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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY. APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL 9. 2012 77 County to celebrate Extension Homemaker Herita Sussex County Cooperative scheduled to take place at the Extension will celebrate an Ex- Carvel Research and Education tension Homemaker Heritage Center, 16483 County Seat High- Reunion- 85th anniversary from way, Georgetown. There is no 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, to cost to attend. Former club mem- honor local Sussex County bers, their families and anyone women who formed and were who would like to share a story active in local clubs dedicated to about the long legacy of Exten- sharing new home economics in- sion Homemaker outreach is formation and technologies with welcome to attend. local families. "I am hoping that the adult Though they were only a small children of past members would part of the programming Coop- like to share their memories," erative Extension supports, the said Anne Camasso, Extension legacy of these homemaker agent in family and consumer clubs, as they are often called, sciences at Carrel. "I've talked to endures in the memory of fami- a few people who remember lies throughout° the county. The their mother taking them to lessons they taught, skills they meetings. We would love to have shared and lives they changed these stories included in the pro- immeasurably helped Sussex gram." Counfians' quality of life during In 1917, Cooperative Extension an era of rapid change, hired its first home demonstra- The 85th anniversary celebra- tion agent, Gertrude Blodgett, tion, including refreshments, is who traveled by horse and buggy to remote locations in Delaware, providing practical information about the changing technology in modern, electrified kitchens; textile and clothing techniques; food preservation and other home economic topic updates. Ten years later, Cooperative Extension had placed an agent in each county, and the Extension outreach model had expanded to include community-based clubs. The clubs and their volunteer members helped Sussex County families through the Great De- pression era and World War II, and responded to the expansion of families and technology in the 1950s. While a glimpse into their archives can be amusing, with topics such as underwear pat- terns or charm through good grooming, the majority of their focus in outreach clearly marks -them as being ahead of their time. Records show progressive in- terests in such eas as home and automobile safety, nutrition and drug interactions, growing Vic- tory Gardens, recycling clothing and household goods, solar heat- ing, consumer fraud, addressing marital and domestic abuse, and active civil defense groups. Their club names provide a clue to their wide reach in Sus- sex County: Angola, Blue Hen, Broad Creek, County Seat, Ellen- dale, Harbeson, Indian River, Laurel, Mt. Pleasant, Nanticoke, Piney Grove and Reliance, to name a few. In all, more than 30 clubs and their members were proactive, continually updating their education by attending Reunion short courses at the University of Delaware and participating in several educational field trips. In addition to direct contact with local families, Sussex clubs were active in charity drives and community service, including Red Cross flood relief, TV Fund for Veterans Hospital in Elsmere, planting community trees and replacing the contents of a resi- dential kitchen damaged by fire. As Extension changed and modernized, so too, did the na- ture and name of homemaker clubs, which in the early 1990s became known as the Associa: tion for Family and Community Education. For more information and to register, contact Lewis at 302-856-7303. There is also a sampling of vintage photos on the Carvel REC Facebook site, REC. Rosalie Betts Walls named Delaware Mother of the Year The statewide Delaware Asso- ciation of American Mothers has selected Rosalie Betts Walls of Georgetown as the 2012 Delaware Mother of the Year. Her principal nominator was the Georgetown Historical Soci- ety, which is the sponsor of the :ILE PHOTO ROSALIE BETTS WALLS rides in the Return Day parade. ~ nationally and internationally soldiers and their families. recognized Sussex County Re- In 1905, her daughter Anna be- turn Day. Walls was recently re- gan an intense campaign to es- elected as the Return Day Corn- tablisti a national Mothers Day. mittee's president, having served In 1914, Congress passed the bill, in that role for the past 22 years, and President Woodrow Wilson She also received nominations approved the second Sunday of from 17 other civic and commu- May as Mothers Day. Since then, nity organizations which de- American Mothers Inc. is the scribed her many volunteer ac- parent organization and sponsor tivities, of Mothers Day and of the Moth- Walls will be installed as er of the Year, Young Mother of Mother of the Year at the the Year and Merit Mother, when Delaware Association of Ameri- selected throughout the United can Mothers' ceremony by Gov. States. Jack Markell at his official resi- Participation did not begin in dence in Dover at the end of Delaware until 1950, when Gov. April. Elbert Carrel appointed a chair- The American Mothers' earli- person, Mrs. Joseph Ennis of est beginnings emerged after the Smyrna: She was assisted by Civil War as a tribute to mothers, three mothers, one from each of Anna Reeves Jarvis of Grunty- Delaware's three counties: Mrs. town, W. Va., sought to bring Jonathan Willis of Milford was about reconciliation to divided selected as Delaware's first families. She organized Mothers Mother of the Year. Since then, Friendship Day with invitations Delaware has been represented to both Union and Confederate each year at the American Moth- Itinerant Dance Theater looks for dancers Itinerant Dance Theater is looking for dancers for a Thurs- day, June 28, show at the Lewes Public Library. Dancers should be 18 and over. Body type and age not am issue: Itinerant Dance Theater does not do pink tights or pointe shoes. Those who no longer dance' or perform and would like to return, actors or s'mgers who dance, dancers look- ing for resume credits and others are invited. IDT's library shows are family friendly comedy dance with singing and acting. Members will have one rehearsal per week, 4 to 7 p.m. on Sundays in the Dover area. Costumes and warm-up class provided. 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