Bakers feeling pinch of ‘sky-high’ prices on eggs

DOVER — Fluctuating gasoline prices often grab headlines but the sharp increase in the price of eggs has some consumers — and bakers — squawking.
A dozen large eggs more than doubled in price in a month’s time in June and now cost about a dollar more than they did a year ago.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials blame reports of avian influenza in the Midwest for creating an egg shortage after the destruction of commercial flocks.
That includes 5.3 million laying hens in Iowa destroyed in April as reported by The Des Moines Register. Flocks are destroyed in hopes that will keep the flu from spreading.

Avian flu no threat to Delaware poultry yet

DOVER — Even though no avian influenza has been reported in Delmarva or even on the East Coast, Delaware is taking no chances.
Since December 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways — the paths used by migratory birds. The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people to be low and no human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada or internationally.

Firefly food orders produce sweet treat for Dover businesses

DOVER — Need 200 cupcakes by 10 a.m. today? Piece of cake.

How about a truckload of organic produce and vegetables fit for a knight? Done deal.

Contacted by Red Frog Events for help in providing food for this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, two Dover businesses didn’t hesitate to answer the call to perform.

“I was stunned when he called,” said Marcia Collins, of her reaction when a chef associated with Red Frog contacted Good News Natural Foods to ask if it could provide organic produce for Sir Paul McCartney and his entourage of 80 plus.

NASCAR drivers take ‘awesome’ ride to the sky

DOVER — In less time than it takes to race 400 laps around the Monster Mile, three NASCAR drivers and their teams traveled to Richmond and took a right over Tennessee before swinging back to Dover Thursday.

Then, after an “assault landing” at Dover Air Force Base, MAKE Motorsport’s Travis Kvapil and Ryan Ellis hustled up the road to Dover International Speedway to log a few more miles for the day in the Camping World Truck Series’ final practice.

After all, what’s a few more miles once you’ve flown 1,463 in a 3.5-hour C-17 Globemaster III orientation flight?

Searching for unsung heroes

SMYRNA — The notion that the remains of Civil War soldiers might rest beneath unmarked stones didn’t sit well with two descendants of Union veterans.

So Dan Cowgill of Middletown and Glenn Layton of Wyoming drafted themselves to spearhead the effort to make sure graves of Delaware’s Civil War soldiers are marked so anybody visiting a cemetery readily can see who served during four of the bloodiest years in American history.

Memorial Day began as Civil War remembrance

DOVER — April 9 marked the sesquicentennial of the surrender of the Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Union Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, signaling the end of the Civil War in 1865.

One battle, however, remains contested long after the guns have fallen silent: Where did Memorial Day originate?

Some two dozen places claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day and originally aimed as a day of remembrance for those who died during the Civil War, fought between the Northern and Southern states between 1861 and 1865.

A car in the hand makes Miles happy

If Miles the Monster’s countenance has appeared more fearsome of late, it might have been because of his empty right hand. For six weeks, the popular monument at Dover International Speedway has been waiting for a new race car to arrive from North Carolina.

“Toyota is very passionate that the car on display matches the car seen on the track,” said Gary Camp, senior director of communications for Dover International Speedway, Friday morning, hours before the car was placed.

Easter: The big day for pastors

On Easter, pastors anticipate surveying their flocks and seeing new faces sprinkled among the familiar. All accept they might never see those faces again.

All embrace the challenge of balancing meeting the needs of those who come to church every week while casting a net toward those visitors who may be there to test the waters.

“People come on Easter who don’t come at other times,” says the Rev. Timothy Evans, who along with his wife Cheryl are co-pastors at The Cross Church of the Nazarene in Dover. Often the visitors are family guests accompanying parishioners.

‘Junior church’ members present Stations of the Cross

On Good Friday evening, more than one child took the lead in a special presentation of the Stations of the Cross at The Cross Church of the Nazarene.

Using posters they had made during “junior church” over the last few weeks, the children stood ready to show visitors the traditional 14 stops depicting the last hours of Jesus on his way from the trial where he was condemned to die to the tomb where his body was placed and from which he arose on Easter.

Seal takes a break at Dover

“I was amazed,” said Mr. Chabbott, a retired Air Force colonel, Dover businessman and past president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve seen seals all over, but not here.”

“Here” is Windswept Drive, nestled against the St. Jones off Del. 10.

Kevin Kalasz, with the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, said the Chabbotts’ visitor likely was a young harbor seal, born within the past year.