Delaware State News e-edition ideal for winter reading

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines …

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Say it ain’t snow.

That’s a word that most everyone at the newspaper despises. Sure, it can make for awesome photos, but it wreaks havoc on production and delivery of the newspaper.

We appreciate our readers’ patience this time of year. We do our best to make sure we get a copy of the Delaware State News to your doorstep during winter storms. However, there are times when that’s not always possible.

Carriers found some roads treacherous on Saturday night and Sunday morning. For the safety of our carriers, some missed Sunday papers and Monday deliveries may be delayed until Tuesday. Areas in Kent and Sussex had up to 4 inches of snow Sunday morning.

That said, this is a good time to remind our readers that the e-edition can be a great alternative in this weather. It doesn’t offer the “warmth” of a print product, but you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite content. The e-edition includes every page of the newspaper, along with television listings, comics and Parade magazine on Sundays.

If you have a home delivery subscription, but have not set up e-edition access, take time to do so with our Reader Services team this week. You can send an email to readerservices@newszap.com with your name and address and our staff will help you get started.

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This editor took a fun phone call Friday from Pat Savini.

He was reacting to a Delaware State News advertisement – “Our Roots Run Deep” – that has appeared next to our Opinion content.

Shown are images of the Sept. 14, 1953, front page – our first as a daily – and an Oct. 17 front page.

His daughter, Molly, graces the front of that edition. The youngster was shown cheering on Caesar Rodney High during a soccer game against Cape Henlopen.

Pat said his father, Lou, has been a subscriber since he came to Dover in 1954 to head a financing company.

“He has been a subscriber ever since,” he said. “He may be your oldest reader.”

Pat, who retired as superintendent of Sussex Technical School District in 2010, said the ad made him think of how it connected generations in his family.

“Your roots do run deep,” said Mr. Savini.

We’re not sure who has the longest-running subscription. If you believe it is you, feel free to call me. I always enjoy talking about the newspaper and learning what our readers enjoy.

In a 2014 story in the Delaware State News, Lou Savini, an Army veteran, reflected on his experience in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

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It’s January, so you know John Moore is rehearsing Martin Luther King Jr. speeches in advance of his favorite time of year.

(Check out our Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association award-winning story and videos on the Rev. Moore.)

The Rev. Moore, who has been featured in this column before for his ability to portray Dr. King and his passion to keep the civil rights activist’s spirit alive, sent along word that he has a busy January ahead.

His first appearance will be Jan. 15, what would have been Dr. King’s 90th birthday, at Elbert Palmer Elementary in Wilmington.

“I am going to share Dr. King’s history, do a couple reenactments and then we are going to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ (Stevie Wonder’s version) and give the kids a chance to dance with Dr. King (me),” he wrote in an email. “It’s all about giving them the audacity to follow their own dreams.”

He also has engagements at three detention centers, as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program in Salem County, New Jersey, and another that night at the Dover Interfaith Housing shelter in Dover.

“King gave his life in support of sanitation workers who were striking because of unfair conditions and working at almost starvation wages where those men were so poor that they qualified for the welfare system,” said the Rev. Moore. “There are more than 20 more engagements that I will be participating in but at the core is to remember that MLK gave his life for the least … the deprived and the disenfranchised. It is my hope that my presentations this year will spark hope in the hearts and lives of all people and those who need it most … the poor.”

As readers likely have noticed, there are a number of Delaware State News-sponsored Citywide Black History Celebration programs coming up.

The Rev. Moore will be doing the introductions for the African Diaspora Feb. 8-9 at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover, and he will be presenting at the Local African American Music Program Jan. 31 at Delaware State University.

See advertisements in the Delaware State News or visit delmarvaevents.net for information about how to get tickets for the free shows at the Sankofa center. A limited quantity are available.

The website includes information on featured performances.

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The Biggs Museum of American Art is hosting an exhibition on the effects of African tourism on the arts Feb. 1-March 24.

The museum’s staff hopes to borrow artworks made in Africa and artworks influenced by local residents who have traveled in Africa for the exhibit.

Contact Biggs curator Ryan Grover at (302) 674-2111, ext. 118, or email him at rgrover@biggsmuseum.org.

Andrew West is executive editor of the Delaware State News.

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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