Summertime is almost upon us, and everyone has started making plans to head down to the beach. One town, in particular, is known for its spectacular beach this time of year. I wanted to use this time to dive into the history of Lewes, Delaware, and its beach. Lewes, or “First Town,” was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 and first settled by voyagers from Holland in 1631. Thirty-two Dutchmen claimed the area that would one day become Lewes but soon abandoned the area due to disagreements with the local Lenni Lenape tribe. HEADED TO THE BEACH The Fascinating History of Lewes, Delaware 11974 Willow Grove Rd., Camden, DE 19934 93C Saulsbury Rd., Dover, DE 19904 APRIL 2019 The Dutch returned to the area in 1658 and built Sekonnessinck, their first permanent settlement and trading post. In 1663, a second settlement was built by a group of Mennonites calling themselves the Plockhoy Colony after their founder Peter Cornelis Plockhoy. However, this colony was soon overrun by the English, who pushed the Dutch settlers out. The Dutch tried to reclaim their land but the English maintained control through 1670 when the town was given its modern name, Lewes, after the English town of the same name.
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being someplace where people hundreds of years ago once stood. I mentioned something similar in a previous newsletter. Walking where the people of the past once walked, standing where they once stood, and seeing what their efforts have turned into in today’s modern world — it’s all absolutely fascinating to me. We can enjoy the history and stories of the town because of the people who were here years before our time. If you’re heading off to Lewes Beach this year, now you’ll know a little about the history of the town. And who knows? Maybe when you’re walking down the beach, you’ll kick over a rock and find a gold coin underneath.
The stories of Lewes don’t end with its beginning. Another interesting tale that’s passed along the coast concerns the many pirates who roamed the seas. Sometime between the 1690s and mid-1700s, many infamous pirates, including Captain Kidd, were said to have visited the town. Even more interesting to some are the rumors of hidden treasure. A pirate burying their gold in the sand might seem like a fairy-tale, but for the people of Lewes, it’s closer to the truth. There are many rumors that pirates buried gold along the beach and that some visitors were lucky enough to have found parts of that treasure.
As for me, the lure of the beach isn’t only the promise of a good day or treasure; it’s
“The lure of the beach isn’t only the promise of a good day or treasure; it’s being someplace where people hundreds of years ago once stood.”
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Worlds Within Pages
Books to Engage the Whole Family
FOR THE ELEMENTARY READER: ‘SONG OF THE WILD: A FIRST BOOK OF ANIMALS’ “Song of the Wild” makes a great read- aloud book for beginner readers because they can get lost in the beautiful artwork while you read the text. Written in prose and rhyming poems, this book showcases sprawling landscapes — savannahs, jungles, and oceans — and features the wildlife living there. It’s worth a read simply to appreciate the colorful depictions of each animal. This book was written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horácek. FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER: ‘THE NIGHT DIARY’ 12-year-old Nisha navigates her world after the partition of India creates the new country of Pakistan and her family is forced to leave their home. Her mother may be gone, but Nisha finds solace in writing
nightly letters to her in her diary as she discovers what the future holds. Based on author Veera Hiranandani’s memories of her own family, this moving tale lets readers experience life through someone else’s eyes. FOR TEENS: ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS’ Preparing for an adventure is as easy as settling down and turning the pages of J. R. R. Tolkien’s most well-known and loved novels. “The Lord of the Rings” is an epic trilogy that tells one of the most remarkable tales of good vs. evil. Frodo Baggins and his companions travel through the world of Middle-Earth to reach the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor to destroy the One Ring and put an end to the rising Dark Lord Sauron. Join the Fellowship of the Ring as they fight against all odds, opposing the Two Towers to bring peace to the land, and witness the Return of the King, the rightful ruler of Middle-Earth.
Learning to read opens up a world of possibilities. When your child walks through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia with Lucy Pevensie or rides with Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts, they connect to something beyond their own experiences. In the U.S., April 23 is World Book Day, and the date commemorates the deaths of legendary authors Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the birth of author Vladimir Nabokov. World Book Day is the perfect time to sit down with your family and let yourself be transported to new worlds. So, here are three great stories to help you take young readers on brand- new adventures.
Whether you were the star player or the kid who picked flowers in the middle of the field all game, almost everyone has memories of being on a sports team when they were young. Some lose interest over time and pursue other activities, while others find they really enjoy their sport, maybe have a real talent for it, and continue playing until they are young adults. Whatever the case, parents should take a couple of factors into consideration when determining if their child is ready for sports. If they begin playing too early, it might turn them off to the sport before they really understand it. It could also result in premature wear on muscles and bones that prevents them from playing their sport later on. Most experts believe that the proper age for introducing your child to sports is somewhere between 6 and 9 years old. When they are younger than 6, it is important for them to be active, but their motor skills are not yet developed enough to play most competitive sports. Trying to get them to understand this fact at that age might only make them frustrated with the sport and make them dislike it before they can even give it a try. Even when children are between the ages of 6 and 9, they might not be ready for sports that require higher forms of coordination, like football or hockey. Instead, try sports ACTIVE SEARCHING FOR ACTIVE PASTIMES Finding the Right Time to Get Your Children Into Sports
like T-ball, soccer, or karate. They won’t be ready for more intensive sports until they are 10–12 years old. If your child does not seem to enjoy team sports, you might see if they may like more individual sports, like running or swimming. Their personality can be just as significant as their age when it comes to choosing the right sport. Some children might not show interest in organized sports at all. If your child does not seem interested in any sports, even though they are old enough to understand the rules and are coordinated enough to play, you might want to consider other activities, like art or music classes. Still, it is essential that they are active for at least an hour every day, no matter their interests. Sometimes kids will get frustrated with the sports they play (even if they like playing them), and they might want to quit. If your
child doesn’t seem to like the sport you signed them up for, encourage them to at least finish out the season. They might just need a little more time to warm up to it. However, if they still aren’t
enjoying it at the end of the season, help them find other activities that they might like better. Ultimately, when a child is ready to play sports, it is important
to stay in tune with what brings them joy and what keeps them mentally and physically healthy.
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YORKIE DOODLE DANDY Smoky the World War II Canine Hero number of tricks to cheer up troops and would visit injured soldiers at the hospital in New Guinea. After World War II, Smoky and Wynne visited veteran hospitals across the United States. “Corporal” Smoky lived for another 10 years after the war before dying on Feb. 21, 1957, at approximately 14 years old. Wynne would go on to write a memoir about his time with Smoky titled “Yorkie Doodle Dandy.” Almost 50 years after her death, a life-sized bronze statue of Smoky was erected at her final resting place in Lakewood, Ohio. Her statue is dedicated to the bravery of all war dogs, and it is a reminder that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
with going on 12 combat missions, surviving 150 air raids, parachuting 30 feet, and earning eight battle stars. Smoky’s sensitive hearing allowed her to alert Wynne and other soldiers of incoming air raids. Smoky’s most famous act of heroism occurred when she went where no man could go at an air base at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. The engineers needed help, so Wynne tied a strand of telephone wire to her collar and Smoky ran through a 70-foot-long pipe in a matter of minutes. Without Smoky, it would have taken three days to lay the wire. Her work kept over 250 ground crewmen and 40 fighter and reconnaissance planes out of danger from enemy bombings. In addition to saving lives on the battlefield, Smoky is also considered to be the first recorded therapy dog. She learned a OPENING DAY HAMBURGERS
Considering the stress of combat, it’s no wonder military dogs tend to be tough breeds known for their size and strength. German shepherds, boxers, and various bully breeds are well-acquainted with the battlefield. But in World War II, the most famous military dog weighed only 4 pounds and stood a mere 7 inches tall. Smoky the Yorkshire Terrier wasn’t exactly what most people associated with Shakespeare’s “let slip the dogs of war,” but her small size is part of what made her such a hero. In 1944, after being discovered beside a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea, Smoky met Corporal William A. Wynne, an American soldier from Cleveland, Ohio. The two quickly became inseparable, and she stayed by Wynne’s side the entire time he was stationed in the South Pacific. Smoky is credited
With no fancy sauces, no frills, and no cheese, these all-American burgers are perfect for the start of baseball season.
1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.
1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split 4 1/4-inch-thick tomato slices 12–16 pickle rounds 4 small leaves iceberg lettuce 4 1/4-inch-thick yellow onion slices 1 teaspoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper, to taste Condiments of your choice
BUT WHOEVER TAKES CROOKED PATHS WILL BE FOUND OUT.” “WHOEVER WALKS IN INTEGRITY WALKS SECURELY,
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OPEN COCKPIT DAY Where: Air Mobility Command Museum When: The third Saturday of every month; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free! Website: AMCMuseum.org/events/open- cockpit-day A love of airplanes is encouraged but not required to enjoy this event. The public will have full access to most of the museum’s most captivating planes. During these tours, attendees will learn about the flying machines as well as their missions and history. Many of the tours feature retired crew members of different aircrafts, so guests will learn from people who have firsthand experience. EGG HUNT Where: Lums Pond State Park Campground When: Saturday, April 20; 10 a.m. Admission: Free! Website: DEStateparks.com/Programs
Get an early start on Easter this year with this exciting egg hunt! Bring your little ones out to take part in a morning of hunting for colorful eggs while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Children are encouraged to bring their own basket or another means to collect the provided eggs. LANTERN TOUR OF THE DOVER GREEN Where: First State Heritage Park’s John Bell House When: Friday, May 3; 8–9 p.m. Admission: $10 Website: DEStateparks.com/History/ FirstStateHeritage Learn about the history of Dover and its people from hundreds of years ago. On this evening tour, guests will be led by interpreters dressed as colonials while candlelit stories of the past are unveiled. Hear tales of Dover’s jail, dangerous fires that threatened the town, and tragic love stories.
Want to spend time in the sun with your family this season? Here are a few events that everyone can enjoy! BEGINNING BIRD WALKS Where: Abbott’s Mill Nature Center When: Every Thursday; 8:30–10 a.m. Admission: Free! Website: DelawareNatureSociety.org/centers/ abbotts-mill-nature-center Tie up your walking shoes, grab your binoculars, and head to the nature center for a morning of enjoying the outdoors! Learn different methods of spotting unique characteristics of local and migrating birds. This weekly guide is sure to grab your interest. The center also has binoculars available for use if you don’t have your own.
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