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Cape C, azette NEWS TUESDAY. MARCH 26-THURSDAY. MARCH 28 2013 11 SUSSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY leaders include (I-r) Carl Ballato, Peg Green, Chad Lingenfelder, M tch Crane, Rita Hughes, Jane Hovington and Bob Rougeau. Sussex Dems elect new leaders At its recent county conven- tion, the Sussex Democratic committee people elected in their respective representative districts came together at the county party headquarters in Georgetown and elected new leaders for the next four years. The new chairman is Mitch Crane, who swept every district in Sussex County last September in his attempt to be Delaware insurance commissioner. Crane lost statewide to the incumbent, Karen Weldin Stewart, by 1,100 votes. A former elected Penn- sylvania judge, Crane, of Lewes, has lived in Sussex for 12 years. Crane resides in the 14th Repre- sentative District. Re-elected female vice chair is former Georgetown Council- woman lane Hovington; who narrowly lost the District 19 state Senate race last November. Hovington is current 37th Rep- resentative District chair. The male vice chair is Delaware na- tive Chad Lingenfelder, who was field director in Sussex for Sen. Tom Caiper's 2012 campaign and recently passed the Maryland and Delaware bar exams. Lin- genfelder is a 41st Representative District committee person. Peg Green of the 35th Rep- resentative District and Bob Rougeau of the 20th Reiresen- tative District, were elected recording and corresponding secretaries, respectively. The 38th Representative District committee woman Rita Hughes was elected party treasurer. The convention also elect- ed former 20th Represntative District Chair Carl Ballato as Sussex County at-large member of the Delaware Democratic State Executive Committee. He will represent Sussex Democrats along with Crane and Hughes. Democrats rally in Sussex The Sussex County Demo- cratic Party held a star-studded event welcoming many elected officials, party leaders and lo- cal organizers March 16 at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. Mitch Crane, the newly elected chair of the Sussex Democrats was exuberant in his view of the future for the Democratic Party in Sussex County. "We're ready to elect more Democrats to local office," he said. Crane was not alone in his enthusiasm for the future of the Democratic Party in Sussex County. lane H0vington, vice chair of the Sussex Dems agreed. "Weare organizing now for the next few years and will not stop until we have elected some more great Democrats to local of- rice." Hovington said. "Tonight is just the beginning. Look at this crowd. It's full of people of all ages, philosophies, and genders - from all over Sussex County who are committed to helping grow Continued on page 12 Mammals Continued from page 10 for care. In rare cases, success- fully rehabilitated animals are returned to the wild. "In Delaware, live animals are occasionally found and rescues of them attempted. In one recent rare and unique case, DNREC biologists and MERR volunteers worked together to rescue a clutch of federally threatened and state-endangered green sea turtle eggs, a successful effort led by DNREC that produced eight hatchlings eventually released into North Carolina coastal wa- ters in late 2011 and early 2012. In more common cases, deceased animals such as dolphins, sea turtles.or even large whales are found and provide opportumties for scientific study and public education. What to do in case of a strand- ing: Report strandings immedi- ately. Do not move dead animals from stranding site. Do not touch or attempt to return live animals to the water. Observe only from a distance - stranded animals stress easily and can die as a result. Marine strandings - includ- ing porpoises, seals, dolphins, whales and sea turtles-- should be reported as soon as possible to MERR by calling 302-228- 5029. Sea turtle nesting should be reported directly to the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739- 4580. For more information on Del- aware's marine mammal and turtle strafiding programs, call the Division offish and Wildlife, Wildlife Section, at 302-739-9912. SPRING IS UPON US AND WE ARE BACK! (BEGINNING 3/29) and serving our great breakfasts and lunches. Come sit in our sunny courtyard or grab something to go. Hours: glfA00 'fOUl( I00OH[I5 AND I00Ot' (ANMrKONI f'k00K fASIfR'{tt tU )NI WIRI