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Continued from page 6 portation's [DelDOT] response to Sussex County Council's request for road improvements is ap- palling and should outrage every Delawarean. The development, which has occurred in Sussex County over the past five years, has eliminated all effective prima- ry transportation routes both east- west and north-south. The failure of DelDOT's administration to recognize and address these issues raises substantial concerns about their competence and commitment to providing effective primary transportation routes in Sussex. County. To anyone willing to observe, the congestion between Five Points and Dewey Beach is obvi- ously caused by traffic lights that are not set properly to maximize the efficiency of traffic flow. Of- ten one light will cause a backup for miles. One simply has to look to Ocean City, Md., to see a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of computerized traffic lights. The traffic in Ocean City flows better in the summer than the traffic be- tween Five Points and Dewey Beach flows in the winter! DelDOT's only answers to these problems have been new and ex- pensive roads we don't need or bulldozing pristine lands through places such as Cape Henlopen State Park. To the south, what level of grid- lock, combined with endless and mindless development will need to occur for DeIDOT to address the critical needs of east-west traffic flow on Routes 26 and Route 54? Today's transportation decisions will forever adversely affect the quality of life of people living in Sussex County. DeIDOT can't even put up signs indicating road names. This is an incredible em- barrassment to the whole state! I feel ashamed when I try to give di- rections to out of town guests. If the state of Delaware and Sus- sex County are going to join the other 49 states in the 21st century in providing civilized transporta- tion infrastructure and amenities such as bike paths (that are given in other states), it is clear that DelDOT will need a change in philosophy, dedication and possi- bly a change in leadership! Chuck Davidson Lewes Dennis Forney Think before giving a puppy at Christmas A puppy is not for Christmas. ThOse cute cards of a doggy pop- ping out of a box or hanging from a stocking are just that - cute cards. A puppy needs lots of care and attention, just what we don't have time for during the holidays. For a scenario, try this: Puppy thinks children's new toys are fun - fun to chew on, that is. Child cries, puppy gets smacked, throws up bits and pieces of toys and whatever all else, all over Grand- ma's velvet dress. Or eats the elec- tric wires and gets a shock. Get the message? If you want to give a puppy, don't have it be a surprise, particu- larly to the one who will be taking care of it. That person who just lost one may still be grieving, or secretly relieved to be free from responsibility. A kid loves the puppy (for a while, at least), but an adult, usually the mother, winds up feeding and cleaning up after it. Do research at your library, with your veterinarian and with rep- utable breeders. Decide on what best fits the lifestyle of the recipi- ent and give a stuffed toy or a pho- to of the dog as your gift. Then, af- ter the tree is down, the eggnog finished and the child has broken its own toys, get the puppy, For help in choosing a puppy, call the free Breeder Referral Ser- vice at 856-2199, or 422-9124. They will put you in touch with reputable private breeders of over 140 American Kennel Club regis- tered breeds. A dog is for life - not just for Christmas. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. Blackie H. Nygood, AKC delegate Mispfllion Kennel Club Inc. Shame on you, Cape High fans I would just like to express my absolute disgust at all of those who attended the Cape vs. Caesar Rodney football game last week. I have never seen such a poor ex- cuse for a cheering section before in my life. I am hesitant in calling any of you "fans" of Cape foot- ball, because fans are people who come to a fQotball game to cheer and holler and jump up and down, to root on your favorite team. In the most important game of the year for the Vikings football team, I was utterly shocked and disap- pointed and to be completely hon- est, embarrassed about the lack of enthusiasm displayed by the spec- tators on the Cape side of the field for a majority of the game. Fans play a vital part of the game, because without people in the stands watching the game, the meaning of the game drops signif- icantly. I feel absolutely sorry for the boys on the Cape team who played their hearts out during that game to be rewarded for the most pa/'t by absolute silence from the Cape stands. I'd have to say that if it wasn't for the constant enthusi- asm put forth by Cape's band, you could have heard Cape announcer John Myers drop his pen in the press box, In my four years as a student at Cape, even when the team didn't make the playoffs, enthusiastic fans were always a constant. To return to watch my alma mater play in such an important game, but to see the spectators just sitting there as if it were an opera, sent a feeling of shame through my body. Sporting programs are a vital part of a well-rounded high school career, and we should all do our CAPE part in supporting the efforts of these fine athletes. Congratula- tions to the Cape football team for yet another terrific season, and on behalf of those silent fans, I'm sure they are all truly sorry for let- ring you down by not living up to their end of the bargain as fans of Cape football. Chris Goering Newark Cape Henlopen Class of '98 Thanks to anonymous Lewes woman This letter is written to express appreciation to a young woman from Lewes, specifically Angola, name unknown, who on Monday, Nov. 23, extended unusual cour- tesy to my wife and myself, a cou- ple from Washington, D.C. Her kindness was extended in the early evening as we were walking along Route 1 from Rehoboth Outlet Center 3 to Outlet Center 1. My wife and I were spending the week at the beach without a car, and on that evening we stopped at a filling station along Route 1 to make sure that we were walking in the right direction, to- ward Outlet Center 1. This young lady, filling her car with gas, over- heard our conversation with the at- tendant. Commenting that the highway is not designed for pedes- trian traffic, this young lady of- fered us - complete strangers to her - a ride to Outlet Center 1. Not only did she give us a ride, but upon arriving at her house she telephoned L.L. Bean - to which we said we were going - and sug- gested that the store's staff find us and call a cab to take us home. The staff easily located us and did call a cab that took us safely home. Surely your community is well served by thoughtful residents such as this young lady - she and her husband and two children moved to Angola a year ago from Prince George's County in Mary- land. Any community would be fortunate to he home to a nice growing family like hers. My wife and I were in several Rehoboth Outlet Center stores to outfit ourselves for spending the coming winter in Russia. One way or another, we will be seen by many Russians as representatives of our whole country. It is hearten- ing to be so effectively reminded of what worthy citizens live in our country. Thomas W. Hoya Washington, D.C. Thanks to Rehoboth Beach Patrol The following letter was sent to Rehoboth Beach Patrol captain Jate Walsh, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. I am writing to express my pro- found appreciation for the Re- hoboth Beach Patrol Junior Life- guard Program conducted this summer under the leadership of Bill Hickman. Bill and his colleagues designed and executed a program that Continued on page 8 GAZE'IWE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 - 7 Silver Lake Bridge grew out of federal efforts to create depression.era jobs State bridge No. 707, known more familiarly as Rehoboth's Sil- ver Lake Bridge, serves as a dis- tinctive landmarks in the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach area. Painted white with a distinctive, decorative parapet along each side, the Silver Lake Bridge con- nects the south side of Rehoboth Beach - once known as Rehoboth Heights - to Dewey Beach and the other coastal lands to the south. Federal Aid Project 113, devel- oped in response to the weakened economy of the depression years in the early 1930s, linked con- struction of the Silver Lake Bridge we know today with an Indian River Inlet project and construc- tion of the "Atlantic Coastal High- way." Rehoboth's commissioners, in a letter written in 1932 to Delaware's superintendent of state highways, urged construction of the highway linking Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach "in view of the serious unemployment situation in Rehoboth and vicini- ty.e, The letter, part of the historical records that Bob Salin of Re- hoboth Beach has compiled, indi: cates that there were at least 32 men in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area looking for work and that the roadwork would give them an opportunity to help feed their families. Salin said the high- way project was eventually ap- proved with the Dewey Beach to Indian River Inlet segment portion of the project awarded to George Shockley, a prominent Rehoboth Beach contractor. The part of the "Atlantic Coastal Highway" urged on by Re- hoboth's officials was to be a new road between Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach covering a distance of 12.65 miles.. The Sil- ver Lake Bridge construction, eventually completed in April of 1938, was tacked onto that larger project as Federal Aid Project 113B. A 1991 book published by Delaware's Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT) included the BAREF00TIN' results of an extensive survey and evaluation of Delaware's historic bridges. The section regarding Silver Lake Bridge includes the following information: "This composite structure, com- prising a multiple-span timber substructure and composite tim- ber-concrete slab superstructure, has considerable technological significance. In addition, its rela- tively high degree of architectural elaboration may reflect the in- creasing economic importance of Delaware's seashore resorts in the late 1930s. The project of which the bridge construction was a part was intended to facilitate travel to and from the growing resorts of Rehoboth and Bethany Beach. The Federal Aid Program project statement also predicted that the route would 'be greatly increased in importince by the location of a permanent inlet to Indian River [also constructed in 1938] which is now being considered by the U.S. Engineers, and this Bridge becomes necessary to adequately take care of the increased traffic.' Upon completion of the project, the inspection report noted 'there are real possibilities of growth in population along the project, par- ticularly as to summer residents. The growth in population will de- pend largely on the increase in popularity that beach life holds for the general public." Then as now, storms are a force to be reckoned with whenever it Continued on page 8 An9 Moon photo Silver Lake Bridge, in the background, as seen from Lake Drive in Rehoboth Beach.