Town of Millsboro, Delaware
- 3,877 (2010 Census)
Town council meetings:
- Frist Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers
- Second Saturday in June. There are three districts within town limits, with two people from each district and one at-large, for 3-year terms.
- 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro, DE
- Robert Bryan, Mayor
- John Thoroughgood, Vice-Mayor
- Greg Hastings, Secretary
- Michelle Truitt, Treasurer
- Tim Hodges
- Irene Keenan
- Jim Petruzella
- Faye Lingo
Assistant Town Manager:
- Matt Schifano
- Tammy Phillips
- John Murphy
Non-Emergency Police Contact:
- (302) 943-8147
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.
When 14-year-old Lindsey Espinoza signed up for the fire-cadet class at Millsboro Middle School, who would have guessed she’d be saving her little sister just a few months later?
The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company started the fire-cadet class in autumn to introduce students to lifesaving skills and community service.
“Towards the beginning of the school year, we taught basic first-aid, puncture wounds, choking and hands-only CPR,” said RVFC Fire Chief Chris Uibel. “Little did we know that within two months, Lindsey would save her sister from choking.”
“She was at home, watching her 4-year-old sister. Her sister began to choke on a toy. Lindsey was able to quickly react, knowing everything that she had learned from our program. Through her lifesaving measure, she was able to help her sister from choking.”
‘Jeopardy’-style trivia hitting Millsboro library
“You think you know, but you have no idea.”
While local history-hounds won’t have to phrase any answers in the form of a question, there’ll be plenty of them asked when Elkton, Md.-based storyteller Ed Okonowicz appears at the Millsboro Pubic Library for “So You Think You Know All about Delaware?” on Monday, March 20.
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has couples-to-be covered this weekend, as the Chamber will host the 22nd Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show this Sunday, March 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.
“Every year, we see more vendors, new vendors who have never been in,” said Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s executive director.
Cuts for residential, commercial building
While the town of Millsboro may be getting older, its residents keep getting younger.
That’s the kind of growth that the Millsboro Town Council would like to see continue, as made evident by the council’s unanimous decision to cut the Building Fund portion of the building permit rate by more than 80 percent — opening the door for new businesses, new developers and new potential.
Once thought to have been stolen, more than $600,000 has been found at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. It was in the ATM the whole time.
The related investigation has now ended, and the Delaware State Police detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) found no evidence of embezzlement.
State authorities rescued 14 “severely emaciated and neglected dogs” from a Millsboro property on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
After a successful turnout in the first year of its new holiday tradition, the Town of Millsboro is bringing back their free holiday event and tree-lighting ceremony this Saturday, Nov. 26.
“I think it’s a nice community event — very family-friendly,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “It’s like mini Rockefeller experience, Millsboro-style.”
The Delaware State Police this week were in the midst of investigating a homicide that occurred last week.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, around 11:50 p.m., the Millsboro Police Department responded to a call about an unconscious man lying partially in the roadway on West Monroe and Houston streets.
Every winter, Wreaths Across America brings color and beauty to veterans’ gravesites. But the goal isn’t holiday décor — it’s remembrance.
In all 50 states, people can donate $15 to have an evergreen wreath laid on veterans’ gravestones — locally, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. People can order a wreath for a loved one, or donate toward the general mission of filling the Millsboro veterans’ cemetery with evergreen and red ribbons.
Locally, Wreaths Across America has grown by leaps and bounds in its effort to “remember, honor and teach.”
“The first year, they laid seven wreaths, and last year, they laid 700,” said co-organizer Teresa Townsend. “Phenomenal.”
Local wreaths will be placed on Saturday, Dec. 17. Volunteers lay the first batch at 10 a.m. Families can lay special-order wreaths on loved ones’ grave markers at 10:30 a.m. The dedication ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Chicken producer and processor Allen Harim on Tuesday announced plans to invest $22 million to build a state-of-the art hatchery in Dagsboro. The new facility will have an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week.
Millsboro Middle School is only a half-mile away from a major laboratory and vaccine manufacturer. But a small group of students experienced their very first trip inside the gates of Merck Animal Health facility for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7.
A handful of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members joined U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, USDA Under-Secretary Michael Scuse and other national leaders to learn that agriculture isn’t just growing plants or livestock. Merck is one of many manufacturers in the agriculture field, creating poultry vaccines.
“To me, it was kind of an eye-opener, because I’ve never been in here before, and I’ve just imagined it as a factory. But it’s so much more than that,” said student Taylor Bullis.
Indeed, the media wasn’t even allowed to attend the tour of the facility, but the students and senator said it was interesting.
The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 39th annual Powwow this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, at the tribe’s powwow grounds near Millsboro.
The powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that draws participants from all over the country each year. For Native Americans, organizers said, it is a chance to both reconnect with their heritage and educate others through dance.
“Just come and dance and sing with us,” said Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro. In addition to dance sessions on both days, there will be vendors offering Native American food and crafts, and museum tours throughout the two-day celebration.
On Friday, Aug. 19, the Delaware State Police, along with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division and the Ocean City Police Department, concluded an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly operating in Sussex County with the arrest of two area men.
A 31-year-old Wilmington woman will spend 15 years in prison for her part in a home-invasion robbery that led to the shooting death of two Millsboro men. Rachel Rentoul pled guilty to Home Invasion, Robbery First Degree and Conspiracy Second Degree in Sussex County Superior Court on Aug. 10.
Four Food Lion supermarkets in Sussex County, including one in Millville and one in Millsboro, have been purchased by Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.
Whenever he was driving by the Millsboro Town Hall late at night and saw the light still on inside, Mayor John Thoroughgood always knew who it was.
It wasn’t the nighttime cleaning crew. It wasn’t a pair of not-so-savvy cat burglars. And it wasn’t left on by accident.
It was Town Manager Faye Lingo, still hard at work.
“So many times I drive by and the lights are still on. Nobody forgets to turn them off — it’s you,” Mayor John Thoroughgood said to Lingo in a speech after Tuesday’s council meeting.
“You’re still there — studying, or you’re preparing for DNREC or DelDOT the next day.”
As of July 29, if that light is on, it will no longer be Lingo, however, after she officially announced her retirement on Tuesday, July 5, in front of family, friends and the co-workers who she’s come to refer to as her “work family” for the better part of the last four decades.
The Millsboro Town Council had to make a quick decision at their July 5 town council meeting.
With DelDOT scheduling roadwork construction on West State Street between Washington Street and Ellis Street this coming week, the government-run transportation agency was seeking approval to work at night, which they estimated could cut down construction time on the project by as much as two months.
The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing for their annual book sale. This year’s sale will take place on two weekends, July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. A preview night for members will take place on Thursday, July 28.
Organizers noted that, each year, the sale has been extremely successful because of the thousands of books the public has donated.
On June 14, the Millsboro Lions Club inducted new members, installed new officers and recognized several Lions for outstanding service. Joining the club were Anna Piccolo, Melissa Morales and Dr. Laurie Conti.
The Delaware State Police on Wednesday asked for the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a Millsboro man wanted for various felonious crimes that were committed in the Long Neck area.
The 10th Annual Children’s Parade and program will take place on July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mark’s Labyrinth at the corner of State and Ellis streets in Millsboro, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Millsboro.
The theme for this year celebrates Yankee Doodle.
Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual SoDel Fest, which will include 18 local restaurants and more than 35 wines and spirits, music and more on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in Millsboro. The event, organized by SoDelFest founder Stacy LaMotta of non-profit Creative Coastal Connections Corp, will again benefit local and international non-profits.
The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion that occurred north of Millsboro early last Saturday morning.
According to police, the incident occurred around 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, on Mrs. Catherine Lane, as a 28-year-old woman was sleeping in the home’s living room with her three sons, ages 9, 8 and 5.
As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.