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Going homeless to raise awareness

“Last night, it was freezing,” said Eric Snyder, who several years ago helped create Serving Others Under the Lord (SOUL) Ministries, an outreach ministry for those who are homeless or in need, on a recent morning when temperatures dipped into the 30s — reminiscent of last year’s bitter winter.

Summer of 2014 declared a success in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach officials on Oct. 17 reported the summer of 2014 as a “very successful, very busy summer.”

Town Manager Cliff Graviet offered praise for new events director and media coordinator Julie Malewski and her work on the slate of entertainment options offered by the Town.

Millville VFC raising funds for mechanical CPR device

Medical professionals known that, when dealing with cardiac arrest, effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime the heart for a successful shock. And sometimes, the most effective chest compressions come not from human hands but a mechanical device.

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., once again sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and Town of Selbyville.

“I’m surprised at how many people say, ‘I was in that parade when I was a kid,’” organizer Fran Pretty has said in the past. “So I think that’s a testimony to how people look forward to it.”

People may line the streets from Town Hall to PNC Bank, where the judging and main performances occur.

Besides rocking out to several local high school bands, people can take in appearances by floats, gymnasts, candidates for public office, fire trucks, scout troops, pageant winners, farm equipment, classic cars and much more.

Auburn student from Dagsboro recognized for leadership

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) recently presented a Congressional Record detailing the leadership skills and accomplishments of Auburn University student Carol Linde on Oct. 7 at the Auburn Student Center.

Banks shows some spirit with Chamber’s Lighthouse Award

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Just running a business is a big responsibility, but that didn’t stop Kami Banks from working double duty for, and ultimately winning, the 2014 Lighthouse Award from the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

One year ago, Banks (of Banks Wines & Spirits) was sworn in as the Chamber board president. That was expected. What the Quiet Resorts didn’t expect was the sudden resignation of the Chamber executive director just prior to the new board term.

Banks then agreed to fill that roll, too, doubly leading the Chamber for four months, until staffer Kristie Maravalli was announced as successor.

Banks was praised for handling the situation with “class, dignity and grace,” despite the obvious rush of running a business and holding two Chamber positions.

Banks recognized for selflessness, grand vision

Kami Banks has long been an influential voice in the community, somewhat belying her relatively-young age.

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a different way or, quite simply, make me laugh.

Alumni night, discount cards top band activities

It’s a busy time for your Indian River High School Marching Band and Boosters!

This Friday night is Band Alumni Night, as former members of the band are invited to come out and join the current band on the field for their Beatles halftime show. Even if you don’t play your instrument anymore, come on out and have fun remembering your time in the IR band.

Thrills and chills return to Roxana Haunted Forest

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest… The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company still has two weekends of Haunted Forest fun to go. Resurrected last fall, the Roxana Haunted Forest is already becoming a thrilling annual tradition once again, after an almost 10-year hiatus.

Today & Tomorrow Conference to feature ‘SELLebration’ theme

Next week, leaders from across the state will visit Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) to attend the 21st Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference.

Seniors learn to be safe and secure at LIVE Conference

Both seniors and the people who love them spent a rainy Monday pleasantly indoors with the second annual Sussex County LIVE Conference.

“Of course, everyone here wants to learn about living safely and secure,” said organizer Sally Beaumont, chairperson of Sussex County Council’s Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities.

Ocean View Public Works makes the move

The Ocean View Public Works Department is working diligently to move into its new home by the beginning of November. Until now, the department has been working out of a number of separate buildings, but will now have one home.

Railroad repair to close Fire Tower Road in Dagsboro on Monday

Railway construction at Fire Tower Road will divert Dagsboro traffic this week.

Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Fire Tower Road between Route 20 (Dagsboro Road) and Iron Branch Road, just north of Dagsboro.

The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 31, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Frankford’s Chandler House makes its mark in history

Once upon a time, a daring sea captain rolled up his sails and came home, moving into the house that now bears his name. Today, in the small downtown of Frankford, the Captain Ebe Chandler House still stands at 13 Main Street, with a new glossy Delaware Historical Marker.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.The “Carpenter Gothic” Victorian house is still maintained as a bed-and-breakfast by residents Robert and Marla Daisey.

“It was always my childhood dream,” said Marla Daisey, whose father owned the building in the mid-1960s. “I loved it since I was a little girl.”

It was renovated into rental units and had several tenants before the Daiseys moved in about 12 years ago.

Built as a simple farmhouse in 1878 by Capt. Joshua Townsend, the house was moved back from the road and extensively remodeled around 1918 by Chandler. He moved the house back to add a massive wraparound veranda, with gazebos at either end, topped by multicolored stained-glass cupolas.

The National Parks Service calls it a “two-and-a-half story, six-bay, double-pile, gable-roofed Victorian Gothic structure distinguished by the addition of elaborate carpenter gothic and eclectic detailing.”

The house has undergone steady maintenance to survive into the 21st century.

“It’s overwhelming,” Daisey said of the maintenance. “It’s a lifetime commitment to the upkeep, due to its age.”

Some minor details have changed with the times, such as the clean white fireplace mantle, once covered in an ornate gold leaf.

But those cupolas still charm Daisey, and her daughter, Taite, likes the wide front porch.

Henry Gawthrop, 4th Delaware: A Quaker hero

Members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, came to America from England in the 17th century to escape persecution. When they were not welcomed in the New England states as well, many migrated to Quaker-friendly Pennsylvania, including the area that eventually became Delaware, and established homes and businesses.

Don’t let hip bursitis beat you

You’ve probably heard friends or family talking about bursitis. It typically occurs in the elbow, shoulder, knee and hip. Some people have experienced it in the base of the big toe or a heel. The hips seem to be the areas often impacted and it is very common, but there’s much confusion about this really painful problem.

In fact, most people think that hip bursitis is a function of age, but that’s not the real picture. The effects of aging certainly are a leading cause, but young people are at risk, too. This is one nasty problem to wrestle with, but you can save yourself or someone you know needless suffering by getting up to speed on the causes, symptoms and treatments.

We all know that muscles, tendons and bones work together to allow movement of our joints. As those movements occur, the friction that occurs between those structures is reduced and the way is smoothed by a thin sac of tissue called a bursa. The bursae (that’s the plural form of bursa) are filled with fluid that serve as a lubricant to reduce friction.

Bethany Beach adopts Smart911 service

The Town of Bethany Beach recently joined Sussex County in offering its residents a time-saving program designed to help prepare them in an emergency. The online service, called Smart911, is an aid for first responders to access critical information when a caller dials 911.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks set for this Saturday in Bethany

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival, presented by the Leslie Kopp Group, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

The event, designed to benefit the Sussex County SPCA, is open to residents, visitors and their pets, and will feature costume contests, a costume parade, hayrides, pumpkin painting, dog-cookie decorating, a D.J. and much more.

Launch party for ‘The Boardwalk’ set for Sunday, Nov. 2

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will host a party Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the launch of “The Boardwalk,” a collection of short stories set in Rehoboth that was recently published by Cat & Mouse Press. The book contains winning entries from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

Playoffs!? Playoffs!? Actually, yeah — let’s talk about playoffs

It’s that time of year again. And, no, I’m not talking about the time of year when the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting shorter. I’m talking about the time of year when sports pundits start breaking out references to former NFL Head Coach Jim Mora’s famous “Playoffs!?

Indians wrangle Woodbridge, Wescott to keep playoff hopes alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior defensive end DeAndre 'D.D.' Cooper and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla take down Woodbridge All-State QB Logan Wescott in the backfield last Friday night. The Indians' defense posted a shutout in the second half.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior defensive end DeAndre 'D.D.' Cooper and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla take down Woodbridge All-State QB Logan Wescott in the backfield last Friday night. The Indians' defense posted a shutout in the second half.Less than two minutes into last Friday night’s Henlopen South showdown, Indian River High School’s football stadium saw Woodbridge senior quarterback Logan Wescott live up to the All-State hype surrounding him when he capped off the opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass after moving the chains on the ground with ease.

The Indians’ defense woke up on the next drive, however, with senior defensive end DeAndre “D.D.” Cooper and sophomore linebacker Zion Howard each taking down the Blue Raiders’ dual-threat QB on scramble attempts in the backfield.

Sophomore linebackers Gianni Gottschalk and Zane Richard, and senior defensive tackle Spencer Sturla would also wrap him up behind the line on the next drive, but Wescott would manage a rushing TD before halftime, to give Woodbridge a 13-0 lead.

“It was more us than it was Woodbridge,” said IRHS head coach Ray Steele of the first half. “We made a lot of mental mistakes. We kept a drive alive for them twice.”

‘South in sight’: Indians look to secure South title after 5-0 win vs. Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior forward Luis Cruz looks to set up a score during the Indians’ 7-0 win against Lake Forest last Thursday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior forward Luis Cruz looks to set up a score during the Indians’ 7-0 win against Lake Forest last Thursday night.Sporting an 8-3 record and in the midst of one of their best seasons in years, the Lake Forest soccer team headed into last Thursday’s matchup at Indian River with hopes of a potential division title.

Those hopes soon dwindled, however, as the Indians came out firing with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder and captain Danny Garza within the first 10 minutes.

“Gardo had a nice lead, and [I] just placed it in the top corner,” said Garza of the goal that put his team up 2-0 early, on an assist from freshman Edgardo Velasquez.

Sophomore Arturo Salas would increase the lead to 3-0 after being set up by senior forward Luis Cruz before the half, while Mac Smith had been knocking on the door with near chances and a shot that hit the pipe that could have set the score even further out of reach.

Seniors score in 5-0 shutout vs. Laurel field hockey

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Lexi Haden charges down field against Laurel last Thursday night. Haden posted an assist in the Lady Indians' 5-0 shutout victory.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore Lexi Haden charges down field against Laurel last Thursday night. Haden posted an assist in the Lady Indians' 5-0 shutout victory.The Indian River High School field hockey team only has two seniors, both of whom are well-deserving captains of the team, having stuck it out through a tough progression of the program throughout their high school careers.

And last Thursday night against Laurel, on a night designated to honor seniors, both Sarah Buchler and Maggie Allison notched goals in the Lady Indians’ fifth win of the season — a 5-0 shutout against Laurel.

“Finally,” Allison stated simply, after scoring the first goal of her field hockey career. A standout lacrosse player, Allison joined the program last season, in her junior year.

Buchler, who has been with the program throughout her entire high school career, felt similarly about capping off her last home game with two goals, two assists and, most importantly, a win.

Shorthanded Lady Indians manage comeback at Seaford in five

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Sammi Mumford, senior Phoebe Walls, and junior Eliza Bombhardt wait for the serve during the Lady Indians’ comeback victory at Seaford last Tuesday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Sophomore Sammi Mumford, senior Phoebe Walls, and junior Eliza Bombhardt wait for the serve during the Lady Indians’ comeback victory at Seaford last Tuesday.Headed into Tuesday night’s division matchup at Seaford, the Lady Indians were working with a shallow bench.

“We were a little shorthanded, because we had three girls out sick,” explained head coach Jay Clark.

With only one varsity player on the bench to start the game, Clark had no choice but to use his whole varsity rotation when senior outside hitter and team captain Lili Cooney went down with what appeared to be a knee injury.

“When Lili went out, we had all of our varsity in there,” said Clark. “We are fortunate it doesn’t look like Lili Cooney’s injury is serious.”

Despite the limited rotation, the Lady Indians battled tough in what would turn out to be a five-set match that eventually ended in their third win on the season.

“Tough, exciting match,” Clark said. “Our girls hung in there and found a way to win. That’s something we’ve not done well enough this year and, fortunately, tonight we did.”

Nov. 2 Trail Run to support First State Work Camp

Coastal Point • File Photo : Runners get started during the 2011 Mariner's Bethel Trail Run, held at the Assawoman Wildlife Area.Coastal Point • File Photo : Runners get started during the 2011 Mariner's Bethel Trail Run, held at the Assawoman Wildlife Area.Sussex County’s most scenic trail run is back and set for Sunday, Nov. 2, with the proceeds from this year’s run going toward the First State Work Camp — an organization that helps repair houses for residents in need.

“People have been notified and asked to apply for this kind of help,” said event coordinator Bill Lord. “The money from the run will go toward that.”

Lord said the funds will be used for purchasing materials and building supplies for around 100 homes throughout Sussex County, and that he expects the Camp Barnes-based trail run should see similar numbers of participants as last year.

“I would suspect that we would be up there where we were last year,” he stated. “We expect a pretty good crowd.”

The race will again be run by Sea Shore Striders and feature a run/walk 5K and more throughout the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge.

Selbyville native named Teacher of the Year at South Carolina high school

Earlier this year, Stefan Botchie was selected as the 2014-2015 Emerald High School Teacher of the Year in Greenwood, S.C.

John M. Clayton beats the odds, wins national award

Just three Delaware schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Frankford’s own John M. Clayton Elementary School. JMC, Lake Forest North Elementary and the Academy of Dover charter school and are among the 337 schools that will be officially honored in November in Washington, D.C.

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