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    This year’s Wings & Wheels event is set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

    Things will kick off that Friday, with Aviation Education Day, during which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport, learning from aviation experts. The 2017 featured speaker for Education Day is Joe Edwards, NASA shuttle commander.

    On Friday evening, Smooth Sound will take the stage for the Big Band Dinner Dance, which is held in a hangar at the Delaware Coastal Airport. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Delmarvelous Dolls, Ken Huff & Mr. Goodwood, ventriloquist, and the current Miss Delaware.

    The ticket price for the dinner-dance is $50 per person and includes a buffet meal consisting of beef tenderloin, manicotti, side dishes, desserts and more.

    To purchase tickets, visit the Wings & Wheels website at or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at (302) 856-1544.

    That Saturday’s free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning with an opening ceremony including the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Sussex Central ROTC Color Guard.

    Events at the airport throughout the day include vintage aircraft fly-in, car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, and, once again, aircraft will participate in a Flour Bombing Competition at 2 p.m. (For vendor or car show registration information, visit the Wings & Wheels website or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.)

    Sponsors of the festival include Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers, Northrup Grumman, Fulton Bank, Nanticoke Health Services, the Insurance Market, Sussex County Delaware, Southern Delaware Tourism and Adams Radio Group. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at (302) 856-1544 for information.

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    Beebe Healthcare announced this week that pet therapy is now being offered to patients at Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach.

    Beebe Healthcare offers pet therapy for patients, visitors and team members. The alternative therapy, representatives said, has been shown to decrease blood pressure and improve even short hospital visits for patients and visitors. In addition, having a dog visit team members has been shown to greatly reduce stress, they said.

    Beebe is working with PAWS for People, a Wilmington-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) pet therapy organization that recruits, trains, certifies and places therapy teams in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The PAWS organization helps coordinate teams at more than 130 locations, which now includes Beebe Healthcare in Lewes and Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center near Rehoboth Beach.

    All of the dogs and handlers have gone through specific training courses for healthcare visitations.

    For more information on pet therapy at Beebe, contact Lee Halloran at (302) 645-3531. For more information on Paws for People, go to

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    Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Blue Jean Ball, presented by Hertrich Toyota of Milford. The annual fundraiser takes place Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyard in Lewes.

    With “Denim & Diamonds” as the evening’s dress code, as many as 300 participants are expected to party to live music by Love Seed Mama Jump while enjoying beer and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, as well as the vineyard’s own award-winning wines.

    Tickets cost $85 per person.

    “The proceeds benefit Autism Delaware’s statewide programs and services,” noted Autism Delaware Events Manager Deanna Principe, “including Productive Opportunities for Work & Recreation [POW&R], our nationally recognized program that supports adult employment for Delaware’s autism community.”

    Available sponsorship opportunities range in donation and benefit levels. In addition to exclusive sponsorships, such as the exclusive presenting sponsorship from Hertrich Toyota, Autism Delaware offers diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire and media sponsorships.

    “Autism Delaware is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors because they allow us to assign more of the funds we raise to our programs and services. From the needs of children to the needs of adults on the spectrum — and their families — Autism Delaware programs and services address awareness and advocacy, community-based vocational services and social and wellness activities, and much-needed family support.”

    For more information about the Blue Jean Ball, tickets and sponsorships, visit

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that includes impairment in social interaction and social communication. Individuals with ASD also exhibit repetitive patterns of behavior or interest that limit everyday functioning. An intellectual or language impairment is also possible. The symptoms first appear in early childhood.

    In the Delaware public school system, 152 students received an educational classification of autism in 1991, but for the 2016–2017 school year, 1,899 students had the classification. That number omits the adults or children who are not currently being served by the school’s special-education system.

    Autism Delaware is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit made up of individuals with ASD, their family members, the professionals who serve them and friends of people with ASD. The agency’s mission is to help people and families affected by ASD. With offices in Newark, Dover and Lewes, Autism Delaware serves the entire state.

    Autism Delaware’s programs and services are supported by state contracts and donations from individuals and corporations across Delaware. Fundraising events, including the Blue Jean Ball and Fall Auction Gala in Wilmington, help provide the income needed to make its programs a reality. For more information on how to help, visit

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    In a quiet area of the Selbyville Public Library’s Delaware Room, there exists the oral histories of 22 people with many, sometimes little-known, memories of the town of Selbyville (first known as Sandy Branch as early as 1778). The stories are preserved in a written and audio version and can now be accessed online at the Delaware Heritage Collection of the Digital Collection of the Delaware Library Catalog.

    Some of the oral history participants include Fred Stevens, who revealed in 1987 that he and Ralph Grapperhaus had created the Cypress Swamp Monster in the 1960s; and Raymond Moore, the first and only African-American elected to the Indian River School Board.

    Other volunteers told of the variety of businesses that flourished in Selbyville in the mid-20th century, such as the movie theater where, during high school, Edward Mumford worked in all the job positions.

    Janet Scott, who’s father-in-law founded J. Conn Scott Furniture in 1924, commented about all of the car dealerships in town, including Pontiac, Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and GMC trucks. The long path that led to the opening of the Cactus Café in Selbyville in 2000 by Manuel Pavon is told by Jesusa Pavon, his daughter.

    The original project was started in 2001 by then-library director Lynn Massey, with a grant from the State of Delaware that allowed the library to have a public launching event at Salem Methodist Church and to purchase recording and Dictaphone equipment. Most of the histories were collected over the next three years. Massey recently volunteered her services in order to head the project once again.

    With the continued growth and evolution of Selbyville, the library has decided to renew the oral history project, with an accent on representing the different decades and demographics. Kelly Kline, the library’s current director, and Massey are soliciting help from the community to get this worthwhile collection going again.

    Volunteer interviewers and people who want to share their stories are being asked to get in touch with Kline at (302) 436-8195 or Massey at

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    The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library are presenting their largest book sale ever on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22; and again on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, from noon to 7 p.m. on the two Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Saturday sale dates.

    The sale will feature books, CDs. DVDs and even books on tape. “Favorite authors” will be in alphabetical order, and nonfiction will be arranged by subject, for easy browsing. Other fiction is also alphabetically arranged. They will also have a large assortment of children’s book and some for young adults.

    Paperback books will cost $1, hardbacks $2 and any electronics will cost $2.

    On Saturday, July 29, they will have a “bag day,” when all the books buyers can fit into a bag that the group supplies will cost $5.

    On July 20, there will be a preview night for members, from 6 to 8 p.m. People can join the group for $5 and get first choice of all the sale items. Memberships will be available at the door.

    For more information, contact Jan Thompson at (302) 732-3216 or Peg Buzzelli at (302) 934-1113.

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    More than 95 classes on a wide range of topics will kick off the fall semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware in Lewes and Ocean View. Fall classes begin on Sept. 5 at both the Lewes location at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Avenue, and the Ocean View location at Ocean View Town Hall at 32 West Avenue.

    The 10-week fall curriculum features a lineup of classes for people 50 or older in subject areas such as, history, economics, literature, humanities, international studies, food, the performing arts, music, psychology, languages, technology, and recreation and fitness.

    There will be classes in Advanced French, Intermediate Spanish and Conversational German, or students can delve into short stories and novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or the evolution of the private detective in fiction. In international studies, they can examine European politics and the rise of populism, or the foreign service or discuss the history of the building of the Panama Canal.

    Classes will also explore medical terminology, current medical topics and elder law. A few other new arenas include: Delaware history, Techniques in Watercolor, the English Country House and Personalities of the American Revolution.

    In addition, there will be a poetry writing class; a class for dog lovers; a class on social engineering; and understanding the Apple iOS ecosystem. There will also be classes in landscape design, writing a memoir, basic woodworking and beginning bridge.

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Delaware are membership organizations that provide opportunities for adults 50 or older to learn, teach and travel with their peers. The requirements for admission are an interest in a continuing educational experience, support of programs through participation and a modest membership fee.

    Registration for the fall semester is now under way, and all applications received by Aug. 17 will receive priority consideration. Members of the of Lewes/Ocean View program pay a fee of $260 to join for the year or $175 for the semester and are entitled to take as many classes as they like, depending on availability. Partial scholarships are available.

    The catalog, containing detailed descriptions of all courses, registration forms and scholarship application is available online at, and members may register by mail, online or in person at the OLLI office at 520 Dupont Ave., Lewes.

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    The 79th Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition will open Friday, July 28, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Art League in Henlopen Acres. The exhibition showcases artworks in a variety of mediums, including: paintings in watercolor, oil and mixed media; and sculptures in stone and ceramics; as well as both digital and darkroom photography.

    Following a longstanding Rehoboth Art League tradition, awards of excellence are presented at the opening reception.

    “It’s hard to believe that this exhibition has been happening for 79 years,” said Artistic Director Jay Pastore. “This speaks to both the ongoing talent and commitment of our member artists.”

    More than 125 artists will be participating in this year’s show.

    This year’s awards judge is artist and curator René Treviño, who received a bachelor’s degree in art with distinction in painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, N.Y., as well as attended classes at the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore.

    Treviño has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and has served as curator for a number of regional projects and exhibitions. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the exhibitions manager at School 33 Art Center, in Baltimore. Currently he is an adjunct professor at Towson University in Towson, Md., and at the Maryland College of Art in Baltimore.

    On Saturday, July 29, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Corkran Gallery, Treviño will shed light onto this process of judging such a large exhibition, as well as some of the award-winning works. He will also be available to speak to individual artists about their works. The exhibition runs through Sept. 3.

    There will also be an opening reception at the Homestead for the Members’ Showcase exhibition, “Environmental Impact.” All of the works in this exhibition, both 2-D and 3-D, were created to heighten the awareness of the changing environment.

    Gallery hours for both exhibitions are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

    The opening reception is free and open to the public, For additional information on the art league, its classes, events and exhibitions, visit the website at or call (302) 227-8408.

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    The staff at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is calling on local and regional artists to paint “en plein air” during the second annual Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Plein Air event, set for Oct. 5-8.

    Artists of all skill levels and mediums are being encouraged to register for the event, which offers plein air and quick-draw competitions. Paintings will be showcased at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, where judges will announce winners and the art will be available for sale.

    Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is thrilled to bring the event to Bethany Beach for its second year, said Activities Director Allyson Knight.

    “This event was such a tremendous success last year in bringing beautiful, local art to the area,” Knight said. “It’s fantastic to see how our artists interpret the local landscape, and I am excited to see the new art produced this year. The hotel is proud to offer artists an opportunity to capture our town’s culture in their work.”

    Artist applications are due Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Early registration is being encouraged. Awards will be given for both the plein air competition and the quick-draw, and prizes range from $1,000 to honorable-mention ribbons. The registration fee is $15 for the quick-draw competition or $40 for both the plein air and quick-draw competitions.

    For more information, visit to download a copy of the registration form or contact Allyson Knight at (302) 539-3200, ext. 405, or

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    Journalist Nancy E. Lynch, author of the award-winning social history “Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972,” and Vietnam veteran Rick Lovekin will join forces for a program at 6 p.m. on July 25 at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center. Their presentation, designed as a salute to all Vietnam veterans, is sponsored by the CHEER Center, at 30637 Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

    Lynch, who lives in Bethel, will read selected correspondence from servicemen featured in her book, based on the nearly 1,000 letters and hundreds of pictures her popular column “Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag” received for five years from U.S. troops on the front lines during the undeclared and polarizing war.

    In her final column, in December 1972, she promised “her guys” she would someday put all their war letters and pictures in a book to honor them. The 2008 Veterans Day release of her 456-page social history fulfilled her pledge. The book earned a gold medal from Independent Publisher in 2009 for Best Non-Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic.

    Lovekin, who had a medical disability and could have avoided service in Vietnam, chose instead to enlist in the Army and spent a year in combat as a door gunner on a Huey helicopter and later as crew chief on a Cobra chopper. He was based in Bien Hoa and Vung Tau with the 147th Helicopter Company.

    He wrote frequently to Lynch during his 1969-1970 tour, always signing his letters, “Your Man in Nam.” He will share some of his combat experiences, as well as slides of images from Vietnam enhanced with 1960s music. Now retired, Lovekin, formerly of New Castle County, lives in North East, Md.

    Lynch and Lovekin will be available for questions after their program and to autograph copies of Vietnam Mailbag at $40. A DVD based on the book will also be on sale for $10.

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    Union Wesley United Methodist Church will hold its annual Camp Meeting on July 22-23, July 29-31 and Aug. 1-6. Begun in 1844, Wesley Camp is the oldest camp meeting still in existence in the state of Delaware.

    This year, Union Wesley will celebrate 173 years of hosting the Wesley Camp, which includes nightly preaching, music, food and fun. The roots of Wesley Camp are steeped in history, beginning with families in horse-drawn wagons gathering in a circle for worship with a podium at the center for the preacher.

    “While a few things have changed since then, the mission has remained the same — to hear the word of God, be revived, lead the lost to Christ and fellowship one with another,” organizers said. “Come experience this wonderful celebration under the bower at Wesley Camp.”

    Services are scheduled to include:

    • Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. — The Rev. Jarrel Taylor, Restoration Christian Church, Newport News, Va.;

    • Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m. — The Rev. Jeanel Starling, Union Wesley U.M. Church, Frankford; 4 p.m., the Rev. George Edwards, Friendship Baptist Church, Lewes;

    • Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m. — The Rev. Anthony Mumford, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Rockville, Md.

    • Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. — The Rev. Jeanel Starling, Union Wesley U.M. Church, Frankford; 4 p.m., the Rev. Jacqueline Evans Wilson, Union AME. Zion Church, New Castle;

    • Monday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. — Joy Night featuring The Crusaders of Antioch A.M.E Church, Frankford, and other guest choirs;

    • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. — The Rev. Dania Griffin, Antioch A.M.E. Church, Frankford;

    • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. — Youth Night, Apostle Helena Bailey, Kingdom Life Family Ministries, Millsboro;

    • Thursday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. — The Rev. Marjorie Burns, Faith U.M. Church, Rehoboth Beach;

    • Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. — The Rev. Tambara Stewart, Restoration Worship Center, Georgetown;

    • Saturday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. — The Rev. Wendell Hall, Solid Rock Baptist Church, New Castle;

    • Sunday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. — The Rev. Jeanel Starling, Union Wesley U.M. Church, Frankford; 4 p.m. — The Rev. Timothy Duffield, Zoar/Curtis Charges, Selbyville; Camp Closing/Prayer Bands following service, Elder Naomi Wescott (in charge)

    The camp is located at 32137 Powell Farm Road, Frankford. For more information, contact Sister Lois Mumford at Union Wesley UM Church, (302) 539-8335.

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    Creatives of all ages congregated again at Delaware Seashore State Park on July 8 to partake in an almost four-decade-long tradition. Under the hot sun, contestants toiled away at their castles and sculptures from the moment they signed up, for free, on arrival at the beach until 1 p.m., when the judging commenced. The event has been a staple of Delaware Seashore State Park summers for 37 years.

    Contestants were judged on originality, creativity, complexity, aesthetic appeal and use of natural materials.

    The 12-and-under division’s first-place winner was the Bethany Babes: Luca, Christian, Maya, Reese and Avery from Ocean View, for their sand sculpture titled “Hermie Hut.”

    Taking first place in the open division was the Shelly family: Kelly, Dennis, Justin, Doug and Charline, from Manheim, Pa. They won a $50 gift certificate to the Lighthouse for crafting a sculpture of a lighthouse.

    Although the contest is free of charge, many competitors go on to sign up for many of the park’s programs. Program revenue goes to supporting future educational programs. Local businesses enable the competition to provide a prize for every entrant.

    The task of judging all of the entries went to four judges. Pat Cooper, regional park administrator; Ray Bivens, division director; Scott Borino, park manager; and Kendall Summers, stewardship manager, assessed a total of 47 castles and sculptures to determine which castle would reign supreme.

    Businesses that sponsored the event included: Quiet Storm, The Country Store, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Made by Hand, Bethany Surf Shop, Bella Luna, Baja Beach House Grille, Sea Shell City, Seaside Country Store, Viking Golf, Fisher’s Popcorn Fenwick, Pottery Place, Tidepool Toys & Games, Thunder Lagoon Water Park, Blue Room Fine Arts Gallery, Fish Tails, Atlantic Shoales, Vanderwende’s, Rusty Rudder, Lighthouse, Que Pasa, Dolle’s, Christmas Spirit, Snyder’s Candy, Gidget’s Gadgets, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co., Rehoboth Beach and Variety, Bite to Go, Sea Shell Shop, Nicola Pizza, Summer House Saloon, Sea Finds, Pet Wants, Yarn & Bone Pet Supply, Art League, The Sunglass Company, T-Shirt World, Old Inlet Bait & Tackle, Rita’s Waterice, Capriotti’s and any business that hung a flyer for the competition in their window.

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    Delaware drivers charged with misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (a first or second offense) will now receive only a single opportunity for a criminal trial.

    That is the result of the General Assembly’s late-June passage of legislation that addressed a provision in Delaware law allowing DUI defendants who were convicted in Justice of the Peace Court to have their case retried on the merits in the Court of Common Pleas. The legislation, House Bill 207, was signed by Gov. John Carney on June 30 and took effect immediately.

    Under the new law, the Justice of the Peace Court will be able to accept guilty pleas in DUI cases, but only the Court of Common Pleas will be able to hear trials for those defendants who choose to go to trial.

    The change, advocated by both the Department of Justice and the judiciary, is intended to streamline the criminal justice system, provide consistency in the disposition of the serious offenses, and alleviate the impact of multiple trials on civilian witnesses, police and prosecutors. The efficiencies are intended to allow police and prosecutors to focus on preventing and prosecuting other crimes.

    “The passage of this law was important for two reasons,” said Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn. “The first was justice. Everyone is entitled to a trial, but there should not be a special group of defendants who are entitled to two trials. The second reason was effective use of the criminal justice system’s resources.

    “With the passage of this bill, DUI offenders will treated consistently, and police officers, prosecutors and witnesses will be freed of the burden of multiple trials. Police, prosecutors and DOJ staff will be able to dedicate their attention to other cases at a time when government services are short-staffed, and police officers will be able to get back on the road and prevent other crimes.”

    “When resources are tight, it is vital to use them well. By focusing all non-felony DUI trials in the Court of Common Pleas, H.B. 207 will maximize efficiency for prosecutors, defense counsel, police, and the judiciary itself.

    “Precisely to cut down on the inconvenience and waste that sometimes resulted from splitting DUI jurisdiction between two different courts — and leaving room for procedural maneuvering between them — the Joint Study of the Delaware Courts Conducted by the Delaware State Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers recommended this useful step,” said Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr.

    Denn expressed his gratitude to the legislative sponsors of the bill, state Rep. Helene Keeley, state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry and state Sen. Ernie Lopez, and to State Prosecutor Sean Lugg and Deputy Attorney General Danielle Brennan for their work in getting the bill passed.

    “I am passionate about ensuring the safety of drivers on our roads and improving how driving under the influence offenses are addressed, so I am extremely pleased to see the governor sign this bill into law,” said Keeley, HB 207’s prime sponsor.

    “This legislation streamlines the justice system so that misdemeanor driving under the influence cases can be heard in the Court of Common Pleas for deposition. Going forward, the process will continue to be an efficient way to manage and tackle DUI depositions, and provide an avenue for people to be considered for specialized treatment post-adjudication.”

    “From the way we deploy police on the streets to the cases we try in our court room, having a fair and efficient criminal justice system is critical to our state,” said Henry. “This legislation ensures that DUI offenders are getting fair trials, but aren’t afforded special access to the court system. This way we can more efficiently and expeditiously focus on bringing more serious cases to justice.”

    “I was very pleased to see the passage of this bipartisan legislation,” said Lopez. “As a member of the impaired driving task force, this bill was something many of us spent a great deal of time working on. Improving our DUI enforcement and adjudication process is something that I know our constituency feels is vital to Delaware’s public safety.”

    “The Fraternal Order of Police was pleased to see that HB 207 passed and was signed by the Governor,” said Delaware FOP President Fred Calhoun. “We feel this is the first step in modifying current antiquated laws and procedures, providing member of the judicial system that ability to work in a more productive and efficient manner.”

    “The Delaware Police Chiefs Council would like to thank everyone involved in drafting and enacting this legislation. We sincerely appreciate the work of State Prosecutor Sean Lugg and Deputy Attorney General Danielle Brennan on this bill,” Camden Police Chief William Bryson, head of the state police chiefs’ council, said. “We expect this new law will allow our officers to spend more time removing intoxicated drivers from our roads and less time in court.”

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    The Nanticoke Indian tribe will hold its 40th Annual Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10th. The powwow grounds are located in the middle of a wooded area off Route 24, John J. Williams Highway. Powwow signs will be posted along Route 24 between Routes 113 and 1. The powwow grounds will open at 10 a.m. both days, and Grand Entry on Saturday will be at noon, with a second dance session at 4 p.m. Sunday morning will begin with a worship service at 10 a.m., and Grand Entry on Sunday is at 1:30 p.m.. The Native American crafts and food vendors will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

    Attendees who are wheelchair bound or have motorized wheelchairs will enter the powwow grounds on Mount Joy Road and will be directed to the identified parking area, where unloading and access to seating is convenient. Unless otherwise directed, handicapped attendees who normally use the general powwow parking area will continue to do so. Special seating for these handicapped individuals will continue to be available and monitored by powwow staff.

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    Join Jolly Roger Amusement Parks is celebrating its new partnership with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots at its inaugural Christmas in July Toy Drive on July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in a donation station at the front of the park to benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

    When peoplr drop off a toy, they’ll receive a voucher for 20 percent off your ticket purchase (good for that day only at any of the company’s 30th Street amusement parks) and a free gift.

    The event will kick off at 9:45 a.m., when Pocomoke High School’s ROTC organization will be hosting a flag-raising ceremony at the front of the park. Starting promptly at 10 a.m., the American flag, the Marines flag and the Toys for Tots flag will be hoisted. Frank Del Piano, commandant of the First State Detachment Marine Corps League, will play the snare drum during the ceremony, and the National Anthem will start the festivities. Then, the Ocean City Jeep Club will arrive, with a toy drive convoy, at the amusement park on 30th Street to deliver their donations.

    The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots has expressed a need for more interactive and educational toys, but all donations are welcome. Cash donations will also be accepted if visitors don’t have an opportunity to head to the store before heading to the park that morning.

    Last year’s local Toys for Tots campaign distributed 7,241 toys to 4,074 children.

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    Trevor Beachboard of Bethany Beach was recently named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

    More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Georgia Tech, which is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit

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    Ashley Hrebik of Selbyville recently earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Hrebik was among approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 253rd Commencement exercises on May 5-6 at the McCamish Pavilion.

    More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Georgia Tech, which is ranked in the nation’s Top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit

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    Jason Dinelli of Frankford, who is studying photographic sciences, made the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of Incomplete, D or F; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

    Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S. The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. For news, photos and videos, go to

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    Sarah Kraushaar, a freshman from Ocean View, was named to the Albright College dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. Albright students had to attain at least a 3.75 term grade-point average to be named to the list.

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    Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville has several openings for students in Grade 8 for the 2017-2018 school year, Indian River School District officials announced this week.

    Parents interested in enrolling their middle-school children must submit a Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options, an IRSD Student Supplemental Information Form and a “Good Cause” form. The forms are available on the district website at Forms should be mailed to Indian River School District, Attn: School Choice, 31 Hosier Street, Selbyville, DE 19975.

    All application forms must be received prior to the Indian River Board of Education meeting on July 24.

    For more information, contact the Southern Delaware School of the Arts at (302) 436-1066 or visit the school’s website

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    Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser?Schramm announced Monday that Jesse Chadderdon has been selected as the new executive director of the state party. In addition, Travis Williams will serve as deputy director of the party.

    A Delaware native, Chadderdon, 36, has worked as the director of communications for the Delaware Senate Majority Caucus since November 2014. After a decade?long career in journalism, he joined U.S. Sen. Chris Coons’ 2014 re-election campaign as press secretary.

    Raser-Schramm and Chadderdon have worked closely together in strategic roles on multiple campaigns, including February’s special election of Stephanie Hansen, which preserved the Democratic majority in the Delaware State Senate and garnered national attention as the first “swing” election since President Donald Trump won the White House.

    “After considering a deep pool of tremendous candidates, I am thrilled Jesse has agreed to play a leading role in the day-to-day operations of our party,” Raser-Schramm said. “We have a tremendous working relationship, and I know Jesse’s unique combination of management experience, strategic thinking, political instincts and messaging talents will serve our party well, and will help us share our vision and values with Delawareans up and down our state.”

    “We have a chance over the next several years to reaffirm that the values of the Delaware Democratic Party are the same as those shared by Delaware families across our state. We believe in an economy that works for every Delawarean and making sure our state remains a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Gov. John Carney.

    “I’m excited about the new talent we’re seeing across our party — from leadership on down. And I’m confident that, working with our new chairman, Jesse will help us continue to connect our vision of shared prosperity with citizens and families across Delaware.”

    After several years as a political reporter, Chadderdon closed out his career in journalism as the executive director of the GateHouse Delaware family of weekly newspapers, where he gained management experience and an understanding of communities across the state.

    Chadderdon, who begins in the new role on Aug. 1, is a 1999 graduate of McKean High School and in 2003 graduated from Temple University, where he studied journalism and political science. He lives in Bellefonte with his wife, Katie.

    In addition to the executive director hire, Raser-Schramm announced that Travis R. Williams has been named deputy director after serving as acting executive director since March. Among his many duties will be managing the party’s voter file and data systems.

    Williams joined the party as the communications coordinator in 2015 after working on Matt Denn’s successful Attorney General campaign. He helped lead the delegate selection process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and was considered instrumental in organizing the state party convention in June.

    A Middletown High School and University of Delaware graduate, Williams, 25, said he’s excited for his expanded role within the party.

    “As a lifelong Delawarean who has committed my professional life to the party, I am confident we can continue to achieve great things for our state,” said Williams. “I’m excited to work closely with our new team to really hit the ground running heading into 2018.”

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