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Delaware Cape Rei00ion History Ill Photographs Continued from page 6 please, please, please, and help us take control of our energy future with foresight for the environment and a focus on public health pro- tection. Be the legislator who embraces good business and national security strategy by cre- ating stable fuel prices with renewable offshore energy. The health savings alone from building this offshore wind farm are real and worth every minute of your attention. Levy (from Harvard) and Kempton (from University of Delaware) have suggested "the BWW project will avoid roughly 200 deaths [over 25 year-s] with a total societal benefit of more than $1 billion along with numerous other health outcomes, with a total societal benefit of approximately $150 million." If your loyalty is with the peo- ple, there is nothing more to say than your vote yes for HCR 38, Trusting you will do right by your constituents, and get Delmarva Power into this long- term contract with BWW. Kim Furtado, N.D. Mfllsboro SDTRHR thanks community Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated and volunteered in our llth Annual Spring Beach Ride & Walk held at Cape Henlopen State Park on March 29. Thanks to everyone's effort we had an amazingly suc- cessful fundraiser. This year, 187 horseback riders from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey came out to support Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding Inc. (SDTRHR) on this beautiful spring day. There were even par- ticipants that traveled over 400 miles to support this beneficial cause. The grand total raised was $15,330. Wow - a record year! The top fundralser was Debbie Smith - $1,289; the second-high- est fundralser was Jeff Berc - $505. SDTRHR participants excelled in fundraising this year. Aly Fisher raised $1,900, McKenzie Sanford raised $1,400, Alex Layton raised $500 and Olivia Davidson raised $483. All proceeds directly benefit SDTRHR, which provides equine-assisted activities to adults and children with physical, emo- tional and mental needs in Sussex County. The money raised from this year's ride will go toward horse care for the program's four- legged therapists and rider schol- arships which enable riders to par- ticipate regardless of financial ability. SDTRHR would like to give a special thank you to the following sponsors, contributors and volun- teers - we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to the following sponsors: County Bank, Portraits in the Sand, Rehoboth Beach Elementary School, Delmarva Equine Clinic, Dynamic Mortgage, Community Counseling Associates Inc., Tidewater Physical Therapy, Carpet Daddy's, Rusty Rudder, Russ Palmer Builders, Connie Burroughs of Waterford Wedgwood, John Maklin & Son Inc., Bill & Connie Fisher, Brandy & Ray Jones, Donut Connection and Pepsi. Thank you to the following contributors: Nathan Brown with Silver Shoe Farrier Service, Helen CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 7 Delaware Public Archives photo Highway construction methods have changed a little This photograph from the Delaware State Highway Commission files shows construction of a concrete-surface road near Viola in Kent County in 1923. Obviously there's a vast differ- ence between how things were done nearly a century ago and the way we're seeing things proceed these days on Route 1. Most of the work at that time was done by hand and special- ized equipment made for smooth surfaces regardless of the simplistic approach. Judging by the height of the corn in the background, contractors were taking advantage of the dry weather of August to get this rain-sensitive work completed. Heim, Pam Pierce, Sharon -Furgason, Gail Schaeffer and Wanda Richardson. Thank you to Mike Toohey, Tony Rodriguez and Mike Miller for the delicious subs. Many thanks to the Ritter family for the tasty sandwiches. The yummy desserts were thanks to Debbie Layton, Tonia Von Ritchie and Kathy Earls. A big thank you to the_Howard T. Ennis students of the Indian River Eagle Company for a great job on our commemorative T- shirts. We loved them. Thank you to the following vol- unteers: Elaine and Jennifer Sanford; Lorrie and Ken Stroup; Lacy, Karen, Bob, Noah, Nieole and Sarah Ritter; Anthony Popajonas; Hugh and Hillary Earls; Pam Pierce; Sharon Fergason; Susanna Holdeman; Dorothy Dayton; July Briscoe; Tonia VonRitchie; and Mike Toohey. SDTRHR is very appreciative of the riders, walkers and volun- teers that continue to support this spring fundraiser year after year. We would also like to thank Cape Henlopen State Park for the con- tinued use of the beautiful land- scape and facility for this fundraiser. Your ongoing support enables SDTRHR to continue improving lives one stride at a time. Thank you and look forward to seeing you at our Fall Redden Ride. Kelly Smith SDTRHR Nassau Senate hearings on wind farm a sham years after some solar panels on rooftops, House Bill 6. We learned later COMMENTARY and a little bit of wind power from out of state, is all that's needed.) A lot of people at the first hear- ing spoke strongly in favor of the wind farm, including former Gov. Russell Peterson. Apparently McDowell didn't like that, so he handpicked the speakers for later hearings to support his point of view. After that fwst meeting, a total of less than 30 minutes in several hours of hearings was given to people that he knew favored the wind farm. A request for three minutes for a cadet from the Delaware Military Academy to present his own views was ignored. McDowell wouldn't take the chance. Is this the lesson in democracy we want to teach our youth? When the Public Service Commission and the Public Advocate were to speak, McDowell hired an expensive Washington lawyer, Richard Speck, to grill them and discredit their work on behalf of the public to carry out the requirements of Nearly two Delmarva Power raised electric rates for its residential customers by nearly 60 percent, and after more than a year of hearings by the Public Service Commission, and thousands of l]ages of testi- mony and reports, the Delaware Senate is still dragging its feet on approving the wind farm that most Delawareans want. It may raise electric rates some- what in the short term, but will help ensure price stability for the long term. The House recently passed a resolution (HCR 38) by 25 to 11, recommending that the controller general vote with the other state agencies to approve a Power Purchase Agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power because "...the proposed wind power facility meets the Criteria established by House Bill 6 .., and is in the best interests of the citizens of this state ..." So what's wrong with the Senate? Harris McDowell, the chairman of the Senate Energy Tolman and Transit Committee, has held a series of hearings because, he said, legislators needed more information. McDowell publicly pledged that the hearings would be fair and open, and not an effort to kill or delay the wind farm. Instead, he carried out the hear- ings in a way that showed that he was already in accord with Delmarva's position. (Voluntary conservation, energy efficiency, that Speck cost Delawareans tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, a cost burden added to the millions Delmarva has spent opposing the wind farm, while passing the costs of its campaign along to us, its customers. Delmarva Power now says it has proposals from a whole lot of companies that plan to build wind farms in other states, some as far away as Illinois. What they don't tell you is that "these wind farms are not going to" provide any jobs in Delaware, that the cost of the power is going to go up as other states try to meet their own Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, and that we'll have to pay for new transmission lines to bring much more power into Delaware from out of state. (We already import 40 percent.) The new wind farm is not going to provide enough power to replace the NRG coal plant at Indian River, or the Conectiv fos- sil fuel plants at Hay Road. Once wind power catches on and grows here as it has in Europe, however, there's enough power off the Delaware coast to supply all of the state's electricity, and then some. No wonder Delmarva is pulling out all the stops to block development of offshore wind energy. These Senate hearings have been a sham, and Sen. Karen Peterson has had the courage to say so. It's now time for all Delawareans who care about our health, our quality of life and the future we leave to our children and grandchildren to contact their state senators and ask for their vote for the wind farm. Let's not have some senator put HCR 38 in a desk drawer to kill it. Remind your senator that this is an elec- tion year. Phone numbers and emall addresses can be found at ture.nsf/sen?openview&nav=sen- ate. Chad Tolman is energy chair- man of the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club.