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Inland Bays committee reviews fund requests The Center for the Inland Bays Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, April 8, at the Biden Center at Cape Herdopen State Park to hear about proposed research that the center may decide to fund. The first presentation is by Josh Kasper, a scientist from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), who will discuss his findings on the Indian River Bay water- shed. Bob Scarborough, also of DNREC, will discuss mechanical circulators, which move water in dead-end canals. The third presentation, by George Luther of the University of Delaware, concerns water quality in Torquay Canal, near the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club. Center for the Inland Bays Executive Di- rector Ed Lewandowski said this meeting will be interesting for anyone who enjoys learning about the inland bays. "For this particular meeting, the agenda items focusing on dead-end canals should be of particular interest," Lewandowski said. "A citizen-led effort initiated a couple of years ago sought to improve the condition of the water quality in the dead-end canals of the Bald Eagle Creek/Torquay Canal area which has been subject to substantial fish kills in recent years. "Solar-powered circulators [Solar Bees] were purchased and installed in the canals to determin e whether it was possible to me- chanically aerate the system and improve dissolved oxygen levels to support aquatic life," Lewandowski said. He also said results of studies by. ,,- DNREC and the College of Marine Studies .: will be presented at the April 8 meeting ................ For more information, contact Lewandowski at 645-7325. Lewes Historic Preservation panel to meet April 5 The Lewes Historic Preservation Com- mission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at City Hall. Agenda items include con- sideration of a request by Timothy Ayers, owner of 114 Coleman Ave., for renova- tions to the existing home including the ad- dition of shutters to existing windows; con- sideration of a request by Paul Mylander, owner of property at 156 Kings Highway, for the installation of new siding on an ex- isting addition, new asphalt roofing shin- gles on the main dwelling and addition, and a new front entry roof over the existing stoop, with two new supporting columns; consideration of a request by John Lester of Design Ideas on behalf of property owner David P. Kane, owner of 208 E. Market St., to renovate the existing dwelling with added living space on the first and second floors, new siding and a new roof. Lewes' University Drive BPW meeting April 7 A preconstruction meeting on the Uni- versity Drive drainage project will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 7, at City Hall. The Lewes Board of Public Works has ap- proved construction to eliminate ponds that occur during heavy rain and to improve the flow of water to Fourth Street, where it en- ters the stormwater system for drainage in- to the canal. The board has approved a $61,000 contract for the project that could start in about a month and take up to three weeks to complete. CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 5 - April 7, 2005 - 3 Steven Billups photo Surf-Fishermen help beach grass planting The Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Inc.. in conjunction with Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), helped to plant beach grass at Key Box Road, Savage Ditch Road and an area on the south side of Indian River Inlet April 2. About 40 people showed up and planted grass until the rainy weather chased the volunteers away. All of the grass supplied by DNREC was planted despite the weather. Shown are fishermen (I-r) Bill Tomlinson, Phillip Snow, Surf-Fisherman President Joe DiBattista, Richard Manchester, Vorman Dotter and Jen Coleman, outside their trailer where hot dogs and beverages were given to the volunteers. Job fair for seniors set for April 7 in Georgetown First State Community Action Agency's Senior Community Service Employment Program will host its eighth annual job fair, in partnership with other area agencies, from 9 to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at Delaware Technical & Community Col- lege, Georgetown. The job fair is geared to the older worker who is seeking either full or part time em- ployment, or to those who feel they are un- deremployed. There is no fee to attend. There is still space available for employ- ers to participate in the job fair at no cost. For more information, call Fran Burn- ham at 856-7761, Ext. 127. Gazette web poll: readers like Jane Brady's performance The most recent capegazettecom web- site poll asked readers, "How do you rate Jane Brady's performance as Attorney General of Delaware?" The results are as follows: good, 43 percent; bad, 30 percent; and indifferent, 27 percent. There were a total of 122 votes tallied. For this week's poll, visit Police & Fire Wrap-up Inattentive Maryland driver injures three people State police charged John Tyndall with inattentive driving after he allegedly caused a crash that injured three people April 3. Cpl. Jeff Oldham, state police spokesman, said that Tyndall, 22, of Trapp, Md., was driving a Ford F-3 pickup truck eastbound on Route 24, just west of Peddlers Village, shortly before 6 p.m. His truck was direct- ly behind a Toyota 4-Runner operated by Robert John, 39, of Rehoboth Beach. "The Toyota was slowing to turn left to Midway Baptist Church," said Oldham. "The operator of the Ford didn't see the Toyota slowing down and struck the rear of the vehicle. The collision pushed the Toy- ota into the eastbound lane, where it was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck." Oldham said all of the occupants of the three vehicles were wearing seat belts. Robert John sustained a facial laceration and a fractured right elbow and was treated at Beebe Medical Center. The passenger in the back passenger-side seat - Laura John, 9 - sustained multiple head injuries. She was transported to Beebe Medical Center, stabi- lized, then flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The rear passenger on the driver's side of the vehicle - Robert John III, 7 - was treated at Beebe Medical Center for a contusion to his abdomen. The operator of the Dodge - Albert Pavoni, 65, of Millsboro - was treated at Beebe Medical Center for cervical strain: Tyndall was not injured. Police charged Tyndall with inattentive driving. FAIR team investigating fatal crash near Millsboro The Delaware State Police Fatal Acci- dent Investigation and Reconstruction (FAIR) team is investigating a fatal crash that occurred April 1 on Sussex 297. Cpl. Helen Zane, state police spokeswoman, said that shortly before 8 p.m., Benjamin J. Russell of Dagsboro was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S 10 pickup truck westbound on Sussex 297 three miles northeast of Mills- boro. "As the vehicle was traveling, the driver failed to negotiate a right curve in the road- way," said Zane. "As a result, the Chevro- let exited the south edge of the roadway. and struck a tree." Russell, 42, was pro- nounced dead at the scene. Curtis F. Quillen, 41, of Georgetown, was the front-seat passenger. He was trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was admitted in serious condition with a head laceration and multiple fractures. FAIR team members determined Russell was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Preliminary results indicate Quillen was wearing a seat belt. "It is un- known at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash," said Zane. Season's first piping plovers spotted in Delaware The first piping plovers to ar- rive in Delaware for thenesting season have been spotted by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife's plover monitor. One of the small, sand-colored birds was foraging in the surf just north of the inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park, March 25, and two were observed that same ay at Gls I6 a Cale Henlopen State Park. A few days later, plovers were spotted at the Point of the Cape, at Gordons Pond and at Fenwick Island State Park. "No courtship behavior as of yet but as always, we have our fingers crossed that this will be a good nesting season," said Marnie Pepper, an environmental scientist with the Division's Natural Her- itage and Endangered Species Program. Pepper is recruiting volunteers to help her protect this year's nests and chicks from human dis- turbanes a  h9 6ca  public. Training has been sched- uled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Cape Henlopen State Park's Biden Center. "People who are interested can contact her to sign up at 302-653-2880, at 302-382- 4151, or by email at Margaret.Pepper@ "Last year there werel 8 volun- teers and they were a huge help," Pepper said. Piping plovers are mi- gratory birds that return to Delaware beaches each spring to face the hazards of nesting on an high tides, blazing sun and the lack of shade. _ While they are adapt- ed to these harsh but natural con- ditions and are able to successful- ly reproduc e in this environment, PLOVERS they have not been able to adapt as well to the ever-increasing hu- man presence in their shoreline breeding areas. Several factors have affected the piping plover populations: in- advertent destruction of nests and disturbance by pedestrians, off-road ve- hicles a6 xrtease pets; predation by gulls, crows, foxes and other predators; and modifica- tion of beach habitat by develop- ment activities. The birds are now listed as rare and endangered nationally and in the First State. Last year, only eight chicks fledged from seven nesting pairs at Cape Henlopen State Park. For the past 16 years, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has been working to halt the species'populati0n decline. In 199 Xhe agenc aop*e a pip'rag plover management plan that is implemented by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Divi- sion of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Soil and Water Con- servation.