Some sure signs spring has arrived in Delaware

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines …

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Some of the sights, sounds and smells that signal spring has sprung in Delaware:

•Daffodils appear around every corner;

•The tulip watch begins in Dover and Lewes;

•Pear and cherry trees are in full bloom;

•Ospreys return to fish the waters of Sussex County;

•One day it’s sunny and in the 60s and the next it’s cloudy and temperatures struggle to reach the 50s;

•The crack of the bat and thunder of cleats on the hard infields of Little League parks;

•Parents arrive at school sports events in short sleeves and finish watching games wrapped under two blankets;

•Farmers have begun the spring fling in the fields;

•And, certainly, it must be spring when the aroma of barbecue chicken fills the air around the Greenwood Fire Company. (Sales begin April 26.)

What brings you the greatest joy each spring in Delaware?

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Dover International Speedway’s Facebook page offered a photo of heavy equipment and a big dirt pile on the concrete oval and a quick quiz Friday. It, too, was a reminder of spring.

The caption read, “Do you know what this means?!”

Well, they were not filling the pothole that tore up Jamie McMurray’s car and delayed a 2014 race for 20 minutes.

And, no, the Monster Mile is not setting up for a dirt track race or a monster truck event.

It means that the horse racing meet has ended and the crossover from the paddock to the five-eighths of a mile oval inside the mile oval will not be needed again until next November.

The Gander RV 400 race, which highlights the May 3-5 NASCAR weekend at Dover, is now less than a month away and the track is tuning up for its 50th anniversary season.

We’re curious how many of our readers have been ticket holders since the first race or regulars at the track over the past 50 years.

Send me your memories and we may include them in a future edition of the Delaware State News. Email awest@newszap.com.

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In addition to NASCAR racing, the first weekend in May has quite a few options for entertainment.

The Saturday of race weekend includes a D-Day-themed event at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, the 86th annual Dover Days Festival, the History, Heritage and Hops event in Dover and the Bug and Bud Festival in Milford.

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A Tuesday email from “across the pond” was a first for me.

Kate Mason sent a message from London about “The Big Draw” – an upcoming initiative of the Mispillion Art League that was featured in this column last week.

Ms. Mason represents the international group that created the festival and continues to lead its growth around the world.

“We were delighted to see your coverage based on Rosemary Connelly’s wonderful work bringing our international festival to Milford,” she wrote. “It’s great that she was inspired by more of our festival event organisers in Spain.”

Ms. Mason said more information about the international organization can be found at the bigdraw.org.

She said anyone participating in Delaware should add #DrawnToLife with tweets related to the event.

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Last week, action from Maryland’s General Assembly caught the attention of journalists in the region and around the world.

Both chambers unanimously approved a resolution to make June 28 “Freedom of the Press Day” in Maryland to honor the five victims who died in the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis on that date last year.

The resolution said, “The General Assembly of Maryland desires that June 28 be recognized as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices and to honor and protect all journalists serving a vital role in our State’s democratic process to inform residents of the happenings of their governments.”

On June 28, 2018, a gunman entered The Capital newspaper office in Annapolis, killing editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, 59; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who headed special publications; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; editor and sportswriter John McNamara, 56; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.

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The Delaware State News’ events team is gearing up for the fourth annual W3 ­— What Women Want Fest — on Saturday, April 27, at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club, Wyoming.

The day includes vendors, food, door prizes, giveaways, a fashion show, demonstrations and entertainment.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 on the day of the event.

Click on the “Events” link at delawarestatenews.net for additional information.

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Andrew West is executive editor of the Delaware State News.

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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