Environmentalists still looking at light, power

Fenwick Island’s Environmental Committee was back to business in the new year at its meeting this past week. Some of the items on their agenda included a possible recommendation to the town council that it write a letter to state natural...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:31am

Group claims DNREC blocked suit against NRG

In the first days of 2009, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) sued Indian River Power Plant LLC (NRG), owner and operator of the Indian River power plant in Millsboro, over more than 5,000 emissions...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:29am

Sussex County middle schools accept Rachel's Challenge

April 20, 1999 – The date has been forever etched into the minds of parents and children alike as the nation’s most shocking school-shooting of its time. Just hearing the words “Columbine,” or “Littleton, Colorado,” gives chills to many people....

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:11am

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch....

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:07am

Tennessee coal-ash spill elevates concerns

With news of one of the nation’s largest-ever coal-ash spills in Tennessee last week, it’s only natural that local residents are thinking about the repercussions should something similar happen in Sussex County. As residents and property owners...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:37am

South Bethany gives green light to green agenda

South Bethany has big green plans for 2009. Their Water Quality Committee, chaired by Councilman Jay Headman, is tasked with four main environmentally-focused objectives: educating the community about stormwater management and water quality,...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:36am

Selbyville couple uses the sun to go green

Like two excited kids with a science experiment, Carole and Ron Patten of Selbyville proudly check their electric meter every day to see how much it has electricity it has generated. After installing a 24-panel solar system last fall, they have...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:43am

Local green trend expected to continue into the new year

Town across Sussex County, as well as the country as a whole, will be stepping it up in 2009 to continue efforts to go green. The last few years have already seen great strides toward environmental friendliness in the area, and that trend is...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:39am

Green Notes

Web site showcases scenic trails at state parks

Winter is the perfect time to experience the Delaware Bay’s unique and surprising amenities – minus all the crowds, state natural resources officials noted recently, adding that the “Thank...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:37am

Taking a look back at the year in 'green'

Dec. 26 has to be the most depressing day of the year. There’s nothing like Christmas and the holiday season to make you re-think what life is about, why we do the things we do and what it all means anyway.

Last year, frustrated with the...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:34am

Time ticking down on analog TV broadcasts

I received a recorded message from my satellite television provider a few weeks ago, letting me know that if I’d like to upgrade my equipment, I could receive the new digital television broadcasts right through my satellite box, with no...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:08am

UD Professor leaves lasting legacy in book on 'Man and Nature'

Colleagues, friends, associates and family gathered in Georgetown on Tuesday for the release and book signing of the final work of the late Dr. William H. Williams, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware.

Coastal Point • Monica...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:03am

Soap project to aid local shelter

After facing a lack of funding at the beginning of this year, Diakonia – a homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Md. – was in dire straights. They knew something had to be done or they wouldn’t be able to provide emergency food and housing...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:44am

BlueWater Wind aimed to start project in Spring

Representatives of BlueWater Wind offered an update on the company’s planned wind farm project off the coast of Rehoboth Beach at the meeting of the Sussex County Council on Dec. 9 and gave some answers to questions council members had about the...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:08am

New book celebrates appeal of Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a strange mix of timeless history and new tradition. Each year, the beach community swells as more and more people escape their previously hectic city lives for a taste of seaside serenity. And for many who have been taken in by...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:58am

CIB committee looks at fly ash, wastewater treatment options

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays met on Friday, Dec. 5, in Lewes. The committee and members of the public heard from Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey; David Goss, executive...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:36am

SEDAST returns with fresh faces

With families and friends returning to the shore for the holiday weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, for many, the Thanksgiving holiday brings with it something else: The SouthEastern Delaware Artist...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:52pm

Delaware organic producers to receive cost-share assistance

Under a cooperative agreement between the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) and the Agriculture Marketing Service-United States Department of Agriculture (AMS/USDA), eligible Delaware organic crop and livestock producers can now apply for...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:50pm

Good Earth aims to keep customers healthy through winter

This past Saturday, Nov. 22, Good Earth Market once again held their Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Compassionate Care Hospice. Plenty of healthy contributors throughout the community brought in their areas of expertise, including...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:42pm

Organic farming made easier and cheaper

While Delaware may be years behind some states in realizing the importance of organic farming as both a niche market and a health conscious way to do business, it is catching on.

The Delaware Organic Food and Farming Association (DOFFA),...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:38pm

Delaware Does More--Neighbors helping neighbors all winter long

Delaware Does More – a collaborative effort among local non-profits, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and others – kicked off Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford storage facility. Proposed by the food bank and...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:56pm

Wii putting the ‘we’ in many holidays

After two years of short supplies that have sent many a parent heading to eBay or home in discouragement, supplies of the popular Wii video game console are finally showing signs of freeing up, just in time for the 2008 holidays.


Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:52pm

Local projects aim to put extra portions on needy plates

Most U.S. households waste more food that they can imagine or would like to admit, and the United States collectively throws away a full quarter of its food. And restaurants – known these days for over-sized portions and being strangers to the “...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:13am

Lively fall and winter scene ahead

While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 2:45pm

Local turkeys give fresh twist on Thanksgiving

Ever wonder where the turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas came from?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Turkeys roam around the farm at T.A. Farms in Wyoming, Del. The farm gets about 3,500 turkeys a year and sells out by the end of...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 9:30am

Hickman adds local twist to prime meats

Looking for organic, pastured chicken that doesn’t come from the supermarket?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Bill Hickman of Hickman’s Meat Market in Rehoboth Beach cuts up some prime rib for the store. The meat market just recently...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 9:23am

Local students visit new nation in ancient place

For many students, their first chance to study abroad might be in college, if they ever get that chance at all. Jillian Harkness of Dagsboro got her chance this year as an 11th-grader and a member of 4-H.

Harkness was the only student from...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:09am

Selbyville to host annual Spooktacular Parade

For more than 60 years, the town of Selbyville has celebrated Halloween with a parade, and this year is no exception. It’s time for the annual Spooktacular Parade.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be food, fun and, of course, the timeless...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 7:13am

Chilean native and local favorite releases second album

Isabel Umanzor recently held a release party at for her original CD “Siete Días” at Salsa Matteo’s in Bethany Beach. Umanzor has been working on this, her second CD, for almost two years, recording it at the AMI Seagull Studios at Salisbury...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:45am

Green Halloween is a spreading trend

This All Hallow’s Eve, a community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays finds itself more than 2,800 miles from where it started.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Corey Colwell-Lipson, here with daughter, is...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 8:05am

Green activist hot over pollution workshop

A public workshop on air emissions permitting for business, on Oct. 8 at Dover Downs, has raised the ire of environmentalists. Activists from Green Delaware this week urged the public to call on the state to cancel the $50 workshop and reconsider...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 8:00am

Lighthouse offers beacon of hope to troubled moms

Just as an old lighthouse stands as a beacon of light and guidance for ships, The Lighthouse Women and Children’s Program exists to offer women with drug, alcohol and mental health issues with one thing often lost amidst the turmoil of addiction...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:42am

Going Green festival set for Oct. 10-11, 13-14

The USDA “Building Sustainable Rural Communities Through Green Business Project” is offering Going Green Business Training and Workshops delivered by EcoVentures International (EVI) and Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB), to be held on Oct....

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:49am

Friends plan gathering to celebrate life of Powell

The spirit of Billy Powell will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Bethany Beach. Powell, a 1972 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, and a past Bethany Beach lifeguard and captain, died of melanoma in September 1983 at the age...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:17am

Nelson and Burris launch state’s first Internet talk-radio station

The future is here.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dave Burris and Randy Nelson started the state’s first Internet talk-radio station. The duo will cover everything from upstate to downstate and bring in guests from all over the...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:01am

Ice cream dreams come true at Hopkins Family Creamery

Driving down Route 9 just west of Five Points, near Lewes, it’s hard to miss the big silo with the cream cones on it. It’s enough to spark ice cream dreams — especially for its owners. For Christine Hopkins and her family, Hopkins Family Creamery...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:31am

Classic consumerism: Vintage favorites and retro specialties find a home on the Web

This voyage into some tips for the modern consumer started innocently, with a newsroom discussion of Nabisco Crown Pilot crackers that originated in topics unknown and probably better left that way.

For those who don’t know what Pilot...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Artists ready to take to the boardwalk

Note: This event has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This Saturday, artists and crafters from across the region will come together for the 30th year of a summer tradition in Bethany. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival,...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 5:51am

Green granola heading to Good Earth

For Michele Thornett of Michele’s Granola, her interest in having her own business came from something simple: her love of baking from scratch.

Coastal Point • Submitted
A sampling of granolas made by Michele’s Granola. Michele’s...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:26am

You bet your (seaside) garden

Gardeners by the Sea will be hosting WHYY’s Mike McGrath, radio personality and former editor of Organic Gardening, on Friday, Sept. 12.

Coastal Point • File Photo

The talk will be held at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Ocean...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:17am

Are you being greenwashed?

So asks the Summer 2008 issue of “Soap Dish,” published by The Soap Fairy owner Scott Blackson. The Soap Fairy has been unconsciously green since its humble beginnings in 1997, when Blackson would drop off soap he had made to friends and family...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:06am

Boardwalk Art Festival opens new doors for artists

On Saturday, Sept. 6, downtown Bethany Beach will once again be transformed into a colorful spectacle of artistic beauty and talent. More than 130 fine artists and crafters will pour onto the boardwalk, transforming the ocean-set backdrop into a...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:16am

Fenwick environmentalists look at PCS

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee recently met to discuss some of their ongoing environmental interests, one being their official position on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) proposed...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 6:07am

New business offers Old World Breads

Bread is bread, right? Not exactly.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Steve Kogler takes a few loaves of bread out of the oven. Kogler only uses four ingredients in his breads.For Steve Kogler, growing up in the restaurant business...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:51am

Illegal dumping complaints on the rise

DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit recently released statistics on its investigations into violations of Delaware’s air, waste and water pollution laws for the first six months of 2008. Enforcement officers handled a total of 1,958 complaints...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:46am

Life deserting loop canal

There is something fishy happening in the Bethany Beach Loop Canal — or rather something fish-less.

For about six weeks, the manmade canal has had significantly low dissolved oxygen levels. That means that, for fish and other aquatic life...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:58am

Eating from the CSA

Let’s put it out there. I’m not a farmer.

So I have been told during the course of my reporting, as I have made my way around the county interviewing various farmers that participate in the beach area’s farmers’ markets. I ask crazy...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:12am

Young environmentalists honored at fair

Young people making a difference by caring for our natural world were in the spotlight on Thursday, July 24, at the Delaware State Fair, as Governor Ruth Ann Minner presented the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Young...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:04am

County adopts stronger buffer ordinances to protect land uses

The lines between properties and what features can separate them are far less blurry than before, thanks to Sussex County Council’s adoption of a new buffer ordinance amendment.

County Council, at its Tuesday, July 29, 2008, meeting,...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:02am

UEK Delaware receives DNREC grant

UEK Delaware, L.P. a Frankford based tidal energy company, recently received notice of a grant approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) Green Energy Office.

The grant will be for the company to install a three...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:39am