Quinn McColgan, 13, is no stranger to filmmaking, having acted already alongside Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore. But, this summer, the Millsboro native is costaring with zombies, in the film “Extinction,” coming to theaters and video-on-demand on July 31.
Next week, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex in Roxana will be inundated with softball players from around the globe, for the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series.
World-class players ranging in age from 13 to 18 will compete in the two tournaments, which begin Sunday, Aug. 2, and run through Sunday, Aug. 8.
Fenwick Island voters will select more than half of the town council when they take to the polls on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. at town hall. Four seats on the seven-member council are up for election this year, with six candidates in the race.
Dana Lambert is so dedicated to teaching that she was truly stumped by the question “What would you do if you weren’t a teacher?” But this fifth-grade teacher is happy where she is, having just been named Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.
With 22 years in education, Lambert has spent three years at this grade, where classes are departmentalized. That means students rotate to different teachers, like they do at the middle school level. Lambert teaches writing daily, plus science or social studies.
“When I began teaching in ’94, I feel like you’d stand in front of them all day. … Now, it’s different,” Lambert said. “My approach to teaching is: I have to give the students the background that they need, but I have to give them the opportunity to explore for themselves.”
Lynn Pomeroy tried to be positive as he surveyed the charred remains of his family’s business. But that was a challenge after a devastating fire swept through Pomeroy’s Tavern and package store on Monday, June 27.
The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company got the call at 5 a.m., responding with three other companies, plus another six secondary stations and five on standby, said Fire Chief Matthew Sliwa.
Opened in 1924, Pomeroy’s celebrated 90 years of business last September.
“I’m in shock night now. I spent every Christmas … in front of that fireplace,” Pomeroy said, pointing to the charred remains of the fireplace his grandfather had built. “When I was born in Salisbury, this is the first place I stopped when I came home. … It was a very magical place for me.”
For the 19th year, the women of Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club are doing their part to fight breast cancer. A co-ed golf tournament, as well as a ladies-only event, will be held to raise funds for the Delaware Breast Coalition.
Started in 1997 by Ellen Stephens, who passed away last year, the fundraiser in its augural event had 52 players, resulting in a donation of $850 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation that year.
“Over the last 18 years, we’re up to the $388,000 mark,” said organizer Judi Davis. “We’re hoping to go over the $400,000 mark this year, which we should do with no problem.”
Five years ago, the beneficiary of the event changed from Komen to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, to keep the money that is raised local.
“This is the fifth year we’ve given to Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, in order to keep the money in the state of Delaware, because when you give it to Komen you have no idea where it goes or who it helps. This way, we know it’s people who are residents of Delaware who get the benefits.”
Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.
Bethany parade a hit, thanks to many
Praise has rolled in for the 2015 edition of our Bethany Beach July 4th parade.
Councilwoman Diane Tingle was the first to broach the topic of Fenwick Island’s voter registration process at the July 24 town council meeting, using the “old business” segment of the meeting to refresh memories about an ordinance the Town adopted in 2008, as part of efforts in Fenwick and other municipalities statewide to comply with changes in Delaware election law.
With an eye for snowy landscapes, watercolorist Linda Roberts has been critically acclaimed for decades. She’s created art for the U.S. Ski Team, Ski magazine, Audi, Continental Airlines and Marriott Corporation.
But her paintings keep coming back to the beach. And this week, she’s physically coming to Fenwick Island for a special exhibit at Carolina Street Garden & Home.
On Aug. 2, 3 and 4, Roberts will be in the store from noon until 4 p.m. Shoppers can find her coastal-themed watercolors, tranquil as a day at the shore. She’ll also mix things up with several paintings of Italian vistas, framed and unframed prints, plus notecards.
In the decades following the Civil War, it was not uncommon for former members of military units to put their collective heads together and publish a history of their regiment’s experiences during the four-year conflict between the North and South. In 1884, the 1st Delaware’s regimental history initially appeared in print.
More than 100 years later, Longstreet House resurrected this long-out-of-print volume, and reissued it in 1986 to keep the flame alive. A dozen years later, this same publisher put out an expanded version of the 1st Delaware’s record in the war.
Fortunately for Delaware history buffs, Jeffrey R. Biggs took it upon himself earlier this year to self-publish an annotated version of the 1st Delaware regimental history, along with extensive appendices that enhance our understanding of this unit’s wartime hardships and heroics.
Not satisfied that the entire story of the 1st Delaware has yet been told, Biggs performed intensive further research and in 2016 will publish his version of the regiment’s performance under the title “They Fought for the Union: A History of the 1st Delaware in the Army of the Potomac.”
An ordinance that would establish a moratorium for off-premise sign applications in Sussex County was introduced before the Sussex County Council earlier this week.
The good news was that no one was injured. But the tragedy was that the Wolfenbarger family lost everything else when their brand new home burned down on Thursday, July 16.
Two separate salvage companies have determined that none of their belongings was salvageable. The items that were lost were once special to Jeff and Kim Wolfenbarger and their teenage daughter, Isabel.
As the local population goes, so go Sussex County paramedics — moving closer to the beach. Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) cut the ribbon this week on their Medic 105 base, which moved from Route 17 in Clarksville to just outside Ocean View.
“Our biggest challenge was the communities to the east were growing,” said Robert “Robbie” Murray Jr., SCEMS operations division manager. “We constantly found ourselves going to the east.”
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor ResortQuest Sales/Rentals announced this week that the 37th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival will be held on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Held in downtown Bethany Beach, the annual event brings in more than 100 artists to showcase and sell their work with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Bethany Beach. The artists featured bring creations representing a variety of different media, including paintings, photography, woodwork, metalwork, clay, baskets, jewelry and porcelain.
Cole Haden grew up in Bethany Beach and Dagsboro, graduated from Sussex Central High School and is heading out to college after the summer. He could be just one of many teenagers in Sussex County, but Cole Haden is unique.
He was his class valedictorian. He has addressed a crowded Indian River School District Board of Education meeting and made his point. He is a barista at the Artful Bean, where he has a following of older patrons. And he is an actor and a musician, and has been accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
With intense, dark eyes and wearing his trademark blue under-eye glitter, Haden’s appearance conveys presence and poise. He is very much his own man.
“I attended a five-week camp at Berklee last summer and loved it. There was such a sense of community, ambition, drive and creativity there,” said Haden. “Then I went for a live in-person interview and audition. It’s cool that the camp counselors include some of the same faculty that I’ll be learning from this fall. My major will be electronic production and design.”
“I think that moving from Delmarva, where I was incubated as an artist and inspired by the presence of water — especially in winter — to the city of Boston will add a huge new dimension to my work,” he added.
The music genre that drives Haden’s passion is contemporary electronic.
“When I compose, it’s not notes on sheet paper. It’s more in the Björk and Depeche Mode style. I take avant-garde and pop influences, and experiment with triggered beats and samples while sticking to my fundamental trust in the human experience,” he said.
When this reporter looked at him blankly, he helped me out with an analogy.
“You know the modern abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky? Well, he listened to sounds as inspiration for his visual art. I may look at a painting — how the paint was applied to the canvas, the blend and tone of color, its geometric forms and symmetry — and from that get inspired to compose.”
I found out that I had a clavicle this week. Then, I found out that is was broken. Really broken, actually. Like snapped in half and sticking out all over the place broken. Like Owen Wilson in Act III of the movie “Wedding Crashers” broken.
It turns out that, after defying injuries while dropping into the Fenwick shore break for the past 15 years, fate (or Poseidon or Tom Cruise or whatever other mystical forces of the universe and the ocean that were supposed to be watching over me) finally dropped the ball.
The good news is I’ll be back in action in about four to six weeks. The bad news is the Little League World Series gets under way on Sunday and, while my photo-shooting arm should be alright, my mustard-spreading arm is hanging in a sling.
But like all great athletes — or at least sports reporters who write about great athletes — the show must go on, mustard-less hotdogs and all. So, in a misguided attempt to alleviate some self-pity, I decided to take look at a few other tough guys (or girls) who have successfully battled through injuries over the years.
Last summer, the “90 Seconds Movie” helped put some of Delmarva’s top surfing talent on the map. But this Friday, when the event makes its return to K-Coast Surf Shop, the men behind the curtain have something a little different up their sleeves for year two.
“We just wanted to show our gratitude to our local photographers and help get their work out there in the public eye,” explained local professional surfer Colin Herlihy, who helped orchestrate the event, along with videographer Joey Dwyer and Crazy 8’s owner Eugene Stiltner. “Last year, it was all about the local surfers, videographers and editors. This year, we wanted to pay homage to our local photographers.”
After giving out awards in categories such as “Best Air” and “Best Barrel” last year, local photographers this year submitted their 90-second slideshow for the “Framed” show, competing in categories including “Best Water Shot,” “Best Sequence Shot,” “Best Empty Wave or Lineup Shot,” “Best Usage of White Balance” and “Best Delmarva Lifestyle Photo.”
This year, for the first time, two local Challenger Division teams will participate in the first Challenger Exhibition Game at the Senior League Softball and Big League Softball World Series Tournaments in Roxana, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
In 1989, the Little League Challenger Division was established to provide a Little League experience to children with physical and intellectual challenges. In 2001, Little League gave two Challenger Division teams the opportunity to play a game at the Little League Baseball World Series. First played in 2008, the game at the Little League Softball World Series has become a tradition in Portland, Ore., and will be take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 12:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 29, the 15th Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game will be played at Volunteer Stadium, featuring teams from State College, Pa., and Houston, Texas. Teams will also play at the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:45 a.m. This year, for the first time, Little League International is supporting the participating leagues with a $15,000 grant to help offset the costs for the teams to participate in the Exhibition Game.
The Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club is giving youngsters a chance to hone their skills this summer, offering some new opportunities with their Junior Golf Program.
“Our goal is to promote the game of golf to kids,” said Cripple Creek pro Matt Keller. “We want the kids to learn the game through self-discovery.”
“We created the program and opened it to the public, thinking it would be a great opportunity for young kids to learn about golf,” added Junior Golf Chairman Michael Loftus. “Golf is lifelong. No matter the age, you can enjoy.”
For a $150 one-time fee, participants will get access to the practice range and putting green at the course every day after 2 p.m. From Sunday through Thursday after 3 p.m., they’ll also be able to Play unlimited open rounds of golf on the course. And every Tuesday through Aug. 11, members of the program will be able to compete in four- and nine-hole tournaments against other members.
Last July, Lower Sussex Little League had never won a state championship for softball. Less than a year later, they’ve won three — and they’re in the running for a fourth.
The Sussex County Council is considering placing a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electronic signs, following a discussion at this week’s council meeting.
Councilman George Cole requested the council discuss the County’s sign regulations, stating he had spoken to Dale A. Callaway, chairman of the County’s Board of Adjustment, regarding signage.
“He’s relayed to me that they have problems with these electronic signs… Basically, our ordinance needs to rewritten.”
Cole said there are electronic signs on two-lane roads, such as Route 26, “that are very distracting.”
“It’s getting out of hand,” he said. “The board doesn’t know what to do. They need direction from us.”
Kyle Prettyman, who had spent more than a month with her at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.
Right now the Pyle Center is lively with action from local softball All-Stars, but soon it will be lively with international ones, as well.
Both the Big League and Senior League World Series will return to Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 2, and span through Sunday, Aug. 8, drawing some of the top Little League talent from around the world.
Two-time World Series champion ASOFEM Little League will make their ninth consecutive appearance in Roxana in Senior League action, with teams from British Columbia (Canada) and the Philippines going against them, and Prague (Czech Republic) marking the first Czech team to play in a softball World Series.
Selbyville’s new town administrator is no stranger to the townspeople, or to the Town’s rules. Michael “Mike” Deal is coming off of nine years in Selbyville code enforcement to become town administrator.
He took on the role full-time on June 19, after a few weeks as interim administrator.
He’s already familiar with the way locals think. Now he’s learning how to run the Town. That means attending grant seminars and meeting with legislative leaders, so he can represent the Town of Selbyville and its interests at a higher level.
Deal said he aims to “to carry on with the traditions the town likes … this small-town America presence,” which also drew Deal to a place so like his own childhood home.
More than 400 youths from across the country traveled to Sussex County last month. Although most kids their age who spend their summer vacations traveling to the area come to enjoy a beach vacation, these particular youths were spending their time making a positive impact on local families.
“This is what we’re called to do — not just Mariner’s. We understand that God moves first in our lives. God pursues us, God loves us, and we have many blessings that God is able to give to us,” said the Rev. Woody Wilson of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which hosted the First State Work Camp the youths attended.
“Therefore, as often as we can, as many ways as we can, for as long as we can, we’re supposed to be reaching out to help the many needs of folks — not only here but also abroad. First State Work Camp gives us the opportunity to locally love on the people here, help them with some of their needs and build some awesome relationships.”
The Millville Town Council made some long-term decisions at its July 14 meeting. Besides approving a new computer server for town hall, they nearly concluded talks about a proposed zoning overhaul.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Fenwick Four,” and the group’s collective effort to win seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council following the scheduled Aug. 1 election. Some of that talk has been good, while some of it has been not-so-good.
But there’s definitely been talk.
On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.