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May 24, 2013
Rehoboth Memorial Day service set May 30

Memorial Day services in Re­hoboth Beach will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at the Bandstand.

Rehoboth offices to open Memorial Day

The Rehoboth Beach admin­istrative offices will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Trash pickup will proceed as normal. Call town hall at 302-227-6181.

Milton reviews six month budget numbers

Milton Town Council reviewed the six-month budget figures at its May 13 meeting. Town Manager Win Abbott provided estimates for line items and pro­posed amendments. The water committee is also requesting $17,000 be taken out of the proprietary budget to pay for a portion of Shipbuilders Village water tower repair work. Council tabled discussion and ap­proval of amendments in order to further review the budget. For more information, call town hall at 302-684-4110.

Milton, Lewes offices closed in observance of Memorial Day

Milton Town Hall and City of Lewes offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 28. Monday trash collection in Lewes will be on Tuesday, and Tuesday trash collection will be on Wednesday.

Sussex County Council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council presented the following councilmanic grants during its May 21 meeting: $500 to the Delaware Chiefs’ Council for seminar costs; $500 to Mid-Atlantic Symphony for operating costs; $1,000 to Ocean View Historical So­ciety for its coastal towns museum project; and $1,000 to Rehoboth Art League for its annual gala to raise funds for education, outreach and tuition assistance. Council awards grants to nonprofit agencies pro­viding services to county residents.

Sussex offices closed; council will not meet

Sussex County offices will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, May 28. The next scheduled council meeting is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the county administration building on The Circle in Georgetown. Go to www.sussexcountyde.gov.

Cape beach closed for nesting piping plovers

The first piping plover nest of the season at Gordons Pond Beach in Cape Henlopen State Park has been discovered, with the parents-to-be defending their territory, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control wildlife biologist Mat­thew Bailey announced May 20. The nest was found late last week, and when last observed, contained three eggs. To mini­mize disturbances to the tiny endangered shorebirds, a half­mile stretch of beach between the observation towers and the Herring Point crossover was closed to the public with signs, twine and PVC stakes to mark the area.

“Closing off plover nesting areas is an established protocol every year at Cape Hen­lopen, and this closing is in the typical area that beachgoers are accustomed to,” said Bailey, who serves as coordinator of the Divi­sion of Fish and Wildlife’s Piping Plover Protection Program. “The area will remain closed until the last of our plover chicks are fledged, usually in late August.”

Meanwhile, on the Point at Cape Henlopen, five nesting pairs of piping plovers have been seen. One nest has failed, but four others have par­ents incubating eggs, including a female with bands on her legs.

“We don’t want to disturb the pair at the beginning of their nesting cycle, but we are con­fident that we will have good opportunity to further observe this female, get a full reading of the band combination and then report it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which tracks endangered species,” Bailey said. The band information will tell who did the banding and hope­fully provide access to some of her background, he added. For details contact 302-382-4151 or matthew.bailey@state.de.us.

County Memorial Day Celebration set May 26

The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on The Circle in Georgetown, Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m.; cosponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans As­sociation. The keynote speech, “Your Coast Guard in Action Today” will be delivered by Coastguardsman Petty Officer Michael Logue, stationed in Re­hoboth Beach, at the Indian River Inlet. Master of ceremo­nies will be Joseph Booth. Colors will be presented by the Sus­sex Central High School Junior Army ROTC.

Invocation and benedic­tion will be offered by the Rev. Christopher Cordrey of Bethes­da United Methodist Church, Georgetown. Soloist Cathy Gorman will sing the national an­them. Memorial wreaths will be placed by local veterans’ groups and service organizations. Assist­ing will be members of Troop 95, Boy Scouts of America. A rifle salute will be executed by the Korean War Veterans Associa­tion. “Taps” and its echo will be performed by Maria Menard and Sarah Lynch of Sussex Technical Vocational High School.