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Apr 15, 2014
Source: Submitted Walt Lydic

Walt Lydic to represent AAG for reverse mortgages in Delaware

American Advisors Group has selected industry veteran Walt Lydic as a retail reverse mortgage professional to cover Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. AAG, based in Orange, Calif., is the nation's top reverse mortgage lender. Lydic, of Ocean View, has 26 years of mortgage origination experience in Delaware and Maryland, and has specialized in reverse mortgages for the past seven years, most of them with Wells Fargo and MetLife. Reverse mortgages allow qualified seniors ages 62 or older to convert a portion of their existing home equity into cash. Former Sen. Fred Thompson is the television spokesman for AAG. Lydic can be reached at or 302-363-5913.

Community shredding event May 2

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce in partnership with WSFS and the chamber’s Green Force will host a shredding event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, rain or shine. The community is invited to bring used paper to Bethany Blues in Lewes, 18385 Coastal Highway.

Bethany Blues will provide light refreshments for participants. Attendees will be able to gain information on green initiatives and reduce their carbon footprint with free shredding. There is no charge, but donations for the benefit of the Destination Station Project are welcome.

Any paper-based printed material can be shredded, as well as x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, cassette/audio tapes, microfilm, and more. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc. do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Materials must be removed from three-ring binders prior to shredding.

For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-6446 or visit

Barnett-Baker joins Tastefully Simple

Nichole Barnett-Baker of Georgetown has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Barnett-Baker offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple's products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting a Tastefully Simple business, contact Barnett-Baker at For more information about Tastefully Simple, visit

Stephen Gorski joins Duffield Associates

Stephen Gorski, PE, has joined Duffield Associates’ civil engineering/water resources department as a senior project manager. Gorski has more than 25 years of experience in civil engineering design, management and construction for a variety of large and complex civil engineering and land development projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Gorski graduated from the University of Delaware with BS degrees in civil engineering and geology. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, Homebuilders Association, as well as other professional organizations.

Duffield Associates provides consulting in civil engineering, water and natural resources, environmental services, geotechnical engineering, coastal/waterfront engineering, structural engineering and construction services. Duffield Associates has offices in Wilmington and Georgetown, Philadelphia and Carlisle, Pa; Havre de Grace, Md; and Cape May Court House, N.J.

Delmarva Insulation opens Home Performance

To better serve homeowners on the Delmarva Peninsula, Delmarva Insulation in Georgetown has launched its Home Performance division. This division will focus specifically on improving energy efficiency for existing homes including crawl space encapsulation, insulating and air sealing.

“We have been upgrading insulation in existing homes since we opened in 2002,” says Victor Bautista, general manager of Delmarva Insulation. “With today’s increased understanding of building science and the unique needs of existing homes, our Home Performance team has been established to address the needs of these homeowners so they can save money on their energy bills and have more comfortable homes.”

For more information about Delmarva Insulation Home Performance and its services, visit

Faw Casson receives top rating

Faw Casson announces that the firm has recently received the highest level of rating from the National Peer Review Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Faw Casson has consistently received this highly desired level of review since 1980, the year which marks the inception of the program. As charter participants in this program, the company has consistently upheld the stringent standards set forth by this organization.

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service, Faw Casson willingly undergoes this rigorous monitoring process every three years to ensure it is complying with the highest level of industry standards.

Faw Casson is a full-service CPA and business consulting firm with locations in Dover, Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean City, Md. It has served the Delmarva Peninsula for more than 69 years.

Flexera exhibits at Spring Trade Expo

Flexera Inc., widely recognized as a leader in the alternative energy space specializing in solar power and LED lighting solutions, was a featured exhibitor at the 40th annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel Restaurant Association Spring Trade Expo held March 9 and 10 in Ocean City, Md. This marked the fifth consecutive year for Flexera as an exhibitor.

“Flexera is a tremendous supporter of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel Restaurant Association, and we couldn’t be more proud to participate in the 2014 Expo,” said Flexera CEO Bob Light. “Our representatives in attendance always admire the productive conversations had with participants."

Flexera is a full-service provider of innovative energy services, solutions, and products to the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit For more frequent updates, follow on Twitter @Flexera_Inc.

Employers urged to use tax credit

With the return of the Delaware National Guard’s 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell reminds employers about the state’s Veterans Opportunity Tax Credit.

“Military veterans possess skills that strengthen our workforce, and we should do everything we can to help these men and women find gainful employment when they return home,” said Markell. “We are grateful to local employers who support Delaware veterans and we, in turn, want to ensure they take advantage of the tax credit available to them.”

The credit, signed into law by Markell in August 2012, offers Delaware employers up to $1,500 a year - for three years - for each veteran hired. To qualify for the credit, veterans must have received an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, or a Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. They must also be hired between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Rufft awarded Women in Water Award

Artesian Resources Corporation has announced that Joanne C. Rufft, director of community relations and environmental initiatives, was awarded the 2014 Women in Water Award from the Delaware Rural Water Association.

Rufft received the award at a Feb. 26 luncheon during DRWA's 24th Annual Technical and Conference Exhibition held on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. The award recognized Rufft for her performance and dedication and the positive impact she has had on the water industry. Rufft, who has been in the water industry for 25 years, administers Artesian's community, environmental, conservation and education programs and events. She directs Artesian's participation in the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup and has conducted educational outreach program to local schools, both in Delaware and Maryland.

Artesian Resources Corporation operates as the holding company of wholly owned subsidiaries offering water, wastewater services and related services on the Delmarva Peninsula. Artesian Water Company, the principal subsidiary, is the oldest and largest investor-owned public water utility on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Lori M. Leonard joins The Pampered Chef

Millsboro resident Lori M. Leonard has joined The Pampered Chef, the largest direct seller of cookware and accessories for entertainment at home, as an independent consultant. Leonard will offer cooking shows to teach people how to cook at home easily and affordably, as well as provide practical solutions for family mealtimes.

The Pampered Chef's independent consultants organize, develop and maintain their business according to their personal needs. They determine their own hours, goals and levels of achievement. By holding just two cooking shows a week, the average consultant can earn more than $850 a month.

For more information about hosting a cooking show or purchasing products, call Leonard at 302-228-2108 or visit For more information about the Pampered Chef, call 1‐800‐266‐5562, visit or like on Facebook.

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