WEEKEND #12, 2021
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
SHARP, BENNETT WIN REHOBOTH COMMISSIONER RACE
Election analysis by Hoyte Decker
Lightning lit up the skies over Rehoboth Beach both Saturday and Sunday mornings this past weekend. It also struck twice, as for the second consecutive year candidates supported by Rehoboth Neighbors, a political action group, crossed the finish line first. Former Commissioner Toni Sharp and newcomer Tim Bennett won by wide margins over incumbent Commissioner Dick Byrne and Planning Commissioner Rachel Macha. In the 2020 election Rehoboth Neighbors successfully backed Stan Mills, Mayor, and Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree.
Of the 1,703 registered voters -- down slightly from 2020's 1,731 -- 618 persons voted in person, while 572 people absentee voted for a total of 1,190 votes cast. The order of finish: Sharp 622, Bennett 621, Byrne 559, and Macha 491. The new commissioners will be sworn in at the city's regular meeting on September 17.
Here are the 2021 election totals:
Registered voters for 2021: 1,703 (28 fewer than 2020)
Number of voters: 618
Number of absentee voters: 572
Total voters: 1,190 (70 percent of registered voters; 15 percent fewer than 2020)
SEATS FOR COMMISSIONER (TWO):
87 voters voted for only one candidate!
Here is the results page Wayne Steele, election inspector, read at 6:26 p.m.
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CIVIL AIR PATROL PROVIDES BEACH TRAFFIC REPORTS TO DELDOT
A familiar sound in the sky on summer weekends isn't always a banner plane. Delaware has been one of the few states that uses the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for airborne traffic observations. The CAP's newer fuel-injection six-cylinder Cessna 182s -- like the one shown below -- generate that unique sound we hear that is more powerful than the typical banner plane.
The program is funded by DelDOT which reimburses the CAP $140 an hour for fuel. "It is a real money-saver for the state," says Lt. Col. Robert Turner from CAP Coastal Patrol Base 2, who points out that it costs the state about $3500 an hour to keep a helicopter airborne.
The two-to-three person CAP crew is volunteer but the flights help maintain the pilots' flight logs while allowing them to assist with monitoring traffic. In New Castle County they typically fly morning and evening rush hours along the I-95 corridor. But during the summer, another crew is activated on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to fly beach traffic patrols over lower Delaware.
The Sussex County patrol flies over the beach routes, specifically Routes 13, 113, 404, 9, 26 and 1 typically at an altitude of 1000 to 1300 feet. Here are CAP742's flights from this past weekend. The aircrews provide the traffic updates to DelDOT's TMC. But in addition to traffic observations, Lt. Col. Turner says they are also trained to provide homeland security observations if needed to appropriate agencies. Here is the view of Coastal Highway at the Midway Shopping Center on a busy summer weekend.
All of the CAP airplanes are high-wing single-engine Cessnas based in each of the state's three counties. Most are Cessna 182s although a few of the 172s are still in use. As part of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, the CAP is primarily responsible for inland search-and-rescue missions which also include locating emergency "EPIRB" radio beacons that are often found accidentally activated at local marinas.
The CAP Cessna 182s are equipped with the Garmin G1000 "Glass Flight Deck" cockpit.
On December 1, the CAP will be celebrating its 80th birthday. Lt. Col. Turner says they are working on an event for the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to mark the occasion. The Air Force, interestingly, will only be 74-years-old this year!
Photos courtesy Lt. Col. Robert Turner
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REHABBED SEAL RELEASED AT ASSATEAGUE
"We are always so happy when one of our rescued animals recovers and is returned to the wild to live its life," says Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute.
Her organization had rescued this little gray seal pup in April when it was found suffering from a severe lung infection on the beach near Gordon's Pond. He was rehabilitated at the National Aquarium and was released last Wednesday in Assateague.
Image courtesy MERR
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AUTHOR OF "LAND OF FUN" RETURNS TO STAFF
FUNLAND AFTER 36 YEARS!
Funland put out a call to former employees to assist during personnel shortage
Because of the labor shortage this summer, Funland has contacted former employees asking if they wanted to return to work at the park. Chris Lindsley, the author of the popular book on Funland's history, Land of Fun: the Story of an Old-Fashioned Amusement Park for the Ages, is one of several who put on his red shirt and returned to the job! He has sold nearly 4000 copies of his book since it was published two years ago. He had advocated for alumni to get to work a "reunion weekend," so as he says, this was his chance to "put my money where my mouth was."
Lindsley last worked at the park in 1985 and returned this month working one of the same games he did back then, the derby horse racing game, the park's most popular game. He wrote about his return to the derby in this thoughtful article.
Photo courtesy Chris Lindsley
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BURK OPENS VISIONSCAPES AT GALLERY 50
Debby Brisker Burk returned to Gallery 50 this past Friday with Visionscapes, featuring her most recent artwork of the sea, land and sky.
Burk had hunkered down and tried to paint every day during the pandemic. During that time she explored new surfaces and went "more interior" with her landscapes, became more imaginative and more abstract.
Color is one of the elements people appreciate most about her work. She says she tries to "create a feeling of joy and also mystery." She hopes that her work yields a sense of appreciation for the beauty in the world.
Burk is a versatile artist who works with acrylic, oil, pastel and charcoal on paper, canvas, cradled board and aluminum board. She applies paint using different instruments including brushes, palette knifes, rubber stamps, among others. She is a native Washingtonian with studios in her home in Potomac as well as here in Rehoboth.
Her show will remain on display at Gallery 50 through August 31.
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DELAWARE ARTIST FELLOWS HONORED AT CAMP REHOBOTH
CAMP Rehoboth hosted the annual Delaware Division of the Arts award winners at a ceremony last Monday. The Division offers fellowships in the artistic disciplines of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music and visual arts. Artists' work is judged by nationally recognized out-of-state arts professionals.
This year, 121 artists submitted work and 25 were selected for awards. The winning artists are awarded the fellowships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. Their work is initially exhibited at the Biggs Museum of American Art before traveling here. "This is the fifth year that CAMP Rehoboth has hosted the event," says Leslie Sinclair, exhibition curator, "and every year the art and writing samples get better."
Three literary winners, all from Sussex County -- Carrie Sz. Keane, Jack Mackey and Terry Miller -- read works at the ceremony. Miller, who lives in Milton, won the creative nonfiction award. "I am very honored that our elected officials see the importance of the arts in our communities and that they support the Delaware Division for the Arts awards and understand how they enrich our community," she said.
Her book, "Behind God's Back: Finding Hope in Hardship," is a memoir which will be released in mid-October. It is a story of how hope and healing is inherently in hardship and if we can work our way through that we can get to the other side of very difficult times, Miller adds, "so that our hardships can inform our stories but not be our stories."
Artist Kim Klabe who lives in the Rehoboth area said she had been applying for several years and was honored to have been selected. She pours beer and wine on watercolor paper and then looks for shapes when the liquid dries. She follows those shapes and creates images from them as she demonstrated during the program. She said the award gives her the freedom to stress less about the financial part of being an artist and allows her to concentrate more on the creative part.
Lewes plein-air pastelist Siobhan Duggan says she always works two side-by-side drawings which is part of her process to think, learn and look for each as she goes along. While painting in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard, she said she too had applied for the fellowship award several times before winning this year. Duggan added that the award gives her confidence that she is "doing the right thing and going down the right path." It also helps with some finances to be able to make the purchases to keep things moving and flowing.
See the Delaware Division of the Arts website for details on all 25 of the artist fellows for 2021.
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Thunderstorm early Sunday morning by Rick Tananis...
The Rehoboth boardwalk after that thunderstorm by Rick Tananis...
Sunflower fields on Atlantic Avenue north of Ocean View by Gil Hofheimer...
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MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says that last week her organization had no sea mammal or sea turtle death investigations or strandings to report.
DEADLINE TO FILE TO RUN FOR COMMISSIONER IN DEWEY BEACH IS 5 P.M. THURSDAY--- As of Friday, only three candidates -- Comm. Paul Bauer, Elisabeth Gibbings and Comm. David Jasinski -- have filed for the three commissioner seats that are up for election this summer.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN BAY IN POT-NETS--- A man was discovered dead in the water next to a boat in Pot-Nets Bayside around 11:25 a.m. this past Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. "This investigation remains ongoing but there is no threat to the surrounding community and there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the investigation," says MCpl. Heather Pepper, state police spokeswoman.
MORE BAD $20 BILLS ON REHOBOTH BOARDWALK--- Another counterfeit $20 bill was received this past week by a business on the Rehoboth boardwalk. The serial number on this bill was different than the others reported so far this summer. "The bill felt waxy and actually passed the counterfeit pen test," says the merchant who had received the bill. "That's a first. A real bill should mark with a yellow line and a bad bill marks with a black line. We figure that whatever the waxy substance was on the bill allowed it to pass the pen test," he pointed out.
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