Local woman's fertile imagination solves pungent dilemna

What better way to deal with waste than to find a way to re-use it? It’s been done forever. Everything from mushrooms to mums gets a little help from a homemade and readily available fertilizer made from manure – a material that could have just...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 6:27am

Advice for financial stability

After the season of freely giving (and heavily spending), people are ready to rein in their finances for the New Year.

Christopher Theis, a financial advisor for the Edward Jones investment firm in Ocean View, offered some tips for...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 3:14am

Clean diesel bill reauthorization passed by U.S. House

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, this week commended the House’s passage of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 (DERA).

Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio), a senior...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:58pm

Christmas Eve services focus on the 'reason for the season'

As Christmas Eve descends upon the area, local churches are inviting everyone to celebrate the original reason for the season.

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Some churches use regular weeknight meeting times for the Christmas Eve service, such as...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:31pm

Yard waste disposal options announced by DSWA

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, yard waste will be banned from disposal in Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Kent and Sussex landfills near Sandtown and Georgetown. The ban goes into effect as part of a DNREC permit condition for landfill expansion...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:03am

Town to take over yard-waste collections in Bethany Beach

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, yard waste can no longer be picked up with regular trash and taken to the landfill. This is a state regulation designed to increase landfill life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase local production of mulch and...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:03am

Blue Christmas 2010 focuses on caregivers

While many are enjoying the holiday season by buying presents, stringing lights or hanging the stockings with care, we don’t stop to think that, for some, Christmas is a difficult and lonely time.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 2:57am

CAC gets new leader in Zak and learns about sea-level rise

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) said goodbye and thank-you to outgoing CAC Chairman Ron Wuslich at their Dec. 7 meeting. Wuslich’s term does not end until August of 2011, but he put in his...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:22am

Offshore wind-energy process now getting streamlined

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and incoming Sen. Chris Coons (both D-Del.), outgoing Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del.), commended the Obama administration last week for its action to streamline and expedite the application process...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 3:23am

Library hosting Capital Ringers

The Selbyville Public Library is sponsoring a Capital Ringers performance on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 29 West Church Street in Selbyville (down the street from Dollar General).

Coastal Point • Monica...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 3:12am

Nage's Meatless Mondays offer green eats

What started as a way to aid in the World War I effort by reducing food consumption, according to, was revamped early this century by the John Hopkins School of Public Health as a way to cut saturated fat and reduce the risk...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:36am

Wetland restoration on farm completed

Last fall, poultry producer Doug Vanderwende attended a presentation about nutrient management and wetland restoration projects, prompting him to contact DNREC’s Drainage Program about a wetland project on his Greenwood farm. He provided a sketch...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:30am

Local builder Thornton receives another green first

The Homebuilders Association of Delaware (HBADE) presented its top honor, the Builder of the Year award, at its annual Leadership and Legacy Ball on Nov. 20, and the award was presented to Bob Thornton, owner of Silverstock Builders in Bethany...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:29am

DNREC continues work on Burton's Island restoration

During the Center for the Inland Bays’ Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee Meeting last week, Greg DeCowsky of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spoke on the Burton Island clean-up project....

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:36am

Companies selected to do winning home energy makeover

The SEU’s Energize Delaware has selected three Delaware companies to conduct winning home energy makeovers – a free energy audit and computerized energy modeling (worth $400) and up to $5,000 in home efficiency improvements.

Burns &...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:25am

Arsenic in the environment topic of CIB meeting

Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal that can be toxic to people, estuarine organisms, and the environment at high concentrations. It is present in feed additives used to raise poultry, in some types of pressure-treated wood and in the residual...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:36pm

Pumpkins take to the sky in 25th annual Punkin Chunkin

“Fire in the hole!”

Initially, the warning phrase was given just before a loaded cannon was to be ignited during battle. The United States Army and Marines later adopted the cautionary signal to forewarn that a grenade or satchel charge...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:51pm

Want clean water?

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Colin O’Mara met with members of the Center for the Inland Bays’ Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at their Oct. 20 meeting, and the basic notion of how they talk to each...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:28am

Yard waste rules in Kent, Sussex to change in January

Kent and Sussex County residents who take yard waste to the Central and Southern Waste Management centers near Sandtown and Georgetown can no longer co-mingle yard waste with regular trash starting Jan. 1, 2011. The restrictions will join those...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 3:30am

CAC seeks to widely spread the message of Inland Bays

For those who are not the type to look up what a TMDL* is (or care), or whose eyes gloss over at the mere mention of scientific phrases like “nitrogen-rich soil” or “algae bloom” but do concede that the inland bays are not quite the “swimmable...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:12am

State creates loan fund for green businesses

Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn and the Delaware Economic Development Office announced on Oct. 12 that the State of Delaware has created a new $1 million revolving loan fund to help jump-start businesses specializing in energy efficiency. The fund was...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:05am

EPA green-lights higher level of ethanol in gas blends

After receiving public feedback and consumer pushback, and conducting product research and tests for months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week the approval of the use of higher levels of ethanol in gasoline in...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:44am

Isaacs' first privately-owned poultry farm in Mid-Atlantic to go solar

In 1782, Owen Isaacs took a plow to soil in Sussex County, Del., with high hopes for his new farm. Five generations later, Robbie Isaacs stands on the family farm near Ellendale, Del., with a huge grin spreading across his face as he watches a...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:39am

Benefit barbecue set for James Farm this Saturday

The annual barbecue to benefit James Farm Ecological Preserve will be held this Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live bluegrass music and food catered by Bethany Blues.

Visitors can enjoy pork, chicken, sides and...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:48am

Townsend to compete for national Distinguished Young Woman title

Anyone who has lost all faith in today’s youth has yet to meet Veronica Townsend.

Coastal Point • Veronica Townsend
Indian River High School senior Veronica Townsend recently won the Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware title,...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:15am

Green thinking is in the bag

Increasingly, collective thinking is shifting from disposability to sustainability. As environmentally-conscious thinking permeates society, it extends to even the most basic needs, like shopping for groceries.

Stores now offer...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:22am

CIB board approves substitute wastewater resolution

The Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays approved a substitute resolution regarding the proposed Wandendale regional wastewater treatment facility near Lewes, choosing to wait on any action until the appeals process was complete...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:20am

Carney visits with Flexera team

Former Lt. Governor and Congress-hopeful John Carney visited Harbeson-based Flexera on Friday, September 24, to talk shop. Carney toured Flexera’s plant, and viewed a vertical-axis turbine prototype, which can be seen outside their offices....

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:16am

County blocks wind turbines on less than 5 acres

When Greg Menoche of Dagsboro installed his own wind turbine a few years back, it was fairly simple. With plenty of acreage at his home, he fit under Sussex County’s 5-acre minimum for windmills nicely, and after getting the various permits and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:12am

Artisan Festival set for Oct. 9 at BBVFC

The third annual Artisan Festival will be held at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature approximately 30 local and regional artists and their creations – everything from jewelry, pottery,...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 3:42am

Festival to honor local artist, teacher

This Saturday, Vines Creek Nursery near Frankford will host an art festival dedicated to a local artist – one who many people who grew up in coastal Delaware, or who have lived here for some time, came into contact with, personally or through her...

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:08am

Hooking up with Cherie Dorfman

Occasionally I hit a recipe goldmine! When Julia Peterson approached me at World Gym regarding highlighting her Beach Chix with Stix knitting group that meets monthly at South Coastal Library, I had no idea that saying “yes” would result in 23...

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 5:02am

Water quality web site offers one stop shopping

The Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Public Health jointly announced this week the launch of a Web site with comprehensive water-quality information, at

According to officials, the new site...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:48am

Artist finds self in painterly photography

Growing up, Linda McAdams had always been surrounded and intrigued by the arts, taking an early liking to music. Later, she expanded her curiosity into the visual arts, which complemented her artistic expression. Over the past 15 years, she has...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:12am

Nature center offering kids a kayaking field trip

Children who have enjoyed the weekly lessons on marine life, wetlands and other fun outdoor activities at the Bethany Beach Nature Center – and those that have yet to see what the fuss is about – are being invited on a special free guided kayak...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:55am

Restauranteur Haley to be Outstanding in the Field

There’s nothing quite as “green” as eating food that was grown locally, in an outdoor setting, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. It seems miles away from rushing through a well-lit drive-through or even eating a home-cooked meal with...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:53am

Inns and hotels join Delaware’s Green Lodging program

Four inns and a hotel have joined the Delaware Green Lodging program and received certification for implementing green hospitality practices that are designed to conserve natural resources, save money and enhance their marketing potential as...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:52am

Statewide cleanup day set for Oct. 2

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that it will host its Sixth Annual “Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware” Clean Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. DelDOT has designated this as a statewide cleanup day, when everyone is...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:51am

Delaware dreamers aim to green roofs

Imagine going to a local grocery store and buying produce that was grown directly on the store’s roof. This is precisely the type of innovation that Ryan Bunting and Derek Dutton, inventors of patent-pending AquaGreen Roofing systems, dream of....

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:48am

Local artists and shoppers gearing up for yART sale

As Trudy Fox styled Marilyn Denny’s hair at Millville’s Hair Snippery recently, she said, “I’m really looking forward to showing my jewelry at the yART Sale again. You know there’s a change this year: It’ll be two days, both the Saturday and...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:38am

Local man’s portait to hang at Merchant Marine Academy

Ocean View resident Joseph Stewart holds the rank of two-star general in the Marine Corps and as a vice-admiral, or three-star general, in the United States Maritime Service. Stewart served as the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA)...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:33am

Former EPA scientist taking power plant issues seriously

When tourists come to the Delaware beaches, clean air and water is not something many of them think about. It is seen more as a given that the air is pure and the water is clear. That’s one of the beauties of the area – right?

John Austin...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:42am

Maryland, Delaware officials kick off cleanup

State officials and environmental advocates officially kicked off the drive for volunteers to support this year’s Coastal Cleanup, a statewide effort to clean up Delaware shorelines, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 25.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:19am

Crafter transforms homes and gardens into metal

Art has always been an irresistible expression for Sandra Webberking. The 1997 graduate of Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia was first intrigued by jewelry. By her sophomore year of college, however, she had ventured into sculpting...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:15am

Coe’s photography is for the birds

One glance at Geoff Coe’s wildlife gallery, and it’s easy to see why the Philadelphia native dropped his geology career for one in photography. Now a Florida resident, he can indulge himself in the ornithological specimens in which he specializes...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:51am

Bestselling author to sign at South Coastal Library

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman will be making an appearance at the South Coastal Library for a discussion, reading and book signing for her book “I’d Know You Anywhere,” on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m.— the very day her latest...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:51am

FOSCL to hold ‘biggest’ book sale

The South Coastal Library will be holding its “highly sought-after” three-day book sale this coming week, Aug. 19- 21.

“It’s just really neat, and it’s a great fundraiser for the library,” said Priscilla Scott, circulation coordinator and...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:49am

Local playwright and musician unite

“I can’t wait to see Harold. I’m dying to see the show. I’ve read the script and it’s fabulous,” enthused Sue Ryan, unofficial president of the Harold Schmidt fan club and owner of the Good Earth Market in Clarksville.

Schmidt is a...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:46am

Bennett Orchards offers perfect peach

Hail Bennett is the sixth generation to farm his family’s land, which has been under the family’s ownership since 1867. Bennett’s father, Jim, planted the first peach trees on 25 acres of the family farm in 1982.

“Before that, it was all...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:43am

DNREC honoring Georgetown ecologists as 2010 Wetland Warrior

At the Delaware State Fair recently, Gov. Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara honored the 2010 Wetland Warrior, ecologist Martinr Martin of Georgetown, for “his tireless pursuit of restoring the largest freshwater wetland that remains...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:40am