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Jun 24, 2015

Fritchman Memorial 5K set for July 11

The sixth annual Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5K and Kiddie K will be held Saturday, July 11, at Irish Eyes in Lewes, beginning at 8 a.m. The Kiddie K will begin at 7:50 a.m.

The Kelly J. Fritchman Swimming Scholarship was started in honor of Kelly, who passed away from complications of cystic fibrosis. Kelly swam competitively on the University of Delaware’s swim team. This scholarship will be given to the most deserving varsity swimmer who characterizes courage, spirit, determination, strength, competitiveness and inspiration.

The course is USATF certified with chip timing. Entrants receive a T-shirt. Awards go to top three male and female finishers in 10-year age categories from 9 and under to 70 and over. The Kiddie Run is free, and shirts may be purchased for $5. Post-race party includes beer and bloody Mary bar for participants over 21 years of age. Also, a massage therapist is available, and there will be raffles with prizes from local restaurants. There are special team awards.

Registration is $25 prior to Thursday, July 9, then jumps to $30. For teams of 10 or more there is a $5 discount for each member. Registration and more information are available at www.races2run.com. Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m. Donations are accepted by mail to UDAF, 239 Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE 19716 noting Kelly J. Fritchman Swimming Scholarship or online at www.udaf.udel.edu; click on make a gift and note the same.

Junior Golf camp at Cripple Creek

Premier-level Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro has launched a new Junior Golf program, which will be open to both members and nonmembers. Club Assistant Pro Matt Keller, a PGA Golf professional, is holding a golf camp July 1-3 from 9 a.m. to noon for golfers age 5-18. The cost is $75 per camp. Boys and girls of all levels of experience will learn from Keller’s expertise.

Those who participate in camp will have added benefits through Sept. 15, with opportunities to golf at the private facility. Golfers will be able to continue honing their skills on the practice range and putting green Sundays to Thursdays after 2 p.m. and golf the full course after 3 p.m. Thursdays. Campers will also be able to compete weekly on Tuesdays, July 7 through Aug. 11, in four-hole (ages 5-10) or nine-hole (ages 10-18) Junior Tournaments.

Campers will also be able to golf with a parent or grandparent guest in a nine-hole tournament Sunday, Aug. 2. Plus, campers will be invited to an end-of-the-season cookout and pool party. This cost of this additional program is $150.

“With the rise of talented young pros like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIllroy, Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, we thought we would launch a program for kids right here in Delaware to build on the excitement about golf,” said Keller.

Cripple Creek member and Junior Club Program Chair and Sussex Academy golf coach Michael Loftus explained the benefits of the program further. “We are thrilled to open our club to new kids, adults and families who might be interested in learning the lifelong game that is golf. We hope we can get more people into this wonderful sport through our program,” he said.

For more information about this program or membership, go to www.cripple creek.org or call 302-539-1446.

Red, White and Brew 5K set for June 27

The Red, White and Brew 5K Run/Walk (formerly the Smile for Freedom 5K) to benefit the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition, the Milford School District track team and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford Riverwalk Freedom Festival Fireworks will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 27, at the Mispillion River Brewery, 255 Mullet Run, Milford.

Participating partners are Denstply Caulk, BK Party Rentals, Mispillion River Brewery, Tidewater Physical Therapy, i.g. Burton, Seawatch, WSFS, Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Milford Chronicle and Abbott’s Grill.

The race will start promptly at 9 a.m. for runners and walkers. Preregistration is $20, and the first 200 registered will receive a free T-shirt and goody bag. Day-of-race registration is $25. Register and pay online at www.races2run.com/events/red-white-brew-5k/. For more information, go to www.milfordchamber.com or call 302-422-3344.

Dates set for Young Waterfowlers hunter education program

Young hunters eager to take up the sport of waterfowling in the fall, take note: the upcoming Sussex County Young Waterfowlers Program is now open for registration.

“The Young Waterfowlers Program provides youth ages 12 to 16 with exposure to the complete waterfowl experience,” said Delaware Hunter Education Coordinator Mark Ostroski. “Everything including waterfowl identification, biology, blind construction and safety, decoy use, duck calling, camouflage technique, boating safety, bird recovery, laws and regulations, language and tradition, firearms, ammo and equipment will be covered.”

The approximately 30-hour course, which includes basic hunter education and finishes with a mentored waterfowl hunt, will be held on the following dates:

From 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 14, 15 and 16*, Owens Station Hunter Education Center and Range, 12613 Hunters Cove Road, Greenwood

From 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 11, Big Stone Hunting Club off Steamboat Landing Road, north of Lewes, directions provided

From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, Owens Station

From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1, 2 and 3, Big Stone Hunting Club

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Big Stone Hunting Club.

*NOTE: Students who have already taken a basic hunter education class do not have to attend class July 14, 15 and 16.

For participation in the Young Waterfowlers Program, which is offered free of charge, a signed release of liability and online registration are required. To register for the program, search Delaware Hunter Education Online Access and select Basic Hunter Ed: Young Waterfowlers. For the liability release, click Delaware Hunter Education. For more information, contact the Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, Ext. 1.

Hunters donated 18,000 pounds of venison

During the 2014-15 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 604 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 18,016 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans. Division of Fish & Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 36 charitable organizations and food pantries throughout the state.

Venison for the Sportsmen Against Hunger program was processed by nine participating private butchers and the Sussex Community Corrections Center butcher shop in Georgetown, which is staffed by offenders who are serving sentences in the SCCC’s Violation of Probation Center and who have been specially trained for the job as part of a job training program. Since the SCCC program began in 2005, the facility has processed more than 78,000 pounds of venison, including 3,768 pounds from 215 deer taken during the 2014-15 season and donated to Sportsmen Against Hunger.

With the number of donated deer down slightly this season from last season’s 645, nearly 3,207 pounds less venison was produced than for the 2013-14 season.

Since the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger program was founded in 1992 by a coalition of sporting groups, hunters have donated a total of about 439,016 pounds of venison, providing more than 1.7 million meals to Delawareans in need.

For more information, go to the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife website at Sportsmen Against Hunger, or call 302-284-4795.

Athletes to End Alzheimer's 5K set for Aug. 2

On Aug. 2, a new event will come to Bethany Beach: Athletes to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies. Race proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies, a wealth management and financial planning business in Millville, is the event organizer. Loftus’ father Jim died in October 2013 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Loftus and his family learned firsthand the kind of support people who are living with the disease and their families need. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior; the life-interfering symptoms worsen over time, and there is no cure.

“We hope to raise $15,000 for treatment, research and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their caregivers,” said Loftus. “I know when we meet this ambitious goal, the dollars will go miles to benefit the work of this important charity.”

The fast, flat and scenic 5K run/walk features on-course entertainment by DJ Padraig, awesome awards, special tech shirts for all registrants and a post-race party produced by Focus Multi-Sports. The special grand opening registration cost is $25 after March 1. Individuals and teams are encouraged to join the fundraising effort, and cash donations are tax-deductible.

Sponsor and volunteer opportunities are available. For more details or to register, go to www.alzrun.com or the Facebook page ALZRunWalk. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, go to alz.org/delval.

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