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1- 56 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Rickards family hosts reception to honor Marines on return from lraq By Dennis Forney When Hank Rickards returned home from six months active duty in Iraq, one of the first things he noticed was the colors of his homeland. "Over there, everything is three different shades of brown. It was good to see green again." Rickards, of Lewes, is a mem- ber of the U.S. Marine Corps Re- serves Bulk Fuel Bravo unit head- quartered in Wilmington. He and other members of his unit were called to active duty for Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. Rickards was activated Jan. 11 and was told he may be needed through Jan. 11, 2004. He is con- tinuing his active duty for the time being at Fort Lee in Virginia. Supporting the First Marines Infantry Division in its push to Baghdad, members of the bulk fu- el unit were in charge of setting up temporary fuel farms. "We set up 1.2-million-gallon fuel farms along the route to keep the ma- chinery moving," said Rickards. "Our unit was never really at- tacked outright but we took pot shots along the way. You had to be careful all of the time." Bulk Fuel Bravo started its campaign with the First Marines Division at the Kuwait-Iraq bor- der and made the push all the way to the capital city. "There was no time off to look forward to," said Rickards. "That's not what we were pushing for - just getting the job done." Rickards' family honored him and many of his unit mates, July 26, with a reception at the Virden Center in Lewes. "We're proud of Hank and all of the Marines and so glad they're home safely," said Hank's mother, Naomi Rickards. "And you know if Lou was here [Hank's dad] he would be so proud too." Rep. Joe Booth, R-Georgetown, Rep. George Carey, R-Milford, and Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Re- Continued on page 61 Dennis Forney photos Naomi Rickards was among those who organized a wel- come-home reception at the Virden Center for returning sol- diers. She is shown with her son, USMC'Reserves Sgt. Hank Rickards and granddaughter Kaitlyn Rickards Arnett ANN BATEMAN LTD. Distinctive Gifts & Home Accessories Stationery Invitations Announcements Baby & Bridal Gifts Featuring a Full Line of Th0000es Bath, Body & Home Products Come in today and sample one of the many fragrances. Shown at a recent recep- tion honoring Marine Re- servists in the Bulk Fuel Bravo unit are members of the unit and local state rep- resentatives who were among those honoring the return of the soldiers. Shown are fl-r) John West of Gumboro; Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach;.Han k Rickards of Lewes; Bruce Ritter of Lewes; Sean Davis of Mills- bore; Scott Hamilton of Mil- ton; Bill Baldwin of Wilming- ton; Ed Smith of Wilmington; Rep. Joe Booth, R-George- town; and Rep. George Carey, R-Milford. , United Church Of  Christ Congregation is forming in the Lewes/Rehoboth Area Embracing: 1 justice and peace D a multi-cultural congregation UI progressiveness & inclusiveness Meeting the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month at 7 pm. Call (302) 226-8008 for details. m INDIAN RIVER LIFE-SAVING STATION presents... Leffem00 & Lore, oe/aam.r00 co,u00 Sunday, August 10 & August 24 A Fun-filled Family Evening! ...with renowned storyteller & author, Ed Okonowicz... Hear tales of ghostly shipwrecks& legends surrounding the Delmarva Coast... Program will be held outdoors, you are welcome to bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission: $3.50 for Adults $2.50 for Seniors (62 & over) $1.00 for children (6-12) 5 & Under FREE! DELAWARE Humanities FORUM lq ,pk. --.t, ,.,t,d idt "This Program is partially funded by a grant frara the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment of the Humanities." For more information, please call: 302-227-0478 Open Daily 319 Rehoboth Avenue .- Rehoboth Beach The Indian River Life-Saving Station is located 3.5 miles south on Dewey Beach on Route 1 & 2 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. 302-226-0747 www.indian riverstation.0rg