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Some good examples of the whole village raising the child Two small children stood close to the edge of Blockhouse Pond in Lewes last Tuesday night. One hundred yards from them, amid yellow and blue striped tents, smoking grills, and upbeat music, hundreds of adults milled about eating and talking and singing. Hundreds had gathered to cele- brate the National Night Out Against Crime event. I was riding away from the scene on my bicycle when I spot- ted the children. I wondered if anyone was watching them and turned the bicycle around to make sure an accident wasn't in the making. While I watched, the larger of the two children, who looked to be about six or seven, reached a hand to the smaller child - three or four - and they walked back away from the pond, toward the crowd, hand in hand. J.D. Salinger's famous novel, Catcher In The Rye, arose in my mind. At the end of the novel, Holden Caulfield, sensing a loss of inno- cence and considering his place in humanity, explained his aspira- tion. He said he wanted to be that person who stood near the edge of the cliff and watched the children playing in the tall grass. And when they came too close to the cliff, he would be the person who caught them and kept them from falling off. He wanted to be the catcher in the rye. My thoughts moved quickly to a number of meetings in the past two years when Community Pre- vention Coordinator Diaz Bonville spoke. Working to devel- op programs for heading off drug and crime problems, Diaz fre- quently quoted from the African adage: "It takes the whole village to raise a child." In many ways, that's what Tuesday's Night Out Against Crime event at Blockhouse Pond in Lewes was all about. When the two children, one looking out for the other, walked back into the celebration, they melted into a scene of fun and education. They were among dozens of children chomping on hot dogs while they watched a variety of demonstra- tions by police officers. "What's really nice," said one parent of small children, "is that they are learning that the police officers are their friends." And when they weren't watch- ing wide-eyed as an officer let them pile into her car and get a close hand look at all the police- related equipment inside, they wandered around among parents, relatives and friends cooking, singing karaoke, chewing over the local news, and relaxing. The entire village was raising the children. For at least one night, Diaz Bonville and Acting Lewes Police Chief Bo Gooeh, who together or- ganized the event, accomplished what they set out to do. QQQ[3 There's more of the same at work, quietly, at Cape Henlopen State Park. If you haven't been on the trails there lately, a trip back will show you the many educa- tional signs that have been added. The metal signs, designed to hold up against the elements, open a world as diverse as the wildlife overhead and millennia-old re- mains of native American trash heaps underfoot. The sign appearing with this column appears at the end of the salt marsh spur trail. These signing efforts are under- way in all of our state parks and they only increase the value of our parks as immense, attractive, and rich classrooms. More of the village at work. Dave Frederick photo Wanda Gibbs and Gilbert Maull belt out karaoke during the National Night Out celebration. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 5 - August 11,1994 - 7 QUALITY AND VALUE PRICELESS OCEAN VIEW... from this spectacular 4BR, 3 1/2 BA, Oceanfront town home in Dewey Beach. Uve in luxury with an endless ocean view. $24,000+ in rental income for the sea- son. Call today for an ap- pointment to see this home. Asking:S309,500 SOUTH REHOBOTH BEACH COTTAGE Afternoon fishing, jump- ing over waves, building sandcastles. Bring back those times In this charming 3BR 1 I/2 BA cottage. Two blocks to the beach, con- venient to everything, gas heat, central A/C and a rear screened porch for sunny solitude. Garage and plenty of parking. Asking just $219,500. OCEAN BLOCK CONDOMINIUM (SOUTH REHOBOTH) Ist floor, 2BR, I BA unit with great rental history. High ceilings add a more spacious feeling. Ceiling fans throughout plus A/C. French doors to sunroom. Your creative touch will make this apartment a real beach treasure. Asking just $1 IS,900 LOTS !!! LOTS !!! LOTS!!!, LOTS!!! BUILD AT THE BEACH Broadkill Beach Creekside (priced reduced) $89,900 Back Bay Cove (bayfront) $110,000 Indian Beach Almost Oceanfront $249,900 Dewey Beach Ocean View (build 3 units) $319,900 Bay block (build 2 units) $155,000 North Shores Beautiful corner lot $289,900 WE HAVE MORE m BUYING OR SELLING CALL US! 323 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 Local 302-227-6Ul Fax 302-227-8929 Toll Free 1-800-999-6115 __ Mrs. m, mYOR"