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State Champs! Indians best Bucs to bring home state title

Every year, the Indian River High School soccer team makes a short list. First there’s the division title. Then the conference championship game. And, finally, the ultimate goal — a DIAA state championship.

Families grow, come together in different ways

Drew Ehlers is a typical 5-year-old kid — he loves to play with his older sisters, and when he’s unhappy, he wants his mom.

The miracle of that normalcy is not lost on his mom, Tanya Ehlers, or his dad, Andy Ehlers.

A story that truly hits home for one Point reporter

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Magill family is one happy unit today.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Magill family is one happy unit today.Every November, when National Adoption Awareness Month rolls around, adoptive parents greet it with Facebook posts about the miracle of adoption, or with reminders that adoption is defined by profound loss.

Or both.

One of my favorite “memes” — those pithy posts that seem to be everywhere on social media these days — is this one from non-profit guru and mom of 6, Jody Landers: “A child born to another woman calls me Mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.”

For me, that pretty much sums up adoption. I am the proud mom of an 11-year-old son adopted from South Korea, Nathaniel Eric SiWoo Magill. How he came to be our son is not my story to tell — it’s his, if he cares to, someday.

But here are the basic details: Nathaniel came home to us at the age of 5.5 months, about 2 years after we started the process of adoption through the Welcome House Adoption Agency in Pennsylvania. He arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport from Korea one night in March 2005, bundled in several layers of clothing. His Korean escort, a sweet Korean woman, told us, “Good baby. Sleep.”

Police ask residents to report all suspicious activity

At a recent South Bethany Town Council meeting, Sgt. Lee Davis repeatedly told residents to call the South Bethany Police Department if something seems suspicious.

“We’d rather go out 10 times” for a false alarm than miss something “because someone doesn’t want to bug us,” Davis said. “You guys are our eyes and ears.”

Bethany Beach to host month of holiday events

Visitors to Bethany Beach and residents alike will find during the holiday season that the Town has rolled out the red carpet and added a boardwalk Christmas tree this year to light the way for holiday revelers.

Dagsboro incumbents will keep their seats

Dagsboro won’t host a town council election in 2015, as the only three nominees were the incumbents filing for re-election.

There were no challengers for seats held by Brian Baull (vice mayor), Pat Miller or Theresa Ulrich (secretary/treasurer).

First State Community Action Agency providing free heat

People living without working home heating can get help this winter from the First State Community Action Agency. Low-income homes may be eligible for free heating unit repairs.

Frankford holiday lighting set for Saturday

Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The holiday event aims to build holiday and town spirit. Local church choirs will lead the night’s music, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will host children at Santa’s House until 8 p.m.

Dagsboro tree lighting set for this weekend

Dagsboro will light up on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Christmas season kicks off at Katie Helm Town Park.

The Town of Dagsboro will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Residents and visitors can enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate.

Keeping kids safe: Free program removes lead paint

De-Lead is on a mission to remove lead paint from low-income homes in Kent and Sussex counties.

“If you have a child under 6 years old, and your home was built before 1978, you may be eligible for help removing the lead-based paint hazards for free,” according to the First State Community Action Agency, which manages the De-Lead program.

State champs offer lessons in resiliency, heart

After seven games had been played in their 2015 season, the Indian River High School boys soccer team had two wins. After their last game had been played, they had themselves a state championship.

Guest Column: The Thanksgiving transition

Yeah, that’s right — transition, not tradition.

Indian River health teacher: Ease up on the vaccines

Paris Mitchell and his own children have been vaccinated. But, given what he’s learned in the past few years, he said he would have second thoughts if given the opportunity to vaccinate now.

South Bethany’s Hudson recieves police award

The South Bethany Police Department this week announced that Patrolman Nathan Hudson has been chosen as the recipient of the Crowe-McGrory Award.

Hudson was awarded the Crowe-McGrory on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Delaware Chapter Law Enforcement Day luncheon, hosted by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Chapter 54 in Wilmington.

‘Justin’ time for the holidays: Volunteers get special thanks

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Volunteers at Justin’s Beach House received thanks for another season of helping families suffering from cancer enjoy a respite week at the beach.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Volunteers at Justin’s Beach House received thanks for another season of helping families suffering from cancer enjoy a respite week at the beach.In a season of thanks, one charity is thanking the people who make it thrive. Justin’s Beach House hosted a volunteer appreciation party on Nov. 19.

Since 2010, the Bethany Beach respite house has been a free and relaxing retreat for families dealing with cancer, named for Justin Jennings, a local young man who passed away from cancer in 2000.

In five years, Justin’s Beach House has hosted 121 families, including more than two dozen this year.

On this night they celebrated “all those people make the house work,” said Kathy Green, executive director, such as guest liaisons, charity organizers and more.

Volunteer Betty Leary gets to be on the front lines to greet families arriving at the beach.

Civil War Profiles: A heartfelt discourse on Thanksgiving Day

In gratitude for recent Union victories on the battlefield, President Abraham Lincoln declared a National Day of Thanksgiving to take place on Thursday, Nov. 27, 1862. The president’s proclamation came as the Civil War raged into its second year (see “Civil War Profiles,” Nov. 29, 2013).

Ellen Rice debuting new Strength of Woman series painting

Finding direction in life is the subject of a major new work in oils that Delaware artist Ellen Rice will introduce, among others, as part of her kickoff of the Thanksgiving weekend 21st annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), at her new gallery in Bethany Beach.

SEDAST puts local artists on display, raises funds for area schools

Coastal Point • Submitted: Several ceramic pieces by artist Kim DoughtyCoastal Point • Submitted: Several ceramic pieces by artist Kim DoughtySussex County certainly has its fair share of venues to enjoy local art. But the only place to see that art while it unfolds is at the 21st Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) this Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28.

“The SEDAST tour is comprised of artists from the local area. What they do is they open their studios every year for two days,” explained Jeanne Mueller of Gallery One in Ocean View, a PR representative for the event. “You can go in and watch the artists work, view their artwork, ask them questions.

“You can go to an art show and you can see an artist, meet an artist and see the art hanging on the wall, but to my knowledge this is the only event where you can go and see the artist actually work in their studio.”

The two-day event will comprise 15 of the area’s top artists, some of them joining the tour for the first year and some of them the usual suspects. But Mueller said that even some of the returning artists will be breaking out some new kinds work that are far from usual — including Clarksville’s John Donato, who will be showing off some of his new wooden children’s toys.

Tripple Overtime: The Tribe Top 10 — Fall 2015 Edition

The Indian River High School soccer team capped the 2015 fall sports season the right way on Saturday, with their 1-0 state championship win over Caravel and so much excitement that now it all just seems like one long (but awesome) blur of green and gold, and red and blue from the police and fire truck sirens and, of course, white from the student section covering the Smyrna stands in baby powder by tossing it up in the air like Lebron to celebrate Oscar Cruz’s goal and, eventually, the title.

Slam Dunk to the Beach releases 2015 schedule

After taking more than a 10-year hiatus before making its return in 2014, the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament is already gearing up for year two, with the success of last year’s resurgence in the books.

New Artful Bean owners blend coffee, creativity and community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: New owners Rose O'Hanlan and Kim Warner are bringing even more of the creative arts to the Artful Bean.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: New owners Rose O'Hanlan and Kim Warner are bringing even more of the creative arts to the Artful Bean.It’s a coffeehouse, and it’s an art gallery. It’s a fine crafts gallery, and it’s a sandwich shop. It’s a stage for poetry readings, acoustic sets and art nights, a place to grab the morning paper, a place for locals, a place for tourists and a place for everyone.

But even after taking over the Artful Bean Coffee Shop in Bethany Beach this past April, new owners Rose O’Hanlan and Kim Warner still plan on what has long been an area staple of art and culture becoming even more. And they’ve only just begun unwrapping their plans.

“We want people to think about the Artful Bean not only as a coffee shop but as a place that they can go and be creative, and have a good time enjoying life for the moment that they’re in,” Warner said. “We just want to make every day an experience for the customers, the people that work here, and for ourselves.”

South Bethany prepares for first FIRM appeal update

South Bethany planned to review the first round of scientific results this week as it decides whether to appeal its flood insurance rate map (FIRM).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that have been unpopular since they were first publicized in 2014.

Be heard: Planning begins for Dagsboro Downtown district

What do people see in Dagsboro’s future?

Dagsboro could win grant money to create a truly thriving downtown. So now is the time to plan, with a new task force forming to write the Downtown Development District Plan.

On Nov. 12, the Task Force started discussing a “mini comprehensive plan” for the downtown development area, said AECOM planner Debbie Pfeil.

Winter coming, and Code Purple leads way

With colder temperatures forecast for the coming week, organizers with Code Purple, a network of weather-driven shelters throughout the county, are gearing up to meet the needs of those in Sussex County who need a warm place to sleep.

Slam Dunk gears up for second year of its rebirth

Slam Dunk to the Beach had a triumphant return to the local sports scene last year and organizers are planning even more great basketball for this year’s event, slated for Dec. 27-29.

Employees help each other with Fenwick personnel policy

Fenwick Island’s new personnel program will help employees in need, starting with a town police officer and his baby boy.

Town Council had a special meeting Nov. 5 just to consider and approve a Donated Leave Program.

Hocker to Markell: Delaware’s safety must come first

Plight of Syrian refugees must take a back seat to needs of Delawareans

State Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View) this week sent a letter to Gov. Jack Markell stating his “grave concern” over the Governor’s willingness to accept Syrian refugees, despite the federal government’s inadequate vetting procedures.

Community rallies again for Thanksgiving for Thousands

Coastal Point • File Photo: The annual Thanksgiving for Thousands event, put together by Mountaire, is always a festive occassion, marked by hard-working volunteers and some holiday spirit.Coastal Point • File Photo: The annual Thanksgiving for Thousands event, put together by Mountaire, is always a festive occassion, marked by hard-working volunteers and some holiday spirit.On Monday, Nov. 23, hundreds will gather in a Mountaire Farms packing facility in Selbyville so that thousands will have a filling Thanksgiving meal this year.

For the 20th year, Mountaire is the driving force behind the Thanksgiving for Thousands event. Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will line tables crowded with everything necessary for a proper Thanksgiving feast from cranberry sauce and stuffing to a Mountaire roaster, and brownie mix for dessert. Each box contains enough food for five people.

This year, Mountaire will provide Thanksgiving dinner for 35,000 people throughout the county. After all the boxes are filled, they will be loaded on trucks and taken to the Dagsboro Church of God, where they will then be distributed to the churches and other organizations, which will in turn deliver them to the families they have identified during the course of the year.

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