5 Reasons to Visit the Beach Right Now

Summer may be winding down, but right now is the absolute best time to visit Delmarva beaches. Here’s why:

1. Cooler Temperatures. The weather in late August/early September can be much more preferable when compared to 100 degree days in the middle of summer, particularly for those more susceptible to heat stroke or headaches.

2. Warmer Water. Even during the hottest days, the water in the summertime can sometimes feel frigid. Going from one extreme to the next, from hot, humid air to chilly water isn’t necessarily the most relaxing experience. But later in the summer, the water warms up and makes for much more pleasant swimming.

3. Less Crowds. Tourism has slowed down and the beaches are less crowded at this time of year. You won’t have to fight for a spot on the sand, or a place to park, especially if you go on a weekday. And you can enjoy nature better without the clamor of large crowds.

4. Less Traffic. If you’re the type who can’t stand sitting in traffic (aren’t we all?), then right now is a better time for you to visit the shore. Getting to the beach at this time of year is a lot easier, with children back in school and less people taking vacations. Take advantage of clearer roads and head to the beach!

5. Lower Risk of Sunburn. The sun is closest to us in late June, on the summer solstice. The closer the sun is, the easier it is to get burned. Visiting the beach in the later months of summer is a safer alternative for people who burn easily. But don’t skip out on the sunscreen altogether. Always use sunscreen and reapply as often as necessary.

What’s your favorite part of visiting the beach? Tell us in the comments!

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Community Events | August

Family Fun Day | August 6 from 11am – 6pm.

Family Fun Day, Ride for Autism DE/Team Robbie Benefitting Autism & Special Needs. Public welcome. Aug. 6 from 11am-6pm, Seaford VFW, Middleford Rd. Water slide, dunking booth, bouncy house, cornhole tournament, carnival games, live music, food vendors, vendors welcome. 50/50, cash bar. Call Betty Grace, 302-249-3565.

Homemade Crabcakes & Steamed Shrimp. | Fri., Sat., & Sun. Aug 6-8

At The Store in Gumboro. Try our homemade pies & desserts, hand-dipped Hershey ice cream and homemade dog treats made with local honey. 37100 Millsboro Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966. 302-238-7885.

Back to School Bag Sale! Thurs., Aug. 11, 9am – 1pm.

$4/bag. Clothes, books and shoes. Due to limited space, strollers will not be permitted. The Curiosity Shop, 1100 Middleford Rd. Seaford, DE 19973. 302-629-2650

Free Kids Fishing Derby (ages 3-12) | Sat., Aug 13, 10am-12pm

Registration at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club at the Marina in Blades, DE. begins at 9:30. Picnic lunch will be provided at no cost! Call 302-519-9513 for more information.

2016 Tractor Show | Saturday, August 13 from 9am – 2pm.

Sponsored By The Kenton Ruritan Club. 265 Main Street, Kenton, DE. Rain Date: Sun., Aug. 14. Food, Kids games. Dash Plaques for First (75). Vendors wanted. Call Marc, 302-670-9112.

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Summer Pet Safety

As much as we look forward to summer, there comes a time when the heat is too much to bear. When the weather is hot and you’re suffering, don’t forget about your animal friends. Not only can hot weather be uncomfortable for them, but it can be dangerous. Read more below on how to keep your pets safe during the hottest days of the year.

1. Never leave your pets in a parked car. Seriously, don’t do it. Even at temperatures of 70° F, the inside temperature of your car could rise to well over 100° F. When in doubt, keep your pet at home in the AC.

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2. Limit exercise on hot days. Be sure to take your dog on walks in the early morning and in the evening when temperatures are lower. If you’re hot, imagine how your furry friend is feeling. Also keep in mind that hot asphalt can burn a dogs paws instantly. For walks, stick to the grass and shaded areas. And be sure to bring along extra water for your dog.

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3. Outdoor pet safety. If you have outdoor cats, or keep your dog outdoors, be sure that they have ample shade and constant access to water. If at all possible, bring pets inside when temperatures and heat index are high. Talk to your veterinarian to see if you might want to groom your long haired cat or dog for the summer to help keep them cool. Keep in mind that some breeds of dog handle heat better than others.

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4. Heat exhaustion. Know the signs for heat exhaustion. Some signs include: heavy panting, fatigue, dry or red gums, excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet may have heat exhaustion, seek immediate veterinary care.

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5. Consider outdoor dangers. Summer can bring with it extra risks for pets who spend large amounts of time outdoors. Be sure that your pets are up to date on all their shots, and have flea and tick prevention medication. Keep your pet away from your garage or anywhere there could be leaked antifreeze/coolant as this can be deadly. Also be mindful of plants that can be toxic. Read more here.

Follow these tips to be sure that you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable summer.

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Community Events | July

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All You Can Eat Breakfast | July 16th from 7am-10am

$7 per person. Bethel UMC, 22365 Bethel Rd., Millsboro, 1 mile East of Rt. 54/Gumboro Rd. intersection. For more info. 302-344-7629.

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Vendor/Craft Show | July 16th from 9am-2pm

Wesley Church on Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Vendors inside and out. Food will be served. Contact Dawn 302-296-7500.

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Open House Weekend | July 17th from 2pm-4pm

If you’re looking for a home, don’t miss Open House Weekend! View homes for sale in southern Delaware. Pick up a copy of this week’s issue of The Guide to view homes!

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VFW Post 4961 Breakfast Buffet | July 17th from 8am-10am

Cost: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children under 12, $5. Call 302-629-3092 for more info. VFW Post 4961 is located on Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.

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Carey’s United Methodist Camp | Starts July 27th

The camp runs for 12 days each summer. This year will be the 128th year for this historic camp located in Millsboro, Delaware. For more information, check out the ad in this week’s issue of The Guide!

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Updates From the Delaware Family Owned Business Awards

IMG_0535Our president & COO, Amy Higgins, recently attended the Delaware Family Owned Business Awards in Newark, Delaware. There were 17 finalists present at the award ceremony. We are elated and humbled to have received the award for Medium-Sized Business.

We do what we do every day, not for recognition, but because it is important to us to maintain the same standards and integrity that our company was founded upon. Our customers, some of whom have held the same prime page positions for nearly 30 years, expect results. Results that we are sure to deliver every Wednesday.

If you’re in the Seaford area, stop by and see us, and we’ll show you why we continue to be Delmarva’s Leading Weekly Advertising Source.

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