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14 - CAPE GAZETTE,Friday, November 6 - Noember 12,.1998 State plans to replace Five Points elm with two trees Lowe's plans 'avenue' landscaping scheme By Dennis Forney Many people take trees serious- ly. When a Cape Gazette reader saw a large tree being taken down at Five Points recently, she called the newspaper on the verge of tears. She asked why the tree was be- ing taken down andexpressed concern about the scale of devel- opment represented by the Lowe's site. Her call prompted calls to Delaware's Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) to find out why the tree was removed and a call to the developers of the Lowe's site to determine what landscaping plans they had for their site. DelDOT spokesman Mike Williams said the turning lane from Route 275, The Plantations Road, to the Route 9 connecting intersection is being widened at the expense of Lowe's. As a re- sult of that widening, Conectiv was called in to move some power poles and lines. "The large tree in that grassy area between the two roads had to be cut back a little to make way for the power lines," said Williams. He said DelDOT's tree expert examined the tree and found that one third of it was in bad shape due to Dutch Elm disease. "He verified that the elm tree had the disease and said he was glad it was Dennis Fomey photo This trunk is all that remains of an old elm that stood for several decades at Five Points. The tree faced extensive pruning to make way for a wider turning lane to serve the new Lowe's. After discovering the tree was more than 30 per- cent damaged due to Dutch elm disease, state officials decid- ed to take the tree down." 0PEN THURSDAYS TIL 8:00PM Moo - Weds & fri Hours: B:O0 AM to 5:30 PAl Election Continued from page 1 election season, the 18th Senatori- al District seat went to Republican Gary Simpson as he defeated De- mocrat Gary Downes by a 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent difference that reflects the evenness of many of the candidates' views on the is- sues. Both men live in Milford and sought the seat vacated by re- tiring Senate Majority Leader Sen. Robert Voshell, D-Milford. George Cole retained his seat on Sussex County Council as he de- feated challenger Dewey Mayor Robert Frederick. In Frederick's first attempt to gain county office, he polled 41.9 percent of the vote, but Cole's lead in all but one vot- ing district in the 4th Councilman- ic District gave him a healthy 6,877 to 4,954 victory. In a whisker-thin win, Republi- can Vance Phillips didn't see his place on Sussex County-Council secured until the last voting dis- trict reported in the 5th Council- manic District. Phillips gained 3,541 votes to defeat another po[- litical newcomer, Charles "Chip" West II, 3,373. :'' Three-term congressman Rep. Mike Castle defeated'challenger Dennis Williams 121,605 to 57,847. Lewes resident and one-term in- cumbent Attorney General Jane Brady, Republican, defeated polit- ical newcomer Democrat John Dorsey decisively, but the 109,084 to 78,468 vote does not represent a drubbing. Incumbent State Treasurer Janet Rzewnicki was defeated handily by Democratic challenger Jack Markell in a race that attracted Markell endorsements from the governor's wife, Republicans and newspapers. In most races in the Cape Re- gion, polling district by polling district generally showeda same- ness in the vote spread between the win-loss columns of individ- ual races. Some races showed can- didates pulling in a higher per- centage in their neighborhood dis- tricts, but even that was not true across the board. What is most evident is that Delaware voters rarely follow a strict party line in the voting booth. Congressman Mike Castle, Re- publican, drew 6,132 votes in the 37th District, but Republican can- didate Crystal's total was 3,911. In the 18th Senatorial District, which has more registered De- mocrats, Republican Simpson out-polled Downes in every vot- ing district except the 4th District that lies between Lewes and Re- hoboth Beach. Kerry Kester photo Cub Scouts from Webelos Pack 2540 Scan Mock, left, and Cody Smith spent Election Day morning encouraging mo- torists to vote. The pair, joined by others in their pack, waved signs and pointed potential voters toward the Lewes Middle School polling site. being taken down now since all the elms along Route 9 have suc- cumbed to the disease. 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