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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 Continued from page 7 tion and of establishing a genuine working rapportwith both houses of the legislature in order to im- plement his goals. Bill Lee for governor, not be- holden to corporate money bags nor the machination of the Greenville gang who .apparently recruited last year's candidate (the crying one) with the promise of several million dollars for his campaign if he would look favor- ably on corporate tax breaks. This cabal also led to the demise of the effort of the present Speaker of the House to make a run for gov- ernor, reducing him to tears. For several years, there have been in- dications that this same group de- sires that carpetbagger, one of the present candidates for lieutenant governor, to hold a high state of- rice for which he has no back- ground in Delaware. And so he is not beholden to the money for his candidacy. At least, that is how I see the present political situation. Bill Lee for governor because he is his own man, willingly be- holden to the people of the State of Delaware. Make the effort to hear him speak. You will be as en- thusiastic as I am about a man who can win in November, along with George W. Bush. Evelyn Dick Thoroughgood Rehoboth Beach Thanks to special retirkd Jllloer , On--April 11, a very special eldelq:y lady, Hannah (Nan) Richardson, died at the age of 96 in Beebe Hospital. She had lived many years in Rehoboth Beach. Aunt Nan, as we knew her, chose to live in her own home. She felt ill Saturday night and tried to call her housekeeper, Rose DiGuiseppe. She misdialed the number and got a man she didn't know. They had a brief conversa- tion. The man, it turns out, was re- tired state trooper Glenn Busker, who hit the Star button on his phone after the conversation and then hit the numbers 69. With *69, he was able to recall Aunt Nan's phone number from the previous call. He then called the police and they arrived shortly at Aunt Nan's to find her on the floor. She was taken to Beebe Medical Center and lived long enough to see All Saints' parish interim rector, the Rev. Driss Knickerbocker, and some family and friends. It was a real blessing. And it is so good to know that Aunt Nan did not die in her home by herself. We are grateful to Glenn Busker and to those who cared for Aunt Nan at Beebe Medical Center. We Barefootin' Continued from page 7 up from the ground at a rate of 1,200 gallons per minute with a steady temperature of 98 Fahren- heit. write this letter because we know that Aunt Nan, if she were alive, would want others to know the story and perhaps be able to help someone else. Aunt Nan was that kind of person. Gayle Brebner and Sallyann Johansen, Aunt Nan's nieces Bud and Louise Parks, =,/ : , hercousins Thanks for help with special mission In February 2000, I was privi- leged to help lead a team of 15 people on a medical and spiritual mission to the Central American country of Nicaragua. I would like this letter to serve as a public thank you to every individual and organization that helped make this a very successful trip. During our two-week stay in the town of Na- garote, we were able to physically minister to approximately 700 pa- tients. Some were children, some were adults and some were senior citizens, but all had some physical need. Each person who was seen also had a spiritual blessing in the form of prayer, and many of the children also were able to be in- volved in a daily vacation Bible school that was being run while we were treating people physical- ly. I know that many of my pa- tients were able to support us fi- nancially. There were many local businesses and organizations who also helped support us financially. I would also like to thank each of the individual family physicians for helping me cover my practice while I was away. Local fast food chains were very helpful in sup- plying toys Ihat were a blessing to the young children who have so little. I would also like to thank the drug companies and their local representatives who amply sup- plied us with medical supplies and medications that were used throughout our trip. Our full-time minister, Pastor Luis Almandoz, is a former resident of Rehoboth BeaCh and continues to do well, running a full-time church, a school with 40 sponsored chil- dren, as well as being a full-time father and husband. We look for- ward to each opportunity to bless his ministry, known as The Hope of his Calling, through our med- ical missions, and we thank each person who helps in advance for a successful mission in the year 2001. Dr. David R. Birch Rehoboth Beach LMS says thanks Lewes Middle School was abuzz with active readers on Tues- day, March 7, celebrating Read Across America, a national cam- paign that promotes literacy to children of all ages. We have five preschools and a large group of Further south, in Hot Springs, where the Homestead resort is lo- cated, the water bubbles up from the ground at a steady temperature of 104 degrees. Even on cold spring days in the Appalachians, there are ancient places to warm the soul. community members attend. Our fourth grade was treated by com- munity members who read a vari- ety of books to the students. Two Cape staff members were able to use sign language and read to o'e class. Our sixth grade had the op- portunity to read to 3-, 4- and 5- year-olds from area preschools. Stell Selby and Mike Tyle/" were available for an eighth grade and seventh grade class, respectively. Comments from some of our fourth graders included one from Brett Morris, who "thought this year's Read Aloud America was fantastic! .... I think the ladies who read and signed to us were mar- velous," said Courtney Edwards. "It was terrific! I learned a lot of signs," said Allison Young. "I re- ally, really liked it because I was amazed at all the signs she could do so quickly," said Corey Cellu- rale. "I thought that the lady who signed was amazingly fast," said Katie Haas. "I loved it, especially because when the person signed, you could learn some words in sign language," said Laura Betts. Comments from our sixth graders: "One little girl was very intelligent when she exclaimed, 'bunnies can't fly!'" said Kelsey Spence. "The little guy looked at me with an expression of sheer admiration. It made me feel so good that I was actually motivat- ing someone to want to read," said Adam Murabito. "The little kids really looked up to us and it felt good when they said thanks for reading to them. It wasn't a big deal to us, but it was a big deal to them," said Katie Becker. "When I handed the preschooler a book- mark I had made, I saw his face light up. I think he really appreci- ated the gift," said Billy Cunning- ham. The staff at Lewes Middle School would like to thank the following community leaders for participating in our Read Across America day: Keilie Heuring, Sharon Inman, Sen. George Bunting, Camilla Conion, Becky Lantz, Det. Mark Ostroski, l..wes police Officer Pat Quigley, Dr. Andy Brandenberger, Diane Smith, Mayola Clark, Dennis For- ney, Rep. John Schroede.r, Bernadette Liester, Jim Ippolito, Rev. Timothy Duffield, Sonja Ay- ers, Estie Class, Craig Stephens, Lewes mayor George Smith, June Turansky, Bruce Egolf, Tony Pratt, Christine Farmandis, Wayne Lott, Steli Selby and Mike Tyler. We would like to thank the fol- lowing preschools for their partic- ipation: Beach Babies, Rehoboth Co-op, Bethel Preschool, Love "Em and Leave 'Em, and Epworth Preschool. The staff at Lewes Middle School should be com- mended for donating enough books so each child walked out with their very own book. The staff was so generous that we were also able to give' each pre- school a bag of books to donate to their library. We would also like to thank Atlantic Book Store for its donation and time in finding ap- propriate books for our preschool- ers. Margaret E. Peck Principal dlmCresson photo SCAT advances agenda Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) advanced its annual legislative agenda to Rep. John Sehroeder, ILewes, and Gov. Tom Carper last month, asking them to support SCATs requests in four major areas of concerns to member towns. Through a SCAT process of review, discussion and consensus, the annual agenda cites needs for. more waste- water and water grants for the towns; more municipal street Hghting funding; more technology assistance to access state and county tax records; and state payments to towns in lieu of property taxes on buildings and property the state owns within town limits. Shown above (l-r) are: Schroeder, Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick; Sussex County Administrator Bob Stiekels; Carper;, Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk; and South Bethany Mayor Joe Schaffer. Factf'mders say binding arbitration not needed in Cape teacher contracts By Jim Cresson Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict's contract negotiations with its teachers' union are no closer to being settled now than they were six months ago, before the stalled contract talks entered a mediation phase and before an independent fact-finder issued her opinion, March 28, favoring the district's position on the one unresolved item holding up the contract agreement: binding arbitration. Contract negotiations have been ongoing between the school dis- trict and the Cape Henlopen Edu- cation Association (CHEA) since the last contract expired June 30, 1998. Contract negotiations began March 1998 with 24 issues identi- fied as needing to be resolved by agreement between district and union negotiators. By October 1999, 23 of those issues had been tentatively resolved by both par- ties, and most of the 24th issue had been resolved. But the pro- posal for binding arbitration in dealing with teachers' grievances - which the teacher's union sup- ported and the district opposed - created an impasse that could not .be resolved at the local level. At the request of both parties to the talks, the state Public Employ- ment Relations Board provided mediation in an effort to resolve the dispute, but those efforts failed as both parties stood firm in their positions. To whit, the teachers represen- tatives argued that once a teacher's grievance runs through the district appeals process and then enters an arbitration phase, whatever the independent arbitra- tor decides should be binding for the district ta honor. The district, in turn, noted that binding arbitra- tion removes accountability from the district level, something the school board: was unwilling to concede. During the fact-finding hearing, teachers' representatives noted a 1.997 grievance case in which an arbitrator's recommen- dations were not endorsed by the district. That case, teachers said, is reason enough why binding ar- bitration is needed in the Cape school' district, contracts. District representatives argued that binding arbitration is pot needed, as there has been only one case in which all parties to a grievance were not satisfied with the resulting action. There had been no historical pattern of dis- missing arbitrators' recommenda- tions, officials noted. Those district arguments seemed to impress the arbitrator last month. As explained in a one- page statement from the school district about the fact-finder's de- cision: "The district's grievance procedure emphasizes a collabo- rative approach to problem solv- ing, ending in advisory arbitra- tion. The school board agrees with the fact-finder's conclusion that 'the collaborative approach has worked so well in solving work- place problems that few griev- ances rise to the school board, much less to the arbitration level. This is not indicative to a process that is broken and needs to be fixed.'" The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education also noted that only five of 19 Continued on page 13