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'Dr. D. straightens out schools, backs

Local chiropractor Dr. Donald Hattier, aka “Dr. Don,” aka “Dr. D,” has spent the last 52 years doing a little bit of everything.

County moves to preserve local farms

Sussex County Council members approved a budget recommendation to earmark another $250,000 toward farmland preservation at the April 5 council meeting.

They’d approved a $125,000 match for state Department of Agriculture efforts, out of funds already allocated to the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) just two weeks prior.

'Hard Hat' party showcases project

Passerbys on Route 1 have certainly noticed the frenetic pace of construction at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center and office building. The chamber staff is inviting members of the chamber and the community in to see the work in progress.

Summer book sales are coming back soon

St. Martha’s summer book sales will be on Saturdays this summer instead of Sundays. The first sale will be Saturday, May 7. Books will be accepted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and near-future plans.

Potential Selbyville water project intriguing

Expansion of Selbyville’s water system was a hot topic at the town council’s April 4 meeting. Residents of outlying areas came to the meeting, seeking information in the wake of a letter sent out by the town. The letter was aimed at gauging those property owners’ interest in obtaining water service from the town.

Wellness office offers Qigong

The Sussex County office of the Wellness Community-Delaware is planning to offer Qigong to interested people that are affected by cancer. This ancient Chinese practice integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.

Planning & Zoning defers action on Riverview project

Members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously on March 31 to defer action on the application of Riverview LLC (a Caldera Properties holding) to rezone as MR-RPC (medium-density residential district, residential planned community) a nearly 80-acre parcel off Walters Bluff Road.

Frankford hears requests from Church

Nearly 20 members of Frankford’s Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church attended the April 4 town council meeting.

Beekeeping course for next Saturday

The Delaware Beekeepers Association is hosting a short course to introduce the public to the basics of beekeeping. The goal of the course is to prepare a novice to be a successful beekeeper this year and to lay the proper foundation for an enjoyable hobby and, if pursued, a profitable business.

QRCF prepares for inaugural tourney

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has come of age, and will expand its popular Big Drive for Charity competition into a full-blown golf tournament this year.

In the past, the foundation had partnered with parent Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s fall golf tournament. The QRCF hosted the long drive contest to lead off that event.

Juveniles arrested for Bethany Arson

A Bethany Beach police officer on patrol in the town March 30 spotted evidence of a fire in progress, leading to the apprehension of three juveniles.

Tickets on sale for Jekyll & Hyde

Time is running out to get tickets for Jekyll & Hyde at Possum Point Players. The show opens at Possum Hall in Georgetown on Friday, April 15, and has just seven performances scheduled before closing on April 24.

Acting class returns to Ocean View

Following up on the first series of sold out classes on the Craft of Acting in both Lewes and Ocean View, Clear Space Productions, a non-profit theatre arts organization in Rehoboth Beach, has announced additional classes in April.

Fenwick Island brainstorms on budget

The earliest stages of drafting Fenwick Island’s budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year began Saturday, April 2, with a workshop aimed at determining the town’s overall needs. The process should be approximately 30 days in length, targeting adoption of the budget in June.

Sussex has voice muted on HB 36

Below the C&D Canal, Delaware is a true blue state. Sussex and Kent Counties voted Bush for president and Lee for Governor in the last election.

However, the numbers have it in New Castle County. Apparently, Smyrna marks a bit of a political divide. Case in point, the updated and revised version of the bill formerly known as HB 99 — now HS 1 for HB 36.

Students to 'Kick Butts'

On Saturday, April 16, First State Community Action Agency and students from Sussex County communities are joining thousands across the country who are taking part in “Kick Butts Day.”

St. Ann's looks to help troops overseas

St. Ann’s Church in Bethany Beach is collecting items to be sent to the troops overseas. The items they need are the following: water, phone cards, writing paper, pens, pencils, disposable razors, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent and deodorant.

Ocean View talks water

A central water system for Ocean View took another giant leap forward this week, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives talked financing at the April 5 town council meeting.

USDA’s Denise MacLeish and Lisa Fitzgerald summarized all the conditions and provisos as succinctly as possible, but there were many.

Library celebrates with literature

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presented during the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Watch for the eclipse this evening

The moon will take a bite out of the sun on Friday, April 8 — or at least it will appear to do so, when a partial solar eclipse will take place. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the southern U.S., while the immediate area will enjoy a less dramatic event with between 5 and 10 percent coverage of the sun at the eclipse’s peak.

Ocean View continues zoning modifications

Ocean View Town Council adopted two new zoning ordinances at the April 5 town council meeting, one regarding business signage and the other restricting multifamily development.

The sign ordinance will give multiple businesses on the same parcel more leeway than code as it previously existed.

Women's Day Celebration seeks nominees for 2006

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2006 Women’s Day Celebration sponsored by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The closing date for nominations is May 15.

Bunting brings teacher's perspective

Former Teacher of the Year brings expertise of classroom to board

Incumbent School Board Member Nina Lou Bunting knows teaching.
Bunting is a relative newcomer to Indian River School District (IRSD) governance — she’s running for re-election to her second (three-year) term on the School Board.

Bits and Pieces

Bethany church holding Sunday school classes
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway.

The classes run each Sunday through March 13, from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m., immediately following 9:30 a.m. services.

Craft show in need of volunteers

The Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show Committee is looking for a few good volunteers. Plans for the June 4 craft show are proceeding, and the committee is seeking extra hands to help with the final stages of planning and carrying off the inaugural event.

For more information, or to volunteer, call Gloria Farrar at Bethany Beach Town Hall at 539-8011.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour rolls on again

With spring finally sprung, lovers of long-distance bicycle rides are revving up for all the open air and open road the warmer weather can provide.

DNREC on the search

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is announcing the start of the 2005 Young Environmentalist of the Year award program. Awards will be given to students deserving recognition for their efforts in protecting the environment. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Library has full slate for Literary Week

This series of literary programs at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will be presentedduring the week of April 11 in celebration of National Library Week:

• Writers’ Workshop with Michael Forestieri — Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

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