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,:'C Concerns continue to swirl around the health of inland bays; a tribute poem Vicki Mertes, who lives in a Dewey Beach home looking out on Rehoboth Bay, called this week concerned about an article in the July 28 edition of "U.S. News and World Report." The ar- ticle discusses a toxic algae found in North Carolina waters that's been taking its toll on fish and oth- er animals including humans. (See related articles in this edition of the Cape Gazette.) Vicki rang the alarm in the sum- mer of 1996 when tons of dying sea lettuce began washing up on her beachfront. She worried as growing masses of sea vegetation mowed loose from the bottom of the bay by a tropical storm began fouling the air with an acrid odor that turned people's heads and gave off a chemical vapor that dis- colored walls, tarnished silver and changed the colors of paintings. Her worries only increased later in the summer when a stubborn sore on her leg refused to heal. "It's getting scary," said Mertes. "I don't know what to think. The article says this toxic algae thrives where there is pollution and the sea lettuce of Rehoboth Bay is plenty evidence of that." This year Delaware squared off against the problem by.bringing mechanical harvesters in to gather masses of dead matter whose de- caying process was sucking all available oxygen from the water. Several governmental, quasi-gov- ernmental and private organiza- tions are focusing efforts on re- ducing pollution in Delaware' s In- land Bays. The question remains however whether enough is being done to keep up with increasing pollution pressure from develop- ment around the inland bays. When the mechanical harvesters were brought in earlier this sum- mer to head off problems experi- enced last summer, state officials admitted they were onlya stop- gap measure in the fight against pollution. One of the solutions being eyed involves stopping the dumping of Rehoboth Beach's treated waste- water into Lewes-Rehoboth Canal by piping it instead to; the West Rcboboth Treatment complex for spray irrigation. ,That's beiag looked at," said l)elawar Delmrt- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spokesman David Small: "The question is how does that project " : stack up in priority against other projects ,thc state competing for limited sewer funding.  :=Kay Copp, who.operates C0i)P'S Seafood on Route 24 and speaks frequently with wat-rnen wh0eiamRehoboth Bay, said again recently that conditions haven't :improved much in the bays following harvesting by the machines. "More has to be done," said Copp. Rudy Sackett; who a-number of years ago gave up a position at Confidential Services in Lewes to pursue a career in the ministry, called this week to say his wife, Teri, had written a poem on the occasion of her brother Don Po- lite's 50th birthday. Don works as general manager of Best's Ace Hardware and his softspoken friendliness has been familiar to hundreds who also use to deal with him when he man- aged the food store for the Bests. (Rudy, by the way, this week is moving into a parsonage in Ridge- ly, Mr. where he was transferred recently by the church.) Here is Teri's poem about Don: "A Tribute to Don Polite" "A visit back into time to ages of old;/When mother was given a new son to hold./She dreamed that you would play for the Dodgers;/But you had decided to be the next Roy Rogers. "As you grew a bit older it was plain to see;/That you were very different from your sisters, three./Everyone thought that you were a bit silly;/For your undying support of that team called the Phillies./And we all became wor- ried when through graveyards you scurried./To find names of the dead/We thought: 'He's out of his head." "But as time went on, the older you grew/We were all surpisrised and I think you were too/rhat in the middle of life you found your nook,/As you settled right in and began writing a book. "Now your new thrill in life as your hair turns gray,/ls when your grandchildren come over and want to play. "Don, I've teasedyou so of. ten/Of how you've become just like Dad;/But don't take that wrong, it's not a thingthat is bad./For a simple life is What you prefer;/And your wisdom sur- passes that of most, I am sure./ClarabelL Annette  and even the Shadow knowg'.../That alt through your life you've kept on your toes. "Now as life slows down and for prunes, you hunger/Remem- ber your three sisters will always be younger./As your birthday ap- proaches we think that's it's nifty;/That you are the one who is turning fifty." CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August'l- Audit'S, 199." 7 Call Doug I 57B Delaware Rehoboth Three bedroom condo. 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