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New Englanders headed south insea plane make= unscheduled Rehoboth Bay stop By Dennis Forney Two New Englanders on their way to a new life in the Virgin Is- lands made an unscheduled stop in Rehoboth Bay elier this week. Flying south from Boston to St. Thomas, pilot Hank Eppich and his partner, David Prock, ran into fog and low Clouds along Delaware's coast Monday after- noon. Discretion being the better part of valor, Eppich saw the Head of Bay Cove at the north end of Rehoboth Bay as a good landing spot for his Cessna 206 sea plane. They tied their craft to the dock at the Rusty Rudder and decided to spend the night before continuing their trip. Monday night's winds, howev- er, proved less hospitable than did the local people Eppich and Prock met. "The floats are made up of six different compartments each with several hatches on the top side," said Eppich. "The wind blew the waves up and water start- ed seeping into the rear hatches. That tipped the plane back which doubled the problem and before dawn the next day the 'compart- ments had filled completely and the plane was sitting on bottom." "We were lucky that the bay's so shallow up here," said Prock. Local Coast Guardsmen, Dewey Beach police officers and other town officials, and volunteer firemen arrived on the scene Tues- day morning to lend their assis- tance. When all was said and done, a private towing firm was summoned to winch the plane to shore where Eppich and Prock were able to empty the plane's compartments of water on the Rudder's volleyball beach. "The people who came down were all very friendly and accommodat- ing," said Eppich. "And Sam the towing guy was great." The two travelers, soaked to the bone after standing in the bay and wrestling the sunken plane into position for towing, drank hot cof- fee at the Rudder and contemplat- ed their next move. "We have to get going," Eppich said. "The plane's beat up a little but it still flies fine. The weather's chasing us. Our next stop's Manteo in North'Carolina. We can get fuel there. Then we should make St. Thomas in a couple of more days. We plan to start a business there doing tours and charters in the Caribbean." Eppich spoke proudly of his sea plane. "It was built in 1982 and they stopped production in 1985. It cost about $185,000. Now it would be more like a quarter mil- lion. It's strictly a sea plane. Doesn't have any other landing gear. It's like the pick-up truck of airplanes. They use them a lot up in Alaska and Canada. It has a useful load of 1,300 pounds." Eppich said because it's not al- ways easy to get to fuel tanks in a sea plane, he carries an additional Dennis Forney photo Hank Eppich, left, and David Proek stand on the Rusty Rudder dock after their sea plane was towed onto the Rud- dertowne beach in the background. 10 cans of gasoline aboard. "Lots of times we have to walk to get fu- el," he said. By Tuesday after- noon, the travelers had pushed their craft back into Head of Bay Cove and took off again to contin- ue their southward odyssey. Lingo project finally wins approval from Sussex By Michael Short After weeks of dispute, it ended quietly. On Dec. 22, Sussex County Council approved the Canal Corkran project, better known as the Lingo project. Located at the north end of Church Street at the entrance to Rehoboth Beach, the project has caused major con- cerns, particularly over the issue of traffic. County council, by a 3-1 vote, approved the project with several limitations. Most notable was a re- duction to 177 units and a change in the location of the project en- trance. The developers, Bryce and Bill Lingo, originally asked for 195 lots and then scaled back to 177 units, which includes 99 single I first in the state in reading and first in math. In the writing portions of the stan- dards-based tests, Cape third grade and 10th grade students were well above the state aver- ages, while fifth and eighth graders were slightly below the average. School board Continued from page 14 reading and first in math. Fifth graders ranked 10th in reading and sixth in math. Eighth graders ranked second in reading and first in math. And 10th graders ranked .v- YOUR GM STORE AT THE SHORE m family home lots, 52 townhouse units and 26 duplexes on 67 acres of wooded land. The planned de- velopment will be located near the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The other notable restriction re- quires the project entrance to be moved further away from Re- hoboth Avenue and Church Street. The requirement is that the entrance be moved further west and be located upon part of a pro- posed road between Church Street and Sussex 271. Bryce Lingo said he was Continued on page 18 I SEASON'S GREETINGS At this time of year, I would like to express my appreciation for your confidence I inme.May the warmth and joy of tbe L Nliday season be with you now the MICHAEL:00 REAL 0000m00mnqnu. Offering our traditional qnality parts and. service and factory trained technicians  7ea Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom SMALL THINGS ARE WONDERFUL There's no time like the holi- day season. Sooner or later we all get swept up in its warm embrace. The season is commer- cialized, expensive and a lot of hard work, but it can also be a magical time of happy gather- ings with family and friends. The holidays represent the intimate sharing of honest senti- ment among friends and some- times strangers, the strength and continuity of family and cultural traditions, the natural yearning for the comfort of a close group - - in a word -- community. It is that happy spirit of community, the very essence of small town life, that we celebrate with you in this weekly column. At this time of year, simple pleasures abound and have become time-honored rituals. For example: gathering as a fam- ily to watch "A Christmas Car- ol" or "It's A Wonderful Life'!, baking holiday cookies or a gin gerbread house together, or sharing religious traditions. We are also reminded thtit small is wonderful and,a simple' "thank you" can mean so much. To a our clients, reader assod- 'ates/. W e say "than k you". and iwish you.a |oyo. Hbday Sea-. estate, consult Bruce oi' Steve at Long and Foster. Call BruCe atl (302) 542-7474 or Steve at (302) 542-7473, or email them at bruce@bruceuliss.com, or steve@bruceuliss.com.