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Nature and botanic gardens inspire Millsboro painter

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Constance James Collock was inspired by the work being done to bring Delaware Botanic Gardens at Peppers Creek to Sussex County, and painted what she imagines a very specific spot in the complex will look like.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Constance James Collock was inspired by the work being done to bring Delaware Botanic Gardens at Peppers Creek to Sussex County, and painted what she imagines a very specific spot in the complex will look like.One day, sunlight will shine through the trees, gold and green. A gently sculpted path will turn toward the creek, twinkling gently in the distance.

At least, that’s what local artist Constance “Connie” James Kollock imagines in her new painting, a study of the future Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

After learning about the public garden coming to Dagsboro, she curiously hoped to see the land for herself, before the 37-acre plot was fenced in against deer and humans. For the past few years, the botanic gardens team have been quietly clearing brush, digging paths and planting thousands of young plants (with many more to come) on a site that was mostly soybean field and forest.

Walking through the woods, “I thought, ‘Oh, golly — I know what this is gonna look like,’” she said, and Kollock was inspired to photograph and sketch the woodland pathways. She finished the task just as the gardens’ staff announced that the property would soon be gated, as the gardens-in-progress are closed to the general public until the gardens officially open around 2019.

Kollock started her painting this spring, transforming acrylic paint into the bright landscape she sees coming in the next few years.

“This is a beautiful spot. … I think it’ll be a unique place, with all the flowers and the old paths and being on the creek like it is,” said Kollock. “I think they’ll be successful. I hope they are.”

At home in Millsboro, her own studio looks out over the picturesque Indian River.

TOTS preschoolers make a musical night

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Preschoolers are movin’ and groovin’ at a music night at Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) in Frankford.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Preschoolers are movin’ and groovin’ at a music night at Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) in Frankford.These preschoolers were ready to boogie. Live music filled the gym this month at Indian River School District’s Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) program.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, Nancy Curry of Makin’ Music Delaware led the children in singing and dancing. She will give three TOTS nighttime shows, plus several classroom visits, this school year, made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Freeman Foundation.

TOTS serves kids ages 3 and 4 who have developmental disabilities or delays.

Kids sing throughout the day, such as the clean-up song. But on their music night, they used listening skills to dance and follow motions.

“This was something that I thought was just little bit different. … This was just pure entertainment,” said Loretta Ewell, TOTS coordinator.

Pickleball Points — Endorsements can make a market, or break a company

Professional endorsements work because consumers make them work. Seldom, but sometimes, the company involves the athlete in product development. Billie Jean King and Chris Evert were involved in their Wilson autograph tennis rackets.

Endorsements are not to be taken lightly because of the financial risk, which can ruin companies.

County could introduce ‘right-to-work’ ordinance next week

At the urging of Councilman Rob Arlett, the Sussex County Council may introduce an ordinance related to “right-to-work” legislation at its Oct. 31 meeting.

IRSD official count tops 10,600 students

Every autumn, Delaware schools take a “snapshot” of the student population. On Sept. 30, Indian River School District officially counted 10,619 students.

“If we keep the same growth pattern, we’re going to eclipse 11,000 in the next five years, probably more like 11,500 to 12,000 students,” Superintendent Mark Steele told the IRSD Board of Education in October.

Trick-or-treat hours announced for Halloween 2017

Local residents and motorists should beware, and be aware, of princess zombies and Jedi dinosaurs this week. Halloween is the annual holiday when neighbors freely give treats to local trick-or-treaters. Kids can grab a costume, flashlight and bucket or pillowcase for the spookiest night of the year.

Magee Farms getting in Halloween spirit

Despite the fact that the pumpkin crop at Magee Farms’ Selbyville location succumbed to a rainy growing season, the century-old family farm will kick off the weekend with a tribute to TV audiences’ favorite pumpkin patch, followed the next day with more autumn fun at its annual Fall Festival.

This weekend, get rid of those old prescription meds

As part of an ongoing effort locally, state-wide and nationally, people are being encouraged to visit some of their local police departments this weekend to properly dispose of their unneeded or expired prescription medications.

Frankford auction to benefit various hurricane victims

This weekend, when some people buy new furniture, they’ll know that 100 percent of the cost helped hurricane victims across the U.S.

The Father’s House church in Frankford will host an auction fundraiser to help hurricane recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. They were battered by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, all within one month this summer.

Police investigating local roadside robbery

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a robbery of a 28-year-old Maryland man while his vehicle was disabled along a Sussex County roadway near Millville.

DSP: Selbyville man dies after Sept. 29 crash

At the request of Selbyville Police Department, the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week began investigating a crash that occurred at the end of September, resulting in the death of a driver.

Take two: Route 54 traffic focus of second public meeting

It was a long discussion, but it was missing some key players. This time when residents discuss Route 54 traffic congestion and safety, they’ll be speaking with Sussex County officials.

Ocean View Town Council discusses Hendricks compensation study

In 2012, the Ocean View Town Council hired Hendricks & Associates to conduct a compensation study to analyze the duties of town employees. The thought was to develop a salary grade and range structure so that the Town would not have retention issues.

Washington, D.C., men killed in crash

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Dewey Beach Police Department this week were investigating a motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway (Route 1) in Dewey Beach that killed two Washington, D.C., men who had been standing next to the road on their bicycles. Police asked for the public’s help with information about the vehicle involved in the accident.

Editorial — Ordinance needs to be discussed thoroughly

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett is pushing an ordinance related to right-to-work legislation for the county, and it could be put in front of council at its Oct. 31 meeting.

The ordinance would intend to “provide that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act be required to join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.”

Point of No Return — Google list gives us the top 2017 costumes

It is basic human nature to fantasize about living the life of someone else, right?

Guest Column — Conaway: To regulate or not? That is the question!

The last time I reported to you about the activities of the Sussex County Economic Development Action Committee, I pointed out four areas in which Sussex County must improve if we are to sustain Sussex County as a “place to be.” Those areas included training, salary improvements, affordable housing and job opportunities.

Civil War Profiles — Testifying before Civil War congressional committees

With the advent of the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, popularly known as C-SPAN, nearly 40 years ago, Americans have become familiar with the workings of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Some of the most popular activities viewed on this television network are House and Senate hearings on a variety of subjects.

Men’s Club celebrates 30 years of service and fellowship

Three decades ago, a group of men met at St. Ann’s Catholic Church to socialize and improve the community. Now, the St. Ann’s Men’s Club is celebrating 30 years of fraternity and charity.

Town pride spills over at annual Frankford Fall Festival

Local children will march through the streets of Frankford on Saturday, Oct. 28, as the Frankford Fall Festival and costume parade returns to town.

The main festival will occur at Frankford Town Park from noon to 4 p.m., with a costume contest that morning at the fire hall, followed by a costume parade to the park.

Bethany welcoming Wags, Witches & Warlocks on Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Wags, Witches & Warlocks brings costumed humans, tail-wagging pets, a parade and more to Bethany Beach for some Halloween festivities every year.Wags, Witches & Warlocks, the annual Bethany Beach Halloween festival and parade, will bring the fun for families and their fur-babies this weekend. The festival, hosted by the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 28.

While the event brings families and pets to town for a day of fun, it is also an important fundraising and awareness event for Partners for Paws of Delaware.

The fun gets going at 10 a.m. with the parade and costume contest. A special feature in this year’s parade will be participation by the Indian River High School Marching Band — the first time the band has performed in the parade, according to Christi Arndt of the Leslie Kopp Group.

The partnership came about through band member Lindsay Phelan, who brought the idea to band director Nathan Mohler, Arndt said.

“Our committee was so pleased that he was immediately interested in working on a performance,” she said.

Indians’ football bested by Bulldogs

Laurel Star photos • Mike McClure: IR’s Jalen Snead hauls in a pass from quarterback Ian Shaner during Saturday’s 17-0 loss in Laurel.Laurel Star photos • Mike McClure: IR’s Jalen Snead hauls in a pass from quarterback Ian Shaner during Saturday’s 17-0 loss in Laurel.The Indian River High School offense was able to bend, but not break the Laurel defense in last Saturday’s varsity football game in Laurel as the Indians looked to snap a five-game losing streak that’s denied them a W since the first game of the regular season. But the Bulldogs came away with a 17-0 Homecoming win to take them to 3-4 on the season.

The Laurel offense moved the ball to the Indian River 45-yard line before punting on the first possession of the game. On 3rd-and-6 from the 30, IR quarterback Ian Shaner completed an 18-yard pass to Jalen Snead. But on 2nd-and-3 from the Laurel 45, the Bulldogs’ Devantay Clanton dropped Shaner for a 5-yard loss, and Laurel’s Dylan Dukes and Kevon Williams later added a sack to force the Indians to punt.

Indian River’s defense forced another Laurel punt, giving the Indians offense the ball on their own 40. Reshawn Turner had a 15-yard run to the Laurel 29, and Shaner completed a 16-yard pass to Jason Killen on 3rd-and-12 from the Laurel 31, but Shaner’s pass on 4th-and-8 from the 13 fell incomplete, giving the ball back to Laurel.

The Bulldogs’ Ja’Mir Townsend moved the chains with a 9-yard run on 3rd-and-6 from the 17. A Dalton Perdue run and a face-mask penalty set up 1st-and10 on the 45. Williams had a 12-yard run and later caught a 15-yard pass from Perdue. Laurel went for a field goal on 4th-and-12 from the Indians’ 18, and kicker Wilder Gonzalez-Perez connected on a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 3:59 left in the first half.

Pickleball Points — Pickled medal announcements from the Huntsman World Senior Games

Coastal Point • Submitted: Marion Lisehora, ‘the Queen Mother of Delaware Pickleball,’ left, recently won Huntsman World Senior Games gold in the Women’s Doubles pickleball competition for ladies ages 85 to 89, with partner Barbara Miachika of Florida, right.Coastal Point • Submitted: Marion Lisehora, ‘the Queen Mother of Delaware Pickleball,’ left, recently won Huntsman World Senior Games gold in the Women’s Doubles pickleball competition for ladies ages 85 to 89, with partner Barbara Miachika of Florida, right.If a sport that takes America by storm can be called “pickleball” after a dog named Pickles, then I see nothing wrong with calling the recent Huntsman tournament in Utah the “Cat’s Meow” of pickleball. When I asked the president of Pro-Lite Paddles, who has been in pickleball his entire life, how pickleball at Huntsman compared to the national championships, he responded that it’s a very big deal, because they are the senior world championships.

The Huntsman World Senior Games began in 1987 with the idea of promoting worldwide peace, health, friendship and fun. Today, they conduct 30 different competitive games in Utah, for men and women from around the world of age 50+, by a staff of 2,500.

In addition to athletic events, the Huntsman Games promote health by providing life-saving health screenings for cancer — breast and prostate. Screenings also detect other serious health threats, such as glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and decreased bone density.

If people have trouble knowing where the “where” is in Delaware, these three folks continue to teach them:

Marion Lisehora, “the Queen Mother of Delaware Pickleball,” won gold in the 85-89 Women’s Doubles, and silver in the 85-89 Mixed Doubles. Marion — once the young girl on the diving horse at Atlantic City’s Steel Pier — also medaled in the volleyball games for most of the last 18 years, and brought home gold this year for volleyball in the 76+ category.

Delaware begins discussion of off-shore wind

Maryland project would cross into waters off Fenwick Island

As the breeze turns cooler, Delaware officials are brainstorming how that very wind could benefit the state.

Frankford hears about DSP patrol option

The Town of Frankford held a special meeting this week to discuss options related to the Town’s police department.

The Town had been in talks with the Town of Dagsboro regarding the possibility of unifying the two towns’ police departments. However, on Oct. 4, the Frankford council announced they would not be pursuing unification.

County BOA defers Oakwood Homes decision, for a second time

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment has chosen to table, for a second time, their decision on two special-use exception applications filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company is seeking two special-use exceptions to permit manufactured homes on two separate lots, each measuring less than .75 acres — one located on Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro and the other on Julie Court near Frankford.

Veterans Treatment Court offers support, mentoring

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Active-duty military serice personnel, veterans and their mentors are recognized at Sussex County Superior Courts for their participation in the Veterans Treatment Court program.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Active-duty military serice personnel, veterans and their mentors are recognized at Sussex County Superior Courts for their participation in the Veterans Treatment Court program.Last month, Sussex County Superior Courts took the time to recognize and honor active-duty military service personnel, veterans and their mentors who participate in the Veterans Treatment Court program.

“Mentors — the strength of the court here is in large measure due to you,” said Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes, who served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer during the Vietnam War, “the people who have served, the people that have seen things and understand that when veterans who have served our country come back, they have special problems, because they took the oath and served our country.”

The Veterans Treatment Court’s mission is to divert veterans who meet strict requirements from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them with the tools to lead a productive and law-abiding life.

On Sept. 28, Brig. Gen. Mike Berry, land component commander of the Delaware National Guard, who also serves as deputy commander of Troop 4 for the Delaware State Police, attended the event to show his support of the Court and its veterans.

Boo-Que by the Sea cooking up frighteningly good barbecue

This weekend, Delaware Seashore State Park, along with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will be hosting a two-day barbecue festival the whole family can enjoy.

Millville council adopts two tax breaks for annexation

In encouraging a developer to come to town, the Millville Town Council had promised to discount property taxes for the first year, plus transfer taxes for the home sales.

They made it official on Oct. 10 with two tax breaks for annexations.

“If you’re looking for people to annex into town, this is certainly one way to do it,” said Town Solicitor Seth Thompson.

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