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Member Spotlight: Cape Gazette

Member Spotlight: Cape Gazette

Location/Website: Lewes, Del.; capegazette.villagesoup.com

Twitter/Facebook: @CapeGazette; Facebook.com/CapeGazette

Publication Schedule: Twice-weekly, published every Tuesday and Friday.

Focus & History: The Cape Gazette focuses on the Cape Henlopen region of Delaware. Familiar beats include the city of Lewes, Milton County, Sussex County Council, DelDOT, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach as well as the courts, schools and state legislature. Health, business, farm and gardens and the environment also take on prominent roles in the paper’s coverage outlay.

The paper also staffs four sports writers, who focus on running, outdoors, golf and general fitness.

Happy Birthday! The paper, owned by publisher Dennis Forney and editor Trish Vernon, recently celebrated a 20th anniversary. The first edition came out Friday, May 28, 1993. The paper published on Fridays only for the first 10 years before going to a twice-weekly schedule in 2003.

“I think it’s a great reflection of our community,” Vernon said. “We have a very educated, well-balanced readership, our real estate market has thrived through the downturn, and it’s been a good run.”

Vernon admits it has been exactly what she thought it would be, and like nothing she ever would have imagined at the same time.

“At my age, I’m not sure I’d do it all over again, but it sure has gone by fast,” Vernon said. “Dennis and I worked together for 18 years at The Whale newspaper (a Lewes daily now defunct). We left in April 1993 and by May, we were up and running with this operation with one foot out the door and another on a roller skate.”

What’s New: Hurricane Sandy continues to be a part of a national storyline pertaining to the Eastern Seaboard in general. Of late, the storm’s seemingly never-ending trail of trash and sewage is generating a lot of interest.

The Cape Gazette’s region was spared the brunt of Superstorm Sandy, but the Indian River Bridge continues to be strong storyline. Route 1, which leads up to the bridge, continues to suffer sand coverage when storms like Sandy hit the Cape area.

“Ron McArthur and Nick Roth have tag-teamed that story, and it continues to be a traffic driver for us,” Vernon said.

A Publisher Well Traveled: MDDC past president Dennis Forney has embarked on a summer-long journey. Forney and his wife, Becky are riding bicycles from Oregon to Delaware. Forney expects to return to Delaware sometime in September, provided there’s no weather or injury concerns.

Forney, who has written his “Barefootin” column for more than 30 years, is authoring a blog under the Cape Gazette’s Viewpoint tab. It details the daily travails through the mountains, the seemingly endless cycle of rain, and some of the unique and ironic scenery along the way.

Intern-esting: The Cape Gazette is hosting a pair of interns this summer. Dalton Cahill (Wilmington College) and Lexi Coon (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) are earning college credit this summer while pocketing a small stipend for their efforts.

These students are in addition to the eight students who receive a paid internship from the Reese Cleghorn program under the MDDC foundation.

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