DNREC wheelchair trackchair

DNREC’s new all-terrain wheelchair uses caterpillar tracks

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

DNREC on Friday unveiled a new wheelchair that operates with a continuous track, like a military tank, and is designed to handle mud, sand, snow and water. The Action Trackchair, which retails for about $20,000, was acquired with a grant from the Ford Bronco Wild Fund. It is the state’s first all-terrain wheelchair and will be available to the public …

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Wilmington 4th grader named outstanding safety patroller

Staff WriterEducation, Headlines

AAA singled out a fourth grader at Anna P. Mote Elementary School in Wilmington as an Outstanding School Safety Patroller for the 2023-2024 school year. Pedro Valle-Rodriguez was honored with the award during an end-of-year recognition ceremony. Pedro’s teachers describe him as someone who leads by example. The 4th grader was praised for his maturity and dependability and for taking his …

Milford School District tax

Milford School District lowers tax rate for 8th year

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines

Milford School District this week voted to lower  the school tax rate in both Kent and Sussex counties for the eighth year in a row. The Kent County school tax rate from $1.6593 per $100 of assessed property value to $0.2807 per $100 value after receiving reassessed property values from that county. The rate in Sussex also dropped from $4.6503 …

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Delawareans have won Powerball 285 times for $1.6 billion

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Delaware residents have cashed in $1.6 billion in Powerball lottery winnings since 1992, a national gambling site says. That $1.6 billion is adjusted for inflation, and GambleSpot says it used data from the Powerball website to figure out how many people had won lotteries between 1992 and 2024. The site said Delaware winners have won the Match 5 266 times, Match 5 …

Beach breakfast

Rise, shine & dine: 13 beach restaurants for breakfast

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

  Breakfast has always been a significant dining segment at the beach, partly due to the high volume of hotel guests. However, lingering over a stack of pancakes while sipping a bloody Mary epitomizes a lazy vacation. The demand for breakfast on the Culinary Coast has led to a bevy of restaurants ready to serve hungry beachcombers. Here are some …

Deebo was treated for the illness, and Faithful Friends is looking for a foster to shelter the dog. Courtesy of Faithful Friends.

Respiratory illness temporarily shuts 2 shelters’ doors to dogs

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

  Faithful Friends Animal Society and Humane Animal Partners have temporarily stopped dog intakes and dog adoptions at their New Castle and Wilmington shelters while they treat a canine respiratory illness. “We’re taking these measures to limit the spread of the infection and help our dogs recover,” Faithful Friends announced on Facebook. “Symptoms are a cough, like a kennel cough, …

“The Clippers played an exhibition game against the servicemembers of Fort DuPont in 1941, with process doing to uniforms,” “Lost Delaware” writes. Courtesy of Delaware Public Archives

‘Lost Delaware’ explores what once was in the state

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

A new book offers striking stories about 71 Delaware landmarks that “now live solely in memory,” from the Greenbaum cannery (a Seaford operation that was sometimes described as the world’s biggest and was known for canning tomatoes, peas, peaches and pears) to the Cape Henlopen Light (a beacon that operated from 1767 to about 12:45 p.m. April 13, 1926, when …

wyeth property

Land Trust to preserve Wyeth family home in Chadds Ford

Rich SchwartzmanHeadlines, Culture

A former Chadds Ford home of illustrator N.C. Wyeth, where he worked on his famous “Treasure Island” illustrations, is in line to be preserved by the North American Land Trust. The property known as the Davis Tract has more recently been known as the home of the Camp Family, former Chadds Ford residents. The 16-acre property lies just to the …

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Stressed? Throw a pot, Kennett clay studio owner says

Rich SchwartzmanBusiness, Headlines

KENNETT SQUARE — Creating pottery is an ancient and functional art, sometimes referred to as throwing clay, throwing pots and throwing on the wheel. It’s also a great way to de-stress, said Debby Wyatt, owner of Centered Clay Studio in Kennett Square. “Throwing pots or working with clay are proven methods of relaxation, especially the wheel, its rotation and the …

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2025 grants budget that benefits nonprofits rises 27% over ’24

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The record-busting $98.5 million grants-in-aid budget bill for fiscal year 2025 sailed unanimously  through the Delaware Senate Sunday, even though it is nearly 27% higher than the last one. The 2024 budget, which ends today, June 30,  was $98.5 million. Senate Bill 327 was one of hundreds before the Delaware House and Senate on the final day of the 2024 …