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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, Nov. 8 - Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996 Volume 4, No. 25 Incumbents, Democrats rule election day in Sussex Stevenson (R) which now gives the Democ- rats a 4-1 advantage on County Council. Democrat John Schroeder won in the 37th District. Democrat Shirley Price pulled off a nail-biting election night win over Bill Murray (R) in the 38th District. That race took the last returns from the last voting machine to definitely determine a winner in a race which drew close attention all night long. George Bunting (D) bested George Cole (R) in the 20th Senatorial seat. Political jug- gernaut Charfie West (D) won yet another term, defeating Nick Varrato (R) in the 41st district race. One of the few candidates to buck a Democratic trend was David Wilson, who won another term as the Register in Chancery. Wilson (R) defeated former row office holder Dallas Green (D) by 26,104 to By Rosanne Pack and Michael Short Democrats and incumbents ruled the day on Tuesday. In sharp contrast to the 1994 election, Democrats won almost every Sus- sex County race on Election Day 1996. Democrats padded their lead on County Council by electing Lynn Rogers and Finley Jones to County Council. They will replace retiring Ralph Benson (D) and William Angle Moon photo Last ditch efforts of persuasion at work in Lewes Antionette Bradley from the Ray Clatworthy campaign for U.S. Senate greets voters Stuart and Nelda Reppert of Lewes as they head into the polls at Cape Henlopen High School. All of the last minute campaigning didn't reap enough votes for Clatworthy to oust Joe Bidan from the senate. In fact there were no upsets Nov. 5 in Delaware. 22,261. Bunting and Cole, the battle of the George's, may have drawn the most atten- tion. Although he won't travel to Dover and join the Senate, Cole will remain on Sussex County Council. But the moments of highest drama were offered by the Price and Murray race. The race was exceedingly tight all night long Continued on page 10 Rehoboth officer questions nature of Teamster affiliation By Rosanne Pack The attempt to unionize the Rehoboth Beach police department took an unusual turn this week with one officer making accusations against others who wish to affil- iate with the International Teamsters Union rather than the Fraternal Order of Police. In a letter, Cpl. Michael Walls said that the officers who are now showing a prefer- ence for the Teamsters have a vendetta in mind rather than bargaining. Walls, a Rehoboth policeman and past officer in the FOP, has been pushing to have that organi- zation represent the department. He now states that the 16 members of the 17-mem- ber force who have elected to have the Teamsters represent them are doing so "due to the possible vendetta towards the city officials.' In his letter, he said, if the city refuses to bargain with the officers, then the "union selected by the Rehoboth officers would force the city officials to bargain by causing havoc in the city; if nothing else by means of possibly stopping deliveries to city busi- nesses." He also states that those officers who want affiliation with the Teamsters, instead Continued on page 18 Snow goose numbers continue to climb while Canadas plummet By Michael Short The number of snow geese in Delaware continues to spiral to near record heights while the num- ber of Canada geese plummets to near record lows. The October waterfowl count done by Delaware discovered more than 277,000 snow geese in the state. There are more than 100,000 ducks, but only about 17,000 Canada geese. The snow geese are so numerous that the flocks at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge were filmed for last week's CBS Sunday Morning. Snow geese are so common that they leave a layer of white feathers floating on Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge ponds. "You ought to see them from the air," said Delaware biologist Tom Whittendale, who estimates that there are 131,000 birds at Bombay Hook alone. As a contrast to the 277,550 snow geese counted on Oct. 22 and 23, the human population of Sussex County was 113,229 and the population of Kent County was 110,993 in 1990. That means there are more geese in Delaware than there are people in Kent and Sussex Counties. How did Delaware become such a haven for honkers7 And why are Canada geese in such trouble while snow geese find Delaware to be honker heaven? The answer, according to Whit- tendale, who conducts the month- ly aerial surveys of waterfowl throughout the state, is breeding. Canada geese, which breed in northern Quebec, continue to have horrible breeding years because of bad weather. "It is close to the lowest count we have ever had," said Whitten- dale. "We used to be aghast when Unit Five was down to 10,000 to 12,000 birds." Unit Five is the Bombay Hook area of Delaware and it used to routinely hold 50,000 to 60,OOO. Bad weather on the nesting sea- son translates into cold, wet springs which hurt nesting suc- cess. The number of Canada geese Continued on page 12