Underwater surveys, and the subsequent building and operation of offshore energy facilities, would create an earful for marine mammals. But some wonder: Is the cacophony safe — and is it worth the potential cost to habitats?

By Laura Dattaro
From the July 2015 issue

marinemammallgThe waters off the East Coast today, much like the land itself two centuries ago, are poised for industrialization. In January, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed opening up areas from Virginia to Georgia for new oil and gas production, a move that could affect ecosystems and economies up and down the Eastern Seaboard. At the same time, the Obama administration is pushing for offshore wind farms from Maine to Georgia, with areas off Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia already leased to wind companies.

With all of that development comes many environmental risks, including one that’s easy for humans to miss: sound. As on land, construction underwater is a noisy process, and that noise can present problems for the marine mammals, fish, and turtles that use sound to navigate through their watery world.

For 50 years, Lewes’s Doo Dah Parade has marched to its own idiosyncratic beat

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Marc Clery
From the July 2015 issue

1FootlooseFourth-byMarcCleryOne summer day in the mid ’60s, the Shockley, Hudson and Hoenen families were enjoying their traditional Fourth of July get-together at the Hoenen house on Chestnut Street in Lewes. Well, the adults were having fun, but the kids, facing hours before the fireworks were to start, were bored.

“It was one of those years that Lewes hadn’t arranged any children’s activities downtown,” saysEd Shockley, who was around 12 or 13 at the time. “There weren’t any sack races or pie-eating contests. The kids were getting restless.”

Suddenly, moms Carolyn Shockley and Phyllis Hoenen came up with an idea. “We trimmed a tree with red, white and blue crepe paper,” says Phyllis, who still lives in the same Chestnut Street home. “We took speakers off the walls and put them by the door, turned the Sousa music up loud and the kids marched around, banging on pots and pans.”

At area watering holes, mixologists pour themselves into a demanding — but seldom dull — job 

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From the June 2015 issue

behindthebar Sample Stories - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #153Ginger Breneman was working in the banking industry in 2004 when she picked up a few bartending shifts at The Frogg Pond Tavern in Rehoboth Beach (now The Pond Bar and Grill). Breneman, who had no experience in the latter line of work, was thrown into the fray on a Memorial Day weekend. “The first piece of advice I got was that if you don’t know what the drink is, make it pink,” she recalls with a laugh.

Today, Breneman is putting her business degree and restaurant experience to good use as the owner of Mixx in Rehoboth Beach — where she still works the bar. “People expect to see me here,” she explains.

Breneman isn’t the only beach bartender to develop a loyal following. On April 10, Paul Byron Rogers, affectionately known as “PBR,” hung up his apron after 30 years at the Summer House in Rehoboth Beach. His retirement was met with dismay from customers who’d been bellying up to his bar since the 1980s.

But Rogers, a special education teacher, grew weary of getting up at 5:30 a.m. for that job and not getting home until 2:30 a.m. Despite the long hours, he, like many bartenders catering to the vacation crowd, made it look easy. “Even on a very noisy evening, PBR can read lips,” says frequent Summer House customer Jose Morales. “He always remembers names. He has excellent mixology skills — he can mix you a Tom Collins as easy as pouring you a cold Bud.”