Letters: September 9, 2005

Library thankful for success of programs

The Frankford Public Library’s summer reading programs, “Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds” and “Pizza & Paperbacks,” have come to a close. Now, it is time to applaud the children and give thanks to the people who helped make this time successful.

Congratulations to the ones who read for at least 10 hours and turned in their logs. The number of children completing their logs reached an all-time high of 87, making approximately an 80 percent completion rate. They were rewarded with books and tee shirts with the theme’s logo as well as other prizes, tokens and coupons. The intrinsic benefits of summer reading promise to be even more rewarding.

Thanks to the Frankford community for its wonderful support. The Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Church and the town hall allowed us to use their spaces for the various programs because our library couldn’t hold the large groups.

A fine group of young people were willing to give their time, energy and talents. To share a feeling of the Middle Ages, Derrick Wimbrow created a working catapult out of Tinker Toys that fired real marshmallows. He also displayed his chess game, showcased his Whaley family coat of arms, and painted an intricate picture of a wizard. To make Harry Potter come to life, Steve Rozell portrayed the character and created a display of J. K. Rowling books. Ridge Murray was kind enough to lend the costume and accessories. Other teen volunteers, in alphabetical order, were Emily Bergman, Erica Evans, Nick Evans, Amanda Kelley, John McCabe, Blakelyn Truitt, Gavin Truitt, Laura Walter and Kristi West. They were invaluable in helping with crafts, snacks and many other tasks.

It was most reassuring to have some additional adult assistance as well. Members of the Indian River Women’s Club volunteered at several of the programs. The generous gift of $1,000 from the Indian River Women’s Club quilt raffle will be used for quality adult and children’s programming in the future. Our library is so appreciative of their support.

GoodFellas Pizza & Subs provided some free pizzas and discounts on others for our teen book discussions. The pizza was a real draw for the “Pizza & Paperbacks” program. As reading incentives and prizes, Grotto’s Pizza donated tokens for free slices of pizza, and McDonald’s Restaurant gave a variety of coupons. The participants were very grateful.

The performances, entertainment, crafts and reading adventures made the experience enjoyable for everyone. Sign up at the Frankford Public Library next June for more summer fun.

Dorothy Fisch
Children’s Librarian

One glaring exception to local beauty

A friend visiting the Bethany area commented on how neat and tidy everything looked, except for one area. He wondered why we allowed Kent Avenue to be used as a garbage dump. He was referring to the area near the electric power facility. It is an eyesore.

A positive remedy to this unsightly mess would be to convert the space into a recycling station to replace the one that was closed last year. This station would serve the people in Bethany/South Bethany who are unwilling to hazard a trip to the Millville station on Route 26.

Frederick Kelley

It takes a team effort to maintain feel of towns

We want to compliment the present and past mayors and town councils on their efforts in keeping Ocean View a charming small town despite some destructive development being pursued in adjacent areas.

It is our hope that we citizens can continue to maintain (especially in the “old town” area) some of the positive qualities that we encountered when we first moved here 30 years ago. With some careful planning, the older residential part on Central Avenue can become a showplace and should be preserved without further development of business.

As long-time residents, we have always admired the sense of history apparent in the lovely Victorian houses on Central Avenue. With this in mind we have asked the town to preserve the town-owned Shore House as a building of historical significance, and to consider making its adjacent property a park. Since some of the older buildings in the town have already been demolished, it would be a shame to tear down this attractive and important historical building.

We have also asked the town to add some hanging planters along this street, from Route 26 to the canal, on some of the street lamps, and to consider building sidewalks on at least one side of the street to accentuate the residential quality and lend a further touch of grace and charm to Ocean View.

Such traditional small towns are fast slipping out of sight. Let’s work to save our town for future generations.

We hope your newspaper will support these ideas as viable ways to help the area maintain its history as it plans for the future.

Teresa and Martin Galvin
Ocean View

Citizens concerned about changing town
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Ocean View town council and a copy forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Dear Town Council,

We are writing to express our deep concern about the possibility of razing the “Shores” house at 39 Central Ave. to make way for a maintenance facility for town vehicles and heavy equipment. To us, residents at 49 Central Ave. for the past five years, this idea is poorly conceived, and directly contrary to the desires of town residents.

We are part of a grassroots movement in Ocean View to preserve its historic character; in fact, Candace has joined the prospective committee for Ocean View’s historic preservation — a group dedicated to obtaining standing for Ocean View in the National Registrar for Historic Places.

As this group begins its work with the University of Delaware to document historic properties and to prepare the application for National Registrar status, it would be a shocking disconnect for the town to consider razing one of the historic properties along Central Avenue.

Not only could it severely undermines the committee’s goal of obtaining National Registrar status for the town and all of the attendant benefits, but it could also cast serious doubt upon the town’s commitment to, and understanding of, historic preservation.

At the historic preservation group’s first meeting on Saturday, Aug. 27, we heard of other possible solutions to the problem of warehousing the town’s maintenance vehicles. We heard that perhaps the Shores house could be converted into a museum of Ocean View’s history, and the land behind the house could be used for the vehicles and fenced off or landscaped in such a way as to conceal the vehicle fleet from Central Avenue view.

Either of these solutions, or other sensible plans that may be developed, are far preferable to the idea of razing Victorian structure in decent condition.

As concerned residents of this town, we request that before any move toward razing the Shores house, or any other historic property in town, be made, a town meeting and/or survey if all residents be undertaken to ascertain the desires of the residents.

We believe that before razing is contemplated, the town should consider auctioning or selling the property to an owner dedicated to the stewardship and preservation of the town’s historic assets.

Candace Conrad and Richard Parry
Ocean View

Rally raises more than $30,000 for fund

On Aug. 24, Cripple Creek Country Club hosted the Annual Rally for a Cure. Ellen Stephens, founder of the golf tournament, passed the chair duties to Cripple Creek volunteers Brenda Chisholm, Karen Pharr and Mary Lou Urquhart.

This year over $30,000 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. The total raised to date is an impressive $127,000. The funds raised are from the donations of the 111 golfers and from a lucrative silent auction. The success of the silent auction is made possible by the many donations of local merchants and artists throughout our area.

Auctioned items ran the gamut from a carved heron sculpture, signed prints and original art by local artist, to donated wine. We are most grateful for the generous spirit of all the donors.

We are all touched in some way by the effects of breast cancer. Support of this annual tournament is a viable way to do our part to find a cure.

Thanks to all.

Gloria Farrar
Town of Bethany Beach