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Sussex Correctional Institution Boot Camp held a gradua- tion ceremony for the first graduating platoon. Shown (l-r) are George Mosley, drill instructor;, Stan Taylor, Delaware commissioner of correction; Gov. Tom Carper; Veronica Hicks, first female to graduate from boot camp; and Richard Tabler, boot camp commander. "It's been rough," said a smil- ing Hicks after the ceremony. "I'm going back home to be with my children. I have a job waiting for me. It's in the counseling field. I'm just so excited." Boot Camp Continued from page 1 country when it developed its plan for Sussex. "We think we've got the right pieces of this puzzle," Taylor said. Taylor spoke warmly to the cadets before boot camp Cmdr. Richard Tabler presented diplo- mas. "UItimately...we want you to be successful," said Taylor to the cadets. "It's also our job to watch over you when you leave here. My charge to you is make the best of this opportunity." Gov. Tom Carper also ad- dressed the audience and cadets. "We may not be the first state in America to have a boot camp," said Carper, "but by the time we're finished, we'll have the best boot camp in America. "I'm encouraged by what we see here today," he said to the guests. "They're not quite where they need to be, but they're a long way from where they started. When we have them in our tender, loving care...we can do something with them. Those are our respon- sibilities." Directly to the cadets, Carper said, "This is a day when men and one woman step into their futures. We can do only so much to help you. You know full well that much of what happens now is in your hands." He suggested that cadets could find comfort and en- couragement from his personal philosophy: "rule one" - do what's right; "rule two" - do your best; "rule three" - treat other people the way you want them to treat you; and "rule four" - "never, nev- er give up." Boot camp's goal, said Farina, is to mold better citizens, not bet- ter criminals. In addition to mili- tary discipline, drill and ceremo- ny, boot camp provides drug counseling and education; adult basic education; vocational educa- tion, specifically focusing on job skills; and health education. In the second of three phases each platoon enters, cadets engage in community service. Alternatives in corrections such as boot camps, said Farina, have proven to successfully reduce re- cidivism in other states. Reduc- tions in recidivism rates have pos- itive impacts on state budgets, he said. The 100-bed, $3.7 million Sussex Correctional Institution boot camp facility is part of the state's $37 million statewide con- struction project. Inland Bays Continued from page 1 levels of nitrogen and phospho- rous and it wasn't lost on anyone listening to Burkholder speak that that.is a description of the inland bays. So, Bunting suggested an old idea. Clean the bays by improving flushing. The bays are relatively stagnant with little exchange of water with the ocean except for Indian River Inlet. That exchange can move pollutants out and allow fresh, clean water to enter the bays, thus increasing oxygen lev- els and creating cleaner waters. It's been suggested before that an additional inlet be built to im- prove the water quality. "The old- "timers keep telling us that is what you do to help the bays," Bunting said. It's only a suggestion and Bunting hasn't formally ap- proached anyone to discuss the costs or merits of the project. His suggestion is that a series of cul- verts or six-to-seven-foot-wide pipes be considered connecting the ocean and the bays. That's far less extensive than creating an inlet and Bunting thinks the cost may be less than people believe. CAPE GAZETI, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 9 Pfiesteria hysteria: Burkholder gives an upclose view of the "cell from hell" By Michael Short The audience let out a small gasp as JoAnn Burkholder de- scribed what she has done to pfi- esteria. The tiny organism, an animal classed as a dinoflagellate, has been left out of water for a month, deprived of food for two years, plunged into bleach and doused in sulfuric acid. Despite that, ap- proximately 20 percent of them survived. The audience at Coast Day let out an audible gasp when Burk- holder offered up that little tidbit. The North Carolina State re- searcher was on hand to discuss the organism, which has been im- plicated in human health concerns and in major fish kills in North Carolina and Maryland's Potomac River. She gave three presentations, including one to a host of state and county offi- cials, includ- ing Congress- man Michael Castle. She praised Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environ- BURKHOLDER mental Con- trol (DNREC) and Delaware as being proactive in dealing with the issue after pfiesteria was found in Indian River this sum- mer. There were no reported fish kills and no confirmed health in- juries in Delaware this year. Delaware's reaction contrasted with North Carolina, where Burk- holder has sometimes been treated with a "shoot the messenger" atti- tude. "It was quite an alarming pre- sentation," said County Adminis- trator Bob Stickels. "The potential is significant." Stickels called for more federal dollars to help upgrade sewage treatment systems and to remove point source discharges like that of the Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach treatment plants (both cur- rently discharge into the inland bays). Pfiesteria likes nutrient- rich waters and sewage plants are one common source of those nu- trients (Burkholder said 75 per- cent of fish kills caused by pfies- teria or related organisms have been in nutrient rich waters). Continued on page 16 "WHEN YOU MAKE A DEPOSIT HERE AT THE BANK WE KEEP IT WORKING RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY." Your savings dollars are loaned to community residents and businesses. The loans buy cars, new homes, and help to expand the local economy. When you make a deposit with us you are helping us to serve the community. We're an equal housing lender. /-=-  Paula Hardt, Assistant Vice President, County Bank /,/. ounL Rehoboth Beach Milford Long Neck Seaford -_ _ 947-7300 628-4400 THT c_ 1996 . MEMBER FDIC