Cape Gazette

Three superintendents and a ride to the inlet

By Dennis Forney | May 28, 2012
Photo by: Dennis Forney Former Cape Henlopen School District Superintendents Dave Robinson, Andy Brandenberger and Jim Wilson at the Overfalls Foundation's season kick-off party.

28 May 2012

The Overfalls Foundation held its annual kick-off fundraising party Friday night, May 25, at University of Delaware's Virden Center. Big, happy crowd.  Lots of people buying silent auction items and bidding enthusiastically during the live auction. Thousands raised for the Overfalls.  :)

I was scanning some of the live auction items when I looked up at one point and saw a distinguished trio of educators huddled in joyful conversation.  All three have served at one time or another as superintendents of Cape Henlopen School District and all three ended their tenures having moved the district forward. I  grabbed a photograph of the three and present it here.

A wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Dewey Beach, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach all pulsing with crowds.  On Sunday morning at 7, Ron MacArthur, Rob Beach and myself headed out of Lewes for a ride down the coast to Indian River Inlet.  A great ride.  We rolled through the Cape Henlopen High School grounds where hundreds of people were lining up for a Seashore Strider event.

From there we rode Gills Neck Road to the head of the Junction and Breakwater Trail.  We passed a big snapping turtle on the trail, but few people at that early hour.  Rehoboth Beach was just coming alive when we rolled over the canal bridge.  Café A Go Go was in full swing and a small cortadito - still my favorite of Jesus and Esther Maria's creations - juiced me up for the next leg of the journey south.

Out of Rehoboth Beach on King Charles, over Silver Lake, the crowds picking up, and Dewey Beach still rubbing the sleep out of its eyes. Light south wind, the Cuban coffee in the cortadito taking hold, good conversation, egrets in the sparse trees of the marsh between the highway and Rehoboth Bay and the tall towers of the new inlet bridge in the distance.

Indian River Inlet is a community in itself.  Coast Guard, Center for the Inland Bays, Northside marina, fishermen and surfers, campgrounds and beaches.  Nice hiking trail on Burton Island and great inlet-side walkways.  This will become an increasingly popular biking destination in the years ahead.

The pedestrian and biking trail over the new bridge gives a nice view of the ocean. All good. We could also see the beginnings of the work to take apart the old bridge.

The south wind pushed us home on our return trip. 33 miles in all.  Flat and scenic. A great way to spend a weekend morning. Back to Lewes by 10:30.

God bless the whole world and thanks to all of our veterans throughout our nation's history for their service in the name of freedom.


At the head of the Burton Island Trail, a sign warns hikers to keep an eye out for ticks fo avoid contracting Lyme Disease.  Because of the mild winter, the tick population is expected to be strong.
The new inlet bridge also includes piping for the sand bypass system that carries sand from the fat beaches on the south side of Indian River Inlet to the starved beaches on the north side. Pieces of the new bridge, the lines of the black bypass pipes and the rusting metal of supports for the old bridge create a sculptural composition. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
Contractors have started the process of taking down the old Indian River Inlet bridge.  A pile of twisted and rusted metal on the south side of the bridge represents former supports for the dirt foundation of that bridge. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
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