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CAPE G A'I'I'E, Friday, April 4,. April 10, 1997 - 15 Could toxic algae be found in Delaware's Inland Bays? Chat'lie Marsch says it's one more reason to stop Rehoboth's canal dumping By Michael Short Rep. John Schroeder's idea of eliminat- ing the discharge of Rehoboth Beach's Sewer Treatment plant into the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal is moving slowlymvery slowly. Schroeder suggested the idea several weeks ago, saying the city of Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County and other parties could Sit down and discuss the idea to see if its feasible to remove that discharge. Schroeder, who is quick to praise Re- Grandmother Continued from page 12 restaurant that she and her late husband owned and operated from 1957 until it was leased in 1995. She and her husband came from Greek heritage, but they served American food. They carved a niche for themselves from the time that there were only 25 restaurants in St. Augustine until they retired two years ago with more than 200 restaurants crowd- ing the scene. The mother of her former daughter-in-law was killed in 1995, her grandson was accused of the murder, and her husband died in August of 1996. Emotional blows for anyone to deal with, yet Kalivas keeps active with her family and friends; she still man- ages the lease of the restaurant. She rode for 13 hours to tell the court of the Christopher that she knows. Strength covers cares "I know I am strong," she said in a reflective moment. "But I have all of the feelings inside." Her gaze is direct and steady as she explained, "I have to keep things in now; I know if I let a lit- fie out, it will all come. It will be too much; it will be overwhelm- ing. "He is my grandson, and I love him very much. The lawyers let Lewes BPW Continued ti-om page 11 creased significantly - by more than $21,000 over the previous year. The Board of Public Works earned $198,393 during FY96 on its cash reserves of more than' $2.3 million compared to $176,9(0 in interest the previous year. "The board has most of its re- serves invested in United States government treasury bills," said Barlow. "They roll over every two to three months, are well-pro- tected, and there's always about half a million dollars available on short notice." BPW General Manager Ron Donovan noted that the Board of Public Works has tagged hoboth Beach's expensive efforts to up- grade its sewer plant, has suggested that the city connect to Sussex County. Specifical- ly, that the Rehoboth Beach plant treat wastewater, but not discharge into the canal. Instead, he suggests piping the treat- ed sewage to the West Rehoboth treatment plant for disposal, It's only an idea and Schroeder was sim- ply calling for a "brainstorm" meeting to see if the idea can work, if it makes eco- nomic sense and if the West Rehoboth fa- cility can handle the extra load. This week, both Schroeder and Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said they are waiting for a meeting to be set. Cooper said that any changes should be based on scien- tific fact and he said the issue is a compli- cated one. "There are lots of issues." ,me and Tina get up close to Christopher. They weren't sup- posed to, but they did it as a favor. We couldn't really talk to him, just tell him that we love him and we are praying for him." She takes a breath and shrugs, "But it is out of our hands now. What will be, will be." Even with the verdict imminent on Wednesday, Kalivas and Hein- richs gently teased each other. One accused the other of being too nosy. The older woman agreed to go for a walk if the younger would carry her. "She's such a good girl," Kali- vas said as Heinrichs stepped out of the waiting room. She talked of Heinrichs studying to be a regis- tered nurse. Her goals include having a facility where elderly persons can have their own apart- ments along with the security of medical staff and dining room ser- vice if they want it. She talked some more about the restaurant, how they added a second floor in the 70s. "It has the best location in St. Augustine. It is right across from the fort, and it overlooks the river," she said. "Even before we built the sec- ond floor, people would come and sit on our roof to watch the boat parades at Christmas and Fourth of July. Then with the second floor, people make reservations months in advance for these occa- sions." All the casual conversation $431,995 of its reserves in the FY97 budget for the ongoing up- grade of its electrical network from four kilovolt capacity to 12 kilovolts. "That project will save loss of electricity over the lines and will eliminate the need for two substations," said Donovan. "Both of those improvements will make the system more efficient and save money over the long haul. We're doing a little of the upgrade at a time. It should be complete in the next five to seven years." Donovan said the electrical rate study is focusing on the residen- tial, commercial and industrial rate structures. "It should be done in about a month," said Donovan, "and will tell us where we,ve been in the past, where we are now, and where we can go in the future." Schroeder said the idea is generally being received favorably, but no meeting date has been set yet. Mike Izzo, the Sussex County engineer, said that with phase three of the West Re- hoboth Sewer District being put in place, his first priority has to be to make the plant is sufficient to meet the West Rehoboth needs. He said a new capacity analysis is being completed at this time. While Schroeder's idea is making slow progress, two local residents said this week that it's time to pick up the pace. Vicky Mertes of Indian Beach wrote to Sussex County Council this week in support of the idea. Mertes, who said she will no longer swim or eat clams from Rehoboth Bay, is con- vinced she got a staph infection after swim- broke off when the bailiff hastily called everyone back into the courtroom with the message, "We have a verdict." Kalivas gasped involuntarily when the words, "We find the de- fendant guilty of second degree murder." were read. The first step She and Heinrichs sat in the courtroom for some time after the verdict. They comforted each oth- er, they listened to reassurances from lawyers Stephen Callaway and Merritt "Sam" Burke, and they went over the appeal process several times. Kalivas listened, and asked questions, and listened intently as the lawyers explained, spelling out every step, every pos- sibility. In the end, she acknowledged that it could have been worse for Craig, worse for those who care for him. ming in the bay last year. Charlie Marsch, the chairman of the Sus- sex County Mobile Home Tenants Associa- tion's environmental concerns committee, has said for years that a discharge into the canal is wrong. He pointed to reports of "toxic algae" be- ing found in nutrient rich shallow bay wa- ters along the East Coast as one more rea- son why the discharge should be eliminat- ed. That algae has not been positively iden- tified in the inland bays, according to Kent Price, Ph.D., who chairs the Center for the Inland Bays. But Marsch says that doesn't mean it couldn't be found here. Jack Pingree with Delaware's Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environ- Continued on page 16 'Tm just glad it was not first de- gree murder," she said. "They tell me this is just one step in a long process. The lawyers are going to work very hard for Christopher. They did work very hard! You couldn't ask for more. And they have been so kind to us; many people in Delaware have been very kind. 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