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Millville shop covers all the bases

Twenty years come September, and the Miller’s Creek shop, or shops, rather, are still plugging along, under the same ownership and offering, in many cases, the same merchandise.

State switches away from Fresh Pond entrance

Yes, the main entrance to Fresh Pond State Park, just north of Fred Hudson Road on Route 1(and that parking lot) is closed — and yes, the park is still open.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Steve Schilly, park operations administrator, reported the recent opening of a new parking lot — at Fresh Pond’s west entrance.

New beach

Fenwick Islanders can breathe a sigh of relief.

Work on the planned beach reconstruction project for the town proceeded this week with the first in a series of pre-construction meetings set to get new sand pumping onto the beach in mid-August.

Selbyville to be a hot spot for all this weekend

To complete the photo-op Triple Crown this Saturday, Mayor Clifton Murray must find only a baby to kiss. After inaugurating Selbyville’s new railroad museum in the morning, Murray will award a six-foot Mayor’s Choice trophy to the owner of his favorite auto in the Old Timers’ Day car show.

Bethany, South Bethany beaches on bubble

If property owners and officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany were expecting the U.S. House of Representatives would help them out by providing federal funding for major beach reconstruction in the two towns, the appropriations bill recently passed by the House proved sadly disappointing.

County considers change at Lynn Lee

Concerned manufactured home park residents attended the June 9 county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission, to learn more of the plan that would utterly transform the Lynn Lee Village, north of Ocean View.

Umpire shortage leaves players waiting on deck

Despite the rise in the popularity of other sports, such as soccer and lacrosse, more than 500 enthusiastic young baseball and softball players continue to come from around southern Sussex County to play for the 43 teams in the Lower Sussex Little League.

Work on Bethany museum progresses

With the inaugural edition of the Seaside Craft Show behind them and considered “an enormous success,” members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) are shifting their focus back to one of the committee’s core tasks: the town museum.

Surf shop celebrates 25 years in business

Bethany Surf Shop made its silver anniversary a few weeks back (Memorial Day weekend), and what more auspicious date to celebrate 25 years than Saturday, June 25th.

World Series organizers optimistic for 2005

The largest youth sports league in the world will be holding one of its most important events in Sussex County.

Little League Baseball Inc. will hold its Senior League Softball World Series in at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in Roxana for the second straight year. It will be the 30th World Series.

The World Series will begin Aug. 7 and run through Aug. 13.

Hometown Hero--She loves people

“I just love people.”
The words were hard to pick up, as Helen Hahn blurred from one room to the next in her Bay Colony home, her interviewer straining to keep pace with this boundless whirl of energy.

Parents offer support for behavior mod

Three local parents — Cathy Berzins, Rebecca Mais and Patrice Pikulsky — recently formed up as the Safety in Our Schools (SOS) committee, with the goal of supporting the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) threatened behavior modification positions.

South Bethany talks beaches and buildings

South Bethany Town Council met twice last week, for various workshops, special meetings and reorganization. Lloyd Hughes maintained attendance through what would be his last meeting as a member of council on June 2 (he declined to file for reelection this year). However, his tidal flush project (pipes under Route 1 refreshes town canals with seawater) is still alive.

Fenwick drafts $1.437 million budget

Fenwick Island Town Council and Budget Committee members met Tuesday, June 7, to make final tweaks to the town’s budget for the 2006 fiscal year. The final draft budget is scheduled to be presented to the town at the council’s June 24 meeting, in anticipation of the end of the 2005 fiscal year in July.

DNREC proposes easy lagoon permits

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) unveiled a plan for expedited construction approval in manmade lagoons and canals at a June 1 workshop in Bethany Beach.

Post office to discuss expansion

U.S. Postal Service officials will hold a public forum on Thursday, June 16, to discuss the planning of a new, expanded Ocean View-Millville-Clarksville post office. The meeting will be at the Millville firehouse and start at 6:30 p.m.

Trout lands at Cripple Creek

Like all the business people in the area, Brian Trout is preparing for the busy season. Trout is the head pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club and has been on the job a little more than two months.

He officially started April 1, after about 13 years at other clubs, most recently at the Wilmington Country Club as the senior assistant.

The trolley rides

The new, larger Bethany Beach trolley arrived last Thursday smelling of freshly sanded oak. The interior sparkled with untarnished brass handrails and the exterior gleamed with a pristine coat of paint.

Ocean View hears revenue prospects

Ocean View Town Council applauded departing Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Member Jeanne Mueller at the top of the June 7 council meeting, and sailed unruffled through another hour and a half of business.

Frankford Town Council talks interconnection

Frankford Town Council moved one step closer to a cooperative agreement with the town of Dagsboro at the June 6 council meeting, following a discussion on emergency water interconnection.

Manufactured housing sector faces council

Sussex County Council members spent most of the afternoon presiding over the public hearing for a proposed 1,600-unit residential plus commercial development on 836 acres of farmland between Milford and Milton. (They deferred, awaiting a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission.)

BFACC members welcome secretary of state to breakfast

The Hon. Harriet Smith Windsor stopped by Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island on June 2, for breakfast and an informal chat regarding her duties as Delaware Secretary of State.

Teacher of the year defines passion for stage

And the winner is — James DeBastiani.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) makes the tough call every year — which of 14 candidates (one from each school) will be crowned Teacher of the Year for the entire district.

The light keeper

West Fenwick Island man finds his talent in building various lighthouses

Ed Chiasson’s place on Route 54 is just beautiful — drunk drivers have smashed into his hedgerow a time or two, but other than that, it’s green and quiet, with extensive landscaping and flower garden.

Selbyville closer to water expansion

Selbyville officials are eager to begin the process of expanding the town’s water service area.

Brittingham leaves her mark on school

Headmaster Sharon Brittingham has spearheaded the transformation of Frankford Elementary from an underperforming institution into an academic exemplarity. On June 30 she will head out for good.

County initiates sewer study

Sussex County Council covered a range of local sewer projects at the May 24 council meeting — specific district expansions around Millville and Ocean View, and a massive study for Dagsboro-Frankford and West Sussex.

Bingo hits the beach

Grab something red, white and blue. Bingo-A-Go-Go hits the beach for the sixth summer with an event on Saturday, May 28 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first game will be called at 7 p.m.

Indian River seniors organize own Baccalaureate

There will be a Baccalaureate celebration on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m., in the gym at Indian River High School.

Event coordinator Danita Robinson stressed that all were welcome to attend. As Robinson pointed out, pastors from different denominations have always taken turns, year to year, and their sermons are really more along the lines of a mentor’s encouragement than anything else.

Assateague holds youth programs

Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service and Maryland Conservation Corps are offering the following youth group programs at Assateague State Park this summer.

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