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20 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 McLaughlin, Irvin to be honored at VFW testimonial March 15 Harry J. McLaughlin of Re- volunteers in She was She currently chairs the post fion, safety, VFW PAC, youth ac- hoboth Beach, State Commander of the Department of Delaware VFW, and Ruth Irvin, of Re- hoboth, State Auxiliary president, will be honored at a testimonial dinner in Dewey Beach Bay Cen- ter on Saturday, March 15. McLaughlin is a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-47. He saw ac- tion in the Pacific, Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Japan and earned six en- gagement battle stars. A life member of Rehoboth VFW Post 7447 since 1986, he served as Post Junior and Senior Vice-Commander from 1987-98, and chairman of various post committees. A member of the Plumbers Union Locals 26 and 24 for 44 years, he served on the Gover- nor&apos;s Council on Apprenticeship and Training. Three governors ap- pointed him membership chair- man of the Governor's Council on Labor. McLaughlin and his wife, Stel- la, have been actively engaged as VIA to hold monthly meeting March 12 The Village Improvement As- sociation, a member of the Gener- al Federated Women's Clubs, will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March I2 at I p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach clubhouse. All members and their guests are invited to attend. Craft workshops are-all on Tuesdays in March. Members willing to help are invited from 9 a.m. to noon. Dinner Continued from page 18 be the special scholarship presen- tation made by Harriet Smith Windsor in memory of her moth- er, Virginia Nichols. A Delaware native, Nichols was a career banker in Millsboro. "It was quite unusual at that time for men to take financial ad- vice from a woman," Smith Wind- sor explained. "My mother was a role model, an inspiration and a woman her time." In addition to the contributions made by the Owens Alumni Asso- ciation and the Sussex County Council, sponsors of the dinner are Boscov's of Dover, The Sus- sex Countian, Richard Bayard, Esq., Eric LaRuc, Sr., Eric LaRue, Jr.; Michael LaRuc, the Delaware Tcch Bookstore, Delaware Com- mission for Women, and Harriet Smith Windsor. According to Rhonda Tuman, alumni coordinator, the sale of lapel pins engraved with the seal of the International Women's Day Committee also will help offset expenses of the dinner. The cost of the dinner/program, which begins at 6 p.m., is $20. For more information, call Tuman at 856-5400, ext. 204. Reservations can be made by calling Linda Wa- ida at (302) 856-5400, ext. 353. the cancer, diabetes and muscular dys- trophy Soci- ety Aid and Research Campaigns and in numer- ous other lo- cal charities. MCLAUGHLIN Ruth Irvin joined the ladies' auxiliary in 1989, when she also became a life member. She served as Buddy Poppy and Community Activities chairper- son from 1989-93. From 1990-91, Irvin served as auxiliary conductress. auxiliary president from 1991- 94, became a life member of the Nation- al Home in 1992, and served as de- partment IRVIN guard from 1992-93. She was named Presi- dent of the Year for 1992-93. Irvin was department cancer chairperson in 1994, and runner up for President of the Year in 1994-95, the same year she served as chair of the department ways and means committee. auxiliary's Americanism, cancer, tivities, and Voice of Democracy legislative, publicity, rehabilita- committees. HAZZARD Electrical Contractor L.P.I. Cert. 959 645-8457 645-9060 1-800-610-8457 CERTIFIED LIGHTNING PROTECTION P.O. Box 252, Lewes, DE 19958 1"he Sussex County flag license tag comes with stainless 8crews 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- tiers: 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 colorful and 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 NClw 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., A F A Z ETT _]_]_]_], f The New Sussex County Flag License Tag Subscriber Special < L'mL" Please sign me up for a one /l r=,-' year's subscription to the Cape V !1 Gazette and send me a tag. CHECK ONE.-" " MyName. O $25 SUSSEX Q $40 OUT-OF.COUNTY C3 $30 SNOWBIRD My Address My Phone (My Second Address) Return to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958 or call (302) 645-7700