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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 New York wild turkeys f'md new hom00: on southern Delaware By Michael Short Seventeen wild turkeys found a new home in Delaware last week. The 17 birds, trapped in New York and then transported south, were released in the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Camp Barnes. It's part of Delaware's effort to continue to re-establish wild turkeys throughout the state. Historically, turkeys thrived in Delaware before disappearing. They were reintroduced in the Milford Neck area in 1984 when 38 birds were stocked. The stock- ing program took.and Delaware now has some 2,000 birds, enough to support a hunting season. The stocking on Jan. 20 was in a pristine area near Assawoman Bay, surrounded by thick pine woods and wetlands. It's home to deer, rare Delmarva fox squirrels and an abundance of waterfowl. But turkeys, who like a combi- nation of old woods and farm fields, are seldom spotted around Assawoman. The odd gobbler is spied now and then, but the 17 birds are expected to be enough to start a flock. Such stocking brings birds to areas that have few wild turkeys, essentially filling in gaps in the turkey population. "They were a long time coming, but I am glad we got them," said Harry Schellenger, of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife who helped with the re- lease. Fish and Wildlife officials pulled each turkey from a card- board box, fashioned a metal tag around one leg and then released the large, powerful birds. In a few years, when hunting is expected to be allowed in the refuge, the tags will provide data about the bird's age and its movement. They quickly took flight, heading into the deep woods. A few bounded along a dirt road, but most took immediately to the air and flew deep into the woods in only a few wing beats. By Friday night, they were ex- pected to begin calling to each other and forming a flock. 'q'here are a few birds here, but not many," Delaware's Wildlife Ad- ministrator Lloyd Alexander said. The birds were caught with a cannon net in New York, helping to reduce a population that has ac- tually grown almost too large. Turkeys have been stocked in much of the nation and they now can be found in every state except Alaska. Turkeys can even be found in Hawaii, although they are not native to that area. Michael Short photo Rusty Humbert of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife releases one of 17 wild turkeys captured in New York state and then released at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge to re-establish the birds in that area. Cape board approves new RES teacher By Kerry Kester Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education members re- ceived a round of applause from approximately 30 teachers and community members, when dur- ing the board's Thursday, Jan. 22 meeting, it approved hiring anoth- er teacher for Rehoboth Elemen- tary School. Board member Becki Millman moved to amend the FY 98 bud- get. Her motion called for releas- ing funds from the contingency account to pay for a special educa- tion teacher who would work the remainder of the year at Rehoboth Elementary School. Board mem- ber Estie Class seconded the mo- tion, and the board voted unani- mously in favor of it. The estimated cost for the teacher's salary and benefits, for the remainder of the school year, is $17,300; there is approximately $38,000 in the contingency ac- count. The board discussed, but did not approve, hiring a middle school counselor and speech ther- apist for the remainder of the year. Prior to the vote, Superinten- dent SueUen Skeen cautioned the board about its spending. "The only thing I'm worried about is that we are spending at a more significant rate this year than we have before," she said. Skeen said it was conceivable that spending from the contingency account could put the district in a deficit- spending situation by year's end, depending on what unforeseen circumstances arise. Class was undaunted by the warning. "I would like to put an- other teacher in Rehoboth Ele- mentary School as soon as possi- ble," she said. Board member June Turansky quickly added that she also wanted the board to au- thorize hiring a counselor for the eighth-graders at Lewes Middle School. Turansky said that state- level politics, growth in the dis- trict, and next year's enrollment projections will all factor into a near-guarantee that funds would be available to maintain the coun- selor's position with the FY 99 budget. She also reminded the board that it approved the guid- ance counselor's curriculum earli- er this year. "I can't see how we can vote on a curriculum and then not support it," said Turansky. Turansky put a motion on the table to amend the FY 98 budget so the district could also use con- tingency funds for the counselor's position; Class seconded it. Board member Brent Moore said he would like to see the counselor's position in next year's budget but believed it was inappropriate to hire one from this year's budget. The board's vote split as fol- lows: Turansky, Class and Barry Porter favored hiring a counselor; Millman, Moore and Tony Streett voted against the motion. Board member Sue Shupard did not at- tend the meeting, so with the tie vote, the board was forced to table the issue until its February work- shop meeting, when all board members are expected to be pre- sent. That meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Cape Henlopen High School library, on Thursday, Feb. 12. Several adjustments have been made to change speech ther- apists' caseloads, and more changes are expected. Delaware, in fact, was consid- ered the last state to stock the turkeys in their native habitat. But the birds have grown and thrived here. They like to eat green plants, corn and, especially, insects. The turkeys were released in the balmy Delaware winter as the New York forecast called for snow. 'q'hey will think they have died and gone to heaven, weather- wise," according to Alexander. I Due 1/27/13 1 15 Year Final Maturity I Interest paid semi-annually I Callable beginning 1/27/00 at 101.00'* I FDIC insured up to $100,000 *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) -- interest cannot remain on deposit; periodic payout of interest is required. Effective 1/28/98. Market value will fluctuate if sold prior to maturity. **This deposit note is callable at the option of the issuer, not the investo Call or stop by today. Member SIPC Anthony Egeln New Devon Inn 142 Second St., Lewes 645-7710 Edward Jones" i I Bethel Christian Preschool's Open House and Registration for 1998 -'99 school year February 7th from 10:00-12:00 Classes available for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Bethel Christian Preschool 129 West 4th Street Lewes, Delaware 19958 For more information call 645-9426 Certified teacher with 10 years teaching experience