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tters Continued from page 7 family time you must sacrifice. Now, with the absence of calls, letters, emails, meetings, speech- es and legislative session, I'm thoroughly looking forward to a more relaxed lifestyle - if just for a while! Again, I thank you for 14 wonderful years. John R. Schroeder Lewes Schroeder and Booth should be commended It is the day after Election Day and by the time anyone reads this, all the opposing candidates will have joined hands, taken a car- riage ride together and ceremoni- ally buried the hatchet on the Cir- cle, no matter how rancorous or mean-spirited their campaigns were against the other. I love Re- turn Day, if for no other reason than it brings a little civility to an arena where it is in increasingly short supply. The roast ox sand- wiches don't hurt either. While most everyone who par- ticipates in this event acts gra- ciously in both victory and defeat, to the applause of political parti- sans throughout the state, a little louder cheer should be given to those who acted decently before the votes were ever counted. The race between John Schroeder and Joe Booth should be praised as a particularly good example. This was a hard-fought race, won by the narrowest of margins, as expected. Throughout, I never heard a single word of criticism, personal or "issue-based" from ei- ther candidate. I wrote in advance of the election touting the charac- ter of John Schroeder, and still firmly believe him to be one of the best representatives Dover has ever seen. If the tone and de- meanor of this election can be any indication, Joe Booth will do well in his service of the people of the new 37th District. Both men should be proud that the choice between them was so difficult for positive reasons, not because they attempted to burn the other's rep- utation to the ground. Man G. Davis Esq. Georgetown Von Baumgart thanks voters On behalf of the Independent Party of Delaware, I thank all vot- ers for their encouragement and kind support of our candidates during the 2002 election. By vot- ing for IPD candidates, you have shown courage of conviction and have proudly stood on the public interest principle of Delaware for the People in contrast to the spe- cial interest groups and have sent the first wave of a bold new mes- sage to the political establishment of Sussex County. It is amazing to observe how many Democrat and Republican candidates have embraced some of our initiatives, especially health care, education, campaign finance reform, initiative and ref- erendum. Therefore, I urge all cit- izens to support H.B. 552, the Delaware Health Security Act and demand repeal of the Emergency Health Powers Act to protect our civil liberties and support other public interest measures by com- municating with your state legis- lators and county council (on lo- cal issues). I am eternally grateful to all of the top 10.2 percent of the voters who bravely cast their ballots for a meaningful change and me in the Fourth Councilmanic District. You have made Delaware history by propelling an alternative party candidate into double digits. This event can be compared to break- ing the political sound barrier! We'll keep trying until we win one for the people.-The Indepen- dent Party of Delaware is working for you and we welcome your ac- tive participation in our policy- making process. Finally, I wish to thank all people and community organizations for their speaking invitations and kind hospitality. Special thanks goes to the Return Day Committee for a truly joyous finale to Election 2002. By work- ing together, we can truly make the First State a model state on the cutting edge of creative freedom and public interest advancement. Barefootin' Continued from page 8 Joe Booth, just elected as 37th District Representative, and Delaware Lt. Gov. John Carney jumped from their carriages and ran to the ditch to help out. Pep- per, a native of Georgetown, un- derstands the pervasiveness of politics in Sussex County, espe- cially on Return Day. "I looked up and saw Booth,'" said Pepper. "I thought to myself, 'now, here's a good guy. He's helping people who don't even live in his district.'" While Pepper, Saylor and Kophstein were on their way to Beebe to get their wounds treated, Lawson worked to get the car- riage s back in line for the parade. The accident caused about a half hour delay - not much more than in 1988 when a horse fell over dead near the beginning of the pa- rade route and had to be dragged off the street. Rosalie Walls, president of the Return Day Committee and active in Georgetown Historical Society, understands the importance of such events. "Charles is going down in Sussex County history," said Rosalie. "We're just thankful that it wasn't any more tragic than it was." Looking back, Pepper says it may have been a banner hung on the buckboard that spooked the horse. "We were try- ing to raise money for the Marvel Museum - that's why we put the banner on the wagon; that's why I bought the ride in the first place." Rosalie said she was amazed to see Pepper and Saylor at the May- or's Reception Return Day Wolfgang von Baumgart Sussex County chairman Independent Party of Delaware Price honored to have served district I am writing to thank the resi- dents of the 38th District for their support. For the last six years, I have been honored to work on your behalf and am proud of the things we have accomplished by working together. A special thank you to my friends in the fire service and es- pecially to individuals who came to me with ideas - ideas that would allow me to sponsor legis- lation that would help the men and women in emergency situa- tions. First, Danny Magee for his help with my first bill that in- creased the line of duty death ben- efit for emergency service person- nel killed while on the job. Also to Ray Stevens for the Revolving Loan Fund Bill that when funded will allow members of the fire service to borrow money at a much lower rate. I have also been an advocate for our veterans with the World War II Diploma Bill and thanks to Bob Corsa, we now have the Delaware Veterans Home Building Fund. These are just a few of the things we have accomplished together. Then there were some not-so- easy things. I know that many of you did not understand my vote on the smoking bill. Please re- member that this was a Republi- can bill and being pushed by their caucus. It is difficult to under- stand that sometimes in the politi- cal process you have to vote for something in order to get an op- portunity to make changes. Un- fortunately the bill passed without my getting that opportunity. We did try to make changes in the law after it was passed, but the Repub- lican leadership would not allow us to work that bill either. In my absence, I have asked my friends to give serious consideration to this issue. To my faithful volun- teers: thank you for the many phone calls you have made, the gatherings you attended, your fi- nancial support and your Election evening. "Bev told me she fig- ured Charles must have been struck in the head by the horse for him to want to go to the party." "It was Return Day," said Charles afterward. "You can't miss a party like that. We had al- ready missed the parade and I had been looking forward to getting some interesting pictures from that vantage point. Plus, I only went about 100 feet in the car- riage. I figure that's $6.50 a foot - a pretty expensive ride." Rosalie also used that opportu- nity to let Beverly know that the Return Day Committee had de- cided to give Charles another car- riage ride in the 2004 Return Day Parade, to make up for this year. "She said he can ride in that one by himself," said Rosalie. "She doesn't want to have anything to do with it." Day help. My deep concerns about our community, our Inland Bays, and each one of you, will never change. I will continue to be involved in these issues as we at- tempt to improve our quality of life in the 38th District. Shirley Price Millviile Atkins thanks all for privilege to serve I, John Atkins, would like to ex- press my utmost gratitude and ap- preciation for your vote during the recent election and electing me to be the next 41st District Repre- sentative. It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent this district in the 142nd Delaware General Assembly. As your elected repre- sentative, I pledge to support all communities as well as the entire constituency within my election district. The commencement of the 142nd Delaware General As- sembly will begin with many new faces representing Sussex County. Working together as a team will enable me to better serve this dis- trict, Sussex County and the state of Delaware. I thank you for your support and encourage you to contact me with any legislative comment or concern. John Atkins Millsboro Thanks from Rehoboth Film Society on festival The Rehoboth Beach Film So- Ciety has just realized the success- ful completion of its fifth annual independent film festival, and what a terrific time it has been! It has been a festival of wonderful excesses! We have exceeded all past attendance records and rev- enue, we have had to post more sold out signs and at earlier times than ever before, and we have had the largest and most enthusiastic crew of volunteers in the history of the Festival. Attendees were most enthused about the Big Tent behind the theater complex at which they could purchase tick- ets, grab a quick meal between films, and socialize with old and new friends. Animated conversa- tions about films they had seen or tickets they could swap turned strangers into instant friends. Board members and volunteers worked side by side to solve ticket line snags, find lost cell phones and replace signs that had fallen. The love of film as an art form, the spirit of community, and a sunshiny November weekend combined to create a memorable time for the thousands who partic- ipated. There are far too many in- dividuals to thank by name, but we would be ungrateful and re- miss if we did not acknowledge our members, who number over 1,000 from all up and down the Eastern seaboard, our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, and our hard-working and generous Board. Support from local busi- nesses has never been better, and we were especially proud to wel- come back for the third year our title sponsor, WBOC-TV 16. We also appreciate the support of our new Opening Night and Media Sponsor "Delaware Coast Press'/"The News Journal"/ Critical also to sustaining our growth has been the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Tourism Office. The vision and design work of Siquis has been invalu- able in presenting our public face. And where would we be without the support of the Atlantic The- aters management and its employ- ees. Finally, I must mention two people by name, Sue Early, devel- opment director, and Joe Bilancio, program director. Our only full- time staff members, they worked as many as 18 hours a day in the time leading up to the festival, and were in the office early Saturday mornings and late Sunday evenings, tending to the myriad of details that resulted in a smooth operation from start to finish. We are turning our attention to in- creased year-round programming. We anticipate great partnerships with various segments of the com- munity in the coming year. Beth Hochholzer RBFS Board President Thanks from Beebe Beebe Medical Foundation takes this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to the many indi- viduals and businesses who gra- ciously volunteered their time and resources to make this block party a success. The auction items, fab- ulous foods, entertainment, music and the volunteers who worked the evening joined together in a show of support for this worthy cause. Beebe's Family Life Pro- gram, protecting children from domestic violence, thanks the community for supporting this rain or shine event. A special thanks to MJ and Jean Luc of Celsius Restaurant and Cberi Wooters of Beebe Medical Center's Family Life Program for the passion they displayed in or- ganizing this event and to the city of Rehoboth for every aspect of its support. It is difficult to ade- quately recognize each and every volunteer for his or her efforts. Please know that Beebe Medical Foundation greatly appreciates and recognizes your hard work. Marcia J. Marvel Director Administration and special programs Beebe Medical Foundation Striders say thanks Saturday, Oct. 26 was a night that many people, old and young alike, enjoyed the Halloween tra- dition. Some went to spook trails others haunted mansions or even costume parties. But many began their night by supporting the Seashore Striders in their annual pasta dinner. The pasta and meat- balls were great, the fresh rolls scrumptious and the homemade desserts were worth the trip out of the house. The athletes, parents and coaches would like to thank all those that came out to encour- age the children. Maryeilea Morris Sea Shore Striders