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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 Business & Real Estate Sussex approves bonds to finance new chicken breast de-boning facility By Dennis Forney Four months from now, Emer- son Pepper of Selbyville hopes to complete construction of a new chicken breast de-boning opera- tion that eventually will employ 84 Sussex County residents and pro- duce up to 64,000 pounds of bone- less chicken per day. The 11,200 square foot facility, to be known as First State Poultry Inc., will be built on about five acres of land along Rt. 319, known as Airport Road, between the Sus- sex County Airport and George- town. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, members of Sussex County Council voted unanimously to approve $1,500,000 in tax-exempt revenue bond financing for Pepper to pur- chase the land and build the deboning facility. County Attorney Gene Bayard assured Council members that the bond issuance is written in such a EMERSON H. PEPPER way that Sussex County is in no way liable for payment of the bonds. "They are to be backed solely by revenue generated from the project," said Bayard. He added thht Pepper has also put up $480,000 of his own money as part of a personal guarantee. Sussex Director of Economic Development Frank Calio said investors who purchase the tax exempt bonds and create the financing will sign letters indicat- ing they understand the risk involved. "We've done everything possi- ble to protect the county in this," said Calio. Councilman George Cole asked whether there was an available work force to fill the jobs that will be created. "Outsiders won't be brought in for these jobs'?." asked Cole. "We do have an available'work force," said Calio, "and Mr. Pep- per's been made aware of our feel- ing that he should be hiring local people." Pepper, who has spent a lifetime in the poultry business, said the United States currently has facili- ties for meeting only one third of the demand for boneless chicken breasts. " Workers de-bone chicken breasts by hand according to Pep- per. Those hired to debone chicken breasts will be paid a base wage of $6.50 per hour and bonus incen- tives based on their production. Total payroll for the facility is expected to exceed $1 million per year. There were no comments from the public Tuesday. Trish Vernon photos Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber holds annual dinner The lhoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual installation of new officers and directors and awards presentation at Rehoboth Beach Country Club on Thursday, Jan. 27. New officers and directors include (L to r.) Scot Swingle and Delores Gue, both two-year directors; Susan Wilson Krick, president; Susan Cerf, first vice president, and Susan Stone, two-year director. Those not on hand were Kay Wheatley, first vice president; Chip Hearn, secretary-treasurer; Doug Davis and Dennis Diehl, two-year directors, and Violet Chilcoat, John Kleitz Jr., Rob Marshall and Mike Meoli, all one-year directors. Bitsy Cochran is immediate past president. Irene IL Simpler of Rehoboth Beach (right) receives the 17th Annual Mac Hall McCabe Award from new Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber President Susan Wilson Krick. The annual award recognizes a person who has con- tributed to the welfare of the Rehoboth- Dewey areas. Delaware Coast Press Editor Terry Plow- man (left) presents the Annual Personality of the Year Award to Edward R. Hill for his many years of community service, during the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber's installation. Light up your home and light up your life One improvement to your home that has both an immediate and future benefit is attractive lighting. Whether you are in the process of selling your home or not, appropri- ate lighting in your home can brighten a room, accent architec- tural features and furnishings and leave a favorable impression. Ambient or general lighting is the overall or background lighting in your home. It is important that it be without glare and evenly dis- persed. As a general rule, reflect- ing surfaces should not be too dark, ceilings should be a light col- or, regardless of texture, and walls should be only slightly darker than ceilings. Local lighting is that light need- ed for specific tasks such as read- ing, cooking and sewing. These tasks can cause eye strain, so REALTOR FOCUS effective lighting is essential. Since the kitchen is often the most frequented room in the house, and cooking requires a well-light- ed area, it should be bri.'ghter than most rooms. For general lighting, luminous ceiling light is ideal. Fluorescent light fixtures placed under cabinets supply bright shad- owless light for detailed tasks and is energy efficient. Another room that needs bright lighting is the bathroom. Fluores- cent lights are effective because people need to see well for putting on make-up, shaving and reading medicine bottles. Although overhead lighting may be sufficient for bedrooms, you may prefer several table lamps with switches by the door and on the lamp itself for easy accessibili- ty. Versatile lighting in the family room makes any activity possible. Lamps that hang from the ceiling with adjustable height or pivotal ceiling fixtures are options. A ceil- ing fan lamp is a great combina- tion of air and light, especially in a commonly used room. Artwork can be displayed more prominently with spot lighting using specially designed art lights that attach to the frame of the pic- ture. Decorative corners with knick-knacks or planters also can be brought into sharper, focus with spot lighting. Wall sconces work beautifully to make hallways dec- orative and more interesting. Since energy efficiency often is a concern, knowing which types of lighting save energy is useful. The most efficient lighting source is fluorescent, using 75 percent less energy and lasting up to ten times longer than other types of lighting. Another tip for saving energy is to use motion sensor lights for areas outside your home such as near the garage or back porch. Lights turn on as you approach, rather than being used for hours at a time. Many people like to leave one or two lights on when they are away from home by using timers. Timers can save energy while giv- ing the impression your house is occupied. There are no absolutes in the decisions regarding lighting in your home. It is a matter of taste as much as anything else, but remember you work hard to make your home beautiful.., show it off with appropriate lighting. Skip Valliant is the president of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS. All Cape area REALTORS are invited to submit columns to be used in REALTOR Focus. Columns must be 350 to. 500 words in length and accompa- nied by a photograph of the REAL- TOR.)