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Millsboro Country Festival to return this fall

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.This September, the Millsboro Country Festival will return to bring fun and a little redneck flair to the town for a second year.

“We do live in a rural country setting, even though we do have shopping centers around us. Still, the heart of this area is a farming community,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “We just thought it was a perfect idea for this area.”

The festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the W.B. Atkins Little League Field in town. Tickets will cost $5 for adults, while children may attend the event free of charge.

New this year, Fast Action Motor Sports Entertainment, out of Dover, will be on hand, offering attendees the chance to enjoy motor sports three different ways.

Elementary students to perform with MSO for Freeman’s opening night

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conductor Maestro Julien Benichou rehearses with John M. Clayton Elementary School students last week in preparation for the Freeman Stage opening night.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conductor Maestro Julien Benichou rehearses with John M. Clayton Elementary School students last week in preparation for the Freeman Stage opening night.For its official 2014 opening night in mid-June, the Freeman Stage at Bayside will open with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO). This year will be a little different, however, as the symphony will be joined by Irish duo the Vallely Brothers and 100 other voices, comprising fourth- and fifth-grade students from John M. Clayton Elementary School.

“I don’t know if, typically, our children would attend the Freeman Stage or hear a symphony,” said JMC Principal Charlynne Hopkins. “This is a terrific opportunity for them to be a part of the process and be up on the stage. They’re very excited about it.”

The partnership was made possible through funding by a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track grant.

Conference Champs!: Lady Indians take down Tech 2-1 for first-ever conference championship

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Bri Belfiore knocks in a corner kick on a header to even the score in last Friday's HAC Conference Championship game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Bri Belfiore knocks in a corner kick on a header to even the score in last Friday's HAC Conference Championship game.To begin the 2013-2014 school year, Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby led the boys’ team to their first-ever conference and state championships. Now, just months later, the girls’ soccer team appears to be well on their way to making similar history to cap off that same school year — taking down Henlopen North rival Sussex Tech last Friday night in Milford and earning their first-ever Henlopen Conference championship.

“I’m telling you, there’s no reason on God’s green earth that this group can’t do the same thing,” Kilby told his squad after their 2-1 victory, referencing the boys’ historic title run this past fall.

After defeating the Lady Ravens 3-2 two weeks prior, off an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Brooke Beam in the game’s final minute, the Lady Indians were faced with the task of doing it all over again to officially lock in the conference.

Lady Indians snap losing streak, gear up for playoffs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior pitcher Rachel Hudson lines up the pitch against Milford last Thursday. Hudson was a key part in the Lady Indians late-season turnaround.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior pitcher Rachel Hudson lines up the pitch against Milford last Thursday. Hudson was a key part in the Lady Indians late-season turnaround.After a tough late-season schedule and hitting slump led to three consecutive losses, against Sussex Central, Laurel and Milford, the Indian River High School softball team got back on track just in time this week, to lock in a playoff spot with wins at Appoquinimink and Wilmington Charter last week.

Before capping the regular season with back-to-back wins, however, the girls’ hitting slump had continued, when they traveled to Laurel on Wednesday, May 14, to face defending state champions Laurel and pitching phenomenon Reagan Green.

Green — who, as a junior, has already committed to play at a Division I college — held the Lady Indians to no hits on the day, only allowing one runner on base after hitting her with a pitch.

Indians challenge powerhouse Salesianum in baseball season finale

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman Andrew White slides into second against Salesianum last Monday. White drove in three RBIs in the matchup.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman Andrew White slides into second against Salesianum last Monday. White drove in three RBIs in the matchup.The Indian River High School baseball team has struggled to play to their full potential throughout the 2014 season. However, in facing northern powerhouse Salesianum last Monday, May 19, they were able to tap into that potential and give one of the state’s top teams a run for their money in what would end in a 13-10 loss for the Indians.

“It’s always a surprise. You never know if we’re going to play to our full potential, and we did today,” said senior OF/1B Colby Dean after his final career game in green and gold. “It was a nice way to end it. We all came together and played pretty well.”

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Indians’ bats started to heat up in the bottom of the second. Freshman catcher Andrew White capitalized on runners in scoring position when he knocked in two RBIs with a line drive shot down the leftfield line, to give his team the 3-2 advantage.

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

Roberts caps IR athletic career with second state championship

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Indian River senior Tim Roberts shows off his Henlopen Conference and State Championship medals for high jump in track. Roberts is one of a select few IR athletes to ever win two state championships.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Indian River senior Tim Roberts shows off his Henlopen Conference and State Championship medals for high jump in track. Roberts is one of a select few IR athletes to ever win two state championships.Indian River High School senior and multi-sport athlete Tim Roberts is driven by competition. It’s the reason he plays three varsity sports for the Indians — two of which compete in the same season.

It’s the reason that he spent the entire summer running routes on the beach and established himself as a key player on offense, defense and special teams this fall for the Indians’ football team.

And it’s certainly the reason that he recently accomplished something that only a select few Indian River athletes have ever been able to — winning not one, but two state championships in his high school athletic career.

Roberts was a sophomore on the 2011 State Championship football team lead by Jamie Jarmon, and though he was just an underclassman, he contributed as a safety and has the stats to prove it.

Last weekend, however, Roberts won first place at the DIAA State Championships for track in the high jump — with no help from Jarmon, or anyone else except his own unwavering competitive drive.

“In the 100, I might not run the fastest, but if the person in front of me has a ball and they’re about to get a touchdown, I will catch them, almost every time,” Roberts explained. “Whatever the person in front of me jumps, I just jump one better.”

Jumping better was also the theme of his high school track career. As a freshman, he made the preliminaries in the state championship. During his sophomore year, he placed third in the high jump. His junior year, he took second, only to return his senior year to place one better one more time and earn a first-place medal.

Relyance Skim Camp sets up for summer season

Coastal Point • Submitted: Skim boarding pro's and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht stand in front of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with their first crew of skimmers after launching Relyance Skim Camp last weekend.Coastal Point • Submitted: Skim boarding pro's and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht stand in front of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with their first crew of skimmers after launching Relyance Skim Camp last weekend.Local pro skimboarders and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht have faith. They have faith in themselves as professional athletes. They have faith in each other as brothers and best friends. And they have faith in the mission of Relyance Skim Camp.

This past weekend, that faith paid off, when they successfully put on their first-ever session of the instructional skim camp.

“Honestly, this past weekend could not have gone any better,” said Dave Bracht, the older of the two brothers. “I seriously think some of them might have had the best day of their life.”

A total of 17 kids from a Pennsylvania-based church youth group made the journey to the Delaware shore, just to learn how to skim like the Bracht brothers.

“We were worried about the water being super cold,” said Tom Bracht regarding Atlantic temperatures that still have a ways to go in terms of warming up before summer. “Believe it or not, me and Dave were colder than any of the kids. They spent more time in the water — they were even swimming and bodysurfing.”

IR lax makes first DIAA playoff appearance

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Senior midfielder Tim Roberts looks to get past three Delmar defenders in last Thursday's matchup.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Senior midfielder Tim Roberts looks to get past three Delmar defenders in last Thursday's matchup.With back-to-back wins against Dover and Sussex Central, the Indian River High School lacrosse team still had a good chance of making the DIAA state playoffs in their first official varsity season, but the achievement didn’t come easily for the Indians.

After falling behind in the second quarter against Henlopen South champion Delmar on Thursday, May 15, the Tribe struggled to regain momentum and went on to lose 13-6 in their final regular-season matchup.

“In the second and third quarters, we tend to lose our momentum, for one reason or another,” said senior defenseman H.F. Wilgus regarding the season trend.

“We were all pumped up and then, after they scored and scored again and started getting ahead, we just lost the momentum,” senior defenseman Tristan Smyth added.

IR golf caps off season at conference championships

Despite the youth of their squad, the Indian River High School golf team managed to end the season winning two out of their last three matches on their way to Henlopen Conference championships, which were scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 (after Coastal Point press time).

Shorebirds return home after split series on the road

The Delmarva Shorebirds were set to return to Perdue Stadium on Thursday, May 22, (after Coastal Point press time), to mark the start of an eight-game home series against Kannapolis and Hagerstown.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 19 to 22; Night work begins

Night work begins at the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues between Clarksville and Ocean View. Motorists may see lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install new drainage.

The following work will not require lane closures:

• excavation of storm water management ponds near Irons Lane and near Route 17 in Clarksville.

Collins, Hudson keep IR school board seats

Voters kept the same lineup for Indian River School District’s Board of Education this year, as the incumbents in District 5 will retain their seats. The district, which includes the Selbyville area, will be represented by incumbents Doug Hudson (183 votes) and W. Scott Collins (151 votes), who beat challenger Bobbi Barends (40 votes) in the May 13 election.

Ocean View council opposes bill restricting municipal taxing authority

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to officially oppose Delaware House Bill 333, which would limit all municipalities’ use of their general or special powers in regard to taxation.

Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader told council that all municipalities in the state of Delaware, with the exception of Wilmington and Newark, are not home-rule municipalities.

Let the traffic flow: No more daytime lane closures on 26

Spring is here, which means Route 26 shouldn’t have any daytime lane closures again until Sept. 30. Two lanes of traffic must be maintained.

From band to Beahan: Principal of the Year is at SDSA

Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Neil Beahan usually saves paperwork for afternoons or weekends. That’s because the principal of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts wants to be with students as much as he can.

“I try to stay out of the office as much as humanly possible,” said Beahan, visiting classrooms and teacher meetings to know what’s going on. Plus, with “three times as many concerts” as other schools, SDSA families see Beahan afterhours, too.

He doesn’t put in those long hours for an award, but that didn’t stop Beahan from being named Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

“Under Neil Beahan’s guidance, Southern Delaware School of the Arts has become one of the highest-performing schools in the state of Delaware,” wrote Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting.

He has been part of district for 33 years, starting as a teacher.

Auxiliary offers several boating certification courses

This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.

Strickler to challenge Phillips for county seat

Frankford resident Orvin Strickler has filed as a candidate for District 5 in the upcoming Sussex County Council election.

“I’m disappointed in our economy. Our debt is huge, and it’s on the local level, too. I think I could be effective.”

Mountaire cooling system gets OK from Selbyville BOA

Food safety topped the list of reasons for the Selbyville Board of Adjustment to recommend on May 8 approval for Mountaire to install a massive new cooling unit.

Tickets on sale for Dirt Road Outlawz concert in Millsboro

Attention country music fans: The Dirt Road Outlawz will be holding a special concert at the Millsboro Town Center on Aug. 16.

Beahan gets well-deserved recognition for his efforts

There are a few people around this beautiful community of ours who generate a smile whenever their names are brought up in conversation. One of those names is Neil Beahan.

The principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) since 2009, Beahan was recently recognized by the Delaware Association of School Administrators as the Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014.

We indeed have free speech — to a point

Racism has again entered the nation’s conversation lately, as people have responded to the insidious remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording reportedly made without his knowledge by his admitted mistress.

Letters to the Editor — May 16, 2014

Hospice supporter won’t be forgotten

Editor:

Delaware Hospice lost a long-time supporter and friend with the passing of Dorothy “Dot” Sapp on April 23.

Guest Column: IRHS music department having a merry month of May

The month of May is an exciting time for the Indian River High School music program, as coming up Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, is the IR Stage Band’s presentation of “Movie Magic!” Each evening’s performance begins at 6:30 p.m., and will feature hit songs from such movies as “Frozen,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Grease,” “The Wizard Of Oz” and many more.

South Coastal Library to offer composting workshop

Master Gardener to share tips on home composting

Now that spring is finally in the air, many people are flocking outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather and get their hands dirty in their gardens. In anticipation of the season, the South Coastal Library is offering a composting workshop on Tuesday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Millsboro Chamber to host spelling bee June 12

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce is set to test the spelling acumen of local teams, with its team spelling bee competition, set for June 12.

“When I was president, I was looking for a new event. I looked around at many other Chambers around the country, and that was one that caught my eye,” explained Mitch Rogers, a member of the Chamber.

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Wash it, cook it, freeze it, fix it with Coastal Maytag

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Maytag wants to be the best of both worlds: a local Ocean View shop that can answer any question and the seller of a major-name in appliances for over 100 years.

“This business started as the only place to buy Maytag,” Stan Clark said.

That includes washing machines, dryers, microwaves, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, wine storage and more.

Whirlpool acquired the Maytag brand, so Coastal Maytag offers those brands, plus Kitchen Aid and Amana.

“We really try to teach the consumers how to use them, instead of just dropping it off — unlike some box stores,” said owner Karen Clark.

“And we come with it,” said her husband, Stan.

“Our sales staff is very knowledgeable,” added Karen Clark.

Coastal Maytag has everything to keep those appliances running smoothly, from oven cleaner and water filters to in-home repairs.

Confederate memorial service: A monumental experience

For well over 100 years following the cataclysm known as the American Civil War, Delawareans who chose to fight for the South received little, if any, public recognition within the state. To rectify this situation, in 2007, the Delaware Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Camp #2068, based in Seaford, organized the construction of a monument memorializing Delaware’s Southern patriots.

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