Alpha Alpha thanks the community for support

The Alpha Alpha sorority would like to thank the local community and businesses for their support of our Annual Valentine Dance that was held on Feb. 2 at the Quillen’s Point VFW.

Alpha Alpha sponsors families in need, throughout the year and especially during the holidays. We would like to recognize several businesses for their generous donations. They include: Alesi Custom Builders, All About U, Andi Hauck’s Daycare, Bad Hair Day, Beauty at the Beach, Bethany Auto Parts, Bethany Cycle and Fitness, Bob Kirk, Burpee, Cactus Café, Dawn Pierro, Denise Beam State Farm, Dogfish Head, Fat Tuna, Georgia House, Giant, Hockers Super Center, Gerry Hocker, Lord’s Landscaping, Miller’s Creek, Pam Webb Longaberger Consultant, Musician’s Thrift Shop, Pattie’s Hallmark Shop, Paula’s Decorating Café, Phillips Crab House, Rob Ward Professional Services, Rehoboth YMCA, and Silhouettes Hair Salon.

Thank you for helping us help the community.

Joanne Gichner, President
Alpha Alpha Sorority

Magill encourages voters to be informed

In less than two months, my second and final term on the Ocean View Town Council will expire.

As our town charter limits council members to two consecutive terms, I am writing this letter to encourage Ocean View residents interested in the town’s well-being to file for the District 1 and District 2 seats that will be up for election this year on Saturday, April 14.

The town faces several challenges, due to its dramatic growth in the past 10 years. While the challenges are considerable, with the right people on council they can be successfully overcome.

I would encourage anyone with a commitment to maintaining our small town character as we grow, with a commitment to sound fiscal practices, with a commitment to planning for the future, and a commitment to due diligence in making decisions that are in the best interests of the town and not just themselves or their friends, to file for this election.

The deadline for filing is March 15.

More information on filing for the Districts 1 and 2 seats is available under the Public Notices section of the town Web site at www.oceanviewde.com, or by calling the town hall at 539-9797.

I would also note that the voter registration period ends on March 15, as well. Registrations for county, state or federal elections do not qualify you to vote in the town’s elections. You must be registered to vote in the Town of Ocean View to vote in town elections.

Voter registration information can be obtained from the town hall on West Avenue at the town park.

Eric Magill
Ocean View Town Council

Families Connected thankful for support

The highest honors ever given to a non-profit organization are trust and support from the community.

On Ash Wednesday, Families Connected Inc. received such honors when churches of varying denominations came together at Millsboro Wesleyan Church for a service. The churches donated all proceeds from that service, over $600, to Families Connected.

This donation means so much to us, as it shows how much the churches appreciate our service to the community and our mission of “building strong community one family at a time.” To everyone that gave during the Ash Wednesday service, thank you so much for your donation. The confidence you placed in us means a lot.

Carolyn C. Showell, Director
Families Connected Inc.

Reader suggests market at Guard facility

In searching for a location for a farmer’s market in Bethany Beach, has anyone considered approaching the National Guard? The facility has ample open space and public use would pose no security risk; monitoring the grounds a few days each summer could be incorporated in the Guard’s training and could generate some additional funds for the National Guard.

Lewis D. Patterson
Ocean View

Editor’s note: The National Guard facility has been mentioned as a possible location, but it was rejected by potential vendors, who favor a location inside Bethany Beach. Neighbors of the facility have also objected to it hosting a farmers’ market.

Story on sea level was on the mark

As a retired scientist and former resident of Bethany Beach, I wish to compliment you on the timely and important article, “Sea Level Rise Predictions,” by Jonathan Starkey, as published in the Feb. 9, 2007, issue of Coastal Point.

Fortunately, more readers are informed by such articles and are taking seriously the catastrophic events that will occur due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in our atmosphere, resulting in major losses of coastal areas, due to sea level rise.

However, it is important to remember that while the rise in sea level seems undetectable at present, it will become more rapid and irreversible as time goes on. Severe changes in weather patterns are already detectable.

Unfortunately, in my judgment, the administration in Washington is too preoccupied with the misguided tragedy of Iraq to be counted on for significant attention and assistance. Thus, I applaud those citizens and member of the state legislature who are willing to consider proposing limits on, and eventual discontinuance of, the use of coal, oil and gas-fired generators of electricity and the substitutions of non-polluting methods, such as wind-driven generators, in the state of Delaware and elsewhere.

May we all yet save the coastal areas of this great country.

Vernon Dibeler Sr.
Naples, Fla.

Community gathers to help students

As I began my teaching career 16 years ago, the phrase “It Takes A Whole Village To Raise A Child” was tossed around at every meeting and in all the literature we were asked to read. I was not yet a mother, nor a counselor, and it seemed like just another cliché.

These past few months, the phrase has become a lifeline. The communities and individuals in this area continue to amaze me.

Cmdr. Dennis Daniels, his wife and American Legion Post 24 gathered 300 gifts that were distributed to the families at Frankford Elementary. The ladies of the Roxanna Moose Lodge adopted seven families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They also purchased 25 new sashes and all of the sash hardware for our after-school Girl Scout troop. The Moose Lodge also donated candy to be used at our PTO Family Movie Nights.

The Dagsboro Church of God, in conjunction with Mountaire, provided Thanksgiving Dinners for many families. The VFW Women’s Auxiliary Cub sponsored 30 families at Christmas time with gifts and toys. The Pyle Center has been able to find emergency help for heating and plumbing issues, as well as medical care.

Individuals from all over Sussex County volunteer their time and provide resources to our students and our families. I am grateful everyday for the villages that help us raise healthy, happy children. In honor of their efforts, please publish this letter in your newspaper so that these kind people can be recognized for their kind deeds.

Jan Bomhardt, Teacher and Counselor
Frankford Elementary School