Home Energy Calculator helps save money

Consumers looking to lower their home energy costs can now go to Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Web site for some fast – and fun – help. With just a few mouse clicks, DEC’s new Home Energy Calculator will analyze the home’s current energy use...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:17am

Recycling Gala to honor Carper for recycling leadership

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) were set to join forces on July 21, to honor U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) “for his outstanding and passionate leadership on key recycling issues...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:16am

State announces 10,000th appliance rebate

Gov. Jack Markell and state Sen. Harris McDowell III, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), announced this week that the SEU’s Energize Delaware had issued its 10,000th appliance rebate as part of its popular Energy Star Appliance...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:15am

Solar-power presentation set for June 30

Lewes Public Library will hosting a public presentation “Making Solar Electricity Affordable” on June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tom Colucci of CNC Solar in Rehoboth will be discussing the various aspects of solar panel technology and the overall...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 3:55am

From the Farm dinner to benefit Milton Theatre

“Farm-to-table.” The popular term in the culinary world refers to dishes that include local, seasonal and fresh ingredients – preferably from area farms. Chefs build entire menus around the philosophy, and farm-to-table dinners in restaurants are...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 3:54am

Delmarva’s first solar power plant planned for Dover

A statewide partnership involving the City of Dover, Delmarva Power, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and LS Power will lead to the construction of one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:39am

Tingles give back to two local towns

Lifelong local residents Clarence “Bud” Tingle and his wife, Diane, have made a habit out of serving their community: both are members of town councils in separate towns in southeastern Sussex County.

Coastal Point • Chris Clark

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:55am

Farmers’ market kicking off National Pollinator Week

This Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m., the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market will celebrate National Pollinator Week with demonstrations by Faith Kuehn from the Delaware Department of Agriculture and Dave Baues of Baues’ Busy Bees, a market vendor....

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:17am

State launches rebate program for green home buyers

Gov. Jack Markell; Sen. Harris McDowell, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU); Secretary Collin O’Mara of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC); and Mark Grahne, president of the Home Builders...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:15am

Delaware restoration projects featured in new pub

Delaware stream restoration projects and other successful initiatives that can guide conservation planning in the Chesapeake Watershed are featured in a new publication just released by The Conservation Fund, “A Sustainable Chesapeake – Better...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:24am

New law mandates curbside recycling availability

Against the backdrop of the growing Cherry Island landfill, Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation on June 8 that aims to make statewide universal recycling a reality.

“Making recycling convenient and available to every household in the...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:19am

Musical production teaches kids how to be green

The Freeman Stage will feature the musical “It’s Not Mean to be Green,” based on the book by Jamie Kleman, on June 19 at 10 a.m. The show is free and open to all ages.

Patti Grimes of the Freeman Foundation explained that the book was one...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 4:57am

Ocean Currents Lecture Series to focus on wind

The University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy’s Ocean Currents Lecture Series will continue this month with a talk on wind energy. Delivering the lecture will be Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:07am

Ocean Currents Lecture Series to focus on wind

The University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy’s Ocean Currents Lecture Series will continue this month with a talk on wind energy. Delivering the lecture will be Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:07am

Farmers’ market season has officially begun

The 2010 Delaware farmers’ market season is in full swing. And, in fact, the town of Georgetown brings to 16 the total number of farmers’ markets this year, holding a ribbon cutting last Friday at the Sports-at-the-Beach Complex on Route 9 in...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:54am

Cleansing technique gets to the sole of the matter

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the feet must be the kitchen sink drain of the body, according to Michele Salisbury, who recently opened up Mind, Body and Sole in Bethany Beach.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:08am

Farmers' market finds niche in Georgetown

Now beachgoers don’t have to wait until they get to Rehoboth Beach or Lewes, or even Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island, to get to a farmers’ market. Or, they can still hit all of them if they want, and one more. The new Georgetown Farmers’ Market...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:04am

Carper pushes for Home Star program, jobs

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined 16 other cosponsors and four sponsors, including Sens. Jeff Bingaman, Olympia Snowe, Mark Warner and Lindsey Graham, this week in introducing revised bipartisan legislation that they said would directly create an...

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:49am

Native Plant Nurseries List available online

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA) and the University of Delaware (UD) have teamed up to develop a Native Plant Nurseries List. The list was developed to satisfy the increasing...

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:39am

Forest Reach project opens the door to energy buybacks

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Delmarva Power and a Harbeson-based renewable energy firm, Flexera Inc., have established a legal way to enable Delaware homeowners and businesses to sell solar energy back to the PJM Mid-Atlantic power grid....

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:52am

Plan to clean up canal offered for comment

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has received a $98,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Clean Water Advisory Council to begin implementation of stormwater retrofits for the Anchorage...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:41am

Power agreements harness wind, landfill

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) recently announced that it is adding purchased power agreements from two additional renewable energy facilities to its portfolio of resources: a Pennsylvania wind project and a landfill gas generation...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:40am

Native plant list available online

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA) and the University of Delaware (UD) have teamed up to develop a Native Plant Nurseries List. The list was developed to satisfy the increasing...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:39am

DNREC begins recreation water quality testing

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) this week announced that water quality testing of Delaware’s guarded swimming beaches and nine freshwater ponds began May 10 and would continue through September....

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:32am

Lewes farmers' market to open this weekend

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open for its fifth season on Saturday, May 29, (Memorial Day weekend) and run through Oct. 9. The market will be held at the Lewes Historical Society complex at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:31am

Universal-recycling bill clears General Assembly

“Universal recycling” will soon be a reality in the First State. The State House of Representatives approved legislation to create the program on May 11, sending it to the governor to be signed into law. Gov. Jack Markell has made the passage of...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:05pm

Gardeners going native at annual plant sale

The sixth annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale is set for Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View (off of Cedar Neck Road). Five nurseries will offer thousands of native plants; trees...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:48am

Carney joins local officials to oppose offshore drilling

With the majestic Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, at the tip of the Great Dune at Cape Henlopen State Park, John Carney – Democratic candidate for Congress and former lieutenant governor – stood with friends and fellow politicians on May 6 to...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:33am

Farmer's markets to screen 'Food Inc.'

Moviegoers can help kick off the farmers’ market season with what organizers called “a thought-provoking movie that illustrates the dangers of a food system controlled by powerful corporations who don’t want you to see, to think about or to...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:19am

Fab Report: Every day is a walk on the red carpet

Have you ever looked at those glossy pictures in magazines, with celebrities posing in exquisite, sparkling gowns at movie premieres?

Coastal Point • Submitted
Veronica Townsend and prom date James Bunting on the red carpet at...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:04am

Knuckleheads fuse raw sound with rock and folk ties

For many young, up-and-coming musicians, playing festivals and shows is a great way to make money and get their name out there. For the Knuckleheads, there’s much simpler reason to do so.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
The Knuckleheads...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:55pm

Volunteers find opportunities 'for the birds'

The adult great horned owl with wide yellow eyes looked extremely small in the brown box on the floor in the back room of the Bethany Beach Nature Center. He had been found on the edge of a field in Berlin, Md., and was in the process of being...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:53pm

Brownie Troop 1126 goes green

Under a cloudless sky, with glaring sun and near-perfect temperatures, Brownie Troop 1126 got a tour of Good Earth Market and Organic Farm last week and even got to pot their own tomato plants, in an effort to extend Earth Day festivities beyond...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:46pm

Earth Day thoughts

Last week was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, in 1970. Few serious environmental campaigners have much interest anymore in Earth Day, which is mostly now celebrated by big polluters “greenwashing” themselves. But it is still a good...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:43pm

Barefoot Gardeners assist in Arbor Day tree planting

Soaking up the sunshine late last week, the Barefoot Gardeners Club of Fenwick Island Communities, had a tree planted at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville, in honor of Arbor Day.

Coastal Point • File Photo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:40pm

Stormwater-pond maintenance workshop offered to public

Property owners living in a community or development in Sussex County who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are being encouraged to attend a free two-hour workshop being offered Wednesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:38pm

Workshop focuses on making solar affordable

The Milton Public Library will be host a public presentation, “Making Solar Electricity Affordable” on May 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tom Collucci of Eastern Energy in Milford will be discussing solar panel technology, and how state and federal...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:38pm

Green your birth

In a world full of technology and choices, sometimes taking a step back and looking at the big picture of birth can do more wonders than any cocktail of drugs available. At the end of the day, babies know when to come, and mothers have an...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:35pm

Cambodia trip takes couple to see artisans, antiques

Every winter, Kimberly Grimes and Marco Hernandez leave their South Bethany shop, Made by Hand, to travel abroad. But rather than visiting typical tourist spots, their destinations are the locales where the fair-trade products sold in their store...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 1:46pm

Local band follows while leading

In the Bible’s story of the Gospels, the Talmidim, (plural form of “talmud”) were followers of Jesus. In Hebrew, the term “talmud” means means “disciple.” Through music, six local individuals have come together, with the goal of acting as...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:31am

Toomey turns childhood lesson into award-winning career

It takes a special person to be a teacher. As with many professions, it is more than a job, or even a career. It is a calling. And for Donna Toomey, Frankford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, it is a calling that came from turning a...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:29am

Story time, on a telephone near you

Carol Fitzgerald, director of Sussex County’s libraries, is encouraging the parents of young children to consider an alternative to the video games, DVDs and Internet – a retro choice for entertaining youngsters with the joy of reading, apart...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:26am

ReStore workers aim to help customers, and Habitat

Doug Coulter, a home renovator from Millville, happened into the ReStore building last week during its second-anniversary festivities.

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver
Among those helping out at Sussex Habitat for...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 7:59am

New software helps put Selbyville police on the map

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:50am

Proposed grid could make offshore wind power more reliable

The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural...

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:19am

Troop 282 named Troop of the Year

On March 13, at Saint John’s Methodist Church in Seaford, Boy Scout Troop 281 took top honors as Troop of the Year at the Boy Scouts of America Annual Sussex District Recognition Brunch. Scoutmaster Tom Roth was presented the award by District...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:08am

South Coastal Library more than just books

South Coastal Library’s library circulation and volunteer supervisor, Pricilla Scott, now has a new title to add to her job description. Scott was recently given the role of publicist for the Bethany Beach library.

“I am trying to talk to...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:31am

All-in: Cracking aces with suited connectors

In past columns, we’ve analyzed the strength of starting hands, or hole cards, in Texas Hold’em poker. As anyone who understands the game could tell you, a starting hand of pocket aces has the best odds of winning over any other two cards in the...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:19am

Berlin business makes painting and home improvement green

Sometimes, it takes seeing things done the wrong way to really drive home that there is a better way to get things done. For Ryan and Shane Murphy of Berlin, Md., becoming a “green” company was sort of a natural step.

Ryan said he has...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:14am

Holistic health the focus of April 24 fair

It seems everyone is talking about it these days: healthcare. It’s on the news, in the papers, on the Internet. It’s taking over Facebook. It’s everywhere.

For a slightly different take on healthcare and what it means to you, the 17th...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:10am