Delaware News

Friday, August 23, 2019

Heritage Day honors Harrington history

The city of Harrington has a lot to celebrate this year and the annual Harrington Heritage Day is the perfect occasion. One hundred and fifty years ago, Harrington was incorporated and named after Samuel Harrington, chancellor of the court in Delaware at the time, and a strong supporter of bringing the railroad to the area. More than a century later, citizens are still honoring the faithful commitment to founders like Mr. Harrington and the Clark family by hosting Harrington Heritage Day on Saturday. “In partnership with the city of Harrington’s 150th Anniversary Committee, this year’s event will be larger than in the past,” said Doug Poore of the Harrington Historical Society. Beginning with a 5K color run hosted by the Harrington Fire Department, festivities will last throughout the day. The color run will begin at 7 a.m. at 20 Clark St. in Harrington and promises to be a fun event for all ages.
Delaware State News

Follow-up: Hundreds gather in Long Neck to memorialize three young girls killed in fire

Hundreds of people filled the Long Neck United Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon to mourn the loss of three young girls killed in a house fire earlier this month. Photographs of Skylar and Veronica Marchuk, 4-year-old twins, and their cousin Amaya Gentner, 18 months, brought smiles and tears to the crowd as they watched a slideshow of the young girls as newborn babies, hanging out at the beach and in the pool, playing and napping with their family and sporting huge smiles with the family puppy. The three girls died in an Aug. 7 fire at a Pot-Nets Bayside home, which has since been torn down. A fourth child, 2-year-old Kora Hitchens, was taken to a local hospital and survived. The fire remains under investigation.
Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Seaford 911 calls may soon be handled by Sussex County

The City of Seaford is considering shutting down its 911 dispatch center in an effort to save money. The Seaford City Council plans to discuss transferring local emergency calls from its 911 center to Sussex County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Georgetown. “It has been in our budget - sort of crosshairs - for, I’ll say, quite some time. It’s a very expensive department to run. And to keep it fully operational and up to par there’s an incredible investment that’s needed going forward into the next few years,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw. He says it currently costs $650,000 to run the City’s dispatch center and that number is expected to increase 19% next year. Genshaw notes that Seaford’s 911 service duplicates what’s offered county-wide at the EOC and every other Sussex County municipality and town except Seaford already uses the county service,“So the idea came up that maybe we need to have some conversations with the County and what would it look like if we were to transfer our 911 over to them.”
Delaware First Media

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