This Week's News
Through the collaborative work of more than 10 local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement officials last Friday were able to seize 107 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $214,000.
“As our public safety needs increase in Sussex County, all of the police agencies are trying to enhance our collaboration on criminal investigations. This is one of those initiatives. Spearheaded by Chief [Robert] Longo of Milton Police Department, through the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association, we came up with the idea to do some marijuana irradiation,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.
The Delmar, Georgetown, Milton, Ocean View and Selbyville police departments worked with the DEA Task Force, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Police Aviation unit and Natural Resources Police, as well as the Maryland and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug teams, as part of “Operation Summer Harvest,” which looks to address the growing drug issues in Sussex County.
As troublesome as Selbyville’s water problems have been, the Town has landed in a safety net of state and federal funding. The Town recently earned a $500,000 emergency grant toward its new water plant.
Between the USDA Rural Development grant and a previous state Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, Selbyville will get more than $3 million in free money toward the new plant.
The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state code related to the death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution.
Next month, event organizers are asking local residents to take some time between Sept. 15 and 17 to show their appreciation for the men and women whose duty it is to protect and serve.
The public will have a second chance to give comment on recommended changes to the Sussex County sign regulations. At its Aug. 9 council meeting, the county council voted 5-0 to reintroduce a proposed ordinance to amend its code related to signs.
What started 50 years ago with one man’s wish to leave a legacy for his young family is now a refuge for scores of families, a place to call “home away from home” by the bay.
When the Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort campground opened in 1966, just 26 days before Van Browne died at the age of 33 from a rare form of cancer, his wife, Duane, was not sure she would be able to continue with the business.
Their son, Mark Browne, was 9 years old at the time; he now oversees the 65-acre campground that, in the height of summer, functions like a small village, with its own store, church services held in a brand new pavilion, a white, sandy beach alongside the bay and a tight-knit community of campers who look after each other, the Browne family and the community at large.
But that first year, it took considerable fortitude for the Browne family to move forward with Van Browne’s vision.
Family members — especially Mark Browne’s grandfather Herbert Calhoun and friends Sydney and Agnes Hurley — pitched in, and somehow the campground made it to a second season.
As July came to a close, three people approached retirement from their duties at Fenwick Island Town Hall.
After 10 years of service apiece, outgoing Town Council Members Diane Tingle and Bill Weistling Jr. opted not to run for reelection this year. Meanwhile, Merritt Burke IV served his final days as town manager before becoming CEO of Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR).
With one hand on the Bible, three Fenwick Islanders swore to this week serve as town council members in accordance with the Town Code, state and U.S. constitutions.
Vicky Carmean, Bernie Merritt Jr. and Gardner Bunting officially began their two-year terms at a Aug. 16 reorganization meeting.
The Ocean View Police Department recently charged a Millsboro man with his seventh DUI offense.
It would probably be safe to consider today part of the fabled “dog days of summer.”
It’s been hot. The season is beginning to wind down as students make their way back to school. And the grind of another busy summer has most people (particularly those fortunate enough to live here) walking around with their tongues hanging out and eyes half shut.
One of the sections of our paper most read and discussed by staff members is the obituaries.
Reader takes issue with previous letter
The Freeman Stage teases us every spring about when the summer schedule will be released. In turn, we wonder who will be the stars that make their way to West Fenwick to brighten our lives. What we know is that, whether the performers are national recording artists or cover bands or actors or symphony musicians, all will provide top-notch entertainment in a variety of different styles.
This year, whether one’s taste is classical (Yo-Yo Ma), country (The Band Perry), Motown (Gladys Knight), rock (Huey Lewis & the News) or musical theater (Clear Space), there has been a treat for everyone.
What is less known is that on two nights every season, one can watch, for free, great talent representing a variety of genres in an event known as Locals Under the Lights.
The second Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage this summer is on Thursday, Aug. 25, and it is going to be an amazing evening.
Unlike in the United States, slavery was banned in Mexico in the 19th century. As a result, Mexico became a haven for the enslaved in this country.
This summer brought a new addition to the bustling Bayside community near Fenwick Island, with the incarnation of the Town Center Market.
The open-air pop-up market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, until Labor Day weekend. With vendors changing every night, homeowners and visitors are being treated to a rotation of local artisans, businesses and food trucks.
According to Bayside Director of Marketing Jeff Evans, the market was conceived out of the desire to “enhance the experience for the community” by bringing offerings from local businesses to residents.
“It was Michelle Freeman’s vision to provide some retail opportunities here in Bayside,” Evans said.
This summer, the idea was to bring a temporary, open-air market to the community, with the hope of eventually evolving it into a permanent retail space within the community.
August is National Family Fun Month, so here are some ideas of free or low-cost activities brought to you from Beacon Pediatrics and Beebe Healthcare, to keep your family healthy, safe and active for the rest of summer!
For as much time as he spends in the water, it seems somewhat strange that Michael Phelps does not like fish.
At 84, Lisehora still rules the courts
Marion Lisehora is not the average card-carrying AARP member. Then again, there wasn’t really anything average about Marion Lisehora before she was eligible to carry an AARP card anyway.
Since her youth, the D.C. native and long-time Millsboro resident has stolen the show in recreations ranging from softball and field hockey to swimming and soccer.
She’s won state championships in basketball, been part of a doubles balancing act with her late husband, Tony, while attending the University of Maryland—College Park, and even famously rode the “Diving Horse” off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City for four summers before taking the act to the Sunshine State.
For the last few years, however, and now approaching the equestrian-inhibiting age of 85, the only thing golden about this girl has been her Senior Olympics medals.
The 43rd Annual White Marlin Open came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the closing ceremonies for the five-day bill-fishing tournament in Ocean City, Md., seeing winners from up and down the East Coast.
The big winner was Phil Heasley and the crew on the Kallianassa, from Naples, Fla., who reeled in a 76.5-pound white marlin and check for a cool $2.8 million as a result.
While the catch won Heasley the grand prize, it weighed in as the second-smallest winning white since 2000, and smallest since 2012.
As for blue marlin, however, Jim Conway and the crew on the Get Reel pulled in the largest blue in the last five years, weighing in at a staggering 790 pounds, good for a $258,995 check.
The tournament also saw the largest tuna caught in the past three years, with Rich Kosztyu of the Hubris, out of Forked River, N.J., landing a 236.5-pounder for a $767,091 prize.
While the fields at the River Soccer Complex in Frankford may be empty now, in a few short weeks they’ll be brimming with plenty of soccer action as the River Soccer Club runs and kicks its way into another fall season.
New additions to the club this year will include two four-week sessions for the “U5 Hoppers” clinic, and the “U6 Kickers” clinic, designed to teach younger players the game and develop skills.
The recreational program goes up through U14 for both boys and girls, with games played on Saturdays for eight weeks starting Saturday, Sept. 10.
Registration costs vary depending on age, but the club is designed to be affordable and accommodating for local youths, with jerseys, shorts and socks included for players in the U8 through U14 divisions, and a T-shirt for the Hoppers and Kickers clinics.
Eagle’s Landing to host Glo-Golf Tournament
Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin, Md., will host its Glo-Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16.
The two-player scramble event will feature a 6:45 p.m. shotgun start, and nine holes after a 5:45 p.m. Twilight Party, with prizes available after the tournament.
The event costs $50 to enter.
On Aug. 5, representatives of the Sierra Club met with members of the Board of Directors of the Inland Bays Foundation to dedicate a memorial bench in honor of the late Harry Haon, a past IBF member.
The memorial bench, made of 100 percent recycled material and inscribed with a brass appreciation plate, was placed in front of the Fenwick Island Town Hall. The bench was donated by the Sierra Club based in Wilmington.
Haon was known as a champion of environmental causes in Delaware. In addition to supporting the activities of the Sierra Club, Haon was a member of the Fenwick Island Town Council, and participated as a board member at both the Center for Inland Bays (CIB) and the Inland Bays Foundation(IBF). The IBF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to returning Delaware’s waters to their original fishable and swimmable state.
Inviting residents to decorate public space has given South Bethany a series of miniature parks. With five miles of canals, the town has plenty of canal ends that people have decorated and planted for the 6th Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.
The Adopt-A-Canal program lets residents take ownership and beautify their community.
“It just truly makes a difference. We’re seeing — as the years pass — the growth of the canal ends,” said organizer Councilwoman Sue Callaway. “And it still gets the community involved in doing something for the town, and it [gets] people together to work on many of them.”
In a municipality where the primary Town revenue is realty-related taxes, South Bethany’s success depends partly on residents who maintain a pleasant living space.
Replaces Lingo, who served town for 38 years
For the first time in more than 23 years, the Town of Millsboro will have a new chief administrative officer, as the Millsboro town council unanimously voted Sheldon P. Hudson in as the municipality’s new town manager at the town council meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1.
Hudson fills the role left by the long-tenured and recently retired Faye L. Lingo, who was honored with a goodbye ceremony after making her retirement public on Tuesday, July 5, marking July 29 as her official last day after 38 years with the Town.
“She’s definitely missed — that’s for sure,” said Hudson of his predecessor. “She always had a smile on her face.”
Hudson had previously spent seven months serving as assistant town manager, which he said was invaluable in preparing him for his new role at the helm.
“I was really fortunate to have those seven months with Faye,” he said. “I was able to really learn more about the needs facing this town.”
A lifelong area resident and graduate of Indian River School District schools, Hudson went on to attend Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a degree in political science. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in government from Regent University.
Questions or complaints? Please call!
That has been the Delaware Department of Transportation’s public message throughout their 2.5-year construction project on Route 26.
Millville contains a road that is 0.3 miles long, bends sharply in an L-shaped curve and has a new playground coming that will soon attract pedestrians, cyclists and more cars.
And, inexplicably, tiny Dukes Drive has an un-posted speed limit of 50 mph.
Garrett Rogers’ summer has been anything but carefree, as the 10-year-old Millsboro boy recovers from a mid-May car accident.
In recent weeks, however, the boy many have gotten to know by his baseball jersey number — 22 — has finally gotten to do something he lives and breathes for: play baseball.
It might “just” be whiffle ball, with shortened bases and a belt for his physical therapist to grab onto if he starts to falter, and so far, he plays not on a field but in the gym at Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, where he has been since the accident; but for Garrett, as well as his family and friends, it’s glorious.
Garrett’s aunt, Kim Cooper, said Garrett is looking forward to ending his in-patient stay at the hospital. Currently, the plan is for him to be discharged at the end of August. At that point, he will continue out-patient physical therapy at the hospital four or five days a week for a few more weeks. He and his mom, Wendy Rogers, will stay at the nearby Ronald McDonald House. Wendy has stayed at the hospital since Garrett was transferred there shortly after the accident, Cooper said.
Last week, the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts released its report on the inspection of the Town of Frankford.
The ballots have been counted, and the Fenwick Island Town Council has a new lineup after the Aug. 6 election.
The three winners were council newcomer Bernard “Bernie” H. Merritt Jr. (258 votes), incumbent Gardner Bunting (241) and former councilwoman Vicki Carmean (203).
They defeated candidate Kevin Carouge (154).
Two Sussex County women plan to travel to Greece this November to provide support to mothers and children living in a camp for Syrian refugees.
Geri Fitzgerald, a lactation consultant and pediatric nurse practitioner from Bethany Beach, and Carrie Keane, a midwife from Milton, will work with Nurture Project International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that, according to their website, “works to protect safe infant feeding among families impacted by crisis and disaster.”
Fitzgerald, who has worked extensively with the United Nations, said that the current refugee crisis has become a high-priority issue for the U.N. and that, in December, there will be a meeting of the member states to discuss a plan of action.
“[The refugees] have no place to go, and these are people that have been starving and they have a lot of needs, and it’s something that makes you feel that you should do something. It’s everyone’s problem.”
Those of you who have already downloaded our Explore Coastal Delaware app got a major update in the last week or so — one that not only enhances the existing content in the app but offers a tremendous amount of additional up-to-the-minute information on the happenings in South Coastal Delaware.
Coastal Point newspaper is now built right into the Explore Coastal Delaware app!
That’s right — rather than having to navigate to our website in your mobile browser, now you can just tap on the Explore Coastal Delaware app, and the first thing you’ll see listed is “Coastal Point.” We’ve divided the newspaper content into News, Opinion, Sports, Weather & Tides and the ever-popular Yard Sales.
In each category, you’ll see a listing of our latest headlines, so you can pick and choose what you want to read first, and everything loads smoothly inside the app, where you can zoom in or out, rotate the screen, follow links and even open that page in your regular browser to use the enhanced features of your OS, such as sharing.
We do love sharing good news in this space.
It was nearly three months ago when 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro ran into a street to retrieve a baseball, only to be struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by a drunk driver. Rogers suffered brain trauma, among his other injuries, and there was fear that his vocal chords might be paralyzed.
Twenty-one gold medals.
As of Tuesday night, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had received 21 gold medals in his amazing, awe-inspiring career, and still had an opportunity to add to that collection before these Games were over, as he still had three more events to swim.