Cape Gazette

Cape Life Briefs

May 19, 2015

Lewes Senior Center is in immediate need of volunteer drivers

The Lewes Senior Center is in immediate need of individuals interested in helping senior citizens with transportation to medical appointments and personal errands in eastern Sussex County. Volunteers pick LSC members up at home, drive them to an appointment, wait for the individual and then drive the client home. Personal errands may include trips to the barber or hairdresser, bank or grocery store.

Volunteers are offered mileage reimbursement of 50 cents per mile. Days and hours are flexible based on each individual volunteer’s availability. No weekend transportation is scheduled. Qualifications include a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, a good driving record and must be age 21 or over. To out more about this wonderful and fulfilling volunteer opportunity, contact the Lewes Senior Center at 302-645-9293.

First State Community Action's community dinner set May 21

First State Community Action Agency will host a community dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at its Georgetown facility on 308 N. Railroad Avenue. First State Community Dinners are held every third Thursday of each month. Guests receive a hearty meal as well as nutrition information and budget-friendly shopping tips. Community dinners are open to all individuals and families for just $1 per person. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information contact MaryAnn Morris at 302-856-7761, Ext. 139.

AAUW meeting to discuss reproductive healthcare issues May 21

The May meeting of the American Association of University Women will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at Kings Creek Country Club, Rehoboth Beach. The speaker will be Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware. She will talk about reproductive healthcare issues and how Delaware compares to the nation as a whole, and what works and what doesn’t with reproductive healthcare. The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information on membership, contact Brenda at 302-684-8716.

Long Neck AARP to hold monthly meeting May 27

Long Neck AARP Chapter 4903 will have its monthly luncheon and presentation at noon, Friday, May 27, at American Legion Post 28 in Long Neck. The presentation will be by Jo Allegro-Smith, county director, Cancer Support Community Delaware, who strives to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Reservations are required by 5 p.m., Friday, May 22. RSVP to Mari at 302-684-8485 or Norma at 302-945-4895. The luncheon and presentation is $12 for chapter members, $12.50 for nonmembers.

AAUW to hold book discussion of "The Boys in the Boat" June 4

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch will hold a discussion of the book "The Boys in the Boat" from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, June 4, at Lewes Public Library. "The Boys in the Boat," by Daniel James Brown, tells the story of eight oarsmen and their coxswain and the hardships of the Great Depression in their pursuit of glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association National Book Discussion Group at Lewes Public Library on the first Thursday of every month. All readers are welcome. For more information call Laurel at 302-226-3773.

Amateur radio license class set June 6 and 7 in Georgetown

The Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will offer a technician amateur radio license class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 7, at Sussex Technical High School on Route 9 west of Georgetown. The class is open to the public interested in obtaining an amateur radio (“ham”) license. Attendees must purchase a study guide prior to the class. Sunday's class ends with administration of the FCC amateur radio license exam. No fee is charged, but there is a suggested donation of $20 to cover expenses. This is a great way to get into the hobby of amateur radio by reading a study guide in advance and spending a weekend with expert instruction including the FCC exam. Past classes have had a 94 percent passing rate. For more information or to register contact Dell Palmer, K3AXR at or 410-208-3328.

Thresholds fundraiser set June 11 at Bob Evans in Rehoboth

Thresholds of Delaware will have a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, June 11 at Bob Evans restaurant on Coastal Highway in Lewes. Diners should request a "dine to make a difference” flier at the cashier prior to paying the bill and Bob Evans will donate 15 percent to Thresholds, an all-volunteer organization which offers Delaware inmates a course on decision making.

Friends of Lewes Public Library seek board applications by June 29

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library are seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve a three-year appointment on its board of directors. Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. To be considered, send a completed application to President Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors, 111 Adams Ave., DE 19958, by Monday, June 29. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page of the Lewes Public Library website at

The purpose of the Friends board of directors is to promote the library and help raise funds for its use such purchasing lending materials including books, sponsoring performances and enhancing the children's program. Meetings are held monthly. For further information, contact Candace Vessella at 302-703-2212 or visit

Army's Second Infantry reunion set Sept. 22-26 in San Antonio

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's Second Infantry Division at any time. The 94th annual reunion will be held Sept. 22 to 26, in in San Antonio, Texas. Contact Secretary-Treasurer Bob Haynes at or 224-225-1202.

Free spay and neuter program offered monthly for feral cats

Just Us Cat Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit cat rescue association, offers a free spay and neuter program for feral cats, which must be brought in humane traps for their appointments. The Delaware SPCA will perform 10 spay/neuter operations on the last Thursday of every month at its Georgetown facility. Just Us will cover the cost of the spay or neuter to include rabies, distemper and pain meds. The Just Us organization offers this program to combat statewide animal overpopulation and make a significant reduction in the homeless cat population. This program is not for house cats. Just Us welcomes any donations to help support this effort. Appointments must be scheduled with the SPCA by calling 302-856-636, Ext. 12.

New community radio station WWSX calls for volunteers

WWSX, the new community radio station for Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, is looking for volunteers to assist with production and station operations. Prior radio experience is not required, as training will be provided. Volunteers do have to be reliable and interested in assisting community organizations with the production of public service announcements and programming production. They are also seeking volunteers to work with the creation of a music library and general administration duties. Contact Tom Dooley at 302-226-1414 for further details.

First State to host community dinner third Thursday of every month

First State Community Action Agency will host a community dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., the third Thursday of every month at its Georgetown facility, 308 N. Railroad Ave. Guests receive a hearty meal as well as nutrition information and budget-friendly shopping tips. Community dinners are open to all individuals and families for just $1 per person. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact MaryAnn Morris at 302-856-7761, Ext. 139.

Showcase a nonprofit at Lewes library

Any nonprofit organization or community group looking to reach more people can get help from the Lewes Public Library. The 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 agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community about the services of an organization. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what is offered and recruit new members. To schedule a two-week time period in 2015, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733 or For more information about this and other library programs, call the library during business hours at 302-645-2733 or go to

Website provides digital library for Delaware

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

Sussex County 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, go to


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