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tl 56 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - MONDAY~ OCTOBER 24, 2011 Cape Gazette Park group raised money for three years By Nick Roth nickroth@capegazette.com In the long history of Cape Henlopen State Park, there has never been a playground on the premises. By this spring, that's bound to change. The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park group held a ground- breaking ceremony Oct. 11 for the park's first children's play- ground, to be built near the youth camps, a short walk from the beach. "We're really excited about it," said Friends President Edna Lemiska. "It's been a long haul, a lot of fundraisers." The Friends, a nonprofit that works with the Division of Parks and Recreation, raised more than $50,000 over a three-year period to pay for the project. They also ANYTIME YOU CAN PROVIDE A PLACE FOR KIDS TO PLAY, iT'S A GOOD THING. - REP. PETE SCHWARTZKC)PF, HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER received about $30,000 in grant funding from The Longwood Foundation and the Marmot Foundation. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when House Majority Leader Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, donated money from their Community Transportation Fund to pay for a bike and pedes- trian path and curbing, through- out the area. Legislators receive money every year to use in their dis- tricts for small.projects such as fixing roads or repairing pot- holes. The Department of Trans- portation must approve a project before money is earmarked. Schwartzkopf thought this project was well worth the mon- ey. 'Anytime you can provide a place for kids to play, it's a good thing," he said. "We get a lot of kids through this park during the course of a year. It's just one more thing to add to the park." The playground will feature an area with equipment for children 2 to 5 years old and another for those 5 to 12. Most, if not all; of the equipment will be handicap accessible, Lemiska said. Friends volunteers will also construct a gazebo for the playground area, and a picnic area will be set up for families. The Friends raised money for the playground through its annual fundraising activities, which included its Chocolate Tasting, Christmas Boutique, Flea Market, Used Book Fair and Wine, Cheese and Beer Tasting. Lemiska said she hopes to have a ribbon cutting sometime in the spring. "I just can't wait to see all this done," Lemiska said. "We love the park. Everybody here is a vol- unteer. We ask so much of them and they're right there for us." NICKROTH PHOTOS Shown are (I-r) Eric, Edna and Stanley Lemiska at the groundbreaking ceremony. Edna and Stanley were each integral in raising the funds for the new playground. The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park broke ground on the park's first children's playground Oct. 11. Shown are (I-r) Nature Center Manager Richard Julian, FOCHSP President Edna Lemiska, FOCHSP member Linda Gaskill, Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation Chazz Sulkin, House Majority Leader Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, FOCHSP board member Stan Lemiska, Cape Henlopen State Park Administrator Pat Cooper and Park Superintendent Paul Faircloth. ey, now is the time to take that wonderful fall trip to see the liage. Well, not for me - I can't even spell the word, let alone say it correctly. I never know if it is supposed to be foilage or foliage; it's sort of like the words aluminum foil. Too many odd letters; it just doesn't sound right. Even the spell check on my computer pretends it is not working when I enter the term foliage. I tried taking one of these ful blur. Still I would encourage pumpkin I could find. Of course Every day I watch this pump- trips a long time ago; let's Sim- everyone else to give it a whirl, this has consequences in itself, kin sink lower and lower into plify it and call it a jaunt to see The bus trip might be safer; I'm like several consecutive back the ground. And then it started the changing colors of the speaking from amental health surgeries for herniated discs, to fester and rot into the ground, leaves. Then we'll all breathe a standpoint, and that's just the result of load- giving anyone passing by the sigh of relief. Anyway, the other great thing ing it into the trunk of your car. worst sinus headache ever Anyway, I drove up to New about this season is all the won- Actually at around a $100 a recorded in medical history. The Hampshire and I must say the derful colorful vegetables avail- pound it was a real steal. You stench was so powerful the mail- colors were spectacular. It was able around this time of year, es- just can't help yourself some- man had to wear a handkerchief quite a drive though. I never pecially the much-touted pump- times. Then you throw in the ap- over his nose and mouth. took into consideration how kin. There is nothing like walk- ple cider, several gourds, a few ! could, on a good day, dash to longit would take me to get ing through a row of bright or- corn husks, some plump hay my car, but the molecules of this there and whenever I drive that ange pumpkins lined up in a stacks and you are all set for melting mass of protoplasm far, I always listen to my favorite pumpkin patch. Well, unless you your next home equity loan. clung to my clothes and forced country western station, are a pumpkin, then it can be So I took this pumpkin home my neighbors to leave town ear- The problem is that these hair raising, even though the after unloading it with a forklift ly for a winter spa vacation. songs are so darn sad, what with owner has probably told the and found just the right spot for Eventually friends stopped the loneliness of everyone pumpkins that the most that can it next to the lamp post by the coming by and until the cold breaking everyone else's heart, happen to them once they are front door. It really is decorative, weather set in I had to resort to loved ones walking away with sold is a little plastic surgery. At least for a while, desperate measures, namely a some other guy, running into an Decorating with pumpkins on Sure, the giant pumpkin gave long drive to Vermont to see the old flame and hanging around the front lawn is popular in me hours of beauty. But then the foliage. the bar late at night sobbing. By many neighborhoods today. Peo- sun came out, bright and hot. It Still that orange vegetable can the time I got to Burlington, I ple love to put stuff out there. In rose high in the sky, beating be a lot of fun; you just have to was an emotional wreck, The an effort to fit in, in my younger down its warm rays on the giant wait until the frost is on that loa'~ra, e tnrnocl inta ano hi~r font- dnvq I u~ed to buv the biggest pumpkin, pumpkin to feel safe.