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Welcome to The Refuge at Dirickson Creek! More than a destination, a community should be welcoming and inspire residents toward common goals. Our community’s website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential residents, and for the public. We encourage all residents to be involved in making The Refuge the best it can be!
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                                                               BACKPACK PROJECT
A Message from Nancy Scheffey, who organized and managed this huge undertaking! 
I can hardly contain myself I am so pleased and proud of all your efforts.  68 of you have done a terrific job of helping out families in need of support to get their children ready to start the new school year on the right foot.  Thank you all for your generosity. 
An additional thank you to Emily S for making the trip to Rehoboth to purchase multiple backpacks at clearance prices from Staples.  And thank you to Terry W, Homer C, Cindy I, Jane L Janice T, Sharon G, Elaine Z for helping with the deliveries.
I also want to give a shout out to the staff and students of the Delaware Institute of Cosmetology who are offering 25 free haircuts to students at the John M. Clayton Elementary School.  The guidance counselor will hand out the coupons when she gives out the backpacks.  What a great way to participate within the community.
Looking forward to next year, I hope to have some kindergarten names from Clayton.  I met with one of the teachers who is doing a pre-kindergarten orientation program in conjunction with the Frankford Library and while she gets no early information regarding a family’s financial need, she said she can tell within a day or two of the start of school, who had supplies and who doesn’t. She will give me a general idea of the number in need.
Last year some of you also contributed money for some children to purchase books at the school Book Fair after I relayed the news that some parents kept their children home from school on those days because they didn’t have money to give them to purchase anything.  Tomi McCafferty offered to collect and deliver the money last fall but she is in the process of moving this year so if anyone who would like to take that over now, let me know.
Some of us also bought winter jackets, hats and gloves.  If you think you might be interested in doing that again let me know.
I appreciate the kind words many of you have given me regarding this project, but truly, I get so much out of it,  it doesn’t seem like work at all.  I am a former teacher as are some of you and can remember what the kids who didn’t have supplies looked like when they came into the classroom.  Having the ability to keep that look of embarrassment  from a child’s face is so worthwhile.  Your donations do make a difference.  I have met some new people and hope to see more of you in the neighborhood thru out the year.
Home & Garden Club Plant Swap and meeting
Thursday, September 26th, 10:00 AM at Club House
Presentation by Delaware Botanic Garden board member, popular speaker and author, Ruth Clausen on deer resistant and ornamental plants similar to the ones you have and the deer love. Following the presentation we will have the Plant Swap in the Refuge Club House Parking lot
Home & Garden Club Pot Luck and Installation of officers
Thursday, October 24th, 7 pm at Mary White at 36979 Serenity Drive
October is the installation of Home and Garden club New Officers, and Pot Luck. A food list will be sent out to group, please sign up for what you would like to bring, if you would like to share the recipe attach it! Mary White has volunteered to host the Pot Luck at her house. this event.
Saturday, October 26th
SAVE THE DATE !!!!  To benefit the American Cancer Society, Team Refuge will again host a Zombie Jamboree at Harpoon Hanna's on Saturday, October 26th from 6 to 9 p.m. Food, music, silent auction, 50/50's and lots of fun!!!
Trunk or Treat Event for Kids
Thursday, October 31st
This will be an opportunity for everyone in the neighborhood to decorate the trunks of their car and park at either of the community parking lots (near tennis courts or pool) and give out candy to the kids dressed in their costumes.  There will be a designated route for the kids to follow and anyone that wants to participate is welcome to join.
Home & Garden Club Holiday Craft Demonstration
Thursday, November 21st, 7 pm
A demonstration to make a tabletop centerpiece presented by Vines Creek Nursery or other. (Details to still be finalized) Refreshments needed.
Home & Garden Club Holiday Home Tour and Gathering
Wednesday, December 11th, 7 PM
Date and time still tentative. This event is open to all of 25 on the tour. Contact an officer if you wish to offer your home. After tour refreshments at TBD.


The following information may be of interest to Current as well as Future Homeowners:


Please see the attached document for information about being aware and prepared in case of evacuation due to weather or other emergency.

Old Mill Landing South Development:

The community has previously expressed an interest in the development proposed for the area around the Junction of Old Mill Bridge Road and Miller Neck Road as well as the attached bank of Dirickson Creek.

The Old Mill Landing South project submitted to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on January 4, 2019 is the same as the Old Mill Bridge South project submitted to the Delaware State Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) on August 6, 2018. 

Here is the link to the PLUS application:  

Under Instructions, Selection Options, use Select by PLUS ID and scroll down and select 2018-08-06. Click the Project Name box in the middle column. An aerial picture of the site appears on the right side of the page. 

You may write a letter to the P&Z Commission and/or testify at the hearing, which is scheduled for:

January 2020 (Date to be announced)
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
County Council Chambers
2 The Circle
Georgetown, DE

Please confirm the date by checking the Agenda for that P&Z meeting in January 2020 at this site:

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