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A classroom by the sea Rehoboth Shuttle provides education opportunities for both kids, adults By Penny Chaney Learning about marine life by reading textbooks certainly is not the motto of the Classroom of the Sea Program presented by Re- hoboth Bay Shuttle Charters (RB- sc). Rehoboth Bay Shuttle devel- oped the program in the past year to allow people interested in learning about the sea to experi- ence marine life first hand. While out on a boat, groups interact with marine life by taking water, plant, fish, and bottom samples. With a marine biologist on board, myster- ies of the sea become understand- able. John Hall, owner of R.B.S. Charters, said that people from all over the region who are interested in ecotourism and sea life come to participate in the program. "The program is popular with science classes from middle school through college, but anyone inter- ested in the sea is welcome to at- tend the class. In the past, we have had a group of 150 people sign up for the program at one time. Because we can take only 25 people out at a time, we have to break big classes down into small groups," Hall explained. While some students are out on the boat, others are free to take the land shuttle and tour marine towns like Lewes, which is a great place to learn about marine life. The boat on which the class is held is a 40-foot catamaran. "The fiat deck of the catamaran pro- vides an ideal platform to study from," said Hall. Describing the different activities done on board, he noted, "We can pull a plankton . Dennis Forney photo John Hall, right, and son, Matt, show some of the scientific equipment they've been using on school trips in Rehoboth Bay. net to collect samples that can lat- er be studied in a lab. Water sam: ples are also taken to check salini- ty and turbidity. We also use an otter trawl net to collect such specimens as fish and crabs. The specimens are brought on board, and marine biologist Ron Smith, who used to be with the state, : is there to describe the organisms and answer any questions," said Hall. "We're very fortunate to have Ron with us. He knows a great deal about marine life and he works very well with students.'" Because they can take groups out in the Delaware Bay, Re- hoboth Bay, Indian River, Lewes Canal, and Broadkill River, Hall said a variety of marine life is able to be observed. These various locations also en- able students to see the differ- ences between freshwater and saltwater marshes. Groups are taken out for a mini- mum of four hours for a half day and a maximum of eight and a half hours for a full day.' The Class- room of the Sea Program teaches "students all about marine life without students having to turn a single page. For further information about Classroom of the Sea, contact John at 645-9380. Vacation Continued from page 62 day. From January through March, they'll be open four days a week: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. "After Labor Day, we'll be able to take some days off," said Alan Garey. "Hopefully, we'll each get two days off a week, and one of those days we'll both have a day off together." In the summer, their only time off is an occasional evening respite. Everyone hollers for ice cream at King's Ice Cream in Lewes, and that shop, too, is open seven days a week in the summer, often until 11 p.m. Owner Tom King says, after Labor Day, his Milton store is open only on weekends, but the Lewes store remains open seven days a week with reduced hours to accommodate the fail events, trav- elers, etc. "It all depends on the weather as to when we close," he said. When both stores close late in September, Tom King likes to do outdoor landscaping with his wife's brother. Chris, his wife, who helps out with the store's book work in the summer, is an English teacher at Cipe Henlopen High School. However, this year, Chriswill be on sabbatical so the two can travel a bit. They plan to go to Amsterdam where their daughter, Chelsea, is a ballerina. At the trendy Back Porch Cafe in Rehoboth Beach, there are three owners and they keep their restaurant open seven days a week through September. Then, they go to weekends through October. Af- ter that, they close until a couple of weeks before Easter. Marilyn Spitz, one of the Back Porch Cafe owners, is a surfer and windsurfer and likes to vacation in Puerto Rico. Leo Medisch, anoth- er owner, lives in Lewes year- round but Jikes to travel to the West Coast and Europe, sampling cuisine as he goes. Keith Fitzger- ald, the third owner, lives in Re- hoboth Beach and says he enjoys doing carpentry and painting in his spare time, as well as occa- sional editing jobs. The Tideline Gallery in Re- hoboth Beach's owners Bill Ham- mond and his daughter, Patty, say January-February they are closed weekdays and open Fridays through Mondays. That's when they go to big craft shows such as the American Craft Council show in Baltimore and smaller shows to look for new artists. So with Labor Day on the hori- zon, many merchants in the Lewes-Rehoboth area are turning their thoughts to a well-deserved break in the business routine. Have a safe and happy holiday! 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