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The Assawoman Canal Trail is closed until early spring while dredging project continues; A special House Small Business Caucus

Date: February 16, 2017



The Assawoman Canal Trail is closed until early spring while dredging project continues; A special House Small Business Caucus meeting will be held March 1st in Georgetown



February 15, 2017
The Division of Parks & Recreation closes a portion of Assawoman Canal Trail until early spring during DNREC canal maintenance dredging project
LEWES (Feb. 15, 2017) - Due to the Assawoman Canal maintenance dredging project currently underway by DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship, a portion of the Division of Parks & Recreation's adjacent Assawoman Canal Trail has been closed until early spring.
The trailhead parking lot at Town Road (near Route 26) will remain open and visitors can still access the northern section of the trail. However, the 500-yard-long southern section of the one-mile trail will remain closed during the Assawoman Canal dredging project due to heavy excavation equipment working at the site. The southern section of the trail has a tentative April 1 reopening date.
The purpose of the Assawoman Canal maintenance dredging project is to improve recreational navigation along the four-mile-long waterway. The multi-use Assawoman Canal Trail is managed by Delaware Seashore State Park. For more information, please contact Park Superintendent Doug Long at (302) 227-2800.
2017 brings changes to "Full Retirement Age"
By Sherita Deal
Social Security District Manager in Dover, DE
"Full retirement age" refers to the age when a person can claim their Social Security benefits without any reduction, even if they are still working part or full-time. In other words, you don't actually need to retire from your work to claim your full benefits. Also note that waiting until you're 70, if you can, will bring you a higher monthly benefit. The choices you make may affect benefits your spouse or children can receive on your record, too.
As the bells rang in a New Year, they also rang in changes in 2017 for people considering claiming Social Security retirement benefits. For people who attain age 62 in 2017 (i.e. those born between January 2, 1955 and January 1, 1956), full retirement age is 66 and two months.
Full retirement age was age 65 for many years. However, due to a law passed by Congress in 1983, it has been gradually increasing, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959.
You can learn more about the full retirement age, and find out how to look up your own, by clicking here.
There are some things you should remember when you're thinking about retirement.
You may start receiving Social Security benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the higher your monthly benefit will be. Your monthly benefits will be reduced permanently if you start them any time before full retirement age. For example, if you start receiving benefits in 2017 at age 62, your monthly benefit amount will be reduced permanently by about 26 percent.
On the other hand, if you wait to start receiving your benefits until after your full retirement age, then your monthly benefits will be permanently increased. The amount of this increase is two-thirds of one percent for each month -- or eight percent for each year -- that you delay receiving them until you reach age 70.
If you decide to receive benefits before you reach full retirement age, you should also understand how continuing to work can affect your benefits. We may withhold or reduce your benefits if your annual earnings exceed a certain amount. However, every month we withhold or reduce increases your future benefits. That's because at your full retirement age we will recalculate your benefit amount to give you credit for the months in which we reduced or withheld benefits due to your excess earnings. In effect, it's as if you hadn't filed for those months. To learn more, click here. 
If you pass away, your retirement date can affect the benefit amount your surviving loved ones receive. If you started receiving retirement benefits before full retirement age, we cannot pay the full amount to your survivors. Their benefit amount will be based on your reduced benefits.
You can learn more by visiting our Retirement Planner by clicking here.
The House Small Business Caucus goes on the road to Georgetown for its next meeting on March 1st
The House Small Business Caucus will be on the road for one of their two meetings in March!
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is hosting the luncheon on Wednesday, March 1st at 12-noon. The event will be sponsored by and held at the Sussex County Association of Realtors (located at 23407 Park Avenue, Georgetown, DE).
If you are a small business employer in Sussex County, you are encouraged to attend the March 1st event.
In order to get an accurate count of how many people are planning to attend, please RSVP to Stephanie Mantegna at
State Rep. Ron Gray | 
302-436-7024 |