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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, June 7 - June 13, 1996 - 15 Rehoboth Art League hires O'Brien as executive director Rehoboth Art League President Marcia Mar- vel said this week that Nancy O'Brien of Alexandria, Virginia has accepted the O'BRIEN position of executive director for the Re- hoboth Art League. O'Brien was offered the job, and accepted, following a meeting of the Art League's board of di- rectors on Saturday, May 18. She is expected to assume her new po- sition about July 1, 1996. "Speaking on behalf of the board of directors," said Marvel, "we are very happy with the selec- tion of Nancy O'Brien. She comes with great skills and knowledge and we're looking for- ward to having her as our next ex- ecutive director." Dennis Forney, chairman of the search committee for the new di- rector, said there were more than 180 applicants for the position which was left vacant upon the resignation of former director Charles Palmer several months ago. Other members of the search committee included Marvel, Ann Horsey, Jeff Seemans, Ted Scott, Edilu Nehrbas, and Susan Townsend. Susan Steele, curator of Rehoboth Art League, worked with the committee during inter- views of the finalist candidates. O'Brien is leaving her position as director of donor relations at American University in Washing- Bike path through Cape Park may become reality By Michael Short After six and a half years, Rep. John Schroeder's (D-Lewes) idea for a bike path through Cape Hen- lopen State Park may become a reality. Mark Chura, the manager of the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol's planning, preservation and development section, said the idea was discussed at an informal Greenways meeting last week. Schroeder raised that idea sev- eral years ago and was criticized by people who said such a path could cause environmental dam- age to the park. Parks officials have instead concentrated on de- veloping a possible path along an abandoned railroad line between Lewes and Rehoboth. But Chura said the state is now looking at both options. Nothing is etched in stone. But Chura said that possible plans for a five to seven mile long pedestrian and bike path through the park be- tween the Lewes entrance and Gordon's Pond were discussed. Also discussed was the route along the abandoned rail line, which would run roughly from the bridge over Rt. 9 to the former Shaw Park area, now known as the Grove in Rehoboth Beach. In addition, Chura said an overhaul of the existing trails was discussed in an effort to eliminate parallel trails and other problems within Cape Henlopen State Park. Each of the trail ideas has merit. The trail through the park has the advantage of being on state land, although critics worry about whether it would hurt the environ- ment. The rail line is not through the state park, but the former rail- road has reverted back to private property which means that a num- ber of landowners must be negoti- ated with. Chura said that the state believes it can minimize the envi- ronmental impact of a trail be- tween the Lewes entrance and Gordon's Pond by building on old roads and trails, some of them dat- ing back to the time of Fort Miles. Minimizing the impact would be a pre-requisite of the work, Chura said. "This [the trail through the park] is a project that can be built," he said. Ultimately, what Chura envi- sions is a potential system of trails for pedestrians, joggers and bicy- clists which incorporates both of the new trail elements as well as a bike path built earlier this year be- tween the park entrance near Lewes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically, Chura said that Delaware hopes to initiate an ef- fort this year to more closely look at the feasibility, cost, right of way and other issues associated with the rail line route. He also hopes that the permits, cost figures and other information canbe obtained for the route with- in the park, portions of which could be built later this year, Chu- ra said. There is an application pending for funding to help pay the cost of the rail line route. DelDOT Continued from page 14 been a familiar complaint for County Council and Stickels. But while the transportation plan emphasizes improving exist- ing roads, it doesn't ignore grow- ing problems. The plan lists 20 ar- eas of Sussex County which are expected to be problems. They in- clude U.S. 9 east of Five Points, Route 404 west of Bridgeville, Route 1 south of Route 16, Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach, U.S. 113 near Georgetown, Route 404 west of Georgetown, Route 1 south of Dewey Beach and near Indian River Inlet and Route 24 east of Millsboro. ton D.C. to join Rehoboth Art League. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary with a concen- tration in museum studies and ed- ucation and a Master's Degree in Communication from American University. "I am fortunate to have the op- portunity to build upon the suc- cess Charles Palmer has achieved in making Rehoboth Art League the premier organization for the arts in Sussex County," said O'Brien. "The Rehoboth Art League represents the best a cre- ative community can offer - artis- tic and educational excellence that reflects the unique qualities of the region." Besche Bros. 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