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Middle 3.22.2006

By Rick Racela

Congratulations to Kevin Bramble of Court House!
He won the gold medal in downhill skiing in the Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
He defended the gold medal he won in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Kevin, who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident at 21 in 1994, now designs sit skis.
Along with his family, our community is very proud of our hometown Paralympic Gold athlete.   
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The largest women’s organization in the world, the LDS Relief Society, with over one million members, celebrated its 164th birthday with a  Jamaican dinner at the local branch of the Mormon Church on March 14.
The local Court House organization recently had a change-over of its presidency.
Peggy Carlson of Court House is now president, with Sister Lawton of Lower Township as first counselor.  Juanita Jett of North Wildwood is second counselor, and Lindsay Olsen of Lower Township is secretary.
Beverly McPherson, a native of Jamaica, made a wonderful, authentic dinner including such dishes as jerk chicken, baked bananas, curried chicken, and goat meat.
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Our community was able to explore the diverse interest of students and staff of Elementary No. 1 and 2 at the 11th annual Interest Fair recently.
Cards of legendary baseball players, snorkeling in the Caribbean, a Donovan McNabb autographed helmet, PEZ dispensers and American Girl dolls were just a few of the items on display.
Seven lucky students received $10 gift cards donated from The Book Shoppe of Court House for taking part in the event.
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A Parent Outreach program took place at Christ Gospel Church in Whitesboro on Feb. 8.
Fifteen teachers from Elementary No. 2 offered parents ideas and activities that they could use at home to help children with their reading and writing skills.
Thanks go out to Pastor Robinson, teachers, and the PTA for providing refreshments.
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I guess it had been a couple of weeks since I visited Rio Grande because when there last week I saw a few changes.
Reynolds is now completely closed.
Petsmart is working on the old Sears building, and the old Avalon Bagels building had been torn down. It looks so much better.
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Green Creek Fire Hall will hold a Penny Party on Saturday.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and calling starts at 7 p.m.
 The fee is $2, which includes first pack of numbers and a bag of pretzels.
 The event is sponsored by the PAX Sorority.
Please call 889-5285 if you would like to donate items.
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The Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women will host a program, Getting Your Voice Heard, a panel discussion addressing the need for affordable housing.
The event begins with a full breakfast for $5 on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Links at Avalon Golf Course in Swainton.
RSVP by March 20 by calling 463-6695.
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The Wetlands Institute will welcome back the osprey with a covered dish dinner on March 31 at 6 p.m.
Bring a main course, dessert or salad to share. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Deadline for reservations is March 27.
Call 368-1211.
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Elementary No. 2 will hold its Scholastic Book Fair from April 3 through 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual family event will be held on April 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The fair provides books to students with a 15 percent discount on all purchases and raises money for the PTA.
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Legal Secretaries of Cape May County will hold a membership drive on April 6, 6-8 p.m., at Atkinson’s Garden Room in Court House.
Local business owners are asked to donate a gift to be auctioned off at the event.
Proceeds will benefit the group’s scholarship fund.
To make a donation please call Barbara at 465-9910.
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In recognition of our area’s diversity, the PTA will be sponsoring a Family Multi-Cultural Night on May 4, so mark your calendars.
Being sought are displays of artwork, heirlooms, traditional clothing and food, as well as demonstrations and performances.
If you, a family, or organization would be interested in participating, please call Stephanie Thomas at 463-8196 or Judy Casper at 465-7376.
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Enjoy a weekend adventure to Chincoteague and Assateague islands along the Eastern Shore of Virginia June 3 and 4 with the Wetlands Institute.
The trip begins on the Cape May Lewis Ferry with a lesson about the ecology of the Delaware Bay followed by the classic movie “Misty of Chincoteague” aboard the bus.
Explore the wonders of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge including the new visitor center, the famous lighthouse, the scenic salt marsh and beach.
Learn about the legends and history of the Chincoteague wild ponies and even get close to the legendary ponies on a behind the scenes tour of the refuge and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the new foals.  
During free time, enjoy the downtown area including the unique shops and restaurants before returning Sunday evening.
The trip includes a one-night hotel stay, transportation, one lunch, breakfast, and all scheduled admission fees.
Cost is $190 for single room, $165 for double room and $150 for a triple room.
Children, ages eight-12, are $148; no children below the age of 8 are allowed.
For more details or to sign up call the Wetlands Institute, 609-368-1211.
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The Rio Grande Rescue Squad is hosting a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle raffle.
Proceeds will benefit the squad’s new equipment fund.
Drawing will be held June 18.
Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Donation is $20. Call 465-8871 or 780-0612.
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 Cape May County Duplicate ACBL Bridge Club March 6 overall winners: Ronald Burczewski/Nancy Portland; Bob Sherwood/Bob Weber; Mike Mueller/Ron Small; Jerry Mueller/Julia O’Neill.
March 9 overall winners: Henry Buchianico/Karen Sylvester; Jim Moyer/Mike Mueller; William Haas/Robert Sylvia; Jery Mueller/Kay Wade.

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