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Cardinal rules

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

We haven’t seen the Pope in Sussex County, but here’s a cardinal! Yeah, that was... not good.

SPORTS UPDATE: Tech holds on to edge IR softball in rescheduled rivalry

McGee, Whitman, Ward all homer in hit-heavy game

Going on two and a half hours later, they still didn’t have an answer.

That was the scene when the Indian River High School softball team headed into the bottom of the seventh inning of their rescheduled game against Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, trailing 14-10.

This Week's News

Murray stepping away from IRHS for family

After four years, Bennett Murray has announced that he will leave the position of Indian River High School principal.

Starting this autumn, he’ll be assigned as an assistant principal in the district, spending half his time at Georgetown Elementary School and half at the Howard T. Ennis School.

IRSD unions to vote on new contracts

When the Indian River School District went to referendum in March, administrators said one potential way to save money was to renegotiate staff contracts.

More recently, within the Indian River Education Association, the teachers and the secretaries have given the go-ahead to renegotiate contracts, potentially spreading next year’s planned pay raise over the next few years instead.

Peck joins Ocean View as finance director

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandra Peck is the new finance director for the Town of Ocean View.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandra Peck is the new finance director for the Town of Ocean View.There’s a new face in Ocean View town hall, with Sandra Peck having joined the Town staff as finance director.

Peck took the position as of Jan. 9, after the retirement of former finance director Lee Brubaker, and immediately took off running, working on the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which was adopted earlier this month.

Peck has an accounting degree from Penn State University and is a licensed CPA in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has her senior human resources certification through two organizations.
Although she grew up in Pennsylvania, Peck and her husband, Chuck, separately, spent their childhoods visiting Delaware.

“My great aunt and uncle lived in Millsboro, right along the river, so we used to come down as kids. My husband grew up since the mid-’60s going to Sandy Cove campground, and his parents had a permanent site there after they retired.”

The Pecks have owned property in Sussex County for about 10 years and moved to their current home in Bayard about five years ago.

Before becoming a fulltime local resident in 2015, Peck was able to work for her company in Pennsylvania from her home in Sussex every other week.

Community celebrates donation of Evans-West house

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Carolyn Brunner was the hit of the party last weekend, as she and her son, Daniel McCann donated the Evans-West house to the Ocean View Historical Society.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Carolyn Brunner was the hit of the party last weekend, as she and her son, Daniel McCann donated the Evans-West house to the Ocean View Historical Society.The weekend’s gray weather did not keep people from flocking to celebrate the Ocean View Historical Society’s latest acquisition, the Evans-West house.

The home, located on West Avenue, adjacent to John West Park, was donated to the historical society by Carolyn Brunner and her son Daniel McCann.

Barbara Slavin, president of the OVHS, is Brunner’s cousin and the granddaughter of James and Mary Evans, who built the home in 1901 on land given to them by Mary Evans’ father, George H. West.

“Jim was a surfman in Fenwick; she was a homemaker. They both were very active in the Presbyterian church, which still exists on Church Street. They had three children —Sadie, who was born in 1893, who was Carolyn’s mother; Mary, who was born in 1900; and Morris, who was my father, born in 1907,” said Slavin.

Local AAUW chapter celebrates 60 years, visit from Hall-Long

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: From left, Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Kathleen Thompson, Delaware AAUW president Penny Deiner, Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long and incoming Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Christine Gillean pose together at the chapter's recent celebration.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: From left, Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Kathleen Thompson, Delaware AAUW president Penny Deiner, Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long and incoming Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Christine Gillean pose together at the chapter's recent celebration.The Coastal-Georgetown Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) celebrated its 60th anniversary this month with a luncheon and a visit from a longtime AAUW member with a local connection and a new state title.

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, a member of the Middletown AAUW chapter and a native of Dagsboro, spoke to members including many past chapter presidents, who gathered April 20 at the Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach.

Hall-Long spoke about the fellowship between AAUW members, no matter where they meet, and recounted how she had chanced upon a Coastal-Georgetown AAUW member while the two shared a bench in a shoe store and how that conversation had led to her attendance at the 60th anniversary celebration.

The former state senator also spoke to the members about her priorities as Delaware’s second-in-command, many of which dovetail with the club’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Hike down memory lane: South Bethany opens history trail

South Bethany is mapping a history trail for all to see.Coastal Point • Laura Walter:  South Bethany Historical Society President Bob McCarthy displays a historical photo of South bethany at the dedication of the Town’s new Trail of History.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany Historical Society President Bob McCarthy displays a historical photo of South bethany at the dedication of the Town’s new Trail of History.

Residents gathered at Richard Hall Memorial Park on April 21 to unveil South Bethany’s new Trail of History.

“The fact that you’re here means South Bethany is your own very special part of the earth,” Councilwoman Sue Callaway told the crowd on Earth Day weekend.

The project was a partnership between the Community Enhancement Committee and South Bethany Historical Society.

Starting in the east, five signboards tell South Bethany’s story through the years, from the first purchase of coastal land in the 1950s and quest to incorporate as a town, into the 21st century.

It got conversation buzzing. At each stop, people found photographs of familiar faces and homes. They remembered the canals before bulkheads, docks and regulations; stories of town politics; and swimming in the canals.

“It’s great that you guys found a wonderful place for this,” said Historical Society President Bob McCarthy, who remembers old debates over sewer installation, playgrounds and roads.

“People just don’t have an appreciation of how we got here today,” Callaway said.

Ocean View holds reorganizational meeting

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran is sworn is for a second term in office.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran is sworn is for a second term in office.The Ocean View Town Council held a brief reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, April 25.

At that time, Mayor Walter Curran and Councilman Tom Maly were sworn in to new terms, vowing “to place the public interest above any special or personal interest, and to respect the right of future generations to share the rich, historic and natural heritage of Delaware.”

Following the swearings-in, Maly was appointed unanimously by council as mayor pro-tem.

Additionally, the council approved the meeting schedule for the next year, which includes no August meeting and tentatively scheduled monthly workshops.

With the recent resignation of Gary Meredith from the Planning & Zoning Commission, Curran recommended he be replaced by Kent Liddle, who once served on the commission but resigned to run for town council. Liddle was appointed unanimously.

The council also reappointed Don Walsh, Baptist Damiano and Steve Cobb to the Board of Elections, each for three-year terms. Richard Birkmeyer and Marilynn Sheetz were reappointed as alternate commissioners to the Board of Elections for three-year terms.

Springtime Jamboree to support River Soccer

This weekend, a gathering of local talent will grace the stage at Indian River High School for the 35th Annual Springtime Jamboree.

The Jamboree was created by local businessman and now-state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. as a way to raise funds for local organizations. This year, the funds raised from the two-day jamboree will go to the River Soccer Club.

Point of No Return — Desire and commitment foster great inspiration

A capitalist society, such as ours, only truly blossoms when people find inspiration, set goals and put in the blood, sweat and tears to meet those goals.

Letters to the Editor — April 28, 2017

Fenwick cleanup a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

Thank you for your help in publicizing the 2nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup in the Town of Fenwick Island.

Guest Column — The most talked-about and least understood phenomenon

In the 1960s, civil rights protests were growing, with the focal point being the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on May 4, 1968. Once again, as in the Civil War, Americans fought with Americans, supposedly over a moral issue, the “unfairness” of racial inequality, a seemingly easy-to-understand principle.

Guest Column — Why did I March for Science in D.C.? A belief in truth, facts

April 22 was a cool and wet Earth Day in Washington, D.C., and it would have been easy to stay away, but certain truths are no longer self-evident to some in government. Therefore, I heard the call to stand up and march for science.

Civil War Profiles — The pre-Civil War plot to assasinate Lincoln

The outcome of the 1860 presidential election was a foregone conclusion before voters went to the polls. The Democrats had split asunder over how to handle the slavery issue, thereby ensuring their candidates would lose to the Republican nominee.

DEA offers a safe way to dispose of those old medications

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Police Department's Capt. Heath Hall poses at the department's drug drop-off location, provided by CVS Pharmacy.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Police Department's Capt. Heath Hall poses at the department's drug drop-off location, provided by CVS Pharmacy.This Saturday, community members are being encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of medications through the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“We’ve been participating in drug takeback since 2007, so this will be our 10th year,” said Ocean View Police Department Capt. Heath Hall. “They started it once a year but then started doing it twice a year, just because it was a very well accepted service. They saw the demand.”

This Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a dozen sites in Sussex County will be open to collect any unwanted medications that members of the public no longer wish to keep in their homes.

Along with the Ocean View Police Department, other Sussex County collection sites available to the public on Saturday include the Dagsboro Police Department, the Selbyville Police Department, the Selbyville CVS Pharmacy, Delaware State Police Troop 4, the Lewes Police Department, Delaware State Police Troop 7, as well as the Rehoboth Beach, Milford, Milton and Laural police departments and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Sussex County office.

Tripple Overtime: Practice and plays just crazy enough to work 60 percent of the time, all the time

We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.

IR softball posts back-to-back wins over Red Lion, Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior RF Damya Williams avoids a tag at the plate during Saturday’s 12-5 win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior RF Damya Williams avoids a tag at the plate during Saturday’s 12-5 win.It’s been somewhat of a trend this season.

After a tough loss, the Indian River High School softball team bounces back with a statement-making win.

That’s exactly what they did after falling to top-ranked Lake Forest 6-2 in their first game back from spring break on Thursday, April 20, turning things around to take down Red Lion 11-5 on Saturday, April 22, and Laurel 9-6 on Monday, April 24.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team this season in how they bounce back from a loss,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “They’re doing a great job with that this season.”

“We were really excited to play Red Lion. We knew it was going to be a statement game,” added sophomore pitcher Nicole Patille. “Losses always motivate us. We weren’t worried. We knew we were going to bounce back and play as a team again, like we always do.”

Dover hands IR lax first conference loss

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior goalie Hayden McWilliams picks up a loose ball after one of his 19 saves on Saturday.Coming off a 23-3 division win over Lake Forest, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to Dover 19-12 on Saturday, April 22.

After the Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder George “G-Mart” Martin in that game, their first game back from spring break, the Senators would rack up eight straight scores to go up 8-2 early in the second quarter.

Senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk would finally stop the bleeding after that run, finding junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for a diving score across the crease to cut the Dover lead to 8-3, before Martin capped a first-half hat trick less than a minute later to make it 8-4.

The Indians would head into halftime down 10-5, going on to drop to 6-2 overall on the season as the Senators improved to 5-2 with the win.

Panda-handled

IR girls' lax falls to Padua, preps for Sussex Academy

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.It was tough return from spring break for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team on Saturday, April 22, as they fell to Padua 20-4 in a non-conference loss.

The Pandas were led by six goals from senior midfielder Amanda Berry and four goals from junior midfielder Grace DiGiovanni as they improved to 5-1 on the season.

“The great thing about sports is on any given day any team can win, and on Saturday Padua showed up to play,” said IR head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Padua was a good team, and we knew that going into the game. We knew that in order to win we needed to be able to execute a successful transition and pay attention to detail. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful with executing our game plan.”

View bests the Pines in ‘Battle of the Oceans’ pickleball tournament

The Ocean View Crew (OVC) competitive pickleball team took on the Ocean Pines, Md., (OP) team on Wednesday, April 19, for the first-ever “Battle of the Oceans” at Fairway Village in Ocean View.
Ocean View won the event by a score of 174 to 104, winning 14 matches on the day.

Extra Points — April 28, 2017

Indian River 12, Lake Forest 1 (baseball)

The Indian River High School baseball team tallied nine runs in the fourth inning to take down Lake Forest 12-1 on Thursday, April 20.
Sophomore CF Jacob Anderson gave the Indians a third inning lead with an RBI-double in that game. Anderson, sophomore 3B Grant Argo and freshman LF K.J. Custis all finished the game with two hits each.

Operation SEAs the Day to celebrate fifth anniversary

This summer, Operation SEAs the Day, a nonprofit organization created to support veteran families, will celebrate its fifth year of bringing wounded warriors and their families to Bethany Beach for a week-long beach vacation.

SB’s new town manager and clerk announced

South Bethany will welcome two new employees to Town Hall, announcing a new town manager and town clerk.

Town Manager Maureen Hartman will arrive on May 8. She’ll oversee all daily operations and report directly to town council.

Woman rescued from human trafficking in Georgetown

After a lengthy investigation in Georgetown, a 55-year-old man was arrested for an alleged prostitution operation that included human trafficking and sexual servitude of a 25-year-old woman.

Jorge Arcinieja was arrested April 6 for an alleged prostitution operation being conducted at 36 Garden Circle in the County Seat Mobile Home Park, about two miles north of downtown Georgetown.

South Bethany sees six nominees for three council seats

May 27 election will see some familiar faces

It’s a race! Six candidates have registered for the town of South Bethany’s municipal election, scheduled for May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three challengers and three incumbents are on the slate.

Joseph Mormando, Sharon Polansky and Timothy Saxton are running for Town Council seats currently held by Wayne Schrader, Carol Stevenson and Frank Weisgerber Jr.

County council gets an update from the Freeman Stage

Patti Grimes, of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council an update on The Freeman Stage at Bayside on April 11.

“If you can believe it, this is our 10th year,” said Grimes. “We want to thank Sussex County for being such a great partner and to let you know that what started as a vision in an arts desert in 2008 has turned into a thriving arts area.”

Walking forward after 1960s heartbreak

Martel family fundraises for fatal childhood disease

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After losing two babies to a genetic disease, the Martel family continues to support research for spinal muscular atrophy. Pictured here are parents, Pat (front) and Ken (right), and their adult children, Brian and Anne.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After losing two babies to a genetic disease, the Martel family continues to support research for spinal muscular atrophy. Pictured here are parents, Pat (front) and Ken (right), and their adult children, Brian and Anne.When baby Michael Martel was taken to the hospital in February 1962, his parents never imagined that he wouldn’t come home again.

Then living in Baltimore, Ken and Pat Martel said doctors couldn’t properly diagnose their firstborn’s genetic disease until he died a few days later.

While dealing with their grief, the Martels raised two healthy children, but then suffered another loss. Their fourth and final child, Scott, showed signs of the same disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which destroys muscle control and causes overall weakness.

Scott and Michael were both dead at about 8 months old.

Irish folk star makes move to the coast after touring career

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Irish folk artist Gerry Timlin will be performing at Dickens Parlour Theatre April 28 and 29.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Irish folk artist Gerry Timlin will be performing at Dickens Parlour Theatre April 28 and 29.He’s played the Irish countryside, New York City, the west coast of the USA, Canada and the Caribbean too. He’s even performed for former President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny.

But after a long and illustrious international career on tour, Irish folk artist Gerry Timlin is ready to rest his guitar case and take the stage in Slower Lower, now calling Delaware his new home.

“I was coming in from Pittsburgh around two weeks before Christmas on an absolutely glorious morning,” Timlin recalled of a particularly affecting early a.m. road trip taken shortly after making the move to Frankford from Philadelphia.

“When I got into Bethany for some reason I turned left at the totem pole, parked the car, put on my coat and went up the boardwalk. The sun was just starting to come up, the ocean was calm as it could be — I just found incredible peace and serenity there and then I thought to myself, ‘yeah, I’m home.’”

Civil War Profiles — President Jefferson Davis’ refusal to surrender

Gen. Robert E. Lee’s capitulation to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Virginia town of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, is widely regarded as the dramatic event that brought the Civil War to a close. Yet, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, vacated Richmond, Va., prior to the fall of the capital on April 3, and was traveling southward fully intending to pursue the war from a new base of operations in Texas.

Editorial — Presentation illustrates Freeman Stage’s growth

Sussex County Council received its annual presentation from the powers that be at The Freeman Stage at Bayside last week — and, once again, we are reminded of just how far this effort has come over the years.

Point of No Return — Article reminds us of a time best left behind

Between the mountains of mashed potatoes and sneaky chowing down of my daughter’s Easter candy last weekend, I was shown an old magazine article by a family member that dominated much of our conversation for the next several minutes.

Letters to the Editor — April 21, 2017

Carpenter sees bright future in Frankford

Editor:

I hope this correspondence finds you well.

ITN Southern Delaware offers affordable, safe rides for seniors

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride from Point A to Point B can be a breeze with the transportation cooperative ITN Southern Delaware.

“This was borne out of an idea [Nancy Feichtl] had. She was approaching her senior years and wondered how she would get around. So she started exploring options for some kind of transportation options for seniors, because the alternatives are limited,” said Janis Hanwell, executive director of ITN Southern Delaware. “Through her research, she came across ITN America, a national nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments.”

The Southern Delaware branch of ITN was begun in August 2015, with the first rides being provided on Dec. 1, 2015.

“At that time, we had 12, 15 active drivers and about 50 members. Today, we have close to 60 volunteer drivers and closer to 200 rider-members, said Hanwell, noting that the co-op surpassed 1,000 rides in December 2016.