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Explore James Farm Ecological Preserve

Delaware is known for its beautiful beaches and wide variety of wildlife. Very few places display the vast number of habitats in Delaware like James Farm Ecological Preserve. James Farm, located on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, is overseen by The Delaware Center for Inland Bays. Throughout the year, it hosts numerous school groups and scout troops, and educates them about the ecosystems present in the area. The 150-acre tract of land was given to Sussex County by Mary Lighthipe, a descendent of the James family who had farmed the land for generations. The gift was in memory of her son, Harold


Keep Rates Low By Beating the Peak

“Beat the Peak” is a program created to help members become more energy aware and help keep their power bills low by reducing their energy usage during peak periods, when prices are at their highest. The two major factors that affect the price of electricity are the cost to generate it and the demand for power. The demand is highest on our system during the hot summer months between the peak period hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Electricity costs the most during this time. To combat the price spike, we ask members to conserve energy. This includes turning off extra lights or waiting to do laundry until


Q&A With Chef Ryan Cunningham of Abbott’s on Broad Creek

When you think about dining on the water, Laurel isn’t normally the first place that comes to mind. But Chef Ryan Cunningham is working hard to put Abbott’s on Broad Creek on the map. Located in downtown Laurel, the young restaurant has had a busy year-and-a-half since its opening in December of 2013. Abbott’s had already made a name for itself with Abbott’s Grill in Milford, but bringing people to a new location was a welcome challenge for Chef Ryan. Q: What do you think draws people to Abbott’s Grill? A: We take familiar things and put our own twist on them, and wow people that way. Once you


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