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Mocha magic wins at chocolate festival

Coastal Point • Submitted: Joost Elling of Joost Wafel Co. created these mocha, coffee, caramel and white chocolate treats that garnered first place at the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival in the Teen division.Coastal Point • Submitted: Joost Elling of Joost Wafel Co. created these mocha, coffee, caramel and white chocolate treats that garnered first place at the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival in the Teen division.Joost Elling has gotten into the habit of charming taste buds with his homemade caramel cookies. The recent Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival was no exception, as the Indian River High School senior won a grand prize in the teenage division for a rich mocha sandwich cookie sweetened with caramel.

“Everyone loves chocolate, and a little bit of coffee flavor’s only going to help,” he said he decided, and then he drizzled everything in “white chocolate, which stands out really well.”

The journey to his grand prize began when he was 13, visiting family in the Netherlands and first tasting the sweet stroopwafel (“strope-waffle” is Dutch for caramel cookie). Home again in Ocean View, he developed a recipe for the thin cookie and recently founded Joost Wafel Co., which sells them in small batches.

As always, he tested the Chocolate Festival recipe on family and friends beforehand.

Chavatel attends AWP Conference in Seattle

Coastal Point • Submitted: Salisbury University student and Fenwick Island resident Caroline Chavatel (pictured second from left), poses with classmate Lauren Yarnall (far left), Professor John A. Nieves and Christa Spillson at Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle while attending the AWP Conference and Bookfair.Coastal Point • Submitted: Salisbury University student and Fenwick Island resident Caroline Chavatel (pictured second from left), poses with classmate Lauren Yarnall (far left), Professor John A. Nieves and Christa Spillson at Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle while attending the AWP Conference and Bookfair.When Salisbury University student and aspiring writer Caroline Chavatel heard last fall in her creative writing class about the opportunity to attend the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair, she knew that it was something she couldn’t pass up.

“[Professor John A. Nieves] told our creative writing class about the conference last October, and I knew then I needed to be there,” Chavatel said of herself and SU classmate Lauren Yarnall’s response to hearing about being able to attend what has become the largest writers’ conference in North America. “John’s been to AWP before, but this was our first go as students.”

“AWP is an incredible learning experience for young writers — especially people who want writing/publishing/teaching careers,” Nieves explained of how the exposure benefits his students. “It allows students to see the inside of the business, meet and talk to many of the major players, see readings in the highest concentration anywhere in the world and be inspired by the host city and its difference from their homes.”

Pet Corner: Saying goodbye

Unfortunately, saying goodbye to our faithful companions is something we all must do. Except for bird and tortoise owners, we generally outlive our pets. Saying goodbye is never easy, but with some careful planning it can be made a little easier.

Prisoners’ mural portrays Georgetown history

Delaware native and award-winning artist, writer and consultant Kay Wood Bailey, born in Wilmington and raised in Milford, became the first statewide Prison Arts Program Administrator in 1986 and served in that capacity for more than 15 years. A barometer of her success is the low recidivism rate of inmates who participated in the program.

Ageless on the ice: Stanley skates to championship at 62

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lee Stanley (top row, center), his oldest son Matt (top row, far left), and middle son Jack (top row, far right), pose with the rest of their team, the Bottom Line, after winning a tournament in Easton last weekend. Also pictured: Rob Durkee, Travis Yatto, Andrew Davis, Keith Thomas, John Naegele, Tony Martinez, Steve Moeglein, Andrew McTartland, Andrew Stubleski, Mike Carlson, Eric Koontz and Matt Barrett.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lee Stanley (top row, center), his oldest son Matt (top row, far left), and middle son Jack (top row, far right), pose with the rest of their team, the Bottom Line, after winning a tournament in Easton last weekend. Also pictured: Rob Durkee, Travis Yatto, Andrew Davis, Keith Thomas, John Naegele, Tony Martinez, Steve Moeglein, Andrew McTartland, Andrew Stubleski, Mike Carlson, Eric Koontz and Matt Barrett.There aren’t many 62-year-olds playing ice hockey against 20-year-olds still in their prime. In fact, there aren’t many 62-year-olds that are playing the physically demanding sport of ice hockey at all. But not only is Selbyville resident Lee Stanley still lacing up his skates and heading out on the ice, he’s still helping his team win tournament championships.

Just last weekend, Stanley geared up with his sons, Matt, 24, and Jack, 21), and the rest of his Piney Orchard Men’s Hockey League team, the Bottom Line, to take down an upper-level team from Harrington 3-2 and win a tournament in Easton, Md.

“They were a stacked team,” said Stanley of the high-level of competition. “We faced an upper-level team with all younger players. Our average is probably 20 to 45, and then you plug me in at 62.”

“Everybody was excited, and it was unexpected because the [Harrington] Titans team was tough. We had no anticipation of taking them two games in a row.”

Though he admittedly may have lost some speed in comparison to his younger playing days, what Stanley’s game lacks physically, he’s able to make up for mentally through his more than 40 years of experience on the ice.

Skim Pro’s Bracht bros. launch Reylance Skim Camp

Special to the Coastal Point • Kevin Newcomer: Pro skimboarder Tom Bracht lines up to get shacked at Skim Jam in Bethany.Special to the Coastal Point • Kevin Newcomer: Pro skimboarder Tom Bracht lines up to get shacked at Skim Jam in Bethany.Frontside airs won’t be the only thing that Bethany-based pro skimboarders Dave and Tom Bracht are launching when summer rolls around, as the two brothers have teamed up to start Relyance Skim Camp for local youths.

Both brothers will utilize their more than 10 years of experience running surf and skim camps to help instruct beginner, novice and even advanced skimmers in taking their performance to the next level. But, to them, setting good examples and being positive role models is a goal of equal importance.

“Our whole thing is making the kids better in and out of the water,” said Dave Bracht of the Relyance mission. “Everything we do, we try to be positive role models for the kids to look up to.”

A business partnership between brothers with similar interests and professional expertise might seem almost inevitable but, according to Tom Bracht, it was something that was almost necessary.

Registration open for 25th Ocean to Bay Bike Tour

For 25 years, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has held the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour to benefit the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation and enjoyed steady success. Still, they’re planning to change things up a bit this year, as the event hits the quarter-century mark, aiming higher than they ever have before.

Lewes farmers’ market to host Hoedown fundraiser

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market recently announced that tickets for its Hoedown event are on sale. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Officer’s Club at Cape Henlopen State Park and continue “’til the cows come home.”

IR golf aims to bounce back from ‘mulligan’ season

Just two years removed from a Henlopen South championship, the 2013 Indian River High School Golf team finished the season a disappointing 2-11. However, with an infusion of new talent and a fresh start in 2014, head coach Paris Mitchell Sr. fully expects his squad to be back on par with the rest of the Henlopen South, to battle for yet another title this year.

Millsboro art league hosting spring art competition and show

The Gallery at Millsboro Art League (MAL) is currently filled with artwork by members and other area artists. The Spring Art Show, including work by both professional and emerging artists, will be on display through March 28 in the MAL gallery at 203 Main Street in Millsboro.

Gallery One to debut ‘Spring Awakening’ show March 27

Gallery One this week announced their new art show, “Spring Awakening,” which will be displayed at Gallery One starting March 27. Each of the 15 artists exhibiting has their own experiences, styles and mediums that influence their work.

Local students named to Sussex Tech honor roll

Sussex Technical High School announced this week the names of students who qualified for the second-quarter Honor Roll. To be placed on the Honor Roll, a student must achieve a 93.0 or better average overall with no grade lower than 70. Qualifying students were honored for their accomplishments at a breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Connor, Wheatley throw their hats into county council ring

Dagsboro mayor takes ‘the next step’

Last week, Dagsboro Mayor Brad Connor filed to run as a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Sussex County Council.

Ocean View discusses healthcare costs, possible tax increase

Ocean View officials are in the process of finalizing their budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be approved on April 8. In reviewing the budget at their council workshop this week, the council members and Town Manager Dianne Vogel discussed the difficulties the Town is been facing in dealing with increasing health insurance costs.

Maneri joins Millville town council to replace Subity

A new face will now look out over the council table at Millville Town Council meetings, as Steve Maneri was appointed to a vacant council post on March 11.

“I just want to try to help the community out any way possible,” he said.

He brings town council experience from four years as a trustee for the Village of Monroe, N.Y.

CIB urges restaurants ‘Don’t Chuck Your Shucks’

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Universal Recycling Grant & Loan Program, to launch “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” — a program aiming to encourage people to recycle oyster shells for use in restoration projects on the Inland Bays.

Justin’s Beach House looking for MOM help

This is truly the week we celebrate community efforts on this page.

The real show at the Clayton was the Clayton, itself

When historians look back at this period in time they will credit us with being the “Age of Technology.”

Flowers announces re-election campaign for treasurer

With a state portfolio returning more than $44 million during his term and showing positive returns 31 out of 38 months, Chip Flowers, Delaware state treasurer and co-chair of the National Democratic State Treasurers, officially launched his re-election campaign — “Standing Up for a Brighter Future” last week.

Millville firefighters stood ready during storm

On Sunday, March 2, Millville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Doug Scott, sent a message out requesting members to staff both the main station in Millville, as well as the company’s other station in Clarksville, ahead of the impending winter storm of March 3.

Girls’ softball is changing, and so are the injuries

I’m as sick of winter as anyone, but we’ve almost turned the corner. Spring is just about here, and that means it’s time for softball.

Justin’s Beach House starts Mortgage of the Month program

For many who drive down Route 26 toward Bethany Beach, it’s impossible not to notice that big teal Adirondack chair that sits in front of a colorful beach house.

That house, Justin’s Beach House, is a home in the Bethany Beach area designed and built to serve families with cancer, so they may have a place of respite and enjoy some fun family time.

The Met offers opera to all — right here on Delmarva

Music fans don’t have to travel to New York City to enjoy the Metropolitan Opera. They can immerse themselves from the comfort of their local movie theater.

IR Variety Show is ready for the spotlight

Grab a seat in the dark, with a twinkle of light reflecting off the brass instruments and, as the lights rise, know that an entertaining night is ahead.

The Stage Band is ready to jam at Indian River High School. Curtains will rise on the annual Variety Show at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

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.”

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