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Birders to l]onor Frq. c:h during Prime Hook dedication. The Sussex Bird Club will have a hand in the 2 p.m. dedication of the Prime Hook Refuge Visitor Center on Sunday, Oct. 26. The new visitor center is long overdue and it's going to be a shot in the arm for one of the most spectacular sites on Delmarva. But a second, smaller dedication at Prime Hook will also honor birder Bill Frech. One of the best known birders in the area, Frech will be honored with a memorial garden to be ded- icated by the Sussex Bird Club. The little garden features a small waterfall donated by Avian Aquatics Inc. of Lewes. My guess is the garden will al- ways be filled with the birds that Frech loved so much. Til remembers The Inland Bays Citizen Moni- tor's newsletter has started to fea- ture an interview with one volun- teer monitor in each edition. The summer and fall edition features an interview with one of Sussex County's best known environ- mentalists. ' Til Purnell took time to write about her memories and her pas- OUTDOORS sion for the inland bays. Here are some excerpts from Til, who tests water quality on Herring Creek. "It seems only logical that I should wind up as an Inland Bays monitor because I learned to swim, crab, clam, row, fish and sail on Rehoboth Bay. My moth- er's family owned Piney Island and as far back as I can remember anything at all, I remember sailing to Piney, picnicking on Piney, camping on Piney, skinny-dipping on Piney, clamming and crabbing and anything else that children did YMCA, Special Olympics seek funds, awareness ,Waters will churn with area stvimmers testing their endurance and raising needed funds for two area programs on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m. The second annual event chal- lenges swimmers to collect pledges for each pool length they complete. "We're inviting the community to join us," said Cheryl Baldwin, event co-chair. "It's fun, it's healthy, and the funds we collect will help support our swim program at the YMCA and as well as local Delaware Special Olympics training pro- grams." The Sussex Family YMCA coaching staff challenges commu- nity leaders and members to get involved by either making a pledge or swimming. Registra- tion forms are available at the Y' and Delaware Special Olympics office. Deadline is Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997. Participants with pledges of $50 or more will re- ceive a T-shirt. TIDES Indian River Inlet Datel 10/181 Rehoboth Beach Roosevelt Inlet Ordl on the water on long, lazy summer days." Since she retired (Til and her husband, Skip, served in the diplomatic service for years be- fore they retired) she has been one of the most ardent advocates for protection of the bays. "Since we retired, I have squawked frequent- ly and loudly at what I regard as the widespread looting of the area and the enormous damage being done to its natural resources and wildlife. When the monitoring program was started, I signed up at once and have been a monitor now for seven years. It gives me a chance to do something practical for my beloved bays to go along with all the noise I make. "When not yelling at the County Council, I like to weave and spin, am a right good cook, work with the League of Women Voters, dote on our grandchildren, go to environmental conferences, attend hearings, play with a loony labrador and, in general, keep on being the noisy old busybody I am," she joked with typical good humor. Til is one of many citizen moni- tors who routinely test the water in the bays for temperature, dis- solved oxygen and a number of other standards. It's quick and you shouldn't be intimidated by the testing because it's surprisingly easy. And the body of work col- lected by the monitors over the years has proven to be one of the best sources of information about the environmental health of the in- land bays. All you really need is access to the water and the willingness to commit some time. For more in- formation, contact Joe Farrell at 645-4250. Bombay Hook youth day A waterfowl hunt limited to young hunters accompanied by a guardian will be conducted on the Bombay Hook South Waterfowl Area on Saturday, Oct. 25. Qualifications for the youth- hunt permits will follow the crite- ria established by the state of Delaware. Youth hunters must have completd an approved course in hunter training, be 12-15 years of age, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult who is at least 21 years of age and licensed to hunt in Delaware or exempt from license requirements. For further information on the youth waterfowl hunt call the refuge at 302-653-9345. 9! NEW KITCHENS 9! 1. Custom Designed & Free Estimate 2. Installed by AI Dorman, owner N.K. 3. Great selection, Direct from. manufacturers 4. Service oriented business 5.26 years of contracting experience 6. Nine years in the Kitchen & Bath business 7. 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