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Oyster knife signals late winter in Sussex; skunk cabbage signals an early spring Georgetown Mayor Steve Pep- per signaled his bids quickly. Wilbert Powell of Bethany Beach gave his bids lots of thought. And Dave Wilson, singing a melodious song of money, worked like mad. Powell wanted the knife. His friends urged him on. They smiled broadly at the prospect of spending his money and the crowd of men packed into Georgetown Fire Hall for the 60th Annual Georgetown' Oyster Eat pressed closer to the action. Dave Wilson, Sussex County Register in Chancery and chief auctioneer at Wilson's Auction in Lincoln, held the 60th Anniver- sary Oyster Eat commemorative oyster knife in his left hand and a Dennis Forney microphone in his right. He pushed the knife to- ward the men bidding as he leaned down toward them from the stage where WILSON the bluegrass band's equipment rested. "Hasn't cost you a nickel yet," said Wilson. "Don't stop now." Once the bidding hit $500, the new bids came slower. When Pepper nodded at $800, Wilson turned his attention to Powell. The Bethany Beach hotel operator and volunteer fireman twisted his feet in the sawdust- covered floor. He pushed his glasses up on his forehead and wiped his eyes. He grabbed the brim of his hat, took it off, smoothed his hair, put it back on his head and Wilson kept on singing. 800, 800, 800 now, do I hear 850? 800 now, 800 now, 800 now, do I hear 850? Don't lose it for 25 or 50." Powell hollered up $825. Wilson barely had time to regis- ter the bid before Pepper sent it up to the 850 notch. Powell sunk his hands deep in his pockets and shook his head. Wilson kept working, but to no avail. "Bids all in?" he rang out for the last time. "Sold!" Dennis Forney photo Georgetown Mayor Steve Wilson then stepped down from the stage and looked for a cold drink of water while Pepper ad- mired his purchase. 'Tve been bidding these knives up for a number of years and I de- cided that the 60th anniversary knife would be a good one to buy," said Pepper. "It all goes to the fire department and I'm glad I finally succeeded "m getting one." "That's why I iwas bidding," said Powell. "I'm in the depart- ment at Bethany and I know how hard everyone works to make these fire departments good. I just couldn't go any higher on the bid- ding." Vernon Elliagsworth of Seaford, a hunter and knifemaker, made this year's commemorative knife. It includes a handle made from the antler of a white-tail deer and two inset brass tokens from Sussex County's past. The scal- loped-edge tokenS, said Pepper, were used by strawberry growers. "They gave pickers a token for each quart of strawberries they turned in during the day. At the end of the day the pickers turned in their tokens for cash." Ellingsworth engraved one of the tokens with tiny letters to tell fu- ture generations that it belonged to the 60th Anniversary Oyster Eat. A genuine pearl, set on the end of one of the antler points of the knife's handle, contributed the fi- nal touch of glory. "I'm glad to own it," said May- or Pepper. The $850 brought by the knife added to another successful fundraiser - last Friday, Feb. 28 - held by the volunteer f'trefighters of Georgetown. THE RECENT STRING of warm days sent astrong dose of rich green color into the previous- ly-dormant winter wheat fields of Sussex. Another sign of the early spring rising up around us. A number of yegrs ago I wrote about the skunk: cabbage that serves as a strong signal for spring's arrival in the swampy branches of SusseX. Fleshy green leaves of skunk cabbage unfold from the muddy blackness in the headwaters of lranches with names like Bunick's, Round Pole, Ebenezer, Pot Hook, Pe- terkins, Sheep Pen, Pemberton, Arnell and Guinea. 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