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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 20 - Thursday, June 26, 1997 Volume 5, No. 5 Beebe eyes UDel land for future expansion Beebe decided to pursue purchase of the property to keep its options open for future expansion. He said on Thursday, June 19, howev- er, that the final transaction has not yet been completed. The land being eyed by Beebe has 200 feet of access to New Road just vest of the entrance to the University's industrial edthat the remnants ofa 17thcen- research park on New Road. The tury Dutch dike that provided ear- land runs behind properties owned by Sam Russell and members of his family along New Road and is bounded on the west by Canary Creek. Sam Russell, a member of the Lewes Planning Commission, not- ly settlers with a crossing of Canary Creek run through the .property, "That dike's on the National Registry of Historic Places," noted Russell following. the Wednesday, June 18 Lewes Planning Commission meeting. Dennis Forney photo By Dennis Forney University of Delaware received preliminary approval from Lewes Planning Commis- sion this week to carve 75 acres from its land at the Great Marsh edge of Lewes for sale to Beebe Medical Center: Beebe President Jeff Fried said Lewes Beach marsh fire chases residents from their homes Members of Milton Volunteer Fire Department launched their marine unit at 3:30 a.m. Friday, June 13 from the pub- lic launching ramp in Lewes to attack a stubborn Lewes Beach marsh fire that chased the occupants from six homes and endangered another half dozen. Fueled by last year's dead marsh grass, the fire brought volunteers from several departments to assist Lewes, as well as a Coast Guard cutter with fireflghting capability and private airplanes with water tanks. This photograph, taken from Pilottown Road, shows the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in the foreground and the waterborne Milton volunteers spraying one patch of flames while another, left, burns intensely in the night. See story on page 10. The land is part of several hun- dred acres of land first developed by University of Delaware as an industrial research park in the ear- ly 1980s. It is served by an infra- structure of roads and utility lines installed with the aid of a federal grant of about" $200,000 at that Continued on page 17 Cape'S lvlatLll takes nationaL crown By Dave Frederick Long jumper Kai Maull proved you can get there from here. From the fields of Warrington's farm that now surround Cape Henlopen High SChool, from a short- ened runway that can barely accommodate the stealth sprinter' s acceleration, from a take-off board that quivers under the strain of his exp!gsive pow- er and'.a...pit. whose coarse sand belongs in a cement truck. Kai Maull looked down the barrel of Maull and Bamforth. elite competition last Saturday afternoon, June 14 on the track at North Carolina State University and he did not blink or wince. He Continued on page 13 DVFA convention jilts Rehoboth for Dover By Trish Vernon for approval to be the site of the annual con- Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association well as porta potties during the parade and Delaware's volunteer firemen will parade down Rehoboth Avenue this September for the last time in at least three years and Rehoboth Beach and Sussex County have no one to blame but themselves, according to Ted Doyle, last year's conference chair- man. A member of the Rehoboth Beach Volun- teer Fire Company, Doyle explained that Kent County Tourism and Rehoboth Beach officials have been engaged in a tug of war. ferenCe held in late September, now that Rehoboth's three-year stint is up. The biggest conference the Cape Region hosts, Carol Everhart, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, has estimated that it has gener- ated a little over $1 million a year for the local economy over the past couple of years. "Kent County offered us a better deal," said Joe Hojnicki Sr., president of the (DVFA). Kent County officials believe the four- day event could generate in the $3 to $4 million ballpark, centered at the Sheraton Inn in Dover. The new Kent County Tourism president, Linda Graham, also general manager of the Sheraton, put together a deal that included waiving of the facilities rental fee and a freezing on room rates for three years if they booked all of the Sheraton's rooms, as clean up and breakdown after the pade. But Rehoboth" also put together an inCen- tive package for the firefighters, when, after the solo initial presentation Everhart made earlier this year to the organization, it was learned that they were being lured by Kent County. Everhart came back with a list of their concerns and a task force was formed com- prised of Mayor Sam Cooper, Katy Cahill Continued on page 10