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Briefl00 Dewey town hall fund sees success Dewey Beach Mayor Robert Frederick said he is pleased with the success of the town hall's fund drive. In particular, he said be's impressed with the feedback from the town's most recent newsletter solicitation. 'Tmjust flabbergasted at the re- sponse we've received from the newsletter," said Frederick. He said the town hasn't had to do any "hard-core soficitation," and not- ed that many residents have sent donations to the fund more than once. Dewey Beach Administra- tive Assistant Joyce Pool said that as of Wednesday, April 23, the town had raised $4,165 this year. "This type of positive reinforce- ment is what you like to see as an elected official," said Frederick. The town hall expansion project ha, been ongoing since 1987. The town hall and adjoining police sta- tie n, which are housed inside a s which was once used as a h cottage, has beefi deemed impractical because of its cramped conditions. Dewey Beach commissioners decided at the town's January meeting to reject six bids with which they were presented for the new town hall construction. The bids ranged from $256.499- $307,000. The lowest bid was $131,499 more than the town's $12,500 in allotted funds for the project. Commissioners unani- mously voted to re-invigorate fund-raising for the project, and Frederick said they hope to begin construction this fall. He said correspondence has also been sent to local legislators, re- questing their help in seeking funds for the expansion project. City-wide yard sale May 2 in Milton Milton City Council set the an- nual city-wide spring yard sale for Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On this date, all city residents are invited to schedule yard sales. There is no registration required, those participating may place their items out on their property within A birth announcement in the April 18 edition of the Cape Gazette should have stated that Jill and Jay Jefferson of Rehohoth Beach are the proud parents of a baby boy. We apologize for the error. A photo caption in the April 18 edition concerning the Sons of the American Legion Oak Orchard/Riverdale Post's salute to Americanism should have ex- plained that a $100 U.S. Savings Bond will be given to each fifth grade class at Long Neck Elemen- tary School. and that the flags par- ticipants will receive are four inches by six inches. the designmd hoers. City council sets two dates a year for such events to encourage as many residents as possible to hold sales on the same day, and to avoid frequent congestion caused by yard sales spread out over the spring and summer. Acres honors McFarlin Henlopen Acres resident Harry tL VIac" MeFarlin was presented with an apprecia- tion plaque in recognition for his 19 years as eommimdoner. The plaque was inscribed with the following:. "In appre- elation for many years of ser- vice and valuable contribu- tions made while serving as a commissioner for the Town of Henlopen Azras. ' Neighborhood watchers locate wanted man Due to the efforts of residents committed to ridding their com- munities of crime, troopers from the Delaware State Police Rural Community Policing Unit were able to locate and apprehend a suspect who had 15 outstanding warrants for his arrest. Troopers were alerted to West Rchoboth and Burton Village on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. "Troopers received information from West Rehohoth and Burton Village community members that Gino Sturgis...was in the area and was wanted for outstanding crimi- nai offenses," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. Officers located Stur- gis and attempted to arrest him, said Lewis. "Sturgis fled on foot, however was apprehended follow- ing a short foot pursuit," said Lewis. The Iroopers arrested him for resisting arrest, criminal im- personation, second degree forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, there were 15 outstanding warrants for his arrest from Superior Court, the Court of Common Pleas, Justice of the Peace Court 3 and Troop 4. Sturgis, 37, of the Frankford area, was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $28,000 secured bond. Police seize over $20,000 in suspected drug money Delaware State Police seized $22,000 in suspected drug money on Thursday, April 24, following a routine traffic stop. According to Sgt. David Thomas, Delaware State Police spokesman, a trooper stopped a vehicle traveling 80 mph in the northbound lane of Route 113 near Greenwood at ap- proximately 2 a.m. Thursday morning. "The three occupants appeared very nervous and gave the trooper conflicting stories about their destination," said Thomas. The officer obtained a consent to search the vehicle, said Thomas, and found a dUffel bag in the back seat containing $22,000. Further investigation revealed the three occupants in the car had pre- vious convictions on drug charges in New York. Crystal Champine, 18, of Williamsburg, Va., was is- sued a laffic citation. Also in the car were Paul Clark, 28, of Vir- ginia Beach, Va., and Anthony Serling, 29, of Schenectady, N.Y. No other charges had been issued at press time. State crops running ahead of schedule The weekly Delaware crop re- port for the week which ended Sunday, April 20 shows the plant- ing and blooming of most Delaware crops running well ahead of their five-year average from 1992-1996. Delaware farm- ers, for example, have approxi- mately 10 percent of their field corn planted now as opposed to an average of seven percent at this point in the spring. Seventy per- cent of this year's green peas have been planted compared to the 52 percent average, and 65 percent of the state's potatoes have been planted compared to the 52 per- cent average as of this poinL As far as fruits go, 24 percent of the state's apple trees have bloomed compared to the five-year average of 13 percent; 91 percent of the state's peach trees have blos- somed compared to the five-year average of 52 percent; and 34 per- cent of the state's strawberry plants have bloomed compared to the five-year average of 13 per- cent. Southern Delaware farmers are continuing to report wildlife damage to winter wheat and. bar- ley. Lewes zoning committee to meet April 29 There will be a meeting of the Lewes Zoning Ad-Hoc Drafting Committee on Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within council cham- bers of city hall on East Third Street and the public is welcome to attend. Sheehan says there's still much to do Lewes councilwoman Elinor Sheehan said this week that she has filed for a third two-year term because there's still a lot to do. "I want to leave Lewes in a better state than it was when I first came on hoard as a council member," said Sheehan. "I plan to be more specific at the candidates' forum [sP0nsured by the Lewes Home- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 25- May 1, 1997. 3 Rehoboth turf on parade; Arbor Day delay Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese (right) and Greg Gause, a city employee in parks and maintenance, hold up a framed article from  magazine which displays the sttmnlng flora of Rehoboth Beach, an official 'q3ree City USA  at the April 11 Board of Commissioners meeting. The article, which highlights city landscaping, much of it done by volun- teet appears in the March edition of the magazine, which is published for landscapers on the east coast. The city put, the plaque for $179 and it will hang in city halL Rehoboth Beach has been named a "tree City USA m again this year for the eighth time, a fact that will be recognized during an Arbor Day ceremony which has been postponed due to inelemeat weather from April 24 to Tuesday, April 29. The ceremony will take place at 10 am., at Rehoboth Elemen. tary School and the public ia invited to attend. Refreshatents wfllbe served. owners Association, Friday, May 2 at Lewes Public Library]. But I'm the same Elinor Sheehan I've always been. I stand up for princi- ple." Digital driver's license system instituted A new digital driver's license system has been instituted in the State of Delaware, and within the next five years, everyone holding a Delaware license will receive a digital one when their old license, expires. The new license will be available only to drivers obtaining a renewal or replacing a lost or damaged license, with the pro- posed schedule for implementa- tion at the Gea3rgetown Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) targeted at Monday, April 28. The new system can print the documents in a processing time of approximately two minutes and in the future, DMV may also offer mail order service for lost licenses and renewals. (Exceptions in- clude a suspension, revocation or cancellation of the license.) The new card offers a number of secu- rity functions that will virtually eliminate fraudulent practices. The front of the card is covered with a holographic overlay featur- ing the state seal and an outline of the state which protects against tampering. A bar code on the re- verse side contains all of the infor- mation on the front of the license and organ donor will show in green below the digital image. "Under 21" and the birth date will be written in whiie letters in a red box below the digitized image if the card holder is under 21 years old. Reboboth Main Street to offer shoplifting advice The Rehoboth Beach Police De- parlment will offer tips =tO down- town merchants on how to deter shoplifting at the next Rehohoth Main Street meeting, slated for Wednesday, May 7. Main Street urges all merchants and interested people to attend the 20-minute presentation, which is slated for 5:30 p.m. The presentation is being held in conjunctio n with thexegular monthly Main Street Board of Di- rectors meeting, which gets under- way at 5:15 p.m. County considers grandfathering homes Sussex County Council has in-" troduced an ordinance affecting the age of manufactured homes which can be placed on minimum three-quarter acre sized lots. Multi-sectional homes, tradi- tionally called doublewides, are proposed to now be allowed on the smaller lots with some restrictions such as siding and foundations, in AR or agricultural residential zones. County Council has prohibited new homes from being placed on such lots that are older than five years of age. On April 22, County Council introduced an ordinance which would allow homes older than five years of age if they are newer than the home they are re- placing. For example, a 20-year-old home could now be replaced with a 10-year-old home, even though both homes are older than five years.