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Wowing youth At r/ght, Antron Hazzard, left, finds Jeff Thaxton's illu. sions entertaining at the Westside New Beginnings Community Breakfast on Sat- urday, Feb. 15. Thaxton was the featured entertainer and speaker at the breakfast. He warmed up his audience with music and illusions be- fore beginn/ng h/s presents. tion on social issues. Thaxton's powerful mes- sage, often stemming from personal experience, en- tered around the value of ed- ucation, respecting others, self.respect, the dangers of hatred and violence, and avoiding teenage pregnancy. =What goes up will come down," said Thaxton to the children, teenagers and par- ents. "What you do in the dark will come to light." Thaxton, who referred to the violence of the drug world, explained to the young people that drugs could lead only to destruc- tion, either through the dam- age of the drugs themselves or through the violence that often surrounds them. Crack cocaine, he said, =is another form of slavery." Thaxton is also working on a pregnancy prevention pro- gram with Westside New Be- ginnings youth. Foundation makes grant to Rehoboth Library Campaign The Trustees of the Welfare Foundation of Wilmington will be making a grant of $75,000 to the Rehoboth Beach Library's Capital Campaign. This grant is in the form of a "challenge grant" which will be paid when the Capita] Campaign has received cash and pledges to- taling $675,000. Library board president Dee Bradley stated, 'qis is indeed an added incentive to our Capital Campaign. In effect, the following will occur. "When the Capital Campaign reaches $675,000 in cash and pledges, we will meet the chal- lenge grant from the Welfare Foundation and receive $75,000 bringing our total to $750,000. This will in turn trigger the pay- ment of the Longwood Founda- tion challenge grant of $350,000. These generous grants provide us with an unusual opportunity to re- ceive a large amount of money. We have $590,000 and need to raise $85,000 to benefit from these two grants," she said. "After receipt of the grants, we will need an additional $100,000 to meet our campaign goal. Now is the time for the community to show its full support of this worth- while project and insure that the library can take advantage of these grants and begin the con- struction of a library for the 21st century," Bradley noted. CAPE GAZETI, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 - 21 Law mandates dog licenses by March 1 Delaware law requires dog owners to purchase licenses for their dogs by March 1. Any dog over six months must be licensed as proof of vac- cination against rabies. Licenses are not sold without vaccination proof. The Delaware Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) recommends licenses be purchased to help with pet identification. The SPCA receives an average of 15 dogs per day who have no identifica- tion tags so cannot be immediately returned and some pets are never re- united. For information, call 856-6361. The Georgetown sbelter is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and closed Saturdays, Sundays. Kerry Kettef photo OCEAN TRAVEL 4377 Highway One Rehoboth Beach 227-1607 Airline Tickets Cruises Tours Amtrak Packages Groups The Sussex County flag license tag comes with stainless screws for easy mounting. Cape Gazette Salutes Sussex On the eve of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their independence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes elements related to the county's earliest European set- tlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in the early and mid 1600s, and the English who later, under William Penn's guidance, confirmed that Delaware's southernmost county should be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following background history for his design: "The flag of the Nether- lands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the propor- tions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County seal should be identified by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal Dutch colors, thereby making a colorfuland easily recognizable flag." Scott's design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with Scott's design idea and has created a new license tag New Subscriber Special for the front of Delaware vehi- cles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes's award-win- ning artist Connie Costigan and commissioned a new version of Scott's design with a little artis- tic license. Using a representa- tion from a stained glass win- dow in Groome Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costi- gan's shock was then superim- posed on the Dutch colors to create the latest edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sus- sex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag is available free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to non-sub- scribers at a cost of $10. The tags, metal with baked- on enamel paint to capture the vibrant colors of the Sussex County flag, come with a pair of stainless steel screws for easy mounting. IAPE__GAZETTj The New Sussex County Flag License Tag |[[ 90New Subscriber Special" "io Please sign me up for a one  l]p#a  year's subscription to the Cape Gazette and send me a tag. CHECK nu:.o.._ . My Name 1 S25 SUSSEX E] $40 OUT-OF-COUNTY E] S3o SNOWBIRD My Address My Phone (My Second Address). Return to: Cape Gazette, RO. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958 or call (302) 645-7700