Lions Club says thanks for support

We are most grateful for those of you who attended and supported our annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, held at the Fenwick Crab House, on Saturday, Nov. 3.

It was a resounding success. In the space of just five hours, we served 537 complete spaghetti dinners — with marinara sauce, meatballs, sausage, bread, salad, a drink and a homemade desert prepared by Lions and spouses of club members.

This was our 21st year hosting a benefit dinner and it can truly be thought of as a community effort. Thirty local merchants and individuals provided the vast majority of the food items, the needed supplies and very generous cash contributions, thus assuring the financial success of this effort.

A very special thanks to the following for their support of our organization and their generosity (names appearing in alphabetical order…):

Al Casapulla’s, Al Jordan’s Rooftop Restaurant, Bayville Shores, Best Drywall, Bob’s Marine Service, Boulevard Lincoln Mercury, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Brasure’s Pest Control, Bruce & Sandy Bennett of Roxana Mini-Storage, Cottage Café, Countryside Café, Delvecchio’s Bakery, Devito’s Deli, DiFebo’s Restaurant, E.S. Gregory & Associates, Fisher’s Popcorn, Gerald Hocker of Hocker’s and G&E, Grotto’s Pizza, Johnson’s Country Market, Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant, Hastings Funeral Home, Kay Tingle Associates, Mancini’s Restaurant, Marvin’s Market, Oceanside Pizzeria, Rogers Graphics, Seashore Realty, Shady Park Mobile Homes, Treasure Beach RV Park and West Fenwick Car Wash & Self Storage.

And, a special thanks goes out to fellow Lion Scott Fornwalt, who once again allowed us to use his Fenwick Crab House restaurant, the kitchen facilities and a number of his key staff members.

Thanks, too, to over 40 of our club members who did the preparation, serving and the cleanup. These were amply supported by 16 young and eager members of Indian River High School Leo Club, a service club sponsored by Fenwick Island Lions Club. Oh, to be that young again and have all that energy…

Finally, we would like to thank Darin McCann, editor of the Coastal Point newspaper, for his continued willingness to report on the activities of our club and promote our fundraising events.

Many in our community will benefit because of your support. We thank you one and all.

King Lion Dick Waughtal
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Hastings gives a historical perspective

As we approach Veterans Day (Nov. 11), I’d like to take a moment to recount its history.

Nov. 11 was originally known as Armistice Day. On that day in 1918 — in a railroad carriage near Rethondes, France — the combatants involved in the First World War (WWI) signed the terms ending a bloody conflict that killed an estimated 20 million soldiers and civilians. The day is still observed as an official holiday in Belgium and France.

Between 1919 and 1953, Armistice Day was a holiday in the U.S. as well. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill establishing Veterans Day on Nov. 11 as a way “to honor veterans” on “a day dedicated to world peace.” Between 1971 and 1977, Veterans Day was observed on the fourth Monday in October. It was restored to its traditional date in 1978.

Regardless of when it is observed, Veterans Day is an occasion to express gratitude to all those men and women who have served honorably in our Armed Forces.

It is also a time to remember those who never returned home. In WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam a total of 634,328 men and women died while fighting in the service of our country. Thus far, an additional 3,848 men and women have laid down their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 383 have died carrying out Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan).

Our nation will always have enemies to confront. We will always have to send some of our best people to fight these battles. And we will always owe these soldiers and their families a debt we can never fully repay. On Nov. 11, we should remember that.

State Rep. Greg Hastings (R-41st)

Hocker discusses high school essay contest

I have some important information for constituents in the 38th District. If you know a student who is currently a high school senior, please encourage them to enter the Legislative Essay Scholarship contest.

This is a great opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of American history and earn money for college. The First Place Winner A new topic is selected each year and focuses on events, people, philosophies, technologies, governments or ideals in American history, from approximately 1770 to 1860.

Students this year must submit an essay of between 500 and 2,000 words on the topic: “E Pluribus Unum: Is this motto adopted in 1782 relevant to our country today?”

Each representative and senatorial district in the state may award one nonrenewable $1,000 college scholarship. All district winners will compete for three statewide nonrenewable awards of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000.

The deadline is 4:30pm on Friday, Nov. 30. Students are encouraged to apply online at www.doe.k12.de.us/dhec or contact their school’s guidance office for more information.

I would like to see a record number of applicants this year in the 38th District. Good luck!

State Rep. Gerald W. Hocker (R-38th)

A special thanks to our protectors

I am unfortunately better at writing critical complaining letters when I feel it’s warranted — not too good at positive letters.

After a day of shopping in Salisbury on Thursday, I was heading home on Route 50 east approximately 4:30 p.m. at a fairly heavy traffic time. I was in the left lane, anticipating the Selbyville turn at Junction 610. All of a sudden, it sounded like the rear end of my car was dragging on the road! I managed to get over to the shoulder in between 60-70 mph, traffic zooming by (not easy, plus the steering was somewhat hampered.)

Cautiously opening the door, the exhaust hanger/muffler? (a very large, heavy metal piece) was dragging under the car. Panicking, I called “911,” who directed me to the Maryland State Police when they realized I was not hurt.

I explained the situation to them, and within 10-15 minutes a very nice, polite trooper came to the car window. He explained that he didn’t have the tools to disengage the piece, but he would see what he could do. The next thing I knew, he was lying on the shoulder under my car, duct-taping the piece back together so I could continue my drive home to Bethany — which I did at about 20 miles an hour, but I made it.

I wish I had asked him his name (although my nerves were shaken enough at that point — I don’t think I would have remembered it), but he certainly went above and beyond the call of duty.

It was a harrowing experience for me personally, but one that renewed my faith in my fellow man. Thank you God and thank you one of many unsung heroes who do countless acts of kindness all in a day’s work. It’s nice to know you’re out there.

Mary Melson
Bethany Beach

Town Cats thankful for Fat Tuna owners

On the evening of Oct. 23, the Fat Tuna Grill was the scene of a benefit for Bethany Town Cats, an organization dedicated to the control of Bethany Beach feral cats through a spaying and neutering program.

We would like to publicly thank Michelle and Steve Parrill, Fat Tuna owners, for their generous contribution to support our efforts. Our appreciation also extends to Emily and the staff of the Fat Tuna Grill and our friends and supporters who joined us for dinner that evening. Additionally, we are grateful to all the local businesses which accommodated us in advertising the event.

Jack Reamy
Bethany Town Cats

Another voice against the dune in Bethany

A riddle: What do the towns of Ocean View and Bethany Beach have in common?

Answer: You can’t see the ocean in Ocean View and you can’t see the beach in Bethany.

As a former resident of that great state, I am sure I speak for all Ohioans in expressing our gratitude for constructing the Great Atlantic Wall in Bethany. It is so comforting to go to sleep at night knowing even the most vicious Atlantic storm can’t reach us now.

The kind of planning and selflessness displayed by Bethany Beach is hard to match. Would Arizona fill the Grand Canyon with cement to prevent further erosion? Not a chance. Would Paris wrap the Eiffel Tower in plastic tarps to protect that majestic structure from the elements? You can bet your bouillabaisse they wouldn’t.

Oh sure, there will be some who will see the new tribute to Lawrence of Arabia as folly. They will be unable to understand how in the same year a new bandstand was erected on the boardwalk to listen to music by the sea and a new dune was constructed to cut out the view and sound of the sea.

But the joke is on them, because when the tourists find out the beach is missing there will be plenty of seats near the bandstand for the rest of us to listen to the syncopated stylings of the East Orange New Jersey’s School for the Rhythmically Challenged All Girl Bottle Band.

So congratulations and thank you Bethany Beach. You have made the difficult choice of where to spend summer vacation so much easier for so many and given your residents so many more places to park in the summer.

Thomas Shaffer
Ocean View and White Plains, Md.

PS: Good Luck at the town meeting Nov 16th when the Council decides the thorny question of prohibiting smoking “in the ocean.”