Town of Millsboro, Delaware
- 3,877 (2010 Census)
Town council meetings:
- Frist Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers
- Second Saturday in June. There are three districts within town limits, with two people from each district and one at-large, for 3-year terms.
- 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro, DE
- Robert Bryan, Mayor
- John Thoroughgood, Vice-Mayor
- Greg Hastings, Secretary
- Michelle Truitt, Treasurer
- Tim Hodges
- Irene Keenan
- Jim Petruzella
- Faye Lingo
Assistant Town Manager:
- Matt Schifano
- Tammy Phillips
- John Murphy
Non-Emergency Police Contact:
- (302) 943-8147
Downtown Millsboro’s Blue Water Grill is looking to reopen soon, following an electrical fire on March 28 that forced the restaurant to temporarily close for repairs. Months later, Blue Water is now set to host a job fair to hire staff, with the restaurant’s reopening in sight.
“We’re looking for every position,” said Jess Wiggins, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Josh.
As two evenly matched teams vying for a Big League Softball World Series bid, it’s no wonder that Millsboro and Laurel need an odd number of games to determine which team will represent host District III in next month’s Little League World Series in Roxana.
Millsboro led what was supposed to be a 12-game series 4-2 heading into a tripleheader last Monday, July 21, but lost all three games of the series, to fall behind 5-4. However, the team would bounce back in another tripleheader on Tuesday, July 22, winning the first two games of the night before falling in the third and allowing Laurel to even the series at 6-6, necessitating a final matchup between the teams this Friday.
“I think the first game took the steam out of us, kind of put the momentum in their court, and we didn’t recover after that,” said Millsboro coach Monroe “Monnie” Hudson of the Monday-night series after the third consecutive game on Tuesday. “The girls did a great job tonight. They bounced back, and they pulled out the first two, which is huge.”
“We had some timely hits. The girls just came out and fought,” added head coach Guy Wilkins. “They’re warriors. They’re battlers. They’re gonna do everything they can do to win a game, and backs were against the wall, so they came out and played great softball.”
Some of those timely hits came from some timely hitters, as centerfielder Alexis Burger and catcher Morgan Smith took turns knocking each other home for key runs in Tuesday’s wins.
John M. Hodgson, 67, of Millsboro, died July 7 as a result of the injuries he sustained in a July 6 crash south of Greenwood, Delaware State Police announced this week.
The road back to the Big League Softball World Series certainly offers its fair share of potential speed bumps for the Millsboro team. Obstacles to overcome include balancing time between work and softball, frequent doubleheaders and Laurel pitcher Reagan Green.
However, after trading wins in Monday’s doubleheader against Laurel at the Pyle Center in Roxana, the team finds themselves with a 4-2 advantage in the 12-game series that will decide which area team represents host District III at the World Series next month, right there at the Pyle Center.
“I think we’re looking good,” said Millsboro coach Monroe ‘Monnie’ Hudson. “Defensively, we’re good. Pitching, we’re good. We just gotta string the hits together, and this game we just couldn’t connect the hits.”
At the July 7 Millsboro Town Council meeting, Rick Davis from the engineering firm URS spoke to the council about the condition of the town’s streets.
“We physically walked every street in the town,” said Davis. “Basically, what we see throughout town is a lot of cracks, and the cracks are large.”
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.
Peninsula Dental Millsboro recently announced that orthodontist Robert Park, DMD, has joined the practice. A graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine and trained in orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University, Park brings orthodontic treatment for children and adults to Millsboro. He offers traditional braces, clear Invisalign orthodontics, retainers and the Damon System.
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.
Millsboro residents could find themselves directly linked to the nation, as DART prepares a public transit plan that not only makes the basic bus stops, but also allows for deviations up to a mile away.
Although called a “flex” route, the bus would follow the same rules as fixed route service. It would travel the same roads, cost the same amount and be included in the DART Daily Pass.
For seven years, the youth of Millsboro have been parading in celebration of the Fourth of July, and they’ll continue that tradition this year.
The youth parade was started by Dorothy LeCates, a Millsboro resident, who was the driving force behind the installation of the labyrinth at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Millsboro.
“The whole world is kind of confused right now. If we get quiet within ourselves, we go about our daily business with a little more intention in a mindful manner,” said LeCates. “The labyrinth, the walking meditation and prayer center, was built for the community by volunteers on church property but was donated for the use of the community.”
The labyrinth’s construction was started in March of 2006, and it was dedicated on July 4, 2006.
“The Fourth of July is not only the birthday of this country but is the birthday of our labyrinth,” said LeCates.
This year, the parade will be held on July 4 itself, beginning at 10 a.m. at the labyrinth, with an opening ceremony.
“Cathy Gorman will sing ‘God Bless America’ and will open the program on the labyrinth, with the cross and American flag. Our Boy Scouts will do the color guard. Our young Marines will present the colors. And then we’ll introduce our special guest.”
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Classic at Baywood Greens on Aug. 19, offering golfers the opportunity to enjoy what is widely considered one of the area’s most beautiful public courses, while also supporting a charitable cause.
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.
Last week, Sussex County Council District 5 candidates spoke at the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly member meeting.
Candidate Brad Connor, who is currently serving as mayor of Dagsboro, noted that he always had a desire to serve the community.
“I just always wanted to get involved in the community and in helping people,” Connor said.
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The Great Race, an old car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Millsboro next week, as they stop for food during their nine-day drive through 13 states.
The race will start June 21 in Ogunquit, Maine, and weave its way 2,100 miles down the Atlantic Coast before finishing in The Villages in Florida, on June 29. The cars will stop in various towns along the way.
Last weekend, Millsboro resident Joseph Brady won the “At Large” council seat on the Millsboro Town Council, following the town’s annual municipal election.
Brady received 108 votes, while his opponent, Neil Dickerson, received 68. Incumbent Jim Petruzella did not file for reelection to the seat.
Festival Hispano will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, noon to 6 p.m. at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro. El Centro Cultural will be celebrating the 20th year of Festival Hispano in Sussex County.
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The Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, will make a lunch stop at Town Hall in downtown Millsboro on Tuesday, June 24, starting at 11:15 a.m. This classic car event spans more than 2,000 miles each year. Thousands of spectators flock to the cities and towns along the route to see the pre-1972 cars and trucks, which are battling for $150,000 in prize money.
Mark Hedetniemi, manager of Beebe’s Rehab Services Department in Georgetown and Millsboro, has been honored with the Beebe Healthcare’s “You make a Difference” Award for May.
Earlier this year, the World Gym in Millsboro expanded, tripling in size and moving from its 5,000-square-foot space to a location just across the highway, just shy of 15,000 square feet.
“We opened five and a half years ago. We should’ve been an adequate size for this area,” said Pam Trader, with a laugh. Trader owns the gym with her husband, Steve.
The Traders, who live in Salisbury, Md., opened the gym in Millsboro five years ago, after Steve mentioned he thought it was odd that Millsboro didn’t have a gym.
“Steve worked at the power plant. He would get off work, drive home 45 minutes and say, ‘Gosh — why can’t there be a gym in Millsboro?’” said Trader. “We just thought it was the logical place to go.”
After adding onto their 24-7 gym access with fitness classes at a separate location multiple days a week, the Traders realized they had a demand that was greater than what they could house.
Festival Hispano will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro. El Centro Cultural will be celebrating the 20th year of Festival Hispano in Sussex County.
This September, the Millsboro Country Festival will return to bring fun and a little redneck flair to the town for a second year.
“We do live in a rural country setting, even though we do have shopping centers around us. Still, the heart of this area is a farming community,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “We just thought it was a perfect idea for this area.”
The festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the W.B. Atkins Little League Field in town. Tickets will cost $5 for adults, while children may attend the event free of charge.
New this year, Fast Action Motor Sports Entertainment, out of Dover, will be on hand, offering attendees the chance to enjoy motor sports three different ways.
Attention country music fans: The Dirt Road Outlawz will be holding a special concert at the Millsboro Town Center on Aug. 16.