Community Briefs 3/15/23

March 15, 2023
Friends of Cape Henlopen flea market set March 18

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will hold its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 18,  at the Officers Club in the park, rain or shine.

Many diverse items will be offered at bargain prices. Friends merchandise will also be available, including some clearance items. Friends members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

Donations to the event offer a great opportunity for decluttering one’s home of unwanted gifts and items no longer in use. Most types of donations are welcome; categories not accepted are clothing items (including shoes), magazines, cookbooks, textbooks, guides, dictionaries and encyclopedias. Clean, usable donations may be dropped off at the Officers Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 17. 

For details, go to The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who donate their time to promote one of the crown jewels of Delaware’s state parks. 

Genealogical society to meet March 18

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 18, at Lewes Public Library and via Zoom. The speaker is Carla Cegielski, a full-time family history researcher specializing in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She speaks frequently at genealogical societies, libraries and conferences. She will focus on Mining for Genealogical Treasures in the Internet Archive. All are welcome to attend. For a Zoom invitation, email For more information, go to

UUSD to meet March 19

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will hold an in-person and livestreamed service at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 19. Blooming into Your Spring is the topic. For more information, go to

Eastern Sussex Republicans to meet March 20

The Eastern Sussex Republican Club will  meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, at Delaware State Police Troop 7, 19444 Mulberry Knoll Road, Lewes. A social half-hour will precede the meeting. Guest speaker will be Ben Cassell from the Convention of States, a movement of grassroots citizens fed up with business as usual in Washington, D.C. He will discuss Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. This may be a way to impose fiscal restraint on the federal government and limit congressional terms in office.

First State Antique Tractor Club meeting set March 21

The First State Antique Tractor Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at the Greenwood VFW on the corner of Governors Avenue and Mill Street. Plans for the 2023 annual show will be discussed, in addition to new club business. Light refreshments will be served. The club is always looking for new members. For more information, contact Maralene Givens at 302-228-2674 or, or go to

GOP town hall to address electric vehicle mandate March 21

The Delaware GOP will host a town hall discussion on Delaware’s looming zero-emission vehicle mandate at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at the Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro. The gathering is open to all, regardless of party affiliation. Speakers include Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro; climatologist David Legates; and Dave Stevenson, Caesar Rodney Institute Center for Energy & Environmental Policy director.

Farm bureau sets annual ag safety conference March 22

The 6th Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at Loblolly Acres, 3893 Turkey Point Road, Viola.

Presented by the Delaware Farm Bureau in partnership with Nationwide, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Loblolly Acres, the conference will feature presentations on various safety topics, vendors and door prizes. Morning coffee and lunch will also be provided.

Presentations will include: Hay Bale Safety with Jules Hendrix of Crow Insurance Agency and Nationwide; Tick Talk with Dr. Ashley Kennedy of DNREC; Water Quality and the Effects on Pesticide Performance with Dr. Kerry Richards of University of Delaware (one pesticide credit included for participants); and and Being Safe & Smart around Moving Equipment and Parts with Don Clifton, DFB executive director.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, go to

Georgetown library student art show reception set March 22

Works by promising young artists from three Sussex County schools are now on display for the annual student art show at Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. All participants and their teachers will be honored at a closing reception set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 22.

Sponsored by Georgetown Arts and Flowers Inc., this year’s show features artwork by students in kindergarten through eighth grade from North Georgetown Elementary, Georgetown Elementary and Sussex Academy.

The variety of work will be judged by three local artists for first-, second- and third-place prizes along with honorable mention awards.

Educational consultants to discuss college admissions March 24

Educational consultants Debbie Cinquemani and Marissa Guijarro will give a complimentary presentation, Unlocking the Mysteries of College Admissions, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 24, at the Hampton Inn, Rehoboth Beach.

Topics will include how to stand out from the crowd in competitive college admissions; college affordability and how to maximize financial aid, merit aid and scholarships; maximizing demonstrated interest to boost college admissions; college research hacks and finding the perfect fit for each student; the purpose of college; extracurricular excellence and how students can showcase their achievements; and ACT vs. SAT, which is the best test for each student. 

To RSVP, call Robert West at 302-745-1284 or email For more information, go to

‘Big River’ to open at Possum Hall March 24

Possum Point Players will present the musical “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” with performance dates Friday to Sunday, March 24 to 26, and March 31 to April 2. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays, at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown. 

Mark Twain's timeless classic sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the energetic Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their river raft adventures along the way range from hilarious to suspenseful, and then touching.

Admission is $27 for adults, and $25 for seniors and students. All seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, go to or call 302-856-4560.

Lakeside Community craft fair set March 25

Lakeside Community Homeowners will hold a spring craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Lakeside Community Center, 33076 Rock Cove, Millsboro. There will be original art, wood decor, wreaths, sewn and knitted items, sea glass art, photos on canvas, decorative pilings, jewelry and more. Baked goods, lunch and soup will be available. There is plenty of free parking.

Lenten retreat set at St. Andrew Orthodox Church March 25

St. Andrew Orthodox Church will host a daylong Lenten retreat at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at 33384 Mackenzie Way, Lewes.

St. Polycarp: Bishop, Martyr, and Teacher of Apostolic Tradition will be presented by Brian Ephrem Fitzgerald, PhD. St. Polycarp, (c. 69 - c. 156) is one of the apostolic fathers, early witnesses and teachers of the Christian church. As a witness, he led a life of heartfelt purity and ended his earthly sojourn as a faithful martyr for his Lord. His story is the first Christian narrative of a martyrdom outside of the New Testament.

Fitzgerald is an independent scholar, adjunct professor at Eastern University and longtime Orthodox Christian with publications at Liverpool University Press, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and the Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.

There is no cost for this event. Since lunch will be provided, email RSVPs to

All are welcome to remain for coffee, fellowship and vespers at 6 p.m.

For more information, go to

Teen job fair invites local businesses to participate March 25

The Lewes Public Library welcomes local businesses to participate in its annual teen job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes.

The fair connects teen applicants ages 14-19 with local businesses to discuss seasonal and/or year-round employment opportunities. Past fairs have drawn nearly 400 interested teens.

“This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to reach a large and motivated audience of teen applicants,” said Emily Ellinger, teen services librarian. “It also allows teens to gain experience with the hiring and application process in a supportive, community-based environment.”

The fair is free for both businesses and applicants. Interested businesses should contact Emily Ellinger at Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Eastern Sussex Democrats to meet March 27

The Eastern Sussex Democrats will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Briarwood Clubhouse, 2 Woods Drive, Lewes. The featured speaker will be Mike Brickner, ACLU of Delaware executive director. Brickner will address the role of the ACLU in defending the rights citizens are all guaranteed by the Constitution. Meeting cost including dinner is $25. For registration information, contact Tom Iarossi at 801-831-8994 or

VFW art contest and scholarship entries due March 30 

VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 Auxiliary in Ocean View announced the following contests and scholarship opportunities. For students in grades 9 to 12, entries for the creative patriotic art contest and 3-D patriotic art contest are due Thursday, March 30. For students in grades K to 8, entries for the Illustrating America art contest and the Get Excited for Red, White & Blue contest are due March 30. For more information, go to or email

In an effort to support local students, the future leaders and veterans of the community and country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary members of the Ocean View Mason Dixon Post 7234 offer a $1,500 scholarship to a 2023 graduating student attending Indian River High School. Applications are due March 30.

For more information, go to or email

UUSD social justice grants applications due March 31

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes, will accept grants until Friday, March 31, from nonprofits for special projects serving Sussex County. The grants are made possible by the Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund, which is administered by the UUSD Social and Environmental Justice Committee. The fund awards grants annually of up to $2,500 each to organizations whose justice work serving Sussex County aligns with UUSD’s mission, vision and resolution of conscience. UUSD funded four local organizations last year through the fund.

For more information, go to and scroll to Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund Application or contact Mac Goekler, UUSD social and environmental justice committee co-chair, at

Lunch With a Purpose seeks applications by April 1 

Applications are now being accepted for sponsors and nonprofit beneficiaries for the Lunch With a Purpose 2023-24 season, with events beginning in September.

Nonsectarian 501c3-designated charities that serve Sussex County or groups such as women’s clubs or HOA organizations that would like to sponsor a certified charity are encouraged to complete and submit an application. Sponsoring organizations would be responsible for providing the support needed by the charity in preparation for the lunch, and hosting the lunch, as some charities may not have the staff or volunteers to host an event on their own.

For application information, contact Ruth Pryor at The application deadline is Saturday, April 1.

Lunch With a Purpose continues the 2022-23 season with events set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Heritage Shores in support of Laurel Public Library; Wednesday, March 1, at Baywood supporting First State Community Action Agency; Wednesday April 5, at Signatures at Bayside to benefit Champions for Children’s Mental Health; and Wednesday, May 3, at Baywood for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

For details, go to Lunch with a Purpose/Coastal Delaware on Facebook.

Zwaanendael Club scholarship applications due April 1

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Cape Henlopen High School graduating seniors planning to continue their education at college or vocational technical school. The recipient of the McWhorter-Ungerbuehler scholarship  will be chosen from applicants who are in good academic standing. Applications are due by Saturday, April 1, and the winner will be announced in June. The 2023 scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.

Applications can be downloaded at or obtained from a Cape guidance counselor. For questions, contact Joyce Skrobot at

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation whose members are public-spirited women serving and improving their community. This scholarship is awarded through the club’s education and libraries community service program.

NARFE to meet April 13

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 met March 9 and heard from Robbie Murray, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services director, about the county EMS system. Members extend thanks to Murray and all Sussex County officials who have spoken at chapter meetings.

For the next meeting, Joseph Thomas, Sussex County Emergency Operations director, will speak at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at 1776 Steakhouse. Reservations are due by Thursday April 6, to Bill Hucker, Chapter 1690 is ready to assist federal employees with information or support related to federal benefits. To learn more, go to

Agriculture scholarship applications due April 15

First State Antique Tractor Club scholarship applications are due Saturday, April 15. The club awards four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors interested in a college agriculture degree. For more information, go to or contact William Argo at 302-856-7800.

Friends of Lewes library board applications due April 15

Friends of the Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve for three-year appointments on the board of directors.

The purpose of the Friends board of directors is to raise funds for the library’s use, including purchasing lending materials such as books, sponsoring performances, enhancing children's programming and promoting the library in general. The Friends also operates the Just Between Friends shop located inside the library.

Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library.

Board members are expected to be actively involved in enhancing and improving the all-volunteer operation of the Friends shop and other fundraising activities. Board meetings are held monthly.

To be considered, send a completed application to Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library president, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE 19958, by Saturday, April 15.  Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page  at For more information, contact Vessella at

Apply by April 30 for Sunshine Circle Club scholarships

The Sunshine Circle Club in Sussex County, whose motto is Women Involved with Community, is now accepting scholarship applications for 2023. To find out about eligibility and to apply, email or call 302-227-8738. Deadline is Sunday, April 30.

MLK organization scholarship applications due April 30

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization Sussex County Inc. is accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors in Sussex County. The scholarship was established to help support local students who want to pursue higher education and are interested in perpetuating Dr. King’s legacy, vision and dream. For applications, call 302-227-3118. The deadline for completed applications to be returned is Sunday, April 30.

Distinguished Young Women program applications due May 1

Distinguished Young Women of Delaware is seeking applicants from the Class of 2024 for its August program. 

The nonprofit organization provides college scholarships and personal growth opportunities to young women who are looking to attend college. The program focuses on scholarship, leadership and talent. Workshops will help girls build life skills like job interviewing and public speaking.

The organization awards more than $1 billion nationally in scholarships to participants each year. Every girl walks away with new skills that will serve her well after graduation, and it's free to participate.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 1.

For more information or to apply, email or go to

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