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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - 65 Chart your course for UD Coast Day on Oct. 4 in Lewes The University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program and Grad- uate College of Marine Studies will host the 22nd annual Coast Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Hugh R. Sharp campus, Pilottown Road in Lewes. "The United Nations pro- claimed 1998 the International Year of the Ocean, to increase awareness of the resource that covers more than 70 percent of the planet," said Dr. Carolyn Thor- oughgood, dean of the college. "At Coast Day, we want to remind people of the ocean's importance to all of us - in providing food, jobs, medicine, minerals, recre- ation and transportation, and in making our weather. Through fun, interesting activities, our goal is to increase public understanding and stewardship of the ocean and its resources." The Coast Day Year of the Ocean Lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Virden Center's Har- bor Room with oceanographer Ferris Webster presenting "El Nifio and La Nifia." He'll be fol- lowed at 12:30 p.m., by coastal engineer Robert Dalrymple, who will present "Breaking Waves and Cape Gazette file photo One of the most popular activities at the annual Coast Day in Lewes is the aquatic petting zoo, where youngsters enjoy touching baby sharks, shellfish and other marine life. This year's event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the College of Marine Studies. the Currents They Generate." At 1:30 p.m., oceanographer Jon Sharp will provide an overview of the Delaware Estuary's health in "Delaware River and Bay: How Clean Is Enough?" At 2:30 p.m., marine biologist Kent Price will speak on "Troubled Waters: Are Delaware's Inland Bays Threat- ened by a Silent Killer?" And at 3:30 p.m., James Titus, from the Environmental Protection Agency, will present, "Rising Seas, Vanishing Shores." At noon from the Bandstand, the artist Wyland, famous for his Whaling Walls - lifesize murals of Continued on page 66 Have your water tested at Coast Day day, Oct. 4, at the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes. According to Joseph R. Scud- lark, the laboratory technical co- ordinator at the College of Marine Studies (CMS), who will conduct the testing, nitrate is a soluble form of nitrogen that appears at low concentrations inmost sur- face waters as a result of natural biological productivity and de- composition. Higher concentra- tions in ground water are usually derived from agricultural and/or sewage disposal practices. "Nitrate contamination of drinking water is particularly problematic in the coastal region, where the combination of a shal- low water table and sandy, unre- active soils allows nitrate at the surface to rapidly infiltrate the water table," Scudlark said. "At low levels, nitrate poses no known hazard to consumers. But high levels have been linked to adverse health effects, specifically "blue baby disease," a disorder affecting oxygen blood levels of young Continued on page 66 Drinking water is one of our most precious resources - and also one of our most vulnerable, espe- cially along coastal areas such as Delmarva. Researchers from the University of Delaware's Gradu- ate College of Marine Studies will be screening well water for nitrate levels during Coast Day, the col- lege's annual open house and ma- rine festival. Coast Day, spon- sored by the College of Marine Studies and the University's Sea Grant College Program will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun- THYME OPEN ALL YEAR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT 5- 6:30 Nightly 005oo Off Menu Entres SUNDAY BRUNCH 11-2 ONLY $109 227-3100 JOIN Us IN OUR LOUNGE SUNDAY 4 MONDAY FOOTBALL LITE FARE (starts at $3.50) HAPPY HOUR 5-6:30 10- Close but-tery noun 1. A place where food is prepared. t The Original Place All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet (Reho.oth Loeatlon Only} Friday, Saturday (7 Sunday 1012 - 10/4 J/R's BBQ Ribs, Crab Legs, Prime Rib. Seafood, Fish, Chicken Pasta. Soup & Salad Bar, Dessert Bar &Sundae Bar Fri. & Sun. $2 OFF All Eveni. EARLY BIRD MENU REGULAR MENU - $8.95 (m,:oo p.m.} from $9.95 Buffet FREE for Children Under 3 Does Not Indnde Drinks Not valid with any other speda Valid go/J8 .lO/3 10/4/ CG F Sped Breakfast Buffet ALL YOU CAN EAT $6.95 Open 8 a.n Sat. & Sun. (Omelettes Made To Order At 8mall Additional Charge) Valid lO/1/98 lO/4/98 CG Or Spirit