Clarksville

Hudson’s General Store celebrates 25 years, brings back antique show

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.After 25 years, a local shop might be considered retro. But Hudson’s General Store is all about the antique. Now, to celebrate 25 years in business, Hudson’s is bringing back its massive outdoor antique sale on Saturday, June 20.

Under the big tent in Clarksville, 30 to 40 dealers from across the East Coast will sell one-of-a-kind treasures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“People love antique shows, and I think the young people are starting to come back and want retro things,” said owner Melody Hudson.

And this is where people can dive in.

“They can find anything. They can find pewter, clocks, furniture — just about anything in the antique line,” Hudson said.

“[Antiques] are all different. They’re not mass produced,” Hudson said. “You never know what dealer’s gonna bring what.”

There’s excitement in finding the perfect piece or talking with vendors and other collectors.

Good Earth to hold annual arts and crafts festival

Good Earth Market will hold its 8th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the market’s grounds in Clarksville.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Route 26 moves to nighttime lane closures — for summer

Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
Enter Delaware Seaside Bride. With a website — DelawareSeasideBride.com — and yearly print magazine that will launch March 6, 2015, Delaware Seaside Bride will be your guide to planning your dream day, surrounded by the beauty of the Delaware beaches.

ACTS supports local EMS units

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company has been able to raise enough funds to purchase three LUCAS Chest Compression Systems to be placed in the MVFC’s three ambulances.

EMT Michele Steffens, who also serves as the MVFC’s financial secretary, said the machines will help EMTs save valuable time during an emergency.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Village Square Academy bringing childcare and education back to Whites Neck

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Two children play at Village Square Academy in Millville, which will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 21, to allow prospective students and their parents see the new learning center on Whites Neck Road.Bright colors splash inside Millville’s newest children’s learning center, despite the deceptively stoic brick exterior. Village Square Academy Learning Center just opened on Whites Neck Road, enrolling infants to 12 years.

Village Square Academy provides daylong childcare, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or just before and after school.

“It’s not a daycare at all. It’s a learning center. It’s gonna be structured, educational,” said owner Tecola Gibbs-Hernandez. “The best start is an early start. The earlier, the better prepared they are when they get to the schools,” she said.

That means kids can get used to a structured environment, learn rules of the school and adapt to different cultures. Plus, kids are learning social skills.

“They learn through each other,” verbalizing what they want, using good manners and, of course, making friends, she said.

Hocker coffee serves up discussion of oysters and rent hikes

For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.

A doctor to the core: Millville’s Dunn passes away

Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.Coastal Point • Submitted : A fond memory of Dr. T. Jeffrey Dunn fishing with his son Reagan.A familiar face has faded into memory after Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Dunn, 51, of Dagsboro passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16. Frequently found in Little League dugouts, on Pop Warner sidelines and at Millville’s Sussex Family Practice, Dunn died from brain cancer, which had just been diagnosed in early August.

“He liked being a community doctor. He liked the fact that he knew all the patients’ names [not just as numbers],” said his brother, Christopher Dunn of Elkton Md. “He treated them with the utmost respect.”

It was his dream to have a practice at the beach, the “type of place could hang up a ‘Gone Fishing’ sign,” said his friend and pastor, Andy Ehlers of High Tide Church.

Born in Norfolk, Va., and formerly of New Castle County, Dunn is survived by his wife and children, Tammy (Ledford) Dunn, and Reagan and Scarlett.

Carper on Route 26 project: Federal funding is key

Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware Auditor of Accounts, Sussex County Register of Wills, Sussex County Council District 5 and Sussex County Sheriff.

Route 26 workers continue to prepare for winter closures

The Route 26 Project Team met Aug. 11 for a quick update on the 4-plus-mile road improvement project running from Clarksville to Ocean View.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

Liddy Loves Clothes and color in Clarksville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.It’s hard to ignore the candy-colored shop in Clarksville, although it may be one of Route 26’s smallest shops. Liddy Loves Clothes is bursting with color, from light green walls to a pink heart painted overhead.

And, with an open door and a line of clothes spilling open like flags on the breeze, the front lawn echoes the clothing: “super casual, fun summer stuff,” said owner Linda Siegel.

The fashions are designed to be casual and comfortable, but pretty, with beads, braid and woven designs. All the fabrics flow gently in the breeze, from long beachy dresses to tops, skirts and cover-ups.

The few black clothes only serve to make the other colors shine brighter. That includes Siegel’s.

“I always wear black, but I love color at home,” she said. “I won’t wear it, but I love it! It makes me happy.”

Many of the dresses, shirts and skirts are one-size-fits-all.

Some people might think, “That’s not gonna fit me,” Siegel said.

“Watch the magic,” is her favorite response.

She’ll grab a seemingly small peasant top that stretches to drape over any form. The clothes hang easily either way.