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Continued from page 6 Republican caucus before the Easter recess. Shocked? If they listened to/read the ads run by DPL against Bluewater Wind they would have noted lies galore! Why should they be honest with the politicians in Dover when Delmarva Power lies like a rug to its customers? By the way, how many public interest organiza- tions or representatives have been invited or even allowed to speak to the House Republican caucus? Would you or I be allowed, or is that privilege reserved only .to large corporations? The Delmarva Power spokes- men were able to get a bill or res- olution removed from the House agenda before Easter; this is an obvious ploy to run out the clock until the General Assembly adjourns June 30. It seems that large corporations, large landowners and big contrib- utors can get the House Republican caucus to listen to them and do their bidding but for the average citizen...lots of luck! John G. Waish Rehoboth Beach Dennis Forney Pride evident at HOB Elementary Recently in the news there was mention of dividing the grades between the two Milton elemen- tary schools. I'm not familiar with the Milton elementary school except to say it is a beautiful new facility. I'd like to address the residents of" the Milton area including the parents and students of H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. I've been a mentor at H.O. Brittingham for four years and I love helping out for many reasons. When you step through the front doors the energy you feel gives you an immediate high. When you see the students' smil- ing faces going from room to room or to recess, lunch, etc,, they are orderly, polite, and respectful. Being a mentor, I get the opportu- nity to work and talk to some of the teachers and staff. I marvel at the dedication and hard work by all from the princi- pal on down to the excellent maintenance staff. These folks are here because they want to be here. The pride in their voices and actions helps make you want to do more with the students. Our community is so fortunate to have this school. It might be old in structure but so young and vital in its ability to help these young students not only with their ABC's but with manners, charac- ter, understanding of others and I could go on and on. I would add that if you are reading this and have an hour or two a week that you'd like to spend helping a student, you would find that you'll be getting far more from your experience than the time you are giving. Long live H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. Eck Erb Milton Sussex Consortium thanks community The students, staff and families of the Sussex Consortium would like to thank Schell Brothers and all of the businesses and volun- teers who graciously donated time, energy and materials to make the Sussex Consortium Apartment Makeover Project a success. Although there is currently no cure for autism, our students can learn skills necessary to succeed in life and function in the commu- nity and in the world around CAPE them. Thanks to wonderful peo- ple like you, our students can learn these skills in a beautiful, new, functional apartment. In addition, thank you to Grotto Pizza, Wawa Food Markets and all the wonderful parents for your generous donation of food and drinks for all of our volunteers during this project. A special thank you to Dan Matta, Tom Krause, Matt Seiler, and Jeff Clavette for making this project possible and for your hard work and patience in making it happen in less than a week. We would like to thank the following businesses: Schell Brothers, American Cedar & Millwork Inc., Augustine Custom Painting, Bad Hair Day, Beitzel Cabinet and Millwork, C & C Drywall, Chesapeake Plumbing & Heating Inc., D.E. Collins & Company, Echelon Custom Homes, Grotto Pizza,. Harmon Plumbing, Johnny Janosik Furniture, Mattress Peddlers, Mid-Atlantic Electric, Payless Furniture, Penco Corporation, Peninsula Oil & Propane, Tecot Electric Supply Company Inc., Tile Market of Delaware, Wal-Mart, Wawa Food Markets and Wyoming Millwork. Thank you all. Jen Reynolds Sussex Consortium occupational therapist Lewes Carney has a proven track record John Carney just earned my vote for governor when he worked behind the scenes to bring Bluewater Wind's new Mid- Atlantic hub to Delaware. By securing the Bluewater deal, Carney showed he's not afraid to work hard and try different approaches to get things done. While some mainstream politi- cians were skeptical, John Carney knows how important this deal can be for our state. A new Bluewater Wind hub will mean more manufacturing jobs in Delaware and cleaner, more effi7 cient energy. It also means Delaware can reap benefits as states like Maryland and New Jersey look toward cleaner energy in the future, while many politi- cians talk about having new ideas or getting things done, John Carney actually does it. He has a proven track record and real solu- tions for the people of Delaware. J. Robert Woods Lewes GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 7 Capt. Johnson, Lewes's first millionaire, cleared ships from ports around theworld When Hazell Smith moved to Lewes in 1947, the new bride of Otis Smith, her first home was the ornate Victorian house on Savannah Road next to the house Where The Buttery now does busi- ness. The house is now home to Ocean Retreat Day Spa. "It was white with green trim when we moved in," remembers Smith. "Every house in Sussex County at the time was white with green trim." Smith said the house was owned at the time by a ship captain named Chick Johnson. "He was the first millionaire in Lewes. He made his money by raising ships from the bottom of ports where they caused trouble with navigation. He even cleared ships from the port of San Francisco. He was known and respected all over the world for his expertise." Mrs. Smith said Otis's mother came to Lewes, where the family was operating the Fish Products menhaden processing facility where Cape Shores now stands. "She bought Capt. Johnson's house and the house next door - on the corner - for $1,000. Capt Johnson's house was built all of heartwood. The stairway was heart of golden oak. I personally sanded every inch of it to restore it to its original beauty. Even the rafters in the house were walnut heartwood." The Fish Products operation was operating in high gear in those years and the Smiths - even while working hard on the Johnson mansion - immediately began planning construction of their new home on Gills Neck Road. "We didn't move into our new home until April of 1951. when we sold the Johnson house - to the Scott family who had the shoe store on Second Street - we got the great big price of $13,000. That was the most that had ever been paid, up until that time, for an old house in Lewes." Over the next 20 years, with the Fish Products operation prosper- ing, the Smiths cultivated the lands around their Bay Manor Farm, developed an international- ly prominent herd of Polled Hereford beef cattle, bred and BAREF00TIN' raised harness racing horses and involved themselves heavily in the social and civic life of Lewes. Mrs. Smith gave me a glimpse of those years recently and I will share some of her stories in this column in the next few weeks. CONTRACTORS ARE put- ting the finishing touches on the Bastian Building at the corner of Savannah Road and Kings Highway in the heart of downtown Lewes. The prominent brick building stands across the street from the Johnson mansion men- BASTIAN tioned above. Two circular artistic embellish- ments grace the front of the build- ing. Jim Bastian said one, a shell, is emblematic of the sea, while the other, a frond of leaves, represents the area's agriculture. "We thought they would be appropriate for Sussex County," said Bastian. RE/MAX Realty Group has leased all of the first-floor offices of the building and plans to move in over the next few weeks. Charlotte Bastian's father, E.V. Adkins, owned the corner proper- ty which was the site for many years of a service and filling sta- tion. Dick Bryan later leased the property and converted the struc- ture for real estate offices. That structure was demolished to make way for the Bastian Building. Markell cares about medical costs Listen up, you who have looked to windward for more than two generations. Electronic prescrip- tions are the way to go. It has just been proposed by Jack Markell, Delaware state treasurer, who worked to remove any financial cataracts from our eyes (also known as financial literacy), Keep hacking away at medical costs, Jack. EsteHe Wood Millsboro Oennis Forrmy photo When Hazell Smith moved to Lewes in 1947, her first home was the Capt. Chick Johnson Victorian mansion now occu- pied by Ocean Retreat Day Spa. "It was painted white with green trim, like every other house in Sussex County," remem- bers Smith.