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24 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 (IB campaigns for funding for I Inlet fac.ility By Jim Westhoff Once housing for single Coast Guard men and women, a two- story wooden barracks at Indian River Inlet, is set to become the headquarters building for the Cen- ter for the Inland Bays. At 4,300 square feet, the new state-of-the-art headquarters will have a large meeting room, a community room with resources for the public, and enough offices to house the entire staff of the cen- ter. Center for the Inland Bays Ex- ecutive Director Ed Lewandowski said he hopes the building will be finished this year, but that will de- pend upon how quickly funds can be raised. Although more than $300,000 has been raised, Lewandowski estimates that the project will cost $1 million. Still, he said, the location of the new center could hardly be better. "It puts us right in the bays," he said. "Right now, we're not even in the watershed." The center's offices are current- ly located on Route 1 in Lewes, north of the Route 9 intersection. The rented facility does not have a meeting space large enough for staff or board meetings. "So far, we've been using borrowed and rented space," Lewandowski said. With board meetings of nearly 50 people, "we have the need to seat a large group of people," Lewandowski said. The new building will have space for large committee meet- ings, educational programs and special events. In addition, the building will have a community area where the public can learn about the bays, do research and talk with employees of the center. The weather has also hampered construction work. "When the weather cooperates, we'll be able to finish painting the trim," he said. "When the trim is complete, we'll install the siding." But to finish the exterior, they will need to raise more money. When the exterior of the building looks good, then it will be a show- case for potential fundraisers, Lewandowski said. Former Gov. Russell Peterson is honorary chairman of the cam- paign. To contribute to the cam- paign, "A Building for Our Bays," contact Lewandowski at 645- 7325. The center's website is www.in- landbays.org. Jim Westhoff photos Located near Indian River Inlet next to the Coast Guard station, the new 4,300-square-foot headquarters of the Center for the Inland Bays will offer office space for employees, a com- munity room and a large meeting space. Win a 5tressless Recliner Norway Days at Abizak's! rhe on American Stop by Abizak's March =::h-26'* to enter for your chance to win an Ekornes Stressless RecUnerl The Abizalds Nmway Days celebration features an amazing away of Norwegian made Ekornes seating. You'll find dozens of chairs and recliners, plus stationary and reclining sofas, too on display for you to try at your leisure. And don't forget Family Media--the ultimate in home theater seating. IL!____L __t.lUlZillt'$ on the Highway 4120 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Toll free 888-850-9224 .:- 227-1500 -:. www.abizaks.com Ed Lewandowski, executive director of Center for the In- land Bays, stands inside the unfinished building that will be- come the center's new headquarters. The former Coast Guard barracks building at Indian River Inlet is undergoing exten- sive renovations. A capital campaign is under way to raise $1 million. Park's Martial Arts - Taekwondo - 4120 Highway One (,.. m=k'si Traditional martial arts training with an emphasis on character development and self-discipline. Youth and adults welcome. Low monthly rate and NO contracts! All instruction by WTF certified Kukkiwon Black Belts. Classes meet Men/Wed (5:30-6:30) or Tues/Thurs (6:00-7:00) Feel free to stop by during class hours to speak to an instructor or visit our website at www.parksmartialarts.com for more information.