Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.
Chris Bason, executive director of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) spoke to the Sussex County Council earlier this month about their master plan for James Farm Ecological Preserve.
The CIB’s mission is “to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays and their watersheds,” in a variety of ways, including restoration, scientific research and educational outreach.
“A big part of our educational program is the James Farm,” said Bason.
James Farm covers 150 acres, located on both sides of Cedar Neck Road, just outside of Ocean View. Bason said it’s a unique preserve in that it has a wide variety of ecosystems that are characteristic to the area.
It’s time to see what Delaware has come up with to become more resilient to climate change.
The Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Climate & Resiliency (CCoCAR) has written 159 recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases, minimizing flood risks and increasing resilience to climate impacts (such as changes in temperature, precipitation or sea level).
The Gardeners by the Sea club will hold its third annual hydrangea sale this Mother’s Day weekend. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of McCabe’s Gourmet Market in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany. If the club does not sell out of plants on Saturday, they will be selling the remainder on Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At this year’s sale, “toddler” and “teen” hydrangeas will be sold to the public — offering a gift-shopping opportunity for plant-loving mothers.
“We have different sizes this year. They start at $8, and the larger ones will be a little bit more, but not to exceed $16,” said Lisa Arni, who created the sale three years ago. “We have the chemicals to make the hydrangeas ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys,’ and we’re going to wrap them in pink or blue, and will give out an adoption paper.”
New this year to the sale will be the attendance of a Master Gardener, who will answer any questions those attending may have.
“We’re going to have a Master Gardner at the sale to answer any questions about the hydrangeas or any other gardening questions, which we haven’t had in the past. They can really ask anything when they come,” said Arni, who is a Master Gardener herself.
Delaware has nearly 300 Master Gardeners — who collectively volunteer more than 20,000 hours per year to the Delaware Cooperative Extension’s home horticulture program.
The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.
“We offer planters, planted containers, flowers, herbs, some vegetables, and succulents,” said Susan Caldwell, one of the club’s founders and its current president. “There will be people there from the club that can help buyers with what they may want to plant, to help them organize their container or help them put together a good combination of plants.”
The plant sale will be held Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, in Fenwick Island, at the home of Vivian Jennings.
“We’re thankful for her making her property available for the sale,” said Caldwell. “She maintains her yard beautifully.”
In South Bethany, a green thumb also means blue waters. Volunteers donned gardening gloves on Earth Day to landscape along the Anchorage Canal. Located next to Route 1, the canal’s forebay needed some love. The South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee and other townspeople “adopted” the canal end on April 22, planting everything from holly to petunias and native grasses.
Councilwoman Sue Callaway paused from scooping buckets of mulch to talk about the projects.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said, expressing her gratitude to all the volunteers working nearby. She emphasized the importance of “just being involved in your community.”
For three years now, the CEC has tackled a different site each Earth Day. It also sponsors the Town’s Adopt-A-Canal program, in which volunteers maintain landscaping on canal ends in their own neighborhoods.
Emma Rider has collected 100,000 pairs of shoes in five years. But those are just the tips of the laces that tie her tale together.
At 18, Rider has a knack for transforming old kicks into clean water. She explained the basics to the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club on April 16.
“One billion people lack access to safe water,” Rider said.
The moment that many inland bays residents have awaited is here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened public comments for Delaware shellfish aquaculture on Jan. 21. Comments are due by Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Jobs and the economy will be at the forefront of the agenda for state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) this coming year. Additionally, Hocker said he would like to focus on finding a compromise on aquaculture and getting additional police protection downstate.
DNREC officials reminded Delawareans this week that the holiday time is the right time to trim their “wastelines” while helping the environment — by recycling all those extra mail-order boxes, gift-wrapped packages, tags and cards.
A local group of concerned citizens were reinvigorated earlier this month, with professional advice on how to fight what they see as environmental injustice.
This year’s DNREC-sponsored 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, held on Sept. 20, drew 1,805 volunteers, who collected 3.2 tons of trash from 46 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island. About one-third of that trash — aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles — was recycled this year.
A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward in Millsboro.
After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays.
After months of new oyster aquaculture regulations being hammered into shape, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to straighten that picture.
Native plants are abundant along Delaware’s beaches and have adapted specifically to survive the harsh conditions of a coastal habitat. But that is not all that makes the plants unique. In fact, according to state park officials, many of them are delicious and completely safe for human consumption.