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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 Dewey mayor takes beach replenishment case to Congress By Michael Short The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Part- nership met with members of Congress this summer in an effort to shore up support for beach re- plenishment. With representatives from five states, including Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick, the group has tried to use its political influ- ence to make sure that beach re- plenishment projects, like the on- again, off-again Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach project, become re- ality. The response was "overwhelm- ing and supportive," according to Frederick. The group developed several specific goals during its visit. Tom Gagliano, a former New Jersey senator and currently the president of a New Jersey public and gov- ernment affairs business, S. Thomas Gagliano Associates, said the group agreed to sponsor a Washington D.C. conference on beach issues in the spring, 1998. "The idea is to keep coastal is- sues in focus as much as we can," Gagliano said. Frederick said another goal is to continue to educate Clinton ad- ministration officials while Gagliano said the House of Repre- sentatives has decided to hold hearings to discuss the Shore Pro- tection Act of 1996. Those oversight hearings are expected to include the issue of whether or not the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funds beach replenishment, an issue which has proven to be the largest key in the current debate. The on-again, off-again Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach pro- Late obituaries Raymond E. Kopple, project engineer Raymond E. Kopple, age 86, of Arapahoe, N.C., died of progres- sive bone marrow failure at Craven Regional Medical Center, Newbum, N.C., on Monday, Aug. 28, 1997. Mr. Kopple served in the Army Reserves and was a retired project engineer from DuPont Company. He was a member of Arapahoe United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader; and mem- ber of the Professional Engineers Association, Theta Chi and Phi Kapl Phi fraternities; a 1932 gradtiate of the University of Delaware, and moved to Arapa- hoe in 1976, after residing in Charlestown, W.Va., from 1950 to 1976. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Emily G. Kop- pie; a daughter, Carolyn Louise Johnson of Gretna Green, Md.; a son, Richard Gordon Kopple of Midland, Mi.; two brothers, Charles Frederick Kopple and Wallace Edward Kopple, both of Harbeson; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3 I, at ject would establish a 125-foot wide beach in Rehoboth Beach and a 150-foot wide beach in Dewey Beach. Expected initial cost would be $8,692,000 (with continued maintenance replenish- ment planned) and plans would include dune fence, dune grass and a first for Rehoboth Beach, a dune line the length of the beach. The mission statement for the Coastal Partnership states that New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will combine efforts "in promot- ing the preservation of our shore- lines and beaches through the con- tinuation of federal, state and local funding and the advancement of techniques and innovative meth- ods of shore protection. The partnership will work to as- sure the federal government will continue to fund shore protection; to maintain the involvement of the U.S: Army Corps of Engineers in the areas of storm damage reduc- tion and flood protection through its continuing authorities' pro- grams, planning and construction projects and to educate the public and advocate the economic bene- fits of shore protection on a re- gional and national level." Members of the five-state group include Frederick, members of Save Our Seashore Inc. of Bright- waters, N.Y., Ocean City City En- gineer Terence McGean, Gagliano and Bernard Moore of the N.J. Department of Environ- mental Protcti0n and Energy. Gagliano;said the political pull of all five states helped get their message heard. "[It gave] a little more credibility... No state can go it alone." I Harbeson Cemetery. Friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30,7t at Parsell Funeral Homes, 307 North Bedford St., Georgetown. Contributions are suggested to Arapahoe UM Church, P.O. Box 125, Arapahoe, N.C. 28510. Dr. Wilfred T. Tumbusch, plastic surgeon Dr. Wilfred T. Tumbusch, age 80, of Lewes died Tuesday,Aug. 26, 1997, at Life Care at Lofland Park of respiratory failure. Dr. Tumbusch was a member of the American Medical Associa- tion, Society of Plastic Surgeons, Society of Head and Neck Sur- geons, a graduate of Ohio State University and St, Louis Universi- ty Medical School, and received the Legion of Merit. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Rt. 1, Lewes, with burial at Ar- lington National Cemetery, Ar- lington, Va., with full military honors at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes. More information on Dr. Turn- busch can be found in the Obitu- aries section of this edition. Members of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Partnership visited members of Congress this summer to boost the cause of beach replenishment. Pictured (l-r) are Jane Ekstein, executive director of Save Our Seashore, Inc., Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick, Judith Rich of Save Our Seashore, Inc., Terence MeGean, city engineer for Ocean City, Md., Tom Gagliano of S. Thomas Gagliano Associates, Chad Schulken, senior legislative representative of Marlowe and Company and Bernard Moore, administrator of the New Jersey Department of Environ- mental Protection and Energy, Division of Engineering and Construction. 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