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Search for AmeriCorps volunteer continuing Volunteers from the Joy Beach Homeowner's Association launched a boat and foot search of the Horse Island area near Camp Arrowhead on Thursday, Dec. 18, to search for Mark Domaleski, the AmeriCorps volunteer who disap- peared on Saturday, Nov. 29. At press time, the search yielded no results. . .-  The Delaware State Police Avi- ation Unit is continuing random flyovers of the Camp Arrowhead area, said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman. Camp Arrowhead donated living quar- ters to the AmeriCorps volunteers who were working on the Green- hill Light project. Domaleski, 22, of Lynchburg, Va., remained at the camp for Thanksgiving week- end. The following Monday, his colleagues returned to the camp and were unable to locate him. Domaleski is approximately 5 feet 7 inches, weighs about 155 pounds, has brown eyes and straight, brown hair. He may be wearing a dark blue jacket, blue jeans and glasses. Police are re- questing that anyone who may have any information about the young man to report it to Troop 4, 856-5850. Cape board approves high school roof repairs The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education, during its Thursday, Dec. 11, meeting, voted to spend funds from the spe- cial minor capital improvement budget for making roof repairs on the district buildings with the most critical needs. The board will also retain $275,000 of that budget for additional roofing re- pairs or replacements next year. The board deferred action on several other minor or capital im- provement projects, while it seeks funding. It will submit a proposal to the state by June 1998 for major capital improvement funding. If the state grants the funding to the district, the district will be re- quired to provide 40 percent of the total cost of the $800,000 the board estimates is needed for dis- trict-wide repairs and replace- ments. According to Andy Branden- berger, director of business opera- tions, the two methods for secur- ing the funding is through the re- serve account or a referendum au- thorizing the district to borrow the money. Cape board changes school choice criteria The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education, in a split decision on Thursday, Dec. I 1, passed a change in its criteria for school choice. The new policy precludes the board from accept- ing school choice applicants for schools that are at or above their overutilization points. Exceptions noted in the new policy include children of employees, applicants whose reason for exercising the choice option are for medical rea- sons and siblings of those already accepted in the schools. The only schools in the district that are not projected as overuti- lized for the 1998-99 school year are H.O. Brittingham Elementary School, Rehoboth Elementary School and Lewes Middle School. Board member Brent Moore moved for the policy revisions; board member Becki Millman seconded the motion. Board member June Turansky led oppo- sition to the change, stating con- cern for people who needed the school choice option to meet spe- cial child-care needs. She also said that through the year, the board accepted several children's choice applications for "unique and unusual" reasons. "I can't imagine saying no," said Tu- ransky, who noted some of the reasons listed on the applications were heartrending. During the vote, Tony Streett joined Turansky in opposition. Voting in favor of the change were Moore, Millman, Sue Shu- pard and Barry Porter. The board is expected to vote on next year's choice applications in January. Cape student sustains broken nose in fight Two Cape Henlopen High School sophomore girls were sus- pended on Tuesday, Dec. 16, fol- lowing a fight that resulted in one of the girls sustaining a broken nose. According to Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Po- lice spokeman, charges are pend- ing further investigation. Princi- pal Ron Burrows said the fight erupted in the school's cafeteria shortly before classes began, after the two girls had a verbal argu- ment. Dewey Beach board members reappointed At the monthly meeting of the Town of Dewey Beach on Satur- day, Dec. 13, commissioners vot- ed unanimously to reappoint as- sistant chair Bronie Zolper and member Jerry Williams to their respective posts on the planning and zoning committee. Other members of the current P & Z committee include Anna Legates, Robert Marshall Sr., Bobbi Turk and Harry Wilson. Commissioners also reappoint- ed board of adjustment chair Bob Spengler and member Alice Walsh, and appointed new mem- bers Ellie Cooper and Bill Zolper. The other member of the five-per- son board of adjustment is Chris Richter, who was appointed earli- er this year. Dewey won't shorten permit, meter season Commissioners for the Town of Dewey Beach voted 3-2 against adopting an ordinanace shortening the period when parking permits are required and meters are active. Currently, Dewey Beach park- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 - 3 ing permits and meters are en- forced from the Friday of Memor- ial Day weekend through the Sun- day following Labor Day. Commissioner Bill Tansey, who introduced the idea, said he'd like to see Dewey Beach's permit sys- tem and parking meters in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day in order to make the policy more user-friendly. Town Manager Bill Rutherford noted that shortening that period of time would result in an estimat- ed loss of at least $2,000 for Dewey Beach. While commissioners Faith Duncan and Tansey voted in sup- port of the proposal, commission- ers Jim Bracken, Jim Lavelle and Mayor Bob Frederick voted against the idea because of the es- timated loss of revenue. Dewey business licenses expire Dec. 31 Business licenses within the Town of Dewey Beach will expire Wednesday, Dec. 31. According to town manager Bill Rutherford, any business failing to obtain a license or to file a non- rental certification within 10 days of Thursday, Jan. 1, or within 10 days from commencement of business operations, will be charged a late fee of 10 percent of the applicable business license fee. A surcharge of an additional 20 percent of the base fee will be charged after 30 days from Jan. 1, or within 30 days from the com- mencement of business. Businesses who fail to obtain a license or to rile a nonrental certi- fication within 45 days of written notification from the town will be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Renewal forms are available at the U.S. Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave., until the town hall building is complete. After that time, forms will be available at the new town hall at 105 Rod- ney Ave. Call 227-6363 for more information. Sussex County Council honors Ruritan president Sussex County Council has passed a resolution honoring the Ruritan national leadership and the group's commitment to Sus- sex County. County Council passed the proclamation honoring the Ruritan's visits to the hospital and other community service ac- tivities. "Whereas, Braxton G. Bell, Na- tional President of Ruritan, will be visiting Sussex County on Dec. 18, 1997," according to the reso- lution. "Sussex County Council encourages all county residents to welcome Braxton G. Bell to Sus- sex County." Community grants applied for in Sussex Sussex County has applied for $1.9 million in funding in Com- munity Development Block Grants (CDBG). The funding is very competitive and Sussex County must compete against Kent County, meaning the county Michael Short photo Sussex finalizes Milton Civic Center deal Sussex County Council has finalized the purchase of the Milton Civic Center. Shown on Tuesday, Dec. 16, is Milton Vice Mayor Leah Betts accepting the $25,000 check from Sus- sex County Councilman Lynn Rogers. The dilapidated civic center is scheduled for demolition by the county. But it won't be vacant for long. The county plans to expand the Milton li- brary and to use the former civic center property to house that expansion. County officials said the purchase signals a long-term county commitment to downtown Milton. cannot get all the monies request- ed. CDBG grants can be used for infrastructure, but they are more often used to rehabilitate homes. Here is a list of local towns and what has been requested in dol- lars: Milton, $58,278 for infra- structure and $21,722 for housing rehabilitation; West Rehoboth, $65,500 for hookups and infra- structure. Requests were also made for Middleford, Selbyville, Dag- boro/Millsboro, Pinetown/New Hope, Greenwood, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Laurel, Blades, Frankford and Seaford. County closes offices early for holiday Sussex County government of- rices, including the libraries, will be closing on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at 1 p.m. Offices will re- open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 1997. There will also be no Sussex County Council meet- ing Tuesday, Dec. 23. The next County Council meeting on Tues- day, Dec. 30, will not start until noon. Government offices will al- so close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednes- day, Dec. 31, and not reopen until Friday, Jan. 2. Park permits available as gifts Many people purchase state park passes for the holidays. Delaware State Parks will provide the permits in a holiday card for Christmas shoppers. The passes - $20 resident, $40 nonresident - al- low the holder entry into all of the 13 state parks for the entire year. They are valid from Jan. 1, 1998, through Dec. 31, 1998. Permits may be purchased in three differ- ent ways: at any state park office, from a park agent or with a Visa or MasterCard by calling 302- 739-4702. Caroling on the Circle donors named Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels provided County Council with a list of major donors to Caroling on the Circle. Stickels, speaking at the Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting, said that more than 27,282 items were donated to the annual food drive. Donors were Caroling on the Circle (880 items), CAT Country Radio (5,415 items), Howard T. Ennis School (14), Delmarva Manufactured Home Association (15,000), Georgetown Wellness Center (107), Showell Elementary School (85), Sussex Tech (1,500), Sussex Central High School (2,028), Sussex Central Elemen- tary/North Elementary ( i, 110), Sussex Central Middle School (733), are Sussex County employ- ees (410). Stickels said he would like to thank the Caroling on the Circle Committee: Harvey Gregg, Robin Grifrith, Dale McDoweil, Diana Pettyjohn, Kevin Short, Helen Walls and Ray Webb. Rehoboth city offices closed Dec. 25-26, Jan. 1 The City of Rehoboth Beach Administrative Offices will be closed both Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26, in obser- vance of Christmas. City offices will also be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year's Eve. There will be no trash pickup either Thursday or Friday, Dec. 25-26, but trash will be picked up throughout the city on Monday, Dec. 29. There will be regular trash pickup on Friday, Jan. 2. Rehoboth gives OK to Scout House expansion The Rehoboth Beach board of commissioners voted 6-1 at the regular monthly meeting on Fri- day, Dec. 12, to approve the Re- hoboth Beach Kiwanis Club re- quest to expand the Scout House at 84 Kent St. Since the land itself belongs to the city and is leased to the club, it is zoned open space and any alter- Continued on page 4