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Fishing Club begins centennial celebration with art show

Club members Ralph Heres, Myra Leo, Bruce Bladerson, Joe Hughes, Paul Keuerleber, George Ingram, Margaret Feil, John Rickards, Don Smedley and Bob Roth enjoy the Arts Center’s Fishing Club exhibit. Club members Ralph Heres, Myra Leo, Bruce Bladerson, Joe Hughes, Paul Keuerleber, George Ingram, Margaret Feil, John Rickards, Don Smedley and Bob Roth enjoy the Arts Center’s Fishing Club exhibit.

A little rain didn’t keep a large crowd from attending the Ocean City Arts Center’s meet the artists reception featuring paintings depicting the iconic fishing pier and Fishing Club clubhouse at 14th Street and the beach. The Fishing Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. South Jersey Plein Air Group artists participated in the exhibition.

Jean Byerly greeted Jim and I at the door and this lady didn’t leave her post all evening, having everyone sign the guest book. Peggy Lloyd showed us where to stow our coats while Carla Migliaccio, Roz Lifshin and Lynn Sullivan had just finished setting out the refreshments. Jack Devine wanted me to see the sheet cake featuring two pictures of the fishing pier before anyone cut into it. I knew I had competition when I spotted Don Kravitz with camera in hand while Carol had her notebook poised and ready to take notes. I enjoyed catching up with Ted Klepac, who taught my sons history at Ocean City High School. Ted also was a summer police officer back in the 1960s, often working with my husband on stakeouts. Dave Sullivan, who delivered our mail in the 1970s, had a great time reminiscing with my husband about many mutual acquaintances. Being a police officer and a mailman, these two knew just about everyone in Ocean City in the old days. When I took a picture of Carla Migliaccio with Ted Klepac standing by her painting of the entrance to the fishing pier, Ted recalled Carla’s glory days on the OCHS basketball team when they won the state championship with such standout stars as Tara Vanderslice, Diane Snow, Dawn Wallace and Judy Gayle, coached by Pat Dougherty. Carla painted her picture in one day while recovering from an illness.

Jane French, who caught this columnist in the 10-item checkout line at Super Fresh with 11 items earlier in the day, was delighted I didn’t insist upon taking her picture. Jane told me the floodgates on her new beachfront home worked fine during Hurricane Sandy. I enjoyed chatting with Susan Mardirossian, who has lived in Ocean City for 15 years, is a retired registered nurse and amateur watercolor artist. Eugene Ross made sure I met his wife, Christine Anderson, who showed off her painting of the fishing pier. Christine and Eugene have lived in Ocean City for 12 years and Eugene, who is a writer and poet, turned 88 on Jan.13, and has been riding in the MS bike-a-thon for 30 years. Kate McDevitt, who is an event photographer, is a member of the Fine Arts League and Ocean City Arts Center and has been taking pictures all her life. Thanks to George Ingram and John Rickards, who gathered members of the fishing club together for a picture, then John identified each for me. Don Smedley, a member of the Arts Center board and Fishing Club, suggested the idea for this exhibit and was every happy with the outcome. Margaret Feil is secretary of the Fishing Club while Bob Roth handles finance. Arts Center board President Jack Devine had to stand on a chair to be heard and seen in the crowded room. Jay Gillian was next on the chair with congratulatory remarks on the successful show and Fishing Club’s 100th anniversary. Fishing Club President Paul Keuerleber thanked the Arts Center for the show and commented this was just the first of many activities planned to celebrate the club’s 100th anniversary throughout 2013. I enjoyed meeting Darlene Keuerleber, who told me she has watched me for years as I walked by their condo at 14th Street on the boardwalk and always admired my outfits. Darlene and Paul, who live in Hatboro, purchased their condo in ’92 and enjoy hosting their three daughters, son-in-laws, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson in their one-bedroom condo. Of course living just across the boardwalk from the fishing pier, Paul couldn’t resist joining the club.

Rae Jaffee and Lance Balderson had their fishing pier paintings on display in this show.

When I caught up with Rae being interviewed by Carol Kravitz, they had just discovered both their grandparents came to the United States from Russia and both had the same last name Jaffe.

Tom Mullineaux, who often helps his wife set up the art exhibits, was on hand to enjoy the reception. Laurie Howey made sure she got lots of pictures with her camera and even turned the tables on this columnist. Jim and I enjoyed catching up with another Kathy and Jim, Wheatcroft that is, and I had just met Kathy a few days before at the Garden Club lunch. Michele Gillian and I wanted to take off our jackets as the large crowd made it extremely hot in the Arts Center. I finally took a break and stopped to sample the refreshments where I caught up with Marge Roth, Elaine Balderson and Eleanor Raymond. Peggy Lloyd, who at 99 is still running bus trips to NYC, told me after all these years she had the first bus breakdown on her December trip and was delayed an hour until they sent a better bus. Of course, only Peggy could get their driver to take his bus right up to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center for an up close and personal look. Alisa and Al Harris enjoyed the exhibit where Alisa was showing one of her paintings, and when I caught up with Al holding their coats, he told me they were headed over to Steve & Cookies in Margate for dinner with friends. I, too, was having a hard time getting my husband to get his coat on and stop talking so we could head home.

For the ladies at Ocean Pharmacy, their customers are every important to them. That’s why just two days after Sandy, Pam Horn, Peggie Momyer, Tara Booth and Megan Howells were filling and delivering prescriptions. The pharmacy was inundated with over two feet of water, and while merchandise throughout the store along with the carpeting, sheetrock and shelves had to be thrown out, they were able to dispense prescriptions from the pharmacy that stands on a platform and is higher than the rest of the store. Wearing coats and gloves, as there was no heat for over three weeks, the ladies went about their work taking care of their faithful customers, who are also their friends. Ocean Pharmacy has been at the corner of Ninth and Asbury for over 30 years serving the community with free deliveries to Upper Township, and as far as Linwood. Peggie Momyer, who my son refers to as “Hurricane Peggie” or “Aunt Peggie” is celebrating 25 years with the pharmacy and knows everyone by their first name. Pharmacist Pam Horn is a newcomer with seven years under her belt, but also is a on a first name basis with the customers. Megan Howells delivers prescriptions, and often takes the mail to the elderly and will stop and pick up groceries when asked. In a time when large corporate pharmacies are taking over the country, Ocean Pharmacy is not going anywhere as this family friendly enterprise is where you will always run into someone you know and get special treatment from these very special ladies. Bundled up and complaining about the cold, Dennis Jones and Steve Ang arrived on the scene while I was chatting with the ladies and taking their picture. Of course, we all know the colder the better for our gal Peggie who will take cold winter days over the hot summer any day of the year.

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