Celina’s Butterfly Swings headed to Cupola Park

In July, the Millsboro Town Council received a letter from the Whale family, requesting to put a special-needs swing in Cupola Park.

“On July 26, 2011, our daughter Celina Danielle Whale, age 11, passed away. She was a special-needs child,” wrote Louise Whale. “We took our daughter as she was growing up to Cupola Park. We really love the park.”

Whale wrote that Celina had used the baby swings in the park until she was too big for them but was unable to use the adult-size swings because none of them had straps for those with special needs.

“We started thinking about a way to reach out to the community and how we could help to put special-needs swings in parks, and what better place to start then where we took our daughter?”

Whale noted that donations for the swings have been collected through Bethel Tabernacle Church, which the family attends. She said the swing would be dedicated in Celina’s memory and to all special-needs children and named “Celina’s Butterfly Swings.”

“Celina really loved to swing. It made her so happy, and her smile was worth it all.”

The town council voted unanimously to allow the swings to be erected in the park, as long as the space is available.

In other town news:

• A new traffic light is being installed on State Street in front of the Millsboro Fire Hall, between Main and Morris streets. Fire Company President Ron O’Neil said that the light will not be operational for a few more months and will be controlled by the company.

“Hopefully, that will help, since we see an increase in traffic on State Street, especially in the summertime.”

• Millsboro’s trick-or-treating for Halloween has been officially scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., and kids 12 or younger may participate.