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Two men whose names are familiar but who have never ventured into state politics before will vie Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in a Democratic primary to replace longtime state Rep. Charlie West.
Donald L. Ward, 59, and Lynn R. Bullock, 58, both of Millsboro, are facing off in the 41st District to run against Republican John C. Atkins in November.
Bullock, who recently stepped down after eight years as Millsboro's mayor, said he decided to run for the state legislature because he feels his background in public safety and in municipal government could be an asset. That, and "I had quite a few people come to me and ask me to run," said Bullock, a retired state trooper who works in the planning department of the Emergency Operations Center.
While Bullock said he felt residents of the 41st District were looking for "an alternative" to the representation they've gotten with West, Ward said he hopes to follow closely in the style developed by West during his 36 years in office.
"When Charlie decided he was not going to seek re-election, he said he would endorse me,' said Ward, who worked on West's campaigns for many years.
Ward, a retired schoolteacher who lives on the Millsboro area farm where he grew up and now works with his sons in real estate, said he has been inspired over the years by West's record of service to his district. "I think I can make a difference," he said.
While Ward said he doesn't have "a personal agenda" -- preferring to let constituents determine what directions he takes -- he said as a retired teacher, "I obviously have some feelings about education."
Growing traffic problems, particularly in the eastern part of the district, are also a concern. "Just getting through Millsboro on a Friday is a challenge," Ward said.
Bullock said he is also concerned about increased traffic, particularly on Route 24. He said the state Department of Transportation needs "to start doing something proactive rather than reactive," and suggested that a four-lane road be constructed between Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach -- perhaps along the existing Route 24 or an alternate route.
"Things are growing; more people are coming here," said Bullock, whose has led Millsboro through major preparations for that growth. He said he agrees with county and state philosophies of targeting growth where there is infrastructure -- roads and things like public water and sewer service ‹ to handle it.
Bullock said his emphasis will be on three major areas: family, conservation of farmland, and protection of the Inland Bays. As a member of the Center for the Inland Bays' Indian River Bay Tributary Action Team, he saidhe hopes that Sussex farmers and and others interested in preserving the health of the bays can work together.
As a retired science teacher Ward said he also has an appreciation for the need to preserve the bays. And as a Sussex County native who grew up on a farm, he said he has "an appreciation for farmers." He also pledged to support mobile home tenants in their quest for more rights.
Bullock said he considers himself nearly a native, having lived in Sussex County for 55 of his 58 years.
In addition to his work for the town of Millsboro, Bullock has been active in Millsboro Little League and is a member of the board of trustees at Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.
Ward and his wife have two grown sons. He has been active in the Millsboro Lions Club and in Carey's United Methodist Church, as well as in Little League.
The Nanticoke Indian Tribe celebrates 25 years of modern powwows on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 and Sunday Sept. 8, with its festive homecoming for tribal members.
Dancing, singing, food and crafts will be the focus of the two-day celebration east of Millsboro on Route 24.
The tradition of a powwow dates back to the early 1900s for the Nanticoke Tribe. Powwows were an opportunity to welcome home members who had moved to other parts of the United States and Canada.
A newspaper account of a 1927 powwow indicates that guests from many other tribes, including Omaha, Cherokee, Oglala, Sioux, Chippewa, Chickahominy, Powhatan, Mattaponi, Rappahannock and the Oklahomas, attended the Nanticoke powwow.
More recent powwows have welcomed members of more than 40 tribes as dancers, drummers/singers and/or vendors. Participants and spectators number about 25,000 in today's powwows.
One of the most important aspects of the powwow is the teaching of traditions to Nanticoke children, so they can pass the tribe's culture and traditions along.
Two guest drummer/singer groups will be featured at the 2002 powwow: the Red Wolf Singers return from North Carolina; the Red Blanket Singers will come from New Jersey. Nanticoke Adrienne Harmon will be Head Lady Dancer and Keith Anderson, a Cherokee from Virginia, will be Head Man Dancer. The master of ceremonies will be Mel WhiteBird, Oklahoma Cheyenne from Laurel, Md.
For the first time, the Nanticoke Powwow will have an arena director, Jay Hill, Seneca/Mohawk from Falls Church, Va. Hill will ensure that the dancers are lined up properly for the grand entry on Saturday, Sept. 7 and that proper etiquette is observed in the arena.
This year's Nanticoke celebration begins Sept. 7 with a grand entrance featuring all dancers and participants at noon. A worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 will be followed by another grand entrance at 2 p.m. and more dancing.
The powwow will finish with a recessional at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Spectators are encouraged to come early and bring a lawn chair to watch the proceedings. Among food to be available on the grounds will be succotash, frybread, Indian tacos, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and ice cream.
A special area is available for handicapped individuals, and there will be volunteers there for assistance.
Visitors can park all day for $5 a carload in the designated parking lot. Those walking in or parking elsewhere may enter the grounds for $2 per adult or $1 per child.
The Nanticoke Indian Museum will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The powwow site is off Route 24, seven miles east of Millsboro, or 12 miles west of Route 1. Red signs along Route 24 will guide you to the designated parking lot. No drugs, alcohol, animals or pets are allowed on the grounds.
Last week's heavy rains may bring forth a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the next few days, according to the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
DNREC will step up mosquito control measures, including monitoring of mosquito-prone areas and increasing treatments of mosquito larvae with aquatic insecticides or water management methods.
Dr. William Meredith, mosquito control administrator, said recent rains coupled with the summer's drought have caused heavy breeding by mosquitoes in standing water. Residents could see an increase in the number of mosquitoes by this weekend or early next week, Meredith said.
Mosquito control officials urged the public to be vigilant in eliminating unnecessary standing water around their homes or businesses. Residents should also avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and avoid mosquito-invested areas in early morning, around dusk and throughout the evening. Experts also recommend the use of insect repellent containing DEET.
To report biting mosquito or breeding problems, and to report suspected West Nile birds in Sussex County, call 422-1512. To report suspected West Nile-infected birds during weekends, evenings or on holidays, call (800) 523-3336.
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