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Cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 6 Rehoboth hockey coach deserves recognition I am a 1966 graduate of Re- hoboth High School. I have read that they will be dedicating Champions Field and will be in- ducting two outstanding coaches. For some reason Mrs. lanet Nowal owski has been left off of that list. Like many of my friends and former students and athletes coached by Mrs. Nowakowski, I am wondering why she is not be- ing honored. She had a great influ- ence on the young people that she worked With. I was fortunate to play hockey and softball with her as my coach. Because of her, I got my teaching degree and was an assistant soft- ball coach for two years. I have re- tired after 30 years of teaching and I owe my career choice to this woman. While teaching physical education in Georgia I was able to introduce field hockey to my stu- dents. ] was able to pass on her love of this sport to a group of stu- dents who might never have learned how to play it. I have also read that they will consider honoring her at a later time. Again I'm a bit confused. They are inducting Ruth Skogland who was coached by Mrs. Nowakowski. Somehow it seems appropriate to include them in the same ceremony. I am requesting that the Cape Hen/open school board reconsid- er their decision and include Coactt Nowakowski in this induc- tion. I know that I am not alone in this. I do believe that they will very quickly learn how much this woman has meant to many peo- ple. Take some tune and learn about,her. It will be well worth the effort. Pamela Pierce Wilson Rehoboth Beach Stats show Nowakowski deserves credit The foUowing is a letter to the Cape Henlopen District Board of Education with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. It was requested that informa- tion be given on Mrs. Janet Nowakowski (morn), teacher and coach at both Lewes and Re- hoboth high schools, before she would be considered for induc- tion in the soon to be named Champions Field. This informa- tion will substantiate the reasons for her being inducted along with the other two very deserving coaches at the same time. Mrs. Nowakowski began her teaching and coaching career within this district at Lewes High School where she coached field hockey, girls basketball and soft- ball until June 1959. She came to Rehoboth High School in September 1959 and left after the field hockey season of 1967. During that entire time she coached JV and varsity field hock- ey and softball. She also coached girls basketball until 1963, at which time she stepped down from that position. There were no assistant coaches or IV coaches at that time. She coached all the teams on her own. I have been able to fred records through Rehoboth High School yearbooks for the field hockey seasons of 1964, 1965.1966 and 1967. Before that time there were no stats listed in the yearbooks nor have I been able to fmd any of the scorebooks. However, in just those four years the following feats were ac- complished: 1964 season: 6 wins, I loss; 35 goals scored by Rehoboth; three goals scored by opponents 1965 season: Undefeated season, 7-0 losses; Henlopen Conference champs; 49 goals scored by Re- hoboth; three goals scored by op- DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS )) This year marks 50th anniversary of Rehoboth's December 1962 fire PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONARD TYLECKI/REHOBOTH BEACH FIRE COMPANY IN CHRISTMAS PARADES that started this week, Rehoboth Beach Fire Company rolled out its 1964 aerial truck as well as a much newer aerial vehicle. As it turns out, the 1964 aerial truck was purchased by Rehoboth following the De- cember 1962 fire that caused extensive damage to several properties at the southwest corner of Rehoboth Avenue and First Street. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the worst fires to ever plague the resort town. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Jule Stamper estimated the losses at $450,000 - a huge number at the time. The fire destroyed the Av- enue Restaurant, Avenue Theatre and Avenue Jewelry Shop and seriously damaged an adjacent liquor store and Candy Box business. According to accounts of the fire, it originated in a chimney of the Avenue Restaurant and spread quickly on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. A total of 75 firefigtlters from Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton battled the blaze which was first alarmed at about 2 p.m. and wasn't declared under control until 8 p.m. that evening. As the day turned to night, the temperatures dropped to below 32 which started freezing some of the estimated million gallons of waterpumped onto the fire. That created hazardous footing for the firefighters. Of particular concern were propane and other fuel tanks in alleyways between the buildings. The fire accented Rehoboth's need for a new vehicle with capability to get wa- ter up high for fighting fires from above. ponents; four players chosen to 1st 1967 season: four wins, two loss- Hen/open Conference Champi- Team All Conference es, one tie; 15 goals scored by Re- onship; seven players chosen to 1966 season: 6 wins, 2 losses; 29 hoboth; seven scored by oppo- 1st Team All Conference. goals scored by Rehoboth; four nents; one player chosen to 1st Although I do not have official goals scored by opponent; two Team All Conference stats to confirm this, I can assure players chosen to 1st Team All Grand total in only four sea- you that these records are indica- Conference, including Ruth Spo- sons: 23 wins; five losses; one tie; five of the prior seasons. Tourna- ' nougle Skoglund who will also be 128 goals scored by Rehoboth; 17 inducted in Champions Field goals scored by opponents; one Continued on page 8 I,. ou may be glad that V the election is over I and that we can all A- forget about politics for a while. If sb, you don't play the politi- cal g gne very seriously. For true politicians and operatives, the contdst began anew the morning after Election Day. Among those already looking ahead to 2014 is Betty Deacon of Lewes, a proud community or- gani er from Baltimore, Md., who bought her Sandy Brae house 20 years ago. A former state!director of volunteers for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Mary- land,IDeacon retired six years ago and moved here full-time. "I Was going to write my memoirs and .sit on the beach and read;' Deacon said. That's not how it turned out, something that Mikulski herself might have been able to predict. Following a tough election loss for Mary Pat Clarke, a Balti- more city councilwoman for whom she was working, Deacon was asked by Mikulsld to inter- view for the state director job. Deacon tried to anticipate Mikulski's questions, but Mikul- ski threw her a curve. You've just run a grueling campaign with Clarke and you lost, Mikub ski said, do you still have the en- ergy to do this kind of job? Deacon said she hesitated and then replied, "You know, Bar- bara, when I'm in a community group, and we're talking ... and some stupid bureaucrat or politician says, 'Oh, we can't do that' or 'That's not the way you should do it; my gut starts going and I get so angry I can't sit still. I have to get up and do some- thing about it! referring to the well-known council will be my main focus," 'grad Barbara said, "You're community organizer who died she said. hired.'" in 1972. She's already looking for Shortly after moving here full- The coalition succeeded and someone to run against Vance time, Deacon's gut started go'mg later Deacon asked Deaver to. Phillips in the Fifth District. because of plans to turn Planta- run for county council, offering But it's more than just finding . $ , tion Road, just west of Sandy to manage her campaign. Dea- the nght person. You have to go Brae, into a four-lane highway, con provided a week-by-week out and talk to people, she said. That's when Deacon began plan: recruiting volunteers, de- "You have to figure out what the working with another trans- veloping a budget, talking to issues are and how you shape plant, Joan Deaver, who lives on community leaders - all the nuts those issues." Plantation Road. and bolts of running for office. You can bet Deacon will be Together they formed a coali- "We executed the plan and among those shaping the 2014 tion to stop the planned high- she won," Deacon said. This election. way, banking on Deacon's expe- year Deacon helped get Deaver rience as a community organiz- re-elected. Political game remains the same er. But her political gaze extends "Lincoln," the new movie by "We went to all the develop- beyond the Cape Region. This Steven Spielberg, doesn't quite ments, talked to their associa- fall she also helped managed the live up to its many four-star re- tions, went to the Israel United campaign of Gary Wolfe, who views. It could be shorter and Methodist Chilrch - I don't think challenged Sam Wilson for the some of the scenes are more anyone had talked to the Second District, which extends hokey than inspiring. 'African-Americans in that from Georgetown to Green- But it's the best film portrait church before," Deacon said. wood. I've seen of the Civil War presi- When someone offered a. Wolfe lost, but she considers dent. Too often he's depicted clubhouse for a coalition meet- his campaign a good start. She's simply as the Great Man - al- ing, Deacon suggested asking Is- determined to do something most demigod - who leads the rael UMC instead. The church about the Republicans' 4-1 ad- nation through sheer nobility of agreed. "That was my Saul Alin- vantage on council. (Deaver's sky training," Deacon laughed, the lone Democrat.) "County Continued on pageB