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Lower Sussex clinches two state softball championships

Last July, Lower Sussex Little League had never won a state championship for softball. Less than a year later, they’ve won three — and they’re in the running for a fourth.

County looks to place hold on new signage

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Council voted this week to draft an ordinance for a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electric signs.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Council voted this week to draft an ordinance for a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electric signs.The Sussex County Council is considering placing a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electronic signs, following a discussion at this week’s council meeting.

Councilman George Cole requested the council discuss the County’s sign regulations, stating he had spoken to Dale A. Callaway, chairman of the County’s Board of Adjustment, regarding signage.

“He’s relayed to me that they have problems with these electronic signs… Basically, our ordinance needs to rewritten.”

Cole said there are electronic signs on two-lane roads, such as Route 26, “that are very distracting.”

“It’s getting out of hand,” he said. “The board doesn’t know what to do. They need direction from us.”

Community continues efforts for Baby Alana

Kyle Prettyman, who had spent more than a month with her at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.

POIR to host workshop to discuss health impact

Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.

Little League Softball World Series coming to Roxana

Coastal Point • File Photo: USA East (Milford) pitcher Shaina Reid is greeted by some fired up teammates after blasting a homer in the 2014 Little League World Series. Coastal Point • File Photo: USA East (Milford) pitcher Shaina Reid is greeted by some fired up teammates after blasting a homer in the 2014 Little League World Series. Right now the Pyle Center is lively with action from local softball All-Stars, but soon it will be lively with international ones, as well.

Both the Big League and Senior League World Series will return to Roxana on Sunday, Aug. 2, and span through Sunday, Aug. 8, drawing some of the top Little League talent from around the world.

Two-time World Series champion ASOFEM Little League will make their ninth consecutive appearance in Roxana in Senior League action, with teams from British Columbia (Canada) and the Philippines going against them, and Prague (Czech Republic) marking the first Czech team to play in a softball World Series.

Selbyville found itself a ‘Deal’ with new town administrator

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having already gained years of experience with the Town, Michael Deal will now help lead Selbyville as town administrator.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having already gained years of experience with the Town, Michael Deal will now help lead Selbyville as town administrator.Selbyville’s new town administrator is no stranger to the townspeople, or to the Town’s rules. Michael “Mike” Deal is coming off of nine years in Selbyville code enforcement to become town administrator.

He took on the role full-time on June 19, after a few weeks as interim administrator.

He’s already familiar with the way locals think. Now he’s learning how to run the Town. That means attending grant seminars and meeting with legislative leaders, so he can represent the Town of Selbyville and its interests at a higher level.

Deal said he aims to “to carry on with the traditions the town likes … this small-town America presence,” which also drew Deal to a place so like his own childhood home.

Work camp builds fellowship, as well as new roofs

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kids from across the country came to participate in the First State Work Camp at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kids from across the country came to participate in the First State Work Camp at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.More than 400 youths from across the country traveled to Sussex County last month. Although most kids their age who spend their summer vacations traveling to the area come to enjoy a beach vacation, these particular youths were spending their time making a positive impact on local families.

“This is what we’re called to do — not just Mariner’s. We understand that God moves first in our lives. God pursues us, God loves us, and we have many blessings that God is able to give to us,” said the Rev. Woody Wilson of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which hosted the First State Work Camp the youths attended.

“Therefore, as often as we can, as many ways as we can, for as long as we can, we’re supposed to be reaching out to help the many needs of folks — not only here but also abroad. First State Work Camp gives us the opportunity to locally love on the people here, help them with some of their needs and build some awesome relationships.”

Millville Town Hall to get new ‘in-house’ computer server

The Millville Town Council made some long-term decisions at its July 14 meeting. Besides approving a new computer server for town hall, they nearly concluded talks about a proposed zoning overhaul.

Fenwick Four generating lots of conversation

There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Fenwick Four,” and the group’s collective effort to win seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council following the scheduled Aug. 1 election. Some of that talk has been good, while some of it has been not-so-good.

But there’s definitely been talk.

Bethany beach to celebrate Periers Day on July 27

On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.

Public input sought for Wildlife Action Plan draft revision

Over the last year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners have worked with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).

Arts in the Estuary accepting artist exhibit reservations for Sept. 26 event

Nature-inspired artists and artisans are being invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.

Clear Space going ‘Seussical’ for summer-rep production

As part of its summer repertory, the Clear Space Theatre Company at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is offering visiting families an engaging evening of theater with its production of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that is based on the tales of Dr. Seuss.

Beach reads bark up the right tree

I know I usually write articles about animals, and if you want to be technical, this one is about animals — just fictional animals.

Civil War Profiles: Max Neugas, Fort Delaware’s resident artist

The Fort Delaware Society’s headquarters and library, located on the grounds of Fort DuPont State Park, not far from Delaware City, has a sketch of Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware hanging on the wall. This detailed drawing is dated 1864.

Tripple Overtime: If being charitable is cool, then Lower Sussex locals are Miles Davis

I was all set to write about the great white shark that tried to eat Mick Fanning while he was surfing in the J-Bay Open this week, but then something more exciting happened.

Kalani Robb, Catch Surf crash Bethany Skim Jam, state line

Coastal Point • Submitted: Pro-surfer Kalani Robb was in town for the Catch Surf ‘Get Wet Tour’ this week, stopping by to skim with local groms at state line on Tuesday morning.Coastal Point • Submitted: Pro-surfer Kalani Robb was in town for the Catch Surf ‘Get Wet Tour’ this week, stopping by to skim with local groms at state line on Tuesday morning.He’s surfed some of the heaviest waves in the world at Pipeline. Paddled out with the great whites at Jeffrey’s Bay. And even sucker-punched Jason Segel on set of the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

But before his second trip to Delaware, pro-surfer Kalani Robb had only been skimboarding once.

“That was something new for me,” said Robb of the spontaneous skim session with local groms at the state line beach on Tuesday, July 21. “There was enough waves this morning that we just skimmed.”

Robb was in town with Catch Surf stars including newcomer Tyler Stanaland, getting shown around town by fellow Catch Surf team riders and Sussex County’s very own Brian Stoehr and Bill Baxter and Catch Surf East Coast sales manager Ryan Savage.

State champs! Again. LSLL Junior League All-Stars return to regional tournament

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: LSLL pitcher Nicole Patille winds up during the state championship game.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: LSLL pitcher Nicole Patille winds up during the state championship game.It took almost three and a half decades to get there. But it only took six and a half innings to get back.

After the Lower Sussex Little League All-Stars clinched the program’s first state title for softball at the Major League level in 2014, they’ve done it again at the Junior League level less than a year later — rolling District I (Camden Wyoming) 20-6 on Saturday night to earn a trip back to the regional tournament in Connecticut.

But despite the convincing final, Lower Sussex only led by one run after three innings.

“It was just butterflies,” said head coach Mike Patille of the close start. “Once that settled down, once we started driving the ball, that went away — we played our game.”

“After people got on base, we came together — we just started hitting the ball,” added third-baseman Kaylah Briddell. “We never give up. We always have faith and confidence in our team.”

Briddell led off the first inning with an infield single, getting to second on an obstruction call and rounding third the next at-bat, on an RBI-single from pitcher Nicole Patille, to make it 1-0.

Back to Bristol! LSLL Major League All-Stars win state, headed to regionals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Major League All-Stars celebrate after the last out in Sunday's championship game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The LSLL Major League All-Stars celebrate after the last out in Sunday's championship game.
The precedent had been set the year before. And the night before, too.

After the Lower Sussex Little League Junior All-Stars had won the program’s first state championship as Major Leaguers in 2014, they won the program’s second state championship as Junior Leaguers on Saturday night.

So, when this year’s Major Leaguers had a chance to win a state title of their own on Sunday night, they delivered — holding on for a 6-2 win against District I (Middletown-Odessa-Townsend) to earn a trip to Bristol, Conn., for the regional tournament.

“We get to do what they did last year,” said catcher Savannah O’Shields, whose sister Abby O’Shields pitches for the Junior League team and played for the Major League team last year. “I really wanted to get there, because my sister got there — so I had to get there [too].”

After a sixth-inning triple from right-fielder Ursula Barrientos and ensuing RBI from Morgan McGee led to a 7-5 comeback win against MOT on Friday, July 17, the girls found themselves in a back-and-forth battle again on Sunday, July, 19.

Gallery One show ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round’ to debut July 30

Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.

Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.

“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.

Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.

If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.

Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.

Drifting Grounds Café settles in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.

“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”

With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.

Fundraisers continue for Baby Alana

Baby Alana Prettyman has come home with her parents, but the community is still fundraising for the young family. Alana was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease this summer.

Read more about the family here: http://coastalpoint.com/content/community_comes_together_support_baby_al....

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BENEFIT FOR BABY ALANA

Citizens bring science to the table in effort to Save Beach Cove

Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.

As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor location are very convincing.”

Mountaire to build corporate offices at Millsboro complex

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the preliminary site plan for Mountaire Farms’ planned corporate offices near Millsboro.

The company plans to build a 45,248-square-foot corporate headquarters building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, at its current complex east of Millsboro.

Broken Selbyville water main drains water towers

Selbyville residents were instructed to boil their tap water for about 48 hours this week to prevent possible transmission of E coli.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Selbyville Water Department alerted residents that a broken water main could cause E coli to contaminate the water supply.

South Bethany hits the pause button on bulkhead talk

It took about 2.5 hours for the South Bethany Town Council to cover regular business at their meeting on July 10, when discussions ranged from zoning to law enforcement and touched more than briefly on the continuing controversy over FEMA flood plain designations.

Frankford approves budget, continues tower discussion

The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.

Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.

“Where is that being transferred to?”

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