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August 25th, 2014

The House, Parkwood Street, The Tidewater, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Developer? Tidewater Realty, Ltd., John Merryman’s Family, Builder? Lane Builders, LLC, Lewes, Delaware, It Settled!!, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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My husband, John Merryman, III’s testimony before passing away last August 31st was that during over the 3 decades in Bethany Beach, Delaware, he had developed more than enough houses to know the business.  He referred to Jeff Burton of Lane Builders as a consummate professional, easy to deal with and someone he was happy to be doing business with.

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John and Jeff designed The Tidewater, a home that was to be built on Parkwood Street in Bethany Beach.  The lots in Bethany are usually long and narrow, so a special house with plenty of bedrooms for a family and friends was born.

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This house was within walking distance to the Town of Bethany; its beaches, boardwalk, shops and restaurants.  It was located in a quiet street in Bethany.  Instead of coming through the front door all wet, you could come from under the house and leave your beach belongings there.

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Jeff Burton is the Managing Partner and President of Lane Builders, LLC, located at 1009 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware.  Tel. 302-645-5555.   Website?  http://www.lanebuilders.com.  You can also find Lane Builders on Facebook.

Upon John’s passing, we called Jeff and we also called the buyer who was from Northern Virginia.  I cannot imagine their thoughts in having to then deal with the widow.  Having been assured that the building was going to go as planned, they were confident in our ability to carry it through.

I am writing this post, which by the way, is very personal, since the year anniversary of John’s passing is around the corner.  I wanted to tell you the kind of builder Jeff was for us.  The first thing he said without hesitation was “I will make this process as easy as I can for you.”  And, he did.

Jeff Burton taking care of last minute details.

Jeff Burton taking care of last minute details.

Spiritually, John was guiding me through this process.  I believe that.

The house turned out to be so nice.  I met the owners on the day of the settlement when we were checking the house.

The floors were hand-scraped wood flooring, the tones of the house were soothing, lots of gray, white and blue on the walls and countertops.

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The family is going to love having all those bedrooms and bathrooms.  A spacious laundry room…a must!

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I know that when the owners come up the stairs they will certainly enjoy the smooth flowing of their beach house.  They are already enjoying it, along with everything Bethany Beach has to offer.

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This family had been coming to Bethany for many years.  They told me they were waiting for the right house….The Tidewater is going to be a place for rest and relaxation.  Bethany Beach is a family resort.  It is also known as The Quiet Resort.

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Jeff Burton surprised me on that day.  The Tidewater is going to be always The Tidewater; in memory of John.  A home design that was their first one to be considered a preplanned home, custom built on your lot.  You can see a more detailed description of this house if you click on http://www.lanebuilders.com.

I will probably not have any contact with the new owners.  Our business is finished.  But, this house will always hold a special place in my heart.  John would have been so proud.

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My testimony?  I can’t say enough about Jeff Burton, his building partner, Keith Hastings, and their staff at Lane Builders.  If you are planning on building or remodeling at the Delaware Beaches, please give them a call.  You will not be disappointed.

Have a great day!

August 13th, 2014

4th Annual Wings of Hope Kicks-Off, Wednesday, August 13th, Campaing For Hope, Butterfly Release, Saturday, September 13th, Cancer Support Community Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

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The mission at The Cancer Support Community Delaware is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  It is the only organization in Delaware dedicated exclusively to helping people cope with and manage the emotional aspect of cancer.  The professionally led programs provide emotional support, education and hope.  Best of all, all of the programs are offered free of charge.

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4th ANNUAL WINGS OF HOPE KICK-OFF

Today, Wednesday, the 13th of August is the official kick off date for the 4th Annual Wings of Hope…the Campaing of Hope.  This prelude to the much anticipated Butterfly Release that will be taking place on Saturday, September 13th.

Businesses and organizations throughout Sussex County will be selling seeded paper buterflies to honor friends and loved ones impacted by cancer.

Epworth United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, All Saints’ Church, Dimitra Yoga, Rehoboth Beach Public Library, Tomato Sunshine and Surf Bagel are just a few of the locations selling butterflies.

Beauties and Butterflies — Salons Suporting Cancer Support Community Delaware chaired by Drexel Davison of Bad Hair Day? includes over a dozen beauty salons participating in the Wings of Hope by selling butterflies.  For a complete list of butterfly sales locations, please visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org/wingsofhope.php.

Thousands of paper butterflies will be displayed at the Wings of Hope – A Butterfly Release on 9/13 on the grounds of the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus on Rt. 24 in Rehoboth Beach.

This very special celebration of life is highlighted with the release of 250 live Monarch butterflies in recognition of Sussex County friends and neighbors impacted by cancer.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the admission is free.  The event will also feature vendors, demos, refreshments, and children’s activities.

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For more information about the Cancer Support Community Delaware and the Wings of Hope, visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org, or, call 302-645-9150.

Have a great day….sun is coming out!!

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May 11th, 2014

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! Enjoy the Day!!

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I wish all my friends and readers a beautiful day.  I remember when I became a Mother, I was totally complete.

For those of you you who Mother someone in your life….Happy Mother’s Day!

Note:  The photo was taken in Bethany Beach the other day.  It is not unusual to see families like this throughout the Delaware Beaches in the Spring.  I never get tired of looking at them.

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February 19th, 2014

Cottages, Indian River Marina, Waterfront Cottages, Indian River Inlet, Spa Getaway Package, Golf Retreat Package, Open Year Round, Delaware State Park, Delaware Beaches

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The Cottages are open year-round….stay in a warm and cozy waterfront cottage right on the Indian River Inlet in the Delaware Seashore State Park.

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New vacation packages have been added:  The relaxing Spa Getaway, which is perfect for couples or a girls’ week-end at the beach.  Or, the Golf Retreat Package, which is perfect for the group that will enjoy championship golf and other amenities.  Great for couples or for a “guys only” trip.

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You will be at 39415 Inlet Rd.  This is on the North Shore of the Indian River Inlet inside the Park.

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This could be a relaxing vacation where you will take in the gorgeous views, read a book, or cook outdoors. It can be a last minute gift for someone or for an indulgence for yourself and friends.  After the winter we have been having, getting away might be the thing to do.

If you want to know more about these packages, what they include, and how to make the reservations, please visit http://www.destaetparks.com/spa, or http://www.destateparks.com/golf.

The Spa Getaway Package ends April 17th.  The Golf Retreat Package ends March 31st.

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Are you ready to Visit Southern Delaware?

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June 26th, 2013

Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Trifle, “No Bake”, Dessert, Light, Low Fat, Ready in Minutes….Delaware Beaches….They Eat Dessert! Guilt Free!

Tonight was the night…a graduation of sorts.  I think in a post about 16 weeks ago, I might have mentioned that I had committed for 1 year to a program where we were going to be counting fats.  NIH did a 5 year, landmark program and that’s what we have been following.  I feel so much better…and my doctor agrees.

For those 16 weeks, a group of strangers at the beginning…they are now friends.  We have met once a week.   We have talked and talked and counted fats and rallied for each other.  Also, the scale has been used once a week, as well.  We all see less of each other.. haha. The program continues for another 8 months, but we will only be meeting once a month.  Still continuing with what we have learned…a low fat diet, plenty of exercise, and a good disposition.

So, we all got together…and a pot luck dinner took place.

But, I guess bad habits are hard to break so, I am starting with dessert.  Both desserts, the Trifle and the Peanut Butter Pie, were made to fit our new way of eating.  So I’ll start with the Trifle.

Pat brought this Trifle and it was truly delicious.  It was light, refreshing, easy to make, and low fat.

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SKINNY STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE TRIFLE

5  cups or 2 pints, fresh strawberries, sliced

2 cups fresh blueberries

1/2 cup store-bought prepared strawberry glaze

1 (14 ounce) ready baked, fat free, angel food cake, cut in half and into 1-inch cubes

1 8 ounce container fat-free frozen Cool Whip (Pat used the low fat.)

2 snack packs of already prepared fat-free vanilla pudding

In a large serving bowl or trifle dish, place half the angel food cake pieces on the bottom of bowl.

Sprinkle about 2 cups strawberries evenly over the cake.

Dollop 1 package of pudding all over top of berries.

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup blueberries and drizzle with 1/4 cup strawberry glaze over blueberries.

Spread 1/2 container Cool Whip evenly over glaze.

Repeat the steps starting with angel food cake and ending with Cool Whip.  Decorate top of the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle with remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.  Store any leftovers, if any, covered in the refrigerator.

I did enjoy my guilt free desserts…the one on the left is the Peanut Butter Pie!!

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Note:  The recipe was taken Skinny Kitchen.

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June 5th, 2013

Delaware Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Delaware, 3-Day Event, Gala Send-Off, Wednesday, 6/5, The “Flame of Hope”, The Summer Games, Delaware

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The 27th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run began tonight with a send-off at 7 p.m. from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.  In the 26 year history of Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, more than $4.3 million has been raised.

I was so surprised to see cars bumper to bumper on Coastal Highway around 8 p.m.  Then, I saw it.  The “Flame of Hope”.  The very front officer was carrying it.  It will be carried  by over 500 police officers 160 miles over 3 days across the state, leading up to the Opening Ceremonies of the 43rd Summer Games.  Delaware is the only state in the country that runs a lit “Flame of Hope” the entire length of the state prior to its Summer Games.

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Runners lead the “Flame of Torch” out of town with the first mile dedicated to Cpl. Chris Shea, DSP, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident.  The flames stops for the night at the Delaware State Police Troop 7 in Lewes.

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The Torch Run resumes on Thursday in 3 Sussex Country locations: Delmar, Lewes, and Georgetown.  The 3 Sussex County legs of the Torch Run unite in Harrington, where the 3 torches will become one and the run will continue north through Kent County. Ceremonies will take place at Legislative Hall in Dover at 2 p.m., Wilmington Police Dept. on Friday, at 1:20 p.m. and the Summer Games Family Picnic on Friday, at 5 p.m.  All times are approximate.

The “Flame of Hope” will then be carried into the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games, which begin Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.  For more information, please visit http://www.sode.org, or http://www.sode.org/fundraisers/torch-run-for-special-olympics-delaware.

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Special Olympics Delaware has been changing the lives of Delawareans for 40 years.   “Over 3,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities have proven that, given the chance, no disability is too great to overcome.”

Have a great time!!

Note:  Information for this post was taken from Special Olympics Delaware.

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March 18th, 2013

“An American Tapestry”, Songs Reflecting the Music in 20th Century America, The Delaware Choral Society, Spring Concert, Friday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m., Venue? Sanctuary at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 South State St., Dover, Delaware

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The Delaware Choral Society was founded in Dover, Delaware (our state’s capital), in 1957 by a group of church choirs wanting to perform Handel’s Messiah.  Branching out to other choral music of the great composers; from the Renaissance to the present, renditions of spiritual and folk music.  The Society is open to every interested singer without audition.  More info?  Please visit http://www.delawarechoralsociety.org.

Join the Delaware Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. James Wilson, for their spring concert presentation featuring a compilation of 20th Century American music, including songs by Leonard Bernstein, Smauel  Barber, Randall Thompson, and many more!!

Program Highlight:  “Have Ye Not Known”? and “Ye Shall Have a Song” from Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdon.

Randall Thompson is recognized as one of the finest composers of American choral music for major works, which often incorporated jazz, folk music, and American text into an eclectic body of music, which also included orchestra and piano works, operas, and chamber music.  The Peaceable Kingdom was commissioned in 1936 by the League of Composers for the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, and it was inspired by a painting of the same by the naturalist Edward Hicks entitled the “Preaching Quaker of Pennsylvania”.  The painting depicts Isaiah, Chapter XI, verses 6-9.  In Thompson’s work, the selected verses are proclaimed by the chorus and their meaning sets the stage for a variety of choral techniques:  opposing choruses expressing the contrast between blessings bestowed on the righteous and woes inflicted upon the wicked, soprano and bass lines mirroring each other (one moves up in pitch as the other moves down and vice versa), and double choruses whose fullness of parts embody overwhelming joy and gladness of heart.

Friday, April 12th, one single performance, at 7:00 p.m.  The concert will be hosted in the sanctuary of Holy Cross Catholic Church located at 631 South State St., Dover, DE 19901.

Tickets:

General Admission – $20.00

Seniors, 65 years of age and over – $15.00

Military and anyone under the age of 21 – Free

Purchase or reserve the tickets by visiting http://www.delawarechoralsociety.org.  Or, will-call reservations and further information, please call 302-245-0449, or email info@delawarechoralsociety.org.  Tickets may also be available at the door.

Have a great day!!

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February 21st, 2013

What’s Going On? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Activities, Events, Modern Mixture, Cake Break, Sussex County, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches…..Waiting for Spring!!

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The groundhog showed that it will be an early Spring!!…..waiting.  At the beach, life is different; some might even say we take our time doing things here in, Slower Lower….time does not move from hour to hour, but one mood to the moment.  So, if you are visiting Rehoboth Beach….this is What’s Going On!

Friday, 2/22 – The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents a showcase of this year’s Academy Award contenders for the Best Live Action Short Film.  You will have the opportunity to weigh in and cast your own vote for the winner.  This year’s slate of nominees include “Asad”, “Buzkashi Boys”, “Curfew”, “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”, and “Henry”.  Admission is $4 for members with current membership card and $6 for future members.  You can purchase the tickets by visiting the website or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1.  More info?  Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

Saturday, 2/23 – In the past few years I have had very good friends diagnosed with breast cancer.  Thank God they are all doing well after going through treatments, very courageously, I might add.  Southern Lights of Life is an Evening of Living and Giving, sponsored by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware.  From Rehoboth Beach, it takes about 1/2 hour.  Dress code is Business to Glamorous.  Cocktails at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction.  The program, dinner and the Live Auction will start at 8 p.m., followed by the fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors as the models.  Tickets are $150.  Dover Downs is located at 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.  For details and info., please visit http://www.debreastcancer.org.  Please note that this event is Kent and Sussex Counties’ premier breast cancer fundraiser.

Saturday, 2/23 – The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents an informative documentary entitled “Cafeteria Man” as part of their 2012-2013 “On Screen/In Person” film tour, which brings filmmakers and their films together to participating communities.  It will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway, located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.  Tickets are $4 for members and $6 for future members.  Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.rehobothfilm.com.  Or, you may call 302-645-9095, ext. 1.

This engaging profile tells the true story of a rebellious, charismatic chef from New Orleans, Tony Geraci, and his mission to radically reform Baltimore’s public school food system by replacing pre-plated, processed food with locally grown freshly prepared meals.  Geraci’s recipe for change takes him, and the audience, from Baltimore to the halls of Congress and the While House.  This film was first screened at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

Attention Artists:  The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is already seeking original art submissions to be adapted for promoting the 2013 Rehoboth Independent Film Festival.  Artwork must be a new and original piece created with film and coastal Delaware in mind.  Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com/festival_artwork_guidelines.html.

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Until Sunday, 2/24 – “The Mousetrap” presented by Clear Space Theatre Company, located at 20 Baltimore St. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Celebrating its 60th anniversary in London this year, The Mousetrap will bring murder and intrigue right here to the beach.  The master of mysery, Agatha Christie, will keep you guessing until the very end, with a twist ending that you’ll be sworn to secrecy to keep.  Please visit http://www.clearspacetheatre.org for tickets and more info.

Thursday, 2/28 – Fusion Wine Dinner at Salt Air, located at 50 Wilmington Ave.  Tel. 302-227-3744. Their chef, Rebecca Krebs, is creating an exotic combination of foods to compliment the palatable blended wines for the evening.  Filling fast….the popular dinners in Rehoboth by the best restaurants are winter favorites.

And…..if you get hungry while shopping and strolling through Downtown Rehoboth Beach….Modern Mixture and Cake Break are two of my favorite places to stop by in downtown Rehoboth Beach.  It goes without saying that they are hard workers and their food is delicious.  But, you can decide for yourself.

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Cake Break, located at 7 South First St. – They are open all day long with delicious baked goods.  Peanut free facility and vegan and gluten free cupcakes, as well.  Tel. 302-260-9264.  Website?  http://www.cakebreakrehoboth.com.  Find Cake Break on Facebook, as well.

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Stop by to say hello to Leo….and if he has tamales, by all means, order them.  Soooo good.  Modern Mixture opened last season in Downtown Rehoboth Beach at 62A Rehoboth Ave.  Tel. 302-227-0600.  Website?  http://modern-mixture.com.  Leo is so friendly…call him up and check was on the stove on that day.  You can also find Modern Mixture on Facebook.

Have a great day…sunny, chilly…

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