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Budget cuts take bite out of local marine weathe r forecasts By Michael Short Most people haven't noticed the differ- ence yet. But on March 1, the MAREP weather reporting program went off the air. A fixture for years, the University of Delaware Sea Grant College program pro- vided weather forecasts for thousands of people on the water. The program used the first-hand informa- tion collected by fishermen and other boaters to provide more exact marine weather forecasts. The program received up to 6,000 calls annually from boaters who provided data on wave heights, temperature, wind condi- tions and other weather information. Such data was considered valuable because it of- fered on the spot data, which helped fill in the gaps in more general forecasts. Because of that, those forecasts are known as "ground truths." "Who is the expert in this case? It is the guy sitting ten miles out (offshore)," said Jim Eberwine, a marine forecaster with the National Weather Service Station in Mount Holly, N.J. Joe Fan.ell of the Sea Grant Program said that the program is being eliminated be- cause of budget cutbacks. He said he real- izes that programs must be evaluated, but that he worries that the loss of.weather in- formation will make it less safe for boaters. "We're seeing a kind of withering away of the safety net," Fan-ell said. "We deeply regret that the federal budget figures for the remainder of Fiscal Year 1997 will not support continuation of the Lewes MAREP contract...Massive budget cuts to eastern region operations have forced us to take this undesirable action," said Russell Don" Jr. chief of the meteoro- logical services division of the National Weather Service in a letter to Farrell earlier this winter ................. "Your observations...have been invalu- able and they will be sorely missed. Should the budget outlook improve, we would seek to immediately reinstate this valuable source of ground-truth marine information. Again, we are sorry that we must take this action." The MAREP program has been in effect since 1984 and FarreU believes it has been heavily used by boaters. The acronym MAREP stands for Marine Reporting Network. The reports are broadcast from Mount Holly over NOAA Weather Radio frequen- cies on the VHF-FM dial. Fan'ell said the annual cost of the pro- gram is under $25,000. While there are no plans to replace the program, there is other weather information available. There is radar, satellites and a Delaware Bay weather buoy, all of which provide weather information. But the concern is that data is more gen- eral and less specific, particularly because weather conditions can vary greatly and change very suddenly in even a small area. Eberwine said "It does kind of fill in the blanks for us." State police cracking down on drug use,, lealin00: i Sussex Drug dealers and users in Sus- sex County may want to reconsid- er where they conduct their illegal business. Recent efforts from the Delaware State Police have result- ed in some major successes in their war on drugs. In only a five-day period, troop- ers made 14 arrests that not only essentially shut down a busy open air drug market near Millsboro, but also decommissioned an al- leged drug dealer from Lewes. According to Lt. Rick Cham- berlin, Delaware State Police spokesman, on Tuesday_. Mh,s _. ....... ,v,. roop 3 In Bridgeville arrested Marshall Wynne, 40, of Lewes, following a stop for alleged driving under the influence (DUI) violations. Upon further investigation, the officers determined Wynne had a half pound of marijuana and $900 cash with him. They arrested Wynne on the following charges: DUI, possession with intent to de- liver, maintaining a vehicle for the distribution of drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug p arapbernalia and failure to stop at a red light. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,650 secured bond. The Delaware State Police Spe- cial Investigations unit arrested 11 others involved in the drug Wade following a raid on Friday, Feb. 28. Chamberlin said the raid was the result of a year-long investiga- tion into the illegal drug traffick- ing problem in Thompsonville, a community on Sussex 326, ap- proximately one mile north of Millsboro. Troopers from the Special In- vestigations unit, the Special Op- erations Response Team (SORT), the Tactical Control Unit (TCU) and Troops 4 and 7 executed search warrants for the following: Stanley Oliver Davis, Hodie Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Ronnie Thomas, all of Millsboro; and a Jeep Grand Wagoneer owned by Bradley Thompson, al- so of MiUsboro. ,. .1:, - mu, olllcers seized a handgun from outsidle the Thomas residence, and they con- fiscated 6.27 grams of crack co- caine, 3.88 grams of marijuana and $1,300 cash. A trooper sustained a laceration to the lip, requiring seven stitches, while pursuing one of the suspects who was arrested in the raid. An officer also was forced to shoot a dog. 'rbe dog attacked members of one of the entry teams as they were preparing to enter a house," said Chambelin. Troopers made the following ar- rests: Ernest Lofland, 29, of Georgetown, four counts of deliv- ering cocaine; Samuel Jackson, 18, of Bridgeville, eight counts of delivering cocaine; Andre Jack- son, 16, of BridgeviUe, two counts of delivering cocaine; Hodie Thompson, Sr., 56, of Millsboro, two counts of delivering cocaine and two counts of maintaining a tO' dwelling for the distribution of drugs; Ronnie Lee Thomas, 21, of Millsboro, five counts of deliver- ing cocaine and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the dis- tribution of drugs; Stanley Davis, Jr., 31, of Millsboro, two counts of delivering cocaine, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of drugs, one count of maintaining a vehicle for the dis- tribution of drugs and four counts of second degree conspiracy; ,- Stanley Davis, Sr._55LofMin- ..... ....,,., tn uenvenng co- caine and two counts of maintain- ing a dwelling for the distribution of drugs; Bradley Thompson, 39, of Millsboro, one count of deliver- ing cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the dis- tribution of drugs; James Muntz, 31, of Millsboro, one count of de- livering cocaine and four counts of second degree conspiracy; Jef- frey Turner, age and address un- known, possession of marijuana; and Wydell Thompson, 36, of Millsboro, on an outstanding war- rant from the Court of Common Pleas. State police hold warrants on two others for Thompsonville-re- lated illegal activities but consider the two to be flight risks so are not releasing their names. Everyone arrested in the raid was incarcerat- ed in default of varied amounts of bond. The night before the raid, on Thursday, Feb. 27, state police successfully arrested two others on drug charges in an area near Thompsonville. Chamberlin said troopers arrested Jonathan Wha- ley, 24, and Adrian Jones, 32, both of the Millsboro area. Police seized 26 grams (approx- imately an ounce) of crack co- caine from Whaley at his resi- dence in Holiday Acres, Sussex 333. They charged him with pos- session of crack cocaine. Jones drug paraphernalia. Both men were released on bond. According to Delaware State Police and U.S. Drug Enforce- ment Agency estimations, the ap- proximate street values of the ille- gal drugs are as follows: ounce of cocaine is $1,200; gram of crack cocaine, $125 and ounce of crack cocaine, $1,400; ounce of mari- juana, $200 and pound of marijua- na, $1,200. was arrested for possession of Dok,a...-,- * .... . ,.,,,+uact nonored Wus t se-t;ounty Administrator Bob Stickels told Sussex County Coun- cil that engineers for the West Rehoboth Sewer Distffct were honored on Thursday, Feb. 20 with two awards. The Feb. 20 awards bring the to- tal to six that the County Council has received in recognition of the dis- trict, according to Stickels. He said that Tatman and Lee was presented with the prestigious "1997 Engineering Excellence Award, Grand Con- ceptor Award" during an awards ceremony. This award was rated based on originality, technical value to the engineering profession, social/eco- nomic considerations, complexity and meeting the county's needs. The award was given by the Consulting Engineers Council of Delaware. As the recipient of this number one award in the state, the project will be submitted for a national award to the American Consulting Engineers Council. The West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District also received a second award that evening. An "honor award" was presented to Peter Bozick of George, Miles and Buhr. Bhaskar S. Palekar, M.D., P.A. Proudly Announces The Association of LINDA C00[c M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine Special Interest in Rheumatology Now Accepting New Patients at Two Locations 1526 Savannah Road 10 North Front Street Lewes, Delaware 19958 Georgetown, Delaware 19947 645-1805 856-9596