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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 - 41 SCHOOL & EDUCATION ! :!:!i iii!i i i i  ii!! Smokey Bear is chased by enthusiastic children during the Cape Henlopen School District's Family and Youth Festival, held at Lewes Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 6. Families flock to Cape Henlopen School District youth festival Featuring music by Funch, Four Hits and a Miss, and the San Cofa Dancers, the third annual Cape Henlopen School District Family and Youth Festival was held at Lewes Middle School on Aug. 6. About 600 people attended the festival, visiting informational booths, taking part in games and prize drawings, picnicking on grilled hot dogs and enjoying the entertainment. Participating in activities such as hula hoop contests, sack races, relays and water balloon "catch- es," the children earned canteens, school supplies, yo-yos and pin- wheels. Fifteen lucky guests won either gift certificates to Grotto CMS graduate from Delaware Tautog, the favorite catch of many a sport-fishing enthusiast, recently helped University of Delaware graduate student Richard Wong land a $I,000 research scholarship from the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen. A master's degree candidate in marine bgology-biochemistry at the university's Graduate College of Marine Studies (CMS) in Lewes, Wong received the schol- arship - the first awarded by the Lewes-based recreational fishing association - to support his research on the habitat preferences of the young tautog. Tautog represent an important recreational and commercial fish- ery along the East Coast. While the adult tautog inhabit reef areas, the "juvenile" fish, which are under a year old and less than 3 inches long, are believed to spend the first summer of their lives in eel grass and sea lettuce beds. However, since there are no eel Pizza or "Community Unity" T- shirts. Booths were provided by the Cape Henlopen High School Wellness Center, through Beebe Medical Center; First State Com- munity Action Agency; the Delaware State Police; the Depart- ment of Public Health; Depart- ment of Social Services: the Sus- sex County Department of Libraries; Redden State Forest, featuring Smokey Bear; Cape Henlopen School District Child Nutrition Program; the Cape Hen- iopen Education Association; the Office of Highway Safety; and Shields/Lewes Middle School Parent Connections. Coordinated by the school dis- trict and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Sussex County Traffic Safety Division, the program is funded through the Title IV Supplemental Grant and "Promoting Safe and Stable Families," through the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Diaz Bonville, UD Cooperative Extension Sussex County Traffic Safety Coordinator; Garnet Smith, social worker, Rehoboth Elemen- tary School; and Sally Cordrey, Cape Henlopen School District administrator for social services, were the co-chairs of this annual program. student receives scholarship Mobile Surf Fishermen CMS graduate student Richard Wong, third from left, win- ner of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen's first scholarship award, receives a handshake from the association's presi- dent, Bill Martin. Flanking them are members of the scholar- ship subcommittee (l-r) Robert Martin; Dorothy Miller;, Ann Hastings, chair;, and Bill Smith. grass beds in lower Delaware Bay and only small areas of sea lettuce Column to return bed, young tautog here may rely on artificial reefs, shipwrecks, and other craggy areas for shelter just as the adult fish do. "Knowing what the young tau- Continued on page 42 Diane Saienni Albanese's col- umn will return in a couple of weeks. She is on vacation for the remainder of the summer. Del Tech legal assistant tech program follows guidelines Following a statewide needs to them because they're members assessment performed last year., of the legal community and they the legal assistant technology pro- have the experience and expertise gram at Delaware Technical & we need." The board will meet Community College, Owens cam- annually to review the status of pus, has been revised under the the program and to keep it up to direction of Anna Legates-Beste date. and Jane Stayton. The legal assistant option is part According to Legates-Beste, of the office systems technology department chair for the office department at Delaware Tech and systems/legal assistant technolo- offers a combination of general gies, the associate degree program education and specialized legal now follows the American Bar courses. Association guidelines for parale- A legal internship provides stu- gal studies, dents with work experience to "We reduced the number of supplement classroom learning. office systems classes required, Work experience will be evaluat- increased the number of hours in ed for intern program credits and legal specialty courses, and added other curriculum requirements. a family law course," she noted. The legal assistant field is one "The change also gives students of the fastest growing professions, more options when choosing elec- according to the U.S. Bureau of tivecourses." Labor Statistics. Employment Another new aspect of the pro- opportunities are available in fed- gram is the formation of a special eral, state and local government advisory board composed of legal agencies, law firms, the court sys- professionals from the court sys- tem, banks, insurance companies, tern, state and government agen- private business and corporations. cies, and private law firms. For more information on the The board first met in February legal assistant program, contact 1997 to evaluate the program and Jane Stayton at 856-5400, Ext. make recommendations for revi- 263, or Anna Legates-Beste at sions. 855-1677. Registration for the fall "The board played a big role in semester is from 8:30 a.m. to 8 making changes to the program," p.m., Aug. 18 and 19; classes said Legates-Beste. "We listened begin Aug. 24. Lewes CMS professor being honored through research grant The National Shellfisheries Association has announced the establishment of an annual stu- dent research grant in honor of "one of its most distinguished past presidents" - Dr. Melbourne R. Carriker, professor emeritus of marine studies at the University of Delaware. Through the competitive grant program, student members of the National Shellfisheries Associa- tion may apply for a $1,000 award for nontravel related expenses associated with their master's the- Dr. Melbourne It. Carrick- sis or Ph.D. dissertation research, er is being honored through An expert in malacology - a shellflsheries grant. branch of zoology focusing on Fisheries, he became director of snails, oysters, clams and other the Systematics-Ecoiogy Pro- mollusks - Carriker received his gram at the Marine Biological bachelor's degree from Rutgers Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass. University and his master's and In 1973, Carriker joined the doctoral degrees from the Univer- faculty of the University of sity of Wisconsin. During World Delaware Graduate College of War II, he served as an ensign and Marine Studies (CMS) and was lieutenant in the U.S. Naval based at the Lewes campus. Reserve in the North Pacific. There, he conducted a variety of Prior to his career at the Univer- shellfish research - from identify- sity of Delaware, Carriker was a ing the mineral chemistry of the member of the faculty at Rutgers oyster's shell, to exploring the University and at the University physiology and behavior of the of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. oyster drill, a predatory snail that After a yearlong stint as fishery bores into and feeds on oysters. research biologist and chiefoftbe By the time Carriker retired Shellfish Mortality Program for from CMS in 1985, not only had the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Continued on page 42