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Finances generate friction in Ocean View

Financial concerns dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ocean View Town Council, as council members wrangled with falling revenue, an increasing need for space for town operations and questions about how much value to place on a public safety program championed by the town’s police chief.

Candidates get the final say before next week’s elections

Voters will certainly have plenty to think about during this year’s mid-term elections, taking place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. As is our tradition, we have sent off a few questions to the candidates in our local elections, and here are the responses we received back before we went to press. Each candidate is listed in alphabetical order for each office.

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Return Day a unique Sussex County tradition

As time-honored Delaware traditions go, Return Day may be the most unique of them all.

Halloween night offers plenty of entertainment locally

Big ghouls and little alike — Are you prepared for Halloween tonight?

With official times for trick-or-treating in the area being set for the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, more people are being afforded the opportunity to get out in their neighborhoods, visit friends and family, show off their costumes and collect a few (or many) goodies.

Students bring civil rights concerns to school board

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Cole Haden was one of many Sussex Central High School students who encouraged the school district to teach about homosexuality and offer comprehensive sex education.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Cole Haden was one of many Sussex Central High School students who encouraged the school district to teach about homosexuality and offer comprehensive sex education.On Oct. 27, for the first time in many years, students flooded the Indian River School District’s school board meeting, to denounce a board member’s recent comments about the place of homosexuality and abstinence in health education.

This is just another civil rights movement, said Sussex Central High School senior Matt Price.

Board Member Shaun Fink has made no secret of his desire to eliminate the discussion of homosexuality from the new health curriculum, based on his own religious beliefs. He prefers an abstinence-only course that excludes even the definitions of homosexuality and transgender and related terms.

Dagsboro officials considering new building for town hall

The Town of Dagsboro is considering their options for a new town hall building — a move that, according to Town Administrator Stacey Long, would not increase property taxes for residents.

School to honor wounded warriors at Veterans Day program

For seven years, Lighthouse Christian School has been doing their part to honor the nation’s veterans. Each year, around Veterans Day, the school holds a program to honor veterans in the community.

Grout Fix celebrates 20 years in business

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Grout Fix Services owner Wayne Kratzer poses with patner Scott Ireland.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Grout Fix Services owner Wayne Kratzer poses with patner Scott Ireland.For more than two decades, Grout Fix Services has been providing customers from Lewes to Ocean City, Md., and the surrounding area with solutions to their tile and grout needs.

“We’re on time all the time, and we take a proactive approach to what we do and pay attention to detail,” said owner Wayne Kratzer of the business’ success. “That kind of sticks out with people, that we follow through. It’s the little touches that make the difference.”

After moving to the area around more than 20 years ago from Pennsylvania, it was by coincidence that Kratzer got into the business.

“I moved to the area 22 years ago and wanted a change and decided to come down here,” he explained. “I actually got involved with this by accident, by working with chemicals, and came up with this process of grout sealing.”

Gun parts arrive at Fort Miles

Submitted • George M. Ward : Workers from Lockwood Brothers Inc. and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes move the big gun’s girder, or base, at Fort Miles.Submitted • George M. Ward : Workers from Lockwood Brothers Inc. and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes move the big gun’s girder, or base, at Fort Miles.Four mega-ton gun parts for a 16-inch barrel from the U.S.S. Missouri were unloaded at Cape Henlopen State Park on Thursday, Oct. 23, after a 250-mile truck trip to Fort Miles from an outdoor naval boneyard in Virginia, the next step toward creating a permanent display of the big gun.

Lockwood Brothers Inc. of Hampton, Va., hauled the 90,000-pound girder, or base; a 70,000-pound slide; a 38,500-pound yoke and other parts from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, in Virginia, via Interstate 95, the Baltimore Beltway and Route 1 in Delaware to the fort in Cape Henlopen State Park.

At the fort, employees of Lockwood and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes placed the huge parts near the Missouri barrel, which was brought to the fort by barge and rail in April 2012 from St. Julien’s Creek Annex of Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.

Launch party set for Sunday to celebrate ‘The Boardwalk’

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will host a party Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the launch of “The Boardwalk,” a collection of short stories set in Rehoboth that was recently published by Cat & Mouse Press. The book contains winning entries from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

No injuries in Wallops rocket explosion

The horror of watching a massive rocket explode over the Eastern Shore on Oct. 28 was only mitigated by the fact that no one was reported to have been injured at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the nearby Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Only seconds into the 6:22 p.m. launch, the unmanned Antares rocket — carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) — appeared to have successfully lifted off, but within seconds faltered and exploded back to earth in an enormous fireball.

“What we know so far is pretty much what everybody saw in the video. It looked like some disassembly on the first stage, and then it fell to earth,” said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of Orbital Science’s Advanced Programs Group. “Most of this happened in the first 20 seconds of flight, and it was pretty quick.”

Christian book sale set for Nov. 8 in Georgetown

Christian authors from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey are heading to Georgetown for Delaware’s largest Christian book sale, The Book Event, on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Going homeless to raise awareness

“Last night, it was freezing,” said Eric Snyder, who several years ago helped create Serving Others Under the Lord (SOUL) Ministries, an outreach ministry for those who are homeless or in need, on a recent morning when temperatures dipped into the 30s — reminiscent of last year’s bitter winter.

Summer of 2014 declared a success in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach officials on Oct. 17 reported the summer of 2014 as a “very successful, very busy summer.”

Town Manager Cliff Graviet offered praise for new events director and media coordinator Julie Malewski and her work on the slate of entertainment options offered by the Town.

Millville VFC raising funds for mechanical CPR device

Medical professionals known that, when dealing with cardiac arrest, effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime the heart for a successful shock. And sometimes, the most effective chest compressions come not from human hands but a mechanical device.

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., once again sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and Town of Selbyville.

“I’m surprised at how many people say, ‘I was in that parade when I was a kid,’” organizer Fran Pretty has said in the past. “So I think that’s a testimony to how people look forward to it.”

People may line the streets from Town Hall to PNC Bank, where the judging and main performances occur.

Besides rocking out to several local high school bands, people can take in appearances by floats, gymnasts, candidates for public office, fire trucks, scout troops, pageant winners, farm equipment, classic cars and much more.

Auburn student from Dagsboro recognized for leadership

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) recently presented a Congressional Record detailing the leadership skills and accomplishments of Auburn University student Carol Linde on Oct. 7 at the Auburn Student Center.

Banks shows some spirit with Chamber’s Lighthouse Award

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Just running a business is a big responsibility, but that didn’t stop Kami Banks from working double duty for, and ultimately winning, the 2014 Lighthouse Award from the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

One year ago, Banks (of Banks Wines & Spirits) was sworn in as the Chamber board president. That was expected. What the Quiet Resorts didn’t expect was the sudden resignation of the Chamber executive director just prior to the new board term.

Banks then agreed to fill that roll, too, doubly leading the Chamber for four months, until staffer Kristie Maravalli was announced as successor.

Banks was praised for handling the situation with “class, dignity and grace,” despite the obvious rush of running a business and holding two Chamber positions.

Thrills and chills return to Roxana Haunted Forest

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest… The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company still has two weekends of Haunted Forest fun to go. Resurrected last fall, the Roxana Haunted Forest is already becoming a thrilling annual tradition once again, after an almost 10-year hiatus.

Today & Tomorrow Conference to feature ‘SELLebration’ theme

Next week, leaders from across the state will visit Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) to attend the 21st Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference.

Seniors learn to be safe and secure at LIVE Conference

Both seniors and the people who love them spent a rainy Monday pleasantly indoors with the second annual Sussex County LIVE Conference.

“Of course, everyone here wants to learn about living safely and secure,” said organizer Sally Beaumont, chairperson of Sussex County Council’s Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities.

Ocean View Public Works makes the move

The Ocean View Public Works Department is working diligently to move into its new home by the beginning of November. Until now, the department has been working out of a number of separate buildings, but will now have one home.

Railroad repair to close Fire Tower Road in Dagsboro on Monday

Railway construction at Fire Tower Road will divert Dagsboro traffic this week.

Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Fire Tower Road between Route 20 (Dagsboro Road) and Iron Branch Road, just north of Dagsboro.

The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 31, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Frankford’s Chandler House makes its mark in history

Once upon a time, a daring sea captain rolled up his sails and came home, moving into the house that now bears his name. Today, in the small downtown of Frankford, the Captain Ebe Chandler House still stands at 13 Main Street, with a new glossy Delaware Historical Marker.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : The Chandler House was recently honored with a Delaware Historical Marker. Pictured, from left, are residents Robert, Marla and Taite Daisey, Frankford Town Councilwoman Joanne Bacon and state Rep. John Atkins.The “Carpenter Gothic” Victorian house is still maintained as a bed-and-breakfast by residents Robert and Marla Daisey.

“It was always my childhood dream,” said Marla Daisey, whose father owned the building in the mid-1960s. “I loved it since I was a little girl.”

It was renovated into rental units and had several tenants before the Daiseys moved in about 12 years ago.

Built as a simple farmhouse in 1878 by Capt. Joshua Townsend, the house was moved back from the road and extensively remodeled around 1918 by Chandler. He moved the house back to add a massive wraparound veranda, with gazebos at either end, topped by multicolored stained-glass cupolas.

The National Parks Service calls it a “two-and-a-half story, six-bay, double-pile, gable-roofed Victorian Gothic structure distinguished by the addition of elaborate carpenter gothic and eclectic detailing.”

The house has undergone steady maintenance to survive into the 21st century.

“It’s overwhelming,” Daisey said of the maintenance. “It’s a lifetime commitment to the upkeep, due to its age.”

Some minor details have changed with the times, such as the clean white fireplace mantle, once covered in an ornate gold leaf.

But those cupolas still charm Daisey, and her daughter, Taite, likes the wide front porch.

Bethany Beach adopts Smart911 service

The Town of Bethany Beach recently joined Sussex County in offering its residents a time-saving program designed to help prepare them in an emergency. The online service, called Smart911, is an aid for first responders to access critical information when a caller dials 911.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks set for this Saturday in Bethany

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival, presented by the Leslie Kopp Group, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

The event, designed to benefit the Sussex County SPCA, is open to residents, visitors and their pets, and will feature costume contests, a costume parade, hayrides, pumpkin painting, dog-cookie decorating, a D.J. and much more.

Selbyville native named Teacher of the Year at South Carolina high school

Earlier this year, Stefan Botchie was selected as the 2014-2015 Emerald High School Teacher of the Year in Greenwood, S.C.

John M. Clayton beats the odds, wins national award

Just three Delaware schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Frankford’s own John M. Clayton Elementary School. JMC, Lake Forest North Elementary and the Academy of Dover charter school and are among the 337 schools that will be officially honored in November in Washington, D.C.

Gordon to serve 18 years for attempted murder

A 19-year-old Selbyville resident, Devon Gordon, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony.

Gordon had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, a suspect in the shooting of his neighbor Lauren Banks, 25, in the head on the morning of Gordon’s 18th birthday.

Railroad repair to close road in Millsboro

Railway construction at Wilson Highway will divert Millsboro traffic this week.

Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Wilson Highway between Mitchell Street and Union Street. The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 24, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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