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Letters to the Editor — August 1, 2014

Connor to introduce Code of Ethics if elected

Editor:

This is an update on my research of the Code of Ethics/Conduct in our Counties and Towns in Delaware. In my last letter about Sussex County adopting its own Code of Ethics, I said I was going to investigate Kent County’s Code. When I met with the Kent County personnel director, I was informed that the State had never approved the Kent County Code.

Guest Column: Occupational therapy touches nearly all parts of life

Being a local of the Eastern Shore beaches for my entire life, it is only destiny I return back to my hometown to find a job once I complete a master’s degree program in occupational therapy.

South Bethany Town Council delves into FOIA

The South Bethany Town Council met with Deputy Attorney General Edward K. Black of the Delaware Department of Justice last Friday, for a question-and-answer session about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Sea Colony clinic to focus on strategy, visual tactics for tennis

Research, strategy and real-world drills will converge on the court as two tennis coaches team up for a sport science clinic on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center near Bethany Beach.

Bear Trap Dunes hosting ‘Surf n’ Turf’ golf/surfing camp

Coastal Point • Submitted  : Kids enjoy a day at the beach learning to surf.Coastal Point • Submitted : Kids enjoy a day at the beach learning to surf.Bear Trap Dunes may be the only golf club teaching kids how to get barrels and birdies in the same week, with their three-day Surf n’ Turf golf and surfing camp for kids, scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Thursday, Aug. 14.

Now in its first summer, the camp held its first session last month, which, according to Bear Trap’s Mike Rushin, was very successful.

“Great success with the first one of the year,” said Rushin. “It’s an idea we came up with this winter, and we kind of ran with it.”

Bear Trap Head Pro Neil Maurer and Rushin pitched the idea for a camp collaboration to Salty at Endless Summer Surf Shop in Ocean City, Md., who, as a golfer himself, thought the partnership would be a great idea.

Car show to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • Submitted: Allison Stine poses with her cars, all of which will be shown at the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: Allison Stine poses with her cars, all of which will be shown at the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.With Operation SEAs the Day’s Wounded Warrior Beach Week steadily approaching, many people in the community are doing their part to raise money for the effort.

“I just thought it would be a nice addition, a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and for Operation SEAs the Day,” said local Realtor and classic car enthusiast Allison Stine. “I know there are a lot of cars in this area. We see them all the time. I see them driving down the road. I don’t know where they’re all being stored, but they’re out there.”

Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “to organize and facilitate a beach-week event … as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”

Dagsboro fire department ready to serve in new facility

Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.Coastal Point •Maria Counts: The trucks are in the new bay and ready to respond.More than 20 fire apparatuses made their way through the streets of Dagsboro this past weekend. No, there wasn’t a fire — the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was celebrating its official station change, from their former Waples Street location to their new state-of-the-art facility on Clayton Street.

“It’s a milestone for us,” said DVFD President Al Townsend. “We left the building that we were in for 50 years. We’ve got to thank the membership, because 30 years ago they decided to start putting money away to help fund the building because they knew our community was going to continue growing.”

“It’s been a long time coming,” added Lin Hudson, lifelong Dagsboro resident and past president of the DVFD, with 40 years in the department and having served on the building committee. “We’ve been sticking back and saving for a long time because we knew we were outgrowing the old building.”

Civil War Profiles: Jordan Norris, 48th Georgia: ‘I was never touched by a Yankee bullet!’

Mary Ann Norris Welsh, who lives in Ocean Pines, Md., is interested in genealogy. In 1970, while checking birthdates in the family Bible during a reunion at a relative’s home in Eastover, S.C., she found a brief letter, in the form of a memoir, that her great grandfather Jordan Marion Norris (1834-1906) had written about his Civil War experience.

Bethany council envisions nature-focused design for park

Bethany Beach’s newest park will have a natural, minimalistic design, if the recommendations of the town council are followed. The council on July 18 voted to focus the Town’s search for a landscape architect to design the project on the concept of a park primarily featuring walking and biking paths, benches and landscaping.

Festival Hispano to celebrate 20 years in Sussex County

Festival Hispano will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, noon to 6 p.m. at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro. El Centro Cultural will be celebrating the 20th year of Festival Hispano in Sussex County.

Indian River warily steps toward new health curriculum

It took some persuading, but the Indian River School District will now begin planning a new health curriculum. The district’s school board unanimously OK’d the purchase of a six-book HealthSmart program and formation of a committee to write the district’s new health curriculum.

Hospitals team up for Health Partners Delmarva

Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Bayhealth have met in the middle to announce a new partnership across the peninsula. HealthPartners Delmarva looks to find new ways of reaching into the community as public health changes in the 21st century. The move is not a merger, nor is it facility-based. No new hospitals will be springing up.

Dagsboro man arrested by Child Predator Task Force

Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week that separate undercover online investigations by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force had led to the arrest of two men who traveled to Dover-area locations allegedly to have sex with children. One of the men resides in Dagsboro.

Explosions indicate only chicken house fire in Frankford

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : Firefighters work on a fire at two chicken houses in Frankford on Saturday, July 26.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Firefighters work on a fire at two chicken houses in Frankford on Saturday, July 26.Three explosions ripped through a sunny Frankford afternoon on Saturday, July 26. Fortunately, the horrific sounds, which came with a massive plume of smoke that spread over the small town around noon, only indicated that two chicken houses behind Mountaire’s grain facility were on fire.

There were no injuries — human or chicken — in the chicken houses, which were mostly used for storage, officials said.

The Frankford, Dagsboro, Roxana and Selbyville volunteer fire companies responded to the incident around noon, but they quickly had the situation under control, said Frankford Assistant Chief John Wright.

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control was called out to investigate tanks adjacent to the chicken houses, but nothing hazardous was found in several 55-gallon drums and several above-ground plastic storage tanks.

Free school supplies offered Saturday at Cellular Connection

Students in Millville are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway, coming to Millville on Aug. 2. The Cellular Connection, a Verizon Premium Wireless retailer, located in the Millville Town Center, is one of 300 stores participating in the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

Former IR standout Jarmon retires from Major League Baseball

Coastal Point • File Photo  : Jamie Jarmon is interviewed by WBOC after the Indian River Indians won the football state championship in December of 2011.Coastal Point • File Photo : Jamie Jarmon is interviewed by WBOC after the Indian River Indians won the football state championship in December of 2011.One of the most highly touted athletes to ever play at Indian River High School is former football and baseball standout Jamie Jarmon, who not only lead the Indians to a 2011 DIAA State Championship on the gridiron but performed well enough on the baseball diamond to be selected in the second round (No. 83 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

However, after less than three seasons into his professional baseball career playing for Short-Season Single-A Rangers’ affiliate the Spokane Indians, Jarmon has officially retired from baseball.

“I am for whatever makes Jamie happy and successful,” said Indian River head football coach Ray Steele. “He was a great football player and leader. I believe he will be a football star at the collegiate level.”

While Jarmon has not made an official statement regarding the decision, there is much speculation that his next move could be a possible football career at the University of Delaware.

Fields of Dreams: The history of Lower Sussex Little League

Coastal Point • File Photo :  A player watches her team play in last year’s Little League World Series in Roxana.Coastal Point • File Photo : A player watches her team play in last year’s Little League World Series in Roxana.Every August, hundreds of softball players from around the world — and some ESPN camera crews — travel to the Pyle Center in Roxana for the Little League World Series. The event has certainly become a staple of the area and put Roxana, and Delaware as a whole, on the map.

However, before there were six state-of-the-art fields, the Walk of Fame, the bright lights and the concession stands — before ESPN knew where Roxana was, and before the Pyle Center was synonymous with baseball and softball — there was just corn fields, and a vision.

“There are some better ballparks, but there isn’t a better ballpark, in my opinion, that’s not county-funded or state-funded,” said Lower Sussex Little League Vice President and longtime President Bruce Layton. “This is the ultimate ballpark that the fans have built. I don’t think there’s any question.”

Shorebirds look to snap cold streak with home stand

After a tough road series against the Rome Braves and Hickory Crawdads, losing six out of their last seven games, the Delmarva Shorebirds were set to return home on Wednesday, July 30, (after Coastal Point press time), to mark the beginning of a seven-game home stand against the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Millsboro to miss Big League World Series after loss to Laurel

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Millsboro pitcher Rachel Hudson gets her team out of a bases loaded situation for out number three with a play at the plate late in last Tuesday night's second game.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Millsboro pitcher Rachel Hudson gets her team out of a bases loaded situation for out number three with a play at the plate late in last Tuesday night's second game.Less than year after their ESPN-broadcasted Big League World Series victory representing Delaware District III, the Millsboro Little League team saw their dreams of a repeat performance for this year’s Little League World Series dashed, after a 3-1 loss to Laurel last Friday night.

In what was the 13th game of what was originally supposed to be a 12-game series, defensive errors were ultimately the difference, with Laurel scoring two unearned runs in the same inning.

“We gave up two unearned runs — I think that was the difference,” said coach Monroe “Monnie” Hudson after the game. “It could have been a 1-1 ball game. We didn’t hit like we’re capable of hitting. Hailey [Andrews] did a great job pitching for Laurel. She kept the ball outside. She got the calls that she was looking for. And we just didn’t get the key hits.”

Despite the girls not being able to hit their way out of the 3-1 deficit, they did hit well early on. Courtney Taite rocked a shot that fell just short of the leftfield fence and resulted in an RBI-double, to put her team up 1-0. However, Millsboro left two runners on in that inning.

Locals, crews play catch-up with new Route 26 schedule

Drivers and business owners may get some relief on Route 26, as lane closures will now begin later each evening, although work on Sunday nights has been added. The project’s Construction Management Team tweaked the hours this week to improve travel but also give contractor George & Lynch the time it needs.

County council defers decision on proposed music festival location

Sussex County residents will have to wait until at least next week before hearing whether the County will grant conditional use for part of a farm in Harbeson for an outdoor country music festival.

South Bethany still split on freeboard, house height

South Bethany was built between bayside canals and the Atlantic, so it could use some protection from high water. And, recently, the South Bethany Town Council has poured hours into creating an ordinance that would allow homeowners to raise their houses a few feet, without trapping them under the current height limit.

County code of ethics considered by council members

Despite recent discussion of the idea, the Sussex County Council may decide not to create its own code of ethics, following a presentation by the Delaware Public Integrity Commission’s (PIC’s) legal counsel.

Arlett kicks off County Council campaign at the Clayton

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Rob Arlett, candidate for the District 5 Sussex County Council seat, speaks to constituents at his campaign launch on Tuesday, July 22, at the Clayton Theatre.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Rob Arlett, candidate for the District 5 Sussex County Council seat, speaks to constituents at his campaign launch on Tuesday, July 22, at the Clayton Theatre.

Frankford resident Rob Arlett jumped on the road to the Republican primary election as he launched his campaign for the District 5 Sussex County Council seat on July 22 at the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro.

Just coming from another kickoff event in Laurel, Arlett introduced his wife, one of his two sons and his father to a crowd of supporters. Emphasizing his love of family and faith, the owner of Beach Bound Realty became an ordained minister in order to marry his niece to her fiancé.

“We love Sussex County. It’s a great place to raise a family, worship and have a business.”

Going up against 16-year incumbent Vance Phillips, whom Arlett never mentioned by name, the challenger said, “It’s not about the opponent, but about the people.”

“Public politics is a dirty word. My job, my responsibility, is to make it a positive thing. We need better people involved,” he said. “We need more good people involved in the process. The campaign is not about ‘Rob,’ it’s about you.”

“We know the rest of the state is all fouled up. I gotta make sure that doesn’t happen to Sussex County,” he said, emphasizing small government and keeping “government as far away from the people as possible.”

He said he hopes to “preserve the past and plan for the future,” describing the disheartening lack of opportunity for young people.

IRSD aims for efficiency in new bus, school schedules

Those big yellow buses are getting a slight shake-up this fall. The Indian River School District has planned new start times for each school. Buildings will split into a “First Start” or “Second Start” schedule, nearly one hour apart, to improve transportation.

Rally at the Creek to raise funds for breast cancer research

For years, the women at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club have been rallying together to raise money for breast cancer research.

“Ellen Stephens started this back in 1997,” said Judie Davis of “Rally at the Creek,” noting that the event has grown steadily over the years. “In 1997, they had 52 players and the donation was $850. Last year’s donation was $25,000.”

Little League prepares for two World Series events

Though the Pyle Center sees plenty of action throughout the spring and early summer, hosting Little League and other games, the lights are about to get a little brighter in Roxana.

For the second consecutive year, the Pyle Center will play host to both the Senior League and Big League World Series for softball, kicking off on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Stand-up paddleboarding delivers health rewards and injury challenges

Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Have you tried it, yet? Stand-up paddleboard is one of the hottest new sports. It doesn’t require much gear, and it lets you enjoy lakes, rivers or the ocean. Aside from having a great time, stand-up paddleboard’s biggest reward is that it gives you a terrific full-body workout and develops core strength.

The rewards, however, come with challenges. In this sport, it’s important to understand that, while it looks simple, looks can be deceiving. Along with lacerations and whacks to the head and other body parts from falling, overuse injuries are a big issue. Your back, knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders and elbows are all at risk because of the increased demand placed on them from being in a stand-up position while using your body’s force to push the paddleboard forward.

Back injuries are amongst the most common problem, because of the constant bending and pushing motion required to maneuver the paddle and propel your paddleboard. They are a part of your core and a significant stabilizing mechanism for your body. Improper technique often leads to back strain and disk problems.

Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries are also extremely common, because stand-up paddleboarding makes a big demand on these muscles. Doctors are seeing patients complaining of burning sensations from the elbow and shoulder into the hand, while other patients are complaining of numbness from the shoulder to the fingers.

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