Winters in Delaware can get pretty chilly! Here are some tips to ensure your four-legged friends are cozy and warm when the season is at its coldest.

Part of what makes our jobs at DEC so great is powering people who are making a difference. This goes for local nonprofits and - in the case of the annual Hands and Feet Day event - the people and organizations who help them continue to do their good work.

Former DEC employee Eric Gooch doesn’t have to worry about filling his days post-retirement. Between continuing to hone his skills as an amateur photographer and mentoring children within the community, Gooch plans on keeping busy.


The holiday season is a time of giving, and nowhere is that more true than in the workshop of Ken and Mickey Marmen – Co-op members who, for the past two years, have transformed their basement workspace into a toy factory! With the help of their friends and neighbors, the Marmens have proved that when a community comes together, anything is possible.


Members of the Cape Artists’ Gallery in Lewes know the benefits of cooperative-living. In sharing their workspace with each other, they not only provide a place for local artists to perfect their talents, but a safe environment to cultivate their creativity.


With more than 4,500 varieties of daylilies to its name, Willow Rock Gardens in Smyrna is the perfect highlight to a Kent County summer. Co-op member Heather Hotaling says she loves showing off her blooms to visitors!


We all have our go-to restaurants, but sometimes, you have to switch things up! The Long Neck Diner, proudly powered by DEC, offers customers a deliciously varied menu, all within the comfort of a hometown atmosphere.

Salted Vines Winery believes every visit should be an experience. According to owner Adrian Mobilia, the wine is just the beginning. DEC is proud to power Salted Vines.


For those battling breast cancer, the fear and uncertainty that come with their diagnosis can be overwhelming. But with the help and kindness of Co-op member Terri Hadley and daughter Kim Pfeil – owner and CEO of Pink Ribbon Boutique in Smyrna – no one has to go through the battle alone.


Our Co-op powers much of southern Delaware, including Beebe’s South Coastal Campus near Frankford. The medical facility opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to provide its growing community with reliable, top-of-the-line care.

DEC awarded $8,000 in prize money to winners of the Co-op Community Heroes contest to donate to the charity of their choice.

Jessica Moyer shares the story of her tragic loss with hopes of inspiring others. Through remarkable courage and grace, Moyer persevered through the anguish and uncertainty.

Co-op member Doug White was anything but idle during the 2020 pandemic. While stuck at home in quarantine, White ran computer simulations for COVID-19 research, as well as used his 3D printer to create P.P.E. for local hospital employees. In a time of great need, he relied on what he'd learned in the military: "an all-hands-on-deck" attitude.

Bayhealth nurses were faced with an unprecedented challenge last year in the form of the COVID-19 virus. While many businesses shut down during quarantine, hospitals bore the brunt of the pandemic, but in the face of this horrifying situation, nurses Mary Carter, Gina Collins and Brianna Trice knew they only had one option: get to work.

Friends Dan Semenick and Ryan Buchanan joined the increasingly popular home brewing trend in 1998, starting out with just a pot and a bucket. More than 20 years later, their brewing skills have evolved and they brew everything from IPAs to porters and stouts. Their brewing garage is outfitted with all the trappings of a professional brewery, complete with beer taps, brewing stations and kegs.

For many of us, our dreams and aspirations are formed and fostered when we are young. John Beauchamp, owner of John’s Four Seasons Florist, was no different. For Beauchamp, it all started when his father offered to help him make a Christmas wreath for a high school art project. In that moment, the seed was planted for what has grown to be a beloved and fruitful career.

Ospreys are a common sight across coastal Delmarva — the birds feed on a buffet of fish found along the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia coasts. DEC crews successfully relocated an osprey nest in Kent County, protecting the birds from danger and preventing an outage.  

DEC launched a nursing home outreach program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and made a delivery of 200 “bear hugs” for the residents at Country Rest Home in Greenwood in April. DEC proudly powers the Rest Home.

2020 was a difficult year — unemployment remained high in December — and many families did not have money to purchase Christmas presents for their children. During the holiday season, dozens of Delaware Electric Cooperative employees jumped at the chance to help provide a happy Christmas to children in central and southern Delaware. 

During this uncertain time, your Co-op is committed to improving the lives of individuals living in the communities we are proud to power. DEC once again partnered with 88.7 The Bridge for the 2020 Hands and Feet Community Service Day. The day of service brought hundreds of people together safely to volunteer at nonprofits across Delmarva. 

In March, with nearly no warning, tens of millions of Americans found themselves out of work. Immediately, the staff at the Food Bank of Delaware jumped into action. For former Co-op Youth Tour participant Chad Robinson — the Food Bank’s director of community relations — responding to the COVID-19 crisis would mean many sleepless nights. 

There’s a saying you’ve probably heard: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” For Sussex County entrepreneur Bruce Blessing, the waste produced by Delmarva’s bustling poultry industry is his composting treasure. 

Delaware Electric Cooperative, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is pleased to announce the annual #WhoPowersYou Contest, honoring local heroes. It’s a chance for DEC members and employees to nominate someone who’s making a difference in our community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections.

The brave volunteer firefighters at Lewes-Rehoboth Fire Station No. 3 near Angola are making a difference in eastern Sussex County. 

Your Co-op is committed to improving the lives of individuals living in the communities we are proud to power. DEC partnered with 88.7 The Bridge for the 2019 Hands and Feet Community Service Day. The service day brought hundreds of people together to volunteer at nonprofits across Delmarva. 






New Process Fibre Co. in Greenwood is a family affair. It always has been. Carl Peters, the company’s CEO, said his earliest memory is of him spending time with his grandfather at the family business on First Street.

The Delaware Public Archives has dug deep into their collection of over 1.5 million images to again share with Delaware Living a series of photos from the First State’s rich history. This year, the DPA has selected photos from their Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) collection from the early 1930s.

Officially started in 1888, Carey’s Camp began as “bush” or “basket meetings,” more commonly known today as church revivals, with members of the community camping out in makeshift shelters to hear a variety of different ministers preach the gospel. Today, Carey’s Camp remains as one of only two active camp revivals in the state. 

Delaware is renowned for its picturesque beaches, but the second smallest state will soon be known for something perhaps even more beautiful, an attraction that will also draw visitors to Sussex County. 

Most readers have probably heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” For Judy and Lou Hagen that phrase certainly rings true. The Millsboro couple owns 2nd Time Designs — in their workshop they turn recycled metal and scraps into extraordinary creations. 

Two members of Delaware Electric Cooperative were recently honored as winners of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 2017 #WhoPowersYou Contest. Mary Rio was honored as a third place winner for her work with Clothing Our Kids (COK) and Chase Marvil was named honorable mention for his work with “The Inspiring Project.”

Delaware Electric Cooperative employees have helped to brighten the Christmas season for dozens of children across Delaware. Through the Children’s Choice program, Co-op employees bought presents for 35 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 twelfth year Delaware Electric Cooperative employees have offered a helping hand to the program. All of the presents collected will be given to children in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Russ Notar will be signing copies of his memoir, "Journeys of Hope and Reality" at Browseabout Books on the Avenue in Rehoboth on August 10th, 2017. Notar will also inscribe copies of his book, along with answering questions and discussing some of the events detailed in his book. 

Teenagers, whether it’s fair or not, aren’t typically viewed as disciplined, and people of all ages most likely would not volunteer to wake up at 3 a.m. For students enrolled in Polytech High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or JROTC Raider program, an early wake-up call and an intense training program aren’t just the norm, they are part of a concerted effort to improve mental dexterity and physical strength. 

 After World War II, buying a home became crucial to achieving the American dream. You fall in love, get married, buy a home and then start a family — maybe not in that specific order, but many people imagine this series of events unfolding as they plan out  their life. 

It’s not difficult to imagine a typical day for Delaware Electric Cooperative employees. Linemen spend their days high in the air, carefully maneuvering their buckets near power lines, making changes that improve the electrical system. Office workers handle a variety of tasks, everything from monitoring energy loads to answering member calls to helping plan the construction of new substations.  Barring major storms, most days are pretty typical. For several Co-op employees, though, what happens when they leave the office is far from routine. 

Thirty years ago, books were big business, even for local bookstores. Online behemoths, like Amazon, didn’t exist. If you wanted a book, you went to the nearest bookstore. Times have certainly changed — you can now buy millions of books online, and books are available on e-readers and virtually any smart device. 
Despite these challenges, Acorn Books in Smyrna continues to thrive, thanks to dedicated patrons and a focus on personalized service.

Prime Hook was established in 1963 as part of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Located about 20 miles south of Dover, the Refuge serves as an important stopover site for migratory birds, offering protected breeding habitat to many endangered species.

If you’ve driven south of Dover along Route 1 recently, you probably noticed a sea of green as you approached Milford. What drivers are noticing is the new DE Turf Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art complex featuring 12 synthetic turf fields, including a championship stadium with seating for 750 spectators. 

 It’s not always easy to tell when a child is in need. You can’t always tell when a child is hungry or if they’re being mistreated. For many elementary school students in Sussex County, one need is more obvious — they lack the proper clothes to attend school five days a week. Clothing Our Kids, a not-for-profit organization headquartered near Millsboro, is working to assist students in need. 

In the 1989 movie, “Field of Dreams,” a mysterious voice told Kevin Costner’s character, “If you build it, they will come.” That was also the hope of the owner of the Blue Scoop ice cream shop in Selbyville when the doors opened back in 2010. 

On Dec. 14, 2006, a helicopter spun out of control, crashing near Dagsboro, Delaware. Onboard was 42-year-old real estate developer and philanthropist Joshua M. Freeman. The respected businessman died in the tragic crash, but his legacy of giving and his passion for the arts live on through a foundation that bears his name. 

In January of 2017, Delaware Electric Cooperative member Karli Swope was named a winner in Touchstone Energy’s national #WhoPowersYou contest. Swope was named a winner for her efforts to rescue and care for animals at the Grass Roots Rescue Society, which she co-founded.
The contest asked members of electric cooperatives across the country to nominate individuals who have made a difference in their communities. Karli was nominated by her friend, Bonnie Arvay. Her entry received more than 1,200 online votes.  

This past week, the Co-op learned a thing or two about the power of Mother Nature. On Monday night, an EF0 tornado accompanied by straight-line winds blew through Greenwood, causing damage, not only to homes and farms within the local community, but also to the Co-op’s headquarters. Read on to learn the difference between a tornado watch and warning to be better prepared when severe weather strikes. 

CHEER, Inc is a leader in the field of aging services, touching the lives of thousands of people within and beyond the borders of Sussex County, Delaware every year.  CHEER provides seniors, their families and caregivers a range of services promoting healthy and active lifestyles for Sussex residents aged 50 years or more.  For many, CHEER serves as a member of their extended family, helping with meal preparation, routine household chores, errands, local transportation, socialization, educational events, health and fitness as well as volunteer opportunities to serve many of the County’s won

Each year, more than 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the United States, resulting in over 15,500 deaths. It is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, affecting approximately 1 in 70 women. Because there is no reliable diagnostic screening, it often goes undetected or is misdiagnosed until it has advanced to the later stages. Less than 20% of cases are discovered in the early stage. Due to late diagnoses and a very high recurrence rate (70-90%), less than 50% of women make it to the 5 year milestone. 

Here's a slideshow of all of the Member Snapshots featured in the 2016 edition of Delaware Living! 

The Delaware State Fire School is mandated under the Delaware Code to provide training to the emergency services as well as the public that protect the citizens of Delaware. Very unique to Delaware is that any firefighter in the state of Delaware has training opportunities within 30 minutes of their home. You find that nowhere else in the United States

There are 23 million brave men and women living in the United States, who have earned the right to call themselves veterans. From the beaches of Normandy, France, to the deserts of Iraq and in countless other conflicts and peacetime missions, these individuals, in many cases, risked their lives to protect our nation. Despite their bravery and sacrifices, more than 63,000 American veterans are chronically homeless — a statistic First Lady Michelle Obama has called a “moral outrage.”

Dogs are often called “man’s best friend.” They are incredibly loyal, dependable and intelligent. Dogs have also played an important role in America’s recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These Tactical Explosive Detector Dogs (TEDDs) have saved countless lives on foreign battlefields. Former U.S. Army Specialist Corey Williamson, the son of Co-op lineman Greg Williamson, proudly counts himself among those whose lives have been spared because of the heroic efforts of these combat canines. 

It’s 11:50 a.m. on a Thursday and the WBOC-TV newsroom in Salisbury, Maryland, is a flurry of activity. Last-minute changes are being made to stories, which longtime anchor Steve Hammond will read to tens of thousands of people in just a few minutes.  

As a child, your quintessential summer day may have included time at the beach or pool, hanging out with friends, adventures exploring the local park or making s’mores at night by a campfire. While modern technology has certainly changed how a child may spend a typical summer day, there are still places children can visit to unplug, unwind and learn about nature. 

 Down a long, winding dirt road in Laurel, Delaware, you’ll find what appears to be a typical rural horse farm. Upon first look, people passing by will catch a glance of the handful of horses eating, or playing or grazing in the fields. All of the horses are healthy, happy and well-cared for. You would never know that these horses were abused, neglected or forgotten — that’s why they were brought to Changing Fates Equine Rescue. 

Working with glass is a delicate process, one that requires patience and great care. It’s probably not the hobby you’d pick for a retired fugitive detective, but former cop Ace Robinson and his wife, Nancy, found a passion for working with glass kindled years ago. That hobby has turned into a full-time job. 

We live in a connected world.  The average family has several smartphones, a smart TV, several tablets and gaming consoles.  You can open the garage door and change the thermostat right from your cellphone. And all of these modern necessities require electricity. It’s hard for many people to imagine living in a world without electricity, but two generations ago, most homes in rural Delaware relied on oil lamps and lanterns to brighten the night.

On a cool and rainy afternoon in May, over 200 cyclists rode through downtown Lewes, making a stop at Zwaanendael Park on Savannah Road. The cyclists were completing a stretch of the Police Unity Tour that passes through Delaware on its way to Washington, D.C. Among them was Lewes native, JuneRose Futcher. As the massive group slowed to a stop alongside the park, Futcher got off her bike and walked over to a plaque in the park that honors her grandfather, fallen police officer Charles Futcher, Sr.

   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. 

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.

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. 

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.  

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.