First for Friday, March 6, 2015

Seashore Mallow

Delaware’s coast line is slowly being eaten away every time there is a major storm, and through the effects of sea level rise. Farmland that once supported a variety of crops is now ruined because it gets covered by salt water spray. In our First Look, Carolyn Beeler of WHYY’s The Pulse reports from Milford on a possible solution and maybe a crop for Delaware’s agricultural future.

Home buying help

New numbers on the economy are out this week. As the trends continue upwards for the overall economy, the state of home ownership continues below pre-recession numbers. People are still buying homes, and first time home buyers need help. There’s a Delaware program aimed at getting through the maze of paperwork they face.

Formula of nursing

A recent study estimates if babies born in the US over one year were breastfed as recommended, the country could save $12 billion in health care costs alone. Despite the proven health benefits, Delaware’s breastfeeding numbers continue to dip.

Du Pont Generations

The DuPont company has announced it is leaving its storied headquarters located just off Rodney Square in Wilmignton. For more than 200 years the du Pont family has been a part of Delaware, and Delaware has been a part of what makes up the du Pont family.

Cold Crossing Tale

We’ve gone through one of the coldest February’s in a decade. The Cape May Lewes Ferry had to cancel trips on several days when the ferry could get through the ice. We took a look last year at the challenges faced on those ice covered crossings.

First Experience: Match safes

Before lighters, people used matches to light cigarettes and pipes. During the mid-19th century the cases used to carry your matches became little pieces of art, some made by the likes of Faberge and Cartier. First Experience visits the Delaware Art Museum to see a unique exhibit showcasing a small, and we mean small, slice of history as we introduce you to the ‘match safe’.

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