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Cape Life Briefs August 2019

August 21, 2019

Delaware libraries celebrate reading and back to school

Delaware’s First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney and Delaware Libraries recently came together for the Summer Library Reading Celebration at Milford Public Library.

Quillen Carney, Delaware Libraries, United Way and other partners encourage all children and teens to continue to use their most valuable school supply, a library card, year-round.

“Promoting early literacy and school readiness is a critical part of giving all of Delaware’s children a first chance to succeed,” said Quillen Carney. “The library habit is about literacy, as well as parent-child engagement and access to other services that support strong and healthy families. I encourage every Delawarean to get and use a Delaware library card.”

“Librarians help to generate a passion for reading and learning,” said Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. “A healthy reading habit motivates, inspires, encourages creativity and ensures school success.”

“Opening a book opens children’s minds to possibilities and expands their view of other worlds,” said Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. “Libraries are a wonderful place to start those adventures for all readers.”

African American Empowerment Fund grant applications due Aug. 31

Delaware nonprofits are invited to apply for grants from the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, a giving circle of the Delaware Community Foundation. The grantmaking focus area for 2019 will be education, and more specifically, higher education access and retention. Grant awards will be up to $2,500, and funding requests should not exceed this amount. Each grant request must be submitted online through the DCF’s portal at www.delcf.org/grants. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31.

All applicants will be notified of decisions by Tuesday, Oct. 15. For more information, email AAEFD99@gmail.com.

CHEER and cruisers to host car and craft show Sept. 7

CHEER Inc. has partnered with the Georgetown County Seat Cruisers to present a car/craft show and flea market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at CHEER’s Greenwood Activity Center, 41 Schulze Road, just east of Route 13 at Greenwood. Tables are available to rent for $15 each for the outdoor craft show and flea market. A $5 lunch includes a hot dog, baked beans, coleslaw, bag of chips and bottle of water. For craft show-flea market information contact Fran Smith at 302-349-5237 or email fsmith@cheerde.com. Entry fee for the car show is $12. Trophies will be awarded. For car show information, contact Mabel Kelly at 302-398-8999 or email mabelkelly8999@comcast.net.

CHEER to host Trap Pond Fall Festival Sept. 6

CHEER’s 2019 Trap Pond Fall Festival will take on a carnival atmosphere with fun games, activities and a picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6. Trap Pond State Park is about five miles east of Laurel, south of Route 24.

DJ Sky Brady will provide music and antics all day. Healthcare professionals will provide informational materials and handouts. A traditional fried chicken lunch will be accompanied by ham, potato salad, green beans and ice cream. Tickets for the picnic are $6 for seniors 60 and over, and $8 for those under 60.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Robin Greene at 302-515-3063 or contact a local CHEER Activity Center director. Admission to the park will be free.

All proceeds will support CHEER’s Cooking for Sussex Seniors Kitchen Capital Campaign to build a new $1.6 million central kitchen.

Bird club to hear from rescue and research volunteer Sept. 8

The public is invited to attend the September meeting of the Sussex Bird Club at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at Lewes Public Library.

The speaker will be Ray Bryant, PhD, of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. Bryant will talk about his role as a transporter and re-nesting team member. In that capacity, he travels about 10,000 miles a year. The team of volunteers from southern Delaware has helped rescue and/or re-nest more than 1,000 birds from southern Delmarva over the last five years. His career spans over 40 years in public education. He is the immediate past president of the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club, where one of his initiatives is to end childhood hunger in Delaware.

With more than 40 years of experience, Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research is one of the premier wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States. Operating under federal and state permits, the staff and volunteers in the wild bird clinic provide expert medical care, housing and diets to injured, orphaned, and oiled native birds. The clinic is open 365 day a year to treat native birds that are often victims of cat attacks, habitat destruction, vehicular strikes, lead or pesticide poisoning, or entanglement in improperly discarded fishing line or other litter.

Corvette club to host Wheels and Wine Festival Sept. 8

The First State Corvette Club will host its Wheels and Wine Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery in Felton. Proceeds will be donated to Home of the Brave in Milford to benefit homeless women veterans.

Gordon English, club president, said, “We put our efforts into helping the Home of the Brave, a place where homeless women and men who bravely served our country can receive valuable services to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.”

Jessica Finan, Home of the Brave executive director, said, “The mission of the Home of the Brave is to reduce homelessness among our military veteran population. Without supporters such as the First State Corvette Club, we would struggle to find adequate funding for items such as food, household goods, utilities and personal effects. Home of the Brave is humbled at the amount of generous support that the First State Corvette Club provides on a yearly basis through the Wheels and Wine festival and car show.”

For more information, go to www.FirstStateCorvetteClub.org.

Big Beautiful Women Pageant set Sept. 8

The Delaware Big Beautiful Women Pageant for plus-size ladies will be held from 12 to 4 p.m, Sunday, Sept. 8, at Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington. Qualified participants must be at least 18 years old, at least a size 14, and be willing to promote plus-size beauty. Contestants model evening gown and lingerie, and demonstrate a talent. For more information, call 302-353-6717 or go to www.bbwpdelaware.com.

Register early for Lewes Lions golf event to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center Sept. 9

The Lewes Lions Club golf event to benefit Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center Patient Special Needs Fund will begin at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. Last year’s event netted $13,000 for the cancer center. Registration is now open, and Lions are asking golfers to organize their own foursomes or sign up individually. Signing up early is recommended, as the event is expected to sell out. Non-golfers may participate by choosing the dinner-only option.

For more information, go to www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/lewesde/index.php, or email leweslionsclub@gmail.com or joedonohoe@comcast.net.

CHEER annual military honor day open to public Sept. 10

Honoring those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, CHEER will host a military honor day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, to educate the public about U.S. armed forces.

This patriotic event will be held at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center, at the corner of Sand Hill Road and Route 9, east of Georgetown. Admission is free to the public.

Students from area schools are invited to attend and visit the educational displays highlighting military events in American history. Students can meet veterans of American wars and conflicts, and share their experiences and memories. There will also be a memorial service for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure Americans’ freedom.

For more information, call Walt Koopman at 302-945-7122.

American Legion to host candlelight ceremony Sept. 11

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will hold its annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance with a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the post pavilion, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. The ceremony will honor  heroes from 9/11 and those who continue to serve the country. This year’s remembrance will feature singers Greg Fuller, Home of the Brave director, and Judy Mangini of Judy Sings the Blues, with a special appearance by the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums. The public is invited. In case of inclement weather, events will be held in the post bingo hall. For more information, go to www.alpost28.com.

Pet therapy team training set Sept. 14, 28

PAWS for People will hold training sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 28, at the Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Attendees may be anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering to work with children and adults with varying needs. PAWS for People provides therapeutic visits to people who will benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet. Therapy teams consist of one volunteer and one pet who have both completed rigorous training and testing. Visitation sites range from nursing homes and hospitals to schools and libraries, with a wide variety of programs including eldercare, psychiatric support, developmental disabilities, literacy skills development and more.

Both sessions are mandatory. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, go to www.pawsforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622.

All welcome at Millsboro library Friends meeting Sept. 19

Friends of the Millsboro Public Library, now in its 25th year, is conducting a membership drive. Community members can join in fundraising activities to advance the library in its service to the community. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of every month, September through June, at the library, 217 West State St., across from the Millsboro Little League field. The Friends annual book sale in July raises funds to benefit library programs and services. For more information, attend the Sept. 19 meeting or contact friendsofmillsboropl@gmail.com.

Victoria’s wine dinner to benefit breast cancer coalition Sept. 27

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announced Victoria’s Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach will host a five-course dinner and wine pairing event from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.

Victoria’s chef and wine consultant will pair the food course and wine to feature complementary components, richness and textures.

The Problematics will provide live entertainment. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction preview and cash bar. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Cost per person is $65. Seating is limited, so purchasing tickets early is recommended.

Funds raised help the coalition meet the needs of Delawareans with breast cancer by delivering community programs of survivorship support, outreach education, transportation and translation services.

To order tickets, go to www.dbcc.ejoinme.org/winepairingdinner or contact Connie Holdridge at 302-212-2947 or choldridge@debreastcancer.org.

Crooked Hammock event to benefit Just Us Cat and Kitten Rescue Sept. 29

Crooked Hammock will host a dine and donate event from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, in support of Just Us Cat and Kitten Rescue. There will be an auction and 50/50 raffle. Just Us is a local, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to meet the needs of communities dealing with feral cats and kittens. The rescue conducts a trap, neuter/spay and release program. As of Aug. 15, 357 cats had been spayed or neutered by Just Us. Volunteers operate adoption programs and low-cost vaccine clinics that serve dogs as well as cats. They also foster and socialize cats and kittens, and respond to many emergency calls about cats and kittens at risk. Just Us works with the local SPCA and other nonprofit organizations. Crooked Hammock is located at 36707 Crooked Hammock Way off Kings Highway in Lewes. For more information on Just Us, contact Bob Harrison at 302-228-7387 or Judy Kane at 302-542-5507. New volunteers are always welcome.

Sussex Republican Women to celebrate 19th Amendment Oct. 20

The Sussex County Republican Women’s Club Fall Into Fashion fundraiser planning committee, led by Marilyn Booker, met recently. The buffet luncheon event will be held from 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. Club members will model fashions from Twila Farrell in Lewes. The event will include a bake sale, and door prizes and silent auction items contributed by local merchants. Attendees are encouraged to wear something yellow in celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and passage of the 19th Amendment. Tickets are $40 per person, and there will be a cash bar. For more information, email info@scrwc.net.

Milford High Class of ‘69 to hold reunion Sept. 21

Milford High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rookery North in Milford. For more information, contact Gail Sharp Felin at felingoons@gmail.com.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy at nalmacy@gmail.com or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website, www.rehobothlibrary.org, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Fowler Beach at Prime Hook NWR closed through Sept. 1

The Fowler Beach area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the bay beach, dunes and back-barrier portions, is now closed entirely for the benefit of federally and state protected beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species. All access is prohibited. Area closures are subject to change and/or modification at any time. Access to Fowler Beach will reopen Sunday, Sept. 1, for full use by wildlife dependent visitors. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located just off Route 16 near Broadkill Beach at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook/.

Association seeks Army's 2nd Infantry Division members for reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. The association will host its 98th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 18 to 22, in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

Geneaology help offered first Saturdays

The Sussex County Genealogical Society and the Lewes Historical Society sponsor a monthly genealogist in residence program at the Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, the site of the old library. From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, SCGS members are available to help people begin or advance their family history research. No appointment is needed. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Millsboro Lions collect eyeglasses

Millsboro Lions Club collects eyeglasses to recycle for new wearers. Eyeglasses may be dropped off at the following collection sites: Accurate Eye, Peninsula Crossing, 26670 Centerview Drive No. 5, Millsboro; American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro; Best Ace Hardware Long Neck, 32362 Long Neck Road, Millsboro; Christian Storehouse, 149 Mitchell St., Millsboro; Delaware Eye Clinic, office of Dr. Jaoude, 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton; Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro; Millsboro Public Library, 217 W. State St., Millsboro; Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main St., Millsboro; and Sussex Eye Long Neck, 32030 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Child advocates needed

The Office of the Child Advocate-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. These are trained members of the community appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

The problems of child abuse and neglect belong to everyone. To be a part of the solution, be a CASA volunteer. Classes are forming now for training statewide. To apply, go to http://courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate.

Toastmasters seek new members; club meets in Georgetown

Southern Delaware Toastmasters is seeking individuals who would like to become confident at public speaking and improve their leadership skills at the same time. The club offers a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows members to achieve their goals at a pace that’s right for them. The Southern Delaware Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. For those who are interested in learning about Toastmasters, visitors are welcome to observe meetings a few times before becoming members. For more information, go to https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/01003044-01003044.

Optimist Club meets first and third Mondays

The Optimist Club of Sussex County meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown. All Sussex County residents who would like to promote optimism and help children develop to their full potential are invited to join. For more information, email Sussexoptimist@gmail.com.

Lewes library seeks groups to display information in lobby

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

Commemorative brick paver sale to benefit Rehoboth library

Rehoboth Beach Public Library is now selling commemorative brick pavers to be engraved with memories or milestones such as remembering loved ones, weddings, births, graduations and anniversaries. The library has adopted the fundraiser from Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Each commemorative brick is $175, and all purchases are 100 percent tax deductible. Proceeds will help the Rehoboth library maintain its commitment to the vibrant seaside community. Commemorative bricks are installed in the Penny Lane area, in the beach block between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. For more information or to purchase a brick, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, or call 302-227-8044.

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.

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

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.

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.