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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 CAPE LiFE A league of their own: sub vets form local chapter Steve Hoenigmann photo Some of the members of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Mid- Atlantic Base include (l-r) Charlie Dauphin, Chief of the Boat; George "Buck" Warner, Secretary; James Harlan, Commander; Willie Ventro, Vice Commander; Roger Reeves, Treasurer;, and Bill Galloway. By Steve Hoenigmann They spent part of their lives, you could say, some 20,000 leagues under the sea. Submariners. It&apos;s a job not cut out for everyone - sleuthing hundreds of feet below the sur- face of the ocean for months at a time - in peace and in war. Now those who served aboard sub- marines in the U,S. Navy have an organiza- tion where they can share their stories, get together for-fellowship and to honor their creed: "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pur- suit of their duties while serving their coun- try. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplish- ments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States Government." That is the creed of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc., and the" newest chapter - the Mid-Atlantic Base - got its start last December when six former sub- mariners, led by Willie Ventro of Dagsboro, gathered at Mason Dixon ,!Post in Ocean View. -- In just a few short months the chapter has grown tO 26 members, and joins thousands of other members from Pearl Harbor to Portsmouth. The Mid-Atlantic Base has members from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania• "I went to the national convention two years ago and got some information on how to start a chapter," said Ventro last Saturday morning, March 18, during the monthly meeting of the organization• "It was just a matter of getting on the Internet, placing articles in newspaper s and spreading the word." Ventro served aboard submarines and other craft from 1946 to 1957 before an injury in the Korean War ended his military career. His last duty station saw him serv- ing aboard UDT-19, an underwater demoli- tion team. He, along with 127 other divers dove into the Korean Bay to detonate mines so soldiers could be evacuated from the Continued on page 22 Areagirls vie for Miss [)elaware National Teenager April 8-9 .... i The 2000 Miss Delaware HenlopenHigh National Teenager Scholarship School and Pageant will be held April 8-9 at Reemsnyder is the Rehoboth Beach Convention a seventh grad- Center• Eighteen teenage girls er at Lewes from around the state, ages 12-18, M i d d I e Will compete for scholarships, gifts and the chance to represent the First State at the Miss National Teenager Pageant to be held in Opryland USA in August• Two local teens, Megan Kuhn and Taylor Reemsnyder, both of Lewes, will be participating in the pageant• Kuhn is a junior at Cape School• America's National Teenager Scholarship KUHN Program was formed in 1971 for the purpose of recognizing young women of leadership and intellect. The program is responsible for awarding over $100 million in : tuition, grants and scholarships. Scholarships are based on scholastic achievement, leader:ship, REEblSIW/']DER community involvement and individuality. talent and essay competitions that have no bearing on who,..wins the state title. Two age divisions will be judged: 12 to 15 anff't6 to 18, and two winners will be crowned• Entertainnmat will i t(ovided by Susanne Ludwig Rainville, Miss Delaware National Teenager in 1990; Erin Williams, Miss Delaware Junior National Teenager, 1998; and Jill Kellmyer, Miss Delaware Junior National $100,000 in tuition scholarships Teen.ager 1999, Kellmyer won wdl be awarded m the Delaware , ,.t,,ce m the jumor talent competition. There e separate ddiiion at the national .... J , t. pageant, winning a $1,500 schol- arship. Preliminary talent, essay and evening gown competitions will be held at 7 p.m, Saturday, April 8. Tickets for Saturday's show are $5. The pageant finals will take place at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 9. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, contact state director Susanne Rainville at 508-581- 8943 or visit the Web site at < ageant.html>. eed da00g00,-:,etght minutes and time's up Time has always been consid- ered a precious commodity. And nowhere in the dating world was that more evident than in the 1970s. You could fly to Las Vegas, down a case of martinis, get married in a cardboard chapel, wake up in Mexico, down a case of Imodium, file for divorce and be home in time to realize that what you really wanted in life was to become lion tamer. You had it all in one day. Fortunately, during the 1980s men and women realized they would have to slow down and know more about each other in order to have a successful rela- tionship• This was hard for most guys, since the majority of their feelings revolved around a situation in which there was a first down and 10 yards to go at the Buffalo Bills' 20-yard line. It was equally as hard for a lot of women, who had AROUND T0WN never grown up to believe a belch- ing contest was a form of enter- tainment• Nonetheless, over the years, dating and marriage continued to progress. At least to the amuse- ment of divorce attorneys, who landed daily in the Caymen Islands from their vacation chalets in Switzerland, struggling under the weight of their suitcases that bulged with money for deposit in their offshore bank accounts. And now it seems we are head- ed in a new direction. According to an article in ''The New York Times," the latest craze to hit the dating population is something called speed dating. Clubs charge a small fee to host this event for the evening. For this fee, y0u get a number an.d a card and the opportunity to sit and talk with a potential date for eight minutes. Then a bell goes off and you move to the next table for eight minutes. At the end of the evening, if your card doesn't have the word, "disaster" written beside everyone's name, you have a match and are free to call each other. The premise here being that you can tell in a very short time whether you want to spend your life with this person or go home and wash yofir hair. It also takes -the pressure off of being on a blind date. Personally, it wouldn't take me eight minutes to figure out the guy across from me is lying through his teeth when he says he likes long walks, art museums and a little disturbing, not to mention dangerous. And it didn't help that he sat on two phone books to drive the car, either. We double dated with his brother, who worked as an aide in a mental hospital, which came in handy during another solo rendi- tion of "Hunka, Hunka, Burning Love." beach sunsets. I'd know  five But I don't think old-fashioned seconds, tha t he prefping dat/nghasgone out of vogue just people with handbuzzS4]l set-  because soine trendy clubs in New ting off stink bombs. =,York and Los Angeles have come My personal record though, is something I would call, "on sight", or less than a second's time. I once went on a blind date with a guy who showed up as the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. Not that there is anything wrong with looking like Elvis, but when you stand outside your date's dorm room singing, "Are You Lonesome Tonight," in a voice that has cars grinding to a halt, it's up with a new gimmick for those who think their timeigTser/d, but in all actuality find therfiselves home on a Saturday nigh. watch- ing a rerun of the television show, "Friends." Courting takes a certain amount of time. As they say, all good things come to those who are patient or have a deep-seeded love of Elvis Presley.