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Bethany Beach Fourth of July celebration to feature parade, Warrior Spirit

Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Bethany Beach is set for an all-day Fourth of July celebration this Friday, with a parade, live music, awards ceremonies, fireworks and more.

One of the biggest events of the day will, of course, be the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which this year will feature Grand Marshals Phil and Marry Rossi — who have helped organize the parade for the past 10 years, leading the volunteer committee that has handed over the reins to the Town of Bethany Beach for the first time in 2014.

“It’s a great honor that they would even consider us for this,” said Phil Rossi. “I enjoyed the 10 years — we met a lot of nice people and had a lot of support from the Town to make it a success. It’s a big event, and it means so much to the Town and the visitors that come to watch the parade. The T goes all out. I think it’s great it’s continuing.”

This year’s parade theme is “anything patriotic.”

Millsboro parade offers youth the chance to meet Uncle Sam

Coastal Point • File Photo : Participants in last year’s Millsboro youth parade show off their patriotism.Coastal Point • File Photo : Participants in last year’s Millsboro youth parade show off their patriotism.For seven years, the youth of Millsboro have been parading in celebration of the Fourth of July, and they’ll continue that tradition this year.

The youth parade was started by Dorothy LeCates, a Millsboro resident, who was the driving force behind the installation of the labyrinth at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Millsboro.

“The whole world is kind of confused right now. If we get quiet within ourselves, we go about our daily business with a little more intention in a mindful manner,” said LeCates. “The labyrinth, the walking meditation and prayer center, was built for the community by volunteers on church property but was donated for the use of the community.”

The labyrinth’s construction was started in March of 2006, and it was dedicated on July 4, 2006.

“The Fourth of July is not only the birthday of this country but is the birthday of our labyrinth,” said LeCates.

This year, the parade will be held on July 4 itself, beginning at 10 a.m. at the labyrinth, with an opening ceremony.

“Cathy Gorman will sing ‘God Bless America’ and will open the program on the labyrinth, with the cross and American flag. Our Boy Scouts will do the color guard. Our young Marines will present the colors. And then we’ll introduce our special guest.”

Fenwick Island to hold 10th annual Bonfire

Coastal Point • File Photo : The bonfire at Fenwick Island will celebrate its 10th annual event on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.Coastal Point • File Photo : The bonfire at Fenwick Island will celebrate its 10th annual event on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.If the parades and fireworks haven’t provided enough Independence Day fun for 2014, Fenwick Island will offer the chance for people to spend some time with family and friends during the holiday weekend, at the town’s annual Bonfire.

Fenwick Island’s 10th annual Bonfire will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsboro Street, with a rain date of Sunday, July 6.

“It’s something where all the neighbors can come to see each other, and all the visitors, as well,” said Liz Lear, a member of the Fenwick Island Beach Committee, which organizes the event.

The bonfire is free to all visitors and locals who would like to attend. Throughout the night, there will be games for the kids, as well as dancing to music provided by D.J. Batman.

“While it’s light, there are lots and lots of games for the children, and the lifeguards are the ones that organize the games for the kids. That’s really, really fun,” said Lear, noting that there are a half-dozen games planned, ranging from relay races to three-legged races.

Bear Trap to continue holiday celebration into July 5

Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its own Fourth of July Parade again this year, on Saturday, July 5, at 9 a.m. Above, these children participate in the 2012 parade.For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.

“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”

The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.

“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”

Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.

Fenwick families celebrate Independence Day with neighborhood parade

Coastal Point • File Photo: The unofficial Fenwick Island Fourth of July Parade, as brought to you by the residents of W. Virginia Avenue, back in 2010.­Coastal Point • File Photo: The unofficial Fenwick Island Fourth of July Parade, as brought to you by the residents of W. Virginia Avenue, back in 2010.­Some Fenwick Island visitors may be surprised to learn that Fenwick Island has had its own little Fourth of July parade for nearly 20 years, wrapping up each year just in time for the fireworks.

In 1996, Marge and Jack Hayman started a little street parade for their family to celebrate Independence Day.

“[Marge] said, when they were kids her mother always insisted, on the Fourth of July, that the kids put red, white and blue on and go down the street,” recalled Barbara Beam, whose family has been participating in the parade for all but two of those years. “Marge said to me, ‘My parents said, “It’s the Fourth of July. We’re going to celebrate.”’ It was just a tradition that started with her parents.’

“The first year it was very small — just she and her husband. We ourselves didn’t participate the two years because we always had a big family picnic out in the country. After that, I said to my kids, ‘We’re going to participate. We’re here. It’s our neighbors. We can have our picnic another time.’ We have been part of it ever since.”

On July 4, residents from Oyster Bay Drive will have a small potluck block party in the early afternoon, and then all get together and begin the small parade from intersection of Coastal Highway and Oyster Bay Drive, down Oyster Bay, make a loop, go back to the highway and then down South Carolina Street.

Charlie’s deep-fries deliciousness in Fenwick

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Charlie’s Fenwick Fries features all things fried. From deep-fried Twinkies, churros, chicken and fries, the establishment offers all the fried foods that make for a classic, summer day at the beach.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Charlie’s Fenwick Fries features all things fried. From deep-fried Twinkies, churros, chicken and fries, the establishment offers all the fried foods that make for a classic, summer day at the beach.Let’s be honest — Twinkies and Oreos are already pretty delicious. But when deep-fried, warm and gooey, they’re a guilty pleasure perfect for nights at the beach. Charlie’s Bay Side restaurant has brought that quick-serve decadence to Fenwick Island. With an outdoor counter attached to the restaurant, Charlie’s Fenwick Fries now serves deep-fried treats, made to order.

“My wife, Laura, and I like to get to the boardwalk and walk. Every place had deep-fried Oreos, funnel cake and french fries,” said owner Charlie Getz. “But there’s nothing up here, nowhere you can get it.”

In a world increasingly obsessed with health food, Getz said there’s still room for sweets.

“Everybody’s doing healthy, and there’s no calorie-counting on vacation. We just wanted to do something different.”

The Village of Fenwick shopping center already has plenty of walking traffic, where the most popular dish is funnel fries (like funnel cake, but smaller, Getz said).

“What people are surprised about — we do a deep-fried Twinkie. It doesn’t taste like Twinkies,” he noted.

Dipped in pancake batter, then cooked in canola oil, the Twinkies are topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.

Churros come with a spicy-sweet raspberry sauce, and Oreos transform into a huge, soft cookie.

Other deep-fried sweets include brownies and candy bars, served each day by business partner Melvin Shifflett.

Boom Surfboards built for local breaks by local surfer/shaper

Coastal Point • Submitted : A surfer catches some air on a Boom Surfboards Mamba 2, hand built by Eric Nygard. Nygard custom builds his boards for the local waves, which can be really hard on regular boards.Coastal Point • Submitted : A surfer catches some air on a Boom Surfboards Mamba 2, hand built by Eric Nygard. Nygard custom builds his boards for the local waves, which can be really hard on regular boards.Surfboard shaping is an art form. No two hand-shaped boards will ever be exactly same. And each board is designed for something different — big surf, small surf, more speed, more maneuverability, a different type of wave. And much like no two boards will ever be shaped the same, no two breaks are the same — and certain breaks require certain board features.

Eric Nygard, local surfer/shaper and owner of Boom Surfboards, knows this and has dedicated his craft to designing boards specifically for surfers looking to take on the often-unforgiving Delaware beach breaks.

“I like shore break,” Nygard said. “It can be by and far the most beautiful wave ever when it’s on, but it also wreaks havoc on surfboards, so I have focused everything I have on making stronger, lighter, more resilient performance boards without passing any extra cost to the consumer.”

After an influx of broken boards in his repair days, Nygard was inspired to start shaping on his own — determined to create a stronger board. At first, however, he started with skimboards.

“I started off with skimboards because I was in school doing research on composites,” he recalled. “I was just always focused on making a stronger board. They were starting to sacrifice strength, and it would break — especially in shore break like we have.”

Sea Witch to hit quarter-century mark this fall

The 25th annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival is set for Oct. 25-26, celebrating a quarter-century of “wicked, wild and wonderful,” organizers announced this week. And along with the traditional parade, fiddlers festival and fall-themed fun, Sea Witch will include a number of new features for its big anniversary.

RBFS to host film festival review sessions in Bethany Beach

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting festival film review sessions during the summer months at South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

The festival film review sessions, open to the public, are used to assist with the film selection process for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 5-9).

Oysters and islands focus of effort to clean up South Bethany canals

The Centre for the Inland Bays wants to improve the water quality in South Bethany’s canals, and they’re floating a couple new tools for their environmental toolbox there: islands and oysters.

Kids get a ‘Hahn’ up at Carver Academy

Teacher shares love of sports, teaches good health

During a long school day, any physical activity can be a welcome break. That’s why Robert “Bob” Hahn makes physical education a positive thing at G.W. Carver Academy, where he was named Teacher of the Year this year.

“I’m here to teach them to try to keep themselves physically fit, find things that they like to do to keep them active and try to keep them out of trouble,” he said.

Marie's KitchenSoft-shell a(Muse.)-ments with Hari Cameron

Coastal Point • Submitted: The beautiful softshell crab dish at a(MUSE.) Owner and chef Hari Cameron shares a few of his recipes with Marie Cook.Coastal Point • Submitted: The beautiful softshell crab dish at a(MUSE.) Owner and chef Hari Cameron shares a few of his recipes with Marie Cook.Major changes have taken place in Chef Hari Cameron’s career since I first highlighted him in June 2009. He is still a chef, but now he’s chef/owner of his own restaurant in Rehoboth Beach — a(MUSE.), located at 44 Baltimore Avenue.

On a recent drive to Rehoboth Beach, I stopped at Sue Ryan’s new Good Earth Market at 14 Midway Shopping Center (on Route 1 behind the Pottery Place), and although Hari’s appearance has changed since I last saw him, he’s easily recognizable by the colorful fruits and vegetables tattoos that line his arms.

We enjoyed a big hug, and Sue raved about the meal she had enjoyed on Mother’s Day at a(MUSE.). She said his soft-shell crab was the best she’s ever eaten, and the mustard sauce was fantastic. She also raved over a potted chicken that Hari says is always on the menu, because regular customers insist on it.

Bethany Beach Books to host author for signing

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

Delaware Watercolor Society announces winners of expo

The Delaware Watercolor Society held the Opening Reception for its Juried Watercolor Exhibition on June 16, at Cadbury at Lewes. The exhibition was open to both DWS members and non-members.

Michael Morgan to hold book signing July 9

Michael Morgan has been writing freelance newspaper articles on the history of coastal Delaware for more than three decades. Morgan has also published articles in America’s Civil War, Baltimore’s The Sun, Chesapeake Bay magazine, Civil War Times, Maryland magazine, World War II magazine and other national publications.

Cicil War Profiles: Gettysburg: A titanic struggle

In the dead of night on June 28, 1863, Maj. James A. Hardie arrived at Frederick, Md., on a secret mission from Washington. Hardie awakened Maj. Gen. George G. Meade in his tent with the droll comment that he “had come to give [him] trouble.”

Millsboro Chamber readies for annual golf classic

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Classic at Baywood Greens on Aug. 19, offering golfers the opportunity to enjoy what is widely considered one of the area’s most beautiful public courses, while also supporting a charitable cause.

Tripple Overtime: Do'in the Dew with Bob Burnquist

I don’t get star-struck very easily — especially since getting into journalism. I’ve interviewed some of the best surfers and surf-film makers in the world and, yes, I would like to take this opportunity to name drop all of them — Craig Anderson before he had his own movie and signature board, Matt Meola after he won Taylor Steele’s first ever “Innersection” contest and Taylor Steele himself. This past winter, I got to interview WNBA star Ellena Delle Donne.

Bethany Skim Jam is back on Monday nights

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: A young skimboarder catches some air during Monday night’s Skim Jam in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: A young skimboarder catches some air during Monday night’s Skim Jam in Bethany Beach.For years, pro surfer Colin Herlihy and pro skimboarder Bill Baxter have been showing up at the beach on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach every Monday night from 6 to 7 p.m. for the Bethany Beach Surf Shop Skim Jam. And, for years, it has been the premiere weekly summer event for skimmers across Sussex County.

“I think the kids, they count down the days until Monday,” said Herlihy. “They love it.”

“There was a kid last year who used to take the bus from Seaford and used to ride the bus for two hours to get here,” added Baxter, also recalling another skimmer from Frankford who would ride his bike all the way to Bethany every Monday.

This year’s turnout has been just as impressive as that in recent years, and both Herlihy and Baxter noted that none of it would be possibly without Bethany Surf Shop owners Jimmy and Sheila McGrath.

“It varies from week to week depending on holiday weekend and stuff like that, but we always have a good turnout,” said Baxter. “Once we moved up here to this, Colin and I teamed up, and it [has] just kind of blown up to this.”

Lower Sussex takes Major League Softball district championship

Lower Sussex notched a Delaware Little League District III championship last Monday, June 30, with a 6-3 victory over Nanticoke.

All-Star tournament veteran Airelle Parker pulled off an inside-the-park grand slam in the sixth inning, adding four runs that would ultimately be the difference in the game. The line drive to right field came with two outs in the inning.

Lasek wins Skate Bowl at record-breaking Dew Tour

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bucky Lasek took another Skate Bowl Dew Cup last weekend.Coastal Point • Submitted: Bucky Lasek took another Skate Bowl Dew Cup last weekend.Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was this year’s Skate Bowl Dew Cup champion, crowned amidst the record-breaking crowds at last weekend’s Dew Tour Beach Championships held at the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md. More than 100,000 people made their way to the temporary skate park on the beach to see some of the world’s best skating and BMX talent.

BMX pro Jamie Bestwick also made Dew Tour history, with his 10th consecutive BMX Vert Dew Cup. Bestwick put together a finals run score of 90.75, to edge out Vince Byron’s 90.00. Byron would finish in second place.

“It is the most pressure I’ve been under for any contest,” said Bestwick. “So it was nice to have my whole family here to help me pull through. The Dew Tour is a landmark event that you want to win every year. My 10th Dew Cup in the Dew Tour’s 10th anniversary year caps off one of the best years of my [career].”

In the Skate Bowl, Dew Tour veteran Lasek edged out two of skating’s most promising young shredders — 14-year-old Tom Schaar and 15-year-old Cory Juneau.

Talkin’ Dew Tour with Bob Burnquist

Coastal Point • File Photo: Bob Burnquist recovers after a wipeout during the 2012 Dew Tour in Ocean City.Coastal Point • File Photo: Bob Burnquist recovers after a wipeout during the 2012 Dew Tour in Ocean City.Some of the best skateboarders in the world flocked to the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk last weekend to compete at the Dew Tour Beach Championships. One of them was 26-time X Games medalist and Brazil native Bob Burnquist.

“It’s fun. I got my family with me here, and we just kinda cruise the boardwalk and hang out. And then I go skate. And then I’m done,” said Burnquist of the venue. “As far as venues go, this is one of the best ones. There’s something for everyone. It’s one of those venues where it’s family-friendly.”

After checking out the boardwalk, Burnquist balanced his time between interviews and appearances, practice and, of course, competing — which, admittedly, isn’t his favorite thing to do.

“Competition isn’t a big thing for me. I’d rather stay at home and film new tricks. Obviously, that’s where I progress the most,” he explained. “Pressures, all that — I don’t know if I like it too much, but it’s part of my job. This is the 9-to-5. My favorite part is skating with the guys during practice.

Shorebirds split series with Nats’ affiliate Hagerstown

After starting off last week’s series-opener against Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns last Friday, June 27, with two one-run losses, the Delmarva Shorebirds bounced back to finish the series strong with back-to-back wins.

The ’Birds snapped a five-game losing streak last Sunday, June 29, with a one-run win of their own, besting the Suns 5-4.

IRSD field hockey camp caps off successful first year

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Girls pose for a photo at the IRSD Field Hockey Camp on Thursday, June 26. Field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin organized the event to generate more interest in the sport.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Girls pose for a photo at the IRSD Field Hockey Camp on Thursday, June 26. Field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin organized the event to generate more interest in the sport.When Indian River School District field hockey coaches Jodi Stone, Pattiva Cathell and Molly Chamberlin began organizing the IRSD Field Hockey Camp, they had one goal in mind — to generate interest in the sport. After their inaugural campaign last week, it’s safe to say that that goal was met with overwhelming success.

“It went as good as it could have gone. It was awesome,” said Chamberlin. “It was really successful. We saw a lot of improvement from Monday to Thursday — every day, they were pumped.”

“I think that the numbers were great. We weren’t expecting to have the 90-plus,” Cathell said of the turnout. “I was super-stoked with the number — our biggest numbers were in the elementary-school level. There were some kids who had no exposure prior to the camp.”

As promised, the camp catered to players of all experience levels — from beginners, to high school players that had been playing for years. With each prohibited from coaching their own players in the off-season, Cathell worked with the high-schoolers, while Stone worked with the middle-schoolers and Chamberlin the elementary-school players.

Carroll withdraws from county council race, supports Cole

Last week, Sussex County District 4 hopeful Bill Carroll formally withdrew as a candidate for county council.

“I really enjoyed the bit that I did. I renewed a lot of friendships and acquaintances. I had fun. I had fun going out there,” said Carroll of campaigning.

Ocean View approves Route 26 townhouse development

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment on June 19 held a public hearing regarding an application submitted by the Evergreene Companies, eventually approving their request for a special exception to constrict 16 townhouses on property located at 28 Atlantic Avenue. The townhomes would be constructed on three parcels of land, to be combined as one, zoned in General Business District 1.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

District 5 county council candidates hold Millsboro forum

Last week, Sussex County Council District 5 candidates spoke at the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly member meeting.

Candidate Brad Connor, who is currently serving as mayor of Dagsboro, noted that he always had a desire to serve the community.

“I just always wanted to get involved in the community and in helping people,” Connor said.

Code of Ethics on the minds of county council candidates

At this week’s forum for County Council District 5 held in Millsboro, hopefuls Brad Connor and Bob Wheatley discussed whether there is a need for a new Code of Ethics in the county.

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