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Lawmakers mull voting

State legislators are tossing around a few options for increased representation on Sussex County Council these days, although it remains to be seen which version will find its way through both houses of the Delaware General Assembly.

County council unveils 2006 budget

County Administrator Bob Stickels gave the public a first look as he introduced the proposed fiscal 2006 budget, and sewer fees, at the May 17 county council meeting. This year’s theme was “Growth Continues,” although the general fund spending actually grew at a modest rate of 2.83 percent — to $53.3 million (combined county, state and federal monies).

Jordan honors Elvis and his automobiles

“If there was ever one entertainer who really loved his automobiles, it was Elvis Presley,” said restaurateur Al Jordan of Jordan’s Rooftop Restaurant at 138th St. and Coastal Highway, in Ocean City, Md., who will be hosting two Elvis concerts on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. during Cruisin’ Weekend.

IRHS students compete

Eight Indian River High School students competed in the Business Professionals of America 2004-2005 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on April 22-25. Each student earned an invitation to Anaheim by placing in the top three or five of events at the BPA State Conference in Dover on March 3-4.

DNREC sets workshop on revised strategy

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) opted to hold three additional public workshops this month on revisions to the proposed pollution control strategy (PCS) for the Inland Bays. The department is encouraging public attendance and participation at the workshops.

The final and most local of the three is set for Tuesday, May 24, at the Roxana fire hall.

Golf tournament to benefit Wellness Community

The 1st Annual Jake’s Seafood House Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, at the Marsh Island Golf Club to benefit The Wellness Community-Delaware. Enjoy fabulous prizes, a buffet luncheon and drinks afterward at Jakes’ Seafood House on Route 1, Rehoboth Beach. Golfers may register to play for $60 per person, including green’s fees and cart. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Audit proceeding in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach’s annual audit process is getting a major overhaul this year, with both a new auditing firm and a new set of standards to which the town’s books — and those of many other towns — will be held.

UD studies debate over windmills

Wind farms are nothing new to some parts of the United States, where tall, white wind turbines with their giant propellers tower over the landscape, generating electricity with every sweep of the blades.

Volunteers being recruited

If you’re curious about blue crabs and live either near the Delaware Bay or Delaware’s Inland Bays, then you may be interested in volunteering to help marine scientists at the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies. The scientists are working to understand the population dynamics of the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.

Five vie for Bethany council seat

For the second time in six months, Bethany Beach Town Council members are faced with the decision of who best to replace one of their own.

Sometimes you can buy good taste

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Taste of Coastal Delaware. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Taste of Coastal Delaware will be in a festive, tented area at the Marketplace at Sea Colony, Route 1, and Bethany Beach.

Celebrate Armed Forces Day at Northside Park

The Love of America Committee will host a commemoration and dedication ceremony at Northside Park, Ocean City, Md. (127th Street and the bay) on Armed Forces Day — Saturday May 21.

Public asked to report sick or dead birds

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Mosquito Control Section is again asking the public to help in the state’s surveillance and monitoring efforts for West Nile virus by reporting sick or dead wild birds that may have been stricken or killed by West Nile virus — a mosquito-borne disease of considerable concern to human health and unvaccinated horses.

Millville ER opens for the summer

The Millville Emergency Center, a Beebe emergency department satellite, will open for 24-hour-a-day service on Saturday, May 28. Beebe’s Sharon Harmon said they’d extended their season a bit last year, but found the move unsustainable and would close on Labor Day (Sept. 5) this year.

Center staff cared for 5,245 patients at the Route 26 location (next to Food Lion) last summer.

Contractors rally for cancer with project

Families dealing with the trauma of a loved one’s struggle against cancer, more than anyone else, need a place to find some peace and solitude. They may soon have an opportunity to escape to the beach for a respite.

Volunteers needed to monitor water quality

The University of Delaware Sea Grant Program is initiating a new program to monitor the water quality in Delaware’s Broadkill River watershed, which includes the town of Milton and parts of Lewes, Georgetown and Ellendale, as well as Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge.

Bits and Pieces

Bethany Beach museum looking for items

The Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) is preparing for the re-opening of the town museum in its new quarters in the town hall, and members are seeking artifacts pertinent to the history of Bethany Beach for addition to the town’s collection.

DNREC revises pollution regulations

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) personnel hosted another public workshop in Dewey Beach on May 17, once again explaining pending pollution control regulations, and recent revisions thereto.

Attention Retired Dentists

Volunteer dentists are needed for a non-profit located at The Stockley campus between Millsboro and Georgetown. Sussex Smiles Dental Care, Inc. is a startup, faith-based organization treating low-income Sussex County adults, ages 18 to 64. Many of the patients qualify for Medicaid or SSI disability, but there is no dental coverage past age 20 in Delaware.

Dredging project hits another snag

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) plans to dredge the 3.9-mile Assawoman Canal may have entered a new season of delay.

DNREC and Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) attorneys wrapped up testimony last month, following the latest Sierra Club appeal of the department’s latest permit issuance to start work.

Fenwick restaurant offers a bite ... and view

According to Shark’s Cove owner Eddie O’Malley, the view is the easy part. This upper story restaurant, just west of the “Fenwick Ditch” (and around the block on Bennett Avenue) hosts a natural panorama on the Little Assawoman Bay, and plenty of glass.

Manhunt ends in suicide

Residents and employees of Bethany Beach continue this week to wonder what happened to their neighbor and co-worker, 34-year-old Robert L. Wynn, to cause him to apparently kill his former fiancée and her current boyfriend in the woman’s Harbeson home on Saturday, May 7.

Fenwick considers outdoor dining seating

Fenwick Island Town Council Member and Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) Chairman Harry Haon asked his committee members a simple question: Was there a way for the town to allow restaurateur Gabby Mancini to accomplish the business goals he had in mind in asking the town to allow an outside eating area at Mancini’s?

State hosts soy biodiesel affair at marina

Soy biodiesel found its way to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard on May 9 as state officials and United Soybean Board (USB) representatives celebrated the clean-burning fuel’s introduction at the Indian River marina.

Cottage Tour rolling right along

The 14th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, July 27 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner is once again serving as the honorary chairman of this popular event.

Coast Guard open house at Indian River

Saturday, May 21 is Armed Forces Day, and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary (volunteer arm of the Coast Guard) and USCG proper will mark the occasion with an open house at the Indian River Inlet station.
The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and highlight National Safe Boating Week.

Roxana Wesleyan holds auction

The Roxana Wesleyan Church will hold an auction plus bake sale on Friday, May 20, to raise funds for the youth group.

Roxana Wesleyan hopes to send the youth group to church camp this summer (Denton, Md.) and to the denominational youth convention later in the year. Toward that end, the church is asking local businesses to consider donating auction items.

Bethany museum shaping up, seeking items

Work on Bethany Beach’s town museum is proceeding apace, with the museum’s space in the town hall lobby now sporting a fresh coat of cranberry and tan paint.

Workers from museum installation firm Lynch Industries are due to complete installation of the museum’s cases, computer kiosk and display panels before a Memorial Day deadline, just in time for the town’s summer season.

23rd annual Families in Crises Conference to be held on May 13

Individuals and organizations focused on improving the quality of Delmarva’s social service delivery will gather at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus on Friday, May 13 for the 23rd annual Families in Crisis Conference.

DNREC schedules workshops on new pollution regulations

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will hold two additional public workshops this month on revisions to the proposed Pollution Control Strategy (PCS) for the Inland Bays. The department encourages public attendance and participation.

• Tuesday, May 17 — Bay Center at Ruddertowne (Dickinson Street and Route 1, Dewey Beach), 6 p.m.

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