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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 17 -September 23, 1999 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Continued from page 3 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Laurel American Legion Home. Some of the performers who will participate include Floyd McGee Jr., Bobby Hitchens, Joey Boyce, Cathy Gorman, Joline Cross, the Loose Connections Band and more. Tickets are $12 and may be pur- chased at the door the day of the event or by calling 875-2674. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Pennsylvania man dies from early a.m. crash Brian J. McInerney, 24, of Con- neilsville, Pa., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, as a result of an automo- bile crash. The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investiga- tion and Reconstruction (FAIR) team&apos;s initial investigation sug- gests alcohol was a factor in the accident. According to Lt. John Yeomans, state police spokesman, at 2:13 a.m., McInerney was operating his 1991 Mercury Tracer i'n the northbound lane of Route l, south of Sussex 12, when for an un- known reason he traveled off the east edge of the roadway until he struck a highway sign. Yeomans said the car continued another 25 feet until it smashed into a utility pole and stopped. McInerney was declared dead at the scene and transported to the medical examiner's office. He died from blunt force trauma; he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The FAIR team is continuing its investigation. Traffic w.as delayed for more than three hours. McInerney was the 79th fatality on Delaware roads in 1999, compared to 89 at the same time in 1998. Driving ['l]dcr tile Influence Re )oft Fatal Accident and Reconstruction Team Tip Park rangers nab man for attempted theft Delaware Seashore State Park rangers Wayne Kline and John McCarty arrested James S. Daniel, on theft-related charges, while the rangers were investigat- ing a complaint. According to state park offi- cials, Kline and McCarty were re- sponding to complaints of a suspi- cious person and illegal camping near Tower Road when they ob- served a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control 10-wheel truck, without its headlights operating, exiting a secured parking area and heading toward Route 1. McCarty identi- fied himself and ordered the driv- er to stop the vehicle, but Daniels allegedly shifted into reverse and nearly struck the officer. Daniels then exited the truck and fled on foot. Rangers notified nearby police departments, and shortly afterward Dewey Beach officers called to say they be- lieved they had the suspect in cus- tody. Rangers identified him as the man they had seen earlier. Daniels is facing the following charges: first-degree reckless en- dangering, unauthorized use of a vehicle, resisting arrest, disre- garding a police officer's signal, destruction of park property and violating a variety of other park regulations. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2,300 secured bond. deteriorating relic Elliott noted at the time that the hull of the vessel. was thinning in places and that the financial commitment needed to restore the hull to its original con- dition was beyond the Society's financial capability. Some interest developed in Connecticut but that interest has since died. In the meantime, a lo- cal group of people stepped for- ward to begin a restoration. That group has already done some scraping, sanding and painting and is developing a sense of what it will take to get the vessel in the shape needed to make it a long- time and attractive part of the Lewes waterfront. The public is welcome and urged to attend the meeting. Annual CROP Walk planned for Oct. 2 The annual CROP Walk to raise funds to fight world hunger will be held this year at 10 a.m. on Sat- urday, Oct. 2, starting at the Lewes Middle School parking lot. For more information contact Yvonne Martz between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 645-6229 or Ron Martz between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 227- 2041. Meeting set for Friends of Lightship The Friends of the Lightship Overfalls group that formed re- cently will provide an update on its efforts in a meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The meeting will be held in the parish hall of St. Peter's Epis- copal Church on Mulberry Street and is open to the public. Gary Stabley, a member of the group, said that 40 people have signed up so far for the group. "But we still need more," said Stabley. "At the meeting we will give an update on restoration ef- forts to date and what we see in the months ahead." Lewes His- torical Society President George Eliiott announced more than a year ago that efforts were under way to find a new home for the vessel after no local initiative de- veloped to undertake the major restoration needed to preserve the Lewes Council approves several appointments Lewes Council members, at their Monday, Sept. 16, meeting, approved the appointment of Bill Stevenson for a third 3-year term as a member of the Lewes Board of Adjustment which hears re- quests for zoning variances. They also approved appointment of Jack Schulze to the Pedestrian Safety Review Committee to fill the unexpired term of Mary Ves- sels and the reappointment of Jack Schulze and Pearl Maull to the Parks and Recreation Commis- sion. Councilman Jim Ford, who presided at the meeting as Deputy Mayor in the absence of Mayor George Smith, declined to act on the appointments of Jerry Brock, Alan Ide and John Inkster to the Lewes Greenways Committee. He said he preferred that those ap- pointments wait a month and he brought forward by Mayor Smith at the next Council meeting. "There's no rush on these because at this point these are an expan- sion of the committee," said Ford. Michel Short photo Sussex hangs Ten Commandments Sussex County Council recently decided to display a plaque listing the Ten Commandments. The plaque, which was not purchased with public money, now hangs on the wall of the council chambers. The council m/lde the decision to Lewes sets meeting on commercial-residential Lewes Council members will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tues- day, Oct. 26, to continue a discus- sion of the CR- 1 commercial-resi- dential zone. There has been concern ex- pressed in recent months about what's permitted in the zone and how certain sections should be in- terpreted. The Oct. 26 meeting will continue the discussion and come up with some changes to make its provisions more clear. Transit Awareness Month FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6 - SEPTEMBER 12. 1999 DATE 09/06/99 09/07/99 09/07/99 09/07/99 09/07/99 09/09/99 09/09/99 09/09/99 09/10/99 09110/99 09/! 1/99 09/12/99 09/12/99 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #4 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 14C, south of Milton #4 Rt. I and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273A, south of Rehoboth #4 Route 1 and Burger King parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 268A, west of Lewes #2 Route 1 and Airport Road, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. ! and Rehoboth Mall parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Outlets 3 parking lot #6 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, north of Rehoboth #4 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6 - SEPTEMBER 12, 1999 Usted first by number of arrests, second by number involved in cmshm * Troop 7 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 13, 2 38, 8 9, 1 32, 15 Of the 73 people arrested for DUI, 24 were involved in accidents. * Troop 7 statistics included in Sussex County figures. Ruth Ann Minner have pro- claimed September as Transit Awareness Month. DART First State will mark the celebration by greeting the public at various locations with transit information and the chance to win prices. Special transit awareness news- paper advertisements, along with the posters and radio commer- cials, will invite the public to visit one of several transit awareness events during the month for a chance to win free bus passes. Special events will include the Delaware Transportation Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25. Minner honored for leadership in region Delaware Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has been honored for her leadership in the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments (CSG/ERC) with the regional organization's highest award. In August, CSG/ERC presented Minner with the annual W. Paul White Award for being "a much loved and admired leader of the Council of State Governments' Eastern Regional Conference." Minner has served twice as cochair of ERC, first in 1987 and again in 1998. She is also a Iongtime member of the CSG/ERC executive com- mittee. "The award is for someone who's performed major service to their state and has also.been a leader in this organization," CSG/ERC director Alan Sokolow said: "No one deserves it more than Ruth Ann. She's been a superla- tive leader." The award was presented to DART has new fleet of paratransit buses Delaware Secretary of Trans- portation Anne Canby has an- nounced that DART First State placed into service a fleet of 30 new buses to serve paratransit rid- ers on Jan. 27. The new stylishly and safety de- signed buses will replace 26 exist- ing buses and provide four addi- tional buses for expansion of DART's paratransit service. The new "Startrans" buses feature face-forward seating, room for 10 passengers and four wheelchair riders, or 16 passengers with tw6 wheelchair riders, and spacious entry door and rear emergency ex- it. The buses are also climate regu- lated for rider comfort with air- conditioning and heating systems. For information on DART First State paratransit or other DART services, call 800-652-DART, or visit the Web site at <www.Dart- FirstState.com>. Battle of the Bulge veterans to meet Oct. 13 The South Jersey Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge will hold its next meeting at I 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the American Legion Post 198, Cape .May Court House. Veterans who served in the Bat- tle of the Bulge during the period of Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945, are eligible to apply for member- ship in the Battle of the Bulge Ar- - dennes Association. Veterans who think they may be eligible should contact Milton Shepherd, chapter president at 609-465-4199, and should be pre- pared to provide information on campaign, units to which assigned and division, regiment,-battalion add the plaque when it endorsed a movement to allow school celebrated in September Minner at CSG/ERC's annual or company.