Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Web site

Town Council:

  • Joanne Bacon, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Skip Ash
  • Greg Welch
  • Marty Presley

Town Administrator:

  • Cheryl Lynch

Police Chief:

  • Michael Warchol

Emergency:

  • 911

Dagsboro and Frankford discuss possible joint police force

With the Town of Frankford temporarily without police coverage after former police chief Mark Hudson resigned from his post July 27 after serving less than a full year, Frankford officials are looking into other avenues to provide police protection to its residents.

Hudson resigns as Frankford police chief

The Town of Frankford is asking residents who may need police assistance to call 911, as its police chief, Mark Hudson, resigned from his position on July 27.

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and told residents that their driveway must be repaved to bring it up to code,” the Town reported.

Frankford continues to discuss Mountaire settlement

In August of 2016, the Town of Frankford filed an appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to issue well permits to Mountaire Farms for its Frankford facility, where the company had traditionally used municipal water sources and was a major component of the Town’s water department budgeting.

Fire devastates Bunting & Bertrand

Nearly a dozen fire companies respond to blaze; no injuries reported

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.

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Heavy smoke bellowed across Frankford for hours on Monday, May 15, as firefighters brought a large structure fire under control at Bunting & Bertrand Poultry Equipment.

The blaze was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the large warehouse and storefront, located at 15 Hickory Street.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company took the lead, assisted by volunteer companies from Dagsboro, Selbyville, Roxana, Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Millville, Gumboro, Indian River, Georgetown and Bishopville, Md.

Frankford youth ask for help on skatepark

Five boys were skateboarding in the Frankford fire hall parking lot in the minutes before the Frankford Town Council’s meeting was to begin just down the street on May 1.

By the time the meeting began, the boys were seated in the back row of the council chambers, skateboards at their feet.

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical genre, but also arts and crafts, food and, of course, the Great Cypress Swamp itself.

The festival will once again be held on the Roman Fisher Farm, 24558 Cypress Road, near Frankford. The event is a fundraiser for Delaware Wild Lands, which owns and manages 10,500 acres of the Great Cypress Swamp, which is the largest forest on the Delmarva Peninsula.

This year’s lineup of bands promises to bring on some serious toe-tapping: The High & Wide, Flatland Drive, Free Range, Blue Crab Crossing and New & Spare Fools (featuring Mickey Justice and Todd Smith of Such Fools, Jon Simmons and Martin Wirtz of New & Used Bluegrass and Wes Parks of No Spare Time).

This year, for the first time, the festival will have a craft vendor area. Delaware Wild Lands spokesperson Wendy Scott said festival organizers have teamed up with the Dewey Artist Collaboration, a group of artists and craftspeople who have joined together to promote the artists’ community in the area, as well as the sale of their work.

Frankford looks to lease town hall building to non-profit

Proposed sweets shop competing for space

The Town of Frankford is looking for more ways to use a piece of property adjacent to the town park that it recently purchased.

The parcel was purchased primarily to provide overflow parking for those going to the park; however, Councilman Marty Presley said at the town council’s April 3 meeting that there would be space leftover on the nearly 2-acre property.

Birdsong looks to preserve local waters, habitat

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dave Rickards is working to preserve the environment via Birdsong Gardens, a 20-acre working farm.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dave Rickards is working to preserve the environment via Birdsong Gardens, a 20-acre working farm.Tucked away near Frankford is a non-profit environmental research facility dedicated to restoring “the former grandeur of the Delaware Estuary.”

Birdsong Gardens sits on a 20-acre working farm, which still grows grain, corn and soybeans in cooperation with a larger neighbor farmer. However, the main focus of its owner, Dave Rickards, is to preserve the environment for generations to come.

“I’m just trying to do my part,” said Rickards. “Growing up on a farm, the environment was never that far away from my thoughts. I grew up in this area. My father was a farmer, and over the years I have watched the change in technology eliminate the buffers that used to be. When I was growing up, there was a lot of quail and you could go quail hunting... I don’t even hear quail anymore, because they’ve lost their habitat.”

Rickards first became active in environmental issues in 1999, when he became involved with the Inland Bays advisory group.

Frankford shows off new town hall at former J.P. court

The Town of Frankford this week held its monthly town council meeting not in the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s meeting room, as it has for more than five years, but in the building next door that formerly housed a J.P. Court. However, it’s no longer a court building — it’s the new town hall.

Antioch AME to host day of unity on Sunday, March 5

Benjamin “Ben” Beckett had a vision of salt and pepper in the congregation. So Antioch AME Church is inviting men and women of all colors to attend a special “CommUNITY Around Christ” church service on Sunday, March 5.

The special service will begin at 3:30 p.m., with a fellowship meal from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek local man in shooting incident

Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, who is wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd and Criminal Mischief. He is also wanted out of Sussex County Family Court for two capiases, police noted.

Puglisi is wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 17, around 9 p.m. when he allegedly fired several rounds at a residence located on Burbage Road near Frankford. None of the victims inside the house at the time were injured, police noted.

If anyone has any information about Anthony Puglisi’s whereabouts, they are being asked to contact Detective K. Archer at (302) 752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Frankford gets $60K water grant in exchange for fluoridation

The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.

Frankford discusses Mountaire and DNREC

The Town of Frankford may no longer have to appeal the decision of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) regarding a Mountaire well and the resulting loss of revenue for the Town.

Date set for Frankford well permit appeal to be heard

In August 2016, the Town of Frankford filed a statement of appeal with the State’s Environmental Appeals Board, following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to approve well permits issued to Mountaire Farms.

No election to be held in Frankford this year

The Town of Frankford will not hold an annual municipal election this year, as only the incumbents for the two open seats filed to run. As of the Jan. 13 filing deadline only Council President Joanne Bacon and Councilman Greg Welch had filed.

Frankford Town Council discusses move, audit, drugs

Frankford officials are hoping to move all Town offices into the nearby former J.P. Court building at the beginning of March.

At its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Frankford Town Council said the move would be relatively inexpensive, as there is minimal work to be done and the building is “really set up well.” If the Town cannot move in by March 1, they hope to do so by April 1.

Police still seek suspect in Christmas Eve home invasion

The Delaware State Police are still seeking a suspect in a Frankford-area home invasion that occurred on Christmas Eve.

On. Saturday, Dec. 24, at around 6:30 a.m., three suspects forcefully broke into a home through the front door and awoke a 19-year old male victim and an 18-year-old male victim, who were reportedly sleeping in separate bedrooms

Frankford discusses water plant maintenance, fluoride

The Town of Frankford held its monthly council meeting on Dec. 5, at which council members and those in attendance discussed the Town’s seemingly troublesome water plant.

During the water department report, Clarence Quillen of Tidewater Utilities said that preventative maintenance on the plant has not been done on the plant’s equipment for 16 years — since its installation.

Frankford Holiday Expo a day to shop

Coastal Point • File Photo: At the 2015 Frankford Holiday Expo, projects were crocheted on-site by Richayla (right) and Antanell Bailey.Coastal Point • File Photo: At the 2015 Frankford Holiday Expo, projects were crocheted on-site by Richayla (right) and Antanell Bailey.’Tis the season to shop, and Frankford’s Annual Holiday Expo will return Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for people who want to find a unique gift or some holiday décor for their own homes.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host about 40 vendors, selling many types of gifts, including crafts, decorations, kitchen goods, beauty products and homemade candy. Decorations on offer can fill a range of tastes, including cozy woodworks, delicate glass artworks, evergreen Christmas wreaths and more.

Independent consultants will sell items from LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef and Scentsy.

Organizer Crystal Hudson is a vendor, but she said she particularly loves the community aspect of a holiday market.

“I love the fact that you get to meet new people,” she said. “It’s just the fulfillment of being able to meet people and be involved in something.”

Shoppers can ask questions and learn about the items they’re buying.

“You get to meet a variety of people. … You get to have a one-on-one with the people who are making the product or selling the product. I think it’s nice,” said Hudson, owner of Country Heaven gift shop in Frankford. “You get people dedicated to their product or what they make.”

Frankford continues to discuss Mountaire and wells

At its monthly meeting earlier this week, the Frankford Town council gave an update on discussions council members have had with representatives from the State and Mountaire Farms related to well permits issued to the poultry company.

Selbyville water back to safe TTHM levels, according to tests

Selbyville is getting back to normal after a water violation earlier this year. Drinking water tested at south Main Street showed decreasing levels of a disinfection byproduct called Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs).

Frankford Fall Festival to feature food, fun and frights

From aliens to zombies, the streets of Frankford will be taken over by all manner of costumed residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the town once again celebrates the season with its all-day Fall Festival.

Frankford to host Community Health Fair on Saturday

Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!

The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.

Frankford looks to sell police property, move to court building

At the Frankford town’s council’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 3, Councilman Marty Presley said the council had recently spoken to a number of Realtors regarding Town-owned property.