Letters the Editor — Aug. 4, 2017

KINfolk thankful for support from many


On behalf of the KINfolk Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and, most importantly, the children we serve, KINfolk would like to thank the Sussex community for generously supporting our 12th Annual Wine Tasting & Art Auction, held at the Virden Center at the University of Delaware Campus in Lewes on July 19, 2017. Together we raised over $16,000.

We could not have had such a magnificent event without the support of our local artists, restaurants and merchants who donated to our live and silent auctions, and to the over 200 people who came to enjoy the evening and support KINfolk!

A very special thanks to our sponsors: Jane Brady, Grotto Pizza, Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services/Gallo Realty, Holt Paper, Holland Jewelers, Jeanine O’Donnell/State Farm, Perfect Furnishings, One Call Services, George Bunting Jr., Made Ya Look, Jack Lingo Realtors, Colliers Trim Shop, Erin Martin—Re/Max, Marsha Guerin & Joe Kirk at Maggio Realty and Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar.

We also appreciate the generosity of our local restaurants for donating a delicious selection of fingerfoods: 1776 Steakhouse, Bethany Blues, The Cultured Pearl, Jakes Seafood, Big Fish Market, Edible Arrangements, Frank & Louie’s Italian Specialties, Go Fish, J.D. Shuckers Seafood & Raw Bar, Mariachi’s, Summer House, Fractured Prune, Dos Locos, The Greene Turtle, The Starboard, SoDel Concepts, Grotto Pizza, The Point, New Jersey Mikes and Bob Evans.

Thank you for our in-kind donations from: Teller Wines, Delmarva Broadcasting, The Virden Center, Autism Delaware, Children’s Beach House, Community Bank of Delaware, Signarama, Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Acme, Weis and Fresh Market.

KINfolk would also like to thank all of the fabulous volunteers for their commitment to helping us achieve a successful event, including our wonderful auctioneer, Dave Wilson, and our celebrity pourers: Kevin Fleming, Marvin and Becky Carney, Pat Campbell White, Chris Weeks, Dave McGuigan and Joe Kirk. (A job well done.)

Community support of KINfolk’s Laptop Lending Program for hospitalized and homebound children will ensure we can continue putting laptops on the laps and smiles on the faces of deserving children.

KINfolk provides a means of communication with friends, family, clergy and teachers — the very people who love and support them — at a time when they need it most. In our 18 years of helping these children to stay connected, KINfolk has served over 85,000 sick children in 32 states around the country.

Kathy McNamara, event chair, and the KINfolk Kids want to say “Thanks” for your support and in making this event such a great success.

“Until there’s a cure, there’s KINfolk!”

Kathy McNamara and the KINfolk Family

LBWC grateful to Oursler, wish her well


On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, several members of the Lord Baltimore Women’s Club had the privilege of hostessing one of the most beautiful homes on the Bethany Beach & Bay Cottage Tours.

We were assigned to builder Marnie Oursler’s home in Ocean Village. It is a magnificent four story home built in 2016. It is a 6,500-square-foot home with six bedrooms and gorgeous views from all sides. There are 5.5 bathrooms. The beauty that went into designing each room is breathtaking.

We thank Marnie Oursler for allowing Lord Baltimore Women’s Club to show off her wonderful home. There were over 1,000 people that went touring Marnie’s home. The comments we were given concerning her home were great. Everyone enjoyed their time inside this home.

(P.S.: You can watch her great show on the DIY Network on cable television, called “Big Beach Builds.” It is such a great show, with many ideas that we can use in our own homes.)

Lord Baltimore Women’s Club

Residents ask for help with ‘violation’


This is an “open letter” regarding being violated this past Friday night, 14 July. We had two sentimental statues stolen from our front yard, very near our front door/porch. These works of art made of concrete had been in our possession for over 30 years and in place for the past 16 years.

What made these pieces so valuable to us is that the “eagle” standing about 2 feet in height was dedicated to my fallen Marines from a war we fought in so many years ago. The thieves did not take the Cops emblem laying in front of this monument. The next statue taken was of a Japanese lady over 30 inches in height, given to us as a going away present by Japanese after working in their country during the ’80s.

What possesses someone to take such items? Did they do it as a joke? Do they plan on selling them to make money? Was it a challenge to do so when lights shown on the premises at the time? Are there collectors of such items? Are they to be displayed in their yards or wherever? For whatever reason, we are heartbroken and frustrated. We thought we lived in a community where such events did not take place. How wrong we are!

It is unlikely the person and or persons stealing from us is reading this letter. However, someone out there may just happen to know something about this thievery and come forth with information that could help in the return of the eagle and the lady. Words could not fully express our appreciation should such a thing happen. So, we leave you with this thought… Shame on you, thieves. What right did you have to do such a thing?

Mr. & Mrs. John Rine

Ocean View

Shore Dems share most recent meeting


The monthly meeting of the Shore Democrats was held on July 19 at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, Del. We welcomed seven new members, shared a delicious lunch and greeted our guest speakers: Jane Hovington (current Democratic chair of Sussex County) and Betty Deacon (previously a campaign director for Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland).

They spoke to us about their shared interest and involvement in the restoration of the Richard Allen School in Georgetown, Del. The school was funded in the 1920s by Pierre S DuPont to provide a school for African-Americans who were not welcomed in white public schools until desegregation in 1967.

They are now in the process of restoring the school where they hope it will be used to preserve the history and artifacts of the public education of African-Americans in Sussex County. It could serve as a community center where educational programs for young people can be held and provide space for workshops to inspire young people to continue the work for civil and human rights and improve their skills.

Both Jane Hovington (founding member of the board of the Richard Allen School) and Betty Deacon (executive director) helped to make us aware of the goals and mission of the Richard Allen School.

Next month, there will be a regular Shore Democrats meeting on Aug. 16, and all are encouraged to attend the State Democratic 2017 Jamboree on the 17th of September at 11 o’clock at the Cape Henlopen park. Tickets are available online.

Shore Democrats