Cape Gazette

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Apr 21, 2014

Donations sought for MERR yard sale

Donations are being sought for the annual Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute yard sale and open house, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The event will feature numerous items for sale as well as tours of the rescue facility.

All funds raised during the event will go to the year-round efforts of the nonprofit organization, which serves as the first response to all marine mammals and sea turtles stranding in Delaware, including food and care, veterinary bills, transportation and supplies.

MERR also hosts a number of outreach endeavors in which representatives travel to area schools to inform students about the neighboring marine mammals.

The yard sale is one of the major fundraisers for the organization, and will also feature a bake sale and refreshments throughout the day. The yard sale at the MERR facility, located at 801 Pilottown Road, next to the Coast Guard Station, will take place rain or shine.

Anyone interested in dropping off items to the MERR Institute should contact the MERR hotline at 302-228-5029.


SCRWC to hear speaker on leadership roles for women April 23

The Sussex County Republican Women's Club recently announced that retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mimi Drew will present a program on Women in Leadership Roles at its upcoming luncheon meeting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Baywood Greens Clubhouse in Long Neck. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kelly Roberts, 302-945-4556. Cost of the luncheon is $18 before Wednesday, April 16; reservations made April 17 through 19 cost $20. No reservations will be accepted after April 19. The public is invited to attend.

It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Women's Club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as advocates for the Republican Party's principles and empower women to participate in the political process.

For more information call Roberts or go to

Unit 28 to host Tropical Fling Fashion Show April 27

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 presents a Tropical Fling Fashion Show from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at American Legion Post 28 on Legion Road in Millsboro. Tickets are $12 per person and include lunch and entertainment by DJ Sky Brady. Fashions are courtesy of Dress Barn, Tanger Outlets Rehoboth. For more information, visit or call Beth at 302-947-2984. Tickets are also available at the post.  The public is invited.

Zumbathon for Down Syndrome awareness to take place April 27

A Zumbathon for Down Syndrome to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach.  Anyone can participate in this high-energy, two-hour Zumba event. Eight instructors will come out to host. There is no charge, but organizers would appreciate any donation. Also that day will be a silent auction and raffles of donations from The MedSpa, Rita’s Water Ice, Movies at Midway and more. Jessica Dubois began the event in 2013. Jessica’s daughter, Glee Marie Dubois, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. The event, which raised more than $2,500 in 2013, is held on Glee’s behalf to spread awareness of Down Syndrome.

Eastern Sussex Democrats honor Betty Hurdle at April 27 dinner

Elizabeth "Betty" Hurdle, a lifelong educator, community activist, Sussex County farmer and founding member of the Eastern Sussex Democratic Club, will be honored at a fundraising dinner for her 80th birthday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at Fish On, 17300 N. Village Main Blvd. in Lewes. The fee for the dinner is $40, and it is open to the public.

The dinner event will include special tributes from elected officials including the governor and statewide representatives.

“It is a pleasure to honor a woman who has contributed so much to not only  Democratic politics, but also to public school children, especially those with special needs, in Sussex County and beyond,” said Peter Schott, president of the Eastern Sussex Democratic Club.

Committee members include Lise Haupt, Heather Hayes, Maryanne Hokke, Eileen Rosenthal and Peter Schott.

For more information, contact Schott, president of ESDC, at 302-226 0196 or

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets April 28 to continue anti-bullying effort

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Rehoboth Beach has begun a series of community meetings to brainstorm strategies to help communities, schools, towns, county, and the state to become more aware of the problem of bullying and suggest some ways to eliminate bullying for all people, but especially school-age young people, many of whom may be GLBTQ and/or have special needs. Once these lists of ideas have been created, in the coming meetings, participants will put together an action plan to get these ideas put into practice.

The first meeting, which featured the documentary “Bully,” drew a crowd. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, April 28, in the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave.


PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library, Lewes.  For more information, call Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or email

Zwaanendael Club to hold Victorian Tea

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women's Club of Lewes will hold a Victorian Tea from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at its historical clubhouse on the corner of Third Street and Savannah Road in Lewes.

Guest speaker will be Michael DiPaolo, executive director of the Lewes Historical Society.  DiPaolo is on the boards of the Delaware Heritage Commission and U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association and represents Delaware on the Board of Advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has been executive director of the Lewes Historical Society since September 2001. Call 302-947-9791 for reservations to the tea.

Mothers With a Mission to hold orientation meeting May 3

Mothers With a Mission, a nonprofit, grassroots mentoring organization of mothers, will hold an orientation meeting from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St. in Georgetown. All are welcome: mothers, single women who love children or have influence in their communities, as well as pastors, husbands, and others who are passionate about biblical values. RSVP to Candy Abbott by April 28, 302-856-6649 or 302-542-8510.

Ladies' Luncheon and Fair May 3

The Nanticoke Indian Association will host a Ladies' Luncheon and Informational Fair with the theme of You Can Make a Difference from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch at 1 p.m.), Saturday, May 3, at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Hall, 32628 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro. Guest speaker is Dr. Judith Pierson.

The day will offer important and useful information for women of all ages, door prizes and a delicious lunch. Price is $15. For more information, contact Natosha Carmine at 302-593-7237 or email

Milton Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary to host Cash Bingo May 6

Cash Bingo, sponsored by the Milton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, will be held Tuesday, May 6, at the Milton Fire Department, 116 Front St. in Milton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Door prizes, 50/50 and refreshments will be available. To reserve tickets or get more information, call 302-684-8626 or 302-856-6420. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age.

Second Infantry plans May 2-4 reunion

The Penn-Jersey Branch of the Second Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion in Lancaster, Pa., May 2-4 at the Continental Inn. All veterans of the Army's Second Infantry Division are invited. For more information, call Jack Woodall at 610-274-1409 or email

MHS hosts Chesapeake Gateway bus trip May 8

The Milton Historical Society is hosting a new bus trip, Chesapeake Gateway: Delaware’s Nanticoke River Thursday, May 8. This environmental and historical bus trip, led by retired state archivist Russ McCabe, includes many sites along the pristine Nanticoke River, the largest Delmarva tributary to the historic Chesapeake Bay. Stops on the tour will include the Seaford Museum, historic town of Bethel, ride on the Woodland Ferry, Trap Pond State Park and Phillip’s Landing, where explorer John Smith first encountered the Nanticoke Native Americans in the early 1600s.

Bus leaves at 9 a.m. from the Milton Historical Society, 210 Union St. in Milton and returns at 5 p.m. Cost of the trip is $60/members and $65/nonmembers and includes bus fare, admission to the various sites, and lunch at Bon Appetit. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact the Milton Historical Society at 302-684-1010 or Space is limited.

Rotary plans Annual Pig Pickin’ May 10

The Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Rotary, known as the Hub Club, will host a Pig Pickin’ Hoedown from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Harrington Parks & Recreation Center (the former armory), Liberty Street, Harrington.

The menu will feature roast pork with all the fixings plus barbecued chicken; desserts and beverages will round it all out. There will be lively music and dancing, a Corn Hole Contest, silent and live auctions, and more.

Tickets, $20, are available now from any Rotary member or by calling Mary at 302-270-6589. Proceeds benefit the Hub Club’s community service projects.

Miss Delaware preliminaries underway

Young women interested in gaining scholarship money who are age 17 to 24; have lived, worked or gone to school full time in Delaware; are single and have never been married, are eligible to participate in a preliminary pageant that goes on to the Miss Delaware Pageant.  At the pageants, young ladies are asked to engage in the following phases of competition: interview, talent, lifestyle in swimsuit and on-stage question. Participation in these pageants can lead to scholarship money. To find out more, email Dulcenia Kemmerlin at

Website provides digital library

Delaware libraries have expanded their services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids.  The Kids eReading Room filters the overall digital collection to only show children’s content, which gets kids to the books they want faster.  Browsing can be done by subject, reading level, or interest level.  The Kids Collection features popular series such as Big Nate, Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter and more.  It also includes nonfiction subjects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), history, and art.

This user-friendly site contains eBooks and audiobooks.  Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees.  This service is available and free to anyone with a Delaware public library card.

The main digital collection is at  From there, users can click on the For Kids Reading Room icon to go to the kids’ site.  Or, they can go there directly at

Beebe Thrift Store seeks volunteers

The Beebe Thrift Store, 18675 Coastal Highway in the Midway Shopping Center, is looking for volunteers to help on its delivery truck a morning or two a week. The truck runs most mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will be representatives of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary.  To join the group, stop and see Pam or Michael at the shop for more information and an application. This is an unpaid position. Call 302-644-2878.

Red Cross launches Fire Hurts Campaign

The American Red Cross Delmarva Region has launched its Fire Hurts campaign in response to its record-setting disaster response in January. From Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, the local Red Cross assisted 248 individuals after 45 disasters, many of them home fires, throughout the Delmarva Peninsula.

Following a disaster, the Red Cross provides families with their immediate emergency needs. It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,500 to assist a family displaced by a disaster. The Red Cross is asking the Delmarva community for assistance to help offset the expenses by generating enough donations to support 100 families.  To make a donation to the Fire Hurts campaign, call 1-800-777-6620, Ext. 6248. To volunteer, visit

Army Pvt. Craig L. Peed completes basic training

Army Pvt. Craig L. Peed Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Peed is the son of Michelle and Jeff Clouser of Milton. He is a 2013 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School.

Libraries offer online magazines

The Sussex County Department of Libraries announces Zinio for Libraries, an online service that offers multiuser access to dozens of popular periodicals, free of charge. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, providing access both in and out of local libraries to users of e-readers, tablets and other internet-connected devices.

Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full-color pictures, intuitive navigation, keyword article search, and audio and video. Users only need an active Sussex County library card.

See a library staff member at a Sussex County library for more information on how to access this service, or go to and click on the Zinio link.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched a new 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.

The new DCVA mobile-friendly application is accessible from the DCVA website or can be found directly at The DCVA 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 the DCVA 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 about the DCVA and its programs, visit





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