Delaware author traces final hours of Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln was carried from Ford’s Theatre where he was shot on April 14, 1865, into the nearby Petersen House. He was taken to a small back bedroom where he died the next morning. (©Maxwell MacKenzie/for Ford’s Theatre)

  DOVER — As a child Kathryn Canavan visited the small bedroom where Abraham Lincoln died. Decades later, she still is drawn to the Petersen House, the boardinghouse where the mortally wounded president was carried on April 14, 1865, after being shot at Ford’s Theatre. She finds herself visiting whenever she’s in Washington, D.C. “There’s […]

DonDel issues casting call for a Neighborhood Kids reunion

DOVER — Don Blakey often directed his “kids” on stage “to do it big,” to stand tall and project their voices deep from their guts. Come Sunday, he aims to do it big again with a DonDel Neighborhood Kids Reunion at the Modern Maturity Center. There will be food and refreshments, “singing old songs, reminiscing,” […]

Renewed life for steeple at historic Smyrna church

SMYRNA — Rising high above the Smyrna skyline, the steeple on Asbury United Methodist Church is hard to miss, especially lately.

The scaffolding now encasing the eight-story landmark, the highest structure in the town of a bit more than 10,000, is the latest step in a journey that began more than a year ago, according to the church’s pastor.

Once the renovation is finished, in time for the Oct. 18 rededication, the building on Mount Vernon Street will have the internal support needed to last another hundred years, or longer.

Smyrna church traces its lineage to Francis Asbury

SMYRNA — The Rev. Dale Brown reckons he’s blessed to be the pastor of church that he calls unique.

“This is a church you work your life for to have the opportunity to be pastor,” he said Thursday.

In the ministry for more than 24 years, Mr. Brown has been pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church on Mount Vernon Street for four years.

“It’s a good church,” he said. “Good people. Quality people.”

Dover farmer’s market produces growing sense of community

DOVER — With this year’s run for the Loockerman Way Farmer’s Market nearly over, volunteer manager Amy Mullen says the summer turnout has been “pretty good” as the market continues to deepen its roots in the community.

While Wednesday’s dark skies delivered an afternoon downpour, Mother Nature has cooperated most weeks to help make Dover’s Loockerman Plaza “a nice little place.”

Ms. Mullen remains confident the market, though small in comparison to others established elsewhere, has potential to flourish.

Veterinarian says kitten treated in Townsend had rabies

TOWNSEND — Thirteen people, including four children, are undergoing post-exposure treatment after tests on a kitten that died Monday came back positive for rabies.

Dr. Theresa Ford, a veterinarian at Bay Animal Hospital in Townsend, said Friday the first treatments began Thursday.

The feral kitten was found July 18 by a homeowner on Bay View Road, east of Middletown.

Dover American Legion post gets Stars and Stripes makeover

DOVER — Artist Scott LoBaido of Staten Island, New York, aims to make sure veterans in every state sees his appreciation for their valor while at the same time he indulges in his passion for painting flags and celebrating America.

Not just veterans, however, can enjoy his artistic flair. Drivers are sure to do a double take at the sight of the American flag that now covers one wall of American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2 at 835 S. Bay Road.

The artist selected the post as the Delaware canvas for his Fifty State Tour. When he’s done later this month he will have painted Old Glory on one VFW building or American Legion post in 49 states. He started Feb. 20 in North Carolina and aims to finish Aug. 20.

Demolition begins at Dover’s Kirby & Holloway

DOVER — The “never fear we will reopen” words haven’t been seen on the eye-catching Kirby & Holloway sign for some weeks, but it looks like progress is being made for the one-time popular restaurant to possibly rise from the ashes.

Fire, determined to be accidental and electrical, destroyed the family restaurant in February 2014.

Long-awaited demolition began this week and is expected to take two weeks, according to Philip Gray, who spoke for the family Thursday.

The day after the Feb. 2, 2014, fire, owner Jim Gray gathered with many of his regular customers and several of his 60-some employees in the parking lot on U.S. 13 and vowed to reopen the restaurant he’d owned since 1982.

Emerald ash borer moves ever closer to Delaware

DOVER — Delaware stands out by what’s missing on the www.emeraldashborer.info map.

However, red dots pinpointing locations for the iridescently beautiful but voracious emerald ash borer are marching ever closer, especially with the discovery of the insect on the Eastern Shore.

Entomologist Jimmy Kroon knows it’s only a matter of time until Delaware falls to the invader.

“It’s not good news that it’s on the Eastern Shore,” he said last week, “but it’s not terribly shocking.”

More than a name on a wall

DOVER — Jane Meder always hoped her husband would return to her and their four children.
“I always thought he would come back,” she said Wednesday afternoon from her Camden home.
Col. Paul O. Meder’s AC-130A gunship was shot down over Laos on Dec. 21, 1972. He was one of 16 crew members aboard the plane; two survived, the body of a third was found near the crash site. Col. Meder was listed Missing in Action
On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Meder visited the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be in Dover through Saturday.
“This morning was hard. It’s real,” the great-grandmother said. “You’re looking at that wall and it’s real and there’s not a thing you can do about it.”