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Park to let public build and fly a kite

Kite aficionados can enjoy a Saturday by the shore on April 26, designing, building and testing handmade kites. With the help from park staff, participants will build kites and use their imaginations to decorate one of their own. At the conclusion of the program, the group will head outside to send their finished products soaring over the coast of Delaware Seashore State Park.

Birding opportunity with naturalist offered at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering an informal birding program with a park naturalist on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. Open to seasoned birders, as well as beginners, the program focuses on the basic techniques and pointers necessary for a great birding experience at any time of year.

Geocaching program planned at Fresh Pond

Delaware Seashore State Park officials are inviting the public to experience geocaching at a program on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at Fresh Pond. Participants will work in teams using a GPS to locate containers known as caches. Each cache contains clues to a final secret location. The first team to find all the caches and reach the end wins a special prize.

Arbor Day Hike at Holts Landing State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting the public to celebrate Arbor Day with a hike along the Seahawk Trail at Holts Landing State Park on Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. The guided hike will take participants through upland forest, past fresh ponds, around marshland and all the way to the Indian River Bay.

Introduction to Surf Fishing offered April 21 at park

Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting the public to an introductory course on surf fishing on Monday, April 21, at 11 a.m. The class will provide beginners with a foundation of the sport, including what equipment to use, current rules and regulations, fish identification and the opportunity to practice fishing.

Public meeting addresses safety and savings on Route 26

At the first monthly public meeting for the State Route 26 Mainline Project, the Construction Advisory Group discussion revolved around the impact on side roads. In fact, Route 26 itself wasn’t the biggest concern for local resident Susan Ash. She wanted to know at the April 8 meeting about safety on the back roads being used as alternatives.

Fenwick approves farmers’ market changes, oyster festival

Fenwick Island is taking steps to ensure the town’s farmers’ market can remain in the town going into the future, even if the property where it is currently held is sold. At their March 28 meeting, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance that dictates where the market can be located to include improved vacant lots, as well as unimproved ones.

OV approves budget, discusses roadwork, alcohol consumption

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week to approve the Town’s 2015-fiscal-year operating budget and capital improvement program.

In the final budget, salary increases were reduced from 3 percent to 2 percent. There was also a reduction in the proposed property tax increase, also from 3 percent to 2 percent.

Local dance teacher driven by her students

Coastal Point • Submitted: Erin Vitalos, back center, is surrounded by her X Squad Dancers at a competition.Coastal Point • Submitted: Erin Vitalos, back center, is surrounded by her X Squad Dancers at a competition.Erin Vitalos started dancing when she was 3 years old. At 10, she started training three days a week in New York City. She was awarded a scholarship to the Broadway Dance Center when she was 13 — eventually earning a dance and academic scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College.

Her mother, Cheri Demko, was Miss Dance America in 1970 and owned a dance studio in Pennsylvania when Vitalos was growing up. Now the mother-daughter duo own two studios together — one in Annapolis and X Squad Dancers in Selbyville — that they operate seven days a week.

For Erin Vitalos, dance is and always has been her life, so when she was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in September of 2013, giving it up was never an option.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Local ministry brings food, and hope, to area’s homeless

SOUL Ministries, a nondenominational Christian group, was created in December 2013 by a group of individuals from Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Clarksville.

SOUL stands for “Serving Others Under the Lord,” according to Cherith Snyder, who heads the ministry along with her husband, Eric.

‘Rarely quiet, but always productive’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Homeworkopoly is one many perks in Heather McCabe's classroom.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Homeworkopoly is one many perks in Heather McCabe's classroom.For Heather McCabe, there’s “nothing better in life than teaching a child to read … leveling the playing field” for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The fifth-grade classroom of the Teacher of the Year at Phillip C. Showell Elementary is always busy. But it’s a relaxed atmosphere, so children feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and learn from them.

For children, the key to success is “to know that you love them and it’s a safe place.”

She uses fun activities to lead children through structured and rigorous classwork.

“Lot of standing on chairs and singing,” McCabe said. “If you agree with someone, stand on your chair.”

Enjoy every second of life while you still can

I’m a firm believer that no matter what we accomplish in life, or how many things we are able to acquire over the course of our lifetimes, one certainty awaits us all — we’re eventually going to run out of batteries.

Easter Sunrise Service on the beach set for Sunday, April 20

Following a longstanding tradition, the Southeast Sussex Ministerium will hold an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20,, at 6 a.m., at the bandstand in Bethany Beach.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the sanctuary of St. Ann Catholic Church on Garfield Parkway.

Gee performing at McDaniel College

Matthew Gee, a junior from Millsboro, Del., will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md., the college announced this week. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m., in Baker Memorial Chapel.

In the Garden: What’s dead in your bed?

Spring is here, and we look forward to all of the pleasures and beauty that spring will bring. However, before we forget this past winter, it is important to understand the long-term damage the winter weather has caused. We will be seeing the effects on plant health throughout the spring and summer. What can we expect, why and what can be done?

Health seminar to focus on chronic disease education

For those who are struggling with chronic illness, or know someone who is, naturopath Brian D. Jones and his wife, Ellen F. Cook, hope to help.

“We’ve had a good turnout each time,” said Jones of previous seminars. “Our focus is on immune stimulation and nontoxic approaches to human health and nutrition.”

Botanical gardens to present sustainable landscaping program

Susan Barton will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard” on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.

Civil War Profiles: James Tilton, M.D. — ‘Delaware’s greatest physician’

Tilton General Hospital in Wilmington, named after the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, was the primary medical facility in Delaware during the Civil War (see “Tilton General Hospital, a haven for Civil War casualties,” Coastal Point, Aug. 13, 2013). But, who was Dr. James Tilton?

Prayer shawl workshop offered to the community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Those in the community who may be looking to create a prayer shawl ministry for themselves, or for their church, are being offered some help from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.

On Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariner’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will be offering a free workshop, and lunch, to the community.

Ministry member Sharon Palmer said the ministry held a similar workshop at Camp Pecometh in Centreville, Md., two years ago.

“It was very successful,” she said. “We thought, because we had reached out to all of those churches near Camp Pecometh, why not reach out to the churches here? So we decided to hold our own workshop here at Mariner’s.”

The ministry has given out a number of brochures regarding the workshop to area churches and knitting groups, and some community members have already signed up for the workshop.

Saxton files for South Bethany council

SaxtonSaxtonFormer South Bethany town councilman Tim Saxton has filed to run for council once again, in the May 24 election.

Saxton, a home owner in South Bethany since 1996, previously served on the town council from June 2009 through May 2011 and served as its treasurer, as well as the first chair of the Budget & Finance Committee established in 2009. The committee’s goal is to gain wider input in the Town’s budget process from owners with financial and business expertise.

Saxton has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, overseeing operations for the conduct of research programs. His work included long-range planning and budgeting.

In 2011, Saxton said, his career necessitated moving to Colorado, but he has now returned to his home in South Bethany and said he is looking forward to once again becoming a part of the town council leadership.

BART to present local cast in ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Director Rusty Hesse, far left, poses with the cast of ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ at a recent rehearsal.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Director Rusty Hesse, far left, poses with the cast of ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ at a recent rehearsal.The Bethany Area Repertory Company (BART) is concluding its 2013-2014 seminal season at the Dickens Parlour Theatre with a perennial favorite, “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

“We selected it because it is different, and funny, and it fits our small stage, yet it has a cast of 14,” said Rusty Hesse, the play’s director and BART board member.

Written 60 years ago by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, “Arsenic & Old Lace” is a dark comedy with slapstick touches. It is about a couple of seemingly sweet old sisters who have a penchant for killing off old men and burying them in the cellar, where their brother, who thinks himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, has conveniently dug locks for the Panama Canal! Thanks to clever writing, the humor remains current, while the setting infuses nostalgia.

Hesse, like several cast members, heard about BART through an article in the Coastal Point.

Republican Women’s Club elects Keeley president

At a recent meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club (SCRWC), new officers were installed during a ceremony held at Baywood Greens. President Alana Keeley, Recording Secretary Jan Stevenson and Treasurer Sally Duveneck were sworn into office by Immediate Past President of the Delaware Federation of Republican Women (DFRW) Mary Spicer.

Elementary schools to host open houses for Spanish immersion

Young children are like sponges, soaking up knowledge quickly. That’s why the Indian River School District is teaching Spanish to kindergarteners at John M. Clayton and East Millsboro elementary schools.

Parents can learn about Spanish immersion at several open houses on April 14 and April 16.

Young men speak up in brotherhood of DeMolay

Tucked comfortably in Lewes on chilly night, a group of young men gathered to celebrate the installation of new officers in the Henlopen Chapter of DeMolay. Proud parents lined the meeting room of Jefferson Lodge No. 15, where young men aim to honor the principals of respect, courtesy, friendship, faithfulness, patriotism and more.

Delaware Goes to War at Cape Henlopen park

The Fort Miles Historical Association and Cape Henlopen State Park will host the annual Delaware Goes to War Re-enactment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Bethany bookstore participating in Book Night

Bethany Beach Books is one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across the country supporting World Book Night 2014. On April 23 — Shakespeare’s birthday — 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

Four people involved with death penalty cases argue for repeal

St. Ann Catholic Church’s Salt & Air Committee held an adult panel last month, educating against the death penalty.

The Rev. Walter Everett spoke of his own personal loss — his son Scott, who had been murdered at the age of 24, and how the tragedy caused him to form an unlikely bond with the man who murdered him.

Millsboro approves zoning request, produce stand

The committee designated to review a request for a daycare facility in a residential zone in Millsboro has recommended the Millsboro Town Council approve the request.

“The committee met again, and I think this time we have a resolution,” said Councilman Jim Petruzella.

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