Letters to the Editor — December 5, 2014

Reader offers opinion on oyster project


For many of us who enjoy kayaking and other water sports on Little Assawoman Bay, the proposal by the State of Delaware to use oysters and clams to help clean up the bay seemed, at first, like a good idea. But now we have learned that the shellfish will be a part an experiment involving a huge commercial operation, with intrusive markers extending at a minimum of five feet out of the water and with commercial work boats coming in and out day or night.

Not only will this activity spoil the scenic nature of the bay, it will also negatively impact and perhaps destroy local businesses, like Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island, which VacationHomeRentals.Com has named “the top family attraction worth traveling for in Delaware.”

But those of us who have recently organized to protect our bay have now learned that, even if the commercial aquaculture experiment is 100 percent successful in the next three years, it will not have any effect on the major bay pollution from bacteria and will, at most, reduce nutrient pollution — the main target of the experiment — by minuscule amounts.

Clearly, the State should rethink this unwarranted invasion of Delaware’s natural heritage. The Little Assawoman Bay is a tourist attraction that helps bring economic stability and jobs to the area. To turn this scenic vista and recreational resource into a commercial fishing operation is akin to building a nuclear power plant in a schoolyard.

No one is against reducing pollution in our bay, but promoting an experiment with good intentions but bad consequences is not the way to go.

For more information, please go to our website: www.SaveOurAssawoman.Org.

Bob Maddex
Fenwick Island

McClung family grateful for support


The family of Harry Ray McClung, known to many as “Butch,” wish to thank you for your numerous acts of kindness shown to our family these past two years. Thanks to the many area church prayer teams who prayed diligently for Butch during his illness. We extend a special thank-you to the Ocean View and Millsboro police departments, Butch’s attending paramedics, the healthcare workers and doctors at PRMC, Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation & Health Center and Hospice Compassionate Care.

We are truly blessed to have such good people who sacrifice daily on our behalf. Thanks especially to the Lord Baltimore and Millsboro high schools’ Class of ’62, for your prayers and encouragement. Also, thanks to our former colleagues, neighbors and friends for your many acts of sympathy.

What a blessing to have Pastor Norman Poultney and our Hickory Hill Church family to share in Butch’s celebration of life service and our fellowship feast on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Hickory Hill UMC.

Luray, Asher, Aaron, Christina, Asher Luke and Isaac Andrew McClung

Relay team thankful

for support of many


Team Refuge, Relay for Life, held a Zombie Jamboree “fun-raiser” for the American Cancer Society on Oct. 25 at Harpoon Hanna’s restaurant. We would like to thank Harpoon Hanna’s for their fourth year of supporting this event and creating the ghoulish menu for our guests to enjoy.

We thank D.J. John Boy for great music, and we would also like to thank the following businesses in our community for their support through the many gift cards that we were able to use in a silent auction: Bake My Day Bakery, Bayside Golf, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Blue Fish, Blue Scoop, Breasure’s Auto, Café on 26, Calico Tree, Casual Designs, Cottage Café, Creative Concepts, Creative Day Spa, Delaware Institute of Cosmetology, DiFebo’s, Dogfish Head, Donna’s Cut & Curl, Energy Gym, Fenwick Float-Ors, Fenwick Winery, Holly’s Treasures, Just Hooked, Karimali for Hair, Giant, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Kruggerands Jewelers, Lady Fenwick, Lemar Custom Framing, Lighthouse Sound, Links at Lighthouse, Lord’s Landscaping, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, OC Hair & Nails, Ocean Nails, Pacos, Patti’s Hallmark, Pottery Place, Salon on Central, Sea Level Designs, Southern Exposure, Summer House Trading Co., Taste of South Philly, Treasures of Fenwick, Turquoise Restaurant & Bar, Venus Nails, Wockenfuss candies and Deer Run Golf Course.

Because of these generous businesses, there will be more birthdays as we fight for a cure for cancer in our lifetime.

Thank you.

Joann Waysz