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Bett's Pond

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Fishing on Bett’s Pond is not a bad way to take in a sunset. Well, if it wasn’t for those pesky photographers scaring away the fish with their cameras.

This Week's News

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for the fine-art exhibit, then be seated for the 6:30 p.m. band and chorus concert.

Frankford faces suit from former admin

At the Feb. 1 Frankford Town Council meeting, Councilman Marty Presley announced that the Town was facing a lawsuit filed by its former administrator, Terry Truitt.

“She’s suing for 100 percent of her back vacation and sick time,” said Presley. “We actually received the suit a couple months ago.”

Indian River student arrested for bringing weapons to school

State police arrested a 17-year-old student at Indian River High School on Monday, Feb. 8, after the student reportedly brought a pellet gun and knife to school.

Lord Baltimore Lions Club celebrates 70 years of service

It’s hard to go anywhere in the Ocean View area without seeing an aspect of the community that the Lord Baltimore Lions Club has touched.

Davis, Presley, Ash to serve in Frankford

The citizens of the Town of Frankford made their votes count this week, in an election held on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Sussex Countians thanked for their generosity from Carols

Community volunteers were recognized at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting for doing their part in the County’s annual Caroling on the Circle food drive.

Mid-Atlantic council to release ocean data

Good planning starts with good information. That’s why the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum met on Jan. 29 to learn about three data-collection projects regarding the Atlantic Ocean.

Hosted in Dewey Beach, with the Rehoboth Bay as a backdrop, the MARCO meeting revolved around one idea: What do we know about the Mid-Atlantic?

Ocean View P&Z approves site plans for Silver Woods

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission recently unanimously approved the final site plan for Phase II of a mixed-used planned community, Silver Woods, as submitted by Robert Thornton.

Sheeran honored with memorial resolution in Ocean View

In November, the Town of Ocean View lost councilman Tom Sheeran, who was first elected to the council in April 2011. At Tuesday’s council meeting, state Rep. Ron Gray presented a memorial resolution from the state legislature to Sheeran’s wife, Pat, and thanked her for sharing him with the community.

DART public transit expands to Route 24 and Mountaire

Fares to increase statewide

John J. Williams Highway (Route 24) recently got some attention in the latest DART public transit redesign. A year-round bus route will now make the rounds on Route 24, and the schedule will match the shift changes at the Mountaire poultry processing plant.

Towns, MVFC come to agreements on EMS fees

Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC).

Though, to be fair, the fees will benefit the people and businesses of those towns, as much as the fire company.

Point of no return:

Too many ludicrous interesting topics to cover

There are weeks that I sit down at my computer, stare at the blank screen looking back at me and half-wonder if maybe the stars and gods have aligned against me.

Guest Column: Callanen: Deception in oyster farming approval process

How on earth was the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) and the State’s Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) able to convince Delaware’s Legislature to unanimously vote to locate 442 acres of unsightly commercial floating cage oyster farms in the extremely shallow, environmentally unsuitable Inland Bays without the awareness of local stakeholder residents?

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia followed this celebration.

Millsboro Middle School student picked as a top youth volunteer

Millsboro Middle School student Will Kenney, 13, of Delmar and Micah Freer, 18, of Wilmington were recently named Delaware’s top two youth volunteers of 2016 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide. Some young people have been victims, but some of their peers are now pushing for a brighter future.

Richard Pope, 18, founded Operation Yellow Spear in 2015 “to spearhead the assault on veteran suicide through art, love and grace.”

Based in Laurel, his homeless outreach program is attacking the statistics from the ground up.

“Veteran suicide starts with the community they live in and the struggles they face. We’re reaching out to veteran homelessness, because that can lead to suicide,” Pope said.

‘Accepting the challenge’

Schreiber breaks the mold with Custom Fit 360 in Millville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Accept the challenge.

That’s what Erik Schreiber told himself he had to do when, after making a career out of fitness, he finally decided to open his own gym last month. And at Custom Fit 360 in Millville, that’s what he asks his clients to do, too.

What he doesn’t ask those clients to do, however, is work out the way that he works out, or the way that anyone else works out, for that matter, because, as the name suggests, Custom Fit 360 is all about one thing: customizing the fitness experience for each individual client.

“Everybody has different things that they need to work on,” Schreiber explained. “You’re not gonna get P90X in here. You’re not gonna get Jillian Michaels — because that’s not customized; everybody does the same thing. You’re gonna get your own workout based on what your goals are, and we’re gonna accomplish those goals by working together.”

Individualizing everything from the exercises to the way he puts his clients through them, and even down the music selection, Schreiber is able to put the focus on specific, and typically very different, needs.

One of those clients has been local restauranteur Steve Hagen of the Off the Hook Restaurant Group, who has lost more than 30 pounds since signing up with Schreiber around three months ago.

For police in mental health situations, empathy is key

People deal with psychological issues and mental handicaps all the time. It’s common. So, if about one in five Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder (according to the National Institutes of Health), police officers will definitely interact with such people on a regular basis.

Neighbors coming together for South Bethany potluck

Winters at the beach are peaceful, but sometimes quiet. So South Bethany is warming the season with its inaugural town potluck supper on Saturday, Feb. 20. The feast begins at South Bethany Town Hall at 6 p.m.

“We’re just looking forward to a good turnout and lots of good fellowship,” said Lisa Saxton, a member of the Town’s Communications & Public Relations Committee.

Tripple Overtime: U.S. presidents who you didn’t even know were into sports (It’s Presidents Day)

There’s a lot we know about the past presidents of the United States (of America). Abraham Lincoln could never tell a lie. George Washington had wooden teeth and, from far away, he kind of looked like an old lady in that powdered wig he was always wearing. And even after being elected, twice, George W. Bush is still a huge disappointment to his father.

Three-peat! Indians claim third straight South title after win over SA

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The 2016 Henlopen South Championship title was the third in a row for both the boys' and the girls’ Indian River High School swim teams.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The 2016 Henlopen South Championship title was the third in a row for both the boys' and the girls’ Indian River High School swim teams.It may be their third year in a row with a Henlopen South championship, but for the Indian River High School swim team, it’s actually their sixth title since the 2014 season. Both the boys’ and girls’ squads kept the streak going last week, officially taking the crown yet again, with convincing wins over Sussex Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

“It’s just awesome,” said senior Lauren McCoy. “The program is definitely getting stronger.”

Undefeated in the division heading into that meet, the boys’ had technically already locked the 2016 title. The girls’ had yet to lose a South meet as well, but still needed the win after a turn of events at Milford had ended that meet in an 84-84 tie.

With everything on the line, the Indians also had to adjust to the fact that last Wednesday’s meet was actually the second half of a meet against SA that had been postponed earlier this season. But coach Colin Crandel said the mentality going in was no different than it had been all season.

Indians fall to top-ranked Central squad on the mats

Bolton, Arlett, Marcozzi remain unbeaten

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Mitchell Bolton puts the finalizing move on Central’s Andres Montes before his pin in 1:10 on Wednesday, Feb. 3Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Mitchell Bolton puts the finalizing move on Central’s Andres Montes before his pin in 1:10 on Wednesday, Feb. 3Going into the matchup against undefeated Sussex Central High School on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Indian River High School wrestling coach Jeff Windish knew that his squad was in for a tough bout. But he also knew that his own undefeated wresters — including senior Mitchell Bolton, junior Jared Arlett, and junior Zeke Marcozzi — would go out there and get wins, just like they always do, giving the Indians a chance at taking the dual if they could pull out a few other weight classes.

“Mitchell, Jared and Zeke are clicking right now. When they go out, I expect them to get six points for the team, and they know that walking out on the mat,” Windish explained. “I’m proud of the way we came out. We knew there were some matches that we had on paper, and then we were hoping to pick up a couple other ones on the back side.”

While the Indians would eventually end up falling to the Golden Knights 61-18, they got six points from the usual suspects, just as Windish had expected — with Bolton, Arlett and Marcozzi all getting the fall and remaining undefeated in dual meets this season.

Gulbronson headed to Randolph, continues to help pioneer lax program

Headed into high school at Indian River, playing collegiate lacrosse wasn’t much of a thought for Erik Gulbronson.

IR soccer standout Beam signs with DI Richmond

There’ve been a lot of goals throughout Brooke Beam’s soccer career. In fact, at Indian River High School alone, there’ve been around 79 of them, even before the start of her senior season.

Lower Sussex Little League walk-in registration open through Saturday

Registration for Lower Sussex Little League baseball and softball, and the Little League Challenger Division, are currently under way at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in Roxana.

Sea Colony’s March Madness to benefit Boys & Girls Club

Sea Colony’s indoor courts will be rockin’ Saturday evening, March 19, for the center’s annual March Madness free tennis event and fundraiser.

Open to the public for all ages and skill levels, March Madness features music, food and games, including fast-serve, slow-serve and accuracy contests, complete with prizes from 7 to 9 p.m., with free play and social from 9 to 10 p.m.

Column: ‘Stayin’ Alive’ thanks to CPR training

This New Year’s, there will have been many resolutions aimed at improving our health: eat better, move more, quit doing this, start doing that. But statistics show the majority of those resolutions will be broken, if they’re not already. Resolutions are hard to keep.

How can we improve our success? Make a resolution that is easy to keep… and fun.

Frankford candidates get in the last word before election

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Frankford Town Council in the Feb. 6 election. Voters will choose between incumbents Pamela Davis and Marty Presley, and challengers Dawn Beck and former councilman Edward “Skip” Ash.

Polls open Saturday at 1 p.m. and will close at 4 p.m., with voting at Frankford Town Hall. Those who are voted in will serve a two-year term.

Town again voices opposition to proposed Mews at Bethany

The Bethany Beach Town Council has formally made known its opposition to a development of six four-unit multi-family structures proposed to be built off Garfield Parkway on property that contains forested wetlands — 1.9 acres of which would be filled in by owners Stanley and Delores Walcek if permits from federal, state and local officials were granted.

Frankford officials continue to discuss charter changes

The Town of Frankford’s Charter Committee will meet next Tuesday to continue discussions on updating the Town’s charter.

Recently appointed Councilman Greg Welch said at the Feb. 1 council meeting that the committee met twice in January and is working on drafting a voter registration outline, as well as a provision that would allow for absentee voting.

Bomb threat called into Clayton Elementary, nothing found

A Frankford elementary school this week joined the long list of schools being harassed by bomb threats.