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50 - CAPE GAZETIE, Friday, Septem 25 - October 1, 1998 Bus0000ss &amp; REAL ESTATE Milton chamber sets Oct. 4 mixer to foster stronger inv alvement By Rosanne Pack A look at past participation and future events led Milton Chamber of Commerce board members to schedule a mixer to encourage the general membership to get ac- quainted with each other and to get more involved in the routine business of the organization. Ed Harris, board president, said that volunteer activity for special events is good, but board members and officers want members to feel more a part of day-to-day opera- tions. Now that ,The Milton Chamber Clipper" has returned to Circulation and the executive sec- retary is in the office six days a week, Harris said there is usually something members can help with or at least check up on. The Sunday, Oct. 4 mixer is planned with the idea that a social gathering will attract members and friends and initiate more com- munication and interaction among members. Set for Norma's Restau- rant, 5-7 p.m., the social evening will feature refreshments and hors d'oeuvres; there will be a cash bar. "We are hoping that this will build committee membership as well is get everyone to have a good time and get to know some of the members that they haven't met," Harris said. "People are very good about coming out when we have events, but we want to ly down from years past, the event brought a profit of approximately $1,000. Board members discussed the calendar conflicts with the tra- ditional first Saturday in August date, and the date has tentatively been moved to the second Satur- day for next year. Plans were also made for more presale of ducks for the annual race and to circulate more advance notice. The annual Milton Holly Festi- val, Saturday, Dec. 12, is expected to be larger than the 1997 event. Harris said that more vendors of greens and fresh arrangements will be welcomed along with crafts persons and artists. He re- ported that vendors were very happy with the arrangement of displays in both the fire hall and Goshen Hall, and he said that sev- eral from last year have already registered for this year. The annual event features a va- riety of handmade crafts and gifts, including edible treatssuitable for presents. Food sales in the fire hall benefit the auxiliary and Goshen Church members sell food in Goshen Hall. The chamber will ai- m raffle a large basket filled with gift items and certificates "donated by members and area businesses. Booth reservations, $25 a space, are being accepted and may be made by calling 684-1101. After discussion regarding the see members at the :meegsi:and town's interest "in historic preser- joining committees." WeMan:use vation and economic develop- the input and new ideas." ment, Harris asked members to All chamber members, friends give some thought to the role the and interested people are invited:, chamber should take in decisions Those wishing to attend should : andprojects initiated by newly R.S.V.P. by Monday, Sept.28. : formed committees that will work Although attendance at Bar- :under the umbrella of town g0v- gainS on the Broadkill was slight- Continued on page 51 I I II" Fifty years of service closes with Milton Hardware Rosanne Pack photo A Milton landmark for more than 50 years, Milton Hardware is going out of business. The previous owners, Richard and Teeny Hudson and their son, Jack Hudson, operated the store on the main street of downtown Milton until it was sold to Phillip Fluhr in the spring of 1997. Fluhr said that the failing economy of the store forced him to close. He hopes to rent out the space and he will continue in his other hardware store in Greenwood. Ed Harris, Milton Chamber of Commerce president, said that it is very sad to see the old business close. He said the new Milton Development Corporation, an economic revitalization committee established by Milton Town Council, will be working with the chamber in trying to help the owners find a tenant. Gaffney returning to WGMD-FM morning slot By Rosanne Pack With plans for in-studio listener parties and hopes for political can- didates mud wrestling, Dan "the morning man" Gaffney returns to WGMD Monday, Oct. 5, 5 a.m. Gaffney started his Delaware radio career at WGMD in 1986 and served as the brash and up- beat eye-opener on weekday mornings for seven years. He went back to his native Ohio for a brief time before returning to Delaware and joining Eagle 97 in Milford where he served as morn- ing man and program director. "This is like coming home," Gaffney said. "I always liked the people at WGMD and I'm really ex- cited about ttais return. I'm going to be the morn- ing person, which is my favorite time." "He GY said he will be doing an all-talk show; no mu- sic, just talk, call-ins, contests and "stupid stuff." "No Celine Dion, no Michael Bolton," he laughed. ,I can just roll along with the listeners and whatever comes up. We'll do some topical stuff, lots of stuff about relationships. We'll try to do some stupid stuff so that people talk about us. You want to make 'people talk about you later in the day." Voted the Favorite Local Celebrity in a statewide poll for four years in a row, Gaffney has a" list of pranks and promotions that kept people talking about him lat- er in the day and sometimes into the night. He was buried alive for two days as a benefit for charity; he has kissed pigs and encouraged a rash of car phone antics that in- Continued on page 51 areas experiencing solid home price appreciation, this is an ex- cellent time to consider purchas- ing a second home as an invest- Whether it's a lakefront rancher or an oceanfront condominium, a vacation home often seems to be a dream that only the wealthy can afford, But these days, you don't have to be a millionaire to own one. A nationwide survey shows the median household income of sec- ond-home owners is $46,500. And, according to recent statistics, there were 7.2 million U. S. households that owned some kind of recreational propey or second home for vacation purposes. That number is expected to at least double and possibly triple over the next I0 years. With to- day's continued low interest rates, the tax advantages a second home can:brlng, and a wide selection of REALTOR FOCUS ment - and a great getaway place. When searching for your second home, remember to investigate the area thoroughly. Ask a Realtor and the local chamber of commerce to provide information packets, maps and brochures. Take time to visit the area several times - a few months prior to and during its peak sea- son(s). Are the crowds unbear- able? Is the weather unpre- dictable? Speak with a local, Realtor about current and past home prices. Knowing the area, s sales history will help determine the market value of the homes and effectively predict their appreciation poten- tial. Once you' ve settled on a com- munity, work with a Realtor and lending institution to determine how much home you can afford. Drive around the town and its neighborhoods. Experience the day-to-day ac- tiviiy around potential properties. Keep in mind you may decide to retire to the area one day. Will the property serve two pur- poses - that of a vacation home and retirement home? More and more Americans are purchasing vacation properties in areas where they plan to retire. Remember, vacation homes re- main a good investment and pro, vide substantial deductions on yearly tax forms, if they meet cer- tain criteria. As the laws are ever changing, complex and detailed, consult your real estate agent, who will usually work with a tax attorney or certified accountant, to calcu- late the tax benefits of owning a second home. Relaxing in your own home in that dream vacation spot is not out of your reach. More and more Americans are realizing that own- ing a vacation home is doable - not to mention a good investment and peaceful retreat for years to come. Denise C. Moore is a real estate agent with Century 21 Rehoboth Bay Realty, located at 14 Peddlers Village, Lewes. To comment or for more information, call Moore at 945-7600 or via e-mail at <dcm7777 @ aoL com>. Vacation homes becoming a reality for many