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Correction

The Dec. 9 story “A football life: Legendary Indian River coach Dale Steele passes away at 68” incorrectly listed the high schools Steele and Eldridge Cress attended and at which they played football. Steele played at Lord Baltimore and Cress at John M. Clayton.

We regret the error, and promise our editor is paying dearly.

Fundraiser aims to help family of local fifth-grader

When a routine eye exam Nov. 3 led to the discovery of a golf-ball-sized tumor, the life of a local fifth-grader and his family was immediately and drastically turned upside down.

Shining a light on local crime: Selbyville approves new lights

Things will be brightening up for the Bunting’s Mill housing development. After residents described the nearby Polly Branch Road as an “open-air drug market,” they asked the Selbyville Town Council for help and ideas to improve safety.

One month later, Delmarva Power studied the neighborhood and recommended seven additional streetlights, three of which have now been approved.

Centuries-old event wins ‘Best Event’ tourism awardx

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Who would have thought a political event from the 1700s would still be making such a big impact on tourism?

But every two years, Return Day brings thousands of people to Georgetown to watch political rivals literally “bury the hatchet.”

It’s perhaps the last event of its kind in the United States, and it won the 2016 “Best Event” award at the Southern Delaware Tourism luncheon on Dec. 12.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is no stranger to the event. He said Delaware political candidates can look forward to the parade as soon as they win their primaries.

Nominations being accepted for Selbyville Town Council

With the Selbyville Town Council election on the horizon, candidates may now throw their hats in the ring.

The polls are scheduled to open Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Three positions are up for election, currently held by Mayor Clifton C. Murray, G. Frank Smith III and Clarence W. “Bud” Tingle Jr.

Each position carries a two-year term.

Barn Hill Preserve looking at location in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council at its regular meeting on Dec. 14 discussed the potential of an animal preserve operating within town limits, just off Route 26, following the receipt of a letter from Barn Hill Preserve.

County council members bid farewell to Deaver

This week’s Sussex County Council meeting was the last for longtime Councilwoman Joan Deaver, the outgoing District 3 representative, who was the first woman to be elected to the council.

Deaver left an impression on county, council

Joan Deaver did indeed have a voice before she joined Sussex County Council in 2008 — but she gained a much larger platform for her words the day she took office.

A really good gift is thought-out and personalized

Life is a quest.

It is a quest for knowledge. A quest for love. A quest for material possessions. And a quest for the perfect bottle of wine to share with your cat.

Letters to the Editor — December 16, 2016

Reader: Government has failed us locally

Editor:

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

Guest Column – Development challenges all progress in Inland Bays

The 35 square miles of Delaware’s Inland Bays make up a treasure all of us want to see thrive. As a new “State of the Bays” report from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays documents, there are encouraging signs that water quality in the bays is improving, and the report shows people from many corners are successfully reducing nutrient inputs in the bays’ watershed.

‘It’s the classical “Cinderella” with a twist’

SCHS presents classic show, plus children’s party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic fairytale story is coming to the stage at Sussex Central High School, as, for one weekend, the SCHS Take Two Drama Club will present “Cinderella.”

The show will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

“The classic fairytale has been turned into a moving, funny and magical story with a great score and a beautiful message about making your own pathway in life,” according to David Warick, director and SCHS drama instructor.

General admission costs $8 at the door. Students, seniors and military pay $5. Middle school students with ID are admitted on a special two-for-one ticket for $5. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. The box office opens at 1 p.m. for the matinee and 5:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

Civil War Profiles – Centenarian General Bisbee: A national hero

The Arlington National Cemetery website identifies William Henry Bisbee as “Brigadier General, United States Army.” Born in Woonsocket, R.I., in 1840, he followed his trade in retail merchandizing to Philadelphia, Delaware and Ohio while the storm clouds of domestic conflict were gathering.

Tripple OT: Is Jeff Fisher the Donald Trump of the NFL? One local sports reporter says, ‘Yeah, kind of’ (Hint: It’s me)

Jeff Fisher made the move from a city sort of near the “Big Easy” to a city sometimes referred to as the “Big Orange” with only one thing on the agenda: make the Los Angeles Rams great again.

IR wrestling ready for run at South championship, state duals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior John Keller, left, and senior Zeke Marcozzi, right, square up at practice on Friday, Dec. 9.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior John Keller, left, and senior Zeke Marcozzi, right, square up at practice on Friday, Dec. 9.Headed into the 2016-2017 season with a beefed-up roster, it’s no wonder that the Indian River High School wrestling team has some beefed up expectations as well — ready to take a run at both the Henlopen South title and the state duals this February.

With a number of key returning upperclassmen and a talented incoming freshman class, head coach Jeff Windish and his squad will have 34 wrestlers hit the mats this year — exactly double the size of last year’s squad, which totaled just 17.

“We have numbers this year — they can all contribute,” said Windish of the 13 freshmen joining the ranks, five or six of whom he said could crack the varsity lineup.

“We always set our exceptions high — we want to compete in the South, but we want to compete for a state title as well. This year, with the pieces coming together and if we continue to work the way that we’re working, I think that’s an obtainable goal.”

IR girls' hoops starts 3-1 after OT win over Delmar

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior forward Latayja Atkins goes up for what would end up the winning basket in overtime against Delmar on Friday, Dec. 9.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior forward Latayja Atkins goes up for what would end up the winning basket in overtime against Delmar on Friday, Dec. 9.The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team entered the 2016-2017 season determined to surpass their win total from the 2015-2016 season.

Just four games in their schedule, second-year head coach Donna Polk and her squad and already more than halfway to reaching that objective, jumping out to a 3-1 start after a 37-34 overtime victory against Delmar on Friday, Dec. 9.

“The goal is we have to be better than last year, and we always want to compete every game. That’s the first thing,” said Polk after the win over the Wildcats. “They’re more used to me, they understand the system — they came into practice excited to play basketball. That foundation is starting to be there, and they’re starting to understand what to expect.”

“Our main goal is to be better than we were yesterday,” added junior guard Fabrea McCray, one of the team’s co-captains this season, “to work together and to achieve more than we did last year.”

McCray is one of seven returners for the Indians this season, posting double-digit points in three of the first four games so far and leading the way along with senior co-captains Maggie Ford and Madi McGee.

Also returning to lineup are junior forwards Latayja Atkins and Braydee Whitman, junior guard Trayona Nock and sophomore center Julia Jordan.

Atkins was instrumental in last Friday’s win over Delmar, recording her first career double-double, with 23 points and 17 rebounds, also giving the Indians a 37-34 advantage when she put away a shot under the basket on an assist from Ford with just 0:34 left to go in overtime.

McGee first IR female athlete to receive Brian Piccolo award

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Madi McGee, left center, and Indian River High School field hockey coach Jodi Stone, right center, accept a $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic department from members of the Brian Piccolo Award committee on Friday, Dec. 9.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Madi McGee, left center, and Indian River High School field hockey coach Jodi Stone, right center, accept a $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic department from members of the Brian Piccolo Award committee on Friday, Dec. 9.It had only happened one other time in Indian River High School sports history.

And while the Indians have seen their fair share of finalists for the Brian Piccolo Award through the years, it had never been awarded to a female athlete.

Until Madi McGee.

The senior standout for the Indians in field hockey, basketball and softball made her way into the school history books recently, officially becoming the first female athlete at Indian River to receive the award honoring former Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo.

“I was so excited when I found out I won,” said McGee, who received the UNICO National Delaware District 1 award at a ceremony last month. “This recognition is great because of the meaning behind the award. And being the first female at IR to win this award is just awesome.”

The national award has been designed to recognize high school athletes of Italian heritage exemplifying “courage, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, anti-bias and a sense of humor,” since 1977.

Surfin’ Snowman 5K sends out 2016 with 2nd annual ‘twilight run’

Back in Bethany Beach for the fourth year, and the second for the area’s only “twilight run,” is the Surfin’ Snowman 5K and Santa’s Helper 2-mile Walk/Run, ready to ring in the New Year and help send out 2016 in style on Friday, Dec. 30.

IR’s Mais named ‘small school’ Assistant Coach of the Year

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Brandt Mais, left, and Steve Kilby show off the newest addition to the Indian River High School trophy case after Mais was named state ‘small school’ Assistant Coach of the Year.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Brandt Mais, left, and Steve Kilby show off the newest addition to the Indian River High School trophy case after Mais was named state ‘small school’ Assistant Coach of the Year.After the Indian River High School soccer team saw 12 players receive All Henlopen Conference honors, five players bring home All State honors, and senior Johan Cordoba named a Regional All American, the IR coaching staff also earned some post-season recognition when Brandt Mais was recently named the state “small school” Assistant Coach of the Year.

“I was very excited but very humbled as well,” Mais said of when he received the news of the honor.

“It’s really a team award, though — I didn’t get Assistant Coach of the Year by myself. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of the parents, players, the community, the coaching staff, everyone.”

Also named the Henlopen South Division Coach of the Year, Mais was recognized for stepping in earlier this season to take over for head coach Steve Kilby after he was sidelined from the pre-season with health issues.

Extra Points – December 16, 2016

Hair of the Dog/Exercise Like the Eskimos set for New Years’ Day

The sixth annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K and 21st Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge will return to Bethany Beach this New Years’ Day, with online registration open through Dec. 27.

IRSD denies allegations in discrimination lawsuit

Accused of racial discrimination at George Washington Carver Academy, the Indian River School district submitted its official response on Dec. 5, denying all claims of intentional wrongdoing at the alternative school.

Operation delivers holiday treats to soldiers overseas

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: One of the units that received the sweet treats from Mangini sent along a photo of thanks.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: One of the units that received the sweet treats from Mangini sent along a photo of thanks.For more than 10 years, Judy Mangini has been doing her part to support those serving her country overseas. Each holiday season since 2005, she has been mailing cookies to service military members stationed overseas.

“I have a cookie exchange at my house every year. I started that in 2004, and I had all these cookies left over and I don’t need them,” she said with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Had I thought ahead, I could ship what we had overseas to our men and women who are away during the holidays, so they can have a taste of home while their away.’ So, in 2005, I did just that.

“It’s just a way to show them that we truly appreciate the sacrifice that they’re making, as well as their families, to protect our freedoms and our liberties, as well as those in other countries.”

Organizers break ground on groundbreaking garden

Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.It all started in 2011 with a small cocktail party and a meeting at the library. Now, the governor and Delaware’s First Lady are attending groundbreakings and the endowment is growing for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

On the cool, sunny morning of Dec. 1, most of the leaves had fallen in Dagsboro, obscuring the ground where flowers will reappear next spring, and where miles of green briar have already been heaved out.

“The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will be a world-class, inspirational, educational and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware, created for the benefit and enjoyment of all,” their mission promises.

Missing grave decorations trouble families, volunteers

It was a beautiful ceremony at the Millsboro veterans’ cemetery. Sally Kubicki and her volunteers had just finished decorating the graves with Christmas greenery.

But an hour later, from inside the chapel, Kubicki was stunned to learn that someone was removing the wreaths. Families would return to the gravestones to discover the decorations were already gone.

School concerts offering holiday music to community

Children across the land have been preparing for the upcoming slate of holiday concerts almost as diligently as they’ve worked on their lists for Santa. Horns are tooting, drummers are drumming and singers are tuning their pipes in anticipation of the chance to shine in front of their families and friends and spread some holiday cheer while they’re at it.

O’Mara: Everyone needs clean water, but it takes a movement

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Former state Sen. George H. Bunting announces an environmental award while former DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara and his wife, Krishanti, share a laugh.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Former state Sen. George H. Bunting announces an environmental award while former DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara and his wife, Krishanti, share a laugh.Clean water isn’t a matter of environmentalists versus business versus farming. Everyone benefits, so clean water has to be considered “a value,” not a political issue, said Collin O’Mara, president/CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and former head of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control.

“There are a whole lot of things we could do if we were a lot more collaborative about it,” O’Mara said at the Nov. 30 Love Your Inland Bays Dinner, hosted by the Inland Bays Foundation.

Clean water must be considered an economic driver, not a nuisance, he said. For example, Realtors and builders rely on a healthy vision of the bays, which are currently “Look, but don’t touch,” as many of the waterways aren’t safe for swimming or fishing.

“You can’t have a thriving … community, unless you have access to clean water,” O’Mara said. “We know folks want to be close to those resources.”

Pie expanding, Artful Bean looking for new home

As soon as the New Year, part of Bethany Beach will have a new look, with Pie restaurant owners Dan Lewis and Robin Rankin and Artful Bean owners Rose O’Hanlan and Kim Warner reaching an agreement last week that would allow Pie to expand, while the Artful Bean looks for a new home.

Ocean View to celebrate season at the park

Aiming to spread holiday cheer, the Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual Holiday in the Park this weekend. The public is being invited to join in the festivities at John West Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Editorial – Botanic Gardens an example of determination

Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Pearl Harbor a day every American should know

It was 75 years ago on Dec. 7 when 353 aircraft flying under the flag of Imperial Japan launched an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

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