Town of Frankford, Delaware
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Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The holiday event aims to build holiday and town spirit. Local church choirs will lead the night’s music, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will host children at Santa’s House until 8 p.m.
Toni Presley believes that town pride still exists in Frankford. She can’t wait to see it displayed at the “Christmas in the Park” tree-lighting on Nov. 28, with families, carols and Santa Claus.
At the Frankford Town Park, the lights display has already been a nighttime holiday destination for several years.
“However, we are envisioning a smaller version of Ocean City’s [Winterfest of Lights] … which means a lot more lights!” Presley stated. “We are also trying to get community involvement by having different churches and community organizations decorate sections of the park.”
Under the “Envision Frankford” team, fundraising is under way to improve the decorations for a full-blown town event.
“What we’re trying to do is get people involved in the town again,” said Presley, a 30-year resident. “I used to think how cute this little town was. But over the years, it just looks like people lost interest, which we’re trying to revive … We want the community spirit to grow.
The Town of Frankford recently discussed the possibility of annexing land west of Route 113, where a developer hopes to build a commercial center.
Family fun can be had this Halloween by visiting Frankford for its revived Frankford Fall Festival.
Organized by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Frankford and the Frankford Public Library, along with the United Methodist Church, Antioch AME Church, the Frankford Presbyterian Church and the Father’s House, the event was organized to bring people together in the town.
Delaware State Police this week were continuing their investigating a fatal crash that occurred last week just outside Frankford.
The Town of Frankford will be receiving a forensic audit, according to Councilman Marty Presley, who made the announcement at the Town’s monthly council meeting earlier this week.
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.
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).
Twenty is the special number for Community Lutheran Church, just outside of Frankford. This weekend, the church celebrates its 20th anniversary, still located next to the blinking traffic light at the intersection of Route 20 and Omar Road.
After the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m., guests can enjoy lunch at noon in the church hall, catered by Jimmy’s Grille. The luncheon will include guest speakers and presentations.
“We’re a welcoming community of disciples that are dedicated to doing God’s work with our hands,” said member Sophia Riehl, who joined in 2003.
Lutherans are based in the Protestant Reformation and named for Martin Luther, known for pinning his “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Germany, criticizing the Catholic Church on “selling” forgiveness of sins. He emphasized the forgiveness of sins through faith, not through payment.
The Frankford Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at which point Councilman Marty Presley stated that he would be submitting a formal request on behalf of the Town, to the State of Delaware’s Audit Committee, to have the Town’s financial books completely audited.
The Town of Frankford held a “special emergency meeting” on Saturday, Sept. 5.
According to Delaware Code Chapter 100, §10004(e)(1), an emergency meeting could be called, “for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, or to the General Assembly.”
Terry Truitt, who served as the Town of Frankford’s town administrator for nearly 15 years, resigned on Sept. 2.
“I wanted to leave on my terms,” said Truitt of her departure, “It was a compilation of a couple of different things. The council had a different direction that they wanted to go in…
The Frankford Town Council held a second special meeting last week in order to appoint residents to the Town’s two vacant council seats.
Downtown Frankford was briefly stuck behind an emergency perimeter on Tuesday, Aug. 25, due to a potential propane leak on the railroad track that runs through the town.
Just before 11 a.m., the Frankford Fire Company responded to the railroad tracks north of Frankford Avenue.
Following the resignation of two council members this month, the Town of Frankford was unable to come to a unanimous decision as to who should fill the seats earlier this week.
A special meeting was called by the council following the resignation of Jesse Truitt on Aug. 3 and Velicia Melson on Aug. 11, to potentially appoint two citizens to finish out their terms.
According to the town charter, the positions must be filled within 45 days from the date of resignation. Truitt’s seat must be filled by Sept. 17, while Melson’s must be filled by Sept. 25.
At the Aug. 18 meeting, Mayor Joanne Bacon said four residents had sent letters of interest. Council Members Charles Shelton and Pam Davis said they had not seen all four names.
When two men in their 60s got a urge to serve, they showed up with a gusto to learn.
At Community Lutheran Church near Frankford, retirement offered the perfect chance for Dave Pittinger, 69, and Jim Gelato, 65, to follow their dreams of becoming Lutheran deacons.
And they finished the three-year training in half that time.
Deacons are deemed to have a call of “word and service,” meaning they can preach and serve, (in contrast with pastors, who have a call of “word and sacrament”). They finished the required coursework in 20 months.
“I wanted to get it done before I got too old,” Pittinger said.
Three years can really drag out, Gelato added. “It was good for us. You’re totally focused on that.”
Pittinger, 69, focuses on visitation, so he leads the team of volunteers who visit members who can’t attend regular service, whether they’re stuck at the hospital, at home or in physical therapy. He also leads other service projects.
On Tuesday morning, Frankford Town Councilwoman Velicia Melson resigned from the council, after serving the Town for just five months.
“After much consideration, I have decided to remove myself from Town Council, effective immediately,” she wrote in an email to council on Aug. 11.
Town still seeking solicitor
Jesse Truitt resigned from the Frankford Town Council this week, following a discussion regarding hiring a new town solicitor and issues of conflict-of-interest that involved both the hiring of the solicitor and Truitt’s presence on the council.
The Town of Frankford this week approved its 2016-fiscal-year budget, after some confusion.
Resident Greg Welch asked why the line item “operating transfer” for $29,210 was listed as going out of both the proposed General Fund Budget expenditures and the proposed Water Budget expenditures.
“Where is that being transferred to?”
The Town of Frankford held a workshop earlier this month to discuss the repair of its 125,000-gallon elevated water tower.
“We have to do something,” said Council President Joanne Bacon at a June 15 workshop. “The main thing is how are we going to pay for this? I think that’s going to be a huge question.”
This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.
“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public Library Director Rachel Wackett.
Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.
Vine’s Creek Nursery is bringing big changes to its Frankford location. Its new building, the FlutterBy House, offers both unique shopping and picturesque views 8 miles west of Bethany Beach, just off of Omar Road. A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the shop’s opening was held on Friday, May 15, with a grand opening ceremony the next day that featured a live butterfly release.
“I’d like to introduce our new home and garden store at Vine’s Creek Nursery: The FlutterBy House,” said owner Tom Lowe, “It’s a unique store with unique gifts and foods. We’re very excited about it.”
The FlutterBy House offers everything from lamps and wreaths to birdhouses, sunhats, wind chimes and other décor. Also in stock are fresh Amish baked goods, including pies, breads, cakes, sticky buns, whoopie pies, fudge, gourmet popcorn, cookies, cream cheese spreads and more.
The Frankford Town Council this week discussed painting its water tower. At their June 1 meeting, the council reviewed two estimates for repainting the water tower, with the estimated cost ranging from $113,000 to $195,000.
“Our main concern is how we’re going to pay for this,” said Council President Joanne Bacon.
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.