Financial concerns dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ocean View Town Council, as council members wrangled with falling revenue, an increasing need for space for town operations and questions about how much value to place on a public safety program championed by the town’s police chief.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next week, leaders from across the state will visit Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) to attend the 21st Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this year, Stefan Botchie was selected as the 2014-2015 Emerald High School Teacher of the Year in Greenwood, S.C.
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.
A 19-year-old Selbyville resident, Devon Gordon, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony.
Gordon had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, a suspect in the shooting of his neighbor Lauren Banks, 25, in the head on the morning of Gordon’s 18th birthday.
Railway construction at Wilson Highway will divert Millsboro traffic this week.
Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Wilson Highway between Mitchell Street and Union Street. The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 24, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward in Millsboro.
In a conversation echoing that heard in other town councils across Delaware, South Bethany is beginning to think about federal flood requirements.
Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival
Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.
‘A tragedy waiting to happen’
The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Bethany Town Hall.
South Bethany’s newest police chief is homegrown, with 26 years of experience in the South Bethany Police Department. Town officials said Troy Crowson stood out from among the 85 nationwide applicants, including candidates from Arkansas, Ohio and Colorado.
“He started here. He aspired to this. We’re really thrilled that it’s working out for him,” said Mayor Pat Voveris at his swearing-in celebration on Oct. 10.
“He’s just someone who goes over and above,” having won multiple officer awards, she added.
A screening committee ranked the initial applications, and South Bethany’s police chief search committee considered the top four candidates.
“Troy stood neck-and-neck” with the others, eventually winning for his qualifications and familiarity, said Voveris. “It’s nice to know you have that talent in our back yard.”
After concrete debris has piled up at a Selbyville business, the Selbyville Town Council is preparing to suspend and revoke the business license of SMI Services, a site maintenance company.
In July, the Town sent a cease-and-desist letter regarding the storing of concrete debris, which is not a permitted use for the property at 20 Railroad Avenue.
For nearly a decade in Dagsboro, Indian River High School has made a name for itself in sports, service, academics— in all ways, but one: literally.
IRHS has never had a school sign, until now.
A rainy Saturday couldn’t stop the new 10-by-14-foot electronic sign from proudly glowing on its dedication day. Funded by the IRHS Alumni Association, with support from the community and local legislators, the new sign was dedicated on Oct. 11.
When the new school building opened in the fall of 2005, former principal Mark Steele began socking away extra funds to eventually buy a sign. Principal Bennett Murray continued the tradition and brought that request to the IRHSAA, which began fundraising for it one year ago.
The dedication this week might not have happened for another decade without significant contributions from local lawmakers. State Reps. John Atkins and Ron Gray and state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. all donated thousands of dollars, footing the majority of a $40,000 bill.
The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.
“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.
There is excitement amongst the fourth-graders at Lord Baltimore School in Ocean View. Their school is becoming a sister school with Samata Shiksha Niketan, near Kathmandu, in Nepal. The special focus will be an exchange of art and culture.
Each of the five fourth-grade classes taught by art teacher Melissa Kelly has been visited by Holly Kaufman and her mom, Amy Kaufman, to present the program and answer questions. Holly was herself a student of Kelly’s at Lord Baltimore about 10 years ago, and she has also taught at Samata.
Holly started her presentation with the typical Nepali greeting “Namaste,” her hands prayerfully together and with a little bow. She then proceeded to talk to the students in fluent Nepali, just to give them an idea of how the language sounds. They were impressed. Then Holly used slides to tell the children about Nepal and the differences between their schools and daily lives.
The children at first had difficulty understanding where to find Nepal on a map. Then one remembered that Nepal is where Mount Everest is located and another realized it must be in Asia, and another guessed it was sandwiched between China and India. Nepal is approximately the size of Tennessee. Holly told the students that, because of the high altitude, the Nepalese think their country is at the top of the world.
Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m.