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Cape primed for showdown with CR's Riders. Page 80 I Delaware's Cape Region Friday, November 6 - Thursday, November 12, 1998 Volume 6, No: 24 Cape Region voters return incumbents to office Schroeder wins tough race over Crystal; Simpson, Cole, Price and Phillips also win By Rosanne Pack In the Cape Region, several incumbents fought off challengers in Tuesday's elec- tion and area voters were part of an upset that turned out a four-term office holder from the position of state treasurer. Of eligible voters in the region, approxi- mately 38 percent exercised the right to vote, slightly higher than the estimated 35 percent national average. Interest in local candidates and local issues, such as sewer costs, education and environmental con- ceres, seems tohave drawn voters out, even in some rain. In a highly visible battle for the 37th Representative District, five-term incum- bent Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, held off Republican challenger Harry "Hap" Crystal for the second time, but achieving the victory was not a cakewalk. Schroeder out-polled Crystal in six of eight voting dis- tricts, but his 4,520 votes to Crystal's 3,911 told the story of a race run right up to elec- tion day. Another'incumbent, Rep. Shirley Price, D-Millville, made a significantly_stronger showing in her second contest with Repub- lican William "Bill" Murray than she did first time out seeking the 38th Representa- tive District seat. The results went down to the wire in 1996, with less than 90 votes determining the outcome. However, this year, Price's 60.3 percent to 39.7 percent advantage showed up as the first districts reported and held through the night as she won 5,166 to 3,398. In a race that pitted two newcomers to the Continued on page 14 Minner takes aim at public/private worker training By Jim Cresson Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner envisions a time soon when the state streamlines its many departmental operations designed to help job seekers and creates a computerized "one-stop-job-shopping service" and a statewide skill training center to serve the local work force and business owners look- ing for employees. Addressing the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at Kings Creek Country Club, Minner con- gratulated chamber members for their recent involvement in pressing state legisla- tors to help promote tourism business in Delaware. "A year ago I told you to get more involved if you wanted to make a difference and attract legislative attention for tourism issues," Minner reminded chamber mem- bers. "You did, and it made a tremendous difference. We created the Legislative Tourism Commission and we've made some changes in revenue distribution for tourism. We will do more." What business owners can do now, Mir> ner explained, is to help the state's current effort to better serve the community by pro- Continued on page 17 Delaware Cape Region voters returned incumbent John Schroeder, D-Lewes, for a sixth term of office during Tuesday's balloting. Schroeder and his family - wife Sue Angle Moon photo and son Zachary - were all smiles on election night after receiving word of the 609 vote victory following a con- tentious campaign. See story on page 10. and downed trees. George O'Shea turned his attention to the marshlands of Prime Hook U.S Wildlife Refuge. Few others shared his attention, but O'Shea, the assistant manager of Prime Hook, knew something most people did not know. The effects of those back-to-back storms in January and February, with winds of up to 80 mph, have been cleaned up long ago in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. Beaches were replenished, streets were cleaned and'debris was hauled away. The effect on the marshes of Prime Hook may not be fully known for years. That's because the dune system separating the massive freshwater marshes of the refuge was broached by the storm. Nor'easters flattened dunes, :meaning the Atlantic Ocean poured into the freshwater marshes with every high tide. O'Shea worried that could fundamentally change a massive ecosystem - an ecosystem that is among the most delicate in the state and an ecosystem that may support more than half of the state's ducks and geese. The number of wintering waterfowl in Prime Hook Refuge is absolutely massive. But O'Shea worded that the saltwater could Continued on page 10 After saltwater spoiled food sources, manager doubts refuge can sustain ducks By Michael Short When nor'easters pounded Delaware's coast last winter, attention focused on flooded beach towns, damaged boardwalks Prime Hook still suffering from, last winter's storms