Rob Haas’s interest in weightlifting and helping others has one young athlete on the right track

By Mary Ann Benyo Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the May 2016 issue

RobHaaus Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #69“He’s like an Energizer Bunny. He doesn’t stop,” Rob Haas says of the athlete he’s training at The Firm Fitness Center outside Rehoboth Beach. Haas, a Class A certified coach for Special Olympics Delaware with decades of experience in weightlifting, turns his back for a moment to set up the bar at the squat rack. He glances up to see his trainee, Jeremy Eglit, bounding across the gym. There, the young man grabs a good-sized kettlebell and begins working his arms and shoulders. A series of micro-expressions flicker across the trainer’s face. “This is leg day,” he says with the slightest hint of exasperation, because Eglit should be resting his arms on this day.

 Yet there’s an underlying glimmer of admiration at his trainee’s apparently limitless energy, mixed with the ever-present concern that Eglit’s impulsiveness might inadvertently cause harm to himself or others at the gym. But he’s doing fine. The moment passes and Haas’s face reflects a steady, gentle patience, his most often required trait in training the 6-foot-5, 280-pound athlete.

By Fay Jacobs |  Photographs by Murray Archibald
From the May 2016 Issue

MusicMaker01 christopher judy-QP-adj-cmykThis summer, Peterson will launch his 18th season in Rehoboth Beach by premiering an entirely new show titled “Eyecons: The Broads of Broadway.” The part-time Rehoboth resident will bring back all of the fabulous ladies he’s performed for many years, but this time they’ll be seen auditioning for shows they never got to perform. The production has not yet been previewed, but mischief is surely in the wings, as Peterson has matched his ladies with famous shows ill-suited to their particular talents. It should be a hoot.

Along with weekend performances of “Eyecons,” he also will star in the Broadway musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” with both shows at Clear Space Theatre. In the latter, Peterson will be showing off his considerable acting chops and singing the infectious disco-era music, having his way with ’70s anthems like “I Love the Nightlife” and “I Will Survive” as well as such American Songbook standards as “A Fine Romance.” 

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, this musical illusionist first gained notice there at age 12 when he starred in “Oliver!” at his junior high school. A director saw the performance and snapped up young Christopher for a professional production of the show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there, he went back to school musicals and, after graduation, began his adventures in the art of drag. “Mostly we lip-synced,” he recalls, “since the places we performed had no microphones.”

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson 
From the May 2016 Issue

toughStartI could feel that I was going into detox, and that meant that the baby was going into detox too,” says the Gumboro woman. “I knew that there is a greater chance of infant death with detox, and I didn’t want to lose her. That was the hardest decision I ever had to make, to inject heroin into my body knowing that it was going to my baby. I hated that decision.”

Grace Bare was born at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford in February 2015. After showing signs of neonatal abstinence syndrome, she was started on a drug withdrawal program. She was in the hospital for two weeks.

Now, Grace is doing well. She is walking, something she started at 10 months, and is starting to say a few words.