News Briefs 05/24/19

May 24, 2019

Rehoboth Memorial Day ceremony May 27
VFW Post 7447 will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, beginning at 11 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be an open house at Post 7447, 101 State Road. For more information call 302-227-3469 or go to

Lewes Memorial Day parade May 27
American Legion Post 17 will present a Memorial Day parade at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27, beginning at 133 Kings Highway and proceeding down Savannah Road across the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal drawbridge to 113 American Legion Road, where a service will follow at the Post Home.

Milton VFW hosts Memorial Day service May 27
Milton VFW Post 6984 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27, at Milton Memorial Park. All are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

DAR chapter to hold wreath-laying ceremony May 27
The Col. David Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold a Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday, May 27, at Lewes Presbyterian Church cemetery, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. Veterans organizations, the ROTC, lineage societies, civic leaders and elected officials will participate in honoring Revolutionary War patriot Col. David Hall. The public is invited; for details, email Kathy Lindemer,

Sussex council not meeting on May 28
Sussex County government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, May 28. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown.

Lewes Public Art Committee to meet May 28
The Lewes Public Art Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at city hall. The group will discuss education, including a field trip to Philadelphia and a public seminar; developing a long-range plan; and discussion of art presented by committee members. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes bike and ped committee to meet May 28
The Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at city hall. The group will discuss the map and guide, public outreach efforts, and ideas to improve bicycling and walking in Lewes. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes Waterfront Preserve hearing set May 29
The Lewes Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Lewes Waterfront Preserve development at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, at the Rollins Community Center. Setting Properties Inc. is seeking preliminary consent approval of a major subdivision application, formerly known as the Brittingham property, to create 90 townhouse lots on a parcel located along New Road near the Canary Creek bridge. 

Plan submittal information can be reviewed at Comments on the proposed application can also be submitted on the website during the public hearing comment period. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes City Hall, BPW closed Memorial Day
Lewes City Hall and the Board of Public Works office will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at normal time Tuesday, May 28. 

Rehoboth City Hall open Memorial Day May 27
Rehoboth City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be open Memorial Day, May 27, during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residential trash pickup will remain on the regular schedule for Memorial Day. Go to for a trash collection calendar. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or

Henlopen Acres Town Hall closed Memorial Day
Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. For more information call 302-227-6411. A full copy of the agenda can be found at

Sussex Memorial Day Celebration set May 26
The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on The Circle in Georgetown, Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club. 
The keynote speech, “Faithful to Their Memory,” will be delivered by Lt. Col. David Smith, USMC (Ret.), an experienced commander of tactical air support groups and a survivor of the 2011 attack on the Pentagon. Since retiring in 2004, Smith served as an instructor at high school JROTCs. He is currently senior Marine instructor at the Marine Corps JROTC program at Woodbridge High School in Greenwood.

Master of ceremonies will be Sen. Brian G. Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown. The colors will be presented by the Sussex Central High School Junior Army ROTC. Invocation and benediction will be offered by the Rev. Rebecca L. Collison of the Wesley and Bethesda United Methodist Churches in Georgetown. Cathy Gorman of Georgetown will return to sing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” The audience is invited to sing along.

Memorial wreaths will be placed by local veterans groups and service organizations in tribute to those who died in both world wars, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts to protect our freedoms. Assisting will be members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America. 
The rifle salute will be executed by members of the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware National Guard, stationed at the Georgetown Armory. “Taps” and its echo will be performed by Sussex Central Band Director Ben Ables and his son Zachery, a student at Sussex Central.

The program is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. Seating is provided on The Circle. Attendees are also encouraged to bring comfortable folding chairs. For details contact G. Holland vanValkenburgh, co-chair, 302-856-2734 or Shirley O. Dennis, co-chair, 302-628-3131.