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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 3 - December 9, 1999 - 17 Roth vows he's in the Senate race to stay at Georgetown stop By Rosanne Pack In Georgetown last week, Sen. Bill Roth went from accepting art- work depicting him as Santa Claus to responding to the media with denials of his retirement. Roth announced in June that he would seek re-election; speaking at the CHEER Center Tuesday, Nov. 23, he said that's his story and he is sticking to it. Roth was answering questions raised by an article published in a recent issue of The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. The paper report- ed that the 78-year-old Republi- can senator had decided not to make a run for what could be his sixth six-year term representing Delaware. Roth is chairman of the influential Finance Committee; in the last two years, his fight for In- ternal Revenue Service reform and creation of the Roth IRA has taken his reputation well beyond the First State. He left earlier this week to serve as co-leader of a congressional delegation to the World Trade Organization Minis- terial in Seattle. He was appointed by the leadership of the U.S. Sen- ate. Greeted by reporters as he prepared to speak at the Sussex CHEER Center, Roth said authors of the article should have asked him first, before reporting that he would not run. Jim Courtney, Roth's press sec- retary, said no one called the sena- toOs office for confirmation or comment before the story was published. "He is doing all the things that a candidate does," Courtney said. "His primary job is still serving as senator from Delaware, but every- thing is in motion for a campaign. We have volunteers, committees: the groundwork is being laid for a campaign." Roth said, "Perhaps it's a figment of somebody's imagination. There is no question that I am a candidate and I am looking forward to campaigning. "Perhaps [the rumor] is wishful thinking on the part of the Democ- rats." Gov. Tom Carper, who can- not run for governor again, has an- nounced that he will seek to un- seat Roth. A two-term governor, Democrat Carper has also served Delaware as state treasurer and in the U.S. House of Representa- tives. Before his appearance at the CHEER center, Roth made a stop where no one questioned his re- election plans. It was an occasion for public accounting firm Jeffer- son, Urian, Doane & Sterner, P.A., to thank the senator for allowing his visage to grace their Christmas cards in 1998. Saying that ac- comtants are always accused of lacking a sense of humor, David Doane explained that the firm de- cided to break out of the mold last year when they chose to put Roth on the front of their card in a San- ta suit and sleigh. Shown soaring over the White HoUse, Roth is gleefully delivering the Roth IRA to grateful tax payers. Doane said, once permission was granted to use the senator's likeness, someone suggested an obvious choice for an artist. Bob Clark, of MAD Magazine fame, is semi-retired in Seaford. Having spent years sketching "Spy Vs. Spy,'" many Alfred E. Neuman morphs and numerous other clas- sics of.the humor magazine, Clark was graciously willing to help out with the Christmas card project. Presenting framed and signed Santa Roth cards to both senator Rosanne Pack photo Enjoying a light-hearted moment at the accounting firm of Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner P.A., Sen. Bill Roth, center, and Bob Clark, far right, are recognized with framed copies of a Christmas card Clark designed for the firm last year; the card features the senator as Santa Claus. Joining the senator and the artist are stockholders, seated, Truitt Jefferson, left, and Charles Sterner, and standing (l-r), Dave Urian, Jay Stevens and David Doane. Not present for the photo is stock- holder Sheldon Forney. and artist, Ooane said the firm wanted to thank both men for contributing to holiday pleasure for all who received the greetings. Clark, who primarily does carica- ture commissions now, said the senator was easy to convert to a Santa Claus. Roth said he was re- lieved when he learned that the firm did not want him to represent Scrooge. Boyfriend murders Rehoboth bank teller in Maryland cause of the deaths. Police were alerted to a problem when friends and co-workers of both called troopers, because they hadn't heard from the couple as usual. said Det. Patrick Thompsen of Maryland State Police. He said police forced entry into the apart- ment in which the couple resided. "Under the circumstances," said Thompsen, "it seemed necessary. Both their vehicles were there" Thompsen said neighbors who ical Center, Lewes. Prior to moving to Milton, Mrs. Vernon, a homemaker, lived in Reh0both Beach for many years. She is survived by three sons, former State Rep. William H. Ver- non Sr., Geoffrey B. Vernon and Gainan C. Vernon, all of Re- Continued on page 18 By Kerry Kester Lucinda Kurtz, 31, of Berlin, a Rehoboth Beach Wilmington Trust employee was found mur- dered in her home Monday, Nov. 29, by Maryland State Police troopers. Police believe Kurtz's live-in boyfriend, Drew Rainey, 36, shot her in the head before turning the gun on himself. Police closed the case Dec. 1, after au- topsy reports confirmed the shots and associated trauma were the Late cbituaries Marilyn Crook Vernon, Milton homemaker Marilyn Crook Vernon, 81, of Milton, died suddenly, Wednes- day, Dec. 1, 1999, at Beebe Med- Fully Restored Fully remodeled in 1997, this 3 BR, 3 1/2 BA, 2 car garage home is situated on a very large lot at the very edge of the city limits. Priced to sell at $218,000. 6207PL PAUL TOWNSEND CATCHES THE HOME FOR YOU! Cave Colony Beautifully wooded le-sac lot 500 JACK LINGO LEWES REALTOR lived upstairs were most likely not home when the incident oc- curred, which the medical exam- iner estimated was between 2:30 and 8:30 a.m. that mornkig. He said it was also possible the shots could have been muffled. Troopers found the bodies in a bedroom at the rear of the apart- ment. He said there were no signs Kurtz had struggled with Rainey before he shot her with what he described as a-long rifle. Rainey was a self-employed painter. Kurtz often worked in the Wilmington Trust branch on Rehoboth Avenue. "We really en- joyed having Lucinda working with us," said Martha Britting- ham, Rehoboth Avenue branch head teller. "She was a good em- ployee and good friend. Every- body loved Lucinda. She was that nice, likable, lovable kind of person." Brittingham said when Kurtz was assigned to the Re- hoboth Avenue branch, she was usually the first to arrive for work. 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And they will be able to do so, if the paperwork does not meet the precise legal requirements of the local jurisdiction. The terms of the sale should be set forth in a clear and unambiguous way in order to avoid a costly dispute. Many of the homes that we list started out as "For Sale By Owner" transactions that didn't result in a sale, and the cost of unraveling the failed contracts often exceeded the broker's fees. For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, consult Bruce or Steve at Long and Foster. Call Bruce at (302) 542-7474 or Steve at (302) 542-7473 or email them at, or ,l "; i '( i i i f *'ii' ' i : . iT