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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 i iiiiii7 +i+:+i++ !ii,:i!,i,l!,&apos;+i!i ,,i+i++  ii +'i , ' ..... i i ili i :+ !', .iiii  iiiiiiiili!!! :iiiilii+ii,i!i!i !Tii i! i  ! :ii :  +i "iiTii!  iiiii  ........ iJii i:  :+i ii  ii"iil  i:+7 '+     ,ii . i ' i/:i! Dennis Forney photo Shown at Chubby Joseph's retirement dinner are (l-r) Denise Barnes, who organized the event; Chubby, with his electric meter lamp retirement gift; Chubby's wife, Caddie; Lewes BPW General Manager Ruth Ann Ratter;, and Lewes BPW President Tom McClain. Lewes meter reader Chubby Joseph retires after 40 years on the job By Dennis Forney Now that Chubby Joseph's re, tired, he'll be able to get out and walk a little more - if that's possi- ble. The veteran meter reader for Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) retired recently after 40 years of work. For more than 30 of those years, Joseph walked every street of Lewes once every month, writing down electric me- ter readings for billing purposes. As such, his became one of the most familiar faces in town. Alfred L. "Chubby". Joseph was honored with a surprise retirement dinner put on by BPW members at the Nassau substation of Lewes Fire Department on Sunday evening, Aug. 9. "You're one of our most valued employees," said BPW President Tom McLain. "We're here today because we love you and because you' ve done an outstanding job." McLain presented Joseph with a lamp made from an electric meter and with a brass plaque noting his years of employment with the BPW. He also received a number of other gifts from other employees, members of his family and the BPW. 'Tve got a real high feeling for everyone in here," Joseph said in a few appreciative comments to those assembled for the dinner. "The Board of Public Works has been a good place to work." Lewes Fire Department Chief Wally Evans said that the BPW's loss would be the fire depart- ment's gain. "Chubby joined us on May 2, 1977, and has been an integral part of our ambulance squad. He sets a good example for everyone and has been a role model and inspiration for all of US," BPW General Manager Ruth Ann Ritter said that over the years, "Chubby has always been there to help. We could always depend on him." McLain noted that Joseph came to work for the BPW on May 22, 1958, when he was 24 years old. "Chubby started out at the power plant when all the electricity for Lewes was being generated in town. Then on June 10, 1966, he became a meter reader, succeed- ing Bob Curtis. Despite his job, walking has al- ways appealed to Chubby and his wife, Caddie. On weekends they often head off to Delaware's state parks and walk the trails. "We've done the Trail Challenge program and received the patches for hav- ing walked every one of the desig- nated trails in Delaware. We real- ly enjoy it," said Chubby. He said he's met some dogs he hasn't liked over the years and he hasn't been able to get Irving Walls to walk his route again since he did it one year when Chubby wasn't available. "Irving came around the corner into someone's back yard and a man was throwing coffee grounds out the back door at the same time. Irving was covered with grounds." Now for the most important question. How does a man who has stayed trim and fit over the years hold on to a name like Chubby? "By the time that he was 3 months old he had thighs that looked like young hams," said Caddie. "Somebody called him chubby at that point and the name's stuck with him ever since. Most people have no idea who you're talking about if you call him Alfred." As for Caddie, she's named for her father's mother, Caddie Whit- tington. "I was glad we were able to sur- prise him," said Caddie. 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