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4 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 Continued from page 3 celebrate more than 35 women who were builders of communities and who dared to make their dreams come true. It recognizes Gerry Royal of Laurel, specifically for being the first African American to become a merhber of the Milton Fire Department and who was also named outstanding young woman of America. Royal is a 1985 graduate of Delaware Tech's nursing program. The proclamation also recognizes state Sen. Liane Sorenson of Yorklyn, who over- . came many personal struggles while serving in the General Assembly for 28 years. March 1 will serve as Gerry Royal and Liane Sorenson Day, concludes the procla- marion, which will be formally presented at the council meeting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in council chambers in Georgetown. The meeting is open to the public. Rehoboth solicitor selection nearsclosing gehoboth- Beach Commissioners are reviewing eight candidates to serve the city in legal matters. From Dewey Beach to Wilmington, said Rehoboth Commissioner Patrick Gossecandidates have forwarded applications. Applications were received from individual attorneys and firms, with one lead attorney candidate from the firms. "I would suggest with the number of appli- cants that we schedule an interview for all eight people," said Gossett. Commissioners will select a day or two to interview candidates. Among area appli- cants are James C. Reed in Rehoboth, Joseph A. VanSant Of Tunnell & Raysor in Georgetown and William A. Chasanov. According to city code, applicants shall be members in good standing of the bar of the State of Delaware with offices in Sussex County. - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 County planners to discuss Isaacs Glen, Cadbury A special meeting of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will be held to discuss the preliminary plans for Isaacs Glen. Planners heard testimony from the public on the application filed by Reynolds Pond LLC in January, but have not made a decision. The plans for the clus- ter development include 1,630 single-family units on 836 acres with walking trails, ponds and recreation areas. County planners will also discuss the Cadbury proposal in Lewes under other business. The proposal is for an assisted living facility on Gills Neck Road (Sussex 267). The meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, in council chambers in Georgetown. The public is wel- come to attend. Large sum of cash disappears from truck State police detectives are investigating a theft that occurred between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in the parking lot at the Shoppes of Long Neck. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said while a man was working, his silver Dodge pick- up truck was parked behind the Ocean Point Grill. Someone removed a large sum of cash from the vehicle, said Oldham, but there were no signs of forced entry. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Det. Gerald Windish at 856- 5850, Ext. 221. Police investigate burglary in Pot-Nets State police detectives are investigating a burglary that occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Feb. 19, at a residence on Hillenwood Road in Pot-Nets Bayside. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said when the 63-year-old male homeowner arrived home that day, he discovered the rear sliding glass door at the residence was smashed. The suspect also removed four television sets: a 21-inch RCA, 19-inch TV with built- in VCR and two 17-inch televisions. The Late 0bituar,00 Ralph F. Nelson, aviation.pioneer Ralph Frederic Nelson, 71, aviation pio- neer, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2206, inBethany Beach. He was born March 1, 1934, in Beverly, Mass., to the late Graham Thomson Nelson and Mary Anne Bunk. Ralph, affectionately known as "Beaver" by his grade-school classmates, started his career in aviation early by soloing in a J-2 Club on skis on his 16th birthday. After he graduated from Beverly High School in 1952, he joined the Army and served during the Korean Conflict as an infantry tactics instructor. In 1954, he left the Army and used his G.I. bill benefits to earn his aviation instructor rating to become a University of Illinois flight instructor. He flew his way through college, became a member of the Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity, and grad- uated with a bachelor of science degree in speech in 1958. Two days after graduation, he was work- ing for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in Bethesda, Md. Over the next 35 years, he rose to AOPA's senior executive vice president while initi- ating and managing a wide range of gener- al aviation safety programs, including the national program of flight training clinics, training more than 100,000 pilots and being a founder of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). His distinguished aviation awards include Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity Award, Washington Air Derby Association Trophy, FAA's Certificate of Commendation, National Air Transportation Association Meritorious Service Award, Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Award for Flight Instructor Programs, Aviation and Space Technology Award, Flight Safety Foundation Award, National Safety Council best training film of the year, FAA's Distinguished Service Award and the Aviation Elder Statesman Award for lifetime service to aviation safety. In 1994, he retired to his favorite beach home and continued his community service on the Sussex Shore Beach Association Board, managing community security and taking care of the beach lifeguards. He is survived by his son Graham, son Ralph Jr., daughter Pam, daughter Sandy, and seven grandchildren. All services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes. Donations may be made to the National Association of Flight Instructors Foundation (NAFI Foundation), 35 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 where arrangements are being made to ded- icate a "Ralph Nelson Memorial Flight Instructor Scholarship." Submitted photo Milton donates fire truck to Hampton Island The Milton Fire Department recently donated a truck to the Hampton Island, Ga. fire department. Milton Fire Department President Jack Hudson was able to get the word out that they had a surplus 1971 American LaFranee truck available for adoption. In short order, the Georgia department had a nat-bed semi travel up to Milton and pick up the truck. Hudson said the fire company decided that it would rather donate it to another department than sell it for its value of $3,000 or $4,000. "We just thought that if we eould find a fire department that really needed this truck and could use it for actual fire fighting that we would be willing to donate it," Hudson said. "I already received an email from them and they are elated with it. It's the only thing they've got really." total value of the stolen property was approximately $600. Police are asking any- one with information about the case to call Det. John Messick at 856-5850, Ext. 213. Fiber optic installation to close part of Route 1 The Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) has announced that the Signal Construction Section, in con- junction with Kriss Contracting, Inc., will. be placing fiber optic communication cable along Route 1 from Bald Eagle Road to Camelot Drive on the outskirts of the City of Rehoboth Beach. The installation requires a southbound left lane closure to place the lines underground with the work continuing through Tuesday, Feb. 28. The work is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; no work will be done Saturday or Sunday. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. For more infor- mation visit www.deldeot.gov. Lane restrictions set near Rehoboth Country Club The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced intermittent lane restrictions on West Side Drive and White Oak Road in the vicinity of Rehoboth Beach Country Club due to drainage improvements. The contractor is Danella Construction. The drainage work begins Monday, Feb. 27, and ends Friday, March 24, weather permitting. The work is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on week- ends. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area and to expect delays. For details visit www.del- dot.gov. Lincoln Day dinner open to the public The Eastern Sussex Republican Club and the Sussex County Republican Women's Club are hosting their annual Lincoln Day dinner Monday, Feb. 27, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Convention Center in Rehoboth Beach. There will be a cash bar, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner to be served at 6 p.m. Delaware Sen. Charlie Copleand, R-West Farms, will give the keynote address. President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary will also say a few words. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person or $75 per couple. To reserve space, make checks payable to ESRC and mall to Treasurer Suzanne Sams, 32046 River Road, Millsboro, DE 19966. Harmony Construction chosen for Sussex paving job The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that Harmony Construction Inc. is the low bid- der for a project to pave and rehabilitate var- ious roadways across Sussex County. The Wilmington-based firm submitted a bid of $2,308,897.24, the lowest of five bids. The project includes milling, patching and hot-mix overlay of various roads including Route 113 northbound from Speedway Road to the entrance of Arby's in Millsboro; Route ll3 southbound from Wal-Mart to Arrow Safety Road in Georgetown; Fisher Road from Lewes- Georgetown Highway to Cool Spring Road, Georgetown; Harmon's Hill Road from Hollyville Road to Indian Mission Road, Millsboro; and Cave Neck Road from Chestnut Street to Brickyard Road, Milton. Dewey Beach canine quits the job The Dewey Beach K-9 drug unit just lost its officer and its dog. Pfc. Tim Webb and his dog, Amber, began the four-month train- ing program with the New Castle County Police and were expected to finish this spring. However, Webb and Amber left the department for Camden, where Webb was offered a higher salary. Webb and Amber did not complete training, said police Chief Sam Mackert during the Saturday, Feb. 11 town council meeting. At the end of train- ing, Amber would have been able to find marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin. While the Dewey Police Department does- n't have a dog now, Mackert is keeping the program open. He hopes to find a new offi- cer to train, he said. There are now no inter- ested, qualified candidates. The total cost of training Amber was $2,000, which Town Manager Gordon Elliott said cannot be refunded. Mackert plans to write a policy requiring an officer to commit to several years of service before paying for such training.