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YMCA hosts Water Safety Week Continued from page 63 said Dier, who has been a compet- itive swimmer since age five. "They're always smiling; they always want to be here. There were some kids who came in the first day terrified and crying and now they can't wait to get into the water." "This year, we had a lot of first time swimmers and beginners," said Dier. "This is such a great opportunity for them to learn water safety in a controlled envi- ronment." The event turned out even better than expected, said Rasberry. Even though the demand for water safety week is projected to increase next year, possibly beyond the capacity of the current pool, the YMCA still plans to con- tinue the widely successful pro- gram. "Our philosophy is that if we can save one life through these classes, then this entire program is well worth it," said Rasberry. The staff at the YMCA is grate- ful to Beebe Medical Center for its sponsorship of the Water Safety Week. They are also grateful to Klabe Custom Homes, Sussex Emergency Associates, Judson Bennett and County Bank, with- out whose help the event would not have been impossible. CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 65 The YMCA also appreciated the many YMCA members for their support throughout the week. Rasperry explained, "To hold these classes we actually have to cancel some of our water exercise classes. Many of the folks who are in those classes are very pleased and complimentary that we are doing this. "Even though they've lost their time in the pool, they are delight- ed to see the kids out here and think it's a great idea," he said. "We thank them for giving up their class time." The Sussex Family YMCA is located at 105 Church Street in Rehoboth Beach. For more infor- mation, call 296-YMCA (9622). Tom Walsh can be contacted at Tomwalsh l @ ve Gubernatorial candidates to offer views All are invited to join the Delaware Nature Society at 6 p.m., Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, to hear the environmental per- spectives of gubernatorial candi- dates Lt. Gov. John Carney, State Treasurer Jack Markell, and air- line pilot Mike Protack. The candidates will be dis- cussing their views on energy supply, climate change, sprawl, water quality, endangered species and other environmental issues of critical importance to Delaware. A welcome reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the forum follow- ing at at 7 p.m. Registration is now open for the Candidates Forum. To regis- ter, visit "Events" at Seating is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to reg- ister early. There is a $10 registra- tion fee. The public is encouraged to submit questions to be presented to the candidates by our panel of moderators. Questions may be submitted to debate @ delawarenaturesociety.or g. ATTENTIONI!iil i!ii!!!!!] I If you are not il :ii:] con !;iiii!the I Am Re