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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 r  By Karl Chalabala : :New=ly formed conservation group Save Our,Lakes Alliance .(SOLA) celebrated their recent ;itrjumphs :and announoed their new board May 30 at a rally at- tended by over 100 people. Held on the lawn of Norman Baylis' home, the rally drew civic offi- cials and citizens concerned over the state of the three coastal lakes and overdevelopment around them. SOLA President Sallie Forman addressed the attendees with the direction SOLA intends to take in the future. ' "We want to educate people on the importance of Lake Gerar, Sil- ver Lake and Lake Comegys i-to the health of the area and to the Atlantic Ocean," she said,  =: "We want to be advocates for the lakes and work hand in hand with the government. We want to make this a very citizens-oriented group. We want you to be a part- ner with us. Lastly, we need to celebrates prOgreSs; elects new board know the quality of the lakes; what animals and plants are in them?" Forman recounted what the group had accoomplished in the short time since its conception, April 10. SOLA opposed a conditional- use application to build three townhomes on a quarter-acre lot on Lake Comegys, which was the starting point for the fledgling or- ganization. Treasurer Ernie Sando testified at a Pews Ocean Commissi0ii hearing on the importance of tile lakes. SOLA also lobbied Rep. Pete Scwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, who helped pass a concurrent House-Senate reso- lution recognizing the importance of the lakes to the character, histo- ry and environment of the sur- rounding community. "I think if we have acCom- plished that much in such a short time, it shows there is a need for this type of organization," she said. Forman then gave up the podi- um to Schwartzkopf, who was asked to speak on the organiza- tion's efforts. "I think this is great," he said. "If they don't see what's going on here over in Georgetown, we should start having county council and plug :d zoning hearings Kaa Chalabala photo here on lawn. They :'have to  7'::Tke Save Our Lakes Alliance (SOLA) rally drew over a hun- understand, ts development is le to show their support for the three lakes around ou:ofc0ntrl[ Weneed to fight to "Rehoboth ch. Shown in back are (l-r) SOLA Treasurer keep the decisions on our side, You do have council members; give them acall. Tell them you put th© ˘haraeterof the lakes over profitsi Tlaisarea is ve sensi- tive." After Schwartzkopf spoke, For- man announced her board of di- rectors. She will continue to serve as presidenL Joan Le Lechure, Michael Boyd and RehobothCity Commissioner Mark Aguirre will serve as vice Ernie Sando, vice president Mark Aguirre, president Sallie Forman, vice presidents Joan Le Lechure and Michael Boyd and secretary Bryn Burke. In 'front are Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth˘ Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, Republican gurnaal candidate Bill Lee, Dewey Beach • Mayor Pat Wrigh t and Dewey commissioner Dale Cooke. presidents. Ernest Sando will serve as treasurer and Bryn Burke, secre- tary. Forman said past Rehoboth planners Mable Granke and Mary Campbell agreed to serve as advi- sors. Forman concluded by asking the attendees to imagine the area without the three lakes. "We can't take the lakes for granted," she said. "We need to protect them so future generations can enjoy them." Busy legislative agenda includes many:00local issues By Bridin Reynolds Hughes • Recent weeks have held Uncer- tainty about the dog days of sum- mer living on in Dewey Beach. • However, it now seems likely that the town will continue to permit owners of fourlegged friends to frolic on the shore in off hours. Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, said June 2 he will not impede a plan to allow towns to set less restrictive laws for dogs on the beach. Bunting, who was a sponsor of the state law limiting dogs on public beaches in 1974, said he still has concerns over the dangers and medical im- plications of dogs running on the beach. However, he relaxed his stance largely because the state has sovereign immunity, lea liability in the laps Of town6i - cials, i " S') "Frankly, I don t thinlcthe derstand the liability involved but we're going to let the towns de- cide. I hope for their sake there are no incidences because those commissioners will be the ones who have to defend themselves in court," said Bunting. Dewey Beach Commissioner Ellie Mayhew said her under- standing is the current board is willing to accept the liability to preserve e tradition of allowing dogs on the beach before and after peak ach hours Dewey .!ows ciog: ownersl t0:bring:the pets be- fore 9!30 a.m and after 5:3ffp.m. during the summer. "We are absolutely delighted. This is a way of life in Dewey Beach; we pride ourselves on be- ing an animal friendly town by al- lowing the dogs, welcoming the greyhound weekend and treating our wild cats with respect," said Mayhew, who also heads the Dewey Beach Feral Cat Society. • Citing the potential for crisis and incidences of high overtime hours, House leaders advocated a bill to increase the number of state police troopers patrolling highway and communities as we! 1 as those • assigned tO special projects: Speaker of the House Terry Spence, R-Stratford, took the lead in proposing an increase in the state police's mandated minimum staffing levels from the current 580 officers to 680. Based on the current strength of 627 troopers, 53 additional officers would need to be hired. "The demands being placed on the state police have been growing over the last several years, but the number of troopers assigned to patrol duties throughout the state .... has remained largely static or :!eda declined,-- said Spence. i:e says the bill establishes ient timelines to train addi- tional troopers, make changes within the agency and allot need- ed funding. The total cost of hir- ing the additional troopers and supplying them with 27 cars and related equipment would cost ap- proximately $3.96 million. Among the more immediate man- dates of the bill, it calls for adding 28 recruits for the summer 2005 training class. Former State Police Troop 7 Cmdr. Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, expressed concern over aspects of the bill which dictate how the additional troopers would be placed. "I don't think anyone has a problem with more state troopers and I cer- tainly support the idea. However, creating units and staffing them are operational decisions best left to the executive staff of the agency," said Schwartzkopf. Under the tenets of the bill, a new Homeland Security Unit within the state police would be established, requiring about 15 An 15 additional troopers would troopers ked Specifically with also be assigned to the Governor's patrolling and securing Task Force. The scope of this Delaware's critical infraStructure special unit would be adened and filitiesithat pose a vulnera- to include patrol: duties tO act as a ble target f6f terrorist activities, mobile strike force to giVeimen - sive attention to crime hotspots. Booth sided with Schwartzkopf and said, "If we are going to add 100 troopers, I'd like to see them on our streets." Continued on page 2t Just In Time for Father's E ay! A Complete Line of personal care products based on nature,00esigned to meet the unique re0000airements of male skin. :', Introducing... .... ilExci00a00vel0000 at Rainbow Earth! Foods:::: AN00EI00E BOIkLiND of Germany NATURAL BEAUTY Fine Skin Care Products Include: Shaving Cream, After-Shave Gel, Anti-Aging Revitalizing Cream, Deodorant S ,ita!izing Shower Gel, , Revitalizig  Y ijOti°-   i ! All products are based on nature eonmentally sound, cruelty.free, PEG-free, tested for skin,compatibility and effi- cacy and containing organically grown iherba!extlw.  ; Visit us at 220 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach (directly across from the fire-station) Now Open N Mon.-Sat. 9:30am--7 pm, Sun. 10am-6:00pm Call us at 302-227-3177 ° 22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 r  By Karl Chalabala : :New=ly formed conservation group Save Our,Lakes Alliance .(SOLA) celebrated their recent ;itrjumphs :and announoed their new board May 30 at a rally at- tended by over 100 people. Held on the lawn of Norman Baylis' home, the rally drew civic offi- cials and citizens concerned over the state of the three coastal lakes and overdevelopment around them. SOLA President Sallie Forman addressed the attendees with the direction SOLA intends to take in the future. ' "We want to educate people on the importance of Lake Gerar, Sil- ver Lake and Lake Comegys i-to the health of the area and to the Atlantic Ocean," she said,  =: "We want to be advocates for the lakes and work hand in hand with the government. We want to make this a very citizens-oriented group. We want you to be a part- ner with us. Lastly, we need to celebrates prOgreSs; elects new board know the quality of the lakes; what animals and plants are in them?" Forman recounted what the group had accoomplished in the short time since its conception, April 10. SOLA opposed a conditional- use application to build three townhomes on a quarter-acre lot on Lake Comegys, which was the starting point for the fledgling or- ganization. Treasurer Ernie Sando testified at a Pews Ocean Commissi0ii hearing on the importance of tile lakes. SOLA also lobbied Rep. Pete Scwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, who helped pass a concurrent House-Senate reso- lution recognizing the importance of the lakes to the character, histo- ry and environment of the sur- rounding community. "I think if we have acCom- plished that much in such a short time, it shows there is a need for this type of organization," she said. Forman then gave up the podi- um to Schwartzkopf, who was asked to speak on the organiza- tion's efforts. "I think this is great," he said. "If they don't see what's going on here over in Georgetown, we should start having county council and plug :d zoning hearings Kaa Chalabala photo here on lawn. They :'have to  7'::Tke Save Our Lakes Alliance (SOLA) rally drew over a hun- understand, ts development is le to show their support for the three lakes around ou:ofc0ntrl[ Weneed to fight to "Rehoboth ch. Shown in back are (l-r) SOLA Treasurer keep the decisions on our side, You do have council members; give them acall. Tell them you put th© ˘haraeterof the lakes over profitsi Tlaisarea is ve sensi- tive." After Schwartzkopf spoke, For- man announced her board of di- rectors. She will continue to serve as presidenL Joan Le Lechure, Michael Boyd and RehobothCity Commissioner Mark Aguirre will serve as vice Ernie Sando, vice president Mark Aguirre, president Sallie Forman, vice presidents Joan Le Lechure and Michael Boyd and secretary Bryn Burke. In 'front are Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth˘ Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, Republican gurnaal candidate Bill Lee, Dewey Beach • Mayor Pat Wrigh t and Dewey commissioner Dale Cooke. presidents. Ernest Sando will serve as treasurer and Bryn Burke, secre- tary. Forman said past Rehoboth planners Mable Granke and Mary Campbell agreed to serve as advi- sors. Forman concluded by asking the attendees to imagine the area without the three lakes. "We can't take the lakes for granted," she said. "We need to protect them so future generations can enjoy them." Busy legislative agenda includes many:00local issues By Bridin Reynolds Hughes • Recent weeks have held Uncer- tainty about the dog days of sum- mer living on in Dewey Beach. • However, it now seems likely that the town will continue to permit owners of fourlegged friends to frolic on the shore in off hours. Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, said June 2 he will not impede a plan to allow towns to set less restrictive laws for dogs on the beach. Bunting, who was a sponsor of the state law limiting dogs on public beaches in 1974, said he still has concerns over the dangers and medical im- plications of dogs running on the beach. However, he relaxed his stance largely because the state has sovereign immunity, lea liability in the laps Of town6i - cials, i " S') "Frankly, I don t thinlcthe derstand the liability involved but we're going to let the towns de- cide. I hope for their sake there are no incidences because those commissioners will be the ones who have to defend themselves in court," said Bunting. Dewey Beach Commissioner Ellie Mayhew said her under- standing is the current board is willing to accept the liability to preserve e tradition of allowing dogs on the beach before and after peak ach hours Dewey .!ows ciog: ownersl t0:bring:the pets be- fore 9!30 a.m and after 5:3ffp.m. during the summer. "We are absolutely delighted. This is a way of life in Dewey Beach; we pride ourselves on be- ing an animal friendly town by al- lowing the dogs, welcoming the greyhound weekend and treating our wild cats with respect," said Mayhew, who also heads the Dewey Beach Feral Cat Society. • Citing the potential for crisis and incidences of high overtime hours, House leaders advocated a bill to increase the number of state police troopers patrolling highway and communities as we! 1 as those • assigned tO special projects: Speaker of the House Terry Spence, R-Stratford, took the lead in proposing an increase in the state police's mandated minimum staffing levels from the current 580 officers to 680. Based on the current strength of 627 troopers, 53 additional officers would need to be hired. "The demands being placed on the state police have been growing over the last several years, but the number of troopers assigned to patrol duties throughout the state .... has remained largely static or :!eda declined,-- said Spence. i:e says the bill establishes ient timelines to train addi- tional troopers, make changes within the agency and allot need- ed funding. The total cost of hir- ing the additional troopers and supplying them with 27 cars and related equipment would cost ap- proximately $3.96 million. Among the more immediate man- dates of the bill, it calls for adding 28 recruits for the summer 2005 training class. Former State Police Troop 7 Cmdr. Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, expressed concern over aspects of the bill which dictate how the additional troopers would be placed. "I don't think anyone has a problem with more state troopers and I cer- tainly support the idea. However, creating units and staffing them are operational decisions best left to the executive staff of the agency," said Schwartzkopf. Under the tenets of the bill, a new Homeland Security Unit within the state police would be established, requiring about 15 An 15 additional troopers would troopers ked Specifically with also be assigned to the Governor's patrolling and securing Task Force. The scope of this Delaware's critical infraStructure special unit would be adened and filitiesithat pose a vulnera- to include patrol: duties tO act as a ble target f6f terrorist activities, mobile strike force to giVeimen - sive attention to crime hotspots. Booth sided with Schwartzkopf and said, "If we are going to add 100 troopers, I'd like to see them on our streets." Continued on page 2t Just In Time for Father's E ay! A Complete Line of personal care products based on nature,00esigned to meet the unique re0000airements of male skin. :', Introducing... .... ilExci00a00vel0000 at Rainbow Earth! Foods:::: AN00EI00E BOIkLiND of Germany NATURAL BEAUTY Fine Skin Care Products Include: Shaving Cream, After-Shave Gel, Anti-Aging Revitalizing Cream, Deodorant S ,ita!izing Shower Gel, , Revitalizig  Y ijOti°-   i ! All products are based on nature eonmentally sound, cruelty.free, PEG-free, tested for skin,compatibility and effi- cacy and containing organically grown iherba!extlw.  ; Visit us at 220 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach (directly across from the fire-station) Now Open N Mon.-Sat. 9:30am--7 pm, Sun. 10am-6:00pm Call us at 302-227-3177 °