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82 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 From The Ca )e Gazette's Traveler Series* Submitted photo The late Mary Alice DeVane, Sussex Elementary Consor- tium teacher, with Josh Boyer last year. Swim For Fun benefits YMCA Campaign For Kids Swim honors memory of Mary Mice DeVane Sussex Family YMCA swim team captain Lydia Schmierer is organizing the first Swim for Fun to benefit the annual Campaign for Kids in memory of Mary Alice DeVane, a Sussex Elementary Consortium teacher who recently lost her battle with cancer. Slated for 6 a.m. to 9"p.m., Fri- day, Oct. 23, the Swim for Fun will be held in the YMCA swim- ming Pool, Church Street, Re- hoboth Beach. "She was so heavily involved in the campaign. In fact, she was a campaign co-chair a couple of years ago and she strongly be- lieved in the YMCA," said Schmierer of DeVane, noting that they both worked to organize a swim meet between the YMCA and consortium students. "Any- one who knew her is aware of how personable she was." Therefore, Schmierer is issuing a challenge to the community to get involved in the event - either by swimming or through a pledge for those participating. Schmierer's enthusiasm is con- tagious. Dr. Andrejs Strauss, di- rector of the Radiation Medicine Department at Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center, has informed Y' officials that he is pledging $2,500 to the Swim for Fun, which are only forthcoming if his challenge is met or surpassed by Y' employ- ees and friends Strauss, one of DeVane's physi- cians during her fight against can- cer, termed her "a fighter and an ' exceptional lady, so I thought it would be a fitting tribute to her memory." Last year, Strauss donated a Concept II rower, while the year before it was a Versaclimbei', so his contributions to the YMCA and its Campaign for Kids are nothing new. "One of my philosophies has al- ways been that if you get from the community, you have to give back to the community. "You can be happy by what you achieve, but you can only measure your fulfillment by what you do for others. Certainly I can't do hands-on work in every single or- ganization, but if you can help out by giving, then you give," Strauss noied. Strauss, who uses the physical fitness facilities at the Y' regular- ly, added that "you can work out at a lot of places, but why not do it at a place that takes care of the community." "I also hope that this swim will bring more exposure to the Y', its programs and what we do with the funds. We are attempting to raise $70,000, and people don't realize that with that, we give back over $160,000 to the community," Schmierer continued. As an example, Schmierer pointed to the fact that the Y' was recently able to fill a position that will be devoted to finding the needy families and children who could benefit from their programs, rather than waiting for these fami- lies to find them. "So many kids come there with so little self esteem - they're often not able to be themselves around their peers. But I watch them change and grow as they continue to come back for the programs," she said. Schmierer herself has vowed to swim all 15 1/2 hours if pledges for the first Swim for Fun total $5,000 by Sunday, Oct. 18, and her team, the Seagull Swimmers, have also been challenged to join in the fundraiser. Those not able to make that kind of c0mmitment can swim for as little as 30 minutes that day. "We're going to make it a fun day as well. In fact, we'll be showing the movie 'Titanic' that afternoon for those in the pool," she noted. While Atlantic Litho is donat- ing the T-shirts for the partici- pants, the Swim Shop in Concord has donated a bathing suit for Ly- dia's day-long swim. All participants who pledge $125 or more will receive a dinnelr invitation to the annual Centur3y Club Dinner, slated for Monday,, Nov. 16, at the BayCenter im Dewey Beach. Guest of honor will be NFL great Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.. For more information, contact the Sussex Family YMCA at 227- 8018. Taking their local news to the heart of London This group of Delaware Cape Region residents traveled to London in the early spring of 1998 as part of the Worcester Country School senior class trip. While touring a number of the historic public build- ings of the British capital, the group stopped along the Ri,er Thames, with the House of Parliament in the background, to compare the English news tradition with that of Delaware's Cape Region. They concluded that the news of the Cape Gazette flows as steadily and reliably as the water in the river. Shown (I-r) are Tenley Davidson, Alyson Urian, Craig Hudson, Liz Bonk, Chris Hudson, Chuck David- son and Elva Davidson.. Wine preserved in a cask; local news preserved in a -laminated wrapper Do newspapers deteriorate when they travel halfway around the world? Paul Buch- ness, proprietor of the Lighthouse Restau- rant in Lewes, didn't take any chances when he traveled to Austrialia in November of 1997 to visit his sister, de Sales, in Mel- bourne. They took their copy of the Cape Gazette to Fergusson's Yarra Valley Winery where they discovered that local news goes well with local wine. q'hey make a fine white wine," said Paul. "Now I see Yarra Valley wines popping up everywhere." ! CAPIB G00'a00IB SU]BSC00IlP'a']IOlq COUPOlq Please deliver all the local news to: Please print Your name Your address State ZIP Second address (Snowbird) SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Enclose check) 0 $25 Sussex County (52 wk) C] $13 Sussex County (26 wk) Q $40 Out-of-County (52 wk) D $22 Out-of-County (26 wk) l $30 Snowbird mailed Out-of-County part of the year. C] $30 College Student (9 me.) 13 $2 Senior Citizen Discount (52 wk) Make check payable and mail to: Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958, or call to place credit card order at 1-302-645-7700. * You too can be included in the Cape Gazette Traveler es; Take travels, photograph youIf and sh il wi Ih ....