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Continued from page 6 we will continue to destroy and not care. These relationships are also sacred and cannot be legislat- ed; in fact, politicians really have little control over them. We, the people, are responsible for chang- ing the consciousness, and the time is now. Mary Anne Fleetwood Rehoboth Beach Thanks for Lewes Christmas decorations On behalf of the Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission, I would like to publicly thank the Lewes City Council and the Lewes Board of Public Works for providing the funding and man- power to make improvements to Lewes' Christmas decorations this year. In particular, I would like to thank BPW employees Gilbert Holt St., Irving Walls, Jay Camp- bell, Troy Bakke, Roy Lynch, Pat McCarty, George Hadder, Bob Barnes and Dennis Skirka for fab- ricating the additional strings of lights, modifying old strings too and more sockets and hanging all of the new strings. Howard Parker and I would also like to thank them for the great co- operation and spirit we received from them in getting this project done. The community has voiced its appreciation for their efforts in making the Christmas season in Lewes much merrier and I wanted to give the individuals responsible credit for a job well done. Mary Vessels, PRC Chairman Lewes Lewes parade .... thanks community Two years ago, the Lewes Christmas Parade was delayed by one day because of torrential rain and last year's parade day includ- ed snow with bitter cold weather. This year's parade will be remem- bered for the unseasonably warm temperatures which helped line the streets with a record number of spectators. We're just glad that Santa made arrangements to arrive on the Lewes Fire Company truck instead of relying on snow for his sleigh and reindeer! The Lewes Chamber of Com- merce and the City of Lewes, cosponsors of the parade, would like to acknowledge and thank all the scout troops, community orga- nizations, businesses and individ- uals (and clowns) who took time out to make the very creatively decorated floats and enter their cars, trucks, go carts, horses, fire trucks, bands and marching groups in our parade. It is your community-spirited participation that carries the Lewes Parade tra- dition forward for each new gener- ation of Lewes residents. Additionally, we would like to thank or acknowledge the follow- ing individuals who participated directly and behind the scenes: Ronald Donavan, this year's grand marshal; the parade line-up com- mittee - Hank Brittingham, Jack Morris, Ben King, Jim Barr and Dennis Forney; parade judges - Lonnie Brown, Tony Boyd-Heron, Chris King and Hope and Mike Tyler; parade emcee, Dennis For- ney; parade sound, Bill Larsen; parade judges' podium lights, Dan Forbes; parade judges' podium, Best Equipment; parade walkie- talkies, Confidential Services; transportation of grand marshal, C.P. Diver, transportation for city councilmen and chamber board, Cape May-Lewes Ferry Trolley; transportation for Santa, Lewes Fire Company; Caroling in the Park, Christy Taylor and members of the Lewes Presbyterian Church Choir, and keyboard by Winfred Dunfey; Fisher-Martin House re- ception, Louise and Jim Huebler and George and Peggy Dumont. Special thanks to the Lewes Po- lice Department for its assistance in clearing the parade route and leading the parade; to Santa for coming to town early, and the friendly and gracious neighbors of Highland Acres, who allow our parade to line up in their neighbor- hood early Saturday morning, in- eluding the equestrian entries. They'll be happy to know that this year's entries didn't go all the way up Sussex Drive! Tom King Chairman Lewes Christmas Parade Betsy Reamer Executive Director Lewes Chamber of Commerce Bunting praises Rehoboth parade My wife, Donna, and I want to extend our sincere thanks to the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, to town employees and all others who contributed to putting together such a great Christmas parade. We were also overwhelmed by the beauty of Christmas lights and decorations town employees have put up this year. I was also pleased to see my old friend John Brown in the pa- rade. He does so much hard work to keep the town looking good. The laughing kids and the smil- ing faces of the onlookers are wonderful to see and made us re- member fondly all the wonderful parades of years past. My wife's Mickey and Minnie Mouse char- acters were clearly a hit with the kids and I really enjoyed being their 'animator.' Thank you, volunteers and city officials alike, for taking the trou- ble to put on such a great event for all to enjoy. Donna and I want to wish each and every one of them - and you- a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. George H. Bunting Jr. State Senator Children Beach House thanks everyone The volunteers and staff of the Children's Beach House would like to thank the many people in our community who helped make our Christmas Art Benefit our most successful ever. Over $13,000 was raised for our Envi- ronmental Education Program which runs day and overnight field trips and classroom presentations for students with special needs. The program serves over 4,000 Delaware children each year. We were particular touched by the very generous response of lo- cal businesses that donated both auction items and food for our pre- view reception and silent auction. We know that the list is long, but we want to recognize the follow- ing: All About Herbs, Applebees, Atlantic Management Ltd., Auntie Em's Emporium, Baltimore Trust Company, Beach Bake Shoppe, Beach Tans & Hair Designs, Besche Furniture, Beebe Medical Center, Best Equipment, Best's Ace Hardware, Betsy's, Books by the Bay, the Book Cellar, Book Warehouse, The Buttery Restau- rant, Carlton's, Casapulla's South, Christmas Spirit, Cinnamon Falls, Classic Clam, The Clipper Ship, Cove Liquors, Craft Collection, Crafty Annie, Creative Concepts, Creative Impressions, Deanna's, Delaware Beverage Co., Delaware Importers Inc., Dockside Gift Shop, Dolphin Dreaming, Dreamweaver Interiors, Duron Paints, Eagle's Eye, Fifth Avenue Jewelers, Fins 'N' Feathers, First State Photo Service, The Fisher- man Magazine, Fisherman's Wharf, Flowers by Mayumi, Fur- niture Gallery, Gertie's Greengro- cer, The Gift Network, Class Crafters, Green Leaf Florist and Gifts, Greenwood Trust Compa- ny, Habersham Peddler Interiors, Harry & David, Hazzard Auto Re- pair, Holland Jewelers, Holly's Restaurant, House of Candles, Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, It's a Wonderful Loaf, The Jetty, Jew- eli's Antiques and Jewelry, Jiffy Lube, JiUian's Creative Hair De- sign, Joss, Kids' Ketch, Lamp Post Restaurant, La Rosa Negra Restaurant, Lavender Fields, Lenox, Lewes Lights, Lewes Printing Inc., The Lighthouse Restaurant, Little Greek Boys, Lloyd's IGA, The Magnificent Flying Machine, Mare's Bears Quilt Shop, MBNA, McDonalds of Rehoboth Beach, C.H. McKin- ney and Sons, Mellon Bank, Mer- rill Lynch, Mickey's Magic Mir- ror, Midway Fitness Center, Mid- way Office & Art Supply, Mid- way Package Store, Midwest Feather and Down, Mikasa, The Mill Outlet, Millman's Hardware, Misty Harbor Gifts, The Mizzen Mast, Morris Shoe Store, Movie King, Murrow's Flowers & Gifts, The Mustard Seed, Nature's Touch, Oak Creek Home Furnish- ings & Designs, Oby Lee Coffee Roastery, A Page in Time, Pasta Bowl, Peninsula Collection, The Pennyroyal Collection Ltd., Pep- pers, Pfaltzgraf, Pizza Villa, Pret- zeland, Queen Anne's Railroad, Quiet Storm, R & L Liquors, Rac- ing's Total Image, Rehoboth Art Continued on page 8 The woods around Hollyville teem with Christmas greenery and fond memories There was a time in the middle 1800s and early 1900s when a small general store and post office defined the country neighborhood halfway between Cool Spring and Millsboro - along Sussex 48 - known as Hollyville. A one-room, yellow school house - Hollyville School - served the children scat- tered about on the surrounding farms. On the eve of the 20th cen- tury, local families made their Christmas money each year by making wreaths and selling them to local middle men who shipped them by train to the cities of the northeast for the holiday season.. The following story attempts to bring a little of the history of the area to life. Burton Prettyman, mentioned in the story, actually opened a store at Hollyville, around 1842, which later became the Hollyville post office. HOLLYVILLE - Of all the times of the year, the boy liked the weeks leading up to Christmas best. Little was said about him not going to school or reading. This was a time to get into the woods during the day with his mother and father and sisters and brothers to cut branches of holly and search out thick patches of turkey beard and climb trees in the swamp for mistletoe. "People in the city don't have holly trees growing in the woods around their houses like we do," his mother would explain each year as they headed out from their house across the stubble of grain fields for the woods. "Why do they want holly?" one of the young children would al- ways ask. "Because its shiny green leaves and red berries make people feel festive and Christmasy," his mother would answer ....... "Are they glad that we cut holly in the woods for them?" another would ask, huffing out gusts of steamy breath, trying to keep up with her mother. "Yes indeed," she would an- swer. "And they especially like the holly wreathes we make. If it's a good year for holly, and there's lots of berries and the leaves are in good shape, they will BAREF00TIN' even pay a little more for the wreaths. We like the money. Lord knows it's hard enough to come by." "Does the Lord like Christ- mas?" "Sure he does. That's why he sent baby Jesus down to be with us. The Lord likes to be happy. He's happy it the people are HOLLY happy. So he sent Jesus down here to tell us how to be happy. How to look out for other people and love other people and be kind to one another. Christmas reminds us of that but we need to be that way all year." Sometimes hard winds would blow across the field the family crossed to get to the holly woods and they would all huddle togeth- er, like a covey of quail, to stay warm. Sometimes with the wind there would be dark gray clouds bringing the sky close to the ground. Those were the days the boy liked most. "Maybe it's going to snow today," he would think. "Hey morn, maybe it's going to snow today, You think? What do your bones say?" And his father would laugh. Pulling on the heavy wool coat that hung on a peg by the front door, he would chuckle and took back at the boy and his mother. The boy's mother would wince Continued on page 8 Dennis Fomey photos HoUyville is located at the intersection of Sussex 290 and Sussex 48, just west of Route 5 and Indian Mission Church.