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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.

The New Castle County program created to give new life to historic structures has had only one success, but it wasn’t the Jester Farmhouse.

Corey Marshall-Steele

A popular boat ramp with anglers in Sussex County will be closing this week for major reconstruction and expansion.


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Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 18th this year. Since 1994, the holiday has been transformed into a national day of service, encouraging Americans to get out into their communities and volunteer in honor of the civil rights leader.


There are many organizations here in Delaware that rely on the support of their volunteers to protect the environment, save lives and help those who need it.


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia reports those groups seethe Martin Luther King Day of Service as more than just a day.


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2020 has been a challenging year, especially for Delaware's visitor attractions.

One attraction fought through setbacks and ever-changing guidelines to pursue its expansion plans, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of visitors and its animals, including those added as part of a new exhibit.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Mark Fowser takes us to the Brandywine Zoo.

The Kent County Public Library is closing its doors again.

Gov. John Carney’s COVID-19 stay-at-home advisory that goes into effect next Monday is prompting the move.

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The Hummers Parade is the latest COVID-related cancellation in Delaware.

The loosely-organized annual New Year’s Day event in Middletown playing on Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade and known for political satire will not happen in 2021.

State of Delaware

Delaware Day 2020 will feature the stories of enslaved Delawareans, and those who helped break the bonds of slavery through a series of videos.

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Relying so heavily on a hands-on experience, many children’s museums around the country have struggled or closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delaware Children’s Museum on the Wilmington’s Riverfront has stayed closed since March.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia chats with the museum’s executive director Jen Bush about how it’s handling the pandemic and how COVID could change the way it operates once it reopens.

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This year, Santa is visiting Milford in a unique way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Wilmington's Brandywine Zoo has some new residents.

The Zoo's Madagascar exhibit opens to the public Friday.

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The First State will welcome some of the world’s top golfers to Wilmington in 2022.

The PGA Tour, Western Golf Association and Wilmington Country Club announced Tuesday that the BMW Championship is coming to Wilmington Country Club’s South course in August 2022.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Joe Biden’s home state is getting a lot  of attention since the Presidential race was called in his favor Saturday.


And that attention could translate into more tourism for the First State.


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Kent County residents missing their trips to the library can resume them starting next week.

Delaware Humane Association

One of President-elect Biden’s pets will mark a “first” for the White House come January.

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Throughout the pandemic, many people have cleaned out their homes, purging their closests, basements and garages of items that they don’t want, use, or need anymore.

And that has created a surge in donations.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Eileen Dallabrida takes a closer look at this phenomenon and its impact.

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The recently completed live racing season at Delaware Park brought the end of an era to the Stanton track.

For nearly four decades, when you watched races there, the voice telling you what was happening was always the same: track announcer John Curran.

For this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne caught with Curran to discuss his career and saying good-bye after 37 years on job.

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Wilmington’s Riverfront will be home to a holiday light show starting next month.


The Grand in Wilmington and Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) are producing the Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show. 


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The success of this summer’s Virtual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is prompting a year round effort, available virtually and in person.


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The Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover is presenting a virtual program Halloween weekend.