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2 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 NEWS Cape Gazette Archaeologists learn to dig bad weather Team conducts surveys along Route 9 By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.com Archaeologist ]ames Brene- man, who grew up in the Pitts- burgh area, is used to rough win- ter weather. He never dreamed he would encounter some of those same conditions as he headed south to Sussex County to do contract work for the Delaware Department of Trans- portation. "We started with rain and are ending with snow," he said Tues- day, Feb. 9, from a job site near Gravel Hill. Over the past three weeks, a crew of four from Archaeologi- cal and Historical Consultants Inc. in Centre Hall, Pa., has been conducting archeological sur- veys at three intersections along Route 9 between Gravel Hill and Lewes. Breneman said cultural surveys must be conducted be- fore roadwork can start. An archeological survey is one of several pre-construction processes involved with most state projects. The crew is working at the Gravel Hill, Hudson Road and Dairy Farm Road intersections. The survey work is nearly com- plete, Breneman said, but there is no way to predict when intersec- tion improvements will take place. Because of the state's current financial situation, DelDOT has put off construction Work along Route 9. So far, the crew has not made any major fmds. Near the site of an old general store in Gravel Hill, the crew found a spear point mixed in with some modern arti- facts. They have been sifting through soil and digging holes along Route 9. "Most of what we have found is pieces of glass and ceramics," he said. Breneman said he is anxious to get the job completed and put the bad winter weather behind him, as he heads back home to Pennsylvania. Late obituaries )) James L. Richter, known for leadership James L. Richter, 65, of Angola By The Bay, Lewes, formerly of Newark, passed away suddenly Wednesd, Feb. 10,2010, at Re- naissance Health Care, Mills- boro. Mr. Richter was born Dec. 3, 1944, in Miami, Fla., son of the late John C. and Elsie L. (MauUer) Richter. Mr. Richter was a dedicated employee of DeCrane Aero- space, Pats Aircraft Systems. He also served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Viet- nam War era, was a member of the Delaware National Guard, past Boy Scouts of America exec- utive for the Delmarva Council Number 081, Wilmington, and past treasurer of the Angola By The Bay Community Homeown- ers Association, Lewes. He was known by all for his dedication and leadership, particularly through his involvement with the Lewes Presbyterian Church. Mr. Richter joined the church 38 years ago and later became a deacon. Throughout the years he supported many mis- James Richter sions, espe- cially his wife's missionary program with the Congo of which he was very Continued on page 5 RON MACARTHUR PHOTO IT'S DIRTY WORK, but someone has to do it. As Mary Stack digs more dirt from a hole to complete a survey, fellow archeologists (I-r) Melissa Flannery, James Breneman and Micah Stroud watch to see if she finds anything. Ground Floor Office/Retail Space 1,000 to 2,000 sq. ft. Newly completed building on busy Long Neck Road across from Shorts Marina. 2 Units Ideal for Insurance Office, Lawyer, Chiropractor and other Professional uses Ready for immediateoccupancy- ample parking. Call 645-2181, ask for Phil, or emaH fitchbuilder@aol.com