months at the beach, said that, while he has “played just about everything you could imagine over the years — country, rock-and-roll, funk” — it wasn’t until one fateful Memorial Day weekend that he realized his niche in Elvis Presley.
“It was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and I was standing in front of the Starboard, waiting to get in, and two guy started screaming, ‘Hey, Elvis!’” Raines said.
The Delaware National Guard hosted a joint medical training exercise last week at its Bethany Beach Training Site.
The exercise was designed to help prepare federal and state agencies for airlift patient transfers. The Delaware Army and Air National Guard, the Maryland National Guard, members from their state partner of Bosnia, and the Department of Public Health participated in the exercise.
During the week-long training, participants went from classroom training to a full-blown field exercise. The exercise scenario was a Category 4 hurricane that had caused considerable damage to the coastal community.
The Delaware Air National Guard, 166th Medical Group set up and operated the Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) and the En-Route Patient Staging Systems (ERPSS).
Stephanie Herron, the outreach coordinator for the Delaware chapter of grassroots environmental organization the Sierra Club, met with the members of the Inland Bays Foundation at the South Coastal Library on Tuesday, July 12.
The James Madison University graduate informed members of the IBF of their progress with achieving environmental and energy justice with projects such as reducing the use of single-use bags and the Clean Power Plan.
House Bill 202
House Bill 202 proposes a 5-cent fee on single-use bags. The bill would expand on existing at-store recycling programs and is only applicable to retailers under the current law. Herron said passing the bill would reduce the burden on the environment and on taxpayers. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee but never received a vote in the House before the June 30 end of the state’s 2016 legislative session. Herron said the Sierra Club will try again next year.
Moonlight yoga coming in August
Air conditioning is nice when it’s hot. But in the early morning, people can get out on the beach for weekly fitness classes as the sun rises over South Bethany.
Hosted by the Town of South Bethany, the yoga classes have attracted scores of people for the past year, and the brand new boot camp is already getting people excited.
Participants say it’s a great way to start the day. After class, the ocean is particularly inviting to anyone who’s worked up a sweat. Some people dive right in, while others enjoy the peaceful walk back home or to their cars (parking permits aren’t required before 10 a.m.).
“Friday, it was very warm,” said boot camp instructor Kim Royster. “A good amount of people dove into the water when class was done. It was very refreshing.”
(featuring Ernest Hemingway)
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The assignment was to take the court. There were four of us. Five, if you count The Baron, but he had lost his spot when the reveille call went off, and couldn’t fight as well as he could when I had first met him. And he was young and brave, and the court was dry, despite the rain. And it sloped down toward a road, and there were many curious drivers on the road. And the idea was to aim for the center line, and if our aim was true, we could beat them.
Headed to state tournament
With back-to-back wins over Millsboro on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, the Lower Sussex Little League Junior League All-Stars clinched their second straight District 3 championship and will gear up for the state tournament starting Thursday, July 21.
Made up primarily of members of the 2015 district championship team and 2015 Pat Knight championship team, the revamped squad started the series with a 4-0 win over Georgetown on Saturday, July 9, and 10-0 win over Laurel on Sunday, July 10, not allowing a single hit in the process.
“We’re blessed with a lot of pitching, that’s for sure,” said head coach Bill Medford, who coached the Pat Knight championship team last season. “Our whole bullpen pitched lights out. It was a collaborative effort.”
Things would heat up after the team suffered their first loss of the double-elimination tournament to Millsboro on Tuesday, July 12.
After falling short to Woodbridge in the title game last season, the Lower Sussex Little League 9-10 All-Stars were ready for redemption at the start of this year’s District 3 softball tournament.
And, in drawing the defending champions for Round 1, they’d not only get their shot, but a 5-2 win over Woodbridge when the tournament began on Saturday, July 9.
“Our returners were very excited to have that as our first game,” said head coach Sarah Hoban. “They were definitely psyched up.”
After a 3-2 loss to Laurel the next night, the girls got back on track in the double-elimination tournament, with a 9-0 win over Nanticoke on Monday, July 11.
For the past 13 years, softball teams from across the world have made their way to the Pyle Center in Roxana for the Senior and Big League World Series. For the first time in Lower Sussex Little League history, however, this year’s docket will include a team from China, set to represent Asia Pacific in Big League play.
“They just got their airplane tickets booked, so we know they’re coming for sure,” said Director Martin Donovan. “I’m anxious to see the response from the China team. Foreign teams always seem to draw an audience that we didn’t expect.”
“This is our 13th year in the World Series, and we’ve never had a team from China before, so it’s exciting. I think it will draw a lot of hometown people,” said Lower Sussex Little League President Bruce Layton. “That is unique. That’s a long flight in here, I can tell you that.”
Catch Surf launches brand new board
The crew from Catch Surf will ride just about anything. Since launching the “Womper,” however, they’ve been dropping in on the summer shorebreak riding pretty much nothing at all.
The 16-inch miniature bodyboard is the newest creation from one of the industry’s leading innovators, offering wave-riders a new way to get wet.
“That’s really what we’re all about,” said Catch Surf East Coast Sales Manager Ryan Savage. “Any board that we offer is about fun. We like to chart our own path and keep the product unique.”
Not only is their newest product unique, it’s versatile as well.
Designed to add another element to wave-riding, where the rider paddles into the wave and then glides with the Womper out front as it breaks, the board has evolved to cater to all demographics.
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After holding a special meeting this week to focus solely on signage regulations, the Sussex County Council has seemingly addressed all items related to its recently introduced sign ordinance.
Finally armed with official statistics, South Bethany has doubled the hours in which the Cat Hill traffic barricade is in place.
Effective immediately, all eastbound traffic is prohibited from entering Black Gum Drive from Kent Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 15 to Sept. 15.
Up to $1.3M in revenue expected for new fund
Delaware legislators are trying to keep Delaware waterways open by doubling boater registration fees.
The State could raise more than $1 million for a new waterway management fund, according to Senate Bill 261, sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. (R-20th) of Ocean View.
Ocean View officials met with the Millville Volunteer Fire Company recently to discuss a proposed contract for the $35-per-property ambulance service fee proposed by the fire company.
Millville Mini Storage has gotten the green light for three new storage buildings at 35101 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26).
The Millville Town Council approved the final site plans at their June 12 meeting.
An atypical Planning & Zoning meeting was held in the Town of Frankford on July 6, planned to review two applications — one for a temporary office building, the other a minor subdivision.
The meeting started almost 30 minutes late, as there was not a quorum of members. While Commissioners Duane Beck and Ronald Hall were in attendance, Dora Bell-Isler and Jason Taylor were not present.
Some Selbyville residents are concerned about increased crime and suspicious figures on the western side of town. At the July 11 town council meeting, two residents from Hosier Street Ext. described suspected criminal activity on the street, which leads into Maryland, including stolen medications, drug overdoses and a high-speed police chase.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a single-vehicle crash in which a 40-year-old Preston, Md., man was killed after having led local police on a chase throughout the area.