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............ .-r- ....... 4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 Briefly County offices close Oct. 13 Sussex County government of_ rices will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. after closing on Monday, Oct. 13, i'n honor of Columbus Day. The regularly scheduled council meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Octo- ber 14. Groups set Oct. 16 Clean Water Act session A session on the Clean Water Act and the role of citizens in pro- tecting water quality is planned for Thursday, Oct. 16. The meet- ing will occur at the Henlopen Grange from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by Save Bays and Wet- lands, the Citizens Coalition and the Sierra Club. "These waters are going to be as clean as we cause them to be- come," said Delaware Sierra Club volunteer Carl Salberg. Salberg said the meeting is a guide for cit- izens to inform them about clean water and he said the public can play a major role in making sure Delaware's waters stay clean. "We are trying to attract the av- erage citizen...We want every- body to know the road map," ac- cording to Salberg. "We want to take it out of the realm of science and law." Salberg said he wants to attract development, agriculture, land use and a variety of interests to the table to discuss problems, because everyone has a role in cleaning up our waterways and everyone has played a role in causing environ- mental problems. "We want them all at the table," he said. "We are in the business of recovering, not just holding our own. None of us needs more talk about talking...This [the Clean Water Act] is the plan that Con- gress articulated in 1972 that said 'you're going to fix these wa- ters'," Salberg said. As part of a recent lawsuit, Delaware must complete total maximum daily loading standards for several waterways. Those standards will determine the max- imum nutrients that can enter the water without causing environ- mental problems and the develop- ment of those standards could have far reaching environmental consequences. The waterways include Iron Branch, the Appoquinimik, Indian River and the Nanticoke River. The Indian River standard is due in December 1998. For further information, call Cornelia Melvin at 945-4708. l)daarc Stale Police l)ri in [ndcr tile Inllucnce Rep0rl Sussex approves lease for sludge application Sussex County Council ap- proved a lease on Tuesday, Oct. 7, that will allow the county to apply sewage sludge to a farm owned by Daniel Magee. The county pro- duces sewage sludge at its South Coastal Treatment plant and nor- mally applies that sludge to farm- land that it owns. The sludge is considered very good fertilizer and consists of the heavier materials in sewage. Rex- ford Powell, who operates the South Coastal Sewage Treatment Plant, describes the sludge as "ba- sically dead bugs that have eaten the solids." The resulting sludge is a heavy, dark material with little smell, he said. The sludge is such good fertiliz- er that the county won a state competition in 1994 by producing the most sorghum per acre in Delaware. Powell said that he has been trying to convince farmers that the sludge is good for the soil and can help their land and be- lieves this lease can help him do that. "[We are trying] to make farmers want it and we've done that," he said. There are strict conditions, in- cluding monitoring wells, tests for metals and limits on the amount and timing of county sludge appli- cation. Specifically, Magee will allow the county to spread, at no cost to Sussex County, sludge on 38 acres of land located on Route 54 west of Fenwick Island. He will also farm 123 acres of county land where sludge is applied. State drops case against bus driver Stephanie Tsantes, deputy attor- ney general, said Wednesday, Oct. 7, that the state dropped its case against Helen Hare, the bus driver involved in the March 7, traffic accident that resulted in 14-year- old Alison Trout's death. Hare's August trial on the misdemeanor charge of careless driving ended with a hung jury, so the judge de- clared a mistrial, leaving the state with the option to retry Hare. Hare's charge stemmed from al- legations that she did not activate bus lights, so an oncoming car failed to stop and struck the girl as she attempted to cross the road. Webster healing after accident A spokeswoman at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania said on Thursday, Oct. 9, that Donald Webster Jr., 32, of Love Creek Woods, is in serious condi- tion following his automobile ac- cident. That distinction marks an improvement. The Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation and Re- construction (FAIR) team is in- vestigating Webster's accident, that occurred at approximately 11:49 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, when Webster was driving a 1992 Ford Explorer in the south- bound lane of Sussex 277, three- tenths of a mile south of Route 24. His Ford left the west edge of the road and struck a tree with its right front bumper, for the first point of impact. The vehicle continued in the southbound lane, rolled on the dri- ver's side and struck another tree with the windshield, making a second point of impact. Webster was transported to Beebe Medical Center and later transferred to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he under- went surgery for his injuries. Lewes mayor and council to meet Monday, Oct. 13 The mayor and city council members of Lewes will gather at Lewes City Hall on Monday, Oct. 13, for their monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. In addition to regular reports and reading of minutes, the agenda includes the following items: police activity report; consideration toward final approval of a subdivision of prop- erty located at 4 DeVries Circle, owned by Dr. Arthur Tormet, into two lots; presentation of a revised resolution on the proposed amendment to open space zoning, with specific provisions dealing with gazebos and boat slips along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, and setting a public hearing for same; presentation of a resolution to ex- tend the moratorium on the is- suance of any building permit for any structure, including fences, within the Open Space Zoning District; and excepting applica- tions currently pending before the city, on docks, piers, bulkheads, and repairs to existing structures; request by Michael Tupman, pres- ident, Port Lewes Council, for a renegotiation of the Port Lewes Association's Long-Term Lease Agreement with the city; report by Lloyd Mills on the Consortium of Sussex County Cable Subscribers; consideration of requests by Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, 8 Illi- nois Avenue, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Ronald Maroney, 1704 Bay Av- enue, to extend their leases for an additional 99 years; consideration of a request on behalf of the Seashore Striders for holding the American Lung Association 5K road race within the city of Lewes on Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at Cape Henlopen High School; consideration of a request from Marilyn Nugent for use of Zwaanendael Park for the Third Lack O'Lewes Halloween Extrav- aganza and assistance from the city in carrying out the event; and setting a date and time for trick or treat. Sussex man guilty in wildlife case A Laurel-area man has pleaded guilty to possession of an illegally killed deer and has lost his privi- lege to hunt in Delaware for the next five years. Blaine Lee Hitchens, 22, of R.D. 2, Laurel, pleaded guilty on Oct. 3 in Magis- trate Court One to the possession of an illegally killed deer, follow- ing an investigation by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife En- forcement Agents. Agents began investigating af- ter receiving information from a concerned resident that Hitchens had illegally killed a deer with a rifle. The investigation revealed that Hitchens had shot and killed a DATE 09/29/97 09/30/97 !10/02/97 10/03/97 FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 5, 1997 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Sussex 275A, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 271, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 south of 268, south of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Sussex 234, east of Milton #4 #4 #2 110/04/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes 10/04/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 88, north of Lewes Route I accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 5, 1997 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 22 11 23 Of the 56 people arrested for DUI, 17 were involved in accidents. i I i Three-car collision slows traffic No serious injuries resulted from a three-car collision at the Kmart intersection on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at approximately 5:15 p.m. The Delaware State Police report indicates that Alyssa Marvin, 16, of Rehoboth Beach, driving a 1992 Dodge Caravan and Mary Ann Bechaver, 56, of Milford, driving a 1995 Mer- cury Tracer, were stopped in the left, northbound lane of Route 1 when traffic began moving forward with a green light. Due to congestion, traffic suddenly halted. Maureen Erthal, 24, of Rehoboth, initially failed to note that Bechaver's vehicle had stopped, and when she did, attempted to swerve left to avoid collision. Her vehicle struck the rear of the Tracer, which then struck the rear of the Caravan. Erthal and Bechaver were transported to Beebe Medical Cen- ter for observation and were later released. Erthal was cited for inattentive driving. I 13-point buck. It is illegal to hunt deer in Delaware with a rifle. Hitchens was fined $500 and giv- en a two-year probation in lieu of 10 days in ja.il. He also forfeited his rifle to the state, and loses his hunting rights in Delaware for the next five years. Cape Senior Center, First State receive computers Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach and First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown are two of eight cen- ters awarded computers to help them improve communication be- tween the federal government and seniors receiving Medicare and Medicaid. In the first program of its kind, Sen. Joe Biden announced that last July he contacted every senior center in the state and encouraged them to apply for this program through the Health Care Financ- ing Administration. This administration will provide the computers and basic Windows operating software, while the cen- ters will be responsible for in- stalling and maintaining the equipment and providing Internet access. Coastal Cleanup hauls in 30,000 pounds of debris More than 2,000 volunteers par- ticipated in the Delmarva Coastal Cleanup this year, netting 30,000 pounds of refuse in Delaware alone. The total amount collected along the shoreline from Delaware to near Cape Charles, Va., was 51,500 pounds of debris. More than 3,000 people took part in the effort. Again this year the cleanup yielded some unusual items - a part from an airplane, a toilet, vac- uum cleaner, mailbox, a set of bed springs and a large plastic nose were some of the notables. A pre- liminary analysis showed ciga- " rette butts to be the number one item collected. Data cards used to record the type and quantity of trash collect- ed will be forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation, which will compile the results.