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Extra Points – February 10, 2017

Delle Donne traded to Mystics, headed to D.C.

WNBA superstar and University of Delaware graduate Elena Delle Donne will make her way back to the East Coast after being traded by the Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics last week.

Sea Colony gearing up to ‘Ride for Delaware Hospice’

After a one-year hiatus during renovations of its fitness center, Sea Colony will grease up their wheels once again when “Ride for Delaware Hospice” makes its return to the newly revamped facility near Bethany Beach later this month.

Fenwick considers canal project costs

Fenwick Island Town officials don’t know if or when their canals were last dredged, but officials said this week that it’s time to consider such a project.

“There are some issues with depth and getting in and out of our canals,” said Alex Daly of the Town’s Environmental Committee.

Steele tapped to fill superintendent role

With Indian River School District superintendent Susan Bunting having been confirmed this week as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, the district was facing a vacancy in a vital post during a tense time at one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.

Local students save family from house fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.When a house fire broke out in Georgetown, two elementary-school students used the training they’d received in school to save lives.

Carmen Giacubeno had invited Luciana “Luci” Bella Martin Rodriquez over for a sleepover on Jan. 6. That night, a space heater caught fire. Hearing the smoke alarm, the girls woke up to find heavy fire in the house.

They bypassed that room to wake the adults, evacuated to a meeting spot in the front yard and called 911. The Georgetown Fire Company and several other departments brought the blaze under control within 40 minutes and continued working for another 80 minutes.

The adults later revealed that “the smoke detector was working, but it was so faint that, without Luci and Carmen waking up, they would have never heard it,” said Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Matt Sliwa.

County approves conditional use for Sussex Consortium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week voted in favor of approving a conditional use request for 25 acres of AR-1 land, located on the southwest side of Sweetbriar Road in Lewes, to build a new school for the Sussex Consortium.

Sussex County now has comprehensive electronic zoning map

Completing a project from the 2016 fiscal year, Sussex County now has a comprehensive electronic zoning map.

OVHS receives $100,000 from Crystal Trust Foundation

The Ocean View Historical Society has gotten a boost for its mission to “preserve, interpret and collect the history of Ocean View and the surrounding Baltimore Hundred area” after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation.

IR fire company willing to discuss IRSD reimbursement

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company this week responded to the Indian River School District’s request for the reimbursement of $4,900 related to two items that were the subject of questions under a recent State audit of the district’s accounts.

Steele the right person to steer IRSD for now

Susan Bunting has now officially been confirmed as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, leaving behind a little bit of work to do in the Indian River School District.

Point of No Return – Plenty of crazy action going on with big game

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston to decide who reigns supreme in the world of the National Football League for the 2016-17 season.

Guest Column – Campaign promises meet real-world reality

We are a nation of immigrants. The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty says it most succinctly: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” That inscription has welcomed many to our shores. The Declaration of Independence established our core values and gave our country a moral vision to guide us.

Civil War Profiles – Before ‘Glory’: 1st S. Carolina U.S. Colored Troops

The 54th Massachusetts U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) is generally recognized as the first black regiment to serve in the Union army. Free blacks made their way from many different states, including Delaware, to muster into this unit soon after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and became active that March.

Physical therapy makes life easier for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers

If you’re one of the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), getting through the day can be an uphill battle. It can be painful and make the simple things seem out of reach.

Local pet groomer offering pet first-aid classes

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.When pet groomer Kerrie Lynn Jones’ Brussels griffon choked on some cheese, she knew what to do. She began protocol she learned as part of becoming a pet first-aid instructor and helped to dislodge the grated cheese that had “coagulated” in her dog’s throat.

“I still remember the high I got off of bringing my dog back to life,” Jones said.

The owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, Jones had taken a class in pet first-aid for her own information, as well as for professional reasons.

“I groom 50 animals a week,” so she thought it made sense to be prepared in case any dog ever suffered a health emergency while she was grooming it. Having had one dog “pass out on the table while I was grooming it,” Jones said she knows first-hand that emergencies can and do happen.

Now, Jones and her partner, Merry Tabetha Compton, are offering classes in pet first-aid and CPR for the public. The four-hour class covers a wide range of pet emergencies, from choking and seizures to poisoning and insect stings.

Tripple OT: The rigging of the ‘greatest quarterback of all time’ conversation by the Soviet-apologist Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer: The following transcript has been derived from a secret-impromptu-Ocean’s 11-conspiracy-type meeting called by four-time respective Super Bowl champions Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw that involves several other former NFL signal-callers typically mentioned in the “greatest quarterback of all time” conversation, in addition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a misguided attempt by them, as in the quarterbacks, to convince him, as in Putin, to rig Super Bowl LI (51) as he did, allegedly, the 2016 United States presidential election and also, allegedly, Super Bowl XLII, when the Patriots lost to the Giants on that crazy David Tyree helmet catch, and so, but anyway, the meeting was called to make sure that Tom Brady does not become the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowl championships, the ramifications of which would most likely finally shed some definitive light on the whole “greatest quarterback of all time” conversation-thing mentioned earlier and be all-together bad news for both Montana and Bradshaw, as well as the other professional leather egg-throwers/co-conspirators in attendance.

Tech fall!

IR wrestling downs Sussex Tech, primed for state duals

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Ta’Jon Knight wrestles his way to a tech fall during the Indians’ win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 27.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Ta’Jon Knight wrestles his way to a tech fall during the Indians’ win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 27.The last time they pulled it off was 2011.

That didn’t stop the Indian River High School wrestling team from bouncing back from their first loss of the season, against Milford, however, with a 31-28 win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Jan. 21.

“Sussex Tech is a well-coached team,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish after the dual-meet win. “They’re young, but Scott [Layfield] has them coached-up. He’s a good coach, and they’ve got some good wrestlers.”

While most meets this season have started off with tone-setting pins from standout freshmen including Will Rayne at 106 and Ta’Jon Knight at 120, the Ravens held the Indians to a 12-0 lead after the first three matches ended with a 6-1 decision for Rayne over Sussex Tech’s Mason Rolph, a major decision at 113 for IR’s Christian Lopez and Knight getting a 16-0 tech fall at 120.

Felton’s 21 helps Indians get division win over Wildcats in OT

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior forward Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton goes up for a basket.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Senior forward Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton goes up for a basket.It was what Indian River High School head boys’ basketball coach B.J. Joseph referred to as “a trap game.”

The last day of winter exams. No school the next day. Against a 1-12 team.

But, despite seeing the game against Delmar go to overtime on Thursday, Jan. 26, the Indians still pulled out a 67-64 division win, with Joseph getting his second win of the season over a coach who is one of his former players — Delmar head coach Shawn Phillips.

“I knew they would play hard. When you’re 1-12, you don’t have anything to lose,” said Joseph after the game. “We weren’t ready for that game. The silver lining is we did pull out a W, and it was one we had to have.”

The Indians got off to a slow start after the opening draw, falling behind 6-2 before sophomore center Kashid Waples finished an offensive rebound and senior guard Colby Chandler managed a steal shortly thereafter and got it down to senior forward Isaiah “Izzy” Bratton on a fast break to tie things up.

Falling behind and tying it up would become a first-quarter trend after that, as the Wildcats took a 20-16 lead into the second quarter, and five points from IR sophomore guard Jamier Felton just before the half tied the game at 30-30 headed into the break.

Felton led with 21 points on the night, with the Indians also seeing production from junior guard Patrick Mumford and freshman point guard KJ Custis, who each tallied 13 points in the matchup.

Lower Sussex Little League sign-ups under way

District 3 ‘Challenger Division’ returns for third year

While online registration for the 2017 Lower Sussex Little League season is already open, the league will begin walk-up registration at the ballpark starting on Wednesday, Feb. 9, spanning through Saturday, Feb. 18.

Participants will have four chances to sign up in person, with additional sessions held on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

IR to host double-header, Unified basketball game and more

It won’t be your average rivalry game when the Indian River High School and Sussex Central High School basketball teams tip off on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Not only will the night feature a double-header, with both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams facing each other; not only will there be history made, with the district’s first Unified basketball game for players with special needs in between; but the community is being encouraged to come support their hometown teams with half-time skills competition, contests, prizes, a special Blue-Gold All-Star presentation and even some live entertainment from IR’s competitive cheer team.

With all that going on, Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann and the IRHS Basketball Boosters are aiming to make Indian River High School the place to be next Thursday night.

“We’ve made some changes to basketball games this year. Both teams are having successful years. We’d really like to build our fan base back up,” Fuhrmann said. “We want the people in the community to come out and enjoy some great games and a great night.”

Extra Points – February 2, 2017

Tickets still available for IR soccer alumni mixer

The Indian River High School Soccer Boosters will host an alumni mixer for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at the Frankford fire hall on Friday, Feb. 11.

Celebrating geography

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).

What is the tallest mountain in Africa? Which country produces the most coffee beans? What is the capital of Iowa?

Bucs best Indians in potential state-title preview

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Ta'Jon Knight goes for the fall at 120 on Wednesday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman Ta'Jon Knight goes for the fall at 120 on Wednesday.It was a battle of the unbeaten when the Indian River High School wrestling team took on Milford on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with the defending state champion Bucs keeping their perfect record intact and handing the Indians their first loss of the season in comeback fashion, 37-33.

“We definitely have some things to work on, but I know I speak for the whole coaching staff when I say that we’re definitely pleased with the way we wrestled,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish after the match. “We had some kids really step up big in matches.”

The Indians jumped out to a quick lead with pins from freshmen Will Rayne at 106 and Ta’Jon Knight at 120.

DelDOT seeks input on new Route 113 revamp concept

Nearly two years have passed since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) abandoned the unpopular plan for a Route 113 bypass for Millsboro south to Selbyville. Instead, they now plan to widen the existing highway and build a new road connecting Route 113 to Route 24.

Bethany preparing for new museum, docent program

Bethany Beach’s history will be getting some attention in the coming summer season, as the Town’s Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) prepares for the opening of the historical Dinker Cottage as a museum, which is anticipated to happen in the coming months.

Ocean View discusses employee compensation

The Town of Ocean View held a special workshop this week to review and discuss a 2016 employee compensation survey.

“We all want to do the right thing. We all want to take care of our employees, because I do think they’re exceptional,” said Mayor Walter Curran. “By the same token, we have a budget that we have to create.”

Sussex County committee discusses services for the elderly

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities met this week and provided to those in attendance a brief update as to what services a number of area organizations provide.

Sports commission: Tournament a ‘Slam Dunk’ for Sussex County

Matthew J. Robinson of the Delaware Sports Commission spoke before the Sussex County Council this week regarding the success of Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament.

“Really, why I’m here today is, one, to thank, and, two, share on the success of the tournament,” said Robinson at the council’s Jan. 24 meeting. “I think it’s been a great example of cooperation.”

National Guard renovations up for Dagsboro council approval

The Dagsboro Town Council appears set to approve planned renovations at the National Guard facility in Dagsboro.

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