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Cold winter has forced Ossie Warrington to move his animals inside the barn Uncharacteristic quiet this win- ter surrounds the old barn sitting in the back of Ossie Warrington's five acre pasture on Kings High- way outside Lewes. It's been weeks since Warring- ton pulled the barn's doors shut and tacked empty feed bags over cracks to keep out the wind. Bitter cold is the reason. "I've got her chinked pretty good," Warrington said this week. "It's still pretty cold in here." The barn looks quiet from the outside but the scene's much dif- ferent inside. Nearly every available stall hosts a variety of goats, hogs, and cows. One small goat, recovering from a life threatening weakness after its siblings kept it away from food, is strong enough now to bleat steadily for attention. The hogs show no similar prob- lem. Lying belly to back in a crowded row, they snore. They're fat and healthy under Ossie's care. A handful of bulls and h.eifers stand in a corralled area at the end of the barn. Cats, balled up in nests of straw, complete the scene. Most of the animals usually spend their winter and summer days in the pasture, gnawing on grass and stopping now and then to watch students walking along the shoulder to Cape Henlopen High School. "I've had to bring them inside this winter," said Warrington. "They'd get sick in this cold." Warrington keeps his fingers crossed in hopes of a quick return of Delaware's normally milder winter. He points to three brown goats inside the barn's first stall. "That's a mother and two daugh- ters," he tells me. "All three are pregnant. I'd just as soon they hold off a bit before they have their young. Again it's the cold. It's hard on them." A black nanny goat in the next stall is wider in the belly than she is long. "She's looked like that a few weeks now," says Warring- ton. "I'm surprised she hasn't had hers yet." Warrington guesses the age of the barn wintering his animals as at least 150 years. He inherited the farm, which stretches from Kings Highway to Savannah Rd., BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney from his father, Oscar Warrington Sr. "It was about 159 acres when dad bought it in 1916," says War- rington. " Now it's about 25. He bought it from a lady named Mus- tard. I can't remember her first name now. She was married to a judge and was the daughter or niece of Harbeson Hickman. Hickman owned half of Sussex County at one time. I think this was the last of his farms to be sold." Warrington started raising goats only in the last few years. Most of the goats Warrington raises are "bush goats". People buy them for breeding and to clean up around their place, They eat anything, right down close to the ground. He takes pride in caring for his goats just as he does for his cows and hogs. Ossie Warrington's been going in and out of the old barn since he was old enough to walk. The heavy wooden door that slides open and closed features two smooth metal handles. Ossie's father mounted the lower handle at child's height so Ossie Jr. could open and. close it more easily when he was a child. Like an apple picker whose feet bottoms show the round of the ladder rungs, Ossie Wardngton's right hand knows the shape of that barn's handles as well as his eyes know to look. And when the animals inside hear the door slide open, they move up to the stall doors and wait for Ossie to fill his feed buck- et, as he has all his life. in (   /l/'::#iiii i ?iiNiiii I Ossie Warrington feeds s goats in the barn of his Kings Highway farm. Best Bets.... GREENWOOD - RT. 36 1.87 acres with remodeled 1 bedroom, 1 bath home. Lots of room to expand in this country setting, but close to everything Great Price. Don't wait! This one won't last. $39,900. VILLAS BY THE BAY - DEWEY BEACH - Great views of Rehoboth Bay from the enclosed bal- cony. Large living room and dining area, 2 bed- rooms, 2 baths, hardwood floor and ample parking. Great rental. $168,000. WE'RE AT THE SHORE - that's what you'll tell your friends when you own this delightful 3 BR, 2 BA, furnished home in Mul- berry Knoll. Take a spin in the boat, parked at the community boat dock. Each day here is a vaca- tion. Yours for $135,000. COMMERCIAL - ROUTE ONE - Perfect office, retail, ser- vice or other business location. On Rt. 1 just south of Rehoboth Ave. intersection. This is a 1950's era home in good condition on a 100'x125' lot. Ample parking. $245,000. 323 Rehoboth Avemle l00tmboth Beach, Delmvare 19971 -Local 302-zzT-6m Fax 302-227-8929 Toll Free 1--$00-999-61100 __ ML$ opolwaTv RALTOR"