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CR visiting Cape in toumey's opening battle. Pg. 79 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, November 27 - Thursday, December 3, 1998 Volume 6, Nol 27 i State signs contract to buy Truitt farm for park 50-acre parcel second purchase to boost boundaries of Cape Henlopen's holdings By Michael Short Delaware has signed a contract to buy its second piece of land adjoining Cape Hen- lopen State Park - a 50-acre property known as the Truitt Farm. Delaware has pushed for months to buy or protect land adjacent to the state park as part of an effort io provide a buffer to the state park, which is being squeezed hard by rising visitation rates. The land could become part of the park, could be used a buffer against encroaching development or could remain in farmland. This particular parcel is a rectangular prop- erty, which is located south of Sussex 270 and which includes half of the abandoned railroad right-of-way until it reaches Hol- land Glade. The railroad has frequently been suggested as a potential location for a bike'or multimodal pathway. It also touches the already acquired Rust Farm, which includes 191 acres of land. Mark Chura, director of the planning, preservation and development section of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), said-the land is under contract, but has not been set- tied upon yet. The land is basically hardwoods and pines, mixed with a few wetlands where it touches Munchy Branch. At one point, some of the land may have been used to mine sand, but the shallow excavation has since been revegetated with forest. Because there is no settlement yet, Ron Vickers. chief of DNREC's land preserva- tion office, declined to discuss potential Continued on page 9 Kngle Moon ploto Rollerblades and parking lots made for each other Entertaining himself on a late Sunday afternoon, Joey Super Fresh parking lot at Midway as an impromptu Brown of Rehoboth uses the grocery cart racks in the piece of playground equipment. Lewes eyes changes to expand mayor's voting, accountability By Dennis Forney Three years ago the City of Lewes found itself without a full-time police chief because a tie vote on appointment of a new chief could not be resolved. Only an elec- tion and subsequent change of council members settled the matter leading to the appointment of Ronald "Beau" Gooch as chief. Charter changes being considered by the city's Personnel Policy Review Committee would ensure that that scenario would be avoided in the future and would have the mayor voting on all issues. The current. Lewes charter language is somewhat confusing since in one section it makes it clear the mayor is not a member of the city council while in another section the mayor is identified as the president of city Council.' The current charter specifies that the mayor votes only in the case of a tie, except when it comes to hiri@ for certain key posi- tions such as the chief of police and the city manager. In those cases the mayor has no vote at all. The mayor suggests an appoint- ment but that appointment must be Continued on page 18 Nanticokes ask state for control of Thompson Island Delaware imposes hunting moratorium, bans public access to protect burial sites By Jim Cresson The guns of autumn are silent on Thomp- son Island this year, as the state has put a moratorium on deer hunting there. And because of that moratorium, the spirits of the thousands of Native Americans buried on the island are at rest for the moment, say Nanticoke Indian tribal members, but unless the state does more to protect their island cemetery, that sacred land will soon 'be ruined. Nanticoke assistant chief Charles C. "Lit- tle Owl" Clark IV has witnessed the deteri- orated condition of his ancestors' graves at Thompson Island, and after a personal "vision quest" there in April, Clark said he is determined to convince the state to do the "morally right thing" with the cemetery site and return it to the Nanticoke Indian Asso- ciation to protect and maintain. Clark, who had not visited the burial site for a number of years until his vision quest, said he was appalled at the condition of the ancient burial ground.; Through years of neglect the, old ceme- tery has become over- grown with a tangle of brush, but Clark said CLARK that what he saw amid the undergrowth were hundreds of bones and bone frag- ments, uncovered by years of wind and rain erosion, the digging of small animals and by the grave robbing of artifact scavengers who have dug and plundered the cemetery over the years. "I was horrified to find many holes where our ancestors' bones have been dug and removed," Clark said of that April visit to the island. "Bones are scattered every- where; vertabrae skull caps, finger bones lie exposed all over the site. For a Nanti- Continued on page 13