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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Let's look to preserve The pace of development in Sussex County has had its dips over the past thirty years. Any graph of the trends however would show an overall upward angle. Considering the bulging megalopolis crowding the opposite shores of the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, it's a safe bet that those trends will continue. Recent economic indicators, for the nation, st;ow housing starts up significantly. It's likely that the pace here is ahead even of that. In three years when the new West Reboboth Sewer District system goes on line, most observers agree that development along Rt. 1 and the surrounding area will take off. Take a breath now and look around. What can and should be pre- served? How can it be done? Inland about eight miles, Rt. 30 runs north and south, About 20 miles in all, Rt. 30 connects with Rt. 1 just south of Milford and ends at Rt. 24 after skirting the picturesque edge of Millsboro Pond• Along the length of Rt. 30 unfolds a classic Delaware landscape of modest, clean homes, farms, millponds, stream bottoms, and woods. Churches, such as St. Johns United Methodist Church (pic- tured below) at Springfield Crossroads, also punctuate the route. Tucked between Rt. 113 to the west and Rt. 1 to the east, Rt. 30 has escaped, so far, the commercialism that has cropped up along many other Sussex roads. If the people of the area want Rt. 30 to remain a quiet, scenic north-south alternative to Rt. 1 and Rt. 113, they could petition Sussex Council or Delaware's Department of Transportation to designate Rt. 30 as a scenic route and attach cer- tai'n restrictions to preserve its serenity• Change is quickening and stretches such as Rt. 30 will disappear unless people recognize the need to take protective measures. Letters Weather Picture ° This is a prime example of old Sussex County architecture- built solidly to withstand the coldest spells. New Moon Flint Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter February 10 February 18 February 25 March 4 When do five points make a triangle? Five Points_The Bermuda Triangle. Objections to Lewes school transfer plan I strongly object to the proposed trans- fer of 90 to 100 fifth and sixth graders from Lewes to Milton Middle School starting next September. We moved to Lewes so that our two kids could go to school here. It is bad enough that they have to go to Milton for the seventh and eighth grade. Now these 10 and 1 l-year-old kids will have to be ready for the bus as early as 6:45 a.m. and arrive home at 4:30 p.m. This means their school day will be lengthened by at least 90 minutes, most of that time in a school bus. I have been told that state law prohibits busing more than 60 min- utes. There are many families who will be forced to alter child care arrangements and those with two children in different schools face additional problems. Also, opportunities for after school activities will be adversely affected• The reason first stated was to justify hiring an assistant principal for Mr. How- ell in Mi[ton. I understand that he has considered early retirement and one won- ders if this is the strategy to keep him on. Later I learned the reason was to allevi- ate overcrowding at the Lewes school. If the Lewes is overcrowded then why did the school board allow at least 21 stu- dents to attend Lewes who rightly should go to school elsewhere? I have nothing against Mr. Howell or the Milton Middle School. In fact, I have heard that it is superior to Lewes in many ways. This is not the point. I simply want my kids to go to school in Lewes where they live, not 12 miles and 90 min- utes away. If you feel as I do, then join me at the school board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 in the high • school library or call me 645-8756. Larry Cashdollar Lewes Barbers thank their supporters We are taking this opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone who has shown us their support since Chief Barber's suspension by the Lewes City Council in November. We have received a multitude of phone calls, notes, cards and flowers• Many people have stopped one or both of us in Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth and surround- ing towns to personally give us a hand- shake, pat on the back and words of encouragement• We have read with interest the com- ments and opinions in the newspapers, and we appreciate that so many people have taken the time to express their feel- ings. To the public: It means so much to us to know that we have support in our fight against what we believe is an injustice not only to ourselves, but also to the resi- dents of Lewes. While this situation is indeed difficult for both of us, your sup- port gives us strength. We fully intend to continue this fight, • and we are doing our best NOT to let you down. A sincere thank you for all of your encouragement, and please keep thinking of us. Cathy and Hal Barber Lewes On Rehoboth noise ordinance Well, editor, Curley, Moe and Larry are in the headlines again. No matter Continued on page 8 PIg keep letters to 5 words or Volume 1 No. 37 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Office Manager Kathy Emery Photographer Robert Prengle Production Supervisor Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Susan Porter The Cape Gazette • (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the S13oppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O• Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958: "The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man." - Coleridge