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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 27 ('APE, LIFE Michael Short photo Oak Orchard group honors retiring Collins The Oak Orchard Riverdale Civic Association honored Sus- sex County Councilman George Collins on March 19. Collins is shown accepting a tribute from Association Chair Linda Walls during the meeting. The group honored Collins because he not only supported the community with monetary improvements, he also spent many hours visiting and attending various events and activi- ties and working to improve the community. Collins has decided not to seek another term on county council. He was honored by many on Thursday, including Rep. Shirley Price, D-Ocean View, Sussex County Administra- tor Bob Stickels and Sen. George Bunting, Jr., D-Bethany Beach. He received tributes from Delaware's Senate and House of Representatives. Bunting said that Collins is a man of integrity whose word is his bond. "George has taken some very strong stands," Bunting said. "You respect the individual when they take a stand." Metropolitan Community Church founder, pastor steps down; reception in his honor slated March 29 David Patterson, lay pastor and founding member of the Rehoboth "Beach Metropolitan Community Church, will step down from his position effective April 1, and in recognition for his services, the congregation will host a reception for Patterson on Sunday, March 29. Patterson began the church with two other members on May 25, 1991, as a parish extension of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. Ser- vices were held on the patio of the Kingston Inn on Rehoboth Av- enue. After several summer months at that location, weather forced the growing congregation to look elsewhere for a meeting place and when the upstairs lobby of The Strand was offered, the group re- located there until The Strand closed its doors. For several months, the congre- gation met at one of its member's homes until a larger space was made available in the lounge of the Renegade Motel. After a year at the Renegade, the church tooka leap of faith and rented its own space at the Odd Fellows Hall on Glade Road. The church has been at its present location for more than two years, and has gone through the process of attaining mission status within the Univer- sal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Through all of these moves and changes, Patterson remained the lay pastor of the growing congregation. As the church approaches char- ter status, Patterson and the church's board of directors agreed that new leadership can best help the church's continuing expan- sion. "The lord," said Patterson, "has been faithful through all the changes and growing pains." The congregation, begun, Patterson said, with three people and a vi- sion, has grown to more than 50 members, who are active commu- nity members. The March 29 reception is open to all who have been involved with Patterson's ministry, and will begin immediately following Pat- terson's final service as lay pastor. The church is located on Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. For directions or more informa- tion, call Roberta Exner at 947- 0696. National Sleep Day, April 2: Beebe to offer free sleep consultation, information This fall, when the clocks debts must eventually be paid - tional Highway Safety Adminis- "spring forward" for Daylight Saving Time, an hour of sleep will be lost. This may not seem like a lot of time, but America has be- come a sleep-deprived nation, ac- cording to some experts, who note that most adults require eight hours of sleep a night to function at their best. However, one in three adults say they get six hours or less sleep per night during a work week, and while people may work harder, they are less productive. As sleep decreases the sleep debt mounts, placing health at risk, for sleep perhaps while driving or working. Beebe Medical Center's Sleep Disorder Center is offering a free nondiagnostic consultations with technical sleep specialists and an open house in th first floor Sun Lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursda);, April 2, to commemo- rate National Sleep Day. Ap- pointments for the free consulta- tion must be arranged by April 1, by calling 645-3186. Additionally, helpful informa- tion regarding sleep, sleep disor- ders, drowsy driving and shift work will be available. The Na- tration estimates that more than 100,000 accidents and 1,500 deaths occur each year because someone fell asleep at the wheel and nearly one-third of adults say they have dozed off while driving. The more than 25 million Americans who work nontradi- tional hours face a tougher chal- lenge. The human body is not constructed to work by night and sleep by day, as bodies are biolog- ically programmed for daytime alertness and nighttime sleepi- ness. That is why shift workers Continued on page 28 The joys of choosing the perfect bridal gown Check it out. Spring is busting out all over Delmarva. O.K., so a few crocus have made it through the" soil to leer their tiny heads above ground. And somebody has thrown another broken refrigera- tor out on the front lawn. And a man wearing a pair of shorts, whose legs are so white they look like a chalk outline at a homicide scene, has been seen emerging from a car in downtown Re- hoboth. But best of all, a car has been spotted going 5 mph in the pass- ing lane, backing up traffic for miles. Maybe busting out is too strong a term. Still, after this win- ter, it all counts as a sure sign of spring. And there is talk all over town about dresses. Yes, dresses for graduations, reunions and wed- dings. True, a lot of the talk is coming from men. Not that there is any- thing wrong with that. But seri- ously, spring is the time of year AROUND TOWN when women agonize over what to wear on those upcoming special occasions where you are the mother of the bride, surrogate mother of the bride or in vitro mother of the bride. I can remember when my daughter was getting married and we went to a large store, excuse me, salon, to choose the perfect wedding dress. My daughter, who never used the library at her col- lege, let alone knew its location, arrived with three dozen bridal books, all highlighted, marked and flagged. We were taken by a sales lady, excuse me, consultant, into the viewing room. With all the personality of someone who has been prepped for a colonoscopy, the consultant asked the mothers to be seated, while the daughters tried on sam- ple dresses to model. After a short time, the daughter of the woman seed next to me emerged wearing a white spandex tube dress, slit up the sides, with a sort of Grand Canyon neckline. Instead of a veil, she had what looked like an angel food cake perched on top of her head. At any moment, I expected her to burst into "Happy birthday, Mr. .... " I was not sur- prised when her mother proudly announced that this was to be a third marriage and they had the good fortune to book the Mirage Hotel in Vegas. The woman seated on the other side of me anxiously awaited her daughter. We passed the time dis- cussing marriage and both agreed what a low life, disgusting, left- her-for-an-exotic-dancer cardiolo- gist, he/" ex-husband turned out to be. Finally, what looked like Scar- let O'Hara appeared in front of us. The only thing missing was a  mint julep and a weeping willow tree. Ribbons, buttons and bows cas- caded over layers of chiffon that appeared to be held up by some metal hoop ring underneath. I don't believe that the girl was ac- tually wearing the dress. It ap- peared the dress had made it out onto the runway under its own steam. After a few hours of serious small talk, my daughter came out of the dressing room. Everyone admired the simplicity of the dress, the sophistication of the un- adorned lines and the tastefulness of the plain use of material. I was speechless. Well actually, I could have spoken, if it wasn't for the fact that I was busy picking myself up off the floor, after hav- ing seen the price tag. Clearly, they had us confused with the Kennedys. It seems to me, a while back, it was a lot easier to pick out a dress for that special occasion. For that's all women wore at the time. It wasn't such an oddity. And nei- ther were the prices. I guess spring isn't the only thing that's busting out all over.