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8S - 8eel ,af UztaA . 0 ln. v b" ., , D 22-CAPE GAZETFE, Triday, pl " 'ppIY'; 1 e? Free workshops on lead paint hazards The Central Delaware Training Academy, in conjunction with the Delaware Division of Public Health, will conduct a series of free work- shops between May and August on the hazards of lead-based paint in dwellings built prior to 1978. The three-hour workshops will be conducted in all three counties and are designed for property owners and occupants. These courses will in- clude lead awareness, lead-based paint hazards disclosure requirements and activities that could increase the risk of lead poisoning in the home. In Sussex County, a workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. To register, call 302-677-1534 or 888-678-CDTA. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Bradford pears that once lined both sides of Second Street in Lewes continue to dwin- dle in numbers. SPECIAL OFFER *51,900 tLTq 28 x 56 Foot 3 Bedroom Modular Ranch Home Price Includes: Foundation, Delivery & Set-up (EXPIRES 4130198) RANCHERS CAPES * 2 STORIES 300 FLOOR PLANS Modular Wholesalers 302-227-0922 Sidewalk damage leads to removal of Second Street trees in Lewes By Dennis Forney Roots from the Bradford pear trees on Second Street in Lewes continue to damage sidewalks. Damaged sidewalks continue to lead to pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian accidents lead to deci- sions to take trees out. Taking trees out leads to concern that Second Street is losing an impor- tant part of its character. The scenario played itself out two times in the past week when two more of the street's trees were removed. One was in front of Mrs. Irving Walls' house next to the Walsh Building and the other was in front of the Twila Farrell Shop. Mary Vessels, chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Com- mission, said she hates to see the trees taken out but understands the need from a safety point of view. "It didn't help that the trees taken out last week were already start- ing to bloom but I understand that an elderly lady fell and may have broken her jaw in front of Twila Farrell's, and others have fallen in front of Mrs. Walls' house. The trunks of the trees have grown as big as the holes they're in and the roots have to go into the side- walks. We're working on a plan for replacing trees on Second Street but there's not much progress. At this point I'd say all the trees will be gone before any- thing gets decided." Lewes Mayor George Smith said engineering costs for a Sec- ond Street project have been made part of the fiscal 1998-99 budget. "There's no date yet but we're very close to an open meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission and council mem- bers to discuss Second Street. I know that people get upset when they see trees come down. Unde- standably so. But because of safe- ty and welfare we can't leave trees up that are causing problems and then get sued for them." Vessels said the Second Street trees, planted a s part of the na- tion's bicentennial celebration in 1976, are down to 10 from the original 17 that were planted. Four have been removed since last fall - all because of root and side- walk problems. "We're not re- placing any of the trees at this point. It would be a waste of money. Where they're presently located just doesn't work." Vessels said a plan presented by the Parks and Recreation Com- mission to Lewes Council in 1996 is now in the hands of the city's engineer - Charles O'Donnell of the George, Miles and Buhr firm. "We had proposed placing pockets for the trees extending out from the sidewalks into the street. In the pockets, out from the build- ings, the trees would have enough room to develop a full crown and full root ball," said Vessels. "They wouldn't have to be trimmed as much because of be- ing too close to the street's build- ings. The dozen pockets we pro- posed would result in fewer trees than we have now but they would be bigger and better trees. Proba- bly a different variety than what is there but possibly still a pear. The plan would also open the side- walks more for walkers. We have more pedestrian traffic than ever before." Vessels said the street would be repainted for parking spaces as Continued on page 24 "INVESTMENTS WITH US ARE REINVESTED IN THE COMMUNITY." Investments with out-of-towners go out-of-town. Your investment becomes your neighbor's loan. It's something to consider when you do your investing. Be a community person, invest with us. ounty anl00 MEMBER FDIC Joann Wallett, "Sjuana Taxi Rehoboth Beach 226-9800 Long Neck 947-7300 Milford 424-2500 Seaford 628-4400