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Meant to mentor: Giving kids a boost at Phillip C. Showell

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cheryl Carey, far right, won a Mentoring Coordinator award for helping inspire these Phillip C. Showell mentors, along with many others over the years.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cheryl Carey, far right, won a Mentoring Coordinator award for helping inspire these Phillip C. Showell mentors, along with many others over the years.Around the table, several adults tell stories about their children. They proudly talk about watching the kids’ confidence blossom, and they laugh to hear about the shy children who wouldn’t speak for almost a year.

These are the mentors at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, just a few of the adults who visit individual students district-wide.

“It’s about building a relationship,” said PCS counselor Cheryl Carey. “So many kids want to see you, but don’t need a counselor,” so mentors volunteer to visit with the children weekly for just 30 minutes.

Mentoring varies at different schools. Some mentors act as tutors, helping children one-on-one with homework or extra exercises. But at Phillip Showell, it’s just about the student and whatever she or he wants to do.

“It’s just about another caring adult in your life,” Carey said. By building a positive relationship, children look forward to coming to school. A better attitude can improve all aspects of life, including academics.

Wally Watson began mentoring an elementary student, following him years later to Selbyville Middle School. Then he got second student at Phillip Showell.

Mentoring is a family affair in Millsboro

What do mentoring and potato chips have in common? It’s hard to stop at just one.

Toni James learned that as a mentor for three East Millsboro Elementary children from the same family. Her dedication has led to an Exemplary Mentor Award from Connecting Generations.

Millsboro artists capture life in color

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A close-up of Darla Hilton’s, ‘Insomnia.’Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A close-up of Darla Hilton’s, ‘Insomnia.’Color popped from the depths of works in Millsboro Art League’s 2014 Art Show & Contest. From warm-red parrots and orange-speckled ocean waves to expertly applied watercolors, many of the artists displayed a vibrant side.

Winners in the professional category were Gail Zinar (first), Sandra Moore (second) and Eddie Fillmyre (third). Winners in the emergent artists category included Theresa Fazzalaro (first), Sella LeGates (second) and Tom Keeley (third).

Judging was difficult, but fun and overall “rewarding because there is a lot of talent,” said judge and Rehoboth-based artist Jane Knaus. “Things that look easy are very hard. We in this area are spoiled because there is so much good art.”

Civil War Profiles: The arrest and imprisonment of the Rev. Isaac Handy

When Civil War came to the United States in 1861, it brought along with it a fear of sedition, which prompted limitations in the freedom of expression. Officials in Washington were concerned that the language or conduct of citizens would encourage rebellion.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

Area kids rack up the ribbons at Selbyville show

Kids might say the darndest things, but they also create some incredible stuff.

The Selbyville Community Club put student art on display at the 10th annual Kids ART Month this month.

‘What’s on tap?’: Beach Liquors crafts new way for customers to enjoy draft beer

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.After a long day, there are few things more satisfying than the first sip of a cold craft beer right from the tap — and thanks to Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, now local residents don’t have to rush to happy hour or purchase an expensive kegorator to enjoy their favorite draft brew.

After providing customers in the area with a selection of craft beer for nearly 15 years, a recent Delaware law change has now made it possible for the family-owned shops to add to that selection and sell standard-sized “growlers” of a variety of beers in a retail setting. (Delaware breweries can sell and fill growlers only of their own products.)

“We heard the law was changing and thought, ‘Well, we’re definitely going to do that,’” explained Chris Miller, Bethany store manager and co-owner of the Beach Liquors store in Fenwick. “There is nowhere else in Sussex County,” he said of the growler sales. “We’re the only ones, soon to be the only two. There’s one in Dover, and seven or eight up in the Newcastle/Wilmington area, but that’s it for the state.”

The Bethany store has been selling its custom-designed 64-ounce growlers since early December 2013, but the Beach Liquors south location right on Route 1 in Fenwick Island will be following suit and installing a draft system of its own by St. Patrick’s Day.

All-state soccer stars Buchler, Belfiore, Beam return for Lady Indians

Just months after the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team made history, winning the first-ever DIAA Division II championship, the school’s girls’ soccer team is gearing up for the spring season with hopes of doing the same.

IRHS to open cross-country trail to public for March 29 5K

As noted among the Henlopen Conference, Indian River High School is home to one of the nicest and most scenic trails around. So the course was the natural venue to pick when the cross-country team and boosters President Robert Daisey began planning a fundraising effort. They’ll open the course up to the public for a 5K Run Walk on Saturday, March 29.

IRHS tennis looks to net Henlopen Conference title

Both the boys’ and girls’ Indian River High School tennis teams are used to winning Henlopen South titles. The girls’ team has won the division for the past four seasons, and the boys’ team has won quite a few of their own — not to mention that most of the team comprises state champion soccer players.

Outdoor science is sweet at Lighthouse Christian

What could be more exciting than producing your own food from nature? Recently, on a rare warm February day, Lighthouse Christian School students learned how to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way.

Bethany to hear from council applicants on March 21

Would-be Bethany Beach Town Council members will have a chance to make their cases for the job to current council members on March 21 at 1 p.m., when the council convenes a special meeting to hear from those seeking to fill the seat recently vacated by longtime councilman and mayor Tony McClenny, due to health concerns.

Church to host panel on death penalty

On Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach will hold an adult panel educating against the death penalty.

Delaware Aquaculture regulations, maps taking shape

Fittingly, oyster shells lay across the parking lot, left by seabirds that dropped them to access the soft meat inside, as dozens of people recently walked across the light rubble to attend DNREC’s second public workshop on developing Delaware’s shellfish aquaculture regulations.

Kids ART Month rolls into Selbyville this Saturday

Every great artwork should have a place on the fridge, but more than 100 Selbyville students of all ages also have their work on display for Kids ART Month.

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Eagle Scout stabilizes bank in Assawoman Wildlife area

Those who have visited Memorial Pond at the Assawoman Wildlife Area in the last six months have probably noticed a big difference in the pond’s bank. The tiered levels now leading down to the water are part of a bank stabilization project conducted by Troop 281 Eagle Scout Jackson Jorss.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Here’s an easy way to lend a helping hand

A long, cold, relentless winter has left many of us with chattering teeth and expanding waistlines, as we burrow under our blankets, watch movies and scarf down warm comfort food.

If that describes you, consider yourself fortunate.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival grows in Sussex County

The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, presented by Bank of America, is returning in 2014, with four days of events in more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

Daughter of Beebe co-founder helps kick off foundation anniversary

Beebe Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm for Beebe Healthcare, kicked off a year of festivities last week in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Board members of the foundation and of Beebe Healthcare joined Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of the foundation, and Jeffrey M.

Lighthouse Yoga & Dance offers movement for all

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.

“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”

Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.

“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”

Local sisters excel in artistic endeavors, leading one to Oscar

Coastal Point • Submitted photos: Melanie DeForrest, left, worked on the Oscar-winning make-up crew on the set of ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ while sister Maria DeForrest, right, (with daughter Chloe) has successfully pursued photography while remaining right here in Sussex County.Coastal Point • Submitted photos: Melanie DeForrest, left, worked on the Oscar-winning make-up crew on the set of ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ while sister Maria DeForrest, right, (with daughter Chloe) has successfully pursued photography while remaining right here in Sussex County.“I’m working on an amazing movie,” Melanie DeForrest texted to her sister, Maria DeForrest.

“At first, I didn’t make much of it,” said Maria. “Mel is always passionately enthused about her projects.”

But the monthly texts continued, “No, this one’s different,” then “There’s Oscar buzz,” then “It’s gonna to be a game-changer for Matthew (McConaughey)!” And, finally, nearly a year later, it was, “Oh, my goodness — the makeup department got nominated for an Oscar!!”

In response to which Maria posted on Facebook, “A HUGE day for my sister, and I just had to share because I’m so proud of her and how far she has come. Dallas Buyers Club made it to the top three for ‘Best Makeup’ and is an official nominee for the 2014 Oscars!!!”

Indeed, both these two Sussex Central High School graduates have much to be proud of.

Delaware exhibit offers close-up look at ‘Costumes of Downton Abbey’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: This harem pants outfit is a copy of an original post-Edwardian garment that highlighted Britain’s newly fashionable Persian influence. Downton’s Lady Sybil shocked her more traditional family members when she modeled fashion-forward design, and it’s expected to be a big draw at the ‘Costumes of Downton Abbey’ exhibit.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: This harem pants outfit is a copy of an original post-Edwardian garment that highlighted Britain’s newly fashionable Persian influence. Downton’s Lady Sybil shocked her more traditional family members when she modeled fashion-forward design, and it’s expected to be a big draw at the ‘Costumes of Downton Abbey’ exhibit.Fans of “Downton Abbey” may have bid a temporary farewell to the Crawley family when Season 4 of the Emmy-winning British post-Edwardian period drama wrapped up Feb. 23, but they can now say hello to some pieces of the show closer to home, with the opening March 1 of the exhibit “Costumes of Downton Abbey” at the DuPont family’s Winterthur estate near Wilmington.

The exhibit is unique to Winterthur, having been envisioned and curated by Winterthur’s own staff through an agreement with “Downton Abbey” producers and Cosprop, the London costume warehouse that holds among its collection many of the costumes used on the series. As such, Winterthur’s staff is positioning the exhibit not only as a treat for “Downton” and vintage fashion fans but a tourism draw to the historic home and to the state Delaware as a whole.

Co-curators Jeff Groff, Maggie Lidz and Chris Strand said they were able to make the case for Winterthur’s exhibit through the educational opportunity provided by being able to set the costumes, characters and period plotlines amidst the American equivalent to an English country estate like the fictional Downton or the real-life Highclere Castle, which serves as the show’s set.

Winterthur, they noted, was home to three generations of DuPonts — considerably less longevity than Highclere or Downton but much longer than was the rule in the U.S., where succeeding generations generally tore down the great houses to build their own visions of grandeur.

After a pictorial “who’s who” for the series, the “downstairs” scene that opens the exhibit (featuring 1912 period-authentic costumes for housemaid Anna, footman Thomas and housekeeper Mrs. Hughes) allows visitors to pull a cord to actually ring a bell on a replica of the iconic bell wall from the show.

Nearby, an electronic call panel similar to what would have been found at Winterthur at the time defines what curators described as the comparative eagerness of American estates to embrace new technology.

New head coach aims to lead IR softball back to playoffs

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior second baseman Anamaria Impastato celebrates with sophomore utility player Callie McDowell and  senior pitcher Rachel Hudson in a game against Delmar last season.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior second baseman Anamaria Impastato celebrates with sophomore utility player Callie McDowell and senior pitcher Rachel Hudson in a game against Delmar last season.After getting knocked out of the first round of the DIAA playoffs by St. Georges Tech last season, the Indian River High School softball team will not only look to get back to the playoffs this year but to push the limits even further and challenge for a state championship.

While the Lady Indians will see a variety of key players returning — including senior shortstop Karlie Smith, senior pitcher Rachel Hudson and senior second-baseman Anamaria Impastato — they’ll have a first-year head coach at the helm in Erika Brittingham.

“We have a young team,” Brittingham explained. “We lost three good players, all starters,” she said of the shift from last year’s roster. “We’re really trying to push the expectations, because we feel that we could have made it much further than we did last year.”

She may be stepping in for last year’s head coach, Chris Megee, who has joined the IRHS baseball team as co-head coach, but Brittingham is already familiar with most of the squad, as she was an assistant coach last year. She also has collegiate experience as a player at Salisbury University and plans to utilize that experience to not only better her players for the upcoming season but to help them as they move on to the collegiate level themselves.

Indians stand tall after falling short in playoffs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Head Coach Mike Fabber looks on as Jaevon Holland dives for a loose ball late in last Wednesday's 72-59 loss against Cape Henlopen in the first round of the DIAA Playoffs. The game marked the first playoff appearance by an Indian River boys basketball team since 1999.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Head Coach Mike Fabber looks on as Jaevon Holland dives for a loose ball late in last Wednesday's 72-59 loss against Cape Henlopen in the first round of the DIAA Playoffs. The game marked the first playoff appearance by an Indian River boys basketball team since 1999.“Keep fighting.” That has been the mantra of the Indian River High School basketball team throughout the entire 2013-2014 season. That mantra never changed, and the team has never faltered from it — even after a 12-0 run by opponents Cape Henlopen early in the second-half in the first round of last week’s DIAA playoffs destroyed the balance of a game that, to that point, the Indians had controlled.

Though IR would never recover from the Vikings’ hot streak and would eventually go on to fall to their Henlopen North rival 72-59, they never stopped fighting.

Senior forward Jaevon “B.B.” Holland and senior forward London Tucker set the tone early on both offense and defense in front of a packed house at Cape Henlopen High School last Tuesday, Feb. 26, locking in a rhythm that the No. 14 ranked Vikings could not manage to figure out.

Up 14-10, Holland held his ground in the paint and managed a crucial block at the end of the first quarter, driving down the court and finding Tucker for the easy basket, to make it 16-10. After the “Sportscenter”-worthy play, the signature chant of Indian River’s No. 1 fan, Queen Bratton — “I like that, do it again!” — sounded out, un-matched, over Cape Henlopen bleachers that had fallen silent. The Indians had a 15-year playoff drought to make up for, and their star seniors were leading the way.

‘B.B.’ bound for Blue-Gold: IR hoops star Holland receives post-season accolades

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Jaevon 'B.B.' Holland celebrates with teammate Da'Von Justice after the Indians' 78-65 win at cross-town rival Sussex Central on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Holland was recently selected to represent IR in the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Game at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday, March 15.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River senior Jaevon 'B.B.' Holland celebrates with teammate Da'Von Justice after the Indians' 78-65 win at cross-town rival Sussex Central on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Holland was recently selected to represent IR in the annual Blue-Gold All-Star Game at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday, March 15.Indian River High School senior forward Jaevon “B.B.” Holland has led the Indians basketball team in virtually every statistical category for the past two seasons. However, he’s also been the team’s leader in a category that’s a little more difficult to measure — sportsmanship.

During the many times that the Indians needed a boost during their program re-defining 2013-2014 season, Holland was typically the one to give it to them — whether it was in the form of an emotionally charged speech, beating on his chest and congratulating his teammates after a big play, or just witnessing his non-stop motor and un-matched determination never falter despite the game’s circumstances.

There wasn’t another player on the court that wanted to win more than Holland, and all he has wanted to do for the past two seasons is lead his team to “The Bob” — the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center — to contest a state championship.

While he and the Indians fell just short of that goal — getting knocked out of the DIAA playoffs in the first round against Cape Henlopen last week — Holland’s incomparable drive and standout sportsmanship earned him a spot in the Blue-Gold All-Star game, which, somewhat ironically, will be held at “The Bob.”

While his appearance at the UD facility may not be what he originally had in mind, Holland said he is still honored to represent his school and his team in front of players, coaches and fans from all over the state.

“I’m going to just go out there and play my game,” he stated confidently, “and show everybody what they expect.”

The game will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 4 p.m. and will feature a halftime dunk contest, as well as appearances by Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly and former Delaware Blue-Hen and current WNBA star Elena Delle-Donne. On March 12, all players invited will also get the opportunity to have lunch with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and Gov. Jack Markell.

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