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68 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 Miss Rehoboth moving through her reign this year with variety of activities Although there are several months remaining before the an- nual Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant in June, Miss Rehoboth Beach, Melissa Escaro, is in the midst of a full schedule. The fall and early winter saw her in the Sea Witch and the Christmas parades in Rehoboth Beach. A 19-year-old sophomore, Escaro maintains dean's list standing at the University of Delaware where she is majoring in biology. As a peer educator with the Wellspring program, she has un- dergone special training so she can volunteer her services in a va- riety of areas. With Wellspring, she delivers health education programs and has specific training in eating dis- orders. She also conducts pro- grams on counseling and commu- nication skills. Her Wellspring activities in the area of eating disorders are also reflected in the public platform she developed for her participa- tion in the Miss Delaware Pageant program. "I have chosen 'overcoming eating disorders' as my public platform focus during my year of service as Miss Rehoboth Beach," she said. "I would like to educate people about the dangers of a problem predominately associated with young women. Eating disorders are of a physical, medical and psy- chological nature." A singer, the Seaford native used her talent in winning the Miss Re- [ hoboth Beach Pageant; she is currently a voice student at the Wilm- ington Music School. She said she is concentrating on technique ESCARO and breath- ing. As most state pageant contes- tants, her work to improve her tal- ent, overall appearance and pre- sentation is an ongoing process. In addition to her voice studies, she works with a personal trainer to achieve her specific fitness goals. Toni Termotto, executive direc- tor of the Miss Rehoboth Beach Scholarship Pageant, said that Es- caro's dedication and determina- tion are typical of the attributes exhibited by Miss Delaware con- testants. She said the pageant presents an opportunity for young women to develop poise and self-esteem as well as work on professional skills such as vocal training or dance. There is also the added benefit of increasing public awareness of platforms chosen by the contes- tants. Termotto competed in the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant as Miss Brandywine, and she credits her experience as one that helped bring out the best in her as well as other contestants. She said, "Many recent high school graduates and young women in their early 20s may have the right qualifications to compete and win. Those who have a talent, such as acting, dance, instrumental or vocal' mu- sic and cheerleading, make good contestants. And, they gain per- -- sonally from the experience." She said many area individuals and businesses believe in the im- portance of the scholarship pageant system and show their support with special considera- tion, including gifts or services that allow the pageant organiza- tions to contribute thousands of dollars and gifts to contestants. She said Mark Slaughter of Lee F. Slaughter, Dover and Rehoboth Beach, and Mark Jendrek of All Signs are examples of local sup- porters of the local pageant sys- tem. The Miss America Scholarship Pageant program is the nations's largest granter of scholarships for women. Those interested in learning more about the Miss America Scholarship Pageant program, in- cluding the Miss Delaware and the Miss Rehoboth Beach organi- zations, can call Termotto, 645- 5674. Three Sussex places rate tops nationally as destinations Discoveries of the Sea Museum in Fenwick Island, Treasures of the Sea exhibit at Delaware Tech in Georgetown and Sussex Coun- ty, rated among the top 98 tour ideas for 1998 in the December is- sue of "Destinations" magazine. "Destinations" is one of the leading trade association maga- zines for the group travel industry. The publishers selected ideas that are "new and different" in the cat- egories of unsung destinations, re- living childhood wonderment, natural phenomena and nostalgic, historical or educational tours. "We were quite surprised that of 98 tour ideas selected, three were from Delaware, and all three are located in Sussex County," said Cynthia Small, executive director of the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission (SC- CTC). "Usually, when we see tour ideas in national magazines about Delaware, they highlight Win- terthur, the Hotel duPont or other upstate attractions. I believe this speaks well of the major group tour initiative that the SCCTC has undertaken in the past few years." Both underwater treasure muse- ums were featured in the "Trea- sures of the Deep" tour ideas, and Sussex County was selected in tIhe unsung theme category "In Praiise of Small Towns." The article mentions historic Milton with its 198 homes on tthe -National Register, developed and undeveloped beaches, and festi- vals including the Jazz Festival and Coast Day. The Treasures of the Deep fea- ture mentions the many artifacts on exhibit at Discoveries of the Sea Museum on Highway One in Fenwick Island. Thousands of ar- tifacts, gathered by Dale Clifton, who operates the museum, tell the story of land pirates who made ships run aground off Delaware's coast. The article also mentions the $4 million worth of valuables and other items at the Treasures of the Sea Museum at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. The muse- um features a collection of finds from the famed Atocha lost off the Florida Keys, which was the ma- jor cause of Spain's decline as a world power. For a copy of the article or more information on group tour travel in southern Delaware, call the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission, 856-1818. Ben E. King to appear with symphony in Seaford The Delaware Symphony Orchestra will continue its Kent & Sussex series on Sunday, March 15, at Seaford High School. The featured guest vocalist will be Ben E. King, the voice behind "Stand By Me." The se- ries will conclude Sunday, April 19, at Milford High School with the re- turn of pianist Tzimon Barto. The concert is sponsored by Delaware State University. As Delaware's only fully professional orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents more than 90 classical, pops, chamber, family and educational performances each season from Octo- ber to May, reaching more than 60,000 people in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties, as well as the surrounding communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. $695 r BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND $10.00 DISCOUNT MENU Lobster Tail iSSI'':'I,,!!!IIIII:. Crab Cake Veal Marsala .............. %ilii> ....... %::::ii> Shrimp Creole :::i{i; ......................... Twin Pork Chors Filet Tips Rack of Lamb Broiled Scallops Includes Salad, Potatoes, Vegetable, and Fresh Bread SUNDAY-THURSDAY 5"10 * FRIDAY & SATURDAY 5-7 Dinner 5-10 * Own 7 Nights * 227-4227 -- OPEN ALL YEAR -- 316 Rehoboth Avenue