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Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

Ocean View named second-safest city in the state

For the last two years, the Town of Ocean View has been named the second-safest city in Delaware by SafeWise.

According to its website, SafeWise is an “independent review and comparison website dedicated to providing consumers with comparison tools, information, and educational materials about home security systems, home security monitoring, and home security techniques.”

Millville considers reducing taxes for annexation

Millville’s growing, and town officials are looking to attract even more development, so the town council is considering reducing taxes for new properties that annex into town.

The move started as part of an enticement package to encourage a recent 31-acre annexation along Windmill Drive and Dukes Drive, which the town council approved two weeks ago.

Historical society variances approved by Ocean View BoA

The Ocean View Historical Society is one step closer to building its replica Hall’s Store — what will serve as the group’s main hub at its historic complex located at 39 Central Avenue.

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E. McLaughlin strode onto the stage at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville last week and got right down to business.

McLaughlin, who served as deputy director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004 and acting director of the agency from July 2004 to September 2004, chose five topics involving national security on which to focus during his hour-long talk.

It was during McLaughlin’s time as acting CIA director that Richard Bloch, owner of the theater, met McLaughlin, Bloch had told the audience for the first lecture in the venue’s inaugural lecture series.

Bloch recalled meeting the longtime intelligence officer at a Washington, D.C., restaurant, where the two men talked about their mutual love of magic — which Bloch joked made McLaughlin’s lurking security detail nervous as the men discussed “secrets” — about magic, not national security.

Editorial — Opportunity at hand to recycle hard-to-recycle goods

As our calendars turn to October, and our wardrobes begin to take on a more autumnal flair, we often have to make some subtle changes around the house.

Letters to the Editor — Sept. 29, 2017

Accolades offered to first-responders

Editor:

In late August, I was attended to and transported to Beebe hospital by some very special people: Matt Farlow of the Sussex County EMS, and Brian McConalogue and Robert Steffens of the Millville volunteer fire department.

Civil War Profiles — The metamorphosis of Ulysses S. Grant

A person who failed at most things in life until he passed the age of 30 would not be expected to become president of the United States. Yet, that is what happened in the case of a young man from Point Pleasant, Ohio, whose parents, Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant, named him Hiram Ulysses when he was born on April 27, 1822.

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Scrabble fundraiser to help Literacy Delaware adult education

What wonderful words can you weave?

People who love letters can team up in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for a nonprofit helping teach adults to read.

Scrabble at the Beach is a happy-hour fundraiser for Literacy Delaware, which is based locally in Frankford, but operates statewide.

Century-old home to be featured as part of Coastal Towns Historic Tour

The Joanne Gichner House, built in the early 1900s, is one of seven historical homes on the Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Oct. 7.The Joanne Gichner House, built in the early 1900s, is one of seven historical homes on the Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Oct. 7.Tourgoers on the Ocean View Historical Society’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be able to stroll through the Joanne Gichner House — a large, stately Victorian — to see how its owners lovingly renovated a 100-year-old structure in keeping with its origins.

One of the home’s two functioning woodstoves remains in the front living room, very typical of Ocean View houses before electricity and central heating. Gichner and her late husband, Michael, purchased the home in the 1970s, remodeling the house twice by moving walls, modernizing the kitchen and turning the side porch into a full bath, foyer and laundry room, but keeping the original main staircase, front porch and main entry foyer.

Michael Gichner’s father, William Gichner, was the blacksmith at Iron Age Antiques (the building now houses the Salon on Central), and the Gichner living room showcases a one-of-a- kind iron quilt on a stand made by many blacksmiths to honor William Gichner on his 75th birthday. Tourgoers can also admire the rolltop desk in the family office.

IR blanks Caesar Rodney 3-0 in field hockey

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: The Indian River girls’ lacrosse team took down Caesar Rodney 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 26.Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: The Indian River girls’ lacrosse team took down Caesar Rodney 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 26.Indian River High School’s varsity field hockey team defeated Caesar Rodney’s Riders 3-0 on Tuesday, on the Indians’ home field. IR struck early and kept the ball in CR territory throughout most of the game.

“We connected right away. They kept up scoring throughout the game, which was nice,” described IR head coach Judi Stone.

Sophomore Avery Congleton hit two goals in the first half. Her first goal was at 27:00, her second at 16:55. Assisting were sophomore Rylie Cordrey and freshman Kayler Townsend.

According to Stone, having younger talent on her team is “awesome, because I get to keep them longer.”

In the second half, Indians freshman Morgan McGee hit the team’s final goal, with an assist by Cordrey.

IR outshot CR 8-2 and had six penalty corners to CR’s two. Although the Indians missed some shooting opportunities, Stone said she was pleased with her team’s offense.

Pickleball Points — Bangers versus the third-shot soft game

Special to the Coastal Point • Vaughn Baker: Anti-banger Rick Bell takes position in the No-Volley Zone.Special to the Coastal Point • Vaughn Baker: Anti-banger Rick Bell takes position in the No-Volley Zone.In pickleball lexicon, bangers are players who have learned to hit the ball as hard as they can in hopes of forcing their opponents to make an error. I must admit, it is great fun. But that strategy only takes them so far, until they run into a team who can consistently get into the net and volley, and their banging style then returns fewer wins.

The game that beats the bangers we refer to as “the soft game,” where the ball is returned softly into the “No-Volley Zone.”

While enjoying the new Big Chill Beach Club last week, I overheard two pickleballers discussing the merits of the soft pickleball-style game, versus the slamming game. The bigger fellow went on to say the people where he played didn’t hit the soft drop approach, but just slammed the ball, and as a result, he didn’t get a chance to play the soft game.

It was so difficult for me not to pipe up and say: “Pay attention. The soft game with the third shot isn’t played because it is fashionable or others play it — it is used precisely because their opponents are slamming the ball.”

Sussex Riptide athletes hold bike regatta ahead of Special Olympics race

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Sussex Riptide, a group of Sepcial Olympics Delaware participants, and the Ocean View Police Department took part in a bicycle regatta, traveling through Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 21.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Sussex Riptide, a group of Sepcial Olympics Delaware participants, and the Ocean View Police Department took part in a bicycle regatta, traveling through Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 21.Before the Special Olympics Cycling Classic at Dover Air Force Base on Sept. 23, Sussex Riptide athletes gathered at the Ocean View Police Department for a pre-race hurrah.

“This is a nice cooldown before the Dover race. When they get there, they’re amped up and ready to do — whereas this is more of a social event,” said Riptide coach Adam Rones.

“They all enjoy it — it’s a fun day for all of them,” added coach Tony Gough.

The athletes, with a full-blown escort from the Ocean View Police Department, pedaled from the OVPD all through Bear Trap — about a 45-minute ride — before returning to the police department for a celebratory pizza party.

“I like it,” said athlete Jillian Calanna, 23, who also participates in tennis and bowling. “I like being with the athletes and socializing.”

Salem United, Selbyville police team up for crime forum

This year, more than 150 Delaware deaths were suspected overdoses. And 2017 isn’t done.

So, Salem United Methodist Church and Selbyville Police Department partnered to host a community meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at Salem Center, the community hall behind the church sanctuary.

Rt. 54 citizens want a traffic signal, complain of rapid development

The Fire Marshal might have frowned at the number of people squeezed into Roxana Fire Hall on Sept. 19. But Route 54 residents hovered just under the 274 occupancy limit, showing just how concerned they are about traffic issues in their corner of Sussex County.

Unified police department proposal in Frankford’s court

Frankford may be facing a referendum in the coming weeks to substantially increase their property taxes, as it looks to team up with the Town of Dagsboro to unify their police departments.

Last week, the Towns of Dagsboro and Frankford held two public forums to discuss the possibility of a unified police department.

Bare recognized for rescuing animal control officer

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Dagsboro Patrolman Tyler Bare, third from left, receives his American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery award. With Bare, from left, is Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Dagsboro Patrolman Tyler Bare, third from left, receives his American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery award. With Bare, from left, is Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull.Going into dangerous situations is not an unusual situation for Dagsboro Police Patrolman Tyler A. Bare.

After graduating from high school, Bare joined the United States Marine Corps, serving as an MP, and completing a tour in Afghanistan.

Now a patrolman with the Dagsboro Police Department, Bare continues to go into dangerous situations on the home front.

Such was the case on June 6, when SusCom put out a call for officers to aid a Delaware animal control officer who was being actively attacked by a Pitbull terrier. Bare was the first on the scene.

“The dog was violently attacking an animal control officer to the point of near unconsciousness when Patrolman Bare arrived on the scene,” said Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey on Sept. 18. “He tried to kick the dog and the dog didn’t have any response to that at all.

Recent Millville annexation fills a gap on Windmill Drive

After a recent annexation, the Town of Millville is about 31 acres bigger and could someday be 95 houses heavier.

On Sept. 12, Millville Town Council approved annexation of 31.32 acres on Windmill Drive and Dukes Drive.

Millville by the Sea residents to expect official traffic survey

Residents of Millville by the Sea should be looking for an email survey soon, regarding traffic in the community. The developer needs public input for traffic issues before moving forward with the next MBTS neighborhood.

Cierkowski sought in lawn-ornament theft investigation

CierkowskiCierkowskiThe Ocean View Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Brent Cierkowski, 26, of Ocean View, in connection with lawn-ornament thefts in the area.

“They’re stealing whatever’s not tied down, unfortunately. And, it’s something they’ve been able to take to yard sales and flea markets and other locations and sell them readily,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Cierkowski, who is still wanted by police, has warrants charging him with two counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 year of age or older, two counts of theft under $1,500, three counts of trespass 3rd, one count of conspiracy 2nd, and two counts of conspiracy 3rd.

“Some of these lawn ornaments had some value. They were the concrete-type lawn ornaments. You see these concrete benches, things like that,” said McLaughlin.

Girl Scout troops honoring first-responders this Saturday

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting “Small Town, Big Heroes” on Saturday, Sept. 23 as a unique way to offer safety information for families and to pay tribute to the “everyday heroes” – police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials.

County extends CIB lease for James Farm preserve

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend their lease of the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the Center for the Inland Bays.

The 150-acre property, located on Cedar Neck Road just outside of Ocean View, offers visitors the change to enjoy seven different distinct habitats, walking trails and beach.

Brews by the Bay fundraiser taking place this weekend

The Big Chill Beach Club will be the site of the annual Brews By the Bay fundraiser this year.

Editorial — James Farm, CIB set to put future plans into action

The James Farm Ecological Preserve is one of the community’s special treasures.

Point of No Return — It doesn't always have to be negative, does it?

There is a lot of buzz around these fruited plains focused on the concept that we are now a nation divided.

Dagsboro residents question developer rental properties

The Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek property owners attended this week’s Dagsboro Town Council meeting to voice their concerns related to developer Fernmoor Homes renting out properties within the community.

Indian River band boosters selling discount cards for 2017-2018

Band cards are back!

For the new school year, Indian River High School Band Boosters have printed a new batch of discount band cards, which are available for $10 each.

People can show their card for discounts at about 35 area businesses, for pizza, fine dining, movies, music, pet shops, flowers, towing, toys, bowling and more. The card is good until Sept. 30, 2018.

Saturday's Tour de Sussex offers a scenic county bike tour

Enough with the cars — try seeing Sussex County by bike.

The fourth annual Tour de Sussex returns on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m., rain or shine. It’s sponsored by Delaware Technical Community College. Proceeds will provide scholarships for Workforce Development students.

Civil War Profiles — A bloody day for Delawareans at Antietam

During the Civil War, there were a number of events that occurred that were considered “turning points,” or indicators that one side or the other had taken a significant step toward victory. One such event was a battle in Maryland in September 1862 that the South called “Sharpsburg” after the closest town, and the North labeled “Antietam” for a creek on the battleground.

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