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Continued from page 6 From my residence, 1,150 feet away, I started walking toward the go-kart track. Not until the first ar- borvitae tree behind the shopping center, or 475 feet from the track, did I hear any cart-related noise. It was very tolerable. During regular conditions, I can clearly hear go- karts from 2,000 feet away at Boulevard Ford's southern bound- ary. The test personnel returned to the community at approximately 1:30 p.m. and again took the read- ings of the so-called noise condi- tions. It was apparent that the noise levels would be the about the same for both tests. As these con- ditions are not the prevailing ones, the test is rendered inaccurate and inconclusive. Again, as a resident of a com- munity surrounding the existing go-kart track, I invite any and all members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and our county council officials to visit our communities for a real-world, first-hand, in-season hearing test for your ears only. Therefore, I respectfully ask for a "no" vote in regard to the Fun Sport proposal and your help in a reduction of noise, hours, traffic, pollution, etc., at the existing Fun Sport facilities. Thank you. At the Sussex County Council hearing, there were 32 letters of opposition and a petition signed by 83 residents of Midway Subdi- vision, Dove Knoll and Midway Estates, all complaining of con- stant noise from l0 a.m. to mid- night. Can we all be wrong? It must be reported that noise pollution emanating from any ma- chinery, such as power engines, does not just imply exhaust or mo- tor noise. Other factors greatly in- crease the volume, such as belts, chains, shaft, blade and tire fric- tion noise. An example of this is when a lawn tractor is running at speed and engaging the PTO blade it greatly enhances the level of noise. All such equipment operat- ed at less than running speed greatly reduces the noise level. Peter D. Hallock Rehoboth Beach Cleaver explains decision to run I am writing this letter to let the residents know why I have decid- ed to run for mayor. It has become apparent to me that our city is in need of some direction and leader- ship. Good intentions are no longer good enough. For more than a dozen years, I have attended the numerous city meetings, many times being the only person in the audience. While I have listened to much discussion at these meetings, re- suits that improve our community are sorely lacking. While I could list many unre- solved issues that face our city, I have decided to concentrate on the three that I feel are most important to you. First, our mayor has be- come expert at naming citizen committees to address city prob- lems; unfortunately, in most cas- es, the good work and recommen- dations that come out of these committees is ignored. Second, Lewes continues to grow as a resort town, attracting increased traffic and associated problems. It is imperative that we develop traffic patterns and park- ing solutions that will allow us to serve the visitors that have fallen in love with our city while ensur- ing a good quality of life for those of us who call Lewes home. And fihallyl while the issue of our cap- ital investments has surfaced many times, this is an issue the mayor has not addressed. I will be writing a series of let- ters over the next few weeks. These letters will address each of the three issues mentioned above, giving details of my ideas to solve these issues and improve our com- munity. I feel my life's experiences, my tenure on city council and my at- tendance at countless city meet- ings will allow me to bring a ma- ture perspective to our city gov- ernment. I look forward to com- municating my ideas with you. George Cleaver Lewes April Beauchamp thanks community During my illness the past 12 months, I have received support in many forms - hundreds of cards, many flowers and plants, and nu- merous balloon bouquets and food baskets. Many of you have prepared meals for my family and me when I was unable to do so. Countless numbers of you have included me, and continue to in- clude me, in your prayers and in prayer chains. My entire family has been there for me constantly. Some of my hospital stays have been several weeks long, with my husband by my side. As much as we missed our chil- dren, we always knew that then were being cared for by famil N members that they love and who love them. Most recently I was blessed with your support by your partic- ipation in a bone marrow driv,e held at Groome United Methodist Church. More than 300 people came amd gave blood. The people fronn Johns llopkins (National Borne Marrow Registry) were amazed art the numbers. They had no idea that a smalll town would pull together witlh such magnitude to help someone. Many of you generously donated money to help with the cost of testing this blood. This is something that insurance does not cover, so it is truly appre- ciated. I would like to take this oppor- tunity to give a special thank-you to the two individuals who planned this drive - Wendy Carey Pratt and Peggy Conlon, both from the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies. They both spent endless hours in its preparation. My sister-in-law, Betty Brit- tingham, helped draw blood the entire day. Many others prepared food and gave of their time to help make the drive the success it was. I was in Christiana Hospital at the time the drive was being held. I cannot begin to tell you what it meant to me when my family in- formed me of the support that had been given. Regardless of whether or not a match is found for me, I'm grateful for your support. Thank you seems too little to say who are graciously giving of themselves to give me a chance at life, but I know of no other words - Thank you, thank you, thank you. April Beauchamp Lewes Mock replies to Crystal The phrase "I disagree, sir, with what you are saying, but I will de- fend to the death your right to say it!" came to mind when I read Mr. Crystal's comments regarding the reassessment of property in Sus- sex County. There is no body of voters who would more greatly benefit from a correct assessment than those who live in the 37th District. If anyone would like to debate this further, I'd like nothing bet- ter. Mike Mock Lewes Longtime Rehoboth resident has concerns I have lived in Rehoboth since my parents brought me here and my two sisters and started a busi- ness with Mr. Rudolf Dolle on the north side of Rehoboth Avenue known as Dolle's. It started as a candy store with one building and a year or two later a bowling alley and lunch room and apartment were added. The apartment was where we lived year-round. I graduated from the Rehoboth school where our City Hall is now located. The summer season then started part of April through part of Sep- tember. As the years progressed the season extended to year- round. We passed through the depres- sion years with my parents worry- ing about paying their debts to the owners of the land (Snellady & Robbins) and the debt owed to Mr. Bounds for the building. Due to the depression it took over 25 years to get rid of the debt. In 1960 we severed the p'armer- ship with the Dolle family on a friendly basis due to the thoughts of the future owners. In March 1962 I saw and wit- nessed the destruction caused by the devastating storm which de- stroyed the Rehoboth beach front. The mayor at the time was Steve Stamper, who did agreat job get- ting the oceanfront properties ready for the summer season. By July 4, 1962, we were open for business in a new building, ents, businesses and interested cit- izens. The recent production of "The King and I" demonstrates the vast number of people who contribute to Cape's theatre pro- gram - 25 seamstresses, who spent housing only our candy equip- countless hours designing and merit and cooking facilities, The sewing costumes for a cast of 70 balance of the building was fin- students; 120 patrons and 46 ad- ished in the fall ready for the next season. There is some thought of rent- ing space in front of our rental properties. I do not approve of the town competing against business people who rent property they own and pay state and county tax- es plus town taxes. This seems to penalize property owners. I think Rehoboth Avenu6 is fine the way it is. I have seen a great many changes in the 70 years that I have lived here. Old structures have been re- placed by newer stores, although this was not a rapid, drastic change, there was change. Re- hoboth is not the way I remember it at 10 years of age. We have more stores, condos, restaurants etc. than I remember.' I have seen changes in inland towns where they have tried to re- vitalize downtown streets and have not had too much success due to the malls built on the fringes of the town. I like Rehoboth the way it is. I like to think I grew up here and saw changes on a gradual basis. The ocean is the drawing card, without that we would not be the resort we are. It has a smalltown atmosphere. I know at some future date the laws of nature being what they are, our property will probably go out again. Then it is time for a change. I do not think I will live to see the destruction and probably won't, as I am now 80 years old. Don't misunderstand me on .the changes offered; I like a Williamsburg-Winter Tour atmos- phere but Rehoboth is neither of these places. The cost of changes will be considerable and then there is maintenance of the pro- ject. Please consider Mother Nature and time when thinking of making these changes. Changes also come gradually, which gives everyone a chance to breathe. Deliveries of goods, gas, oil, buses must be considered. Trees and vegetation we have plenty of in residential and business areas, this is a unique feature ofour area. Most resorts are bare and sandy. Please consider the changes carefully without harming the charm of Rehoboth. Constance P. BrinlOey Rehoboth Beach Cape Thespians thank community We would like to thank the community for their support of the Cape Henlopen Thespians. Each of our productions has been more successful than the last because of outpouring of goodwill and enthu- siastic assistance we get from fel- low teachers, administrators, par- vertisers, who through their dona- tions and ads helped provide a beautiful 28-page program; and over 2,500 audience members, who gave "The King and I" the distinction of being Cape's largest production to date. A note of gratitude grows out to our colleagues and administrators who continue to give moral sup- port and encouragement as we en- deavor to develop and expanda comprehensive theatre program. We strive to offer a well-rounded curricula as well as excellent ex- tracurricular opportunity for the students of the Cape Henlopen School District. Lastly, we extend a special trib- ute to all the parents and commu- nity who continue to encourage our children to study and partic- ipate in the arts, knowing the arts feed the soul and nurture healthy, creative, productive individuals. We couldn't have done it with- out you. Thanks for generously giving your time, talents, and money. Cape Henlopen Thespians Rehoboth auxiliary thanks sponsors The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company ladies auxiliary would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in mak- ing our first-ever Chinese Auction a huge success: Pauline Alton, Americlnn, Are- na's Dell, Atlantic Management, Atlantic Massage Therapy, Beach Tans and Hair Designs, Bear on the Beach, Joyce Blizzard, Browseabout Books, Cape Gazette, Casapulla's South, Diane Cooper, Country Accents, County Bank, Sarah Curry, Dolles, Fifth Avenue Jewelers, Frogg Pond, Grizzly's, Grotto Pizza, Hair Cut- tery, Katherine Harker, Hazzards Auto RepaiL Hazzard's "Big A," Hollands Jewelers, Holly's Restaurant, Ibach's, Jiggers, Lamps and Shades, Priscilla Lane, Alan and Pansy Lynch, Harriet Magee, Rachel Messick, Midway Bowling Center, Millman's Hard- ware, Karen Mitchell, Mono- grams Unlimited, Nicola Pizza, Peppers, D.F, Quillen Construc- tion, Rehoboth Shell, Robert James Salon, Rusty Rudder, Shirley Savage, Savoy, Sears, Sea Shell Shop, Sherwin-Williams Paints, Mike Simpler, Steele's Gun Shop, Suburban Propane, Ted's Military Surplus, Thor- oughgood Appliances, Olive Ward, Webster's Furniture, Wil- gus Cleaners and Windsor's Flowers. We hope all who attended had an enjoyable evening and will come back again next year. Dotti Neske Sarah Curry Co-chairs