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Equestrian dreams

A freak equine accident last November placed Shelly Townsend’s prospects for survival in peril. While attempting to leap over an obstacle from an overambitious distance, a 1,400-pound mare thrust Townsend to the ground and trampled her torso. The...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local filmmaker reports progress

It takes a lot of diehard, hometown pride to stand by east coast waves sometimes, and not many surf movies feature this stretch of Atlantic coast — but there are some filmmakers here.
Bethany Beach resident Dan Herlihy has been shooting...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Stephen ministers here to listen

Three parishioners from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, and Pastor Steve Ackerman, traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. last year, for an intensive, 50-hour Stephen Ministries training seminar.

Those four came home and trained another...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Pops for "Pops" held at Bear Trap Dunes

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

County revisits homes in commercial zones

Sussex County Council members reconvened for a workshop-format discussion following the main body of the June 21 council meeting, and lunch, hashing out preliminary guidelines for several draft ordinances before a sparse audience.


Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View council hears from Thornton

Bob Thornton, owner of the Silver Woods Subdivision and an Ocean View resident, approached the town’s council Tuesday night to gauge the assembly’s receptiveness to annexing his property.

Before drafting and submitting a formal proposal,...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany returns property-use decision to council

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission tabled discussion on the disposition of the former Christian Church and Neff properties at their monthly meeting Saturday, June 18, after Mayor Jack Walsh told members to delay any further planning until the...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Budokan to host instructors

Instructors from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and Delaware will be converging to share knowledge of Japanese swordsmanship or Kenjutsu.

Dr. Ivica Zadrakovic founded the Kenjutsu International...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

Send in recipes for the October 2 16th Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Entries for the 16th Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off are due on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Eight finalists will be selected from these entries to compete for cash prizes ($150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place), a plaque...

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 8:00pm

New beach

Fenwick Islanders can breathe a sigh of relief.

Work on the planned beach reconstruction project for the town proceeded this week with the first in a series of pre-construction meetings set to get new sand pumping onto the beach in mid-...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Willey gets project passed

A proposal to develop a property owned by Millville Mayor Gary Willey deadlocked the monthly town council meeting Tuesday night for more than 90 minutes. The request eventually won final approval by a 3-1 margin.

“Everything is within code...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany, South Bethany beaches on bubble

If property owners and officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany were expecting the U.S. House of Representatives would help them out by providing federal funding for major beach reconstruction in the two towns, the appropriations bill...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

County cuts tax giveback after one year

Sussex County Council members struck a $2.2 million tax rebate from the coming year’s $135.1 million budget at the June 14 council meeting. Last year, only Council Member George Cole (4th District) wanted to chop the tax rebate — and, like last...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Umpire shortage leaves players waiting on deck

Despite the rise in the popularity of other sports, such as soccer and lacrosse, more than 500 enthusiastic young baseball and softball players continue to come from around southern Sussex County to play for the 43 teams in the Lower Sussex...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Workshop sets for June 17 in Bethany Beach

The recommendation of a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) workgroup to consider one-way streets for three major thoroughfares in Bethany Beach will be up for public comment on Friday, June 17, with a special public hearing set for 2...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Surf shop celebrates 25 years in business

Bethany Surf Shop made its silver anniversary a few weeks back (Memorial Day weekend), and what more auspicious date to celebrate 25 years than Saturday, June 25th.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Emmett, Connor, P.J. and Quinn Batley hang...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

State switches away from Fresh Pond entrance

Yes, the main entrance to Fresh Pond State Park, just north of Fred Hudson Road on Route 1(and that parking lot) is closed — and yes, the park is still open.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Steve...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hometown Hero--She loves people

“I just love people.”
The words were hard to pick up, as Helen Hahn blurred from one room to the next in her Bay Colony home, her interviewer straining to keep pace with this boundless whirl of energy.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville to be a hot spot for all this weekend

To complete the photo-op Triple Crown this Saturday, Mayor Clifton Murray must find only a baby to kiss. After inaugurating Selbyville’s new railroad museum in the morning, Murray will award a six-foot Mayor’s Choice trophy to the owner of his...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville to showcase new train museum

Selbyville Mayor Clifton Murray will officially open the town’s new railroad station museum Saturday, June 18 at 9 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the 49th annual Old Timers’ Day, a daylong celebration and longtime Selbyville...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers change at Lynn Lee

Concerned manufactured home park residents attended the June 9 county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission, to learn more of the plan that would utterly transform the Lynn Lee Village, north of Ocean View.

It was an emotionally charged...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany welcomes back guards

South Bethany Town Council marked the June 10 council meeting with a welcome back, to beach patrol captain Chris Miller, and a bon voyage recognition for Lloyd Hughes (he didn’t refile for town council this year).

Mayor Gary Jayne...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Work on Bethany museum progresses

With the inaugural edition of the Seaside Craft Show behind them and considered “an enormous success,” members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) are shifting their focus back to one of the committee’s core...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville shop covers all the bases

Twenty years come September, and the Miller’s Creek shop, or shops, rather, are still plugging along, under the same ownership and offering, in many cases, the same merchandise.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Debby Evans confers with...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

World Series organizers optimistic for 2005

The largest youth sports league in the world will be holding one of its most important events in Sussex County.

Little League Baseball Inc. will hold its Senior League Softball World Series in at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View hears revenue prospects

Ocean View Town Council applauded departing Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Member Jeanne Mueller at the top of the June 7 council meeting, and sailed unruffled through another hour and a half of business. Things wrapped up on a lively...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Parents offer support for behavior mod

Three local parents — Cathy Berzins, Rebecca Mais and Patrice Pikulsky — recently formed up as the Safety in Our Schools (SOS) committee, with the goal of supporting the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) threatened behavior modification...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Manufactured housing sector faces council

Sussex County Council members spent most of the afternoon presiding over the public hearing for a proposed 1,600-unit residential plus commercial development on 836 acres of farmland between Milford and Milton. (They deferred, awaiting a...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick drafts $1.437 million budget

Fenwick Island Town Council and Budget Committee members met Tuesday, June 7, to make final tweaks to the town’s budget for the 2006 fiscal year. The final draft budget is scheduled to be presented to the town at the council’s June 24 meeting, in...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Teacher of the year defines passion for stage

And the winner is — James DeBastiani.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) makes the tough call every year — which of 14 candidates (one from each school) will be crowned Teacher of the Year for the entire district.
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Post office to discuss expansion

U.S. Postal Service officials will hold a public forum on Thursday, June 16, to discuss the planning of a new, expanded Ocean View-Millville-Clarksville post office. The meeting will be at the Millville firehouse and start at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville closer to water expansion

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

That expansion has come a bit closer in recent weeks, with the arrival of an agreement between the town and Artesian Water that would...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

The trolley rides

The new, larger Bethany Beach trolley arrived last Thursday smelling of freshly sanded oak. The interior sparkled with untarnished brass handrails and the exterior gleamed with a pristine coat of paint.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Brittingham leaves her mark on school

Headmaster Sharon Brittingham has spearheaded the transformation of Frankford Elementary from an underperforming institution into an academic exemplarity. On June 30 she will head out for good.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford Town Council talks interconnection

Frankford Town Council moved one step closer to a cooperative agreement with the town of Dagsboro at the June 6 council meeting, following a discussion on emergency water interconnection.

Dagsboro’s central water system is now online, with...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany talks beaches and buildings

South Bethany Town Council met twice last week, for various workshops, special meetings and reorganization. Lloyd Hughes maintained attendance through what would be his last meeting as a member of council on June 2 (he declined to file for...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

BFACC members welcome secretary of state to breakfast

The Hon. Harriet Smith Windsor stopped by Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island on June 2, for breakfast and an informal chat regarding her duties as Delaware Secretary of State.

Windsor gave a little personal background. A Millsboro native,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

DNREC proposes easy lagoon permits

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) unveiled a plan for expedited construction approval in manmade lagoons and canals at a June 1 workshop in Bethany Beach.

A scattering of interested residents,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

The light keeper

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.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

Trout lands at Cripple Creek

Like all the business people in the area, Brian Trout is preparing for the busy season. Trout is the head pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club and has been on the job a little more than two months.

He officially started April 1,...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

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.

However, the...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Indian River...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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.

• The Beaver Dam...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

CORC talks open seats

The Bethany Beach Town Council’s selection of Jerry Dorfman to fill the council seat vacated by Robert Degen means there are now two seats available to be filled on the town’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC).

The recent...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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.

According to Council...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm

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,...

Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 8:00pm