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When the doubleheader of NASCAR races takes place in Dover next month, the only sounds on the monster mile will be from the race cars and the crew.

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Killens Pond Water Park reopens Friday, just one week after closing because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Delaware hunting licenses and conservation access passes are now easier to purchase online.


The University of Delaware is the latest to pass on trying to play fall sports in 2020.

UD announced Friday that it is suspending all fall competition, including football.

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Delaware State University plans to reopen, but its students-athletes will not have any games or competitions to look forward to when the school year starts.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference voted to suspend all fall competition in 2020, citing escalating COVID-19 cases in many areas where student-athletes from member schools reside. 

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Deer and wild turkey hunting season shows Delaware is a successful destination for deer and turkey hunters.

The 2019-2020 hunting season set a record with 16,969 deer harvested. 



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Dover International Speedway will get NASCAR racing back on track this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

And it's doing so in a big way next month with a historic weekend of doubleheaders in late August.


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The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes is getting a facelift.


The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs started the rehabilitation effort two weeks ago with exterior work on the Museum.


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The Delaware State Fair plans to go on as scheduled from July 23 through August 1, but it will have a different look this year.

A variety of change are being forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Delaware’s tall ship - the Kalmar Nyckel - will be back on the Wilmington Riverfront this weekend, but the public’s access will be minimal. 


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The Delaware Public Archives’ First Saturday program series is now online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Bars in the state’s beach communities are not alone in seeing coronavirus restrictions for the 4th of July weekend.


Paul Simon - Wilmington Artist (Submitted Photo)

The Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF) is among those reopening after shutting down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will welcomes visitors back this week on a limited basis with two new exhibits opening on Wednesday, July 1, 2020:


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Phase Two of Delaware’s reopening is giving parents and caregivers some additional summer activity options for their children.

And the YMCA of Delaware is opening day camps across the state:


Dover celebrates Juneteenth

Jun 19, 2020
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Juneteenth is drawing significantly more national attention this year. And, Dover residents did not miss out on the chance to join the celebration.  

Things may be approaching a “new normal” for many, but not for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association.

Organizers are considering making this year’s gourd hurling event virtual.


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New Castle County libraries will now offer a curbside pickup program for those wanting to check out books, movies and more.


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Several youth sports teams in the First State are gearing up to return next week.  And, they can safely resume with guidance from the State.

A large black granite statue sits on a flatbed truck.
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Representing strength, victory, and the vanquish of evil, the Hindu god Hanuman is often depicted in statue form at many hindu temples.


At the Hindu Temple Association in Hockessin, it will be hard to miss.


Delaware youth sports resume play under Phase II

Jun 9, 2020
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Youth sports in Delaware start to return during Phase Two of the state’s Reopening Plan.

That begins Monday, but Delaware Division of Public Health Division Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said not all sports can restart.

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The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Wilmington’s annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

But it will not be business as usual for the event in 2020.

Anglers interested in surf fishing this year are now out of luck if you’re looking to purchase a surf-fishing permit. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) does not have any more surf fishing permits left to sell this season. 



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.


Delaware Park sets new date for 2020 racing season

May 21, 2020
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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.