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Carper: Pruitt confirmation could negatively impact state

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) paid a visit to Seaford to tour the Invista textile plant and shine a light on his concerns related to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In December, President Donald Trump nominated Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney-general, to serve as EPA administrator — a nomination that Carper, who serves as ranking member on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, opposes. The EPA was reated in 1970 through a proposal by then-President Richard Nixon, with the mission to protect human health and the environment.

Last month, Carper and his colleagues on the committee sent Trump a letter voicing their concerns regarding Pruitt’s nomination. Carper joked in Seaford that he has sent numerous letters to Trump, as part of his effort to save the United States Postal Service.

While standing next to Williams Pond in Seaford on Feb. 3, Carper said that, if Pruitt were confirmed, it could impact Delaware greatly.

“When Donald Trump was running for president, one of the things he promised was to get rid of the EPA and, if he couldn’t get rid of it, to diminish its role and abilities,” said Carper. “One of his people was talking about reducing their headcount by two-thirds.”

Editorial — Increase in tourism benefits entire community

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski recently celebrated a newly-completed study of Delaware’s tourism data from 2015.

Meth, monks and more. A visit to Dumbville

Do you ever struggle with your vehicle’s fuel economy?

Sure, it’s not as big a deal as it was several years ago when we saw prices climb toward $5 a gallon, but you should still be concerned when a tank of gas no longer gets you as far as it used to, right? Of course, there might be a perfectly logical explanation for it that has nothing to do with your car’s efficiency.

Letters to the Editor — February 10, 2016

Reader backs Trump’s move on travel

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Tinkering is the process of adjusting or making improvements. One story tells of plumbers in the mid-1800s using bread to dam a pipe under repair to hold dripping water at bay. Once the repair was complete, the bread dam became worthless and was swept away.

Tech comes home for the holidays

While it wasn’t my intention, I had a tech-heavy 2016 holiday season, dealing with a number of new devices and systems, despite having aimed for a relatively simple, scaled-back holiday.

Civil War Profiles – African-Americans in 19th-century Delaware

Black History Month prompts a review of significant historical events affecting African-Americans in Delaware during the Civil War era. This includes antebellum years, the North-South conflict of 1861-1865 and Reconstruction.

Counting on kindness at Showell Elementary

PCS students wear their kindness proudly

Coastal Point • Submitted: Birannah Stevens, Ella Peterson and Edgard Chavez-Hernandez check out the bead supply while making kindness bracelets at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.Coastal Point • Submitted: Birannah Stevens, Ella Peterson and Edgard Chavez-Hernandez check out the bead supply while making kindness bracelets at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.Kindness can be like a rock in water. One good deed can ripple outward to distant shores.

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School celebrated January as Kindness Month by encouraging children to be kind and witness kindness in their lives.

With handmade Kindness Bracelets, students can now count and remember random acts of kindness each day.

“As they witness, give or receive an act of kindness through the day, they’ll move a charm,” said Laurie Hall, teacher of art and special education at the school. Hopefully, later, at home, “they talk about what they’ve done to move them.”

The bracelets are threaded so that people can slide the 10 beads deliberately, without them slipping backward again.

Tripple Overtime: An apology that Tom Brady will never get, for things he never knew I said in the first place

I guess I don’t really have to offer an apology to Tom Brady. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve one. I just don’t think he needs it.

IR seniors ink letters of intent on National Signing Day

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From top left to right, Arturo Salas, Mac Smith, Zion Howard, Jordi Rodriguez, Johan Cordoba, Lindsey Grow, Sammi Mumford, and Maddie Hogsten all signed NCAA letters of intent on Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From top left to right, Arturo Salas, Mac Smith, Zion Howard, Jordi Rodriguez, Johan Cordoba, Lindsey Grow, Sammi Mumford, and Maddie Hogsten all signed NCAA letters of intent on Thursday.The Indian River High School Class of 2017 saw eight seniors sign letters of intent on Thursday, Feb. 2, as they get ready to take their talents to the NCAA in the fall.

Among them were Madison Hogsten, headed to Salisbury University to play soccer; Samantha Mumford, joining the Salisbury University softball team’ Zion Howard, headed to Virginia Beach, Va. to play baseball at Virginia Wesleyan College; Johan Cordoba, Jordi Ramirez and Arturo Salas, all joining the Chesapeake College soccer team; Mac Smith, signing with Millersville University to play soccer; and Lindsey Grow, signing with the Milligan College swim team.

Maddie Hogsten
(Salisbury University, soccer)

After earning a starting spot when she debuted for the Indians’ girls’ soccer team as a freshman, Maddie Hogsten quickly established herself as one of the team’s most dangerous offensive weapons.

SMS wrestling takes fifth at conferences despite ‘rebuilding year’

Taylor goes 9-0 in regular-season duals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: SMS eighth-grader Michael Taylor goes for the win against a GMS wrestler. Taylor finished with a 9-0 regular-season record.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: SMS eighth-grader Michael Taylor goes for the win against a GMS wrestler. Taylor finished with a 9-0 regular-season record.It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Selbyville Middle School wrestling team.

Graduating a slew of talent from an 8-2 squad last season — including current Indian River High School standouts Ta’Jon Knight, Will Rayne and Ramon Turner — the SMS Indians returned only six wrestlers for the 2016-2017 season.

But with an influx of brand new wrestlers going on to breakout seasons, the Indians still managed to finish the year 5-4, with a fifth-place finish at the conference championships held at Milford Central Academy on

“We figured we’d be lucky to get to .500, only bringing six guys back,” said SMS head coach Neal Barch of expectations heading into the season. “But we’re pretty happy with how the season turned out.”
Saturday, Feb. 4.

IR swimming celebrates senior night with wins over Polytech

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: McKenna Burke on her way to a first-place finish in a butterfly event against Polytech.Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: McKenna Burke on her way to a first-place finish in a butterfly event against Polytech.It was all about the seniors for the Indian River High School swim team last Thursday, Feb. 2.

After getting the morning started with co-captain Lindsey Grow officially signing on to continue her swimming career at Milligan College, the Indians sent Grow and seniors McKenna Burke, Erin Haden and Andy Elsburg out on a high note with wins over Polytech and a Senior Night ceremony held at the break.

“They’re a special group. They leave an impression on you,” said IR head coach Colin Crandell, who coached Grow on the Sea Colony Sharks from the age of 6 and has known Haden since she was a junior lifeguard on his patrol in Bethany Beach. “They’re like daughters to us by now. So, it was bitter in the sense that they’ll be leaving us, but also sweet, because you know that they’re going on to leave an impression on other people the same way.”

IR hoops surging with wins over Sussex Academy, Milford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Sophomore Jamier Felton goes up for a basket against Milford on Tuesday.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Sophomore Jamier Felton goes up for a basket against Milford on Tuesday.The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team is on a roll, racking up back-to-back division wins over Sussex Academy on Friday, Feb. 3, and Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Indians took down the Seahawks 85-34 last Friday, behind 16 points from sophomore guard Jamier Felton and 13 points from junior guard Patrick Mumford. Junior Calvin James also saw a double-digit scoring night, finishing with 10 points.

The Seahawks were led by a 21-point performance by sophomore forward Zachary Zalewski.

The Indians continued to ride the momentum of their hot streak into Tuesday, with head coach B.J. Joseph earning his first win over his former team since taking over for the Indians last season, notching a 54-47 win over the Bucs.

Felton led the scoring in that game as well, finishing the night just one rebound shy of a double-double, with 16 points and nine boards.

Senior Isaiah Bratton was also knocking on the door of a double-double on the night, finishing with eight points and 14 rebounds. Freshman point guard K.J. Custis had 11 points, and senior guard Thomas DiBuo racked up eight points on the night.

Extra Points – February 10, 2017

Delle Donne traded to Mystics, headed to D.C.

WNBA superstar and University of Delaware graduate Elena Delle Donne will make her way back to the East Coast after being traded by the Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics last week.

Sea Colony gearing up to ‘Ride for Delaware Hospice’

After a one-year hiatus during renovations of its fitness center, Sea Colony will grease up their wheels once again when “Ride for Delaware Hospice” makes its return to the newly revamped facility near Bethany Beach later this month.

Fenwick considers canal project costs

Fenwick Island Town officials don’t know if or when their canals were last dredged, but officials said this week that it’s time to consider such a project.

“There are some issues with depth and getting in and out of our canals,” said Alex Daly of the Town’s Environmental Committee.

Steele tapped to fill superintendent role

With Indian River School District superintendent Susan Bunting having been confirmed this week as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, the district was facing a vacancy in a vital post during a tense time at one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.

Local students save family from house fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.When a house fire broke out in Georgetown, two elementary-school students used the training they’d received in school to save lives.

Carmen Giacubeno had invited Luciana “Luci” Bella Martin Rodriquez over for a sleepover on Jan. 6. That night, a space heater caught fire. Hearing the smoke alarm, the girls woke up to find heavy fire in the house.

They bypassed that room to wake the adults, evacuated to a meeting spot in the front yard and called 911. The Georgetown Fire Company and several other departments brought the blaze under control within 40 minutes and continued working for another 80 minutes.

The adults later revealed that “the smoke detector was working, but it was so faint that, without Luci and Carmen waking up, they would have never heard it,” said Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Matt Sliwa.

County approves conditional use for Sussex Consortium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week voted in favor of approving a conditional use request for 25 acres of AR-1 land, located on the southwest side of Sweetbriar Road in Lewes, to build a new school for the Sussex Consortium.

Sussex County now has comprehensive electronic zoning map

Completing a project from the 2016 fiscal year, Sussex County now has a comprehensive electronic zoning map.

OVHS receives $100,000 from Crystal Trust Foundation

The Ocean View Historical Society has gotten a boost for its mission to “preserve, interpret and collect the history of Ocean View and the surrounding Baltimore Hundred area” after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation.

IR fire company willing to discuss IRSD reimbursement

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company this week responded to the Indian River School District’s request for the reimbursement of $4,900 related to two items that were the subject of questions under a recent State audit of the district’s accounts.

Steele the right person to steer IRSD for now

Susan Bunting has now officially been confirmed as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, leaving behind a little bit of work to do in the Indian River School District.

Point of No Return – Plenty of crazy action going on with big game

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston to decide who reigns supreme in the world of the National Football League for the 2016-17 season.

Guest Column – Campaign promises meet real-world reality

We are a nation of immigrants. The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty says it most succinctly: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” That inscription has welcomed many to our shores. The Declaration of Independence established our core values and gave our country a moral vision to guide us.

Civil War Profiles – Before ‘Glory’: 1st S. Carolina U.S. Colored Troops

The 54th Massachusetts U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) is generally recognized as the first black regiment to serve in the Union army. Free blacks made their way from many different states, including Delaware, to muster into this unit soon after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and became active that March.

Physical therapy makes life easier for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers

If you’re one of the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), getting through the day can be an uphill battle. It can be painful and make the simple things seem out of reach.

Local pet groomer offering pet first-aid classes

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.When pet groomer Kerrie Lynn Jones’ Brussels griffon choked on some cheese, she knew what to do. She began protocol she learned as part of becoming a pet first-aid instructor and helped to dislodge the grated cheese that had “coagulated” in her dog’s throat.

“I still remember the high I got off of bringing my dog back to life,” Jones said.

The owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, Jones had taken a class in pet first-aid for her own information, as well as for professional reasons.

“I groom 50 animals a week,” so she thought it made sense to be prepared in case any dog ever suffered a health emergency while she was grooming it. Having had one dog “pass out on the table while I was grooming it,” Jones said she knows first-hand that emergencies can and do happen.

Now, Jones and her partner, Merry Tabetha Compton, are offering classes in pet first-aid and CPR for the public. The four-hour class covers a wide range of pet emergencies, from choking and seizures to poisoning and insect stings.

Tripple OT: The rigging of the ‘greatest quarterback of all time’ conversation by the Soviet-apologist Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer: The following transcript has been derived from a secret-impromptu-Ocean’s 11-conspiracy-type meeting called by four-time respective Super Bowl champions Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw that involves several other former NFL signal-callers typically mentioned in the “greatest quarterback of all time” conversation, in addition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a misguided attempt by them, as in the quarterbacks, to convince him, as in Putin, to rig Super Bowl LI (51) as he did, allegedly, the 2016 United States presidential election and also, allegedly, Super Bowl XLII, when the Patriots lost to the Giants on that crazy David Tyree helmet catch, and so, but anyway, the meeting was called to make sure that Tom Brady does not become the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowl championships, the ramifications of which would most likely finally shed some definitive light on the whole “greatest quarterback of all time” conversation-thing mentioned earlier and be all-together bad news for both Montana and Bradshaw, as well as the other professional leather egg-throwers/co-conspirators in attendance.

Tech fall!

IR wrestling downs Sussex Tech, primed for state duals

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Ta’Jon Knight wrestles his way to a tech fall during the Indians’ win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Ta’Jon Knight wrestles his way to a tech fall during the Indians’ win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 27.The last time they pulled it off was 2011.

That didn’t stop the Indian River High School wrestling team from bouncing back from their first loss of the season, against Milford, however, with a 31-28 win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 21.

“Sussex Tech is a well-coached team,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish after the dual-meet win. “They’re young, but Scott [Layfield] has them coached-up. He’s a good coach, and they’ve got some good wrestlers.”

While most meets this season have started off with tone-setting pins from standout freshmen including Will Rayne at 106 and Ta’Jon Knight at 120, the Ravens held the Indians to a 12-0 lead after the first three matches ended with a 6-1 decision for Rayne over Sussex Tech’s Mason Rolph, a major decision at 113 for IR’s Christian Lopez and Knight getting a 16-0 tech fall at 120.

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