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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 Continued from page 7 taught teamwork, ocean lifesaving fundamentals, the importance of physical fitness and respect for fellow participants. Our son Matthew, 12, and daughter Kaelin, 10, often spoke of the combination of fun and learning that was part of every ses- sion. I witnessed first-hand on many occasions the dedication and enthusiasm of the lifeguards. I hold these men and women in the highest regard and ask that you pass along my thanks to each of them. As you plan for the summer 1999 session, please accept my of- fer to lead a parent group that would help with communication and administration for this pro- gram. I know that other parents join me in thanking you and the lifeguards under your command. We look forward to next year. James P. Sweeney North Shores Cape Band, Boosters deserve praise Congratulations to Barry Eli, the Cape Henlopen High School Mu- sic Department and the Cape Hen- lopen Music Boosters! You are on your way to a well-deserved trip to London! Only a few have had the privilege, and even though two groups from Delaware have previ- ously made the grade, it is now time to show London that Cape is the group to be reckoned with. In only a few short months, you have done what some people said could not be accomplished - raise the amount of money needed for this trip. Only a group like this, with the help of the community, could have pulled this off. Barry, the students and the mu- sic boosters are a team that worked long and hard to make this trip a reality. It is now time to re- lax a little bit, if you can, and pre- pare to enjoy this opportunity of a lifetime. I cannot think of a more deserving group and know that while you are performing and touring in London, the spirit and pride of the Cape Region is with you. Congratulations, again, to everyone who worked so hard in such a short period of time to make this happen. Wendy M. Harpster Milton Welcome Alexis, to your rich legacy On Nov. 18, at 2:59 p.m., Alex- is Leigh Purcell was born at Beebe Hospital to Sonya Wright Purcell and Darren Purcell. The proud papa, along with his parents, operates Lloyd's IGA in Lewes...a beloved local landmark. Alexis' mother is a guidance counselor at Indian River High School and the daughter of Jeanne Marsh Wright and Gene Wright. Of course, Alexis is, as any child, a special blessing from God. Her parents are delighted by her apparent perfection and undeni- able beauty. But, beyond the blessings she brings to her family, she repre- sents something special for our community's history. Alexis is the twelfth consecu- tive generation of her family to live in the Rehoboth-Lewes area. She is the legacy of the Marsh and Paynter families, who played prominent roles in the earliest An- glo history of Sussex County. Alexis is a descendant of Paul Marsh, who arrived from England in 1662. Paul's grandson, Peter II, is remembered locally for his fam- ily farm, The Homestead, which is now known as Henlopen Acres. The house, built in 1743, is the headquarters and museum of the Rehoboth Art League. Among the most notable de- scendants of Paul Marsh, commis- sioned "Captaine of Foot for Nan- ticoke to Manaokin," and "Presi- dent of the Court of Horekill," now known as Lewes, from 1675 to 1678, are his igrandson, the aforementioned Peter II, who was a vestryman of St. Peter's Episco- pal Church in Lewes in 1747, and ensign in the French and Indian Wars in the Regiment of Sussex County for the Southern District of Lewes and Rehoboth Hundred (1756) and the Militia Battalion for Sussex County in Rehoboth District. (1758); and his great- grandsons, Thomas Purnell Marsh and John Marsh, who were mem- bers of Col. David Hall's Battal- ion in the Revolutionary War Bat- ties of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. Thomas and his brother, Peter III, married half-sisters who were daughters of the Rev. Matthew Wilson, a physician/patriot, who served as pastor of the Presbyter- ian Church of Lewes, a surgeon in the Delaware militia, a founder of the Newark Academy, and a char- ter member of the Delaware Med- Alexis Leigh Purcell is shown with her parents, Sonya Wright Purcell and Darren Purcell, shortly after her birth. ical Society. Alexis is also a descendent of Richard Paynter, who came to Lewes from England around 1700. Richard's grandson, Samuel Paynter, was governor of Delaware from 1824 to 1827. When Lewes was incorporated, Gov. Paynter'sson, Samuel Row- land Paynter, was among five commissioners named to identify the town's boundaries. Samuel Rowland married Sallie Ross, sister of Delaware governor Ross. Gov. Paynter's grandson, John Henry Paynter, was Delaware attorney general, secre- tary of state and associate justice. John Henry's second wife was the daughter of Delaware Gov. Stock- ley. It is a wonderful legacy for a lit- tle lady of just six pounds, five ounces. Welcome to the world, Alexis. We are expecting great things from you. Love from your Great Aunt Leslie Marsh Lewes Area 30 Girl Scouts thank supporters The Girl Scouts from Area 30 (Lewes, Georgetown, Rehoboth and Milton) would like to thank the following for making our first annual "Day at the Beach" a big success. Our event, held Sept. 26 at Lewes Beach II, including sein- ing, Frisbee golf, a sand castle contest, an obstacle course, vol- leyball and lunch. We would like m thank the City of Lewes for let- ting us use the beach, the Lewes Police Department for letting us use the grill and helping us with the volleyball, the Lewes Fire De- partment for filling our dunking booth, VFW 7447 for the donation of hot dogs and buns. We'd like to Barefootin' Continued from page 7 comes to infrastructure. "The pro- ject," reported the 1991 survey, "was plagued by slow delivery of materials, and encountered a brief setback when a heavy windstorm blew the contractor's pile driver into the lake. Nevertheless the bridge was completed and opened to traffic on April 8, 1938." Silver Lake Bridge, as we know it today, replaced a previous tim- ber bridge built across the lake in 1928. Evelyn Thoroughgood of Rehoboth Beach recalls that the 1928 bridge replaced a footbridge that served as the first Silver Lake crossing. "There was a footbridge that Rick Judge's grandfather - part of the Redeemer-MeMahon clan - built back in the teens. I re- member that there was a boys camp on ithe south shore of Silver Lake in the area where they are ar- guing about the pathway now. You could see the boys sailing on the lake in the daytime and at night they would be up on the Boardwalk with their counselors. The footbridge location also made a logical choice for the first vehi- cle bridge, in 1928, because Ba- yard Avenue was already in place on the Rehoboth Beach side," said Thoroughgood. Silver Lake itself, being fresh- water in such close proximity to the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean just over the dunes, adds a highly unusual geographical fea- ture to the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach area. A state-recognized wildlife sanctuary, Silver Lake attracts a thank Shell We Golf, McDonalds, Herrs', Frito-Lay of Salisbury, Md., Brasures Body Shop, Wise Snacks of Salisbury, Md., PlayteX Products, Banana Boat Div., Bod- ies of Georgetown and Pepsi for their donations for their donations. Thanks to all of the leaders who volunteer and donate their time to make a difference in these young girls' lives. Anyone willing to help Girl Scouts with event planning, com- munity service projects or cookie sales should call 745-1165 and leave a message. Thanks again. Suzanne Egeln Outdoor consultant Area 30 Girl Scouts Rehoboth Post Office a fine operation The holiday season is an appro- priate time to express worthy praise to our postal workers. My family moved from George- town to Rehoboth Beach last sum- mer. In the fall, the three of us moved to a second Rehoboth ad- dress. With all of these moves, each of us received our mail promptly. Last Christmas I even received a card from an absent-minded rel- ative who addressed a letter to us in Rehoboth with our former Georgetown street address. Obvi- ously no one is sleeping at the Re- hoboth BeachPost Office. Our postal workers deserve a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Betty S. Prettyman Rehoboth Thanks to Hobie 16 supporters The 1998 Hobie 16 Continten- tals champion, Wally Myers, re- flecting on the week said, "This was the best event I've ever par- ticipated in during 20 years of sailing both national and interna- tional events." He added, "I'll be back in May." Dick Rogers, Hobie Cat CEO, said, "This is the best Continentals since Hobie Cat gave up running the boat supplied events back in the mid-80s." While Jim Glanden, Delaware's top finisher and for- mer Canadian champion added. "the site, the bay and support of the local community has put the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach area on the map as a major player in the Hobie world." He added, "the sailors want to come diverse population of waterfowl each winter including canvasback, black, mallard, redhead and pin- tail ducks as well as Canada geese, swans, coots, grebes, herons and others. DelDOT's 1991 survey deter- mined that Silver Lake Bridge is eligible for placement on the Na- tional Register of Historic Places. That's why when the bridge was improved in the past five years, no changes were made to its design or appearance. "Our policy is that as long as a structure is eligible for the Nation- back to another Continentals in 2001 !" These were.just a few of the comments I and other Rehoboth Beach Sailing Association Hobie Fleet 16 members received during and after the event. It was almost unanimous that a new standard had been set for Hobie Continen- tal events in the future. The sup- port of the local business and sail- ing communities was the biggest key to the success of this event. Through generous donations from over 75 businesses such as yours, the Continentals Organizing Com- mittee was able to raise over $30,000 in cash, merchandise and services. These donations allowed us to stage an event which provided a facility, racing, meals, parties and other amenities found at only the finest events. Most world class events, held in venues such as An- napolis, Key West, and Perth, Australia, are usually sponsored by major corporations donating tens of thousands of dollars. In contrast, our success was due to the generosity and support of the small business owner! Each competitor and volunteer received a copy of the event brochure enclosed with this letter. This brochure was used by partici- pants as a guide to the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach area and to the businesses that supported this eveht. The event social schedule was set up to give everyone time to pa- tronize the local businesses that supported the event. We hope that event participants patronized your business. For the last 10 years, RSBA and Fleet 106 has hosted the Delaware State Hobie Cat Championships. Each May, over 100 sailors partic- ipate in this two-day event. We anticipate the event next May to be larger than ever as stories of the -quality of sailing and local hospi- tality spread through the sailing community. Already, we have secured a top ranked Hobie sailor to host a guest expert seminar on Friday before the event and the Olympic class catamaran, the Tornado, will be hosting their eastern regional championship at the May regatta. We .hope that your business will continue its support of world class catamaran sailing in Delaware. Once again, we would like to thank you for your support. Bruce Andrews Continentals co-chairman Dewey Beach al Register we will treat it as if it is on the Register," said DelDOT spokesman Mike Williams this week. That's good news. Our history is an important part of what makes our area unique. Silver lake Bridge, which grew out of the great'depression follow- ing the collapse of Wall Street in 1929, helps create and frame one of the most memorable and beau- tiful scenes of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach area. It re- minds us that hard times can lead to good outcomes.