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Lewes Events and Traditions Aren't Stopped by the Heat

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LEWES, Del. - High temperatures on Saturday didn't wear everyone out. Many Saturday events and traditions were still on in Lewes, regardless of the heat. 

However, even at 9 a.m. kids planting the tree for the Historic Lewes Farmer's Market's third annual tree planting felt challenged by the heat. "It's sweaty," says 9-year-old Kylie Magness of Baltimore. 

The market itself stays open in this heat because the farmers still have goods to sell. "Most of them have cooler or wet rags on their produce," says Board of Directors President, Helaine Harris. "We have brought a lot of water and we have talked to and trained all of our volunteers to look for people who seem to be in some sort of heat distress." 

On the beach, 130 volunteers are stationed at 40 locations from Fenwick Island to Smyrna for the Merr Institute's 19th annual dolphin count.

"This is to conduct an informal population study," says Executive Director Suzanne Thurman. "We use the same variables so the data is consistent and that helps us to keep an eye on any trends, any declines, or any spikes in the population."

Thurman and her team of volunteers in Herring Point came prepared for the heat. "We have some people who have umbrellas or they have their hats on," says Thurman. "Thankfully there's a breeze blowing."

Former mayor Jim Ford came out for the count and to celebrate his wife Teresa's birthday. He says they're staying hydrated and he's not worried about the heat with the Atlantic right in front of them. "Take a dip in the ocean when it gets too warm," he suggests. "It's still cool."

In the first hour nine volunteers at Herring Point only spot three dolphins. Thurman says this isn't as many as usual and that the heat isn't necessarily the reason. She does say that the fish these dolphins eat may be swimming in deeper waters to stay cool and that it's possible that's why they're aren't that many swimming close to shore. The group in Fenwick Island did however see a whale. 

Meanwhile Nelly and Mo Jeff and Silas Darlington have another way to stay cool on the bike trail. "The breeze when we're biking," says Nelly who also remembered to wear sunscreen. "I rubbed it in on my shoulders because they get burnt a lot."

The group comes from Baltimore the same time every summer. This year staying cool is a top priority. "We wanted to go to the beach and cool off because our campsite was really hot," says Mo. 

These Saturday events and traditions brought out people who were prepared for extreme heat. 


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