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8 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, Continued from page 7 ly hunt more difficult prey, like birds. An estimated 4•4 million songbirds are killed daily by do- mestic cats in the United States, according to Rich Stallcup, a "death toll that may be contribut- ing to declines in some rare species," wrote G.H. Harrison. In a study at the University of Rich- mond, ecologists Joseph Mitchell and Ruth Beck estimated that Vir- ginia&apos;s 1 million cats kill three million birds a year. The sugges- tion that cats can be released to the wild after spay and vaccina- tion is naive. According to the Humane So- ciety of the United States, indoor cats lead longer, healthier lives than those that roam freely. In the wild, a cat has a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years; well cared for in- door cats can live to be 12 to 15years old. The truly humane thing to do is to keep your cats in- doors, spay or neuter them, and give them all the love that they crave. Cats are domestic animals bred for companionship for hu- mans. They fill no niche in the world except that carved out for them by people. For more information about keeping your cat indoors, contact Cats Indoors! Campaign, Ameri- can Bird Conservancy, 1250 24th Street NW, Suite 400, Washing- ton, D.C. 20037. The phone hum- her is 202-778-9666, and the e- mail address is <abc@birds.org>. Ann Marie Dinkel Lewes Dewey thanks Moores, Catts for generosity The Town of Dewey Beach would like to extend its apprecia- tion to Bob and Dee Moore for opening the Dinner Bell Inn and Oceanus Motel to those Dewey Beach property owners who sought shelter when they evacuat- ed their homes during Hurricane Floyd. We would also like to thank J.J. Catts, owner of JJ's Corner Market, for his thought- fulness in delivering a generous supply of food to Town Hall dur- ing this emergency. The mayor, commissioners and staff Town of Dewey Beach All Saints' thanks antiques show patrons On behalf of All Saints' Episco- pal Parish, we would like to ex- press our deepest thanks to your publication and the many, many businesses and individuals who September 24 - September30, 1999 supported the 50th anniversary Antiques Show held Aug. 4-7 in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. It is absolutely amazing and heartwarming how so many people responded so generously to our first-time ever pledge to re- turn the proceeds of our show in order to "Send-a-Kid-to-Camp." We raised two-thirds above our previous high and, as a result, have established a permanent fund in honor of our departing Rector called the James E. Man- ion Fund for Needy Children, the interest and other gains of which will be used each year to benefit the children of Sussex County• Our contributions this year will be made to Camp Arrowhead, Camp Barnes and the Sussex Family YMCA. • We wish to thank the several hundred donors who so generous- ly contributed to our show and thereby were responsible for much of the increase in proceeds we realized• We are also very grateful to those businesses and individuals who purchased adver- tisements for our program book- let, including the following, who also added themselves to our "contributors" list: J. Conn Scott Inc., The Rehoboth Inn, Robert M. Hoyt & Co., and Seaside Amusements. A special recogni- tion goes to the restaurants and caterers who donated sumptuous food trays to our preview party. The party is a major fundraising component of the show; thus, the donations enable us to eliminate food expenses and increase profit. The donors were: The Buttery; the Blue Moon; Rusty Rudder; DiBonaventures; Beach Deli; Woody's; Espuma; Lingo's Mar- ket; Big Fish Grill; Third Edition; Elizabeth's; Brown's; Captain's Table; Back Porch Caf6; Jake's; Beautiful Foods; Garden Gourmet; Chez La Mer; Victo- ria's; Our Place; Gilligan's; Eden Caf6; Camel's Hump; Corner Cupboard; LaRosa Negra; Irish Eyes; Wings to Go; and The Hap- py Salmon. It should be recognized that these businesses have tremendous demands placed on them for simi- lar causes all year, yet they con- tributed enthusiastically to our show. Thank you one and all. We would also like to thank Windsor's Florist; South Pacific; Bayberry Florist; and Bozie's Produce for their beautiful floral displays• The appearance of Con- vention Hall was greatly en- hanced and many compliments to that effect were received. We are particularly grateful to our dealers for donating antiques for our silent auction. We were able to raise several thousand dol- lars for our fund and it provided a nice touch to the show. We especially thank Greg Fer- rese and Chuck Snyder for their help in providing the facility and services we needed, and particu- larly for assisting us in handling the always difficult parking prob- lem. To your publication we owe a special thanks for the timely and prominent features you ran adver- tising our show. Publicity must be successful in such an undertaking '-and you helped immensely in at- tracting visitors to our show. Jane DeGrange Ray Thayer Cochairmen All Saints Parish Antiques Show Delaware State Advocacy Committee Pursue tobacco lawsuit Many will recall President Clinton's pledge during his State of the Union address to pursue a lawsuit against the tobacco indus- try. This lawsuit would seek to re- cover billions of federal taxpayer dollars spent to treat tobacco-re- lated illnesses. In the President's annual bud- get, he requested $20 million for the Department of Justice to pur- sue the lawsuit• But Congress has balked. In a key appropriations bill, language was added to say that no funds would be provided for tobacco litigation. The American Heart Associa- tion believes the Department of Justice has a duty to recover these costs, based upon the tobacco in- dustry's deliberate misconduct and long history of deceit. Tobac- co has not only ravaged the health of Americans; it has also sapped the financial resources of Ameri- cans. Every year, taxpayers pay over $34 billion at the state and federal levels to care for people Who get sick from tobacco use. The tto- bacco industry continues to lie about the harm their products cause. The tobacco industry must be held accountable for their lies, their deceit, and for the harm their products cause. A lawsuit to re- cover tobacco-related health costs would do that. Steven Grossman chairman American Heart Association Delaware State - Advocacy Committee (Editor's Note: The U.S. Jus- tice Department on Wednesday, Sept. 22, sued the nation's tobac- co industry. In its complaint, the Justice Department is seeking bil- lions of dollars from cigarette- makers, alleging they placed profits above public health•) An Moon photo A lone slide stands watch over the remains of the Chil- dren's Beach House on Lewes Beach that was destroyed in a controlled burning earlier this week to make way for a new facility. As with the phoenix, the Children's Beach House will rise from ashes By Florence Moschini Special to the Cape Gazette While the remains of Chil- dren's Beach House still smol- dered after the Sept. 20 planned demolition by fire, volunteers and staff met in workshops in their temporary quarters in the Univer- sity of Delaware's Air-Sea Inter- action Laboratory on Dock Drive in Cape Henlopen State Park to plan the fall semester of the Envi- ronmental Education Program. Undaunted by the challenges of the change in location, the group expressed gratitude for the out- pouring of community support for the program, which serves special needs children from around the state. The program is expected to proceed almost as usual during the year while the new and larger Children's Beach House is being erected on the Bay Avenue site. The temporary classrooms have been turned into an almost replica of the old classrooms, complete with maps and posters, salt water aquaria to house local sea critters, the touch tank, which gives visit- ing students hands-on experience with horseshoe crabs, mollusks and hermit crabs. Plentiful supplies of appropri- ate craft materials have been moved in for use should bad weather keep the children in- doors. Workshop participants spent an afternoon during low tide seining in the Delaware Bay, gathering sea creatures for the classrOom tanks. The season's first field nip will be for 12 prekindergarten and ele- mentary children from Sussex Orthopedic School in Seaford. The schedule will include a beach excursion in the big'wheeled beach chairs, a stroll on the fish- ing pier in their own wheelchairs, lunch and sand play. Committee chairpersons for the Beach House major fundraiser, the Christmas Art Show and pre- view reception reported that those events are also expected to proceed as usual. The art show and reception will be Dec. 3 ann 4 in the Offi- cers Club in Cape Henlopen State Park. Some 40 artists will display works in a variety of media; the popular silent auction will offer gift items donated by local mer- chants, and hearty appetizers and beverages will be served. Beebe Medical Foundation has offered the loan of racks for dis- playing the art and the new store, Rent-a-piano, located on Route 1, has offered use of a piano for a new reception feature - live mu- sic. Offers have also come in for loans of appropriate lighting for the art displays and more would be welcomed. The decorating committee is al- ready planning to turn the Offi- cers Club into the usual Christ- mas wonderland setting, as the unflappable corps of volunteers just keeps going and going. Barefootin' Continued from page 7 cluster of six or seven green-hid- ed nuts. It was taking those nuts some place for safe keeping. How do they remember where they've dug holes and buried those nuts? Some people arealso described as nutty. Since squirrels eat a diet composed primarily of nuts, per- haps they have good reason for being peculiar. Of course all that activity by the squirrel also indicates an early and tough winter ahead. We on the coast, despite prob- lems with high winds and flood- ing, do have the benefit of being surrounded by relatively warm water which moderates our weather. It's a basic truth of liv- ing on the Delmarva Peninsula. This year the moderating effect of the sea should be even stronger than in normal years because the hot summer warmed the sea an additional few degrees. Lots of fog and colorful fall days lie ahead. There will be many more signs for us to discuss and wonder about and test theo, ries with. Nature's good with stuff like that. I'm wondering as I write this what the blue jay feeding along the country road is telling me and the flicker bobbing and weaving in the pines. They're too busy eating to talk - too busy putting on fat for the winter weather ahead.