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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 20 - August 26, 1993 Business & Real Estate Local heating, air conditioning company has new look For many years now, residents of Sussex County have seen the familiar blue service trucks of Steele's Inc. Heating and Air Con- ditioning on the local roadways or busy at work at local residences and businesses. Steele's, Inc. has taken on a new name, as well as a new look, and will be providing, in addition to those heating and air conditioning services offered over the years, new services to the residents and businesses of Sussex and Kent counties and the surrounding East- ern Shore counties of Maryland. G. Alan Steele, formally the proprietor of Steele's, Inc., has been joined by David R. Mills, formally of Modern Air Condi- tioning, Inc. of Naples, Florida, as General Manager and Sales Man- ager, respectively. Alan and Dave will be expand- ing the customer base and the ser- vices offered by the company, recently renamed Advanced Mechanical Service Corporation. Operating from their new offices and warehouse in the Camelot Office Building, directly behind the Wilmington Trust Bank branch on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Advanced Mechanical Service Corporation will continue to provide the same high quality installation and ser- vice work which Alan and Steele's Inc. have provided to residents and businesses in the area since 1972. Moreover, Advanced Colnued on page 37 Steve Hoenigmann photo G. Alan Steele stands in front of his new offices and vehicles which sport a new look. The Coffee Merchant entices coffee connoisseurs with variety at newstore in Rehoboth Mall Slmm Hoenlgmann photo The Coffee Merchant in the Rehoboth Mall entices coffee connoisseurs with a wide variety of beans and pastries. By Leesa Klepper An evening at the movies or reading the morning newspaper can now be complete by sipping delicious espresso and nibbling a mouth-watering fresh pastry at a new coffee shop in Reboboth Mall - The Coffee Merchant. Dan Collins opened his third coffee shop/retail store on June 25th. Collins, a native of Annapolis, originated the idea there 10 years ago and then expanded four-years later by building a store in Glen Burnie, Md. In January 1993, Collins was approached by the new owner of Rehoboth Mall who described the mall renovations, including the addition of new movie theaters, and Collins was persuaded to enlarge his business by opening a store in Rehoboth. "I had been looking for a beach location for a long time, and this seemed like a good location and oppor- tunity," Collins said. The 1,062 square feet of space, which employs four people managed by Mike Hatmaker, is part cafe and part boutique, offering coffee, gifts and other specialties. One side of the store harbors a counter section dis- playing assorted pastries and bagels followed by a number of tables and chairs. Customers are encour- aged to relax with a mug of espresso, steamed cap- puccino or one of the unique flavored coffees. The store boasts 35 types of coffee in bean form that visi- tors can also have fleshly ground to carry home. The other side of the establishment has a selection of gift ware. Commodities range from coffee mugs and teapots to espresso machines and gift packs for weddings or anniversaries. The store was not completely furnished until mid- July, and since then business has been "pretty good," according to Collins. He is "anxiously awaiting the opening of the movie theaters" (slated for September 15). The store opens daily at 9:30 am. and closes at 9 p.m., but once the movies open they plan to be in business until 10 p.m. every night. Collins emphasized that visits from many summer vacationers, in addition to the prosperous business he expects from locals throughout the year, have been abundant. "All summer long people on vacation come in who have come to our other stores and know us already from home." The new store has pleased Collins and he antici- pates a promising future. Recycling yard clippings good for lawn and the environment Summertime's warm weather and sunshine bring another season of mowing and maintaining your lawn. I would like to share some tips on how to use grass and other yard clippings as a source of nutri- ents for gardening and landscap- ing around your home. Mowing, bagging and disposing of lawn clippings have been a recurring cycle for years in this community and our landfills can- not continue to absorb the waste. On average, yard waste accounts for large percentages of all the material buried in Delaware. During the summer, yard waste can amount to 50 per- ctnt or more of residential trash. It's time to change those statistics! Recommended ways are recy- cling yard clippings for the good of both your lawn and the environ- ment. Creating a compost pile is an ideal way to recycle your lawn REALTOR FOCUS Bill Ash wastes, while simultaneously pro- viding a source of nutrients for gardening and landscaping. Any- thing growing in your yard is potential compost material. Ideally, you should begin your compost pile in late spring for use in the fall and in the fall for use in the spring. However, it's never too late to begin the process. To begin, remove any grass and sod cover from the area where you plan to construct a compost pile. Create a bin to enclose the com- post. Prefabricated snow fencing, woven wire, wood pallets or brick can serve as inexpensive compost bins. Be sure to allow for easy access through the top or sides for turning the compost. For best results, the following "recipe" is recommended: 1st layer: 3 to 4 inches of chopped brush or other coarse material. 2rid layer: 6 to 8 inches of leaves, grass clippings, sawdust, etc. Materials should be "sponge damp." You may want to sprinkle sulfur over the heap to increase its acidity. 3rd layer: 1 inch of soil (to speed up the process). 4th layer: 2 to 3 inches of manure or a handful of commer- cial fertilizer to provide the nitro- gen needed. Add water if the manure is dry. 5th layer: Repeat steps 1-4 until the bin is almost full. Top off heap with a 4 to 6 inch layer of straw, and scoop out a "basin" at the top to catch rain water. A properly made heap will reach a temperature of 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit in four to five days. At this time, you'll notice a settling, a good sign that your heap is working properly. After five to six weeks, fork the materials into a pile, turning the outside of the old heap into the center of the new pile. Add water if necessary. It shouldn't be necessary to turn your heap a second time. The compost should be ready to use within three to four months. Compost is ready when it is dark brown, crumbly and earthy smelling. For best results when using, turn your soil, apply a 1 to 3 inch layer of compost and work it in well. Fertilizing your garden and lawn with compost can improve the overall landscape and beauty of your home. In addition to saving landfill space, recycling your lawn reduces your water usage and the need to purchase soil conditioners and trash bags. That's good for you as well as for the environ- ment. You can find out more about caring for your lawn and about composts by contacting your local nursery. For more information, call the Sussex Coun- ty Association of REALTORS at 855-2300. (Bill Ash is president of the Sus- sex County Association of REAL- TORS.)