Vintner and jazz vocalist Peggy Raley-Ward loves the creative process and sharing its fruits with others.

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the October 2018 issue


Peggy Raley-Ward knows what a world without art would be like. “It would be a soulless place, without any heart,” she says. “A lifeless, colorless place.”

With art, though, the world is “a prism with a hundred different colors, blazing through. And we should all be excited about identifying each of those colors, or at least experiencing them.”



Camaraderie, a passion for sports, and hopes for a future payoff draw plenty of young people to club and travel teams. Local players, their parents and other observers assess the pros and cons.

By Jack Rodgers | Photograph by Terry Plowman
From the October 2018 issue


It’s July 1971, in the little township of Ruscombanor, Pa., and the outlook isn’t so bright for the Red Sox nine.

I’ve just walked the bases loaded with two outs in the final inning. My winless Little League team is clinging to a one-run lead in a real nail-biter, 21 to 20, over the undefeated Tigers. The real problem, other than my lack of control, is grinning in the on-deck circle: the Tigers’ clean-up hitter. He’s a mountain of an 8-year-old, Mike Brill, the hitter I least want to see.


The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute hopes to build a visitor and education center to help advance its mission

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From the October 2018 issue


On a Sunday evening in late April, a man who was walking his dog in Rehoboth Beach spotted something unusual. A young gray seal was making its way west along Brooklyn Avenue, pulling itself with its flippers in the opposite direction of the Atlantic Ocean, where it should have been.

The man did what hundreds of people have done in the past 18 years: He called the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, known as MERR, and reported the situation.