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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 Three more Cape Region farms approved for preservation district By Dennis Forney Three more Delaware Cape Re- gion farms will be free from de- velopment for at least 10 more years as a result of action taken Thursday, April 23, by the state Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. According to Lowder Mitchell of Zwaanendael Farm, the founda- tion agreed to include his 60-acre parcel, about 100 acres owned by Jack Morris along Route 24 and a parcel of about 170 acres owned by Alfred Best, also along Route 24 near Mulberry Knoll, as part of a Delaware Farmland Preserva- tion District. Mitchell explained than no money changed hands, but in re- turn for agreeing to no develop- ment for at least 10 years, the farmers will receive certain bene- fits. "Our county taxes on the land will be cut way back;we will pay a lesser amount for infrastructure put along the land as long as it's in Cape Continued from page 1 parents going on field trips." Adult community leaders took James' observations to heart. Leaders from Slaughter Neck and West Rehoboth quickly organized meetings for later that night in each of their communities. Groups set goals According to the Rev. Timothy Duffield of Mount Pleasant Unit- ed Methodist Church, the meet- ings were intended to serve two purposes: keep the youth apart from each other while rumors of guns persisted, and spend time lis- tening to the students' thoughts, feelings and perspectives on the conflicts between the two youth groups. Approximately 30 people at- tended the meeting in West Re- hoboth, said Duffield. "The young men who were direcdy in- volved were there," he said, not- ing the outcome of the meeting was "very positive." Plans result- ing from the meeting include de- veloping conflict resolution and peer leadership programs, encour- aging positive role models for youth, working on getting more parent involvement in youth and community activities, and enhanc- ing communication skills. No time was lost after planning. By Saturday morning, the young males in West Rehoboth were matched with adult males in a Big Brother-like program. Duffield said the students and adults had an opportunity to talk, listen, share feelings and explore reasons why the youth may be at odds with each other. "We hope to continue that," said Duffield. Ellen Parker, a community leader and bus driver, said approx- imately 50 people in Slaughter Neck also met on Friday night. a preservation district; it gives us more backing from the Right To Farm legislation [which protects farmers from residential com- plaints about their operations]; and this will stop a lot of specula- tion pressure on us." Mitchell said the farms became eligible for the preservation pro- gram as a result of legislation passed last year that permits land- holders of less than 200 acres to apply, so long as they are within a three-mile radius of an existing preservation district. "Before, the radius requirement was one mile and that kept a lot of us out," said Mitchell. "But now that Alden Hopkins' Covered Bridge Farm is a district [on Route 262] and some others, we became eligible to join up." Mitchell said the agreement signed by himself, Morris and Best last week allows them to keep their options open over the long term. "But for the next 10 years there "We felt good about the meeting," she said. "We're coming togeth- er." Although she declined to comment on the specific goals of the community, she said she ex- pects the number of planned activ- ities to increase "and improve what we have." "We're just working for all con- cerned," said Parker. "We're working for parents,.children and community." The two communi- ty groups are currently planning a meeting where both communities will unite for open discussions; no date is set. Burrows is asking that in order for all com- munity mem- bers to work together, es- pecially par- ents, it would be best for people who hear rumors to contact the school to find out what is BURROWS actually true. "I'm trying to figure out some way of having rumor control," said Burrows, explaining that mis- information circulated throughout the communities cause unneces- sary fear and frustration. "If people have any questions about what's going on in school, I hope they'll call the school, rather than listen to the rumors. I would really appreciate it if they would call," said Burrows. Burrows said the only privilege that still has a slight restriction is the breakfast program. Students who eat breakfast at school are al- lowed to enter the building at 7:55 a.m. The eight students who were suspended remain out of school. Most of the board hearings oc- curred April 29 and 30; the stu- dents will remain suspended until the school board determines whether any of them should be ex- pelled. Burrows said the board Angle Moon photo Lowder Mitchell plants corn on his Zwaanendael Farm along Kings Highway outside of Lewes. may be absolutely no develop- ment. Somewhere down the road, maybe. But not now. At the end of this 10 years we can opt for an- other 10 years and then after that go for five-year increments." All of the farmers have been ap- proached numerous times about I has up to 14 days to render its de- cisions, although he expects some decisions may be made within a week. The state police has not made any additional arrests. Janet Maull, a veteran teacher and coach in the district, attended the Friday meeting at the high school. "We have a job to do as acom- developing their lands for residen- tial and other projects. "I've said 'no' so many times that I think about 99 percent of the, Realtors are convinced that we aren't going to sell. Most have gotten the mes- sage. I'd like to see this land stay as a farm forever but you never munity. We've got to become in- volved," said Maull. "We have to take more of an active role in the lives of our chil- dren, in our schools, in our com- munities. As parents, we have to take an active role. We must come together." Maull also faced the students at the meeting and addressed them know what will happen down the road." The land that Mitchell placed in the Farmland Preservation District lies on the outskirts of Lewes, with considerable frontage on Kings Highway. A portion of the land across the street, a farm owned by Ossie Warrington, is scheduled to be- come an assisted-living facility and an age-restricted residential- living complex. "This farm's been in my family for 100 years," said Mitchell. "Jane [Lowder's wife] and I have been here for 51 years. This year it will all be in corn." The Mitchell farm has been a popular feeding spot for geese, brant and swans over the decades. The Best farm, in addition to Route 24 frontage, also includes frontage along the west edge of Arnell Creek. Jack Morris' farm provides open vistas between Route 275 and Route 284 west of Route 24. directly, noting that the students "have not made good choices, but you have to be held accountable for your actions. You can be the ones who will make a difference. That change has to start with each one of you." When Maull finished address- ing the group, adults and students gave her a loud round of applause. Elect Jim Bastian Lewes City Council Saturday, May 9 "If elected, I will continue to support our Police and Fire Departments in their efforts to keep our city safe and work with the Mayor, other members of our govemment, and the citizens of Lewes to maintain what is good in our community and work toward improvements that will help us make a great place even better." -- Jim Bastian * Member of Lewes Planning Commission, 25 years, 20 years as Chairmanl * Long Range Planning Commission, 2 years. . Zoning Committee (no longer exists). . Ordinance Review Committee. Additional Community Service: Various committees for Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes Little League, Boy Scouts (14 years), Cub Scouts and various Cape Henlopen High S.chool committees. Bachelor's Degree in Economics (West Virginia Wesleyan College) 8 Years Service in U.S. Marine Corps (4 years Active Duty, 4 years Reserves) Owned and Operated Bastian Automotive, Inc. on Rt. 1 for 25 years. Married for 35years to Charlotte Adkins Bastian. 3 children: Cathy Bastian McCollough, Christine Bastian Gillan & Jay Bastian Paid For By Friends Of Jim Bastian