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Middletown Life Spring/Summer 2016

Apr 11, 2016 01:07PM ● By Steven Hoffman

For the past several years, in each issue, we have undertaken the task of writing a continuing story about a town, its people and its places. Our aspirations are really quite simple: that if anyone wishes to know the true heart of Middletown – as well as its neighboring communities – that they will be directed here, to this magazine, to the continuing narrative. The 2016 Spring-Summer edition of Middletown Life is certainly no exception. Writer John Chambless profiles artist Diane Laird, whose detailed renderings of Middletown capture the history, flavor of vibrancy of the town. Writer Richard L. Gaw profiles Delaware Wild Lands, which last November was given the reins to protect and manage the 1,250-acre Taylor Bridge Roberts Farm in Odessa. Writer Lisa Fieldman profiles Alice DeVore, whose Fingertip Fantasies Dollhouses and Miniatures in nearby Clayton recalls a long-lost Victorian era. Writer Steve Hoffman sits down with Nick Manerchia, the new executive director of Middletown Main Street, who shares his continuing vision and goals. Welcome to the 2016 Spring-Summer edition of Middletown Life. We hope you enjoy the continuing narrative of your town.  

Middletown artist Diane Laird in her home studio

A passion for preservation, mixed with an eye for business

Diane Laird paints the places that make Delaware towns special Read More » 


Preserving Harry and Ediths farm - Apr 05 2016 0455PM

Preserving Harry and Edith's farm

More than a decade ago, Delaware Wild Lands began to talk about finding a way to preserve the 1,250-acre Roberts Farm on the outskirts of Odessa. Last November, they purchased the propert... Read More » 


New executive director brings creativity and commitment to Middletown Main Streets efforts - Apr 05 2016 1232AM

New executive director brings creativity and commitment to Middletown Main Street’s efforts

Although he's just 27 years old, Manerchia had already served on Middletown Main Street’s Board of Directors—and he was board president for two of those years. The knowledge that he alrea... Read More » 


Postings in the dugout  - Mar 31 2016 1110PM

Postings in the dugout 

The Appoquinimink High School Varsity baseball team won the 2015 Delaware State Championship with a unique blend of talent, commitment, accountability and toughness. Yet to head coach Bil... Read More » 



House of Dreams - Mar 31 2016 1129PM

House of Dreams

Alice DeVore has been in the dollhouse and miniatures business for more than 30 years Read More » 


Spring Expo brings the community together - Apr 05 2016 0451PM

Spring Expo brings the community together

Nearly 100 vendors and 1,300 visitors enjoy the event that showcases the many offerings of the local business community Read More » 


Q  A with Peter Ramos - Apr 05 2016 1238AM

Q & A with Peter Ramos

Peter Ramos started Simple Solutions General Contracting in 2001. He was only 23 at the time. The business expanded to Townsend last year, and was the recipient of the Middletown Area Cha... Read More » 


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