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_1] l l, , :, Jt L JU ] LJ JMlLll Ji LW]UJIILBiIIIIWIJJIIWmql |ll/J-JJJIIllMLlalmtJ,LI  8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Letter00 Continued from page 6 lation for a few acres to hold in re- serve for more parking nearby. Any delay in acquiring the neces- sary parking space due to procras- tination will steadily add to the cost. The beach belongs to us, the residents, and I ask what good is our beach if we cannot park near- by? One only has to consider the dilemma of Marco Island resi- dents who are separated from their beach by wall-to-wall hotels. Their beach is inaccessible. Even any property owners who seldom use the beach may keep in mind that an accessible beach serving residents is a major, non-replace- able asset. Henry C. Meier Lewes Lewes British Motorcar Show a bloody success The success of last weekend's British 'invasion,' also known as the British Motorcar Show spon- sored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, would not have been possible without the generosity of the following volunteers and sponsors: The City of Lewes for the use of Block House Pond Park and May- or Smith for escorting the Win- ner's Circle parade; Roadster's Restaurant for sponsoring the pa- rade and silent auction gift certifi- cate; Cape May-Lewes Ferry Trolley for transporting attendees to and from Second Street; Clown mobile - Happy-Go-Lucky (a.k.a. Nancy and Charlie Joseph) for participating in the parade; B.J. Larsen for the sound system and music at Second Street; Mellon Bank for the Parade podium loca- tion; George Elliot for transport- ing the podium; British Car Club of Delaware for promotion and its members Ed Barlow, Jerry Hirst, Mike Greico, Carl Kaminski, Frank Porter, and Henriette Fones for their help throughout the day; Louise and Jim Huebler for their help at the admissions gate; Con- fidential Services for supplying walkie-talkies; our vendors - The Union Jack, The Manor at Cool Spring, Lavender Farm, St. George A.M.E Church, and the Lewes Lions Club; Bailey Lester for assistance with the pai'ade; Dennis Forney for co-hosting the parade; Tony Boyd-Heron for co- emceeing the parade and framing Barefootin' Continued from page 7 Samuel Davidson married Ellen Coulter, whose family founded Coolspring presbyterian Church in the ear!y 1700s. They had a son who they named Jotm Wesley Davidson who married Leah Rod- ney Green. John and Leah had a son in 1852 who they named George Paynter White Davidson. That May 30- June 5, 1997 the awards; and British Wire Wheel and Sanford Hazzard of Big A Auto Parts for donating car registration prizes. Special thanks to the car show committee who worked from the beginning: Mark Mastin, Jerry Scott, Dave Hudson, Mickey Ves- sels, Lou Braithwaite and Trenny Elliott. It was great to see so many local British car owners participate this year. We thank them for making our second "The British Are Com- ing...Again!" Motor Car Show a successful event. Mike Tyler British Car Show Chairman Betsy Reamer Executive Director Lewes Chamber of Commerce Thanks for Buddy r Poppy support I personally would like to thank the Cape Gazette for printing my letter on our annual Poppy Drive. On behalf of VFW Post #7447 and the Ladies Auxiliary, we would like to recognize the mem- bers of the business community that made our Poppy Drive a suc- cess: The Lamp Post Restaurant, Frogg Pond, Super Fresh, Roses, K-Mart, The Outlets, Food Lion and Ames. A special thanks goes to the members of the JROTC from Cape Henlopen High School who stood out there with us. Last, but not least, we would like to thank all the residents of Sussex County who donated their money to a very worthy cause, knowing that without our veter- ans, we wouldn't have the free- doms we have in our country. God bless you all. Dottie Ahem Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #7447 Delaware Music School thanks supporters Thanks to nearly 300 southern Delaware corporations, business- es, private supporters, Delaware Music School (DMS) faculty, stu- dent-families .and volunteers, the Delaware Music School raised $9,000 May 17, during its annual Performathon at the Milford Hos- pital Fair. That's over $2,000 more than in any of the previous five years of this event. Another first is that stu- dent pledges totaled more than business contributions! This funding allows the music was the same year that Prudence Collins of Milton was born. We know that because Mildred Al- bert, who lives in Harbeson with her husband, Glen, was their granddaughter and has records about them. In the I930s they were feted in one of the Vrilmin ton papers, on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary, as being one of Delaware's longest married couples. They sold their Millsboro area farm in 1914 and moved into Lewes on Madison school to offer scholarships and financial assistance to private and group music lesson students of all ages, plus outreach program sup- port. As hard as DMS works to raise money, we work at least that hard to give it away to deserving students and community and so- cial services organizations. Many, many thanks must go to the Milford Hospital Auxiliary/ Fair Committee for allowing us to participate. Also, our gratitude to Jim Hartzell and the Possum Point Players for loaning us a portable stage; Dr. and Mrs. Ray Sukumar and sons for hauling their piano from Lewes to Milford; DMS board member Dana Reemsnyder for coordinating volunteer shifts; all the businesses and individuals who made this success possible. Because of the exceptional sue- cess of the 1997 Performathon, DMS plans to offer a new scholar- ship in the form of a down pay- ment on an instrument to a school band student, who would other- wise be unable to afford one. DMS first became aware of the school band instrument program through its involvement in the Lawrence "Scotty" Scott Jazz Scholarship Program. We noticed that very few under- served kids even auditioned for the jazz program. It turns out they were often unable to get involved in their school bands in the first place, due to the high cost of in- struments. The music school recently do- nated the balance of its "Scotty" funds to Rehoboth and Wood- bridge Elementary Schools to be used toward much-needed band instruments. As the Delaware Music School completes its 15th anniversary year, thanks must also go to the dedicated and talented staff, for its creative had in making music edu- cation-available to the community of southern Delaware, as a means to a better quality of life. They are Brenda Beissel, office and development manager, who is greatly responsible for our current fund-raising success; Diane Neut- zling, program coordinator and "Miss Debbie" Kee, Kinder-kor- dinator. I am proud to work in their company. Donna de Kuyper DMS Executive Director All Saints says thanks for support On behalf of All Saints' Parish (All Saints' Episcopal Church in Avenue where they continued to support one another until he died in April, t943 - four months shy of his 91st birthday. Leah, a de- scendant of Declaration of Inde- pendence signer Caesar Rodney. died a few months Jater meaning tl Couple Was born in the same year and died in the same year. But that musi have been another branch of the Davidsons than Greenshury because neither Mil- dred Albert nor Virginia Ehlers had any information on the cap- Rehoboth Planners continue community preservation efforts By Trish Vernon Members of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission con- tinue to struggle with how to em- bark upon a comprehensive com- munity preservation plan for the city. "We need to state the problem in a few brief sentences, outline what the ordinance would do to solve the problems and how the ordinance links with the Long Range Plan," advised Planning Chairman Mary Campbell at the May 12 Planning Commission meeting. Fellow planner Mable Granke" took a different tack, however. "We're not going to necessarily come up with an umbrella ordi- nance, but there are other things that can be done that don't need a formal ordinance. The issue has many facets." Planner Patti Shreeve added that she sees a challenge in finding consensus among their group, ad- vising that they examine the pro- posed Historic Preservation Ordi- nance and see if they can't agree to some of its tenets. Campbell replied that the His- toric Preservation Ordinance, which was the subject of consider- able criticism last year when it was fashioned, termed it "a lead balloon. The negative reaction far outweighed the positive, because such ordinances are so restric- tive." Rather, she said, they should concentrate on attempting to pre- serve the flavor of the city. "There are buildings which are only a few years old, but they are in keeping with the ambiance of their neighborhoods," she noted. Robin Bodo from the state's Historic Preservation Office told them that conservation rather than preservation may be the direction in which they should turn. A conservation district would regulate relocation, demolition and new construction, while his- toric district zoning could regulate the type of shutters, windows, doors and color of a particular structure. However, Planner Ed Cerrullo Rehoboth and St. George's Epis- copal Church in Angola), I'd like to thank those who supported the musical Fisher Folk weekend at All Saints' Church, the weekend of April 25. Those who attended had a great tain. Nor did Howard Davidson of New Road who was also famil- iar with the other family history. Hazel Briltingham provided the only insight my brief research into Capt. Greensbury Davidson un- covered. "! k/Ow that he and his wife, Lizzie, donated money for one Of the stained gtass windows in Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes," said Hazel. "But that's the one window in the church I haven't researched and written cautioned that by placing restric- tions on one particular home with some historic value, the home- owner will have to abide by these restrictions, while his neighbor in a new home will not. The neighbor, however, will reap the benefits of maintaining or increasing property values. "Peo- ple fear being told what they can do with their property and they don't see the benefits. That makes it difficult from the get-go," he said. Shreeve agreed that they need to put people's mind at ease on what they are attempting to accomplish, as now, "there's nothing in our or- dinances that says you can't put up a corrugated metal building," of an extreme example of what they hope to prevent from being built in Rehoboth Beach. "If someone wants to take down a house, we need to make sure they build something that compli- ments the neighborhood. In some areas historic preservation is ap- propriate, but in other areas com- munity conservation is the way to go," Shreeve continued. Bodo said the planners need time to convince the community of the benefits of preservation, with Campbell saying they must concentrate on coming up with guidelines. Shreeve replied that the present Historic Preservation Ordinance has everything they need to help them write the guidelines. "Our goal then is to retain the charm and ambiance and establish what constitutes that charm and ambiance. We need to find out what the important elements are and find a way to structure the guidelines. I'm not sure where we want to be at the end," planner Bob Scala said. Bodo offered the planners assis- tance from her staff in fashioning the guidelines in a way that's palatable to the board of commis- sioners and the community at large. They hope to Continue backing away at these efforts at the next meeting, slated for 7 p.m., Mon- day, June 9. time. Many thanks, too, to our local newspapers for helping us to pub- licize this event. Helen Abbott Chairman Fisher Folk weekend. about. Lizzie was one of the orga- nizers of Groome Methodist - in the first few years of this century - but I know nothing more about Greensbury. I always had it in my mind that he was a sea captain from the Milton or Milford area but I have nothing to prove that." Does anyone out there know anything further about Capt. Greensbury Davidson? If so, pass it on to me and whatever I hear will be presented in this space next week.