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Sean and Kristina Malone have set up a mailbox for Santa and responds to every letter. The mailbox is located at 2 Windward Way in the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro.

Santa gets help from Dagsboro family

Former postal worker inspired to set up Santa mailbox

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter


When Sean Malone of Dagsboro worked for the U.S. Postal Service, he took on a side gig as Santa’s helper.

“I just happened to come in one day and we were starting to collect Santa...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 2:04pm

DCHS perform community service on Return Day

DCHS foreign-exchange students Jasmine Zhang, Alice Xu, Jessie Sun and Angel Li are busy at work assembling food packages for delivery and cleaning the kitchen at the Long Neck CHEER Center. 

Every year on Return Day, students at Delmarva...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:51pm

Mariner’s to host Live Nativity on Dec. 14

On Friday, Dec. 14, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church of Ocean View will present a Live Nativity featuring the Christmas story told and re-told every half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:44pm

The community had the opportunity to buy specialty soups and baked goods from local restaurants during the third annual Soup for the Soul event.

Soup for the Soul raises funds for Community Food Bank


Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island invited the local community to their third annual “Soup for the Soul” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the proceeds benefitting the Community Food Bank of Salem United Methodist Church.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:40pm

The Coastal Gardeners include, from left, Donna Buono, Geri Grammes, Margaret Paquette, Jackie Cole, Steve Zimmerman, Doug Isaac, Mike Grammes, Joelle Ward, Sandy Daniels, Cheryl Quirk, Ellen Treem and Sandy Fitt.

Coastal Gardeners ‘Adopt-A-Highway’

While they may be one of the area’s newest garden clubs, the Coastal Gardeners are hitting the ground running. Earlier this month, the club held its first Adopt-A-Highway clean up, on Piney Neck Road.

“We’re a garden club, and we like to...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:36pm

A Millsboro officer poses for a photo with graduates of their Business Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Millsboro businesses participate in MPD Business Academy

The Millsboro Police Department recently announced the graduating class of the 2nd Business Academy. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, members of the graduating class received a certificate acknowledging their participation in the program.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:04pm

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany to bring holiday fun to the beach

Hosted annually the first four Saturdays in December, Weekend Wonderland in Bethany kicks off Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout downtown Bethany Beach. Local merchants will offer special promotions and activities, and a variety of...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:57pm

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year


The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:55pm

A pastel artist’s hands are seldom clean, as this pic of Ellen Rice working on her newest pastel demonstrates. The public is being invited to see it finished during the debut of her exhibit ‘A Pastel Journey,’ in her gallery’s studio as part of the two-day, free, self-guided 24th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Studio Tour, this Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rice offering ‘Pastel Journey’ as part of SEDAST

This Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m., artist Ellen Rice will begin taking visitors to her in-gallery studio on “A Pastel Journey” as her part of the kickoff of the two-day, Thanksgiving-weekend 24th annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:54pm

County launches annual Caroling on The Circle food drive

Sussex County government this week kicked off its yearly food drive for community food banks and will celebrate that effort during the 35th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Georgetown. The food...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:49pm

Bethany Beach photo contest open for entries

The Town of Bethany Beach is accepting submissions for its annual photo contest. Photos will be selected for the 2019/2020 Town calendar and widespread marketing efforts. The calendar is mailed to an estimated 3,200 households and available for...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:47pm

Selbyville group collecting coats for veterans

This winter, the Selbyville Community Club is once again collecting coats, sweatpants and sweatshirts for homeless military veterans in Delaware.

The sixth annual “Coats and Sweats for Vets” returns for the entire month of December 2018....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:19pm

Incoming Beebe Medical Foundation Board members include Lyndie Hertrich, left, and Ann Raskauskas.

Raskauskas joins Beebe Medical Foundation Board

Beebe Medical Foundation President and CEO Judy Aliquo announced this week that Ann Raskauskas, owner of Bethany Area Realty, is joining the foundation’s board of directors this month.

Raskauskas, a Realtor in the Bethany Beach area for...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:15pm

Millville sets parameters for commercial corridors

The Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting passed a measure that sets parameters for “small-scale commercial” development along its commercial corridors on Route 26 and Route 17.

The measure passed 4-0, with Council Vice...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:49pm

Freeman Foundation looking to expand stage

In just 11 years in the community, the Freeman Stage at Bayside is looking to expand yet again.

Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation told the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that its current stage...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:48pm

South Bethany looking to improve beach crossings

South Bethany officials want to make the town’s sand dunes easier for people to access. Senior citizens, children and people with balance issues are having trouble crossing.

“In certain places, the grade is too high, and they really could...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:45pm

Ocean View awards Woodland Park drainage contract

“This is a huge step forward,” said Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran, as the Ocean View Town Council voted 5-0 on Nov. 13 to award the contract for the Woodland Park Drainage Project to A-Del Construction Co. Inc., at a cost of $454,560.55.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:38pm

Community invited to pack Thanksgiving meals

Mountaire Farms will host the 24th Annual Thanksgiving for Thousands packing event on Monday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their Selbyville warehouse — and, with the help of volunteers, will pack 8,500 food boxes that will be distributed...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:34pm

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen addressed the crowd at Delaware Tech’s Today & Tomorrow Conference on Halloween in full ‘Princess Leia’ regalia.

Cohen addresses Sussex County transportation, partnerships

“Help me, Sussex County — partnering is our only hope,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen at the Today & Tomorrow Conference, held at Delaware Technical Community College on Oct. 31.

Cohen attended the event dressed as “Star Wars”...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:27pm

Politicians literally bury the hatchet, top, for all to see during this year’s Return Day celebration on The Circle in Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Return Day lets politics bury the hatchet

In 1791, Delaware state law moved the Sussex County seat from the town of Lewes to Georgetown, a town that was approximately 16 miles from any other town in the county.

At that time, all votes were required to be cast in the new county...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:08pm

The Town of Dagsboro lights up its Christmas tree back in 2015. Dagsboro recently announced its full holiday schedule for 2018.

Dagsboro announces dates, times for holiday events

It’s going to start to look a lot like Christmas around the town of Dagsboro over the next couple weeks.

The 2018 Dagsboro Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at Katie Helm Park. The celebration will...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:57pm

Firefighters from five companies came together to contain a blaze in an unnocupied apartment building in Millsboro. More than $1.5 million in property damage was reported.

Fire damages apartment building under construction in Millsboro

Several fire companies battled a fire at an unoccupied apartment building in Millsboro on Thursday, Nov. 8. The cause of the fire was under investigation this week by Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The fire was reported at 9:23 p.m.,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:28pm

Former U.S. surgeon general Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck delivers his Veterans Day address at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

Former surgeon general gives Veterans Day address

A former U. S. surgeon general told those attending a Veteran’s Day commemoration at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View that when he cared for veterans, he was caring for “the most deserving patients in the world.”

“Whether two or 20 years,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:22pm

Oliva Brill visits with Santa at a previous Holiday Happening. Last year, all she wanted for Christmas was her two front teeth. We hope she’s got them by now!

Bethany Beach to host Holiday Happenings, tree lighting

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Town of Bethany Beach will host its annual Holiday Happenings from 1 to 3 p.m. at town hall. The event will feature face painting and photos with Santa, with hot cocoa, cookies and a station for children to write letters...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:12pm

Town of Millsboro readying for the holidays

The streets of Millsboro promise to be in full holiday cheer as the calendar flips to “December,” with the Town’s annual Christmas parade and tree-lighting celebration, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The parade will step off...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:05pm

Seaside Bride partners with Barefoot Beach Bride to host bridal show at Smokey Hollow

Calling all couples-to-be! Are you still in need of a perfect venue at which to say, ‘I do?’ Still looking for that perfect buttercream cake or a photographer to capture one of the most important days of your life? Well, look no further!


Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:53am

Agenda — Nov. 9, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Town of Bethany Beach was set to flush its water system between Nov. 5 and 9, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Town flushes its water system twice a year — spring and fall — to rid the system of any accumulated sediment so that the...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Voters have their say

Democrats top statewide voting, Republicans reign in Sussex

Delaware voters turned out in droves for the midterm general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with statewide voter turnout coming in at more than 52 percent — well above the roughly 36 percent of the state’s voters who cast ballots in the 2014...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:36pm

Millville survey finds growth in younger, active populations

Millville residents in an informational session on Oct. 30 got a look at the results of a survey that had asked them to look at what they like about their town, what they don’t like and what they would like to see improved.

About 30...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:33pm

New homes could help clean up drug trade on Polly Branch Road

On the surface, Schooner Landing could be just another housing development coming to Sussex County. There will be 132 residential lots, a clubhouse, pool and park, all at the northwest corner of Route 54 and Polly Branch Road.

But, more...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:31pm

Allen Harim will phase out spray-irrigation at its Dagsboro hatchery, where it has been dispersing nitrates into the groundwater.

Allen Harim cited for groundwater pollution

Poultry producers are again being cited for nitrate overload to groundwater. This time, officials said, Allen Harim exceeded permitted nitrate levels in wastewater that is spray-irrigated at their Dagsboro hatchery, located at 26867 Nine Foot...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

South Bethany considering requiring parking permits town-wide

Now that summer is over, the South Bethany Town Council will heave the topic of parking permits back onto the table.

Besides increasing parking fees last spring, the Town hasn’t yet moved forward with plans to purchase an outdoor permit...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:24pm

CIB wants better monitoring, remediation of Mountaire wastewater

Now that Mountaire Farms has entered a consent decree with the State of Delaware, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has published its own list of recommendations related to Mountaire’s wastewater permit violations near the Indian...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:19pm

Fenwick undertakes revaluation for property taxes

The Fenwick Island Town Council unanimously approved a request for proposals (RFP) regarding property reassessment. 

“Our property taxes are about 34 percent of all of our revenue, which is $728,267,” said Town Manager Terry Tieman. 


Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:17pm

Breaking ground at Beebe Healthcare’s new South Coastal Campus on Route 17 in Millville on Thursday, Nov. 1, are, from left: Vanessa Megee, I Believe in Beebe Campaign co-chair, Beebe Medical Foundation; Terry Megee, I Believe in Beebe Campaign co-chair, Beebe Medical Foundation; Judy Aliquo, president and CEO, Beebe Medical Foundation; Dave Herbert, chairman of the Board, Beebe Healthcare; Nicholas Perchiniak, M.D., Beebe Emergency Department; Jeffrey M. Fried, president/CEO, Beebe Healthcare; Barry Hamp,

Beebe breaks ground for South Coastal Campus

As anyone who has driven along Route 17 in Millville in the past week has undoubtedly noticed, work has begun at Beebe Healthcare’s South Coastal Campus, which will house an emergency department and cancer center.

Beebe officials held a...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:09pm

Frankford officials looking at water plant efficiency

The Frankford Town Council is in the early stages of talks with Tidewater Utilities to find ways to improve the Town’s water quality and the efficiency of its water plant.

Council Vice President Greg Welch said at the Monday, Nov. 5,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:05pm

Seaside Bride, Barefoot Beach Bride to host Smoky Hollow Bridal Show

For married couples-to-be who are in need of a perfect venue at which to say, “I do,” or still looking for that perfect buttercream cake or a photographer to capture one of the most important days of their life, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:58pm

Southern Sussex Rotary donates to Boy Scout troop

Southern Sussex Rotary presents a check to Boy Scout Troop 281, to support the local troop.  Brendan Crotty, Rotarian and Eagle Scout, presented the check at the weekly Troop meeting to Tommy Kangas, Life Scout and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:25pm

Former surgeon general, CHEER, students to salute veterans

A century ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, the first World War came to an end, and the following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, which the country now observes as Veterans Day.

Veterans will be honored locally...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:06pm

Millsboro woman killed in single-vehicle crash

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a fatal crash involving a single vehicle that killed a Millsboro-area woman.

Police said the incident occurred around 6:35 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 3, as a...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:04pm

Multiple injuries in Frankford-area crash

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a serious crash that occurred last Thursday, injuring several people.

According to police, on Thursday, Nov. 1, around 9:32 p.m., a 1999 Pontiac Firebird...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:03pm

Dr. Janice Baker teaches the tactical canine medical training class held at Camp Barnes back in October. More than two dozen officers attended the free class, for which OVPD Cpl. Justin Hopkins raised more than half the funds.

OVPD offers training to K9 units throughout Delaware

When Ocean View Police Department’s Cpl. Justin Hopkins saw a need for other K9 handler officers in Delaware to get medical-related training for their four-legged partners, he decided to do something about it.

“They’re our family,” said...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:01pm

Students of Lighthouse Christian pay homage to visiting veterans in a previous event.

Veterans invited to Lighthouse Christian to be honored

For years, the students at Lighthouse Christian School have taken the time to thank veterans for their service to god and country.

“The main reason we do it is that they always remember the importance of Veterans Day — that it’s not always...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:16am

The Panchito, a North American B-25 bomber rests in the museum hangar.

Preserving World War II aviation history is a labor of love

Georgetown museum showcases aircraft, keeps historical planes flying

Inside a non-descript blue hangar in Georgetown, silver wings and noses gleam, the smells of motor oil and coffee hang in the air, and World War II history thrums to life, against the steady drumbeat of rain on the metal roof.

Joe Greene,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:09am

Car & Tractor Show

The Second Annual Antique, Classic Car & Tractor Show was hosted at the Roxana fire hall on Nov. 3. Events included a 50/50, raffles, ‘Chinese auction,’ vendors, and breakfast and lunch items for sale, including oyster sandwiches.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:17am

Turkey Trot scheduled for Thanksgiving Day

The 11th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m., with free coffee provided by One Coastal at 7:30 a.m.

The untimed 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:08am

Food & Wine Festival planned for Nov. 17 in Bethany

The second annual Food & Wine Festival at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and 99 Sea Level Restaurant & Raw Bar in Bethany Beach will offer live music, food from area restaurants, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a silent auction...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:06am

Cole to lead Return Day parade

Longtime Sussex County Council member George Cole may be stepping down from his county post, but he will have a rather large moment in the spotlight two days after his successor is chosen in the 2018 general election.

Cole, who has served...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:02pm

From soccer skills and silliness to being a good sibling, these ILC students wrote what makes them special.

Uniquely you: LB celebrates special ed

Indian River School District celebrated Special Education Week with different activities in each building.

“Historically it was always a hush-hush thing,” said Kayla Bollinger, a special education coordinator.  “Now I think it’s important...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:56pm

County Council candidates John Rieley and Ellen Magee shared their visions for District 5.

County candidates Magee and Rieley vie for District 5

As the 2018 elections swing into the homestretch, the public heard from their candidates, thanks to the Sussex County League of Women Voters.

Candidates Ellen Magee of the Selbyville area and John Rieley of Millsboro discussed the issues...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 11:37am