First for August 19, 2016

GOPs for Governor
It’s been tough for Delaware Republicans to win statewide races with so many more registered Democrats than Republicans.In this week’s First Look we talk with the two Republicans hoping to defeat Democrat John Carney in the November Governor’s Race. Meet GOP candidates Lacey Lafferty and Colin Bonini.

Mayoral Debate
Since March, we’ve presented four televised debates in the Wilmington mayoral race, but they were all minus incumbent Mayor Dennis Williams. This week, Williams did participate in a debate produced by WHYY in cooperation with WDEL radio. Here’s some highlights from that debate at Delaware Tech’s Wilmington Campus.

First Experience: Mt.Cuba
With school right around the corner, wehave a couple of offerings as you wind down your summer. Mt. Cuba in Hockessin recently completed a redesign of its south garden which dates back to 1949. The beautiful flowers attract not just people, but bees and butterflies as well. A couple weeks ago, we gave you a quick tour of the gardens, but you should really see the whole thing. It’s a bonus First Experience.

Wilmington and Western RR
It’s hard to believe that one of Delaware’s top tourists attractions is still moving full-speed ahead after 50 years of service. The Wilmington and Western Railroad is celebrating its golden year. Like any tourist attraction,it has been a big part of many family celebrations throughout the Brandywine Valley and beyond. With summer winding down we thought it was a good idea to hop on board this vintage tourist railroad for a trip back in time.

First Experience: Laura Hickman
Delaware artist Laura Hickman grew up in Bethany. During the winter months she and her sisters had the town to themselves. Laura still lives in Bethany and those childhood memories have inspired her work through the years. Starting with black, Laura brings out the light in her pastel paintings. We stopped by her studio for a look.

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