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s - Friday, June 9- June 15,1996_.. Continued from page 6 Name Withheld by Request Lewes Editor's Note: The :decision was made to withhold the name as revealing the author could affect that person's family and liveli- hood. Thanks to LMS playground workers On behalf of the staff and stu- dents of Lewes Middle School, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who turned out the last two Saturdays to prepare and sod the Lewes Middle School playground/recess area. This effort was sponsored by the Lewes Middle School PTA and was led by Doug Hicks, play- ground committee chairperson. Other PTA officers who have helped with the project over the last year are Teresa Ford, Trish Ritthaler, De.anne McCready and Pam Savage. While I know there were also many "behind the scenes" helpers, the following people put in their "sweat equity" to see the project through: The Ritthalers (Trish, LMS PTA president; and Ron and Jason); the Porters (Barry, Cape board member and expert tractor driver; Margaret and Craig); Doris Hicks, Pare Savage, Lesli Swieczkowski, Mike Sing, Mark Moore, Genevieve and Gene Wil- son, Guy Wilkinson, Kim and An- drew Ullman, Jan McCreadie, Lewes Middle teaching staff Nan- cy Battaglini, Sue Hall, Vicki Friend, Linda Simpson and Gil Hense; students Allen Rowe and Steven Cook; district office staff Tyrone Woodyard and Greg Weer; Lewes Middle chief custo- dian Tony Jones; and Lewes Mid- dle assistant principal Peg Men- ear. Local businesses which have al- so been extremely helpful in sup- porting the project include Tom Best/Ace Hardware, Howard Rib ter Gravel, Vincent Kaye, Paul DeVilbiss and Sam at General Rental. Without the effort of this group of caring parents, staff, students and local businesses, the dream of a green Lewes Middle playground would not have been realized., Thanks again to Doug Hicks and "Irish Ritthaler of the Lewes Mid- dle PTA for making it happen. Dr. Gary D. Wray IMndpal Lewes Middle School Many thanks Many individuals, organiza- tions and businesses helped make the trip to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee a reality. Monetary do- nations and "gift certificate" do- nations to our "Food for Thought" raffle were greatly appreciated. The following is a fist of the gen- erous people who provided the students with a wonderful experi- ence they will never forget Thank you all! Lewes Middle School PTA; Bastian Auto Parts; Wilson-Baker, Inc.; Cape Hen- lopen Elks Lodge; Sussex County Council; James Robert Clark, Planner; Village Improvement Association; Clendaniel's Plumb- ing; Jack Lingo, Realtor; Cape Henlopen School District; State of Delaware; Emmert Auction Asso- ciates; Rehoboth Beach Lions Club; Milton Century Club; Emi- lie M. Fitch; Rehoboth School PTA; Kiwanis Club of Rehoboth Beach, Grotto Pizza; Barcroft Company; Dewey Beach Lions Club; Peking Gardens; Milton Middle School PTA; Shields PTA; Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club; Rehoboth Beach VFW; C.P. Diver;, DeVries Business and Pro- fessional Women; Apex Homes; Lutheran Church of Our Savior; Canterbury Cards; Pizza Hut; Sir Guy's; Cloud 9; Celsius; Arena's; Lazy Susan's; Clipper Ship; Ti- juana Taxi; 1776 Restaurant; Crab Barn; Dewey Beach Club; Kings Creek Country Club; Garden Gourmet; Roadhouse Restaurant; Summer House; King's Ice Cream; Crystal Restaurant; Rose and Crown; The Lamp Post; Cap- tain's Table; Ashby's Oyster House; Jerry's American Cafd; Kupchiek's Restaurant; Ann Marie's Italian Restaurant; Jil- lian's; Mano's Restaurant; Touch of Beauty; IR's Restaurant; Club Potpourri Restaurant; Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant and McDonald's. Thank you to all for your sup- port! Anne Hilton, Sponsoring teacher for the Cape Henlopen Odyssey of the Mind and the OM Committee Thanks to resort fire department The following letter was written to Chuck Snyder, chief of the Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. I want to personally thank you and your department for supply- ing a fireman in full gear for last month's town council meeting. At issue was addressing a safety concern and how to deal with some properties that become park- ing lots or "car locked". The demonstration was most ef- fective in illustrating the mini- mum amount of room required for a fh'eman or paramedic to ingress and egress a building. Hopefully, it will never be test- ed, but the extra seconds saved by having a small "car free" access way to a structure could save a life. Bob Frederick Mayor Town of Dewey Beach DelDOT to undertake full scale study of county transportation needs this fall By Trish Vernon Except for a minor problem concerning a large bus that was routed through Lewes, the first week of summer operation for the Delaware Resort Transit (DRT) went fairly smoothly, according to Daniel Simpson, chairman of the Delaware Resort Transit Advisory Committee. It may have been fairly smooth going, but rough data shows there was a 35 to 40 percent decline in vehicles in the park and ride lot just outside Rehoboth Beach, he told committee members gathered at the June 6 meeting. There may have been a number of reasons for that, they agreed. The holiday weekend weather forecast was not good, even though Sunday was the only rainy day. Also, last year, people could ride on the DRT for free through mid-June, and a number of riders may have taken advantage of the shuttle to Rehoboth from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry lot rather than the Rehoboth park and ride. Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese told Simpson that more publicizing of the DRT routes and fares needs to be pro- vided through Sussex County publications. "A lot of people from Pot Nets, and even as far as Bridgeville, come in and use the lot, so you need to advertise it heavily," he said. Larry Sharp, DRBA public rela- tions and marketing official, sug- gested the DRBA and DRT should launch a joint media cam- paign promoting their ground transportation. (The DRBA al- ready relies on the media heavily to promote the ferry.) "We're just feeling our way along right now," Sharp said of their initial efforts to provide the express route from Lewes to Rehoboth. "We need a joint effort to em- phasize how easy it is to get around where you want to go here," Simpson agreed, noting that the schedule, while controlled by traffic, has been running as regularly as can be expected. Simpson told them that this fall, the Delaware River and Bay Au- thority (DRBA), which now oper- ates the ferryloutlets/Rehoboth express, along with DelDOT, which oversees the DRT, will em- bark upon an extensive study "of transportation needs and make recommendations. We may see solid changes after this fall," he told them, adding that they will probably add more members to the committee as well. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper wanted to know if future plans call for a transportation sys- tem from the resort to the Mary- land line to the west, as has been discussed to some extent in the re- cent past. "Our commitment is to carry out a transportation study and how Trish Vsnon photo Daniel Simpson (left), chairman of the Delaware Resort Transit Advisory Commltee, discusses plans this fall for an intensive transportation needs study in Sussex County, with Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper and City Manager Greg Ferrese. it would run throughout the coun- ty. Sooner or later, Sussex will need a 12-month transportation system. Looking at the needs of western Sussex, we hear there is the need for a link in east-west public transportation and we will look at that," Simpson answered. He went on to note that in the almost five years he has been in- volved in the state's transportation efforts, he has seen the need for transportation of the elderly and indigent in rural areas who can't access government services. This could result in "circular links" be- tween the western part of the county and Georgetown and the eastern part of the county and Georgetown. With Sussex having the fastest growing elderly popu- lation in the state "we have to plan for their needs down the road now. 'q'here has to be a system that can take care of the valleys and cope with the peaks. The need for transportation in eastern Sussex doesn't stop on Labor Day - you're going to see an expansion of the tourist season and the need for public transportation or there will be gridlock from past sum- mers carrying over to November," Simpson said. "The reality is that the village of Rehoboth has changed to a city and will contin- ue to grow and we're having trou- ble getting enough buses and dri- vers now." He assured them that they aren't creating a need to justify expan- sion. "There are never enough dollars, so we look at needs before wants," Simpson said. In other transportation-related matters, Jim Salmon, public rela- tions officer for the DRBA, noted that the tentative completion date for phase one of the Twin Capes ferry refurbishing is June 16, at a cost of $5 million. A bid has yet to be accepted for the second phase, which includes all of the interior renovation, which will transform the vessel into "the pre- mier ferry in the nation," accord- ing to Salmon, who said the entire project should be completed this fall. "Having one of the five ferries out of operation will not affect our summer schedule," Salmon stressed, noting that during peak times they make 26 trips across the bay each day, with the fifth vessel taking only four of those trips. To fill this small gap, they are reducing the turn around time between Cape May and Lewes from 75 to 65 minutes. However, they are not accepting reservations for ferries leaving be- tween 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, beginning June 30 through the end of August, be- cause they can't guarantee the de- parture time. Barefootin' Continued from page 7 Chesapeake Bay hurt the Queen Anne Railroad around the turn of the century as did the competition with Pennsylvania Railroad. And better highways were starting to be built which also offered other competitive avenues for freight and passengers. In 1904, the Queen Anne Rail- road went bankrupt. Its tracks were eventually taken over by the Pennsylvania Railroad whose Breakwater and Junction Branch, coming into Lewes from a main north-south line passing through Georgetown, also extended to the Queen Anne Pier. By 1924, Pennsylvania Railroad officials figured out that running two railroads into Lewes made lit- tle sense and the Queen Anne Railroad was finally abandoned. Former Lewes Postmaster Hen- IT Marshall a number of years ago remembered a scene involving the Queen Anne Railroad. "People used to gather at the post office in Lewes and wait for the horse and wagon to arrive with a load of mail from the Queen Anne train. "That was a scene. There would be a crowd of men and women and the smoke would be so thick in there you could cut it with a knife, Then Rural Free De- livery (RFD) came along and that scene faded."