Letters to the Editor — September 18, 2014
Legion Auxiliary shares their efforts
The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 24, would like to share a summary of the donations and support given to the community in 2014.
We have proudly donated to the Home of the Brave II for women veterans; to the cafeteria program at Howard T. Ennis School; the scholarship fund at the Beebe Hospital Nursing School; anti-bullying books for the Indian River School District; the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company, Unit 73; held several benefits for Legion families in need; collected food goods and helped with packaging for the “Thanksgiving for Thousands;” sponsored a “Wishing Tree” for our members to buy gifts for children in need and donated to a local family who lost their home in a fire.
We warmly welcome new members in the Auxiliary and hope you will consider joining us. Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 24, located at Nine Foot Road and Route 113 (diagonal to Royal Farms), Dagsboro. If you would like more information, please call Kathy Akers, (302) 732-1219.
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 24
A typical Delmarva weekend…
For some of you fortunate Delmarva residents, a typical fall weekend could be spent enjoying having the beaches to yourselves, the uncrowded bay or a plethora of restaurants that no longer have a wait after a busy summer season.
I, too, am a resident here. But it’s my first September, and my first fall back in the U.S.A., after 13 years of living in the Caribbean. This weekend, I was more than moved, I was taken to tears by the diversity and immense heart of this community.
Friday started out strong, as we all take time to remember the effect Sept. 11, 2001, had and continues to have on our lives. As I was driving out of my development to the grocery, I was literally brought to tears as I read sign after sign, handmade by Bethany families, saluting the veterans coming to Freeman Stage for the evening. There were volunteers everywhere, erecting signs, banners and flags.
I had read about Operation SEAs the Day, and I was in full support of it! What a great way to give back to the vets and their families! Seeing the production at Freeman Stage really touched my heart. I felt proud even though I had nothing to do with it. Being new to the community, I am constantly stunned by the generosity this tiny area constantly demonstrates.
Feeling confident about our move to this area to raise our children, I spent Saturday reading the paper and catching up on local news. This led me to the Nanticoke Powwow on Sunday.
Having been raised in Arizona and California, I have always been touched by the Native American heritage and culture. My children, all born in Puerto Rico, hold a connection (heartfelt, not blood) to the Taino Indians. I knew little about the local Native American culture, so to the powwow it was!
This event was truly an open event, regardless of your own culture or heritage. The circle of Native Americans and all the volunteers, vendors and bystanders were there to experience a bit of the traditions known to them or new. My children and I enjoyed frybread, dancing, face painting and traditional Native American arts, the continual sound of the drums, so much like the sound of our beating hearts. The air was cool and leaves were slowly falling from the trees. It felt magical and safe.
We ended the day with a stop at Parsons Farm to marvel at the size and variety of pumpkins! Growing up in Puerto Rico, my children had never seen these types of pumpkins. It was a simple amazement and fascination that I will never forget. For me, it was a “coming home” feeling like no other. I may not be from here, but I am so grateful to call it home.
Homeowners thankful for support
The Keenwick Sound Homeowners Association expresses our thanks to the following business for your generous donations to our 21st annual fair: Wear It Out, DB’s Fries, Turtle Beach Café, Tropicana Swimware, the Penguin Diner, Bethany Diner, Roberts Repair Service, Sea Needles, Superior Screen & Glass, Oceanova Spa, Papa John’s, Ellen Rice Gallery, Fat Tuna Grill, Hunan Royal, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Fenwick Tackle, Quiet Storm Surf & Turf, Fenwick Island Surf Shop, Light House Liquors, Beach Pilates & Wellness, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Hair Designs By Iris, Just Hooked, Holly’s Treasures, Sea Shell City, Lete Sportswear, Ha Ha’s Frozen Yogurt, Fenwick Crab House, Viking Golf, Olive Garden, Em-ings BBQ, Dennis—Treasure House, Golf Down Under, Claddagh on the Shore, Sam’s Ocean City Haircutters, Coastal Kayak, Tina’s House of Hair, North Side Marina, Walgreens, Rippons Seafood, Float-ors, Jules Fine Dining, Fun Land, Brasure’s Pest Control, Longwood Gardens, Turkey Hill, Brasure’s Carpet Care, Jayne’s Reliable, Baker’s Hardware, Sweet Disposition Bakery, CVS, Southern Exposure, Crab Cake Factory, Chesapeake Flyboarding, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Winterthur, Ocean Resorts Golf Club, Denny Electric, Smitty McGee’s, the Salted Rim, Blossoms, Harpoon Hanna’s, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, the Greene Turtle, Mike’s Carpet Connection, Windsor Teak, Bayville Package Store, the Blue Scoop, Treasure Quest, Ken’s Bayside, King Kone Ice Cream, Giant Foods, Harris Teeter, Dumser’s Dairyland, Deer Run Golf Club, Econo Lodge—Rio Grande Café, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Delmarva Shore Birds and PNC Bank.
Keenwick Sound Homeowners Association
Bethany councilman introduces himself
I am being sworn into office for the first time as a member of the Bethany Beach Town Council on Sept. 21. Since there were only three people — myself and incumbents Joe Healy and Chuck Peterson — who filed for the three open seats this year, no election was held.
Because I didn’t get an opportunity to introduce myself to everyone in an election, I’d like to briefly summarize my background and qualifications and say something about how I hope to serve our Town and citizens during my term.
My wife, Judi, and I have been Bethany Beach property owners since 1984 and full-time residents since 2010, when I retired from the DuPont Co. Over the past five years, I have become actively involved in Town government as a member of the Planning Commission and the following committees: Budget & Finance, Assessment, Non-Residential Design Review and Fourth of July Parade.
I also serve on the boards of the Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA) and the Farmers’ Market. I’m a volunteer at St. Ann’s Church; a VFW Sunday Breakfast Crew; Meals on Wheels and the annual Bethany Beach Cottage Tour. A Delaware native, I’m a graduate of the University of Dayton, BS, Engineering, and Salesianum High School in Wilmington.
Like most Bethany property owners, I like the small-town, family-oriented atmosphere of our town, and I want to preserve it for the future. Balancing the needs of property owners and visitors in the summer is a challenge in terms of traffic, parking, public safety, as well as the infrastructure. Past councils have worked to address these and other challenges without changing the basic character of the town. I want to continue and enhance these efforts.
For the immediate future, issues that I feel are important are the development of the Town Park (Church/Neff property) and continuing to build a storm emergency relief fund (SERF) in the event of a catastrophic storm that we have to be prepared for. These issues will require careful planning and funding while continuing to deal with other important issues and maintaining the financial stability of the Town.
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts and suggestions you might have on issues that are important to you. I am fully committed to work for the good of our Town and of all our citizens.
SEAs the Day organizers thankful
A special shout-out: We’d have to drive up and down every street in Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, Fenwick, Millville, Ocean View, Rehoboth, Selbyville and South Bethany, yelling “Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!” to reach only a few of the increasing number of year-’rounders, summer people, businesses, civic and veterans clubs, faith-based groups and all that join the Operation SEAs the Day team every year.
The VIFs tell us they have never met so many generous people and such a warm-hearted community! They love the personal touch each of you provides. The communities’ combined efforts showed honor and thanks to the warrior families.
The many of you who lined the streets for the motorcade resulted in truly touching the VIFs hearts. Tears of joy by the warrior families as they came off the bus showed that this community has not forgotten their service and sacrifice. And this town truly appreciates these brave Americans.
The VIFs return home with good memories to carry with them in the days ahead. And we have many good things to learn from as we now prepare for the Sept. 6-11, 2016, Warrior Beach Week.
The 2015 Warrior Beach Week was an overwhelming success for each of the warrior families who attended. Your efforts across communities have resulted in helping these brave warrior families move forward in their transition to civilian life. A warm heartfelt thank-you to each of you from Team Operation SEAs the Day!
Operation SEAs the Day