Player nominations begin for 59th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game
Delaware high school football coaches have begun the process of selecting athletes to compete in the 59th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. Coaches from all over the state have been submitting nominations to the DFRC office for the game, which will be played Saturday, June 21, at the University of Delaware football stadium. 2014 will also mark the 40th year of the DFRC Blue-Gold Hand-in-Hand Buddy Program. Started in 1974, this unique program matches the game’s high school participants with a child or young adult who has an intellectual disability. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for the participants and their Hand-in-Hand buddies to interact in a variety of settings in the months leading up to the game.
DFRC will be celebrating the DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game participants from 1964 and 1989 to mark the 50th and 25th anniversaries of their participation. Participants include football players, cheerleaders, band members, queen candidates, coaches, officials and other game-day volunteers. Both reunion groups will be acknowledged on the field during pre-game activities prior to kickoff on game day. This year’s game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the DFRC Blue-Gold Marching Band.
Former participants, or anyone looking for more information about DFRC for 2014 Game Day events, can contact DFRC at 302-454-2730 or email email@example.com to receive mailings and emails related to the DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game.
Fifth annual Snowball Haul set for Dec. 14
Diamond Motor Sports will hold its Fifth Annual Snowball Haul to benefit Delaware Hospice beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4595 S. DuPont Highway, Dover.
The Snowball Haul is an annual fundraising event hosted by the staff at Diamond Motor Sports. The ride begins at 11 a.m., Saturday and will return around 1 p.m. Drawings will be held at 2 p.m. for some great prizes.
Delaware Hospice is the only not-for-profit hospice in Delaware, and donations support its programs and services in the community for seriously ill individuals and their families.
For more information on Delaware Hospice or to learn how you can support Delaware’s only not-for-profit hospice, visit www.delawarehospice.org or call 800-838-9800. If weather is questionable, go to www.ridedms.com for details and more information.
Elks Hoop Shoot Contest set for Dec. 15
The Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 will hold its annual Elks Hoop Shoot Contest from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Sussex Family YMCA on Church Street, Rehoboth Beach.
Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 as of April 1, 2014, are eligible to participate in one of three categories, 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. If interested, be at the YMCA by 12:45 p.m., Dec. 15 to register. For more information, contact the hoop shoot director for Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 at 302-200-4728.
Surfin' Snowman 5-Miler set for Dec. 28
Seashore Striders and the producers of the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event will pair up for the Surfin’ Snowman 5-Mile run and Santa’s Helper 2-mile family fun walk/run. The event, presented by Miken Builders, will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, at noon at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. Proceeds will benefit the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Justin’s Beach House.
“The volunteers at the BBVFC do so much for the community - they keep us safe. And Justin’s Beach House is a haven/destination for children and their families who are battling cancer. They deserve our generous support,” said Race Producer Rick Hundley. “We are thrilled to start this holiday tradition to integrate fitness, fun and philanthropy at the beach.”
Hundley said, “We have the know-how, the expertise and the confidence of the town, sponsors, and previous participants to put on a great family event. Plus, we have the motivation of the charity recipients. It’s going to be an epic inaugural event.”
He added, “We are grateful to our presenting sponsor Miken Builders, and welcome additional support from all business, residents and guests to help us give a fabulous holiday gift to these two incredible organizations.”
Volunteers and sponsors are currently being sought. All inquires and abilities are welcome.
Registration is now open at surfinsnowman.com with special pricing through Nov. 29.
Travel baseball team looking for players
The Satchel Paige Travel Baseball Team is looking for baseball players ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-19 for a Christmas Baseball Tournament from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla., at the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. All interested participants should contact Mike Mayden for registration information at 773-741-3530 or go to www.travelbaseball247.info.
New shark ID guide on DNREC website
A new online shark identification guide has been posted on the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's website, the Division of Fish and Wildlife announced, in an effort to increase awareness of these ocean predators whose numbers are in decline. To check out the new guide, search the Fish and Wildlife site for Delaware sharks ID guide.
Growing interest in shark fishing and conservation of shark species in recent years prompted the development of this easily accessed and printable guide for use by anglers to aid in the identification of some of the most common sharks caught in the Delaware Bay and nearshore waters of the state. The guide also includes some helpful tips on handling and releasing sharks. Shark conservation is important to maintain ecological diversity and balance in coastal waters.
“To promote shark conservation, we ask anglers to quickly release any shark that they cannot readily identify, since many species of sharks found in Delaware waters are depleted,” said fisheries biologist Stewart Michels, adding that sharks are typically late to mature, and they reproduce only once every one or two years with few young produced, as compared to other fishes.
“These characteristics and poor past fishing practices have left many shark populations depleted and vulnerable to exploitation,” Michels said. “Delaware’s waters also serve as an important nursery area for several shark species, and care should be given in their safe handling for the benefit of both the sharks and the anglers.”
Anglers fishing offshore waters are encouraged to further become familiar with the numerous offshore shark species and federal permit requirements available from the National Marine Fisheries Service (www.nmfs.noaa.gov).
All marine anglers also should be aware of Delaware’s laws and regulations pertaining to sharks, a summary of which is included in the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide is available at tackle shops and license dealers statewide, or online at www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries.
For more information, call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.
Sportsmen Against Hunger deer donation coolers ready for 2013-14 season
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife again will lead the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2013-14 Delaware deer hunting season, and DNREC’s deer coolers are ready to receive donations. All donated deer will be processed and the meat distributed to charitable groups participating in the program, with full funding for the season through the Delaware General Assembly.
Last year, 19,961 pounds of venison from 699 deer donated by hunters were divided among 31 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals for hungry Delawareans.
Participating hunters may drop off their deer at any of the eight walk-in coolers maintained by DNREC. These coolers are checked periodically, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program or to participating private butcher shops where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish and Wildlife requests that the hunter call the phone number posted on the cooler so the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner.
Any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. The number on the field tag will allow the division to verify that a deer has been registered. All deer taken in Delaware must be registered online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt or by calling toll-free 1-855-DEL-HUNT.
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are located at:
• Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn, in New Castle County
• Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna; Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola; and Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford, in Kent County
• Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford; Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro; Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown; and Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, in Sussex County.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife game mammal biologist, at 302-735-3600