Chamber offers perfect gift

Getting an early start on the holiday season, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is already getting into the spirit of giving. And its hope is that the rest of us are ready to get on board.

The Chamber will be organizing “Operation Thank You,” a service where they will be collecting items from the community and sending them off to their “adopted” Marine’s division recently deployed to Iraq. The adopted Marine is Lance Cpl. Jonathan Steele, of Selbyville.

The Chamber will be accepting donations at the Information Center from Veterans Day to Monday, Nov. 26, and the packages will then be shipped overseas to ensure the troops receive them before Christmas. A full listing of what will be accepted during Operation Thank You is now available for persusal on the Chamber’s Web site at under “In the News.”

This is a fantastic effort by the Chamber. With a holiday season that is built around the notions of humanity and selflesness, it is a perfect idea to rally public support for a group whose sole existence is based on protecting and serving the public.

To inform the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce about more local men and women serving overseas this holiday season, or for more information on the Operation Thank You campaign, contact Karen McGrath at the Chamber at 539-2100, ext. 14.

----For Ocean View residents who have been nervous about the cost of hooking up their homes to the town’s new water system, relief might be on the way.

The Sussex County Community Development and Housing Department presented information recently on the state’s community development block grant. Some residents of the town are eligible.

For more information, call Conway Gregory, town manager, at 539-9797.