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I mm 9g. CAPE GAZETI00, Fr/day, January I0. Oanuary 10, Ia007 Milton woes 0onflnul im pao $6 p.m. in the library. Deadend for Main Street? In a meeting just hours after the Chamber of Commerce meeting, five Milton Main Street members faced the fact that their energy and member ranks might be depleted to a point of no-return. Those attending the regularly scheduled meeting elected to call all board members together .next month with the express purpose of deciding whether there is commit- ment to continue with the organi- zation. Tony Boyd-Heron, a member of both organizations, related the merger discussion that had taken place at the Chamber of Com- merce meeting earlier in the day. He is also a member of the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission, and his membership on that commission depends on membership in a Chamber of Commerce. His comments gener- ated discussion regarding the lack of participation of Main Street members and the problem of burnout. Mary Ann Benyo said that it might not be such a bad thing to disband. "You've got the same five or six people doing every- thing all the time," she said. "Peo- ple get burned out. We could fold, and sit down for a couple of years, and that might not be so bad." Julie Baxendell, Main Street Let me list your home. I get REAL results! Anniversary Contined from page 37 Turansky and Jane Gafvert pre- sented the three local librarians, Jane Pfieffer of Eewes, Marge La- Fond of Rehoboth Beach and Mary Catherine Hopkins of Mil- ton, workbooks from the "Choic- es" program to help guide young girls and boys to build self-esteem and self-motivation through the local libraries. All three librarians gave updates on happenings at their respective libraries. Pfieffer focused on the computer network system which is expected to go on line in Sussex County libraries in April. Rather than the card catalogs (which will remain for approximately a year), library patrons will access the cat- alog on the computer screen, which will also offer a variety of community resources such as newspaper articles, and local events and organizations, along with a dictionary, access to maga- zine articles and Gateway access to the Internet. "A lot of people are very hesi- tant and feel they won't be able to use it, but it's very user friendly," Pfieffer assured. One may select a topic, such as careers, narrow it to medical ca- reers and the screen will show all of the books on that topic avail- able at other all libraries in Delaware hooked into the system. If, say, a particular book is avail= able at the Dover Public Library, board vice president, was con- cerned that nothing would happen to continue revitalization and pro- motion if that happened. She ex- pressed interest in joining with members of the chamber to keep a group active in town projects. Don Post, current president of the group, said his direction work- ing with Main Street has always been to save downtown. "If you re- ally have the heart of the town in your gut, you don't get burned out," he said. However, he said he would like to be replaced as POST president if the group continues. Post, who owns a store in downtown Milton, recently took a staff position with the American Diabetes Associa- tion, and he works an additional job in Rehoboth Beach. He said there are too many demands on his time now, and it has become too difficult to give proper time to his family and work commitments as well as keep up with volunteer positions. He also stated his con- cern with a recent requirement of the state Main Street office. All municipal Main Street groups have been told that they must hire a staff person, and not just con- duct business with a volunteer or- ganization. The current presidem of Milton Main Street has ex- pressed his opposition since the information will be provided on when the book is due and if it had been placed on hold for another patron. The book, when available, will be shipped to the library of the person's choice. Pfieffer said the Lewes Public Library will hold tutorials and have volunteers on hand for those needing help accessing the materi- als on the computer. LaFond, noting that Rehoboth's library will also be linked into the network, said it provides a great opportunity for those who have no other access to computers, espe- cially school children. "This will provide them with equalized edu- cational opportunities," she said, noting pre-schoois are taking ad- vantage of the library's computer provided through a Cape Hen- lopen School District grant. "You can't replace books, but we're very excited about the new net- work - it will help us keep ace with what's happening in the world," she said. Hopkins explained that the Mil- ton Library is operated by Sussex County and not only provides reading and learning materials, but is also a community activity center. Each month they host approxi- mately 100 children for storytime and provide adult reading pro- grams as well. For the children's programs ey pick themes and bring in out- side presenters, such as a pre- school fire prevention-program. requirement was announced. He contends that towns the size of Milton cannot support an employ- ee for such n0n.pr0fit groups. He agreed with Boyd-Heron's suggestion to call a board meeting to decide the future of the organi- zation. Even though he said he has to curtail his involvement, he said he would work with the I 4421 Highway One = Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 1-888-500-REAL group lI It merges In some wty with the Chamber of Commerce, or emerges in another form. 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