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Belote Continued from page 54. would bring home a first." He then reached into a display cabinet and removed a fourth curlew, one commissioned by a Pennsylvania lawyer and finished just before the competitions. "This one is the best of the bunch," he said, as he set it next to the o and noted how the feather made it superior. "I hope to do more of them." Belote said he generally carves during the day in his "Quack Shack" workshop behind the house. At nights, he paints the birds in his basement workshop. "It takes longer to paint a bird than to carve it," he explained. "Getting the detail is a very im- portant part of the painting process. I painted on my long- billed curlew for three days and thought I had it just right. The next day, I looked at it and decid- ed it wasn't right at all. So I paint- ed it out and began again When it comes to painting, I'm never real good at it, but some days I'm bet- ter than other days." Belote said the issue of compe- tition carving is a complex one, with the difference between a first-place win and an honorable mention resting mostly on the quality of opponents' carvings. "In 1984 I did a pair of red- breasted merganzers and entered them in a Newark show. The drake took fn'st place, and the hen took second place. Then I took the same pair of birds to a New York show, and the drake took first place while the hen took third. Then, I took them to the Ward World Championship. The drake held its first place position, but the hen got an honorable mention. There wasn't anything wrong with the hen, other than somebody did Belote shows the most recent bulllehead drake carving that earned him gunning d/vision ribbons in both the Ward World Championship Competition and the Atlantic Flyway Classic Competition this year. "It's a lot harder to paint the ducks than it is to carve them,  he said. rm never really good at the painting, but some days l'm better than other days.  a better one. When there are two birds in a show that appear to be equally as good, the judges pick them apart, nit-picking every as- pect of the work until one emerges the winner." In the world of competitive wildlife carving, wins can come in fast one year and slow the next. Last year, Belote sent 11 of his birds to the Mid Adantic Water- fowl Show in Virginia Beach, Va., where he won nine firsts, a second and an honorable mention. He took 11 more birds to the same show this year and earned a single honorable mention. "It all just de- pends on who comes to the com- petition and what they bring with them," he explained. So far, 2003 has been a good year. Belote took seven first place ribbons, one second place and one honorable mention from the World Championship Wildlife Carving Show. "I'm working on getting better," he said. "Some- times I can't mix black and white paint to make gray. Some of the other competitors paint their ducks so nice they look like they'll jump up and fly. I'll just keep working on it. The more you do, the better you get." Richard Belote has been doing waterfowl carving for 53 years. That he walks away from most competitions with an impressive array of ribbons is proof positive hat he is one of the best carvers in the world. In his mind, he is still the young hunter from Willis Wharf trying to fashion the best gunning bird he can. The only dif- ference is that these days, he sells his birds. And few buyers would ever think of shooting over them. They're way too pretty for shoot- ing. To purchase Belote's work, visit Shorty's wood shop, Pennsylvania Avenue, Bethany Beach, where the artist's work has been dis- played for sale since 1981. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. State NARFE convention slated June 4 in Dover The Delaware Federation of Chapters of the Na- tional Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its 10th Biennial Convention June 4 at the Dover Sheraton Inn. President Burton Barr of the Eastern Sussex Chap- ter 1690 will call the convention to order and a proclamation by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner will be read. NARFE National President Charles Fallis of Alexan- dria, Va. will address the morning session, with Re- gion"  Vice President Robert Reynolds of Hatboro, Pa. will install the 2003-2005 officers and report on activities. lmll r , CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 57 Bilb/Jackson benefit set for May 31 A benefit pro for William "Billy" Jackson is planned by his faro- ily, friendsand neighbors for 6 p.m., Saturday, May 3 I, at the Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church. All are invited to enjoy the entertain- rnent and fellowship. For more information, call Marlene Pritchett at 945-9223 or Pecita Lonewolf at 945-7187. Fresh Air Fund unveils new website The Fresh Air Fund has announced the launch of its new website,, which includes many features for prospective hosts and supporters, as well as current Fresh Air hosts and volunteers. The Fresh Air Fundprovides opportunities for inner city children to spend time in "fresh air" places such as the beach. For more information on the Fresh Air Fund or to host a Fresh Air child, visit the website or call Marianne Caven at 302-323-9383, or 800-367-0003. Millsboro library puts final touches on five-year plan " The Millsboro Public Library has finalized its strategic planning and its five-year plan has been approved by the Delaware Division of Li- braries. Copies of the plan are available at the circulation desk for the public to read. 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