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MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival offers tastes, courses for the curious

Calling all foodies: The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival is coming to Delaware next week, with four days of events at more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

World Fair Trade Day event returning to South Bethany

World Fair Trade Day celebrates food, art and fair trade for all, and all are welcome Saturday, May 10, at Made By Hand, South Bethany’s international cooperative that sells fair-trade craft pieces from around the world.

Homecoming offers history and fun to Ocean View and beyond

This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will hold its 5th Annual Homecoming event.

MAL to host Art in the Park

With the goal of bringing arts to the community and promoting artwork by local artists, Millsboro Art League (MAL) will hold its first outdoor art show, Art in the Park, on Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Cupola Park, a waterfront park at the eastern entrance to Millsboro’s town center.

Local scout organizes soccer event with a larger purpose

Lee Downs, a 15-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 2540, has been working hard to reach his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Downs, currently a Life Scout, will be hosting a free soccer shootout on May 10 at the Sussex Academy soccer field, to promote physical fitness, and drug and suicide prevention to students 7 to 14.

Clear Space actors return with cabaret benefit

Amidst its bustling spring calendar, Clear Space Theatre Company is set to welcome back three former members of their Acting Company for a one-night-only performance. Schyler Conaway, Michael Matthias and Dana Peragallo, who all relocated from Sussex County to New York City nearly two years ago, will take to the Clear Space stage on Saturday, May 10.

Talking turkey with the Backwoods Crew’s Colin Herlihy

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Backwoods Crew's Colin Herlihy (right) and Paul Daisy (left) show off a 21-pound bird harvested on the first day  of the season.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Backwoods Crew's Colin Herlihy (right) and Paul Daisy (left) show off a 21-pound bird harvested on the first day of the season.When local pro surfer and Sussex County outdoorsman Colin Herlihy isn’t busy getting barreled somewhere on the Delaware shoreline, he’s often staring down the barrel of a gun somewhere in the Delaware backwoods, hunting whatever is in season.

Herlihy’s favorite hunting season, however, is turkey season, which will remain open through Saturday, May 10, this year.

“Turkey hunting is my favorite, because you are always on the move and they are so smart,” explained the avid outdoorsman, who also hunts ducks, geese and deer. “The difficulty makes it so gratifying to harvest a good bird.”

Not only are turkeys smart, but their excellent eyesight and hearing add to the difficulty. Their only weakness as prey, he noted, is their lack of smell.

NWTF offers youth sporting education opportunities

The Lower Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be holding a youth event next weekend to help acclimate kids to outdoor sporting activities, allowing them to learn about and shoot BB guns, air rifles and more.

“This is a yearly event that we have,” explained Stacie Street, secretary and treasurer of the Lower Delaware Chapter of NWTF.

CIB to launch ‘Your Creek’ initiative at May 15 meeting

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will launch the “Your Creek” initiative at its May meeting, on Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the CIB office on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge, and the public is welcome to attend.

Yard sale to benefit marine mammal group

Donations sought for May 17 event

Yard sale shoppers never know what they might find at a sale, and sometimes that can even include the good feeling of having supported a good cause.

‘Cape Crusaders’: Lady Indians demolish North rival Cape Henlopen, 8-2

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Eliza Bombhardt knocked a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Lady Indians' 8-2 win against Cape Henlopen Saturday, and was greeted enthusiastically by her teammates at the plate afterwards.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore Eliza Bombhardt knocked a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Lady Indians' 8-2 win against Cape Henlopen Saturday, and was greeted enthusiastically by her teammates at the plate afterwards.After going down 2-0 early in last Saturday’s matchup against Henlopen North rival Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School softball team put together an eight-run inning in the bottom of the fifth to eventually lock in an 8-2 victory.

“They played a lot of small ball, and they have some really quick girls on their team. It kind of hurt us in the first inning,” head coach Erika Brittingham explained. “After the first inning, we played our defense for that a little better.”

After making some lineup adjustments — which Brittingham went on to explain were specific to the matchup — the Lady Indians were able to keep Cape off the board behind the pitching of senior Rachel Hudson, who pitched the entire game and left two runners stranded in the top of the fifth inning, just before the scoring run began.

Beam’s last-minute score sends Lady Indians past Tech, 3-2

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman midfielder Natalie Herrea drives to the net during the Lady  Indians 7-0 senior day victory against Delmarva Christian Academy last  Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman midfielder Natalie Herrea drives to the net during the Lady Indians 7-0 senior day victory against Delmarva Christian Academy last Saturday.Heading into their matchup against Sussex Tech last Thursday, May 1, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team was on a seven-game shutout streak, during which they had collectively outscored their opponents by an astounding 44-0 margin.

While that streak may have ended against the previously 7-2 Lady Ravens, the Lady Indians returned the favor by ending a streak of their own — snapping Tech’s three-year win streak over Indian River in girls’ soccer with a 3-2 victory and a dramatic finish.

“You would have thought we’d a won the World Cup,” said head coach Steve Kilby of his team’s reaction to the win. “Tech has handled us the last three years, and this group of seniors really wanted to have a win against them. For it to be such a dramatic game ending was pretty exciting.”

IR lax looks to finish strong for seniors after losses to Milford, Tech

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a save against Milford last Wednesday. The freshman has played like a seasoned veteran all year for the Indians.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Goalie Hayden McWilliams makes a save against Milford last Wednesday. The freshman has played like a seasoned veteran all year for the Indians.The Indian River High School lacrosse team saw their Henlopen South title hopes dashed last Wednesday, April 30, when they fell to Milford at home, 16-11.

Despite the game’s final score, the matchup remained close through the third quarter. But as the rain and wind picked up, so did the Buccaneers’ momentum — continuing their consistent scoring throughout the fourth as the Indians began to struggle to finish chances.

After going down 4-1 early, it was Indian River senior midfielder Merrick Kovatch who took it upon himself to spark the offense, dodging through multiple Milford defenders from up top and ripping a shot that would hit the post and bounce to senior attackman Spencer Murray, who then picked up the rebound and found the back of the net.

Kovatch would find Murray again shortly afterwards, that time on an intentional assist, to bring the Indians within one. Murray locked in the first-quarter hat-trick after another Milford score, with freshman midfielder George Martin dodging through what appeared to be the entire Bucs’ defense to bring IR back within one after Milford answered with another goal to maintain a one-goal lead at 6-5.

IR tennis gears up for conferences, states

With the Indian River High School boys’ tennis season in the books and the girls’ squad with just one regular-season matchup to go (as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, May 7), both teams were set to look toward conference championships starting this Thursday, May 8.

IR track hurdles Woodbridge, Laurel in South matchup

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Senior Tim Roberts gets some hang time during a jump at last Thursday's meet. Roberts won the long jump in a pair of Vans and competed in four athletic events last week, three of them lacrosse games.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Senior Tim Roberts gets some hang time during a jump at last Thursday's meet. Roberts won the long jump in a pair of Vans and competed in four athletic events last week, three of them lacrosse games.The Indian River High School track team locked in two division wins last Thursday, May 1, taking down Laurel, 82-55, and Woodbridge, 87-50.

The Indians notched several first-place finishes in the meet, including one from senior Tim Roberts. Roberts — who also runs midfield for the Indians’ lacrosse team and played in three games in that sport last week, as well — was allowed to participate in a fourth athletic event in the same week, since it was a makeup from earlier this season.

“It was a makeup meet. That’s off-schedule, so I was allowed to,” said the three-sport athlete, who is otherwise only allowed under to DIAA regulations to compete in three athletic events per week.

Not only did his demanding athletic schedule not hold him back from taking first place in the long jump, but neither did his footwear, as he won the event in a pair of Vans skateboarding shoes, with no traction or support of any kind.

Shorebirds drop three out of four in Charleston

After handling the Charleston RiverDogs in three out of four games at home last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds handed the games right back on their journey south, losing three consecutive games to the RiverDogs in Charleston.

Delmarva started the series with a 4-3 win on Friday, May 2, but Charleston quickly evened the series with a 6-5 win on Saturday, May 3.

Indians conquer Cape, still in South race

Coastal Point • Submitted: Junior Ed Hogan tries to tag out a Woodbridge runner at third last Tuesday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Junior Ed Hogan tries to tag out a Woodbridge runner at third last Tuesday.With a young squad, the Indian River High School baseball team is in a re-building year, but despite a tough schedule, the Indians still remain in South contention for the 2014 season.

“We’re still playing for the South,” said one of the team’s rising young stars, sophomore pitcher Jake Hudson. “Everybody’s got six losses in the South. We only have seven losses, so we could win out. That’s what we’re trying to do — trying to win the rest of the games in the South.”

The Indians took a step backward from that contention on Tuesday, May 6, falling to Woodbridge 10-2, but managed to knock off Henlopen North squad Cape Henlopen on Monday, May 5, 4-3.

Indian River golf hosts DCA, Lake at Cripple Creek

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Clayton Hardy looks to sink a putt during last Tuesday's match against Lake Forest and DCA on the Indians’ home course at  Cripple Creek Country Club.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Clayton Hardy looks to sink a putt during last Tuesday's match against Lake Forest and DCA on the Indians’ home course at Cripple Creek Country Club.The Indian River High School golf team held a tri-meet last Tuesday, May 6, on their home course at Cripple Creek Country Club. Collectively, the team shot a 208 on the day, which was enough to edge out Delmarva Christian Academy, which shot a 300, but couldn’t quite notch the win against Henlopen South opponent Lake Forest, who shot a 200 on the day.

Joey Cooper was the team’s low-scorer, with a 47. Junior Clayton Hardy wasn’t far behind, with a 52, and the team’s only starting female player, Tori Buchanan, shot a 54. Josh Evans came in one stroke behind Buchanan, with a 55.

Cooper was once again the medalist for the match, edging out Lake Forest’s Zach Powell, who shot a 48 on the day.

The Indians are now 3-8 on the season but would get a chance to add a few more wins when they head to Seaford Country Club to face Laurel on Thursday, May 8, (after Coastal Point press time) before returning to Cripple Creek on Friday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 13, to finish out the season against Polytech and Smyrna. All of those matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 7 to 9

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Town Road to Assawoman Canal for sewer force main relocation.
• between Railway Road and Old Mill Road to install a storm drain system.

Inlet bridge to close briefly overnight, May 7

Drivers could expect to face a slight delay when heading over the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet on the night of Wednesday, May 7. Weather pending, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) planned to have intermittent bridge closures for 15-minute intervals from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. (overnight from May 7 to May 8) for diagnostic load testing.

Time and money saved on Central Avenue construction work

Road crews were recently surprised to find underground pipes in a different place than expected — and that’s a good thing when it came to one area of Route 26.

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project was supposed to close Central Avenue at the Route 26 intersection for four to six weeks to relocate sewer pipes in preparation for stormwater management improvements.

School board gets good news on school construction

After some delay and “jumping through hoops” to get various permits, the Indian River School District made some concrete progress this month. More than a year since the February 2013 referendum was approved, the IRSD finally opened bids this month to find itself $49,000 under budget to renovate three school buildings.

CIB to host 10th annual Native Plant Sale this weekend

This Saturday, the Center for the Inland Bays will hold its 10th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale.

On May 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View, the CIB will host five nurseries selling thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native to coastal Delaware.

Food and music lead the way at Frankford’s Cinco de Mayo

Frankford’s town park has a busy week ahead. After getting new playground equipment, the park will host the Frankford Public Library’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The free celebration will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., and feature music, piñata, booths, vendors, a police helicopter and a K-9 demonstration.

Youth Stand Up Paddle Day set for May 18 in Rehoboth

County paddleboard team now forming

Paddleboard adventure company Delmarva Board Sports will kick off the 2014 paddleboarding season by announcing a new national event called Youth Stand Up Paddle Days, the weekend of May 16-19.

The train restaurant returns: Late-night dining and special events are specialties at the Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Many miles from the nearest railroad, two train cars still work long into the night in Ocean View. The Salted Rim restaurant has nine months under its belt as Ocean View’s late-night Tex-Mex spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and accented by two restored rail cars.

Opening in July of 2013, the Salted Rim operates under owner Karen Fritz’s belief that “you can do anything on a train car” and that there is a great need for Mexican food on Route 26.

“We saw the train cars. They sat the empty for so long,” she said, but she believed the restaurant could only fully work with a bar. So she found a way to make a “waiting bar” work within Ocean View’s town code. It’s within the main restaurant area, with the two train cars used for additional seating.

The first 1930s train car is still decked out in rich red and gold fabric, gilded trim, shiny ceilings smart white tablecloths and lace trim.

“People love the Victorian feel of this room,” she said, noting that the Royal Zephyr logos are actually the name of the original rail service in which the cars were used, not just leftover from the previous restaurant of the same name.

Previous restaurants made the first-class car available to adults only, but Fritz said all ages are welcome at the Salted Rim.

Fixing heroin epidemic falls on all of us

5-70-40.

Those are the three raw numbers that stood out to us the most as reporter Maria Counts was putting together her three-part series on the rise of heroin’s popularity in our little community (the third installment in the series can be found on page 18).

Bobdozer heading west, and it’s a little sad

There is something absolutely gut-wrenching about having to say goodbye to someone you genuinely care about, and I’m certain most of you have had to go through this on more than one occasion.

Community responds in time of need

We left Ocean View last August, planning on returning in the fall, as soon as I recovered from knee-replacement surgery. I was still limping around in October when my husband Benjamin’s right arm began to tremble, and that tremor led to an earthquake that transformed the geography of our lives.

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