Farewell to Firefly 2019: Fans see changes but excitement remains

DOVER — By most accounts, the eighth annual Firefly Music Festival was another exciting time for attendees, but for some longtime festivalgoers they sensed a change this year. “This is my third time out here and it did feel a little different than I remember,” said Cincinnati native Trevor Payne. “I think the music got […]

Dover boy rallies for diabetes research

DOVER — On the surface, Owen Hill, of Dover, is your average 11-year-old kid. But in 2015 when he was only 8 years old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Instead of being discouraged about his condition, he embraced it for the better. “It was a tough transition,” Owen said. “Some kids have had […]

Celtic Harvest carries Irish spirit to Smyrna Opera House

SMYRNA — For the past 21 years, Celtic Harvest has delighted audiences throughout the Delmarva region with its performances of traditional and original material of Celtic music. That rich tradition continues Saturday night with a show at the Smyrna Opera House. The group of five musicians, who have been involved with the Delaware Folk music […]

Dover High School grad Burrell gets starring role with ‘Madea’

The power of writing down your goals and dreams can go a long way. Courtney Burrell is a living testament to that statement. “I wrote down my affirmations and just started chasing them,” Mr. Burrell said. “I wrote down that I was going to become a great actor and I was going to start inspiring […]

Dover program informs public on African Americans in Civil War

DOVER — “You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from” is a notion that Kathy Trusty lives by. “If you don’t know your history, you can easily repeat it,” Ms. Trusty said. “Segregation and Jim Crow wasn’t too long ago. If people don’t know about their history, they can […]

‘Traveling Africa’ exhibit details adventures by locals

DOVER — The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover will examine ways that Americans record and relate to Africa with its newest exhibition titled “Traveling Africa.” Part of Dover’s annual Citywide Black History Celebration, the exhibition will run until March 24. It includes travel photography of memorable moments on the continent, as well as […]

Smyrna author’s story comes up Golden

SMYRNA — When Smyrna author Cindy Cavett first found out her story “Rehoboth Beach Break” was going to be included in gift bags for the 2019 Golden Globe nominees and presenters she didn’t believe it. “When I read the email from my publisher I thought it was spam,” Ms. Cavett said. “Once I read it […]

World War I illustrations of Delaware Public Archives

DOVER — The Delaware Public Archives is giving visitors a chance for a look at a bygone era. The Delaware National Guard’s American Illustration Collection, which opened earlier this month, features paintings by Delaware artists commissioned during World War I. “The painters drew upon wartime news, eyewitness accounts, photographs and correspondence to inspire their paintings,” […]

In the classroom: Local teachers team up to give the gift of reading

J.K. Rowling once said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” It is a quote that local English Teacher Jessica Rash embraces. “Helping students find a book they enjoy is like a puzzle that I can’t put down,” Mrs. Rash said. For the past five years, Mrs. Rash, who teaches […]

Milford teacher instills drive to read

MILFORD — “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book” is a quote by J.K. Rowling that Jessica Rash lives by. “Helping students find a book they enjoy is like a puzzle that I can’t put down,” Ms. Rash said. For the past five years Ms. Rash has been gifting her […]