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History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.“With the advent of the 21st century, it became increasingly apparent that much of South Bethany’s rich history was slipping away.”

That concern ignited the South Bethany Historical Society, and the sentence now introduces the colorful 160-page history of the small town, published just last week.

“The Best Little Beach in Delaware” includes memories of life in the quiet town, as told by the residents themselves. They remember clamming, crabbing, watching National Guardsmen train in Bethany Beach, running errands in Selbyville and tying boats to shrubbery before bulkheads were installed.

“We tried to make history fun,” said coordinator and chairman John Speer Jr.

The book includes many opinions, from those who remember throwing parties in their parents’ beach houses to those who wish today’s parties were a bit quieter.

“The founder wanted us to interview the old-timers before they all passed or left the area or started getting forgetful,” said Tony Caputo, writer, designer and South Bethany councilmember, of SBHS founder Mary Suazo.

About 20 volunteers did the writing and interviewing.

Besides full interviews and stories, pages are dedicated to homeowners’ association, neighborhood watch, tennis club, wildlife sightings, storms and much more.

Past mayors had their say, discussing hot topics of the day.

‘Our flag was still there’: Bethany joins national celebration for national anthem bicentennial

Americans will proudly raise their voices and the flag for a nationwide sing-along on Saturday, June 14, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Bethany Beach Bandstand will be a patriotic hub as a mass of musicians lead beach-goers in singing the national anthem at 4 p.m.

Town clerk explains process behind controversial Frankford charter amendment

During the June 2 meeting of the Frankford Town Council citizens expressed concerns about the legal nature of a pending town charter amendment designed to allow for a pension plan for town employees.

Shops and restaurants are fully open for business

Schools are now closed throughout much of the region, so vacation time is nearly in full-effect in our little piece of paradise by the shore. So, for those of you who are down here for the first time this season, enjoying all that we have to offer, welcome, and please remember one thing:

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

Let’s cut the red tape, and then cut ribbons

I fear I am part of a dying breed — an entrepreneur who was able to successfully launch and grow a business in the state of Delaware.

Forty-three years ago in Ocean View, my wife, Emily, and I opened our first grocery store with five employees. Over the decades, we grew consistently, eventually opening five businesses and employing more than 200 people.

From the cow to the beach: Ba Roos serves up fresh, local ice cream at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.

Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.

“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”

Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony tennis tournament returns this weekend

Professional tennis will return to Bethany Beach for the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, to be held June 15-22, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, located south of Bethany Beach on West Way Drive, just west of Kent Avenue.

Local artist/UD student draws creative inspiration from the sea

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel is inspired by the ocean and large portion of her art revolves around that theme. Here, Chavatel’s most defining piece is created from acrylic, oil and water-based media with saCoastal Point • Tripp Colonell: University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel is inspired by the ocean and large portion of her art revolves around that theme. Here, Chavatel’s most defining piece is created from acrylic, oil and water-based media with saWhen local artist and University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel was in ninth grade, she was cut from her school’s field hockey team. While most people would have been discouraged, it didn’t take long for Chavatel to realize that the end of her athletic career was only the beginning of what would be her true calling — art.

“I guess it happened for a reason, because I’m glad I ended up with art as my focus,” said Chavatel. “Definitely drawing, for me, is the biggest outlet.”

Chavatel keeps a sketch pad and draws anything from realistic scenes that she observes to sea creatures pulled from memory, infused with her own stylistic spin. However, for her major pieces, she incorporates some unique materials and tactics into her work that sets her already unique creativity apart.

“All of my pieces, I used really weird materials — most people would just draw or paint,” Chavatel explained of some of her earlier work as she developed her now-signature motive. “I use string a lot. I sew canvases and paper — it’s more like 3D design.”

One of her most defining pieces is an acrylic, oil and water-based mixed-media painting of an octopus — with sand, rope, string, silica and sea glass making up the texture.

“I have this fascination with layers, and I constantly want to build things up or build into them,” she said, describing her work. “It just adds to it.”

Civil War Profiles: ‘Here come the Rebels! — The march to Gettysburg begins

The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought and won the battle of Chancellorsville in early May 1863. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s outnumbered army defeated its Union opponent; however, it sustained nearly 13,000 casualties in the process.

‘Ping Pong Summer’ premieres in OC, comes to the Clayton

Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.How do you define a nostalgic summer in Ocean City, Md.? For filmmaker Michael Tully, it’s beach days, arcade nights, getting the girl and defeating the bully. And don’t forget the hip-hop.

Filmed in 2012, in Ocean City, “Ping Pong Summer” has found its day in the sun with a national release date of June 6, after an Ocean City premiere on May 31, and the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro will begin its second week of screening “Ping Pong Summer” on June 13.

“We’re very excited about it. It’ll kick off right when the kids get off school,” said Clayton owner Joanne Howe.

Her family kept an eye on the film, waiting for this opportunity to screen it, she said.

“I think that it’ll do well in the area, and I think that it shows off Ocean City pretty well,” Howe added.

Could your young athlete be risking Tommy John surgery?

In April, Major League pitchers set a new record. Since spring training, more than a dozen Major League baseball pitchers had undergone Tommy John surgery. For all of last season, the number was 19. Doctors say elbow injuries requiring Tommy John surgery have reached epidemic proportions in Major League baseball, and they’re worried about young athletes.

I’m betting you’ve heard about Tommy John surgery, but do you know what elbow injury leads to the surgery and what you can do to protect the athletes in your house? As I always tell you, getting the facts and understanding what you can do can make an important difference for the young athlete in your house.

Surgeons perform Tommy John surgery to repair an elbow ligament called the ulnar collateral ligament or the UCL. Think of a ligament as a kind of piece of rope that connects two bones in the body. The UCL connects the inside of your upper arm (humerus) to the inside of your forearm (ulna). Its main job is to control and support the arm’s movement and stability when performing any kind of motion.

Botanic garden to host ‘Trees: Amenity or Necessity’ program

Joseph “Jay” Townsend will present “Trees: Amenity or Necessity in the 21st Century?” on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lewes Public Library, hosted by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

Bethany prepares for 31st annual July 4 fun

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 31st annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Friday, July 4.

The 2014 grand marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi, in recognition of their years of dedicated service to making the parade what it is today.

Tripple Overtime: Sharks and sequels

Growing up surfing in Delaware and Maryland, I haven’t had many encounters with sharks — but that doesn’t mean I don't worry about them.

Atlantic Shoals, Relyance Skim Camp hosting weekly skim demo

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Pro skimboarder Dave Bracht looks down the line during last Saturday's skim jam.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Pro skimboarder Dave Bracht looks down the line during last Saturday's skim jam.With ocean temps warming up and spring swells dying down, Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop and Relyance Skim Camp are helping local youth beat the heat with their weekly skim demos held in Fenwick Island.

Currently being held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday nights on the beach at the state line, the free demos will move to Thursday nights at the same time and place starting in July.

Not only will skimmers get a chance to try out different boards, but they’ll also get a chance to hang out and skim with pro skimboarders and Relyance Skim Camp owners Dave and Tom Bracht, and Atlantic Shoals shop manager Jay Kleman.

“Exile’s sending us like eight boards. The boards are brand new. They’re for kids to try out,” said Tom Bracht. “Let’s just say a kid finds a certain size board or shape, he can go to Atlantic Shoals and buy it.”

O’s pitcher Hunter joins Shorebirds for rehab

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter joined the Shorebirds for rehab last week, though he isn’t expected to stay around long, as he could rejoin the Orioles after pitching just one game for Delmarva.

Hunter is currently on the Orioles’ 15-day disabled list, where he was placed on May 22.

Local qualifier for youth Drive, Chip and Putt Championship set for June 20

After a successful inaugural year of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America have announced its expansion into all 50 states, including a local event set for Friday, June 20.

Opening night at Freeman Stage to feature the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick-off the seventh summer season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014. Admission costs $10 for adults, with those 18 or younger admitted free of charge.

Coastal Camera Club announces 2014 award winners

The Coastal Camera Club (CCC) recently announced their top photography awards for 2014: the Print Photograph of the Year, the Digital Photograph of the Year and the Peoples’ Choice Award.

Gray files for reelection to 38th District representative seat

Ron Gray this week filed with the Sussex County Board of Elections to run for a second term. Gray, who was elected for the first time in November 2012, followed then-newly elected state Sen. Gerald Hocker as representative for the 38th District in the state House of Representatives.

Bodenweiser trial gets under way

“I didn’t think it was going to happen again. I didn’t know if it was going to happen again… I looked up to him,” testified the man accusing former state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser of sexually abusing him when he was a child.

Selbyville council prepares for new floodplain paperwork

Municipalities throughout the state are in the process of updating their town codes regarding floodplain requirements. Town Administrator Bob Dickerson said this week that Selbyville has until March of 2015 to incorporate new federal requirements.

Any town that does not will make its citizens ineligible for the federal flood insurance program.

South Bethany swears in ‘seasoned’ town council

South Bethany welcomed Tim Saxton back to the town council during a May 31 swearing-in ceremony. In addition, Sue Callaway and George Junkin joined Saxton to renew their two-year oaths to serve the Town. And former council member Pat Voveris stepped up next to be sworn in as mayor.

IRHS Hall of Fame adds 1987 grad to rolls

This year’s Indian River High School Hall of Fame inductee is a doctor, mother, fundraiser and cancer survivor. She was also voted “Most Likely to Study on a Thursday Night” in college.

Consistency and community are the most important things to 2014 inductee Devi Enerio-Ellant, Class of ’87.

Bethany Nature Center to celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, an annual observation to honor the world’s oceans and celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as Maryland blue crabs and marine animals kept as pets.

To show its appreciation of the world’s oceans — especially the Atlantic — the Bethany Beach Nature Center will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 7.

Fenwick receives recognition as a ‘healthy community’

Fenwick Island Town Manager Merritt Burke IV announced last week that the Town had received recognition from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for their efforts in creating and maintaining a healthy community.

Burke noted that the state has 57 municipalities, of which 15 had applied for a grant from the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating & Active Living.

IR parents will be checking their emails more often

District to send emails instead of fliers to be more efficient

Children are less likely these days to lose important paperwork in their backpacks, since the Indian River School District is offering a new paperless information system. Parents will now receive promotional literature in the form of emails, instead of the traditional paper fliers.

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