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Ellen Rice Gallery stained-glass artist Chiara Reading will share her techniques during a special exhibit of her sea-themed stained glass creations at the Ocean View gallery on Wednesday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stained-glass artist to share techniques at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host a special exhibit of the sea-themed stained glass creations of Chiara Reading on Wednesday, July 11, at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View, with the artist demonstrating her techniques throughout the day.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:03pm

Sean Wilson recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, completing his project at Ingram Pond in Millsboro. Wilson plans to attend college as a music education major.

Wilson achieves rank of Eagle Scout

The rank of Eagle Scout is highly lauded, as many young Boy Scouts never attain the position. But 18-year-old Sean Wilson of BSA Troop 281 was able to go the distance and become an Eagle Scout.

“You have to rank up through all the ranks,”...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:02pm

Rice’s new pastel, ‘A Moment in Time,’ will be released in print Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m., along with prints of her oil ‘Wild Horses.’ Rice will use the paintings and others to demonstrate the differences between pastels and oils in creating luminescent beach scenes.

Rice to release new prints, discuss creating with pastels and oils

Artist Ellen Rice will debut two very different new paintings of the ocean in print at her gallery in Ocean View this Saturday, July 7, and use the pieces to show the differences between pastels and oils when painting the ocean.

Rice’s...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:59pm

Mackie, Ted and Kami Banks Kane recently received their Retailer of the Year award from the magazine ‘Beverage Dynamics’ during a June 4 conference in Denver.

Banks Wines & Spirits named Retailer of the Year by Beverage Dynamics

Banks Wines & Spirits in Millville has been named a Retailer of the Year for 2018 by the trade publication Beverage Dynamics. The magazine gives top honors to beverage retailers each year, and this year Banks is one of 17 retailers across the...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:58pm

Insight Homes to host grand opening in canalfront community

Insight Homes this week announced its plans to reveal a new floor plan in their private waterfront Sunset Harbour community in Ocean View, in the form of a furnished new model home. Insight Homes is revealing the new model by hosting a grand...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:56pm

Carl M. Freeman Companies name Mastrangelo senior VP

The Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the selection of Josh Mastrangelo as the senior vice president for the Rockville, Md.-based company. Mastrangelo will head up communities, land development and staff management for Carl M. Freeman...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:55pm

Callaway targeting school readiness as EMES top teacher

“It’s almost like an alien traveling from outer space and you have to show them how to do everything,” said kindergarten teacher Dara Callaway.

That is how the East Millsboro Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2018 likes to describe...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:53pm

International student workers gather with locals and enjoy food and conversation at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

St. Martha’s hosts annual international student worker picnic

The doors to St. Martha’s Episcopal Church opened at 5:30 on Tuesday night, welcoming international student workers to Bethany Beach. More than 100 students filled the social hall to eat, meet new people and to be introduced to American culture...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:32pm

IRSD teacher wins award for mathematics and science teaching

Indian River School District teacher Christa Ferdig has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is for the year 2016.

Ferdig was previously a fifth-grade...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:17pm

Sussex County amateur radio clubs conduct joint Field Day event

Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club recently participated in a joint ARRL Field Day exercise on the grounds of the Seaford Parks & Recreation office. On-air operations took place between 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:13pm

Longwood Garden students on the mound at DBG with garden hosts.

Longwood Gardens interns visit Delaware Botanic Gardens

On June 21, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) hosted 25 student interns from Longwood Gardens.

DBG President Ray Sander said, “Longwood is the gold standard of public gardens. We have all been inspired by Longwood Gardens. The Longwood...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:12pm

The welcoming front door is just one of many architectural features that make this North Bethany home shine.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9

(Editor’s note:  This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After visiting a North Bethany community...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:11pm

Believe in Tomorrow 5K to support beach respites for critically ill kids

The 3rd Annual Believe in Tomorrow 5K is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Bethany Beach.

Presented by the Big Chill Beach Club, the Believe in Tomorrow 5K supports critically ill...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:57pm

Fourth of July celebrations set to brighten local communities

With a long strand of beaches ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July, the real question is, how and where is everyone going to celebrate?

In order to continue the festivities as long as possible, events...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Fireworks fanatics can celebrate

When is a firework not a firework?

Let’s take that question apart, shall we? Things may have gotten a bit murky in the past month, with the newly legalized sale of some types of pyrotechnic devices in Delaware.

Those colorful...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Millville United Methodist Church to host Patriotic Sing-a-long

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Barb Clair will be hosting a Patriotic Sing-a-long to spark the celebrations.

The annual event will be held in Wesley Hall at Millville United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:35pm

Bonky’s move gets deferred by Ocean View Planning & Zoning

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week deferred voting on a revision to the site plan for Bonky’s Ice Cream & Snoballs.

The business is looking to move east from its current location across from Atlantic Auto on...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:34pm

Chesapeake Utilities aims to bring gas service to Millville

The Millville Town Council at its workshop meeting on Tuesday, June 26, heard a proposal for a natural gas pipeline to connect to the planned Beebe Medical Center campus in the town.

The presentation by Dean Holden, manager of business...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:33pm

Sussex County could offer storage of wills

Sussex County Register of Wills Cindy Green spoke before the county council at its June 26 meeting, regarding Senate Bill 238, relating to the storage of wills.

“What Senate Bill 238 will allow Sussex County to do is to store wills,”...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm

Fenwick to celebrate birthday on Sunday

This weekend, the community at large is being invited to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Town of Fenwick Island, which was incorporated in June 1953.

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the idea to host a birthday celebration arose after...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:39pm

Jake Tapper will be signing copies of his new book ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m.

CNN’s Tapper to sign ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, will appear at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, to sign copies of his newest book, “The Hellfire Club.”

Tapper has written three non-fiction books, but “The Hellfire Club” is his...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:32pm

Troop 20566 and adult leaders gather on the Mound in Oudolf Meadow Garden, with their DBG hosts.

Pennsylvania Girl Scouts create garden at DBG

On June 18, Girl Scouts from Troop 20566 in York, Pa., created a new garden project at the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) in Dagsboro. The 15 Girl Scouts and nine adults had worked on preparing the project for months. They selected 500 plants and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:30pm

Gina Drago renovated Body Double in Fenwick Island for owner Liz Welsh, pictured.

Body Double gets you in the right suit for you

There are three absolutes in this wacky world of ours:

(1) Death;

(2) Taxes;

(3) Nobody likes how they look in a swimsuit.

“Even if they’re the tiniest little thing you’ve ever seen, everyone is kind of intimidated and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

All About U organizing trunk show for Kind Beauty Project

When starting a day of events, women are known to set aside a large chunk of time in their mornings, dedicated to getting ready. Hair, makeup and picking out an outfit to conquer the day can take an hour, or even two, as long as they have the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:26pm

State Chamber looking for Superstars in Business

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Alliance are looking for exceptional companies to apply for the 2018 Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the award is considered the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:25pm

Mike and Sean Cummings pose with the Torch Award for marketpace ethics.

MIKEN Builders recognized for business ethics

When Michael Cummings finished trade school post-college, he began working for a construction company. An opportunity arose for him to join in ownership of a general-contracting firm. Now, 25 years later, he is the proud owner and CEO of a multi-...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:24pm

State park to reenact shipwreck rescue drill

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park were set to reenact a 19th century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Seashore State Park is just one of three locations in...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:22pm

Offshore wind experts to share information, gather feedback

The Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative and Delaware Sea Grant at the University of Delaware are sponsoring offshore wind-power workshops as part of their “Focus on the Coast” seminar series.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:20pm

South Bethany Town Hall will serve as an art gallery for the next three weeks.

Get the picture? South Bethany photography show returns

When she photographs, Kira Kaplinski wants to show people the beauty of coastal Delaware.

“The whole area is inspiration. It’s so beautiful. I just love this town,” said Kaplinski, an IT consultant who bought a South Bethany house about...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:19pm

Jeanne Mueller’s ‘Fun in the Surf’ oil painting is just one of the paintings to be featured during Gallery One’s July show, ‘Beach Odyssey.’

Gallery One going on ‘Beach Odyssey’ in July

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its new show, “Beach Odyssey,” which will be open to the public through July 31.

“This is the time of year when many families begin their beach odyssey. It is a time for fun, family...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:17pm

Carper blasts EPA decision to abandon new rules on oil and toxic spills

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, this week responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to abandon a 2017 rule aimed at preventing hazardous spills at...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:16pm

Anglers reminded they need fishing license, FIN number

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in both tidal and non-tidal waters statewide.

A resident annual Delaware...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:03pm

‘Beach Love,’ a book with romance stories with local settings, is now available in large print.

Local romance stories now available in large print

“Beach Love,” a new book that features romance stories with local settings, is now available in large print.

“Beach Love” contains 13 stories by a variety of authors. The stories’ fictional characters find love in local towns, along the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:02pm

Members Tom Spink, Frank Soboyna, Vin Schettino and Leo Renzette get ready to tee off on the new hole No. 9 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

Cripple Creek debuts revised course, new practice facility

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new short-game practice facility on Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club’s golf course has been completed, and it has gotten nothing but rave reviews from staff and members alike.

The course received...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:59pm

The ‘Beach Matters’ to the owners of this Bethany Beach home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 8

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After spending the last 15 summers...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:54pm

IRSD reluctantly enters the busing business, hires drivers

Delaware’s shortage of school bus drivers has finally left the Indian River School District feeling stranded.

Until now, the IRSD has hired bus contractors to transport thousands children to school, athletic activities and field trips. But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Holly Wingate was approved to be the newest member of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Wingate appointed to County P&Z

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will have a new face on the dais, as Millville resident Holly Wingate was approved by Sussex County Council this week to serve on the commission.

“I grew up in Sussex County, and I have a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Sussex County Council approves budget for 2019 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council unanimously approved its 2019-fiscal-year budget following a public hearing on July 19. The $177.5 million budget will begin on July 1.

Broken down, the budget is made up of $74,142,260 in the General Fund; $16,...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:19pm

Beebe drops plan for additional outpatient rooms in Lewes

New Millville campus on track for 2020

Noting rapid changes impacting healthcare nationwide and in the community, Beebe Healthcare announced this week that it is already making some changes to plans for its strategic expansion projects that were announced in 2017.

“Hospitals...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:17pm

Indian River school board to discuss club financing

In 2017, taxpayers approved a referendum that gave Indian River School District more money for various needs, including student organizations. Local students are constantly winning state competitions and earning a spot at national’s.

But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:16pm

The FORGE crew celebrated the opening of the program’s new location with an open house on Saturday, June 16.

FORGE academy finds itself a new home in Pittsville

Three months, ago, FORGE Youth & Family Academy was in limbo, having been turned down by the Town of Selbyville in its attempt to move its youth center into a vacant property in the town.

A lot can change in a few weeks.

The...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:15pm

Richard Syphard has teaching in his blood — and now he is the Millsboro Middle School Teacher of the Year.

MMS’ Syphard has a history in local schools

Chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad. Civil Rights. The purpose and power of government. International trade. Information sources. The U.S. Constitution.

Sounds like an average day’s news coverage, right? Well, yes. But it’s...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:10pm

Miss Delaware’s 2018 Court included, from left: Riley Slate, Miss Greenville, third runner-up; Rebecca Gasperetti, Miss Hockessin, first runner-up; Miss Delaware 2018 Joanna Wicks; Emily Beale, Miss Blue Gold, second runner-up; and Lauren Haberstroh, Miss Newark, fourth runner-up.

Miss Delaware, Outstanding Teen crowded in Lewes

Sky Knox, Miss Newark’s Outstanding Teen, was named Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018 on June 15 evening at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. She will represent Delaware at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in late July, in Orlando, Fla....

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:01pm

UD Dean’s List students announced for Spring 2018

A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

They include: Mariann Agapito of Millsboro, Madison Bacon of Selbyville, Josh Barrow of Ocean View, Amanda Beam of Fenwick...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:59pm

IRHS celebrates Honor Roll students for spring

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the final marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Kealey Allison, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Mikaela...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:03pm

Sergio and Ruben Palazzo in their family-owned shop, Ocean View Jewelers. The shop specializes in custom jewelry and customer service.

Custom jewelry, family ties mark Ocean View shop

Ruben Palazzo has been designing and creating custom jewelry for more than 40 years. And while he’s still surrounded at work by many of his creations, he actually now gets to work alongside two of his most significant creations — his son, Sergio...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:01pm

Bennett’s peaches from the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market.

Bethany Beach Farmer’s Market open for the 2018 season

On Sunday, June 10, the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market celebrated the start of its 11th season by hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Market vendors, board members and volunteers were present for...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:59pm

Architectural lighting accentuates the kitchen of this inland home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

As a native Delawarean, the owner of...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:58pm

A group of international students pose for a photo during a past picnic at Saint Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

Bethany church throwing picnic for international student-workers

Each summer, Bethany Beach and many neighboring towns fill the staff of local businesses with international student-workers. The students come from all over for a summer experience in the States, and Martha Fields at Saint Martha’s Episcopal...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:57pm

Ocean View Concert in the Park to feature Delmarva Big Band

The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Delmarva Big Band as part of its Concerts in the Park series, on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. It is the second consecutive year that the big-band group has performed at John West Park, which is located at 32...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:54pm