Kent County Recreation Center helps families celebrate new year

  DOVER — Jeremy Sheppard, director of the Kent County Recreation Center, knows how difficult it can be to try to get a new tradition started. That’s why he was so happy to see a couple hundred parents and their children brave cold temperatures and some icy roads to take part in the inaugural New […]

Merry Christmas: Real Meaning of the Great Day

Editor’s note: The following Christmas message appeared in the Delaware State News in December 1931. In researching the early years of the Delaware State News, we found a reprint of it in the Wilmington Morning News. For more on Christmas editions past, see today’s “From the Editor” column. For the Delaware State News, 1931 For […]

The magic of Christmas: Helpers shed some light on Santa Claus

  DOVER — Believe in the magic of Christmas. It’s a pretty common concept. The Sun first wrote about it in 1897 when the paper answered a letter to the editor from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who — prompted by her doubting peers — questioned the existence of Santa. The paper’s response brought the well-known answer, […]

Christmas rush without too much fuss

  DOVER — Shoppers who found themselves waiting until the last minute to complete their Christmas shopping found they were far from alone on a day of retail that was dubbed “Super Saturday.” In fact, a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that 53 percent of consumers — about 126 million people — […]

Operation Christmas CHEER delivers to Sussex seniors

GEORGETOWN — For most people, Christmas is a festive time for family gatherings, holiday feasts, celebrations and joy. Others are not as fortunate. For some of those, there’s Operation Christmas CHEER, which aims to deliver holiday cheer to the needy homebound senior citizens across Sussex County. Around 10 a.m. on Christmas morning, a small army […]

Salvation Army Delaware donations down this year

DOVER — The Salvation Army bell ringers in Delaware have been ringing up the Christmas spirit alongside those traditional red kettles, but many passersby have provided them with a “Bah humbug” response when it comes to making donations this year. In fact, with just four days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army Delaware announced that […]

‘Blue Christmas’ service planned

FELTON — “The name probably comes from Elvis Presley’s song,” Pastor Sally Stewart of Felton-Viola United Methodist Church jokes. “But I don’t really know that.” She, along with a host of volunteers, are planning the church’s second Blue Christmas service to help those who are grieving “rest” in the otherwise holly, jolly holiday times. “Loneliness […]

Holiday Lights

Kenneth and Janet Benson submitted a photo of their holiday decorations on Jean Bradley Circle in Frederica on Dec. 14. Do you have a great shot of a scenic location in Delaware? Send it to newsroom@newszap.com. Photos must be at least 200 dpi and include your name, where and when your photo was taken, where you live […]

Food for the soul: Bob Reese has fed the troops at DAFB since 2004

DOVER — Bob Reese has taken lessons learned from his parents and turned them into many happy airmen and personnel at Dover Air Force Base during the holidays for the past 14 years. Mr. Reese, a retired Air Force Reserve Technician Master Sgt., said there is no greater joy to him than helping take care […]

Leipsic Christmas tree built from crab pots

LEIPSIC — Borrowing the idea from Block Island, Rhode Island, Leipsic councilwoman Donna Ortelli has helped cultivate a new town tradition for their holiday centerpiece. “Out on Block Island, they built theirs out of lobster pots, but we thought these crab pots would be more appropriate for us,” said Ms. Ortelli. Leipsic’s new ‘Christmas tree’ […]