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48 FRIDAy, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 CAPE LIFE cape oazet Lewes City Council declares Feb. 5 George H.R Smith Day The memory of George H.P. Smith, former mayor of Lewes, is being kept alive by those who loved him, served with him and continue to value his many con- tributions to the city where he was born. Lewes City Council has an- nounced the creation of Hon. George H.E Smith Day, to be cel- ebrated each year Feb. 5, Smith's birthday. "This is a fitting tribute to a free man who dedicated a major portion of his life tO Lewes," said Mayor Jim Ford. Smith passed away Sept. 11, 2005, at the age of 74. Ford will dedicate a marker honoring Smith at the tree plant- ed in his memory in Smith Park during a ceremony Friday, Feb. 5. In addition to the council's tribute, Smith's daughter Barbara Shelton, his wife Lorraine Smith and cousin Stell Parker Selby have announced the hunch of an annual appeal for the George H.P. Smith Scholarship Fund," which will support Cape Hen- lopen High School gradu- ates who wish to follow in George H.P. Smith's foot- steps as educators. The first appeal mailing be sent tO local residents k and a contest for pot recipients will be announce er this year. The fund is z tained at the Greater L Foundatior- Grotto Pizza of Lewes i: recognizing Mayor Smith' by donating 20 percent of ceipts Thursday evening, F, to the Smith Scholarship t A voucher must be prese when ordering and can b : will Feb- mtial d lat- aain- .wes also day sre- .,b. 4, und. ated ob- IN-HOUSE FINANCING AVAILABLE - CALL US Dedes Continued from page 47 done, they began anew, taking up the town's controversial parking problem. For Dedes, committing the time, patience and energy necessary to tackle Dewey's zon- ingissues isn't a matter of prefer- ence - it's an instinct for duty. "It's just something you be- lieve in," he said. "It's something you give back. I don't know how to describe it. You need to have the passion." Still Dedes said, the recogni- tion caught him off guard. "My sense is that others proba- bly deserve it more than me," he said. "I was surprised." Commissioner Diane Hanson is less conflicted. She said Dedes' devotion made him a clear choice. "Jim is just a very dedi'cated in- dividual," she said. "He's put in a lot of time, and he's always been very professional." Solloway praised Dedes as a dependable voice of reason and responsibility. 1 "And he's retired now,"ol- loway said, "so I'm anxious t o see if he gets more involved." As Dedes gets a feel for the re- tired life, he said he's uneasy with the idea of inactivity. ] "It's weird to wake up an d not go to work in the morning," Dedes said, chuckling. BUt at least he gets to wake up in Dewey Beach, a town he said was unlike anything else in the Cape Region. i "You wonder, what is Dewey really all about?" Dedes said "IVs not Rehoboth, and it's[not Bethany. It's incomparable. We're unique." And with a new Com- mission, Dedes said he's more optimistic than ever abou the town's future. [. "We had a pretty summer," Dedes said. "The are trying to work with us. er heads are prevailing." &very... We're known great prices .... BE Beautiful... BE Lovely Mini-Fac... (302) 228-6847 Now h; Lewes 33664 Bayvi Medtcal Drtve, #ZOl, off Sanmm £oad l l Dover 240 Beiser Blvd., Suite 202B I tained by emailing Gretchen Mc- Carthy at Gretchen@horizon- or contacting the Greater Lewes Foundation at 644-0102 Known for his attention to the details of running a small city, Smith was instrumental in keep- ing Lewes connected to the in- formation and funds needed to ensure progress. Appointed to fill a city council vacancy in 1976 by then-Mayor AI Stango, Smith was fast elected mayor in 1994, then was re-elected four times before retiring due to health is- sues. One of Smith's many contribu- tions came in the 1980s when, as a councilman, he cast a pivotal vote against making Lewes a coal-receiving port. The city faced significant financial and political pressures to take this ac- tion, which would have led to the construction of a major industri- al port at the location of today's Cape Shores community. George Henry Price Smith re- ceived his bachelor's degree from Delaware State College and earned a graduate degree in edu- Korean War. cation at the University of Following his Army service, Delaware. 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