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A season for giving, and giving thanks

The traditional season of giving thanks kicks off this week, and for those looking to pay their good fortune forward, there is no shortage of opportunities right in our back yard.

The miracle of birth, the wonder of paternity leave

As a kid, I remember watching the old black-and-white movies in which a husband would be pacing in a smoke-filled waiting room while his wife gave birth to the couple’s baby. The man would then get his first glance at his offspring through a glass window, as a joyous nurse would weave her way through a maze of bassinets and point out his baby.

Beach concessions a local tradition

We’ve received a number of letters and a multitude of phone calls this week about the proposal for the Town of Bethany Beach to end its practice of bidding out beach equipment rental concessions and take over the business for itself.

A few (hundred) words of advice to my daughter

Up is down. Day is night. And dogs and cats are playing together. Yes, indeed, my life has been flipped upside down, and I couldn’t possibly be any happier.

Guest Column: Improper notice is reason to reverse shellfishing designation

As the Coastal Point has reported (most recently Oct. 9, 2014, “Residents voice feelings on aquaculture”), there is a local uprising among hundreds of citizens opposed to the State of Delaware’s recently-approved placement of industrial shellfishing operations in the Inland Bays.

Interesting results abound from local elections

So another election season has come and gone, the voters have had their say and life will go forth for those of us in Sussex County, with a few new faces in new places.

Veterans Day a chance to show our true support

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, bands will play, speeches will be read out loud and veterans of most ages, genders, faiths and ethnicities will be celebrated for the one thing they all have very much in common — at some point in their respective lives, they put on a uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and they made a pledge to defend this nation and her allies.

Post office explains history of ‘Forever Stamps’

On the evening of Dec. 6, 1964, families sat down to watch a new TV show for the first time: an animated special called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It featured the voice of Burl Ives as Sam, a singing snowman, who narrates the tale of a misfit reindeer who finds his own special way to shine.

Once again, we ask for you to cast your ballots

One of the msot anticipated election days we’ve had in quite some time will finally take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

No, there’s nothing as glamorous as a presidential or gubernatorial election during the mid-term balloting, but the ramifications of this year’s elections will be strongly felt, both locally and nationally.

Hey, sometimes life gives you fortune — twice

Who wouldn’t want an extra $25,000 a year? For life.

Well, to be fair, it’s for 20 years, but the name of the game hosted by the Massachusetts Lottery is “Lucky for Life,” so let’s stick with the “life” concept for now. Besides, none of us really know when that final curtain will drop, so 20 years might indeed be a factual statement. In fact, if I could sign a contract right now that guaranteed me another 20 years and...

Guest Column: New procedure decreases severity of chronic asthma attacks

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can cause the airways to narrow so that less oxygen flows into the lungs. Uncontrolled asthma is serious, as it can cause permanent damage to the airways. Symptoms are wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing and shortness of breath.

Banks recognized for selflessness, grand vision

Kami Banks has long been an influential voice in the community, somewhat belying her relatively-young age.

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a different way or, quite simply, make me laugh.

Alumni night, discount cards top band activities

It’s a busy time for your Indian River High School Marching Band and Boosters!

This Friday night is Band Alumni Night, as former members of the band are invited to come out and join the current band on the field for their Beatles halftime show. Even if you don’t play your instrument anymore, come on out and have fun remembering your time in the IR band.

Guest Column: Not too spooky: Beebe doctor talks Halloween safety

Halloween can be a time of fun and creativity. But the Halloween season should only be pretend scary! Here is some advice to help keep kids safe while they have a terrifyingly good time.

Area’s heroin problem is only growing worse

The heroin problem has been steadily growing throughout our community over the past year or so.

A message from above

Monday afternoon, I find myself in downtown Bethany at lunchtime. I think to myself, “Well, it’s a beautiful day, I’m at the beach and I need to eat — so, what the heck! I will get a sandwich and sit on a beach, enjoy the sunshine and relax for half an hour.”

Post office boxes: Safety and security for your mail

Some of us rent safety deposit boxes at our bank or financial institution. They provide security for our valuable possessions, and peace of mind for us. For security, convenience and peace of mind concerning your mail, nothing beats a post office box at the Ocean View Post Office.

• Security — Your mail is protected, under lock and key, as well as by federal statute.

We all have motivation to preserve our beaches

When Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC) beach guru Tony Pratt visited the Fenwick Island Town Council last week to discuss dune maintenance, he uttered two words in particular that should carry a lot of weight.

“Sand blows,” he explained.

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