Town of Frankford, Delaware
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If ever I am lost and find myself in Heaven,
Let it spell Bethany
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.