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Lingo project finally wins approval, pg. 15 APE ETT Delaware's Cape Region Thursday, December 24 - Wednesday, December 30, 1998 Volume 6, No. 31 Slam Dunk No. 9 ready to open at Cape High Melba Moore to perform on championship day By Dennis Forney For the ninth straight year, high school basketball players from all over the U.S. will be coming to Cape Henlopen High School for the Slam Dunk To The Beach basketball tournament. The tournament that opens Saturday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m., with Cape Henlopen's Vikings playing Maryland's Cardinal Gib- bons, includes 39 teams playing in 44 games. It will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when championship games in sev- eral brackets will be played. In between, fans will be treated to a wide variety of entertainment including daily appearances by the Atlantic City show band "Cheers," Hawaiian Punch's "Punchie," who will be entertaining children and adults on Kids Day - Sunday, Dec. 27 - and Broadway star Melba Moore, who will sing for the Dec. 30 crowd. "We in the southern part of the state of Delaware seldom have the opportunity to witness and enjoy such a true professional in the world of Broadway and the arts. This is indeed a great pleasure," said Slam Dunk Tournament Director and Founder Bob Jacobs. Jacobs said that this year's event will be operating with a $600,000 budget "We're figuring the total economic impact to be more than $3 million," said Jacobs. He added that, although ticket prices for all 44 games have been raised to $55, he's seen no resistance. "Ticket sales have been very brisk. And I'm already thinking about No. 10 next year. I want the 10th anniversary tournament to be very, very special." Jacobs lines up his tournament teams, for what has become the most prestigious high school basketball tournament in the nation, more than a year in advance. "I already have two-thirds of next year's teams signed Continued on page 12 China Sea Crab newest inland Angie Moon photo Sih/er Lake ablaze with the colors of the holidays Each year, the City of Rehoboth Beach decorates its pic- sunset, the scene is breathtaking. The Cape Gazette wish- turesque lakes with Christmas trees aglow with lights. At es all of our readers a great Christmas holiday. bays resident By Michael Short There'sa new crab in town. In the last decade, a tiny new crab has begun to make its home in the Cape Region. The crab, known as hemigrapsus, is believed to have been carried here in the ballast tanks of ships within approximately the last decade. The tiny crab is native to the China Sea, said Bruce Richards, the executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB). It is believed that the crabs escaped when the ships emptied water from their ballast tanks. The two to three-inch-long crabs are found at Burton Island, Indian River Inlet, Massey's Landing and a few sites around the inland bays. They can now be found scurrying at sites from Massachusetts to North Carolina. They like rocky habitat such as jetties, which means they will probably never be very abundant in Delaware because there are precious few rocky spots in the first state. Richards is unsure of the environmen- tal impact of the species and whether or not they will compete with native species. Continued on page 10 Ag nutrient group seeks to stay on top of poultry farms Recommendations released after months of meetings By Jim Cresson A voluntary, incentive-driven nutrient management program will be the best way to change how poultry farmers use the phosphorous- and nitrogen-laden chicken manure that has been cited as a main source of nutrient overload in state soils and water- sheds. That was the message sent to Gov. Tom Carper by the 10-member agriculture indus- try advisory committee Thursday, Dec. 17. In a prelimary report of recommendations reached after three months of weekly work- group meetings, the advisory committee acknowledged that decades of spreading chicken manure on cropland to stimulate yields of corn and soybeans grown exclu- sively for the poultry industry has certainly played a role in the decline of water quality in many state watersheds. The advisory committee suggested that reducing the existing levels of phosphorous in the soil, thus improving the quality of those watersheds, may take 20 years of responsible, scientifically sound and envi- ronmentally sensitive management prac- tices by farmers. The practice of spreading chicken manure on cropland has been wide- ly used for about 30 years. To reach the desired goal of water quality improvement by reduction of the levels of phosphorous and nitrogen, the committee sent Carper 11 recommendations, priori- tized in three phases of implementation, to begin as soon as funding mechanisms can Continued on page 10