Lou Riley stands in front of portraits of his grandfather, Jacob Holland; his father, Louis Riley; and himself, at his Dagsboro home.

A proud Sussex County history

Lou Riley, 82, sits at his kitchen table and flips through a stapled document — a history of the Holland family of Lewes. Compiled by his cousin, Wendell Holland, it traces relatives back to the 18th century.

It tells of his ancestors’...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:51pm

The Frankford Public Library is going to host a sleepover for beloved stuffed animals on Wednesday, March 4.

Kids’ stuffed friends invited to library sleepover

Stuffed animals from dotted dogs to pink pigs are likely to receive a stern warning from their diminutive owners at the Frankford Public Library on Wednesday, March 4.

The little ones will be leaving their toy pets for a sleepover, and,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:18pm

Patrick Miller is surrounded by his family, with his wife, Dana, and daughter, Audrey.

Former military recruiter, cancer survivor awarded Quilt of Valor

“I don’t consider myself a hero, per se,” despite 34 years as a military policeman, Patrick Miller said during a recent interview.

“I never went overseas and fought,” continued Miller, co-owner of Dagsboro Days coffeeshop and vice-mayor of...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:35pm

From left, Avery Bare, Maggie Bare and their grandfather, John Dupont, work on the Little Free Library that will soon be a fixture at Ocean View’s John West Park.

Book exchange hits the park

Little Free Library to go up in John West Park

There’s a new attraction coming to John West Park in Ocean View, to the delight of avid readers.

The park’s first Little Free Library will be positioned in the park after the family of John Dupont of Millville, the carpenter who designed...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:57pm

Representatives of the Millsboro Police Department accept quilts from the Millsboro Art League to donate to domestic violence victims. Pictured, from left, are: Lt. Robert Legates; quilter Skip Claiborne; Vonshea Wise, who works with those affected by domestic violence; Deb Doucette, director of the art league; and Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway.

Handmade quilts donated to support domestic-violence victims

Victims of domestic violence will be given handmade quilts to comfort them, courtesy of the new Arts Warming Hearts program, a collaboration of the Millsboro Art League, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild and the Girl Scouts.

This week, the Millsboro...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:38pm

Public to discuss climate change concerns, questions

Positive change can start with a frank conversation. Delaware is one of the lowest-lying states in the U.S., which means people in Delaware are more likely to see the common flooding, the saltwater inundation and the seemingly worse storms.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:33pm

WAMU to sell WRAU-88.3 to Delaware Public Radio

Representatives of WAMU 88.5, Washington, D.C.’s NPR news station, announced this week that they will sell WRAU 88.3 to Delaware Public Media in 2020. They described the sale is a strategic move on the part of both parties to benefit the WRAU...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:22pm

This pipe is providing the American eel passage to Delaware freshwater estuaries.

CIB project results in eel access to estuary

Imagine traveling all the way from the Sargasso Sea — the only sea without land boundaries — drifting along on ocean currents, toward a welcoming Delaware estuary, and when you’re almost there, you hit a wall.

That’s the ironic journey of...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:15pm

Amvets Post 2 is helping to provide local girls with dresses for prom for the third year.

Amvets offering prom gowns, accessories to local teens

Knowing proms are among highlights of teenagers’ school years, Amvets Post No. 2 in Long Neck will give away gowns, dresses, shoes and purses to girls who attend Sussex County schools.

“This is a community service opportunity that Amvets...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:12pm

Among the finalists in the Town of Bethany Beach calendar photo contest is Patty Obrien’s photo of her dog Beau, which was the grand-prize winner. Obrien was awarded a 2020 VIP parking permit.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners of its annual calendar photo contest, acknowledging all of those who submitted photos.

The contest garnered entries from 88 amateur and professional photographers, all vying for the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:09pm

About 12 to 20 people usually attend the Lunch Bunch, a casual social group that is inviting more people to join their Thursday get-togethers.

Lunch Bunch keeps it casual, fun, friendly

It was rainy outside, but the atmosphere was warm inside, where the Lunch Bunch was gathered. They talked — either teasing each other or discussing current events — as the server brought their drinks. She already knows what everyone likes.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:03pm

Plantation Lakes to hold ribbon-cutting for new clubhouse Feb. 27

The public is being invited to the ribbon-cutting for the new clubhouse and The Landing restaurant at Plantation Lakes, on Thursday, Feb. 27. Coffee, tea and finger-foods will be served at the 9:30 a.m. Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce event...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:57pm

Camp Barnes applications opening March 1

Applications for Camp Barnes will be available online or at any Delaware State Police troop on March 1. Applications can be downloaded at the camp’s website starting that day. Dates for the camp and camp orientation dates will...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:49pm

Sussex Riptide representatives present a plaque to Sea Colony representatives, in appreciation of their support of the Special Olympics team. Pictured are: Jen Neal, Cathy Arancio, Mike Pitts, Suzie Schaible and Sean Lewis.

Special Olympics team presents Sea Colony with plaque of appreciation

Last December, the 17th Annual Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk was another success as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Delaware, thanks to the efforts of many within the Sea Colony community.

Members of the Special Olympics...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:39pm

Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor ‘Moored by the Canal’ is just one of the many artworks to be shown at Gallery One’s March show, ‘Our Towns.’

Gallery One’s new show takes a look at ‘Our Towns’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its March show, “Our Towns,” which is open to the public Feb. 26 through March 31.

Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Millville share the spotlight with this month’s theme....

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:27pm

NWTF to host banquet Feb. 22

The National Wildlife Turkey Federation’s Lower Delaware Chapter will be hosting its 24th annual Hunting Heritage banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the CHEER Community Center, located at 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

The annual event...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 2:50pm

A Night to Shine

A Night to Shine

A Night to Shine: Local special-needs teens and adults had a prom-style experience at the annual Night to Shine event, held in Ocean View and supported by numerous local businesses and volunteers. From arrivals in a limousine and a red-carpet...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 9:14am

Mardi Gras mask

Bienvenue à Bourbon Street!

Friends of the Selbyville Public Library host Mardi Gras fundraiser

Selbyville warmed up the winter with the fourth annual Mardi Gras Benefit, hosted by the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library. The Feb. 8 fundraiser featured a full house of New Orleans-style food, music and fun. Many have joined the...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 9:04am

Dalton Wayne delivers four handmade pieces of equipment to the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club. He is pictured here with the club’s executive director, Ericka Kennedy, program director C.J. Pitts and his dad, Chuck Wayne.

Eagle Scout project caps a childhood at Boys & Girls Club

Visiting the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club last month was like coming home for Dalton Wayne, just three days away from his 18th birthday. Having spent many childhood days there, Wayne planned his Eagle Scout service project to benefit the...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:54am

Darrel and Leona Neidigh have spent 73 years married.

Ocean View couple notes humor, respect as hallmarks of a 73-year marriage

Valentine's Day feature

Of all the gifts Darrel Neidigh has given his wife during their 73 years of marriage, humor just might be the most treasured.

Quick to tell a joke and with an easy manner, the 96-year-old Ocean View resident keeps his 97-year-old wife,...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:35am

Alva and Bob Hutchinson.

Dagsboro couple has not-so-secret secret to decades-long marriage

Valentine's Day feature

All these years later, Alva Hutchison still laughs when she remembers her mother giving her a perm at home (because she wanted her little girl to have curls), when their neighbor, Bob, knocked on the door.

It was snowing on Kent Island, Md...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:33am

Lene and Rich Kuhblank met in Germany and now reside in Ocean View.

Local couple met in Germany, settled in Ocean View

Valentine's Day feature

They met July 4, 1963, in Heidelberg, Germany, where Rich Kuhblank was stationed.

The girl he saw across the room at a dance was arguing with a man, and Kuhblank, who had been watching her, went to her rescue.

“Her date walked away...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:29am

Visit to the area’s past goes ‘Barefoot in Fenwick Island’

The Fenwick Island Lighthouse has stood as a landmark in the beach town for more than a century — built in 1858 and first lit a year later. Today, it is surrounded by mobile homes and beach-related businesses.

But according to Kimberly...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:25am

IRHS FFA taking orders for strawberry-sale fundraiser

Delaware’s still chilly, but Florida strawberries will soon be arriving to help fill the void. Local students are hosting a fresh strawberry sale to benefit the Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Indian River High School.

Full flats (8...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

REAL ID deadline approaching in October

Delaware Driver License that don’t have a gold star in the top right corner are not REAL ID federally compliant, and beginning Oct. 1, those who do not have a federally compliant credential will not be able to board a domestic flight without...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:59pm

Dana Mason of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, left, reads a tribute to quilt recipient Charles Marvel at a ceremony on Feb. 9 at the Mason Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View. Looking on are Marguerite Neimoller of the Foundation, holding his quilt; Marvel’s wife, Irene, and Post 7234 Commander Dean Levering.

Quilts of Valor

The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by Seaford resident Catherine Roberts, whose son Nat was deployed with the U.S. military in Iraq. Since then, more than 246,000 quilts have been awarded to soldiers and veterans across the...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:55pm

Volunteers filled goodie bags on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Ocean View Church of Christ, in preparation for Friday's Night to Shine event.

Prepping for a ‘Night to Shine’

Throughout this week, the Ocean View Church of Christ has been getting its bling on.

Dozens of volunteers have spent time in the church putting up sparkly decorations and satiny swags. Giant metal-framed stars stand ready to be filled with...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:49pm

Bunny Palooza 5K/10K run/walk set for April 11

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) this week announced that the seventh annual Bunny Palooza will take place on Saturday, April 11, the Saturday morning before Easter Sunday, presented by Mango’s.

Bunny Palooza offers three...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:12pm

Abigail McCabe, 9 months takes in the wonders of Fire & Ice. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Fire & Ice Festival in Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Millville on Jan. 24-26, featuring ice sculptures and entertainment for the family.

Fire & Ice

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Fire & Ice Festival in Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Millville on Jan. 24-26, featuring ice sculptures and entertainment for the family.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 11:49am

Maggie, a local Shih Tzu that passed away in December 2016 from over-vaccination, is the inspiration behind Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act.

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act passed in legislature

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, formally known as House Bill 214, passed the Delaware General Assembly by unanimous vote this week, leaving its initiator, local businessman Al Casapulla, with a lump in his throat.

His beloved Shih Tzu,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:34am

Frankford police chief to host family Valentine’s luncheon

Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan is inviting area families to a Valentine’s luncheon — with a message he hopes they will carry with them far past the holiday.

Corrigan has invited Georgetown attorney Tasha Stevens to speak...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:27am

Tickets on sale for this weekend’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast

Get ’em while they’re hot! Tickets to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on Feb. 1, that is.

Also, the famous oyster fritters, steamed oysters, fried oyster sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, hot sausages...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:25am

Local author Amy Burgard, in her Ocean View home, shows off her book ‘Lift.’

Local author aims to spread healing from grief, bullying

When Amy Burgard talks about her late husband, Raymon George, it’s with the tenderness of a devoted wife.

That dedication is strongly apparent in the book she wrote about their life together, “For I Know the Plans: Navigating Through the...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:12am

Selbyville Middle School finalists reassemble for a photo: From top left, clockwise, are: eighth-graders Gareth Atemose (third place), Ian Lewis (first place), Nicholas Carrol (second place) and Max Fadden, and sixth-graders Madison Burton and Mason Schafer. Not pictured are finalists Evan Sprucebank (tied for third), Riley Hurd, Jeremy Long, Leo Martin and Lillyan Merrek.

‘Geography is people’

GeoBee contestants show world knowledge

Local students showed their skills in the National Geographic GeoBee, held this January at three schools in Selbyville, Millsboro and Ocean View.

Questions posed in the bee ask students to draw from their knowledge of history, current...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:10am

Tony Rinaldo, vice president of the Lord Baltimore LIons Club; Stacy Robinson, Sussex County chapter coordinator for Attack Addiction and school nurse at Sussex Central; and Principal Jason Macrides of Selbyville Middle School pose for a photo in front of the vaping information boards at Selbyville Middle School.

Lions Club takes on vaping concerns with IRSD, SMS, Attack Addiction

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club has been working with the Indian River School District, Selbyville Middle School and Attack Addiction on the problem of vaping among students. Club representatives noted that vaping is also becoming a hot-button...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:02am

Veterans of the Vietnam War receiving Quilts of Valor during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Wall That Heals site at the Mason-Dixon V.F.W. Post 7234, Ocean View, include, from left, Rusty Fowler, Frank Mathers, Rich Kuhblank and John Mitchell.

Quilts of Valor Foundation to hold ‘block drive’ on Feb. 1

The Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give comfort and healing to military service members and veterans through quilts, is holding a “Sew Day” in Ocean View on Feb. 1.

The goal of this “...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:57am

Bethany Beach First Responders Sports Weekend announced for 2020

The annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sports Weekend will take place on Sept. 19 and 20. This year’s event will consist of a half-marathon and half-marathon relay on Sunday and a 10K and 5K on Saturday.

Challenge runs will also be...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:33am

Frankford ‘Night of Poetry’ to feature three poets


Poets have a unique way of writing about the world, whether lovely, harsh, sad or humorous. And the Frankford Public Library is inviting the public to hear from three local poets at a “Night of Poetry” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m....

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:30am

This year's Fire & Ice Festival expands from Bethany Beach to Ocean View and Millville, running throughout the weekend. Ice sculptures, like this icy octupus from last year's festival, will be on display on the boardwalk, at Bear Trap Dunes and at Lord's Landscaping, where the ice feature will be an ice slide.

Fire & Ice Festival going ‘Out of This World’

The 2020 Fire & Ice Festival is not only four times the size of its predecessors, it’s “Out of This World.”

That’s the theme for the festival, now in its third year, and it sets the tone for three days that not only include amazing ice...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:05am


Frankford library to host interactive ‘Frozen’ and ‘Toy Story’ days

It feels like almost every child who’s seen “Frozen” or “Toy Story 4” has become instantly obsessed with the hilarious but heartwarming films.

The Frankford Public Library will host free showings of both movies, allowing families too geek...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:04pm

Winter warming up with Selbyville library Mardi Gras fundraiser

The excitement of New Orleans will swing through Sussex County at the 2020 Mardi Gras Benefit on Saturday, Feb. 8, hosted by the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

Guests will party at the library after hours, from 6 to 9 p.m. Many...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Christina and Jillian Calanna, both of Ocean View, participated in a Sussex County Area tournament at Millsboro Lanes on Saturday, Jan. 11. The pair have qualified for the 2020 Delaware Special Olympics state bowling championships on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Dover.

Special Olympics bowlers set to hit the lanes for state meet

The 2020 Delaware Special Olympics state bowling championships will take place this Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Brunswick Doverama, located inside the Rodney Village Shopping Center in Dover.

Action is set to get under way at 8:30 a.m., with...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:51pm

Full weekend of events planned for MLK commemoration

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Weekend will be observed with three events in Millsboro, Georgetown and Lewes, beginning on Saturday.

A parade will be held in downtown Lewes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and a...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:42pm

History talk going ‘Barefoot in Fenwick’

It’s easy to wonder, while walking along the beach when the crowds have gone home for the winter, what it might have been like there in the previous two centuries, before the beachfronts became as developed as they are today.

The Ocean...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:41pm

Pictured left to right are: Judy Mullen; Sally Ledger; Muriel Pfeiffer, Vice-President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; Henrietta Belcher Stack, President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; and Andy Markovitz, Commodore of the Indian River Yacht Club .

Women’s Club of Indian River participates in community projects

The General Federation of Women’s Club, Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club, Women’s Club of Indian River have done two community projects this past month.

The first was to receive items for the USO, at the Dover Air Force Base by...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

No fear for 2020

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Revelers celebrated the dawn of a new year by jumping in the ocean. These brave souls participated in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge in Bethany Beach.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:25pm

Olga and Eric Tsavdar enjoy some time with their twins, Levi and Eliza -- the first babies born at Beebe Healthcare on Jan. 1, 2020.

New year brings double bundle of joy for family

The first baby of the new year is always a big deal in a hospital maternity ward — but the first baby in a new decade is even more special. When it’s twins, and the year is 2020, that’s a lot of twos, and a lot of excitement.


Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:04pm

Local roofer Steve Lannon suffered injuries during a fall in December. The injuries sustained will likely result in paraplegia, so his sister Teresa Gallagher is organizing a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with medical costs.

Funds being raised for Millville roofer after traumatic fall

As Steve Lannon — a local roofer in Bethany Beach — fights to recover after falling about 30 feet, friends are posting messages and donating to a GoFundMe account organized by his sister.

Lannon, 62, an ardent Washington Redskins fan who...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:31pm

Family of late Aurora Limmer raising money for memorial display

The grandmother of Aurora Limmer, the 9-year-old Ocean View girl who died from neuroblastoma in September, is planning a fundraiser to buy an oversized beach chair in the child’s memory, hoping she will receive permission to place it in front of...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:27pm

For these young asylum-seekers, happiness can be found in a new backpack.

Local women seek support for Asylum Seekers Project

Spurred on by a desire to be of some humanitarian assistance to thousands of men, women and children asylum-seekers in Mexico awaiting entrance at the Texas border, Sussex County residents Jessica Clark and Debi Goebel found St. Peter’s & St...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:25pm