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10 ' CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Febrfiary : FeBfd 10, I994 " CAPE LIFE Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth still seeking volunteers Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth, Inc. learned the hard way 16 years ago that serving meals to their clients was not suf- ficient enough to keep them in their own homes. To enable homebound seniors to remain in their own homes and living inde- pendently, other essential services were also needed. The Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth program was insti- ttlted approximately 23 years ago by a registered nurse who recog- nized the need for a home-deliv- ered meal program after hearing of a local elderly couple who starved to death in their own home. This nurse, by using her own resources, began feeding just a few people from her own home. From this beginning, the present Meals on Wheels program began. Last year, meals were served to over 200 homebound seniors on a daily basis, including weekends and holidays. Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth is a non-profit, donation based organizations that provides two meals a day to the home- bound. These clients are home- bound due to a number of rea- sons- isolation, recent hospital release, inability to provide and prepare nutritious meals, bedrid- den and handicapped. This corn- munity service is available with the help of approximately 75 vol- unteer drivers and four paid office staff. Volunteers are more than just a delivery service. They offer much- needed social contact for those clients who live alone or who are otherwise isolated. The drivers are in constant contact with.their clients and report any changes in their physical or emotional health and living environment. The same drivers deliver on a regular basis which allows them to get to know all of the clients on their routes personally. The entire program is overseen by a board of directors comprised of nine volunteers, six men and three women• More than half of our board of directors, are also vol- unteer drivers for our program• Funding is received from Delaware Division of Aging, United Way of Sussex County, Sussex County Council and Grants-in-Aid, along with two major fundraisers each year. The November fundraiser is a mass mailing to local residents, which nets approximately $11,000 per year. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly for meal costs not covered by state and fed- Continued on page 11 Kerry Kester photo Honors for a lifetime of service Harry A. Shaud, 84, of Rehoboth Beach, was honored by American Legion Post 5, Rehoboth Beach, on Monday, Jam, 31. Shaud has been a member of the American Legion for 50 years. A long time businessman, Shaud operated the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach in the 1950s and started Shaud Realty Company in Rehobeth Beach 35 years ago. Shown (L to r.) are finance officer Don Mastracco, Shaud, and First Vice-Com- mander Bob Hackett presenting Shaud with an American Legion lifetime membership card and a framed certificate. Sussex Fraternal Order of Police need property now The Fraternal Order of Polie of Sussex County, a non-profit orga- nization, is in need of a new home of its own. ;Currently meeting in Coolspring Community Hall, the FOP needs a small piece of ground, wooded or cleared, of a size which would suit a dou- blewide-type home structure and parking for a few vehicles. The FOP has been given a building for placement on the ground. Anyone wishing to assist may leave a message at 934-6312 or write to Sussex County Lodge No. 2, Inc. P.O. Box 736, Lewes, DE 19958. Kiwanians hope to form new club in Milton Kiwanis clubs in Bridgeville, Millsboro, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford and Rehoboth Beach are interested in forming a new Kiwa- nis Club in the Milton area. Kiwanis International is a ser- vice organization that supports two major causes-- community service and youth• Youth activi- ties include such programs as Lit- tle League, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, 4-H and Key Clubs and Builders Clubs in secondary schools. Kiwanians provide f'mancial and volunteer support as well as com- munity programs like Christmas lighting, flag decorations, libraries, food banks and various social agencies• Auctions, cake sales, pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers help to fund these programs. All monies earned remain in the local communities and are used at the discretion of the members. Membership is open to persons over 18 who desire personal involvement in meeting the needs of their community. An information meeting will be- held in Milton in February if there is enough community interest. Call the Milton Chamber of Commerce at 684-1101 or Walter Rudy at 337-3836 for further information. The people are oh, so very pleasant at the hospital Today we are going to take a stress test. Now years ago you didn't have to go to the hospital to have a stress test, you simply stayed home and took care of your husband for a few days when he had the flu or you had every bed in the house occupied with some- thing called the mumps. But today medicine is serious busi- ness. So let's take a look at this event• The first thing you do when you arrive at any hospital is to register at a lot of desks with a lot of peo- ple so you can give a lot of infor- mation over and over again. All hospitals are required to ask the same questions as often as possi- ble to keep their accreditation with the Joint Commission of Accredi- tation of Hospitals. But the people taking this information are always very nice and happy to see you because they know they do not have to take a stress test today. Now before you are allowed to take the test, you have to sign a consent form. Basically, this says that no matter what happens, AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz whatever the outcome, whatever the circumstances, wherefore, therefore, to the party of the fkst part, no way, Jose, don't even think about it because, "It's not our fault•" That's the bottom line. And the people taking the consent form are very, very nice because they are happy they do not have to take a stress test today and the sig- nature on the form is yours. Once you get p.ast all this, you are in the x-ray department where you give more information to keep the accreditation going and you can watch lots of people have their names called and disappear behind doors. Because we are taking the tough guy version of the stress test, it means you will be injected with radioactive material. No one is really sure what this radioactive material does to your body, but they think it has something to do with the fact that the Buffalo Bills have failed to win the last three Super Bowls and came back to try again. Obviously this is still under study. They do know that once you've been injected with radioac- tive material, no matter what T.V. you are in front of for the next week, you will be guaranteed great cable reception. After the injection winds its way through your body, you lie on a table while a machine circulates over your chest and takes pictures to try and isolate the problems the Buffalo Bills have been having inside the 20 yard line• And all the people giving you the injection are very pleasant because they do not have to take a • stress test, fill out a consent form and be injected with radioactive material today. Now you are ready to get on the treadmill• This is no ordinary treadmill either. As you walk or run, the sPeed will increase until your feet reach the level that emu- lates what they would look like if an average person was fleeing the • scene upon confronting a large boa constrictor. And while this is going on, the- incline on the treadmill will increase progressively to a level that is only safe for mountain goats and an endangered species found in the Sudan. And there is a lot of equipment to wear too, such as a blood pressure cuff and all kinds of electronic leads that are monitored in case there is any information on the Buffalo Bills. But the people are very nice because they do not have to have a stress test, sign a consent form, be injected with radioactive material and walk on the treadmill today. So you are walking, jogging, sprinting and when you hear the word, "Lift off," you know you are at the point where you start having flashbacks of your life. You will see your third grade teacher and wonder if her mus- tache turned gray. And there is Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody. You regret telling the motor vehi- cle department your weight was 105. And you hope the doctor moni- toting the test has not read the lat- est on the Clinton health care plan. You mention Bob Dole's name as often as possible. And then mirac- ulously it's over. Of course, all the people are very, very nice because they did not have to.take a stress test, sign a consent form, be injected with radioactive material, and have flashbacks of their third grade teacher. Then it's back to the table so the machine can make one final check to make sure you're not Continued on page U