Letters to the Editor — Sept.1, 2017

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Sept. 1, 2017

Reader responds to previous letter


I couldn’t allow Mr. Jamison’s Aug. 18 letter to go unanswered.

If slavery was not the primary reason for the South’s secession from the Union, what was? In his Aug. 18 letter, he writes about many issues, including Manifest Destiny, Great Britain’s refusal to aid the Confederacy, the Mexican War, the Emancipation Proclamation, etc. But he never states why exactly the South chose to leave the Union.

The fact of the matter is that the South prospered and thrived off of free labor, and that labor was supplied by enslaved black men, women and children. At the time of the Civil War, the rest of the civilized world had already outlawed slavery and the abolitionist movement in America was gaining strength daily. The South knew that it was only a matter of time that popular opinion and support for slavery would end.

It was certainly not federal troops that caused the war. The Confederacy fired the first shot when they bombarded Ft. Sumter for two days. Let’s call it what it is — the main issue for the South’s exit from the Union was slavery, plain and simple.

David Bavaria


Chamber thankful for support of many


Thank you to the all the men and women who protect our beaches all summer and in the shoulder seasons. Year after year, our residents and visitors have the confidence to visit the beach and enjoy the ocean due to their care and diligence.

Moreover, their compassion, professionalism and work ethic is a tremendous asset to our business community. The safety of our beaches is an essential piece of our tourism industry in the Quiet Resorts. The work of our lifeguards under the guidance of their patrol captains not only provides a safe environment but also one with a great degree of friendliness and customer service.

As a small token of appreciation, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Lifeguard Award Celebration every August. Due to their generosity of our sponsors, all the lifeguards of our seven patrols are treated to an evening of food, music and fun, with the top guard of each patrol being honored during the celebration.

Congratulations to the 2017 Lifeguards of the Year: Mark Banks, Bethany Beach; Alec Hochrein, Delaware Seashore State Park; James Davidson, Fenwick Island Beach; Sara Binkley, Middlesex Beach; Patrick Temple, North Bethany Beach; Sebastian Urbanec, Sea Colony Beach and Parker Pelham, South Bethany Beach.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Big Chill Beach Club; signature sponsors Anne Powell +Associates, Keller Williams Realty, Atlantic Shoals and Coastal Tented Events; supporting sponsors Bank of Ocean City, Bethany Area Realty, Creative Concepts and John F. Kleinstuber; patrol sponsor, Banks Wine & Spirits; along with our associate and gift sponsors, too.

Kudos to everyone who plays a role in protecting and celebrating this community.

Lauren Weaver, Executive Director

Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

Event organizers invite the public, thank donors


No matter how much we wish that the summer of 2017 would last at least a couple months longer, the hands of the clock and the pages of the calendar just keep moving forward as the summer season at Bethany Beach blends into the fall season.

While we are nearing the end of the summer of 2017, we all have to admit we have a lot to be thankful for. Perhaps we had a little more rain than we may have preferred, but Bethany Beach has never looked and operated more efficiently than during this summer. New businesses made a positive and lasting impression. Existing businesses outdid themselves in the areas of service and performance. Once again, Bethany will come out of another summer “smelling like a rose.”

Now a few words about the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral — we celebrate and honor all those who have taken great pains to deliver the absolute best service from start to finish of the summer of 2017. Business owners and managers, retail helpers, restaurant servers, bar keepers, lifeguards, Bethany police (even those who write us tickets), firemen and all public safety workers, Bethany Town managers and their highly competent associates, all types of tradesmen and tradeswomen, local workers and those from foreign shores, as well as every last single person who served those who visited us during the summer; this humble celebration is to honor your greatness.

Ours is a lighthearted celebration filled with joy, fun and remembrances from start to finish. For the uninitiated, at the Jazz Funeral, locals and visitors go to the Bethany Beach boardwalk on Labor Day Monday and are encouraged to join in a funeral procession of mourners, along with the combined forces of three Dixieland Jazz Bands, that carry a casket with a mannequin representing “Summer of 2017” to its final resting place at the boardwalk bandstand.

For the 32nd year in a row, the Jazz Funeral Committee cordially invites everyone to join in the fun on the Bethany Boardwalk beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Labor Day Monday. This is a “fun” event that is designed to put a smile on your face and goodness in your heart. Our three New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz bands — the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars — will provide the entertainment as we help Bethany bid a “Fond Farewell to Summer 2017.”

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a great get-together for the entire family and, of course, the event is admission-free. All you have to do is walk up to the boardwalk on Labor Day at about 5:30 p.m. and leave your concerns behind. A word to the wise: Please be sure your parking meter is taken care of. An overview of the event can be viewed at our website, www.jazz-funeral.com.

A very important part of the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is our Silent Auction held to raise funds for the Delmarva Chapter of the American Red Cross. The 12th annual Jazz Funeral Silent Auction is held on Friday, Sept. 1, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at Bethany Blues restaurant at 6 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Bethany Beach.

Words cannot express how much we appreciate Bethany Blues offering us the opportunity to hold our Silent Auction at their fine restaurant. Our eternal thanks goes to owner Jim Weisgerber for his long-time encouragement and support.

The American Red Cross of Delmarva is a volunteer-led humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education, as well as community services that help the needy and provides comfort for military personnel and their family members.

Raising funds for the American Red Cross has taken on a new dimension with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston area. All Jazz Funeral committee-people were in favor of honoring the American Red Cross well before the current flooding of the greater Houston, Texas, area that has dramatized the importance of aid provided by the Red Cross.

Many people do not realize how vital the America Red Cross is until tragedy strikes. The news coverage of the difficulties encountered by Houston-area resident also includes images of the aid provide by the American Red Cross.

Volunteer members of local units of the Red Cross from all parts of the nation (including the local Delmarva Red Cross) are already in Houston. Even more volunteers are on their way to provide aid and comfort to the thousands of homeless and displaced families. It is predicted that Red Cross volunteers will be on site in the Houston area for quite some time.

Our Silent Auction is very easy and user-friendly. All you have to do is look over the gifts that have been contributed by businesses throughout the Quiet Resorts and write down a bid for the items that interest you. The person who bids the highest gets the gift certificate or merchandise. There is no verbal bidding — just silent, written bids. And all the money received goes to Red Cross.

Every single dollar raised at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction goes directly to Red Cross. Members of the American Red Cross will be on hand to collect the funds and answer any questions you may have about the work and services that Red Cross performs.

Those who have provided support by donating gift certificates or merchandise for the Jazz Funeral Silent Auction represents a broad spectrum of businesses in the resort area.

These include restaurant gift certificates from Cottage Café, Mango’s Restaurant, DiFebo’s Restaurant, Sedona, Nantucket’s, Twining’s Lobster Shanty, The Frog House, Steamers, the Penguin Diner, Maureen’s Ice Cream, Nick’s House of Ribs, Patsy’s, The Greene Turtle, Grotto Pizza, The Big Easy on 60th in Ocean City, Bourdon Street on the Beach in North Ocean City, Ocean City’s Crab Bag, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Baja Beach House Grill, Fat Tuna, Bethany Blues, Parkway restaurant and others.

You can silent bid on accommodations at the Addy Sea and the Ocean Suites, and find distinctive jewelry sets from TKO Designs, Silver Stockpile, JJ Stones and Coronado Jewelers. Health services are available from Oceanova, Curves of Ocean View, Yoga Center of Bethany Beach, and Mind, Body & Sole, along with gourmet foods from McCabe’s Gourmet Market.

You will find books from Bethany Beach Books, popcorn from Fisher’s Popcorn, carpet cleaning from Brasure’s Carpet Care and miniature-golf passes from Old Pro Golf, Captain Jack’s Golf, and Garfield Mini Golf, as well as bottles of fine wine from Beach Liquors, Connors Liquors, a friend and Lighthouse Liquors.

There is a great assortment of gifts, furniture and nautical items from Fenwick Float-Ors, Tidepool Toys & Games, Millville Pet Shop, Millers Creek Gift Shop, Paradise Gifts, Elaine the Artist, Yesterday’s Toys & Games, Sea Level, Bethany Resort Furnishings, Bethany Floor Coverings, Christy’s Keepsakes and a friend.

Also available are graphic-design and public-relations services from Quiet Resorts Public Relations and Ocean City Advertising Agency, auto services from Hocker’s Car Wash and Clarksville Goodyear Service, sportswear from Bennett Orchards and White Marlin Mall, and golf services from Bear Trap Dunes. A special photography service is offered by Fern Eisner Photography.

Perpetual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral supporting sponsors are the Town of Bethany Beach, Bethany Blues, Pie restaurant, Burbage Properties, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Diamond State Photography, Instream Energy Recovery Systems, White Marlin Mall, TKO Designs, Bethany Beach Books, Parkway restaurant, Harpoon Hanna’s, Patsy’s, Bethany Town Center, Birdsong Gardens, Dave’s Treasure Hunt, East Coast Promotion & Research Group, ABC Printing, a friend, Howard Wimbrow CPA and Candy Kitchen.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help out with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral or the Silent Auction is asked to email jazzfuneral@comcast.net, call to leave a message at (302) 537-1585 or drop a line to P.O. Box 505, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.

In case of rain or other severe weather, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be moved one block away from the boardwalk, to the Bethany Town Center at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue.

We hope to see you at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral and our Silent Auction to help celebrate the end of the summer season and the beginning of the fall.

Paul Jankovic, Chairman, Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral