THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008 VOL. 13 NO. 12 Riverfest opens tonight and runs through Saturday NEWS HEADLINES NEW CONCERN - More than two years after the spillway and roadway were washed out at Galestown, the process of refilling the pond is proceeding. What are residents concerned about now? Page 2 STATE FUNDS - Library supporters in western Sussex County breathed a sigh of relief last week. We’ll tell you why. Page 3 VETERANS - Ironically, if not for a change of the rules, he never would have been in the air the day his plane was shot down over Germany. Page 8 POLICE JOURNAL - What do you do when someone you think is a police officer robs you? Police give tips to help you prevent problems. Page 10 FOURTH - Why would anyone want to keep a photo of Joe Conaway on their desk for a year? The answer and other Fourth of July glimpses are on pages 12 and 13. HEART & SOUL - How do you put in words what is special about Sussex County? One man is determined to find the answer. Page 28 SOFTBALL - The District III Major League all-star softball tournament began play this week with winner’s bracket games being played in Greenwood. Page 41 LEGION BALL - The Post 6 Patriots squared off against their foes from across the county when Sussex West hosted Sussex East. Page 47 EDITORIAL - Higher petroleum prices could turn into a good thing. Why would anyone say such a thing. See editorial on page 54. INSIDE THE STAR BUSINESS BULLETIN BOARD CHURCH CLASSIFIEDS EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT FINAL WORD FRANK CALIO GOURMET HEALTH LETTERS LYNN PARKS MIKE MCCLURE MOVIES 6 17 22 30-37 11, 20 27 55 48 29 38-40 50 15 45 7 ' OBITUARIES 24 ON THE RECORD 26 OPINION 54 21 PAT MURPHY 14 PEOPLE POLICE JOURNAL 10 PUZZLES 26 SNAPSHOTS 52 SPORTS 41-47 TIDES 7 TODD CROFFORD 51 48 TONY WINDSOR VETERANS OF WWII 8 50 cents State Rep. J. Benjamin Ewing sits in one of the two offices he has at his home near Bridgeville. Behind him is part of his extensive political button collection, something he started before he entered politics. Ewing, 77, is retiring this year because of illness. Photo by Lynn R. Parks ‘Gentle Ben’ Ewing is retiring after 21 years in the House By Lynn R. Parks Gentle Ben is leaving the House. After more than 21 years as a state representative, J. Benjamin Ewing, a Bridgeville Republican, is retiring. He announced his retirement shortly before the end of the 144th General Assembly, June 30. Gentle Ben was a tame bear in a children’s book and on a 1960s television show. Ewing, 77, said that he is proud of the nickname his fellow legislators gave him, “because of my size,” he said — Ewing is a tall man — and because of the gentle demeanor he has. “That name stuck the whole time I was in the House,” he said. “I always thought it was a nice compliment.” True to his nickname, Ewing keeps stacks of “Free Hug Coupons” and is quick to hand out the small yellow cards. He likes to tell women how pretty they are — “If I have said to any lady staffer or lady representative that she is the prettiest woman I have ever seen, I want you to know that I really meant it,” he said in the House in his farewell speech. Legislatively, he has always supported the right of citizens to carry guns. Before his final day in the House, he was presented with the Defender of Freedom award from the National Rifle Association, and the Delaware Patriot award from the Delaware Sportsmen’s Club. He is also adamantly pro-life, or “not pro-death,” as he calls his stand. He voted against this year’s state Continued on page four Riverfest, Seaford’s annual celebration of the Nanticoke River, will take place this weekend, July 10 through July 12. The theme for the 14th annual event is “Survivor Nanticoke.” All events take place in downtown Seaford. For the first time, Riverfest will get underway on Thursday night with entertainment. The Seaford Ministerial Association will play at 5:30 p.m. and the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will play beginning at 7:30 p.m. Both bands will be in Gateway Park. Thursday evening, the carnival will be in full swing and an art show provided by Nanticoke River Arts will be set up in Gateway Park. On Friday, July 11, teams will compete in a series of challenges imitating television’s “Survivor” show (without the starvation and deadly jungle animals). The team with the quickest time completing the mini obstacle course, maze race, three squares, puzzle race and rock/slide will be crowned this year’s “Nanticoke Survivor.” Team registration is $30. Teams of five or six people are welcome from local businesses or just groups of friends who want to have some fun. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Seaford City Hall parking lot. At 6 p.m. Friday, the Little and Junior Miss Riverfest Pageant will be held on the main stage in the Mt. Olivet parking lot. The band “Petting Hendrix” will perform on the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday will start with the Vince Morris Memorial 5K run at Chapel Branch west of Seaford. Race registration will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday’s events will include a car show, arts and crafts vendors, a dunking booth, children’s games and obstacle course. A youth fishing tournament will start at 11 a.m. The annual Nanticoke River Float-In will start at 2 p.m. Registration for the Float-In will start at 1:15 p.m. at Benz Urology on U.S. 13. “Barren Creek” will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., “Mike Hines and the Look” will take the stage. For additional information, visit the Web site www.nanticokeriverfest.com.