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Bollinger is back home in Lord Baltimore

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Fourth grade teacher Kayla Bollinger was recently awarded Lord Baltimore’s Teacher of the Year award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Fourth grade teacher Kayla Bollinger was recently awarded Lord Baltimore’s Teacher of the Year award.Kayla Bollinger may only be in her 20s, but kids have long looked up to this Teacher of the Year.

“When I was younger, everyone referred to me as ‘Mom.’ I would go to different events with my parents, and the kids were just drawn to me,” said Bollinger, labeling herself calm and soft-spoken.

Now teaching fourth grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Bollinger has transferred that motherliness to her own new family and that calm to the classroom.

“What I like about her classroom atmosphere is there’s always a sense of calm in her room. You always walk in and just go ‘Ahh,’” said fellow teacher Donna Smith. “Not too over the top and out of control … and the kids seem so happy.”

But don’t let the tranquility fool you. Bollinger stays sharp, always thinking ahead.

Gallery One to host children’s art workshops

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the workshop “Drawing and Painting for Children,” with Kate Heneghan, set for Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 30, July 1, 7,8,14,15,21,22,28 and 29, and Aug. 4,5,11 and 12.

Author Gleason to hold signing at Bethany Beach Books

Bethany Beach Books will be hosting award-winning local author J. Boyce Gleason for an author signing event at 7 p.m. on June 30, at their store on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach.

Local author to sign copies of novel at Bethany Beach Books

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild member Crystal Heidel will be signing copies of her locally-set novel, “Still Life in Blood,” at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tripple Overtime: Same teams, different season/outcome in NBA finals

As I noted last week, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with this year’s NBA finals matchup, based off the notion that the sequel is never quite as good as the original. However, the Spurs and the Heat showed us what a difference a year can make — not only in basketball but in sports in general and, really, in life.

Dew Tour returning to Ocean City this week for 10th anniversary

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Anthony Napolitan checks out the view from above of the 2012 Ocean City, Md. Dew Tour.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Anthony Napolitan checks out the view from above of the 2012 Ocean City, Md. Dew Tour.The Dew Tour Beach Championships will return to the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk this Wednesday, June 25, to follow up last year’s record-breaking turnout.

“Over the last decade, the Dew Tour has crowned 105 champions across 21 disciplines. We made history by creating the first-ever portable concrete bowl here in Ocean City and witnessed Jamie Bestwick’s nine-year winning streak in BMX Vert,” said Eric Grilly, president of Alli Sports. “After last year’s record-breaking crowd in Ocean City, we are excited to be back to host our inaugural 10th-anniversary event.”

One of four stops on the schedule, the 2014 Beach Championships will feature some of the best extreme sports athletes in the world, competing in street skating, bowl skating and vert skating, and the same for BMX, and even an amateur surfing event, in which local pros will get some national recognition and compete at one of their home breaks.

Local surfing instructor specializes in teaching women to catch waves

Michelle Sommers, executive director of the Eastern Surfing Association and a long-time resident of Fenwick Island, has been recognized for years as a surfing instructor, offering customized surf lessons for women of all ages.

Elling, Murray to play in Blue-Gold All-Star game Saturday

After being selected to represent Indian River High School in the 59th Annual Blue-Gold All-Star game this past winter, the time has finally arrived for recently graduated seniors Joost Elling and Spencer Murray.

Shorebirds sweep West Virginia to cap best start since ’08

The Delmarva Shorebirds snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday, June 14, with back-to-back wins in a doubleheader on the road against West Virginia.

DCHS golf tourney raises funds for Christian school

Good weather and a Jack Nicklaus-designed course marked the day for the Delmarva Christian High School Annual Golf Classic, held at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club in Millsboro on June 9. The DCHS Annual Golf Classic hosted 128 golfers for 18 holes of golf.

Ocean View Church of Christ offering Weird Animals Vacation Bible School

A summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at Ocean View Church of Christ from June 22 to June 26.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

Bodenweiser attorneys aim to discredit alleged victim

The State of Delaware has rested its case Wednesday morning against former state senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser, who is charged with 14 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and 14 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact.

Millville Council bids Bennett bon voyage

Town wants Millville By the Sea to draw the line

Joan Bennett took a seat in the audience for the Millville Town Council’s June 10 meeting. The now-former councilmember has sold her property in Millville and stepped down from the public position last week.

Millville P&Z has some tough questions for developer

Millville By the Sea builders aimed to get back in the Millville Planning & Zoning’s good graces this week after failing to submit full site plans for approval.

Tunnell-West historical complex to open weekly to public

The Ocean View Historical Society is hoping to open its doors — and, more specifically, its historical complex — this month to help teach locals and visitors about the area’s history.

Beginning June 18, the Ocean View Historical Society will have the Tunnell-West historical complex open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Local farmers’ markets opening for the season

Area farmers’ markets are preparing to open for the summer season.

The Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market has done so well in the past few years that Market Manager Ellen Magee said the market will now have a second location in West Fenwick, at Bayside.

Businesses remain open during road construction

Even during road construction, Route 26’s businesses are open, and the Delaware Department of Transportation must provide access to each.

“Our local businesses are open,” emphasized Ken Cimino, contractor AECOM’s on-site public outreach coordinator. “I encourage folks to get out and visit local eateries and businesses.”

History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.“With the advent of the 21st century, it became increasingly apparent that much of South Bethany’s rich history was slipping away.”

That concern ignited the South Bethany Historical Society, and the sentence now introduces the colorful 160-page history of the small town, published just last week.

“The Best Little Beach in Delaware” includes memories of life in the quiet town, as told by the residents themselves. They remember clamming, crabbing, watching National Guardsmen train in Bethany Beach, running errands in Selbyville and tying boats to shrubbery before bulkheads were installed.

“We tried to make history fun,” said coordinator and chairman John Speer Jr.

The book includes many opinions, from those who remember throwing parties in their parents’ beach houses to those who wish today’s parties were a bit quieter.

“The founder wanted us to interview the old-timers before they all passed or left the area or started getting forgetful,” said Tony Caputo, writer, designer and South Bethany councilmember, of SBHS founder Mary Suazo.

About 20 volunteers did the writing and interviewing.

Besides full interviews and stories, pages are dedicated to homeowners’ association, neighborhood watch, tennis club, wildlife sightings, storms and much more.

Past mayors had their say, discussing hot topics of the day.

‘Our flag was still there’: Bethany joins national celebration for national anthem bicentennial

Americans will proudly raise their voices and the flag for a nationwide sing-along on Saturday, June 14, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Bethany Beach Bandstand will be a patriotic hub as a mass of musicians lead beach-goers in singing the national anthem at 4 p.m.

Town clerk explains process behind controversial Frankford charter amendment

During the June 2 meeting of the Frankford Town Council citizens expressed concerns about the legal nature of a pending town charter amendment designed to allow for a pension plan for town employees.

Shops and restaurants are fully open for business

Schools are now closed throughout much of the region, so vacation time is nearly in full-effect in our little piece of paradise by the shore. So, for those of you who are down here for the first time this season, enjoying all that we have to offer, welcome, and please remember one thing:

A legend moves on, and we are lesser for it

I’ve been influenced by many great writers over the years. It’s important to note that I wrote “influenced” there, because I can’t say with a completely clear conscience that I was ever able to pick up any of their talent or secrets.

Let’s cut the red tape, and then cut ribbons

I fear I am part of a dying breed — an entrepreneur who was able to successfully launch and grow a business in the state of Delaware.

Forty-three years ago in Ocean View, my wife, Emily, and I opened our first grocery store with five employees. Over the decades, we grew consistently, eventually opening five businesses and employing more than 200 people.

From the cow to the beach: Ba Roos serves up fresh, local ice cream at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.

Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.

“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”

Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony tennis tournament returns this weekend

Professional tennis will return to Bethany Beach for the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, to be held June 15-22, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, located south of Bethany Beach on West Way Drive, just west of Kent Avenue.

Local artist/UD student draws creative inspiration from the sea

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel is inspired by the ocean and large portion of her art revolves around that theme. Here, Chavatel’s most defining piece is created from acrylic, oil and water-based media with saCoastal Point • Tripp Colonell: University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel is inspired by the ocean and large portion of her art revolves around that theme. Here, Chavatel’s most defining piece is created from acrylic, oil and water-based media with saWhen local artist and University of Delaware student Katie Chavatel was in ninth grade, she was cut from her school’s field hockey team. While most people would have been discouraged, it didn’t take long for Chavatel to realize that the end of her athletic career was only the beginning of what would be her true calling — art.

“I guess it happened for a reason, because I’m glad I ended up with art as my focus,” said Chavatel. “Definitely drawing, for me, is the biggest outlet.”

Chavatel keeps a sketch pad and draws anything from realistic scenes that she observes to sea creatures pulled from memory, infused with her own stylistic spin. However, for her major pieces, she incorporates some unique materials and tactics into her work that sets her already unique creativity apart.

“All of my pieces, I used really weird materials — most people would just draw or paint,” Chavatel explained of some of her earlier work as she developed her now-signature motive. “I use string a lot. I sew canvases and paper — it’s more like 3D design.”

One of her most defining pieces is an acrylic, oil and water-based mixed-media painting of an octopus — with sand, rope, string, silica and sea glass making up the texture.

“I have this fascination with layers, and I constantly want to build things up or build into them,” she said, describing her work. “It just adds to it.”

Civil War Profiles: ‘Here come the Rebels! — The march to Gettysburg begins

The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought and won the battle of Chancellorsville in early May 1863. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s outnumbered army defeated its Union opponent; however, it sustained nearly 13,000 casualties in the process.

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