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For the second year, the Ocean View Historical Society (OCVHS) is offering community members and visitors the chance to visit their historic complex free of change on Wednesdays in the summer months.
“Last year, we had restored our historic buildings to the point where we thought it would make a good display for the public to visit,” said Carol Psaros, president of the society.
Artists Lesley McCaskill, Dianne Shearon and Dale Sheldon paint to the theme of “Coastal Colors” in July’s special exhibit at Gallery One, running from June 30 to July 29, with a public reception to meet the artists on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran introduced an ordinance at the June meeting of the Ocean View Town Council that would amend, and possibly clarify, the town code related to curbing and paving, and the duties of adjacent property owners as it pertains to sidewalks.
In the early morning hours of June 2, the Millville and Bethany Beach fire companies responded to a house fire in Murray Estates in Ocean View. The fire grew through the roof of the two-story house before it could be extinguished.
Having heard about the fire through a Facebook group, Kathy Jacobs, director of community relations at Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island, jumped at the chance to help.
“Somebody posted on there, while it was happening, a picture of the fire and said, ‘Wow! This is in Murray Estates. I hope everyone got out OK,’” recalled Jacobs. “I just responded, ‘They’re going to need help, whoever this family is. If anybody knows who the family is, please get in touch with me so we can get them whatever they need.’ For all I knew at the time, it could have been a family with children in the home.”
Through the group, Jacobs learned that the home belonged to Bonnie Cooper, who had escaped injury, as she was staying at her mother’s home across the street when the fire occurred.
Community leaders are being invited to a two-day conference in August at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which aims to provide opportunities to develop future leaders as a host site for the Global Leadership Summit.
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.
The annual Artisans Fair will return to Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, bringing along with it some of the area’s top artisans, as 49 exhibitors from the local area and beyond will put their work on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., showing off and selling their hand-crafted paintings, sculptures, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other unique creations.
Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.
Based on a request made by the Town of Ocean View, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will keep in place past May 15 the two temporary traffic signals at the intersections of Windmill Avenue and Cedar Drive with Central Avenue.
The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament, benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, next month in Millville.
“We do it to keep Russell’s memory alive,” said Emily Harne, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, “and to give back to the community.”
In an effort to continue providing quality officer training, the Ocean View Police Department recently acquired a use-of-force training simulator.
“It’s a great tool for us to be able to gauge performance and make sure guys are performing properly here, making the right decision in this environment,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “If they’re having any problems, we can catch them here and address them here.”
McLaughlin said the department had previously been using a similar system owned and maintained by the Delaware National Guard.
“That system was no longer available, and we felt it was a very important part of our overall use-of-force training program that we have in place.”
The Ocean View Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 will be hosting a 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War on Saturday, May 9. Beginning at noon, a ceremony, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America Delaware, will be held in order to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War.
This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will hold its 2015 Homecoming event, inviting the community to come together and enjoy fellowship and fun.
According to Richard Nippes of the Ocean View Historical Society, Ocean View’s Homecoming originally started in the early 1900s.
“The reason why was because there weren’t many jobs other than farming, so a lot of people would leave to go to Philadelphia and other places to work. They all tended to miss the camaraderie that existed in town because of family and friends — it was a tight-knit community.
“They started an event held in August where they invited all the people who had left to come back and renew family ties and friendships; just to get together with old friends and have a good time.”
However, with the start of World War II and the rationing of gasoline, Nippes said, the event ended.
Emma Rider has collected 100,000 pairs of shoes in five years. But those are just the tips of the laces that tie her tale together.
At 18, Rider has a knack for transforming old kicks into clean water. She explained the basics to the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club on April 16.
“One billion people lack access to safe water,” Rider said.
Ocean View is a small, quaint town. This is a natural progression of the years and population growth. The fact that it is a nice place to live, and increasingly so in the last three years, is because elected officials have worked hard to ensure that the Town remains fiscally responsible, that we listen to what the residents want but we make our decisions based on what is best for the long-term good of the Town and avoid kneejerk reactions to momentarily hot topics.
Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard, but they were also meant to live in coastal Delaware, so they are less likely to need extra water or nutrients.
Their popularity accounts for the 11th year of the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale, on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nighttime cocktail party also returns on the eve of the sale.
Organizer Sally Boswell of event sponsor the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays called this the “one-stop-shop for going native in your garden,” hosted annually at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.
“The big stores, for the most part — they have not gotten into native plant offerings in their nurseries. So it’s our small, local, independent nurseries that are leading the way in that,” said Boswell.
Five nurseries will sell thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees.
Lawless reflects on time on council
At this week’s Ocean View Town Council meeting, councilman Bill Olsen suggested the Town request that the two temporary traffic signals at the intersections of Windmill Avenue with Central Avenue and Cedar Drive with Central Avenue remain in place following construction.
Following eight hours at the polls, Ocean View residents had made their voices heard by electing Carol Bodine to serve as District 4 councilperson for the next three years.
Bodine was one of four candidates running for the council seat held by term-limited councilman Bob Lawless.
Bodine, a Wedgefield resident, won the seat with 133 votes. Candidate Kent Liddle received 85 votes, Jon DeBuchananne received 23 votes, and Don Walsh received 14.
“I’m thrilled at the results,” said Bodine. “I’m honored that I was with such a qualified group and that I still won. They were all good people and would’ve done a good job.”
During the campaign, Bodine, along with friends and family, campaigned throughout the town and were able to knock on the door of every voter.
“We didn’t miss a house… I had a great team. We knocked on every door in three weeks. We covered all of the Ocean View voters. … When people were coming out to vote, they told me, ‘You were the one who came to the door, and I appreciated that.’
Last week, representatives of the Ocean View Historical Society attended a hearing before the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation, following the nomination of the Evans-West House to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Evans-West House is to be donated to the historical society by the Brunner family, which has owned the home since it was built in 1900.
“They have decided they are donating this property to the historical society. We’re going to take this property and turn it into the Coastal Towns Museum, and it will be a joint effort between the Towns of Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Bethany, Ocean View and Millville,” said Richard Nippes, president of the historical society.
The Town of Ocean View will hold its 2015 Homecoming event on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine.
On April 11, the Town of Ocean View will hold a municipal election for its District 4 councilperson. The seat is currently held by Bob Lawless, who is term-limited. Four candidates — Carol Bodine, Jon DeBuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh — have filed for the position, which carries a three-year term.
In preparation for the upcoming April 11 town council election, the Town of Ocean View held a Candidates’ Night to give residents the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the four candidates — Carol Bodine, Jon DeBuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh.
The four are vying for the District 4 seat that is currently held by Councilman Bob Lawless, who is term-limited. The event was well attended by town residents, with few open seats.
Bodine, a retired nurse, said her experience currently serving as secretary for the Delaware Republican Party, along with her organizational skills, make her an excellent choice for councilwoman.
Last week, the Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission reviewed the concept plan submitted by property owner C.J. Pines LLC to create a general business location that will include structures for a restaurant and office/retail space, located at 83 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) at the intersection of Woodland Avenue.
Next month, Ocean View will hold its annual municipal election, selecting someone to hold the District 4 council seat, which is currently held by Councilman Bob Lawless, who is term-limited. The election has four contenders, and Fairway Village resident Jon Debuchananne is one of the four who hope to win the seat.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: It’s loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.”
Those are the words of the English poet John Keats, and the artists at Gallery One are inviting the public to visit the gallery to see how its artists have interpreted the theme “A Thing of Beauty.”