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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 (IAPE LIFE Cape Senior 00enter sa]L00ates 30 years of community service are The banner above says it all as the Cape Henlopen Senior Center celebrates its 30th anniversary. Joining in the festivities are (l-r) Rita D'Ascenzo, member and dec- orations chair; Sen. George Bunting; Frank Raskauskas, Sussex County recorder of deeds; Charles Tumini, musi- cian and artist; Rep. John Schroeder; Mayor Sam Coop- er; Juanita Morch, center executive director;, and Bette Lenza, decorations assistant chair. At right, painting class is just one of the popular activ- ities at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center. Intent on their creations are Margery Shupard, foreground, and Fran Hamill (left) and Margie Eckert in the back- ground. Rosanne Pack photos By Rosanne Pack The aerobics enthusiasts and the power walkers are winding down in the fitness room and members of the art class are spreading their canvases and squeezing oils onto their palettes. The bus driver pre- pares to make pick-up rounds for one of the twice weekly shopping jaunts. Many of the decorations from the 30th anniversary celebration remain from last week, but at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, it's business as usual, and that means busy as usual. Juanita Morch, executive direc- tor of the center, is not greeting guests or introducing speakers as she was at the open house, but she remains in motion as she pops into a classroom, stops for a phone call and meets with a committee chair to plan a fundraiser. She has served as senior center director for 20 years, and she can't help being extremely proud of the growth and the change she has seen. Per- haps she is most proud of the depth and breadth of the service that the center provides. "This center is not just for afflu- ent people," she said. "A lot of people think that because we are here in downtown Rehoboth Beach, and we have many retired professional people who are active with us, we have an affluent membership. "The truth is that we are open to all. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay a member- ship fee. We have 500 members who came to our membership through their certification with the Nemours Foundation." Membership in the center is open to anyone 55 or older and annual membership donation is $15. The variety of programs has grown and shifted along with the times, but Morch said that the spirit and intent of the center has remained constant for as long as she can remember. And looking back on the history of' the center, she gives credit to the staff of six and a core of volunteers who have helped create a welcoming, stimu- lating atmosphere. Young seniors here "One thing that l brag about is the staff," she said. ''They are the greatest in the world; I am truly blessed to have these people to work with. "And we have a wonderful influx of retirees from every- where. We have 'young seniors' here. We say that we don't allow any old people here!" She also credits those who regu- larly help initiate and carry out fund drives. She said the annual budget of the 1,300-member cen- ter is more than $200,000, consid- erably more than when she started in 1977. "We do a lot of fundraising!" she said. "We have our variety show, penny parties, our bazaar, dinners. We just set the date of our 1998 Walkathon, a relatively new fundraiser that has proven suc- cessful. We get some funds from churches and civic organizations, from the city, from the county and the General Assembly grarit-in- aid funds." The executive director points out that the first Community Development Block Grant that Rehoboth Beach ever received was $42,00 in the early 1980s to help build the existing building on Christian Street. Now, with fitness programs, art classes, woodwork- ing, crafts, square dancing and on- going, on-growing activities, the Continued on page 23 Keep it up and they'll lock me away All in all, it was a pretty suc- cessful visit, But when you have a three-year-old grandchild visiting, it has all the potential of an early arrival of E1 Nino, which in Spa.n- ish means "Prepare for the Little Children." The house is still standing, although it is listing to one side, under the weight of overflowing bathtubs, missing doorknobs and overturned potted plants. Control is the key issue here. You can't count on the parents of any three year old for leadership in this area, for they usually have lost control at about the time of their wedding reception. It's the same year they last remember see- ing a key to their house. And it really is not their fault. Their interest for their married life has been centered around a con- tinuous update of something AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz called a mountain bike and intri- cate plots involving George Clooney and the cast of the televi- sion series "E.R." Once you lose the concept of control, you never quite get it back. Consequently parents now spend most of their time reading the latest behavioral books, while the child is busy unlocking the brake to the car, starting the engine and pointing the car down the driveway, through an intersec- tion and successfully parallel parking in front of Toys YlUs. Young parents form clubs to promote dialogue on giving chil- dren politically correct choices. "You can take mom's credit card out of your mouth now and we can discuss our feelings or we can wait until you feel it is right for room to remove it from your mouth." This is soothing for the child and is guaranteed to produce no effect at all, except for the drool running down the child's mouth as he stares at his mother before actually choking on the credit card. The old way of handling this sit- uation is more direct. A mother simply puffs herself up to six feet in height and in a voice that can be heard around the world proclaims "Drop it now! What are you try- ing to do? Put me in some nut house? That's right. Keep it up and they will just lock me away. I said drop it now or you will be looking out the other side of your head. You have five seconds!" Not only will a child spit out the credit card, but for the rest of his life he will think of his mother as a deranged psychopath in rollers. A force to be feared. Controlling a three-year-old child means controlling busy time. Now one of the activities that three-year-old boys like to do is to hear the sound of anything that crashes. A pile of rocks loaded into a wagon that plows into the side of a Lexus is music to their ears. A bassinet containing an infant sister curbing the side of the wall as he maneuvers it from room to room is better than taking your clothes off in front of the whole neighbor- hood. But women of my generation know all about this stuff. There is nothing new a three year old can pull on us that we haven't already dealt with before. Our punish- ment is swift and harsh, taking back the reins of power is our number one priority. Unless of course, that three year old has picked you a flower. Or if he happens to have big brown eyes and says "sorry" in a very soft voice. Then all bets are off and you can look in the Yellow Pages under repairmen tomorrow.