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BREAKING NEWS: Mountaire to host public meeting Wednesday night

More events planned

It’s time for residents to hear straight from the horse’s mouth. Mountaire Farms will host a public meeting for Millsboro-area residents to discuss elevated nitrate levels in drinking wells near the Route 24 poultry-processing facility.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m., at Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Avenue, Millsboro.

County shuts down proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance

After an emotional few months of discussions and public testimony, the Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted down a proposed “right-to-work” ordinance.

Ocean View officials praise workers’ efforts during blizzard

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week, with the recent snowstorm being the main topic of discussion. Town Administrative Official and Public Works Director Charles McMullen thanked Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin and his officers for their assistance in dealing with last Thursday’s snowfall.

Millsboro-area residents urged to test wells for contamination

Lawyers assembling on sidelines of Mountaire violations case

When residential drinking wells are potentially contaminated because a major poultry plant didn’t treat wastewater properly, lawyers are generally willing to invest some time and effort. And, in this case, they’re confident a settlement is coming.

Sussex Central ceiling collapses in water leak

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Sussex Central High School took a bit of a hit from the recent wintery conditions when a sprinkler and pipe burst, causing a partial ceiling collapse and flooding.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Sussex Central High School took a bit of a hit from the recent wintery conditions when a sprinkler and pipe burst, causing a partial ceiling collapse and flooding.Last weekend, after nearly a foot of snow and below-freezing temperatures outside, Sussex Central High School staff were displeased to find water inside the school, too. After a sprinkler and a pipe burst, the school suffered partial ceiling collapse and flooding. The roof itself did not collapse, officials emphasized.

The Millsboro Volunteer Fire Department received an automated alarm about the incident around 2 p.m. on Sunday, due to the change in water pressure.

First, “there was a problem with our fire pump and our pump house out by the stadium,” said Principal Bradley Layfield.

That malfunction somehow triggered two sprinklers in the HVAC room, located above the two-story D wing — a central spoke in the high school’s layout. Upstairs, the insulation and ceiling tiles were saturated with water and fell through.

Millsboro woman wins big on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Cassie Winebrake may not have been recognizable — what with the sumo wrestler costume and all — but her recent appearance on the television gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal” had friends and relatives cheering her on.

Millsboro resident Winebrake, 24, was visiting California in mid-August 2017 with her best friend, Dayana Monge Zamora, when the two decided to attend a taping of the show, she said. Winebrake and her fiancé, Mark Gardner, watch “Let’s Make a Deal” regularly.

“We always watch, and we’re like, ‘What would we do?’ in the various game situations on the show, Winebrake said.

A student at Delaware Technical Community College’s Dover campus and a server at Irish Eyes’ Milton location, Winebrake said she and Zamora decided to fly to California in August to visit a friend, and when they realized “Let’s Make a Deal” was filmed about an hour away from where they were staying, decided to try to get audience tickets.

Millville woman returns to bodybuilding at 63 and wins

Coastal Point • Submitted: Donna Hall won first place in over 60 and second place in over 50 age groups divisions at 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida.Coastal Point • Submitted: Donna Hall won first place in over 60 and second place in over 50 age groups divisions at 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida.Donna Hall, a trainer at the Bethany Beach World Gym, recently came out of “retirement” from bodybuilding competitions. And, after an 18-year hiatus, the 63-year-old won first place in one age group and second place in another, younger, age category.

Hall, who lives in Bethany Bay, near Millville, decided to compete in the 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida, because, she said, “They had an over-60 division,” which she said is rare for such competitions.

Hall competed in the “Figure” division, which differs from the “Body Building” division in several ways. Those who compete in “body building,” she explained, are seeking a “more muscular” look. “It’s a little thicker in muscularity,” she said. In the “Figure” division, the emphasis is on “being toned” and on a “total symmetry” in body shape.

Another difference between the two divisions: bodybuilders compete barefoot, while “figure” competitors wear platform heels. Their outfits are also a bit more “blingy” than the body builders’, Hall said.

Having competed for about a five-year period 18 years ago, Hall decided to get back into the competition circuit last year and began training for her return about four months before the Nov. 4, 2017, competition, which was held in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“I told Jim,” Hall said of Jim Miller, World Gym manager, “I have to do it one last time.”

Her training regimen focuses heavily on nutrition, she said. While many competitors expect to lose 20 to 30 pounds while in training for a competition, she was already very slender. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 113 pounds before the competition, she was down to 108 pounds by competition time.

Voices heard at County’s public hearing on right-to-work

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: County officials listen to members of the public weigh-in on the proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance put forth by Councilman Rob Arlett.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: County officials listen to members of the public weigh-in on the proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance put forth by Councilman Rob Arlett.The Sussex County Council on Tuesday held a public hearing on a proposed “right-to-work” ordinance. The ordinance, “relating to the promotion of economic development and commerce by regulation of certain voluntary payments required of employees in Sussex County,” Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett said, would be to “provide that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act be required to join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.”

The proposed ordinance, which was introduced in October, was brought forth to council by Arlett — who, at the Jan. 2 meeting said, “We are here today not to hear from Rob Arlett. This is a day not about Rob Arlett, not a day about this council. This is a day about this community. We are here today about a few things, because this subject — first and foremost, the people of this county expect and desire jobs…

Aquaculture map filling up

Bacteria could take Indian River Bay sites out of play

Oysters are coming, and local entrepreneurs are plotting their futures.

But even as the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) adds names to the state’s aquaculture map, officials said this week that 91 previously approved acres will probably be removed from shellfishing, due to bacteria levels.

Fenwick Freeze cancelled, but shirts are still available

It’s a New Year’s tradition to dive into the ocean, but it was a bit too chilly this Jan. 1 for Fenwick Islanders. The 2018 Fenwick Freeze was canceled.

“The Town decided to cancel it. They felt it was too much of a liability in case somebody got hurt,” said organizer Becca McWilliams.

“I know — it’s called the ‘Fenwick Freeze’ for a reason,” McWilliams joked.

Prince George’s to celebrate holiday season with concert

This weekend, Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro will host its annual Olde Christmas Musical Celebration.

“It’s something we have every year,” said Friends of Price George’s Vice-President Crystal Hudson. “Usually, it’s the first Sunday after New Year’s, because that’s how they did Olde Christmas back in the day.”

Beebe CEO Fried to speak at South Coastal Library

Beebe Healthcare President & CEO Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, will speak at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Monday, Jan. 8, to offer more information about Beebe’s planned $180 million expansion. Fried will speak starting at at 1 p.m., and there will be some time for questions.

Clayton Theatre offers captioned movies for hard-of-hearing

The writing’s on the wall at the Clayton Theatre. The Dagsboro movie theater is making the arts more accessible to people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing by offering open-captioning matinees.

All aboard!

Local railroad club showing interactive train displays Saturday

With winter school breaks over and the new year begun, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club will wrap up its holiday train display at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 6, offering a final chance to take in the train layouts designed to delight even the very youngest visitors. The display is free and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local girl does her part to spread the warmth

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.With temperatures often below freezing these past few weeks, those without a home are in need of warm coats more than ever.

With that in mind, 9-year-old Maggie Bare is doing her part to help.

“My aunt works for a hospital in Maryland, and she was doing a coat drive,” said Bare, a third-grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“Her Aunt Ellen works as an emergency room nurse at the University of Maryland,” added Bare’s mother, Betsy. “We visited a couple weeks ago, and she asked our family to bring any extra coats, because they get a lot of homeless people from downtown Baltimore and she likes to give out things to keep them warm. Maggie had talked to her Aunt Ellen and decided she wanted to do something around here to help.”

Maggie’s Coat Drive runs through Jan. 16. She is taking all sizes of coats — new and used. Those interested in contributing may drop off donations at Selbyville Middle School, where Betsy Bare and her husband both work, or at Frankford Town Hall.

“We’re going to take them to the Christian Storehouse,” said Betsy. “My husband contacted someone there who works with five different churches, and they feed the homeless and do a soup kitchen about once a week. So, someone there will be able to give them out to local churches and organizations, to whomever may need them.”

Betsy Bare said that if anyone can’t get to either of the drop-off locations, a pick-up can be scheduled.

Selbyville, Frankford libraries to host social workers

People already go to the library to get a leg up on job hunting or social services, so the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services has made that connection official. Social workers will hold weekly office hours at seven locations, including the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries.

Horse whisperers

G.W. Carver Academy using horses to counsel kids

Two new faces arrived on the playground at George Washington Carver Academy this autumn. One blonde and one brunette, they nibbled grass while waiting to meet the students.

Registration open for Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend

Registration for the Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend is now open at www.DelmarvaBirding.com for the birding extravaganza slated for Jan. 26-28.

Nature lovers may be aware of the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend held in April, but organizers have again planned another schedule of field trips in late January to showcase Delmarva’s diversity of winter wildlife.

Delmarva Whiskey Club sponsoring benefit for SEAs the Day

The Delmarva Whiskey Club will hold its Fourth Annual Winter Golf Outing & Scotch Dinner on Jan. 27 and 28, 2018.

Start the New Year off right — with a quick run and dip

Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.Coastal Point • File Photo: Revelers took a (cold) leap of faith into the ocean off Bethany Beach last Jan. 1 to participate in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event, put on by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Those who are looking for a way to start the New Year off with a bang, and possibly wash away 2017, may want to consider a cleansing dip in the Atlantic on Jan. 1.

The Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos will celebrate its 23rd year in Bethany Beach on Jan. 1, 2018, giving people of all ages the opportunity to dive into the frigid ocean.

County P&Z hears, defers two change-of-zone applications

After holding public hearings on Dec. 21 for two local change-of-zone applications, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted to defer their decisions on both.

Mariner’s invites those grieving to ‘share’ with others

The ministers at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church know that no matter the season, people are experiencing grief. Because of that, they decided to start offering GriefShare to those in the community in need of support.

Shiver me timbers! Fenwick Freeze returning Jan. 1

What’s it like to jump in the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day?

“It’s not as bad as it seems,” said Becca McWilliams, organizer of the Fenwick Freeze. “You go in so fast, and your adrenaline is pretty pumped at that point. You’re in and out before you feel how cold it is. … If you do it, you really feel good after you do it. It’s kind of exhilarating.”

IRSD to start talking growth again — ‘We’re behind the ball’

Even if Indian River School District were, right this moment, to successfully pass a referendum to build new schools, it would be years before the doors opened and the district found relief for the growing student population.

Fenwick town council talks dredging and borrowing

The Fenwick Island Dredging Committee met in December to begin brainstorming a plan of attack in their quest to improve navigation in the Little Assawoman Bay and two channels leading there.

Two new traffic warning signs go up on Route 17

Drivers on Route 17 (Roxana Road) will see new flashing yellow beacons to help warn them when traffic may be approaching at two intersections: Daisey Road and Powell Farm Road/Peppers Corner Road.

Dagsboro coffee shop the result of a dream allowed to percolate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.In a small alcove built into the wall above shelves bearing bags of locally sourced, organic coffee, sits a large coffee cup. And by coffee cup, we mean, literally, a coffee cup. It’s a takeout cup completely covered in coffee beans. A well-worn cup, each bean carefully glued to its outer surface.

That cup, it turns out, served as the impetus for what is now the newest addition to Dagsboro’s Main Street businesses.

It was given to Dana Miller, who owns the new Dagsboro Days coffee shop, by her friend Tasha, 11 years ago. It bore the message “One bean at a time, and when gathered, a whole pot will brew.”

For years, Miller said, the cup collected spare change. It also served as a kind of talisman that kept her dream alive over the years. Her daughter Audrey Miller, who now works in the shop with both of her parents — Dana and her husband, Patrick — remembers the cup being around when she was younger.

Bethany Beach ready to drop the ball to kick off 2018

Why go to Times Square (or even sit at home and watch it on TV) when there’s a ball drop right here at the beach? On New Year’s Eve, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host the third annual Beach Ball Drop alongside the boardwalk in Bethany.

Selbyville officials wary of Mountaire water project

As Mountaire builds a new stormwater system near Selbyville’s water source, the Selbyville Town Council is hoping for the best, but definitely fears the worst.

“Our job is to project the groundwater supply,” said Councilman Richard “Rick” Duncan Sr.

Fenwick gets DelDOT money to start sidewalk process

The Town of Fenwick Island has begun their quest to build sidewalks along Coastal Highway. Currently, pedestrians have an irregular path along the major thoroughfare, with sidewalks just here and there. Having seen too many baby strollers on the highway shoulders, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean helped start the new Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee.

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