Paddles galore this weekend, for a great cause


You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you.

Ocean View VFW Post #7234 will be the site of the first annual Wounded Warrior Paddle Race on Saturday, hosted by the House of David Foundation. There will be stand-up paddling, outrigger canoes, a kayak race, a social paddle and more, all with participants waving American flags and getting into the general spirit of the day.

For those who are unaware of the Wounded Warrior Project, it is an organization that focuses on helping service men and women who were injured in combat. They organize events around the county to raise money and awareness, and involve themselves personally in helping these men and women get back to where they were before they were injured.

The House of David Foundation is a local foundation based on getting help to wounded members of the armed forces, and the two organizations are a perfect match — as is the VFW.

“This is for a great cause,” said Rick Haden, founder of House of David. “Bad weather or not, I would hope they would look at the $45 as an opportunity to support the cause. I don’t expect everyone to participate in the paddling. I’d more like them to come out in support of the warriors and understand their needs, and maybe get excited about paddling for themselves.”

Registration costs $45 per person, and begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. Haden said that about 50 people had registered for the race when we spoke to him earlier in the week. In addition to the races and events, there will also be live music, food and beverages sold by the VFW, raffles and free paddling technique clinics.

If you have the chance, get out and support this cause.

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There is a little good news-bad news kind of story out there this week.

The good news is that Dr. Janet Hickman, the popular principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, will be administrator of Early Learning for the Indian River School District starting next year.

The bad news is that Hickman is leaving Lord Baltimore.

This really is a positive for the entire District, as Hickman is known as a smart, focused administrator who puts the needs of students ahead of all else. Her guiding hand will lead to a better elementary school experience for the entire District, particularly important with the District adding full-day kindergarten next school year.

We wish her nothing but luck in the future.