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:Cape bOard ove00urns block Scheduling,, pg. 1,00i I Delaware's Cape Region Friday, July 3 - Thursday, July 9, 1998 Volume 6, No. 5 Imperial files for Schroeder's seat in 37th District By Michael Short Albert "Butch" Imperial has filed for the 37th District Representative seat now held by Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes. Imperial is perhaps best known as the commander of Rehoboth Beach VFW Post 7447. He is also the former chief of staff for the Delaware State VFW. Imperial filed on Tuesday, June 30. He is a Democrat, which sets up a likely Democ- ratic primary with incumbent Schroeder. Schroeder recently decided against running Referendum looms: Cape schools need repairs, upgrades By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen School District's need for major capital improvements may require the district to pass a referendum by May 30, 1999. The district has determined it needs $1.4 million in major capital improvement funds for repair and recon- struction projects. Additionally, all of the buildings need electrical upgrades for tech- nology. The district is in the process of applying to the state board of education for funding. If the board approves the application, the state will provide 60 percent of the improvement money, with the district assuming responsibility for the remaining 40 percent, or $707,000. Construction would begin in the summer of 2000. The district currently has approximately $667,000 in its reserve account, an account that can be used for major capital improve- ments. However, depleting the account completely would leave the district vulnera- ble if an emergency arose, such as a court- mandated remedy for an environmental problem, a boiler failure or any number of other problems that can arise in a district Continued on page 19 for the Senate when Senator Bob Voshell, D-Milford, announced his retirement. Instead, Schroeder is expected to run for another term in the House. This is the first try at elected office by Impe- rial, who has been extremely active in IMPERIAL veterans issues. The announcement comes as a political surprise that adds an unexpected twist to the 37th District race. Republican Harry "Hap" Crystal filed in February as a Republican for the 37th Dis- trict, setting up a rematch of the 1996 race between the duo. He and Schroeder waged a hard-fought race in 1996, with the West Rehoboth Sew- er District considered one of the key issues in the race. Senator George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, said he has tried to talk Imperial out of entering the race, noting that Imperial could now be seen as a spoiler. Bunting called Schroeder a personal friend of Gov. Tom Carper and added that "I frankly think he [Schroeder] is one of the most respected people who walks the [Leg- islative] Hall." Schroeder has been active in environ- mental issues like sea lettuce blooms and inland bays pollution and has been heavily involved in both financial and beach replenishment issues. Reached on Thurs- day, July 2, Imperial said he wasn't pre- pared to discuss specific issues, yet. Angle Moon photo Crowds swelling Cape, Region in anticipation of July Fourth weekend The Fourth of July weekend signals high gear for night spots. With traffic and crowds at their highest lev- Delaware Cape Region's summer season. The largest els, state and municipal police departments have sched- crowds of the year fill our towns day and night. In Dewey uled extra personnel for the holiday weekend in an effort Beach, the beach crowds of the day become street crowds to keep the resort celebration safe, orderly and enjoy- at night in a festival atmosphere that connects various able. Whatever your druthers, there,s plenty happening over the Fourth of July weekend in the Cape Region. Here's a brief overview, with a more detailed summary found on page 83. Saturday, July 4 Independence Day games and bicycle races for children age s 4- 16, also adult games; 10 a.m., Second Street, Lewes, with signups beginning at 9 a.m. near Mellon Bank. Prizes awarded. For details call 645-6512. Sixth annual Oak Orchard Civic Celebration, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in the lot next to the Community Church of Oak Orchard, Route 5. Parade, 10 a.m., from Sussex Road 311, along Road 312 in Riverdale and ending at the church. Crafts and food, games, prizes, athletic competitions. Call 945-2923 or 945-5648 to register. 32nd Annual St. Peter's Art Show and Luncheon, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, at the church, Second and Mulberry streets, Lewes. Luncheon in parish hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at $5. Independence Day Lewes Harbor Boat Parade, gathering at Roosevelt Inlet at 2:30 p.m., and moving uptown to public dock and judge's stand at Fisherman's Wharf. Registration, $5, to benefit Lewes Little League. Call 645- 6227 for details and registration. Family Day Celebration of Nation, noon-10 p.m., at Dags- boro Church of God, Route 113, Dagsboro. Large fireworks dis- play; public invited. Doo Dah Parade, 6 p.m., forming on McFee Street, Lewes. Route includes Kings Highway, Second and Market streets, with party following on McFee Street. Anyone wishing to participate is Continued on page 19 Look no further: there's plenty to do this July 4 weekend