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Briefly Acres will repair roads, parking areas The Town of Henlopen Acres will undergo road repair within the first two weeks of October. Included in the project, which will be completed by Jerry's Paving of Milford, will be repair to the front entrance and a man- hole on Pine Reach and paving of the town hall and water parking areas. The work is expected to take two days to complete. For more information call the town hall at 227-6411. Dewey town office, police relocated The Dewey Beach Town Hall will be closed for normal opera- tions from Friday, Sept. 26, until Tuesday, Sept. 30, to relocate to its temporary offices at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. The temporary reloca- tion is necessary because con- struction of the new town hall is slated to begin Monday, Oct. 6. The town offices will resume normal operations on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. The mailing ad- dress and telephone are un- changed. The police department has tem- porarily relocated to a trailer be- hind the existing town hall on Rodney Street. For emergencies during the town hall's closure pe- riod, call the Dewey Beach Police Department at 227-1110. Scout House, parking top Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly workshop session on Monday, Sept. 29. As of press time, the only matters on the agenda, beside the usual reports, are the revisting of the proposal by the Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club to expand the Scout House on Kent Street and a report from the city's Parking Advisory Com- mittee. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.; there will be a listening post session at 6:30 p.m. Rehoboth Main Street board meets Oct. 1 The Rehoboth Beach Main Street board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. I, in the Re- hoboth Commissioners Room at city hall. The public is invited to attend. Lewes residents invited to Mulberry St. meeting The public is invited to a special meeting of the Street Improve- ment Ad-Hoc Committee on Sat- urday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. in city hall on East Third Street. The meeting will focus on the engi- neering concept design for Mul- berry Strreet between W. Third and W. Fourth streets. Lewes Pedestrian Safety Road Show set Oct. 8 The Pedestrian Safety Road Show, a community workshop de- signed to mobilize the resources necessary to make Lewes a safe place to walk, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the community meeting room of Lewes Public Li- brary on Adams Avenue. During the seminar those attending will learn about the problems that pedestrians face every day, and they will join with others to devel- op an action plan for making Lewes more walkable. The meet- ing is open to the public. Local woman pleads in felony theft case A Rehoboth Beach former para- legal pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft after a real estate transaction on which she worked went awry. William Wright, a Lewes attor- ney, filed a civil case in Chancery Court on May 2, alleging that while working for his firm, Amy Barkauskie, 39, misappropriated $180,000 when she prepared the paperwork for a home she bought in February. She made full resti- tution shortly after the suit was filed, and the civil case was dis- missed. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, she pleaded guilty in Superior Court to the criminal charges and was sentenced to one year of incarcer- ation, suspended for three years of supervised and two years of unsu- pervised probation. Barkauskie must also undergo mental health counseling until both the professional therapist and probation officer agree treatment is no longer necessary. She must also perform 35 hours of commu- nity service. Detectives arrest mailbox vandals Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 arrested Brian Thompson, 18, of Milton, and William Rickards, 20, of Lewes on 42 counts of criminal mischief and one count of third degree con- spiracy for alleged acts of vandal- ism. Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, said, "Detectives say a total of 42 mailboxes were dam- aged." Detectives believe the men bashed the mailboxes with baseball bats while driving past them. The crimes took place on Sussex 296 and Sussex 296A, in the Harbeson area; Sussex 47, east of Georgetown; and Sussex 305 and 306A in the Millsboro area between April 22 and June 25, 1997. Police arrested Thompson on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Rickards on Friday, Sept. 19. Damage to each mailbox ranged from $10 to $50, Lewis said. Detectives also linked the two men to a burglary in the Nassau area that occurred on May 17. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 - 3 "This crime occurred when the pair allegedly used a pickup truck to damage a fence to gain entry to the business," said Lewis, who said miscellaneous hand tools val- ued at more than $6,500 were stolen. For that crime the men were charged with third degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief, second degree conspiracy and ma- licious mischief by motor vehicle. They were released on unsecured bail, pending court appearances. Angola man injured in DUI accident The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team is in- vestigating a Wednesday, Sept. 24, accident that left Don Webster Jr. of Love Creek Woods critical- ly injured. At approximately 11:49 p.m., Webster was driving a 1992 Ford Explorer in the .southbound lane of Sussex 277, three-tenths of a mile south of Route 24, when the vehicle left the west edge of the road and struck a tree with its right front bumper, for the first point of impact. The vehicle con- tinued in the southbound lane, rolled on the driver's side and struck another tree with the wind- shield, making a second point of impact. Webster was taken to Beebe Medical Center and later trans- ferred to the Hospital of the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania, where at press time he was in surgery. A hospital spokeswoman could not release specific information about the nature of the injuries Webster sustained, although she said he was listed in critical condition pri- or to his operation. The FAIR team report indicates that alcohol was a factor in the ac- cident. School accountability forum slated for Oct. 9 The University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administra- tion, in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Educa- tion's Accountability Task Force, is hosting a public forum to garner public input to assist Secretary of Education Iris Metts in solidifying the state's accountability plan. In June, the General Assembly passed legislation compelling the secretary to create a comprehen- sive accountability system de- signed to hold various groups re- sponsible for student perfor- malice. Metts convened committees composed of students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business leaders and na- tional experts who will present an overview of a draft plan to inter- ested Delawareans beginning Monday, Sept. 29, at the first of three public forums. Those who wish to comment on the draft during the forums will have the opportunity to do so both in small and large discussion group settings. The Delaware Ed- ucation Research and Develop- ment Center will summarize the public input for later considera- Delaware firefighters arrive in Rchoboth Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association (DVFA) Presi- dent Joe Hornecki presents Auxiliary President Barbara Lewis with a bouquet of roses during opening ceremonies Thursday morning, Sept. 25 of the 77th DVFA Conference be- ing held in Rehoboth Beach over the weekend. The weekend culminates on Saturday, Sept. 27 with the firemen's parade up Rehoboth Avenue, stepping off at 1 p.m. from South First Street and ending at the Grove park for an awards ceremony. No parking is allowed on the east side of Bayard Avenue from Philadelphia Street to St. Lawrence Street from early that morning, as well as on either side of King Charles Avenue or South First Street. Rehoboth Avenue will be closed to east- bound trallic from Second Street to the Boardwalk beginning at 11 a.m., with fire police directing traffic from south to north at the west area of the city. At least 35 marching units and 16 bands are scheduled to march along with fire apparatus from all over the state. tion in a final document, Preregistration for the forum is required; the public may register by calling Gloria Wilkins at the university, 302-831-8971. The Sussex County forum will be held in the William A. Carter Partner- ship Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in George- town from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thurs- day, Oct. 9. Thieves victimize Burger King Delaware State Police are seek- ing information from the public that may help them determine the identities and locate two men who allegedly robbed a Burger King manager at gun point on Sunday, Sept. 21. Police said the men entered the restaurant shortly after midnight and, while carrying either rifles or shotguns, demanded cash, which the manager provided. The sus- pects are described as follows: one is a light-colored black male approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall and of a thin build, who was wear- ing a black-and-white plaid shirt, brown boots and a brown ski mask; the other was a black male approximately 5 feet 1 inch tall and of medium build. Both were reported as having deep voices. Anyone with information may reach the state police at 856-5850 or may call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-847-3333. Foots finish 5,000 mile trip Bill and Laurie Foot left Lewes in late March to begin a cross country bike and hiking trek. The couple began their sojourn in Lewes after spending the night at the Bay Moon Bed and Breakfast and getting a sendoff from local media and Congressman Mike Castle and ended it on Sept. 2 in Dewey Bridge, Utah. Along the way, the couple trav- eled roughly 5,000 miles through some of the most beautiful coun- try the American Discovery Trail has to offer. "We wanted to see the country up close and personal," they wrote in their final update on the Inter- net. "The greatest part of "up close and personal," though, were the people we met all along the way. We called on numerous friends and lots of relatives for help if they lived near our route. You came through in fine style and we are gratefu ! for your friendship and help and grateful we have gotten to know you bet- ter. "We made dozens of new friends, you took us into your homes, you gave us rides or loaned us your cars for day trips, you let us use your computers and bed and breakfast owners went out of their way to help us. You are a real treasure and we hope we will never forget you all and we hope we can assist you in some way in the future. You rep- resent what is great about this country." They listed their bed and break- fast stay and Lewes sendoff as one of many highlights of the trip, which included a night in a chil- dren's playhouse in Ohio during a seven-inch downpour. The American Discovery Trail winds from Lewes to Point Reyes, Calif. and the Foot's report having virtually no negative reactions from anyone during their trip. = They hiked or backpacked 700 miles, biked 4,427 miles and rode a dozen miles on horseback. Calio to speak on "The Real Sussex" Sussex County Director of Eco- nomic Development Frank Calio will speak to the Sussex County Continued on page 4