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Of the few Delaware bands tabbed to play Firefly Music Festival in the past, most received a phone call out of nowhere. The call, in most cases, came as a surprise, if not a shock, to learn they were fortunate enough to be selected.

Either someone on the local music scene had put in a good word with Red Frog, the Chicago-based event production company that organizes Firefly, or the Red Frog talent scouts did their own research.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks won their 2015 home opener in walk-off fashion.

The Rocks edged Frederick Keys 3-2 – scoring the game winner in the bottom of the ninth on centerfielder Bubba Starling’s one out RBI double.

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Renovations to the baseball field at William “Judy” Johnson Park in Wilmington are complete, and today the park was rededicated to the first Delawarean elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

City and state officials joined residents of Wilmington’s Hilltop community to rededicate the park that was named for the former homegrown Negro League star shortly following his election to the Hall in 1975.

Johnson - who retired in 1937 before Jackie Robinson broke pro baseball’s color barrier - was a role model for many in the neighborhood and city.

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The gates at Frawley Stadium open for a new Wilmington Blue Rocks season Thursday night.

The Rocks welcome the Frederick Keys to the Wilmington Riverfront for their 2015 home opener.

Wilmington went 3-3 on its season opening road trip to Myrtle Beach and Carolina – finishing out that trip with a 2-1 win over the Mudcats Wednesday in North Carolina.

Frederick is the hottest team out of the gate in the Carolina League – winning six straight following a season opening loss.

Ommelanden shooting range reopens with upgrades

Apr 15, 2015

After a six-month hiatus, the Ommelanden Shooting Range is reopening with upgrades for Northern Delaware trap and skeet shooters.

DNREC program manager Craig Rhoads says they weren’t anticipating to be closed for that long.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks 2015 season got off to a rocky start at Myrtle Beach Thursday night.

The Rocks mustered little in the way of offense in a 9-1 loss to the Pelicans.

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks open their 2015 season Thursday night at Myrtle Beach. 


The team struggled behind the plate in 2014 and trailed most Carolina League teams in nearly every hitting category.

So despite a pitching staff that had the lowest ERA in the league and allowed the fewest walks, hits, runs and homers - the Rocks finished last year with a 65-72 record.

CAMP Rehoboth


Before founding LGBT nonprofit CAMP Rehoboth, Steve Elkins and his husband Murray Archibald used to spend their weekends vacationing in Rehoboth Beach. While driving in the area, they saw something that motivated them to organize the local gay community.

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To many, spring is synonymous with baseball. In Delaware, that means the start of the season for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The minor league affiliate plays their season opener at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Thursday – and the team is excited to take the field following a busy offseason.

“Surrender at Appomattox,” by Tom Lovell

At 3pm Thursday bells at the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia will ring, along with some in the First State. It’s part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant that marked the end of the  Civil War, the bloodiest conflict ever fought on US soil.