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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.”

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 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.

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