Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Jesse Truitt, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Cheryl Workman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joann Bacon
  • Charles Shelton

Town Administrator:

  • Terry Truitt

Emergency:

  • 911

Frankford’s Chandler House makes its mark in history

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.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.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.

John M. Clayton beats the odds, wins national award

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.

Girls’ Night Out coming to Frankford with author Megan Hart

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.

Frankford halves citizens’ privilege

The citizens of Frankford will only have one opportunity to speak at council meetings in the future, as this past week the Frankford Town Council voted 3-2 to remove the second “citizens’ privilege” that had previously been in place on council meeting agendas.

Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”

People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.

Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.

The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.

People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.

Free Frankford Health Fair this weekend aims for wellness

Whether people are looking for a free flu shot or free lunch, the Frankford Health Fair will offer both, and more, when it returns to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 4.

“We’ve been doing this one for several years, and each year it gets bigger and better,” said Megan Williams of Beebe Healthcare’s Population Health Department.

Frankford man to be honored for volunteer efforts

Nearly two dozen individuals and groups will be honored with the 2014 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award on Oct. 14 at Dover Downs, including a Frankford man. The people and organizations participate in such diverse activities as educating others about the environment, advocating for causes close to their hearts and raising thousands of dollars for community organizations.

Frankford discusses pensions, park, resident’s concerns

The Frankford Town Council continued its discussion of potential pension plans earlier this week.

Trena Giddings, a human resource specialist from the State of Delaware’s Office of Pensions gave the council a presentation on the State’s county/municipal police and firefighter plan on Sept. 8.

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.

Frankford council hears about employee pension options

With discussion in recent months of starting a pension program for its employees, the Frankford Town Council recently held a workshop to learn about potential plan options.

Last week, Frankford resident Marty Presley, who has 30 years of experience in the financial field, presented a variety of pension options to Council Members Joanne Bacon, Cheryl Workman and Pamela Davis.

Frankford council addresses charter amendment procedure

At an Aug. 4 town council meeting, Frankford resident Jerry Smith voiced his concerns regarding the council vote that took place last year on the introduction of town charter amendments to the Delaware General Assembly.

Community Lutheran Church makes faith child-friendly

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Campers showed some spirit when coloring this camp quilt at Community Lutheran Church.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Campers showed some spirit when coloring this camp quilt at Community Lutheran Church.Dozens of children created the unique patchwork quilt of Community Lutheran Church’s annual summer camp in July. Local kids from all walks of life enjoyed two weeks of Frankford day-camp with the visiting teen counselors of Mar-Lu-Ridge camp, located in the mountains of Frederick County, Md.

“It’s an outreach to the community to teach children about Jesus and God,” said co-organizer Lonnie Riley. “Some are members, some are not, so it’s a community affair.”

“The kids are great,” said Arthur Mutijima, 18, who just became a counselor this year, “I love nature … just being able to sing songs and be really silly and wear wacky clothes.”

“It’s good to hear the kids laughing,” Riley said.

“When you see how much they learn through the week, it’s amazing,” said co-organizer Mary Ellen Engler.

Explosions indicate only chicken house fire in Frankford

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : Firefighters work on a fire at two chicken houses in Frankford on Saturday, July 26.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Firefighters work on a fire at two chicken houses in Frankford on Saturday, July 26.Three explosions ripped through a sunny Frankford afternoon on Saturday, July 26. Fortunately, the horrific sounds, which came with a massive plume of smoke that spread over the small town around noon, only indicated that two chicken houses behind Mountaire’s grain facility were on fire.

There were no injuries — human or chicken — in the chicken houses, which were mostly used for storage, officials said.

The Frankford, Dagsboro, Roxana and Selbyville volunteer fire companies responded to the incident around noon, but they quickly had the situation under control, said Frankford Assistant Chief John Wright.

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control was called out to investigate tanks adjacent to the chicken houses, but nothing hazardous was found in several 55-gallon drums and several above-ground plastic storage tanks.

Dagsboro man killed while fleeing from police

Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.A 26-year-old Dagsboro man was killed in a crash on Monday south of Frankford, during a police pursuit that sought him as a suspect in a home-invasion robbery earlier that morning in Dagsboro.

Delaware State Police said that both Dagsboro and Frankford officers were actively pursuing a stolen Ford Explorer that was being driven at a high speed southbound on Route 113 by Charles A. Campbell, 26, of Dagsboro around 10 a.m. on July 14.

They said Campbell lost control of the vehicle south of Frankford, near Cat Mans Road, causing it to drive over the concrete island and through the grass median before entering northbound lanes of Route 113. The 42-year-old Harrington man driving a Mack 10-wheel cargo/box truck northbound in the left lane of Route 113 attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid the SUV, police said. The two vehicles met in a nearly head-on collision in the left lane, according to the DSP.

After the impact, police said, the Explorer rotated counterclockwise and overturned multiple times, landing on its roof in the grass median. Campbell, who was not properly restrained, according to police, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the grass median. They said the truck rotated counterclockwise and slid sideways, coming to rest across both northbound travel lanes.

Truitt to leave Frankford Town Council after 24 years

Last Monday’s regularly scheduled Frankford Town Council meeting was all but regular, with an appearance by Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader and Council President Jesse Truitt announcing he would be stepping down from council.

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.

Church offering free day-camp in July

Community Lutheran Church in Frankford is offering a free day-camp to area youth for two weeks in July. The camp is a partnership with Mar-Lu-Ridge, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in a camp facility in Western Maryland.

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.

Frankford residents urge Town to pursue other options

At the last Frankford Town Council meeting, residents gathered to voice their disapproval for the proposed town pension plan — many of them attempting to do so within the three-minute window allotted for each resident to speak to the council at the beginning of the meeting.

Frankford residents urge Town to pursue other options

At the last Frankford Town Council meeting, residents gathered to voice their disapproval for the proposed town pension plan — many of them attempting to do so within the three-minute window allotted for each resident to speak to the council at the beginning of the meeting.

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.

Church offering free day-camp in July

Community Lutheran Church in Frankford is offering a free day-camp to area youth for two weeks in July. The camp is a partnership with Mar-Lu-Ridge, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in a camp facility in Western Maryland.