When I was in elementary school, there was a pencil sharpener attached to the wall in our basement. Why my father screwed the silver, metal, hand-cranked sharpener there I don’t recall, except that I played school in one room of our big cellar and maybe he thought I’d need it.

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A listing of open houses available throughout our resort area, compliments of our local Real Estate professionals.

Earlier this month, South Bethany celebrated the 10th anniversary of its ongoing Canal Ends Program. It did this by recognizing the valuable contributions of the scores of owners who have stepped up to make the program so effective.

Even though we have been stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boy Scout Troop 281 has still found ways to continue scouting.

Over these last four years, one of the best parts of serving as your governor has been hosting town hall meetings with members of the General Assembly in communities across Delaware. We’ve brought Delawareans together from Claymont to Delmar — and most places in between — to discuss and deba…

It has been a while since I wrote about economic development in Sussex County. Like most of you, I have been following the recommendation of our medical experts and avoiding crowds and situations that may expose me and my extended family to dangerous situations.

First, let me congratulate you once again on your graduation from the University of Delaware! Having met the unprecedented challenges of your last semester, you have much to be proud of as you not only persevered, but you succeeded. I hope you were able to join the online Blue Hen Celebratio…

In so many ways, restaurants are the cornerstones of our community. They are the places people come to celebrate, to mourn, to break bread together, or just have a meal at the end of a busy day. They are the places people come to feel like they are a part of the community, part of something …

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Restaurants across Delaware are preparing to re-open and welcome back our guests for both dine-in and outdoor seating as of Monday, June 1, after more than two months of Delaware’s mandated closures.

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the healthcare professionals, who are saving others and risking their own liv…

COVID-19 has upended our lives and our economy. Almost overnight, it seems our world has in many ways become unrecognizable. But we see Delaware’s fighting spirit rising once again as our citizens and businesses rally around one another to overcome this challenge.

I hesitate to offer any pickleball tips this week because you would only get more frustrated in quarantine because you cannot practice any suggestions. I thought maybe I could answer a question I keep getting about my courtly title, “Baron.”

As your Delaware state treasurer, I am focused on managing the needs of our communities and the changing daily priorities. As the new normal begins to take shape, my team and I are performing the critical work of preparing for the near- and long-term effects that the coronavirus will have on…

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It was Thomas Paine who, in 1776, wrote in “The American Crisis,” “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

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Over the past few weeks, the president and our governor have made emergency declarations, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Police Department has implemented procedures to safeguard our citizens and staff and to ensure we continue to prov…

The federal government uses Census data to distribute more than $675 billion annually for public programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, Head Start, unemployment benefits, housing vouchers, programs for seniors and veterans with disabilities, school lunch programs and disaster relief.

This week, after an Iranian-backed militia celebrated the birth anniversary of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani by raining rockets on an American base in Iraq, killing two American soldiers, my mind returned to the memory of an early morning in late November 2014.

Broadband access has emerged as one of the clearest examples of the upstate/downstate divide here in Delaware. Most communities in New Castle County have long had ready access to high-speed broadband internet service, often from multiple competing providers. But downstate, it’s not too hard …

More than two years after the Federal Communications Commission repealed net-neutrality rules, it’s past time for lawmakers in Congress to come together and work across party lines to permanently protect the open internet. Broadband providers and big platforms shouldn’t be able to block or t…

Last April, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman from Delaware was killed in Afghanistan. Nearly another year has passed, and Americans are still dying there. Already this year, six Americans have lost their lives. Finally, this week after 18 months of negotiation, there appears hope t…

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Bloom Energy is, yet again, under the microscope and facing intense scrutiny for its lack of providing tangible results for Delaware and Delawareans. News articles published recently have brought the question of whether taxpayer funds are effectively being used to subsidize Bloom back to the…

Where is gunboat diplomacy when you need it? Recently, the Venezuela crisis afforded Russia another opportunity to strengthen its grip on the country. To that end, Russia has dispatched its military (99 military officers) and its equipment, including Sukhoi fighter jets and anti-aircraft sys…

Where did the term “Baltimore Hundred” come from, and why do we today use this term to describe Southeastern Sussex County?

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On Nov. 28, I attended my last meeting of the Cash Management Policy Board in my capacity as state treasurer. At the end of the two-hour meeting, Chairman John Flynn reflected on his 38 years of serving on the Board: “Compared to the previous 34 … we have done more to help the State in the l…

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From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

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Pancreatic cancer is a cruel disease that not only impacts an individual, but also his or her whole family, and sometimes even an entire community. If you're reading this, you already know that, though, because the fight against cancer is one that at some point has impacted each and every on…

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The Delaware State Police would like to offer safety guidelines for a great beginning to this new and exciting school year. With the start of school in the next few weeks, thousands of Delaware's precious children will ride a school bus every day. Some of our youngsters will be introduced to…

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My name is Meghan Kelly, Esq. I am a candidate for the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 race in the 38th District. I am running, in part, because I have a desire to draft laws to create better health care for Delawareans, and I want to persuade the federal legislators to draft specific…

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On Friday, June 15, officials and members of the community gathered to cut the ribbon and celebrate the completion of the City of Rehoboth Beach's ocean outfall project. A win for the Inland Bays, this outfall will prevent over 17,000 pounds of nitrogen and 1,000 pounds of phosphorus from en…

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At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, the Town Council of Ocean View agreed that for the next round of budget preparation, the draft model should show a raise to property taxes of 100 percent. The final determination on the actual percentage of increase to be used will be done at…

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Every elected federal official — the president, vice president, members of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senators — take an oath of office prior to serving. In addition, appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court also take an oath of office.

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Farmers across the nation may have breathed a collective sigh of relief on June 27 as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the Federal Register a proposal to rescind its controversial rule defining “waters of the United States” and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior…

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In the 1960s, civil rights protests were growing, with the focal point being the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on May 4, 1968. Once again, as in the Civil War, Americans fought with Americans, supposedly over a moral issue, the “unfairness” of racial inequality, a seemingly eas…

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Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on th…

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We are a nation of immigrants. The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty says it most succinctly: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” That inscription has welcomed many to our shores. The Declaration of Independence established our core v…

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Critical to United States foreign policy will be issues that Russia and China pose for the new incoming Trump administration. Russia, recently, has deployed 225,000 troops, military equipment and missiles to the enclave of Kaliningrad, between Lithuania and Poland, which the U. S. has charac…