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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 CAPE LIFE Punkin' Chunkin' gives nod to Roadhouse sponsorship be billed as the biggest tailgate party in Delaware." McLaughlin said one change that will be made in 1996, to help keep Punkin' Chunkin' family-oriented, will be free admission for children under 12. As is tradition, the event will be held the weekend following Hal- loween. This year's dates are Sat- urday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3. (Members discussed a summer- time exhibition of chunkin' machines using watermelons as ammo but no final decision was reached on that idea.) "We're going to have Punkin' Chunkin' at Joe Hudson's Eagle Crest farm as we did last year," said Townsend. "He's invited us back. Things went pretty smoothly last year. We'll make a couple of adjustments - add some sponsors for advertising. And we're plan- ning now to have a banquet on the Friday following Punkin' Chunkin' for presentation of By Dennis Forney Members of the Punkin' Chunkin' Association (PEA) and Pete Townsend of the Roadhouse Steak Joint came to terms in a meeting Monday, April 1. As a result, the Roadhouse, for the sec- ond year, will serve as official host for the 1996 World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' competition. Thirty-one members of the PCA expressed their approval of the arrangement with a hearty round of applause following the sponsor- ship discussion. At least one other business - the Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach - had expressed an interest in host- ing the event. "Pete did an excel- lent job last year," said PCA Presi- dent Larry McLaughlin. "That's why we're having him back this year. We want to keep the event family-oriented and we're aiming for more of a country atmosphere in 1996 including country bands. And we want Punkin' Chunkin' to awards." Benefiting local charities is an important priority for the PCA. Secretary Billy Hadder said the group hopes to narrow its group of receiving charities down to about four. "We.plan to have forms at the Roadhouse that interested charities can pick up and fill out to express their interest," said Had- der. "They will be available after April 15 and will have to be turned back in by July 1. Then we'll review them and make choices." McLaughlin said there are 30 punkin' chunkin"machines in existence now that will be on hand for the 1996 competition as well as others that come forward between now and November. "We have one new group from North Caroli- na that plans to come for the youth division," said McLaughlin. "It's great to get that kind of participa- tion. They're the champions of the future."' The Punkin' Chunkers are also planning to spice up next Sanford Hazzard (1) makes a point during the Punkin' Chunkin' Association meeting held Monday, April 1 between the Great Marsh and Broadkili River. Seated just to Sanford's left are former Punkin' Chunkin' champion Trey Me[son and current champion Speed Lackhove. year's target shooting competition by having larger and more targets. "We want more hits." The Punkin' Chunkers met in their new headquarters: a pole shed on reigning punkin' chunkin' champion Harry "Speed" Lack- hove's Pilottown Road property in Lewes, between Broadkill River and the Great Marsh. All future meetings of the organization will be held in the building. Rehoboth's McQueen receives nomination for "Colonel's Way"Award tal's many fundraisers, makes crafts for the Senior Center to sell at their bazaars and will volunteer to drive anyone to an appointment. "I am submitting her name as she is an inspi- ration to others her age and those who are much younger also," said the 58-year-old Davis in her letter nominating McQueen. "She has a keen sense of humor and a wonderful out- look on life." Davis, also a Rehoboth Beach resident, says her friend continues to amaze her with her will- ingness to help others and pitch in wherever needed. McQueen says she refuses to sit down and let life pass her by. "I made up my mind I was not going to sit and just let the chair get me," she said. "That is sad to spend your life that way. I have too many things that I want to do." Continued on page 21 Lutie Davis (left) has nomi- nated Bea McQueen of Rehoboth Beach for the KFC Colonel's Way Award. By Michael Short Lutie Davis just smiles when asked about her friend Bea McQueen of Rehoboth Beach. McQueen, at the age of 72, can tire out peo- ple half her age. "I often say to her, 'Bea, you make me tired... She just amazes me. She has more energy," Davis said. The two friends quilt together and work together at the Shell Gallery Shop in Rehoboth Beach. They've known each other for eight years and McQueen's boundless energy has prompted her friend and quilting partner to submit her name to Kentucky Fried Chicken as a nominee for The Colonel's Way Award. McQueen has been named the Delaware Community Service Winner in the program. The program is a senior award program, which draws its inspiration from Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harlan Sanders, who began his business at the age of 66. Colonel Sanders said his recipe for life was "no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me." The Colonel's Way program looks for active seniors. In Delaware, that search lead to Bea (she never uses her full name of Beulah) McQueen. As a semifinalist, McQueen now advances to the next round of judging which narrows the field to 12 finalists with an oppor- tunity to win the Colonel's Way Award $10,000 grand prize. The grand prize will be awarded in Corbin, Kentucky, birthplace of KFC, on June 6. McQueen works five days a week at the Beebe Medical Center, sells tickets two nights a week at a movie theater and works two days or nights in the summer at the Shell Gallery. In her spare time, she volunteers to conduct tours at the hospital, sells tickets for the hospi- Whenever you purchase any- thing you don't know a lot about, you are inevitably faced with the question "Will it work?" Some- times, this question doesn't even require a purchase, as in, "We'll just say he was home chipping golf balls on his front lawn at ten at night. Yea, that will work." Often the answer to this ques- tion is immediately apparent and with more than one meaning. Such as "Flight 54 why don't you try landing on runway three, there is no traffic in your path, keep descending to 5000 feet and ..... oops, I thought that was a piece of dust On my radar screen. I guess that didn't work and I'm probably out of work." Recently, around here, more and more residents are asking each other this question. People who are complete strangers are rolling Rounding up the usual suspects AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz down their car windows and say- ing "Does it work?" No one cares how. Spare the details. The Clinton campaign war room had its buzz word, often quoted during the last presidential race: "It's the economy, stupid!" After last summer, we have our owfl buzz word: "It's the sewer, stu- pid!" I know I have gone on record promising to never bring this up to readers again. And I knew I was reaching when I brought up the sewer hook-up to my family. "The sewer," my daughter screamed on the phone. "I thought you were past this. For God's sake, find yourself a support group and get on with your life. I'll call you in a month." I felt like a hero- in addict trying to kick a 20-year habit. But the work has begun. Every- one Will have to hook-up to those blue pipes that seemed to be everywhere last summer. Some neighborhoods have taken on the look of a massive crime scene. Yards are bulldozed into piles of dirt with yellow crime scene tape surrounding huge holes. The other day, I saw a chalk outline of a per- son outside a house. Two police- men were talking. "So this is where they found the owner?" "That's right, Surge. We figured after the first flush, he was so shocked that his phone still worked and his electricity wasn't cut off, that he staggered out the front door and collapsed here in front of the holding tank." They walked across the street where there was another chalk out- line. "What about this guy?" "That's a totally different story. He went down when he opened his mailbox and read his sewer bill. You can still see the outline of it in his hand." "O.K." the Sarge told him. "Round up the usual suspects." But hooking up to the sewer doesn't have to be that extreme or painful. A few weeks ago, I heard the rumblings of a small convoy screech to a halt in front of my house. It included your basic Sussex County resort equipment, s.uch as a back-hoe, several tractors, two cryptonite busters and a discontin- ued atom smasher. "It will work, lady," a man in knee deep water told me. "Now, your front lawn is about three blocks down the street. You'll have to pick it up yourself later." So, every morning I look to see if there are soap suds bubbling forth from the front yard. With every flush, the question of "does it work?" has been replaced by "Did you hear something?" And at a moment's notice, I'm ready to "Round up the usual suspects!"