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_ ill I1 6 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 VIEWPOINTS Inland Bays receive important support . Much evidence has been presented over the last several months indicating that removal of Rehohoth Beach's treated wastewater would have significant positive impact on Delaware's Inland Bays. Scientific evidence indicates that phosphorous loading was the most likely Culprit behind the summer of 1996's algae bloom which creat- ed aesthetic, odor and health problems in the upper end of Rehoboth Bay where the effluent is most concentrated. It's clearly arguable that removing Rehohoth's treated effluent from Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and dumping it instead into the county's West Rehohoth wastewater treatment system for spray irrigation should be the num- ber one goal for any and all seeking to improve the bays. That action received two important endorsements last week - from Delaware's director of the Division of Water Resources, Gerard Esposito, and from the vocal Citizens Advisory Committee for the Inland Bays. Esposito, in a letter to 37th District Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes), wrote strongly: "Such load reductions may reduce the amount of sea lettuce and other algae, which have prompted significant environ- mental questions, and have probably had a negative economic impact on the area. Additionally, removal of this source of bacteria could potentially open as much as one square mile of additional shellfish waters to harvesting." Esposito suggested that a reasonable schedule be established to pursue the goal. We concur completely and urge Representative Schroeder and all others interested in the health of Delaware's Inland Bays to keep their attention focused on this goal. Rehoboth of course would con- tinue to treat its wastewater, which it has demonstrated it is doing well. The only difference is that it would go on land for' production of beneficial plant life instead of into the bays where it nourishes an already over-nourished system. Letters Two new Gazette features premiere This issue of the Cape Gazette presents two new features which we hope provide enjoyment and enlightenment to our readers. Our Food & Drink section will focus on two of the most important elements of our day-in and day-out existences and will feature recipes and cohnnus about food and drink from local people with a demonstrated love and expertise in those areas. Our readers are invited to suggest and submit items for this section as well. Our Bird's Eye View of Sussex County page is designed to place our readers more intimately in contact with this diverse and beautiful section of the temperate world where they live, work and raise their families. The Bird's Eye View presents a unique perspective, and it's our hope that readers will find this entertaining and mind-expanding in terms of seeing connections that aren't always comprehended from the street level. As always we're privileged to serve such an interested group of read- ers and work in a region that offers so much opportunity for interest- ing coverage. The splendid dogwoods graee the Sussex countryside, the sunshine transforming the luminous petals. @ New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter May 6 May 14 May 22 May 29 A response to letter about Lewes's faults I have just finished reading Kevin Moore's rebuttal to Mike Hill's letter. I am currently a student at Lewes Middle School. and after reading this letter I feel very frustrated and angry. I feel this way because we werenamed as sixth in the' country for raising a fami- ly and it seems that Mr. Moore is only recognizing the negative viewpoints of the Town of Lewes. I think that if he doesn't think Lewes is a great town and only wants to criticize us, he doesn't belong here! I was horn in Beebe Medical Center and am having a wonderful life here. As Mr. Moore said, "I have greater respect for citizens who speak up...," well I think for a lot of citizens when I say 'Tin glad we're recognized for something so important," and I think a lot of towns would love to be sixth in the country and we should be proud of that. As far as our pofice department goes, I am very trusting and I feel very secure. I am not afraid to walk down the road or go into town and enjoy myself with my friends, and in some places that's hard to do. Beau Gooch has become a person we have come to know and respect. He is in and out of my school and I see him often in town. He is also very into DARE and PAL programs for ki. When I fLrSt read this letter, I didn't realize the issue involved until I read on. As I read Mr. Moore's letter, I was very shocked to see how negative he was to our town. I am the first and probably the only teenager who will speak up. So I hope my voice is heard loud and clear! Nothing against you, Mr. Moore, but I think you should stop putting down Lewes and come to realize how great a town we are and have been. We're prac- tically family. If anyone wants to respond to my let- ter, feel free to write. I figure nobody would listen to me, so I took matters into my own hands. Melissa Massey Lewes 0- o o Sheehan's record needs reviewing Whenever an incumbent chooses to run for another term of elated position, the public has the opportunity to review their accomplishment up to this point, while the candidate stands on their record and performance. With Elinore Sbeehan seeking another two-year term on the Lewes City Council, please review her record for the last four years as your representative. What ordinance changes has she taken from start to finish to preserve or enhance Lewes? What new, creative ideas has she suggested, proposed to the public, crafted into a res- olution, and brought to the table for a vote? What happened to the canal bank issue which she placed on the agenda in August, 1995, two years after her initial election to council, then withdrew, from the agenda without comment or action since then? What has she, as one of four members of council, accomplished? She has accomplished the following public statements, all recorded on tape and available to the public for review: "You're a liar," to Lewes resident Catherine Mayfield. "What are you going to do, slap me on the wrist?", to Mayor George H.P. Smith. "I'm against the paving of Brown/Bradley Lane unless it goes all the way to my proper- ty," discussing Phase VI of street improvements. [She] referred to the late Judge Thomas Orr as "Shaky." As recently as April 14, 1997, [she] referred to Bob Raley, Bill Ingrain, and Bob Orr as "clowns." When a citizen of Lewes expressed an opinion on the voting privi- leges of the mayor at a meeting on April 22, 1997, she responded by saying, "When you don't know what the facts are that brought all this about, I don't think you can talk," - her example of 'open government?' She can differentiate More letters on page 8 Volume 4 No. 50 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Blingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angis Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Ck.miflod Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Clrouistion Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chde Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon t The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX-645-1664. E-mail: capegaz @dmv.com Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cap Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happeP.s to be instyle." Leo Tome,/