Letters to the Editor — June 30, 2017

Chamber thankful for support with event


On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Town of Selbyville and Chamber team, I would like to thank everyone who supported the 60th Annual Old Timer’s Day to make it a memorable occasion.

Classic cars, trucks and military vehicles lined Church Street as all in attendance enjoyed viewing the vehicles and chatting with the owners. Town hall was full of energy, with live music from the Glass Onion Band, vendors lining the lot and a Children’s Corner, complete with firetruck rides and Lollipop the Clown.

Presented by Bunting and Murray Construction Co., the day was highlighted with the award ceremony announcing the best-of-decade awards for best interior, exterior and engine compartment. Congratulations to winners Jim Godwin (’29 Ford) for the People’s Choice Award and Dave Stugard (’66 Chevy Nova) for the Best in Show Award.

The day did not boast “Chamber of Commerce” weather, with a torrential downpour at the end of the show. However, as everyone worked together to protect the cars, assist the vendors and find an awning to stay dry, the moment was a reminder that special events, whether in Selbyville, on the beach and everywhere in between, are important to the growth and prosperity of our towns. They promote commerce and community.

Thank you to everyone who made the day possible, including our volunteers, town employees, the first-responders of Selbyville, local dignitaries and our sponsors who supported Old Timer’s Day and gave us all a day to remember.

Kristie Maravalli, Executive Director

Bethany-Fenwick Area

Chamber of Commerce

AGH staff earns gratitude for care


It is with sincere gratitude and adoration that I write this letter commending Dr. Paul, all of the nurses and the entire staff at Atlantic General Hospital’s Regional Cancer Care Center. Their compassion and professionalism making my husband comfortable every step of the way meant the world to us.

Not only did they give outstanding care to him while he received chemotherapy, they always expressed a heartfelt concern for me and our entire family. They consistently explained every procedure in detail, without rushing, and were extremely patient when I had questions.

They treated us like we were the only ones that needed attention, when we knew that most certainly was not the case.

Throughout the years my husband received treatments, someone was always available when I needed something, anything — no matter how big or small. They were prompt with returning phone calls and very helpful to assist when other measures needed to be taken. The entire staff became like family to us.

When the end became inevitable, the nurses and staff continued to check in, offering help, prayers and guidance. There is something to be said about the care and compassion from a small community hospital.

May God bless each and every one of you. You are truly angels here on Earth, and I cannot begin to thank you for all you did for me and my husband during this very difficult journey. You are unsung heroes that I will always hold close to my heart.

Kitty Reeves, wife of Billy Reeves



Reader upset over removal of local trees


My family has owned property here for over 40 years and I know many readers are lifelong residents. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never seen my concern addressed here.

I’m writing about the seemingly unconscious, uncaring way our native trees are cleared away in the name of residential and commercial developmental growth, and by residents who just don’t want the work that is associated with maintaining trees.

While much of our land was farmed, a good portion of it was covered by coastal maritime species of hard and soft woods. I find it sickening to hear chainsaws and chipping machines on an almost daily basis removing the beautiful trees that graced our landscape.

While I don’t want more regulations by government to dictate what we can and cannot do, I would like to see more attention and thought given, perhaps by individuals with a conscience, to education of how healthy trees impact our lives and the life of our environment and ecosystem.

Where will our birds and other inhabitants live and thrive? Where will you get shade to reduce your energy use, reducing our carbon footprint, and what will produce our oxygen?

Hoping others feel the same.

Marlene Rutila


Reader: Lacrosse team more than just seniors


After hearing Indian River had the Henlopen South Conference Lacrosse Championship grabbed from them, I emailed a letter on May 19 to the superintendent of IRSD, Mr. Mark Steele, voicing my opinion, based on facts, and making sure he was aware of what had happened to the Indian River Varsity Boys lacrosse team, young men under his umbrella.

Here is the note I wrote:

“The boy’s lacrosse team at IR High was #1 in scoring in the state with 244 goals. Their ranking as of today was 14th and #1 in their division with 10 wins and five losses. Yet they are not in the playoffs.

“Milford is in the play-offs, yet has a W-L of 9 and 6, 2nd in their division after IR, and scored 203 goals and as of today ranked 18th in the state. They lost five of their last six games.”

I did not get a response from IRSD.

Even if the powers that made this decision deferred to the common opponents to pick a winner, IR would win that also.

Here are the results of playing common teams:

Total points Milford, 118; total point against Milford, 84; total points IR, 128; total points against IR, 77.

IR scored 10 more goals and had seven less goals scored against them from common opponents in those games (a 17-point gap), but the fact is IR won the Southern Conference outright with a regular season of 10 and 5, compared to Milford’s 9 and 6 regular season, eliminating the need for comparing common opponents.

The two meetings between IR and Milford ended in equal scoring and points scored. Those scores were Game 1, 18-8 IR; Game 2, 19-9 Milford, each team scoring 27 points in the two games.

We know that the northern teams in Delaware don’t consider IR a viable team and have expressed that in the All- State selections. How can a team that has a handful of players that could play with any team in the state, and scored 242 points — the most in the State of Delaware in 2017 — not have one first- or second-team selection?

So now, “after much deliberation,” they — whoever they are — have made Indian River co-champions with Milford. The hard-working players of Indian River had their season shortened by an unfair decision. The IR Boys Lacrosse Team should have been in the playoffs, but they never had that opportunity, for it was taken away, not to be.

Did IRHS and IRSD do everything possible to cure the injustice to the lacrosse team? Did the coaching staff, the athletic department, the parents of the players and the local newspaper that follows their season do enough in investigating the selection procedure and outcome, and protect the interests of the lacrosse players of IRHS?

Which leads me to ask one more question…

Why would IR Lacrosse have a celebration with Coastal Point recording the event and presenting it in their publication on June 23, 2017, with four players and a coach present? Apparently, no one else was invited.

The rest of the team was notified after the fact via a group text and told they could stop by the office to get their medal. I believe it takes 10 players to make a team, and this team has 27 players, and 23 were not invited to this celebration. This happened without the knowledge of the missing players.

Without offending the four players present, or diminishing their performance — for this was not their decision — it sounds like someone is saying, “These are the guys who got us there and the other 23 were just along for the ride.” This needs to be explained!

While stating the accomplishments of the “team of four” in Coastal Point, important information about missing players was left out. For example, Wyatt Kovatch and Cole Josetti were All-Conference Players.

More disappointment added to the end of a great lacrosse season.

Wayne Wheatley

Ocean View