Letters to the Editor: January 4, 2013

Nature Center looks back on great year

What have we been up to at the Bethany Beach Nature Club? The answer is: a lot of things! Founded in September of last year, the BBNC has been doing a lot of things.

We recently started monitoring the wetland in the back of the Nature Center, and that has been a lot of fun! Since we recently adopted that area, the first Friday of every month we take water samples and observe the marsh to make sure everything is running smoothly.

We also do our part to make sure the inside and outside of the nature center is up to par. We make hands-on displays, from creatures of the night to a smaller, water-free display of a wetland. The exhibitions have been a hit and look fabulous! Right now, we are cleaning out the garden of all last season’s plants. By taking the dead flowers and collecting the seed from them, next year’s garden is sure to be great.

Sometimes special guests will come to the Nature Center. Recently, we had Alice Mohrman come to talk about monarch butterflies, and after we tagged it and set him free! (We learned that the butterfly was a male from Alice.) Other times, we will go to the James Farm. There, we might go on a kayaking expedition, other times we seine through the waters of the Inland Bays.

We also are planning to participate in some special events! Last year, we threw our first annual Earth Day Celebration and hope to have another next year. Thanks to some great sponsors and a bunch of hard working people, the event was a hit! We also took the 2012 Polar Plunge. Despite the freezing cold water, we all had a blast and put that on the agenda for the next year.

All in all, the first year of the BBNC was a blast! We hope to see a lot of new faces this year at the club and the Saturday program.

Carly Collins
Bethany Beach Nature Club

Reader speaks up for gun rights

For those of you who believe in taking away our Second Amendment rights, please put a sign in your yard stating “Gun Free Zone.” No? Why not? Afraid of the bad guys? Yup, so are we. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

A refresher to the Second Amendment to our Constitution: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

As one of our Founding Fathers, George Washington, stated: “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

We are at the point in time where this right is about to be taken away from us, piece by piece. Will you stand by and let this happen?

Theresa Garcia

MOAA thankful to DiFebo’s, others

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) (Southern Delaware Chapter) is a non-profit military organization dedicated to a strong national defense and to preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.

MOAA wishes to express our gratitude to DiFebo’s restaurant in Bethany Beach for the Dec. 16, 2012, “Cooking for a Cause” dedicated to the Home of the Brave Foundation Inc., which was established to furnish food, shelter and counseling to veterans of our Armed Forces and families, without regard to sex, race, color or creed.

There is a constant need of support for this special project, and monetary contributions are tax deductible. The Home of the Brave Foundation’s address is 6632 Sharps Rd., Milford, DE 19963. Please contact them for any other special needs.

Special thanks are extended to several local businesses who continue their generous support of our Armed Forces personnel and veterans: Gerald Hocker, Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Cottage Café. Thanks also to Cmdr. Carl Mantegna, USNR (Ret.), who donated a painting for one of the auction items, and to Col. Ron Sarg, USAF (Ret.), for a generous contribution to this cause.

Thanks also to all the MOAA members in attendance and to the other diners that evening who truly support our veterans.

We should continue to do what we can to help our veterans in need. As citizens, we must do more to bring attention and honor to those who have served and those military still fighting to preserve our freedoms, with the care of their families foremost in our mind.

Capt. Richard A. Pfeil, USNR (Ret.)
Military Officers Association of America (Southern Delaware Chapter)

Marine Corps League thankful to many

The First State Detachment Marine Corps League thanks all of the individuals, families, merchants and media outlets for their continued support of our Toys for Tots program.

The 2012 Toys for Tots drive was a great success. Thanks to your generosity, hundreds of needy children in our area had a merry Christmas.

Your continued support for the toys for Tots program is greatly appreciated.

Steve Siltman, Commandant
Jack Carey, Toys For Tots Coordinator
First State Detachment, Marine Corps League