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Memorial Continued from page 12 even a celebrity. Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was spotted renting a bike from Dewey Beach Surf and Sport. Some businesses said they could have been busier if not for the ear- ly holiday. Maha Awayes, general manager of the Gold Leaf Motel in Dewey Beach, said this year was better than last year for that establish- ment. "We sold more rooms," she said. "We thought we would be busier. I think the reason is be- cause Memorial Day came a little bit earlier. College kids are taking exams and people tended to go home earlier because of that. That was why most of them didn't go for a three-day trip." Construction results in phone disruptions The Memorial Day weekend was marred in the Rehoboth Beach area by a telephone outage which affected approximately 1,000 Bell Atlantic customers. The problem impacted tele- phones with 227 exchanges and affected some residents while oth- er residents had nary a problem. "It was the luck of the draw," said Bell Atlantic Spokesman Ells Ed- wards. "It was a long weekend for telephone people, I can say that." Edwards said the problem oc- curred near Church Street on Re- hoboth Avenue Extended and that the outages were reported on Monday morning. The problem occurred when a sewer construc- tion crew worked in the area dur- ing the previous week and caused some damage to the copper tele- phone 'line. The damage was not enough to interrupt service, but it allowed rain to seep into the cable and begin causing problems, Ed- wards said. He said that the con- tractor did not notifY Bell Atlantic of the cable problem, but he was unsure who did the sewer work. The sewer contractor "had roughed up the cable," he said. When it began to rain, the water seeped into the line and problems began. He said that problems ranged from garble to interrup- tions, bad connections or no tele- phone service at all. Approximately 1,000 customers were affected and Bell Atlantic had the problems fixed by approx- imately 1 p.m. on Tuesday. He said that the telephone outages on- ly affected selected customers be- cause of where their connection to the cable was. The cable is a col- Angle Moon photo Kay and Lyn Pitman of Lewes, with granddaughter Jillian Pauls, age four, of Haddon Heights, N.J.,enjoy the sun, surf, and of course, the Cape Gazette, as they relax on Lewes Beach over the Memorial Day weekend. We've Moved Lewes Office Machines, Inc. has RELOCATED to 60 Clay Road We repair and sell new and used office equipment. YOUR G STORE AT THE SHORE Typewriters. Fax Machines- Calculators. Time Clocks Transcribers. Sanyo Cash Registers. Personal Copiers Checkwriters Paper Shredders 8 Cassette Recorders -0579 lection of copper wires and some wires, particularly in the middle of the cable, were not affected. Other customer connections were on the outside of the cable and affected by the wetness, which means one person may have had no telephone problem while their neighbor may have lost telephone service for hours. He said that Bell Atlantic worked 24-hours a day beginning Monday, but that it took a long time to fix because they had to lo- cate the exact location of the cable problem. Traffic and rainy weath- er also did not speed the repair process, he said. Traffic manageable over weekend Traffic was "manageable," dur- ing the holiday weekend, accord- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 1997 - ing to Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Direc- tor of External Affairs Christine Gillan. Gillan said that rainy weather on Monday made people leave earlier and that eased traffic on Monday considerably because traffic leaving the beach wasn't colacentrated at one time. Gillan said that traffic numbers 13 were slmiJar to those during last year's holiday and said that open- ing the Roadhouse Intersection on Friday helped move traffic along considerably. Work remains to be done, but the majority of that work is done and the intersection is open, she said. Gillan said there were signifi- Continued on page 15 At C.P. Diver There's a truckjust for you... --ugh a Xough- 1997 CHEVY S-lO PICKUP LS trim, air conditioning, 2.2 liter 4 cyl engine, AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and clock, 5 speed trans, sliding rear window, step bumper and mo/.__ | *14106 MSRP r ,,,Y ..._x... 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