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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 'Wild Jimmy' Wild and Maryann Colella Baker reunite in their favorite rock-'n-roll dance: the jitterbug. Bandstand throbbed for weeks." In keeping with the Bandstand tradition of grading new releases on a scale of 10 to 1, with 10 be- ing the lowest grade, the regulars ranked the informal get-together in Rehoboth Beach as a big 1. Asked if they usually picked win- ners among the show's weekly new-release grading by the regu- lars, Cuz Bongiorno laughed hard and related the story of the day they graded a new release by a country guy named Tennessee Emie Ford. "Oh, man, we listened to this thing called "Sixteen Tons" and cotildn't believe we were even grading it. We couldn't dance to it and didn't like it and figured it would go nowhere, so we gave it an unprecedented 30 - the lowest score ever given a new release," Bongiorno explained. "Of course, the rest is history. "Sixteen Tons" went on to be- come a chart-topper; and we nev- er did learn how to dance to it." Continued from page 25 Philly, said the jitterbug remains their favorite dance, although they like the stroll, too. "The Band- stand regulars actually made up five dances that caught on across the country," said Bambino be- tween dances at Lofland's get-to- gether. "We invented the stroll, the chalypsa, the cha-cha, the bunny hop and the sit-down jitter- bug, which we danced to "Willy and the Hand Jive." 'Wild' Jimmy Wild, a North Philadelphia regular from 1953- '58, not only remembers all the old dances, but showed last week that he could still do them with a nice touch of his old style. "My big Bandstand memories are of dancing with Annette Funicella and Connie Francis during their appearances on the show. I'll nev- er forget those dances. My heart Compassionate Friends set Lewes candlelight ceremony for Dec. 12 A lighted candle.., a symbol of hope.., a token of remembrance... a sign of faith. When night falls on Sunday, Dec. 12, thousands of lighted candles will spark hope and a sharing of emotion across the na- tion and around the globe. Dec. 12 marks the third annual obser- vance of "National Children's Memorial Day," instituted by the U.S. Congress as the second Sun- day in December and observed throughout the world by The Compassionate Friends, a nation- wide self-help support organiza- tion for those who have experi- enced the death of a child. In Lewes, The Compassionate Friends' Lighthouse Chapter will sponsor its first candle lighting ceremony on this evening in Zwaanendael Park. The ceremo- ny is part of a worldwide effort to remember children who have died so "...that their light may al- ways shine." In the event of in- clement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at Lewes Presbyterian Church. Chapter President Marsha Guerin, whose daughter Danielle, an honor student and top track athlete at Cape Henlopen High School, was killed in an auto ac- cident a year ago, said "The Com- passionate Friends national or- ganization established the candle lighting ceremony at this time of the year because the holiday sea- son is when many people feel alone in their grief. This is the first time we're holding the can- dle lighting ceremony in Sussex County and we hope that by bringing people together they'll realize that many other families also share their pain and that we can help each other find hope." The ceremony at Zwaanendael Park will begin at 6:30 p.m. with candle distribution and registra- tion by parents so their child's name can be read aloud during the candle lighting ceremony. The reading of names and candle lighting will begin at 7 p.m. with the tolling of a bell and a message of inspiration from Regina Tyler, a professional bereavement coun- selor from Newark. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the Lewes Presbyterian Church Hall in the lower level of the church. Parking for the candle lighting is available in the church parking lot off Franklin Avenue. Guerin said that candle lighting ceremonies will be held in each time zone across the U.S. at 7 p.m. "Our ceremony and others like it in Dover and in Wilming- ton as well as cities across the na- tion will keep our children's memories burning bright and give shared hope and support for loved ones throughout the country and the world." Parents, families and friends are invited to participate in the ceremony. For more infor- mation contact Marsha Guerin at 645-2168. Wet Basements Stink/ You've got mold and mildew and if it rains enough, you actually get water. You know you need to get it fixed before your foundation is ruined. You wonder if anything can be done to fix the problem for good. What is the answer? Allstate American Inc. 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