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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December3  Deitiber 9, 1999 World AIDS Day marked with candlelight Service of Remembrance Delaware tied for fifth in.nation in incidence of AIDS Michael Short Barbara Maxwell came because her son Bob DiNardo died earlier this year. Maxwell was among a large crowd who gathered in Re- hoboth Beach for a candlelight vigil and church service on World AIDS Day. In a ceremony tinged with equal parts sadness and hope, they honored their dead and paused to celebrate life. They carried hundreds of can- dles in a march down Rehoboth Avenue, each candle carrying the name of someone who has died from AIDS. At Epworth United Methodist Church, speakers read the names of Delawareans who have died. As each name was read, Steve Elkins swung a bell from each hand, a peal of sound echoing softly into the silence. "He would be so proud that I am here," said Maxwell at the Dec. 1 gathering. "My son had lots of friends...He had a wonder- ful sense of humor. He loved peo-  ple and he loved Sussex County." The theme of this year's re- membrance was "End the Silence, Listen, I.earn and Live?' Speakers called for unity and understanding, they called for people to speak out and to deal openly and honestly with each other as they learn to live in a world of AIDS. Many called for an end to the silence which Artist Murray Archibald said is some- times so "loud, that you cannot hear anything else." "I came here to remember my friends, including my past parser, who are gone, and to honor their memory. And to participate in something with the community," said Jim Barber. Delaware is tied for fifth in the nation in the incidence of AIDS, according to speaker Glen Pruitt. There are 40,000 new cases of people infected with the virus every single year. In America, there are estimates that 200,000 people may be HIV positive and not even know it. The message was loud and clear that the disease no longer strikes only gay, white men. The roll call of names included many women as well asl3 Steves, four Rons and innumerable Roberts. The list of names, which grows longer with each memorial service, included a Above, local residents gathered to remember and hope on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 in Rehoboth Beach. Shown carry- ing the banner to lead a candlelight walk on Rehoboth Av- enue are (l-r) Mark Thompson, Wayne Juneau, Tom Negran, Bonnie Quesenberry and Jeff Moore. At right, Sam Robinette was one of hundreds who attended a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil and service of hope and remembrance in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 1. doctor, a reverend, a well-known Delaware artist, a newspaper pub- lisher, an eight-year-old boy and "Mark, who died this morning at 7:09 a.m." Wayne Juneau, as the program began, said "Tonight, we listen for the heartbeat that gives us the strength to fight against HIV and AIDS?' "Tonight we walk with the names of our dead and we cele- brate them. But we also celebrate the living...Tonight we celebrate life," Juneau continued. Michael Short photos The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with Lou at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Office 227-3883 Jack Lingo Inc. Home 227-2988 E-MAIL; Iou2beach) Late obituaries There will be an assessment of $6.67 for each front foot owned by homeowners and there will be a one-time connection charge of $1,100. The front foot charge is based on the front footage of your lot. Average cost estimates are $491.80 for a home with 40 feet of front footage. A home with 80 feet of front footage will pay an estimated $758.60 per year. County Councilman George Cole predicted the high cost would doom the referendum. "We know when we go to referendum with numbers like this it's doomed...It is going to die on cost." But Stickels chided Cole not to say the referendum would fail. He noted that local residents petitioned the county to create a sewer district and he said that the Ocean View Sewer District had similar costs and was approved by residents. Stickels said that state funding help is a long shot. But he pointed out that removing thewaste, which is now treated with individual septic systems, would remove nitrogen and phos- phorus from the inland bays, which the state must do. HOUSE 00mqum Antiques, Art & Unique Gifts lOG Union St., tilton, DE (3oz) e-eo HOLIDAY SEASON HOURS NOW THRU CHIIgTMAg DAILY i0:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. -UNDAY 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. FRIDAY EVENING OPEN HOUSE: EVERY FRIDAY EVENING 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. A store filled with select  for the holiday Antiques Art Furniture Silver Cut & Prose alae European Blown Ola Ornament China Folk Natalie Silitch Creations Country Ware - The Chriztmas Shop Candles Linens Toland Flags "The Peppermint Pig" Twig Trees Table Accessories "Little Book:z" Tinware Candle Stick Visit  during the Holly Festivl & Milton Huse Tour on December llth or at our Friday evening Christma open houses. Co cmaa, DffiXarl  -I mmT wrm ! Flossie R. Stevenson, Rehoboth homemaker Flossie Roach Stevenson, 86, a longtime Rehoboth Beach resi- dent, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Lifecare at Lofland Park, Seaford. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, at Ep- worth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, with burial private. Continued from page 17 hoboth Beach; and three grand- children, Jennifer Vernon of Los Angeles, Calif., William H. Ver- non Jr.- and Glenn B. Vernon; both of Rehoboth Beach. Services will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Parsefl Funeral Homes & Cre- matorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, at Old Drawyers Cemetery, Rt. 13, Odessa. Contributions are sug- gested to the Salvation Army. grant funding is iffy and Oak Or- chard residents vote on the refer- endum Dec. 11. There is a hearing at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Indian River Vol. Fire Compa- ny on the proposed district. With the referendum looming, the county must assume that it will not receive the grant funding when it tells residents their ex- pected cost for the central sewer system. Stickels said to do other- wise would be to mislead resi- dents with lower sewer rates which may not ever happen The county announced the proposed rates at the Nov. 30 county coun- cil meeting and they are as fol- lows: There will be a service charge of $225 per home per year. By Michael Short Sussex County will seek $2 million in funding from the state to help defray the cost of the pro- posed Oak Orchard Sewer Dis- trict. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Coun- ty Administrator Bob Stickels said that the county could be enti- tled to grant funding because the central sewer district will remove pollution from Delaware's inland bays. If the state agrees and pays the grant, that will also reduce the cost of the sewer district. But any Sussex gives Oak Orchard sewer rates; $2 million sought from state