Lois Powell hit it big with a 1950s all-girl group — and she’s still sharing her singing talent

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the July 2016 issue

musicmaker Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #102As the nuns saw it, the liturgical music of the Catholic Church and rhythm and blues were worlds apart. Lois Harris Powell, a 1958 graduate of St. Helena’s High School for Girls in the Bronx, N.Y., remembers Sister Richard Mary telling students that she “couldn’t understand this skip-and-jump music.”

But the kids understood it. Lois listened to R&B and what soon would be called doo-wop every chance she got a radio on in her bedroom. “I had to sneak-listen, because that music wasn’t allowed in our house,” she recalls. 

And Lois and four of her friends took every opportunity they could to get together and sing the new harmonies of the day. 

The girls were all members of the choir at St. Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, where they had gone to grade school. “We had choir rehearsal one night a week and afterward, we would stand outside and sing,” Powell says. Their sound was based on the classical training that they had in church, which included Gregorian chant, as well as the music that they heard groups of boys singing on street corners.

Commercial and recreational drone use is taking off in coastal Delaware, but public concerns are in the air too

By Larry Nagengast  |  Photograph by TJ Redefer
From the July 2016 issue

drones Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #102There’s plenty of buzz about drones in coastal Sussex, and not just because the small aircraft give photographers and videographers a new way of looking at their world.

Enthusiasts see the drone — known more formally as a UAV (for unmanned aerial vehicle) — as many things, all of them good: a crucial tool for a new generation of visual artists, a lifesaver for first responders, a timesaver for bridge and building inspectors, the next advance in package delivery and a vital component in a brand-new form of racing.

“The next level is pretty amazing,” says TJ Redefer, owner of Rehoboth Bay Realty and one of the first Realtors in the area to use drones to shoot photos and videos of sale properties.

But the talk about drones isn’t all positive.

At 100 years old, Beebe Healthcare celebrates it past while planning its future

By Pam George

Nurse Checking Young PatientIn 1916, health care in Sussex County was primarily limited to a handful of doctors — most of them in Lewes — as well as druggists and home remedies. The roads were poor, and getting to the 12-bed Milford Emergency Hospital, let alone Delaware Hospital in Wilmington, was an arduous journey. That year, two young doctors made it their mission to bring modern health care to their hometown of Lewes.

Inspired by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dr. James Beebe Sr. and his younger brother, Dr. Richard C. Beebe, opened Beebe Hospital with three beds and an operating room. Both graduates of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, they moved their office (a wood-frame building) onto land owned by their father, a jack-of-all trades who built a white concrete-block addition to the office, using a machine purchased from Sears & Roebuck. (Many houses on Kings Highway and others near the hospital are made of similar blocks with the distinctive rock-like face.)

One hundred years later, the once-modest institution has blossomed into a community health system with a hospital licensed for 210 beds on the verge of a major expansion, the only nursing school in Delaware directly affiliated with a hospital, a cancer center, four walk-in care sites, and a host of complementary services in more than 30 different locations throughout southern Delaware.