Turning the Tide
The effort to clean up the inland bays is making progress, but the mission is far from accomplished
Mike Dunmyer grew up as an Army brat, never staying in one place for more than a couple of years, but there was one constant in his life — summers at his grandmother’s place in Dewey Beach.
“We’d go out on boats, on kayaks, crabbing and fishing on the bays, having a good time,” he recalls. “It was a real summer lifestyle.”
At the time, Dunmyer had no idea that the water in Delaware’s inland bays was nowhere near as clean as it had been 10 or 20 years earlier, and that its condition was rapidly deteriorating.
That was back in the 1970s, in the early days of environmental awareness but well before the development of sophisticated measurements of water quality.
The fifth annual Rehoboth VegFest takes place this month, but plant-based options are becoming more widespread all year long
From the June 2017 issue
When Deb Griffin was 10 years old, she stopped eating meat and seafood. A teacher who’d become a father figure to her was a vegetarian, and Deb decided that she would become one, too. She went home to tell her mother and stepfather. “Of course they had a fit,” she recalls. “It wasn’t even hippie-cool back then. But I was determined, and that was that.”
To counter their concerns, the precocious elementary school student read up on the benefits of being a vegetarian. “I learned a lot ... so that I had a response for every adult that thought I was crazy,” she recalls. “And I’ve not read anything since to change my mind.”
That was in 1964, and the Lewes resident now has plenty of company. For proof, witness the growth of the Rehoboth Beach VegFest, scheduled for June 9-11. Now in its fifth year, the event — which includes a free Saturday gathering at Epworth United Methodist Church — will have 100 vendors, up from 35 the first year. (VegFest does not keep a count of attendance.)
Road to Recovery
For cancer patients, life after treatment comes with a new set of challenges. Fortunately, support systems are close at hand.
In the past, when Lisa Welling spotted May 5 on a calendar, she immediately associated it with Cinco de Mayo, a festive Mexican holiday. The longtime bartender and restaurant manager would gear up to cater to a crowd of tequila drinkers, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds or the establishment’s cuisine. That changed on May 5, 2015, when she got a phone call from her doctor’s office. Welling had breast cancer. “I never liked margaritas anyway,” she says with a characteristic splash of wry humor.
A single mother, Welling underwent a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemo-therapy, which she completed on Oct. 2, 2015. To signal the end of their treatments, patients at Tunnell Cancer Center, part of Beebe Healthcare, ring a bell. But, as the Millville resident discovered, the symbolic gesture is not the end of a patient’s fight. It is the beginning of a new one.