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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26, 1997 - 81 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Bike Prologue, Torch Run kick off Special Olympics Several local athletes take medals in games at Carpenter complex By Kerry Kester Law enforcement agencies, offi- cers and community members raised more than $15,000 for Delaware Special Olympics through two fundraisers that kicked off the Summer Games on Wednesday, June 11. One hundred riders raised more than $6,000 during Bike Prologue '97, and 300 runners generated more than $9,000 for the araual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Riders biked 17 miles from Fen- wick Island State Park to Rehoboth Elementary School in the late afternoon on Wednesday. Newark Police Department Patrol- man First Class Ralph Johnson, retired, carried the Spbcial Olympic Flame of Hope, leading the cyclists to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand shortly after 8 p.m. Riders presented the lit torch to runners from law enforcement agencies statewide, who continued the torch's northward journey to its ultimate destination, the Uni- versity of Delaware campus in Newark. The Delaware Special Olympians participated in athletic events on Friday, June 13 and Sat- urday, June 14, wheremany local athletes saw rewards from their months of training. Sports offered at Delaware's Summer Games included aquatics, athletics, bocce, gymnastics, power lifting, tennis Newark Police Department Patrolman First Class Ralph Johnson, retired, who carried the Special Olympic Flame of Hope, led cyclists to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand on Wednesday, June 11, to kick off the 1997 Delaware Special Olympics. and softball. Special Olympics began in 1968 after Eunice Kennedy Shriver became interested in developing a forum for mentally retarded indi- viduals to show their physical abilities. The program developed over the years and now three-quar- ters of a million disabled people participate in Special Olympics on an international scale. Delaware began its participation two years after the program start- ed, and now more than 1,400 Delaware athletes participate in the Special Olympics, with 500 competing in the Summer Games. Law enforcement participation in Special Olympics began 15 years ago, pread throughout the nation Kerry Kester photo The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run began moments later as law enforcement personnel from throughout Delaware began the relay run that took the torch to the Uni- versity of Delaware, where the 1997 Summer Games were held over the weekend. and the world, and now most states and many countries have support from law enforcement personnel. Special Olympics is much like the International Olympic Games. It begins with a torch run, and the torch representing hope is kept lit throughout the event. The Special Olympics boast opening and clos- ing ceremonies and include the pomp and pageantry that mirrors that found in the Olympic tradi- tion. Results" for local athletes are as follows: Aquatics: Penny West - first in 15m and 25m flotation; Jonathan Graybeal - first in 15m unassisted, Continued on page 83 Volkswagen engine. Terry Reynolds of Terry's Auto Body in Milton painted the faded red car Corvette Yellow with a duPont finish. Scott and his friends restored the interior which is more than they ever did to their living quarters. "You put big tires in the back and smaller ones in the front and you have your basic dune bug- gy," Scott said. "We're thinking of naming her Chiquita," Scott said of the banana yellow buggy. The dune buggy may be seen at the Fourth of July Beach Boys Con- cert. The no-cooler rule may have slowed ticket sales in Sussex County where people think 409 is cheap whiskey and Little GTO is Big GTO's younger brother. Anderson's beach buggy. SUMMER SCHEDULE- This is what I plan to do this summer on a typical weekday: Get up at 6 a.m. and take a cup of coffee and my Russian assault pellet rifle to the back deck to enjoy nature and sting a few gray squirrels in the butt that are scratching my Woodlink bird feeder. Then I will sit at the computer and write a couple chapters of sarcastic humor for the Gazette and my next book which has been half done but not well done for two years. Then I'm off to the Firm where Johnny Mor- ris has become my personal trainer which well he should after I passed him in P.O.D. 14 years ago with a 47. Then I'm off to walk and talk anywhere from three to seven miles. The late afternoon will be nap time so I can be ready to go out at night in search of live rock and roll. Finders, Love Seed, Funsters, Wiseguys, Mighty Chi- huahua s (scratch them), Vegas and Catfish (older than me) - they can all "get down" and I like sitting Continued on page 82 MOLE GIGGERS- Any time it's you versus them and a score is being kept and there are winners and losers, it qualifies as a sport. Outsmarting moles and pocket gophers (is that a gopher in your pocket?) not to mention their grubby little friends requires a game plan and the ability to exe- cute, as in mass execution. "Throw a bag of this here stuff in a spinner spreader and then water your lawn or hope it rains," said professor Bailey Maull of the Barn on Route One. "What's a spinner spreader?" I asked. 'Tve lived for 50 years and managedto never own or hear tell of one." "You can't live in Sussex County and not have a spinner spreader," Bai- ley said. And so I borrowed this red plastic bucket on wheels that drops granules into a spinning device that spreads them on your lawn. The idea is that this bad stuff seeps into the ground where it is eaten by grubby grubs who die depriving the mole of its food sup- ply in a sort of blind taste test. The moles say, "Freak this non-hap- pening tunnel of grubs; let's move to a better neighborhood." "I know a guy who stands on his lawn with a frog gig and kills them one at a time," Bailey Maull said. "But you need to be retired for that job." "My students said a stick of juicy fruit gum in a mole hole will kill .them andcause them to talk like they're from Trenton," my wife told me. Here are the critters PEOPLE IN SPORTS TOY OF THE WEEK- Scott Anderson and his Club Milton comrades Jimmy Reed and Guy Wiggins were cruising the back- woods of Sussex this early spring when they spotted an old dune buggy in a farmer's barn. "I'll sell you the car," the farmer said. "Just don't teach my daughter your accents." The 1967 Volkswagen has 18 inches clipped out of the middle and a 1500cc standard are crawling around on, in and under your front yard: Ants, fire ants, big juicy fat disgusting seg- mented black ants, army worms, Bermuda grass mites, billbugs, brown dog ticks (Van Morrison song), chiggers, chinch bugs, crickets, cutworms, earwigs, fleas, onion maggots, root maggots, sod webworms, wireworms, and the white grubs of the European chafer, Japanese Beetle and South- ern chafer. ("Get out the lawn, boy.") Maybe I can persuade the cat to get up off the porch furniture and get busy? Outsmarting moles qualifies as a sport