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24 - CAPE G.AZEE, FridaY, December 3 - December 9, 1999 Hooper to receive ammal " Unity Award posthumously on Dec. 5 Rehoboth Beach Main Street will sponsor the Sixth Annual Community Unity Spaghetti Din- ner, from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The Community Unity Dinner is fast becoming a treasured Re- hoboth tradition, as dozens of Re- hoboth Beach organizations, many merchants and a cross-sec- tion of the diverse community come together to produce and en- joy this event. The dinner serves as a celebra- tion of Rehoboth's community spirit and also an occasion to hon- or one very special citizen, some- one who has volunteered time, en- ergy and really given back to the community over the years. For 1999, the Community Unity Citizen honor will be presented posthumously to Elizabeth Hoop- er, long-time owner of The Comer Cupboard Inn who passed away Thanksgiving weekend after a long illness. The award will be presented on Dec. 5 to honor Mrs. Hooper's memory and the many years of service she has provided to the community. The Outstanding Citizen's Award plaque will be presented at 6:15 p.m. during the event. Eliza- beth Hooper was selected because of her long and generous history of community activism, charitable contributions, and volunteerism, including serving as former presi- dent of the Rehoboth Beach His- torical Society. "She was a friend and an advi- sor and I'll really miss her," said Rehoboth Commissioner Bitsy Cochran, who is also secretary of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. "I could call her on any issue - whether it was city oriented or had to do with the history of the area and always get an opinion or observation - and 99 percent of the time she was right!" Cochran went on to note that Mrs. Hooper had a "character you don't often find so you respect and cherish it when you do find it. I'll remem- ber her as a political watchdog, al- ways sitting in the back row at commissioners meetings. I looked up to her and she will be missed by the community." Mayor Sam Cooper said he was sad to hear of Mrs. Hooper's death. "Just like Butch McQuay and Doctor Klingel, it's another piece of old Rehoboth gone." He recalled how she always fought to keep the block of Park Avenue on which the Comer Cupboard sits from being paved to preserve the charm of the neighborhood, and how she fought, ultimately unsuc- cessfully to obtain a liquor license for the establishment. Keith Fitzgerald, one of the owners of the Back Porch Cafe, was a friend who visited Mrs. Hooper often, especially as her health declined over the past cou- ple of years. "We went into the restaurant business at about the same time and Els was one of the few people I respected and sought advice from," Fitzgerald said. "While most people saw her as an austere, formidable, no non- sense business woman, they did- n't see the other side of her. She was one of the most generous people I have ever met, but in a very quiet way. Els went way be- yond the call of normal friend- ship. She was sharp as a tack and kept her dignity to the end and I wish I had half her energy," Fitzgerald said, adding that her son Sheldon had devoted himself to her care since her health began failing. Leslie Vining, who has man- aged the Comer Cupboard for the past couple of years, said the es- tablishment, known "As the Inn that was In before Inns were In," will continue to operate in a trust as it always has under Mrs. Hoop- er, who took over the operation from the Gundrys, her aunt and uncle. Everyone's invited for a terrific all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, holiday music, and entertainment for the whole family. It's a great pre-holiday get together where everyone can enjoy some of the best cooking Rehoboth has to of- fer with friends and family! Once again, the dinner menu will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, dessert and a beverage and will be served buffet style through the generous volunteer efforts of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, city officials, state government representatives, local business people, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, CAMP Rehoboth, other local civic organizations and anyone else interested in making this a true community unity ef- fort! All of the proceeds go toward Rehoboth Beach Main Street's programs for downtown Re- hoboth Beach. Admission to the Sixth Annual Volunteers sought for au pair program EurAupair, a nonprofit intercultural child care program, is seeking volunteers to help promote and administer its program in the Cape Re- gion. Volunteers will utilize their time and skills to provide au pairs from France, Germany, Spain, Holland and other countries with local support. Volunteers interview potential host families, plan orientations for host families and au pairs, meet with au pairs monthly, organize cul- tural events and provide support for participants throughout the "pro- gram year. Volunteers also attend an annual training workshop and re- port to the regional coordinator. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call Leslie Shaw at 800-901-2002. Community Unity Dinner is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages six to 11, and $1 for children five and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door. To date, sponsors for the 1999 Community Unity Dinner are Prudential Gallo, Realtors, Re- hoboth Beach Pharmacy, Blue Moon Restaurant, CAMP Re- hoboth, Cloud 9 Restaurant, Sub- way Downtown, Sysco, Grotto Pizza, McDonald's, Nicola Pizza, Ray Panero Bread Distributor, Rehoboth Beach Brownie/Girl Scout Troop 1311, Village Im- provement Association, City of Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, and Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Inc. For further information, call 227-2772. Submitted photo Elizabeth Gundry Hooper, known to many as "Els," passed away on Thanksgiving Day. She owned and operated the Corner Cupboard Inn since the 1970s and was to receive the Community Unity Outstanding Citizens Award on Dec. 5. At County Bank We're Community People You live, work and play here, so why not save here, too? Now's a great time to take advantage of a great CD offer of 6.15% A.P.Y. with a minimum deposit of $500. Time's limited so call or stop by one of our conveniently located branches today. Interest rates in effect until December 31 ,1999. 6.15% ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD 6.06 INTEREST RATE 24 MONTH OR 60 MONTH CD Minimum Deposit is $500 A penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal. /i-i00Gountn 00Bank- MEMBER FDIC Milford Rehoboth Beach 424-2500 226-9800 Seaford Long Neck 947-7300 628-4400 Millville Georgetown 855-2000 537-0900