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Rehoboth Main Street report results in fray between commissioners By Trish Vernon She told the board that Main Rehoboth Beach Main Street Street has maintained its commit- Program Director Jessica Naipier- tees and received a favorable re- Kane&apos;s appearance before the Re- port from National Main Street hoboth Beach Board of Commis- wMchevaluates the Ideal organi- sioners at the Friday, Dec. 11, reg-- zation's activiti each year. She ular meeting wasn't all smoclth -said thatthey also received a grant sailing, as two c ommissi-rs, from'the state tourism office for vented their conflicng iew; the perking guide, helped/nan the po'... " " .... ..,. :."( :,inforraation kiosk at Delaware exKane Wasi g/" Avenue and held a suCcessfui a repbrt on "rtl 6ralis-:. membersh driv, as well as con ments and goals '0r/I,  wel >.tinuing to work on the downtown as seek $26,000 in fuh from " revitalization project and various the city for the coming year's bud, get. I Continued from page 7 & Framing Inc., Roadsters Wine & Spirits, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rose & Crown Restaurant & Pub, Ruby Tuesday, Samsonite Company Store, Sandy's Crafty Art, The Saxon Swan, Sea Shell Shop, Second Street Grill, Second Street Pop- corn & Candies, 1776 Restaurant, Skateworld, Starter, Stepping Stone, Puzzles and Union Jack, Stuart Kingston Gallery, Susie K Shoppe, The Swan's Nest, Sylvia's Wicker & Candle Shoppe, 3 Brothers Pizza, Trad- er's Jewelry & Gift Shop, Twila Farrell, Two Friends, Ltd., Wear- able Art, Webster Furniture, Windsor's, Wooden Indian, Wooding's Beach Deli, The Write Expression. Children's Beach House Lewes Beach Kiwanis Club says thanks for help The Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth I I Barefootin' Continued from page 7 sometimes when she moved a heavy pot and talk about her aching bones. She'd rub her wrists and occasionally look out the window and search the sky for the weather. "It's going to rain or snow or something," she'd say looking across the field and the woods. "My rheumatism's acting up to- day." The boy had picked up on her forecasting ability because he noticed that her aching joints did a pretty good job of predicting. With the rest of the children running out the front door ahead of him, the boy's father would wink to his wife and she would begin to moan. "Gonna be a bad one this time," she would say. She'd moan a lit- tle more and the boy would look at his father with concern and his father would look out the door and up at the sky with seriousness on his face. And the boy would look back at his mother. "Do you think so mom?" Then the boy would promotions. Goals for 1999, Naipier-Kane Beach wants to express our sin- cere thanks to Connie Miller and the students who participating in preparing items for the Christmas crhe. The job you did was ex- cellent, and will be enjoyed by the community. The creche was put up on Saturday, Dec. 5. On behalf of the Kiwanis Club, thanks again. Tony Perrello Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth Beach Lewes Historical Society thanks one and all On behalf of the Lewes Histori- cal Society, I wish to thank Nick Serratore, manager of the Saxon Swan on Second Street in Lewes, for allowing the staff of the newly published "Journal of the Lewes Historical Society" to hold a book signing in the store on Saturday,. Dec. 5. The event marked the public launching of the first vol- ume of what is planned to be an annual publication of articles and historical anecdotes about Lewes of the past. Special thanks go to Judy I I[ turn his nose to the cold air com- ing under his father's arm. "Smell's like snow dad, don't you think? I think you can smell it. The boys at school laugh at me when I say I can smell snow but I can. The air smells wet and cold and gray." His mother would moan again. "Terrible snow comin'," she'd say and his father would start laugh- ing out loud and the boy would grab him and wrestle him. "C'mon dad, I'm serious. It's go- ing to snow, isn't it? Tell him mom." And she'd be laughing too, as she pulled on her coat and went out the door behind the boy's father, yelling to the rest of the children to stop before they got to the woods. The boy would walk behind his parents and look at the trees and the low hanging clouds and he'd test the air with his nose the way a dog does. "I hope those clouds drag across the sharp top trees and I hope those prickly holly leaves rip snow out of them just like feathers coming out of a pillow," he would think. And whe0 he got into the woods, out of the cold wind and walking on the crinkling said, include a marketsurvey analysis for downtown business- es, continued downtown revRal- ' ization activities, publishing of a large downtown map, more pro- motional activities and concerted fundraising efforts. She was joined by Main Street Vic President Bill Riehardstm, Who added,that they.wilt be mg he:to a NatiomdMain .: Street gemia/lr ,in liarch which - will focus qn:fundrai.sing .in ho of gainingcxpertise in this area ;in an 9ffort to become indepennt of the city for funding as soon as Roberts, Hazel Brittingham, Betty Grunder, Gary Grunder, Barbara Vaughn, Herb Archdeacon and Ray Jackson for their participation at the signing; to Ruth Mankin, publicist; and to members of the public for their support of this new project. Extra copies of the journal re- main on sale for just $4 each in Lewes at the Saxon Swan, Step- ping Stone, the Chamber of Com- merce and Queen Anne's Railroad depot. Containing articles about the early mayors of Lewes, the impact of the early railroads, the history of three Lewes churches, several other stories and illustrations by Ray Jackson, the journal is devot- ed to preserving a record of Lewes history for present and future gen- erations. The editorial board, composed entirely of volunteers, is already working on Volume II and wel- comes contributions of articles, oral histories and old photographs, for possible inclusion in future is- sues. George Elliott, President Lewes Historical Society leaves, he'd keep a sharp eye out for the first flakes of snow so he could be the first to holler out: "Here it comes. I just saw snow!" Sometimes he would be the last one in the woods, when the others had all headed back to the house to begin making wreaths. If he saw the first flake then, he still wanted to holler out - but he would hold it in and listen. "Why," he wondered, "does the wind always seem to settle down when the snow begins to fall?" And he would listen to the quiet of the darkening woods, with snow sifting through the branches, set- tling on the fallen, dry leaves. BURTON PRETTYMAN ran the small country store at Hol- lyville and talked the government into letting him operate a post of- rice theN. Mail came on a train to Harbeson and then it would come to Prettyman's store by horse and wagon and he would sort letters and parcels for the people of the neighborhood. There were Bur- tons and Warringtons and Steven- sons and Hurdles and Josephs and Andersons scattered around Hol- lyville. Norwoods, Streets, Jack- possible. At that point, Commissioner Bitsy Cochran, noting that the city has committed $76,000 over the past three years to-the organiza- tion, not to menfioa "hidden funds Main Street to promote downtown commercial efforts. Commissioner Patti Shreeve, : who has been involved with Main Street since its inception, said she believes that once the revitaliza- costs," said she has "'a probldrn =-Liongets madegway, it will be easi- funding [.the salar of a commis, efTi0 yganiz the businesses siottr's' daughter, ' #s Naipier- ::as flTy wilt.appre, ciate .Kim;s mother is :Commission ; ;. on  be .... _ Betygane." " . _ h.:-.." ..... :''.:i.: -. " " " ..... " t ' "'"" " : .... " <" " " ves >aipior-Kane"is" doing a ""klJe"e-'take." "great job.' she saidshe has con- Shreeve'sidd."::.[:  S-" .. cern about Main Street cutting " "I suppo-Main- and think back its board meetings to every other month, especially with the downtown revitalization project underway and that their economic restructuring ,committee has gone without a chairman for a long pe- riod of time. "It's essential for the continued health and growth of downtown that we work with the businesses as well as the appearance down- town. "We need to monitor Main Street and get quality reports a few times a year without having to ask for them. We need to take an active interest," Cochran said. Richardson reminded Cochran that the city had been funding Re- hoboth Main Street long before Naipier-Kane was hired as pro- gram director in response to Cochran's citing the possible "conflict of interest." Commissioner Jack Hyde noted that the entire local sum from the state lodging tax goes to the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion and not to Main Street, with the chamber us- ing that money to promote busi- nesses outside the city limits, such as the outlets. That's why, Hyde said, the city I sons, Wrights and Mortises too. They'd come to Prettyman's store to get their mail and that's where the news got spread. The boy heard Mr. Prettyman tell his father one time that it al- ways pleased him that people would drive great distances to send their mail from his post of- fice at Christmastime - because they wanted the Hollyville post mark. 'Tm sure that's good for your business," his father said. "I just hope they keep liking holly." "Why do they call this Hol- lyville, Mr. Prettyman," the boy asked one day. "Boy," he said, as he leaned out over the counter to look down at him, "as much holly as you and your family have cut out of these woods - do I really need to answer that question? These woods around here axe ate up with holly. Besides that, it's a pretty name." "Why's there so much holly here?" the boy asked. "Now that's a better question," Mr. Prettyman said. "Hollies like this part of the country. They tell me a holly tree likes to grow in moist soil - almost wet soil - but it has a placbjn.RehOboth, but af- ter three years, it should be self- sufficient," CcMan replied. When asked by Hyde if she's a chamber member, Cochran re- fused to answer, citing the ques- tion as "irrelevant." Taking exception to Cochran's problem with Kane's daughter be- ing a paid Main Street employee, Hyde continued: "People tell me that if the cham- ber of commerce tells you to vote for Adolph Hitler, you would! It's the chamber first and the city sec- ond and I'm tired of you trying to knock Main Street - we have to be concerned about downtown and not the outlets!" City Manager Greg Ferrese added that Main Street has been giving the city regular reports in a timely fashion, with Richardson saying that "$26,000 is cheap for what .we do." Susan Krick, a past chamber president and chairman of the chamber's downtown advisory committee, noted that she and Naipier-Kane have a "great work- ing relationship." The Main Street request for funding will be placed in the pro- posed budget for fiscal 1999, which will be adopted in March. I not in a swamp. It wants the soil to be well-drained. You know what that means?" "Not really," said the boy. "Did you ever see water lying on a pile of sandT' "No sir." "That's because water drains right through sand. That's what they mean by well-drained. What we have around here is a whole lot of sandy soil riddled with branch- es arid guts and springs that pro- vide lots of water. Perfect for hol- lies. Matter of fact, a lot of our whole state has the same sandy soil and guts and branches that hollies like. That's why people think of holly as our state tree." The boy was glad Mr. Pretty- man had taken some time to' tell him about the hollies and Hol- lyville. It made him like to go in the woods even more and helped make gathering holly at Christ- mastime more fun than work. But most of all he liked to see bright white snow falling on the waxy green leaves and red berries. "C'mon mom, really. What do your bones say? Is it going to snow?"