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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Letters Continued from page 7 Historic Cat Society . says thank you - We wish to thank the communi- ty of Lewes and all the individuals who participated in making our first event so successful. We now have four more sponsors for our society along with many more volunteers. On Feb. 29, the Historic Lewes Cat Society held its first event with the Doris Day Foundation Spay Day and Kent County SP- CA. Because of the kind cooperation of two Lewes businesses - the Au- rora Grill on Savannah Road and Sugar & Spice on Second Street in Lewes, we were able to staff a table from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this very important day. The society was able to sell 23 SPCA certificates for the neuter- ing of 11 male cats and one male dog; and the spaying of 10 female cats and one female dog. We also wish to thank the following veteri- narians who have volunteered to work with the Kent County SPCA for this cause: Savannah Animal Hospital, Lewes; A Little Vet Clinic, Milford; Haven Lake Ani- mal Hospital, Milford; Milford Animal Hospital; Bridgeville Ani- mal Hospital; Four Paws Vet Clin- ic, Seaford; and Eastern Shore Vet Hospital, Laurel. We will continue to work with the community in an attempt to encourage those who have pets or wish to sponspor, support or adopt one of the historic Lewes cats to have them spayed/neutered for their future well being. If you wish us to participate in an event that you are holding in Lewes, please contact us via our P.O.Box 353, Lewes DE 19958 or Barefootin' Continued from page 7 "I'm not taking any chances," she said from a safe distance. I looked hard for bubbles and wait- ed for the animal to resurface but saw nothing. As I stood and pon- dered, it occurred tO me that the animal had left the first trail of bubbles as a clear sign to take our attention away from a den in the bank of the railroad bed where it probably  young. That behav- ior would 15o similar to the broken wing routine of a killdeer that shrieks and mimics a wound as it draws potential predators away from its nest. Tiring of waiting for the otter to resurface, I walked out on some clumps to photograph the pilings from the old bridge. While I clicked off a few frames, slight motion to my right caught my at- tendon. The otter, this time with no bubble trail, had resurfaced 20 yards below the old bridge and watched to see whether we posed any threat. It snorted no more and rose up no more. We soon left it March 24 - March 30, 9.000 callus at 228-6792. We are also prepared to hold educational sem- inars for your group or schools to make everyone aware of what our society is about and doing so that all can appreciate these beautiful animals. Vivian Barry Historic Lewes Cat Society Lewes Beach House says thanks for benefit help The volunteers and staff of the Children's Beach House would like to thank the many people in our community who helped make our Christmas Art benefit such a SUCCESS. Because our exciting new building is still under construc- tion, the event was held in the Of- ficer's Club at Cape Henlopen State Park and required extra cre- ativity and cooperation. Everyone rose to the challenge and over $11,500 was raised for our environmental education pro- gram for children with special needs. This program serves nearly 4,000 Delaware children each year. We were particularly touched by the very generous response of local businesses that donated both auction items and food for our preview reception and silent auc- tion, as well as community groups that provided wooden standards for artwork, live music and Christmas carolers, parking atten- dants and parking lot lighting. Thank you to A Page in Time Scrapbook Supplies, Antique Cor- ner, Applebee's Restaurant, Ar- leen's Sweet Things, Atlantic Theaters, Auntie M's Emporium, Aurora Grill, Barry's Gull Cot- tage B & B, Beach Bake Shoppe, Beach Tans & Hair Design, Beany's Games and Puzzles, Beebe Medical Center Dietary Department, Beebe Medical Foundation, Best Equipment Inc., Best's Store Inc., Betsy's, Bob i to its natural world, glad to have seen its display. IT TAKF A SPECIAL talent to spot a Cooper's hawk yanking feathers from a fresfily-killed robin in the grass of a front yard while driving along at 40 miles per hour. Robbie Schroeder, biol- ogy teacher extraordinaire and ca- pable behind the wheel, has that Evans Restaurant, Book Cellar, Books by the Bay, Boy Scout Troop 1, Buttery Restaurant, Cali- fornia Cuts, Candy Kitchen Shoppes, Cape Heniopen Electric, Carlton's, Casual Elegance, Char- lie's Christmas Trees, CHHS Choir, Christmas Spirit, Christ- mas Tree Hill, Classic Clam, Clip- per Ship, Coastal Concerts Inc., Country Accents, County Bank, Cove Liquors, Craft Collection, Crafty Annie, Creative Concepts, Creative Impression, Deanna's, DelDOT, Delaware Beverages Co., Delaware Importers Inc., Dockside Gift Ship, Dolphin Dreaming, Dreamweavers Interi- ors, Duron Paint & Wallcover- ings, Fifth Avenue Jewelers, Fig- urehead, Fins & Feathers, First Union Bank, First State Photo, Fisherman Magazine, Flowers by Mayumi, Fun for All, Furniture Gallery, Gertie's Greengrocer, Gifted Gourmet, Great Earth, Habersham Peddler Interiors, Hair Station, Harry & David's, and Heart's Delight Catering. Also were Heritage Antique Market, Holland Jewelers, House of Candles, Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, It's a Wonderful Loaf, Jeweli's Antiques & Jewelry, Jiffy Lube, Jillian's Creative Hair De- signs, Joss, Kids Ketch, La Rosa Negra, Lamp Post Restaurant, Lavender Fields, Lemon Tree, Lenox Factory Outlet, Lewes Printing Inc., Lighthouse, Light- house Restaurant, Lloyd's IGA, Mare's Bear Quilt Shop, McDon- ald's, Meadowmere Marine, Mel- lon Bank, Midway Office & Art Supply, Midway Package Store, Midwest Feather & Down, Mill Outlet, Millman's Hardware and Mimosa Ministry Inc. Also were Misty Harbor, Mizzen Mast, Morris Shoe Store, Mugs & Stitches, Murrow's Flowers & Gifts, Mustard Seed, Nature's Touch, Oakcreek Home Furnishings, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Peninsula Gallery, Peppers, Pizza talent. The occasion was our an- num bird count and we were driv- ing along Jefferson Bridge Road south of Bethany Beach and head- ed for Assawoman Wildlife Area. Jeff Fried joined us with a sharp set of binbculars and a keen inter- est. We backed up to take a look at the Cooper's hawk. It responded by taking its food and flying off Dennis Fomey photo Remains of the old Queen Anne Railroad bridge across Black Hog Gut stand quietly in a wild part of Sussex County. Villa, Pretzeland, Queen Anne's Railroad, Quiet Storm, R. Laporte Home Improvements, Rehoboth Art & Framing,, Roadhouse Steak Joint, Roadsters Wine & Spirits, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Rocks, Rims and Rapids, Rose & Crown Restau- rant, Ruby Tuesdays, Saxon Swan, Sea Shell Shop, Skate- world, So Fun Kids, St. Anne's Church, St. Peter's ECW, Step- ping Stone, Smart Kingston Gal- leries, Studio One Hair Design, Sugar & Sl3ice, Super G, Susie K Shoppe, Swan's Nest, Sylvia's Wicker & Candle, Terrific Toys, The Firm, Third Edition, Thistles, Totes Factory Store, Trader's Jew- elry & Gift Shop, Twita Farreii, Two Friends Ltd., Uncle Phil's Tin Shop, Wearable Art Re- hoboth, Webster's, Western Auto, Wicker Outlet, Wicker Village, Windsor's, Wooden Indian, Wooding's Beach Deli, Write Ex- pression. Support symphony in Lewes on April 1 At 8 p.m., Saturday, April I, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orches- tra will perform at the Cape Hen- Iopen High School in Lewes. In addition to performing some of the Mozart's greatest work, the orchestra will also provide operat- ic selections by Handel and Bar- her. It is a truly a rare experience to have live classical music per- formed by professional musicians here in Sussex County. To insure future performances, your support is greatly needed. You can show your support today by simply pur- chasing tickets for this perform- ance and by informing your friends. Better yet, surprise them with a ticket. For ticket information, please call 644-2366, Phillip Jackson Lewes into the pines for a quieter place to enjoy its meal. We usually do our count in late January or Feb- ruary and come up with 60 to 70 species. This year we struggled to get 48 species. The last we got was yellow-shafted flickers in the open fields of the marine research park at the College of Marine Studies in Lewes. We found a bald eagle in a tree along Miller's Creek on the north side of Assawoman and it gave us a nice display of its white head and tail and foot leggings when it decided to fly. We saw several os- preys, a red-tail hawk with its fluffy white breast! feathers perched in the edge of a woods near Roxana and wood ducks and a kingfisher around a shallow pond in Assawoman. A large flock'of brant sitting in the north parking lot at Indian River Inlet was a pleasant surprise. We missed a number of shore- birds that we usually get and searched hard, without success, for a marsh hawk. The parrots of Silver Lake in Rehoboth were al- so MIA. The list was still impressive to Mt. Pleasant thanks Dewey Lions Club On behalf of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Re- hoboth, we would like to thank the members, spouses and volun- teers of the Dewey Beach Lions Club for taking time out of their busy schedules to purchase, wrap and distribute gifts to 200 children in the Rehoboth community dur- ing the Christmas holidays. Although each child, parent or guardian cannot thank each per- son individually, please know that we are extremely grateful for all you have done for us. Diaz Bonviile Coordinator Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Dr. Kent Price praised for community work May I take this opportunity to thank you for the fine article on SPLASH '99 and in particular, the encomium awarded Dr. Kent Price. I was privileged to attend and was even recognized by the chair for having been a small part of the success of the Citizens Advisory Committee. However, everyone missed what I think is one of Dr. Price's finest attributes. Over the years I attended many presentations by the scientific community related to problems in our inland bays. I left many of them with only slightly more knowledge than I had before. I never attended one of Dr. Price's presentations that left me wondering what we were talking about. His ability to communicate with lay people like myself was a breath of fresh air. Larry Wonderlin Rehoboth us and these beautiful ornaments of nature continue to bring great pleasure to those who take the time to observe. This year's sightings included starlings, grackles, robins, Canada geese, mourning doves, great blue herons, Carolina wren,s mocking- birds, house finches and herring gulls. We also found turkey vul- tures and black vultures, buffle- heads and rock doves (otherwise known as pigeons), cormorants, black scoters, red-throated loons, red-breasted merganzers, pied- billed grebes and juncos. We found lots of red-wing blackbirds and mallards, Bonaparte gulls in Silver Lake, black ducks, canvas- backs, ruddy ducks, bluebiils (al- so known as scaup or blackheads and coots - all also in Silver Lake. We also found ring-gilled gulls, cardinals, bluebirds, brown creep- ers, chickadees, yeliow-rumped warblers, pine warblers, shovel- ers, green-wing teal, snow geese and pintails. Silver Lake and Assawoman Wildlife Area continue to he two of the richest birding spots of Delaware's Cape Region.