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48 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 Cape Gazette Annual event recognizes importance of scouting The Boy Scouts of America of the 1,000 Sussex Countyhood friend and high school Del-Mar-Va Council, Sussexscouts, Robert Viera of Green- classmate Ted Freeman, one of County, presented its Distin- wood, who received the Boythe nation's first astronauts, em- guished Citizen Award to Joseph Scouts' Heroism Award for tak- bodied many of the virtues es- Hudson Nov. 14 at the Rehoboth ing two toddlers home after he poused by scouting. Beach Country Club. found them wandering in a field "Ted studied hard, graduated Several local business leaders, by themselves out in the cold. from near the top of his class at individuals and businesses spun- Pierce went on to say there the Naval Academy and eventu- sored this annual event. Money would be 20 new Eagle Scouts ally opted to join the Air Force. raised will help support many this year in Sussex County - He had a distinguished career as scouting programs like camp scouting's highest rank-and 800 a fighter pilot, completed his scholarships and recruitment ef- merit badges earned by Sussex master's degree in engineering at forts. County Boy Scouts. University of Michigan and put Hudson is an aviator, farmer Eagle Scout Dylan Brown also himself in position to be accept- and businessman and spent 20 spoke at the celebration. Brown ed as a member of the nation's years as a member of the Beebe is a distinguished student and first group of designated astro- Medical Center Board of Direc- athlete in the 10th grade at Cape nauts." tors, 10 of those as chairman of Henlopen High School. Hudson said Freeman, unfor, the board. He spoke about the many ad- tunately, also became the first as- Hudson confessed he was nev- venture camps he has attended, tronaut to die in the line of duty era Boy Scout. He remembered, from canoe trips in the Boundary when the fighter jet he was test as a young boy, watching some Waters of Canada to hikes in the piloting crashed in Texas. A scouts building a cabin in the Cimarron Mountains of New goose sucked into one of the jet's woods near Cool Spring. "I was Mexico. engines caused problems that interested in scouting, but I did- "Being a part of scouting and Freeman worked to control. n't want to walk all the way to all that it represents has played "The men on the radio urged Lewes for the meetings." an important part of my life. I be- Ted to eject, but he said he had to Hudson said he lived out in the lieve it has made me the person I wait until he was Clear of a resi- country and was one of 12 chil- am today," said Brown. dential area where he suspected dren in a family that lived in a Hudson said he and his son, people would be injured if the jet house without plumbing or a car. Craig, became involved with the went down without him at the After a singing of "Happy local Boy Scouts a few years ago controls," said Hudson. Birthday" for Hudson, led by when they sought their help in "Ted finally did eject in an Master of Ceremonies Dennis planting 14,000 trees on the openarea, but it was too late. His Fomey, Jason Pierce, Del-Mar-Va grounds of their Villages of Five parachute never had time to Council executive director, gave Points project, open." a scouting update. "I was impressed with their Hudson closed his comments Pierce spoke about the differ- enthusiasm and how hard they with advice for those in atten- ence scouting makes in young worked," said Hudson. dance: 'HI of you young people, people's lives. He mentioned one He mentioned that his boy-get your kids into the scouts as JOE HUDSON, left, receives the Distinguished Christian Hudson. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS Citizen Award from his grandson Eagle Scout Dylan Brown spoke at the celebration. Brown is a distinguished student and athlete in the lOth grade at Cape Henlopen High School. soon as they're old enough. It is quick observation: "Isn't that just a great experience where they like Joe Hudson? Take an event will learn to respect others and designed tO honor all the selfless accomplish something." things he has done and turn it After the banquet, Joe's good around to honor someone else." friend Charles Howard made a t's been quite a while since I took a road trip. So a cou- ple of friends who I won't name (Annette and Pat), for privacy reasons of course, set out for a particular workshop in the South, again I won't name the state (South Carolina) for the above reasons. Anyway, I've never spent much time in the Southern part of the country, limiting my time to travel through airports, so it was no surprise that I ended up with quite a drawl, and that was packed, put in, taken out,and car seats, besides the beautiful scenery, is just while backing out of my repacked, double-packed, Another word of caution here the food. You've probably heard driveway. I'm one of those peo- squashed, crammed and finally is the GPS device. Now, I'm a a great deal about Southern hos- ple who pick up on accents and left on the curb. With women, map person. If it's not a map, pitality, and believe me, that has take on their persona immedi- once it's in the car, it basically then it's straight into the gas sta- to include down-home cooking. ately. I have so little self-esteem stays there, tion to ask for directions. But to- And this particular culinary that if anyone calls my housel I From years of experience (ac- day we have come to rely on school of cooking is perfect for don't even have to meet them, it tually one trip through Medicine anything that we don't have to me. Everything is fried. We have could be a wrong number, but if Bow, Wyoming), I can tell you read or interpret, fried chicken, fried potatoes, they have a British accent, I im- that the most important item Fortunately for us, the voice fried okra, fried jello, fried shoe mediately sound like I'm part of placed in the car is the alcohol, on the GPS was British; person- leather, fried shrimp, you name the royal family. With Southern- not for use during the trip, but ally I would have preferred Ital- it and it will be dipped in batter ers I was howdy all over the upon arrival, ian or French and something and dunked in hot oil until you place, which was odd because Travelers can find themselves more romantic than, 'At 800 feet will need a hose to replace those they hardly use that phrase any- thirstier than a pack of camels in turn right and enter the motor- arteries when you arrive home. more. the Gobi Desert. You see, most way." I'm more of the, "Cara mia, In fact, just pull into the emer- But in setting out on a road people just stick it in the back of startiziti cume se fortunate el id- gency room and schedule your- trip, I must say, women are great the car, where it falls out once ioza a mi ciamo e buona sera." self for a bypass instead of pro- about packing the car. Every- the tailgate is opened; the big You know you are not going to gramming the GPS for your thing has a place and everything danger here is while you are get mad at that voice when you street address. goes in its place. It doesn't take looking at the shattered glass find yourself at Stu's Hot Dog Every once in a while, you us long, either. I find that men and googling the location of the Emporium instead of hearing have to get out of your comfort roll up their sleeves, put on nearest liquor store, gang mem- you have reached your destina- zone. A road trip is a perfect ex- sweat bands and begin packing a bers are stripping the tires off tion. perience; see the USA, spend car as if they are going on a long your car, while drug dealers are Personally, the great thing money here in this country and convoy in a war zone. Things are making off with your luggage about driving through the South, get a chance to say, "Y'all."