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The light keeper

West Fenwick Island man finds his talent in building various lighthouses

Ed Chiasson’s place on Route 54 is just beautiful — drunk drivers have smashed into his hedgerow a time or two, but other than that, it’s green and quiet, with extensive landscaping and flower garden.

Selbyville closer to water expansion

Selbyville officials are eager to begin the process of expanding the town’s water service area.

School district hears steel drums

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board dealt with a full agenda at the May 24 School Board meeting — according to Finance and Business Director Patrick Miller, the executive session let out well after 1 a.m.

Berlin artists to display at Peninsula

Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride, both from Berlin, Md., will exhibit their paintings at the Peninsula Gallery May 28 through June 29. A reception to meet both artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., May 28. Both specialize in “plein air” work, where small paintings are completed onsite and used as studies for larger studio pieces, rather than painting direct from photographs.

Bethany group recommends one-way streets

The controversial recommendation of a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) workgroup to consider one-way streets in Bethany Beach will, indeed, get full consideration by citizens and officials.

GOP women ask for action

At a meeting of the DelMarVa Republican Women, held at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, Md. on April 26, Delaware National Republican Committee Member Priscilla Rakestraw said that women can make a big difference in the 2006 elections.

REMAX honors top associates

REMAX By The Sea recently honored it top sales associates for 2004 at a sales breakfast meeting. The agents were awarded for their outstanding sales and contributions to the communities they serve.

County initiates sewer study

Sussex County Council covered a range of local sewer projects at the May 24 council meeting — specific district expansions around Millville and Ocean View, and a massive study for Dagsboro-Frankford and West Sussex.

Bingo hits the beach

Grab something red, white and blue. Bingo-A-Go-Go hits the beach for the sixth summer with an event on Saturday, May 28 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first game will be called at 7 p.m.

Indian River seniors organize own Baccalaureate

There will be a Baccalaureate celebration on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m., in the gym at Indian River High School.

Event coordinator Danita Robinson stressed that all were welcome to attend. As Robinson pointed out, pastors from different denominations have always taken turns, year to year, and their sermons are really more along the lines of a mentor’s encouragement than anything else.

Assateague holds youth programs

Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service and Maryland Conservation Corps are offering the following youth group programs at Assateague State Park this summer.

UD professor receives national recognition

Thomas Hanson, as assistant professor of marine biology-biochemistry at the University of Delaware, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

DelDOT presents preliminary Route 113 options

More than 100 area residents stopped by the Millsboro Fire Hall on May 23, and more than 50 headed down to the Selbyville Fire Hall the next day, to find out just how much impact Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans for a limited access Route 113 might have on them.

Deldeo finishes off St. Joe's academic and athletic career in style

Cara Marie Deldeo (Indian River High School) graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s University Saturday, May 14, and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa in recognition of high attainments in scholarship. She was first in her field of study and received the Interdisciplinary Health Services Award.

Bethany seeks input

Bethany Beach officials are considering potential future uses for the town’s newly acquired properties on the northwest corner of the Route 1/Route 26 intersection, and ideas from citizens are actively being sought.

Summer burning restrictions coming

Open burning restrictions in New Castle and Kent counties are in effect from June 1 to August 31. During this time open burning in New Castle and Kent counties is restricted to fires for food preparation, ceremonial and recreational purposes.

Flood-relief options discussed in Bethany

Members of Bethany Beach’s Flood and Drainage Committee got a more detailed explanation of the options and hurdles involved in reducing flooding problems in the North Pennsylvania Avenue area last week, on the heels of recent news that plans for a pumping system were likely unfeasible.

Gary's offers heathy choices

It all started in Dewey Beach, 15 years ago — and then Paul Noone brought Gary’s Bethany Beach Grill (BBG) to the Bethany area.

Art league offers children's art classes

The Rehoboth Art League will offer weekly art classes for children this summer. Children’s classes are tailored to make art projects age appropriate and ensure that children are with other students close to his or her age. The summer class sizes are limited to 15. Only charge card registration will be accepted by telephone.

Dagsboro considers planning commission

Dagsboro Town Council took another look at the Village on Pepper Creek application at the May 23 council meeting, now revised for consideration as 88 single-family homes. The parcel lies west of Main Street, near the old Indian River High School.

Ocean City to feature sand castle contest

A swath of Ocean City beach will become a construction site on June 11, but the structures rising from the sand most likely won’t survive the evening tide.

A blending of talent

Could there be anything more pleasant than walking into a room graced by a touch of La Dolce Vita? A little brick shop in Millville, opposite the Masonic Lodge on Route 26, offers just the pick-me-up.

Ocean View considers town road project

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reviewed conjoined site plans — (1) for a World Gym facility, and (2) for a pair of office buildings — at the May 19 P&Z meeting.

DNREC looking for environmentalists

Do you know a student in Delaware who should be recognized for his or her work in protecting the environment?

It’s nearing the deadline for submitting nominations for the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award and DNREC is looking for students who have shown concern for Delaware and the planet through environmental projects and actions done between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Contractors work for area cancer respite

Several local builders recently set out in search of land and materials, with plans to build a retreat near the Bethany coast for weary cancer patients and their families.

Contractors for a Cause has been around for while now, as Contractors for a Cure — over the past six years, the group’s fall golf classics have raised more than $150,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

Shorebirds to raise money for cure

There will be two guest celebrities in the middle of the Shorebirds Memorial Day festivities who will be helping the team raise funds and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter Eastern Shore Region. “Smallville” stars John Glover and Allison Mack will make an appearance at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.

Local police participate in campaign

Continuing through May 31, local police departments — including those in Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, South Bethany and Selbyville — will join Delaware State Police in participating in the fourth annual Click It or Ticket campaign.

Dorfman tapped for Bethany council seat

On a 5-1 vote of six Bethany Beach town council members, Jerry Dorfman was selected May 20 to fill the council seat recently vacated by Robert Degen. (Degen, previously the council’s only non-resident member, cited other demands upon his time in resigning, effective May 1.)

Lecture series at Art League begins

The first lecture in a three-part series on Post-Impressionism will be given at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, by Sandra Denney at the Rehoboth Art League.

Fenwick hosts Delaware MADD reps

Delaware Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) founder Dolly Banks addressed locals gathered for the Fenwick Island Town Council meeting on May 20 – two days after the eighth anniversary of the death of her 23-year-old son, Michael.

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