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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.

Tropical hardwood lands in Millville

Certified environmentally conscious, and then shipped straight from the rainforest, Brazilian Ipe (EE-pay) and Jatoba (jah-TOW-bah) are now available for area porches and decks.

South Bethany residents hear from candidates at meeting

With the final weeks leading up to South Bethany’s council election ticking down, candidates for the three open seats were given the opportunity to make their cases to citizens present at the May 13 council meeting. Those potential voters were also given the opportunity to question the candidates in a limited manner.

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.

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.

County denies Moose lodge

Sussex County Council decided the County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission’s conditions weren’t enough to make a Loyal Order of Moose lodge fit next to a chicken house, and voted unanimously to deny the application on May 10.

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.

Incumbents pass tests from voters

Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board election results are in, and they indicate solid community support for the current administration.

District 4 incumbent Dr. Don Hattier, DC, topped challenger Lloyd Elling 561-244 and District 3 incumbent Nina Lou Bunting defeated newcomer Wilbert Laird 317-119.

Marketer talks tourism to chamber

Marketing manager Lana O’Hollaren stopped by Fenwick Island (Harpoon Hanna’s) on May 5, to share advice with members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.
O’Hollaren, with ad agency Aloysius, Butler and Clark (AB&C), mainly markets for Rehoboth Beach retail outlets, but many of her tips could just as easily apply to small business.

Route 26 project a hot topic

Local residents and businesspeople who had championed the addition of a third lane along the entire length of the planned Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project got their wishes in the proposal laid out by Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) project engineers Monday, May 9.

Armed Forces to be celebrated in Ocean City

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.

County looks at dogcatchers

Sussex County Council juggled the animal control hot potato at the May 10 council meeting, but where that responsibility will come to rest remains to be seen.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) leaders have voted unanimously to move away from those duties, and return to the society’s original mission.

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