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Dover International Speedway announced it will have fans in the stands for its upcoming NASCAR race weekend.

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The University of Delaware’s football team is making the most of its shortened spring season, earning a postseason berth over the weekend.


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The Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament returns to Lewes this December as part of a partnership within a regional showcase.


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The Delaware State Fair announces significant changes to its grandstand concert lineup this summer.

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The Freedom Festival will be back in Milford this year, with funding from the city.

Photo from Karen Bowers Falk

After a shortened season last year due to COVID-19, a Rehoboth Beach amusement park will be open this year for a full season.

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New Castle County announced its plan to reopen libraries to the public next week. 

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This month, Delawareans can visit some the finest kitchens in the area.

But unlike years past, The Junior League of Wilmington’s Kitchen Tour fundraiser will be completely virtual.

The event’s chair Tara Wheeler recently chatted with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about how this reimagined version of the tour was devised to provide an experience similar to what was previously offered in-person.

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Delaware State University is shaking up its athletic department.

In a letter to the university community, DSU president Tony Allen announced Athletic Director Scott Gines is retiring and the school’s men’s and women’s basketball coaches will not return.

Allen said the school needs to "chart a new, bolder path for Delaware State University's athletic future."

"These changes have and will continue to require a healthy debate – nothing great happens without it," Allen wrote in his letter.

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The Blue Rocks are gearing up for their return to the diamond after the 2020 season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And when their 2021 season opens next month, they’ll start the season with limited capacity at Frawley Stadium.

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The Firefly Music Festival announced it plans to return this year.

The festival’s web page is displaying September 23rd through 26th of 2021 as the dates at the Woodlands behind Dover International Speedway.

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Archaeological fieldwork unearths what is believed to be a burial ground at the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover.

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A nonprofit is trying to raise awareness about the need for an indoor track facility in Delaware 

Indoor Track Delaware is pulling together coaches, parents and concerned citizens to argue the state needs to build one.

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The fate of another historic property is up in the air – this time in Wilmington’s Browntown neighborhood.

Residents and preservation advocates are fighting an effort to demolish the Brown House - which dates back to around 1820.

Contributor Larry Nagengast dives into this controversy and where things stand right now.

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There’s a lot that’s known about the Dr. John A. Brown House and its owners, and there may be pieces of history about the house and its surroundings yet to be discovered.

Saturday is the first day of Spring, and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce is getting in the spirit.


It created a Spring Passport initiative to mark the start of the new season.

Eleanor Thomas, one of the Museum's educators, with Sheldon the turtle

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is focusing on virtual programs while it is closed for renovations. And its main audience is students:


Part of the Junction & Breakwater Trail (Photo from Lee Ann Walling)

Work on an extension to the Junction and Breakwater Pathway begins this week.

Anyone looking to drive on to Delaware’s beaches this summer to surf fish is out of luck of they don’t already have a permit. 

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It’s been just two years since girls were allowed into Scouts BSA — formerly known as Boy Scouts.

But in that time one Delaware girl has worked all the way through the scouting ranks, to the top rank of Eagle Scout.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt has her story.

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For the second year in a row, Dover Days is canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes are coming to the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover as it starts implementing its master plan.


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ historic site team manager Dan Citron recently spoke to Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about the changes and how they will help offer a more complete picture of the site’s history.


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Almost one year after the COVID-19 pandemic started, events are still being canceled.


The Great Delaware Kite Festival scheduled for April 2, 2021 is canceled - again.

Delaware Brewers Guild

Breweries across Delaware are each brewing their version of a beer inspired by the First State.

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

A beloved Sussex County public treasure is being reimagined.


Final work to transform the 150-acre James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View is underway. 


Biden Welcome Center

The Delaware Tourism Office wants you to pack your aviator sunglasses and hit the road.


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Last week, contributor Larry Nagengast highlighted a historic preservation victory in New Castle County – the Jester Farmhouse while highlighting some of the issues keeping the state, and specifically New Castle County, from seeing more success stories.

But there are other success stories. This week, Larry looks at another one, the Weldin House, detailing how it was saved and what its future holds.

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It will probably need a two-year gestation, but the historic Weldin House is expected to enjoy a rebirth that residents of the Penny Hill and Fox Point areas north of Wilmington will appreciate, this time as a meeting place for community organizations.

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 examines more closely popular sources of news and information.

This week on The Green, we offer the latest episode of A Matter of Facts, featuring a conversation about newspapers and their transtion to the digital realm with Nortwestern University's Pablo Boczkowski.

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Stories on historic preservation in recent years usually focus on the failure to protect buildings of significance from demise.

But this week contributor Larry Nagengast offers a more hopeful story – as one building Northern New Castle County – the Jester Farmhouse - avoids that fate.