Letters: August 26, 2005

Town council should consider history

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Ocean View Town Council will consider what to do with the “Shores” house located on property at 39 Central Ave. One possibility being considered is to raze the house and replace it with a maintenance warehouse for town vehicles and heavy equipment.

This property contains a structure with historic/intrinsic value to the town. In addition, the structure is in keeping with the residential character of most of the properties located on northern Central Avenue. A maintenance facility is not suited to a residential district and seems to conflict with current Residential zoning. Further, the existence of such a facility in the midst of the Residential District may send a message to commercial interests that zoning within the Residential District is negotiable. Finally, storing its trucks, mowers and snow removal equipment next door to private homes flies in the face of those who are making the effort to operate within the town’s code.

We believe that there are alternative sites available for the warehouse and more suitable public uses can be found for the Shore’s house. For example, what about a town museum or information center? With the demise of the last chicken coop in Ocean View there are no visible hints of the town’s contribution to the nation’s agri-business. Do the folks in the cars that back–up every weekend have any idea? Do they know why Central Avenue is so narrow? Other reminders of the town’s origins — its turn of the century homes — are also quickly being lost to development.

It is not too late to preserve the history and character of Ocean View. Preserving the remaining structures and the integrity of the Residential District are first steps.

John and Ginger Hill
Ocean View

FIBP thanks community for support in efforts

On behalf of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol (FIBP), we would like to thank all the Fenwick businesses and individuals that graciously helped sponsor our competition team for the USLA National Lifeguard Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.

There were over 500 competitors from the United States — including Hawaii, Canada and Australia — competing in a variety of running, swimming, paddling and rowing events over a two-day period.

The Fenwick Island 4x100 soft sand relay team of Matt Lewis, Ben Gichner, Andrew Majewski and Brent Hardie had an excellent showing.

Against the best teams in the country, the FIBP blew away the competition in the preliminary round placing first and advancing to the finals. Ultimately, the FIBP placed fourth out of 42 teams and helped the Sussex County Lifesaving Association secure third place overall in team competition. Capt. Tim Ferry brought home another gold medal, winning the Master’s Beach Flags and advanced to the last round of semifinals in Open Division Beach flags.

These young men definitely represented the town of Fenwick in outstanding fashion and the generous donations made by the Fenwick community made it happen. These competitions are a way to showcase the physical skills needed every day as part of being an ocean lifeguard, and we will continue to give the town of Fenwick the professional service they have come to expect.

Capt. Tim Ferry
Matt Lewis
Ben Gichner
Andrew Majewski
Brent Hardie

Community gathering items for troops

It is that time again — we in Bethany and the surrounding area are gathering items for our troops — 16-ounce water bottles, phone cards, small cans of meat and fruits, nuts, gum, hard candies, packages of crackers (peanut butter/cheese), all sorts of toiletries, deodorant, shampoo, soap, foot powder, sunscreen, lip balm, disposable cameras, disposable razors, insect repellant, shower shoes, Kleenex, note books, pens, pencils, small toys (to be given to the Iraqi children), handheld games, etc.

Father David Kelly has again given us space in the Father Masterson Center, St. Ann Church. Please leave phone cards with Jeannie Fleming or at the rectory office.

Keep our troops in your daily prayers. Bless them for their sacrifices, may they return home safely.

G. L. Vanderman (Gigi)
Bethany Beach

Founding member of Point calls it a career

I would like to express my gratitude to Susan and Darin for the amazing journey I’ve been allowed to share these past 20 months. You’ve accomplished something pretty incredible and I’m thankful to have played a small part.

Susan, I can’t imagine a better boss. You wear an impossible number of hats, and wear them well. Darin, you’ve challenged me to think outside my comfort zone. You’re an amazing human being and I’m privileged to have gotten to know you.

I’ve gotten to know some incredibly talented people during my time with the paper, people I will like and respect forever. I have met so many wonderful people, stretched myself in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible and learned much about the newspaper business.

I have especially enjoyed the laughter — what a great group of people you’ve chosen to surround you. I wish the very best that life has to offer to all of you and much continued success with a great “community” newspaper.

Beth Long
Ocean View

Lions Club thankful for support with dinner

The members of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club wish to thank the residents of the community and visitors who attended our Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Millville Fire Hall.

As you all remember, this was not a very pleasant day due to heat in excess of 100 degrees. Even with the bad weather, over 930 people attended and supported this Lions Club fund-raiser.

All monies raised through this effort is returned to our community, district and International projects such as programs for the visually impaired, scholarships for our local high school students, loans of medical equipment free of charge, support of local Girl & Boys Scouts Troops, Senior Citizens, eye examinations and screening for students in our elementary schools and many more. None of this money is used for our administrative obligations.

We also thank the Millville Fire Company for their continued support and cooperation. They, like us, are all volunteers and we appreciate their efforts and friendship.

Again, thank you all.

Bill Scott, Chairman
Fried Chicken Dinner Committee
Lord Baltimore Lions Club