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Burke to leave Fenwick Island, lead Realtor’s association

Fenwick Island’s town manager of four years will be leaving town hall to become CEO of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR). Merritt Burke IV said he’s proud to have served Fenwick since March of 2012 but sad to leave a town that he likes.

Millville, Millsboro Food Lion stores purchased by Weis

Four Food Lion supermarkets in Sussex County, including one in Millville and one in Millsboro, have been purchased by Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets.

Beebe looks to expand at Lewes location to respond to growth

With Sussex County steadily growing, services need to expand as well. Beebe Healthcare CEO Jeff Fried spoke to the Sussex County Council on July 19 about the healthcare provider’s plans to respond to that growth.

“As the county grows, Beebe continues to look at opportunities to grow as well, to better serve our community,” said Fried.

Alcohol believed to be a factor in capsized boat

Neighbors heard SOS calls for hours before calling 911

Alone in the dark water, a Maryland man was allegedly intoxicated this week when he capsized his boat in west Fenwick Island in the Big Assawoman Bay.

Junkin and Saxton bow out from South Bethany council

This summer, South Bethany’s election cycle saw the retirement of two active town council members: George Junkin and Tim Saxton.

“We need to thank them for hard work,” Mayor Pat Voveris said in May. “This is no easy gig sitting here.”

Fenwick holds first public meeting on comp plan updates

Last weekend, the Town of Fenwick Island held a public meeting regarding an update to its comprehensive plan — an official document intended to guide future development of a community in order to create and maintain a desirable environment and to promote health, safety and welfare.

OV BOA approves special exception

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment this week unanimously approved a special exception for a physical therapy/rehabilitation facility, to be located at 111 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 3.

Robert Hammond, owner of Atlantic Physical Therapy, told the board that he and his family have six other locations — the closest being in West Fenwick.

Fenwick native bringing Delaware Apparel to the masses

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Pete ‘Pierson’ Roenke sits in his office while dealing with his business, Delaware Apparel.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Pete ‘Pierson’ Roenke sits in his office while dealing with his business, Delaware Apparel.He may be in California, but Pete “Pierson” Roenke’s heart will always be in southern Delaware; and he has just launched a new business to pay tribute to his roots in the First State.

Delaware Apparel is an internet-based company that sells T-shirts, hats, jackets and stickers with Delaware-related slogans. The company has also been featured in “pop-up” displays at local stores, including the Lululemon outlet in Rehoboth Beach.

Roenke, a 2007 graduate of Indian River High School, grew up a few yards from the ocean in Fenwick Island, with all that entails — surfing, bodyboarding and just enjoying the beach lifestyle. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 and joined the U.S. Marines that same year.

Local girl a finalist in DNREC rain barrel design contest

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Submitted Phillip C. Showell Elementary students gathered this spring to paint a rain barrel designed by Rachel Santos-Martinez (top left), with help from (clockwise) Hope Dill, Lanitra Wise, Alex Gonzalez, Kameron Brown and Dania Regalado.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Submitted Phillip C. Showell Elementary students gathered this spring to paint a rain barrel designed by Rachel Santos-Martinez (top left), with help from (clockwise) Hope Dill, Lanitra Wise, Alex Gonzalez, Kameron Brown and Dania Regalado.It took creativity, artistic skill and just enough votes to make Rachel Santos-Martinez a finalist in the 2016 Rain Barrel Painting Contest sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment & Management Section.

This spring, Santos-Martinez finished her second-grade year at Phillip C. Showell Elementary and designed a barrel titled “Mrs. Minion” that has placed her among the five youth finalists.

The barrels will be displayed from July 21 to 30 at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, where festivalgoers can vote for their favorite in the DNREC tent. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 30.

Many entrants used water, wildlife and nature for inspiration. Santos-Martinez went in a different direction, turning to pop culture and the movie “Despicable Me” for her inspiration.

She turned her barrel into a full-sized yellow “Minion.”

Agenda — July 22, 2016

Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach’s annual town council election will to take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to file as a candidate for the election must file a written Notice of Intention (Application for Candidacy) in the town manager’s office at town hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

National Guard trains for hurricane scenario

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Delaware National Guard hosted a joint medical training exercise on Thursday, July 14.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Delaware National Guard hosted a joint medical training exercise on Thursday, July 14.The Delaware National Guard hosted a joint medical training exercise last week at its Bethany Beach Training Site.

The exercise was designed to help prepare federal and state agencies for airlift patient transfers. The Delaware Army and Air National Guard, the Maryland National Guard, members from their state partner of Bosnia, and the Department of Public Health participated in the exercise.

During the week-long training, participants went from classroom training to a full-blown field exercise. The exercise scenario was a Category 4 hurricane that had caused considerable damage to the coastal community.

The Delaware Air National Guard, 166th Medical Group set up and operated the Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) and the En-Route Patient Staging Systems (ERPSS).

Poké Park Adventure contest now under way in state parks

Riding the wave of the popularity of the summer’s hottest craze, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday launched “Poké Park Adventure,” a contest for kids of all ages, in Delaware State Parks.

Things we love: The beauty of the beach

One of the things most of our staff members mentioned when asked about the things they love about this area was simple: the ocean, the beach, nature. And that’s hardly a surprise when the coastal locale and all it offers is a major reason for people to visit the area for vacations, move here to live or to retire, or stay even after they’ve finished the adventure of college.

Murray, Brosnahan attend Future Medical Leaders program

Kelsey Elise Murray and Mikaela Brosnahan, incoming juniors at Indian River High School, recently returned from representing their school and the state of Delaware at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

County makes progress on sign ordinance

After holding a special meeting this week to focus solely on signage regulations, the Sussex County Council has seemingly addressed all items related to its recently introduced sign ordinance.

Hours extended on South Bethany traffic barricade

Finally armed with official statistics, South Bethany has doubled the hours in which the Cat Hill traffic barricade is in place.

Effective immediately, all eastbound traffic is prohibited from entering Black Gum Drive from Kent Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 15 to Sept. 15.

Boating fees could double to pay for waterway maintenance

Up to $1.3M in revenue expected for new fund

Delaware legislators are trying to keep Delaware waterways open by doubling boater registration fees.

The State could raise more than $1 million for a new waterway management fund, according to Senate Bill 261, sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. (R-20th) of Ocean View.

Ocean View discusses ambulance fees, speeding and more

Ocean View officials met with the Millville Volunteer Fire Company recently to discuss a proposed contract for the $35-per-property ambulance service fee proposed by the fire company.

Millville Mini Storage approved for significant expansion

Millville Mini Storage has gotten the green light for three new storage buildings at 35101 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26).

The Millville Town Council approved the final site plans at their June 12 meeting.

Frankford approves subdivision after scrambling for quorum

An atypical Planning & Zoning meeting was held in the Town of Frankford on July 6, planned to review two applications — one for a temporary office building, the other a minor subdivision.

The meeting started almost 30 minutes late, as there was not a quorum of members. While Commissioners Duane Beck and Ronald Hall were in attendance, Dora Bell-Isler and Jason Taylor were not present.

Selbyville residents share crime concerns

Some Selbyville residents are concerned about increased crime and suspicious figures on the western side of town. At the July 11 town council meeting, two residents from Hosier Street Ext. described suspected criminal activity on the street, which leads into Maryland, including stolen medications, drug overdoses and a high-speed police chase.

Maryland man killed after police pursuit throughout area

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a single-vehicle crash in which a 40-year-old Preston, Md., man was killed after having led local police on a chase throughout the area.

Traveling with a purpose

Special to the Coastal Point • Amanda Zirn: Above, a baby sea turtle is released after hatching in a safe location, away from poachers and predators. Special to the Coastal Point • Amanda Zirn: Above, a baby sea turtle is released after hatching in a safe location, away from poachers and predators. In a little more than a week, 26-year-old Amanda Zirn will be headed to Peru for 10 days — not to enjoy sandy beaches or tour ruins, but to volunteer.

“If you’re going to travel, it would also be awesome to help other people, especially when you’re going to these Third World countries and seeing how they live and how comfortably we live. If you can do something while you’re there, it just makes it so much better.”

Zirn will be traveling to Cusco to work with young children through a volunteer program called International Volunteer HQ, which is an international volunteer organization working in more than 30 countries that sends thousands of volunteers abroad annually.

“I volunteered back in 2010 and went through a similar program. So I knew of Volunteer HQ, but I had never used them before. They always had very great reviews… They have one of the best overall reviews from past volunteers, so I decided to go with them,” said Zirn.

Maritime Heritage Festival set for Sunday

Delaware Seashore State Park will host the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The festival brings history alive in unique ways; families can experience the rich history of the Delaware coast through crafts, games, prizes, food, music and demonstrations throughout the day.

Local woman helps rescue great horned owl

Coastal Point • Submitted: The rescued great horned owl in the back yard of her boyfriend Kevin. The owl will be nursed back to full health and released by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research.Coastal Point • Submitted: The rescued great horned owl in the back yard of her boyfriend Kevin. The owl will be nursed back to full health and released by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research.A couple of weeks ago, what started as a typical drive to work for one local woman turned into a search-and-rescue mission for a great horned owl — an animal the woman, Kim, said she’s always been passionate about.

Early in the morning, Kim got a call from her distressed boyfriend, who said that there was some kind of injured bird in his back yard. With the help of her boss at South Shore Lawncare, Kim commandeered a makeshift rescue kit of gloves, towels and a carrier for the injured creature, and set off to locate the owl.

After fighting through the pouring rain to search the woods behind her boyfriend’s house, to no avail, they called it quits for a few hours, determined to pick back up when the weather cleared up.

According to Kim, “These kinds of owls don’t come out during the day, and they don’t like the rain, so he was probably hiding.”

After moving their search deeper and deeper into the woods at the edge of the property, Kim and her boss, Kevin, began to hear what she described as a “whining, crying sound.”

Instinctively, Kim was convinced that if they continued to follow the noise, they would find their owl as well. Sure enough, after hours of searching, around 3 p.m., she stepped on a hollowed out log and stirred the owl from his hiding place in a nearby bush.

State’s fire-police facilitate response to emergencies

Coastal Point • Submitted: A Delaware State Fire Police vehicle is ready to serve.Coastal Point • Submitted: A Delaware State Fire Police vehicle is ready to serve.In the State of Delaware, a group of dedicated volunteers is tasked with providing both traffic and crowd control at the scene of any event in which the fire department has been summoned. In addition, they are utilized at many special events throughout Sussex and neighboring counties.

Many residents are new to Sussex County, and for new residents and annual vacationers, the sight of a common-looking vehicle with blue flashing emergency lights may a shock. Why? Because these vehicles are personally owned, and range from subcompact cars to large trucks. The drivers are all members of a local volunteer fire company. They have the authority to arrest any individual who fails to comply with their lawful command.

Many of those who have recently relocated to Sussex County from out of state may have never observed the fire-police in action. In Delaware, the public may observe these men and women frequently, since they respond directly to a fire alarm or vehicular collision.

Lessons in perspective

Local student mixes photography, business and Brexit during trip to Scotland

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ashleigh White and classmates get ready to go dolphin- and whale-watching in the Moray Firth of the North Sea off Inverness, Scotland.Coastal Point • Submitted: Ashleigh White and classmates get ready to go dolphin- and whale-watching in the Moray Firth of the North Sea off Inverness, Scotland.Indian River High School graduate and rising Flager College junior Ashleigh White left for her study-abroad trip to Scotland relatively sure of a future career in business.

She had also never witnessed firsthand a referendum by United Kingdom voters to exit the European Union, been waved to by the Queen of England during a parade or seen two policemen break an intoxicated man’s leg and subsequently drag him away, screaming, across the floor of a train station.

That is not how she would return.

After three weeks completing a case-study project for Prickly Thistle Scotland — a Scottish company that manufacturers and designs tartans (for kilts and more) — as well as touring the Scottish countryside with her trusty camera, being in Edinburgh during the Brexit vote and just simply getting to experience a non-American culture, it could be said that there are few things on which the 20-year-old soon-to-be-college-grad’s perspective has changed.

South Bethany parade makes a splash

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Just one of the boats that participated in the South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 3.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Just one of the boats that participated in the South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 3.South Bethany officials this week offered their thanks to the owners of the 17 boats that registered for the third annual South Bethany Boat Parade, as well as the additional boats and kayaks who joined in.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, the canals were lined with residents and visitors prepared to watch the boats making their way along the waterways of South Bethany. Kent and Bobbe Stephan’s boat from S. Anchorage Avenue led the parade with their “Sharknado” theme. Aboard were their son, Jonathan Stephan and his wife, Sam, and Hugh and Ginny Meade.

The “Safety Boat,” captained by Joe Conway of Henlopen Drive, was positioned in the center of the parade. Aboard with Joe and Terry Conway were Mayor Pat Voveris, Police Chief Troy Crowson and Bethany Beach Fire Department representative Dan Cowell.

The Town thanked the parade judges for their unbiased voting. Stationed at the end of Rebecca Road, judges Dave Wilson, Martha Lowe and Anne Long had a bird’s-eye view of the boats coming and going.

Blackwater Village Car Show set for July 16

The Blackwater Village Association recently announced its first annual Car Show, to be held on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Blackwater Village common area, at 31275 Mohican Drive, Dagsboro, off Route 26, with trophies, food, vendors and door prizes. The rain date is Saturday, July 23.

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