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                                                                                  Truth or Stretch?                                                  stings, but much to Delbay’s chagrin he
                                                                                                                                                       She did end up with a few jellyfish

                                                                                                                                                     spotted no sharks after nearly nine hours
                                                                                                                                                     of due diligence.
                                                                              The very name, Stretch Garrison, invokes lore. Just how When I asked Delbay about his
                                                     What We Do                  much the tall tale got stretched remains a mystery.                 mother’s famed swim he simply shrugged
                                                      Financial Planning                                                                             and said sadly, “Well, we didn’t see any
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                                                        Mutual Funds           NATURE AROUND US                                                        Meghan just laughed, clearly more
                                                       Income Planning                                          J. Morton Galetto, CU Maurice River  relieved than disappointed.
                                                          Annuities
                                                         Tax Planning               ach culture and region has legend-  ture, the Jersey Devil, likely had its roots   Five years ago two other kayakers and I
                                                        Medicare Plans              ary stories linked to people that are   in a business rivalry between two gazette   were paddling just north of the mouth of
                                                         Fixed Rates          Epassed on as oral tradition from    owners: Ben Franklin and Titan Leeds.   Fortescue Creek in Beadon’s Cove when
                                                         401K, 403B                                                                                  two fins arose from the water parallel
                                                            IRAs               generation to generation. With proper en-  Facts morph into fiction, iconic figures
                                                       Wealth Transfers        thusiasm, hyperbole, inventiveness, and   transform into legend.      to one another. One of my companions
                                                       Charitable Giving       seasoning they evolve into folk heroes,   I shall begin my narrative in truth and   said, “Shark.” To which I replied, “Skate,”
                                                      Trust Management         legendary creatures, famed and infamous   move to the stretches of one’s imagina-  since the fins flared inward and were
                                                      Retirement Planning                                                                            parallel as opposed to in-line. There were
                                                       Educational Plans       personalities. Their legends become the   tion.                       quite a few and then they were gone.
                                                        Life Insurance         mythology and regional traditions that   TRUTH: In 2013 Meghan Wren, the
                                                                                                                                                       A few minutes later I said, “Shark.”
                                                       Health Insurance        are part of the mix that creates a culture.   founder of what is today known as the   And indeed there were a number of not-
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                                                                               without Huggin’ Mary? What is the   Delaware Bay. He said, “Jellyfish, and—
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                                                                               forests of the western United States with-  was not thrilled by that prospect, her son   Delaware Bay does have sharks.
                                                                               out Paul Bunyan? There are thousands   Delbay was elated.               Many years ago Phil Correll from the
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                                                                                                                   Delaware, Meghan emerged from the
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