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Civil War Profiles: Mark Twain during the Civil War era at the Dickens

The actor entered the Dickens Parlour Theater from the side door and described his infatuation with Mark Twain — the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He stepped onto the stage and sat at a period dressing table with...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:16am

BART to open season with ‘The Time Collector’

They say one’s wedding day is the happiest day of their life. So what if, years after the special day, you were able to revisit that moment through a returned photograph?

This month, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will open its...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:21pm

Library offering full fall slate

This fall, the South Coastal Library will continue its mission to provide service to the community, not only through providing information resources and reading materials, but also through its wide variety of programming.

“In the...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:07pm

Civil War Profiles: The 1st Delaware’s ‘torn and tattered’ flags

The 152nd anniversary of the bloodiest day of the Civil War took place on Sept. 17. On that date in 1862 at Antietam Creek in Maryland, when the 1st Delaware Regiment charged “Bloody Lane,” a strong Confederate position in a sunken road, the...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:46pm

Oyster aquaculture isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, residents argue

After months of new oyster aquaculture regulations being hammered into shape, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to straighten that picture.

Calling themselves the Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture, a group of homeowners along...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:43pm

Learn about native edible plants at Delaware Seashore State Park

Native plants are abundant along Delaware’s beaches and have adapted specifically to survive the harsh conditions of a coastal habitat. But that is not all that makes the plants unique. In fact, according to state park officials, many of them...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 5:52am

Delmarva Bottle Club to hold show and sale

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A few of Ed Detwiler’s antique bottles he keeps in his private collection.“Everybody collects something,” said Ed Detwiler, treasurer of the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club.

Detwiler has been collecting...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:34am

Civil War Profiles: Arlington House: A memorial to R.E. Lee

The trauma of the oncoming Civil War caused Southerners in active military service to the United States to make, in many cases, a heart-wrenching decision: To honor their oath of allegiance to their country, or join the rebellion and pledge...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:21am

Country Festival to rock Millsboro this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photos : Left, Jimmy’s Grill participates in the bed races at last year’s event. Bottom right, Joshua Johnson competes in the ‘Redneck Challenge’ of throwing remote controls.Good food, great music, fun games and more can all...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:49am

Trick Trucks to host Truck & Jeep Show in Millsboro

Trick Trucks of Millsboro will host their first-ever Truck & Jeep show this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their Millsboro store location at 24572 Betts Pond Rd.

The event will be free to the public to attend or compete...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:39am

Canal contest winners create a community in South Bethany

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : South Bethany’s Sue Callaway was proud to honor winners of the annual canal-decorating contest. She stands (left to right) with runners-up, Pat Weisgerber and Carol Stevenson, Michael Lord of Lord’s Landscaping, and...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:31am

Civil War Profiles: Researching Delaware graves at Arlington National Cemetery

The endless rows of white headstones that spill across the rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery are a startling reminder of the costliest four years in our country’s military history. One of the main areas for interment of Civil War...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:02am

NWTF offers women the opportunity to learn outdoor skills

Women looking to learn about self-defense, shooting, hunting and more can do just that next month, during the Lower Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) second annual Women in the Outdoors event.

“We really feel...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:56am

Arts & Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Freeman

The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.

“It’s a wonderful collaborative day,” said Patti Grimes, executive...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:39am

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

BART began in 2012, as a non-profit with the goal of bringing local theater to the Bethany area and, through...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:36am

EPA scientist to discuss sustainability in face of climate change

In recognition of Sea Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will host Dr. Jonathan D. Essoka of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:34am

‘Macbeth’ set to bubble on the beach

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.“Double, double, toil...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:28am

Ice, ice bucket: Wilgus Associates get frosty for a friend

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.There have been many people...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:22am

Civil War Profiles: The Delaware Military Academy controversy

The state legislature approved the creation of a military school for young men in Wilmington in 1859, but its contribution to education in Delaware was short-lived. It could not survive the increasingly confrontational political atmosphere...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:20am

Marsh walk set for Sept. 20

Delaware Seashore State Park is considered a prime location for one of Delaware’s most unique and important habitats: the inland bay marshlands. Visitors can join a park naturalist on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. to explore the disappearing...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:16am

Volunteers sought to help clean up the coast

A hockey puck, toothbrush, headphones, door, box springs, showerhead and barstool. What do these things have in common? All were collected during last year’s Coastal Cleanup, spanning the State’s 97-mile eastern coastline.

On Saturday,...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:02am

South Bethany opens its own little library

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : South Bethany resident Lori Cicero came up with the idea to put a little library near town hall, and the town’s Community Enhancement Committee agreed to have one installed. Residents and visitors can stop by and...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:52am

Herlihy’s revolutionary ‘Buck Board’ turns 10

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Colin Herlihy and Eric Simons go over some notes after the last Bethany Skim Jam of the summer.Chances are, if you follow board sports, you know who Colin Herlihy is. You’ve seen him in the newspapers and in the...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:46am

Civil War Profiles: Burton, Cannon & Saulsbury: Delaware’s wartime governors

During the four tumultuous years of the Civil War, 1861-1865, three men held the reins of government in Delaware. It was William Burton’s fate to be in the office of governor when secession was under consideration at the outset of the war....

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:42am

Millsboro Country Festival becoming signature event

In just a few weeks, Millsboro’s annual Country Festival will return to the town, bringing with it music, activities, food and more. Organized by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the festival was designed to be a signature event for the...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:26am

Burn Camp offers kids respite and fun

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A carnival was held during Delaware Burn Camp’s week-long retreat at Camp Barnes. The kids were able to play games, eat cotton candy, enjoy a photobooth and, as camper Lincoln demonstrated, even make a little...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:57am

yArt Sale takes center stage this weekend

A large private residence will resemble a European outdoor market this weekend, as the ninth annual “yArt” (Art in the Yard) show returns to Bethany Beach.

Nick and Julie Kypreos will open their gates at 33258 Kent Avenue on Aug. 30 and 31...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:54am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Labor Day Monday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:32am

Civil War Profiles: The education of Quaker brothers in wartime

Albert Smith, treasurer of the Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and his wife, Elizabeth, lived with their six sons in the upper floors above the bank at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. They were Quakers and part of Wilmington’s old-line...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:08am

Public invited to enjoy Nanticoke history and culture at annual powwow

Coastal Point • File Photo : Charles Eagletail dances in the circle at the 2011 Nanticoke Indian Powwow near Millsboro.For 37 years, the Nanticoke Indian Association has been holding an annual powwow, welcoming the community to attend and learn...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:49am

Special Olympics athletes enjoy traditional summer camp

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Annie Manista, a Project Unify partner with Special Olympics Delaware poses, with Ocean View resident Carol Bak, a Special Olympics athlete, after a kayaking trip. They were two of many who participated in the...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:34am

Application withdrawn from County Council for music festival

For now, concerned Harbeson-area residents can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Sussex County Council approved this week the withdrawal of a conditional-use application that would allow for a music festival on a farmland property near the town....

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:00am

South Bethany to hold fourth annual ‘beauty contest’

Driving through South Bethany, motorists often notice the beautifully landscaped canal and road ends. The continued beautification of the areas has been carried out through the work of the town’s Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) and...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:56am

Land to spare? Millville seeks donation for event space

In searching for new festival space, the Town of Millville is weighing all options. This week, Millville opened its doors current landowners who may be interested in donating two or more acres of property to the Town.

Millville sponsors...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:55am

Energy-saving initiatives launched in state municipalities

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently joined USDA Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan to announce energy-saving initiatives in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties through the Rural...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:47am

Civil War Profiles: The admiral’s wife: Sophie Madeleine DuPont

The strategy, tactics and horror of the Civil War have been thoroughly documented over the nearly 150 years since it came to an end. While most the writings have been about the men who fought the war, the role of women has received attention, as...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:17am

Eagle Scout revitalizes outdoor classroom at Showell

Kids at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School can now go outside the classroom to learn, thanks to the help of Eagle Scout Michael Thompson.

“They have a pond there. It was really overgrown, and no one really used it. I thought the idea of...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:32am

Little boat, big water: Local man circumnavigates Delmarva by pontoon

Coastal Point • Submitted : Alex Daly navigated his pontoon boat in Virginia’s inland waterways from Assateague, Md., to Cape Charles, Va.Pontoon boats were made for balmy days on the bay. But for one Fenwick Islander, they were made for...

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 7:19am

Alumni to return for Operation SEAs the Day

In less than a month, 30 soldiers and their immediate families will come to Bethany Beach to take part in the second year of Operation SEAs the Day, as “Very Important Families” (VIFs).

“Last year was our first year, and we brought 25...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 4:06am

Delaware ranked seventh in nation for solar energy

Delaware is again among the states leading the nation in solar energy — ranked seventh per capita for cumulative solar installations, according to a report released this week by Environment America Research & Policy Center, “Lighting the Way...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:22am

DNREC announces changes to Delaware’s Green Energy Fund

DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) recently announced the Aug. 4 launch of the Joint Green Energy Program, with the intention of increasing small-scale photovoltaic installations in Delaware...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:16am

Online registration open now for Coastal Cleanup vols

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, the cleanup...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:12am

Civil War Profiles: Townsend’s ‘mysterious estate’ on South Mountain

It is human nature to seek a refuge from life’s daily routine, a place that fulfills our craving for relaxation and privacy. Few, however, can afford a place that is secluded yet a reasonable distance from their work environment. A Delawarean by...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:03am

Steele brings weird fiction to ‘The Children of Old Leech’

Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ “If you value your health, sanity and general sense of...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:08am

Car show to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • Submitted: Allison Stine poses with her cars, all of which will be shown at the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.With Operation SEAs the Day’s Wounded Warrior Beach Week...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:28am

Civil War Profiles: Jordan Norris, 48th Georgia: ‘I was never touched by a Yankee bullet!’

Mary Ann Norris Welsh, who lives in Ocean Pines, Md., is interested in genealogy. In 1970, while checking birthdates in the family Bible during a reunion at a relative’s home in Eastover, S.C., she found a brief letter, in the form of a memoir,...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:27am

Civil War Profiles: ‘Dead heroes’ of the 2nd Delaware

After the outbreak of hostilities between the states in 1861, authorities in Washington soon acknowledged that the war would last longer than originally believed. Consequently, they called for men to join the Union army for a three-year...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:31am

Odd algae bloom in Salt Pond gets attention from State

Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.To Pat Sned, whose home backs up to the Salt Pond, a large apparent algae bloom that caught her eye about a month ago seemed a little out of...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:44am

Odd algae bloom in Salt Pond gets attention from State

Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.To Pat Sned, whose home backs up to the Salt Pond, a large apparent algae bloom that caught her eye about a month ago seemed a little out of...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:44am

Ridin’ Dirty: Local bikers love their sport, into their 70s and 80s

Zipping through Roxana fields, two dirt-bikers kick up dust on a humid day. They stop to chat before kicking down on the starter and buzzing away for another loop.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Jim LeBrun, a 74-year-old retired optician...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:12am