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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


Co-op To Host Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 25th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds If you’re a fan of great food and entertainment, then we’re sure you’ll have a lot of fun at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 25th. Registration and our famous fried chicken dinners will be served starting at 3 p.m. and our Business Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please note, doors will open at 3 p.m. Members will also be treated to music and a community fair. Voting will also take place for our Board of Directors, who represent members when important decisions at the Co-op are made. All of the action takes place in air-conditioned


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


Cookie Rookie: Pistachio Fluff

1 (3.9 ounce) package instant fat-free pistachio pudding mix 2 cups skim milk 1 cup low-fat whipped topping 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1 (10-ounce) package mini marshmallows ¼-½ cup sweet coconut, toasted For Garnish: sweet coconut, toasted 1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk 2 minutes. 2. Add pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. 3. Mix well, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 4. When ready to serve, spoon fluff into serving dishes and garnish with toasted coconut. 5. Enjoy!


Co-op Linemen Compete in Regional Competition

Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen showed off their skills on March 27th and 28th at the Terex Gaff-n-Go Equipment and Linemen’s Rodeo. The event was held at the Caroline County Fairgrounds in Virginia and featured dozens of teams from across the Mid-Atlantic. Co-op linemen placed 4th out of 30 teams, missing the chance to travel to the national competition by just three seconds. Linemen Dave Morgan, Brent Elzey, Mike Layton and Shawn Rogers participated in the event, proudly representing DEC competing in a pole climbing competition, hurt-man rescue, insulator change out competition and


Date Set For DEC's Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 25th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds We hope you’ll be able to join us on August 25th for a chicken dinner, a community fair and an update on your Cooperative. Our annual meeting begins with registration and dinner at 3 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. If you are interested in being a candidate for your Co-op’s Board of Directors, you must submit a petition to our office in Greenwood, DE by June 26th, 2015. The petition must include 15 member signatures. This year, directorships are open in Districts three, (3) six (6) nine (9) and at-large. At our annual meeting,


Scams Target DEC Members

Scams Target Co-op Members Sneaky and unrelenting, scammers continue to try and mislead DEC members into handing over important information or even money. These scammers wrongly claim to represent Delaware Electric Cooperative. This week, a Co-op member near Hartly reported receiving a call from someone warning them electric rates were rising. The recording went on to say the increase could be avoided by pressing one. The member who reported the incident to DEC hung up immediately, suspicious that she was being misled. She said no number appeared on her caller ID. DEC is not increasing rates


Baked Blooming Onion

1 large yellow onion ⅔ cup Panko breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning ½ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2 egg whites 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a large knife to cut off the top, about ¼-inch of the onion until a few of the inside layers are exposed. Be careful to cut the top side, not the root side. Peel the outermost layer of the onion down to the root, leaving the root as is. 2. Lay the onion cut side down on the cutting board. Then use a knife to section the onion into 16ths, beginning with your knife ⅛-inch away from the root and cutting straight down. You can cut more


Safe Digging

April marks annual National Safe Digging Month, and Delaware Electric Cooperative would like to remind members to always call 811 a few days before any digging project. When members call 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local Miss Utility call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of a member’s intent to dig. Utility locators or contract locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground lines with flags or paint. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes, and one-third of these incidents are


Community Gardens Sprout in Kent County

Gardening season has arrived and a group of citizens and businesses in Kent County are working to grow community gardens across the county. The goal of Kent Community Gardens is to bring businesses, organizations and individuals together to build community gardens in Central Delaware. Gardens help bring the community together and can provide healthy food to folks in Kent County. In 2014, more than one dozen gardens sprouted across the county, helping to feed communities. The group is now looking for neighborhoods to sponsor and plant new gardens. They also need volunteers to help weed, care


Arctic Air Leads To Higher Bills

While the brutally cold and snowy winter is nearly over, you may still be recovering from the chill of your winter electric bills. Your Co-op's call center has been flooded with inquiries from members wondering why electric bills for January, and especially February, are much higher than normal. This was not the result of a rate increase (our rates remain the lowest in the state) or faulty meters. Instead, high bills were the result of one of the coldest seasons on record. In fact, this past February will go down as the third coldest on record. Temperatures stayed below freezing most of the


Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget About Your HVAC System

After a long and cold winter, March will usher in spring, a season that’s perfect for home improvement projects. Do you plan on doing any spring cleaning this year? If so, consider adding the cleaning of your HVAC system to your “to do” list. Your heating and air conditioning systems can’t run efficiently without proper upkeep. It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to keep your system in tip top shape. First, if you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced in the past 12 months, schedule a time to have it serviced this spring! What are you waiting for? An HVAC system should be serviced and