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Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Wash it, cook it, freeze it, fix it with Coastal Maytag

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Maytag wants to be the best of both worlds: a local Ocean View shop that can answer any question and the seller of a major-name in appliances for over 100 years.

“This business started as the only place to buy Maytag,” Stan Clark said.

That includes washing machines, dryers, microwaves, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, wine storage and more.

Whirlpool acquired the Maytag brand, so Coastal Maytag offers those brands, plus Kitchen Aid and Amana.

“We really try to teach the consumers how to use them, instead of just dropping it off — unlike some box stores,” said owner Karen Clark.

“And we come with it,” said her husband, Stan.

“Our sales staff is very knowledgeable,” added Karen Clark.

Coastal Maytag has everything to keep those appliances running smoothly, from oven cleaner and water filters to in-home repairs.

Confederate memorial service: A monumental experience

For well over 100 years following the cataclysm known as the American Civil War, Delawareans who chose to fight for the South received little, if any, public recognition within the state. To rectify this situation, in 2007, the Delaware Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Camp #2068, based in Seaford, organized the construction of a monument memorializing Delaware’s Southern patriots.

Tidepool Toys & Games opens second location in Fenwick Island

Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.

Student musicians bringing ‘Movie Magic’ to IRHS

Coastal Point • File Photo: The cast of a previous Indian River High School ‘Movie Magic’ show dons masks for ‘Masquerade.’Coastal Point • File Photo: The cast of a previous Indian River High School ‘Movie Magic’ show dons masks for ‘Masquerade.’Indian River High School is ready to put on a show and, this time, students looked to the “silver screen” for inspiration. In fact, the IRHS Music Department has two shows planned in the next weeks — the “Movie Magic” Stage Band show May 16 and 17, and the IR Band and Chorus Concert on May 20.

The Stage Band features IR’s top musicians and singers. Past audiences have even asked Music Director Mark Marvel, “Are you sure those are children?” because they’re so talented, he said.

“Movie Magic” is a review of top songs from decades of film, leading from the DeLorean of “Back to the Future” to the bow of the Titanic.

The show swings from the poignant “Somewhere” from West Side Story to the bawdy “Master of the House” from “Les Misérables.”

Legion offers chance to boogie like it’s 1969

Those looking to get down this weekend can boogie over to American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 on Sunday, May 18, to “Party Like it’s 1969.”

Annual Artisans Fair set for Memorial Day weekend

Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Coastal Point • Submitted: The annual Artisans Fair will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School this year and will feature all kinds of arts and crafts, including this piece, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ fabric wall art by Janice Itzel.Now in its seventh year, the annual Artisans Fair is back and bigger than ever this Memorial Day weekend, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Located at Millville Fire Hall for its first five years, the event eventually called for more space, which is when it was moved to LB.

“We moved because they have a larger venue, and we were kind of outgrowing the fire hall,” explained fair coordinator Ione Phillips.

As always, the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser will feature various homemade arts and crafts, including woodwork, glasswork, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry and other forms of art.

Phillips noted that some of the fair’s featured items will include Ikebana pottery by Jeff Stambaugh, jewelry by Marcia Cupschalk, ceramic fish by Herb Consolvo and fabric wall hangings by Janice Itzel.

‘Good-Knight!’: Tribe keeps playoff hopes alive, gouges Golden Knights 20-1

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior attackman Spencer Murray drives to the cage in the Indians' 20-1 senior night win against Delmar last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior attackman Spencer Murray drives to the cage in the Indians' 20-1 senior night win against Delmar last Tuesday night.Coming off three consecutive losses, the Indian River High School lacrosse team had to win out the remainder of their schedule to remain in DIAA playoff contention. With wins against Dover and Sussex Central last week, the Indians are now two-thirds of the way there — with South nemesis Delmar as the only team left on the docket.

“This may decide if we’re in the playoffs or not,” said senior midfielder Ben Gonski of that game. “Playoffs would be big for a two-year team just starting out. Not so bad for a couple of kids just picking up lacrosse sticks.”

The Indians kept their playoffs hopes alive on Friday, May 9, taking down Dover 10-9 in a tight matchup that came down to defense in the final minutes.

“It was back and forth the whole time and then we just stopped them on ‘D,’” senior midfielder Tim Roberts said of the Dover game. “Hayden [McWilliams] really showed up.”

Lady Indians lock South tennis title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Stefanie Riddle (far left) and Kelsey Waite (far right) stand with seniors Emily Engh (left) and Alyssa McManus (right), holding the Henlopen South Division trophy.Coastal Point • Submitted: Coaches Stefanie Riddle (far left) and Kelsey Waite (far right) stand with seniors Emily Engh (left) and Alyssa McManus (right), holding the Henlopen South Division trophy.

Son takes third at conferences

First-year head coach Stefanie Riddle and assistant coach Kelsey Waite had an impressive Henlopen South title streak to defend when they took over the Indian River High School girls’ tennis team this spring. And last Wednesday, they did just that when they locked in the program’s fifth consecutive division title.

“That was the goal from the beginning of the year, so we’re pretty excited that it happened,” said Riddle of continuing the long-tenured title run.

Heading into their final match of the season at 9-3, the Lady Indians needed to beat Milford for the second time this season to take the title. The match was rained out, however, and with conference championships scheduled just two days later, Indian River was awarded the win using the same score from the previous matchup — 5-0.

After being crowned South champs in just their first year heading up the program, even some former IR tennis coaches took note of Riddle’s and Waite’s early success, including 2013 coach Conor McMullen, who led the girls to two South titles during his two-year tenure.

Izzo medals at Henlopen Conference championship

Coastal Point • File Photo: Sam Izzo earned a third-place finish at the Henlopen Conference championship.Coastal Point • File Photo: Sam Izzo earned a third-place finish at the Henlopen Conference championship.The Indian River High School boys’ tennis team may have fallen short of their season goal of reaching another Henlopen South championship, but senior Sam Izzo was still able to achieve a personal victory by medaling at the conference championships last weekend.

“I know we were really wanting to win the conference. They’re used to winning,” said first-year head coach Kelsey Waite. “We had quite a few 3-2 losses that were tough to handle.”

Waite went on to commend first-singles player and senior Rydge Murray, who faced some of the best players in the state all season and at conferences.

“He’s playing the best players in Delaware. My hat’s off to him,” she said. “He did an amazing job.”

Central edges Indian River in showdown on the mound

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman first baseman Madi Megee slides into second safely as Central sophomore Karleigh Warren tries to make the play.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman first baseman Madi Megee slides into second safely as Central sophomore Karleigh Warren tries to make the play.Indian River High School senior pitcher Rachel Hudson and Sussex Central senior pitcher Shelby Wilkins have been playing together and against each other since they were 9 years old, with the majority of those games taking place at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

So it was only fitting that, not only was the potential last career game between the two best friends and rival pitchers played at the same Pyle Center that they began their careers, but that the game, ultimately, came down to pitching.

“They know each other from playing travel ball together,” IR head softball coach Erika Brittingham explained. “It helps to an extent, because you know kind of their habits, but then also in the back of their mind, they know they’re playing their friends.”

South champs IR shutout Central, look to conference championship

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore midfielder Emma Engel darts for an empty goal during the second half of the Lady Indians' 8-0 victory at Sussex Central last Monday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore midfielder Emma Engel darts for an empty goal during the second half of the Lady Indians' 8-0 victory at Sussex Central last Monday night.After clinching last week their first Henlopen South title since 2011, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team posted back-to-back shutouts against Lake Forest and Sussex Central to notch their 11th and 12th consecutive wins and improve to 13-1 on the season (as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, May 14).

Facing one of the better teams in the South division on Thursday, May 8, the Lady Indians handled Lake Forest in a 3-0 match that saw two goals from sophomore forward Brooke Beam and one from freshman forward Maddie Hogsten. Beam scored unassisted both times, while Hogsten’s goal was assisted by Beam.

The underclassmen scoring leaders were at it again on Monday, May 12, when they took on district-rival Sussex Central — dominating the Lady Golden Knights 8-0 in a game that could have gotten far more out of hand if IR hadn’t pulled its starters and played possession in the second half.

Justin’s Beach House 5K set for Memorial Day weekend

Coastal Point • FIle Photo: A runner crosses the finish line on the boardwalk at last year’s race, as an event volunteer watches on.Coastal Point • FIle Photo: A runner crosses the finish line on the boardwalk at last year’s race, as an event volunteer watches on.The Justin’s Beach House 5K run and 2-mile walk is back and set for Saturday, May 24, in Bethany Beach — an event that sold out with 800 registered racers last year.

This year, the race will expand to accommodate 1,000 runners and walkers, but Race Director Rick Hundley still expects the race to sell out.

“It doesn’t appear that there will be day-of registration,” Hundley said after explaining that the race already had nearly 750 pre-registered voters with more than two weeks until race day. “We’re getting between 25 and 50 registrations a day.”

“We’re going to be sold out at 1,000 participants. The important thing for people to know is that, if they’re going to run this race, they need to sign up immediately. It sold out last year a week before the event.”

Lower Sussex Indians earn All-American honors

As many of the athletic programs at Indian River High School can attest, feeder systems and athletes maintaining academic standards are two crucial factors in success. Considering that principle, the future is seems bright for the Indian River football and cheerleading programs, as 50 Lower Sussex Indians recently earned All-American honors at the Pop Warner level.

Color Run returning to Dewey Beach on June 8

Dewey Beach’s most colorful run will return this year, set for Sunday, June 8, kicking off at the Rusty Rudder. The Ten Sisters Road Race Series non-competitive run/walk will feature seven “color stops” along the course where racers can get creative with 100 percent safe non-toxic color powder.

O’s prospect Harvey breaks out with 10 Ks vs. Lakewood

After back-to-back losses as a starter on the mound, Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher — and one of the Baltimore Orioles’ top prospects — Hunter Harvey put together a breakout performance against the Lakewood BlueClaws on Monday, May 12.

The 3-0 victory not only put Harvey back to .500 on the season as a starter, at 2-2, but brought the Shorebirds back to the mark, as well, at 18-18.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 12 to 16

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas on Route 26:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 for underground utility relocation.
• between Railway Road and Old Mill Road to install a storm drain system.

Cole to run for reelection to county council

District 4 Sussex County Councilman George Cole will run again in November’s election.

“I intend to run for county council. There were a lot of people thinking I wasn’t going to run,” he noted. “I made a decision to file in the near future.”

Cole, who was originally elected to the seat in 1986, and has served for 28 consecutive years.

Lord Baltimore welcomes return of flashing school-zone lights

This is one traffic light people are happy to see: Lord Baltimore Elementary School once again has flashing yellow lights in the school zone, alerting drivers to the 20 mph speed limit during pick-up and drop-off periods.

Frankford Town Council sees continuing opposition on pension plan

Frankford resident Greg Welch and the Frankford Town Council have never quite seen eye to eye, so it’s not entirely surprising that Welch, as well as some other residents, are unhappy with the Town’s proposed pension plan for its employees.

DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Millville fire hall.

Millsboro seeks candidates for June council election

The Town of Millsboro is currently seeking candidates to run in the June town council election, to serve as representatives for Districts 2 and 3, and as at-large representative. The Town’s election will be held on Saturday, June 14, from 1 until 7 p.m.

Millsboro Town Council discusses speed-limit concerns

Earlier this week, residents of Plantation Lakes spoke to the Millsboro Town Council about their concern regarding the speed along west Route 24 in front of their development.

Selbyville approves Head Start preschool

An old doctor’s office in Selbyville will get new life as a preschool this fall. The Selbyville Town Council this week approved a request from the nonprofit Telamon Corporation to open a Head Start program in the empty building near the carwash at the Mason Dixon Shopping Center.

IRHS students to ‘prom’enade along Bethany boardwalk

Indian River High School students will enjoy an elegant beachside stroll on Saturday, May 10, as the school for the first time hosts its prom Grand March on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

“What’s better than to bring out hundreds of kids on the most festive night of the year?” said Diane Comolli, IRHS teacher and class advisor.

Lord Baltimore gets another temporary assistant principal

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is close to finishing a school year that has seen much administrative job-hopping. The school now has a new assistant principal in Woody Long, who is finishing the school year in place of Gary Brittingham.

Bethany Beach getting gussied up for summer season

Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project won’t be completely finished in time for the 2014 summer season, but with the final phase pushed back until October and other portions of the project completed or nearly so, the Town is revving up for summer, with plenty of new things in store for residents and visitors.

Traffic transitions make patience an even bigger virtue

We all know it’s coming:?the influx of traffic as the weather gets warmer and the summer season swings into gear. And this year (and for a few years to come), we have an added complication to our high-traffic times:?the Route 26 improvement project.

What can I say? I am definitely a momma’s boy

The notion of “family” has been in my mind quite a bit lately.

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