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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 Briefly Continued from page 3 while suspended. In 1990, he faced criminal charges related to substance abuse. Previous court actions against Zimmerman in- cluded fines, suspended driving privileges and court-ordered par- ticipation in substance-abuse treatment programs. Cape Park steering committee meets Aug. 26 The next meeting of the Cape Henlopen State Park Master Plan Steering Committee will be held at the park officer's club at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26. The meet- ing will be open to the public. Council roasts Rogers on 25th anniversary Sussex County Council issued a proclamation, which proved to be more of a good-humored roast, to County Councilman Lynn Rogers on his wedding anniversary. The proclamation, read to ap- plause and laughter, reads as fol- lows: "Whereas, the Sussex County Council wishes to recog- nize Sussex County residents for milestone accomplishments in their lifetime; and whereas, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 1973, Lynn Rogers and Linda Thawley were married in Milford, without the aid of any family members bring- ing shotguns; and whereas Linda thought she was getting a prize and everyone knows she should have been given an award; and whereas, Lynn and Linda contin- ue to be happily married despite the fact that Lynn is a Sussex County Volunteer Fireman and Grand Pooh-Bah of the Secret Or- der of Hose Draggers; and where- as, the Sussex County Council be- lieves that marriage is an Ameri- can insitution and that is where Linda will probably end up before their Golden Anniversay is reached." The proclamation, issued Tues- day, Aug. 11, concluded by con- gratulating the couple on their milestone. Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning Director Lawrence Lank added that the heavens opened up and there was a terrible thunderstorm as soon as the service began. "And I Want to know what you were thinking," he said. By the time the service ended, the sky was dazzling blue and there was nary a cloud to be seen, Lank said. New weather system begins predictions The first Data Transmission Network (DTN) Weather Center System, purchased by the Sussex County Council, is now up and running. The new weather system to be used by several areas of Sus- sex County began operations on Monday, Aug. 10. The county council purchased the system following severe win- ter storms last year that badly damaged the coastline. County of- ficials have complained that Na- tional Weather Service cutbacks have resulted in less than ideal forecasts. "I believe this equip- ment will enhance our emergency response capabilities," said Coun- ty Administrator Bob Stickels. "It is essential in protecting life and property during natural disasters that we give Sussex County resi- dents and visitors as much notice as possible." Several towns - Seaford, Mil- ford, Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Slaughter Beach - have al- ready agreed to purchase the ser- vice after this year. Manufactured home placement topic Sept. 17 A public workshop has been scheduled for the County Council Chambers to review proposed leg- islation regarding placement stan- dards for manufactured homes in Sussex County. County Council has been asked by the mobile home industry to look at adopting regulations, which are expected to have far- reaching consequences on the housing placements in the county. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. Green Market features watermelon Aug. 14 The Mar-Del Watermelon As- sociation and the Delaware De- partment of Agriculture is spon- soring a day of watermelon sam- pling at the Lewes Ferry Terminal Green Market Friday, Aug. 14. The association and the agricul- tural agency invites the public to sample cold, locally-grown water- melon and watermelon salsa at the outdoor market. The market fea- tures locally grown produce, herbs and flowers, handmade soaps and homemade baked goods. The market, located out- side thegift shop at the Lewes ter- minal, is open noon - 6 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday. Voting registration deadline Aug. 22 Saturday, Aug. 22, is the regis- tration deadline, to be eligible to vote in the Saturday, Sept. 12 state primary leett-Oii. Residents of Sussex County can register through that time at the Depart- ment of Elections, 119 N. Race St., Georgetown. The office will be open that day, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is open the same hours on weekdays. Those registering to vote must show proof of identifi- cation, a driver's license or bill that includes the applicant's name and a current address. Absentee ballots for the primary election are available in the De- partment of Elections office; they may be returned by mail or voted in the office. Absentee ballots for the primary may be voted in the office on Aug. 22. The open period for changing political party affiliation is Sept. 13 - Oct. t3. For information on registration or voting, call 856-5367. Milton workshop Aug. 19; special meeting Aug. 20 Milton Town Council will meet two consecutive nights to discuss the FY 1998-99 budget andto vote on issues regarding a change in the rate of property transfer tax. The workshop is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, and the spe- cial meeting is at 7 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 20. Both meetings are in Town Hall and are open to the public. No binding votes can be taken at the workshop, but votes can be taken at the special meet- ing, which was called Aug. 3 at the regular council meeting. Finger announces plans for after-school centers David Finger, candidate for the Democratic nomination for attor- ney general, proposes the estab- lishment of "LEAP" (Let's Edu- cate And Protect) centers that would provide safe, secure after- school education and recreation programs. Finger said such cen- ters would be free of drugs, guns and violent behavior, and would provide a variety of support ser- vices., including structured recre- ational activities, social events and tutoring programs. Finger would like to see retired teachers volunteer time withstudents and community restaurants donate food that might otherwise go to waste. Local law enforcement of- ficials would also be incorporated into the program. The theme of Finger's cam- paign is "Save the Children." He said the LEAP program would create safe outlets for children's energy, help them with academics and create an opportunity for gen- erations to work together. He said, "We will all benefit from our children staying out of trouble. There is no substitute for tough law enforcement; hov;'ever, there is no justification for not taking the action necessary to pre- vent crime. The most important job of any elected official is to give our citizens a future." Finger faces John Dorsey in the Saturday, Sept. 12 primary. The winner of the primary faces in- cumbent Jane Brady, Republican. Delaware corn, soybean forecast not rosy Soybean and corn production in Delaware are expected to be lower than last year according to a report released this week by the Delaware Agricultural Statistics Service. Based on farmer reports and crop conditions around Au- gust 1, the first soybean yield forecast of the year is for 29 bushels per acre, unchanged from 1997. With 215,000 acres for harvest, production would be 6.2 million bushels, down 2 percent from the 1997 crop. The weekly "Crop Progress and Condition Report" at the end of July rated soybeans as 7 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 47 percent good and 6 percent excel- FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 3 TO AUGUST 9. 1998 DATE LOCATION TYPE 08/03/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14A, west of Rehoboth #2 08/03/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth #4 08/03/98 Rt. 1 and Midway Shopping Center parking lot #3 08/04/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #2 08/06198 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #2 08/06/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 276, west of Lewes #4 08/06/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 266B, north of Lewes #5 08/06/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, south of Lewes #4 08/07/98 Rt. 1 and Midway Carpet, south of Lewes #4 08/07/98 Rt. 1 and Terrace Drive, south of Rehoboth #2 08/07/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268, west of Lewes #2 08/08/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #5 08108198 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #2 08/08/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 264, north of Lewes #2 08/08/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, north of Lewes #2 08/09/98 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Outlets 1 parking lot #3 08/09/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 275A, north of Rehoboth #2 08/09/98 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273C, west of Rehoboth #5 IRoute I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7. I lent. A year earlier the crop was 11 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 61 percent good and 3 percent ex- cellent. Corn is expected to yield 100 bushels per acre compared to last year's 110 bushels. With 14,000 acres for grain, production would be 14.4 million bushels, 9 percent less than last year. The weekly "Crop Progress and Con- dition Report," as of the end of Ju- ly, rated the crop as 19 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 49 percent good and 10 percent excellent. A year ear!ier ratings were 18 per- cent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 per- cent good and 2 percent excellent. Maturity is running slightly ahead of normal and last year. The lack of rainfall is hurting many unirri- gated fields. For the United States, soybean production is forecast at a record high 2.82 bil- lion bushel s, up 4 percent from 1997. Yield is expected to aver- age 39.5 bushels per acre on a record high 71.6 million acres for harvest. U.S. corn production is forecast at 9.59 billion bushels, up 2 per- cent from last year. Yields are ex- pected to average ! 30 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from 1997 with 73.8 million acres for harvest. Given the depressed Asian econo- my and high U.S. production lev- els, prices are expected to be low- er than normal, which will mean a double whammy for Delaware farmers expecting lower yields than normal. DNREC officer selected for Fill training class Capt. Kurt J. Reuther, a regional environmental protection officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, has been accepted for the 195th class of the FBI National Academy. The 1 l-week session begins Sept. 27 at the FBI training complex at Quantico, Va. The academy, one of the most prestigious law enforcement schools in the United States, is available to law enforcement pro- fessionals who are looking for specialized training and leader- ship skills. Reuther will receive training in behavioral science, forensic science, law education and management science. Reuther began his career with DNREC in 1982 as a seasonal park ranger and moved up through the ranks to become assistant park superin- tendent at Delaware Seashore State Park. After completing the Delaware State Police Academy, the certified police instructor moved to the Division of Air and Waste Management, where he is now supervising the enforcement of environmental laws in the northern region of the state. Commercial shark fishery closes The National Marine Fisheries Service has determined that the Atlantic large coastal shark com- mercial fishery semiannual quota was attained Aug. 4, and is there- fore closing the commercial shark fishing industry. The quota is for the period of July 31 through Dec. 31. The closing became effective on Aug. 4, and applies to anyone on board a vessel that has been is- sued a federal shark permit and anyone in Delaware who has been issued a commercial food fishing license. The closure will remain in effect until Dec. 31.