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8 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, April 4- April 1O, 1997 Continued from page 6 this fine organization of which I have been a member for the past 11 years, five as a lieutenant. I want the public to know that the hghest standards of lifesaving and professionalism will continue to be part of the daily operations of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. Mr. Craig is not what the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is about. The Rehoboth Beach Patrol has served the city and public for many years and during that time, the individuals who have worked on the Beach Patrol have been men and women of the highest standards and character. These same individuals have risked their lives to save many hundreds of people who needed our help while swimming on Rehoboth Beach. Obviously, Mr. Craig is an aberra- tion who slipped through the cracks" and hopefully will not be cited as representative of the stan- dards of our outstanding organiza- tion. i assure the public that we as a group do not use drugs and will continue our tradition of physical fitness and life saving profession- alism. Kent Buckson Rehoboth Beach Patrol Lieutenant Zygmonsld seeks Lewes Council seat Today I announce my candida- cy to mn for a seat in the upcom- ing election for Lewes City Coun- cil. Lewes, along with the surround- ing coastal area, is entering a peri- od of its history facing monumen- tal challenges to its way of life. I believe that the citizens of Lewes are willing to face these chal- lenges with much forethought and determination in order to preserve its past history while also moving forward with progress into the 21 st century. The impact of growth and de- velopment upon our area is poten- tially enormous. On the one hand, Barefootin' Continued from page 7 just like family to me. When I come here to work, I'm happy." John G. Townsend Jr. hired Mary Moore, when she was 18, to answer the telephone, do payroll and any other jobs he asked her to do for his peach and apple busi- ness. The year was 1922 and headquarters for the extensive fruit business stood where the poultry operation stands today. A banker and lumberman from Sel- byville, Townsend developed thousands of acres of Sussex County farmland into orchards. He shipped hundreds of thousands of bushels of peaches and apples to northern cities by truck and train from Millsboro each year. Townsend also enjoyed as much political success as he did busi- we have more and more visitors coming to ur beloved town and impacting on its services. The characteristics which make Lewes so vibrant and attractive, and the reasons why people come, are also the same reasons why we live and work here. Lewes is the quintes- sential American small town where neighbors converse in their front yards and people nod and say hello on our city streets. The challenge and the task at hand is to somehow preserve that essential quality that we love and cherish about Lewes, while also looking forward to our future. In the coming weeks, I hope to discuss with as many citizens of Lewes as possible their vision on how to maintain that quality of life that we hold so dear. I want to present a positive message on the future of Lewes because I believe in the way of life here and I want to help maintain it. Ed Zygmonski Lewes No brainer or hair brainer? I was so pleased to see the Cape Gazette publish its March mad- ness to April foolery article on its front pages. I refer to Michael Short's March 28 story on Mike Mock's "Float- ing Balloon." It's a no hrainer all right, as anyone with one could derive no logic to an idea such as this. Not unless this person was a real estate agent with interests at both ends of the proposed scheme half-mile-plus roadway. It's an alternative half mile jaunt to dramatically improve Route One's problems. Believe It or Not! To make such a recom- mendation to DelDOT and this paper publish it is definitely a trial balloon filled full of hot air. Prick it quick before it swells out of control and the price escalates. Peter D. Hallock Midway Subdivision Rehoboth Beach Thanks for support On behalf of all of the artists who participated in the 1997 ness success. He served as gover- nor of Delaware in the 1920s and two terms as United States Sena- tor. From 1922 to 1960, Mary Moore Williams was Townsend's lone employee in his office. Plen- ty of others, including her mother and father and two brothers - as well as her husband - worked in other aspects of the operation, but Miss Mary held down the office. "That first office was a small one," she said. There was one table in there and Senator [as she refers to her first employer] sat at the end and I sat beside him on the side of the table. When he got to be governor and then senator, you never knew who he was going to show up with. It was embarassing at times because I wasn't ready for those people," One day in 1946, Sen. Townsend showed up at the office with former First Lady Eleanor Lewes Studio Tour, I'd ,like to thank the people who worked "be- hind the scenes" to make our event a success. Lynn Massey offered helpful in- formation on organizing a studio tour. Chuck and Karen Ulrich contributed their computer exper- tise in designing the flyers and in advertising the tour on the Inter- net. Tony Boyd-Heron, Breck Stringer and Barbara Bed were in- strumental in distribution of fly- ers. Numerous business owners graciously displayed our flyers and sent people to the studios. We owe a large debt of grati- tude to the staff of the Cape Gazette, but particularly to Jen Ellingsworth. A considerable amount of interest was generated by the photo features of each artist and the five-week-long coverage of the studio tour. Jen' capability and diligence, both as a writer and as a photographer, are to be com- mended. We artists greatly appreciate the community support shown for our first independently mounted stu- dio tour, Many thanks. Julie Molyneux Lewes Chamber appreciates promenade support The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 45th annual Easter Promenade a great success. We would like to thank all of the judges: Gayle Truitt, judge chairperson; Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, Linda Didomenicis of Boston's, Dewey Mayor Bob Frederick, Dawn Godfrey of Carl- ton's, Bob McCulloch of the Ad Boat, Michele Stevens of Bambi- no, Miss Delaware Aimee Voshell and Rob Marshall and Rich Sar- gent who distributed the trophies. ,We would like to thank the mer- chants who donated the trophies: Atlantic Cellular, Atlantic Litho Printers, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Baltimore Trust, Best Western Gold Leaf, Bill's Sport Shop, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Brighton Suites, Cape Gazette, Carlton's, Coldwell Banker, Delaware Coast Roosevelt. He and Mrs. Roo- sevelt had just returned from a trip to Europe where they had worked together on the armistice agree- ment ending World War Two and setting up the borders for post-war Germany. Traveling with them were Mrs. Roosevelt's son and his new wife, Fay Ernorson, a movie star of the time. "The gladiolus were blooming and they walked all around my yard," remembers Miss Mary. "Then they came by the office. When they were leaving she bid me good bye and then I heard her say to Senator: 'Aren't you ashamed of yourself, that little girl working in there all by her- self?.' Then he came in laughing. I wasn't no little girl. I didn't know much about politics but I met a lot of them." On Sunday mornings, Sen. Townsend would stop by Miss Mary's house and pick up her and Press, Funland, Grand Rental Sta- have special interests in adoles- tion, Heaven in a Handbasket, cent medicine. Dr. Bell reiterated Ibach's Candies, Jolly Trolley, that our children's problems do Mizzen Mast, McDonalds, Mono- not center on sexual issues but on grams Unlimited, Nicola Pizza, greater family concerns instead. Rehoboth Outlets, OceanTravel, The services provided range Rusty Rudder, Starboard, Summer from simple treatments of sore House, Village Toy Store, Web- throats to counseling. At no time ster Furniture, Williams Insurance are contraceptives issued or pre- and Wilmington Trust. scribed. All center services are We would especially like to free, regardless of private insur- thank Carlton the Bear and Craig ance (except x-rays done at Krick, who dressed up as the East- BMC). Feel free to call the Center er Bunny, along with Paul Had- at 644-2946 and a member of their field, our master of ceremonies, staff will be very happy to discuss WGMD for the live broadcast and any questions you may have. First State Photo, Sue Krick and I found the staff receptive, well- Judith Glenn. trained and open to any and all Additional thanks go to Chuck student concerns. An A+ for Cape. Snyder and the City of Rehoboth Sandra L. Ware Staff, Big Dogs Sportswear, PTSA Executive Secretary, Richard Krick, Kathy Kramedas, Cape Henlopen High School Windsor's Flowers and Plants and the promenade committee which • Greedy attitude disturbs includes Joan Caggiano, Bitsy I was very disturbed by the sup- Cochran, Steve Dawson, Denise port that was given to the individ- DeLong, Sue Krick and Michele uals who have extreme property Stevens, along with event coordi- rights' attitudes at the Land use nator Gina Forcucci. Plan open forum on March 17. Carol Everhart This attitude is similar to the Executive Director militia groups that spawn internal Rehoboth-Dewey terrorists acts of violence. Addi- Chamber of Commerce tionally, I heard a lot of whining and complaining. Those individu- als sounded just like spoiled rich '-Cape Wellness kids with greedy appetites. Not one of these attitudes shows con- Fair a success Cape Henlopen High School cem about the long range future of PTSA hosted a Wellness Center Sussex County. Nor do these atti- information night on Monday, tudes really care about the future March 24, 1997. Panelists present generations. All I heard expressed was concern about immediate per- from the Center were Dr. Alisa sorial financial gain. Bell, family practitioner, Kim Sussex County is beginning to Westcott, registered dietitian for look like a wasteland. When all BMC, Donna Shaffer, family the trees are gone due to housing nurse practitioner, and Elizabeth Roe, licensed clinical social work- and commercial development, logging and farmland clearing, the er. Questions asked of them "land" that everyone wants to ranged from confidentiality con- make a greedy profit from, will be ceres to sexuality issues. All were valueless. What do these individu- answered without reservation. Asked what, if anything, surprised als plan on doing then? Move to another area or state so they Can them, Ms. Roe replied, "the acuity of the children's problems." continue stripping the land and "Many children are fending for pile up more money? I guess they themselves, some kicked out of already bought their tickets to re- homes, living without blood rela- _locate in outer space. Where else tires, or trying to manage with s enotheymoreg°ingair tot°breathe?live when there friends," said Ms. Shaffer. Pat Reed Dr. Bell, along with Dr. Maribel Garcia Zargosa, both internists, Angola her husband and drive them packing houses had been. "I think around to his orchards. "We'd he just got tired of the orchards," drive to Lewes and then to said MissMary. Bridgeville and Delmar. Church "Then on Sunday mornings we wasn't until the afternoon in those started driving around looling at days. He'd fix us breakfast a lot chicken houses. It took half a too. In the springtime the or- morning to do that." chards were beautiful between the John G. Townsend worked with apple blossoms and peach blos- Miss Mary up until his death in soms. He always said theY were 1965 at the age of 92. By that' prettier than the cherry blossoms time, his son Preston had taken in Washington D.C. Part of one over operation of the chicken pro orchard was known as 'high hill' cessing company and Miss Mary and there was a platform there was still working in bookkeeping. we'd climb up. Looking out When Preston Townsend died in across all those blossoms you 1985, his son, Coleman, eventual- would have thought you could ly moved into the company's top walk right across them, they position. And he too can still look seemed so thick." to Miss Mary for advice. In the 1930s and 1940s Miss "I never really did have a boss," Mary watched Townsend bgin said Miss Mary. "I always did taking down his f/'uit trees and re- what I wanted to do and hoped it placing them with grain fields to was what they w4anted me to do. I support the chicken processing must have been doing something operation growing up on Rt. 24 right or they wouldn't have kept east of Millsboro where the fruit me around this long."