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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


Get Outdoors: Spring Gardening Tips

The winter blues are nearly over and for avid gardeners that means it’s time to get dirty! While it’s not quite warm enough to plant most annuals, there is still work to be done in early spring. First, survey your lawn and garden. Winter can take a toll on trees and bushes—be sure to trim or remove dead, damaged or broken branches. Cut down last year’s perennial foliage and remove old mulch from flower beds. This is also a great time to check fences and sidewalks for damage caused by the cold. By this time of the year, your mower has probably been sitting in the garage for four months and may


Cookie Rookie: Skillet Basil Cream Chicken

¼ cup Milk ¼ cup Dry bread crumbs 1 pound Boneless skinless chicken breast; 4 halves 3 tablespoons Butter ½ cup Chicken broth 1 cup Heavy cream 1 can (4 oz) Pimentos 1 cup diced tomatoes, or 1 can diced tomatoes ¼ cup Basil; fresh, minced (You can also add dry basil) ½ cup Parmesan; grated 2 tablespoons boursin cheese ⅛ teaspoon Pepper 1. Heat skillet over medium high heat 2. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls 3. Dip chicken in milk, and then coat with crumbs 4. Add chicken to skillet with ½ of the butter for about 5 min 5. Add remaining butter flip chicken and cook another


USO Plays a Critical Role at the Dover Air Force Base

The USO, or United Service Organizations, was created in the 1940s to provide support to the brave Americans fighting to save the world from Hitler’s Third Reich and Japanese Imperialism. The USO’s mission to serve the troops continues today across the globe, including important work at the Dover Air Force Base in Kent County. The USO operates a special lounge at the Air Passenger Terminal, where service members and their families can grab a cup of coffee, a bite to eat and relax in between flights. The USO has just three full-time staff members in Dover, so volunteers play a critical role in


Cookie Rookie: Twix Cookie Cups

1 package premade sugar cookie dough 2 cups caramel bits or caramels 1-2 tablespoons water 2 cups milk chocolate chips Sea salt 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Grease or spray a muffin pan. 3. Slice about ½ inch of dough. Using your fingers, take each slice and push it into the bottom and up the sides of each muffin mold. You’ll want to press firmly to make sure its adhered to all sides. 4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden. 5. Take out of oven and create a cup by pushing the end of shot glass into each muffin cup 6. Allow to cool slightly and then using a butter knife,


A Brief Look Back At Cooperative History

Can you imagine growing up in a world without electricity? Most of us take the service for granted, but in 1936 few areas of rural Delaware had electricity. Farmers pooled their resources together and founded Delaware Electric Cooperative, a non-profit utility which electrified rural Delaware. A lot has changed since those first poles were placed in the ground more than 75 years ago. Who would have thought we’d communicate with members on sites like Facebook and read meters through signals sent through the power lines? While technology has transformed our business, our dedication to provide


From Marine To Beekeeper

(From left, Delaware State Apiarist Robert Mitchell; veteran Ronnie Hazlett; Planting Hope Project Manager Faith Kuehn; and University of Delaware assistant professor of apiculture Debbie Delaney, in the Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology.) Marine veteran selected as first beekeeper program participant By: Dan Shortridge A U.S. Marine Corps veteran has been selected as the first participant in the Planting Hope with Honey Bees project. Ronnie J. Hazlett II, of Wilmington, will receive training, mentoring, supplies and equipment to operate two beekeeping hives to be installed at the


Tree Trimming Prevents Outages

Just like the human body, Delaware Electric Cooperative’s electrical system needs constant maintenance to keep it healthy. When something goes wrong, your lights go dark. Trees, branches and vegetation pose a tremendous threat to any electrical system. During major storms or even just breezy days, trees can fall onto power lines and take down utility poles. That’s why your Cooperative manages a comprehensive tree trimming program—our engineers call it vegetation management. Over the course of a normal year, local contract crews will trim trees and shrubs away from power lines across about 25


January in Review

2015 is off to a cold start! Temperatures the first week of January plummeted into the single digits across the northern part of DEC’s service territory. The first snowstorm of the season also hit our area on January 6th, dropping only a dusting of snow—enough though to cause several car accidents. An SUV hit one of our utility poles on Westville Road, west of Dover, resulting in a power outage. That same day, a curious raccoon climbed one of our poles west of Seaford and made contact with our power lines. The critter knocked out power to more than 2,000 members during one of the coldest


Cookie Rookie: Baked Fried Chicken

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 cups whole milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper ½ stick butter, melted ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley (optional) 1. Cut chicken breasts in half. 2. Marinate chicken in milk for about 20 minutes. 3. Mix together flour, paprika, all- purpose spice, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. 4. Preheat oven to 400ºF. 5. Melt butter and pour into 9x13 Reynolds®Bakeware Pan, coating the bottom of the pan. 6. Dip each chicken breast, one at a time, in the flour


Co-op Employees Brighten The Holidays For Children

Delaware Electric Cooperative employees helped to brighten the Christmas season for dozens of children across Delaware. Through the Children’s Choice program, Co-op employees generously provided presents for nearly 30 needy children. The Children’s Choice program helps provide presents to children who might otherwise find nothing under their tree on Christmas morning. This is the ninth year Delaware Electric Cooperative employees have offered a helping hand to the program. All of the presents collected were given to children in Kent and Sussex Counties. Children’s Choice is a nonprofit social


Home Electrical Safety: Space Heater Tips

As temperatures drop this winter, many will use space heaters in their homes. Review these tips to keep you, your family and your property safe. Materials – What are the components of your space heater made of? Parts like metal grating can be hot to the touch and may burn anyone who gets too close. Make sure you purchase a heater that is cool to the touch and has guards over the coils just in case little fingers get too close. Placement - While it can be tempting to place a small heater on a shelf so it is not in the way of pets and children, it is safer to leave the heater on a level floor on