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Continued from page 6 1973. Small wonder there's a shortage in the workforce. If even half of those 41 million (a number rising every day) people had survived and been employed, would not that also have alleviated some so- cial security problems that are worrisome to senior citizens as well as the baby boomers, and possibly the following genera- tion? At this rate, by the year 2027, with fewer people entering the workforce, industry may be forced to close altogether. We surely can't depend on any future offspring from those just covered by the automakers' decision. It may be a while coming, but it looks as though we are heading in the direction of our brothers in the third world countries. I have just completed reading a play whereby all those people aborted will be right there to greet their parents as they enter the heavenly gates. Purely fictional, but beautiful and forgiving. Anne T. McDevitt Rehoboth Thanks for help finding our puppy Our lost puppy, Kimo, a white miniature poodle, was found Sun- day afternoon in Henlopen Acres. He is now home, healthy and hap- PY. We want to thank God for look- ing over him the 10 days he was on his own and everyone who of- fered their prayers, especially the congregation at Epworth Methodist Church and Father Jim from St. Jude's Catholic Church. Thanks also to the dozens of busi- nesses that placed the lost poster in their windows, especially Pep- Up, Atlantic Liquors, Wings-to- Go, and Dan Gaffney and WG- MD. We are also grateful to the many wonderful people we met in the neighborhoods of Camelot, Sea-Air, West Rehoboth, Edge- water Trailer Park, Henlopen Acres and many more. Most especially, we wish to rec- ognize Nancy Hecker of Sandy Brae who worked tirelessly for 10 days to find the puppy. The Rehoboth Beach area is truly full of many of God's angels and we thank you all! Jerry Lamb Ed O'Connor Rehoboth Beach Tourists should steer clear of bullfights July brought the twin events of the Pamplona running of the bulls and the 101st anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's birth. Hem- ingwa'y's 1926 novel, "The Sun Also Rises," glamorized the run- ning and the bullfight, and spurred an annual pilgrimage to Pamplona that has grown through the decades. It might surprise you to know that more than 1 million Spanish citizens have signed a petition to ban bullfighting forever. But the terrible irony is that this ,Spanish tradition" is being kept alive by tourists. Many visitors to Spain believe that a bullfight is an artful and dramatic contest between the matador - which means 'killer' in Spanish - and a powerful animal. The bullfight gives an appearance of a lone man taking on an enor- mous beast many times stronger and terribly dangerous. But that image is a lie. Death in the ring is slow and agonizing. Multiple stabbings with lances and daggers literally drain away life. Then, while the dying bull is still conscious, still able to feel pain, his ear is sliced off and held up like bloody bou- quet at a wedding party. Hemingway wrote lovely words, and I enjoy them as much as anybody, but he never missed an opportunity to chase, shoot or hook an animal or fish. He was in- to death - right up to the moment he shot his own head off. Fortu- nately, we can admire the artistry of his words without participating in the slaughter he often de- scribes. If you are planning to visit Spain, enjoy the wonderful sights and delicious cuisine. But steer clear of the bullfight ring. The tor- ture and killing of bills will cease only when tourists stop paying to see it. Kathy Guillermo People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Bunting urges input on Rt. 113 improvements As a state senator serving the area surrounding U.S. 113 from north of Dagsboro to the Mary- land state line, I would like to urge as many area citizens as pos- sible to attend the public work- shop held by the Department of Transportation on the resurfacing and reconstruction of this road. This very important workshop will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., "'As far as I'm concerned, a group of 4-H kids could have run the Indian River Power Plant better than Conectiv has operated it." Public Service Commission Chairman Dr. Robert J. MeMahon on the issues surrounding emissions at the Indian River generating plant. "Government is filled with too many lawyers," and as a lawyer, that scares hell out of me." Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee talking about how to improve state and federal government. Monday, July 24, at the Dagsboro Fire Hall on Waples Street. As local, residents well know, U.S. 113 plays a vital role in the transportation system for our area and it is extremely important that area citizens are well informed on what will be taking place for this route and are available to offer their input. I strongly encourage all citizens with an interest in the improvements for this route to make every effort to attend and I hope to see many of you there. George H. Bunting Jr. State Senator 20th District Lewes Chamber thanks garden tour supporters The Lewes Chamber of Com- merce and Visitors Bureau would like to thank the numerous volun- teers and members who helped with its recent 10th annual Lewes Garden Tour. Without the gen- erosity of the owners of this year's 11 tour gardens, the event would be nonexistent! This year's tour garden owners selected by event chairpersons Jack and Mickey Vessels were Elizabeth Row, Marilyn Nugent, Roy and Joanne Birch, Charles Sensenig, Paul Swinzow and Ardith Arehart Swinzow, Paul and Patti Kase, Mike and Mary Rawl, Dodie and Tom Crowley, Carol and Tony Boyd-Heron, and Bill and Doris Ingram. Also noteworthy of commenda- tion is the enormous community- based volunteers support for this popular annual event, without whom the Chamber would not be able to mount this mammoth un- dertaking. More than 130 volun- teers, nearly double the number from last year, participated in nu- merous facets of the event. Long before the flowers are in bloom, the hard-working mem- bers of the Garden Tour Commit- tee begin the preparations. This year's committee members, cochaired by Jack and Mickey Vessels, were Betty Grunder, Jim and Joan Cooper, Mary and Dave Bernheisel, Judy Rea, Lois Fargo, Trenny Elliott, Sally Gregg, Anne Schultze, Robert Kovalcik, Bob Howard, Anne Prang and Tony Boyd-Heron. We appreciate the food donations from our member restaurants that were served at the Garden Cocktail Party and the Delaware River and Bay Authori- ty for hosting the party on their Lewes Ferry Terminal patio deck. We'd also like to acknowledge other special assistance and do- nated services by the following people and businesses: Aurora Grill's staff for the 'homemade' cookies sold at the food tent; Donut Connection; Ed Yoe and Richard Lee Brawley for hosting the Garden Owners' breakfast prepared by 1776 Steakhouse Restaurant owner Ken Butler; Glyphix Advertising's Richard Jundt for the program and poster layout; Harbor Healthcare's and Irish Eye's shuttle vans; South Pa- cific Florist, Flowers by Mayumi and Silk & Sands Florists for the Continued on page 8 CAPE' GAZE'rTE, "Friday, Jtdy I4 -fftiI20;,2000 ,:7 A clear, simple plot of West Rehoboth ground plays central role in Open pieces of green grassy land growing wild with yellow flowers are a rarity in the area of Rehoboth Beach where land val- ues have skyrocketed over the years. But that's just the case with a small plot within a stone's throw of Route 1 near the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal. Despite the humble appearance of the property, it plays a central role in the history of the West Re- hoboth community. Those who take a closer look at the land alongside the Mt. Pleas- ant Church Rehoboth Day Care Center building will find a num- ber of small grave stones - and at least one sunken grave spread over with vinca vines - tucked into the grass and yellow flowers. In 1881, according to Frank Ze- bley's book on Delaware church- es, a man named Elijah Burton do- nated one acre of his property in the West Rehoboth area for a church and cemetery. Like most of those who by that time had assem- bled into a small community on the outskirts of the emerging ocean resort, Burton was of African-American descent. At that time and throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries, he and others of his race were re- ferred to as colored. The land donated by Burton fronted on the old Lewes-Re- hoboth Road. That road, which later became the sycamore-lined Route 14, crossed the canal just north of where the present Route 1 bridge crosses and hooked up with what we know now as State Road - the main entrance into Rehoboth Beach at the time. The people of the West Re- hoboth community went to work quickly and built a church on the site. The church was known as Burton Chapel, in honor of the man who donated the land. The people of the church then took an- other dramatic step to bring their community together. According to Zebley, they moved a number of bodies from the "colored sec- tion" of the graveyard at the Re- hoboth Presbyterian Church at Midway to their new cemetery. Suddenly the community that was an afterthought of the resort town community's history BAREF00TIN' taking shape on the other side of the creek began taking an identity of its own. In 1884, according to Zebley's book, Burton donated another acre of land to the church. That property was next to his home on the road now known as Church Street, just off of Rehoboth Av- enue and just west of the Re- hoboth Avenue crossing of the canal. The Burton Chapel build- ing was then moved to that site leaving the other site for just a graveyard. Church members incorporated on Jan. 23, 1899 and that's when the Mt. Pleasant Church name was adopted. Zebley's book also re- ports that the church building on its new site was enlarged to its present size in 1946. In 1984, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church celebrated its centennial anniver- sary. According to Henrietta Pierson, a member of Mt. Pleasant who lives along Rehoboth Avenue near the church, members of the community used to hold a cemetery rally every once in a while. "We would take up a separate col- lection for the PIERSON cemetery. Then each year before Memorial Day, we would go there and clean the place up and decorate the graves. "There are still quite a few bod- ies there and now and then some- Dennis Fomey photo Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church was originally con- structed as Burton Chapel on land next to the Rehoboth Day Care Center.