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East Millsboro Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

East Millsboro Elementary School was one of three schools in Delaware and 342 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

This is the second time that East Millsboro Elementary has received this national honor. It also won the award in 2008. Overall, it is the Indian River School District’s ninth National Blue Ribbon Award since 2001.

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well, everyone loves pie — the fire company auxiliary is bringing back its famous apple crumb pies for the occasion.

Local beaches to receive replenishment in new year

Gov. John Carney, U.S Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Monday announced that the next steps are under way in the long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Editorial — Frankford makes tough call — now needs a solution

On Wednesday, the Town of Frankford announced via their Facebook page that they would not be going through with a proposal from Dagsboro Police Chief Clifford Toomey that would consolidate two separate police agencies under the supervision of Toomey.

Bethany to gather opinions on proposed tent, canopy bans

Having spent the summer observing beachgoers on the town’s shoreline, Bethany Beach officials are now ready to further consider the notion of restricting the types of shade devices beachgoers can use there.

Historic home shows off quintessential beach-house feel

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Tourgoers on the Ocean View Historical Society’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be able to stroll through the pre-Depression-era Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage — an example of the quintessential beach house.

Built around 1920, the house originally had just a kitchen, living room, bath and two bedrooms, all on ground level, but with additions made through 1940, by the time Powell purchased it, the attic had been transformed into a master bedroom, and two bedrooms and a bath had been added.

But Powell said “10 Daisey is still a diamond in the rough,” and she loves living there. The sturdily-built home shows its character through classic style and furnishings. Powell preserved the soft pine floors, original bathroom door and cast iron enameled bathtub. A Rumsford fireplace provides efficient heat, and the house sports a basement that she said “doesn’t ever flood.”

Alfred Gaylord Tunnell, the son of George Washington Tunnell, and his wife, Mary Hall, (daughter of William S. Hall of Hall’s Store), built the cottage after his daughter’s marriage.

A journey in the pages of a book

Selbyville Middle School student wins state essay contest

This summer, a basic picture book inspired sixth-grader Molly Amerling to write about refugee families. Now, she’s the first Sussex Countian to represent Delaware in the “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress and National Book Festival, the idea behind the contest is simple: fifth- and sixth-graders write about a book that has impacted their life.

Civil War Profiles — Thomas Garrett goes on trial as UGRR stationmaster

Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865, slavery was prevalent throughout the American South, including the state of Delaware. Slavery in the First State, however, had gradually declined over several decades prior to the Civil War in 1861.

Battle of the undefeated

IRHS volleyball goes to 8-0 against DCHS

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : Julia Bomhardt lays into the volleyball with a spike in Tuesday night’s win over Delmarva Christian High School.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls : Julia Bomhardt lays into the volleyball with a spike in Tuesday night’s win over Delmarva Christian High School.On Tuesday night, Indian River High School’s varsity volleyball team entered their home gym, packed with spectators, to face a formidable 8-0 Delmarva Christian High School team. With perseverance and determination, IR’s team — themselves also undefeated, 7-0 — came out fighting and, despite early losses, fought back to win the match, 3-2.

“They played well,” said IRHS head coach Jim Barnes. “I thought they played really well in the beginning. They were the better team in the first two sets. I thought our girls played well and stuck with it. You never know — that’s why you play five sets. We picked it up. We had to pick it up against that team.”

“We needed more offense, made some adjustments, and the girls played well and we came through,” he added.

“Delmarva Christian High School’s volleyball team is a very good volleyball team. That’s why they’re undefeated and that’s why this was such a good game tonight,” said Barnes. “You had two undefeated teams going at it. You couldn’t ask for a better matchup, and certainly I’m pleased with the outcome.”

IR field hockey ends week with wins

Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.Special to the Coastal Point photos • Bruce Walls: Sammi Whelen advances the balls upfield during IR’s 10-3 win over Worcester Prep on Friday, Sept. 29.After defeating Caesar Rodney High School’s varsity field hockey team 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 26, at home, the Indian River High School team went on the road for two wins later in the week.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Indians slayed Sussex Central’s Golden Knights, and on Friday, Sept. 29, they blew the feathers off of Worcester Prep’s Fighting Mallards, 10-3, to improving their record to 4-0-2.

The Indians got both of their goals against the Golden Knights in the first period.

Senior midfielder Kaleigh Cordrey struck first, with 21:44 minutes remaining in the first period. Then, with 0:19 seconds left in the first period, sophomore attacker Avery Congleton scored the Indians second and final goal, with an assist from freshmen attacker Kayler Townsend.

“It really was fun. Everybody worked good as a team, and we were very successful,” freshman attacker Kayler Townsend said of the win.

IR football drops 41-6 loss to Delmar at home

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls:  An IR runner tries to get through the pile against Delmar on Friday, Sept. 29.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: An IR runner tries to get through the pile against Delmar on Friday, Sept. 29.Last Friday, Sept. 29, third-ranked Delmar High School’s Wildcats (2-1) handed Indian River’s Indians a humbling 41-6 defeat at home.

The Wildcats scored their first touchdown on their opening play and added an extra point. The Wildcats would get across the goal line two more times before Indians sophomore running back Kevin Custis scrambled across the goal line for IR’s only touchdown, with 11:53 minutes still on the clock. The kick went wide, and the Indians’ downfall began.

“We gave up some early touchdowns, got down quick, and their offense is very well sound — they’re well-coached. They beat us up front tonight, especially the offensive line,” said IR Head Coach Phillip Townsend.

“We didn’t get the surge up front that we needed on defense to make stops, and we didn’t wrap up a couple times. We just gave up big plays. We’d have a stop or two, and then we’d give up 10- or 15-yard big play. You can’t win games like that,” Townsend said.

Indian River hosts cross-country trip-meet

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River High School’s cross-country course begins behind their football stadium’s visitor’s side, quickly heading into the woods behind the school along grassy paths, leading to an opening by the soccer field. From there, the 3.1-mile course returns to the woods and eventually to the finish line behind the tennis courts.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 17, IR invited teams from Dover High School and Delmar High School to a varsity tri-meet, including those school’s girls in the competition. That day, winds blew sustained at 10-15 mph, occasionally whipping up to 25 mph.

“Everyone has to deal with the wind,” said IR girls’ head coach Katie Raymond. “The woods will shield them from the wind, but once they get to the soccer field, it’s all open.”

The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Tony Velasquez was IR’s first male runner to reach the finish line. Velasquez completed the course in 19:06 minutes.

“It was a pretty good race,” said Velasquez, a 16-year-old junior. “I just ran and did what I mostly do. I pushed myself at the end. When I see that finish line, I just do what I do — run hard.”

IR’s first female to cross the finish line was 16-year-old junior Sarah Roehl.

“It’s pretty hard,” Roehl said of her run. “We kind of had an advantage because it’s our home course, but it’s always a tough run,” she described, adding that the wind encouraged her to run harder and faster.

Delmar Wildcat A. Cabe turned in the meet’s fastest time, with a run of 16:34 minutes. Following Cabe in the top five of 67 entries were Dover runners G. Williams (17:26), N. Guy (18:16), S. Courtney (18:53) and Velasquez.

Pickleball points — Picking pickles and the pickleball tour

This week, I became enamored with the title “Picking Paddles,” but I am a little shaky on the rest of the story. Well, here goes…

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation is planning to build a sports facility for resident and visitor use in Georgetown, just north of Route 9 on Sandhill Road.

IRSD high schools consider cell phones in the classroom

Is there any cell phone service in the science lab? How about the cafeteria?

If most high-schoolers are already carrying what are essentially mini-computers in their pockets each day, then Indian River School District might take advantage of that fact.

Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

Ocean View named second-safest city in the state

For the last two years, the Town of Ocean View has been named the second-safest city in Delaware by SafeWise.

According to its website, SafeWise is an “independent review and comparison website dedicated to providing consumers with comparison tools, information, and educational materials about home security systems, home security monitoring, and home security techniques.”

Millville considers reducing taxes for annexation

Millville’s growing, and town officials are looking to attract even more development, so the town council is considering reducing taxes for new properties that annex into town.

The move started as part of an enticement package to encourage a recent 31-acre annexation along Windmill Drive and Dukes Drive, which the town council approved two weeks ago.

Historical society variances approved by Ocean View BoA

The Ocean View Historical Society is one step closer to building its replica Hall’s Store — what will serve as the group’s main hub at its historic complex located at 39 Central Avenue.

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E. McLaughlin strode onto the stage at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville last week and got right down to business.

McLaughlin, who served as deputy director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004 and acting director of the agency from July 2004 to September 2004, chose five topics involving national security on which to focus during his hour-long talk.

It was during McLaughlin’s time as acting CIA director that Richard Bloch, owner of the theater, met McLaughlin, Bloch had told the audience for the first lecture in the venue’s inaugural lecture series.

Bloch recalled meeting the longtime intelligence officer at a Washington, D.C., restaurant, where the two men talked about their mutual love of magic — which Bloch joked made McLaughlin’s lurking security detail nervous as the men discussed “secrets” — about magic, not national security.

Editorial — Opportunity at hand to recycle hard-to-recycle goods

As our calendars turn to October, and our wardrobes begin to take on a more autumnal flair, we often have to make some subtle changes around the house.

Letters to the Editor — Sept. 29, 2017

Accolades offered to first-responders

Editor:

In late August, I was attended to and transported to Beebe hospital by some very special people: Matt Farlow of the Sussex County EMS, and Brian McConalogue and Robert Steffens of the Millville volunteer fire department.

Civil War Profiles — The metamorphosis of Ulysses S. Grant

A person who failed at most things in life until he passed the age of 30 would not be expected to become president of the United States. Yet, that is what happened in the case of a young man from Point Pleasant, Ohio, whose parents, Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant, named him Hiram Ulysses when he was born on April 27, 1822.

What's the word?

Scrabble fundraiser to help Literacy Delaware adult education

What wonderful words can you weave?

People who love letters can team up in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for a nonprofit helping teach adults to read.

Scrabble at the Beach is a happy-hour fundraiser for Literacy Delaware, which is based locally in Frankford, but operates statewide.

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