The Indian River School District has pulled its longtime chief financial officer out of the office.
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The Millville Town Council discussed a little of everything during two April meetings, with topics ranging from food trucks to cell phone towers.
Food trucks and other vendors don’t currently have a permitting system in town. On April 26, the council considered a proposal to regulate them a bit more.
Food trucks are flat-out forbidden from just parking in town during lunchtime.
A very large check was presented to Town of Fenwick Island on April 22.
Representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) came to present a $21,293 matching grant for Fenwick’s new playground equipment, sponsored by the state Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program.
The playground was just completed in April.
This weekend, a number of area police departments will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.
To help raise funds for its Learning Assistance Program, Lighthouse Christian School will be holding its annual spring breakfast fundraiser this weekend.
No matter how a garden grows, the “Gardening for the Bays” Native Plant Sale set for Saturday, April 30, has something to make it even more spectacular this year.
The annual sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, offers thousands of plants for sun, shade, wet gardens and sandy soils.
Realtors at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bethany Beach are doing their part to support those who need a helping hand. From now until May 8, Coldwell Banker will be collecting healthy nonperishable food items.
The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host EMS Day, “Called to Care,” on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire house at 215 Hollywood Street in Bethany Beach.
The free community-wide educational, family event is open to the public, with food provided by Bethany Blues.
In 2012, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of Millsboro’s Nicole Bennett. It was a disturbing crime, both by the nature of the death, and the fact that Bennett and Burton both worked at the Bayshore Community Church in Gumsboro, and were fairly well-known to many in the community.
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and that dark ring that exists in the armpit area of my shirts is getting regrettably darker.
Small-to-medium sized businesses face a challenge: how to generate more revenue while still keeping costs as low as possible.
Most people do not head for the garden planning to finish the day with aches and pains or a serious injury. Tending flowers, trimming bushes, planting a new tree, and even mowing the lawn can be considered a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For the gardener, nothing is more satisfying than stepping back and seeing how beautiful it all is.
John M. Clayton and East Millsboro elementary schools will host a series of open houses for their Spanish-immersion programs on May 4 and May 5. Parents interested in enrolling their child in the program next year may visit the schools on either day to tour the immersion classrooms. No appointment is necessary.
Only kindergarten students will be selected for the program in 2016-2017.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is seeking volunteer bat spotters to help in locating and counting the state’s bat colonies for the annual Delaware Bat Count. A training session for volunteers will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 4876 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna.
Delaware cannabis advocates will march in solidarity with groups in more than 200 cities, representing 40 countries worldwide on Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., to protest cannabis prohibition in an event hosted by the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware.
The success of DNREC’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program and high public demand for participation in it led the Division of Energy & Climate to announce this week that an additional 100 rebates are being offered for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles purchased or leased in Delaware.
In a first-ever initiative, the Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) has sent a petition to Shawn Garvin, regional administrator of the EPA, Region III, in Philadelphia. IBF is requesting that EPA designate and regulate small municipal separate stormwater systems (MS4’s) discharging into the Inland Bays Watershed.
The Southern Delaware Chorale concludes its 2015-2016 concert season with “Americana — A Patchwork of Songs” on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m.
Delmarva Power electric and gas customers this month and into May will see a $122.64 and $49.95 credit, respectively, on their monthly bill, the first of the benefits they will receive as part of the merger completed last month between Exelon and Pepco Holdings Inc., the parent company of Delmarva Power.
Stevenson University student Corrin Harris of Millsboro has been inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, a national honors program, the university announced this week. There were a total of nearly 170 Stevenson students honored this year.
Delaware Technical Community College and Accent on Travel, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, are offering escorted tours designed to be educational, cultural and fun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Delaware Tech’s Kids on Campus program, by providing scholarship opportunities.
The Delaware Department of Education has awarded four new 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program grants under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including one to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H at the Indian River School District’s Phillip C. Showell Elementary School and Hickory Tree Center (also, John M.
Wanda Williams has taught kindergarten through third grade for more than 38 years, but kindergarten is by far her favorite age group. Williams, East Millsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, said she enjoys being part of molding the littlest students into lifelong learners.
“Even though they may have had preschool,” Williams said, “we really set their foundation for them in kindergarten.”
Williams’ classroom is clearly designed to foster students who are thinkers and questioners. In fact, the first thing they encounter inside her colorful classroom is a wall loaded with questions, for which they are encouraged to seek answers.
Gone are the days, Williams said, when kindergarten was all about coloring within the lines and learning to get along with others.
“Kindergarten is a whole different ballgame now,” she said.
At the beginning of each school year, Williams said, she has some students “who don’t even know how to hold a pencil.” Many need help with basic skills. By the end of the year, those kindergarteners will be writing not just words but sentences. Lots of sentences, in fact — “six, seven, eight sentences,” she said with a smile.
Each day’s lesson in Williams’ classroom, her 22 students have lessons in math, science, social studies, mathematics, reading and writing. While that might sound kind of dry and not much fun for 5- and 6-year-olds, Williams explained that they still get to move around a lot and that lessons are packaged in ways that capture the students’ attention and imagination.
Indian River and Sussex Central high schools will implement a new finance and accounting curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year, district officials announced this week.
East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro will kick off the spring season and allow the public to see, touch, feel, smell and perhaps even taste the flowers and plants that are available to help brighten up a landscape or container garden at its Flower Festival on Saturday, April 30.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is inviting the public to participate in two fundraisers in May that will benefit the nonprofit arts organization.
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and Congress passed the Civil War Military Draft Act on March 3, 1863, these combined initiatives caused widespread reaction among opposition groups in the North. Citizens of New York and Pennsylvania, in particular, reacted negatively to these Washington-based decrees.
On Saturday, April 9, the Sussex County Paramedics sponsored the 2016 Phoenix Awards at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company. The Phoenix Awards are given to first-responders who were integral in providing emergency care to someone who was in cardiac arrest and lived to tell about it. The ceremony is designed to reunite survivors with his or her responders in a celebration of life.
In all, 11 members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company were honored at the ceremony for their participation in saving someone’s life. For the survivors who were able to be in attendance, there were plenty of hugs and handshakes being exchanged, since this was the first time the individuals have seen each other since the day of the rescue.
“The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is very fortunate to have a Lucas device placed on each one of its ambulances since January 2015,” noted MVFC PIO Bob Powell. “This was a direct result of business owners and the citizens we serve stepping up to the plate to assist in the purchase of these devices.”
The Indian River High School track team got more than just two key wins over Seaford and Holy Grove in their first home meet of the season, on Tuesday, April 19, with four different school records going down on the day.
For the boys, it was senior Logan Montouri clocking in a 2:12.63 for not only first place finishes over Seaford and Holly Grove but a new IR record in the 800m.
After senior Paiton Murray had set her own school record in discus, with a 75-foot, 8-inch spin earlier this season, senior Katelyn Jensen followed suit at the quad-meet also featuring Lake Forest, posting a 6:14 in the 1600m.
Sophomore Carly Collins broke the 300m hurdle record with a time of 52.82, and the girls’ 4-by-800-meter relay team of freshman Sarah Roehl, junior Sydney Messick, sophomore Jewel Yanek and Jensen set a new standard with an 11:36.
While all that record-shattering may seem overwhelming, it was by no means a surprise to head coach Bob Hahn, who said he expects to see more records fall before the season is through, based on what he’s seen from his squad so far this season.
“This is the hardest-working group of kids that I’ve coached since I’ve been here,” said Hahn, who’s led the track team for going on six seasons. “They seem to really enjoy the sport, and they seem to enjoy each other. They’re coming out here, giving 110 percent, and making themselves better each and every day.”
Coming off a 13-5 win against the Salisbury School and sitting at 2-4 on the season, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team knew they had a streak they needed to start to stay in post-season contention.
And after taking down Delmar 10-5 on Wednesday, April 20, and Dover 14-13 on Friday, April 22, the Indians looked primed to do just that, firing on all cylinders as they approach a crucial stretch of schedule.
“Our goal for the week was to go 3-0,” said junior goalie Hayden McWilliams. “Obviously, the best thing to do would be to win the conference, so we just gotta keep working until we get there.”
“This week was about buy-in,” said coach Dave Spencer, “them discovering the team that they really can be. That’s a big step forward for a group like this.”
The Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team already had three wins on the season. But, oddly enough, none of them would compare to their 17-12 loss to Padua on Monday, April 25.
“That was, hands down, the best game of our season,” said head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Even though we didn’t win today, this was such a great stepping stone. We started to finally do the things that we need to be doing.”
“We’re all really happy, because this was definitely our best game,” added sophomore goalie Mya Parks. “Everyone just definitely worked together. Ground balls, winning draws — we started to crash more on defense, which definitely helped. New people were scoring and new people were catching the ball and keeping with it. It was just a good game.”
It was all about the harmony when the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team took on Dover on Saturday, April 23.
Just minutes after hitting all the right notes and singing the national anthem to start the game, senior forward Emma Engel was hitting the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
“I like to sing and play the guitar and everything, so I wasn’t really nervous,” said Engel, who recently performed in the IRHS variety show. “I noticed that [Dover wasn’t] super-strong in the back, so I was ready to capitalize on that. I just kind of stepped into it, got control and placed it into the net.”
The on-field harmony continued when senior midfielder Brooke Beam sent a through ball to junior forward Maddie Hogsten, who skipped a shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.
The momentum was all but lost for the Indian River High School baseball team headed into their matchup against Seaford on Saturday, April 23.
A tough stretch of schedule had kept the young squad from the win column through nine games, and a tough stretch at that plate had kept them off the board through four innings.
Enter senior 2B/P Jake Hudson. With his team down 4-0, Hudson got the Indians out of the fifth inning with only five pitches — forcing two outs on his first two counts, then racking up three strikes for the trifecta as the momentum began to swing along with the frustrated Blue Jay bats.
“Anytime you get out of an inning with five pitches, it just picks the team up and makes you start believing,” said head coach Chris Megee. “[Jake] had a lot of confidence on the mound.”