South Bethany is mapping a history trail for all to see.
Residents gathered at Richard Hall Memorial Park on April 21 to unveil South Bethany’s new Trail of History.
“The fact that you’re here means South Bethany is your own very special part of the earth,” Councilwoman Sue Callaway told the crowd on Earth Day weekend.
The project was a partnership between the Community Enhancement Committee and South Bethany Historical Society.
Starting in the east, five signboards tell South Bethany’s story through the years, from the first purchase of coastal land in the 1950s and quest to incorporate as a town, into the 21st century.
It got conversation buzzing. At each stop, people found photographs of familiar faces and homes. They remembered the canals before bulkheads, docks and regulations; stories of town politics; and swimming in the canals.
“It’s great that you guys found a wonderful place for this,” said Historical Society President Bob McCarthy, who remembers old debates over sewer installation, playgrounds and roads.
“People just don’t have an appreciation of how we got here today,” Callaway said.
This Saturday, community members are being encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of medications through the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
“We’ve been participating in drug takeback since 2007, so this will be our 10th year,” said Ocean View Police Department Capt. Heath Hall. “They started it once a year but then started doing it twice a year, just because it was a very well accepted service. They saw the demand.”
This Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a dozen sites in Sussex County will be open to collect any unwanted medications that members of the public no longer wish to keep in their homes.
Along with the Ocean View Police Department, other Sussex County collection sites available to the public on Saturday include the Dagsboro Police Department, the Selbyville Police Department, the Selbyville CVS Pharmacy, Delaware State Police Troop 4, the Lewes Police Department, Delaware State Police Troop 7, as well as the Rehoboth Beach, Milford, Milton and Laural police departments and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Sussex County office.
For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride from Point A to Point B can be a breeze with the transportation cooperative ITN Southern Delaware.
“This was borne out of an idea [Nancy Feichtl] had. She was approaching her senior years and wondered how she would get around. So she started exploring options for some kind of transportation options for seniors, because the alternatives are limited,” said Janis Hanwell, executive director of ITN Southern Delaware. “Through her research, she came across ITN America, a national nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments.”
The Southern Delaware branch of ITN was begun in August 2015, with the first rides being provided on Dec. 1, 2015.
“At that time, we had 12, 15 active drivers and about 50 members. Today, we have close to 60 volunteer drivers and closer to 200 rider-members, said Hanwell, noting that the co-op surpassed 1,000 rides in December 2016.
While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy Lucy said will bring together entertainment and education in a way that is sure to please all its visitors.
Youth grief-support services coming to Sussex County
Sussex County children who have suffered major a loss can now attend weekly grief counseling in Georgetown.
With so much public interest statewide, the nonprofit Supporting Kidds recently vowed to expand its Healing Pathways Program, and the Hockessin-based group this month is beginning bereavement counseling for children ages 5 to 18 across Delaware, now including Georgetown.
Heart disease remains one of the top killers of Americans. Diets high in fat and salt contribute greatly to heart disease, as does a lack of exercise and smoking.
Take the necessary steps today to prevent or improve your heart health.
Get back to basics
Osteoporosis is one of the most pervasive health problems in the U.S. today. You may not realize it, but about 10 million people in this country have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Another 44 million have low bone density and are at risk.
Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road in our car. It certainly does not give us time to explore our food.
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.
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.
For 48-year-old Nick Serratore, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides stability. He gets the reassurance that, someday, his emergency costs will be manageable. He has a high risk of colon cancer but visits the doctor for preventative maintenance, trying to avoid hospital stays.
Let’s get this new year started right!
That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public can come and go, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With every new year come resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Will this be the year that you stick to your guns and make it happen? Let’s look at why this year a new you could make a world of difference in your health and quality of life.
Here we are again — another New Year! As we say hello to 2017, I’m reminded of one of the songs my husband, Jim, occasionally sings on karaoke nights — “Choices,” as sung by the late, great country singer George Jones. The opening lyrics are: “I’ve had choices since the day that I was born. There were voices that told me right from wrong. If I had listened, no, I wouldn’t be here today, living and dying with the choices I’ve made.”
It has been my tradition at the beginning of each year to write a healthy-cooking and fitness column. We all know the New Year drill. It’s about “choices.” Do I make New Year’s resolutions? Do I set goals for myself? Will this be the year that I finally _____________ (you fill in the blank)? And if I make resolutions, will this be the year that I actually succeed in keeping them?
In December 2015, I again began chemo treatments to deal with the return of my rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in both lungs. Treatments ended in April, and I’m thrilled that I am again in remission — eight months and counting.
At the entrance to a greenhouse at Bearhole Farms near Roxana sits a blue tank about the size of a small hot tub. Orange-finned flashes flit around the bottom and a pump emits a constant thrum.
“That’s the engine,” says Bear Hole proprietor Cindy Stevens. The heart of the engine, which produces a perpetual harvest of 3,000 lettuce plants inside the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse, is fish. About 350 koi, common goldfish and channel catfish, to be precise.
In addition to swimming around the tank, the fish eat... and then when that food turns to fish waste, it is released into a system of channels that run under the lettuce plants, watering and feeding the plants. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship.
When Bob and Ellen Chaisson decided to retire to Lewes 17 years ago, they had never visited the region before. They wanted a nice place to live, but one that was still close enough to travel to Maryland, where they had lived for 20 years.
While many look at the holiday season as a time of cheer to be shared with family and friends, there are some who do not have as joyous a time.
For those — the lost, lonely, grieving and overwhelmed — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church holds its Blue Christmas, a service of hope for those in need in the community.
Brisk nights, red and orange leaves scattered over the lawn, and pumpkin-flavored everything; cooler weather is definitely here. With all the seasonal changes, it only makes sense to make some changes about your health. It’s time to whip out the sweatshirts and scarves and handle the holidays like a pro.
It’s been dubbed Boomeritis, and there have been a slew of attempts at humor, such as calling it “the battle of wounded knees.” But, Boomeritis is real, and it’s no laughing matter.
A groundbreaking was recently held for the future 90-bed specialty hospital with inpatient and outpatient services to be located in the College Park Retail & Office Campus in Georgetown.
The two-story, 93,000 square-foot hospital will be run by SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health, will have 10 primary-care exam rooms, two women’s health rooms, eight medical consult offices, two specialty procedure rooms, three tele-health exam rooms, a private interview room, a radiology suite, reception area, lobby and more.
At the Nov. 2 groundbreaking, Stephen Silver, of ONIX Group, the developer, said he was excited to see the site, which was once slotted to be a casino, being used for something that is much-needed in the area.
A recent magazine cover story caught my attention. It wasn’t that it was about something we all haven’t heard before. It was one of the latest in a series of articles about health and physical and emotional fitness. What really struck me was that the scientific evidence about the benefits of exercise keep growing, but too many people still aren’t getting the message.
Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!
The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.
How many times did your parents tell you to stand up straight when you were a youngster? I sure heard it from my mother. She’d tell me I was going to get stuck that way and one day I wouldn’t be able to stand up straight.
Amputee and canine companion kayak local waterways daily
“On my kayak, I’m mobile — it’s the best feeling,” said Sylvia Peters. “I can go where I want, look at the birds, see deer, watch the sky and move freely.”
Peters had an above-the-knee amputation of her right leg six years ago. She lives alone with her “friend” Noel, her dog. Together, almost every day, spring through fall, for about two hours, they go kayaking.
When Peters moved into her home in Selbyville 23 years ago, she was surrounded by woods and cornfields.
“People wondered why I moved into the boondocks,” said Peters. “I had Ocean City friends who refused to visit me in the evening; they thought it was too dark and scary.”
Now, Peters’ still-shady, secluded street is surrounded on all sides by the homes and golf course of Bayside, off Route 54.
The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.
• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.
Your prostate plays a vital role in your reproductive system. In our practice, Dr. Richard Paul and I educate patients on prostate health and work to ensure that men lower their risk of developing prostate cancer as they age. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it is the perfect time for you to have that conversation with your doctor.
Chronic pain is devastating. Many people feel like they’re fighting for their lives, because chronic pain can be torturous. If you have chronic pain, you know what it means to feel caught in a cycle of such terrible pain that even the thought of getting out of bed can seem more than you can stand.
August is National Family Fun Month, so here are some ideas of free or low-cost activities brought to you from Beacon Pediatrics and Beebe Healthcare, to keep your family healthy, safe and active for the rest of summer!
Two Sussex County women plan to travel to Greece this November to provide support to mothers and children living in a camp for Syrian refugees.
Geri Fitzgerald, a lactation consultant and pediatric nurse practitioner from Bethany Beach, and Carrie Keane, a midwife from Milton, will work with Nurture Project International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that, according to their website, “works to protect safe infant feeding among families impacted by crisis and disaster.”
Fitzgerald, who has worked extensively with the United Nations, said that the current refugee crisis has become a high-priority issue for the U.N. and that, in December, there will be a meeting of the member states to discuss a plan of action.
“[The refugees] have no place to go, and these are people that have been starving and they have a lot of needs, and it’s something that makes you feel that you should do something. It’s everyone’s problem.”
You probably didn’t see it coming and had no way to prepare, but here you are — someone you love has received a diagnosis that rocks your world. Your role has shifted; life has changed. You are the caregiver, the one responsible for maintaining daily physical needs and navigating the heavy emotional peaks and valleys of a cancer diagnosis that is not your own.