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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 21 Pfiesterialike organism found in Indian River; identity still uncertain By Michael Short It may be Pfiesteria piscicida; then again, maybe not. Delaware's Department of Natur- al Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) found "Pfieste- rialike" organisms in eight of 45 water samples taken May 19 in In- dian River. David Small, spokesman for DNREC, said the state just isn't sure whether this is Pfiesteria, the so-called "cell from hell," that is believed to have caused massive fish kills in North Carolina and in the Pocomoke River. Samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing and the re- suits are expected in a few weeks. Pfiesteria was found last year in Indian River and Indian River Bay, but there were no fish kills and the organism was not toxic to fish. All of which means that Delaware officials, just like offi- cials everywhere, continue to try to come to grips with an organism that wasn't even discovered until Merchants beware: By Kerry Kester Delaware State Police and the U.S. Secret Service are advising Cape Region businesses to be aware t/fat more than $140 of counterfeit $20 bills have been discovered at several Rehoboth Outlets businesses. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, the serial number on the bills is D74999212B. "Throughout the season, we will see counterfeit money com- ing out of Rehoboth Beach," said Richard Brown, Secret Service resident agent in charge. "Twen- ty-dollar bills are the most com- mon." However, he said, $1 to $100 bills are found. The notes found in the Rehoboth area, he said, were computer generated and reproduced on ink-jet print- ers. "The printer notes do not have the security strips. They do not have the red and blue fibers - you will not see that on the reproduced notes," said Brown. Detecting the fake notes can still be difficult, however. What works best, he said, is comparing a suspicious bill to one that is unquestionably genuine. The relatively high reso- lution from some computer-gener- ated notes is one of the reasons the U.S. Department of the Treasury changed to a new currency in 1996, said Brown. The new $100 bills have a distinctive feature that cannot be duplicated. The portrait of Ben Franklin is skewed slightly to the left, and in the fight field of the bill, there's a watermark of a matching portrait. Additionally, he said, all bills are produced on a special paper that is available only to the government. "Once mer- chants are relatively certain they have a counterfeit, they should do something, if at all possible, to de- tain the person," said Brown. However, he emphasized that a merchant should never risk per- approximately a decade ago. On Thursday, June 25, a small group of health and tourism offi- cials and members of the public, met at the University of Delaware in Lewes to discuss "Pfiesteria Pfacts: Don't Let It Get You or Your Business Down." The speakers at the forum pro- vided an overview of where Delaware has been and where it may be in the future when it comes to dealing with the issue. They also addressed business and how businesses can survive at a time when Pfiesteria is leaving customers afraid and uncertain. Roy Miller of DNREC's Divi- sion of Fish and Wildlife said the organism first surfaced in 1987 in Indian River, where it killed at least 17 species of fish. The cause of the fish kill is believed to be Pfiesteria, according to Miller. It killed more than 100,000 fish as well as clams and crabs, render- ing seven miles of Indian River virtually sterile, a veritable desert. It was believed to have struck again in 1988, killing 18,000 fish in Indian River. At that time, no one in Delaware was aware of the organism. It was found again last year, but no fish kills resulted. Small and Charles Lesser of the Division of Fish and Wildlife said that there have been no fish kills and fewer instances of fish with lesions than were reported last year by fishermen. Delaware tests inland bays waters twice a month for the presence of Pfiesteria. The Nanticoke River is also tested twice monthly for the organism. Delaware State Epidemiolgist Dr. Leroy Hathcock said that Atlantic coast states have proven they are willing to work together to deal with a new organism. Hathcock said, "there are no state lines, no borders in the health community." But he also added that much of the medical community still remains ignorant of the problem. holidays prime time for counterfeits sonal safety. "Call the police, and make a mental note," he said. "Document what the person looks like. Try to get a vehicle tag num- ber. All of that helps. But never, never jeopardize safety." Brown said business owners should call police first, who will contact the Secret Service. Programs are available to teach merchants how to detect counterfeit bills; for de- tails, call 302-573-6188. REHOBOTH BEACH INDEPENDENT FILM NEW KITCHENS Quality Design & Installation For Kitchens & Baths I;:ill "r ";;[;L -- J 25 YEARS ...,..,,....,.--  EXPERIENCE Oqq YUUO ' r-- RT24JUSTOFF RT 1 AT FAMILY DOLLAR MALL .DEMOGRAPHICS 15 - marketing based on folks' age. gender, income, education. PSYCHOGRA.PHICS IS- FUN. PRACTICAL marketing to folks based on their actual lifestyles and particular personalties, motivations, needs, and desires for market stuff. Is a real word. PSYCHAGRAPHICS 15- a made-up word used locally to mean creative, effective graphic design and marketing for you. 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