Festival Hispano to celebrate 20 years in Sussex County

Festival Hispano will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro. El Centro Cultural will be celebrating the 20th year of Festival Hispano in Sussex County.

Millsboro Country Festival to return this fall

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.This September, the Millsboro Country Festival will return to bring fun and a little redneck flair to the town for a second year.

“We do live in a rural country setting, even though we do have shopping centers around us. Still, the heart of this area is a farming community,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “We just thought it was a perfect idea for this area.”

The festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the W.B. Atkins Little League Field in town. Tickets will cost $5 for adults, while children may attend the event free of charge.

New this year, Fast Action Motor Sports Entertainment, out of Dover, will be on hand, offering attendees the chance to enjoy motor sports three different ways.

Tickets on sale for Dirt Road Outlawz concert in Millsboro

Attention country music fans: The Dirt Road Outlawz will be holding a special concert at the Millsboro Town Center on Aug. 16.

Millsboro Chamber to host spelling bee June 12

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce is set to test the spelling acumen of local teams, with its team spelling bee competition, set for June 12.

“When I was president, I was looking for a new event. I looked around at many other Chambers around the country, and that was one that caught my eye,” explained Mitch Rogers, a member of the Chamber.

Millsboro seeks candidates for June council election

The Town of Millsboro is currently seeking candidates to run in the June town council election, to serve as representatives for Districts 2 and 3, and as at-large representative. The Town’s election will be held on Saturday, June 14, from 1 until 7 p.m.

Millsboro Town Council discusses speed-limit concerns

Earlier this week, residents of Plantation Lakes spoke to the Millsboro Town Council about their concern regarding the speed along west Route 24 in front of their development.

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.

Great Race to make a stop in Millsboro on June 24

Millsboro will host a lunch stop on the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, on Tuesday, June 24, race promoters announced this week. The Great Race, an old car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Millsboro’s town hall for the $150,000 event.

Flag Day ceremony planned in Millsboro

A Flag Day ceremony, presented by the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, will take place on Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way in Millsboro.

Millsboro woman killed, another injured in crash near Millsboro

A Millsboro woman was killed and another injured in a crash on Banks Road near Millsboro on Tuesday evening.

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.

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.

Millsboro Chamber to hold annual Easter egg hunt

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at Cupola Park.

“Over the four years I’ve been involved in it, we’ve seen a tremendous growth,” said Chamber Executive Director Amy Simmons. “I think the first year out we had about 100 kids, and last year we had over 300.”

Millsboro approves zoning request, produce stand

The committee designated to review a request for a daycare facility in a residential zone in Millsboro has recommended the Millsboro Town Council approve the request.

“The committee met again, and I think this time we have a resolution,” said Councilman Jim Petruzella.

Millsboro Downtown Partnership decides to take hiatus

Community members, Millsboro residents and business owners met with state officials last week to have an open discussion about local issues and needs. During the meeting, Jessica Wiggins — president of the nonprofit Millsboro Downtown Partnership (MDP) and owner of Blue Water Grill — announced that the MDP would be taking a break from its efforts to revitalize the town.

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

During the March 20 meeting at Blue Water Grill, Markell said Delaware must invest in its roads and bridges.

Clapping allowed:East Millsboro teacher inspires with fun and encouragement

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: East Millsboro Elementary School teacher Jason Orlen strives to make learning fun for his fifth-grade students. His efforts has landed him the school’s Teacher of the Year honors.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: East Millsboro Elementary School teacher Jason Orlen strives to make learning fun for his fifth-grade students. His efforts has landed him the school’s Teacher of the Year honors.Teacher Jason Orlen knows that kids are more engaged in a fun classroom.

“Just making learning fun. Who wants to sit here all day if they’re bored? Not me, and I have to be here all day long,” he said.

Orlen’s fun and encouraging classroom helped him become 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at East Millsboro Elementary School.

“When I was growing up, you didn’t hear” singing and clapping in the classroom, said the fifth-grade teacher. “But if you play them a song,” he said, kids will remember anything. Recently in math class, he was surprised to hear students burst into a song about equations, which they had learned months ago.

He makes up silly songs, dances on desks or anything else he can devise to make a lesson memorable.

“No matter how old you get, you can still kid around,” Orlen said.

Millsboro Chamber offers scholarship to seniors

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce is offering Dagsboro and Millsboro high-school seniors the chance to receive one of two $1,000 scholarships.

“You do have to be attending a two- or four-year higher-learning center,” explained Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s executive director.

Millsboro art league hosting spring art competition and show

The Gallery at Millsboro Art League (MAL) is currently filled with artwork by members and other area artists. The Spring Art Show, including work by both professional and emerging artists, will be on display through March 28 in the MAL gallery at 203 Main Street in Millsboro.

Millsboro artists capture life in color

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A close-up of Darla Hilton’s, ‘Insomnia.’Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A close-up of Darla Hilton’s, ‘Insomnia.’Color popped from the depths of works in Millsboro Art League’s 2014 Art Show & Contest. From warm-red parrots and orange-speckled ocean waves to expertly applied watercolors, many of the artists displayed a vibrant side.

Winners in the professional category were Gail Zinar (first), Sandra Moore (second) and Eddie Fillmyre (third). Winners in the emergent artists category included Theresa Fazzalaro (first), Sella LeGates (second) and Tom Keeley (third).

Judging was difficult, but fun and overall “rewarding because there is a lot of talent,” said judge and Rehoboth-based artist Jane Knaus. “Things that look easy are very hard. We in this area are spoiled because there is so much good art.”

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Millsboro Chamber prepares for annual bridal show

Brides-to-be will be heading to Millsboro this Saturday for the 19th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show.

Held on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, the show offers something for everyone, while planning their special “I dos.”

Approximately 30 wedding vendors will be in attendance, offering entertainment, transportation, makeup, dresses and more.

Millsboro Automart gets facelift

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Millsboro Automart’s newly rennovated showroom boasts fun automotive memororabilia that can be enjoyed by customers while shopping for a new or used car.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Millsboro Automart’s newly rennovated showroom boasts fun automotive memororabilia that can be enjoyed by customers while shopping for a new or used car.Millsboro Automart has been a part of the Preston Automotive Group family of dealerships since 1987. Now, after months of renovations, their new facility is complete, accommodating more than 120 used vehicles on the lot, as well as five service bays that accept all makes and models of vehicles.

“We really have something special in Millsboro,” said Dave Wilson Sr., owner and president of Preston Automotive Group. “Not only do we have a one-of-a-kind dealership in the nation, but it is also a museum.”

Inside the new facility, the focus is on a fun atmosphere, complete with checkerboard flooring and décor featuring old car memorabilia.

“That was done by the owner,” said Van Salter, director of operations for Preston Automotive group. “We really didn’t have a superintendent on the job. Everything on the inside was his vision.”

Millsboro Art League to host Spring Art Competition

The Millsboro Art League (MAL) has released a call for artists for its Spring Art Competition & Show, to be held March 2-28 in the MAL gallery at 203 Main Street in Millsboro.

Memorial Day flags offer chance to honor any hero

When Harriet Windsor drove through Lewes last spring, she was amazed to see 300 full-sized American flags waving together for Memorial Day.

That’s what she wants to bring to Route 113.

The Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club has begun its first Flags for Heroes fundraiser. People can sponsor a 3-by-5-foot flag to be displayed, honoring a hero of their choice.

Millsboro officials discuss zoning, water credits

The Millsboro Town Council this week voted to approve on a first reading a proposed amendment to the Medium-Density Residential (MR) district, after Richard and Jennifer Spinks requested to open an early childhood development center on West State Street.

Appeal filed over Pinnacle Way remediation plan

Citizens’ group Protecting Our Indian River (POIR) and the Inland Bays Foundation Inc. have submitted an appeal to the Delaware Environmental Appeals Board after the Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) recent approval of a remediation plan for the former Vlasic pickle plant near Millsboro.

Millsboro Chamber of Commerce to hold sock hop Feb. 1

Calling all chickies, cool cats, greasers and motor heads! If you’re looking for a good time out on the town, then look no further. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Millsboro Sock Hop.

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