Delmar fares well after hurricane Isabel
By Julleanna Outten
In the wake of hurricane Isabel, Delmar experienced little flooding. But the town did have serious power outages.
The lights were out at the intersections of US 13 and Delaware 54 and of Delaware 54 and Sussex 675, according to Delmar Chief of Police Harold Saylor. Delmar firemen stood at the intersections directing traffic while necessary.
At the Delmar Police Department, power was out for 24 hours. But the office kept the lights on with the help of generators.
“We were probably one of the larger casualties,” Saylor said of their power outage.
Both Saylor and the mayor of the Delaware side of Delmar said that overall, the town was very fortunate in how well it withstood the storm.
“Trees mostly fell away from businesses and homes,” Mayor John McDonnell said. Power did go out at the water treatment plant, but a generator allowed citizens to drink treated water.
McDonnell took note of the helpful efforts of many during the storm. “Public works went above and beyond the call of duty,” he said. “They’re the ones who’re out there getting pelted by the rain when we’re sitting comfortably at home.”
Saylor said that the fire department was the “life and soul” during the storm, running through the day and night to help where needed.
No severe injuries were reported in the Sussex County towns Bridgeville, Greenwood, Blades or Delmar. Several of those town’s officials said that they were “lucky” or “fortunate” to come through last week’s storm with as little damage as they did.
Delmar alumni hopes to get 500 new members
By Sandy Davis
The first general meeting for the 2003-2004 school year of the newly formed Delmar Alumni Association was held on Monday, Sept. 15, at the high school auditorium. The officers for this year are Pat Wood, president; Jack Ryder, vice president; John Roberts, treasurer; and Faith Melvin, secretary.
There are 384 members in the association. The dues are $5 per year, or $20 for a 5-year membership.
Dave Burton Jr. reported that two $500 scholarships were awarded last year and he is hoping to be able to award more this year. The association is trying to get sponsorships from the community through businesses, organizations, and individuals to help with the scholarships.
Joyce Burton is helping with this year’s homecoming booth. Alumni members will have refreshments donated by local businesses, items for raffle and a sign-up for new members.
The association had a booth at the Day in the Park, where members raffled off a brick from the old school building and an orange and blue afghan.
Burton is hoping to have more fund-raisers to help with the scholarships and to offer bus trips and other activities for the group.
The group’s first banquet was held in April and was a huge success. This is not a money making event but a night of fellowship for the members. This year’s banquet is scheduled for April 24.
Pat Wood encouraged anyone who is interested in joining the association to call the school or contact a member.
The goal for this year is to reach 500 members. A web-site is being planned for the future.
Bi-Staters Coffee Talk
I’m glad that Isabel wasn’t as bad as we all thought it would be. Even though we all had debris to clean up, it could have been a lot worse.
The St. Paul’s Christian Ladies Outreach will meet at Strikemasters Bowling Lane in Seaford on Wednesday, Oct. 8, for its meeting and luncheon. Some of the ladies are even planning to bowl. We’re looking forward to great fellowship. If there are any questions, please call Betty Chandler at 875-3826.
Eleanor Elliott, Jeanette Davis, Doris Williams, Peggy Eskridge and Emma Cooper have just returned from a trip to Nova Scotia. I was told they had a great time and the scenery was beautiful.
We send our sympathy and prayers to Calvin Keller and his family on the death of his wife, Catherine (Kit) who passed away Saturday, Sept. 20.
Our get-well wishes to Jean Henry, who is now home from Christiana after having back surgery.
We send our get-well wishes and prayers to Charles Feeney, who is now home from Christiana Hospital, and to William K. Beach (room 2425) and Kevin Morris (room 4506), both of whom are patients at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury.
School supplies, for children who are in need at the Delmar Elementary School, are being collected by the Delmar VFW. The VFW is also collecting Kool-Aid to send to our troops in Iraq for them to add to their drinking water so as to make it fit to drink. You can take your donations to the Delmar VFW.
Happy birthday to the following people: Joseph Bastian, Steven Larmore and Dawn Disharoon Rothermel, on Sept. 22; Donna Causey, Sept. 23; James L. Davis Jr., Velma Sturgis, Steve Causey and Andrea Causey, Sept. 24; Barry Waller, Sept. 25; Bobbi Ann Green, Sept. 26; Eric Niblett and Edwina Harris, Sept. 27; Sue Niblett and Connie Bradley, Sept. 28.
Thought for the week: “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Benjamin Franklin