Letters to the Editor -- January 16, 2009

Pet show organizers thankful for support

Thanks to all who made the 8th Annual Hometown Pet Show such a success, especially: the pets and their owners for making it all possible with their enthusiasm, cooperation, entry fees and donations; the following members of the Cats Around Town Society (CATS): Mitzi Shank, Donna Fee, Brandon Smith, Sharon Biemer, Nancy Campbell, Sandy Curcy, Pat Pietruszka and Sue Peck for their flawless performance at registration under arctic conditions; Linda Regan, Elaine Herbert and Laurie Shelton for their planning, organizational excellence and onsite leadership in directing the pet show; the judges, Father David Kelley, Darin McCann and Sue Keefe for their keen eyes, judgment and flexibility; Monte Wisbrock for “best all round” performance and flexibility as emcee and a bunch of other stuff; Leo Brady for the original idea of the pet show; all of those businesses that displayed our posters and gave us support; Deserie Lawrence and Pamela McComas from the Chamber for their invaluable assistance and support; special thanks to Elaine for wrestling a 150 pound St. Bernard puppy and three family members to the stage; the Coastal Point for their support and publicity; and Sandy and B.D. for their guest appearances.

Your efforts are much appreciated. See you all in January 2010.

Jim Shank

FOP members grateful for fundraising

The members of the Fraternal Order of Police Bethany Beach Lodge #16 thank all the members of the community who supported our fundraising efforts during the past year.

A special thanks goes to the Bethany Blues BBQ. The restaurant hosted two very successful fundraisers for the lodge.

Through the support of our community, the Lodge raised over $2,000, enabling it to make donations to several local charities, including Angel Breaks, Concerns of Police Survivors, Easter Seals, Delaware Special Olympics and Toys for Tots.

Again, thank you for your support!

The members of FOP Bethany Beach Lodge #16

SCAT takes a moment to thank firefighters

As we enter the New Year, we look back on the many blessings we have shared and the people who make our lives safer. This is especially true of our volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The Sussex County Association of Towns would like to go on record in support of the brave efforts of the volunteer fire companies. We, the citizens and local officials, deeply appreciate the sacrifice and dedication these men and women freely give to protect their neighbors in Sussex County.

Additionally, we applaud their fiscally shrewd business practices of wisely saving and investing funds to ensure the financial stability and longevity of one of Americas most valuable and cherished resources, the Volunteer Fire Service.

Hats off to these wonderful public servants! Keep up the good work!

Dell Tush, President
Sussex County Association of Towns