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The Coastal Point covers news and events in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Frankford, Selbyville and Dagsboro, Del., as well as the larger area of southeastern Sussex County, from the Delaware state line north to the Indian River Inlet and from the coast inland to Millsboro.

Our focus is truly local, with local reporters attending nearly all official meetings in each of our towns, as well as following news and events in the area’s non-incorporated communities.

We invite you to visit our town and other governmental pages below to get information about them and their citizens, and to read news and other stories from each of them.

Ocean View CVS receives bomb threat

The Ocean View CVS Pharmacy store was forced to close in the early evening hours on Aug. 20, due to a bomb threat.

“The CVS received a call from an unknown male caller that stated they had placed a bomb in the store. They demanded money, and if the demands were not met, they threatened to detonate the bomb,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Dickens to host Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ from Sept. 4-7

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Feather in their cap: Swans return to White’s Creek

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : After four years of struggles, these two swans have finally returned home.Two satisfying splashes hit White’s Creek on Aug. 22 when two mute swans returned home. Several happy neighbors witnessed the satisfying end to a four-year bird battle.

“It’s taken me four years to get them back,” said Susan Ritter.

After two other swans were shot by state wildlife officials in 2011 as part of an effort to remove a species declared invasive, local residents doubled down on their efforts to bring the pair back from the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge. Originally residing in White’s Creek for 14 years, they were possibly driven off when the second pair of swans took their place in a territory grab, Ritter said.

Those invading swans were shot and killed in January of 2011 as part of the “mute swan management plan” operating under the Delaware Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC’s) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Fargo brings home second consecutive national championship

Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Coastal Point • Submitted : Ocean View's Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas with two national championships last week, one of which was his second consecutive USA Triathlon Clydesdale Division National Championship, which he won last year in Milwaukee, Wis.Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”

On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.

“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”

Gallery One’s new show features views through an ‘Open Window’

Inspired by the theme “Open Window,” Gallery One artists watercolored, oil painted and created in acrylic for the gallery’s featured wall for the month of September, opening Aug. 28 and running through Oct. 1.

OVHS to hold annual barbecue fundraiser on Sept. 6

To end the summer with a bang, the Ocean View Historical Society is inviting the public to attend a barbecue to support the society and its mission.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Ocean View Historical Complex. The evening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Ocean View PD arrests alleged car thief, wanted man

Ocean View police this week played a role in the arrests of both an alleged car thief and a Frankford man who was wanted by authorities in two jurisdictions in Maryland.

Route 26 workers continue to prepare for winter closures

The Route 26 Project Team met Aug. 11 for a quick update on the 4-plus-mile road improvement project running from Clarksville to Ocean View.

Global Leadership Summit coming to Ocean View

The Rev. David Humphrey said his own ministry was affected by the Global Leadership Summit, and now Sussex Countians have the chance to attend the seminar, on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14 and 15.

The GLS is broadcast live from Chicago to more than 300 locations, this year including Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church for the first time.

Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ during month of Sept.

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.