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Exciting journey, for sure, but still stupid

The notion of being a “stowaway” has intrigued me from the time I was a child.

SBHS to publish book

Members of the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) have been working for more than a year compiling information, interviewing longtime residents, collecting photos and raising funds to publish history of the town titled “The Best Little Beach in Delaware,” after the town’s longtime slogan.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Celebrating 25 years of good shopping, good people and good ACTS

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.Almost every single day, people wait in line for the doors to open. But what’s behind those doors isn’t a nightclub or movie premiere. It’s Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS), located on Route 26 in Clarksville.

ACTS’s incredibly low prices and charitable mission have served the community for 25 years. People can find racks of clothing, furniture, yard tools, lamps, office supplies and furniture, dishes, art, jewelry, books and more inside.

ACTS accepts donations year-round, with some of the more unique offerings they’ve received including boats, a dozen dining sets at one time, bicycles, kooky kitchen utensils, designer purses and boxed Christmas trees.

“It’s amazing. It does so much good, what they buy and what they donate,” said founder Carlene Jones. “One time, we received a flyswatter, and we were tickled to death, because nobody had thought [to get one].”

Registration now open for cornhole tournament

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host their 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 31, at the Millville fire hall. Proceeds will benefit the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, named after a local U.S. Marine who gave his life in Afghanistan.

The cost is $50 per team, and includes a T-shirt for each player. Space is limited, so pre-registration by May 12 is required.

Local Ducks Unlimited chapter makes national Top 100

The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list comprises the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.

The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

‘Behind the face mask’

Hudson reflects on near career-ending injury

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School senior pitcher Rachel Hudson may seem fearless on the mound, but there's a reason why she always wears her face mask.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School senior pitcher Rachel Hudson may seem fearless on the mound, but there's a reason why she always wears her face mask.Behind the face mask of Indian River High School senior pitcher Rachel Hudson, there is a steely-eyed look of focus on the corners of the strike zone. It’s all that anyone watching from the stands, the dugout or the batter’s box can see — on the surface.

But behind the look, the strikes, the game-saving pitches, the leadership, the college scholarship and the wins, is a story — one that not only nearly ended her softball career but could have ended her life, a story that starts with a fastball down the middle and ends with a glove full of dark red blood lying on the pitcher’s mound, and one that Hudson, and anyone else there that day, will never forget.

“It was one of the best games I was pitching, and I had just struck out one of the best hitters on the team,” Hudson recalled of the night that her perspective on the game she loves changed forever. “My coach just called a fastball, and I pitched it.”

At the age of 13, pitching for Selbyville Middle School, the young pitcher didn’t yet understand the dangers of a pitch right down the middle and wasn’t wearing a face mask — two mistakes that she will never make again.

“She normally wears a face mask. She wears it for travel ball all the time, but because this was school ball, she just chose not to put it on that day,” said Hudson’s mother, Lori Hudson, who coaches for the Delaware Diamonds and teaches fourth grade at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.

Before she had a chance to react to the line-drive shot headed right toward her, Hudson was on the ground, and the Pyle Center stood silent.

Lady Indians slip at Red Lion, 4-2

In just their second loss of a season with an unforgiving schedule, the Indian River High School softball team drew the short straw in an error-filled match against Red Lion last Thursday, April 17, falling 4-2.

41-0: IR soccer lashes Laurel for sixth consecutive shutout

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore defender Davina Baine makes her way past Laurel defenders on her way to the goal in the Lady Indians’ 7-0 victory last Thursday, April 17.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore defender Davina Baine makes her way past Laurel defenders on her way to the goal in the Lady Indians’ 7-0 victory last Thursday, April 17.After they rolled over Laurel 7-0 last Thursday and posted their sixth consecutive shutout, it’s hard to find an adjective powerful enough to express just how dominant the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team has been during that run.

In their last six games, the team has outscored their opponents by an astounding collective score of 41-0 — which is even more impressive considering that head coach Steve Kilby has consistently pulled starters and instructed his team to play possession after jumping out to a comfortable lead.

On more than one occasion, they’ve even taken senior goalkeeper Alex Myers out of the net and let her make a few runs on offense — all the while generating valuable game experience for younger players and non-starters.

IR lax still in South race after division loss at Delmar

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Senior LSM Jake Carney tries to make the clear up field against Henlopen South rival Delmar last Wednesday, April 16.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Senior LSM Jake Carney tries to make the clear up field against Henlopen South rival Delmar last Wednesday, April 16.After a 5-1 start and handling most non-conference opponents convincingly, the Indian River High School lacrosse team saw their Henlopen South title hopes fade last Wednesday, April 16, after falling to division rival Delmar, 9-1.

The loss marks the Indians’ second overall loss of the season, both of which came against division opponents. Despite the 0-2 division record, however, hope for the South title has not yet extinguished.

After Woodbridge High School canceled their 2014 season, only Milford, Delmar and IR are competing in the South this year — so the Indians will still face both Milford and Delmar for a second time before the season is over.

Senior midfielder Ben Gonski accounted for the only IR goal against the Wildcats, just one game removed from the team’s 17-goal performance at Sussex Central.

Maryland, Delaware surfers go digital with ‘90 Seconds’ movie contest

The modern-day surfer has certainly had his fair share of hardships. First, he had to save Trestles. Then, he had to start scheduling doctor’s appointments for antibiotics prescriptions immediately following post-rainstorm surf sessions. Today, the struggle between saving beaches and saving breaks continues.

O’s prospect Harvey gets win, Shorebirds back to .500

The Baltimore Orioles No. 4 prospect, Hunter Harvey, took the mound for the fourth time this season last Tuesday, April 21, and pitched through four innings, as the Delmarva Shorebirds held on to get the win, 4-1, over the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Camp Barnes run set for May 4

The fourth annual 10K/5K/1-mile walk to benefit the Camp Barnes Summer Program will take place on Sunday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Bethany Beach businesses open despite construction

Although there seems to be a lot of construction orange blazing on the streets, downtown Bethany Beach is open for business.

Phillips files for reelection

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips filed for reelection to his District 5 seat on April 10.

“I’m a sixth-generation Sussex Countian. My roots run deep in Sussex County. Public service is in my DNA,” said Phillips. “Public service is a sacrifice. I take this decision to prayer every cycle.

County P&Z to hold public hearings on Castaways Bethany

Group comes back with revised plan

On April 24, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will hold three public hearings regarding revised requests submitted by Castaways Bethany Beach LLC, for a proposed campground, multi-family duplex residential units and waterpark, to be located off of Cedar Neck Road, near Bethany Beach and Ocean View.

Business, traffic still humming as Route 26 widens

Drivers returning to Route 26 will see the construction zones, stacked pipes, bare patches of earth and a lot of traffic cones; this is the groundwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

Centenarian recalls WWII Russian concentration camp

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Katherine Riedlbauer recounts some of her memories from her time in a Russian concentration camp during World War II.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Katherine Riedlbauer recounts some of her memories from her time in a Russian concentration camp during World War II.When Russian soldiers arrested Katherine Riedlbauer’s entire village in World War II Yugoslavia, she was fortunate to survive the walk to the prison camp. Even after catching typhus, she eventually escaped the camp with her life and her 4-year-old daughter.

“They wanted us to die,” Riedlbauer says now, having celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 22 at Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation & Health Center in Millsboro.

Yugoslavia was a new country, formed in the World War I peace settlements, to include part of Austria-Hungary. People often spoke German and even considered themselves to be German.

“We were living in a village with 16,000 people,” said Riedlbauer, who was born in a part of Hungary that became northern Yugoslavia. “We were German people in that town.”

At 17, she married Josef Fabach. In 1940, she gave birth to her daughter, Cathy Wills, who now lives near Ocean View. That, she said, was the best time of her life.

Then Germany invaded in 1941 and sent many people to war with the Axis Powers, including Riedlbauer’s husband, Josef. But when communists took Yugoslavia back, Germanic families left behind were punished. In 1944, the Russians told Riedlbauer to pack her belongings and come outside.

Wheatley proposes teamwork on economic development

Sussex County Council candidate Bob Wheatley is calling for leaders in Delaware’s southernmost county to work in a new collaborative manner, with the goal of increasing economic activity, and thus economic growth, in all of southern Delaware.

Under construction, but open for business

After months of bitter cold temperatures, snow blanketing our pristine community and ice coating our roads like it was simply part of the surface, spring has officially sprung for many of us here at the beach, with Easter weekend now upon us.

Job-rankings should be a personal choice

CareerCast, a website that focuses on career advice and salary listings, recently examined 200 jobs that have the most employees in the nation, based on numbers acquired from the United States Department of Labor.

IRHS Grand March to be held on Bethany Beach Boardwalk

The administration, staff and students of Indian River High School are inviting the public to join them as they celebrate Prom 2014 on Saturday, May 10, at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

Heroin: Part one of a three-part series

From October 2013 to February 2014 – 5 months – 70 Delawareans’ deaths were attributed to suspected heroin overdose. Their average age was the early 40s.

Governor has plans to revive downtowns

Lawmakers are considering a new way to wake up downtown districts. To get the lights on and people moving, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed “Downtown Development Districts” (DDDs) — districts within cities or towns that would benefit from development, with State incentives offered to those who move to fulfill that need.

Blue Water Grill working to reopen after electrical fire

Millsboro’s Blue Water Grill will be closed for the next few months, following an electrical fire on March 28.

The restaurant, located on Main Street, is owned by Jessica Wiggins and her husband, Josh, who have been serving area patrons since 2007.

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