Millsboro

Millsboro council to take action on speed limit concerns

When the Millsboro town council meeting got underway on Monday night, Plantation Lakes resident Neil Dickerson got up to talk to the council about an issue that had yet to be addressed, calling for a speed limit reduction on Route 24 headed into town.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen completed, now open in Millsboro

General contracting and construction management firm Gillis Gilkerson announced this week the completion of the new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Commerce Drive within Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center in Millsboro.

Renaissance residents perk up with pizza party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Every schoolchild knows that pizza day is the best. Senior citizens at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance nursing center still love pizza day, thanks to local volunteers and Grotto Pizza.

On pizza day in Millsboro, Oct. 6, there was excitement in the air, from the morning announcements until lunchtime itself, said nurse Jermel Vanderhorst, LPN.

“It’s something different from their regular [day],” Vanderhorst said. “Who doesn’t like pizza?”

Pizza is actually a rarity at Renaissance, staff said, but almost everyone gets a slice.

“It’s such a special day for them. They get to eat Grotto Pizza,” said Emily McIssac, Renaissance activity director, who sees “more smiles on a day like this.”

New bypass plan gets warmer response

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.The roads in Millsboro have worse congestion than a housekeeper with a dust allergy. Traffic practically crawls during rush hour and all summer long.

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s first proposal to improve that traffic — a brand new, 16.5-mile highway — was heartily shot down by the public in 2013. But DelDOT’s new ideas produced a more soothing effect at a public workshop on Oct. 14.

“We listened to what the public had to say two years ago at the public hearings, and we’re no longer pursuing the Blue Alternative, which is the eastern bypass,” said DelDOT Project Manager Bryan Behrens. “We’re focusing on on-alignment, which means remaining on where 113 is today and providing a third lane, and also providing” a connector between Routes 113 and 24.”

That proposal is called the “Modified Yellow Alternative,” hearkening back to the original on-alignment option.

It costs 85 percent less. It disturbs fewer bodies of water. It requires a fraction of the original relocations. But it is still expected to alleviate north-south traffic, as well as east-west traffic.

The concept has not changed since it was first introduced at an April public meeting.

State grant adds ‘grandeur’ to Cupola Park

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Cupola Park is rather stony-faced this year. But that’s a good thing, with new hardscaping to dress up Millsboro’s town park after the Garden Club of Millsboro won a $5,000 community improvement grant through state Rep. Rich G. Collins.

State legislators get a certain amount of money to do community improvement, said club member Jamie Doane. The Millsboro Garden Club wanted to add some gravitas to the park, laying paver paths in two areas of the park.

“We felt the park needed a little facelift, and it’s really perfect timing,” Doane said.

She expressed gratitude to Collins for pushing for Millsboro to get that grant funding.

They expanded the concrete pad around the flagpole and added some pathways, which lead to the existing memorial garden and benches.

“We’ve opened it up now, and it gives the flag more grandeur, I think, and what it deserves,” Doane said.

Temporary golf course clubhouse approved for Plantation Lakes

While residents of Millsboro and the Plantation Lakes community won’t see a permanent clubhouse opening there until the spring of 2018, nine holes and a temporary clubhouse could be up and running soon.

Public workshop planned for Oct. 14 for Route 113 bypass update

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).

County approves commercial zoning for Route 20 property

Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone application filed by Riverview Associates III LLC, for property located on the southwest side of Dagsboro Road, approximately halfway between Dagsboro and Millsboro. The property was zoned AR-1, but the applicant sought to change the zoning to commercial.

SoDel Fest to feature wine, food and music this fall in Millsboro

The stage is set for an event benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth. Presented by Schell Brothers, SoDel Fest, a celebration of wine, food and music will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, in Millsboro.

Corn to Run set for Sept. 26 in Millsboro

East Coast Garden Center will host the 4th Annual Corn to Run 5K run/walk on Sept. 26. The event is held in a cornfield across the street from East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro and consists of a 3.1 mile run/walk that meanders through the cornfield.

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.

“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.

“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”

POIR group to appeal to Delaware Supreme Court

The citizens group Protecting Our Indian River (POIR) has announced that it will appeal the decision of Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes denying their request to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward near Millsboro.

POIR to host workshop to discuss health impact

Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.

Mountaire to build corporate offices at Millsboro complex

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the preliminary site plan for Mountaire Farms’ planned corporate offices near Millsboro.

The company plans to build a 45,248-square-foot corporate headquarters building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, at its current complex east of Millsboro.

New mayor and council members for Millsboro

After the town’s Fourth of July celebration came to a close, the Millsboro Town Council kept the festivities going in their own way, with a game of musical chairs.

During Monday’s regular monthly meeting, newly elected council members James Kells and Brad Cordrey were sworn in — but the task of replacing former mayor Bob Bryan and councilwoman Irene Keenan still loomed.

Court upholds exception for Harim plant

A decision issued by Sussex County Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods, to renovate and utilize the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant.

BREAKING NEWS: Four-car crash in Millsboro injures 15 people

Delaware State Police are currently investigating a four-vehicle crash in which 15 people were injured that occurred late this morning in Millsboro.

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to celebrate the country’s independence from Great Britain with family and friends.

In the local community, there is no shortage of celebration — from family barbecues and picnics on the beach, to parades and fireworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

South Bethany to hold holiday weekend fun

South Bethany is heating up for the holiday weekend, from a boat parade to movie night.

Pedestrian Safety Day comes to South Bethany on Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will distribute safety information and demonstrate best practices, to encourage bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to share the street, on the corner of Henlopen Drive and Route 1.

KINfolk’s Wine Tasting & Art Auction slated for July 15 at Cordrey

KINfolks’ Tenth Annual Wine Tasting & Art Auction will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at the Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Road in Millsboro. Admission costs $30. A live and silent auction, wine and food will highlight the evening.

Cordrey, Kells elected to Millsboro council

The results are in.

With a total of 172 votes, Bradley A. Cordrey has officially been elected to the open “District 1” council seat over Bob H. Ryan (106 votes), and James C. Kells has landed the “District 3” seat after tallying 221 votes, defeating Irene H. Keenan (82 votes).

Thompson builds outdoor learning facility en route to Eagle Scout

Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America, Indian River High School senior Gunner Thompson knew that he had to select a service project that would make an impact.

He also knew that the school district’s designated outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro had plenty of potential projects that they needed help with. So when he called up to inquire about some of them, it was well-received, and he eventually decided to construct an easily accessible learning area for local students and teachers.

“I knew that they had projects that they needed,” Thompson explained. “I brought that up with them, and they seemed to love the idea, so we went forward with it.”

Timed appropriately with the installation of a new wetlands area, Thompson said that the location of the project was planned accordingly.

“We wanted to put it there — that way, instead of taking a half-mile hike into the woods, they could just take the kids five minutes from the actual facility,” he explained.

However, selecting the perfect project and perfect location was only half the battle, as Thompson took on a new role as senior patrol leader, though which he helped impart his already budding carpentry skills onto four other scouts who assisted with the project.

“You’re in charge of everything,” Thompson said of the position. “It teaches you a lot of leadership skills.”

Millsboro book sale set for July 17 at the Hut, next to library

Millsboro is preparing for its unique annual book sale. Already, many have contributed books to the sale, and supporters are working to organize non-fiction books by subject, such as cookbooks or biographies. For fiction readers, popular (and not-so-popular) authors are sorted and displayed in alphabetical order. Books for children and young adults are sorted by approximate age level.

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 6

As part of its activities for National Fishing & Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Friends of the Millsboro library preparing for book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are gearing up for their annual book sale. The 2015 sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with a preview night for members on Thursday, July 16.

Friends of the Millsboro Library preparing for annual book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are gearing up for their annual book sale. The 2015 sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with a preview night for members on Thursday, July 16.

POIR appeals remediation plan for former Pinnacle site

Sussex County grassroots groups Protecting Our Indian River (POIR) and Inland Bays Foundation Inc. are currently waiting for a decision by Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes regarding their appeal of a remediation plan approved by the Delaware Department of Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Environmental Appeals Board.

Millsboro council tables building code, inspections discussion

The Millsboro Town Council had planned to take action on the updates to town’s current building code and supplement existing inspection regulations at Monday’s regularly scheduled town council meeting. However, after deliberation, they decided to table the discussion.

Concerns about whether the council was ready or needed to take action at that time were sparked by Councilman Tim Hodges.

Millsboro Lions Club invites public to Diamond Jubilee variety show

Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.For the first time in more than 60 years, the Millsboro Lions Club will be holding a variety show. To mark the club’s 75th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee variety show will be held to help raise money for the club’s various endeavors.

“In the state of Delaware, there are 35 Lions Clubs, and only two of them still do a variety show,” said Mitch Rogers, the first vice president of the Millsboro club and show director.

“I always really enjoyed the other shows and thought, ‘We can do this.’ I’ve been attending one of them for eight or 10 years, and I just love it. I always wished we could do one in our local Millsboro club, and I said, ‘Now is a great time, because this is our 75th anniversary of the Millsboro Lions Club.’”

The show will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School. Tickets to the show cost $6, and may be purchased in advance from a Millsboro Lion, at the Millsboro Edward Jones office or at the door on the night of the event.

The Lions Chorus, which is made up of club members and some spouses, will open and close the show. In between, there will be a number of musical and comedy acts for attendees to enjoy.

Local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi will be performing during the show, as will Danita Robinson, who also performs in the Springtime Jamboree.

“One gal is going to be a Dolly Parton imitator,” said Rogers, adding that one comedy segment will feature a parody of the popular song “Happy.” “Everybody knows Pharrell Williams — so a parody of that. I hope everyone will be dancing in the aisles.”

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