Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant
Volunteers take part in the annual Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church Cross Walk on Good Friday, April 14. The tradition began about 10 years ago by the church’s CRASH youth group, and continues strong today as volunteers walk the cross approximately 2 miles to the Bethany Beach boardwalk. For more, turn to page 46.
McGee, Whitman, Ward all homer in hit-heavy game
Going on two and a half hours later, they still didn’t have an answer.
That was the scene when the Indian River High School softball team headed into the bottom of the seventh inning of their rescheduled game against Sussex Tech on Wednesday, April 26, trailing 14-10.
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The outcome of the 1860 presidential election was a foregone conclusion before voters went to the polls. The Democrats had split asunder over how to handle the slavery issue, thereby ensuring their candidates would lose to the Republican nominee.
This Saturday, community members are being encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of medications through the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
“We’ve been participating in drug takeback since 2007, so this will be our 10th year,” said Ocean View Police Department Capt. Heath Hall. “They started it once a year but then started doing it twice a year, just because it was a very well accepted service. They saw the demand.”
This Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a dozen sites in Sussex County will be open to collect any unwanted medications that members of the public no longer wish to keep in their homes.
Along with the Ocean View Police Department, other Sussex County collection sites available to the public on Saturday include the Dagsboro Police Department, the Selbyville Police Department, the Selbyville CVS Pharmacy, Delaware State Police Troop 4, the Lewes Police Department, Delaware State Police Troop 7, as well as the Rehoboth Beach, Milford, Milton and Laural police departments and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Sussex County office.
We had this super-secret-type play during my days on the middle-school lacrosse fields at St. James Academy.
It’s been somewhat of a trend this season.
After a tough loss, the Indian River High School softball team bounces back with a statement-making win.
That’s exactly what they did after falling to top-ranked Lake Forest 6-2 in their first game back from spring break on Thursday, April 20, turning things around to take down Red Lion 11-5 on Saturday, April 22, and Laurel 9-6 on Monday, April 24.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team this season in how they bounce back from a loss,” said IR head coach Erika Murphy. “They’re doing a great job with that this season.”
“We were really excited to play Red Lion. We knew it was going to be a statement game,” added sophomore pitcher Nicole Patille. “Losses always motivate us. We weren’t worried. We knew we were going to bounce back and play as a team again, like we always do.”
Coming off a 23-3 division win over Lake Forest, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to Dover 19-12 on Saturday, April 22.
After the Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder George “G-Mart” Martin in that game, their first game back from spring break, the Senators would rack up eight straight scores to go up 8-2 early in the second quarter.
Senior attackman Gianni Gottschalk would finally stop the bleeding after that run, finding junior attackman Wyatt Kovatch for a diving score across the crease to cut the Dover lead to 8-3, before Martin capped a first-half hat trick less than a minute later to make it 8-4.
IR girls' lax falls to Padua, preps for Sussex Academy
It was tough return from spring break for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team on Saturday, April 22, as they fell to Padua 20-4 in a non-conference loss.
The Pandas were led by six goals from senior midfielder Amanda Berry and four goals from junior midfielder Grace DiGiovanni as they improved to 5-1 on the season.
“The great thing about sports is on any given day any team can win, and on Saturday Padua showed up to play,” said IR head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Padua was a good team, and we knew that going into the game. We knew that in order to win we needed to be able to execute a successful transition and pay attention to detail. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful with executing our game plan.”
The Ocean View Crew (OVC) competitive pickleball team took on the Ocean Pines, Md., (OP) team on Wednesday, April 19, for the first-ever “Battle of the Oceans” at Fairway Village in Ocean View.
Ocean View won the event by a score of 174 to 104, winning 14 matches on the day.
Indian River 12, Lake Forest 1 (baseball)
The Indian River High School baseball team tallied nine runs in the fourth inning to take down Lake Forest 12-1 on Thursday, April 20.
Sophomore CF Jacob Anderson gave the Indians a third inning lead with an RBI-double in that game. Anderson, sophomore 3B Grant Argo and freshman LF K.J. Custis all finished the game with two hits each.
This summer, Operation SEAs the Day, a nonprofit organization created to support veteran families, will celebrate its fifth year of bringing wounded warriors and their families to Bethany Beach for a week-long beach vacation.
South Bethany will welcome two new employees to Town Hall, announcing a new town manager and town clerk.
Town Manager Maureen Hartman will arrive on May 8. She’ll oversee all daily operations and report directly to town council.
After a lengthy investigation in Georgetown, a 55-year-old man was arrested for an alleged prostitution operation that included human trafficking and sexual servitude of a 25-year-old woman.
Jorge Arcinieja was arrested April 6 for an alleged prostitution operation being conducted at 36 Garden Circle in the County Seat Mobile Home Park, about two miles north of downtown Georgetown.
May 27 election will see some familiar faces
It’s a race! Six candidates have registered for the town of South Bethany’s municipal election, scheduled for May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Three challengers and three incumbents are on the slate.
Joseph Mormando, Sharon Polansky and Timothy Saxton are running for Town Council seats currently held by Wayne Schrader, Carol Stevenson and Frank Weisgerber Jr.
Patti Grimes, of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council an update on The Freeman Stage at Bayside on April 11.
“If you can believe it, this is our 10th year,” said Grimes. “We want to thank Sussex County for being such a great partner and to let you know that what started as a vision in an arts desert in 2008 has turned into a thriving arts area.”
Martel family fundraises for fatal childhood disease
When baby Michael Martel was taken to the hospital in February 1962, his parents never imagined that he wouldn’t come home again.
Then living in Baltimore, Ken and Pat Martel said doctors couldn’t properly diagnose their firstborn’s genetic disease until he died a few days later.
While dealing with their grief, the Martels raised two healthy children, but then suffered another loss. Their fourth and final child, Scott, showed signs of the same disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which destroys muscle control and causes overall weakness.
Scott and Michael were both dead at about 8 months old.
He’s played the Irish countryside, New York City, the west coast of the USA, Canada and the Caribbean too. He’s even performed for former President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny.
But after a long and illustrious international career on tour, Irish folk artist Gerry Timlin is ready to rest his guitar case and take the stage in Slower Lower, now calling Delaware his new home.
“I was coming in from Pittsburgh around two weeks before Christmas on an absolutely glorious morning,” Timlin recalled of a particularly affecting early a.m. road trip taken shortly after making the move to Frankford from Philadelphia.
“When I got into Bethany for some reason I turned left at the totem pole, parked the car, put on my coat and went up the boardwalk. The sun was just starting to come up, the ocean was calm as it could be — I just found incredible peace and serenity there and then I thought to myself, ‘yeah, I’m home.’”
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s capitulation to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Virginia town of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, is widely regarded as the dramatic event that brought the Civil War to a close. Yet, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, vacated Richmond, Va., prior to the fall of the capital on April 3, and was traveling southward fully intending to pursue the war from a new base of operations in Texas.
Sussex County Council received its annual presentation from the powers that be at The Freeman Stage at Bayside last week — and, once again, we are reminded of just how far this effort has come over the years.
Between the mountains of mashed potatoes and sneaky chowing down of my daughter’s Easter candy last weekend, I was shown an old magazine article by a family member that dominated much of our conversation for the next several minutes.
Carpenter sees bright future in Frankford
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For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride from Point A to Point B can be a breeze with the transportation cooperative ITN Southern Delaware.
“This was borne out of an idea [Nancy Feichtl] had. She was approaching her senior years and wondered how she would get around. So she started exploring options for some kind of transportation options for seniors, because the alternatives are limited,” said Janis Hanwell, executive director of ITN Southern Delaware. “Through her research, she came across ITN America, a national nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments.”
The Southern Delaware branch of ITN was begun in August 2015, with the first rides being provided on Dec. 1, 2015.
“At that time, we had 12, 15 active drivers and about 50 members. Today, we have close to 60 volunteer drivers and closer to 200 rider-members, said Hanwell, noting that the co-op surpassed 1,000 rides in December 2016.
Tripple Overtime: These NFL teams should consider these fictional movie characters in the upcoming NFL Draft
You know that guy with the hair and the glasses that’s always on ESPN, talking about which teams should take what players in the NFL Draft, even when it’s like, half a calendar year or so off from actually going down? Well that guy’s name is Mel Kiper Jr., and I met him one time.
IR grad makes splash during freshmen season at RMC
It was the first event of the first meet of her collegiate career when Lauren McCoy placed first in the 50-yard freestyle.
The same day, the Indian River High School graduate and current Randolph-Macon College freshman would go on to see first-place finishes in the 200-medley relay and 200-free relay, helping the Yellow Jackets’ women’s swim team to a 133-39 win over Sweet Briar to start the season.
While her NCAA debut may have been impressive, it may also have not be surprising to fans of the Indian River High School swim team, where McCoy was no stranger to first-place finishes and setting school records in the girls’ 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, and multiple relay events just last season.
A three-time All-Conference selection at IR, McCoy’s resume in the pool eventually caught the attention of RMC scouts, and her eventually signing with the Yellow Jackets last February to become the first female swimmer in school history to continue her swimming career at the next level.
Just days after having to mourn the loss of her favorite glove, Indian River High School senior Makenzie Collins got some much-needed cause for celebration, signing her official NCAA letter of intent to play softball at Averett University last week.
“I guess I’ll have to find a new glove but I was really glad to have my team and my family here with all of my coaches,” Collins said of the event held at IR last Thursday, April 13.
The day had been a long time in the making for Collins, after witnessing former teammates Rachel Hudson and Karlie Smith hold their own signing day a few years ago and aspiring to one day achieve the same.
“I know when Karlie and Rachel signed when I was a freshman, I saw that as motivation,” Collins explained, noting that she, too, hopes to be able to inspire some of her younger teammates. “I just want to be a good role model and mentor for the younger girls. I’d like to really help them get to their best.”
Josetti nets eight in IR boys’ lax win over Lake Forest
Junior attackman Cole “the Machete” Josetti racked up eight goals and three assists as the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team took Lake Forest into halftime up 15-1 and went on to an eventual 23-3 win on Wednesday, April 12.
Next month, local pickleballers and even those ready to pick up a paddle for the first time will have a chance to learn firsthand from one of the game’s best, when the reigning Women’s Mixed Doubles Pickleball National Champion Sarah Ansboury makes her way to the first state for a week-long tour.
In fall of 2016, buzz started through the halls, in the classrooms, and on the court at Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) about a boys’ volleyball team. DCHS Athletic Director and girls’ volleyball coach Jim Berger had a difficult decision on his hands: Begin a new sports program at DCHS, or let the idea fall to the wayside.
“When the subject was brought to my attention, I was a bit wary, but there was a large group of boys interested in starting a team,” said Berger. “I had 20 students come to the interest meeting, none of which were seniors.”
After the first meeting was held, Berger made a few phone calls, researched club boys’ volleyball teams and prayed on it. Soon after, he realized what was in store for the 2017 spring sports season: a Delmarva Christian boys’ volleyball team.
Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School has been named the 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.
The award was given on April 10 by the Delaware School Counselor Association during its annual spring conference. Prior to winning the overall state award, Crooks was named Middle School Counselor of the Year by the DSCA in February.
Crooks came to Georgetown Middle School as a school counselor in 2009 after spending the previous two years as a counselor at Georgetown Elementary School. She is a member of Georgetown Middle’s Instructional Leadership Team and is the school’s AVID site team coordinator. One of her priorities during the past nine years has been taking GMS students on visits to college campuses. During that time, she has accompanied more than 350 students on visits to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, Delaware Technical & Community College, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland.
Crooks is co-chair of the Sussex County Inter-Agency Council for Children and Families and a middle school representative for the Delaware Goes to College Advisory Council. She also served as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University in 2015-2016.
This is the second consecutive year, and third overall, that an Indian River School District counselor has won the state award. Other state winners were Cheryl Carey in 2016 and Lisa Hunt in 2005. It is also the fourth consecutive year that an IRSD counselor has won either the elementary or middle school Counselor of the Year award. Other district winners were Carey (2016 and 2007), Jan Bomhardt (2015), Cathy Showell (2014), Dawn Brasure (2009) and Hunt (2005).
The Indian River School District is making budget reductions, from administrative positions down to performing arts.
The board of education has begun voting on budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year. Although the official budget won’t be approved until June, they’ve begun planning.
On Wednesday, April 5, Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton admitted to having committed the rape and murder of Nicole Bennett nearly five years ago.
As reported by the Cape Gazette newspaper, Delaware Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley asked Burton if he raped and murdered Bennett.
“Yes,” replied Burton.
Burton, who was 28 at the time of the murder, is now 33. Last week, he pled guilty to second-degree murder, being sentenced to 40 years, suspended after 15 years, and second-degree rape, for which he was sentenced to 25 years, also suspended after 15.
As a result, Burton will serve a total of 30 years in a Level 5 prison facility, with credit for time served, after which he will serve 20 years on probation.
A forgotten underground fuel tank in Selbyville was discovered to be leaking gasoline, officials reported this week.
The residents of Ocean View will not have a town tax increase this year, after the town council unanimously approved its 2018-fiscal-year budget at its Tuesday meeting with no tax increase involved.
The budget approval came following a final budget workshop last Thursday, April 6, at which the council reviewed its fifth budget draft for the year.
It’s about a 2-mile walk from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View to the Bethany Beach boardwalk, but on Friday, April 14, a trek from one to the other represents a faith tradition more than 2,000 years old.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” And for the Ocean View Historical Society, the preservation of history is important when looking to the future.