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Point of No Return — Forget the launch. What is in the rocket?

Like many of you, I was excited earlier this week to see the baby giraffe finally be born on top of a rocket hurtling toward the heavens, while the Russians hacked into the latest episodes of “Orange is the New Black.”

Letters to the Editor — June 16, 2017

Reader pushes for bicycle safety

Editor:

I am writing to urge all bicyclists and pedestrians to follow the rules of the road when out and about this summer.

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly celebration, the library decided to launch its first Community Kickball, which will occur at the library’s parking lot from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the show will take place on Church Street in Selbyville and benefit Delaware Hospice.

Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam back for 16th year of action

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jimmy Farrell was flipping out for the launch of Bethany Surf Shop Skim last summer.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jimmy Farrell was flipping out for the launch of Bethany Surf Shop Skim last summer.Back by popular demand for the 16th straight season, and just in time for the summer of 2017, is the Bethany Surf Shop’s Skim Jam, kicking off this Monday, June 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the beach in front of Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.

“You know it’s finally summertime in ‘Big Sussex’ when Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam starts,” said local pro and Catch Surf/Slotstik rider Bill Baxter, who helped get the event started, along with Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath, now 16 summers ago. “The longest-running skim jam in the U.S. — just finless fun all around.”

The free event is open to skimmers of all ages and skill levels, who will get the chance to drop in along with pros including Baxter and Hurley/Toobs team rider Colin Herlihy on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Skimmers without a board or those looking for a new one are free to take a test run on plenty of boards provided by the shop, including Herlihy’s signature Toobs model, some of Baxter’s boards of choice from Catch Surf and Slotstik, and fiberglass models from Zap and Exile.

Historical society offering Civil War reenactment, summer hours

The Ocean View Historical Society is continuing its mission to bring local history to the masses through various programs.

This weekend, the 2nd Delaware Civil War Volunteers will set up an encampment featuring a reenactment of cooking, musket firing, tenting and camp life during the Civil War, at the Ocean View Historical Complex.

Newlyweds launch Sandy Pony Donuts food truck near Bethany

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandy Pony owners Brea Reeves and Ben Wang, top, show off a dozen of their made-to-order donuts.Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandy Pony owners Brea Reeves and Ben Wang, top, show off a dozen of their made-to-order donuts.They may have been still dodging rice, but for the young newlywed couple, it was time to make the doughnuts.

After saying their “I do’s” on June 3, Ben Wang and Brea Reeves were off to the Bethany Beach area just one week later, for the grand opening of their new food truck, Sandy Pony Donuts, on Saturday, June 10, trading in a honeymoon suite for a sweet honeymoon.

“You could say this is our honeymoon,” said Reeves, with a laugh. “We literally are together every second of every day now.”

“Hey, it was her decision to want to work with me,” added Wang, joking back. “I’m probably the harder one to work with, because I always manage to get in the way somehow. But it’s just always worked out.”

Three Blonde Bakers get literal with new 3BB Café next door

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Cassidy Baker, left, and Brittany Baker show off one of the 3BB Cafe's new homemade ‘cake-pops’ and croissants. Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Cassidy Baker, left, and Brittany Baker show off one of the 3BB Cafe's new homemade ‘cake-pops’ and croissants. The name Three Blonde Bakers was already all but famous along the Bethany Beach boardwalk, whether it be for their scoop selection of Vanderwende Farm Creamery classics or ever-changing array of off-the-wall homemade fudge flavors.

But the now-officially-baking blonde Bakers are no longer just fudging around when it comes to that name being literal, recently launching their latest boardwalk venture with the 3BB Café in the space right next door.

“Cassidy has always wanted to open up her own bakery,” said Brittany Baker of her younger sister and Baker-family baking authority, Cassidy Baker, who learned her trade at Ruthie’s Bakery in Bethany. “When the Orheleins [Michael and Hope] told us that they were moving the gallery across the mall, we knew we had to go for it.”

“People would always come up and asked about baked goods, with the name,” added Cassidy Baker with a laugh. “It’s definitely nice to finally have an established bakery now.”

County Bank to host community shred event

Identity-theft prevention and giving back to the community are two main goals of County Bank’s community shred event on Friday, June 16.

Riptide coaches go ‘Over the Edge’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Marie McIntosh rappels down the side of a building in Wilmington, as part of the Special Olympics Delaware ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser.Coastal Point • Submitted: Marie McIntosh rappels down the side of a building in Wilmington, as part of the Special Olympics Delaware ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser.Imagine leaning over the edge of a 17-story building — 222 feet off the ground — back first.

Sussex Riptide Special Olympics Delaware coaches Marie McIntosh and Tony Gough did just that last month at the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) Over the Edge fundraiser.

“Last year, I went down for the first time, and he decided not to steal my thunder. It was cutsie,” said McIntosh of Gough. “He thought, ‘Well, she should do it without me.’ This year, we decided to do it together, because I wanted to show him I could beat him, and I did. I was down first!”

Each participant registers with a $50 deposit to reserve a spot and then raises a total of $1,100 for the opportunity to rappel down the 300 Delaware Avenue Building in Wilmington.

Conservation Access Pass for state wildlife areas on sale July 1

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is launching Delaware’s new Conservation Access Pass on July 1. Starting on that date, a Conservation Access Pass will be required for any registered motor vehicle used to access Division of Fish & Wildlife state wildlife areas for recreational activities, such as birdwatching, wildlife photography, hiking and horseback riding, as well as hunting.

Civil War Profiles — Lee and Grant meet again at the White House

The beginning of the end of the Civil War dated from March 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln promoted Ulysses S. Grant to the rank of lieutenant general and placed him in charge of the entire Union army. Grant’s single-minded goal from that point on was to vanquish the Confederate forces serving under Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Bethany planning 34th annual Independence Day celebration

The 34th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The 2017 theme is “Bethany Beach Celebrates!” The parade committee is encouraging businesses, community organizations and families to get in on the fun by entering floats and compete for a variety of prizes.

Freeman Stage to open season with MSO on June 16

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick off the 10th season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Along with the orchestra, the performance will feature soloists from OperaDelaware, as well as songs from “Macbeth” and “Aida.” Tickets cost $15 per person, with kids 12 or younger being admitted free of charge.

“We are grateful for our long partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. ”This is the 10th season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, and each year the MSO has helped us launch our summer schedule with an unforgettable night of music.”

Opening weekend at the Freeman Stage also includes the start of its Saturday morning kids’ series, sponsored by PNC Foundation — which take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday — as well as a performance by Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Big Feet on June 17, and a speaking event with Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker on June 18.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7 — Century-old Bethany cottage

Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had vacationed with their four children at her parents’ Ocean City, Md., condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler cottage in Bethany Beach, they were intrigued by its history.

The house had been owned for generations by the family of former state Sen. Louis Drexler and had operated as a bed-and-breakfast for some time. Despite the heavy toll the years had taken on the home, they saw great potential, and jumped at the chance to buy and restore the diamond-in-the-rough to its original charm.

Beginning in March 2016, the wife, acting as the general contractor, worked with their builder to complete the exterior and interior transformation in just six months. The goal throughout the process was to retain as much of the five-bedroom home’s original character and to enhance its charm with appropriate upgrades and cosmetic improvements.

One for the thumb!

Fargo claims fifth national title at USAT national championships

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his fifth USAT national championship jersey in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday, June 11.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lance Fargo shows off his fifth USAT national championship jersey in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday, June 11.He had just lost his shoe after a 1,500-meter swim in the Thornapple River in Grand Rapids, Mich., when Ocean View’s Lance Fargo looked up to see his wife, Paula Fargo, holding up four fingers.

It was that number 4 — signaling the four triathletes ahead of him headed into the bike portion of the USA Triathlon Clydesdale national championships on Sunday, June 11 — that would give Fargo the motivation he needed to eventually bring home the fifth national title of his career.

“When I saw her holding up four fingers, I knew at that point that the pressure was on,” said Fargo. “With my shoe falling off, I knew I needed to go out there and really lay it down on the bike to take the lead.”

The mounting mishap had cost Fargo nearly 40 seconds on what has historically been his strongest event. But, despite the setback, he still managed to set a new personal record and more than make up for the lost time by the time the bike segment’s 40K was through.

“I must have been riding angry,” said Fargo with a laugh. “I was trying to really hammer the bike even more than usual, because I knew that it was my best chance for a comeback.”

Skimmin’ Safari!

RELYance restores 1982 Land Cruiser ‘Troopy’ for summer surf search

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: The search is on for RELYance Skim Camp this summer. Inset, on the hood of ‘Troopy’ are brothers Dave and Tom Bracht, with Will Ashmore, right. Not actually driving the Australian Land Cruiser is RELYance camper Jack Lee.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: The search is on for RELYance Skim Camp this summer. Inset, on the hood of ‘Troopy’ are brothers Dave and Tom Bracht, with Will Ashmore, right. Not actually driving the Australian Land Cruiser is RELYance camper Jack Lee.For the past three summers, RELYance Skim Camp has cruised the lands along the Delmarva coast in search of the best possible surf conditions for their campers.

Now, headed into year No. 4, they’ve landed the right Land Cruiser to cruise those lands in, and for their upcoming summer skim safaris.

“I think it’s pretty sick,” said RELYance camper Jack Lee of the camp’s new 1982 army-style Toyota Land Cruiser, going on to rate past experiences with RELYance a perfect “10/10.” “It’s just so much cooler. Before we were just driving around in SUVs, and everyone was sort of split up. Now everyone’s going to be together in just a really cool way.”

“We wanted to get something big enough where everyone could be together,” said Dave Bracht, who launched RELYance in 2014 with his brother, Tom Bracht. “We were looking for a van or something — then Tom found this.”

Ehlers sisters take top spots at beach volleyball tournament

Ready for nationals competition in Georgia and Florida

Coastal Point • Submitted: Raychel Ehlers on a dig during the JBT tournament in Ocean City, Md. on June 3.Coastal Point • Submitted: Raychel Ehlers on a dig during the JBT tournament in Ocean City, Md. on June 3.Even with school still in session, local youth volleyball players were heading to the beach in front of the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, June 3, to compete in the Junior Beach Tour (JBT).

Among the top finishers on the day were Selbyville Middle School standouts and sisters Raychel and Camryn Ehlers, who both helped the Indians to their second-straight undefeated season and perfect 10-0 record on the volleyball courts in the fall.

The older of the Ehlers sisters, Raychel Ehlers, took first-place at the June 3 event, in the 14U division, while teamed up with Wilmington’s Kyla Dow.

A rising freshman at Indian River High School fresh off her third career undefeated season at SMS after helping lead the SMS girls’ soccer team to a 10-0 record last month, Raychel Ehlers is no stranger to the sand, having also been selected for the High Performance Beach Championships in Hermosa, Calif., in July of 2016.

Get Well Gabby, RELYance return with Skim A Thon for childhood cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at a previous Skim A Thon.Coastal Point • File Photo: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at a previous Skim A Thon.After raising upwards of $10,000 for research and local families battling childhood cancer in its first two years, the Get Well Gabby Skim A Thon will be back for year No. 3 this Saturday, June 17, ready to do it again.

The event, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the beach in front of Tower Road, just outside of Dewey Beach, will again feature not only plenty of skimming and skim lessons for those new to the sport, but plenty of family-fun beach games, lunch catered by Bethany Blues, and chances for prizes and giveaways, all while supporting the cause.

“Each year’s it’s gotten a little bit bigger and more participants. It’s a great day to hang out with your family at this event, too,” said Carolynn Vogel, who founded the Get Well Gabby Foundation in honor of her daughter Gabby Vogel, who passed away at the age of 5 after a battle with cancer.

To lend both a hand and a board to new skimmers signed up to learn the ropes, RELYance Skim Camp pros and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht will also be back again this year with 30 boards from Exile skimboards to share and demo.

Paddle Second Chance adds ‘SUP-squatch’ costume contest

Reaches $100,000 raised for wounded vets

Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘SUPsquatch’ hands out the awards at last year’s Paddle Second Chance event, held at Holts Landing State Park.Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘SUPsquatch’ hands out the awards at last year’s Paddle Second Chance event, held at Holts Landing State Park.There should be plenty of “SUPsquatch” sightings when Paddle Second Chance returns to Holts Landing State Park near Millville on Saturday, June 24, ready to help raise funds for wounded veterans and their families for the fifth straight year, through Operation Second Chance.

Inspired by the popularity of PSC’s new SUPsquatch mascot, this year’s event will add even more festivities to the mix, with a costume contest and prizes for the best-dressed standup-paddlers and kayakers in attendance.

“We’re encouraging the most creative and outlandish outfits that people want to wear when they paddle,” said PSC Chairman Walt Ellenberger. “Last year was kind of the introduction for SUPsquatch, and he became a big hit, so we’re going to have him give out the award.”

While SUPsquatch could steal the show, the main events of the day will again include SUP (stand-up paddleboard) races, kayak races, and SUP and kayak sprint races, with various heats and divisions for chances to win more prizes and awards throughout.

Extra Points — June 16, 2017

Mango’s to host first annual ‘Davey Day’ and paddle-out

Mango’s Bethany Beach will host the first annual ‘Davey Day’ on Saturday, June 17, in memory of the late Davey Allison.

Pickleball Points - Ratings: Are you a 2.0, a 4.0 or a 9.9? That depends

The green elephant in the room is where we each fall on the USAPA pickleball scale, from 1 to 5. First, let’s talk real-world. We might exaggerate our rating in social conversation, but if we tell folks we are a 9.9, then the cat is out of the bag.

Hats off to the Class of 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Class of 2017 tossed their mortarboards into the air following their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Class of 2017 tossed their mortarboards into the air following their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31.

Rainy days rolled away to allow Indian River High School to celebrate its 48th commencement exercises in a sunny football stadium on May 31.

This year, about 84 percent of the graduates will enter post-secondary school, including 122 students planning to attend Delaware or Delmarva schools.

Warick, Tsavdar to make Dickens debut with original musical comedy ‘Under’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Kurt Cobain is alive and hiding in plain sight, as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Jim Morrison never really met “The End” and is still panhandling poetry somewhere along the cobblestone streets of Denmark. Despite all the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Elvis has never actually left the building — he’s working as the groundskeeper at Graceland.

Even long before the “Forever 27 Club” handle was officially dubbed, fans of artists taken too soon have attempted to cope with the death of their favorite pop-culture personas with heavy doses of denial.

There’s been the conspiracies. The sightings. And, in some cases, even the selfies.

Now, there’s the musical comedy “Under”— wherein playwright David Warick and composer Eric Tsavdar aim to bring to life some out-there theories of their own by bringing iconic legends — including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and even “The King” himself — back from the dead, when the original production makes its debut at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Sunday, June 11.

Selbyville passes third water referendum

It’s time to finish the water filtration plant, and Selbyville residents this week approved the latest round of funding for the project. In a special referendum on June 3, residents voted, 62-2, to allow the Town to borrow $500,000 to finish building another water treatment building.

Dog ‘euthanized’ after attack near Dagsboro

A dog was killed by police on Tuesday during an active attack on a Delaware animal-control officer.

The incident, which took place on June 6, around 3:53 p.m., at 32978 DuPont Boulevard, near Dagsboro, involved multiple police agencies, as well as emergency medical services.

County council discusses code on special events

Following up on an inquiry by Councilman George Cole at a May meeting of the Sussex County Council, the council this week discussed the definition of “Special Events” within the Sussex County Code.

Mid-Sussex EMS chief charged with sexual assault

Delaware State Police this week charged the chief of emergency medical services for the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad with both unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment in connection with an alleged assault on a fellow EMT in early May.

IRHS graduates honor classmate who lost battle with cancer

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Among those celebrating Trevor Kramer’s legacy at the IRHS graduation were, from left, Tyler Kramer, Samantha Mayfield, student artist Liliana Guido, Gerald Brinson, MaryJo Brinson, Tori Mayfield and Michael Kramer.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Among those celebrating Trevor Kramer’s legacy at the IRHS graduation were, from left, Tyler Kramer, Samantha Mayfield, student artist Liliana Guido, Gerald Brinson, MaryJo Brinson, Tori Mayfield and Michael Kramer.Last week, Trevor Kramer would have graduated with his friends at Indian River High School. Instead, he was lovingly remembered as a kind and outgoing young man who succumbed to cancer in his junior year of high school.

His classmates gave tribute during the May 31 commencement, both in their speeches and in a hand-painted portrait that freshman Liliana Guido presented to Trevor’s family.

Trevor passed away at 16 in March of 2016 at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, after battling brain cancer. The 11th-grader lived in Frankford and was born in Pennsylvania to MaryJo Brinson and Michael James Kramer. He loved baseball, both cheering the Phillies and playing Little League.

“He was always a joker,” said his stepfather, Gerald Brinson. “If you were down, he’d make sure people would smile.”

Ocean View Police Department pedals community policing

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Officer AnnMarie Dalton is heading the OVPD’s bike-patrol program.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Officer AnnMarie Dalton is heading the OVPD’s bike-patrol program.Those who have been out and about in Ocean View this past week may have spotted something they may have never seen before — an Ocean View police officer on a bicycle.

On June 1, the Ocean View Police Department began its bike-patrol program, headed by Officer AnnMarie Dalton.

“I approached [Chief Ken McLaughlin] about possibly starting a bike patrol, because I thought it would be nice to really get out and do more community policing, rather than just sit inside the vehicle,” said Dalton, “Especially with some of the bigger developments, people are out there with their kids, barbecuing, stuff like that.”

Through two grants, from the Delaware Criminal Justice Council and Sussex County Council, the department was able to purchase two Police Trek bikes for the department’s use.

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