Letters to the Editor — November 22, 2013

IRHS soccer team worthy of praise


Congratulations to the IRHS soccer team DIAA State Champions!

What a run to score 16 goals in three playoff matches... 8-5-3 and allow zero goals! What a team effort! What superb coaching, led by Coach Steve Kilby with Nick Slonin, Brandt Mais, Nate Kortvelesey, Peter Mais and Howard Gerken! What outstanding team managers with Kasen Donald, Natalie Herrea, Meredith Mitchell, Alexandra Myers and Jewel Tomlinson! What outstanding IRHS soccer fans in the stands! It was the best of IRHS soccer on full display.

I hope no one missed the compassion and inclusion by these high school student athletes. Did you see Joshua Kleinstuber warming up with Josh Timmons? Did you listen to the names of the IR players being announced by the stadium announcer and hear the inclusion of student athletes on this team?

Did you see the entire IR team go over to Mr. Cannon, in his specialized chair, to acknowledge him through the field fence prior to the match? Did you see the entire team take their championship trophy to Mr. Cannon and share it with him? Did you see the participation of fans and players embracing at the rails of the bleachers after the match?

The ability, desire and commitment to be compassionate and inclusive is rare. Our IRHS boys soccer team is exceptional on and off the field of sport! Take time to shake their hands for being much more than outstanding soccer players.

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Reebok chips in to help kids


Clothing our Kids, a nonprofit charity serving elementary age children, would like to thank the Reebok corporation — especially Paul Mazzei, the manager, and Donna Harris, who initiated, planned and sponsored a fundraiser for the organization on Oct. 27, 2013, at their Rehoboth Beach store.

In addition to donating a percentage of the sales, gift cards and clothes items were donated by Reebok and 35 other Tanger stores. Ms. Harris wanted to “make a difference” in the lives of children and, with the generous support of Reebok, Mr. Mazzei and all of the employees who helped make the event a success, she did!

Georgette Greason
Clothing Our Kids

Johnson’s offers up turkey alternatives


On behalf of Johnson’s Country Market, we would like to thank all of our customers for your continued support. Unfortunately, this year we will not be selling turkeys for the holidays. However, here are the names and phone numbers of three other markets in the area that will be selling fresh free range turkeys from T.A. Farms. These markets include: T.S. Smith in Bridgeville, (302) 337-8721; Hooked on Plants in Rehoboth, (302) 227-3449; and Dawn’s Market in Milton, (302) 644-4760. We hope that this information is helpful.

Although closed for the season, we are open by appointment for jellies, relishes, etc., for the holiday season. All of these items are on sale. Please feel free to contact me at (302) 381-4616.

From all of us at Johnson’s Country Market, we wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season.

Rebecca Johnson
Johnson’s Country Market

Rotary thankful for support with event


The Southern Sussex Rotary’s first annual pig roast held at the Olde South Barbecue in Roxana was a great success thanks to many local wonderful sponsors and participants. Despite having to change the date due to weather, we were able to make almost $2,000 to contribute to our local charities, such as the Jackie Pavik RYLA Foundation and Easter Seals-Camp Fairlee.

We enjoyed great food from Chef Scott of Olde South Barbecue and wonderful music thanks to “Notell Motel,” as Southern-rock band from Maryland who generously donated their time and talent.

We would like to thank Coastal Point for their sponsorship and their continued commitment to local non-profits and the local community. We would also like to extend a special thank-you to Wayne at St. George’s church for the time he donated for tent set-up on a chilly Friday evening!

In addition, there were many local residents and businesses that contributed to our success, including: 1st Choice Properties, Bethany Liquors, Leon Jones, Action Print Services, Selbyville Pet & Garden, Dana Kylen, the Salt Pond Golf Club, the Addy Sea, Matteo’s, Georgia House, DiFebo’s, Café on 26, Harris Teeter, Mind, Body & Sole, Cottage Café, Roots, Turquoise, Ruddo’s Golf, Fenwick Floaters, Jennifer Pavik, Studio 8, the Clayton Theatre and Fisher’s Popcorn.

We look forward to seeing you all next year so that we can make this event an even bigger success!

Leon C. Jones
Southern Sussex Rotary Club

Reader supports Markell’s ‘Core’ ethics


Common sense dictates that the economic future of Delaware and the United States depends on developing and maintaining a workforce capable of providing high-quality products and services that can compete effectively in both U.S. and overseas markets.

We should appreciate Gov. Markell’s leadership and commitment to the Common Core Standards. Despite some ill-informed opposition, all the standards do is make sure students are actually ready for the world into which they will graduate, which should be the fundamental goal of education.

For the same reason, we should support the governor’s early childhood education plan when so many studies show that the early years are vital to a child’s success in life. We need to keep prioritizing funding for early education programs, as well as family and community partnerships and encouraging early childhood centers to promote healthful eating and physical activity.

While there are still barriers to be overcome — not least of them being political gridlock in Washington — Gov. Jack Markell deserves our respect and gratitude for refusing to wait for someone else to take meaningful action to improve our education system.

Richard Legatski