Letters to the Editor — Dec. 15, 2017

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Dec. 15, 2017

Reader wants voting machines updated


As we all well know, elections are important, and when we vote, we want our vote to be recorded properly and available for recount or verification should there be a power failure, or a virus or any number of other external situations that could be a threat to our vote.

Delaware’s voting machines are circa 1996. The Microsoft software is no longer supported by Microsoft. This does not make me feel secure that my vote will actually count or even count for the persons whose names I selected. To boot, there is no hard copy backup to my vote.

Right now Gov. Carney is preparing the budget for the 2019 fiscal year beginning July 2018. If he doesn’t request money to update Delaware’s voting machines and processes, it won’t happen. It’s up to you and me to let the governor know that this is important and should be included with his budget request to the Legislature. Reach him at: john.carney@state.de.us, (302) 744-4104, or on www://governor.delaware.gov.

Dare we forget the “hanging chads” of 2000?

Jeffrey Chandross


Lioness Club announces winner


The Lord Baltimore Lioness Club takes great pleasure in announcing the winner of the 2017 Seven Nights Out (a.k.a. A Week without Cooking) Raffle is a local Dagsboro resident who has requested anonymity but is eager to start her culinary expedition to each of the following local dining establishments who participated in this event: Baywood Greens Country Club, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fins Ale House, the Cottage Café, Big Fish Grill, Café on 26 and Abbott’s Grill.

The winning ticket was drawn Dec. 6 at the annual Lioness Christmas gathering, where donations were also given by attendees to fund the Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays project.

The funds raised by the Seven Nights Out Raffle will enrich the Lioness scholarship programs for IRHS seniors and continuing education student(s) at Beebe Nursing, as well as other community goodwill actions including Camp Barnes Rehab, Feed My Sheep and Food for Thought.

Our grateful appreciation extends to the participating restaurants listed above and to the community for its continued support. Your generosity has been extraordinary and we truly thank you!

Since its initiation in 1990 the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club has endeavored to fulfill its motto “We Serve.” New members are always welcomed. If interested, come join us at the next Lioness membership meeting on Feb. 7, 2018, at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church Hall (off Central Ave) at 6:30 p.m. as we start planning our May 16 spring fundraiser, the Lioness Fashion Show, with fashions being presented by CraZy LadyZ. For more details, contact the Lioness co-president at kvm.lucas@yahoo.com.

Karen Lucas & Bonnie McBride,


Lord Baltimore Lioness Club

Turkey Trot a hit, thanks to many


The 10th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot was held on Thanksgiving Day; 615 people and 54 dogs trotted 2.2 miles from Lewes Street in Fenwick south to the Maryland line and back, in support of the first-responders of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) and Roxana Volunteer Fire Company (RVFC).

Many clad in holiday themed costumes, and others just wanting some exercise before the “big meal” later that day, also donated non-perishable food items for Neighbors in Need. Everyone celebrated at an after-party at Pottery Place Perks Café in Sunshine Plaza, featuring complimentary hot cocoa and oatmeal.

Between sponsors, proceeds from T-shirt sales and other cash donations, we were able to raise $8,000 — $4,000 for each company.

I want to thank our gold-level sponsors: Aqua Pools, Bank of Ocean City, Energy Gym, Hileman Drywall, Hocker’s Grocery & Deli, Indigo Octopus, Just Hooked, Massage Envy, The Paint Dr., Rooster’s Nest, S.L. Giansanti LLC.

In addition, the event was also sponsored by Anne Powell, Realtor; Custom Mechanical; D.J. Batman; Fenwick Pet Stop; Focus Multisports; Gallo Construction; Harpoon Hanna’s; Heather’s Home Works; hipAHA, Fenwick Island Boot Camp; Island Construction; the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team; Mio Fratello; Pottery Place; Smitty McGee’s; and Surf’s Edge Pizza & Deli — thank you!

The support from the local community and our volunteers is most appreciated. Thank you to all who helped — especially Becka McWilliams and the McWilliams family for the use of their driveway on Bunting Avenue!

Grassroots fundraisers like this, I believe, hold an important role in local communities. Neighbors supporting each other, including the local merchants, has been inspiring to me, and it has been my pleasure to have founded the Turkey Trot in 2007. I thank everyone for their tireless support over the years!

Lori Martin, Founder

Fenwick Island Turkey Trot

AARP basket auction a product of many


The South Coastal DE AARP Scholarship Committee would like to thank everyone who made our Nov. 30 basket auction fundraiser a success. We are grateful to Fins in Bethany Beach for hosting the event and donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Scholarship Fund. We had record attendance from throughout the community. Attendees were able to bid on the chance to take home one of 29 baskets assembled with donations from many community businesses.

We want to thank those businesses who provided gift cards, products or cash donations for the event. They included:

All Aboard Grooming & Kennels, Antique Prints, Baker’s Ace Hardware, Beach Break Bakrie & Café, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Diner, Big Fish, Rehoboth Beach, Blue Scoop Ice Cream, Blue Water Grill, Millsboro, Café on 26, Capriotti’s, Bethany Beach, Christmas Spirit, Rehoboth Beach, Coastal Cottage, Costa Ventosa Winery, County Bank, Crabcake Factory, Creative Concepts, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, Denny’s Electric, DiFebo’s Restaurant, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant & Bakery.

Eclectic, Fenwick Island, Eleni’s Greek Café, Energy Gym, Fenwick Island, Fenwick Float-ors, Fish Tales, Flutterby, Fox’s Pizza Den, Bayside, The Fresh Market, Georgia House, Millsboro, Giant Food, Millville, Susan Goldstone, potter, Harris Teeter, Selbyville, Harry & David, Rehoboth Beach. Japanesque, Jayne’s Reliable, Just Hooked, Lord’s Landscaping, Made by Hand, McCabe’s Gourmet, Miller’s Creek, Morning Buns Bake Shop, Ocean View Seafood, Outback, Rehoboth Beach.

Parson’s Produce, Patti’s Hallmark, The Penguin Diner, Pier 1 Imports, Rehoboth Beach, Pitter Patter, Pizza King, Millsboro, Pizza Palace, Millsboro, Porto Pizza, Salon on Central, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, Sea Level, Seaside Country Store, Serendipity Quilt Shop, SoDel Restaurant Group, Studio 26 Salon, Su Casa, Bethany Beach, Sweet Dispositions, Treasure Island, Turtle Beach Café, Venus Nails, Fenwick Island, Walmart, Rehoboth Beach. Wild About Birds and Yuppy Puppy.

Finally, we want to acknowledge all the members of the Scholarship Committee, without whose hard work the event would not have been possible. They include: Barbara Shamp, event coordinator; Ida Crist, Kathy Johnson, Carolyn Kress, Dawn Lekites, Enid Levine, Joann McGaughey, Chris and Helen Norris, Ione Phillips and Shirley Price.

This is one of two annual fundraisers sponsored by the chapter that enable us to provide scholarships to Indian River High School students and to adult Sussex County students attending Delaware Tech. Our other annual event, the Artisans Fair, is held annually on Memorial Day weekend. See you then!

Ione Phillips, Scholarship Committee


South Coastal Delaware AARP