Dandelions, detours, dedication

Dandelions, detours, dedication

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Southern Sussex Rotary has set up an array of flags at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for their Memorial Day service, scheduled for Saturday, May 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

State tournament update: Indians advance after downing Tower Hill in PKs

It took 80 minutes, two golden-goal over times, and seven shots after the game went down to penalty kicks. But the Indian River girls’ soccer team finally took down Tower Hill, 4-1, to advance to the DIAA semi-finals.

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Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

IRSD CFO to retire amidst school district audit

Audit began around time of Miller’s administrative leave

After being placed on administrative leave, Indian River School District’s longtime chief financial officer has announced his retirement from the district. That announcement came amidst the news that the IRSD is undergoing a financial audit by the Delaware State Auditor of Accounts, R. Thomas Wagner Jr.

Hockers acquire former Harris Teeter property

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?” the future of the former Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond has finally been answered.

Well, to some extent.

Gerry Hocker, former Millville mayor and one of the owners of Hocker’s Super Center, and G&E Grocery and Hardware stores, told the Coastal Point earlier this week that his family has agreed to terms to purchase the Salt Pond Plaza, including the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter before that store closed its doors in February 2015.

Heroin Summit discusses Sussex epidemic

The Communities that Care Summit, cohosted by the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Delaware Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, was held at Crossroads Community Church this week, focusing on an open discussion regarding the heroin epidemic in Sussex County.

The summit’s keynote speaker was John Rittenhouse of SHIFTDestiny.

Faden brings analytical skills to Millville Town Council

Valerie Faden is a Pennsylvania attorney who’s used to talking through big problems. She’s made a career from mediation, and she’s bringing that know-how to her first term on the Millville Town Council.

Supporters nationwide rally for injured 10-year-old boy

Coastal Point • Submitted: Millsboro’s Garrett Rogers is getting plenty of support as he recovers from injuries he suffered after being struck by a van earlier this month.Coastal Point • Submitted: Millsboro’s Garrett Rogers is getting plenty of support as he recovers from injuries he suffered after being struck by a van earlier this month.While a 10-year-old Millsboro boy continues to recover from serious injuries after being struck by a van nearly two weeks ago while retrieving a baseball, his community is rallying behind him and his family in ways they hardly could have imagined.

Photos from all over the country — from Little League teams and Major League teams, from Delaware’s governor, as well as one of Delaware’s most famous athletes — are streaming in to join dozens that have already been posted on Facebook under the hashtag #gmoneystrong, which references the boy’s baseball nickname.

A fundraiser is being planned for Saturday, June 4, at the Millsboro Little League complex, with features being added to the event faster than Garrett Rogers’ Little League Coach Josh Wharton — who has been instrumental in organizing the event — can keep up.

Highlights of the day will be family-friendly games, food from Hocker’s BBQ truck and a musical performance by the Dirt Road Outlawz, Wharton said. A demonstration by Buckle Up Little League will be presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.

Fun, sun and safety should all be enjoyed

Game on.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season around this community, and that means plenty of sunscreen, feasting seagulls, surfing, skimboarding, camping, fishing and more. Unfortunately, it also usually means more accidents and injuries.

Another summer full of personal resolutions

The trusted Coastal Point calendar hanging on my wall tells me that we have indeed crossed into another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.

Coastal Point wins industry awards, including Best in Show

Coastal Point newspaper recently received rewards for its writing and photography at the Editorial Contest hosted by the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association (MDDC), celebrating print and online work completed in 2015.

Save those Box Tops. It’s easy money for schools

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it’s often found on cereal boxes.

Local schools are making easy money through Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. People just need to clip the labels from specially-marked grocery products and drop them off at their favorite school. The box tops are redeemable for money or gift vouchers.

“You’d be surprised how much those little box tops help,” said teacher Jennifer Hitchens, who keeps a collection jar on her desk at Selbyville Middle School.

“It’s what we use for everything,” Hitchens said, such as field trips, learning supplies or holiday gift-giving for students in need.

Beyond books: Frankford library wins for innovation

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.The Frankford Public Library staff is working to reduce adult illiteracy and teach kids technology. On the way, their groundbreaking innovation has earned them the 2016 Library/Institutional Award for 2016 from the Delaware Library Association.

For director Rachel Wackett, the peer-nominated award “recognizes the fact that we’re being very progressive with the types of programming we’re offering … particularly with technology and STEAM.” Wackett has aligned the library programming toward basic literacy, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

The library staff has found new ways to interact with their community, said nominator Sarena Fletcher, an administrative librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Dietrich finds his calling to become Showell’s Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the?Year at the school.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the Year at the school.Corey Dietrich went to Penn State University to study criminal justice.

During the summer of his freshman year, though, his career path took a bit of a turn.

Like many college students, Dietrich took a job at a summer camp, where he worked for his former high school wrestling coach. There, he discovered that he really enjoyed working with children — and his wrestling coach recognized that Dietrich was good at it.

“He was looking at me like, ‘Why are you studying that?’” Dietrich said of his coach’s thoughts on his original major. Dietrich, too, saw that he needed to change his major.

Now 15 years into his teaching career, Dietrich was named Teacher of the Year at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville last month.

McCabe’s celebrates 30 years in South Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.The year is 1985. A young Rebecca Mais has just found out that she didn’t get the job after interviewing for a position at the University of Maryland. The next day, she’ll find out that she’s pregnant.

Mais and her husband, Richard, had already left their posts at the University of South Carolina and were set to relocate in Washington D.C. They were ready for something new. But little did they know then that they’d get more than they’d bargained for when things turned 1986.

Not only was that the year that their first-son, Brandt, was born, in January, but that spring, so was McCabe’s Gourmet Market.

“Rebecca and I laugh — Brandt was born in January, we built an ocean front townhouse that we moved into April 1st, we both left our jobs and then we started the business,” said Richard Mais. “Ten years later, we read a list of the Top 10 reasons people get a divorce, and we had done like seven of them in one year.”

Sign ordinance discussed before Sussex County Council

Signs were a main topic of discussion at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, as the council held its first public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signage, as part of what has been a year-long discussion of signage in the county.

Man who made ‘World’s Largest Fry Pan’ celebrated at 95

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Warren Harding Mumford celebrated his 95th birthday at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville with state Rep. Ronald Gray. Mumford was presented a proclamation from the House of Representatives honoring him.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Warren Harding Mumford celebrated his 95th birthday at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville with state Rep. Ronald Gray. Mumford was presented a proclamation from the House of Representatives honoring him.On the occasion of Warren Harding Mumford’s 95th birthday, the lifelong Bishopville, Md., resident had some stories to tell.

Stories about making the famous “World’s Largest Fry Pan” with his brother Charlie. Stories about serving in the Army during World War II. And stories about dumplings.

Mumford, who was born May 20, 1921, was the guest of honor on Friday, May 20, as family and friends gathered at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville to celebrate his birthday. State Rep. Ronald Gray made an appearance to present Mumford with a proclamation from the state House of Representatives honoring him.
Gray is actually related to Mumford and grew up sharing holidays and special occasions with Mumford and his family. “I don’t know how many oysters we opened at their house,” Gray said. Gray’s mother, Anna Lee Gray, and Mumford’s wife, Agnes, were first cousins.

Danna Lee Bunting, 75

Danna Lee Bunting, 75, of Selbyville, Del., died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Berlin (Md.) Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Bishopville, Md., daughter of the late Paul Murray and Pearl (Furman) Murray.

Meet the artisans of the 2016 Artisans Fair

Photo courtesy • Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography: A photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with fireworks overhead by Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography. Ickrath will be at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the 2016 Artisans Fair on Saturday, May 28.Photo courtesy • Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography: A photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with fireworks overhead by Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography. Ickrath will be at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the 2016 Artisans Fair on Saturday, May 28.Some of the area’s most innovative crafters will be showing off their work when the 2016 Artisans Fair gets under way at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, May 28.

Now in its ninth year, the fair will feature an array of different artistic mediums, including pottery, fiberwork, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, photography, paintings, glass, candles, baskets, needlepoint and more.

Per usual, proceeds from the event will benefit the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, to help provide college scholarships for local students.

After seeing more than 1,200 attendees at last year’s show, this year’s show promises to be as popular as ever, with 53 exhibitors — some new to the venue, and some returning seasoned vets.

“As our reputation has grown over the past nine years, we attract some of the best artisans,” said fair coordinator Ione Phillips. “Because our exhibitors do so well at the show, most of them return year after year, and we have a waiting list of others who want to participate.”

Here are just a few of the participants ready to showcase their work at this year’s show:

The Alamo: The alpha and omega of the Civil War

The Mission of San Antonio de Valero — otherwise known as the Alamo — is an icon in the Texas struggle for independence from Mexico. More than 200 of its defenders died when Mexican President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered his troops to capture the stronghold in early 1836. “Remember the Alamo” became the battle cry of Texans who gained independence from Mexico a few months later.

Tribe Top Five: The best of IR spring sports in 2016 (pretty much)

Thanks to El Niño, even though it’s pretty much Memorial Day — which is pretty much the unofficial start to summer, more or less — it hasn’t felt like spring until pretty much right now.

River Express takes down Kirkwood 2-0 in State Cup final

Club looking to raise funds for regionals

Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Coastal Point • Submitted: Head coach Duncan Smith, right, and assistant coach Adam Rhamses gather with the River Express U18 team after their 2-0 State Cup win over Kirkwood on Sunday.Headed into the State Cup final against Kirkwood, and after falling to club in the final 1-0 for the past two years, the River Express U18 team was looking for revenge.

They’d find some within the first two minutes, when River forward Marlon Trejo put the Express up 1-0 on a PK.

Then, just before half, midfielder Mac Smith would tack on the insurance goal, when teammate Danny Garza won a ball in the River defensive half and played it long to Smith, who pushed by a defender and finished the chance, to make it 2-0.

That would be the final, as the Express kept Kirkwood off the board in half No. 2, to clinch their second State Cup final in their now 11-year history.

Now getting ready for their second regional final during that history, head coach Duncan Smith — who has coached the squad since their days starting out as 7-year-olds on the playground at Frankford Elementary School — said this is the best squad he’s seen.

Indians fall to Riders in HAC championship rematch

Enter playoffs as No. 1 seed

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Junior forward Maddie Hogsten looks to get past a CR defender during last Friday’s title game.On paper, the Indian River and Caesar Rodney high school girls’ soccer teams don’t look much different.

The Henlopen South-champion Indians were set to enter the Division II playoffs this week as the No. 1 seed. The Henlopen North-champion Riders were set to enter the Division I playoffs this week as the No. 2 seed.

The Indians finished the regular season with a 14-1 record.

So did the Riders.

And, just like the Indians’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Brooke Beam, the Riders’ offense revolves around All-State senior forward Aleya Cummings.

Kilby named Henlopen Coach of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River head coach Steve Kilby is congratulated by Caesar Rodney head coach Darrell Gravatt after being named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.Caesar Rodney may have edged the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team for the conference championship, but that didn’t stop IR head coach Steve Kilby from collecting 2016 Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Kilby was awarded the honor in a ceremony after the game, shortly after his squad was recognized for winning their fourth straight Henlopen South title.

“It’s always humbling when your peers will vote you into that slot,” said Kilby, who is no stranger to the award and also collected the honor for the Indians’ boys’ soccer team this season after leading them to a state championship.

He went on to express his hope that some of the up-and-coming programs in the conference — specifically those at Smyrna, Woodbridge and Lake Forest — get some recognition in the future after turning teams around in recent years.

IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy serves up successful first sessions

Co-ed classes to continue this fall

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Coach Bill Croal, right, and Jay Clark, left, gather with the players from the first IRSD Volleyball Academy on May 18.To quote Indian River High School head coach Jim Barnes, “It’s an exciting time for volleyball in Sussex County.”

Not only are Indian River School District high school programs on the up-and-up — with IR senior Kaya Ziskay recently announcing plans to play at Wesley College next fall, and now 10 girls participating in winter club ball — but the middle school programs are as well, with Selbyville Middle School capping their first-ever season undefeated.

Following the trend, and to help build the program from the ground up, SMS assistant coach and local volleyball guru Bill Croal has launched the IRSD Volleyball Skills Academy for young players, which recently finished their last of six spring classes.

IR’s Ziskay to continue career on the court at Wesley

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : IR senior Kaya Ziskay on May 19 announced plans to play volleyball at Wesley College.Headed into the senior All-Star volleyball game this past November, Kaya Ziskay had more on the line than just a win.

Coming off a standout season in which she collected First-Team All-Conference honors, the Indian River High School senior captain had drawn her fair share of attention from college coaches. But in the stands that day sat the one she wanted to impress the most: Wesley College head coach Lindsay Miller.

After the game, however, Miller gave Ziskay some news she may not have been expecting.

“She said she didn’t like [my playstyle],” said Ziskay. “She wanted to see my hands open. Even my [high school] coaches always said that my passing style is very unorthodox — it’s not normal, but it works.”

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal organization that engaged in large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.

DelDOT: New Route 26 traffic signal soon to light up Clarksville

A new traffic signal was set to be activated at the intersection of Route 26 and Powell Farm Road in Clarksville this week. The new signal was set to begin operation in flashing mode on Thursday, May 19. The signal is set to get the green light to begin a regular stop-and-go operation on Monday, May 23, pending weather.

Signs are posted to inform drivers of the new traffic pattern.

Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.

DelDOT officials to monitor South Bethany traffic patterns

Motorists shouldn’t panic when they see state officials monitoring South Bethany around Memorial Day weekend, said Town Councilman George Junkin at the May 13 council meeting.

Beam named state Gatorade Player of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.

The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.

But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.

Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.

Selbyville starts thinking about 10-year comp plan update

It’s time for Selbyville, among many municipalities, to start putting its future goals on paper again. The Town of Selbyville has begun planning for a 10-year update to its comprehensive plan.

On May 2, a professional municipal planner encouraged the town council to let her apply for grant money to complete the comp plan update.

Sussex Central grad joins Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.If you see a new officer patrolling the streets of Ocean View, chances are it’s patrolman Troy Bowden.

“We’re excited to have him,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Bowden started with the department on May 2 and will be doing field training with other OVPD officers for a total of five weeks before he may patrol on his own. A Georgetown native, Bowden has been interested in law enforcement since he was in high school.

“When I was in high school, I was part of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program,” he said. “It’s for young women and men who have an interest in law enforcement. I was in that my 10th-grade year in high school, and started learning how to do routine patrol, traffic stops, learning the 10 codes — how to communicate over the radio. And I just had the urge to learn more.”