School Board Rescinds Campus Name Decision

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School Board Rescinds Campus Name Decision
The Milford Review
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November 19,
2013
The News Of The Week for Greater Milford, Delaware
CARPERS VISIT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware Board of Directors Martha Carper and U.S. Senator Tom Carper visited Milford for The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club’s ‘An Evening
of Cocktails and Conversation’ held on Friday, November 15
to kickoff their 2014 Annual Fund Campaign. Story and photos begin on page 7.
School Board
Rescinds Campus
Name Decision
Milford Brewery
Opens Doors
To Public
By Terry Rogers
By Bryan Shupe
On Tuesday, November 12, the Milford Board of Education voted unanimously to rescind a decision made
on October 28, 2013 to add the name “Justice Randy J.
Holland Campus” to Milford High School. Before the
vote, Superintendent Phyllis Kohel read a short statement regarding the initial decision.
Mispillion River Brewing (MRB) officially opened their doors, at 255 Mullet
Road, on Friday, November 15, serving
between 300 and 400 individuals from
their ribbon cutting ceremony held at
3pm to their first closing time at 9pm.
Partners of Mispillion Don and Marti
Brooks, Scott and Tammy Perlot and
Eric and Megan Williams are excited to
see the future of Milford’s first brewery.
“The agenda for the October 28 meeting should have
offered more detail and should have noted a proposed
action so that the public was aware in advance of the
discussion,” Dr. Kohel read. “There was no intention to
change the name of the school, only the name of the
ground the school sits on. The district would bear no
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Mispillion River Brewing was born
from the love of craft brewing, art in its
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MSD DECISION REVERSED from page 1
cost for this change. There was an obvious miscommunication with some media outlets, and in the
future, when decisions like this are made, an official press release will be forthcoming from my office. We apologize to anyone who was offended by
this decision.” The vote to rescind the decision was
unanimous. After the vote, the board opened up
the meeting for public comment.
Representative Harvey Kenton, who, along with
Tom Draper, presented the request to the school
board on October 28, thanked the members of the
community for getting involved, and agreed with
Dr. Kohel that policies and procedures failed, but
that he had been assured that those problems had
been addressed. Representative Kenton insisted that
there was never an intention to change the name of
Milford Senior High School.
“I do not Twitter, I don’t use Facebook, and I do
not blog,” Representative Kenton said. “But if I did
any of those things, I, too, would have signed petitions against this decision if I thought the name of
the school was going to be changed. It was never
said that the name of Milford High School was to
be changed, by Dr. Kohel, by Mr. Draper or by myself. This is an example of inaccurate journalism and
the entire situation was blown out of proportion.
The discussion brought to the school board was to
honor a man who is one of the most prominent
Milford High School graduates, a man who came
from a blue collar family and has brought honor to
the city of Milford, to Delaware and to the judicial
system.” Representative Kenton continued that his
intent when he came before the board was not to
request a name change for the school, but to add
Justice Holland’s name to the campus. Representative Kenton named many Milford alumni who
have done great things for the city, the state and the
country who were also worthy of recognition by the
board, and suggested that a policy be instituted that
would recognize all prominent Milfordians.
Tom Draper, owner of Draper Communications,
whose holdings include WBOC-TV and Fox-21,
and who presented the request to the board along
with Representative Kenton spoke second. “The
Milford High School name is sacred and that was
never our intent,” said Draper. “Milford is one of
only a few schools in Sussex County who did not
consolidate with other towns, and we want to keep
that historic name. What is important is the process, and the input of the public when these decisions are made. Randy Holland is a good guy, but
there are plenty of other good guys out there.”
Members of the public expressed their concern
about the decision as well. “I learned about this
from my mother who read it on Facebook,” said Juliette Keesic, a sophomore at Milford High School.
“We stand for Milford High School both academically and athletically, and I feel that students should
have a right to vote on any change to the school,
whether it is the name of the campus, the fields or
the school itself.”
Patricia Marney, who was instrumental in starting a petition requiring the school board to revisit
the decision, added that there was precedence set
in 2009 when the board denied a request denying
renaming a field at the school. In 2009, a petition
circulated in Milford to rename the Milford High
School Field Hockey Field in memory of Kelly Tyrrell Gill, a teacher and coach who died of breast
cancer that same year. The petition was presented
to the board in September 2009, not long after Ms.
Gill died, and the decision was tabled. In November 2009, the board voted against renaming the
field hockey field after Ms. Gill, despite the petition
with 570 signatures requesting the change, instead
choosing to rename the Night of the Arts the “Mrs.
Kelly Tyrrell Gill Night of the Arts.”
“There have been other circumstances where the
board came to the public and asked us to share our
opinion,” said Ms. Marney. “One example is the
name of Mispillion Elementary, a name that the
public voted on. “Ms. Marney said that the request for the public to choose the name of a new
elementary school, combined with the decision
not to name the field hockey field after a beloved
teacher and coach, sets a precedent for these types
of things. She continued, “Mr. Holland seems to be
a wonderful man, but there are other ways to honor
him, such as dedicating a hallway, creating a Wall of
Fame or even the dedication of the library.”
Paul Faulkner, a former school board member,
had suggested earlier that the Milford High School
Library be renamed after Justice Holland.
“I know Mr. Holland and he is an upstanding
man,” Mr. Faulkner said. “However, Justice Holland is still a sitting member of the judiciary, and
naming the campus after him could send the message that the district is attempting to draw favor
with the judiciary in any future lawsuits that may
arise. That being said, considering the level Justice
Holland has risen to, I would imagine he spent significant time in the library, and I could understand
renaming the library in his honor. We need to remember that there have been many great students
in the past, and there will be many in the future.”
After public comment ended, Marvin Schelhouse, Board of Education President, stated that
“no further action would be taken to name schools,
grounds or facilities until a policy has been established through a public committee process.” The
Board of Education voted unanimously to accept
the motion.
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purest form and MRB desires to continue this art form by brewing the finest craft
beer. In 2011, Co-Founder, Eric Williams, told his wife and Co-Founder, “Megan, I am going to open a craft brewery in Milford!” After 2 years of planning,
brewing, tasting, traveling the country and assembling a team of partners, the
business is now open, serving the entry level craft drinker, beer connoisseur, craft
beer drinker and craft brewery enthusiast.
“Leading up to the opening, it was overwhelming, it was emotional to have so
many people turn out and support us,” commented Eric Williams. “We saw a lot
of new faces and many people who have supported us from the beginning. It is
nice to have the support from not only beer enthusiasts but the City of Milford
and people in the community.”
On tap for the opening was a spectrum of craft beer including Pale Wheat, Scottish Gruit, Saison, Brown Ale, Stout, Sweet Potato Pie Ale, IPS and Double IPA.
One MRB draft beer specifically has already been a favorite among Mispillion
River fans. The Greenway IPA, served by the pint, is marked by very high hopping rate and use of water with high mineral content resulting in a crisp, dry beer.
Golden in color, this beer has a huge hop flavor and bitterness, utilizing Cascade,
Nugget and Columbus hops.
Brewmaster Jared Barnes is excited to challenge himself in search of new, unusual
brews that will make MRB distinct in the local craft beer market. The brewery
plans to serve several beers that will stay on tap throughout the year while creating
new brews every few week.
“It is nice to have people in here to enjoy our brews. For the opening I wanted
to showcase variations of styles I have not really played with before,” commented
Barnes. “We will have our go to beers but also will be featuring new brews every
several weeks. The next round of beers are going to be sort of off-the-wall.”
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Currently using a one barrel system to brew their
beer, Mispillion River Brewing is in the construction phase of their 15 barrel system, which will have
them running at full capacity. Launching an indiegogo campaign, MRB is aking individuals to make
contributions to help with final construction costs,
estimated at $10,000. For their generosity, donors
will be presented with a myriad of MRD promotions from Mispillion River Brewing apparel to
growlers. Larger donors will even have the opportunity to have their own engraved bar stool, which
will always guarantee them a seat, or the dedication
of a brand new fermenter and the opportunity to design and brew a beer recipe with brew master Jaren
Barnes. Information about the indiegogo campaign
can be found online at http://www.indiegogo.com/
projects/mispillion-river-brewing.
Moving forward, Mispillion River Brewing will begin to sell their brews on tap at their location as well
as several local pubs and restaurants. Bottling or canning their brews for distribution may also be in the
future of the young company as they gain experience
in the craft brew market. Mispillion River Brewery is
currently open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5
to 9pm at 255 Mullet Road off Airport Road. More
information on MRB can be found online at http://
mispillionriverbrewing.com, on Facebook or by calling 302-4916623.
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Martha & Sen. Tom Carper Praise
Milford B&G Club
Staff Report
The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club
held An Evening of Cocktails and Conversation on Friday, November 15 to kickoff
their 2014 Annual Fund Campaign. With
sponsors including Dogfish Head, Troops
Barbecue and Abbott’s Grill, guests enjoyed local cuisines and libations while
listening to live entertainment from Milford performer Jason Beale. Addressing
the group for the evening, on the importance of the Boys & Girls Club was former Delaware First Lady Martha Carper
and U.S. Senator Tom Carper.
A staple in the Milford community for
several decades, the Boys & Girls Club
will be celebrating their fifth year in their
new location off Airport Road in January. Friday’s
event highlighted activities at the Club for both children and adults and focused on their Annual Fund
Campaign, which generates annual operating support from individuals and businesses that will enable
Club staff to continue to provide quality program
services to over 250 area youth. Programs at the Club
are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Milford
Club is aimed at changing the lives of not only the
children who attend every day but also their families
and the community at large.
Martha Carper, President of the Delaware Boys &
Girls Club Corporate Board and former Delaware
First Lady, was the guest speaker for the evening and
discussed the impact the Greater Milford Boys &
Girls Club has on our the Milford community.
“Just like the saying that all politics is local, it is the
same for the Boys & Girls Club,” commented Mrs.
Carper. “It is the work that you all do locally through
this organization that will pay off in the future with
the kids that you serve.”
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Carpers Visit Milford B&G Club
United States Senator Tom Carper was also in attendance and addressed guests on the importance of
the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club in the lives
of local youth in the Milford area.
“There are so many kids, as you know, that do
not have anyone in their lives,” commented Senator
Carper. “For many of these kids the Boys & Girls
Club is the place where they have opportunities to
experience great role models, focus on their education, exercise and all kinds of programs. Although
they may really not have much going on at home,
the Boys & Girls Club is a chance to change their
lives.”
ing some form of financial assistance for more than
seventy percent of the children currently enrolled in
the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“These scholarships are essential to grow our enrollment and fulfill our mission to inspire and enable all young people,” commented VanEyken. “We
encourage all of our kids to realize their potential as
productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”
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While enjoying live entertainment and local food
and drink, visitors to the club were taken on a tour
of the facility highlighting the pool at the Richard Y.
Johnson Aquatic Center, fitness center, gymnasium,
computer lab and their multiple classrooms. In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring,
the club offers structured programming throughout
the year which has supported to improved academic
performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in
local elementary, middle and high schools.
According to Director Tod VanEyken, the Greater
Milford Boys & Girls Club provides over $46,000
per year in financial scholarships, which is 20% of
their annual budget. VanEyken stated that the Annual Fund Campaign assists local families by creat-
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Carpers Visit Milford B&G Club
In an effort to establish the Milford Club as a community center in the Greater Milford Area, in addition to serving school-aged children, the Club has
recently expanded its facility and services to include
a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y.
Johnson Aquatic Center is also home to the Milford
High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own
Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys &
Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. These
community services are made available to Greater
Milford Area residents year-round through support
from the Annual Fund Campaign.
Businesses and individuals interested in supporting
the Annual Fund Campaign should contact Margaux
Azzanesi, Regional Development Director at (302)
422-4453 or [email protected] For more information on the Greater Milford Boys & Girls club
individuals are encouraged to visit the Club online
at http://bgclubs.org/page155812/greater-milfordboys-girls-club.aspx.
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Prime Hook Refuge Shares Plans
By Bryan Shupe
On Wednesday, November 13 the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service held a public meeting at the Milford
Public Library to discuss their plan for marsh restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Officials from Atkins-Global, a management group that
conducted studies over the last several years of several
possibilities and alternatives to the marsh restoration,
presented their data analysis and recommendations
for the future of the Wildlife Refuge.
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge was significantly damaged in recent years by coastal storms,
including Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Service
received $20 million in federal funding from the
Department of Interior in May to repair beach and
dune breaches at the refuge following the storm. On
October 24, the Refuge received an additional $19.8
million to build upon the dune repairs by restoring a
robust marsh environment at Prime Hook that will
better withstand the tests of time, future storms and
a changing environment.
The challenges to the ecosystem at Prime Hook
Wildlife Refuge have been difficult as the area has seen
drastic environmental changes and political challenges for over seven years. In 2006 the dune system that
protects the area of Fowler Beach Road was originally
breached during Hurricane Etnesto. Since then, repeated Nor’easter storms in 2009 and 2010 added to
this land erosion by opening up breaches in several
areas of the dunes. Again in 2012 the main breach
was deepened and widened by Hurricane Sandy from
a diameter of about 300 feet to approximately 1,500
feet wide.
This October Prime Hook officials received the
peer-review information from Atikns-Global and
made a decision on how the wildlife refuge will process with the design of the dune and breach repair
project. After looking at salinity, circulation and restoration alternatives, they determined that the best
course of action forward will be to completely fill the
breach and create a dune crest of approximately six
feet above mean sea level.
After that work is complete, Prime Hook officials
will use the $19.8 million in additional Sandy funding to proceed with marsh restoration behind the
repaired dune line. This project will include building
up the elevation of the marshes, removing water control structures and creating channels in the marsh to
manage water flow. According to Prime Hook officials, after the foundational work is complete, marsh
grasses will be planted to make the system more stable and sustainable.
“The primary agenda and objective of the Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be to restore,
to the best of our ability, a habitat close to what we
had before Hurricane Sandy,” commented Al Rizzo, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Project
Leader . “All forty-million dollars that we received
from the federal government will go to fixing the
breach.” According Mr. Rizzo, filling in the breaches
will require approximately 800,000 yards of material
as less than 500,000 yards of material will be used
for marsh restoration. The project will include the
creation of 1,200 to 1,800 acres of new marsh.
In the coming months, Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge officials will work with the Army
Corps of Engineers on a design for the dune repair
and full marsh restoration. During this period of
time, the Service will fulfill the requirements of environmental review for the project under the National
Environmental Policy Act. According to Mr. Rizzo,
the target date to begin repairing the breaches is late
Fall 2014.
Small Business Saturday
Returns November 30
By Bryan Shupe
Started in 2010 by the internationally known business American
Express, Small Business Saturday
has caught on in almost every small
town in America. An equivalent
to the traditions of Black Friday
and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages individuals to support their local area
by spending their holiday money
in their local town. The new tradition has been picked up by small
entrepreneurs and business owners
across the nation and has become
a call to action every Saturday after
Thanksgiving since its inception.
Owner of EcoChic Teri Carter on Small Business
Saturday in 2012.
A study performed by the economic
development consultancy Civic Economics, shows that for every $100
spent in a locally owned business $68
stays in the local economy compared to just
$43 of every $100 spent at a non-locally owned
business. Across the board, locally owned businesses keep their money in the local economy
by purchasing local goods including marketing, accounting services, supplies, community
donations, wages and of course local taxes.
According to the second annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released earlier
this November by the National Federation of
Independent Businesses (NFIB) and American Express, 70% of independent merchants
say Small Business Saturday will be helpful in
attracting new customers. While 67% of business owners will offer discounts on items that
day and 36% will offer coupons for future discounts, another 39% are planning to collabo-
rate with other small businesses to promote Small Business Saturday Together.
The personalized attention to detail and individualized service can also be a welcomed relief from the big box store holiday experience. Teri Carter of EcoChic, a
downtown Milford boutique that offers a selection of earth-friendly apparel, cosmetics and other products, customizes each of her clients shopping experience to
offer a unique service for every individual. By using the store’s point of sale system
Teri is able to record and track the preferences of her customers.
“By knowing what our customers have purchased we begin to learn preferences
for each specific individual. This allows us to make recommendations based on
their past experiences with us, ” commented Carter. “We also create wish lists for
our customers so that someone coming in to shop for them has the ability to see
what items they have their eye on.”
Another intangible factor that many studies fail to realize is the personal investment and interest many local businesses have in seeing their local community
grow and prosper. The desire to see a flourishing active town becomes not just a
sense of pride but a urgency of livelihood.
“The local community’s prosperity and wellbeing is a vital part of every downtown, we work very hard to support many community events and fundraisers
and hope that Milford continues to develop and grow, enticing more visitors to
the area to see a wonderful close and supportive community,” commented Lorna
Petchey of Blooming Boutique. “Milford is a very special town and has a positive
community base that with support and drive will continue to flourish.”
When deciding how to spend those precious holiday dollars shoppers should
not only remember that when products are purchased from locally-owned stores,
more money stays in the local economy. They should also take into account the
personalized service and the owner’s personal investment in a successful local
community. Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, November 30
with almost every locally-owned business offering some sort of holiday specials to
encourage local support. Be sure to support local businesses by looking for them
on Facebook, viewing their websites and giving them a call in preparation for
Saturday.
I.G. Burton Hosts Chamber Event
By Bryan Shupe
I.G. Burton, located on Bay Road just north of
Milford on Route 1, hosted the Greater Milford
Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Seminar for the
month of November. A locally owned family business for more than 105 years in Milford, I.G. Burton sells and services BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep,
Ram, Chevrolet and Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the
Greater Milford area. Representing the company
during the seminar, George Schiffer, head of maintenance for Burton; MJ Lofland, Director of Sales
and Finance; and Peter Renzi, operations manager,
spoke to Chamber members on continuing the legacy of the business and building relationships with
new and existing customers.
Selling over 400 vehicles per month, Sales and Finance Manager MJ Lofland talked with members
of the Chamber about what separates their business
from other dealerships and how customer service
has kept the business strong for over a century.
“What separates us from the competition is that
we are a 105 year old company with several employees having over 30 years of experience. When
you walk through our doors you are going to see
a familiar face,” commented Lofland. “We try to
educate our customers on each side of the business,
whether that is sales or service, and want to make it
a fun experience for them.”
Head of maintenance for I.G. Burton, George
Schiffer, talked about one business model that has
served the company well over the years and has accounted for much of their success. Making an effort
to integrate all of the services a car owner may need
in one location. Schiffer mentioned that at their locations on Bay Road and Rehoboth Boulevard in
Milford, customers can experience purchasing and
leasing vehicles and receive services including minor
maintenance, major repairs and custom detailing.
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“We try to keep everything located here so our customers can receive the service they need quickly,” commented Schiffer. “Another piece to our success is the education of our professionally-trained technicians.
They are continually trained throughout the years and we have specialists for every level of car repair.”
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Operations manager, Pete Renzi, commented that the success of I.G. Burton includes the company’s commitment to the community of Milford. Throughout the year, the business works with many community
organizations including the Food Bank of Delaware, Milford Museum, Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Milford Inc. and the Milford School District.
“A large part of our business is giving back to the community,” commented Renzi to the Chamber members. “Building relationships with community partners is just as important as building relationship with our
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Staff Report
With sirens blasting, Santa will arrive in town riding on a fire truck and
escorted by the police on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00. He will be in
his house listening to the dreams and wishes of children every Friday evening
6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 3:00 until December 22nd. As usual, all children age 12 and under who visit will receive a
picture with Santa, a candy cane, a stocking filled with candy and a chance to
win one of our weekly drawings of a $50 gift certificate from Walmart along
with a dozen cookies from Dolce, all of which is free.
It’s that time of the year when all the behind the scenes work is being done
for the DMI Santa House. Numerous elves have been busy working behind
the scenes to be ready for the upcoming season. Some elves have been preparing Santa’s house, some have been cutting out over 1,000 little red stockings
and others have been sewing them before they are turned over to more elves
that will fill them with candy.
In addition to seeing Santa, on two Saturdays there will be entertainment.
The First State Harmonettes will entertain us from 10:30 to 11:00 on November 30th and The Christmas Carol Band will perform from 11:00 to 11:30 on
December 7th. Come out and enjoy the holiday music while waiting to visit
with Santa.
Since Downtown Milford, Inc. is a nonprofit, the organization is dependent
upon support from the entire community for both volunteers and funding
in order to offer this special experience for our children. If individuals would
like to be a part of this worthwhile project and support DMI’s efforts, they are
encouraged to call Bev French (424-4465) or Lee Nelson at the DMI Office
(839-1180).
Cross Academy Collects For Food Pantry
By Bryan Shupe
This holiday season Cross Christian Academy, Milford Church of the Nazarene and Hardee’s have created a partnership to help feed local families during
the months of November and December. Beginning
on Wednesday, November 13 students from Cross
Christian Academy began collected canned and
non-perishable goods at the local Milford Hardee’s,
located in the Milford Plaza, during each week this
month. Their goal is to feed several families this season through the Church of Nazarene Food Pantry.
General Manager of the Milford Hardee’s Trynissa
DeShields, is excited to host the Cross Academy in
their community outreach efforts to help those less
fortunate. DeShields emphasizes that donations can
be made at the Milford location seven days a week,
during operating hours.
“I thought that this partnership would be a great
opportunity for Hardee’s to give back to the community,” commented Trynissa. “It has been a rough
year for many people and prices continue to rise everywhere. If we can help two or three families this
year, it will make a special Thanksgiving for those
individuals.”
This year will mark the forth year that Cross Christian Academy and Hardee’s have collected donations for area families. Sports Director at The Cross,
Donald Porter, stated that for students
at The Cross Christian Academy, community outreach is as important for
the students’ experience as academics
and athletics.
“The school is community-minded,
it is good for the kids to understand
that there are others outside their normal circles in life and that some of
them are less fortunate,” stated Porter.
“As the school grows we want to grow
our outreach to the community.”
Cross student Sarah Bilbrough, who
is in eleventh grade, is enjoying the opportunity to give back to local families. “It feels really good to help people
out,” she said. “It is a humbling experience to see there are people less fortunate than you
and to be able to help them.”
Reverend Butch, Assistant Pastor at the Milford
Church of Nazarene, is thankful to have the assistance of the Cross Christian Academy students as
the church continues its food pantry through its fifteenth year.
“It is fantastic to see the students become a part
of the pantry,” commented Pastor Butch. “I enjoy
watching the kids helping their community at a
young age, their desire to want to serve usually stays
with them as they grow older.”
The Milford Church of Nazarene Food Pantry
feeds over 70 families per week in addition to emergency food services for the Greater Milford Area. To
find out more information about the food pantry
individuals are encouraged to call (302) 422-7489.
Library Presents Tempest in a Teapot
By Terry Rogers
As part of their Humanities Lecture Series, the Milford Public Library presented Tempest in a Teapot,
on Friday, November 8. The lecture, given by Nancy
Gardner, focused on events leading up to the American Revolution, explaining how tea and homespun
cloth symbolized political, literary and labor support
during Colonial times.
Ms. Gardner, wearing the colonial dress popular
during the American Revolution, explained how her
interest in tea and teapots developed as she became
interested in women’s history, a subject that grew in
popularity during her college years.
“The first people who came to this country carried
teaware with them,” Ms. Gardner explained. “Tea,
coffee and chocolate were prominent during Colonial times, arriving by way of the Middle East, Africa
and from the Dutch. By the 1660’s, there were as
many as 2,000 coffeehouses in London, and the early
establishments were gentlemen’s clubs. They served
tea, coffee and chocolate, but women were not permitted to enter them. However, the men were able
to bring home the delicacies, and many took them
to their wives.” Early teas took almost a year to arrive from other countries, and as the popularity of
the drink grew, tea tables became commonplace in
American homes.
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“Tea tables moved from room to room and
were often used to educate children in the
home,” Ms. Gardner explained. “The rise of
public literacy in the new country was actually due to a push from ministers so people
would read the Bible. In many homes, mothers required children to recite their letters
during afternoon tea, while sitting around
the tea table.”
Ms. Gardner explained that being able to
sign a name became important to the average
citizen’s personhood. In addition, women
read the same newspapers that men read and
conversation around the tea table was often
about politics, as women were much more
vocal about political beliefs during that period than many people understand.
“By 1773, during the French and Indian
War, there was much unrest in the United
States as Britain had total control over what
was produced, and it caused a delay in the
industrial growth of the new country,” Ms.
Gardner said. “This led to not only the famous Tea Party event in the Boston Harbor,
but to similar events throughout the country.”
The Boston Tea Party was not the most extreme of the tea parties throughout the country, although it is the most famous. According to Gardner, the most extreme tea party
was in Annapolis, where the residents of the
city actually burned the ship carrying the tea
into the country. In Charleston, South Carolina, the settlers allowed the ship to dock
and unload the tea before they confiscated it,
stored it in a warehouse and then sold it for
ammunition to use against the British.
Ms. Gardner displayed several colonial period teapots and cup sets, explaining that
the most popular of the era was known as a
mixed set. Those sets had one saucer along
with two cups, one for tea and one for coffee.
Along with the taste for tea in the early years
of the country, the need for sugar also grew.
Housewives of the period were faced with the
decision to purchase brown sugar for coffee,
which was what most people chose for their
coffee during that period, or cones of white
sugar that they then chipped into cubes and
ground for tea. When tea was scarce, colonial
women learned to brew other leaves, such as
mint and Echinacea, to create a version of
tea.
The Tempest in a Teapot lecture was the
last of the Milford Humanities Series for the
2013 season. The next lecture held at the
Milford Public Library will be in January.
Preventing This Year’s Flu In School
By Bryan Shupe
With flu season already upon us, school nurses
from across the Milford School District are educating families about this year’s strains of influenza and
ways to prevent children and families from contracting the highly contagious virus. With school buildings being a gathering point for children and adults
from all parts of the community, individuals can find
themselves at higher risk in these public settings.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, the 2013 flu season is off to a typical start as 2.2% of all Americans
have reported being sick with the flu on any given
day in the first half of October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that the timing of
flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season
to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the
United States in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and
continue to occur as late as May.
Ann-Marie Nash, School Nurse at Banneker Elementary School, recently sent information home
with students to share with their families about how
to notice symptoms of the flu, what to do if a child
has the flu and ways to prevent the virus from spreading. Signs to look for include a fever over 101.1 degrees Fahrenheit, chills, sore throat, being very tired
and having muscle aches. Individuals may also have
a cough or runny nose.
“The flu hits very quickly and suddenly and is
more severe than the common cold,” commented
Ms. Nash. “Children and the elderly are more susceptible to the virus because their immune systems
tend to be weaker.”
Ms. Nash asks that children with flu-like symptoms be kept at home and not attend school or other
public activities. Before returning to school, children
must be better for at least 24 hours and be fever free
for at least 24 hours without the use of medications.
Preventing the spread of the flu virus and safeguarding individuals that have not had the seasonal
flu begins with getting a flu vaccine. School nurses
across the district recommend that parents or guardians have their child receive the flu shot or flu mist.
Local pharmacies, like Walgreens and Rite Aid in
Milford are giving the flu vaccine for children 9 and
older, with no appointment necessary. Individuals should bring their insurance card or cash. The
Delaware Division of Public Health seasonal flu shot
clinics, intended for those who have no healthcare
provider or whose insurance does not cover flu and
pneumonia vaccinations, are located across the state
of Delaware; a listing of the clinics can be found online at http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/fluclinics.html.
“I recommend that everyone in the family over the
age of six months receive a form of the flu vaccine,”
commented Ms. Nash. “With families doing their
part by sending healthy children to school, we can
help create a healthy environment for students.”
Prevention of the common flu also includes always
washing hands with soap and water for at least 20
seconds before eating or playing outside and shaking
hands with others. If parents have any questions on
this year’s flu season or where to receive a flu vaccination, they are encouraged to call the school nurse
at their child’s school.
Shotgun Deer Season Begins
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that shotgun deer season dates run
from Friday, Nov. 15 to Saturday, Nov. 23, and resume from Saturday, Jan. 18 to Saturday, Jan. 25,
2014. Muzzleloaders also may be used during these
dates, and may be equipped with scopes.
Of all Delaware’s deer seasons, the shotgun dates
draw by far the most interest from hunters. “It’s remarkable that during Delaware’s five-month deer
season, nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer
harvest will occur during these eight days in midNovember,” said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe
Rogerson. “This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest more than 13,000 deer, with nearly
half of them taken during the November shotgun
deer season.”
In order to hunt, Delaware residents age 16 through
64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages
13 through 15. Some license requirements differ for
non-resident hunters. Delaware hunting licenses
are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s
Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find
the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase
a license online, click Delaware Licenses. For more
information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-
739-9918.
Deer must be tagged immediately after harvest,
and tags must remain attached until the deer is processed. Delaware hunting licenses come with two
antlerless deer tags and two doe tags. Additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from
license agents for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags, which
may be used on antlered or antlerless deer, may be
purchased for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags come with
a Quality Buck tag, which can only be used on an
antlered deer with a minimum outside spread of 15
inches. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum
of two antlered bucks for all seasons combined; all
other deer taken must be antlerless.
Hunters are reminded that they must register their
deer within 24 hours of harvest. However, if a hunter plans to take their deer to a butcher or taxidermist, they must register their deer before dropping
the animal off, as the registration number will be
required before the deer can be accepted. Hunters
who butcher their own deer must also register the
deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing, whichever comes first. Hunters may register
deer by clicking on Deer Registration, or by calling
1-855-DEL-HUNT (1-855-335-4868).
Hunters also are reminded that during any firearm
deer season, any person hunting any wildlife except
migratory game birds is required to wear no less than
a total of 400 square inches of hunter orange material on their heads, chests and backs. Deer hunters
concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place
400 square inches of hunter orange within 10 feet
outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the ground.
Successful hunters who harvest a deer and already
have enough venison for themselves are encouraged
to donate their deer to the Delaware Sportsmen
Against Hunger Program. All donated deer will be
processed free of charge to the hunter, and the meat
will be distributed to participating charitable groups.
For more information on hunting in Delaware,
hunters should consult the 2013-2014 Delaware
Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on wildlife areas.
Copies of the guide are available at DNREC’s Dover
licensing desk, at license agents statewide, and online at http://www.eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/pageFlip/; the maps are available in hard copy at
DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and online at http://
www.eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/pageFlip/.
Troop 272 Benefits Food Bank
Marvel Honored By Garden Club
Violet Marvel was honored by
the Milford Garden Club as their
2013 “Perennial Bloom” Award
recipient. This award is given to
long time club members who like
faithful perennials have made the
clubs grow and bloom with their
continuous support. Violet, a former President of the Milford Garden Club and a current chairperson of the club, has been a member
of the Milford Garden Club for
47 years.
Girl Scout Troop 272 of Milford collaborated with Morris Early Childhood
Center to donate 556 pounds of food to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware’s
“Thanksgiving for All” campaign.
Gary Emory from Milford Parks
& Recreation attended the dedication and spoke of Violet and
the Marvel Agency (Harvey, Harvey Jr. and Randy). He described
them as true supporters of Milford Youth and spoke about how
they ensured open space vs. development for Milford with land donated for Parks
& Recreation use. The family agency has been long term supporters of Milford’s
Parks and Recreation’s youth programs which have included the little league, basketball and the soccer programs. The Milford Garden Club planted a Crepe Myrtle tree in Violet’s honor near the marker dedicated to Violet’s husband Harvey at
Marvel Square.
Bucs Conclude Season With Solid Showing
By Kevin Eickman
One week removed from the Henlopen Conference Championships, the Milford boys and girls
cross country teams ended their season the same
place it began. Participating in the Division II DIAA
State Cross Country Championships held at Killens
Pond State Park, the Buccaneers turned in their best
performances of the season.
On the boys side senior Brandon Munce paced the
Bucs with a time of 17:40, good enough for 25th
overall. The next two highest place Bucs would be
seniors as well, with Andrew Eshelman posting a
17:52 for a 29th place spot. While Jeremy Morgan
would log a 31st place finish, with a time of 17:53.
The combined times of the first five Milford runners to cross the line, was good enough to place the
boys team in 9th place overall, in the 25 team field.
While on the surface an ninth place finish might
seem like nothing special, it was good enough to
make Milford the top “traditional” public school at
the meet.
With the meet being the final competition for the
seniors, Milford LIVE caught up with them to get
their thoughts on this meet and their careers. Talking with Munce, he thought this year ended on a
solid note. “I felt pretty good, I ran very smooth
and it was great racing weather,” Munce stated “This
was a great team to be a part of, it will always have a
special place in my heart.”
The three seniors on this year’s squad where captains, it was a role that Eshelman grew into as the
season progressed. “Transitioning into something
I had never done before was a bit difficult at first,
but having seen how it had been done in the past
by other captains, I grew into it,” Eshelman stated.
When asked what he liked the most about this team,
Eshelman didn’t hesitate “This is just a great team,
everyone worked so hard, it was incredible.”
Running on the Killens Pond course is never easy,
and Morgan was quick to the point when asked
about the day “I’m glad it’s over, this was tough.”
The girls team had an equally impressive outing
as well, posting an 8th place finish in the 25 team
field. The result may have been even more impressive
when you take into consideration the show that had
unfolded the week before. In the Henlopen Championships, all of the girls struggled on the afternoon
and were looking to make amends “The girls may
have had a chip on their shoulders after last week,”
coach Czar Bloom continued “They really came out
with a purpose today, and it was the best work as a
team all season.”
Bucs Conclude Season With Solid Showing
By Kevin Eickman
Pacing the way for the Bucs was sophomore Janin Rodriquez, who turned in a 40th place performance with a
time of 21:28 “We had a real bad week last week, and for
us to come back like this says a lot about this team.”
The next finisher for Milford was senior Amy Wilson
in 44th position with a time of 21:58. Looking back at
her career at Milford, Wilson was proud of how far she
has come in her four years on the Buccaneers. “Looking back to my freshman year, and to be able to run five
minutes faster as a senior is something to be proud of,”
she stated.
The other senior captain for Milford was Lydia Cole,
who placed 46th with a time of 22:06. Cole was particularly proud of how the team responded after last weeks
poor showing. “Nothing seemed to go right for any of
us last week, but we really focused at practice this week,”
commented Cole. “Today was just a reflection of how
tough this team is.”
Bloom was proud with how his seniors where able to
bring the team together “This was a rather green group,
and it was a huge task to help bring the team together,”
Bloom stated “The work all the seniors did was outstanding, and it will pay off for us in the future.”
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Seven Bucs Named All-Conference
By Kevin Eickman
While the just concluded season was not what the
Milford Buccaneer football team had in mind, they
can take some comfort in the fact that their efforts
did not go unrecognized. Although posting a 1-9
record usually doesn’t bode well for post season recognition, the coaches of the Henlopen Conference
thought there were a number of Milford players that
stood out, none the less.
Leading the way for Milford was senior Andrew
Marshall. The 6’6” offensive tackle, was a steadying
presence on a young offensive line. Marshall saw his
season get off to a slow start as he suffered an injury
during training camp. However, as the season progressed he demonstrated the skills that show why
he has Division-1 potential. “Andrew is the type of
player that comes a coache’s way once in a lifetime,”
commented coach Mike Tkach. “The first time I
saw him, I couldn’t believe his size. I just looked to
the sky and thanked the lord.” While Marshall was
limited on the defensive side of the ball, due to his
slow start, he stood out there as well garnering 2nd
team honors.
Another player who received honors on both offense and defense was senior William Wagenhoffer. Playing wide receiver on offense, “Wags” as he
is called, had a flair for the big catch. His steady
productions throughout the season earned him 2nd
team honors. During the course of the season, Wagenhoffer was on the receiving end of numerous first
down receptions. “Wags really blossomed as a pass
catcher this year, it was something that we didn’t
expect, he really stepped up his game this season.”
Tkach stated. On the defensive side of the ball, Wagenhoffer was selected 2nd team at defensive end.
Wagenhoffer really developed his pass rushing skills
this season, recording more than a few key sacks.
Tkach was thrilled with the work ethic. “He is the
type of kid you would love to have ten more of, he
never stopped and his motor was always running,”
said Tkach.
The running back position was supposed to be a
strength going into the season, and it was at the beginning. However, as the season wore on, injuries
began to take their toll on the Bucs. By the time
the dust had settled, their was really only one player
left standing. Originally looked at as more of a carry
sharing running back type, senior Octavion Wilson
took over full time running back duties during the
season. With a bulls eye on his back, Wilson took a
constant pounding. To his credit, he never gave up,
he never walked away. There were nights when it
was hard to watch, but he was always getting back
in the huddle and continuing to give it his all. “OT,
never gave up, he basically was asked to carry the offense on his back,” Tkach stated. “He showed great
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Seven Bucs Named All-Conference
By Kevin Eickman
strength and determination this year, he was a true leader
on this team. For his efforts during the season, Wilson
was named second team All-Conference.
Senior Vance Daniels was another Buccaneer who saw
more than his fair share of injuries, constantly demonstrating perseverance. Anchoring the Milford secondary,
while Daniels may not have had the senior season he
had hoped for, he still stood out for second team honors.
“Vance was real solid this season, he battled a lot and
never quit,” stated Tkach.
Another lineman who also received a 2nd team nod was
junior Junior Lamur, with his senior senior season on the
horizon, Tkach thinks it could be a special one. “Junior
has real big upside, I’m really looking forward to see him
next season.” he stated. The sole linebacker named to the
All-Conference squad was junior Matt Viramontes. Possessing a nose for the ball, Viramontes is a sure tackler
with big play ability. Due to his efforts on the field, Viramontes was named to the 2nd team. The final Buccaneer
to be recognized was senior James Powell, who received
honorable mention for his work at defensive back.
Marshall
Wags
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Viramontes
Milford Hosts Regional Games
By Kevin Eickman
The ultimate goal for Pop Warner players is a trip to Disney
World, to compete for the chance at a national championship.
This year the road to Orlando goes through Milford, as second
round regional games were held this past Saturday at Barney
Briggs stadium. Featuring teams from three states, five games
were contested.
Catching up with Henlopen Pop Warner representative Dale
Webb, he was happy that the games were able to be held in
Delaware. “This is a real nice facility, and the fact that it has
a “Field-Turf ” field is a key factory in the selection criteria.”
Webb stated. The second round was a good one for Delaware
teams, as squads from Delmar, Harrington and Woodbridge all
advance in their respective Divisions.
Besides Delaware, the other states represented were Pennsylvania and Maryland. While coming out of state to for a Pop
Warner game might seem like a chore, Webb states that it’s a
labor of love. “These parents are very committed to their children, so while it may be a bit of a trip, the rewards the receive
are well worth it.” he said. With over ten years in Pop Warner,
Webb says that it’s a great way to spend his free time. “Working
with the kids is great, they really make it worthwhile,” stated
Webb. “It’s a great way to give back to the community.”
The third round games will be played at Smyrna next Saturday. With three Delaware teams looking to continue their
dream of making it to Orlando.
BMX Race Results November 16
Race results from Saturday, November 16th:
4 year old Strider:
1. Audrey Normile
2. Lilyan Farris
10 year old Intermediate:
1. Justin Dunham
2. Daniel Westbrook
3. Benson Schmidt
16 year old Cruiser:
1. Tyler Messick
2. Mason Fry
3. Tyler Klemchusky
12 year old Intermediate:
1. Joi’Rein Williams
2. Zachary Lawson
3. Harrison Farris
11 year old Novice:
1. Jodi Johnson
2. Trey Walters
3. Kyler Garn
14 year old Intermediate:
1. Richard Thomas
2. Benjamin Westbrook
3. Summer Moyer
5 & Under Intermediate:
1. Wyatt Lane
2. Gavin Menditto
3. Jackson Corbitt
19-27 year old Intermediate:
1. Dalton Williams
2. Tyler Messick
3. Jeffery Shockley
8 year old Intermediate:
1. Evan Meditto
2. Scott Webster
3. Mia Corbitt
Isaac Normile proudly displays his certificate
of achievement for moving up from the Novice class to the Intermediate class. Photo by
Rhonda Flowers.
Events Around Town
By Bryan Shupe
Downtown Fall Crawl
Downtown Milford, Inc. is hosting the first annual
FALL CRAWL on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday,
November 27, 2013, beginning at 5:00 PM. Purchase
your Fall Crawl T-shirts at Dolce Bakery and Coffee
Shop, Georgia House, or online at milfordlive.com.
Shirts are long-sleeved, maroon with gold printing,
and are just $21 for sizes small through extra-large;
$26 for sizes 2XL and 3XL. Limited number available, so purchase yours today. Participating venues
include Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s, Georgia House, Long
Shots, Milford Live, Mispillion River Brewing, and
Park Place Bar & Restaurant. Start the evening with
appetizers and/or dinner at Georgia House and then
continue the crawl. Be sure to get your check mark
at each location.
Scholarship Money Available
The Raymond W. and Edith W. Masten Scholarship has about $3,000 still available that has to be
distributed in the 2013 calendar year. The student
has to be a graduate of Milford High School, and
majoring in a business related program in an accredited college. If there is anyone interested, they can
send a letter to me, giving their qualifications. Carolyn M Humes, Trustee (102 Lakelawn Drive, Milford DE 19963).
Milford Garden Club
The Milford Garden Club meets at the Parks and
Recreation Building, Marvel Square, 207 Franklin
St., Milford, Delaware 19963. The meeting starts at
9:30 A.M. This month Stacey Helmer, the Education Technician, for DSWA (Delaware Solid Waste
Authority) will present a program on “Recycling in
Delaware.” She will discuss the importance of recycling: what can/cannot be recycled, and explain how
DSWA sorts the recycled materials. Ms. Helmer’s
program will start at 9:45 A.M. The public is invited
and if you have questions, please call 424-4789.
Harvest Bounty Dinner and Dance
Saturday, November 16, Harvest Bounty Dinner
and Dance, 6 p.m. at the Price Community Center
(formerly the Harrington New Century Club), just
across from City Hall at 106 Dorman Street, Harrington, Delaware. Homemade comfort food, music,
silent auction and more. Hosted by the HarringtonGreenwood Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club).
Proceeds will benefit Rotary International’s initiative
to eradicate polio worldwide. Tickets $20; reserve by
calling 302-335-4772.
Blue Gold Quarter Auction
The Milford High School Blue Gold Club will be
holding a Quarter Auction to benefit the DFRC.
The auction will take place November 22nd in the
high school cafeteria. The doors will open at 6p.m
and the auction will start at 7p.m. Tickets will be
sold at the door for $10.
Downtown Business Opening
Grand Opening for Irish Rose will be held at 11
AM on Saturday, November 23. A
bagpiper will be present to play some songs for
about an hour. Irish treats will be available for customers.
Santa Bingo
This unique game of Bingo is played with cards
that say SANTA and have pictures that are Holiday
Related. Tuesday, Dec. 17th. Milford Parks & Recreation from 6-7pm, Youth aged 3-8. Fee is $3 for 2
cards. Parents will want to stay and help their child
enjoy the festivities. Must Pre-register. Deadline:
Friday, Dec. 13th by 4pm
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