Emergency Sirens To Be Tested

(Smyrna) – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Delaware State Police will conduct a quarterly test of the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations Alert and notification system on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  Sirens will sound between 9:00am and 11:00am.

The 37 sirens located within ten miles of the Salem/Hope Creek (New Jersey) plants will be activated for three to five minutes.  The siren tests will be followed by a test message of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on local radio stations.

Sirens that will be tested are the same sirens that would alert the public in the event of an actual emergency at either the Salem or Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations.  In such an emergency, the public would be alerted by the sirens to tune radios to one of the local EAS stations for important emergency instructions.

October to be proclaimed “Children in Nature” month

Dover, DE– Governor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Children in Nature Month” in Delaware. To mark the designation, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation and other partners that comprise the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition will offer public programs designed to get children outdoors and into the beautiful fall weather.

“We want Delaware to be a leader in helping children reconnect with nature,” said Governor Markell. “Our vision – and that of the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition – is that this and future generations of Delaware’s youth will have an active and meaningful outdoors experience that leads to better health and a better quality of life for them and their families.“

Children in Nature programs will take place in Delaware’s state parks throughout the month. Events will include the “Crazy Costume Dash” at Lums Pond State Park on Oct.11, and the “Steamin’ Halloween” at the Auburn Heights Preserve on Oct. 26.

Additionally, Oct, 24 will be a free entrance day for families at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. Another coalition partner, the Delaware Nature Society, will celebrate with the “Harvest Moon Festival” on Oct. 4-5.  A complete list of programs is available.

“DNREC and the other coalition partners’ mission is to improve environmental literacy in our state and create opportunities for children to participate in outdoor experiences,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “Together, we are promoting healthy lifestyles and providing better access to green space. DNREC, as steward of 100,000 acres of diverse habitat, offers wondrous, safe places to explore, discover and connect children and their families with each other and the environment.”

The goal of the Children in Nature Coalition is to engage children with nature by providing meaningful outdoor experiences.  A statewide plan is being developed that includes environmental literacy and ways to connect Delawareans to their communities and natural resources. Accomplishments to date include the Delaware Greener Schools program, the Nature Nook in the Dover Public Library, field trips for Title I students in Sussex County and others.

Smokey Bear celebrates 70th year by visiting over 90 Delaware schools

Smokey Bear celebrates 70th year by visiting over 90 First State schools

As they have done for many years, senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover joined Smokey Bear recently to celebrate his 70th year of fire prevention. The seniors helped prepare over 4,000 gift bags of Smokey school supplies to distribute to Delaware choolchildren.
Senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover joined Smokey Bear recently to celebrate his 70th year of fire prevention. The seniors helped prepare over 4,000 gift bags of Smokey school supplies that will be distributed to Delaware schoolchildren.

(Dover) – To honor October as “Fire Prevention Month,” Smokey Bear will visit over 90 Delaware schools to teach children that “only you can prevent wildfires.” Because human activity causes the largest number of forest fires nationwide, Smokey teaches children at a very early age that they should never play with fire or use matches.

During a typical Smokey Bear program sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), first-graders learn about how trees provide natural benefits such as oxygen, shade, wood products and wildlife habitat. Then, students learn about how harmful a fire can be to the forest. After discussing how a fire can get started, students watch a brief video about how children playing in the woods discover a box of matches that tempts them to start a campfire. When the “real” Smokey finally appears on the scene, the children are asked to make a solemn pledge to him that they “will not play with matches ever again.” Ashley Peebles, trainer-educator for the Delaware Forest Service, oversees the annual Smokey Bear program. Last year, the DFS presented 78 fire prevention programs to almost 8,000 children.

2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of Smokey Bear’s introduction as part of a public service effort to prevent forest fires during World War II.  Since he was created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign has evolved into the longest running public service campaign in history. Smokey’s first forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of fires in the nation’s wildland areas. As one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. Federal Law and administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Surveys have shown that “Smokey Bear” (not “Smokey the Bear”) is recognized by over 95 percent of respondents.

2014 Schedule of Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Programs (subject to change)
Delaware Forest Service contact: Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 or Ashley.Peebles@delaware.gov

NEW CASTLE CO.        
Date & Time Address City City
Sept 30, 2 p.m. Bunker Hill Elem. 1070 Bunker Hill Rd. Middletown  378-5135
Oct. 01, 10 a.m. Bancroft Elem. 700 North Lombard St. Wilmington  429-4102
Oct. 01, 2:30 p.m. East Side Charter 2401 Thatcher St. Wilmington  421-8270
Oct. 01, 9 a.m. Jennie E. Smith Elem. 142 Brennen Drive Newark  454-2174
Oct. 02, 1:15 p.m. Sanford School 6900 Lancaster Pike Hockessin  239-5263
Oct. 02, 1:30 p.m. Claymont Elem. 3401 Green St. Claymont  792-3880
Oct. 02, 10 a.m. Lombardy Elem. 412 Foulk Rd. Wilmington  762-7190
Oct. 06, 12:30 pm Caravel Academy 2801 Del Laws Rd. Bear  834-8938
Oct. 07, 9:15 a.m. Keene (William B.) 200 LaGrange Ave. Newark  454-2018
Oct. 08, 10 a.m. Independence School 1300 Paper Mill Rd. Newark  239-0330
Oct. 09, 11 a.m. Wilmington Manor Elem. 200 East Roosevelt Ave. New Castle  323-2901
Oct. 09, 11 a.m. Wilbur (Kathleen) Elem. 4050 Wrangle Hill Rd. Bear  832-6330
Oct. 09, 1:30 p.m. All Saints Catholic School 907 New Rd. Wilmington  995-2231
Oct. 10, 12:50 p.m. Castle Hills Elem. 502 Moores Lake New Castle  323-2915
Oct. 10, 9 a.m. Brookside Elem. 800 Marrows Rd. Newark  454-5454
Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. Elbert-Palmer Elem. 1210 Lobdell St. Wilmington  429-4188
Oct. 13, 1 p.m. Forwood Elem. 1900 Westminster Dr. Wilmington  475-3956
Oct. 14, 10am Richey Elem. 105 East Highland Ave. Newport  992-5535
Oct. 14, 2:45 p.m. Robert S. Gallaher Elem. 800 Brownleaf Rd. Newark  454-2464
Oct. 15, 9:15 Warner Elem. 801 West 18th St. Wilmington  651-2740
Oct. 15, 2:05pm Carrcroft Elem. 503 Crest Rd. Wilmington  762-7165
Oct. 16, 2pm Maclary Elem. 300 St. Regis Drive Newark  454-2142
Oct. 16, 8:45 a.m. St. Anne’s Episcopal 211 Silver Lake Rd. Middletown  378-3179
Oct. 17, 1 p.m. St. Peter’s Cathedral 310 West 6th St. Wilmington  656-5234
Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. St. Peter Catholic 515 Harmony St. New Castle  328-1191
Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. MOT Charter 1156 Levels Rd. Middletown  376-5125
Oct. 21, 2pm Brandywine Springs Elem. 2916 Duncan Rd. Wilmington  636-5681
Oct. 21, 9 a.m. Pulaski (Casimir ) Elem. 1300 Cedar St. Wilmington  429-4136
Oct. 22, 9:15 a.m. Shortlidge (Evan G.) Elem. 100 West 18th St. Wilmington  651-2710
Oct. 23, 1 p.m. Hanby (Brandywood) Elem. 2115 Anson Rd. Wilmington  475-3966
Oct. 23, 10 a.m. Thurgood Marshall Elem. 101 Barrett Run Rd. Newark  454-4700
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. New Castle Elem. 903 Delaware St. New Castle  429-4085
Oct. 24, 9 a.m. St. Elizabeth’s Elem. 1500 Cedar St. Wilmington  655-8208
Oct. 24, 9 a.m. Thomas A. Edison Charter 2200 North Locust St. Wilmington  778-1101
Oct. 27, 1:15 p.m. Tower Hill School 2813 West 17th St. Wilmington  575-0550
Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. West Park Place Elem. 193 West Park Place Newark  454-2290
Oct. 28, 2:05 p.m. McVey (Joseph M.)   Elem. 908 Janice Drive Newark  454-2145
Oct. 29, 12:20 p.m. Richardson Park Elem. 16 Idella Avenue Wilmington  992-5570
Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. Harlan (David W.) Elem. 3601 Jefferson St. Wilmington  762-7156
Oct. 31, 12:50 p.m. Eisenberg (Harry O.) Elem. 27 Landers Lane New Castle  429-4073
Oct. 31, 12:30pm May B. Leasure Elem. 1015 Church Rd. Newark  454-2103
Nov. 03, 2 p.m. Holy Angels 82 Possum Park Rd. Newark  731-2210
Nov. 03, 11 a.m. Providence Creek Academy 355 West Duck Creek Rd. Clayton  653-6276
Nov. 05, 12:30 p.m. Tarbiyah Islamic 698 Old Baltimore Pike Newark  533-8114
Nov. 07, 2 p.m. Downes (John R.) Elem. 220 Casho Mill Rd. Newark  454-2133
Nov. 07 @11 a.m. William Lewis Elem. 920 North Van Buren St. Wilmington  651-2695
Nov. 10, 12:45 p.m. Marbrook Elem. 2101 Centerville Rd. Wilmington  992-5555
Nov. 13, 10 a.m. Christ the Teacher 2451 Frazer Rd. Newark  838-8850
Nov. 19, 9:15 a.m. Oberle Elmentary 500 Caledonia Way Bear  690-1179
Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Henry M. Brader Elem. 107 Four Seasons Pkwy. Newark  454-5959
Nov. 21, 2 p.m. Tatnall School 1501 Barley Mill Rd. Wilmington  892-4323
Date & Time School Address City  
Oct. 02, 9 a.m. Milford Christian 6062 Old Shawnee Rd. Milford  422-4263
Oct. 03, 2:15 p.m. Clayton Elem. 501 West Main St. Clayton  653-8587
Oct. 03, 8:45 a.m. Sunnyside Elem. 123 Rd. 145 Smyrna  653-8580
Oct. 07, 1 p.m. McIlvaine ECC 11 W Walnut St. Magnolia  335-5039
Oct. 08, 2 p.m. Fairview Elem. 700 Walker Rd. Dover  672-1645
Oct. 09, 2:15 p.m. North Dover Elem. 855 College Rd. Dover  672-1980
Oct. 13, 1:15 pm Central Delaware Christian 4698 S. DuPont Hwy. Dover  697-8407
Oct. 14, 9 a.m. Holy Cross Elem. 631 South State St. Dover  674-5784
Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Towne Point Elem. 629 Buckson Drive Dover  672-1590
Oct. 15, 12:15 p.m. Campus Community 21 North Bradford St. Dover  736-3300
Oct. 15, 2:20 p.m. Lake Forest North Elem. 319 East Main St. Felton  284-9611
Oct. 16, 1 p.m. Booker T. Washington 901 Forest Ave. Dover  672-1900
Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m. Lake Forest South Elem. 301 Dorman St. Harrington  398-8011
Oct. 20, 9 a.m. South Dover Elem. 955 South State St. Dover  672-1690
Oct. 30, 1:30 p.m. East Dover Elem. 852 South Little Creek Rd. Dover  672-1655
Nov. 18, 9:15 a.m. Academy of Dover Charter 1041 Salisbury Rd. Dover  674-0684
Date & Time School Address City  
Oct. 01, 9:30 a.m. Lord Baltimore Elem. 120 Atlantic Avenue Ocean View  537-2700
Oct. 06, 9 a.m. Greenwood Mennonite 12802 Mennonite Sch. Rd. Greenwood  349-4131
Oct. 07, 1:30 p.m. Lighthouse Christian 28157 Lighthouse Cross. Dagsboro  732-3309
Oct. 08, 9 a.m. East Millsboro Elem. 29346 Iron Branch Rd. Millsboro  934-3222
Oct. 09, 1:55 p.m. Seaford Central Elem. 1 Delaware Place Seaford  629-4587
Oct. 10, 1:15 p.m. North Georgetown Elem. 664 North Bedford Georgetown  855-2430
Oct. 13, 9 a.m. H. O. Brittingham Elem. 400 Mulberry St. Milton  684-8522
Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m. Longneck Elem. R. D. 10 Box 452 Millsboro  945-6200
Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Rehoboth Elem. 500 Stockley St. Rehoboth  227-2571
Oct. 16, 11:50 a.m. Phillip C. Showell Elem. 41 Bethany Beach Rd. Selbyville  436-1044
Oct. 16, 2 p.m. Paul Laurence Dunbar 499 West Sixth St. Laurel  875-6140
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. Frederick Douglas Elem. 1 Swain Rd. Seaford  628-4413
Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. West Seaford Elem. 511 Sussex Avenue Seaford  628-4414
Nov. 06, 8:45 a.m. Evelyn I. Morris ECC 103 Third St. Lincoln  422-1650

Social Media: Smokey 70th Birthday video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfaf0XseVB0

Marijuana and Assault Rifle Seized During Traffic Stop

While traveling in the area of Peachtree Run in Camden, Delaware, a Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agent stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The operator of the vehicle Matthew Trently, 22, of Magnolia was found in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle with a loaded 20 round magazine, brass knuckles, and 106 grams of suspected marijuana along with additional drug paraphernalia. Agents seized the rifle and marijuana along with a small amount of cash. He was placed under a $13,300.00 unsecured bond pending future court action on the above stated charges.

M Trently 9-26-14

Matthew Trently, 22 of Magnolia

Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver with an Aggravating Factor
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Fail to Wear a Seatbelt

$13,300.00 – Unsecured

US 13 & Peachtree Run, Camden

Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state-owned facility

Greenwood, DE – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses, Owens Station Sporting Clays, which operates the range, and Turtle Creek Retrievers, which offers professional sporting dog training and kennel services. The Division’s Sussex County hunter education courses also are held at the facility.

“Building on Delaware’s great outdoor traditions, Owens Station is an investment in the future of hunting, shooting sports and sporting dogs,” said Secretary Small. “Here, the state can provide hunter and conservation education for generations to come who will continue these traditions, while offering a great downstate location for Delawareans and visitors to practice shooting sports and acquire professional sporting dog training.”

“The state’s opening of Owens Station is a win-win for Delaware,” said Governor Markell. “Not only does the center enrich the great outdoor sporting traditions and destinations of the First State by giving downstate residents easy access to sporting services and ranges, it is also a good investment in our downstate economy, supporting the two businesses onsite, and drawing residents and visitors to the area to support area retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses and related jobs.”

“By applying a public-private business model with the two businesses based here, this investment avoids financial strain on our agency,” added Fish and Wildlife Director Saveikis. “That allows us to maintain and operate this facility as a self-sustaining business, so that we can direct our existingfunding to our other conservation and education programs.”

“Preserving the rich shooting sports and hunting heritage of our state is important for future generations, and Owens Station is a tremendous addition to this area of Sussex County and the state. This picturesque location will encourage all ages to engage in multiple activities, from hunting safety to the enjoyment of recreational shooting activities,” said Rep. Wilson. “I am proud of this acquisition by the State of Delaware and to have served on the Bond Bill Committee that helped make this purchase possible.”

Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center features a circular 60-station sporting clays course, a trap shooting range and “five-stand” warmup range. For more information on Owens Station, click Owens Station Sporting Clays or call 302-349-4334; for more information on professional dog training services at Owens Station, click Turtle Creek Retrievers or call 302-841-0239.

Owens Station joins Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range in New Castle as the second public shooting sports range administered by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information on the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education programs, please click Delaware Hunter Education or call 302-735-3600.