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A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, to benefit Michael, Adler and Johanna Calhoun.

Dagsboro man recovering from deer-stand fall

“I lost three weeks of my life.”

That’s how Dagsboro resident Michael Calhoun sums up what happened after he fell out of a deer stand in Federalsburg, Md., on Nov. 25, 2018.

At the time, Calhoun, 32, was in the stand with his 11-...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:54pm

Continuing Events

Food events:

Dollar dinner — First State community dinners...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 3:34pm

Michelle Freeman announces the lineup for the 2019 summer season at the Freeman Stage.

Freeman Stage lineup includes Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Guy

Only half of the 2019 lineup has been announced for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but it’s already shaping up to be another banner year at the outdoor performing arts center on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

Tickets for all shows will go on...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:17pm

CHEER requests financial support from Sussex County

At its meeting on March 12, the Sussex County Council was asked to financially support CHEER’s Cooking for Sussex Seniors program.

Ken Bock, chief executive officer for CHEER, spoke to the council about 93-year-old Coast Guard veteran...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

Webelos 2 Den leader & Assistant Cub Scout Master Brendan Crotty and Cub Master David Kittell pose with members Keagan Crotty, Colin Shoobridge, Aiden Magee, Jake Garner, Tyler Netting and James Mulholland as they display their Arrows of Light.

Local Webelos earn Arrows of Light

Pack 280 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue & Gold Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 23. Six Webelos 2 boys earned their Arrow of Light, the highest achievement in Cub Scouts: Keagan Crotty, Colin Shoobridge, Aiden Magee, Jake Garner, Tyler Netting...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:02am

Participants from 2018’s DRFC Blue-Gold game stop for a picture on the field. This year, IR’s Zach Schultz will be joining their number to represent the Indians.

Schultz selected to participate in DFRC Blue-Gold Game

It is an annual event of note throughout the state, and only select seniors are tapped each year to participate in the all-star showcase known as the DFRC Blue-Gold football game.

This year, Indian River’s Zach Schultz will represent the...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:45am

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club officers present their $1,000 donation to Operation Second Chance Chairperson Walt Ellenberger. Standing, from left, are: Val Ellenberger, Paulette Rappa, John Berner, Cathy Cardaneo, Howard Farrer, Lucille Cavan, Mike Hall, Mark Moscowitz, Kathy Williams, Connie Little, Judy Hall and Walt Ellenberger.

Rotary donation to help fund Operation Second Chance

On Jan. 15, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club donated $1,000 to Operation Second Chance, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded veterans and their families as they recover and transition back to civilian life, including more than...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:41am

Spring passport fairs planned in Dagsboro

Families with school-aged children can find it hard to leave work early and take their children out of school to process their passport applications. That’s where two upcoming “passport fairs” being hosted by the Dagsboro post office, can offer...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:39am

IRSD to try referendum again, while asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

The Indian River School District will go to public referendum again on Tuesday, May 7, this time requesting just...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:44pm

Chick-fil-A awards scholarships

On Friday, March 1, Chick-fil-A in Millsboro awarded scholarships valued at $2,500 apiece to four employees. From left, franchise owner Tim Sweetman, Brandon Lewis, Katelyn Hitchens, Abigail Simpson and Gabrielle Guy pose for a photo in...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:42pm

From left, Bob Suttmiller, Colin Mullen, Andrea Kohler, Christine Arancio and Mike Hunt get together at the Giant Foods in Millville as the athletes present the store managers a plaque to thank them for hiring Special Olympics athletes.

Giant recognized for supporting local Riptide athletes

Giant Foods in Millville does more than sell food — they also support local organizations, including Special Olympics.

In fact, Giant employs four of the local Sussex Riptide Special Olympics athletes — Colin Mullen, Katie Bowers, Andrea...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:39pm

Local Lego club putting the pieces together at library

Stop in at the South Coastal Library on a Saturday, and some of the coolest kids around might be building some super-awesome things.

Started last summer, the library’s Lego Club has continued through the winter, with a solid group of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:27pm

Short story contest open for submissions

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which is in its seventh year, is now open for submissions. The contest, which is organized by Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books, invites writers to submit stories of 500 to 3,...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:05am

Beans, Birds, & Beer on tap for March 9

The 2019 Beans, Birds, & Beer (BB&B) series is in full swing, with the next trip scheduled for March 9 in Southern Delaware.

Locally-based Delmarva Birding Weekends is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore for year-...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:20pm

Delaware a ‘microcosm’ of U.S. slave stats pre-Civil War

Although Sussex County had the largest numbers of slaves of the three Delaware counties during the first century of the United States’ existence, slavery was not a large part of life here, according to a Delaware history interpreter who spoke at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:13pm

Donations sought to support students looking for Pathways

Imagine going to high school and not having enough money to buy lunch… What would you do?

Sussex Technical High School teacher assistant Jacques O. Bowe Jr. is finding out that many of his students are dealing with just that issue.

...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:11pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

Bayshore Community Church’s rEcess program offers parents of children with disabilities a night out once a month, and a fun evening for the children.

Bayshore offers rEcess to families with special needs

Bayshore Community Church is looking to support families with special needs by providing a once-a-month respite.

Program Director Birgitta Canfield said she and her husband had attended a fundraiser for rEcess and fell in love with the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:25pm

First Saturday for March focuses on women’s history

DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will explore the stories and contributions of Delaware women on March 2 for the park’s monthly First Saturday in the First State program. The day’s schedule will feature a variety of free events and activities...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

March is Youth Art Month at Selbyville library

For the staff of the Selbyville Public Library, March is always an exciting month because it ushers in local artwork produced by students in celebration of National Youth Art Month. The display brings with it an increase in patronage and pride,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:18am

Race to support ‘Coach Nic’ Scholarship at Sussex Tech

On Saturday, March 9, Sussex Technical High School will host its inaugural 5K Race for Coach Nic.

The proceeds from the race will support the scholarship created in honor of the school’s former social studies and history teacher, who was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:01am

Ocean City Breakers AAU basketball organization hosts camp

The Ocean City Breakers AAU basketball organization hosted a camp for local youth that included kids from the Indian River and Cape Henlopen school districts, as well as some from Maryland schools, on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Indian...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:59am

For the sixth annual Girl Scout Cookie promotion in SoDel Concepts restaurants, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria has whipped up fried ice cream made with Samoas. All 10 restaurants will bring their desserts to the Girl Scout Cookie Throw Down on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro.

SoDel Concepts’ Girl Scout Cookie promotion returns

For the sixth year, SoDel Concepts is featuring its Girl Scout Cookie dessert promotion. On Feb. 13 to March 14, each of the company’s 10 restaurants featured a dessert made with a flavor of the cookies.

The friendly contest between the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:46am

Riders from a previous Ride for Hospice event. The next event will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at The Freeman Fitness Center.

Neighbors support Delaware Hospice at Sea Colony’s Ride for Hospice

It takes a special kind of person to embrace a career helping people. For Peggy Dolby and her “fleet” of 385 very special volunteers who help, “The...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:26am

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am

Old-school cookin’

American Legion chicken-and-dumpling dinner keeps ‘slippery’ tradition alive

Years ago, chicken-and-dumpling dinners were extremely common in Southern Delaware — it seemed like every fire house and church had them several times a year.

Not so much anymore.

So when they do come around, it’s a chance to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:19am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Mardi Gras

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Friends of the Selbyville Public Library held their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the public library. Notes on the Beach provided entertainment while event-...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:39am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Millville seeks resident to fill vacant town council seat

There will be no town council election in Millville again this year, but there is an opening that will need to be filled, as Council Treasurer Susan Brewer is stepping down from her seat on the council.

The Town received only two candidate...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:57pm

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:53pm

The Selbyville Public Library will be the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the Mardi Gras benefit.

Party like it’s Mardi Gras at Selbyville library fundraiser

Live music and fine food will carry guests to the Big Easy at this weekend’s Mardi Gras benefit for the Selbyville Public Library.

New Orleans provides the lively theme for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:43pm

George Downing, manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Millsboro, has been working in the store since December, getting ready for the Feb. 9 grand opening.

Tractor Supply Co. opens Millsboro store

Chicks coming soon!

Tractor Supply Co., a nationwide retail chain that offers everything from chicks to tractor tires, has opened a location in Millsboro.

The Millsboro store, located at 28668 Dupont Highway (Route 113), held its grand opening on Saturday,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Beware of veterans’ charity scams and wasteful spending

There’s some bad news and some good news to report. First, the bad news: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there was a long list of veteran charity scams that operated under names that sounded legitimate but cheated good-hearted,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beebe welcomes Gleason

Beebe Healthcare recently welcomed its new director of Laboratory Services, Steven Gleason, MBA, MT (ASCP). Prior to joining Beebe, Gleason worked for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital–Hamilton Campus, where he was also the director.

...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:25pm

Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

Kristina and Sean Malone started Santa’s Letters this last holiday season, and will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for continued local projects.

Santa’s Letters gets a pasta-tive response

Spaghetti-dinner fundraiser planned for March 2

The husband-and-wife team that started Santa’s Letters — a local organization that sent out hundreds of letters to children during the holiday season and helped a dozen local families have a better Christmas — will be holding a spaghetti dinner...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

Southern Delaware Chorale to honor Black History Month

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Colin Armstrong, will present a concert called “A Choral Patchwork,” in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Gallo Gives presents their donation to DE Leukemia & Lymphoma

Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the Gallo Gives Foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty said they have continued to watch the foundation flourish.

The...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:50am

Women’s Civic Club makes donations to local non-profits

The Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach recently made a number of donations to local non-profits and community groups.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, the WCCBB Executive Board — President B.J. Hildebrand, Vice-President Kay Houston, Treasurer...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council members, from left, Sean McCrystal, Casey Gabbard, Brendon Bradford, Tatum Vorsteg, Grace Short and Isabell Ashley, gather the donations to the group’s recent coat drive.

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School holds coat drive

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council held a coat drive. Students were asked to give new or gently worn coats, scarves, hats and gloves to be donated to the Seton Center in Princess...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Delaware delegation introduces Paycheck Fairness Act

Last week, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) joined Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and their Democratic colleagues to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:26am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:14am