Letters to the Editor — October 9, 2015

CIB team applauds Magee’s efforts

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Magee family and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

We residents of the Dirickson Creek watershed volunteer with the Center for the Inland Bays as part of their Your Creek project. In appreciation of your decision to plant a winter cover crop, effective this coming winter, want to thank your family for your stewardship of the creek.

The tract of your farm land which is adjacent to the Dirickson Creek at Old Mill Bridge Road, understandably, has a significant impact on the creek, even during the winter months, when the winds blow so strongly across our Sussex County lowlands.

The recent Coastal Point Oct. 2, 2015, article “Magee family farm legacy enters a new era” (pg. A23) further instilled an understanding of your hurdles and your devotion to maintaining your farm lands.

We applaud and support your family’s continuing efforts to embrace new farming methods, such as the planting of winter cover crops.

Anna von Lindenberg, Volunteer lead
Center for the Inland Bays’
Dirickson Creek Team

Reader supports mail-in-voting


State of Delaware State Sen. Karen Peterson (Stanton) has submitted bill SB 165, mail-in voting for school-related elections. It is titled “An act to amend the Delaware code relating to public school election.” Sen. Peterson wants to open the door in Delaware to “vote by mail” in order to increase voting. The test is with school elections, as it has the lowest “voter” turnout in the state of Delaware and nationally.

This is a very good first step to combat the negative voting patterns engulfing the citizens of Delaware and the entire U.S.A. Eligible citizens intentionally not registering to vote, registered voters’ not voting and some elected officials increasing barriers to voting are the serious challenges to our democracy and right to vote.

Let’s make Delaware the “First State” to make voting mandatory and do it by mail! Voting in the “spring” over three days for all state/school elections is an idea to debate and enact. Leave the national elections for the “fall” — no pun intended.

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Reader suggests legacy name for park


At this time, while the Bethany Beach Town Council is soliciting ideas for the development of the property at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26 into a park, I would like to make a suggestion.

I think it would be most appropriate to incorporate a tribute to Joe McHugh, the former mayor, into the plans. Joe McHugh served on the town council starting in 1997, for 13 years, eight of those years as mayor.

It was during those years that the purchase of the land that is now being transformed into a park was made. With great foresight, the land was set aside for the future instead of being developed commercially.

There were many, many other things accomplished during those years that add to the quality of life here in Bethany, today.

To mention a few: acquiring 22 acres of land next to Grottos on Route 26 that now has a Nature Center and hiking and biking trails, the start of the Bethany Beach Trolley that continues to attract more riders each season, and the replacement of the totem pole.

To pay tribute to Joe McHugh for his years of such productive service, I think naming a garden, a path, a plaque or the park itself for him would be appropriate.

I realize that Bethany Beach has been fortunate to have had (and has today) many mayors and council members who have worked hard to preserve and enhance our quality of life here in Bethany, but in my mind, Joe McHugh stands out and deserves recognition.

Dorothy Lane
Bethany Beach

St. Ann’s charity golf outing a success


The St Ann’s Men’s Club would like to thank all the participants and the following sponsors and contributors for their generous donations to our recent very successful charity golf outing at the Salt Pond. The Men’s Club will use the profits to continue and add to its charitable work. Last year, the Men’s Club was able to provide over $5,500 in revenue assistance to many worthy recipients.

Our contributors are: Allison Stine—Long & Foster, Armand’s, Bay Club Golf, Beam Insurance—State Farm, Bethany Diner, Bethany Bay Golf, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Blues, Bethany Boathouse, Bethany Florist, Bethany Massage, Bethany Wines & Liquors, Bill Cannon’s Garage, Blue Crab, Bob Cairo—Tidewater Physical Therapy, Captain Jack’s Mini Golf, Captain Mac’s Fish House, Café on 26, Casapulla’s, Coastal Maytag, Cottage Café, County Bank, Countryside Café, Crabcake Factory, Cripple Creek Golf, DiFebo’s, Dickens Parlour Theatre, Dirty Harry’s, E.S. Gregory Accounting, Fenwick Crab House, Fisher’s Popcorn, Float-Ors, Food Lion, Fox’s Pizza/Restaurant, Giant Foods, Golden Scissors Barbershop, Grotto’s Pizza—Garfield Parkway, Harpoon Hanna’s, HMS Insurance, Harris Teeter, Hocker’s G&E, Hooked Up Ale House, Hudson General Store, Jetty Deli, Jimmy’s Restaurant, Ken’s Pizza, Lobster Shanty, Loftus Wealth Strategies, Lois James—DDS, Marty Malarky—CPA, Mango’s, Mancini’s, Melson’s Funeral Home, Mickey’s Crab House, Miken Builders, Miller’s Creek, Nantucket’s restaurant, Oceanova, Ocean View Diner, Off the Hook, Parcell’s Funeral Home, The Parkway restaurant, Papa John’s, Patti’s Hallmark Cards, Penquin Diner, Perucci’s, Pizza Palace, Rep. Ron Gray, Ropewalk restaurant, Rooster’s Nest, Rick Solloway—Raymond James, Ruddo’s Golf, Salt Pond Golf, Scott & Schuman P.A., Sen. Gerald Hocker, Selective Insurance, Seaside Country Store, Studio 26, Superior Screen, Susan Weidman Esq.,Ted Dunn, Tom and Fil Ryan, Treasure Island, Turquoise restaurant, UPS Store, VFW and World Gym.

Richard Malone
St. Ann’s Men’s Club