ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Struggles lead to triumph in original Possum Point play

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:58pm

Civil War Profiles: John Dickinson confronts the slavery issue

Long before the Civil War, slavery became firmly planted in the state of Delaware. The first slave arrived here in 1639, and a steady flow would follow, given the magnet of labor-intensive tobacco crops — especially in Sussex and Kent counties....

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:53am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

Local author shares Delaware love story

Many Delawareans can tell you that the state bird is a blue hen and that the DuPont family played a significant role in its history; however, considerably fewer of them seem to know how a single mistake helped propel Delaware to become a major...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:41am

The fate of the commanders of the 1st Delaware Regiment

When President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion of Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-1861, he assigned a quota to each of the loyal states. He called for Delaware to contribute 780 men for three months...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:28am

It’s fun feeding feathered friends

If you have never fed the wild birds, now is a good time to start. It’s fun and easy and relatively inexpensive to get started. All you have to have is some wild bird seed that you sprinkle on the ground, but it’s even more fun when you add a few...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:25am

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club seeks home base

For nearly four years, the Seaside Railroad Club has been like a train without a station. After a 2011 fire destroyed their meeting space and many models stored at the Georgetown Train Station, they still continued serving the community, though...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:28am

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

The concert will be a little...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 3:38am

Civil War Profiles: A Union general, a female spy and two Delawareans in the Shenandoah Valley

Anyone who held Unionist political leanings while living in Winchester, Va., during the Civil War years had to be particularly circumspect to avoid the wrath of secessionist neighbors. Therefore, when a young schoolteacher named Rebecca Wright...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:11am

Robots invade Selbyville Middle School

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Only one robot can win! Selbyville Middle School team competed to design, build and maneuver robots that stack the most blocks in two minutes.It almost looked like a boxing match was about to occur at Selbyville...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:52am

‘Death by Chocolate’ returning to West OC on Sunday

The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:01am

Marie's Kitchen: Therapy and a side of Cuban cuisine

We all say it: You have to take the good with the bad. That’s what life is all about — a balancing act between good times and bad. That’s actually how today’s column fell into my lap. The bad news is that I needed another surgery — left partial-...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:58am

Edwina Kruse: A ‘mighty oak’ of black education

One of the most disgraceful chapters in Delaware history, according to Judith Y. Gibson, was the lack of educational opportunities afforded African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite efforts by Quaker organizations to...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:56am

Corps opens public comments for Delaware aquaculture

The moment that many inland bays residents have awaited is here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened public comments for Delaware shellfish aquaculture on Jan. 21. Comments are due by Wednesday, Feb. 23.

“The public comment period is...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:14am

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.


Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:35am

Lincoln to come to life in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Ross will portray Abraham Lincoln as part of Ocean View Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday when they will sponsor ‘An Interview with Abraham Lincoln.’“Four score and seven years ago, our...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:26am

Party with a Purpose mixes fun with fundraising effort

Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.

The group’s first event of the year, designed by founders...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:57am

Unsung Delaware Civil War commanders

The biographies of several high-ranking Delaware army and naval officers who served during the Civil War are generally well known. These include Brig. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, Maj. Gen. George Sykes, Maj. Gen. Alfred T....

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:50am

Prison diary describes life at Fort Delaware

Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:35am

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:54am

Horticulture student planning SoDel Concepts’ urban gardens

Despite the wintery landscape, Chris Wertz is already gathering ideas for his gardens — at least eight of them. Wertz, who is studying horticulture at Delaware Technical & Community College, this spring will start urban vegetable and herb...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:00am

Lee-Jackson Day to be celebrated in Georgetown on Friday

Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, the state of Virginia set aside a Friday in January as a holiday in remembrance of two Southern Civil War heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson....

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:58am

Pet Corner: Putting out the welcome mat for that new dog

Before you bring home your new puppy/dog, it is important to prepare your home. There are several simple things you can do ahead of time to make your new pets adjustment easier. Your new puppy/dog will very inquisitive about its new environment,...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:39am

Pet Corner: A new dog for the new year? Choose wisely!

So — you have decided you are ready to get a new dog, but how do you make sure you get a healthy one? First, you need to decide whether you want a specific breed; a puppy or an adult, a young adult or a senior dog; a rescue or one from a breeder...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:23am

Hocker looking at jobs, wages and aquaculture for new legislative session

Jobs and the economy will be at the forefront of the agenda for state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) this coming year. Additionally, Hocker said he would like to focus on finding a compromise on aquaculture and getting additional police protection...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:09pm

Going out for New Year’s Eve? Plenty of options

For those ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night on the town, local restaurants have got things covered. (Reservations are recommended for all the events, and some spots are filling up fast.)

Cottage Café has a party featuring D.J...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:06pm

Alesi hosting open mic evening in Rehoboth Beach

Singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been a staple in the local music scene for the past few years and has recently taken over hosting an open-mic night at Casa Dileo restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

“It’s been going really well,” said...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:05pm

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:56pm

Holidays: The perfect time to recycle

DNREC officials reminded Delawareans this week that the holiday time is the right time to trim their “wastelines” while helping the environment — by recycling all those extra mail-order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:19pm

Samaritan Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of community giving

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:17pm

Pet Corner: There’s nothing fishy about getting a finned pet

Fish as pets? Yes! Fish make great pets for the entire family. One of the benefits of fish is that once you get them initially set up, there is minimal maintenance. Also, the initial cost can be kept down. You can even get started for about $100...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:01pm

Chanukah services to light the season (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

Tonight, people worldwide will light candelabras to begin the eight-day Festival of Light. And local synagogues are inviting people to celebrate the Chanukah miracle.

“The Jewish people’s … main job was to light the darkness of the world....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 4:04am

Ocean View offers holiday fun for all this Saturday

This weekend, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS) will be celebrating the holiday season, and is inviting the public to the festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the OVHS will be holding its...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:09am

Civil War Profiles: Lincoln and the reporters: A cozy relationship

Since the country’s inception, political parties in the United States normally used favored press organs as outlets for news releases and policy pronouncements. When Abraham Lincoln took up residency at the White House following the 1860...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:43am

Free food pantry fights hunger in IR School District

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Michele Murphy shows some of the options families have at the food pantry.

When families arrive at the new Indian River School District’s Food Pantry, they don’t have to bring tax statements or financial...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:37am

Holiday parades old and new are on the march

Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).


To accommodate the...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:23am

Dickens offers fun holiday events, starting this Saturday

For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

“It was very popular last year so we’re expecting a lot of kids to come visit Santa...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 4:05pm

Washington National Opera returning to Georgetown

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.For...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:50pm

Bethany town hall to become a winter wonderland Dec. 6

Covered in garland, a warm fireplace crackles by a massive, twinkling Christmas tree. Santa’s sleigh is nearby, waiting for the big man himself. This is Bethany Beach Town Hall, ready to host children at the annual Holiday Happenings on Saturday...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:49pm

Millville Holiday Market pops up this weekend

People can shop local and handmade at the Millville’s Holiday Market, returning for one day, Saturday, Dec. 6. More than 30 vendors will spread out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors, between Millville Town Hall and the Millville United...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:37pm

Local author pens second book

Following up on the success of her first book, Fenwick Island resident Fran Hasson recently published her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.” The book is a follow-up to her self-published first novel, “Allawe,” which follows Marla and...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 2:57pm

Whether pets or people, it’s all about training

I have an 11-month-old grandson, and I’m constantly joking with my daughter about “training” him (meaning using dog training techniques with him).

She’ll tell me about something good he has done and I’ll ask her if she “clicked and treated...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 2:05pm

New inspiration comes to opposition fight against Allen Harim

A local group of concerned citizens were reinvigorated earlier this month, with professional advice on how to fight what they see as environmental injustice.

In Millsboro, the group Protecting Our Indian River has argued that the...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:27pm

Nativity Festival aims to get families in the holiday spirit

It seemed an inauspicious birth,
another mouth to feed on earth.
A stable in a crowded town,
the only lodging to be found.

— John McCullagh

Many Christian families display a crèche or nativity every Christmas,...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:25pm

Pet Corner: It’s time for holiday pet prep

As you begin to prepare for the upcoming holiday season for your family, don’t forget your pets. I’m not just talking about buying holiday gifts for your pet — but don’t forget that either. I’m talking this time about taking the necessary...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

Civil War Profiles: Eastern Shore spy devises a military plan

Anna Ella Carroll is a member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She earned this recognition because of her political savvy, service to President Abraham Lincoln and work as a spy during the Civil War.

Carroll was born in Kingston Hall...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 2:55pm

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:39am

Civil War Profiles: The Georgetown connection: ‘Gath’ memorializes Gen. Torbert

When the casket with the general’s body arrived in Milford, having traveled through Jacksonville, Fla., New York and Philadelphia, with solemn ceremonies and high-ranking officials in attendance at each location, members of the Philadelphia City...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:35am

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:08am

Local students honor veterans

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Students at Lighthouse Christian School show their thanks to local veterans during the school's annual Veterans Day program.Approximately 140 students at Lighthouse Christian School were able to honor area veterans...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:57am