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Outdoors Delmarva: The Quest For Black Drum

It’s a trip our WBOC crew has made many times out of Lewes Harbor Marina, on a spring mission to find black drum in the Delaware Bay. Just the thought of being able to haul in what could possibly be a 40-year-old fish, weighing close to 100 pounds, is enough to get your heart pumping with anticipation. Anyone who has had the privilege of winning a battle with a black drum knows that you will be thanking your heart for hanging on for what can seem like an endless battle. Captain Brian Wazlavek of the Li’l Angler 2 is taking us a little farther out in the bay than we’re used to. Instead of


Planting Seeds That Could Grow Into New Farmers

If you were to take a drive in Delaware, chances are you would pass a farm at some point along the way—if not more than one. Corn, soybeans, chickens, dairy cows, horses, even alpacas can be seen from roads all over the state. The agriculture industry plays a huge role in Delaware’s economy and way of life. You might be surprised by the number of people who don’t know much about how farmers help to put fresh, local food on our tables. The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation is working to solve that problem. The Bureau launched the mobile Ag Lab in 2014, a trailer outfitted with information, tools


Dover’s Air Mobility Command Museum Leaves Visitors in Awe

Delaware is fondly known as the Small Wonder, a tiny state chock-full of surprises. Included in the wonders of the second smallest state is the Air Mobility Command Museum (AMC), which you’ll find along state Route 9 in Dover. If you’re a Delawarean and have never heard of the museum, you may be surprised by what you’ll find. As visitors drive up to the AMC museum, they’ll see more than two-dozen aircraft sitting outside a historic hangar—a sight that will leave both children and adults in awe. The museum houses 33 aircraft—everything from helicopters to fighter jets to an iconic and massive C


Be Prepared for the Next Big Storm

Life in Delaware is often beautiful and serene. But, when it comes to severe weather, being in a relatively flat state surrounded by water can be less than ideal. From hurricanes to tornadoes to nor’easters, Delaware is hit with severe storms every year. It’s important to have a plan in place long before the storm alerts, watches, and warnings are issued. Severe weather can strike anytime, anywhere. Make an emergency plan with your family and be sure to discuss the following: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together if separated; and


Seven Sister’s Shop Brings Family and Friends Together

Sometimes the most extraordinary memories are made in places found off the beaten path. One such place can be found down a long, winding driveway about 10 miles west of Dover on Westville Road. It’s called the Seven Sister’s Shop yet doesn’t really seem like a shop at all. Chickens roam freely in the yard, a donkey can be heard braying beyond the house, music is playing and a fresh pot of coffee is brewing inside the tiny shop, which could be mistaken for a cottage. Above the doorway is a West Virginia license plate, which belonged to owner Jennifer Wooleyhand’s late mother. “I have six


Delmar’s 3rd Wave Brewing Company: Q&A With Co-Owner Lori Clough

Breweries are popping up all over the First State and one of the newest places to grab a cold craft beer is 3rd Wave Brewery in Delmar, which opened in late 2012. The brewery offers four house beers and many others on a seasonal basis. Delaware Living sat down with Co-owner and Manager Lori Clough to chat about her unique brews. Q: What’s the story of how you opened the brewery? A: I had a couple of home brewing kits and the beer turned out really well. It was easy, like making a cake. We home brewed for almost two years and then my friend, Susan Vickers, called and asked if I wanted to buy a


Cookie Rookie: Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients: 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies 8 ounces low fat cream cheese 1/4 cup half and half 1/3 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 1 cup sliced kiwi Instructions: 1. Prepare your chocolate chip cookies according to recipe or instructions. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. 2. While your cookies cool, make your frosting. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese until fluffy. 3. Microwave the half and half for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and add the white chocolate chips. Stir constantly until the white


Delaware Artist Inspires Creativity One Fish at a Time

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the works of John Donato are conversations that never end. The Sussex County artist discovered his passion for art at a young age. “As early as I can remember, I was a good doodler,” said Donato. Donato realized those doodles wouldn’t get him very far in the working world, so he pursued graphic design at the University of Maryland. He calls it art with a purpose. Donato would eventually go into marketing and worked for several years in the Washington, D.C., area. It was a marketing job for the Carl M. Freeman Companies that brought him to Delaware. That


Fresh Eggs for Your Family; Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

Do you know where the eggs you use to fix your breakfast come from? Chris and Becky Tretina of Hartly, Del., know exactly how their scrambled eggs end up on their plates—their breakfast comes from their backyard. The couple became interested in raising their own hens in 2013, and in 2014 the novice growers purchased their first flock of chicks. “I think what convinced us was when we started doing research about where our food comes from. We realized that having our own chickens would be easy and the benefits of having fresh eggs every day would be awesome. We know how old the eggs are and what


Lily's Story: Rescuing a Seal Pup

The life of a baby gray seal is tough. Mother seals abandon their pups after just a few weeks, leaving the vulnerable offspring to fend for themselves—in an ocean full of danger and uncertainty. In April, one such pup, now famously known as Lily, was found laying on the shore near Bethany Beach, Del. It was a windy spring day and the staff and volunteers with the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) couldn’t tell what was ailing the seal pup. “Our volunteers had been monitoring her and I went down to assess. It was a little hard initially, because the sand was blowing


Delaware Day Trip: Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen State Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The park welcomes visitors year round from near and far, coming to enjoy the beaches, nature trails, fishing, camping and picturesque scenery. Cape Henlopen offers more than just a few pretty pictures, though; it also has historic roots in shipping and military defense. Strategically positioned at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, the park was crucial to commercial shipping in the 1800s and 1900s. While the historic Henlopen Lighthouse doesn’t guide ships through the bay anymore, two stone “breakwaters” off the point


Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salsa

2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp ancho chili powder 1 tsp black pepper for the Avocado salsa: 1 avocado, sliced ½ small red onion, sliced Juice from 2 limes 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are) Salt to taste 1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 2. Pre-heat the grill. 3. Combine the


Co-op Crews Answer New Jersey's Call For Help

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen answered New Jersey’s call for help in late June, after a line of severe thunderstorms knocked out power to hundreds of thoudsands people in New Jersey, northern Delaware and Pennsylvania. Four Co-op linemen, Phil Collison, Brian Downes, Shane Payne and Greg Williamson along with Manager Steve Huffman assisted crews from Atlantic City Electric with restoration efforts from June 25th through June 30th. Linemen received many kind comments from consumers in the affected areas and worked very long hours to restore power to thousands of New


Meter Safety: What You Need To Know

It is in the mutual interest of Delaware Electric Cooperative and our members to ensure electrical meters are in an easily accessible location. Plants and landscaping, as well as decks and other structures, are meter obstructions which create problems for meter access and maintenance. Have a clear, safe walking path to the meter available at all times. Avoid building or placing structures directly around the meter, which may have to be removed to access the meter. Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Terms & Conditions of Service reads, “The Member shall provide access to the meter for the purposes


Aerial Scanning To Improve Reliability For Delaware Electric Cooperative Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7th, 2015 GREENWOOD, Del.- Aerial Inspections of Delaware Electric Cooperative’s power lines are expected to improve reliability for Cooperative members. On May 4th and 5th, McKim & Creed, based in North Carolina, used a helicopter to scan 40 miles of transmission lines in Sussex County using LIDAR technology. LIDAR uses light from a laser to capture detailed images of transmission lines and the surrounding terrain, allowing engineers to see exactly where trees may be in danger of falling on lines and if electrical equipment needs to be replaced. Scanning took place