Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet April 19 in Wilmington

(April 4, 2013) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 19, at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Topics on the agenda include:

·               Call to order, introductions 

·               Public comments (20minute cap, priority given to written comments)  

·               Approval of minutes from January 24, 2013 meeting 

·               Bottle fee collection update 

·               Carpet Recycling Strategy Subcommittee meeting report out 

·               Universal Recycling Grant applications 

·               Recycling market update 

·               Old/new business  

·               Additional public comments 

·               Next meeting: May 23, 2013, DelDOT Felton/Farmington Room, Dover DE 19901 

·                     Adjourn

The Recycling Public Advisory Council was enacted into state law by Senate Bill 234 in May 2010 and charged with advising the Governor’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on all aspects of recycling, including development of grant criteria and selection of applications; a methodology for measuring recycling rates; and possible outreach activities designed to achieve higher recycling rates.

For more information on the Recycling Public Advisory Council, please visit http://www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/RPAC.aspx.

For more information or for directions to the meeting location, please contact Bill Miller, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section at 302-739-9403.

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

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2013 Mosquito Control season begins this week with spraying wooded wetlands

DOVER (April 3, 2013) – Weather permitting, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section has started its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week, treating wooded wetlands for control of immature (larval) mosquitoes near populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Approximately 5,000 to 8,000 acres with woodland pools where early season mosquitoes breed in quantity will be strategically larvicided by helicopter, and possibly fixed-wing aircraft. 

If larval stages of these early season mosquitoes are not successfully controlled, an intolerable number of biting adult mosquitoes could take wing by early to mid-May and remain through late June, becoming particularly troublesome within one to two miles of their woodland pool origins, significantly affecting local quality of life for residents and visitors alike, said Mosquito Control Administrator Dr. William Meredith. As in past years, only woodland pools near populated areas will be treated. 

“Delaware has about 100,000 acres of wet woodlands in the spring, and it’s not possible logistically or for budgetary reasons to larvicide all woodland mosquito-rearing habitats. Additionally, not all of these wet woodlands contain pool habitats suitable for producing large numbers of mosquitoes,” said Dr. Meredith. “Targeting woodland pools that are good habitats for mosquito larvae near populated areas is the best return on investment in providing mosquito relief to the most people.” 

Over the next few weeks, Mosquito Control will apply a bacterially-produced insecticide, Bti, for larval mosquito control. “Like all insecticides used by the Mosquito Control Section, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that Bti, when used in accordance with all EPA-approved instructions as required by federal law, can be applied without posing unreasonable risk to human health, wildlife or the environment,” said Dr. Meredith. 

The amount of spraying needed is determined by where and how wet the woodlands are, which can vary from year to year depending on the location and amount of precipitation that has occurred over the past autumn, winter and early spring. At present, with the exception of some wetter areas in Sussex County, woodland pool acreage is below normal statewide, and larval densities also appear a bit lower than normal. Relatively cool weather this spring is also slowing larval growth progression. These factors can be favorable for effectively treating in timely manner woodland pool mosquito production during early spring. However, all of this can quickly change, depending upon rainfall amounts and temperatures over the next few weeks. 

Aerial spraying of woodland pools must be completed before the forest canopy fills in with foliage, usually around mid-April, because leaves prevent the insecticide from reaching pools and other wet spots containing larvae on the forest floor. The spring campaign marks the beginning of Delaware’s mosquito season, which in most years continues until sometime between mid-October and early November, depending upon when the first killing frost occurs. Throughout the rest of the year, mosquito control needs expand to include saltmarsh mosquito control, treatment of myriad types of freshwater habitats to control other species of freshwater mosquitoes, and control of mosquitoes in urban or developed areas that are produced in standing water or container habitats.

 As in the past, advance public notice of when and where spraying will occur this year will be given daily via radio announcements, by calling 800-338-8181 toll-free, or by visiting Mosquito Control’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/MosquitoSection.aspx and clicking “Mosquito Spraying Announcements.” Interested parties may also subscribe to receive email notices by visiting DNREC’s homepage, clicking on “Email List Subscription” under Services and following directions to sign up for mosquito control spray announcements.

During mosquito season, the public is encouraged to do its part to reduce mosquito-rearing habitat by cleaning clogged rain gutters, keeping fresh water in birdbaths, draining abandoned swimming pools and emptying standing water from such containers as scrap tires, cans, flower pot liners, unused water cisterns, upright wheelbarrows, uncovered trash cans, depressions in tarps covering boats or other objects stored outside.

To request local relief, call Mosquito Control’s field offices:

  • Glasgow Office, 302-836-2555, serving New Castle County and the northern half of Kent County including Dover
  • Milford Office, 302-422-1512, serving the southern half of Kent County south of Dover and all of Sussex County.

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

The Delaware Mosquito Control Section provides statewide services to more than 880,000 residents and more than 2 million visitors annually to maintain quality of life and protect public health by reducing the possibility of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus. Throughout the warmer months, Mosquito Control monitors and treats mosquito populations that emerge from wetland areas found throughout the state, including ditches, stormwater ponds, wet woodlands and coastal salt marshes. The Section also works year-round on water and marsh management projects designed to reduce mosquito populations, and provides the public with information on dealing with mosquitoes, from reducing backyard mosquito breeding to avoiding mosquito bites.

 Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902. 

 

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DNREC’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes nearly 19,000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

DOVER (April 3, 2013) – During the 2012-2013 deer season, hunters donated 18,761 pounds of venison from 708 deer to the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife staff is working to distribute the frozen ground venison to more than 30 charitable organizations and food pantries throughout the state to provide meals for needy Delawareans.

The venison was processed by nine participating private butchers plus a butcher shop located at the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown. The venison processing facility is staffed by offenders in the SCCC’s Violation of Probation Center, who have been specially trained as butchers. Since the Delaware Department of Correction program began in 2005, the Sussex facility has processed more than 70,000 pounds of venison. This year, the facility processed 268 deer into 7,636 pounds of venison at substantial savings to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program.

Since Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger was founded in 1992 by a coalition of sporting groups, hunters have donated more than 400,000 pounds of venison, providing nearly 1.5 million meals to Delawareans in need. The amount of venison donated this year was less than the 2011-12 season, in which 23,762 pounds of venison was donated from 725 deer.

For more information, please visit the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife website at Sportsmen Against Hunger, or call 302-284-1077. 

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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Anglers reminded that harvesting river herring is prohibited

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds recreational anglers and commercial watermen that harvest or possession of river herring, a popular baitfish, is illegal in Delaware. Anglers must have a valid receipt from a state or jurisdiction where harvest is still permitted to possess river herring. 

New Delaware Fisheries regulations took effect in February 2012, closing the recreational and commercial harvest of river herring (also known as blueback and alewife herring). The closure was made to bring Delaware into compliance with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) requirements. 

Much of the commercial river herring catch in Delaware traditionally has come from the Nanticoke River and its tributaries. Maryland’s river herring fisheries are closed statewide, including Maryland’s portion of the Nanticoke River. New Jersey has closed its river herring fisheries in the Delaware River and Bay.

In the past, recreational anglers targeted river herring as the fish gather to spawn in the spring for use as bait in the striped bass hook-and-line fishery. With Delaware’s river herring fisheries closed, recreational anglers are no longer permitted to catch river herring and must use alternate bait for stripers. Signs informing the public of the fisheries closure are posted at various fishing locations.

For more information, click on river herring regulations.

With fish entering the spillways this spring, anglers are also reminded that using any type of net to catch fish within 300 feet below a dam or spillway is illegal, with the exception of using a landing net on a fish caught with hook and line.

For more information on fishing in Delaware, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/ .  

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Governor Will Honor Delaware’s Outstanding Youth Volunteers at April 25 Ceremony in Dover

DOVER (April 3, 2013) – She offers families fighting childhood cancer understanding of what they face and a glimpse of life afterward. He helps to keep the sounds of the past alive at Fort Delaware, while she leads writing workshops for younger students, and a group of high school chefs bakes more than 1,000 dozen cookies as a way to support Delaware’s police officers.

These dedicated Delaware students will be among the 19 individuals and groups honored by Gov. Jack Markell at the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards on April 25 at Dover Downs Hotel. More than 300 people are expected to join the governor in honoring the young volunteers for their outstanding service to Delaware’s communities. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at https://volunteer.delaware.gov or by emailing carrie.hart@delaware.gov.

“Each day, I see the dedication, commitment and passion that young people have for giving back in our state,” Gov. Markell said. “The Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards is an opportunity to recognize a few of those young people for their inspiring service. When you see what they are doing to make our communities better places to live, you have no doubt that our future is in good hands.”

The recipients are:

New Castle County (individuals): Celine Cumming, Emily Gripp, Nur Kose, Zack Langrehr, Christine McNeil, Pearce Quesenberry, Kennan Roarty, Sierra Ryan Wallick and Eiontai Sampson.

New Castle County (groups): Delcastle High School Cooks and Bakers, Hagley Creek Kids Youth Leadership Program, Positive Vision Youth Teens and Winterthur Teen Volunteer Group.

Kent County (individuals): Devin Hopkins and Donald Purdy.

Sussex County (individuals): Samantha Cotten and Samantha Franklin.

Sussex County (groups): Boy Scout Pack 182 and Junior Volunteer Corps-Camp Colwell.

The 2013 award recipients participated in such diverse activities as organizing food and book drives, raising money for a local cat rescue, taking leadership roles in youth government and advocacy groups, and supporting arts groups, teens, veterans and children of military members. They are representative of Delaware’s youth who are making a positive contribution to society and inspiring others to do the same.

The Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, Serve Delaware and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.

DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf, whose department oversees the State Office of Volunteerism, said the honorees are indicative of a growing ethic among young people to give back.

“These outstanding young people understand and embrace the value of service and community,” Landgraf said. “They are a powerful example to other young people – and to adults as well – that helping others binds us together and enhances our very sense of community. We look forward to celebrating the energy, idealism and resourcefulness that these young people bring, wherever they serve.”

In a nationwide survey, the Corporation for National and Community Service ranked Delaware No. 1 for the greatest percentage increase in volunteering from 2010 to 2011 – up 5.3 percentage points – to 26.6 percent. Delaware’s volunteer rate for teens is almost 20 percent.

Nominees, 18 and younger, who were enrolled in an elementary, middle, high school or home school, at the time of their service, were eligible for the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards. Volunteer efforts must have been performed during 2012.

Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards Short Bios

 

New Castle – Individual

Celine Cumming

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Monica Parker, Appoquinimink High School

 

When challenged to develop a meaningful senior project, Celine Cumming responded with “Capture for a Cause.” Forty New Castle County politicians, business and civic leaders agreed to a voluntary kidnapping.  In order to secure their release, friends and family were to drop off 15 pounds of non-perishables to the Appoquinimink Community Center.  The response was overwhelming!  Celine collected almost 2,000 pounds of food for those in need, far exceeding her initial goal of 500 pounds.

 

Emily Gripp

Category: Environment

Nominator: Alyson Mack and Frances Borgers, Brandywine Zoo Education Department

 

Emily Gripp started volunteering with the Brandywine Zoo in May of 2012 with the special events and family programs.  Emily’s volunteering has since expanded to other areas of the Zoo; researching and developing baby, toddler, and preschool programs in her free time.  Additionally, she writes fact sheets about animals at the Zoo and volunteers for 90% of all available opportunities.  Emily’s love of animals extends to also volunteering at a no kill cat shelter and the Delaware Nature Society.

Nur Kose

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Irfan Patel

 

Nur Kose knows what it mean to give back.  As the author of four books, Nur leads writing workshops for younger students, developed an online writing course, and maintains a daily blog.  For the past several years, she has actively participated in projects to protect the communal environment, encourage literacy, and help those in need.  As founding member of the Zakat Foundation’s Green Team, Nur helped plan and maintain their adopted Food bank garden, providing more than 150 pounds of fresh produce for those in need.

Zack Langrehr

Category: Arts and Culture

Nominator: Tina M. Sheing, Wilmington Drama League

 

For over five years, Zack Langrehr volunteers countless hours to share his love of the arts with others.  From serving as the President of the Wilmington Drama League’s Chrysalis Board to leading Concord High’s choir, Zack is bringing happiness to others.  He is also very involved in other arts organizations including, The Imagination Players, Summer Stock Theatre Program, and the Delaware Children’s Theatre.

 

Christine McNeil

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Vincenza Carrieri-Russo, Success Won’t Wait

 

Community service is a way of life for Christine McNeil.  Since starting with Success Won’t Wait at the age of 5, Christine labeled tens of thousands of book, manned Book Drives, and helped to collect over 450,000 thousands books! Now 15, Christine now leads her own literacy projects.  Her most recent project involved sending books to New Orleans schools, which are still desperately in need of books.  By partnering with the DoSomething organization, she was able to collect and ship 155 boxes of books to benefit the Recovery School District in New Orleans.

 

Pearce Quesenberry

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Ali McDonough, B+ Foundation

 

Pearce Quesenberry was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2008.  31 rounds of radiation later, Pearce is cancer free and making a difference through the Pearce Q. Foundation.  Through her Foundation, she gives families fighting childhood cancer a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.  This is all in addition to volunteering with the B+ Foundation, Urban Promise, being an Ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer, and maintains straight As in school.

 

Keenan Roarty

Category: Social Justice/ Advocacy

Nominator: Nicole Freedman, YMCA Youth in Government

 

For five years, Keenan Roarty has been an active member of the Youth in Government (YIG) program.  Through his hard work and determination, Keenan led him to become the first Youth Chief Justice for Delaware’s Youth in Government program.  In addition to developing the judicial component for Youth in Government, Keenan also worked with three other delegates to provide a week long YIG camp for 25 3rd-5th graders.

 

Sierra Ryan Wallick

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Jane Chickadel, Forgotten Cats

 

For almost five years, Sierra Ryan Wallick has raised over $12,000.00 for Forgotten Cats, a local cat rescue.  All the proceeds from the scarves, washcloths, cell phone cases, pocket purses, and shawls she knits and sells a local events goes towards Forgotten Cats.  Out of this, Sierra also organized a group called AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, whose main mission is to encourage others to join her in creating items and donating the profits to Forgotten Cats.  All of Sierra’s efforts equate to over 2,000 hours of volunteer work and has benefited 4,450 cats in the tri-state area.

 

Eiontai Sampson

Category: Social Justice and Advocacy

Nominator: Rodney Brittingham and Bob Martz, United Way of Delaware- Pride Council

 

Eiontai Sampson’s volunteerism began when he took a leadership role in forming William Penn’s first ever Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).  Eiontai’s advocacy and leadership has led to him becoming the Delaware GSA President and six new high schools have formed GSAs, bringing the total to 23 schools.  He is also active in raising awareness through social media and events, which have raised over $4,000.00 in funding.

Kent – Individual

Devin Hopkins

Category: Human Needs

Nominator: Chad Robinson, Trevor Turner, and Holly Johnson, Food Bank of Delaware

 

Devin Hopkins is a “lead” volunteer at the Food bank of Delaware in Milford.  She assists in managing the operations of the volunteer program, oversees the After-School Nutrition Program, and works with the food sorting.  Over the last several years, Devin has volunteered almost 1,000 hours through the Food Bank, Global Aid Network, Coastal Cleanup, and Calvary Wesleyan Church.

 

Donald Purdy

Category: Arts and Culture

Nominator: Gary Morgan, Fort Delaware State Park

 

Through the use of costuming and performances with his fife, Donald Purdy brings the sights and sounds of Fort Delaware’s past alive to all who visit.  From May to September 2012, Donald volunteered more than 175 hours and participated in every aspect of the Fort. Despite the frequent 100+ degree heat, Donald was the first to jump in for many projects.  From working as an intern drummer to leading marches, Donald helped to create and maintain a constant musical element.

 

Sussex – Individual

Samantha Cotten

Category: Human Needs

Nominator: Tina Washington, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28

 

Samantha Cotten is a junior of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 and a fixture at all their events.  She is always eager to help at dinners, flu short clinics, and enjoys listening to veterans tell their stories.  Samantha’s biggest passion is the Poppy Program.  During Poppy Month in 2012, Samantha helped raise funds, visited the VA Cemetery, distributed poppies, and was selected as “Little Miss Poppy” and presented at the National Convention.

 

Samantha Franklin

Category: Human Needs

Nominator: Kevin Gilmore, Habitat for Humanity

 

Samantha Franklin came to the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity as a summer intern.  She served as a receptionist and front office volunteer, welcoming and managing the flow of visitors.  By August, Samantha represented Habitat at community outreach events, preformed data entry, and played a vital support role both in the office and on build sites.  She is now a spokesperson for Habitat and the staff is looking forward for Samantha’s return this summer.

New Castle – Group

Delcastle High School Cooks and Bakers

Category: Education

Nominator: James Berman, Chef Instructor

 

For more than a decade, the Cooks and Bakers students at Delcastle High School preform community service at a variety of venues throughout New Castle County.  This December, they took to the road for the 10th Annual Great gingerbread House Construction Tour.  The tour made seven stops, reaching almost 1300 people and serving 600 volunteer hours.  For their annual “Bake the Night Away” project, which supports the MADD program, they baked 1,016 DOZEN cookies for police officers throughout Delaware.

 

Hagley Creek Kids Youth Leadership Program

Category: Education

Nominator: Angela Williamson, Hagley Museum and Library

 

The twenty high school students in Hagley’s Creek Kids program devote nine months to researching, planning, coordinating, and facilitating hands-on family programs for Hagley’s visitors.  Through this program, each and every Creek Kid grows into a stronger community leader.  For each event, the Creek Kids spread the word though marketing initiatives, set up the event, train and lead the Junior Creek Kids, and facilitate the program for visitors.  In total, the Creek Kids served 1,336 visitors with 44 different activities, serving almost 2,000 hours in 2012.

 

Positive Vision Youth Teens

Category: Human Needs

Nominator: Quadia Muhammad

 

Positive Vision Youth is a youth driven organization which support, develop, and execute community oriented programs in local neighborhoods, such as Rosehill and Simonds Gardens.  This program provides a positive outlet for the teens, all the while learning to become civically engaged and socially aware.  Some of their projects include mentoring at the New Castle Boys and Girls Club, volunteering with the Blueprint Community-Simonds Gardens, and serving meals to New Castle’s homeless population.

 

Winterthur Teen Volunteer Group

Category: Arts and Culture

Nominator: Margaret Jenkins, Winterthur

 

All of the 2500 people who attended Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum during the summer of 2012 were recipients of the Winterthur Teen Volunteer Group’s hard work.  These fifteen high school teens learned the scientific principles and artistic techniques used by art conservators everyday.  This group will be further trained this summer as volunteer interpreters for the Introductory Tour of the Museum- the first such group of teen volunteers to be trained for this.

 

Sussex – Group

Boy Scout Pack 182

Category: Community Service

Nominator: Ron Kernehan, Sussex BSA Chairman for Civic Service

 

In 2011, Boy Scout Pack 182 reorganized with civic service as one of their major missions.  In just that year, they logged 870 hours, a 1,000% increase from the previous year and 10,500 in 2012.  The activities these outstanding young men participate in include food a drive, cleaning local parks, making handprints for Sandy Hook families, the list goes on and on. It is clear by their service to others these scouts truly embrace their motto, “doing as I do, not just as I say.”

 

Junior Volunteer Corps-Camp Colwell

Category: Human Needs

Nominator: Patricia Crilley, National Guard

 

The Junior Volunteer Corps (JVC) is a youth component of Camp Colwell, a weeklong camp for Delaware National Guard family members ages 9-16.  All JVCs have a military connection and many attended as campers during previous years.  They become role models for the campers and look toward the older Volunteer Corps themselves for leadership.  These youth are committed to serving and working with other youth because they know what they are going through and are able to help their “buddies” prepare for deployments and all that goes with having a parent in the Guard.

 

For more information about the awards, go to https://volunteer.delaware.gov. To get contact information for the honorees or other information, contact Carrie Hart, Volunteer Service Administrator, at (302) 857-5006.