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Museum Trustees Dick Carter & Mona Steele prepping atrium walls for paint (Museum Photo)

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover reopened this week after being shuttered since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


And it will look different to visitors who return.


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Dover International Speedway will host only one NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in 2021.

Dover has hosted two race weekends a year since 1971, traditionally welcoming one in the spring and one in the late summer or early fall, but that won’t be the case next year.


May-Achillea filipendulina 'Coronation Gold'

The Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) - located along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro - opened to the public last September after several years of planning.


The 37-acre coastal garden was supposed to reopen for a new season in March, but did not because of the coronavirus crises.



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Kent County residents with library materials they couldn’t return during the coronavirus pandemic can start doing so again.


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Many summer staples may be significantly altered or completely absent this year.

That includes summer camps, which could have a big impact on some families that rely on them to give their kids something to do once school lets out.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at where summer camps stand as the state starts to slowly reopen.


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It will be another three weeks before live horse racing at Delaware Park gets out the gates.  Officials pushed back the season’s Opening Day to June 17th reducing the season by 20 days this year.

Religious communities in Delaware are not rushing to reopen places of worship even though Gov. John Carney has lifted restrictions on prayer services.

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Efforts to strengthen historic preservation in New Castle County are taking shape as the county’s Historic Preservation Working Group starts drafting ordinances to address a variety of ongoing issues.  The group, created nearly a year ago, includes three County Council members determined to make progress.

Their effort comes as the fate of the Houston House- a historic home in Village of Bayberry North, near Middletown – is closer to being decided by New Castle County’s Historic Preservation Board.

Contributor Larry Nagengast has been following these issues and updates them this week.


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Free access to state parks and beaches ends this week.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Wednesday that passes once again must be purchased to gain access starting Friday.

Dover Air Force Base

Frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting another sky-high salute - this time from Dover Air Force Base.  A C-17 Fly-by throughout the state is planned Wednesday to show appreciation for those on the forefront of the crisis.

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Some of the world's best youth softball teams are not coming to Sussex County this summer.

Little League International canceled the 2020 Senior League Softball World Series scheduled for Roxana, Delaware, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With driving down during the COVID-19 pandemic, those staying at home are biking and walking more to get exercise and keep busy.


But bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to use common sense and follow the rules.

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 The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t completely stopping what would have been NASCAR’s spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway. 


The races themselves won’t be held on the Monster Mile. But, the track is hosting a virtual race week. 

City of Rehoboth

Like other cities and towns across Delaware, Rehoboth Beach is canceling several major events because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The 2020 Delaware State Fair plans to go on as scheduled, but one of the main attractions, the concerts at the Grandstand is cancelled.



Sports in the First State are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, the state’s minor league teams hope to still play a major role in the community.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has needed to think outside the box to grant “wishes” for children with critical illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.


A new short film by a Wilmington ad agency encourages Delawareans to show resolve and see a better future beyond the coronavirus pandemic.



Courtesy of Islamic Society of Delaware

First State mosques are observing the start of Ramadan Friday. 

Delaware Muslims are in for a very different holy month — as the coronavirus prevents them from gathering.

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The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t stopping Earth Day festivities in the First State this year.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt and other interactive activities to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another big event scheduled in Dover.

Dover’s Fourth of July celebration is canceled because of social distancing concerns, and the lack of finances available for the event.


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Sussex County libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But, internet access at those locations is still available.  

The county’s fourteen libraries are adding “parking lot” WiFi hotspots to serve their respective communities. 

In a world with Facebook, Twitter, 24/7 news channels, talk radio, citizen journalism, fake news, real news, audiences are drowning in an overwhelming overload of information.  Clearly a guidepost is needed to identify what is a trustworthy and a reliable source of news and information.

Delaware Humanities' podcast– A Matter of Facts – delves into this topic as part of its mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all Delawareans through cultural programming. In season 2 of the podcast, it examine more closely popular sources of news and information.

This week on The Green, we bring you the first episode of season 2 of A Matter of Facts  – featuring a conversation about Wikipedia with University of Delaware professor of English Thomas Leitch – author of the book Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, And Liberal Education In The Digital Age.

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The coronavirus outbreak and its impacts have been described as “historic.” Local historians are trying to capture this history as it is made.

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Stronger measures restricting access to state parks could be coming.

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it wants to reduce crowds there during Gov. Carney’s State of Emergency.


Gov. John Carney’s latest emergency order puts limits on recreation options for out-of-state visitors and First State residents when it comes to surf fishing.

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Just weeks after the first case was detected in Delaware, the coronavirus pandemic has changed almost every element of life in the First State.

Faith groups are still driven to worship, but are being forced to find creative ways to do so.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talked with representatives of a few congregations to find out how they are adapting.

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay

Local branches of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are working diligently to keep boys and girls engaged during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The Firefly Music Festival will not be held in Dover this year because of the escalating novel coronavirus pandemic.

Firefly organizers announced the cancellation in a statement Tuesday.

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One of the state’s marquee sporting events is among those falling by the wayside amid the COVID-19 outbreak.