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' ]'G'; Frila; Jtiary'i6 '- Jilhtary'22 i t Continued from page 6 These daily bucolic scenes of pristine sand and salt water air are tarnished by the pollution from the smokers who apparently feel open space has little or no effect on others. However, when the wind is right, one is forced into the water because the foul- smelling air can no longer be tol- erated. Emerging from the water, one realizes a minefield of discarded cigarette butts has littered the beach as far as the eye can see. Doesn't the sign say this is a car- ry-in-and-out facility for trash? Are cigarette butts not trash? One almost becomes ill watch- ing the adult members of a family serve lunch to the kids with a can- cer stick dangling from their mouth. Ashes and smoke go very well with peanut butter and jelly. Further indigestion was recorded on many a fine day watching a smoker devour a sandwich in the right hand and a cigarette in the left, with alternative bites and puffs. When the high tide arrives and the kids have an opportunity to use their boards in the little ponds, the amount of butts that have been resurrected from previous burials is unbelievable. These scenes are totally disgusting and we wonder why kids smoke? If state property is generally smoke-free, then why isn't the state-owned property at the beach smoke-free? Alcohol is prohibit- ed, so why is smoking permitted? A belch from a beer drinker would not necessarily bother me but trashing the beach and being exposed to a proven cause of death does. The beer drinkers should file a class action suit be- cause of discrimination. Ban the beer, ban the butt. Perhaps the state could make a smoking area, in the parking lot, on a barge off shore, or utilize one of the underground bunkers at the army beach. The most positive outcome for the environment would be to eliminate the contam- ination - smoking should be faced with extinction, it's a no-brainer. Send those cards and letters to a Barefootin' Continued from page 7 tions and foster a sense of well-be- ing, making business dealings more pleasant." FINAL OBSERVATION: A huge flock of geese flew over Midway early this week. "More snows," I thought. I didn't take a second look but my ears made me pause. "Those snows sound a lot like Canadas." And then I realized they were. It was the biggest flock of Canada geese I'd seen in this area in at least seven years. They numbered a thousand or more. That's good news. I still wouldn't look for another hunting season on them for at least five more years, local legislator or the Division of Parks and Recreation if you really care ! Bud Frampton Lewes Special thanks at the holidays In South Africa, during the great diamond rush, there was a farmer who owned a wonderful little farm. On this farm he produced just enough to take care of his needs and help with the needs of the town. The diamond stories were big news in the little town and soon the farmer found them hard to re- sist. One day, the farmer sold his farm for enough money to travel all of South Africa in search of di- amonds. The farmer was so excit- ed. He packed everything he need- ed and started to search. It was hard work searching for dia- monds, sometimes even harder work than the farm he had left be- hind. Back at the farm, the new farmer was excited too. The new farmer was working in the field everyday. It was hot, and the work hard, but he was happy. One day, the new farmer thought he would stop and rest by the stream that ran through the back of his new farm. He drank the cool water, and when he did he discovered the stream bed was littered with hun- dreds of the most unusual stones. He reached in and took otit the largest of these strange stones. The new farmer took the strange stone home, placed it on the man- tel above his fireplace, and went back to work in his field. Weeks turned into months. The old farmer traveled everywhere in search of diamonds, and never found more than a few. At the new farmer's home, a friend stopped to congratulate him on the great har- vest when he saw the unusual rock. The friend went over to the fire- place and picked up the stone with both hands and asked the new farmer where this huge diamond had been found. Some people might say this sto- ry was about the grass being greener someplace else. That is the only part of the story. This is a true story, and it is also true that what each of us needs might be easier to find than we think. The story was about searching inside yourself first. The old farmer worked his farm for years, never noticing one of the largest dia- mond finds" in South Africa's his- tory. To set the record straight, the grass is always greener where it is cared for the best. The holidays give us a chance to reach out to one another and give thanks. My family and I have been touched by the outpouring of kindness and prayers we have re- ceived throughout this year. It is amazing how in our little commu- nity every time one of us needs help all of us seem to find the end- less strength to help. As you may know, recovering from heart surgery is never fun. Now, almost a year later, I'm back....I believe I'm stronger than ever. My life-changing experience has taught me a few things we all should remember: life is precious and short (for some loved ones, too short); there is good in every- one (yes, everyone); we are not supposed to know all the whys (if you did, you wouldn't enjoy to- day); and dreams do come true (only if you don't let them slip away). As each of us are out and about this holiday season, please re- member to wave to your neighbor, shake an old friend's hand, and smile at a child. Try to show the power of the holidays throughout the year with your heart in your hands, and I promise you will be repaid beyond belief. Our little community can be like a blanket that will keep you warm; there is room enough. Take care of each other, and from our home to yours, the happiest of holiday wishes to everyone. To all those suffering during this holiday sea- son, our wish for you is peace and comfort in the coming new year. We will not forget you. The dia- monds are everywhere, thanks to you. TJ. Redefer and family Lewes Beebe ER thanks community We at Beebe Hospital Emer- gency Room would like to thank all the area businesses who helped support our raffle this year. We raised over $500 selling raffle tickets and raffled off 33 gift cer- tificates from businesses in Bethany, Ocean View, Millville, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Dewey Beach. The money raised supported a family of four with Christmas gifts and food. We also were able to provide coats, hats and gloves for 13 children from our local area. We acknowledge and thank you all: Cape Gazette, Body Shop Fit- ness Center, New Wave Soft Tub, Rehoboth Sport Kite, Jillians, Farmer Girl, Atlantic Color Lab, Michael Orhileen Photography, Skateworld, Dogfish Head, South Moon Under, E.C. Shades, Dewey Surf & Sport, Book Cellar, Mid- way Bowling, House of Candles, Casapullas South, Levi's, Hands on Ceramics, Morris Shoes, Rusty Rudder, Graves Uniforms, Ryans Restaurant, Sedona, Touch of Italy, Rehoboth Pharmacy, Hot Tubs on Wheels, Atlantic Books, Atlantic Portrait Studio and all the staff who volunteered their time and services. Toneen Constantino, R.N. Beebe Emergency Room Aanerican Legion says thanks The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17, Lewes, would like to give a great big heartfelt "thank-you" to the following businesses for making the children and youth Halloween parties the biggest and best successes in many years. Without their generosity, the children's party would not have Rehoboth may begin neighborhood preservation efforts in near future By Trish Vernon Attuned to the fact that the board of commissioners is hesitant about putting a fuU-time profes- sional planner on the city payroll, the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has taken steps to de- vise an alternate proposal. The planners sent a letter last month to Dr. Jerome Lewis, direc- tor of the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administra- tion, seeking his services in estab- lishing a neighborhood preserva- tion ordinance. Other tasks the planners wish to undertake include updating the zoning and subdivi- sion ordinances and implementing a mapping project. Planning Commission Chair- man Mary Campbell received an encouraging reply to their request late last week in the form of a pre- liminary proposal to provide pro- fessional planning services at a cost of $20,000 to the city for the first year. Lewis informed them that he believes matching funds will also be available from the state to cover the cost of their ser- vices. Campbell has informed the board of Lewis's proposal and will be given the opportunity to discuss taking this route during the Mon- day, Feb. 2, commissioners' work- shop session. During the Jan. 12 planning commission meeting, Campbell informed fellow members that money shouldn't be an obstacle, as the planners have $8,400 left from this fiscal year's budget and expect to be given an additional $10,000 for fiscal year 1998. While the planners have been trying to persuade the city to hire a full-time professional or new out- side consultant, Campbell noted that the bright side of taking Lewis up on his offer would be that they could get to work quickly, rather than go through what could be a lengthy process of advertising a position, interviewing and allow- ing the person to become familiar with the city. Should the board react favor- ably to the proposal, Lewis advis- es the planners to focus at In'st on- ly on implementing a neighbor- hood preservation ordinance as set forth in the city's Long Range Plan. While carrying out this task, Lewis wrote, "we will gain the fa- miliarity with your zoning and subdivision laws and current map- ping capabilities needed to com- plete these projects rapidly." Once been possible. A great big thank you to: Hillbillies Produce, Lewes Harbor Bait & Tackle, R & L Liquors, Lloyds IGA, Hazzard's Citgo, KMart, Grotto Pizza, Mid- way Bowling, Sharkey's Videos, Philadelphia Ball, Lewes Printing, Bobby Gass Entertainment. We would also like to thank the the preservation program is in place, they could then examine the feasibility of starting other pro- jects prior to formally completing the preservation program. Lewis also informed Campbell that should his proposal be ap- proved by the board, Linda Raab from the university would lead up the project, with Alex Settles working on mapping, data gather- ing and coordination with state agencies. A more detailed propos- al of what is entailed in accom- plishing this project would also be forthcoming. Planner Bob Scala told Camp- bell at the Jan. 12 meeting that they should make sure that they are in total coordination with ef- forts to revitalize the city's com- mercial area, which is now being led by professional planner Bruce Galloway and a committee com- posed of local officials and com- munity leaders. "It would be a killer if the com- missioners said we are at cross purposes," Scala said. Rehoboth Main Street Program Director Anne Made Bumell, who attended the meeting and whose group is spearheading the downtown ef- forts, assured Scala there aren't any conflicts. They all agreed that they will keep the lines of commu- nication open on both ends and that the efforts complement each other. If Lewis' proposal is accepted, the planners will host a meeting with his representative, inviting the commissioners and Main Street officials to attend. The planners also see the need for a liaison from the board of commissioners; Campbell said she would propose this to the board. Following the meeting, Mayor Sam Cooper said be believes neighborhood preservation is an area that needs to be "tackled" with professional assistance. He noted that the current zoning code governing setbacks was es- tablished in the days when Re- hoboth Beach had an 85-foot height limit. While setbacks weren't much of a problem in days gone by, with lots now selling for $200,000 to $300,000, the buyers are expecting to maximize their investment by building out to the setback line. Such buildings don't fit in with the streetscapes and neighbor- hoods and the city may need more stringent setback limits to prevent this from continuing, he said. members of the American Legion Post 17 who provided the hall and Joseph and Diane Szefler for con- tacting the businesses and orga- nizing the parties. We hope that next year will be even better! Suzanne Martin, Publicity Chair ALA Unit 17, Lewes