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CoCHILLa to feature local musicians’ work

This weekend, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to sample the talents of some of the area’s singers and songwriters at a unique free event, when the Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach will host the second CoCHILLa event, on Sunday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m., organized by local musician Melissa Alesi.

Lewes farmers’ market to feature Kindle chef

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) will celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the arrival of the summer season on May 24 from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society at 110 Shipcarpenter Street, at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter Streets in Lewes.

Keep those who have fallen in mind this weekend

All too often, particularly in our little slice of Heaven by the shore, the meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in the shuffle.

Festival Hispano to celebrate 20 years in Sussex County

Festival Hispano will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro. El Centro Cultural will be celebrating the 20th year of Festival Hispano in Sussex County.

Civil War Profiles: A post-war lynching in Delaware

The end of the Civil War did not bring a complete halt to the massive loss of life that took place during four years of conflict. Animosity between the races frequently led to unbridled mob rule and lynching of African-Americans, as well as whites who sympathized with their plight.

Beebe Walk-In Care reopens Memorial Day weekend in Millville

On Memorial Day weekend, Beebe Healthcare will reopen its Walk-In Care in Millville for visitors and residents whose primary-care physicians are unavailable. Walk-in Care will be open daily, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., throughout the summer season.

The Walk-In hours during September will be posted before Labor Day weekend.

No appointments are necessary.

Get to know the talent at the 2014 Artisans Fair

Coastal Point • Submitted: Above, Marcia Cupschalk returns to this year’s Artisans Fair, to be held at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Cupschalk creates fine art and jewelry and is known for her kumihimo braiding used in her jewelry.Coastal Point • Submitted: Above, Marcia Cupschalk returns to this year’s Artisans Fair, to be held at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Cupschalk creates fine art and jewelry and is known for her kumihimo braiding used in her jewelry.Growing in popularity each year, the 2014 Artisans Fair promises to be the biggest and best to date, with an array of artisan talent from across the area. This year’s fair will feature everything from traditional artists to beekeepers making useful products out of their own honey, so before shoppers head to the show this weekend, here are a few highlights from some faces that they’re sure to see.

Janice Itzel — fiber artist

Itzel graduated college with a degree in both teaching and art. After teaching middle school from 1984 to 2009, she retired from teaching and began focusing on her art, deciding to use her collection of fabric as the basis for her creations.

“With fabric, I design land- and seascapes,” she said of the unique art. “I use sewing and appliqué techniques to create each picture, then attach each piece to a stretcher frame. Each piece is an original — no two are exactly alike.”

From May to September, Itzel enters art shows in both Delaware and Maryland to showcase her scenic landscapes derived from both what she sees in nature and what she comes up with using her own imagination. Some of her more notable pieces include “Under the Sea,” “Night” and “Trees.”

Operation SEAs the Day prepares for Warrior Beach Week

Coastal Point • Submitted: Operation SEAs the Day participants enjoy a personal watercraft ride in the Indian River Bay.Coastal Point • Submitted: Operation SEAs the Day participants enjoy a personal watercraft ride in the Indian River Bay.The Bethany Beach area has become a place of respite and peace for many visitors — so much so that a number of nonprofit organizations are doing their part to offer this slice of heaven to people who might not otherwise be able to visit.

Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families 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.”

Struggling with headaches?

If you’re struggling with headaches, you’re not alone. The real question is who hasn’t had a headache? The painful answer is they are all too common. The National Headache Foundation says that more than 45 million Americans suffer from more than just an occasional headache. They’re dealing with recurring, chronic headaches every year.

Maryland-filmed Western to premiere at Clayton

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Dust off those spurs and don’t forget the popcorn as the Clayton Theatre presents “Day of the Gun,” a Western-style film created next door in Maryland. The Clayton will host the Delaware premiere at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

The live-action movie starts as the tough widowed ranch owner Maggie Carter (LaDon Hall) demands that local cattle baron Cyrus McCall (Jim Osborn) remove a barbed-wire fence he installed to deter rustlers.

She promises, “There will be Hell to pay” if it doesn’t come down, since it blocks her herd from open grazing lands. Complications arise between their sons, who were once best friends, until Maggie’s son ends up dead. Desperate, Maggie brings in a dark stranger (Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts) from her past to even the score.

‘When the Germans started shooting at us’: WWII veteran remembers time as POW

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Paul Wagner displays the medals he received from his service during World War II.When Paul Wagner visited Italy, he sailed the Mediterranean, hiked into the mountains and was captured at gunpoint by German soldiers.

U.S. Army PFC Paul Wagner was a teenage prisoner of war.

Wagner will be 90 this August, now living at Brandywine Assisted Living Center in West Fenwick Island, but he had just turned 18 in Baltimore when Uncle Sam drafted him for World War II.

“They were waiting for me,” he said.

His mom was a “five-star mother” with five of her boys in the military. By some miracle, they all came home.

After nine months of Texas boot camp, Wagner sailed for Africa, then was stationed at an Italian racetrack controlled by the Allies. PFC Wagner wasn’t quite at the front lines, but he could hear mortar fire.

Germans were nearby, in the mountains, so rifleman Wagner and about 12 to 18 others patrolled the wilderness, using dried-up riverbeds as a guide.

“We knew we were close — too close — when the Germans started shooting at us,” Wagner said.

Millsboro Country Festival to return this fall

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: During last year’s Millsboro Country Festival, Joshua Johnson, 10, of Long Neck competes in a Redneck Challenge, throwing remotes.This September, the Millsboro Country Festival will return to bring fun and a little redneck flair to the town for a second year.

“We do live in a rural country setting, even though we do have shopping centers around us. Still, the heart of this area is a farming community,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “We just thought it was a perfect idea for this area.”

The festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the W.B. Atkins Little League Field in town. Tickets will cost $5 for adults, while children may attend the event free of charge.

New this year, Fast Action Motor Sports Entertainment, out of Dover, will be on hand, offering attendees the chance to enjoy motor sports three different ways.

Elementary students to perform with MSO for Freeman’s opening night

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conductor Maestro Julien Benichou rehearses with John M. Clayton Elementary School students last week in preparation for the Freeman Stage opening night.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conductor Maestro Julien Benichou rehearses with John M. Clayton Elementary School students last week in preparation for the Freeman Stage opening night.For its official 2014 opening night in mid-June, the Freeman Stage at Bayside will open with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO). This year will be a little different, however, as the symphony will be joined by Irish duo the Vallely Brothers and 100 other voices, comprising fourth- and fifth-grade students from John M. Clayton Elementary School.

“I don’t know if, typically, our children would attend the Freeman Stage or hear a symphony,” said JMC Principal Charlynne Hopkins. “This is a terrific opportunity for them to be a part of the process and be up on the stage. They’re very excited about it.”

The partnership was made possible through funding by a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track grant.

Conference Champs!: Lady Indians take down Tech 2-1 for first-ever conference championship

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Bri Belfiore knocks in a corner kick on a header to even the score in last Friday's HAC Conference Championship game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior midfielder Bri Belfiore knocks in a corner kick on a header to even the score in last Friday's HAC Conference Championship game.To begin the 2013-2014 school year, Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby led the boys’ team to their first-ever conference and state championships. Now, just months later, the girls’ soccer team appears to be well on their way to making similar history to cap off that same school year — taking down Henlopen North rival Sussex Tech last Friday night in Milford and earning their first-ever Henlopen Conference championship.

“I’m telling you, there’s no reason on God’s green earth that this group can’t do the same thing,” Kilby told his squad after their 2-1 victory, referencing the boys’ historic title run this past fall.

After defeating the Lady Ravens 3-2 two weeks prior, off an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Brooke Beam in the game’s final minute, the Lady Indians were faced with the task of doing it all over again to officially lock in the conference.

Lady Indians snap losing streak, gear up for playoffs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior pitcher Rachel Hudson lines up the pitch against Milford last Thursday. Hudson was a key part in the Lady Indians late-season turnaround.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Senior pitcher Rachel Hudson lines up the pitch against Milford last Thursday. Hudson was a key part in the Lady Indians late-season turnaround.After a tough late-season schedule and hitting slump led to three consecutive losses, against Sussex Central, Laurel and Milford, the Indian River High School softball team got back on track just in time this week, to lock in a playoff spot with wins at Appoquinimink and Wilmington Charter last week.

Before capping the regular season with back-to-back wins, however, the girls’ hitting slump had continued, when they traveled to Laurel on Wednesday, May 14, to face defending state champions Laurel and pitching phenomenon Reagan Green.

Green — who, as a junior, has already committed to play at a Division I college — held the Lady Indians to no hits on the day, only allowing one runner on base after hitting her with a pitch.

Indians challenge powerhouse Salesianum in baseball season finale

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman Andrew White slides into second against Salesianum last Monday. White drove in three RBIs in the matchup.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Freshman Andrew White slides into second against Salesianum last Monday. White drove in three RBIs in the matchup.The Indian River High School baseball team has struggled to play to their full potential throughout the 2014 season. However, in facing northern powerhouse Salesianum last Monday, May 19, they were able to tap into that potential and give one of the state’s top teams a run for their money in what would end in a 13-10 loss for the Indians.

“It’s always a surprise. You never know if we’re going to play to our full potential, and we did today,” said senior OF/1B Colby Dean after his final career game in green and gold. “It was a nice way to end it. We all came together and played pretty well.”

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Indians’ bats started to heat up in the bottom of the second. Freshman catcher Andrew White capitalized on runners in scoring position when he knocked in two RBIs with a line drive shot down the leftfield line, to give his team the 3-2 advantage.

A new season brings with it new goals

There are so many things for us as a community to be grateful for as we embark on another voyage into a summer season.

Roberts caps IR athletic career with second state championship

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Indian River senior Tim Roberts shows off his Henlopen Conference and State Championship medals for high jump in track. Roberts is one of a select few IR athletes to ever win two state championships.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Indian River senior Tim Roberts shows off his Henlopen Conference and State Championship medals for high jump in track. Roberts is one of a select few IR athletes to ever win two state championships.Indian River High School senior and multi-sport athlete Tim Roberts is driven by competition. It’s the reason he plays three varsity sports for the Indians — two of which compete in the same season.

It’s the reason that he spent the entire summer running routes on the beach and established himself as a key player on offense, defense and special teams this fall for the Indians’ football team.

And it’s certainly the reason that he recently accomplished something that only a select few Indian River athletes have ever been able to — winning not one, but two state championships in his high school athletic career.

Roberts was a sophomore on the 2011 State Championship football team lead by Jamie Jarmon, and though he was just an underclassman, he contributed as a safety and has the stats to prove it.

Last weekend, however, Roberts won first place at the DIAA State Championships for track in the high jump — with no help from Jarmon, or anyone else except his own unwavering competitive drive.

“In the 100, I might not run the fastest, but if the person in front of me has a ball and they’re about to get a touchdown, I will catch them, almost every time,” Roberts explained. “Whatever the person in front of me jumps, I just jump one better.”

Jumping better was also the theme of his high school track career. As a freshman, he made the preliminaries in the state championship. During his sophomore year, he placed third in the high jump. His junior year, he took second, only to return his senior year to place one better one more time and earn a first-place medal.

Relyance Skim Camp sets up for summer season

Coastal Point • Submitted: Skim boarding pro's and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht stand in front of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with their first crew of skimmers after launching Relyance Skim Camp last weekend.Coastal Point • Submitted: Skim boarding pro's and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht stand in front of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with their first crew of skimmers after launching Relyance Skim Camp last weekend.Local pro skimboarders and brothers Dave and Tom Bracht have faith. They have faith in themselves as professional athletes. They have faith in each other as brothers and best friends. And they have faith in the mission of Relyance Skim Camp.

This past weekend, that faith paid off, when they successfully put on their first-ever session of the instructional skim camp.

“Honestly, this past weekend could not have gone any better,” said Dave Bracht, the older of the two brothers. “I seriously think some of them might have had the best day of their life.”

A total of 17 kids from a Pennsylvania-based church youth group made the journey to the Delaware shore, just to learn how to skim like the Bracht brothers.

“We were worried about the water being super cold,” said Tom Bracht regarding Atlantic temperatures that still have a ways to go in terms of warming up before summer. “Believe it or not, me and Dave were colder than any of the kids. They spent more time in the water — they were even swimming and bodysurfing.”

IR lax makes first DIAA playoff appearance

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Senior midfielder Tim Roberts looks to get past three Delmar defenders in last Thursday's matchup.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Senior midfielder Tim Roberts looks to get past three Delmar defenders in last Thursday's matchup.With back-to-back wins against Dover and Sussex Central, the Indian River High School lacrosse team still had a good chance of making the DIAA state playoffs in their first official varsity season, but the achievement didn’t come easily for the Indians.

After falling behind in the second quarter against Henlopen South champion Delmar on Thursday, May 15, the Tribe struggled to regain momentum and went on to lose 13-6 in their final regular-season matchup.

“In the second and third quarters, we tend to lose our momentum, for one reason or another,” said senior defenseman H.F. Wilgus regarding the season trend.

“We were all pumped up and then, after they scored and scored again and started getting ahead, we just lost the momentum,” senior defenseman Tristan Smyth added.

IR golf caps off season at conference championships

Despite the youth of their squad, the Indian River High School golf team managed to end the season winning two out of their last three matches on their way to Henlopen Conference championships, which were scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 (after Coastal Point press time).

Shorebirds return home after split series on the road

The Delmarva Shorebirds were set to return to Perdue Stadium on Thursday, May 22, (after Coastal Point press time), to mark the start of an eight-game home series against Kannapolis and Hagerstown.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 19 to 22; Night work begins

Night work begins at the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues between Clarksville and Ocean View. Motorists may see lane closures from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue to install new drainage.

The following work will not require lane closures:

• excavation of storm water management ponds near Irons Lane and near Route 17 in Clarksville.

Collins, Hudson keep IR school board seats

Voters kept the same lineup for Indian River School District’s Board of Education this year, as the incumbents in District 5 will retain their seats. The district, which includes the Selbyville area, will be represented by incumbents Doug Hudson (183 votes) and W. Scott Collins (151 votes), who beat challenger Bobbi Barends (40 votes) in the May 13 election.

Ocean View council opposes bill restricting municipal taxing authority

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to officially oppose Delaware House Bill 333, which would limit all municipalities’ use of their general or special powers in regard to taxation.

Town Solicitor Dennis Schrader told council that all municipalities in the state of Delaware, with the exception of Wilmington and Newark, are not home-rule municipalities.

Let the traffic flow: No more daytime lane closures on 26

Spring is here, which means Route 26 shouldn’t have any daytime lane closures again until Sept. 30. Two lanes of traffic must be maintained.

From band to Beahan: Principal of the Year is at SDSA

Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Neil Beahan usually saves paperwork for afternoons or weekends. That’s because the principal of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts wants to be with students as much as he can.

“I try to stay out of the office as much as humanly possible,” said Beahan, visiting classrooms and teacher meetings to know what’s going on. Plus, with “three times as many concerts” as other schools, SDSA families see Beahan afterhours, too.

He doesn’t put in those long hours for an award, but that didn’t stop Beahan from being named Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

“Under Neil Beahan’s guidance, Southern Delaware School of the Arts has become one of the highest-performing schools in the state of Delaware,” wrote Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting.

He has been part of district for 33 years, starting as a teacher.

Auxiliary offers several boating certification courses

This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.

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