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ITN Southern Delaware offers affordable, safe rides for seniors

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride from Point A to Point B can be a breeze with the transportation cooperative ITN Southern Delaware.

“This was borne out of an idea [Nancy Feichtl] had. She was approaching her senior years and wondered how she would get around. So she started exploring options for some kind of transportation options for seniors, because the alternatives are limited,” said Janis Hanwell, executive director of ITN Southern Delaware. “Through her research, she came across ITN America, a national nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments.”

The Southern Delaware branch of ITN was begun in August 2015, with the first rides being provided on Dec. 1, 2015.

“At that time, we had 12, 15 active drivers and about 50 members. Today, we have close to 60 volunteer drivers and closer to 200 rider-members, said Hanwell, noting that the co-op surpassed 1,000 rides in December 2016.

Tripple Overtime: These NFL teams should consider these fictional movie characters in the upcoming NFL Draft

You know that guy with the hair and the glasses that’s always on ESPN, talking about which teams should take what players in the NFL Draft, even when it’s like, half a calendar year or so off from actually going down? Well that guy’s name is Mel Kiper Jr., and I met him one time.

‘McCoy Story 2’

IR grad makes splash during freshmen season at RMC

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lauren McCoy, left center, with teammates Laney Sanchez, Lindsei Hamilton, and Megan Granger, after the ODAC championships in February.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lauren McCoy, left center, with teammates Laney Sanchez, Lindsei Hamilton, and Megan Granger, after the ODAC championships in February.It was the first event of the first meet of her collegiate career when Lauren McCoy placed first in the 50-yard freestyle.

The same day, the Indian River High School graduate and current Randolph-Macon College freshman would go on to see first-place finishes in the 200-medley relay and 200-free relay, helping the Yellow Jackets’ women’s swim team to a 133-39 win over Sweet Briar to start the season.

While her NCAA debut may have been impressive, it may also have not be surprising to fans of the Indian River High School swim team, where McCoy was no stranger to first-place finishes and setting school records in the girls’ 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, and multiple relay events just last season.

A three-time All-Conference selection at IR, McCoy’s resume in the pool eventually caught the attention of RMC scouts, and her eventually signing with the Yellow Jackets last February to become the first female swimmer in school history to continue her swimming career at the next level.

IR’s Collins signs with Averett University to play softball

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Makenzie Collins with her family after signing with Averett University to play softball last Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Makenzie Collins with her family after signing with Averett University to play softball last Thursday.Just days after having to mourn the loss of her favorite glove, Indian River High School senior Makenzie Collins got some much-needed cause for celebration, signing her official NCAA letter of intent to play softball at Averett University last week.

“I guess I’ll have to find a new glove but I was really glad to have my team and my family here with all of my coaches,” Collins said of the event held at IR last Thursday, April 13.

The day had been a long time in the making for Collins, after witnessing former teammates Rachel Hudson and Karlie Smith hold their own signing day a few years ago and aspiring to one day achieve the same.

“I know when Karlie and Rachel signed when I was a freshman, I saw that as motivation,” Collins explained, noting that she, too, hopes to be able to inspire some of her younger teammates. “I just want to be a good role model and mentor for the younger girls. I’d like to really help them get to their best.”

Extra Points — April 21, 2017

Josetti nets eight in IR boys’ lax win over Lake Forest

Junior attackman Cole “the Machete” Josetti racked up eight goals and three assists as the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team took Lake Forest into halftime up 15-1 and went on to an eventual 23-3 win on Wednesday, April 12.

Pickle-pro Sarah Ansboury to appear at Sports at the Beach

Next month, local pickleballers and even those ready to pick up a paddle for the first time will have a chance to learn firsthand from one of the game’s best, when the reigning Women’s Mixed Doubles Pickleball National Champion Sarah Ansboury makes her way to the first state for a week-long tour.

DCHS forms first boys’ high-school volleyball team in area

Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Matt Kwiatkowski, left, and Jim Berger, right, and team members Brayden Smith, Wyatt Kwiatkowski, A.J. Kwiatkowski, Ben Little, Liam Catron, Evan Timko, Parker Giltner, Jordan Flaherty, Josh Azeltine, Seth Stevens and Garrett DeVault.Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Matt Kwiatkowski, left, and Jim Berger, right, and team members Brayden Smith, Wyatt Kwiatkowski, A.J. Kwiatkowski, Ben Little, Liam Catron, Evan Timko, Parker Giltner, Jordan Flaherty, Josh Azeltine, Seth Stevens and Garrett DeVault.In fall of 2016, buzz started through the halls, in the classrooms, and on the court at Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) about a boys’ volleyball team. DCHS Athletic Director and girls’ volleyball coach Jim Berger had a difficult decision on his hands: Begin a new sports program at DCHS, or let the idea fall to the wayside.

“When the subject was brought to my attention, I was a bit wary, but there was a large group of boys interested in starting a team,” said Berger. “I had 20 students come to the interest meeting, none of which were seniors.”

After the first meeting was held, Berger made a few phone calls, researched club boys’ volleyball teams and prayed on it. Soon after, he realized what was in store for the 2017 spring sports season: a Delmarva Christian boys’ volleyball team.

Crooks named Delaware School Counselor of the Year

Coastal Point • Submitted: Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School was recently named 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.Coastal Point • Submitted: Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School was recently named 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School has been named the 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.

The award was given on April 10 by the Delaware School Counselor Association during its annual spring conference. Prior to winning the overall state award, Crooks was named Middle School Counselor of the Year by the DSCA in February.

Crooks came to Georgetown Middle School as a school counselor in 2009 after spending the previous two years as a counselor at Georgetown Elementary School. She is a member of Georgetown Middle’s Instructional Leadership Team and is the school’s AVID site team coordinator. One of her priorities during the past nine years has been taking GMS students on visits to college campuses. During that time, she has accompanied more than 350 students on visits to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, Delaware Technical & Community College, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland.

Crooks is co-chair of the Sussex County Inter-Agency Council for Children and Families and a middle school representative for the Delaware Goes to College Advisory Council. She also served as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University in 2015-2016.

This is the second consecutive year, and third overall, that an Indian River School District counselor has won the state award. Other state winners were Cheryl Carey in 2016 and Lisa Hunt in 2005. It is also the fourth consecutive year that an IRSD counselor has won either the elementary or middle school Counselor of the Year award. Other district winners were Carey (2016 and 2007), Jan Bomhardt (2015), Cathy Showell (2014), Dawn Brasure (2009) and Hunt (2005).

School board approves $2.4M in budget cuts

The Indian River School District is making budget reductions, from administrative positions down to performing arts.

The board of education has begun voting on budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year. Although the official budget won’t be approved until June, they’ve begun planning.

Burton to serve 30 years for Bennett murder

Matthew BurtonMatthew BurtonOn Wednesday, April 5, Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton admitted to having committed the rape and murder of Nicole Bennett nearly five years ago.

As reported by the Cape Gazette newspaper, Delaware Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley asked Burton if he raped and murdered Bennett.

“Yes,” replied Burton.

Burton, who was 28 at the time of the murder, is now 33. Last week, he pled guilty to second-degree murder, being sentenced to 40 years, suspended after 15 years, and second-degree rape, for which he was sentenced to 25 years, also suspended after 15.

As a result, Burton will serve a total of 30 years in a Level 5 prison facility, with credit for time served, after which he will serve 20 years on probation.

Utilities workers unearth leaky gas tank in Selbyville

A forgotten underground fuel tank in Selbyville was discovered to be leaking gasoline, officials reported this week.

Ocean View council approves budget without tax increase

The residents of Ocean View will not have a town tax increase this year, after the town council unanimously approved its 2018-fiscal-year budget at its Tuesday meeting with no tax increase involved.

The budget approval came following a final budget workshop last Thursday, April 6, at which the council reviewed its fifth budget draft for the year.

Mariner’s Bethel to mark Good Friday with cross walk

It’s about a 2-mile walk from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View to the Bethany Beach boardwalk, but on Friday, April 14, a trek from one to the other represents a faith tradition more than 2,000 years old.

OVHS to host yard party for Evans-West House dedication

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” And for the Ocean View Historical Society, the preservation of history is important when looking to the future.

Millsboro Chamber preparing to light up the sky in July

No, those won’t be the Northern Lights people will see in the heavens above Millsboro on Saturday, July 1. They will be fireworks.

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Millsboro Stars & Stripes, a patriotic celebration of all things Independence Day, and everyone is invited.

Editorial — Burton penalty is not appropriate for his crime

Nicole Bennett was a 35-year-old Millsboro woman who worked at Bay Shore Babies and SPLASH in Gumboro during the summer of 2012. She had a husband and three daughters, their ages ranging from 11 years to 15 months old. She was living a life that many in this community happily live — work, family, church.

Point of No Return — Spring has indeed sprung, and it is awesome

It was like the beginning of a zombie movie — only with a lot more smiles and dramtically less body decay.

Letters to the Editor — April 14, 2017

Responders getting social organization

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to active and retired emergency-services workers and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Disciples to tell their tale in ‘Living Last Supper’

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Jesus Christ’s disciples tell their stories in the ‘Living Last Supper’ performance at Millville U.M. Church. This year’s actors include, from left, Tom Maly, Chuck Erbe, Rich Spina, George Townsend, Bob Heird, David Long, the Rev. Brad Schutt, Garland Saville, Joe Skinner, Richard Shoobridge, Lee Brubaker and Donald Maeby.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Jesus Christ’s disciples tell their stories in the ‘Living Last Supper’ performance at Millville U.M. Church. This year’s actors include, from left, Tom Maly, Chuck Erbe, Rich Spina, George Townsend, Bob Heird, David Long, the Rev. Brad Schutt, Garland Saville, Joe Skinner, Richard Shoobridge, Lee Brubaker and Donald Maeby.Art and religion come to life in the “Living Last Supper,” the story of Jesus Christ’s disciples, which will be presented April 12 and 13 by Millville United Methodist Church.

The one-hour performance begins with Jesus revealing that one of his disciples will betray him. The men are startled into the pose of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1498 painting “The Last Supper.”

One by one, each of the apostles tells his story, about life beforehand and how Jesus personally impacted them. Audiences will hear their regrets and the moments that moved them.

“It explains to the people what the people went through when they met Jesus, … plus after he was crucified,” said Joe Skinner, who plays Phillip.

“It humanizes the character we’re playing. It brings them to life,” said Rich Spina, who plays Andrew.

Burbage retires from South Bethany after 33 years

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: For her years of service, Dee Burbage received tributes from state Rep. Ron Gray, left, and state Sen. Gerald Hocker on behalf of the Delaware State Legislature.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: For her years of service, Dee Burbage received tributes from state Rep. Ron Gray, left, and state Sen. Gerald Hocker on behalf of the Delaware State Legislature.Once, a Missouri man walked into South Bethany Town Hall, utterly lost. He had driven around for two hours, looking for the ocean. The staff were politely baffled. Finally, they asked if he had driven over the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

“Yes,” he said.

“Well, that was the ocean,” Town Clerk Dee Burbage replied.

For 33 years, Burbage has been the welcoming face at South Bethany Town Hall. On April 4, Deloris “Dee” Burbage retired from her position as town clerk.

Regardless of silly questions and sometimes cranky residents, Burbage has served the public for the past 33 years.

“You just learn to laugh with them or say, ‘OK — let me figure that out,’” Burbage said. “For the most part, people are nice.”

Civil War Profiles — April 14: Requiem for a day of ‘horror & grief’

On April 18, 1865, the New York Times reported that abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher had delivered an “eloquent and impressive” oration at Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 14, 1863, in commemoration of the American flag once again flying from its mast. The surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and his army at Appomattox, Va., on April 9 had heartened the hearts of Union supporters that the war would soon end.

Bethany Beach Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy Lucy said will bring together entertainment and education in a way that is sure to please all its visitors.

Bunny Palooza! races, chili cook-off to raise funds for QRCF

Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!Coastal Point • Submitted : The crew from Smitty McGee’s at last year’s Bunny Palooza!The person who can hop (or run or walk) to the finish line faster than all the other bunnies at the Bunny Palooza 10K/5K, will go home with an award, and even those who aren’t the speediest rabbit at the Saturday, April 15, event will be able to hunt up some fun and funds for a local cause.

Bunny Palooza is now in its fifth year as a community event and fundraiser for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s scholarship fund and grant programs.

“We were just looking for something new,” said QRCF President Brigit Taylor, following years of running golf tournaments to raise funds for the organization.

“Running and walking and community events seemed to be the trend,” Taylor said. So, the 10K run and 6K run/walk were chosen as the QRCF’s new fundraiser. Next, the QRCF set about finding a time for its new event that wouldn’t conflict with other community events.

‘Let the journey begin’

Arlett, Martin ready to ship off to Naval Academy after making IR history

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Indian River High Schools seniors George Martin, left, and Jared Arlett, announced their official appointments to the United States Naval Academy at IR on Thursday.After moving to Delaware from Severna Park, Md., in the sixth grade, George Martin walked into Mrs. O’Shields’ sixth-grade science class on his first day at Selbyville Middle School, not knowing anyone, and sat down next to a young baseball-player-turned-wrestler by the name of Jared Arlett.

Little did either Martin or Arlett know then that their first conversation that day would end up being first of many more just like it, and one that would end up foreshadowing both of their hopeful futures.

“We were talking, and I asked him where he was from. At the time, I had no idea where Severna Park was,” Arlett recalled with a laugh. “He told me it was right outside of Annapolis, and I said, ‘Oh, that’s right by the Naval Academy. I think I kind of want to go there.’”

“Yeah. I think I kind of want to go there, too,” is how Martin had answered.

Music lessons offered to expand homeschool learning

Homeschooling gives families the freedom to better control their kids’ education. But they can lack some musical experiences, such as chorus and band lessons. So, starting this fall, longtime high school music teacher Mark Marvel will offer private daytime music lessons to individual students.

Hall draws outside the lines as Showell Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall recently received recognition as the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall recently received recognition as the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall didn’t always want to teach art.

“I went through a medical-thriller book phase” as a teen, she said. “I wanted to be an epidemiologist.”

She also had a fondness for art. however, and “I always loved my elementary school art teachers. I always used to play school, too.”

And in her junior year in high school, Hall said, “something just clicked.” She majored in elementary education at Frostburg State University and followed that with a master’s degree at George Mason University in “initiatives in educational transformations,” which involved work on bringing visiting artists to schools on Delmarva.

Hall is the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Phillip Showell. She has been at the Selbyville elementary school for five years. During that time, she spent two years without a classroom of her own, pushing her “art cart” from room to room throughout the day.

“It was actually a really good thing for me. It made me be really organized!” she said. Now, however, Hall has her own room, the walls of which are brimming with recent student work.

She is also certified as a special-education teacher and spends part of each week “pushing in” to special-education classrooms. While her work as the school’s art teacher allows her to work with every student in the school each week, she said she also enjoys her special-education classwork, in which she works one-on-one with students or with small groups.

Tripple Overtime: Strange superstitions Pt. II in honor of Makenzie Collins’ lucky glove (RIP)

I was standing on the sidelines, trying to keep potential line drives coming off the bat of Indian River High School sophomore 1B Samantha Mayfield from eliminating my own personal map, when IR senior shortstop Makenzie Collins’ glove… kind of died.

‘Z for Vendetta’

Tech-transfer Lowman key in Indians 2-1 win over Ravens

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tech transfer Zena Lowman, right, celebrates with IR senior midfielder Maggie Ford, left, after putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first half of Tuesday’s game against her old school.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Tech transfer Zena Lowman, right, celebrates with IR senior midfielder Maggie Ford, left, after putting the Indians up 1-0 in the first half of Tuesday’s game against her old school.Just think, “Elephants are purple.”

That’s the advice that Indian River High School Athletic Director and former Lynchburg College goalkeeper Todd Fuhrmann gave IR junior goalkeeper Fabrea McCray on trying to move past a score and get back in the game.

So, when Sussex Tech senior defender Ashley Nichols tied the game against IR on Tuesday, April 11, in the 55th minute on a long-looming free-kick shot off the outstretched fingertips of McCray, that’s exactly what she did to try to keep the Indians in it.

“It was good goal. I was kind of upset, because I train for those, but I knew that in order to win the game I couldn’t be in my own mind,” said McCray. “Right then and there, I knew that I didn’t have time to beat myself up, because my team needed me.”

Indians blast undefeated Delmar in six, move to 2-0 in South

Snyder tallies first career IR homer

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins, right, slides safe back into second during Monday's 12-2 win over Delmar.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert : Senior shortstop Makenzie Collins, right, slides safe back into second during Monday's 12-2 win over Delmar.Headed into their Monday, April 10, matchup at division rival Indian River High School, the Delmar High School softball team was not only undefeated on the season, but ranked No. 2 in the state.

As has been the M.O. of the Indians during the tenure of fourth-year head coach Erika Murphy however, records and rankings don’t typically find their way into the game plan.

That philosophy was put on display on Monday afternoon, as the Indians ran wild on the ’Cats, racking up 18 hits and handing the state’s No.2-ranked squad their first loss of the season in six innings, by the final score of 12-2.

“We did the little things right today,” said Murphy after the game. “We kept their runners off the bases. We didn’t have as many free passes. We didn’t have as many errors. We just hit the ball. When you can string hits together, good things happen.”

Lydic takes third at Augusta in National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge

Coastal Point Photos: Submitted by Drive, Chip & Putt: Lord Baltimore Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Lydic takes a swing in front of the crowd at Augusta National during the Drive, Chip & Putt finals on Sunday, April 2.Coastal Point Photos: Submitted by Drive, Chip & Putt: Lord Baltimore Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Lydic takes a swing in front of the crowd at Augusta National during the Drive, Chip & finals on Sunday, April 2.It was the officially decreed “Sarah Lydic Day” in the town of Ocean View when the 11-year-old Lord Baltimore Elementary School student teed off at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga., for the National Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge, taking third place against some of the best young golfers in the country.

In the girls’ 10-11 division, Lydic finished with a score of 5 in the drive category, 8 in the chip category and 8.5 in the putting category, which tied fourth-place overall finisher Kate Bennett of Fort Worth, Texas, for a category-high.

“I am happy about my performance overall,” said Lydic of the event held on Sunday, April 2.

“I was confident that I had prepared the best I could, and excited to compete and do my best at such a nice golf course,” she continued. “Of my six shots, I hit two great drives, two solid chips and one really great putt. The second putt just wouldn’t stop rolling and ended up a few feet past the hole.”

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