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Town offices closed for Labor Day
Town offices throughout Sussex County will be closed in observation of the Labor Day holiday. In Georgetown, the closure will affect trash service, with all trash days moving one day forward (Tuesday trash picked up on Wednesday, etc.). For information about possible changes to trash service in your town, call your local town hall office:

• Milton – 684-4110
• Dagsboro – 732-3777
• Frankford – 732-9424
• Millsboro – 934-8171 
• Selbyville – 436-8314

Del. Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement director, supervisor suspended
Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) Director Daniel Kline and DATE Supervisor Michael Downs were suspended with pay, as a result of a complaint involving serious impropriety, although state homeland security officials did not provide any additional information. The complaint was assigned to the Delaware State Police for investigation, with an administrative review to follow.

Sussex rally for Carney draws more than 1,200

More than 1,200 residents turned out for a rally in support of gubernatorial Democratic candidate John Carney on Aug. 17  at the Baycenter, in Dewey Beach.

“We face some real challenges, but real opportunities as well,” Carney said at the rally. “Delaware is a great place, but working together, we can make it even better.” Carney has been endorsed by five Sussex County Representative District committees.

Lowes Road in Millsboro closed through Sept. 2
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to alert motorists of the closure of Lowes Road, between Whitesville Road and Betts Road, for the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe. 

The closure began on Aug. 25, and the road will re-open by 7 p.m. on Sept. 2, weather permitting. Local access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles. 

Detour routes have been posted.

Traffic alerts and traveler information are available at www.deldot.gov or tune to WTMC-AM 1380.

Del. Public Service Commission to review wind power contracts
An aggressive schedule for reviewing three, long-term wind power contracts was set last week by the Delaware Public Service Commission. The contracts are critical to Delmarva Power meeting its ambitious clean energy goals for Delaware. 

“We’re very pleased with the strong support for these land-based wind contracts. Our portfolio of offshore and land-based contracts makes Delmarva Power a leading utility in the nation for securing clean energy to meet Delaware’s goals,” said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge. “I hope we’ll continue to see strong support from both regional and national environmental groups for these wind projects.”  

The long-term contracts, combined with an already-approved 25-year contract for offshore wind power, are part of a green energy portfolio designed to meet Delaware’s clean energy goals for 20 percent of the utility’s energy supply to come from renewable sources by 2019.

Local organizations prepare for Coastal Cleanup
For the 18th consecutive year, Delmarva Power will join forces with environmental, civic and business organizations throughout the region to support the 22nd annual Coastal Cleanup this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Volunteers are needed to clean up 59 sites, most of which are scheduled for cleanup on Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. One site, however, is scheduled for cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 13. Each participant this year will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, courtesy of Delmarva Power, the primary corporate sponsor of the event.

“It is important to keep our beaches and waterways clean because those areas represent valuable environmental and economic resources to residents of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey,” said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a cleanup kickoff news conference Thursday in Ocean City. “Delmarva Power’s sponsorship and participation in Coastal Cleanup demonstrates our company’s strong and unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Millsboro native reported missing from Montana home
A Millsboro native, James Allen Truitt, 42, has been reported missing from his home in Montana, after leaving his job at a whitewater rafting business.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Department officials said Truitt left Great Northern Whitewater Rafting on Aug. 2, driving a green Chevy Tahoe with Montana tags.

Truitt is originally from Millsboro, and police are asking anyone with information to contact the Flathead County Sheriff at 406-758-5610, Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 406-444-1526, or Dotti Truitt at 215-257-1453.

WDEL 1150AM to broadcast live gubernatorial debates
WDEL 1150AM will broadcast a live debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. John Carney on Aug. 27.

The debate will take place at the Ruby Vale Moot Courtroom at Widener Law, 4601 Concord Pike, in Wilmington, from 8-9:30 a.m., and will be broadcast live on WDEL as well as WDEL.com. The candidates will take questions from a panel of area journalists.

WDEL news anchors Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong will serve as moderators.

A debate at the same time and location on Aug. 22 will feature candidate for New Castle County Executive, Tom Gordon and Christopher Coons.
Fall ball sign-ups Aug. 30 at Georgetown Little League

• Registration for fall baseball for kids ages 6-8, with one year of T-ball experience, will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Little League. Cost is $10; for more information, call 856-2156.

• Tryouts for the Delaware Lightning Select 14U baseball team will take place Aug. 30, from 9-11 a.m., at the Georgetown Little League field. For more information, call 381-6607.

American Cancer Society seeking volunteer drivers
The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery coordinators are looking for volunteers to join our Road to Recovery program to help by taking someone to a treatment. Also, the ACS has found that people who have been through treatment themselves, or with a loved one, are most likely to become volunteer drivers.

For potential drivers concerned about the cost of gas, volunteers may only be called upon once a week or once a month.  Those who wish to be more active can be utilized, too.

For more information, contact Stephanie Feyler at 730-8539 or 800-ACS-2345 for upcoming local driver training sessions, or visit the American Cancer Society’s Web site, www.cancer.org.