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“If you value your health, sanity and general sense of well-being, then you should stop reading this book right now. Close the cover, put it back on the shelf, and head on over to the non-fiction section. Pick up a book on fishing, or pottery — something safe. Anything but this book.”
From the very beginning of Justin Steele’s introduction, “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” its readers are warned that the newly published horror anthology is not for the faint of heart — but for those who are brave enough to continue reading on, a wonderful read is guaranteed.
Since he was a little boy, Steele, a Dagsboro resident, has always enjoyed horror fiction.
“I’ve always been an avid reader. I hadn’t read horror and dark stuff since I was a kid. When I was in college, I discovered the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and ever since then it was kind of like going down the rabbit hole for me,” recalled Steele.
Steele’s love for the genre eventually led to the recent publication of “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” which he co-edited with Ross Lockhart.
“I was talking to Ross Lockhart, who owns Word Horde Press, and pitched him the idea for the book. He liked it. It was kind of shocking, because I know he turns down a lot of pitches,” said Steele. “Making this, I want to do something I would be excited to read. Even to see the excitement of people posting pictures of the book, or saying they’re eagerly awaiting it. It just makes me feel happy, because as a reader that’s how I want to feel when I get a new book.”
With Operation SEAs the Day’s Wounded Warrior Beach Week steadily approaching, many people in the community are doing their part to raise money for the effort.
“I just thought it would be a nice addition, a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and for Operation SEAs the Day,” said local Realtor and classic car enthusiast Allison Stine. “I know there are a lot of cars in this area. We see them all the time. I see them driving down the road. I don’t know where they’re all being stored, but they’re out there.”
Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “to organize and facilitate a beach-week event … as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”
Mary Ann Norris Welsh, who lives in Ocean Pines, Md., is interested in genealogy. In 1970, while checking birthdates in the family Bible during a reunion at a relative’s home in Eastover, S.C., she found a brief letter, in the form of a memoir, that her great grandfather Jordan Marion Norris (1834-1906) had written about his Civil War experience.
“When Gallery One artists are asked what inspires them, the answer is overwhelmingly ‘What I see around me — the dunes, the beach, the sea, the bays and marshes, the beach cottages, the landmarks,” organizers said. And for the August theme, “Stops Along the Way,” the 15 artists travel Route 1 from Ocean City to Milton and show the viewer each of their neighborhoods.
Peggy Warfield’s collage “The Boardwalk” depicts the icons of Ocean City: Trimpers’ Ferris wheel, Thrashers fries, Kohr Brothers’ frozen custard, Dolles’ saltwater taffy.
A row of quaint cottages in soft yellow, shell pink and sky blue stand watch over the grassy dunes and the river by the Indian River bridge as Laura Hickman uses pastels to depict “Inlet Cottages.”
Peggy Warfield’s, ‘The Boardwalk,’ a collage, will be featured during Gallery One’s new show, ‘Stops Along the Way.’ Below, Lesley McCaskill’s, ‘Down on the Farm,’ a watercolor.Delaware is spotted with historical farms. Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor “Down on the Farm” shows an old red barn that is now a petting farm and vegetable and fruit stand.
Dale Sheldon’s acrylic shows a row of blue, green and purple kayaks on the beach in Lewes, as “Lewes Beach Kayaks” wait patiently for paddlers.
“The Dewey Tower,” a watercolor by Dianne Shearon, is reflective of the history of the beaches of the Atlantic. She asks the viewer to take a moment to remember and be thankful that towers like this guarded and protected the area.
After the outbreak of hostilities between the states in 1861, authorities in Washington soon acknowledged that the war would last longer than originally believed. Consequently, they called for men to join the Union army for a three-year enlistment.
Zipping through Roxana fields, two dirt-bikers kick up dust on a humid day. They stop to chat before kicking down on the starter and buzzing away for another loop.
Participants in the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which will benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library, will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island area. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tourgoers may visit all 10 homes in one day or spread the viewing over the two days of the tour.
Lenny Perez-Rivera is 9 and lives in Georgetown. He and his family have recently returned from Brazil, where they watched two World Cup games, went sightseeing and participated in a huge fan-appreciation festival. This wonderful experience was courtesy of the Make-A-Wish organization, because Lenny has leukemia.
In the words of Carl von Clausewitz, “War is … a continuation of political activity by other means.” Following the defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg in July 1863, President Abraham Lincoln visualized an end to the rebellion of Southern slave states and restoration of the Union.
The 37th Annual Nanticoke Indian Association Powwow will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at the powwow grounds east of Millsboro.
For once, kids are being encouraged to get dirty, and the Selbyville Public Library is leading the way.
The Selbyville Children’s Garden was planted in May by about 12 children in the library’s summer reading program. Now, every Tuesday at 4 p.m., children can attend the reading program — but they can help take care of their garden all week long. That means pulling weeds and watering the many plants.
“They love it,” said children’s librarian Ronshell “Shelly” Purnell.
They’re growing tomatoes, peppers, radish, cucumbers, squash, basil, parsley, cantaloupes and more. A line of sunflowers along the side of the library building is expected to reach 7 feet tall.
The veggies will be used in the teens’ Chop Challenge cooking program. They’ve even made a few dollars selling vegetables in the library.
“The parents say, ‘How do you get kids to come out and play in dirt and we can’t get ’em to clean their rooms?’” Purnell laughed. “It’s all about putting fun in little stuff like this.”
Last year, community members banded together to form Operation SEAs the Day, a beach-week event for military servicemembers and veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country, as well as for their families.
Its mission was simple: “To organize and facilitate a beach-week event … as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”
This year, the Warrior Beach Week will be held on Sept. 2-7, with 30 soldiers and their families set to visit Bethany Beach and enjoy a stress-free week of family fun.
“Southern Delaware’s incredible growth as a culinary destination has led to the area becoming known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond as the Culinary Coast,” noted representatives of Southern Delaware Tourism.
When the Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, gained its first victory on the battlefield against Gen. Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg in early July 1863, the people of the North and the authorities in Washington were jubilant.
The 25th Annual Greek Festival will be held on July 11, 12, 13 and 14 at Ocean City’s Roland Powell Convention Center, at 41th Street and Coastal Highway. Organizers said the Greek Festival has added a Monday to the festival to accommodate people arriving in the area during the week.
Starting on Wednesday, July 16, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will be running a three-week Flash Prose Class, featuring both Micro Memoir and Fiction.
The Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach announced this week the addition of three new members to their board of directors. Lois Rubinsohn, Clayton Serman and Randy Reed were welcomed as directors at a recent board meeting.
This year’s Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is almost here. The 23rd annual tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will take place Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.
Lindy Promotions and Miller Lite are teaming up again for the fourth annual Dewey Beach Scavenger Hunt.
Bethany Beach’s “Operations SEAs the Day” Warrior Week is scheduled for Sept. 2-7, offering a week at the beach for recovering wounded soldiers and their families. Organizers said the plan is to show appreciation for the services and sacrifices made by the soldiers and to treat them and their families with the honor they deserve.
The most noticeable trait about Emily Jenkins is her charming, infectious giggle. That’s if you didn’t already see the 5-year-old’s crown and sash.
Emily will represent the state as Tiny Miss Delaware in America’s Natural Supreme Beauties National Pageant from July 25 to 27 in Louisville, Ky.
Travelling from Bethany Beach with her parents, Mike and Heather, Emily was just appointed to the state title about three weeks ago.
Emily can usually be heard giggling, but she said her favorite part of pageants is “going on stage” and, understandably, “getting crowned.” She’s been competing for about two years, often in Salisbury, Md., and her little sister is now winning crowns, too.
National contestants will be judged on evening gown, interview outfit and state wear, plus a stage question. State wear is an outfit the represents Delaware, such as a Dutch settlers outfit with tulips.
America’s Natural aims to keep it natural by forbidding makeup on young children, custom-made clothing and glitzy clothes.
Although she has competed on stage before, Emily won Tiny Miss Delaware by a simpler competition: sending an application and photo.
Who would have thought MTV would ever come to Sussex County? But when Solana Alvarez told television producers about her close friendship with a young man she’d never met, the entire crew of “Catfish: The TV Show” descended on Ocean View in March.
The episode “Solana and Elijah” just premiered on Wednesday, June 18.
Based on a documentary of the same title, “catfish” means to pretend to be someone else online, by providing false information or photographs, usually to gain someone’s trust and love.
Now living in Virginia, Alvarez told the story of Elijah Prok, a boy she befriended online at 14, who helped her through tough times.
A $1 lease might be the best deal that anyone will get in Sussex County.
Putting it in World Series terms, Delaware has just made a “cleanest sweep,” for the fourth straight year, capturing the crown for the country’s cleanest beach water quality. The acclaim came from the National Resources Defense Council, the non-partisan international environmental advocacy group that annually assesses all beaches in the 30 coastal states.
Bethany Beach is set for an all-day Fourth of July celebration this Friday, with a parade, live music, awards ceremonies, fireworks and more.
One of the biggest events of the day will, of course, be the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which this year will feature Grand Marshals Phil and Marry Rossi — who have helped organize the parade for the past 10 years, leading the volunteer committee that has handed over the reins to the Town of Bethany Beach for the first time in 2014.
“It’s a great honor that they would even consider us for this,” said Phil Rossi. “I enjoyed the 10 years — we met a lot of nice people and had a lot of support from the Town to make it a success. It’s a big event, and it means so much to the Town and the visitors that come to watch the parade. The T goes all out. I think it’s great it’s continuing.”
This year’s parade theme is “anything patriotic.”
For seven years, the youth of Millsboro have been parading in celebration of the Fourth of July, and they’ll continue that tradition this year.
The youth parade was started by Dorothy LeCates, a Millsboro resident, who was the driving force behind the installation of the labyrinth at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Millsboro.
“The whole world is kind of confused right now. If we get quiet within ourselves, we go about our daily business with a little more intention in a mindful manner,” said LeCates. “The labyrinth, the walking meditation and prayer center, was built for the community by volunteers on church property but was donated for the use of the community.”
The labyrinth’s construction was started in March of 2006, and it was dedicated on July 4, 2006.
“The Fourth of July is not only the birthday of this country but is the birthday of our labyrinth,” said LeCates.
This year, the parade will be held on July 4 itself, beginning at 10 a.m. at the labyrinth, with an opening ceremony.
“Cathy Gorman will sing ‘God Bless America’ and will open the program on the labyrinth, with the cross and American flag. Our Boy Scouts will do the color guard. Our young Marines will present the colors. And then we’ll introduce our special guest.”
If the parades and fireworks haven’t provided enough Independence Day fun for 2014, Fenwick Island will offer the chance for people to spend some time with family and friends during the holiday weekend, at the town’s annual Bonfire.
Fenwick Island’s 10th annual Bonfire will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsboro Street, with a rain date of Sunday, July 6.
“It’s something where all the neighbors can come to see each other, and all the visitors, as well,” said Liz Lear, a member of the Fenwick Island Beach Committee, which organizes the event.
The bonfire is free to all visitors and locals who would like to attend. Throughout the night, there will be games for the kids, as well as dancing to music provided by D.J. Batman.
“While it’s light, there are lots and lots of games for the children, and the lifeguards are the ones that organize the games for the kids. That’s really, really fun,” said Lear, noting that there are a half-dozen games planned, ranging from relay races to three-legged races.
For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.
The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.
“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”
The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.
“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”
Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.