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8 - C00PE Friday, Nov. S- Nov. i4, Z002 Continued fro page 7 ed his time to the Lewes Fire De- partment for the past 39 years be- fore losing his life in a tragic line- of-duty death, while driving the f'we department vehicle on official business. He served as chief or as- sistant chief of the department for more than 25 years and held the term of president for more than 13 years - the office he held when he was killed. He was the department histori- an for 39 years. Through his re- search, he wrote a complete histo- ry of the Lewes Fire Department. He was honored with chief emeri- tus and inducted into the Delmar- va Historic Hall of Fame. He was a life member of the Lewes Fire Department and held honorary membership with the Town Bank, N.J. fire department. Through Lou's dedication, a new fire sta- tion is being built on Route 24 to better protect the citizens of Sus- sex County. For many years, Lou taught young children the ways of fire safety, such as stop, drop and roll. He would teach the older kids in fire hose handling and how to use a fire extinguisher. He would teach the new firemen how to put on their new equipment or to pump the fire trucks. He taught us how to fight fires in structure fires. Lou was always learning about the newest equipment available to the community. He would read book after book on different types of equipment. He spent hours do- ing upgrades to the fund drive so Lewes could buy all the newest equipment, He spent hours writ- ing fire articles for the Maryland dispatch to promote the Lewes Fire Department Inc. I remember one fire just before Christmas. A family was burned out of its home; it lost everything, including all its Christmas pres- ents. Unfortunately, we had one boy who was burned and had to go to the bum center. Lou worked very hard with the family and lo- cal businesses. When the young boy returned home, the Lewes Fire Department had a Christmas for the family. Lou would give the shirt off his back for any one in need, in any place, or any time. Thank you for your considera- tion. A. Wallace Evans Past fire chief and member Lewes Fire Department Different perspective on naming of school The following letter was sent to Cape Henlopen School District superintendent Dr. Andy Bran- denberger, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. The purpose of this letter is to suggest a name for the new mid- dle school currently under con- struction on Route 24. But frst, a little Rehoboth school history. The original school building was built in 1908, and the east wing was added in 1920. It was located on the current site of the Re- hoboth Convention Center. My father, John Dick, graduat- ed from Rehoboth High School in 1915; he was 15 years old. The high school at that time only had 11 grades. Upon graduation with Barefootin; Continued from page 7 handle problems and didn't have that many," said McDowell. "There were a few people who didn't read their cards and didn't know where their polling places were but not much beyond that." JOE BOOTH showed up at the elections office in Georgetown late Tuesday night for a ,ictory interview with Channel 47 TV. Wet from the steady rain falling outside, Joe was gently happy with his 44-vote win over 37th District incumbent John Schroed- er. Early returns from polling places around Georgetown showed Booth with a 1,000 vote lead over Schroeder. Booth's euphoria sank, howev- er, when returns started coming in from Schroeder's stronghold in the Lewes area. At 9 p.m., with seven of eight districts reporting, incumbent Democrat Schroeder had pulled ahead by about 100 votes. Booth turned to his wife, Margie, with loss in his eyes. "Let's go," he said. "Let's go take our medicine." They drove to the Republican celebration at the CHEER Center on the east side of Georgetown. "That's when I found out I had won," said Booth. "The last polling place gave me my mar- gi." The former Sussex Central champion wrestler said he felt like he was on the mat one more time. "I wanted to win one more time for Coach [Herm] Bastianelli." Booth spent the majority of his time in the TV interview praising Schroeder. "It was a clean, issue- oriented campaign. We spent a lot of time together. When I talked to John tonight, he told me to enjoy the victory." Booth noted he will be riding with Schroeder in the Return Day Parade for the third straight time. "John's opponent didn't show up for the last two parades so I rode with him." Booth was mayor of Georgetown on at least one of those occasions. Last Saturday, Schroeder said he was working hard but accepted that he had a real battle in the R,e- publica re-engineered 37th Di:s- trict. "Don't forget who lives Jin that district now," said Schroeder. "Everett Moore. He's chairmam of the statewide Republican Parrty and he really wants his home dis- trict to have a Republican repre- sentative." THE AGE-OLD HOMOSEX- UAL controversy wasn't missing an llth grade diploma, students could earn the 12th grade one from Lewes High School. It was necessary for the student to board in Lewes during the school year as there was only a dirt road in that horse-and-buggy time. There is at least one man living today who holds both diplomas. By the mid-1930s, the state school board had abandoned the Rehoboth School and the building was rapidly deteriorating. It had good teachers, good basketball teams and good students, but we were the "have nothing" school in the state. The adverse conditions endured by teachers and students alike are too many to list. I remember it well, having been a student from 1926 to 1938 when I graduated. We certainly did learn to cope at an early age. With the advent of the WPA in the late 30s, the local school board and others went to Wash- ington and secured the monies to buy the land, from my great-uncle Walter Dick, and build a new school. It was designated the Re- hoboth Special School District, one of two in that state. In June 1941, my brother, John Dick Jr. was valedictorian of the first graduating class of the new Re- hoboth High School. My two daughters, Lyn Webster and Melissa Thoroughgood, grad- uated in the late 1960s. My grand- daughter, Jennifer Mowll Mazzo- la, graduated from Cape in 1988 and was awarded her doctorate in neuropharmacology from Temple University in 2001. Dr. Mazzola is employed in a research lab conducted by John- son & Johnson. Her specific as- signment involves experiments in from Election Day in Sussex County. Calloway said the election of- fice received at least two phone calls from people concerned about people passing out antigay litera- ture at polling places on the west- ern side of the county. "They said there were young men in white shirts and dark ties passing out the literature," said Calloway. "In the Greenwood area in particular. We checked it out but they were well outside the protected area around the polls. They're certainly permitted to pass out information on their point of view." John Brady, who won the Sus- sex County Recorder of Deeds Office election, is openly gay though has not run on any kind of gay platform. He was the only countywide candidate who is openly gay. Brady won at every polling place in the newly-formed 14th Representative District which is thought to have the largest homo- sexual population in the state. Mike Meoli, a Republican who made it known early on that he did not support passage of HB99 - which makes it illegal to discrimi- nate on the basis of sexual orien- tation - lost to Pete Schwartzkopf at every polling place. Schwartz- kopf supports passage of HB99. searching for a drug to combat Alzheimer's disease. As a lifetime resident of Re- hoboth Beach, I think I had an at- titude that Lewes was Lewes and Rehoboth was Rehoboth and nev- er the twain shall meet, to borrow from Kipling. Well, it did meet in Cape Henlopen High School. I think it should meet again and so honor all the many no-longer remembered people who estab- fished the roots of the Cape Hen- lopen School District. Therefore, I suggest the new middle school should bear the name: the Lewes Rehoboth Beach Middle School. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. Evelyn Dick Thoroughgood Rehoboth Beach Lewes chamber thanks community The Lewes Chamber of Com- merce and Visitor's Bureau's sev- enth annual celebration of Lewes' nautical heritage - its Boast the Coast festival - was the benefici- ary of some really spectacular weather. We took advantage of the sum- mer like temperatures by filling the city with people of all ages visiting the Kalmar Nyckel at the city dock, sampling seafood by La Rosa Negra Restaurant; enjoying the entertainment by Flumpa the Tree Frog, the Lewes Clown duo Happy Go Lucky (AKA Nancy and Charlie Joseph) and the Nau- tical Sounds Chorus and watching the lighted boat parade at dusk. First Union's Lynn Meyer served as the lighted boat parade's honorary grand marshal in honor of First Union's seven consecu- tive years of financial support for Boast the Coast. We are grateful for our partnerships with the Uni- versity of Delaware College of Marine Studies and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry for jointly mar- keting Coast Day with Boast the Coast as well as an all-weekend Lewes destination. The success of this year's event would not have been possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors. This year's sponsors were the Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware, First Union Bank, Beebe Medical Center, Grand Rental Station, Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Happy Go Lucky and Carey's Diesel. Other sponsors were the Cape Gazette, Happy Harry's, Lighthouse Restaurant, County Bank and Cape Henlopen Motel. We appreciate the generosity of the Parsons family and Fisher- man's Wharf for providing boats for the judge's reviewing stand and to transport the grand mar- shal. Special thanks to the Light- house Restaurant for hosting the captain's reception following the parade. We'd like to thank Dennis For- ney for serving as the parade an- nouncer and to Trenny Elliott for her duties as head judge. Lastly, we'd like to acknowl- edge the captains and their crews who expended time and resources to creatively decorate their boats to the delight of the hundreds who lined the canal to watch. They were all winners. Betsy Reamer Executive director Carol Pearce Event chair Lewes Chamber of Commerce Center for Inland Bays says thanks On behalf of the board of direc- tors of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and its staff, I would like to take this opportunity tO express Our sincere gratitude to the many individuals, groups, sponsors, and participants who helped make our open house and pig roast event at the James Farm Ecological Preserve a tremendous SUCCess. The day was busy with fun- filled activities and fellowship that truly demonstrated the inter- est and support of the local com- munity for protection and preser- vation of our inland bays. This event would not have been possi- ble without the generous contribu- tions from the following event sponsors, which included Danny King and assistants Tracey Craig, Billy Nayden, and Allen Rhodes from Daril J. Francois Contractors for sponsorship of the Pig Pik'n; David Twinings from Nantucket's Restaurant; Tidewater Utilities; Atlantic Horizons; Pat Campbell- White of RE/MAX Realty; Con- sultants Unlimited; A.C. Schultes of Delaware; Perdue/AgriRecy- tie; and Meridian Consulting En- gineers LLC. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to Rob Schroeder from Cape Henlopen High School and student assistants Katherine DeV- ilbiss, Betsy Hicks, Vicky Green, and Alex Glorioso; Matt Carter and Rob Rector; Bill Hall, Joe Farrell and John Ewart from the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies; Bill Vanderwende from Dutch Ayr Farms; Ted Stevens from Freeman Communities; Ron Letterman and Dan Gaffney from WGMD/92.7FM; Wayne Brzoska from Standard Distributing; Capt. Bill Baker from Bill's Sports Shop; Bob Collins from Cripple Creek Country Club; Murray's Bait & Tackle; Chris and Karen Bennett; Casey Zolter from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife; Hocker's G&E Grocery; Ellie Shackle from Sussex RSVP; and Diane Turner. We also recog- nize our event volunteers includ- ing Paul Hill, Til Purnell, Vicki Mertes, Carolyn Whaley-Strollo, Martha Keller, Buzz and Betty Henifin, Jim Elliott, Doug Miller and Kim Cymek. And finally, a warm thank you to the many friends and families who joined us at the James Farm Ecological Preserve for this event. We appreciate your encourage- ment and support and look for- ward to having another outstand- ing event next year. Rick Eakle, chair Board of directors Center for-the Inland Bays