Letters to the Editor June 5, 2015

Artisans Fair a hit, thanks to many


The 8th annual Artisans Fair, held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and sponsored by the South Coastal DE chapter of AARP, was a huge success. More than 1,200 area residents and visitors came out to support the Fair’s talented artisans and to enjoy other Fair activities. Proceeds from this annual event provide scholarships to area young people and adults.

An event of this size requires a great deal of assistance from chapter members. More than 50 volunteers helped out, both leading up to and on Fair day, to assure that the event was flawless. Special thanks go to members of the planning team who worked throughout the year to plan and execute every aspect of the event. Team members included: Carolyn Bacon, Ida Crist, Dianne DeForest, Jackie Denhardt, Maureen Eisenhart, Jim Hartsig, Judy Matsko, Chotsie Martin and Ione Phillips.

We are grateful for the support of area businesses whose contributions help keep expenses to a minimum. Helping us out this year were BJ’s Wholesale Club, Food Lion, Fulton Bank, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Hockers/G&E, Ocean View Animal Hospital and Walmart, Rehoboth Beach.

We appreciate the assistance provided by the Ocean View Police Department for professional direction of traffic into and out of the show.

We were pleased to be able to continue this Memorial Day weekend tradition and look forward to another great show in 2016.

Kathy Johnson,
Coordinator, 2015 Artisans Fair

CIB erosion project a true team effort


The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) recently completed a significant project to prevent the erosion, and to expand the habitat, of a portion of the land strip that runs along the Bethany Loop Canal.

The project required the installation of some 100 logs into the Salt Pond, and using 500 stakes and 2,000 feet of hemp rope to keep the logs in place. Installation was performed by: Darryl Duffie of the Mosquito Control Section of DNREC; and CIB staff members and volunteers — Marianne Walch, Jonathan Forte, Dave Ritondo, Mike Read, Larry Hutson, Martha Redmond and Ramon Vasquez.

Two Bethany Beach residents played significant roles on this project. Bob Collins, a CIB employee and a resident of Lake Bethany, was responsible for the entire implementation. He also installed 27 coir fiber logs along the Strip. Chuck Peterson, a resident of Tingles Addition and a member of the Bethany Beach Town Council, worked for two-plus years with CIB and Tingles Addition neighbors to clarify the problem and the solution. He also helped Bob install and tie down the 27 coir fiber logs.

I’m most appreciative of the implementation efforts made by all. And I especially want to thank Bob Collins and Chuck Peterson for their significant efforts that made this implementation a reality.

Steve Piron
Tingles Addition

Rotary thankful for support with event


The Southern Sussex Rotary would like to extend a huge thank-you to the community for supporting our Flags for Heroes project located at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Over 100 flags were sponsored by individuals and businesses. We are hoping to more than double this number next year!

We also would like especially thank the Coastal Point for sponsoring this event. Their continued support of community events is a tribute to their mission of representing local people and local projects.

In addition, our beautiful celebration would not have been so magnificent without the help of the Indian River High School brass band, the Indian River High School JROTC cadets, Pastor Egger from Ocean View Presbyterian, Rep. Ron Gray, Councilman Arlett and the assistance of principal Pam Webb, Vice-Principal Matthew Keller and several of their staff who made setup and tear down so easy. We were so excited to have members of the local Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout troops and our 1st Detachment Marine Corp League to help us celebrate.

The money raised for this event goes directly back into our local community. Funds this year are being directed to Operations Seas the Day, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, RYLA scholarships and many other local projects.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are being pre-ordered for next year. To get more information on this project or to learn more about Rotary membership, please call Brendan Crotty, (302) 858-3234, Christine McCoy, (302) 339-5368, or visit our website http://southernsussexrotary.com/fund-raising/.

Thank you again for making this a great event. We look forward to next year and even greater success!

Southern Sussex Rotary

Salt Pond scramble a big success


The Salt Pond Ladies Golf held their annual opening day scramble on May 27, in which 70 ladies participated, from Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Wilmington and Lewes.

Gross first place was won by Nancy Goodridge, Cynthia Wooley, Margaret McGrath and Susan Dipetdo. Gross second place was won by Sue West, Carol Kester, Barbara Ackerman and Barbara Brown. Gross third place was won by Joyce Pool, Ruth Rendle, Ellie Heeger and Linda Fiscus.

Net first place was won by Nancy Walsh, Ronnie Malone, Marie Corbin and Jean Burow. Net second place was won by Jean Sewald, Doris Reese, Barbara Freeman and Joan Kornacki. Net third place was won by Marilyn Adams, Mary Regester, Leslie Gaske and Laurel Rupprecht.

Closest-to-the-pin was won on Hole No. 4 by Marilyn Adams, and Ruth Rendle won on Hole No. 11. Sue West won the putting contest.

We want to thank the many local businesses/organizations who supported and contributed to the success of this day: Salt Pond Golf Course, Salon on Central, Treasure Island, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Turquoise Restaurant, Oceanova Spa, Café 26, Summer Salt, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club and Bear Trap Golf.

Thanks also to Art Whaley, Salt Pond pro, for providing a chipping and putting clinic prior to the shotgun start.

We would also like to thank the members of the Salt Pond Ladies Golf for providing the continental breakfast and to Birdies Snack Bar for catering the luncheon. A big thank-you also goes out to all of the folks who volunteered in making this a very special day.

Marilyn Adams
Tournament organizer