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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 CAPE LIFE Delaware Special Olympicshonors outstanding volunteers Delaware Special Olympics announced awards for outstanding contributions to its year-round program of sports training and athletic competition, for children and adults with mental retardation, during Opening Ceremonies of the 1998 Summer Games. Gov. Tom Cai'per; John Miller, president of Delaware Special Olympics board of di- rectors; and Ann Grunert, Delaware Special Olympics executive director, presented the awards to athletes, volunteers, sponsors and partners. The awards were as tbllows: Athlete of the Year - Larry Zucker, 33, Wilmington. Zucker is an outstanding ath- lete who consistently demonstrates determi- nation to succeed at ever-higher goals and unparalleled sportsmanship. He competes in aquatics, cross country skiing, basketball and powerlifting. He is a true sportsman; for 25 years, he has exemplified all the val- ues and principles of Special Olympics. Volunteer of the Year - Irv and Phyllis Levin, Claymont and Millsboro. The Levins have had a profound impact on Delaware Special Olympics throughout the years. Irv is the director of the bocce pro- gram, which has grown to include almost 200 athletes; he is also a coach for the Northstars. Phyllis is Delaware Special Olympics' volunteer families director; she ensures family hospitality at all Special Olympics functions. The couple consistently is among the top fundraisers at the Lewes Po- lar Bear Plunge, which last year raised $10,000. The Levins also introduced a fundraiser that coordinates gift certificate sales at grocery stores; to date, the effort has raised more than $20,000. Outstanding Business - Greg Skoglund, C.T. Sports, Rehoboth Beach. For the past eight years, C.T. Sports has worked hand- in-hand with Delaware Special Olympics staff to provide proper sports uniforms for athletes. It has provided creative and excit- ing designs for almost every Special Olympics event - Summer Games, Fall Fes- tival, basketball and bowling tournaments, plane pull, Polar Bear Plunge and Law En- Continued on page 24 Above, left, Irv and Phyllis Levin, of Claymont and Millsboro, were each honored as the Volunteer of the Year. Shown are (l-r) Gov. Tom Carper;, Jamie Levin, ath- lete; Irv Levin, director of the bocce program; Phyllis Levin, volunteer families director;, and John Miller, presi- dent of Delaware Special Olympics board of directors. At right, Larry Zucker is shown lighting the cauldron with Ralph Johnson, left, a retired officer from the Newark Police Department. Zucker, 33, of Wilmington, is the 1998 Athlete of the Year. Above, left, Gov. Tom Carper, left, and John Miller, right, president of Delftware Special Olympics board of directors, present Allison Nolt, 14, with the Unified Part- ner Award. Unified Sports combines athletes with and without disabilities on the same team, to compete against Paul Beecher photos other Unified teams. At right, Greg Skoglund, C.T. Sports, Rehoboth Beach, was honored with the Outstanding Busi- ness Award. He is shown with Gov. Tom Carper, left, and John Miller, right, president of Delaware Special Olympics board of directors. Never trust a miffed dog in a thunderstorm This is the time of year when we encounter a lot of sudden electri- cal storms. You know, the kind where a big bolt of lightening can come down out of the sky and bounce off your head, rendering you to a life of walking around town in your slippers and bathrobe, singing the theme "Like A Rock," over and over again. Before you can say "I promise, I'll change my ways," lightening has the capability of reducing you to a smoldering charcoal briquette, just in time for your Fourth of July weekend. Sure there are some people who are comfortable with this situa- tion. But most of them are nuns or monks, who spend their-time growing vegetables in mountain- ous regions of Thailand and have AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz flipped them the bird or lied about their age to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Not that I have ever in my life considered such vile behavior as acceptable. me, whenever I am standing in a puddle of water during a down- pour and holding an umbrella. You see the gods of thunder and lightening are attracted to umbrel- las. That point at the top of the umbrella is a direct conduit from the sky down through your body and out your eyeballs and teeth. They couldn't be happier when they see someone with an umbrel- la. Unless it's a person with a pointy head, which, thank God, is a physical trait usually found only in weather forecasters The gods hate weather forecasters and cable people. It is one of the prime rea- sons your television goes out dur- ing a storm, as the weather gods roam the area searching for those who never showed up for sched- tr+ Cwt $om ogf ,ia traf, fi;,,,, ,Bin, tbo ,thotrg Moo, occur,to-- ,tded,aptntment. .................... I know there are scientific rea- sons for lightening storms. But these are of little comfort to sim- ple people like myself, who con- sider the biggest exercise in intel- ligence to be memorizing the words to Jerry Vale songs like "Pretend You Don't Love Her." It's difficult for us to rationalize and make sense of things like cold fronts, discharged ions and air masses when we are kissing the very carpet under our beds. That is, unless that space is occupied by a large German shepherd who is clutching an autographed picture of Lassie. They say that animals have a sixth sense about impending weather. With the first roll of thunder off in the distance, a dog will start to pace back and forth like-an expectant father. ..... He will whine at the windows and point to the aluminum chairs blowing around outside, encour- aging you to make a mad dash to bring them inside. Be careful here. Dogs have the ability to predict the exact time and place where a bolt of lightning, large enough to knock a rhinoceros back on its hind legs, will Strike. So if you boarded your dog while you and your family whooped it up in Acapulco, I would pass on this. Just remember, when you know a severe storm is heading your way: get plenty of exercise, stay away from fried foods and eat a nectarine once in a while. These rules only apply if you live to serve out the bargain you made on your hands and knees in the clos- et.