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 extends offer to candidate for police chief

The Frankford Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday to extend an offer to an applicant for the Town’s chief of police. The position has been vacant since the end of 2014, when former police chief William Dudley retired.

Local brides to get help with weddings

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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.

Frankford discusses policing, searching for new attorney

The Town of Frankford will be looking to hire two part-time police officers, on temporary loan from the Selbyville and Dagsboro departments. Currently, the Town does not have any officers on its own police force.

Drugs, cash, gun found in local homes

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Georgetown Police Department last week conducted search warrants that led to the arrest of three people in the culmination of an investigation into illegal drug sales.

Frankford elects Bacon and Melson to serve on town council

In the Feb. 7 town council election, the residents of Frankford voted to elect Velicia Melson and re-elect incumbent Joanne Bacon, with 92 votes each.

Residents’ appeals over election practices denied

Following a special meeting of the Frankford Board of Elections related to two complaints, submitted by residents Jerry Smith and Greg Welch, an appeal was held before State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove last week.

In his complaint, Smith argued that voting in the municipality’s scheduled election could not end before 4 p.m.

Frankford voters to select two council members

Frankford voters will head to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall, to select two council members for new two-year terms. Candidates in the 2015 election include incumbents Joanne Bacon and Cheryl Workman and challengers Dorsey Dear Sr. and Velicia Melson.

Citizens appeal Frankford election rulings

Two Frankford citizens have appealed to Delaware State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove following two decisions reached by the Town’s Board of Elections after a special meeting was held to address complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming election.

The hearing was held on Jan. 30 before Frankford BOE members Elma Gray, Peggy Schaffer and Pamela Hoban.

Citizenship question, letter another concern in Frankford election

Frankford resident Liz Carpenter spoke to the Town council at its monthly meeting on Feb. 2 about her concern regarding “profiling and discrimination” after hearing that a number of Town residents who filled out voter registration applications were sent a letter regarding their citizenship.

Frankford to advertise for new police officers

Following the resignation letter submitted Jan. 26 by Frankford police officer Nate Hudson, the Frankford Town Council announced earlier this week the Town plans to advertise for police officers.

Multi-vehicle collision critically injures Frankford man

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred north of Frankford.

According to police, around 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, as Maria De Lourdez Rios-Ochoas, 39, of Dagsboro was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy eastbound on Swamp Road and came to a complete stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (Route 113).

Frankford election board to hear citizens’ complaints

The Frankford Board of Elections (BOE) will hold a hearing this week to review two citizens’ complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming municipal election.

On Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library, a special hearing will take place before board members Pam Hoban, Elma Gray and Peggy Schaffer.

Lone Frankford police officer tenders resignation to Town

The Frankford Police Department’s single remaining police officer, Nate Hudson, submitted his letter of resignation to the Town earlier this week.

“He has put his letter of resignation in, yes,” confirmed Councilwoman Cheryl Workman.

Hudson, who joined the department in April of 2011, had remained the only active officer following the December 2014 retirement of Chief William Dudley.

Frankford election approaches, residents question process

The Town of Frankford will hold its annual election on Feb. 7, with voters to fill two seats, currently held by Council President Joanne Bacon and Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Workman.

Incumbents Bacon and Workman filed to serve again, as did residents Dorsey Dear, Sr. and Velicia Melson.

Frankford forms committees for policing and healthcare

Following the December retirement of Frankford Police Chief William Dudley, Councilman Charles Shelton addressed residents regarding concerns that the Town’s police department would be disbanded.

‘Miss Dorothy’ bids farewell to Frankford library

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: ‘Miss Dorothy’ Fisch shares The Berenstain Bears with children one last time before retiring as children’s librarian at Frankford Public Library.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: ‘Miss Dorothy’ Fisch shares The Berenstain Bears with children one last time before retiring as children’s librarian at Frankford Public Library.After 15 years, a friendly face is retiring from the Frankford Public Library children’s program. “Miss Dorothy” Fisch led her last preschool storytime for a handful of wiggling children before she retired on Dec. 17.

But these youngsters are just a few of the hundreds of children Fisch read to since she arrived in 1999.

Although she turned 71 this month, Fisch grabbed a box of jingle bells and led a round of Christmas carols at her final storytime session. She and the children jumped up and down to the beat of the bells.

“She has a lot of energy,” parent Crystal Blakeney said. “She’s really joyful, and they love it when she sings.”

Fisch even filled a request for “The Alphabet Song.”

Shelley Stevens has seen her grandchildren cry at the thought of missing storytime. She takes young Bridget to library programs year-round.

Frankford voter registration deadline comes next week

The Town of Frankford will hold its annual election on Feb. 7, with voters to fill two seats, currently held by Council President Joanne Bacon and Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Workman.

Dudley announces retirement as Frankford police chief

The Town of Frankford’s Police Chief William Dudley, Jr. will be retiring

Earlier this week, Dudley said he officially announced to council that he would be retiring from his position as chief at the end of the year.

Frankford tables pension talks, Murray submits complaint

The Town of Frankford voted unanimously Tuesday night to table taking any action on determining whether or not it would have an employee pension plan.

“I think it should be tabled until we get our healthcare costs,” said council president Joanne Bacon, noting the Town’s healthcare renewal is in February.

Frankford defers pension vote, moves citizens’ privilege

The Frankford Town Council met earlier this week and agreed to do more homework before voting on whether or not the Town should have an employee pension plan.

The Town has previously heard presentations from resident Marty Presley, who has 30 years of experience in the financial field, and Trena Giddings, a human resource specialist from the State of Delaware’s Office of Pensions.

Vietnam Mailbag brings old stories to Frankford library

Lynch to share letters from her popular column

Where would a journalist be without her source? During the Vietnam War, American troops sent Nancy E. Lynch nearly 1,000 letters and hundreds of photos from overseas, which she published in her popular column, Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag.

Frankford library seeking mystery stocking seamstress

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Led by Phyllis Donaway and Susan Molnar (front, left and right), the ladies of Hooks & Needles discovered more than 100 incomplete stockings and then completed them to donate to the Stockings for Soldiers program.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Led by Phyllis Donaway and Susan Molnar (front, left and right), the ladies of Hooks & Needles discovered more than 100 incomplete stockings and then completed them to donate to the Stockings for Soldiers program.Someone sewed more than 100 Christmas stockings that happen to be the perfect size to donate to Stockings for Soldiers. And several ladies in Frankford are trying to figure out who.

Phyllis Donaway was organizing donations at Frankford Presbyterian Church thrift shop when she discovered two trash bags full of unfinished stockings. Not wanting them to go to waste, she and Susan Molnar hauled the fabric to the Frankford Public Library. Perhaps the children could decorate them at craft time, they thought.

But when someone discovered that these stockings were the same size as Stockings for Soldiers requests for its program, everything changed. The nonprofit sends holiday snacks and gifts to soldiers overseas, all in a large stocking.

“The project just landed at our feet, and we decided to see what we could do with it,” said Librarian Cindy Givens.

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.