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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 Republicans to square off in primary for Register of Wills By Michael Short G. Holland vanValkenburgh and Donald Oliphant Jr. will face off in a Sept. 7 Republican primary this year. The two seek the Regis- ter of Wills position. The winner will face a familiar name in Delaware politics, incumbent row office holder Howard Clendaniel, a Democrat. 'I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve that county that my family has served for gen- erations," Oliphant said. He has been married to his wife, Diane, for 16 years and has never sought political office before. They have two young chil- dren. A long time political watcher, he de- OLIPHANT cided this was the right time to step into the po- litical arena. The Gumboro resident is a pro- bation and parole officer. Oliphant said he would like to be more involved and he urges people to vote, even if they don't vote for him. He said fresh minds bring fresh ideas and he wants to be known to voters for being hon- est, dependable and reliable. He plans to carefully watch taxpayer dollars and wants to update coun- ty computers and make the office more accessible to the general public, suggesting a guide to use of the office. He said that could al- so be done through the internet. VanValkenburgh calls himself a native "who is dedicated to making the of- fice more pro- ductive for the county." He called for more leader- ship, more effi- ciency and VANVALKENntrRGH greater speed in serving the public although he feels the office does a generally good job. He said he would be in- volved in developing the budget for his office and negotiating with the county administrator for those funds. VanValkenburgh said the office is not really a political of- rice and that a businessman such as himself is a perfect fit for this position. He is on the Georgetown Board of Adjustment, works to advise small businesses and busi- ness owners and lives in George- town. He is married, has two children and says he has no plans to make this a stepping stone for higher of- rice. Route 1 Committee schLedules Sept. 18 public workshop By Michael Short The public will soon have an opportunity to hear the latest ideas to fix Rohte 1. The Route ! Committee, which has met for months to try to brain- storm some solutions to tile issues impactingRoute 1 and the sur- rounding area, will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 18. beginning at 4 p.m. There will be formal presenta- tions at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. during the meeting held in the College of Marine Studies' Virden Center It is expected to be one of the last chances for public comment be- fore the group chaired by county and state officials makes its final report. The committee has focused on land use issues in an effort to come up with transportation im- provements. The group's latest brainstorm is to focus development in limited areas of the Cape Region in what are called villages. Family Court advocate training set in October Tile Court Appointed Special Advocate'(CASA) Program in the Delaware Family Court needs qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. CASAs are trained community volunteers appointed by Family Court judges to repre- sent the best interests of abused/neglected or dependent children who are the subject of court proceedings. The volunteer conducts an independent investi- gation in the children's life and presents facts and recommenda- tions to a judge in written reports and verbal testimony. The CASA advocates for the best interests of the child by investigating and monitoring a case until the child is provided a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and eth- nic backgrounds. They are select- ed on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Training, supervision and attorney representation are provided. In calendar year 2000, approximate- ly 220 CASA volunteers in Delaware" served 470 children. A required five-day initial train- ing session for volunteers in Sus- sex and Kent couniies is sched- uled for Oct. 2, 3, 7, 8 and 10 in Georgetown and Dover. For more information or to apply to become a CASA volunteer; call 856-5315 or 856-46.48: Recruitment and training for new voltmteers is con- ducted on a periodic basis throughout the year. To apply for the October training, call for an application packet by Sept. 15. We would like to than00 the community for a warm and enthusiastic response. Sussex Orthodontics .1632 Savannah Rd., Suite 6 To schedule an appointment, call (302) 644-4100 Faced with growth that is ex- pected to add 18,000 units by 2025 as well as a considerable amount of commercial develop- ment, the group has wrestled with several scenarios to best deal with the expected growth. All the scenarios call for major growth in the area. The village concept is based upon the idea of concentrating growth and helping the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) deal with that growth, perhaps by d e - veloping new or improved road- ways. A major disadvantage of the plan, according to critics, is that the neighborhood businesses in- tended to keep traffic in the neigh- borhood just cannot survive be- cause people will avoid them and shop at larger stores along the Route 1 corridor. The exact location of such vil- lages as well as the number of vil- lages remains uncertain. Look l00,+aut:i,Cul ]/.,cvin t=lernin00 Fhoto00raph 9 ,z\\; ont; o/-me,-ica'5 F,,-emier photo g,'aphers, tou have seen -,evin lernin'a awarc],-winninswork in rnan fl, o: the nation's best rna,.azines anc 600S: Now 9ou can have. ..qour _Prl:'ait" taken, b q. a. wortd-class. . ,Phl'" ,',rapher. . in a new.. seucho in Iehoboth. . )each. 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