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Betts, Hudson win Milton council seats By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff Milton Vice Mayor Leah Betts, who has served on council for 18 years, was elected to anothe three-year term while Mary Hudson, who lost the 2006 mayoral elec- tion to Mayor Don Post, will serve on the council's other open seat. Nearly 80 percent of Milton's registered voters turned out for the town's annual town council election, Saturday, March 3, in which roughly one third of voters cast Time springs forward two single-shot ballots for their candidates of choice. Betts, who won the most votes with 237, will sail on to her seventh term. "It's a great example. The people spoke and said they're happy with the administration," said Betts. "I'm so happy to work for the town." Hudson tallied the second highest num- ber of votes at 217. "Last year I lost by 21 votes. If 11 people had changed their minds, I would have won," said Hudson. This year, she did. Referring to the high voter turnout and victory, Hudson said, "It shows people are interested. People are just so much more interested, aware, and up on the issues." Brenda Bums, who lost with 168 votes, did not say if she wilt seek a seat in the town's 2008 race when the mayoral and two council seats will be up for grabs. "The key is that I certainly welcome Mary Hudson coming on council and work- ing with her," said Post. "At the same time, I think we've got to keep a very positive focus. I think we need to be positive with the work we do and focus on our goals, I hope that Mary Hudson can bring a very independent voice without other agendas." Betts, who agreed in part with the mayor, congratulated Hudson. "Mary will be a great asset if she's not influenced by other people." Betts said she plans to introduce some of Burns' ideas and work with Hudson on others. "It's a shame there were not three places open," said Betts. Continued on page 4 weeks early By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff Is another Y2K in the offing? Or perhaps it should be labeled 4MWDST (four more weeks of daylight-saving time). Because of a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, four weeks will be added to daylight-saving time, starting Sunday, March 11. In an effort to conserve energy, daylight- saving time will start the second Sunday in March, instead of the first Sunday in April and it will end Nov. 4 - the first Sunday in November - instead of the last Sunday in October. Based on past alterations in the time change, officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation estimate that extra month of daylight in the evening could save the equivalent of about 300,000 barrels of oil, because people will stay outside and use less electricity. The change is catching some people off guard and could upset the applecart of any technology dependant on date such as com- puters, faxes, cell phones, personal digital Continued on page 8 Total lunar eclipse viewed in the Cape Region Steven Billups photo As the sun set Saturday, March 1, a darkened moon arose in the twilight and moved through the light clouds for the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years. Stargazers from throughout the world, and residents in yards and beaches in the Cape Region were able to see the start of the eclipse after about 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Earth's shadow took nearly six hours to pass across the moon, changing the orb's hues to shades of gray and orange. Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth passes between the sun and moon. Hearing on Prime Hook pullout takes strange twist By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff It was supposed to be an uncomplicated, run-of-the-mill paving project, but the pub- lic hearing for a permit to construct a pull- out on Route 16 in the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge was anything but straightforward. It wasn't that people were against the pullout to provide better access for bird watching; it was about confusion caused when the person requesting the public hear- ing questioned which public hearing he was attending. More than a dozen people spoke at length on benefits of the project, the current unsafe conditions and the importance of Prime Hook as a premiere spot for year-round bird watching. Then near the end of the Wednesday, Feb. 28 public hearing, Sam Burke of Nassau took the floor to speak about another proj- ect for which he had requested the public hearing for initially: a bird tower, not the pullout. A bird tower and walkway project are currently under way along Route 16. The foundation for the walkway has already been constructed, and the tower is under construction as well. Volunteers are com- pleting the project. "Is anyone here surprised we are not able to talk about the tower?" Burke asked as he walked to the front of the room. He said he was the reason everyone was in the room because he was the only one who had requested a hearing but not a hearing on the pullout. "I stated no objec- tion to the pullout and did not want a hear- Continued on page 12