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Prime Continued from page 18 contracts are being let for the sep- tic system and doors," O'Shea said last summer. He said at that time donations and volunteer labor could be enough to complete the work and close out the nearly $400,000 contract for the center with Briggs and Company. That's proven to be the case with the visitor center drawing closer to completion. O'Shea hopes to have the displays in place and the visitor center up and run- ning in about two months. To date, 30 volunteers have contributed nearly 1,400 hours with an estimated savings to the U.S. Government of over $26,000. "Without their tireless efforts, the building would not have been completed," according .to O'Shea. It will be a marked improve- ment over the milkhouse. Volun- teer Otis Clifton, who once farmed the land at the site, re- members milking cows in the milkhouse with rising storm wa- ters lapping around his ankles. The 484-squaw-foot milkhouse serves as visitor center and office for five refuge employees. Then: are no public bathrooms" except portable toilets and the fa- is not accessible to the hand- . Refuge employees joke that they open the refrigerator door while siUingon the toilet. But the joke has started to wear thin in an office crammed to the ceiling with displays, stuffed animals and pa- perwork. The ew facility will include a display area, room for public edu- cation programs, public bath- rooms and handicapped accessi- bility. All will be available for the first time at the wildly popular wildlife refuge. Prime Hook, which attracts ap- proximately 76,000 ducks a year, is known for its wildlife, including endangered Delmarva Fox Squir- rels and vast flocks of waterfowl. There are partially white deer (be- cause of a rare gene), wild turkeys and even a likely, although not definitely confirmed, coyote. The refuge draws approximtely 75,000 people a year. But those visitors find the doors closed on weekends with no bathrooms, no displays and precious tittle avail- able information on the refuge. O'Sbea expects that to become a thing of the past. The new center will allow the refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put its best foot forward, be believes. "There is all kinds of potential to educate the public. There's a chance to educate and reach a lot of people." O'Shea says the new facility will be open on weekends, which should greatly enhance visitor ser- "vices, and he hopes an outdoor recreation planner can be added .to the staff. That, be said, is'e best way for the Fish and Wildlife Service to get out the word on what it is do- ing. '%Ve are getting closer.:. For 30 years, we have been waiting for it." Anyone interested in volunteer- ing, should contact Assistant Refuge Manager O'Shea at the refuge office, RD 3, Box 195, Milton or by phone 684-8419. 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