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"'"- ,'-, __ ailiglKiunilllillli L County Council cancels Sept. 2 meeting Sussex County Council will not meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2 because of Labor Day. Sussex County Council will meet again at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the county ad- ministration building. Paratransit service may be extended The Delaware Transit Corpora- tion is considering expanding its paratransit service. Two public hearings were held earlier this month and there was very little public comment on the proposals. There are currefitly 300,000 paratransit trips generated per year in Delaware. Those trips ac- comodate 3,000 customers and 52,000 of the trips are generated in Sussex County. The proposal calls for extend- ing paratransit service into week- day evenings and during the day on" Saturdays within Kent and Sussex Counties. The proposal would be initiated into two phas- es. The first phase, if apprOved, will provide service to dialysis pa- tients to and from dialysis centers. The hours will be sufficient to en- able any patient to make weekday appointments, including evening hours, and day time appointments on Saturdays. This service is scheduled to.begin on October 6. The second phase will provide paratransit service during these same hours to any destination within either Kent or Sussex counties to all certified paratransit customers that reside within those two counties. This phase will be added as required resources need- ed for its implementation (such as hiring and training additional dri- vers etc.) are pu t into place so the service can. begin. This phase is expected to begin within the first two months after the October 6 start up of the proposal's extended service for dialysis patients. Once it is known when this new extend- ed service for certified paratransit customers will begin, notices on this service and its extended hours will be placed in all paratransit vehicles in Kent and Sussex Counties. Milton town budget on Sept. 2 agenda Milton Town Council will vote on the 1997-98 budget in the reg- ular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. (The usual Monday meeting night was changed because of Labor Day, Sept. 1) The proposed budget is set at $905,000, and a slight property tax increase is expected to be in- troduced at the meeting. In addi- tion to the budget and related town fees and expenses, the agen- da also includes discussion of re- configuration of a town intersec- tion and annexation requests. Milton Town Council meets in the upstairs of the library, and the meetings are open to the public. Route 1, 16 intersection modification considered Proposed modifications of the Route l-Sussex 16 intersection in- cluded in the Sussex County Route 1 Corridor Preservation Im- provements are still well in the fu- ture. A spokesperson for the Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) said that changes to the intersection have been identified in the "early ac- tion" category of the preservation plan; however, no action will be taken if it is determined that the capacity of Route 1 can be main- tained without major modification at that location. Speaking for DelDOT, Alan Davis said if modification to the intersection is needed, it is sched- uled for design work in 1999 with right-of-way acquisition and con- struction in 2001-2003..The mod- ifications under consideration would make the signal-lighted in- tersection an interchange and would eliminate the traffic signal. "The purpose of the Route 1 Corridor Preservation Improve- ments project is to keep the capac- ity of the road at the present level, and to ensure that it Meets the ca- pacity and remains within safety requirements," Davis said. "This is the same as all CPI projects, if we don't have to undertake them, we won't. "The Route 1-16 intersection is programmed for funding, but if the capacity is not drained or taxed, we won't modify it." He said the purpose of the corri- dor preservation plan is to keep the stretch of highway healthy with traffic moving smoothly and safely. Studies have shown that traffic signals on major highways can cause unsafe conditions with traf- fic back-ups and rapid accelera- tion and deceleration; therefore, some lighted intersections may be altered to provide access and egress without stopping and going at a signal. Friends of Cape Henlopen meet Seit, 10 A meeting will be held Wednes- day, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Sea- side Nature Center to organize an interim board for the purpos'e of establishing a friends organization at Cape Henlopen State Park. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, contact Pat Cooper, park adminis- trator at 645-8983 or Chris Ben- nett, nature center manager, at 645-6852. The interim board will be responsible for drafting a mis- sion statement and organizational bylaws, compiling a list of poten- tial charter members and initiating procedures for incorporation. Price named to two house task forces Rep. Shirley Price (D-Millville) was recently appointed to two leg- islative task forces, both of them CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 3 aimed at youth issues. House Speaker Terry R. Spence (R-New Castle) appointed Price to the task force that will review the impact of the revised High School Gradu- ation Requirements for the gradu- ating classes of 1999 through 2001. Price said that the task force has to look at the fact that high school graduation requirements have been increased without provisions for addition staffing in the schools. She said there is still a lot of gray area in how the re- quirements will be met and how schedules will be adapted to allow stu- dents to meet them. She said she will PRICE . enlist the help of school professionals in her in- volvement on the comniittee. She has also been appointed to the Task Force for Child Care Li- censing and Oversight. 16rice said that the child care task force will address the needs of parents and their children to ensure adequate and safe child care for the entire state. She said that this is one of the most important issues facing families today. "We can't Change the fact that both parents have to work in most families," she said. "So many families have to have quality day care, and right now, licensing spe- cialists have such a big case load, it's hard to see how they can cov- er all that they have to:" Cape Gazette reporter earns national honor In the 1997 National Communi- cations Competition of the Na- tional Federation of Press. Women, Rosanne Pack earfied second place for news reporting in the category for non daily news papers with circulation of more than 5,000. By winning first place in the state compe- tition, Pack became, the Delaware en- try in that PACK category. The NFPW 1997 nationalcom- petition had 1,279 entries submit- ted by state affiliates; and news reporting was among the top six categories in the number of en- tries. Judges were from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Of the entries, judges com- mented that they were impressed with the array of talent and skills of NFPW members, and they thought that writing talent abounds in the organization. Pack joined the staff of the Cape Gazette in June of 1996 af- ter working for Chesapeake Pub- lishing for 10 years. Michael Short photo Lewes Post Office employee recognized Lewes posta I carrier Gordon Davis was honored this week for finding a leaking gas tank and evacuating sleeping i-esi- dent Irene Fouraker before she could be overcome by fumes. Shown (l-r) are Lewes Postmaster Judy George-Thompson, Davis, Fouraker and Lewes Fire Department Chief Wally Evans. During a ceremony honoring Davis on Aug. 27f Evans said that Davis was delivering mail on June 20 when he smelled gas as he neared the home of Fouraker. When he ar- rived at the 517 Kings Highway address, he found a leaking propane tank in her backyard. He noticed two open windows above the tank and began knocking on Fouraker's door. The gas was streaming from a hole in the tank and was leaking so severely that ice crystals had formed on nearby shrubbery. He was joined by a neighbor and they managed to awaken Fouraker and help her next door to her neighbor's home. Fouraker had fallen asleep while watching television. "Final- ly, she came around and we got in and got her out," he said. "You could probably smell the propane a block away," Davis said. Davis, a volunteer with the Lewes Fire Company, then dialed 911. "I think he is great," according to Fouraker. "He was so concerned. He is a wonderful mailman." "I do not consider myself a hero. But I have lived here all my life and love the community and want to do what I can," Davis said. George-Thompson said that Davis is an excellent worker, although he is only temporary and she hopes the post office can keep him on staff. "We will find a place for him. He is an outstanding employee." George-Thompson said Davis routinely fights fires and responds to accidents and then comes in and makes his appointed rounds. "He fights fires all night long and then comes in a little red- eyed and does his job," she said. Two weeks ago, he respond- ed to a serious car accident on Kings Highway on his lunch break and climbed into the wrecked car to help immobilize the injured. "I love this place" he said. "I do what I can to make it better for everyone." Teen not wearing helmet critically hurt The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction team is continuing its investigation on an accident that left a 13-year-old girl in critical condition from a Route 1 bicycle accident. According to Cpl. Pre- ston Lewis, state police spokesman, on Monday, Aug. 25, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Michael Morabito, 39, of Bethany Beach, was driving a 1988 Chevy Blazer in the left, southbound lane of Route 1 ar Spring Lake Drive -near Dewey, when Vanessa Gatti, of Hockessin, was riding a bicycle westbound across Route 1. "She collided with the southbound ve- hicle," said Lewis. Gatti, who ap- parently was not wearing a hel- met, was taken to Peninsula Re- gional Medical Center in Salis bury, Md., with a fractured skull and contusions to the heart and lung. She is remains there in criti- cal condition. No charges are ex- pected to be filed against Mora- bite. Two arrested for drug manufacturing Delaware State Police, along with the Department of Probation and Parole, arrested two people on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in connection with marijuana manufacturing. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, officers went to a home in Rex- ford Mobile Home Park east of Millville and arrested Stacy Bur- ris, 23,'of the Millville area, and Jermaine Williams, 24, of the Sel- byville area. Troopers founl a four-foot mar- ijuana plant that was drying, and in two different locations in the house, found 4.1 and 4.7 grams of marijuana. According to a price list composed by the state police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the street -value of the cured marijuana is approximately $63, and once harvested, the plant would be valued at approximately $1,800. Both Burris and Williams were charged with maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of drugs, manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana, posses- sion with intent to deliver mari- juana, possession of drug para- phernalia and second degree con- spiracy. Burris was also arrested on outstanding warrants from the Court of Common Pleas in New Castle County. Neither Burris nor Williams posted $8,500 unse- Continued on page 4