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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 Strong Communities Summit recognizes-many successes Martha Massey of Coverdale honored By Jim Cresson The fourth annual Sussex Coun- ty Strong Communities Summit, which opened with a dinner and awards ceremony at The BayCen- ter in Ruddertowne on Friday, Nov. 20, brought together some of the state's strongest and most ded- icated community activists for two days Of "remembering the past, rejoicing in the present and reaching out to the future with hope, dignity and love." Some 150 summit participants and their guests applauded often as Brian Bushweller, secretary of the Depaeanent of Public Safety, gave the keynote address, "Four- years ago, the little communities of Enchanted Meadows, Shock- leytown, Pepper Ridgei Ellendale, New Hope Road, Twin Cedars, Coverdale Crossroads and West Side New Beginnings needed help in the worst way," said Bush- weiller. "There needed to be better coor- dination of state and local services and efforts to improve the quality of life in those areas. And those services had to be friendly to the communities they served. Now, four years and many successes lat- er, I am proud to say that state po- lice involvement was a big key to the early success of this initia- tive," he said Bushweller also credited the role played by local community activists in the Strong Communi- ties Initiative. "You have made a big difference in the effort to help those communities," he told the audience. "Community involve- ment and empowerment is the real key to success, and each of you deserve recognition. The work you are doing in your communi- ties is great, and the end result is such a wonderful reward." Summit facilitator Brenda Whitehurst of the state Personnel Office then presented annual awards citing those volunteers and governmental agencies who have done the demanding work of revi- talizing the once-troubled com- munities. Awards went to Minnie Smith and John Pumphrey, of West Side New Beginnings and Community Center in Rehoboth Beach; Nancy Sanchez of Tin Cedars; Sandy Hall of Ehchanted'Medows; Daisey HalF, an Exel student in In' dian River School District and resident of Twin Cedars; Bruce Wright of First State Community Action Agency; Sussex County Council; Greenwood Trust Com- pany; and the Coverdale Cross- roads Community Council. And the prestigious Dorothy Oliver Award, recognizing an ex- emplary individual, went to Martha Massey of Coverdale Crossroads. Massey was referred to by Whitehurst as "the kind of person who does everything and goeseverywhere she is needed" to help her people and her communi- ty. "It is such a great honor to re- ceive this award," said Massey. "I knew Dorothy Oliver well, and I always respected her work. I'm Jim Cresson photo Bruce Wright of First State Community Action Agency announces awards and honors asso- ciated with the Strong Communities Initiative. very much like her, I believe. I love people so much." Continued on page 18 & MICHAEL REAL IS HERE TO TURN YOUR LISTINGS INTO SOLD! 4 t ,p INDIsA00RIJJ R STATION0000 Come be our guest and enjoy Old World refreshments as we share our Holiday Spirit with u! Friday, Dec. 4. Saturday, Dec. 5. Sunday oec. 6 It Ira__ ..... . tuam-apm Free gift to first fifty customers each day, with purchase. Free chance, with each $10 spent, to win a beaulLful :. /  basket, retailed at over $200! :. 10% discount on any one item during the open house, one discount per customer. Sorry, no phone orders. Ellen Rice, DSPF Artist of the Year, will be here to sign her prints. 10% off each "Last Watch" print sold during the event. Call for artist's hours. DIRECT 226-4162 e-mail mreal@ O'CONOR PIPER & FLYNN 4421 H,gh,,ay One [] Rehoboth Beach DE 19971  Join in the fun & Let us show our appreciation to our many neighbors, friends and supporters. INDIAN RIVER LIFESAVING STATION Rt. 1, one mile north of the inlet.. 302-227-6475