Letters to the Editor — September 12, 2014

ACS very thankful for support with Relay

Editor:

As the online promotions chairperson of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Coastal Delaware, I would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support! Twenty-six teams joined in this year’s Relay For Life and raised almost $60,000 to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. I am so proud of our community for standing up to cancer to finish the fight!

Fifty-five survivors registered to walk the opening lap and inspire those currently battling cancer. Our Luminaria Ceremony showed the community’s warmth and strength in caring for those who are no longer with us.

I would also like to thank the many Relay for Life volunteers, committee members and teams who worked to make this year’s event a success. We certainly want to thank our partner sponsor, Beebe Healthcare. Other top sponsors include NRG Energy, Delaware Fisherwoman, Thoro-Good’s Concrete, Coastal Kayak and M&T Bank.

The 2015 Relay for Life Committee will be forming soon. If you would like to help make next year’s event an even bigger success and work toward the time we no longer hear the words “You have cancer,” call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org for more information.

Lisa Ashman,
Online Promotions Chairperson
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
of Coastal Delaware/East Sussex

Clam Jam a success, thanks to many

Editor:

On Sunday, Aug. 17, the Bay Colony Marina hosted its 4th Annual Clam Jam. It was a fun, family event centered on a clamming tournament and an on-water scavenger hunt. The day’s events also included food, dancing, games and raffles, which were enjoyed by almost 200 people from southeastern Sussex County. Through those efforts, we were able to raise $500 to benefit the Center for Inland Bays.

As chairman of the 4th Annual Clam Jam, I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to the many local businesses who contributed to making this year’s event a success. They include: Auto Plus & Marine, Bank’s Wines & Spirits, Bethany Auto, Bluecoast seafood restaurant, Bob’s Marine, Casapulla’s, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Delmarva Board Sport Adventures, Fox’s Pizza Den, G&E/Hockers, Ike & Vina’s Market, Just Hooked, Miller’s Creek, Millville Volunteer Fire Co., Patty’s Hallmark, Paradise Grill, PNC Fenwick Island, Rent Equip, Studio 26 Salon & Spa, Summer Salts Café, Tow Boat U.S. and Venus Nails. We are also grateful for the continued support from Shurhold Industries in Palm City, Fla.

I appreciate the support from the Bay Colony Board of Directors. Special thanks also go out to the Clam Jam committee members: Linda, Neil and Ashley Brosnahan; Del and Sharon Baker; Gary Carpenter, Harry Cloud; Brian Emery; and George and Therese Weise.

Again, thanks to all for the contributions and support for the Clam Jam.

Kevin Brosnahan, Chairman
Clam Jam 2014

Frye looking forward to new challenge

Editor:

Thank you to all the voters who supported me in the Bethany Beach Town Council election. I now look forward to serving you.

R. Bruce Frye
Bethany Beach

SEAs the Day truly a wonderful event

Editor:

What a privilege and an astounding experience it was to be a part of the incredible series of events that comprised Operation SEAs the Day! Thanks to the brainchild and hard work of Diane Pohanka and Becky Johns, joined by Richard Katon, Bethany hosted — for the second year — Operation SEAs the Day, in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project, to provide respite and relaxation for military families.

There have been few things in life to compare with the emotional impact of being with this group of men and women and their families who have given so much for our country. And the outpouring of gratitude and love from our small community made us proud to be residents of Bethany Beach.

Tuesday, the day of arrival, featured a welcome reception at the VFW, where the road was lined with handmade posters and the VIFs (Very Important Families) were showered with gifts. The next day offered a cookout at Sea Colony, with beach portraits, entertainment, a bonfire on the beach and more gifts; Thursday’s program was highlighted by a magic show on the Bethany bandstand which enchanted the children.

A procession escorted by fire trucks, motorcycles and cars escorted the VIFs on Friday from Sea Colony along roads lined with people waving American flags and welcoming posters to the Freeman Stage, where a sumptuous buffet at the Cove was followed by a special performance of “Bruce in the USA” that had the audience on its feet, clapping and dancing.

The area offered many attractions on Saturday, including the arts fair on the boardwalk, the Classic Car Show at Cripple Creek and a barbecue lunch; the farewell breakfast (with yet more gifts) was held Sunday at the Bethany firehouse.

The generosity of the business community was breathtaking. The groceries, gifts, coupons and gift certificates donated by our local merchants for these wounded veterans and their families provided them with more meals than they could possibly eat and gave them many items to take home to remind them of their stay in Bethany Beach.

Myriads of volunteers, in addition to those who donated their homes and those who served as hosts to the VIFs, were on hand everywhere. Activities such as paddleboarding, kayaking, boating and fishing, horseback riding, spa treatments for the ladies and movies for the kids were available each day — all free to the VIFs.

We feel so fortunate that we could participate in this wonderful week to express our thanks to a group whose sacrifices make it possible for us to enjoy our quality of life as Americans. I know that all the volunteers share that feeling, as well as the pride in being part of this community. Our area certainly showed its best face with Operation SEAs the Day.

Joan Gordon
Bethany Beach

Hardiman thanks voters, supporters

Editor:

I want to thank all those who took the time to vote in the Bethany Beach Town Council election, all the other candidates who volunteered to serve on Council, and the Town staff and volunteers who helped in the election process.

Thanks especially to all my friends, neighbors and family members — especially my husband Jerry — who supported and helped me in so many ways with the election campaign. I could not have done it without your support, advice and assistance.

Finally, I want to thank all those who voted for me. I greatly appreciate your trust and confidence and will continue to work to deserve it. Furthermore, whether or not individuals voted for me, I welcome the views of everyone and will fairly consider the interests of all Bethany Beach property owners and residents in considering matters before the Council.

Recognizing the importance of public involvement in our Town government, I encourage all citizens to share your concerns and suggestions with me and other Council members. Together, we can ensure that Bethany Beach continues to be the well-managed, family friendly community we all love.

Rosemary Hardiman
Bethany Beach

Rotary event succesful, thanks to many

Editor:

On behalf of the Southern Sussex Rotary Club, we would like to thank the community for the huge support for our Pig Roast held at Olde South Barbecue in Frankford. Attendees enjoyed delicious pulled pork, chicken and sides provided by Scott at Olde South and relaxed to the incredible music provided by Cole Haden

The tents provided by Wayne Bowden of St. George’s church provided ample cover during the rain storm so that we could enjoy great food and fellowship! Thank you to Wayne and St. George’s for their tents (and assistance in putting them up), Coastal Point for their sponsorship, Cole Haden for his beautiful tunes and Scott for the delicious food.

Despite the rain, we had an incredible turnout. Thank you. We are always amazed and energized by the generosity shown at these events — 100 percent of the proceeds from each of Southern Sussex Rotary’s fundraisers are given back to our community. This event supported our Jackie Pavik RYLA scholarship foundation, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee camperships, as well as our annual programs like providing dictionaries for our local third-graders. Please like our Facebook page to get more information about upcoming events or to contact us about becoming a member!

Christine McCoy, President
Southern Sussex Rotary