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Cape Life Briefs

June 21, 2017
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Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day will be June 24

The Nanticoke Indian Association is hosting its annual heritage day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the Nanticoke Indian Museum, 26673 John J. Williams Hwy., Millsboro. The Nanticoke Dance Troupe will perform. Guest speaker will be Russ McCabe, director emeritus, Delaware Public Archives. There will be free museum admission; Native American foods, arts and crafts for sale; Native American dancing and singing; face painting; and Nanticoke Indian Museum tours.

Blueberry festival to benefit cancer society June 24

Parson's Farm in Dagsboro will host a blueberry festival to benefit the American Cancer Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24. There will be hayrides, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, children's games and activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and health screenings by Beebe Healthcare and Cancer Support Community Delaware. Dirt Road Outlaws Band will play, and at 12 p.m., Elvis tribute artist Bob Lougheed will perform. The cost is $7, with children 2 and under free. Attendees may bring chairs or blankets for listening pleasure. Blueberry recipe contest entries are due by 5 p.m., Friday, June 23. The farm is at 30381 Armory Road, Dagsboro.

Emergency Services Awareness Day to be June 24

The Inaugural Emergency Services Awareness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. There will be representatives from multiple volunteer fire companies, local and state law enforcement agencies, Delaware State Fire School and various departments from DNREC and Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. There will be food from vendors including breakfast items from Roxana VFC Ladies Auxiliary. This event is to raise the public's awareness of all the emergency services available in the state and local areas. Fire apparatus will be on display, and the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit and specialized units will be in attendance. This is a free, family-oriented event for all ages. The address is 35943 Zion Church Road, Roxana (Frankford).

Italian dinner set June 25 at American Legion Post 28

The American Legion Post 28 family will hold an Italian dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 25. Tickets are $5 and include spaghetti, meatballs, ziti, salad, garlic bread, desserts, coffee and tea. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Day of Service project. The public is invited to attend to meet new officers and talk with legion, auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and Riders members about projects that benefit veterans, military, children, youth and the community at large. Tickets are available at the post and auxiliary office at 31768 Legion Road in Millsboro. For more information, go to www.alpost28.com or call 302-381-3897.

Donate books by June 30 for Millsboro library sale to open July 20

The last day book sale donations will be accepted by Friends of the Millsboro Public Library is Friday, June 30. The organization extends thanks to donors of the thousands of books. A member preview night will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 20. Memberships are available for $5 per person. The sale runs from 12 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 21, and 9 a.m to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 22. The sale will continue from 12 to 7 p.m, Friday, July 28, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 29.

Delawarean Nancy Powell receives national diplomacy award

The American Foreign Service Association presented its prestigious award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy to Delawarean Nancy J. Powell at a June 20 ceremony at the Department of State. The award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to diplomacy over a period of many years. Previous recipients of this award include President George H.W. Bush; secretaries of state George Shultz, Lawrence Eagleburger and Cyrus Vance; senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn; Congressman Lee Hamilton; and ambassadors Thomas Pickering, Ruth Davis and Bruce Laingen. Powell is being recognized for her many years of exemplary service to the United States, and for her continued efforts to better the foreign service since her retirement in 2014. Throughout her distinguished career, Powell served as U.S. ambassador to Uganda, Ghana, Pakistan, Nepal and India, as well as in leadership positions in Washington including deputy assistant secretary for Africa and director general of the foreign service. Powell's dedicated service was recognized with both the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award and a Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Following her retirement in 2014, Powell coordinated the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, while still managing to mentor countless colleagues on their own lives and careers in the foreign service.

Friends of John Dickinson Mansion elect officers and board members

The Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion Inc. elected officers and two new board members at their June 6 meeting. The Hon. Randy J. Holland, who recently retired from the Delaware Supreme Court spoke about John Dickinson's law studies at the Middle Temple in London, England, and how that experience influenced Dickinson's political thought. The two new officers elected are John Richter of Dover, president; and Gary Gredell, Newark, vice president. Joan Mason of Rehoboth Beach and Frank Newton of Dover were re-elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively. The two new board members are Diane Crom of Woodside and Scott Killen of Newark.
The Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion group promotes interest in John Dickinson and the mansion, to make sure the mansion is preserved by the state as a historic site for the benefit of the public and to assist the state in carrying out these functions. For more information, go to www.dickinsonmansion.org.

Rehoboth library seeks trustee applications by July 5

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library Board of Trustees will be considering applications and nominations for a vacancy on the board. They will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, to review applications. They will discuss any interested persons' qualifications and make a decision to forward a single nomination to the Sussex County Resident Superior Court Judge for appointment. The board consists of five members, each appointed for a five-year term with a maximum of two terms. The board meets once per month for approximately two hours. Additional meetings may be held as circumstances warrant. The board functions as a policy-making body, with oversight of fiscal responsibility, long-range planning and maintenance of the building. The Rehoboth Beach Public Library is an independent library that receives functional guidance from the Sussex County and Delaware State Library directors. To apply by Wednesday, July 5, email a resume to rehobothbeach.library@lib.de.us or drop a copy off at the library.

AAUW Notable Books Discussion will be July 6

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the first Thursday of the month at Lewes Public Library. For July 6, the book will be “Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva” by Rosemary Sullivan. It is a portrait of a woman unable to escape the terrible shadow of her father. Open to all members and the public. For more information, call Laura at 302-332-0340.

Afternoon jackpot bingo set July 12

Afternoon jackpot bingo will be held Wednesday, July 12, at Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; early bird games begin at 1:30 p.m. and regular games start at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes one game pack, specials, lunch, beverage and dessert. Additional games may be purchased. The public is welcome but participants must be over 18. For more information, call Bernita Hackney at 302-227-2055.

Pancake and sausage breakfast set July 12

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday, July 27, at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth. The cost is $5 per person including orange juice and coffee. For more information, call Bernita Hackney at 302-227-2055.

Angola by the Bay Women's Group craft show will be July 15

Angola by the Bay Women's Group will host its 42nd Annual Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 15, in the shaded area adjacent to the clubhouse at 33457 Woodland Circle, five miles west of Route 1, off Angola Road. Last year, over 100 potters, jewelers, artists, carpenters and other crafters made the show a highlight of the summer season. Many new vendors will participate this year. Refreshments are available from the Angola by the Bay Men's Club. Admission is free. For more information, call 302-313-9922. Proceeds help fund many local charities, a scholarship and projects in the Angola by the Bay community.

Adult Summer Reading Bingo begins at Lewes library

The Lewes Public Library has kicked off the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program. In keeping with this year's theme Build A Better World, the library is sponsoring a Summer Reading Bingo contest. Patrons can play the bingo cards and be entered for monthly prizes as well as a grand prize drawing Friday, Sept. 1. Bingo cards are available at the library's circulation desk. For more information, go to www.leweslibrary.org or call 302-645-2733. 

Browseabout Books to offer free children’s storytime five days a week 

Browse about Books in Rehoboth Beach will hold free children's story times five times a week beginning at 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, June 17. Each event includes a story and an easy-to-do craft. Every story time will have a theme, such as pirates, unicorns, princesses and dragons. Favorite characters will be visiting throughout the summer on the following dates: Taco Dragon, Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25; Rainbow Fish, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2; Ladybug Girl, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30; Clifford, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6; Paddington, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20; and Pete the Cat, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3. Owners Steve and Barbara Crane have made Browseabout Books an institution in Rehoboth Beach for 42 years. For more information, visit the store at 133 Rehoboth Ave., go to www.browseaboutbooks.com or call 302-226-2665.

Spaces available for yard sale July 15

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 15. Spaces are available for $20 each. Sellers must supply their own tables. In conjunction with the yard sale, a pancake breakfast will be held. Two pancakes and two sausages will be available for $5. Eggs and orange juice will be available at an additional cost of $1 each. The event takes place at American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. For more information, go to www.alpost28.com.

Program seeks school supplies donations by Aug. 4

The Adopt-A-Student program of the Delaware Division of Health and Human Services is now open. The program is designed to encourage a positive attitude toward school by helping with the supplies students need to achieve success. The program accepts backpack and school supply donations, and $50 gift cards to retail stores that carry school uniforms such as Forman Mills, Kmart, Rainbow and Walmart. A $50 gift card will support one child with two school uniforms for the year. The deadline for 2017 donations is Friday, Aug. 4. All checks should be made payable to Adopt-A-Family. For donations from Kent and Sussex counties, mail or drop off to Division of State Service Centers, Suite 103, 13 SW Front St., Milford, DE 19963. For more information, call 302-424-7260 or go to www.adoptafamilyde.org.

Army Second (Indianhead) Division reunion set Sept. 13-17

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I. For more information about the association and the reunion set for Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 13-17, in Arlington, Va., contact Secretary-Treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net, call 224-225-1202 or go to www.2ida.

Volunteers needed for Guardianship Monitoring Program

There are approximately 1,200 active adult guardianship cases in the State of Delaware. These vulnerable individuals are adults who have been deemed incapacitated by the Court of Chancery and have had guardians appointed to make medical and/or financial decisions on their behalf. The Guardianship Monitoring Program is in need of volunteers to meet with these individuals, in care facilities as well as in the community, and to update the court on their current health and well-being. The program is seeking both individual volunteers and those interested in volunteering as partners, in all three Delaware counties. This is an extremely flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a background check, have reliable transportation with valid insurance and attend a brief training session. For more information, contact Theresa Marsico, volunteer services coordinator, Office of the Public Guardian at theresa.marsico@state.de.us or 302-223-1794.

Tutors needed for Literacy Delaware

Literacy Delaware is looking for tutors for both English-speaking and non-English-speaking learners. Training is provided for volunteers. To help someone improve their reading skills or help someone speak English, call the Frankford Public Library at 302-732-9351 and leave a message for Susan Rosenberg, Sussex County coordinator.

Alliance for Racial Justice seeks members

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. Anyone who is interested in ending racism and its corrosive consequences is invited to join free. Monthly meetings are held at Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes. Monthly book discussions are held at Lewes library. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter and to see a calendar of events, go to www.sdarj.org

Lewes Public Library seeks input 

The Lewes Public Library is in the process of updating its five-year strategic plan. Members of the public are asked to take a few minutes to answer a few questions to help the library better serve their needs. Forms are available at the library circulation desk. To answer questions online, go to www.LewesLibrary.org.

Lewes library seeks community groups for lobby display

The Lewes Public Library is seeking groups to organize informational displays in its lobby display case, which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library's doors every day. For nonprofit groups, this is an opportunity to educate the community about the services of their organizations. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and recruit new members. To schedule a two-week time period in 2017, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117 or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us. For more information, go to www.leweslibrary.org.

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets second Tuesdays

PFLAG–Rehoboth Beach provides support, education, and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their loved ones, family and friends, to cope with the unique challenges each of them may face. It can be difficult to learn that oneself or a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. PFLAG offers a safe place for people who have questions or would like share their experiences with others. PFLAG provides a confidential setting that is respectful of human diversity. PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Lewes Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to www.pflagrehobothbeach.org or contact Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or PFLAGRehobothBeach@gmail.com.

Exercise classes offered at Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth

A variety of exercise classes for seniors who are 55 and older are offered at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach. Zumba Gold/Toning class is set 9:05 to 10 a.m. Fridays. Yoga is set 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Tai Chi is set 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 11:05 a.m. to noon Fridays. Sit and Get Fit is offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays and from 10:05 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Arthritis exercises are offered from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Dancercise is set from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified. For more information about joining the Cape Henlopen Senior Center or to participate in any of these activities, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary Thrift Shop seeks volunteers for furniture transport

Beebe Auxiliary Thrift Shop needs volunteers one to two days per week to provide help, using their truck, to pick up and deliver donated furniture for the shop at 18675 Coastal Highway in the Midway Shopping Center. For more information, contact Amanda at 302-644-2878.

Delaware Veterans Coalition website adds job and service information

In addition to carrying information about proposed legislation on its website, the Delaware Veterans Coalition is including events and offers for veterans. "While we don't endorse any offer, we felt it would be helpful to include some of the information we routinely receive relating to veterans," said Dave Skocik, coalition president. The information includes resume preparation, law clinics, business opportunities and other services. The website was designed to be user friendly. The Legislation button provides access to all proposed or pending legislation affecting Delaware veterans. It's important that veterans make themselves aware of proposals that affect them and their families. "Adding information about job and other opportunities is more important now than ever," said Skocik. The Delaware Veterans Coalition is a nonprofit, pro bono lobbying organization that advocates for issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans with elected and public officials. The coalition's slogan is “Veterans are our only business." Membership is open to all honorably discharged military veterans residing in Delaware. For more information, go to www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com.

Italian Heritage Association seeks members who enjoy Italian culture

The Italian Heritage Association is a social club that meets once a month to enjoy learning the traditions of Italy and its people. Among its activities are holding potluck dinners of traditional cuisine, attending festivals, playing bocce and listening to members talk of families immigrating to America and their journeys in adapting to a new country. Whether of Italian descent or just enamored of Italian culture, those interested are welcome. Membership is now open. For more information, call Tony 302-947-0784.

Read Aloud Delaware seeks volunteers to read to children

Read Aloud Delaware is looking for volunteers who love to read to children. Volunteers usually read one to two hours per week in local child care centers. To sign up online, go to www.readalouddelaware.org. For more information, call 302-856-2527.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched an online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To find the  DCVA mobile-friendly application, go to www,de.gov/donatevets. The commission is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs. Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help assist veterans with immediate needs or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause. For more information, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.