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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006. 123 Sussex Youth to be honored by Aviation Hall of Fame Anne Eriksen, chairman of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame (DAHF) Youth Achievement Award selection committee, announced that the 2006 winner is Walter "Lee" Vanaman of Georgetown, son of Walter and Lauren Vanaman. The award, which is given to a youth between the ages of 15 and 21 and pursu- ing a career in aviation, will be presented at this year's DAHF Honors Banquet on Oct. 21 at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall Conference Center. "Lee, age 16, is an impressive young man," said Eriksen. While in the fifth grade, he made a deci- sion to serve his country in the military. By his aspirations and actions since then, he has demon- strated that military aviation is his life's calling. He has been an active member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a U.S. Air Force auxiliary, since he was 11 years old and a member of the Junior ROTC while attending Sussex Technical High School pursuing a college preparatory/ electronics course of study. His family says that his loyalty to his Pioneer Club coming to East Gate Presbyterian Fall means the start of a new school year; this fall also means the start of a new club for children at East Gate Presbyterian Church. Pioneer Club kicks off - Wednesday, Sept. 6, meeting weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through May. Pioneer Club is a club for chil- dren four years old through sixth grade. At each club meeting chil- dren study God's word, pray, work on skill building activities and projects, sing and make new friends. Pioneer Club provides a fun atmosphere for children in which to learn about God. Each club member will receive a club hand- book that help children learn God's word and is full of skill building activities and projects. As children make their way through their handbook they earn awards that they can proudly dis- play on a club shirt, sash .or [an: yard. The club will be staffed by men and women from East Gate Presbyterian Church. The Pioneer Club will meet the same evening and time as East Gate's youth group for teens in grades 7 through 12. Pastor Gary Knapp is hopeful that having these two ministries at the same time will encourage parents to involve their children in these opportunities to know God. "It is our goal to offer both min- islries on the same night and same time to make it easy for parents to bring their children instead of requiring extra trips on different evenings," Knapp said. For more about the Pioneer Club, visit the church's website at www.eastgatepres.orgor Call the church office at 945-5498. Also, East Gate's beach service continues through Labor Day weekend at Pot-Nets Seaside. Visitors should take the main entrance down to the water, the service is held in the grassy area next to the playground. Bring a lawn chair and a friend. " For those who enjoy reading articles about the Christian faith and the culture, they are invited to take a look at Knapp's blog m. country and dedication to a mili- tary flying career are far beyond his years. He says he wishes to emulate his hero, Major "Chuck" Yeager, by getting an engineering degree and becoming a highly proficient pilot. Vanaman has accrued an impressive list of accomplish- ments and awards in the CAP, Jr. ROTC, community service, school activities and other endeavors, a list much too long to report here. Some highlights include: a CAP scholarship for flight training through which he plans to get his pilot's license before graduating from high school; VFW Outstanding Achievement and Exceptional Leadership Award as a cadet officer (lst Lieutenant); Air Force Sergeants Association Award; Billy Mitchell Award; Commander's Commendation Award for Outstanding Performance; Meritorious WALTER "LEE" VANAMAN Service Award; Delaware Attorney General Commendation; Delaware House of Representatives Commendation; Diamond Flight Drill Team first place winner in national competi- tion; and DelDOT aerial reporter for traffic control. Leading to these awards was participation in a large and diverse range of local, state, regional and national CAP activities. Some of his nonmilitary/avia- tion activities include being an honor roll student; playing on the school soccer team; participating in church ministry to the needy; obtaining Red Cross Certification; amateur radio license and more. In his spare time Vanaman's hob2 bies include Search and Rescue training; paintball team; target shooting; hunting; cycling and weight training. Vanaman's current goal is to be accepted into one of the U.S. mil- itary academies, as the beginning of a career to serve his country and protect the precious freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. Anne Eriksen observes, "Judging from his experiences and accom- plishments to date, he will achieve this goal as well". For more information on the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame, visit Helka's Very European Boutique Saturday; September 2nd & Sunday; September 3rd Our world class Alpaca Fashion: beautiful, soft, and elegant knitted sweaters and accessories made of 100% natural fiber. Collection 2007 L 125 2nd Street Lewes, DE Open :'2 Every abusedneglected child needs a Court Appointed Special Advocate to speak up for them in Family Court. Too many children are still waiting. You can help. Become a CASA Volunteer. CASA Call today. 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