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16 - CAPE  Friday, May 5 "May II, 1995 CAPE LIthE Locals hom002red at Govenor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards By Kristen Seal The Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth, Midway resident Mary DeVries, Cape Henlopen High School stu- dent Sherry Swartzel and CHEER volunteers were among those hon- ored at the 1995 Governor's Vol- unteer Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 27 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Each year Gov. Thomas Carper recognizes Delaware's organiza- tions and individuals who are committed to volunteering their time to those in need. Although the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club offers volunteer services to many community and youth orga- nizations, the club received the Governor's Award namely for the work it has done in conjunction with the Sussex Elementary Con- sortium's Hippotherapy Program. Hippotherapy, using horses to pro- vide emotional healing and aware- ness, is a program lead by Consor- tium Home School Coordinator Sally Fintel. Fintel nominated the Rehoboth Kiwanis for this year's awards. With both monetary sup- port and volunteer help from the Kiwanis, the Hippotherapy Pro- gram began in 1988. "The Kiwanis really did all of the leg work to get the program rolling. I can't say enough about their steadfastness and dedication to our school and our youngsters," said Fintel. Rural Lewes resident, Katarina Burroughs, lends her quarter horse, Cimmeron, and riding area to the emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students at the Consortium two times a week. Also volunteering with the Hip- potherapy Program is Pam Mous- Icy, manager and trainer at Pan Am Arabians, donating the use of her riding area on rainy days. "These children learn proper grooming, proper ricling and how to adjust the saddles and brides on Cimmeron. This hands-on work with the horse fosters a sense of trust, bonding, love and nurtu- rance. The emotional benefit is immeasurable," added Fintel. Rehoboth Kiwanis member Art Pressl is the chairman of the Hip- potherapy Committee which involves formulating schedules with Fintel and organizing volun- teers for the riding lessons since a Kiwanian provides transportation John Cdstea photo Larry Pelesh, accepting the Governor's Outstanding Volun- teer Award on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth Beach, is seen here with Sally Fintel,at the Sussex Education Consor- tium. Ftntel nominated the Kiwanis for the award because of its generous and dedicated involvement in the Consortium's Hippotherapy Program. Arlene Littleton, executive director of CHEER (left), is seen here with volunteers Phil Melinger (right) and Lena Frantinao (seated) cele- brating the Governor's Out- standing Volunteers Award that CHEER received for 1995. Kdsten Seal photo Seen here, from left to right, are Brant Craft on Hippothera- py horse Cimmeron, Trainer Katarina Burroughs, Roy Black and Rehobeth Kiwanis member Warren MacDonald. The Sus- sex Elementary Consortium Hippotherapy Program has been operating since 1988 with the help of the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club, winner of the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards. and support on every visit. "We can see changes in the chil- dren that you just wouldn't believe. The development that we see is just wonderful; it's a great program," said Pressl. R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volun- teer Program) Member Mary DeVries is another local commu- nity member awarded at the Gov- ernor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards. DeVries, although involved in innumerable community volunteer organizations, was honored for her work with both the Funtastic Clowns and Beebe Medical Cen- ter. The Funtastic Clowns, under the direction of Sandy Dole, is a group of volunteers of all ages who dress as clowns visiting nursing homes, children's organizations and other numerous groups and festivities. Dole submit- ted the recom- mendation of DeVries for the award. "This is my fourth year as a Funtastic Clown and I t (:ii!i !? :i:' DeVRIES can't say enough about Sandy Dole and her energy and commit- ment to the organization of the clowns. Without her we would not be able to visit as many people as we do," said DeVries. Continued on page 18 World War IiI journalist Dave Karten recalls history of V-E Day By Dave Karten Fifty years ago this week World War H in Europe ended when Ger- many surrendered unconditionally to the Western Allies and the Soviet Union at 2:41 a.m. French time on May 7, 1945. (This was at 8:41 p.m. eastern war time, Sunday, May 6.) The surrender took place at a red school house in Rheims, France that was the headquarters of Gen- eral Dwight D. Eisenhower. The guns in Europe ceased fir- ing and the bombs stopped drop- ping at midnight, May 8-9. In a war that had lasted five years, H ..... ii ii{{ii{!={ii{{{!!{iiiiii00i{iii00{i!iiii!i:{ii{00/ii0000 eight months and seven days, sev- eral million men and women had been slaughtered in bombed cities and on a hundred battlefields. But the German surrender on May 7 in real- ity was mere- ly the final, formal recog- nition of a finish that had taken place piecemeal during previ- ous weeks. The strug- KARTEN gle had been going on for over five years by late 1945 when Anglo-American armies crossed the Rhine in force and events began to move with bewildering speed. An American offensive in northern Italy, begun April 2, end- ed in .German surrender. By April 25, Berlin has been completely isolated by the encircling armies of Zhukov and Konev, and on April 27, Konev's forces joined hands with the Americans at the Elbe near Torgau, south and slightly west of Berlin. But in Berlin itself, desperate street-by- street resistance was put up by the Germans and was not completely overcome until the war itself end- ed. By late April, the Russians had surrounded Berlin and were pounding the suburbs. On April 30, 1945, the day after his mar- riage to the devoted Eva Braun, deep in his air-raid bunker in the ruins of the Chancellery at Berlin, Adolph Hitler committed suicide with his wife. It was ten days after Hitler's 56th birthday, and twelve years and three months since he became Chancellor of Germany Continued on page 17 Biden to address May 6 ceremony The 50th Anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War H in Europe exactly half a century ago, will be observed at a special cer- emony scheduled to be held at the Bethany Beach boardwalk band- stand on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. United States Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware will be the keynote speaker for the event. The public is cordially invited to attend. The remembrance observance of this historic occasion is being hosted by the town of Bethany Beach (which has been designated a "Commemorative Community" by the Department of Defense), in cooperation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the Unit- ed States. The ceremony will recognize all members of the armed forces who served in World War II. It will honor all veterans of that con- flict who served in the European theater of Operations, their fami- lies, and those who served on the home front. An outstanding exhibit of World War II posters, chronologically tracing the battles and events, prepared by the National Archives in Washington D.C., will be on display at the ceremony. In case of foul weather, the ceremony will be held in the Bethany Beach Fire Hall auditorium.