History of Civil War submarine to be presented at Fort Delaware State Park

DELAWARE CITY (June 26, 2013) – Fort Delaware will host a special program on Saturday, June 29 featuring the story of the H. L. Hunley, an ill-fated Confederate submarine that sank in Charleston Harbor in 1864 with its crew on board. Local historian Bill Jenkins will conduct a special presentation at 11:30 a.m., during which he will discuss the mission and the recovery of the submarine and the sailors who went down with it, as well as the artifact record of the submarine. 

Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Salem, New Jersey.   Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12 and $10 for seniors and Active Duty Military (with ID). Children under 2 are admitted free of charge.

There is no extra charge for the program. Those who wish to see the program will need to take the 9:30 a.m. Salem, N.J. ferry or the 10:45 a.m. Delaware City ferry to reach the fort in time.

Ferry reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877- 987-2757 or visiting destateparks.com. Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance.

Contact: Laura Lee, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175 or necia.beck@delaware.gov

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Governor Markell, Federal, State and Local Officials Join Calpine CEO for Garrison Energy Center Groundbreaking

Governor Markell spoke at the groundbreaking for the Garrison Energy Center, a 309-megawatt power plant to be built in Dover.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell along with federal, state, Kent County and City of Dover officials and other dignitaries today joined Calpine Corporation (CPN) Chief Executive Officer Jack Fusco in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Garrison Energy Center, a 309-megawatt power plant to be built in the Garrison Oak Technology Park in Dover, Delaware. Construction is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2015.

“When Calpine opened its regional headquarters in Delaware in late 2010, the Company announced its commitment to cleaner energy by converting the Edge Moor Energy Center from coal to natural gas as a fuel,” said Governor Markell. “Today, we celebrate Calpine’s continuing commitment to Delaware’s economy and environment by breaking ground on a new natural gas power-generating project. It’s cleaner power that’s better for the environment and better for Delaware.”

“Calpine’s Garrison Energy Center will be a state-of-the-art, natural gas-fired power plant producing reliable, affordable, clean power for central Delaware,” said Jack Fusco, Calpine’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is a win-win project made possible by the collaborative efforts between Calpine and the various stakeholders including the state and local authorities. This project also demonstrates the benefits of competitive electric markets by helping to ensure that Delawareans are not burdened with above-market costs associated with subsidized contracts, as has been the case in surrounding states, and that Delaware continues to have a competitive advantage in attracting business and jobs.”

“The groundbreaking and associated construction of the Garrison Energy Center marks a major milestone for the City of Dover,” said Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. “It is with great pride that we welcome Calpine as it builds the anchor facility at the Technology Park. The construction of this modern power plant helps fulfill our vision for the park. We appreciate the economic boost Calpine is helping to deliver to our area and look forward to the operation of this energy-efficient facility.”

“In bringing its Garrison Energy Center to Dover, along with more than 250 construction jobs and 16 permanent operating jobs, Calpine will be tapping into a Kent County employment base that is ready to roll up its sleeves and get to work,” said Alan Levin, Chairman of the New Jobs Infrastructure Fund and Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. “And, in Calpine, Dover and the surrounding area will be welcoming a company that cares about the community it serves.”

A $2.5 million grant from the New Jobs Infrastructure Fund will help fund the construction of a six-mile natural gas pipeline extension to the Garrison Oak Technology Park. In addition to providing fuel to the plant, this pipeline will help spur development of other businesses in the park and improve the availability of natural gas for other businesses and consumers in central Delaware.

Governor Markell, Congressman Carney, DEDO Director Levin, Mayor Carey and others broke ground on Calpine's Garrison Energy Center in Dover.

“With the conversion of the old Edge Moor power plant, Calpine made a significant contribution to improving Delaware’s air quality while providing cleaner power,” added Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. “With the Garrison Energy Center, Calpine is providing central Delaware with a brand new source of clean power that will contribute to lower energy prices and a healthier environment for Delawareans for many years to come.”

About Calpine

Calpine Corporation generates more electricity than any other independent power producer in America, with a fleet of 93 power plants in operation or under construction, representing more than 27,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Serving customers in 20 states and Canada, we specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid. We focus on competitive wholesale power markets and advocate for market-driven solutions that result in nondiscriminatory forward price signals for investors. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead – today.

Forward-Looking Information

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include, among others, those concerning expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as well as assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Please see the risks identified in this release or in Calpine’s reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012. These filings are available by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or Calpine’s website at www.calpine.com. Actual results or developments may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, and Calpine undertakes no obligation to update any such statements.

Photos and video from the groundbreaking can be viewed on Flickr and YouTube.


National Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 23-29: DNREC Mosquito Control Section urges: Do your part in helping keep mosquito populations down in Delaware

DOVER (June 21, 2013) – As if the great numbers of mosquitoes expected to hatch from recent heavy rainfall in Delaware weren’t enough of a reminder, the American Mosquito Control Association has declared the week of June 23-29 as the 17th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

In observance of the event, Delaware’s Mosquito Control Section is encouraging Delawareans to take precautions to avoid or reduce mosquito bites, and to put particular emphasis on eliminating backyard mosquito-producing habitat. “As a sustaining member of the American Mosquito Control Association, the Delaware Mosquito Control Section joins with our AMCA colleagues around the country in pointing to all our good labors for making modern life as mosquito-free as possible, or at least tolerable compared to horrendous infestation conditions from past eras,” said Dr. William Meredith, DNREC Mosquito Control Section administrator and past president of the AMCA. “But we can’t achieve all of this on our own, so we urge property owners to help us – and help themselves, too – by practicing good water sanitation on their lands.”

With the large amounts of rain the state has received this month, there are plenty of natural sources for mosquitoes, and Mosquito Control Section staff is working hard to control the large numbers of mosquitoes that may emerge from these natural habitats. However, staying on top of the many artificial habitats and sources of standing water requires the help of homeowners throughout the state. The best medicine for mosquitoes is prevention, and it’s easy to make a difference in your community by eliminating as much standing water from your yard and from artificial containers on your property as possible and encouraging your neighbors to do the same.

The growing population of Asian tiger mosquitoes is of particular concern with artificial container habitats. The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive, daytime biter distinguished by its white stripes on a black body. Asian tiger mosquitoes lay eggs and hatch from tarps, flower pots, boats, tires, rain gutters, corrugated pipes (especially ones connected to downspouts) – anything around your yard that can collect water. These nuisance mosquitoes don’t fly more than several hundred yards from where they are born, so that means that if you have this type, the source is very likely your yard or one of your immediate neighbors. Removal of even the smallest amounts of standing water in artificial containers from your property will help reduce or eliminate these mosquitoes from your area. 

If you can’t eliminate the mosquitoes from your area, remember to protect yourself from mosquito bites by avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito times (dusk to dawn), wearing long sleeves and long pants, and/or properly using mosquito repellent. 

Also: To help the Mosquito Control Section determine when and where to provide control services, please report intolerable numbers of biting mosquitoes as follows:

  • New Castle County and northern Kent County from Dover north, call Mosquito Control’s Glasgow office at 302-836-2555
  • Remainder of southern Kent County and all of Sussex County, call Mosquito Control’s Milford office at 302-422-1512

For more information on Delaware Mosquito Control, or to request mosquito control service, residents of New Castle County and northern Kent County, including Dover, Little Creek, Kitts Hummock, and Hartly, can call the Glasgow Office at 302-836-2555. Residents of Sussex County and southern Kent County including, Marydel, Camden-Wyoming, and Magnolia, can call the Milford Office at 302-422-1512. 

Advance public notice of when and where spraying will occur is given daily via radio announcements, by calling 800-338-8181 toll-free, or by visiting http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/MosquitoSection.aspx. Interested parties may also subscribe to receive email notices by visiting the DNREC homepage – click on “Email List Subscription” under Services and follow directions to sign up for mosquito control spray announcements. 

For more information about Delaware’s Mosquito Control program, call 302-739-9917.

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 Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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#NextGenOutside 5K to Connect Millennials with the Outdoors

WILMINGTON (June 24, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is bringing a brand new event to Wilmington this summer, the #NextGenOutside 5K walk/run on Saturday, June 29. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. in Brandywine Park. Participants will experience local parks in a whole new way, using technology and social media on the trails.

The City of Wilmington has green spaces that are accessible to residents and visitors alike. 5K participants will visit three parks along the route: Brandywine Park, Alapocas Run State Park, and Rockford Park. This will give participants an opportunity to explore the trails and see the city from a new perspective.

The #NextGenOutside event invites Delawareans to socialize their outdoor experience. Participants will use smartphones to post from social media checkpoints along the 5K route, competing to win prizes at the finish line. In addition to awards for the top finishers by age group, each social share will enter the participant in a raffle to win technology and outdoor related prizes.

Delaware State Parks is excited to be working with several community partners for the #NextGenOutside 5K walk/run. Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA of Delaware, YWCA, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals have invited their members and volunteers to participate.

Registration is open through June 28 for $15 per person, with same-day $20 registration available June 29 at the event site. All ages are welcome, and the race will be entirely on paved trails and roads, making it stroller friendly. The start and finish line are located at Brandywine Park on North Park Drive, near the fountain.

No smartphone? No problem. Runners and walkers can enjoy the course without using social media. Visit nextgenoutside.com to register online.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Prepare to beat the heat as summer and higher temperatures arrive

DOVER (June 21, 2013) – On this first day of summer, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Division of Public Health (DPH) of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) advise Delawareans to be prepared for extreme summer heat, while offering precautions for withstanding rising temperatures, and also what to do when you are involved in a heat-related incident. 

Extreme heat kills an average of 1,500 people in the United States each year – exceeding deaths from hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning and blizzards combined. Since 1993, more than 400 Delawareans have died due to excessive heat.  

Heat illness occurs whenever the body cannot compensate for excessive heat. When temperatures and humidity are high, sweat ceases to evaporate and the body’s natural cooling system slows down, in some cases shutting down completely. Very hot weather can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Most at risk of suffering heat-related illnesses are children, the elderly, the poor or homeless, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with chronic medical conditions. Of all who are susceptible, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions are less likely to sense and respond to rises in temperature, and medications can intensify heat effects. Extremely hot weather can worsen existing chronic medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

DNREC and DPH advise Delawareans to: 

STAY COOL

  • Find air-conditioned shelters like libraries, malls, theatres, or houses of worship. Stay on the lowest floor possible to avoid the heat. Do not rely on a fan alone as the primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight. If you must do strenuous activity outdoors, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Wear hats or use an umbrella. Loosely cover as much skin as possible and use sunscreen. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself, and has been linked to skin cancer.
  • Take cool (not cold) showers or baths. An icy cold shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can be detrimental to health, particularly for the elderly and children. 

STAY HYDRATED

  • Drink plenty of water regularly. Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid sugared, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, which dehydrate the body. 
  • Check with a doctor before significantly increasing fluid intake if you have heart, kidney or liver disease, or if your doctor placed you on a fluid–restricted diet.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often rather than eating a few large meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

STAY INFORMED

  • Check the local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness. (See below.)

TAKE CARE OF OTHERS

  • Help those dependent on your care to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.
  • Check on friends and neighbors. Take them to air-conditioned locations if they are lacking for transportation.
  • Do not leave people or animals in enclosed vehicles – check the back seat of your vehicle before exiting it to make sure you are not forgetting anyone there.
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and call 9-1-1 if medical attention is needed. 

Heat exhaustion occurs when a person is overheated along with reduced or unbalanced intake of fluids. Symptoms include dehydration, fatigue, weakness, clammy skin, headache, nausea and/or vomiting, rapid breathing, irritability and fainting. Take these steps when it happens:

  • Move the person indoors or into shade.
  • Loosen or remove the person’s clothing.
  • Encourage the heat exhaustion victim to eat and drink.
  • Get the person to a cool shower or bath.
  • Call your doctor for further advice. 

Heatstroke occurs when the body can no longer cool itself, and can be a life-threatening event. Prompt medical treatment is required. Symptoms include: flushed, hot and dry skin with no sweating; high body temperature (above 103°F, orally taken); severe, throbbing headache; weakness, dizziness, or confusion; sluggishness or fatigue; decreased responsiveness; and loss of consciousness. If heatstroke occurs, take these steps:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately. This is a medical emergency.
  • Get the heatstroke victim indoors or into shade.
  • Get the person into a cool shower or bath, or wipe them down with continually soaked cool washcloths while awaiting emergency responders.

For further information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/index.html. 

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. 

It is the mission of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to protect and manage the state’s vital natural resources, protect public health and safety, provide quality outdoor recreation, and to serve and educate the citizens of the First State about the wise use, conservation and enhancement of Delaware’s environment.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services 
Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov   

Delaware Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Control
Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs
302-739-9902
Email: michael.globetti@delaware.gov

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