Cape Gazette

Cape Life Briefs

Aug 19, 2014

Torre Johnson completes basic training

Air Force Airman Torre K. Johnson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Johnson is the daughter of Brenna Y. Watson of Dover and Gawain D. Johnson of Rehoboth. She is a 2013 graduate of Dover High School.

Sussex Y conducts summer food program through Aug. 22

The Sussex Family YMCA, 20080 Church St. in Rehoboth Beach, along with YMCAs throughout Delaware, is now offering free meals for children 18 years of age and younger daily through Aug. 22. The Summer Food Program is a federal program of Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact the Sussex YMCA at 302-296-YMCA.

Sign up by Aug. 29 for trip to 9/11 Museum and Gardens Oct. 7

The Milton Historical Society and Museum is conducting a bus trip Tuesday, Oct. 7 to the newly opened 9/11 Museum and Memorial Gardens in New York City. The bus will leave the Milton Historical Society property at 210 Union St. at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 8:30 p.m. The cost is $140 for members and $150 for nonmembers and includes admission to the museum and gardens, bus fare as well as brunch, dinner and a snack. Purchase tickets by Friday, Aug. 29. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-684-1010 or email

End of Summer Blowout at Post 28 Sept. 1

The American Legion Post 28 family will host an End of Summer Blowout at the Post Pavilion from 2 to 6 p.m., Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1. There will be specially priced hot dog and hamburger meals, clam chowder, steamed clams, and beer. DJ Sky Brady will provide the entertainment for the afternoon. Bring  lawn chairs. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 302-945-1673, Ext. 14 or 15.

AARP driving course Sept. 5

An AARP Smart Driver Basic Course will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach.

This six-hour course is for people who have never taken an AARP driver-safety course. Participants should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. and may bring snacks, lunch and drinks. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment by check made payable to AARP is preferred. To register for the course, send an email with name, address, email address and phone number to

Community quilting bee Sept. 6

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Epworth Methodist Church, Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County.

All are invited for a day of fun and creativity. All materials will be provided. Those who don't know how to sew will be shown how. Those who own sewing machines are asked to bring them. Bring a covered dish to share at lunch. The following donations are welcomed for future bees: pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread, low-loft batting and embroidery floss.

Due to hot irons and extension cords, participants are asked not to bring small children. For more information call Jan at 302-703-2107.

WCIR offers free disaster preparedness presentation Sept. 8

The GFWC DSFWC Women's Club of Indian River will welcome Cami D'Attilo to its monthly meeting scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Indian River Yacht Club on River Road in Millsboro. D'Atillo will present "Operation Preparedness,” to teach families how to prepare ahead and cope with disaster. The presentation is available free of charge to community organizations, churches, and businesses throughout Delaware. Since Delaware is a peninsula, it is susceptible to damage from hurricanes, severe coastal storms and inland flooding. D'Atillo will outline what supplies families would need to remain safe at home for three to five days until certified help can arrive. They also need to have an evacuation plan if and when an evacuation order comes.

All are invited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 302-947-2640.

Matter of Balance classes begin Sept. 23

The American Legion Auxiliary, in conjunction with Sussex County RSVP, will conduct A Matter of Balance classes 10 a.m. to noon, once a week for eight weeks starting Tuesday, Sept. 23 thru Tuesday, Nov. 18  (no class Nov. 11). Classes will be held in the post hall at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to help older adults manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and will identify that falls are controllable, help set goals for increasing activity, make changes at home to reduces risks of falling and provide exercise techniques to increase strength and balance. This program is open to the community. Registration is requested. There is no fee. For more information or to register, call Cindy at 302-945-9191 or Tina at 302-329-9090.

American Legion Quarter Auction Sept. 24

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Quarter Auction Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Bingo Hall at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be lots of vendors including Miche bags, Origami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Tastefully Simple, and more. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 sharp. The cost of admission is $5, which includes first paddle for auction. Additional paddles will be $3 each. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Vendors will also offer retail specials prior to the auction, and there will be door prizes. The public is welcome. First come, first served, no advance tickets needed. For more information, contact Tina at 302-329-9090 or Beth at 302-947-2984.

Summer food program underway at Lingo Creek in Long Neck

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will partner with the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Food Bank to provide lunch to children in the Millsboro area until Friday, Aug. 15, Monday thru Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lingo Creek Apartments Community Room, 32980 Shoppes at Long Neck Blvd., Millsboro.

Lingo Creek Apartments is designated an open site for the lunch program, so no registration is required. Children 17 and younger are invited to come to lunch. Children must eat lunch at the site. Takeouts will not be allowed. For more information, call Carol Feeley at 302-945-5298.

Unit 28 Candlelight Ceremony Sept. 11

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 Annual Candlelight Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11,  at American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road in Millsboro.  There will be a lighted balloon release, remembrance candle lighting, a guest soloist, the Legion Riders, Honor Guard and Colorettes, and representatives from many of the auxiliary units in the area. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Tina at 302-329-9090 or Beth at 302-947-2984.

Dover Stamp Club meets Oct. 11

The Dover Stamp Club will have its 62nd Stamp Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall, 200 E. Camden Wyoming Ave., Camden-Wyoming. This year's theme is the State Soil. The show will feature members and youth exhibits, and a wide array of philatelic materials including supplies, special anniversary cancellation, bid boxes and a searching table for young collectors. Refreshments available.

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.

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

Socrates Café meets Wednesdays at Lewes library

Socrates Café, a group open to all who want to engage in thoughtful discussions about topics of concern, meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays at Lewes Public Library.

Using an approach in which speaking and listening are equally valued, participants engage in conversations using philosophy, rational thinking and scientific inquiry to the issue under inquiry.

The point of the discussions is to help participants better understand their own perspectives and those of others. Sessions are interactive; each presentation is followed by thoughtful questions to help participants better understand their underlying reasoning.

Topics for discussion are selected by the participants and published one week in advance of the session. All are encouraged to look up information about the philosophical issues raised by the topic prior to the session. For more information, email







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