Ready, set, veggies!

Tired of cardboard tomatoes, wilted lettuce and stale broccoli? Me, too! Every year about this time, I start craving real fresh-from-the-garden veggies. If you are, too, it’s time to get started.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 7:59am

Willy Wonka, eat your heart out. It’s Chocolate Festival time

Who says there’s nothing to do in the winter at the beach? You can eat chocolate!

The 21st annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Saturday, March 5, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tastings...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:53am

Haley spreads the love, and charitable giving

In last week’s article, Matt Haley talked about sponsoring two sisters through Himalayan Children Charities (HCC) and of his instant love for Leela and Laxmi when he first met them at Katmandu airport. Yet, he said, he was wary of pushing their...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 6:30am

County looks to reconcile windmill rules with state law

Sussex County Council members this week reviewed a revised draft of ordinances related to wind-energy generating devices – windmills and more – as the county attempts to reconcile the restrictions of county code with the state legislature’s...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:08am

Free Writes offer inspiration for aspiring writers

“It was an ordinary morning until…”

Participants fill in the blank after a prompt, such as the one above, at the weekly “Free Write!” sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild and held each Friday at the Super G in Millville, in the...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:30am

Elliott among first-responders recognized at 2011 Valor Awards

Eight local fire and police departments recognized the dedication and courage that their members possess and execute each and every day when the 2011 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards were presented to police officers and firefighters this past...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:33am

Out of thin air: Dickens Parlour Theatre now serving meals and magic

Although it might not be obvious from the outside, the inside of Millville’s own magic theater continues to be newsworthy. Most recently, the Dickens Parlour Theatre completely renovated a the main house into a real “parlour” – offering a new...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:32am

Marie's Kitchen: In the kitchen with the Legatskis

I met Mary and Richard Legatski at World Gym where they can be found five to six mornings a week. They live in a lovely home in Bay Forest, where we held our interview. The couple met while working in Washington, D.C., and this July will...

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:54am

Legislators praise plan to speed up development of wind energy

Last week, after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced major developments in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.)...

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:52am

Bailey's offers up some muskrat love

From December through March, the sign outside Bailey’s Seafood proclaims, “Muskrat Sold Here.”

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver
Orville Bailey and daughter, Cheryl Workman, at Bailey’s Seafood on Route 113 in...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 2:46am

County council to draft new ordinance on windmills

Sussex County Council members this week moved to have an ordinance regarding wind turbines drafted. The council, at its Feb. 1 meeting, instructed staff to look at tackling how the county might change its restrictions on energy-generating wind...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:45am

Quitting smoking is healthy, and green, too

Many people believe that living a sustainable lifestyle has to do with their actions on the outside – but it’s just as much about what happens on the inside, too. Sure, it’s great to recycle and to buy organic, outwardly, but what’s the use if...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:45am

DSU to boost bio-energy education through USDA grant

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently announced that Delaware State University (DSU) will partner with other universities in the Northeast region to create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bio-energy and bio-...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:40am

Nature center offers fun and learning each Saturday

The best way to change people’s hearts? Start when they’re young! Witness any kindergarten classroom activity and see how much children understand, and how willing they are to soak up new information. Hence the phrase, “Children are sponges.”...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:37am

Marie's Kitchen -- Love is in the Air

I envy people like Diane Schell. She loves to bake. No amount of mixing, chilling, rolling, cutting with cute little cookie cutters, shaping by hand, sprinkling and icing, and cutting into 1-inch squares is too much for her. The last time I baked...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:33am

Energy & You forum to feature co-op CEO

The first in a series of free community forums titled “Energy & You: Achievable, Affordable and Sustainable” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the theater of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical &...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 3:42am

School buses retrofitted for cleaner air through DERA funds

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Collin O’Mara were on hand in Sussex County this week to applaud Cape Henlopen School District’s use of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds to retrofit old diesel...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:23am

New yard waste facility offers options

With all of the talk about universal recycling and the “bottle bill,” the state’s new yard-waste ban seems to have gone under the radar, but there are changes in that area for 2011, as well.

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The windrow...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 6:37am

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.

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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).

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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.

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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