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Flower Festival blossoms in Rh- pg. ! Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 21 - Thursday, April 27, 1995 Volume 2, No. 48 Bunting: mobile home law changes "not going to go anyvrnq:re" By Steve Hoenigmann State Rep. George Bunting, D-38th, was unusually quiet at the April 18 public hear- ing concerning changes in the states Mobile Home Lots and Leases Act - changes that mobile home tenant associations and the Mobile Home Housing Coalition charge reduces their fights and threatens the securi- ty oL their investments. Bunting, a long-time advocate of mobile home residents, said nary a word, though a majority of the 400 or so people packed into Rehoboth's Convention Hall wanted to hear what he had to say. "I've listened to all the arguments," said Bunting a day after the heating. "I've been through this a long, long time." While legislation has yet to be drawn up from the report of the state-appointed Mobile Home Study Committee, Bunting had the confidence Wednesday to say: "I think, frankly, the legislation is not going to go anywhere. There is just too much dis- sent. "There has to be balance," he added, "and fight now that balance does not exist." Representatives of tenant associations, Continued on page I0 Miller signs up for Cape board race By Kerry Kester Micheal Miller filed his candi- dacy for a Cape Henlopen Board of Education seat on Thursday, April 13. He seeks the At- large seat, where Dave Stevenson, Brent Moore, and incum- bent Dave Baker will challenge him in the May 13 NHLLER election. Miller graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1987. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Delaware State University in 1993. He is self-employed as a person- al financial consultant. His com- pany, Miller, Miller and Associ- ates, assists people with home finance such as income tax prepa- ration, savings plan development and general bookkeeping. Continued on page 3 Angle Moon photo Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd of kids to Rehoboth The mad dash that has become the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Rehoboth Beach drew another crowd of kids on April 15. First Earth Day brought dunes confrontation By Dennis Forney Twenty-five years ago, on the eve of this nation's first celebration of Earth Day, a group of Cape Hen- lopen High School students stopped the Army from bulldozing dunes on oceanfront property it con- trolled on the edge of Cape Henlopen State Park. When Cape Henlopen State Park celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Earth Day with major events on Saturday, April 22, those events will take place only a stone's throw from where those young protesters gathered. (For a detailed story of events planned at Cape Heniopen State Park, please see page 36. A full page ad on page 45 also lists events and shows Jessica Murphy's first prize winning artwork that appears on Earth Day t-shirts to be sold during the event.) John Stenger, a naturalist at the park and biology teacher in local schools, was (and still is) a persis- tently active defender of the dunes. He used the dunes of Cape Henlopen as a living classroom for his students. Beginning in 1967, he began a letter-writ- ing and press campaign to clean up the dunes. With the help of then-Gov. Russell Peterson, he succeeded in having Lewes end its use of the famous walking dune area south of the entrance to the Cape May- Lewes Ferry Terminal as a city dump. Stenger has written a first-person accounting of what-took place 25 years ago. That account, which credits a handful of motivated students - not his own Continued on page 12 STENGER