Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Seven Mile 6.7.2006

By Rick Racela

Memorial Day 2006 will be remembered as one of the best ever on Seven Mile Beach. The weather was fantastic. The beaches were beautiful and inviting. The crowds were large, and business was brisk.
But most of all we will remember the parades and celebrations that honor our men and women who have served our nation and preserved our freedom.
The dedication of Veterans’ Plaza and the presentation of the memorial wreaths at the conclusion of the parades and ceremonies in Avalon and in Stone Harbor were fine tributes to those who gave their all for their country.
The most moving and heart warming moment in each ceremony came as the American Legion Honor Guard was preparing to present the Colors. Post 331 Commander, Bill Keenan, asked that all veterans in the crowd come forward and stand with the Legion members for the ceremony.
We were all amazed as our neighbors, friends and family members stepped from the crowd to stand together. We did not know how many heroes live among us.
Let us not take for granted their service and their sacrifice. Let us not take for granted the freedoms that they have won and preserved for us.
“All gave some. Some gave all.”
To view a photo of the American Legion Post 331 Color Guard, go to the online version of Seven Mile News Notes at and click on News, then News Notes, and then Seven Mile.
The Avalon Rescue Squad is offering free CPR/AED training to the public. This one-night class is about three-hours long, and is offered on four separate dates; June 8, 15, 20 and 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Avalon Firehouse, 31st Street and Dune Drive.
This accredited course includes the updated guidelines for CPR and Defibrillation, and is geared towards individuals with minimal or no experience.
It will train the student to perform CPR and utilize a defibrillator (AED) in advance of First Responders. It is recommended for persons who work in or frequent locations where Public Access Defibrillators have been placed.
Registration is required; call 368-5288 to sign up.
The general membership meeting of the Realty Owners Association of Stone Harbor (ROA) is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Stone Harbor Elementary School, 93rd Street and Third Avenue. Come at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and refreshments.
The meeting agenda includes: Police Chief William Toland, Mayor Suzanne Walters, State of the Borough Message; Councilwoman Ann Wannen, Recreation Center Up-date; Councilman Julian Miraglia, Natural Resources Programs; open forum of Q & A to 11 a.m.
The Stone Harbor Museum just down the block, at 235 93rd St. will be open for ROA members after the meeting.
Avalon Councilman David Ellenberg will address Saturday’s meeting of the Avalon Home and Land Owners Association. He will discuss economic development along Dune Drive in Avalon.
The meeting will be held in the Avalon Senior Center at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
Another new year in the life of the Stone Harbor Museum has begun. Their collection is growing and their displays are changing.
Volunteers manage the Museum. They invite you to come and join in the fun of preserving and documenting the history of Stone Harbor.
The principal new display this year focuses on the history of storms and beach preservation in Stone Harbor. At the heart of the display is a new DVD presentation on the history of storms in our town.
Visitors can enjoy a narrated photographic presentation of storm activity in Stone Harbor dating from the early 1900s. A booklet documenting the history of storm damage and beach preservation is available for purchase.
Museum hours are: Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays 10 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursdays 10 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Be sure to visit the gift shop while in the Museum. New items are continually added to its inventory.
The 24th Annual Avalon Garden Club Flower Show “Avalon: Then and Now,” will be held on Saturday at the Avalon Community Center, 30th Street and Avalon Avenue from noon until 4 p.m.
The friends and neighbors of Ione Pope will gather the afternoon of June 11, at 136 111th St. for an open house birthday party for Mrs. Pope.
She will be 93 that Sunday. No presents needed. If you can, bring something for a display table on the history of Stone Harbor or your history and time in Stone Harbor.
Mrs. Pope has lived in Stone Harbor for 36 years. She likes the climate and says there have only been two bad winters in 36 years. She feels safe and secure in Stone Harbor and highly recommends it for retirees and seniors.
She participates in the Avalon Seniors “Sit and Fit” class three times a week. That and ocean swimming each day in the summer keeps her happy and fit.
The Garden Club of Stone Harbor will hold their very own garden party at the Wetlands Institute on June 12 at 11 a.m. Members will be sharing their favorite dishes.
Avalon Performing Arts Council will be traveling to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 14 to view “Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic.”
An optional one-hour tour, “Schuylkill Stroll/Boathouse Row” will be available. The walk highlights the sculpture in the proximity of the Museum and Philadelphia’s most popular esplanade.
They will leave from Avalon’s Community Hall at 9 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. For more information call 967-3808.
The Women’s Civic Club of Avalon will conduct a Luncheon and Card Party at noon on June 15 in the Avalon Community Hall.
Call Marge 967-5517 for tickets, which are $14.
The Avalon Museum’s Sixth Annual Tri-Avalon Race is scheduled for June 17.
It is a bike, kayak and run race. The bike and run legs of the race are two and a half miles long, while the kayak leg is one mile. R
egistration may be done by mail or on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. The race begins at 8:15 a.m. Bikers must wear a helmet and kayakers must wear an approved PFD.
For more information or entry forms, please call the Avalon Museum at 967-0090.
Peter McPhee Fine Arts Gallery at 9416 Second Ave. will host an art auction fundraiser on June 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. to benefit the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor.
The auction will coincide with the opening of a new exhibit at the gallery and the Wetlands Institute will receive a percentage of the winning bid prices on four works: a bird carving by John and Dotty Berner, a colorful pastel by Danielle Mick, a seascape painting by Neal McPheeters, and an oil on linen of the Wetlands Institute by Diane Sivavec.
For more information call the gallery, 368-8288, or the Wetlands Institute, 368-1211.
You won’t want to miss the Evening Treasure Hunt at the Avalon Museum on June 17.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and a mini wine tasting while you browse the many treasures contributed by area businesses for the Silent Auction.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Avalon Museum, the Avalon Chamber of Commerce and the Avalon branch of Sturdy Savings.
For more information, please call the museum at 967-0090.
The Avalon Free Public Library is hosting a “PC User’s Group” meeting on June 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 32nd Street and Ocean Drive.
The program is “Discovering Fascinating Web Sites When Browsing the Internet.” Persons with all levels of computer experience are welcome. You are encouraged to share your own favorite web site with the group. Call the library to register or for more information at 967-7155.
The Avalon Performing Arts Council’s Art Show and Sale on June 25 will feature 62 artists and their works in competition for monetary prizes in the four categories of oil/acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and photography.
This free show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and Avalon Avenue.
Mah Jongg Instructions will be available on June 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Avalon Senior Center. Other activities include: cooking class, by reservation, June 19, at 1 p.m., open art workshop Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., bridge every Tuesday at 7 p.m., intermediate bridge on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., and beginner classes on Fridays at 9:15 a.m.
Spanish classes are held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Book Club meets on July 11 to discuss “The Last Report of Miracles at Little No Horse” by Louise Erdrich.
Call Sue Keen at 967-5924 for details.
The Avalon Free Public Library will host a summer speaker series each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from June 21 until Aug. 23.
On June 21, the series will feature Sharon Wohlmuth, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo-journalist and author of “A Day in the Life of the American Woman,” “Sisters,” and “Mothers and Daughters.”
The guest speaker at the June 26 meeting of the Women’s Civic Club of Avalon will be Arlette de Monseau Michaelis of South Dennis.
The public is invited to join them at 12:30 p.m. in the Avalon Community Center to hear her speak about her book “Beyond the Ouija Board,” which is based upon her experiences as a young girl in Nazi occupied Belgium during World War II.
This week’s regularly scheduled boards and councils: tonight Avalon Council meets at 7:30 p.m., June 9 Stone Harbor Zoning Board meets at 8 p.m.

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