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\\; CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 -115 Move under way to establish fLring range in Sussex Efforts are under way to estab- lish a fwing range in Sussex Coun- ty that would serve officers in all county police departments, the Department of Corrections as well as the public. Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, who also chairs the Sussex County Police Chief's As- sociation, said this week that a fir- ing range could become a reality within a couple of years. "In light of 9-11 there's been a lot more emphasis on firearms training, but there's no facility in Sussex," said McLanghlin. "Offi- cers have to travel to ranges in Kent or New Castle counties in order to get the training they need. It's a burden for them." Currently, the only firing range in the county is a small one north of Rehoboth Beach used 0nly by Rehoboth Beach police. "But they're building homes near that range and there have been com- plaints," McLanghlin said. "And I think insurance liability may force them to close eventually." State police and Department of Corrections (DOe) officers cur- rently travel to ranges in Smyrna for training. But with more than 200 DOC officers in Sussex County, McLaughlin said the range would be fully utilized. Right now, McLaughlin said, many officers go out in the woods for target practice. "I'm a hunter myself and that's what I do." McLaughlin said that the chief's association has been meet- ing with officials with the Divi- Briefly Ho Ho Surf Off set for Dec. 7 at IR inlet The Delaware Eastern Surfing Association will host the Ho Ho Surf Off Saturday, Dec. 7, begin- ning at 9 a,m., at Indian River In- let. The annual cold water holiday surfing competition will feature surfing, bodyboarding and long- boarding events in all age divi- sions. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place.f'mish - ers. The entry fee for the contest is $25 per person, and each competi- tor will receive a free commemo- rative Ho Ho Surf Off T-shirt. All contestants must be mem- bers of the Eastern Surfing Asso- ciation. For more information on the Delaware ESA or the Ho Ho Surf Off, call Harry Wilson, ESA di- rector, at 227-4011, or email Sussex Tech to host cheedeading competition The second annual Cheedead- ing Compefiton hosted by Sussex Technical High School will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8. Recre- ational teams and All-Star squads OUTDOORS sion of Fish and Wddiife, as well as the public, in order to get the ball rolling. They have also been visiting neighboring states that have established firing ranges within the last two years to see what would be needed in Sussex. "I think between us [the associ- ation] and the Division of Fish and W'ddlffe we can pool enough money to establish a first-class range in the county," MeLaughlin said, noting that the division re- cently received a $500,O00grant from the federal govemnnt that could be used for such a purpose. "There's enough [police] grant money available that could be used, too." While the public meetings have been sparsely attended, McLaugh- lin said that the background work is already under way and that the division has determined two sites that would be feasible. One site will begin competition at 8 a.m. All other teams take the floor at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded. Action will take place in the high school gym located on Coun- ty Seat Highway (Route 9), four miles west of Route 113, George- town. Vendors will be present with assorted merchandise and food will be available for sale. Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There will be a $2 discount by showing your Sussex Tech identification badge. The public is invited to enjoy this day of ex- citing competition. For more information, call Sharon Liebal at 856-0961. would be at Redden State Forest, but a more likely location would be at Old Furnace, a site off Route 9 between Georgetown and Seaford on County Road 529 near the Deep Creek tributary to the Nanticoke River. "That site would be ideal be- cause there is a one-mile buffer around it," said McLaughlin. "And both sites are state owned, so I don't think there would be any zoning issues. They've al- ready looked into environmental impact issues, and the one that would concern us the most is lead [shot] and how it would be col- lected." "It's a really good project - it's a smart thing to do," he added. The site would first house a pis- tol firing range and a building for hunter education classes and other training sessions for both officers and the public. But Mel.anghlin said it could be expanded to in- clude a rifle range, trap and skeet shooting range, as well as an archery range. The range would be funded though membership fees paid by various law enforce- ment groups and/or a daily charge for use, probably less than $10 a day, McLaughlin said. The site would possibly be used by law en- forcement officers Monday through Thursday and open to the public on weekends. The association and the division plan to appear before Sussex County Council sometime in Jan- uary in order to obtain their bless- ing for the project. I YMCA forming Adult Indoor Soccer League The Sussex Family YMCA is proud to present another year of Adult Indoor Soccer. This five-on-five, co-ed league will be held at SkateWorld II at Midway on Sunday mornings. Registration is now open. Games will begin Sunday, Jan. 12, and will run for approximately eight weeks with a championship cap- ping the season. Sign up your team toda]/. Players be 18 or older to participate. Registration dead- line is Friday, Jan. 3. For more details, call Sheridan Parsons at 227-8018. In the meantime, McLaughlin said he would like to hear from the hunting community and sportsman groups such as Ducks Unlimited. So if you're interested in seeing a f'wing range established in Sus- sex County, call McLaughlin with your ideas at 539-1111. DU banquet Dec. 6 This year's Eastern Sussex Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Din- ner will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. The evening starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The auction this year features a Cape Buffalo hunt and a five-animal plains game hunt in Zimbabwe on the continent of Africa. The hunts have been do- nated by Bud Rummel of Mills- boro who used to own and operate a guide service in Zimbabwe. Al- so to be auctioned this year will be three separate week-long stays for two at a five-star resort in Cancun, Mexico. Two shot guns also will be raffled this year - a Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 gauge and a Bcretta 391 Extreme 12 gauge. Tickets, which include a Decks Unlimited membership, are $55 for individuals, $85 for couples and $30 for Greenwings (17 and under). For tickets, contact Den- ny Quillen at 227-2564 or 644- 9512, or Ed Brown at 302-236- 4288. Public hearing The Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 to amend the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for red drum and American shad. The meeting will be held in the Richardson and Robbins building, 89 Kings Highway in Dover. To comply with recreational size limit changes made in the Fisheries Management Plan for red drum, the division proposes that: the minimum size be raised from 18 to 20 inches; and retaining red drum in excess of 27 inches will be illegal. Changes in the American shad fishery would include a shad sea- son established for 2003 for the Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays, including Indian River and Re- hoboth bays, to reduce the gill net effort by 40 percent. The length of the shad season would depend on the number of anglers who sign up to participate in the fishery. The ocean fishery for shad must be closed by 2005 according to the management plan. For more details, call 302-739- 3441. Speaking of f'tsh Kathy Baker at Bill's Sport Shop said that fishing for striper and blues has been hot at the north pocket at Indian River Inlet, as well as in the surf in front of the old Coast Guard station north of the inlet. The surf' also has been productive at 3Rs Road. Whole mullet as well as cut mullet, buck- tails, live eels and storm lures have been the most productive baits. Trolling off the beach in front of. the Coast Guard station also has been producing blues and stripers, as well as at 8 A buoy in Delaware Bay. Baker added that lots of un- dersized stripers were being re- ported from the pier at Cape Hen- lopen State Park. Big meeting The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Man- agement Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commis- sion's Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board will meet Dec. 10-12 in Duck, N.C. to develop and approve 2003 recre- ational management measures for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass. New manager News from Prime Hook is that there is a new refuge manager on board. Jonathan Schafler, a super- visory park ranger at Crab Or- chard National Wildlife Refuge in southern Illinois, joined the staff at Prime Hook on Oct. 23. Welcome to the Cape Region. Indoor lacrosse set to begin Dec. 12 Athletes in grades 3-12 will be- gin play on Dec. 12 for eight Thursday nights at Skate World II at Midway. The cost is $50. This is all short sticks and sneakers must be worn. The younger players face off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the sen- ior division playing from 7:30- 10:30 p.m. Applications may be picked up at Skate World II or Atlantic Cel- lular on Route 1 near Midway. Call Marl D'Ambrogi for further infomation at 644-2644 or 644- 9111. Girls indoor lacrosse clinic on tap at Midway Midway Skate World II will host a girls indoor lacrosse clinic to help young players learn and sharpen their skills. The clinics will be held on Wednesdays - Dec. 11 and 18, and Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. The clinic will meet from 4- 5:30 p.m. for girls in grades 3-7, and from 8:30-10 p.m. for girls in grades 8-12. Cost is $65 if regis- tered before Nov. 3, $75 there- after. For more details and to register, call Kathleen Fluharty at 947- 4670, or email her at coachkk @ aol. com. Gift Certificates Available HWY. 1 IN THE MIDWAY VILLAGE SHOPS Phone (302) 64S-8350 Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturn: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & 7:10 p.m. - 9 p.m. Evenings: - 7:10 p.m. - 9 p.m. Emait - Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.