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DELDOT to host Rt. 26 workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation will host a public workshop on the Route 26 Mainline project on Monday, May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roxanna Volunteer Fire Hall on Route 20 in Frankford.

Hocker reports meeting at Holt's Landing

Millions of visitors frequent Delaware state parks in Southeastern Sussex every summer, but visitors primarily flock to the Delaware Seashore State Park satellites along the coast (Fenwick Island, Indian River Inlet).
However, there’s another nearby Delaware Seashore facility that receives considerably less attention — the Holt’s Landing State Park, north of Millville.

May celebrates community action

May is National Community Action Month, a nationwide event designed to gain support for and raise awareness of Community Action and its impact, locally and nationally and to spotlight the achievements of volunteers, staff and personal achievers in celebrating “helping people help themselves.”

Students Rally for school climate workers

“Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod.”
So ran the chorus outside Indian River High School on May 2, as more than 50 students lined the curb, waving signs and voicing support for members of the behavior management team.

State parks are now collecting daily fees

The state Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that daily entrance fees will be collected from May 1 until Oct. 31.

Castle urges visa exemtion

Congressman Michael N. Castle is joining forces with Maryland Congressman Wayne Gilchrest and 53 House colleagues to include language in the 2006 fiscal year Supplemental Appropriations Bill that he said would provide immediate relief to businesses affected after the statutory cap on seasonal work visas — known as H2-B visas — was hit for the second year in a row.

DeBastiani IRSD Teacher of the Year

James DeBastiani of Southern Delaware School of the Arts has been selected as the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006.

The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year banquet on April 21 at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown.

School district explains budget cuts

The Indian River School District (IRSD) enacted a series of cost-cutting measures in March and April, in preparation for anticipated budget shortfalls in fiscal 2006, according to an April 29 press release.

IRSD School Board candidates talk issues

It’s election time in the Indian River School District (IRSD), and residents will have a chance to cast ballots in favor of either School Board incumbents (Dr. Donald Hattier, DC, Nina Lou Bunting), or their challengers, (Lloyd Elling, Wilbert “Wil” Laird) in Districts 4 and 3.

Volunteers needed to assist with terrapin project

Each year in mid-May, just as people are heading for the beaches, unfortunately, so are the female diamondback terrapins. The terrapins live in the Delaware Inland Bays, but the females lay their eggs in the soft sands of the beach dunes.

Ocean View prepares for potential disasters

Relax — no one has suggested any likelihood of a disaster striking this area. However, as husband and wife team Tom and Pat Sheeran pointed out, that’s the problem — there’s no way to predict.

Best to be prepared, and the Sheerans showed Ocean View residents how do go about that at an April 21 workshop on disaster preparedness.

IRSD board rescinds calendar

Two big issues, one big Indian River School District School Board meeting.
Concerned residents filled the Frankford Elementary cafeteria on April 26, as School Board members rescinded the previously agreed upon calendar for 2005-2006 and reviewed a list of possible areas for budget cuts.

Turtles need help when the rubber hits the road in the spring

Delaware’s turtles are coming out of hibernation and will soon be crossing roads as they search for nesting sites and, in some cases, make the journey from wintering habitats to summer haunts. The species Delawareans are most like to see on the road are box turtles, snapping turtles, spotted turtles and, in coastal areas, diamondback terrapins.

Millville shop to benefit Alzheimer's study

Barbara Kenyon will celebrate her late grandmother’s birthday on Sunday, May 1, with the grand opening of her new Forget-Me-Not Shoppe in Millville.

Ocean View considers upscale restaurant

Restaurateur David Harkness presented plans for the Oak Arbor Inn at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Route 26 last week — first, before the Ocean View Board of Adjustment (BOA) and then before the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

State park closing stretch of beach for nesting plovers

Two pairs of piping plovers, Delaware’s endangered beach nesters, are setting up housekeeping at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Gordon’s Pond beach.

According to Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Marnie Pepper, two nests with two eggs each were spotted between the dunes at Gordon’s Pond on Sunday, April 24 by Joe Patson, the seasonal piping plover monitor.

Postal workers welcome IR class prez

Indian River High School’s senior class president Deniz Nhan took the helm at the Frankford Post Office on April 21 (for the day).

Golf show hits the green the weekend

The fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Golf Show swings into the Ocean City convention center this weekend when golfers from all over will be in area to play during the busiest golf package weekend of the year.

The show, presented by Pohanka Mercedes-Benz, features everything for the avid golfer from exhibitors, to a variety of attractions and activities, demonstrations and seminars.

Fenwick makes move to expand dock allowances

Many Fenwick Island property owners who were not previously permitted to have a dock at their canal-side or lagoon-side properties may soon have that option. The Fenwick Island Town Council, at its April 22 meeting, heard a first reading of a proposed ordinance change that would allow docks on canals 50 feet in width or wider.

Local post celebrates Vietnam vets

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have proclaimed May 1-7 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Week, and the local Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Quillen’s Point) will be holding a kickoff celebration on May 1.

Perhaps unbeknownst to many Americans, May 1 is celebrated as Loyalty Day in this country.

South Bethany candidate point to openness

The atmosphere surrounding South Bethany Town Council is considerably more harmonious than it once was, according to Council Member Richard Ronan.

Delaware Tech annual gala sold out for upcoming weekend

Starry, Starry Night, the annual spring gala fundraiser hosted by the Owens Campus Development Council of Delaware Technical & Community College in collaboration with underwriters Discover Bank and Atlantic Theatres — The Movies at Midway is again a sold out event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the college campus in Georgetown.

Voting reform group meets May 4

Citizens for a Better Sussex (CBS), a grassroots political activism group calling for greater county representation in eastern Sussex County, will meet Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., at the South Coastal Library (Bethany Beach).

CBS advocates for Sussex County Council seats voted on countywide, rather than only by residents of each geographical district.

One-way traffic proposed in Bethany

Judging by the lukewarm participation in Monday’s workshop on proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety measures in Bethany Beach, few of the town’s citizens realized that one-way roads would be among the proposals presented by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

31st Annual Health and Awareness fair

The Roxana CHEER Senior Center is hosting its 31st Older Americans’ Health and Awareness Fair on May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will be held at the senior center in the Edward Pyle State Service Building located on Route 20 in Frankford.

Golf tournament to benefit wellness

The 1st Annual Jake’s Seafood House Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, at the Marsh Island Golf Club to benefit The Wellness Community-Delaware. Enjoy fabulous prizes, a buffet luncheon and drinks afterward at Jakes’ Seafood House on Route 1, Rehoboth Beach. Golfers may register to play for $60 per person, including green’s fees and cart.

County council defers on Moose Lodge

Sussex County Council held public hearing on the Loyal Order of Moose application at the April 26 council meeting.

DelDOT talks third lane in Millville

Nothing’s final until the steamrollers roll and the road stripers stripe, but it now appears the SR 26 Mainline project, slated for completion in 2010, will include a center turn lane from the Assawoman Canal through Clarksville.

Beebe to raise awareness of osteoporosis in May

Beebe Medical Center will offer free screenings for osteoporosis in May on different days and locations around Sussex County. May is Osteoporosis Prevention Month.

Plans for Pennsylvania Avenue spring a leak

The concept of a pump to help alleviate flooding in Bethany Beach’s Pennsylvania Avenue area will have to be reconsidered, Town Council Member Harry Steele and Town Manager Cliff Graviet revealed at the April 21 meeting of the town’s Flood and Drainage Committee.

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