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14 - CAPE GAZETYE, Tuesday, April 12 - April 14, 2005 CAPE LIFE A few cheerful volunteers for the silent auction and dinner included O-r) AI Johnson, Bill Purdy, Ed Agnew, and Don Knowles. Dan Cook photos Home of the Brave benefit a success Mary Beaman of Lewes considers an item at the Home of the Brave silent auction hosted by St. Georges Episcopal Church in Harbeson and All Saints' Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach on Apri ! 9. The event, held at the Angola By the Bay Clubhouse, raised $7,400 for the Home of the Brave veterans shelter in Milford, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless veterans. Home of the Brave Director Rich Pokorny, left, and Bruce Hickman, chair- man of the veterans' shelter, stand with a display explaining the many facets of Home of the Brave. Home of the Brave director Rich Pokorny, right, gives Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves a Home of the Brave pin for his efforts for homeless veterans. "Judge Graves works closely with us at the shelter," Pokorny said. "It's nice to have a fundraiser like this," said Graves of the auction. "It's a real worthwhile cause." Salt0000ater Portrait Chuck Snyder: Rehoboth Beach through and through By Dennis Forney Chuck Snyder's. parents drove to Beebe Hospital 50 years ago for his arrival into the world in the hands of Dr. Carl Pierce. Doctor and parents arrived in cars with sand on their tires. Chuck's family resi- dence and Dr. Pierce's medical office were in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. "I've liked having sand between my toes ever since," said Snyder. Photographer, fireman, supervisor for Rehoboth's Buildings and Grounds Department, Snyder is all Rehoboth Beach. "I love my town," he said. I've traveled all over this country for fire service functions and photography, but I'm always glad to get home." From an office tucked into a corner of Rehoboth's Convention Center, Chuck watches over and coordinates the year- round activities of the convention center and is just steps away from Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company's Rehoboth Avenue Station. He currently serves as deputy chief for the company. Over the past three decades, he has served the com- pany as chief, engineer, and ambulance captain and he's moved through the various chairs of the county organizations dedicat- ed to volunteer fire service. Snyder's office in the convention center is only a block and a half away from the building that housed the family's ice cream store and newsstand when he was growing up. While his mother, Lois, was getting him ready for Rehoboth Elementary School in their apartment above the store, Chuck's father, Bill, was downstairs serving coffee and selling newspapers and listening to the morning talk of men who showed up daily for the 'q'hree Coins" coffee club. "The coins were a way the men had of determining who would pay for the day's coffee," remembers Chuck. "At 10 cents a cup, whoever got stuck with the tab wasn't hurt too badly. Kids would be getting ice cream while men were talking. Sen. John Williams used to come in a lot and Sen. Bill Roth. Gov. Sherman Tribbitt and Gov. Russell Peterson both had places in town and they would stop in a lot. It was a hap- pening place." Snyder's Ice Cream and Candy was located in a building that was once located in Bethany Beach. "The building was cut in half and moved to Rehoboth. If you know where to look, you can still see the gap in the floor where the building was put back together." A sunglasses business now occupies the storefront, just oceanward from the First Street Station complex at the corner of Rehoboth Avenue and First Street. As soon as he was old enough, Snyder delivered daily newspapers on his bicycle and later helped his father with deliveries throughout Rehoboth and beyond. The ink rubbed off and into Snyder's blood. He's been involved with newspapers one way or another ever since. Still, growing up half a block from the ocean was the first bug that bit Snyder. "Are you kidding? As soon as the ocean was warm enough, I was in - all the time." One day the ocean bit back and that led to the second "bug" of Snyder's life. "I dove into a wave and ended up injuring my neck. Dr. Pierce said I cracked some verte- brae. He said they would heel OK but that I would have to be careful from then on. Continued on page 15 Dennis Forney photo Chuck Snyder wouldn't trade Rehoboth for anywhere else in the country. "It's a good city - a clean city - a good place to vacation. People pay a lot of money to come down here and see what we see every day.