Marecki looks back on long career at Bayhealth

DOVER — After a tenure of more than 30 years, Pam Marecki — Bayhealth’s assistant vice president of marketing and communications — retired this month. In the position, she was responsible for the hospital system’s advertising and corporate communications, as well as its social media presence and media relations. “I was hired as a public […]

Cookies for the front lines: Goodnight provides good day for health workers

DOVER — The delivery and exchange lasted just a few moments, and the cookies were quickly transported to their intended targets. When 21-year-old Makenna Goodnight couldn’t send treats to military troops overseas this year due to the pandemic, she brought them to nearby heroes. The University of Delaware junior baked enough cookies for 120 nurses, […]

Lewes photographer Futcher captures Downstate life

LEWES — JuneRose Futcher was raised in an active sailing lifestyle on the Delaware Bay and is a member of a family with professional mariners dating back many generations. As a young girl, she was not only encouraged and trained to be a sailor, she was encouraged to make artwork about sailboats and seascapes. “I […]

‘Overcoming adversity’ in mind as Hanukkah begins

DOVER — For Caroline Schwartz, Hanukkah 2020 is well-timed, coming during a test of will to outlast and emerge from the ongoing pandemic. “There has to be a broader message coming from God: Have faith,” said Ms. Schwartz, president of Congregation Beth Sholom in Dover. “We’ll overcome. You know, Jews in history have overcome every […]

Battlin’ Betties deliver to homeless vets on Giving Tuesday

DOVER — Lia Mendoza admits that she was slightly disappointed in the slow start the Battlin’ Betties Delaware Platoon got off to on its Giving Tuesday project, with donations trickling in slowly during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, they wanted to bring a little bit of joy to homeless veterans in Delaware through the Veterans […]

Dover native teaches kids money sense with new book

DOVER — Kass budgets her money carefully and expects her brother Joey to do the same. But Joey spends every dollar he earns. When he realizes he hasn’t saved enough money to pay for something he’s been dreaming about, Joey must either learn to budget or risk giving up his dream. These aren’t real people, […]

Dover native named Sussex Emergency Physician of the Year

MILFORD — Julie Cullen, an assistant medical director at the Bayhealth Emergency and Trauma Center, Sussex Campus, couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. “I love emergency medicine,” Dr. Cullen said. “It is absolutely a personality fit for me. It is exciting, team-centered, fast-paced, with a variety of presentations, patients, diagnoses, treatments, and procedures. “Plus, I […]

Blessings for Badges feeds Thanksgiving dinner to first responders

MILLSBORO – Not everyone has the luxury of being home with loved ones for those special holidays. For those in public safety and related fields, duty often means missing out on family gatherings. First responders working Thanksgiving Day Downstate were not forgotten this year, thanks to Blessings for Badge, a volunteer initiative launched in Sussex […]

Limited by COVID, Kent County Toys for Tots seeks donations

DOVER — Every Christmas Day, as eager children tear into their presents to find what Santa Claus brought, countless mothers and fathers give thanks to Toys for Tots for helping make the holiday gift-giving possible. The nonprofit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation spreads the holiday spirit by allowing needy parents to give their kids presents […]

Weeklong Milford effort culminates Thursday in sharing meals

MILFORD — A group of volunteers will be bringing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, as well as to volunteers and first responders around the Milford area Thursday. But preparations for the big day began almost a full week earlier when family and friends of longtime Milford resident Gwendolyn Fountain gathered at the Carlisle Fire […]