WEEKEND #4, 2021
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Delaware Governor Visits Funland in Recognition of DE Wins!
Delaware Governor John Carney accompanied by Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf visited Funland on Friday to thank the staff of the popular Rehoboth Beach amusement park for participating in the state's Covid vaccination incentive program known as DE Wins! "DE Wins! is important," Gov. Carney told reporters while standing outside of Funland, "because we have partnered up with small businesses like Funland and others and they have made available different incentives… It encourages people to come back to their businesses and it encourages people to get vaccinated so that they can show their card."
The Governor stressed the importance of vaccinating the state's younger population. "We need to get to 70 percent of those 18 and over by the end of the month so that we can celebrate Fourth of July with the rest of the country and meeting President Biden's goal," he said.
As part of DE Wins!, the state has a 'big raffle' which includes a ticket package to Funland that the Governor says is highly sought after. "We do that once a week for the younger folks who are getting vaccinated," he explained.
"We believe that it is important to vaccinate as many people as possible for the good of our community," says Christopher Darr, Funland's personnel manager. "When this opportunity presented itself we did not hesitate to partner with the state," he said.
Friday's visit from Governor Carney and Rep. Schwartzkopf helped to highlight the DE Wins! program and the effort to vaccinate younger Delaware residents, Darr explained. "We enjoyed showing the Governor around the park and how we have adapted to the challenges of the past year," he said. Here's Darr watching as the Governor successfully scores a basket on Super Shot!
"If our involvement helps in any way to increase vaccination counts, so we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy, then we will consider it a success," Darr added.
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TEEN BICYCLIST CRITICALLY INJURED IN CRASH WITH PICKUP
Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that left a female bicyclist critically injured after she collided with a pickup truck towing a trailer around 5:37 p.m. last Thursday on Shady Road at Plantation Road behind the Lewes Lowes.
Police say the 19-year-old female bicyclist from Douglassville, Pennsylvania was riding west on Shady Road in a designated bike lane. Also westbound was a Ford F-250 pickup truck towing a dual-axle dump trailer. As they approached a green light at the Plantation Road intersection, police said the bicyclist failed to see the truck before turning left and she crashed into the side of the trailer in the middle of the intersection.
She was flown to a trauma center via Trooper 2 and was last reported in critical condition. The driver of the truck was not injured, police said.
The roadway was closed for about 90 minutes while the accident was investigated and the roadway was cleared.
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BIRD NEST ON REHOBOTH BEACH FIREHOUSE SIREN
This is something one does not see often. Osprey built this nest on top of the siren behind the firehouse on Rehoboth Avenue. The siren is still used but not as often as in past years. The birds were there in May but appear to have since abandoned it.
Not every location an osprey picks is a good one, says Dr. Ray Bryant, a volunteer for Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. "Certainly on top of a siren tower is not," he added. "The challenge would be after this season to make that tower uninhabitable. Whether it's adding cones to the tower to prevent a space to nest down, or some other occluder being added I would think would be the best option," Dr. Bryant added.
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THE STARBOARD'S FAMOUS ORANGE CRUSH NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES!
Imagine taking a bit of Dewey Beach back home with you in a can? Meet Jarret Stopforth who was in Dewey Beach promoting his latest product, the Dewey Crush, this past weekend. He has been a product developer for more than 20 years who is now canning and distributing The Starboard's popular orange crush drinks.
His parents lived in Australia but he was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa and traveled the world. But Stopforth said he got the idea to can the orange crush while visiting a friend in Dewey. "He took me to The Starboard, showed me the crushes and I was amazed," Stopforth recalls. "How is this not canned already? So I said this is something I got to be able to put into a can and on the spot we just decided," he said, "to actually do this and create a crush in a can."
Stopforth estimated that they have already sold 200,000 cans so far. They are distributing to package stores throughout the state and hope to expand sales to surrounding states by the end of the year. Next year he plans to start selling the drink in liquor stores across the country.
Steve "Monty" Montgomery, owner of The Starboard, says the orange crush was actually invented at Harborside Bar & Grill in West Ocean City but his restaurant perfected the drink which consists of freshly squeezed orange juice, Smirnoff orange vodka and some mixer.
"With so many folks coming through the Dewey Beach area to visit The Starboard, they can now finally take home a piece of the place with canned crushes," Montgomery points out. The crushes come in three flavors: orange, grapefruit and watermelon. They will also be introducing SKINNY Crushes in a couple of weeks which will feature fewer calories and lower alcohol content of the same three flavors.
"People have been raving about how great it is to enjoy a taste of The Starboard in their homes or away from Dewey after 15 months of quarantine," Montgomery said. "What better to restart life than to find new ways to celebrate every single day of what feels to be 'normal life' once again," he added.
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CAMP REHOBOTH REMEMBERS ARTIST LEE WAYNE MILLS
The art world and Rehoboth lost artist Lee Wayne Mills last summer. But he lives on through his work and generosity. Before he died he requested that some of his art be donated to CAMP Rehoboth and that proceeds from the sale be used to support youth and arts programs, says Leslie Sinclair, exhibition curator. "Those are two things that Lee was passionate about," she said. "He was a wonderful sharing person who connected with the arts community," she added. Here he was at one of his exhibitions at the Philip Morton Gallery.
Mills left more than 100 pieces of art to CAMP Rehoboth which went on sale this past Saturday at an indoor/outdoor exhibition.
His artwork will remain on display at CAMP Rehoboth and online through July 3.
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ST. PETERS ART SHOW RETURNS TO LEWES FOR 55th YEAR!
St. Peter's 55th Annual Art Show is scheduled for July 3 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on St. Peter's Square at 2nd and Market streets in downtown Lewes. Sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, it will feature more than 100 fine artists and artisans, raffles, silent auction and more. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit those in need within the Cape Henlopen School District. Parking and free shuttle service will be available from the Cape Henlopen High School.
This is Buschi's distinctive acrylic painting, "Little League Practice."
"Mermaid" is Kennedy's unique 18th century Fraktur design plate.
The show will be dedicated to William Dec, an artist and church member. He was an accomplished watercolor artist who received numerous awards for his paintings. Dec died in 2020 at the age of 95.
For more info visit stpeterslewes.org or call 302-645-8479.
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LOOKING BACK: THE REHOBOTH RESTAURANT RENAISSANCE
Rehoboth Beach Museum to reopen its lecture hall this week!
The Rehoboth Beach Museum's first in-person program this year will be a panel discussion with restaurateurs who helped to start the movement to fine dining in Rehoboth Beach. The program is scheduled for this Tuesday, June 22, at 4 p.m. These former restaurant owners changed cuisine options in Rehoboth from fried fish, hamburger, hotdogs and pizza to menus inspired by restaurants in New York and Europe.
Robert Thompson of the Rehoboth Beach Museum will moderate a discussion with some former restaurant owners including Sydney Artz who owned Sydney's Side Street, known for its food as well as live musical entertainment. Other participants include Libby York who, with partners, opened the Back Porch Café in the old Hotel Marvel, and Keith Fitzgerald who became a partner at the Back Porch after Libby left to pursue her jazz career in New York. Terry Plowman, who owned and operated The Front Page Restaurant & Bar on Baltimore Avenue, will also participate. The Front Page was known for a casual, friendly atmosphere, an eclectic menu and frequent live music.
The public is invited to attend and learn the history of this restaurant renaissance. Space will be limited to 35 people to observe safe social distancing, so call (302-227-7310) early to reserve a seat. The program is free for members. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. See the RBM website for info.
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
On the stand at Hickman Street by Hoyte Decker... This is Peyton Weaver, a third-year guard, on the Hickman Street stand. She's trying to keep warm on this breezy Wednesday afternoon. Her chapeau was designed by one of the guards and features an RBP logo.
Surf fishermen at sunrise by Rick Tananis...
Lavender Fields of Milton by Dale Sheldon...
MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute reports that last week her organization investigated a deceased loggerhead sea turtle and two bottlenose dolphins. One of the dolphins was dead and the other was a calf that was still alive, she said, "but unfortunately some well-meaning residents pushed it back into the water." It was re-sighted once, but was not reported again. Also, a whale, probably a humpback, was spotted off Dewey Beach around 10 a.m. Saturday.
GOODE DROPS OUT OF REHOBOTH COMMISSIONER RACE--- "I have learned that other candidates are being aggressively pushed by sitting Commissioners," Suzanne Goode wrote in an email to Donna Moore, one of the city's election officials. "The election isn't realistically winnable for someone like myself who lacks that support," she added. That leaves just four candidates running for the two commissioner seats, Timothy Bennett, a Rehoboth political newcomer, current Comm. Richard Byrne, Rachel Macha who is on the planning commission and ran for commissioner last summer, and former Comm. Toni Sharp who last served in 2019. See the Cape Gazette for more info.
GIRL FOUND IN HER LEWES HOME AFTER EXTENSIVE SEARCH--- The father of a four-year-old girl reported her missing around 10 p.m. last Wednesday. That touched of a massive search by air, ground and water which included police and several fire companies. Surprisingly the girl was safely located in her family home on Creekside Drive shortly after midnight. More info is on WGMD.com.
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