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Delaware Cape Region History Ill Photographs Continued from page 6 Program, our state still pays providers in Sussex County only 50 percent of the average rate for child care. Early education and care for young children is being severely compromised, and public schools are spending more and more money and resources to try to get these children caught up. Our senators and representa- fives must stand up for the fami- lies of our states and ensure that the needs of children and working families aren't shortchanged. The funding that Congress passes must do better. Marcia E. Scott Laurel Sussex YMCA says thanks to sponsors The 2006 Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon is now history. In its llth year, the event has become one of the east coast's favorites. With 1,000 registrants accompanied by their support groups, the DBST was again sold out. Competitors enjoyed the welL- run event, and often included an extended visit to our resort com- munity. Congratulations to all partici- pants, and thank you to the army of volunteers who assisted. Race director par excellence Ava Cannon has reported a gener- ous $10,000 donation - the pro- ceeds of the race - to the Sussex Family YMCA and the Strong Kids Campaign. With.this gift the YMCA will provide financial assistance to local kids who would otherwise be unable to participate in YMCA activities such as preschool or after-school programs, youth sports or swimming lessons, a week of summer day camp or YMCA membership. With the help of the DBST and other gen- erous donors, our YMCA will provide assistance valued at over $200,000 in 2006. A huge event like the Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon would not happen without generous spon- sors. And so we offer sincere thanks to the Salvation Army Community Division, Gary's Dewey Beach Grill, Dogfish Head Brewery, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream; Wheels Bicycle Shop, RDM Development Group, Rehoboth Toy and Kite Co., The Starboard, Delaware Beach Life, Happy Harry's, Tomato Sunshine, Jack Lingo Realtor- Ava Cannon, Realtor, J&J Snack Foods, Clay Britt Swimming Clinics, Java Beach Bagel Co., ACA Mortgage and the Jolly Trolley. And a special thanks to the Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware State Police, Delaware Seashore State Park and Dewey Beach Police for accommodating this enormous event. Thank you to one and all from the YMCA, and thanks from the YMCA's kids. TerrY Rasberry Executive Director Sussex Family YMCA CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7 Photo courtesy of Jim Brittingham Parade season continues - here's one from 1951 With Return Day and its big parade last week, and the Christmas parade season just around the corner, it seemed fitting to publish another parade photograph in this week's edi- tion - this one from Jim Brittingham's collection in Lewes. This photo shows a marching band - possibly that of Lewes High School - in the Memorial Day parade held on May 30, 1951. The band is marching on Savannah Road, toward the canal, near the Zwaanendael Museum. As a side note, Capt. Bill Ingram - a retired river pilot in Lewes - called to say that information with a recent historic photo showing the Olaf Bergh aground at Ocean City was mistaken in identifying the Bergh as a Liberty ship. "The Olaf Bergh was a European vessel and all Liberty ships were constructed for the World War II effort in the United States," said Ingram. "Most of them were built in California. They were welded together - not riveted - and after time metal straps had to be added to them to keep them together. But they were built very fast and that was their main advantage for the war effort.. I knew the Olaf Bergh wasn't a Liberty ship because Liberty ships had their houses in the stern - not midships like the Bergh photo shows. I've taken many of them up the Delaware." Using the next two years wisely in Washington I view the 110th Congress as an opportunity for much needed change and progress on key issues nationally and on important proj- ects back here in Delaware. I am hopeful we can put the partisan attacks of the 2006 elections behind us and get back to govern- ing in a civil and responsible man- ner. I will personally continue my leadership style of bipartisan leg- islating, negotiating and prioritiz- ing. We must bring people across the political spectrum to really tackle the tough issues this nation and state faces. It is the only way to get things done. My top priority is the passage of real lobbying and ethics reform legislation that has teeth. Specifically, I will push Leadership to consider my legis- lation, The Accountability and Transparency in Ethics Act, which would enact ethics and lobbying reform that mandates licensure of lobbyists, requires ethics training for members and staff and insti- tutes an outside, independent Commission on Investigations to review suggested unethical or ille- gal activities in Congress. I believe passage of this legislation would set the right tone for future COMMENTARY legislative activity. As a leader in authoring No Child Left Behind, I will also play a key role in its reauthorization. This is important because for the first time we will truly be examin- ing what works and what might need tweaking as we strive to edu- cate all children. My goals are to ensure that adequate funding is in place, that we have a changing growth model by which Adequate Yearly Progress is measured and that we increase the flexibility of the program. Not all children learn the same or at the same rate, and this law needs to reflect that basic premise. I hope to build on the success I have had in reigning in wasteful bonuses which are awarded to defense contractors regardless of performance. Some top priorities will include targeting no-bid con- tracts and ensuring sunshine and transparency in all federal grants, contracts and awards. It is crucial that we continue our push to empower American scien- tists to join the race for the cure for devastating diseases, and that is why I will continue my leader- ship on the issue of stem cell research. I am not downtrodden because President Bush vetoed H.R. 810, rather I am energized because I know we hax;e educated the American people and the U.S. Congress about the importance of this research. I will continue to push new leg- islation to expand the current pol- icy. This issue is too important to set aside until the next President and I certainly won't be deterred in my quest to see ethical federal oversight of embryonic stem cell research. As I work to ensure more fund- ing comes to Delaware for energy efficiency research, I will also push legislation to reduce depend- ence on foreign oil, jump start research and development, into alternative sources including solar and hydrogen, focusing on con- servation and increased CAFE standards, so cars will go further on a tank of gas. And I will continue my fight for a comprehensive approach to homeland security, by addressing soft targets like rail and port secu- rity which are currently under- funded. We need to learn from attacks around the world on pub.lie transportation and put in place the necessary precautions. In addi- tion to rail security funding, I will help lead the fight in the House of Representatives to secure federal dollars for the stabilization of Amtrak and fight off efforts to cut funding and privatize the national passenger railroad. As I have done for many years now, I will continue to work hand in hand with local and state gov- ernment back here in Delaware on issues such as beach replenishz ment, water and infrastructure development and funding for key health centers. I hope my push to create a recreational area along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal will truly take off in the coming years, and that the recre- ational trail will be completed so families throughout the Mid- Atlantic region will be drawn to Delaware for increased recre- ational opportunity. Finally, I will continue my work with Delaware's Congressional Delegation to ensure the Dover Air Force Base remains the pre- mier air mobility command base in the nation. A particular focus will be paid to the C-17 bed down and the modernization and re- engineering of the C-5s and com- pleting construction projects such as the air traffic control tower and the air freight terminal. This is not a short list of goals - nor is it exhaustive - but each and every one of these initiatives is a priority for me. I am proud to serve as Delaware's Congressman and will use my position and lead- ership in Washington for the next two years to fight for reasonable solutions to the issues facing this state and nation. Rep. Mike Castle was re-elected to another term as Delaware's lone member of the U.S. Congress.