News from State Senator

Brian Pettyjohn

Serving the 19th Senatorial District
September 10, 2021
In this issue:
  • Remembering 9/11
  • Information Session Sussex County Family Court Facility
  • Fall 2021 Department of Corrections Citizens Academy
  • New Traffic Pattern for All Way Stop- Old Furnace/Cokesbury Road
  • Virtual Public Workshop: Park Avenue Relocation Phase 2
  • HELP Loan Payments Deferred until December 1
  • Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in September
  • Joint Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee Seek Public Input
Remembering 9/11
The events of September 11, 2001 and the selflessness and sacrifice of all of those who were murdered or gave their lives to help others is something that this country should never forget. The terrorists who carried out this cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children thought that they could break the resolve of the American people. They saw years of political and social strife and believed that their acts would bring us to our knees. What they failed to realize is that, when attacked, Americans come together as one. Our nation is not perfect; nothing created by mere mortals is perfect. That being said, it is my firm belief that our nation has been, and will remain, the greatest, most benevolent nation on the face of the Earth. 

On this, the twentieth anniversary of the attacks on our nation, I ask that all of us remember and pay respect to the lives lost on that day, and in the years that have followed.

Upcoming Events
43rd Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow
The 43rd Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow begins tomorrow, September 11 at it's new location, Hudson Fields in Milton. For more information on this event go to

Photo credit: Nanticoke Indian Tribe Facebook Page
Maxima Hispanic Festival- Georgetown
First State Community Action and The Voice Radio Network host this year's Maxima Hispanic Fest on Sunday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on North Race Street, Georgetown.

Come celebrate the diversity of the Hispanic cultural heritage of the Delmarva area. For more information on this event go to
Information Session for
Sussex County Family Court Facility
An information session at the Georgetown Town Hall has been scheduled from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 15th. Tevebaugh Architecture will display a series of graphic boards showing the updates to the design. The information session will be the same open house format as the previous information session.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Georgetown Town Hall, 39 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947
Department of Corrections Bringing Back
Citizens Academy this Fall
Applications Due September 12
The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced that its Fall 2021 Citizens Academy will begin October 6 in Georgetown. This free program gives community members a look inside the operations and programs of Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency and provides first-hand insight into how the DOC achieves its dual mission of public safety and offender rehabilitation. Academy sessions will provide an opportunity to engage with DOC leadership, uniformed officers, treatment and program providers, and a wide range of professional staff. Statewide, more than 4,000 individuals are currently incarcerated in Department of Correction facilities and more than 10,000 individuals are currently being supervised by the DOC on probation or court-ordered pretrial supervision.

The DOC is seeking a diverse group of community member participants who do not need to have any corrections or law enforcement experience. Class size is limited and interested participants must complete a short application and pass a simple background check that is attached and posted online HERE. COVID-related precautions, including mask-wearing, will be observed at all times. Completed applications should be returned to by September 12, 2021.

For more information, view full press release here.
New Traffic Pattern for All Way Stop
Old Furnace Rd. & Cokesbury Rd.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that daytime intermittent lane and/or shoulder closures will occur for an All-Way Control Stop conversion and pavement markings at Old Furnace Road and Cokesbury Road intersection.

The work will occur from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Flaggers will be on-site to direct motorists at the intersection.

Motorists are advised to use caution for workers and reduce their speed in work zones.

Virtual Public Workshop: Park Avenue Relocation Phase 2- Sept. 27 - Oct. 26, 2021
Virtual Only
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Virtual Online Workshop: Live Q&A with the Project Team
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Use the following link to access the project website from your computer:

A Zoom meeting link will be available on the project website in advance of the workshop.

The meeting can be accessed in a web browser or by downloading the Zoom program.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is seeking public input on the proposed widening of Park Avenue (US 9 Truck) to accommodate turn lanes and shoulders from west of Cedar Lane to US 9 near Georgetown, Sussex County. The project also includes widening along Lewes Georgetown Highway (US 9) and Shingle Point Road to accommodate turn lanes. The proposed project continues improvements initiated under the Park Avenue Relocation Phase 1 project which seek to improve traffic operations and safety of the US 9 truck bypass from east of Georgetown to US 113. The purpose of this workshop is to present the semifinal design and update the public on the final design and construction schedule. Display plans and project information will be provided in .pdf format for public review and comment. Attendees will also have the option to download materials from the site.

The public will be able to access the site and provide comment for a 30-day period beginning September 27, 2021. In addition, a live virtual workshop will be conducted on October 13, 2021. A presentation will be conducted at 4:00 pm that afternoon followed by an online question and answer session. Project team members will be available during that time to answer project related questions. A recording of the workshop will be available on the website following the workshop.

Online comment forms will also be provided. Interested persons are invited to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of, or opposition to, the proposed project. Comments submitted during the 30-day workshop can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to The comment deadline will be Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Deadline Extended:
HELP Loan Payments Deferred until December 1
The Division of Small Business has once again deferred loan payments for the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP). HELP loan recipients are not required to make a payment on an outstanding HELP loan until at least December 1, 2021.

We will continue to communicate as that date approaches to let you know when payments will begin. The Division of Small Business is not accepting payments at this time - please do not send payments for your loan until instructed to do so.

If you have any questions, please visit our website at or call our main office at 302-739-4271.
Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in September
Hunting Opportunities at State Wildlife Areas
Hunters in Delaware can start their 2021/2022 hunting season Wednesday, Sept. 1 with the opening of mourning dove, archery and crossbow deer, and resident Canada goose hunting seasons, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced. Hunters can hunt teal starting Saturday, Sept. 11 and gray squirrel starting Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Hunting season dates and hunting hours for seasons opening in September:
  • Dove: Sept. 1 to Oct. 4 for first season split (½-hour before sunrise to sunset)*
  • Archery and Crossbow Deer: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2022, including Sundays (½- hour before sunrise to ½-hour after sunset)
  • Resident Canada goose: Sept. 1 to 25 (½-hour before sunrise to sunset)
  • Teal: Sept. 11 to 29 (½- hour before sunrise to sunset, limited to the designated teal zone south of the C&D Canal to Lewes and east of Routes 13, 113/113A and 1)
  • Gray squirrel: Sept. 15 to Feb. 5, 2022 (½-hour before sunrise to ½-hour after sunset; closed during November shotgun deer season)
*Reminder: Non-toxic shot must be used for dove hunting on state wildlife areas during the month of September; lead shot is not permitted. Hunting hours may differ at specific dove fields on certain state wildlife areas.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many early season hunting opportunities on state wildlife areas. Wildlife area maps and rules are available at Wildlife Area Maps and Regulations. Additional information on September migratory bird hunting opportunities and associated rules on state wildlife areas is available at Migratory Bird Hunting 
A Delaware hunting license or License Exempt Number (LEN) is required to hunt, and most waterfowl hunters are required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl (duck) stamp and a Federal Duck Stamp. Dove, goose and teal hunters also need a Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, which can be obtained through the DNREC ePermitting system website or by calling toll free 1-855-DEL-HUNT (1-855-335-4868). If using the DNREC ePermitting system, hunters should either create a profile or use the “Quick Hunting Registration” option.
Registered motor vehicles used to access designated wildlife areas owned or managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife are required to display the Conservation Access Pass (CAP). Hunters can opt to receive one free annual CAP with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a CAP, hunters will need the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned.
Delaware hunting licenses, Delaware waterfowl stamps and Conservation Access Passes can be purchased online at Delaware Recreational Licensing or from hunting license agents statewide. Hunters obtaining an LEN are reminded that they should create a profile using the DNREC ePermitting system portal or get a LEN at a hunting license agent if they have not already done so. Federal Duck Stamps are available for purchase at U.S. Post Offices, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook national wildlife refuges and online at 2021/2022 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.
More information on hunting seasons and wildlife areas is available in the 2021/2022 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide or by calling the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912. More information on hunting licenses, the state waterfowl stamp and the Conservation Access Pass is available at Delaware Recreational Licensing or by calling the Recreational Licensing office at 302-739-9918.
Joint Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee Seek Public Input
The Joint Legislative Oversight & Sunset Committee (JLOSC) recently launched a public input and feedback survey to solicit comments regarding the 7 entities under review in 2022. The survey is published through SurveyMonkey: and designed to solicit public comment and feedback on each entity under review. This input is valuable to the research process and is open to any member of the public including administrative staff and current or past entity members.
Please note: This survey will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021 and all responses are recorded anonymously.

For more information on this committee or the survey, visit the JLOSC website here.

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