Parenting during a pandemic

Whether we were ready or not, parents, children, and in some cases, extended family are in hiding during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all seeking answers. Not only are we wondering when all this will end, and what it will do to us, but many of us are wondering what effect prolonged social isolation will […]

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition honors Shining Stars

DOVER — Dennis Hallock just wanted to help. When one of the senior secretaries at Dover’s Central Middle School was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Mr. Hallock, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization president, decided to organize a fundraiser to benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. “We raised a few hundred dollars,” he recalled. Over […]

Scholarship recipients on the right course

DOVER — Without determination and goals, the hardships of life can often deflate even the highest hopes. Still, sometimes determination and goals aren’t enough. Occasionally, we need the help of others. And while their stories and challenges were different, Kent County residents Joe Pflumm, Crystal Vicidomini, and Suzanna Knotts are all grateful for the help […]

A breadth of fresh air: Artist pays tribute to Delaware in paintings

  DOVER — It’s small wonder that Maria Liberto Bessette has chosen to pay tribute to Delaware with an exhibit of her plein air paintings at the Delaware Agricultural Museum. Her roots are in agriculture and more specifically, in Delaware. Her parents were born and raised near Dover and her grandparents, who came from Sicily […]

Biggs Museum offers early look at Ansel Adams

DOVER — Perfectly timed to capture the interest of summer visitors, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is offering a rare opportunity to view 40 photographic prints made by the late Ansel Adams. The exhibition entitled “Ansel Adams: Early Works” opens on May 5 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and […]

‘Oklahoma!’ sweeps into Caesar Rodney High School

CAMDEN — Caesar Rodney High School’s production of the classic musical “Oklahoma!” promises bales of good clean fun and corn “as high as an elephant’s eye” when it opens Thursday in the school auditorium. First performed 74 years ago this month, the show could aptly be called the grandpa of the modern musical. It is […]

Camden author spotlights a colorful tale of history

CAMDEN — Lloyd Wheatley of Camden doesn’t remember her name, but one remarkable summer school teacher changed his life forever by making learning relevant and meaningful. “We spent the summer doing research on black Americans we’d never even heard of,” he said. “I was hooked.” He became not only a lover of history, but a […]

Piecing together ‘HerStory’ through Dover quilt exhibition

DOVER — The artwork of a group of African-American women whose cumulative work covers history from across oceans, gender, race and traditional boundaries blankets the walls of the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. In its annual quilt show to celebrate black history, the A Stitch in Time Quilt Guild this year presents “Black […]

Moore taking ‘The Dream’ to kids in need across Delaware

MILFORD — The Rev. John Moore of Dover says he is on “Cloud Nine.” After one of his most recent presentations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, two young men approached him to try performing some of the speech themselves. “So even though we face the difficulties of today and […]

Blakey, Delaware black aviators reached for the sky

DOVER — During World War II, young Donald Blakey dreamed of being a pilot like the ones flying in and out of Bolling Air Field near his home in Washington. He learned to identify each aircraft by the distinctive sound of its engine. He imagined his grandmother’s sewing machine was his very own instrument panel. […]