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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.

Frankford residents dispute legalities of charter amendment

Tension continues to build between Frankford residents and the Frankford Town Council as the process of amending the town charter progresses — and this week’s heated town council meeting demonstrated that, when residents gathered to demand answers.

We live in a much better world because of others

Friday, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of our nation, D-Day. In fact, let’s change that thought for a second. It really marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of the world.

So, yeah, we got beat once again in cornhole

Throughout the history of recorded time, there have been two absolute, undeniable truths.

Indian River High School graduates 45th class in Dagsboro

Dark clouds may have pushed Indian River High School’s graduation indoors, but that couldn’t stop the joy of 230 graduates, along with their families, friends, teachers and administrators, on May 27.

“You really made this school and community proud,” said former principal Mark Steele, attending his first graduation as assistant superintendent of the Indian River School District.

Border states confront the secession issue

Following the 1860 presidential election in which Abraham Lincoln was the victor, seven deep-South slave states seceded from the Union in protest — soon to be followed by four more from the mid-South. Yet, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri — Southern states bordering on the North and where the institution of slavery was also well-entrenched — chose to retain their allegiance to the Union.

Liddy Loves Clothes and color in Clarksville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.It’s hard to ignore the candy-colored shop in Clarksville, although it may be one of Route 26’s smallest shops. Liddy Loves Clothes is bursting with color, from light green walls to a pink heart painted overhead.

And, with an open door and a line of clothes spilling open like flags on the breeze, the front lawn echoes the clothing: “super casual, fun summer stuff,” said owner Linda Siegel.

The fashions are designed to be casual and comfortable, but pretty, with beads, braid and woven designs. All the fabrics flow gently in the breeze, from long beachy dresses to tops, skirts and cover-ups.

The few black clothes only serve to make the other colors shine brighter. That includes Siegel’s.

“I always wear black, but I love color at home,” she said. “I won’t wear it, but I love it! It makes me happy.”

Many of the dresses, shirts and skirts are one-size-fits-all.

Some people might think, “That’s not gonna fit me,” Siegel said.

“Watch the magic,” is her favorite response.

She’ll grab a seemingly small peasant top that stretches to drape over any form. The clothes hang easily either way.

Seaside Craft Show set for 10th edition

Coastal Point • Submitted: Maureen Ickrath will be showing her photography at this year’s Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show, for the eighth time since the show’s inception 10 years ago.Coastal Point • Submitted: Maureen Ickrath will be showing her photography at this year’s Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show, for the eighth time since the show’s inception 10 years ago.The boardwalk will become an art gallery when the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show returns for its 10th year, on Saturday, June 7. Rain or shine, around 100 artists display their best work in photography, glass, pottery, metals, woodworking, decorative painting, fiber, textiles, jewelry and other wearable art.

Each year, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee brings new and familiar crafters to participate in this juried fine crafts show.

“People love it. Every year we have a survey that we hand out to all the crafters,” said organizer Carol Olmstead. “We get lots of positive feedback [on] how well our show is organized and how successful they are with the show.”

“I absolutely love being in that show,” affirmed Maureen Dyer Ickrath, who will display coastal photography for the eighth year.

“I just do phenomenally well,” Ickrath said. “I enjoy talking to and meeting these people as much as I enjoy selling my photography. It’s a wonderful attraction for the city. All these fabulous people come. And we get to talk. … They ask me about my photos.”

Gym offers fitness to the world in new location

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A World Gym in Millsboro opened earlier this year by Steve and Pam Trader. Above, painted on the wall are the word, ‘There are no wounds iron can’t heal,’ giving motivation to clients.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A World Gym in Millsboro opened earlier this year by Steve and Pam Trader. Above, painted on the wall are the word, ‘There are no wounds iron can’t heal,’ giving motivation to clients.Earlier this year, the World Gym in Millsboro expanded, tripling in size and moving from its 5,000-square-foot space to a location just across the highway, just shy of 15,000 square feet.

“We opened five and a half years ago. We should’ve been an adequate size for this area,” said Pam Trader, with a laugh. Trader owns the gym with her husband, Steve.

The Traders, who live in Salisbury, Md., opened the gym in Millsboro five years ago, after Steve mentioned he thought it was odd that Millsboro didn’t have a gym.

“Steve worked at the power plant. He would get off work, drive home 45 minutes and say, ‘Gosh — why can’t there be a gym in Millsboro?’” said Trader. “We just thought it was the logical place to go.”

After adding onto their 24-7 gym access with fitness classes at a separate location multiple days a week, the Traders realized they had a demand that was greater than what they could house.

Tripple Overtime: Thank you, IR, for an unforgettable rookie year

When I was interviewing for the sports reporter position at the Coastal Point last summer, I asked Editor Darin McCann what teams I would be covering for the upcoming fall season — Ravens? Eagles? Surely not the Redskins. Right?

Ten memorable moments of the 2013-2014 season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Indian River soccer team won their first ever DIAA state title this past fall in a 3-0 victory vs. St. Elizabeth's.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Indian River soccer team won their first ever DIAA state title this past fall in a 3-0 victory vs. St. Elizabeth's.After the Lady Indians’ quarterfinal loss to Wilmington Charter on the diamond last Wednesday, the 2013-2014 Indian River High School athletic season officially drew to a close. While the Indians’ softball and girls’ soccer team both had state title hopes that didn’t pan out, the athletic year, collectively, was one for the record books — with two state titles, two Henlopen Conference championships and multiple South Division championships.

To cap off such a successful year of Indian River sports, we thought we’d do our best “Sportscenter Top 10,” impression and highlight what we thought were the most memorable sports moments of the 2013-2014 school year.

(10) Lady Indians conquer Caravel

IR softball started the season off hot under first-year head coach Erika Brittingham and put together enough quality victories to take up this entire list. However, their most notable win came against a previously undefeated Caravel squad — a team they hadn’t gotten past in years.

‘Skim is in session’: Catch Surf has the boards for summer shore break

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ryan Savage on his go-to summer board ‘the One,’ at one of Delaware's local breaks. Below left, Catch Surf is known for the wild graphics and innovative boards. This is their signature ‘Beater’ board.Coastal Point • Submitted: Ryan Savage on his go-to summer board ‘the One,’ at one of Delaware's local breaks. Below left, Catch Surf is known for the wild graphics and innovative boards. This is their signature ‘Beater’ board.As spring swells disappear with wetsuit layers, the beaches grow more crowded and the lifeguards take the stands, Delmarva surfers prepare themselves for a long, flat summer.

However, over the past few years, Catch Surf has made it easier for local surfers to beat the heat and keep their skills sharp, as the surf company continues to produce new boards with those surfers in mind.

“Catch Surf is capitalizing on the fact that people want to surf all day, no matter if guards are on or off, or the waves are awful or great,” said Catch Surf East Coast Sales Manager and life-long Delaware surfer Ryan Savage. “The whole idea behind Catch Surf is to have good clean fun.”

“I’ve had a good number of their boards through the years, and you can tell that everything that they’ve put out has been good, but every year it gets a little bit better,” added Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop manager Jay Kleman. “They want to have a product that anybody can use at any time of the day and really just have fun, because sometimes the surf industry can be kind of exclusive — but they’re a very inclusive company.”

Registration open for first IRSD field hockey camp

Once a prominent sport in lower Sussex County, field hockey has fallen off within the past decade at both the middle school and high school levels within the Indian River School District.

Shorebirds struggles vs. Hagerstown

After sweeping Lakewood last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds improved to 34-22 — drawing closer to Washington Nationals’ affiliate the Hagerstown Suns — for the lead in the South Atlantic League. However, after dropping their first two games against the Suns in their latest road series, which began Monday, June 2, the ’Birds again found themselves five games back from the division lead.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 9 to 13

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for June 2 to 6

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Tuesday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the Cedar Drive intersection (by Giant).
• at the Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).
• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install a new drainage system.

Collins files to make a run at District 41 representative seat

Last week, Richard Collins filed to serve as the representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Collins said he hopes to address the State’s finances, if elected.

Summer season begins, Streetscape winds down

With the arrival of the summer season, Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project came to a close, at least for now.

County examines impact of Supreme Court ruling on prayer

On May 5, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold a lower court ruling in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, found that legislative bodies, such as city councils, can begin their meetings with prayer.

Attorneys secure settlement in Dagsboro man’s case against Seaford police

Last month, a $270,000 settlement was reached between a Dagsboro man and the Town of Seaford, Del., and a city police officer.

Dagsboro accident a reminder to stay alert

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.A two-car accident slowed traffic in Dagsboro earlier this week, when a pickup truck was struck while trying to turn into the town hall parking lot. The pickup truck left Clayton Street, headed eastbound on Main Street, in an attempt to enter the lot.

“The vehicle that was crossing from Clayton Street, going diagonally across Main Street, into the parking lot, was actually flagged across by another stopped vehicle that was attempting to turn onto Clayton Street,” explained Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

“Because the vehicle doing the flagging was a van, he couldn’t see the other van approaching. When the pickup started to cross the white van that was northbound also, because of the third vehicle’s obstruction, he did not see him until it was too late.”

Cornhole tournament to benefit Russell White scholarship

Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.Coastal Point • File Photo: The ladies of the Xi Upsilon sorority pose for a photo in the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during the fourth annual cornhole tournament, last year.This weekend, the Xi Upsilon sorority will host its fifth annual cornhole tournament benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation.

“My sister and I attended the cornhole event one of the first years the sorority did it. We really enjoyed ourselves. We had a fun time and thought, ‘What a great cause!” explained Sarah Hoban, who serves on the event’s organizing committee. “That’s why we decided to sign up for the sorority and signed up for the cornhole committee — because we wanted to be a part of it.”

Up to 50 teams can compete on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Registration costs $50 per team of two, and each team member will receive a T-shirt.

As of early this week, 40 teams were registered for the event, but Hoban said those who wish to take the last 10 spots may still register if they call by the morning of the event. The sorority owns 10 sets of identical boards made specifically for the tournament and orders new bags each year.

Wine and beer tasting to raise money for Rotary Club

This Saturday, beer and wine lovers will have the opportunity to sample some tasty libations, for the sake of a good cause. On Saturday, May 31, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Southern Sussex Rotary will host a craft beer and wine tasting at Costa Ventosa Vineyard & Winery near Whaleyville, Md.

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