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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10- October 16, 1997 Continued from page 6 water is one example It conforms with parking requirements to say that lower-level parking is avail- able only at low tide or when it's not raining excessively. Or if a sump pump is required, is it ac- ceptable to attempt to have it emp- ty the water table into our already overloaded sewer system? Statements to the contrary not withstanding, there are many Lewes residents opposed to the motel development. The Sierra Club expressed the views of many if not all of these in its letter to the Board of Adjustment of July 22. However, the board's decision to vacate three significant require- ments of the building code has prompted the legitimate question as to whether or not the Board act- ed within its power and authority. The purpose of the appeals to Sus- sex County Superior Court by Ocean House condominium own- ers, Richard H. Anthony and the Lewes Homeowners Association is to determine this. It's how our democracy works. "Zoning mat- ters are intensely local issues." The appeals process in no way changes or interferes with this. David L. Greer Lewes Thanks to Cape board for hiring more teachers Since I normally find the time to be critical of the Cape Henlopen Board of Education when they do something I disagree with, I think it only lair that I take the time to applaud them when they do the right thing, and this time they are deserving. To the board members who vot- ed in favor of students, teachers and the community in general by approving the hire of teachers paid for entirely out of local funds, congratulations for doing the right thing! While it is certain- ly desirable (and I might add, fis- cally responsible, if possible) to stall" our classrooms with teachers mostly paid for by the state, you departed from established admin- istrative procedure when it made sense to do so. Thank you for a job well done, and it is my sincere desire that you will continue to regain authorita- tive control of a community asset that, in my humble opinion, has been wallowing in an administra- tive quagmire of ineptitude. Bob Benson Lewes Thanks to support from Dewey voters I would like to thank all the peo- ple who took the time to vote in the Dewey Beach election on Sat- urday, Sept. 20, and in particular, the people who .worked so hard to get the B.L.T. team elected. With everyone's help we can now work together for an even better Dewey Beach. Thank you. Jim Lavelle Dewey Beach Enlightenment needed on pfiesteria-hysteria "Pfiesteria-Hysteria" is hurting area seafood merchants. Should it be? Absolutely not. We are local seafood retailers who are feeling the effects. Needlessly, we be- lieve. Yes, we all should be cau- tious about things that could do harm to our bodies, but being un- intbrmed may also cause unwar- ranted panic. With this in mind, we would like to bring a few things to light for our customers. The "pfiesteria-like organism" has attacked only nonedible fish such as bunker, which we all know as "crab bait." Over 85 percent of the vari- eties of fish sold in local markets are not indigenous to the "tainted" waters of which we speak. Some of these popular tasty morsels in- clude tuna, salmon, mahi-mahi, cod and sea trout. For years and years fishermen have been inspecting their catch before heading back to their docks. And you can be assured that a hard-working waterman would not risk his family's wel- fare on a few bad fish. Nor would we. The seafood retailers in the Lewes-Rehoboth area are just as concerned as the rest of the population. We would not risk our reputations or invest- ments. We at Somethin' Fishy in- spect all the seafood before it is cleaned, prepared, and presented to you, our most valuable re- source. There have been NO reported cases of any food-borne illnesses related to the pfiesteria-like or- ganism. The following is part of a news release from the Maryland De- partment of Agriculture Seafood Marketing Program, dated Sept. 24, 1997: Maryland Seatbod - Safe to Eat. "Consumers can feel confident that Maryland seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean is safe to eat. Several state agencies are responsible for mak- ing sure that only wholesome fish and shellfish reach the market. Among them are the Depart- ments of Health and Mental Hy- giene, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources. These agencies monitor and test the wa- ter, fish and shellfish, as well as seafood sponsoring plants. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is leading an investigation to determine what caused this problem with a pries- teria-like organism. It should be noted that a very small quantity of fish is caught commercially in the Pokomoke River basin and other tributaries where this organism has been found. There is no evidence of any food-borne illness relating to Pfeisteria Piscicida or to the Pfis- teria-like organism, according to the State Health Department. In fact, according to officials, there is no evidence to link the events in the Pokomoke to any seafood harvested from the Chesapeake Bay. Sores, injuries and discolorations in fish are nor- mal from contacts with fishing gear and predators. Such fish are routinely discarded before reach- ing the market." We hope this helps settle any uneasiness with our customers and hope to serve you all in the near future. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call us at 947-1828. Joanne Iliff Brian Jester Somethin' Fishy Seafood Co. Peddler's Village Smaller class size important We now have the financial sta- bility to do ONE thing that parents and educators all agree on and that is to reduce class sizes in Delaware public schools begin- ning with the elementary grades. Over the years in which she has served as a state legislator, Rep. Tina Fallon of Seaford, a former school teacher, has worked con- tinuously toward this end. Since his own entry into the General As- sembly, Rep. John Shroeder of Lewes has joined her in sponsor- ing legislation toward this end, which I have always supported. We've seen various efforts at education reform in recent years and I'm sure we'll see more in the future. While I hope this efforts will lead to improvements in the quality of education in Delaware public schools, there is no substi- tute for one-on-one instruction in the classroom. All the studies I'm aware of point to the central im- portance of smaller class sizes in improving education. Tax cuts are politically popular and in some cases they're very much needed, but the better finan- cial investment when cutting gov- ernment waste and duplication is to apply the savings toward the cost of giving our children smaller class sizes. The best investment we can make in our future is pro- viding our kids with the best pos- sible education and getting class sizes down to a point where our teachers can do an effective job is one of the best ways to accom- plish that goal. Thank you. George H. Bunting, Jr. State Senator (D-Bethany Beach) Thanks for Degnan race support On the weekend of June 28, a special gathering of Bill Degnan's friends and family took place. One-hundred people attended the second annual Bill Degnan Memorial Pasta Dinner. We shared good food and warm memories of a man who touched so many lives and helped shaped many children into the scholars, athletes, and people they are to- day. This appreciation and admira- tion for all Bill accomplished in his life was shown in the over- flowing of volunteers who came together Saturday night. Thanks go to all those who set up, deco- rated and cleaned up the Shield's cafeteria. i ! l ! T Wayne Sherman and Half Stokley, who donated their time as hieids Elementary custodians. To Oail Stenger, Monique Bam- forta and Gail Mack, who helped outlwherever needed during the eveping. "1'o Laura Hill and all those who spelt all day Saturday preparing the best spaghetti dinner around. To the members of the Cape Gir s' Track Team, who served each dinner with a smile. To Wi idsor Florist who donated beautiful plants and flowers. A spe :ial thanks goes out to Dave Fre, lerick and Tim Bamforth who org mized and ran the evening. It wmmed many hearts to see the strcng feelings of pride and love the', showed for their friend and coil eague, Bill. ( n Sunday morning, 200 run- net; and 85 walkers participated in 1 )e 5K race an 1 mile walk. The atr osphere was electric! Even thcse who didn't know Bill could set se that this was a special event. Th inks go to the main sponsors of thei Seashore Striders Racing Se- I rle: Wawa, Mellon Bank, Mid- way Office Supply, Bagel Bagel, The Jason Corporation, Masser Sy ;tems and Jim Lyons. Special th nks go to all race support vol- unteers, including Joann Reihm, M.'xy and Lee Masser, registra- tio i; Joe D'Amico, Jo Lo Biondo, Ki  Pagach and Gifford King, rae course; Bob and Pauline Po-ter, timing; Peggy and Leo StOne, results; Half Stockley, race plaques; The Cape Gazette, pub- licty; and many others. Again, spqcial thanks must go out to Tim anl Monique Bamforth and Dave Frederick for all the hours they spent organizing and publicizing thi event. The people most responsible for th success of this yearly event are aliJof you who participated in the dirner and race. Over the past two years, more than $5,000 has been raised for the Bill Degnan Faith in Htlman Spirit Scholarship, and $21000 has already been awarded to four very deserving athletes. Y(ur support for Bill's scholar- ship and the sharing of your fond m mories of Bill continue to show th t he lives on in the hearts of so m ny people. l;ome say that we no longer care enough for our neighbors and fri rods. This event shows how a co nmunity can pull together and gi',e support to each other, and ho  important that truly is Mary Degnan Angola D.wey triathlon a great success ;unny skies and a calm ocean h [pod make the Second Annum D wey Beach Sprint Triathlon an- otl ler success. But it is the support of local sponsors that make it even pc sible. mong them: General Rental, T1 e Athlete, Canada Dry, Wheels, B, thany Cycle and Fitness, 95.9 T]e Coast, Tidewater Physical TI erapy, Dewey Beach Market, D wey Wings to Go, 24 Groove, Jtice Joint, Ben & Jerry's, Gary's Sitrf Spray Cafe, Blood Bank of I Delaware, Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach Surf and Sport, Delaware Beachcomber, County Bank, Jere- miah's CDs & Tapes, Dewey Beach Patrol, Maryland Screen Printers, Grotto Pizza and Or- thopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Delaware State Police, the Dewey Beach Police, the Rehoboth Police, Dewey Beach Patrol, the Coast Guard, Joe West and the Re- hoboth Fire Department, Tiffany Young of Beebe Medical Center, and our wonderful pool of volun- teers for ensuring a safe event. To the residents of New Orleans Street, thank you for your cooper- ation. And a dear thanks to the Sussex Family YMCA, especially Rober- ta Thomas, volunteer coordinator, Nancy Roberts and Ryan Thoma, who served as assistant race coor- dinator. Ava Seaney Cannon Race director Think about it! Which building will be the ugli- est on Lewes Beach if the De- Braak is razed? Could this have any bearing on the Ocean City (I'm sorry, Freudian slip) Ocean House Condo appeal? Think about it. Robert V. Lottman Lewes Bandstand amatuer nights a success The Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach this year was alive and jumping on Tuesday nights! My son Corey and I were delighted with the tremendous response to our idea to display amateur talent. We received calls, tapes, CDs and lyrics from performers from all over the state and into Maryland. There are many more talented in- dividuals who would be willing to perform on our beautiful Re- hoboth Bandstand, but the number of Tuesday nights were not enough to fit them into our sched- ule. The willing people that helped us fill our program were gifted with the ability to capture the at- tention of a full audience each week. Thank you, Mario Rocco, for being a terrific host and a fabulous entertainer! Mario encouraged both young and old talented per- formers to achieve their dream by presenting their talents the best that they could on stage each week. He was a great asset to the pro- gram by attracting spectators to the show every Tuesday. Thanks to Debbie and Grace for their ex- pert sound engineering. Thank you, also, to Ruth Hayes, Greg Ferrese, and Mayor Sam Cooper for allowing us to use the bandstand. We hope to be able to continue the show next year. Thanks, everyone, for attending and sup- porting our show each Tuesday. See you next year! Connie Groll Angola