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Wanted: diamondback terrapins The Center for the Inland Bays is asking people to report sight- ings of diamondback terrapins. The CIB is hoping to find out more about the terrapins, which have rebounded from near extinc- tion because they taste so good in a soup bowl with just a wee bit of sherry. Fortunately, pressure on the small terrapins has eased and their numbers have increased. But there is not much known about the elu- sive animals and the CIB, espe- cially Keri Mauil, are researching the terrapins. They are asking anyone who sees one of the animals to report the time, date, place and weather conditions during the terrapin sighting. Ed Whereat has recently in- formed us of a number of terra- pins killed this summer on Route 1 below Dewey Beach during the nesting season. Maull, in the newest edition of the "Inland Bays Journal" reports that "besides loss of habitat, in- creased plunder of nests by rac- OUTDOORS Michael Short coons and domestic pets and mis- taken trappings in crab pots, are threats to the terrapin population." Maull reports that terrapin males are five inches long and fe- males are somewhat larger. They are seen in shallow estuaries, creeks, salt marshes and bays and sightings usually consist of seeing a "thumbnail" sized head popping above the water. To report sightings, call the Center at 645-7325, mail them the information at 467 Highway One, Lewes, DE. 19958, send in a copy of the sighing form in the "jour- nal" or e-mail them at brichard @ ENVIROTHON winners The top Delaware ENVI- ROTHON team, Charter School of Wilmington, will be competing in the next few days with state winners from other states as well as international teams. Delaware's top school team, chosen May 5 in tough competi- tion at Prime Hook, was picked based on knowledge of wildlife, habitat, conservation and other environmental knowledge. Dean Belt, of Delaware's plan- ning committee, said "Along with learning to identify Delaware's top 20 tree, these students can tell the difference between a Fallsing- ton and Evesboro soil just by tex- ture." The Sussex Tech Ravens were the top Sussex County team in the May 5 competition. Zap/Pro Am skimboard tour returns to Dewey Skimmers from all over the na- tion will descend on Dewey Beach Aug. 19-20 for the annual East Coast Skimboarding Cham- pionships. This classic Dewey Beach event, now in its 19th year, also serves as the grand finals for the Zap Pro/Am Tour of Skim- boarding. Several local skimmers have been competing on the tour since the April kick off in Panama City, Fla. in April and at Kill Devil Hills, N.C. two weeks ago. Among the tour standouts are Dewey Beach's Joe Vavala, who is currently tied for the lead in the junior men's division and who al- so swept the super heat in the Out- er Banks Skim Jam. Jamie Celano of Dewey recent- ly brought home a big victory at the Outer Banks Skim Jam land- ing him in solid third position in the rankings. And there's Dewey Beach's No. 1 skim girl, Caitlyn Wier, who comes to the grand fi- nals undefeated after two events. For more skimboarding infor- mation, visit the Web site at Applications available for Make.A.Wish Triathlon The seventeenth annual Make- A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 in Bethany Beach. The event is com- posed of a 1.5K ocean swim, a 36K bike ride and a 10K race. Ap- plications are now available by calling 301-962-6500 or by visit- ing the race Web page at riathlon. Volunteer opportunities are also available. The triathlon is a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organi- zation that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening ill- nesses. Clemente All.Stars baseball camp on tap The Roberto Clemente All- Stars baseball camp is now recvruiting baseball players ages 10-19 to participoate in an inten- sive six-day instructional camp with top college coaches and pro- fessional scouts. The camp will be held at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The facility, which features 12 Major League-style diamonds, batting cages and clubhouses, is the spring training home of teh St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Ex- pos. Two summer sessions with limited openings are being of- fered Aug. 1-6 and Aug. 7-12. The staff will include 32 col- lege baseball coaches. To receive a free brochure, call 800-723- 6398, or visit the Web site Dickens raising $1,000 for Marine Marathon Ken Dickens, an employee at Parsell Funeral Homes, is trying to raise $1,000 in order to be eli- gible to run in the 25th annual Marine Corps Marathon sched- uled Oct. 22. The money he rais- es will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dickens is asking the Cape Re- gion community to please consid- er a donation of $1 per mile ($26 total), $50, $100 or more. All do- nations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hos- pital and mailed to: Ken Dickens, 15 E. Mill Run, Milton, DE 19968. For more information, Dickens can be reached at 645-9101. Adult Plus+ schedules Camden Yards trip It's not too late to get great seats at Camden Yards to see Orioles baseball this summer. The Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Tech- nical & Community College will host a trip later this month. On Sunday, July 30, the Orioles take the field against the Cleve- land Indians. Tickets for Adult Plus+ members are $30. For the general public they are $34 and for Del Tech students, $33. Kids under 18 pay $21. The cost in- cludes roundtrip transportation from the Carter Partnership Cen- ter and Camden Yards and admis- sion to the game. For more information on these and other Adult Plus offerings, call 856-5618. District III to host regional softball tourney Martin Donovan, district ad- ministrator for Delaware District III Little League, has announced that the district will again host the Eastern Regional Major League Softball Tournament, Aug. 2-11. The tournament will be played on various fields throughout Sus- sex County, with the final deter- mining game to be played at the Lower Sussex Little League Complex.Eleven states will par- ticipate for the right to travel to Portland, Ore., to play in the ma- jor league World Series. The tournament events will be- gin with a party for participants at Cape Heniopen State Park, where they will be introduced to their host families. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 - 93 State record mako tips scales at close to half a ton By Michael Short Picture a half ton of mako shark on the line for 14 hours. Captain Billy Verbanas, of the Reel-Istic, was at the helm when Thomas Barnes of Mechanicsburg, Pa. caught a 975-pound state record mako shark on Sunday, July 23. The shark had a girth of 78 inches and was 1 l-feet long. The fish shattered the old record, also caught by Verbanas, by 32 pounds. Mako sharks are wonderful gamefish. Being hooked to a half ton of mako for 14 hours must be the equivalent of trying to winch a VW bus into a boat, a VW bus with teeth the size of kitchen knives and an attitude roughly equivalent to that of Tonya Hard- ing. Tuna time Here are the tuna tournament re- sults from the Indian River Boat- ing Association's tournaments ear- lier this month. The winners of the July 1 and 2 trolling tournament are" Paul DiFebo's Michael D with a 79-pound fish, Joe Van Sant's Gray Fox with 47.50 pounds, Dick Bakers' Knot For Shore's 42- pound catch and Bill Doherty's Under Taker with a 41.50-pound fish. Largest combo awards went to Paul DiFebo, followed by Bill Do- herty, Paul Henninger and Doc People. The overnight chunking tourna- ment results are: Rick DuShuttle's Chim Gooch with the largest fish of the tourna- ment, 137.5 pounds, followed by David Kirk's Enterprise III in sec- ond and third place and Rob Thompson's Half Moon in fourth place. Kirk's Enterprise III easily won the largest combo award and DuShuttle finished second. The next IRBA tournament is a bottom fishing tournament Aug. 19 and 20. For information, call 302-834-3640. What's happening? Fishing has been very good for flounder, tuna and seabass as the area settles into a summer fishing pattern. Surf anglers are reporting a mixture of fish and the Cape Henlopen Pier is reporting good fishing for a variety of fish. R&R Sports Center reports that Delaware Bay flounder fishing was excellent this week with many limits. Hot spots included A Buoy to Buoys 9 and 10, the edge of Brown Shoal, south of 14-Foot Light and outside the outer wall. John Barton had 16 nice flounder at A Buoy while fishing on the S.S. Bartonian. Bill's Sport Shop said that Antwine Necks landed six trout, a 22-inch flounder and croakers at Roosevelt Inlet using peeler crabs. R&R also said that bottom bouncing off Indian River pro- duced flounder and seabass and noted that one of their own, Marry Cross and his wife, caught and re- leased a pair of blue marlin while vacationing at St. Thomas. . Indian River Bay is producing flounder for fishermen drifting the usual hot spots. The inlet itself is producing nice stripers and some trout. Paul Forrest has a limit of bluefin tuna and released seven others near the Hambone while chunking. Yellowfins were caught in 70 fathoms between Poorman and Baltimore Canyons. Bill's Sport Shop said wahoo and tuna have been caught at the Hot Dog and Hambone with bluefin tuna being caught chunk- ing at the Hot Dog. Stan Dove caught a 41 pound wahoo while trolling with spoons. 1 FIRST RUN SOLD OUT . a 1/2 ; "- Remington 11-87 3 1/2" Mag Stop by and see ours! HWY. 1 IN THE MIDWAY VILLAGE SHOPS Phone (302) 645-8350 mm[B.=mr,,:m=]l FAX (302) 644-206( Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. & 7:10 p.m.- 9 p.m Evenings: =7:10 p.m. - 9 p.m. Email - Sunday: 12 - ,=