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8 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 NEWS never attended anything like this hancing connection and gateway ministration. With a small public i. iCape Gazette tributors for do aating their time and all that wine'. Bacchus Ira- Letters Continued from page 7 Delaware towns have a mere $1.1 million in reserves - such a terrible fix to be in. And why are we not pouring more money into reserves? Worst recession since the Great Depression - this could be the reason. Oh, and for those history rewriters, isn't Milton in the future and over time going to collect a million more from Tide- water? Hearts go out to towns that floated bonds to build treatment facilities to accommodate new housing that sadly, isn't happen- hag. And to all the know-it-aUs - know-nothings? - out there: Why in heaven's name didn't you con- stilt your crystal balls and tell us we were in for an economic nose dive? if mayor and council can avoid painting themselves into a comer by remaining above the fray; by exercising their ethics rather than running roughshod over town employees and causing complaints fried with state ethics committees or human resources panels; if they can avoid lawsuits by honoring contracts and deci- sions made by former mayors and counsels, as well as hiring com- mittees; if they can manage to work on behalf of all Milton's citi- zenry and not just deep-pocketed landowners and developers and most assuredly, If they can work to wisely close the budget gap while giving some time and ener- gy to the town's future - that old vision thing - then we citizens can at the very least acknowledge that our elected officials are very good painters, very good painters in- deed. Now more than ever, Mil- ton is in need of elected officials practicing good governance and with no trace of paint on their hands. Good luck to us all as we mud- die through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depres- sion. Jeff Dailey Milton Viva Italia concert at Cape much appreciated I want to thank the Cape Gazette for being a sponsor of the Aprile Millo "Viva Italia" benefit concert. My husband and1 had in Rehoboth and were very pleas- antly surprised. It was a wonder- ful evening. Mine. Millo was outstanding, as J were all of the participants. We were especially enthralled with the Canadian accordionist, Mary- Lou Vetere. We had no idea that anyone could play an accordion so beautifully. Prudential Gallo and the Touch of Italy Foundation should be commended for doing such an amazing job and creating such a memorable evening, while at the same tune benefiting some very deserving charities. The dinner provided by Touch of Italy and Nourish Catering was delicious and plentiful. I hope they do an event like this again next year. Karen Schneiderman Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth entrance eyesores need attention The primary entrance into downtown Rehoboth Beach from Coastal Highway suffers from sig- nificant eyesores that generate lit- fie notice or ire from locals or vis- itors, which is surprising consid- ering the abrupt transition to the well-planned and well-maintained streetscape of Rehoboth Avenue once you enter the city limits at the canal crossing. Beginning with the long-rusted roofs of the QuiUen's Hardware /complex, the senti-destroyed canopy of the Valero gas station occurs next door and remains un- repaired since last winter's storm damage. Then we have the burned-out shell of a building at the Pirate's Cove Motel, and the abandoned Suburban Propane Gas building. Vacant undevel- oped properties on both sides of this area have no regular mainte- nance for weeds, accumulated trash, etc. nor any attempt to pro- vide temporary landscape or fenc- ing to screen the land from mo- torists and pedestrians passing by. If the owners of all the proper- ties on Rehoboth Avenue Extend- ed were able to accomplish and maintain even a fraction of the standards that Main Street Re- hoboth did for downtown within the city, we would have a far more attractive and cohesive boulevard from Route One to the Board- walk. If the overhead wires were able to be placed underground, it would be a .most fitting and en- to and from the proposed Desti- nation Station. The local chambers of com- merce plus the county and state should include a comprehensive development program for im- provements here as an integral part of the new bus and parking depot plans, currently isolated across Route One. Bob Kaplan Rehoboth Beach Former mayor says accusations are false I'm writing in regards to public comments made during the Sep- tember 13, 2010 Milton Town Council meeting by a neighbor of thecurrent mayor. What amazes me are accusations loosely being made by the mayor, Councilmen Lester, a few cowardly bloggers and people such as the mayor's neighbor that have never once presented facts to back up accusa- tions, including those of fiscal misdoings of my administration. " In fact we have a current adminis- tration that hasn't presented one revenue and expense report since t left office. I find that somewhat odd since I presented them at every council meeting and posted them on the town website. Talk about transparency or is this just another illusion act? - Mayor Newland's neighbor claims that when Mayor Bushey left office there was a little over $4 million in town accounts. This is very much a fact, with over $2 million of that in a special reserve account, which was restricted for use of a sewage treatment system. At the same time; I was left with years of disrepair, town neglect, lack of capital improvements and failing infrastructure by the prior administration. Plus straddled with a debt of almost $1 million where 24 people voted in a refer- endum for taxpayers to pay for the infrastructure needs of one developer. This same neighbor questions the purchase of a new Town Hall. A good decision made by my pri- or administration. The committee established by Mayor Bushey was tasked to fred a building or land for the establishment of a new Town Hall. I completed Mayor Bushey's task, including the pro- posal of purchasing Goshen Hall for the Town Hall, one of the very properties proposed by his ad- outcry, we rejected that plan and then purchased the current Town Hall. The property'met our needs and at the same time reflects the town's historical significance. Mayor Newland's neighbor sug- gested that we should have fi- nanced the property, a decision that would have cost the town several hundred thousand dollars in interest. She stated that we could have taken tax advantages. What tax advantage is there for a government entity that is tax ex- empt? Mayor Newlands, on several oc- casions, has made public com- ments about only having $1.1 mil- lion in cash reserves. Not once does he mention another $1 mil- lion in the general and special ac- counts. Mayor Newlands and Councilman Lester, it is time to stop hiding behind generalized false accusations, selective mas- sagifig, campaign promises and crony smoke screening and pro- vide facts of your claimed public allegations against myself and the town manager. Especially when all that really exists is the possibil- ity of common mistakes that oc- curred during fiscal entry, general accounting errors or funds placed in wrong accounts. L Don Post past mayor of Milton Farmers market says thanks for wine expo The board of directors of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous and enthusiastic participation in the Teller Wine Expo. It is especially heartwarm- hag in this difficult economy to see so many area businesses step forward to support the communi- ty. Please help us thank these businesses by supporting them: Teller Wine, owners Steve Kogler and Lesley Cowan; The Buttery, owner John Donat0; Fish- er Bay Gourmet, owner Rich Nofi; Caf6 Azafran, owner Richard Steele; Bethany Blues, owner Jim Weisgerber; Sweet Disposition, owners Karen Nash and Linda Thurstorg Nage Restaurant, own- er Rich Garrahan; Kogler's Old World Bread, owner Steve Kogler; The Lewes Yacht Club for provid- ing the lovely venue and yummy food. VCe also thank the following dis- porters, Ltd, Bobtique Wine Col- lection, The CoUntry V'mtner DOP's Inc., Gto al Fine W'mes, NKS DistributOrs, Premier Dis- tributors, RegallW'me Imports, Specialty Wine , Sussex Wine Merchants, Uniled Distributors Capital Division, and Isbre Nor- we#an Spring Water Everyone who was there en- joyed the setting, the food, the wine and the friendly, professional and gracious peOple who donated their time and e cpertise to this event! The food choices were outstanding and beautifully pre- sented. It was ala elegant event! As you know, ipart of the pro- ceeds from this event went to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. We want you all to know that this contribution is greatly appreciat- ed and will be used to support our programs, bringipeople to Lewes on market days, and support the farmers who make our market so successful. I / We are working with The Lewes Public Library to develop a bookshelf on hehlthy eating, sus- tainable agriculture and the local food movement. The funds also help sustain a children's story hour in the School House at the Lewes Historical So- ciety during the market season. We continuing to support stu- dents at the Sussex Consortium and their gardeniprogram as well. we continue to take seriously our mission to provide a family- friendly, community gathering place for consumers to be able to purchase the freshest local foods available and provide alternative educational and marketing oppor- tunities for farmCrrs and others, ur goal is to help create local and sustainable food systems that are environmentallylsound and eco- nomically viableI During the summer months, we presented weekly demonstrations with area restaurants and chefs. We have found that this is a great way to get the message out about our many wonderful restaurants, caterers and chefs. It gives local bt s'messes a great way to promote their products and reach new customers! We promote these events through our 2,000 plus email list and through Press Releases to over 30 area me- dia outlets! Historic Lewes Farmers Market board of directors Barefootin' of that. He's a good man, real re- ligious and as far as being pro- development, we could sure use I'm old-fashioned. I guess it's be- cause I am old. 77. But it's how I was raised." Co inuecl from page 7 some of that now." As for the gay rights issues, . registered many years ago, I said Venables said "I don't have any- 1 31i1 a referendum I was independent. They told thing against gays and would Vance Phillips, seeking his me I had to choose Democrat or stand up for them ifI saw some- fourth term on Sussex County Republican. I said I didn't really one discriminating against them. Council and serving now as know what I am. I think my fa- But I was in the service and council president, said he sees ther was a Democrat so I guess business for yearsand I never this year's election more as a ref- that's what I am. Back in those saw any discrimination. Gay erendum than a campaign. "I'm days the Democrats were the marriage, it doesn't sit right with all about low taxes, limited gov- conservative party." me. A lot of people down my ernment and traditional values," As for supporting Vance way don't support gay marriage, said Phillips. While he's working Phillips, Venables said they are I'm one of the few that vote the hard as a paid campaign adviser friends and Vance has put up way i do on controversial issues for Glen Urquhart's bid as the signs for him from time to time. like these. You know they al- Republican candidate for U.S. "I like the fmancial position sus- ready have the books written to Congress, Phillips is also getting sex is in - a lot better than the teach in our schools that the gay signs out for his own Campaign. state - and Vance has been part lifestyle is normal. I don't know. "I was in Dagsboro at 8 p.m. last night delivering signs after put- ting some up in M'tllsboro" Noting the county posted a budget surplus this year, Phillips said council acted in a good con- servative fashion. "We gave it back to the people. We suspend- ed the capitation tax for next year and set aside money from the surplus in a trust fund for the libraries, which usually get the cap tax dollars." Phillips said he spent two hours Wednesday with a re- porter from the Denver Post. "We went to the Portsville Glen Urquhart, watermelons and conservativ thing I enjoy. I tt have finally wok people voted in 1 mary. Two time' time around. A 1, in the field are n nor Republican. pendent conser ditional values values. Every- ink the people m up. 55,000 his year's pri- ; as many as last )t of people out tither Democrat They're inde- atives with tra- ld conservative principles. Many think the coun- try is going down an unhealthy socialist path. They want their country back." As for the attempt to censure Methodist Church where my Sen. Bob Venabl s for attending family's been going for 200 years his crab feast: "Ggtting on him and then on to Phillips Landing for attending a bipartisan event? on the Nanticoke. We talked I think it's shameful," said about Christine O'Donnell and Phillips. ' ( f ( I r i