Cadet Program to start off at Millsboro Middle School
Volunteerism is on the downswing at fire companies across the nation, and the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company is beginning a new Cadet Program for all local children. They’ll kickstart it with an eight-week class at Millsboro Middle School.
“Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” said Peggy Geisler, executive director of the Sussex County Health Coalition, at the Sussex County Addictions Forum held earlier this week. “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record. The state sees as many as 15 overdose deaths per month.”
For the second time this year, area law enforcement is offering community members the chance to dispose of prescription medications in a safe way, through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.
With the election fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County is doing its part to make sure voters are prepared.
It’s one of the biggest, spookiest celebrations in southeast Sussex County: The Selbyville Halloween Parade will return on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville sponsor the event, which is more than 60 years old.
What makes it so special?
St. George’s celebrates 200 years of service
St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville has served southeastern Sussex County for 200 years — a milestone that will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 22, with a special service and meal, attended by members, former pastors and United Methodist Church officials.
When St. George’s was established in 1816, the church was served by circuit riders — pastors who covered a certain territory and would preach in each church every few weeks.
“We Methodists love to talk about the circuit riders,” said St. George’s pastor the Rev. Dr. Robert Kirby. “Since there were not enough clergy to go around, the laity would conduct worship services in many of our early churches until a pastor would come through.”
If a circuit rider was not available, church members directed their own meetings, which by 1816 were being held in an “old house, just 16 feet by 18 feet,” according to a church history compiled by church member Doris Collins.
Selbyville police officers sat down to discuss local issues with residents for National Coffee with a Cop Day on Oct. 7. The Selbyville Public Library hosted the event to help bring the citizens and law enforcement together.
A Lighthouse Christian Middle School sixth-grader has been granted a special exception from the Dagsboro school’s dress code for the last year. Dillon Polly, 11, of Laurel, has spent the last year growing out his blond hair to donate to a wig-making charity for children.
This weekend, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation will host its second-annual Boo-B-Que By the Sea.
After nearly five hours of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sussex County Council approved its revised signage ordinance.
The council has been discussing signs since April of last year, following a letter from the Sussex County Board of Adjustment, which led to the entire ordinance being reviewed and a moratorium on off-premises sign applications.
The Ocean View Town Council this week reviewed its latest draft agreement for ambulance subscription fee, which would require businesses and property owners to pay a flat rate of $35 per year to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) to help pay for ambulance service, for a period of three years.
Good planning starts early, so people recently got a look at Delaware’s six-year Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for the 2018-2023 fiscal years.
Got old paperwork gathering dust? In Millville, County Bank is hosting a paper-shredding event, open to the public on Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring up to three banker-size boxes worth of papers (a standard-size financial container is approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches).
Citizens are so excited about the prospect of a new Millville playground that they protested even the thought that town council might delay discussion of the project by two weeks.
But the Millville Town Council was pleased with the park concepts discussed on Oct. 11, voting unanimously to approve the layout, general concept and the purchase of about $115,000 in playground equipment (which includes a $103,000 grant the Town will receive from the manufacturer).
“We’re starting with a blank slate. It’s a piece of grass on Dukes Road,” said GameTime representative Brian Lewis.
Big plans and millions of dollars could go into those 4.9 acres.
When it comes to clean energy, Delaware is ahead of the pack in some ways. Although Sussex County is still home to Delaware’s last coal-fired energy plant, the First State might not have to change a thing to comply with the national EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).
For those who may not be able to get to their polling place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, absentee voting is now available. Those who wish to vote by absentee ballot must be registered to vote and must fill out and submit an absentee affidavit, which can be found on the State of Delaware’s Department of Elections website or at the county’s Department of Elections office.
The affidavit for an absentee ballot requires the voter to note the reason they are unable to go to their polling place on the day of the election. Depending on the reason, the affidavit may need to be notarized before being submitted.
It may then be submitted to the county Department of Elections office, either by mail or in person.
Absentee ballot timeline:
• Nov 4 is the last day the Department of Elections office is required to send General Election absentee ballots.
This weekend, Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its first Fall Festival, inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day on the front lawn.
Millsboro Middle School is only a half-mile away from a major laboratory and vaccine manufacturer. But a small group of students experienced their very first trip inside the gates of Merck Animal Health facility for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7.
A handful of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members joined U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, USDA Under-Secretary Michael Scuse and other national leaders to learn that agriculture isn’t just growing plants or livestock. Merck is one of many manufacturers in the agriculture field, creating poultry vaccines.
“To me, it was kind of an eye-opener, because I’ve never been in here before, and I’ve just imagined it as a factory. But it’s so much more than that,” said student Taylor Bullis.
Indeed, the media wasn’t even allowed to attend the tour of the facility, but the students and senator said it was interesting.
Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!
The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.
It’s true that its location, on the shores of the Indian River Bay, with a million-dollar view of the nearby Indian River Inlet Bridge, helps make Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View a popular gathering spot. But without the work of dozens of volunteers, the meals and special events held at the post would just be pretty pictures.
The post held its annual volunteers’ dinner on Friday, Oct. 7, hosting about 180 members without whom the special events wouldn’t be possible. Instead of working in the kitchens and over hot grills, the volunteers were feted with steamed shrimp, scallops, oysters and many other delicacies.
“It’s just to thank them for all their work,” Post Commander John Hickman said.
One of the most popular events at the post, which is located at the end of Cedar Neck Road, is the Sunday breakfasts. Held on 19 Sundays each summer, the breakfasts offer members an array of foods each week.
When a child has a serious illness, the lives of everyone in the family are affected. It might seem as if the illness sends out ripples of stress, worry and exhaustion that leave families feeling as if they have been hit by a tsunami.
At the Frankford town’s council’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 3, Councilman Marty Presley said the council had recently spoken to a number of Realtors regarding Town-owned property.
The rough sea did not deter two Town of Bethany Beach employees from braving the waters to save an 11-year-old boy on Monday.
According to a lawsuit filed this week, local students aren’t being treated fairly — especially when it comes to the high rate of African-American students being placed in the Indian River School District’s alternative school in Frankford. The federal lawsuit was filed against the school district on Sept. 30, by the Coalition for Education Reform and two families.
Sussex County Council members briefly discussed the County’s proposed signage ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 4, agreeing to review all related documents and be prepared to have a motion at the following week’s meeting.
On Sept. 22, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission recommended changes to the proposed ordinance, with a vote of 3-0.
Four Town of Selbyville employees were among the first on the scene of a West Church Street house fire on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The call came in just after 9 a.m. Police Chief Scott Collins and Cpl. John Bunting were on duty, as were Town staff members Kevin Murray and George Hudson. They ran over and found resident Delbert Baker already on the scene.
Several days of rainfall last week caused flooding, closed schools and broke daily records.
Sussex County Emergency Operations Director Joseph Thomas said the rainfall, which stretched from Thursday, Sept. 29, well into the weekend, caused flooding in all the usual areas, as well as in many areas where it was not expected.
“I’ve had lots of people tell me they’ve seen water in places where they’ve never seen it before,” Thomas said.
The first flashflood warning of many was issued at 3:13 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28; and the last one stemming from the slow-moving weather system expired on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Thomas explained that the four-day deluge happened because “we had a low pressure system to the west of us, and as it was spinning counter-clockwise, it was pulling tropical moisture in from the Gulf. And it was just sitting on top of us.”
Unlike nor’easters and hurricanes, which tend to cause more severe problems along the coast, last week’s rains brought more issues to inland areas, Thomas said.
The highest rainfall totals in the county were seen in Harbeson, where nearly 14 inches of rain had fallen as of Friday, Sept. 30, according to National Weather Service records. A single-day rainfall of 6.25 inches on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Georgetown shattered that town’s previous record of 1.35 inches.
Some cellphones in the area may be getting a boost. The Mobilitie communications company has requested permission from the Selbyville Town Council to construct a utility pole on Dukes Street Extended. When wireless networks are overwhelmed, the network would fall back to rely on the signal repeater, or booster, located on the pole.
The Selbyville Public Library has been ahead of the game by inviting local police to come speak with their community. Their next public “Coffee with a Cop” event will be Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Selbyville Public Library meeting room.
This time, it’s part of a larger effort and the first National Coffee with a Cop Day.