Marcos Salaverria inhabits Lewes past with an enthusiasm he hopes is infectious

Interview by Ashley Dawson  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the July 2015 issue

marcos-lgSpend a little time with Marcos Salaverria, and you’ll see how captivating the past can be, especially if the talkative director of education for the Lewes Historical Society is in costume.

He learned when he was 8 years old and met “George Washington” that a personal interaction with history creates a lasting impression, and that’s his goal when engaging LHS visitors young and old. But Salaverria is particularly focused on creating interactive programs for students.

Since joining the historical society last August, he’s worked steadily on increasing visits to its complex, with a goal of doubling past attendance. And as of early summer he was on track to succeed: At that time, Salaverria had hosted 500 students at special events and expected to draw an additional 500 through fall, exceeding the 600 who attended in 2014. In addition, he’s willing to take Lewes history on the road by visiting schools.

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.”