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Y-V Xi 1 t- WHA determined to raze factory despite protests The Morning News, Tuesday, Page 13 i Chesapeake's antiques sail on logs and grogs ililfi missioners granted the State of Delaware permission to begin construction of a dental clinic on WHA property at the corner of Windsor and 7th Sts. Settlement for the land will come later. The commissioners also paved the way for he authori-ty to adopt policies and standards for noise abatement and control on all construction on WHA property. The commissioners also heard complaints from tenants from Compton Towers Apartments and Baynard Apartments about recurring water leakage into their apartments after a rain. They said the problem last occurred on Sept.

14 and they had no re-sponse from WHA. The commissioners asked its staff to give the problem immediate consideration. they would see that "all reasonable attempts" be made to put razing the factory at the end of the program. Robert L. Jones, representing the housing task force, told the council the old factory is "to valuable to be torn down." Lewis M.

Miller, a senior authority staff member, said the old factory which has no sprinkler system- and is full of junk, is a "fire trap" and that he personally feels uncomfortable for the safety of the neighborhood. He said that previous studies had shown that the cost requirements to bring the building up to city code regulations was too exorbitant. The Exeter building has been vacant for about two and a half years since WHA acquired the property through its urban renewal project. In other business, the com By William Weathers The Wilmington Housing Authority board last night refused to stop demolition of an abandoned factory 5th and Monroe Sts. despite pleas to do so from the Model Cities Housing Task Force.

The citizens group wants to study the possibility of using the building, the former Exeter Hosiery for a new industrial use or for dwellings. Tearing down the factory is part of large demolition project the authority contracted for last night. They awarded the bid for the job to Robert N. Hawthorne, Inc. for $55,205.

25 buildings will be demolished in all. Work is expected to begin today. Though they refused to issue a stop order on the demolition, the authority board did tell the citizen group representatives i illllliiillliililBiil Newark OICs improvement program, capital budget Si By B. Drummond Ayres Jr. New York Times Service 'ST.

MICHAELS, Mi-What may be the most exclusive group of sailors in the United States gathered at this little Eastern Shore port recently. They came a 100 or so millionaires, school teachers, lawyers and hospital techniciansto race the last of the Chesapeake Bay log canoes sophisticated sailing vessels that descend from the crude Indian dugouts of Colonial days. Only 15 are left, most at least 75 years old. Once there were 6,000, their raked masts jutting up on ev- ery point of the compass. But that was a century ago, when log canoes were used for work instead of play, well before the putt-putt-putt of the "one lunger" gasoline engine drowned out the sigh of wind against canvass.

Island Bird, 26Vz feet long with a IVi foot beam, won the feastured five-mile race, one of many nautical and gastron-omical events held to celebrate St. Michaels' 300-year history. The winning time was not posted. But it was about 90 minutes a "two-case" race for the six-man crew, to use local parlance. "We can sometimes get up to 12 or 15 knots, but the air was awfully calm this time out," said the winning skipper, Michaels.

Several thousand persons lottery N. J. Monday winner: 07896 4 springboards to Miles River, off an old canoe that'a been turned into a motor boat." Sidney Dickson is trying to build his own canoe, the first put together from scratch since 1947. It is a painstaking process, one that was outmoded even in its heyday, a century ago. Why all the bother? "Nothing else in the world sails like a log canoe," answered Dickson.

SB i5 il lllilillli night. Can it endure, now that the fleet is down to 15 boats? "I think so," says James Holt, director of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at St. Michaels, repository of much of the bay's nautical past. He added: 1 "They're racing at least a dozen times every summer and now and again you hear that someone plans to rebuild IS I I i a I 9 3 i 4 i mil I I I I IllllllSfBBlMliWrinw.ijtfl OFFBEAT HANGOUT Log canoe crewmen, perched on keep the craft on an even heel, relax on a reach up the St. Michaels, Md.

(NYT photo) Pavalov, former city engineer. Pavolov was fired May 15 by acting city manager Albert K. Martin on grounds of incompetence. The former city employe has filed suit against council regarding his dismisal. Although Mayor William M.

Redd and Councilman Olan R. Thomas proposed waiting until after the case is settled in court to hold council's hearing, a majority of council voted otherwise. At a July meeting, council voted to guarantee city supervising officials the right to a public hearing if they are suspended or fired by the city. No date for the hearing was set last night. The capital budget for 1974-1978 now totals $5,800,000.

The 1974 allotment alone is $593,500. Of that amount, The lion's share, $297,000, goes to the electric department. About half that department's budget will be used to build new electric substations. Following Martin's suggestion that an added $5,000 be allotted to the water department for a water system study, that department will now receive $75,000. Martin is city finance director.

September 25, 1973 crowded onto the banks of the Miles River (the twangy Eastern Shore accent corrupted Michaels to miles) to watch the start of the race. But as the boats moved farther and farther offshore, interest waned and the spectators drifted back toward the booths offering such irresistible delicacies as fried oyster sandwiches, steamed crabs and draft beer. Few people, particularly the wealthy urban swells who have retired here and become an industry of sorts, seemed to be aware of the frenetic activity taking place out on the river. Most of the Americans alive today who know what it takes to sail a log canoe were out on the Miles at the very moment. "Racing a canoe is like roller skating on top of a barn," said Sidney Dickson of St.

Michaels, captain of the 80-year-old Persistance. He added: "The way the boat evolved from the Indian dugout, it was meant to move along, but only fast enough so that one waterman could beat another to the 'buy with his daily catch cf oysters or cra'os. "It wasn't meant to carry all the canvas we racers have added. A 30-foot boat with six or eight sails is a bit tricky. You try to keep it in balance by sticking springboards out on the high side and putting crewmen on the boards." The high side changes, of course.

And that means that the heavy springboards must be shifted fast. At such crucial moments this weekend, the polite formality normally found on a log canoe "gentlemen, we'll be coming about 'in a few moments'gave way to frantic grunting accompanied by a curse or two' and got a refund. So a lot of people have filed late and paid penalties." The sources said Cory was called in by the division's Public Service Unit after learning that Cory was being audited by the federal Internal Revenue Service. They also said that Cory was arrogant and angry with an employe who was working on his account, finally threatening to straighten out the tax department when he took it over. That was shortly before the election of Gov.

Sherman W. Tribbitt and the sources said little was made of the remark at the time. "We just thought it was the usual disgruntled taxpayer having the last word," said one source. Cory was appointed to head the division this past spring by Tribbitt. He had been an assistant superintendent of the Alfred I.

du Pont School District. Cory says he filed a late 1970 in the spring of 1972 without being told to do so. He said the division lost his late return which was the reason they contacted him after hearing fro mthe IRS. Cory refused to go into detail about why he filed late hi the first place and also said he was See 2 STATE Pg. 15, Col.

2 Conrad plans Feb vote on tax hike 2 tax aides deny getting break on their own problems The sewer department's 1974 budget was increased by $23,500 to improve drainage problems in Yorkshire and on Dallas Avenue. However, council agreed to decrease water and sewer services to new customers in 1974 by $5,000. The sewer budget now totals $71,500. In 1974, the street department will receive the police $17,000 and parks and recreation $40,000. Not included in the capital budget is money for salaries and maintenance.

Those will be part of the operations budget, to be considered by council later this year. Revenue sharing funds totaling $239,419 for 1974 will also be included in the operations budget. Councilman James P. Neal, chairman of the revenue sharing committee, presented nearly 20 proposals for use of the funds. The proposals had been prepared by city organizations requesting use of some of the funds.

Council decided that, rather than accept any of the proposals at the meeting, it would include all the federal funds in the operations budget and alio cate them when that budget IS discussed. 3 deadline Thursday. Ms. Martino refused to say whether a strike vote would be included as an "alternative coursa of action" on Oct. 3.

However she said, "We (CAFT leadership) are prepared to support whatever the teachers decide at that meeting." In other board business, Mrs. Rebecca L. Lowe, Title I project director, announced that the district has received a 4 per cent increase in Title I federal funds. With a carry over of $13,349 from last year and this year's grant of the district will realize a total of $61,771 for salaries and programs, Mrs. Lowe said.

John R. Shaw, administrative assistant, announced that the state board of education has approved the plans for the proposed administration building. He said that the district plans to open bids Oct. 29. Ruth Schott, discovered the boy missing shortly before 4 p.m.

She and others conducted a search and found the boy lying in. the small creek face down. Police said the boy apparently climbed a small fence to get outside the yard of the home at 412 Forest Drive. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs.

Claude E. Schott. By Wendy Fox Newark Bureau Newark's five-year capital improvement program and 1974 capital budget were approved last night after four revisions, totaling $23,500, were included. Council also decided to hold a hearing within 30 days on the city's dismissal of William Gay activist gets Biden's gut reaction1 By Hugh Cutler Sen. Joseph R.

Biden D-Del, met informally with his neighbors last night, speaking of public campaign inancing, conservation of energy, and his "gut reaction" to allegtd U.S. Civil Service "anti homosexual" employment regulations. Biden, who resides in North Star, near Hockessin, spoke for more than 90 minutes to about 30 members of the North Star Civic Association at North Star Elementary School. He told them he sees public financing of elections as the best way to remove the influence of big-money contributors from politics and lawmaking. He called tax reform a paramount national concern but said congressmen beholden to major labor or corporate interests who funded their campaigns won't vote for any reforms opposed by their backers.

A recently passed campaign spending reform law didn't please Biden, however, be-cause-while it did set a ceiling on an individual candidate's spending it did not prevent what Biden calls "the tyranny of the incumbent," who has cost-savers like constant media coverage and free-mailing available to him. But Delaware's junior senator noted that he has drafted a bill which would topple some of hese incumbent "tyrannies." Biden also complained that President Nixon's recent "energy message" close to two years in research and preparation-contained "not one word about conservation of energy for automobiles." He said the energy crisis is becoming a "number one priority," yet "we as a nation have made a relatively meager investment to solve he problem." Biden also agreed to answer later by mail a series of questions on U.S. Civil Service and military job discrimination which Robert Vane, a gay activist, presented him. Vane, a North Star resident, startled Biden with his sudden queries and sent at least three persons storming from the room when he identified his cause. "My gut reaction," Biden told Vane, "is that they (homosexuals) are security risks but I must admit I haven't given this much thought I ll be darned!" On some boats, however, the cursing was somehow held in check.

The log canoe, it seemed, is no longer the inviolate refuge of the male chauvinist crewman. When the race was over, many of the boats made their way to the Miles River Yacht club, a posh haven of exclusivity. There, sails were furled, masts unstepped and glasses and cans raised long into the Refecfon An egret meets itself on a near Smyrna. (Staff photo The Conrad Area School Board last night set a tentative referendum date for late February 1974. The referendum is needed for an expanded major capital improvement program and "badly needed operating revenue," according to Dr.

Charles A. Young, board president. The board has not yet established what the tax rate increase will be. The current operating expense rate is $.84 per $100 assessed valuation. Meanwhile, it was learned last night that the Conrad Area Federation of Teachers will seek alternative courses of action if it doesn't have a viable contract to ratify by Oct.

3. According to Ms. Jeannine Martino, CAFT president, the teachers' patience has been wom thin by the board's latest contract offer. She said the teachers voted to set the Oct. By Norm Lockman Two top state tax officials accused of past tax delinquencies deny they were allowed to clear up their accounts as political favors before being named to their present positions with the Division of Revenue.

Sources within the division have said that Russell M. Cory, the new chief of the division failed to file state tax returns for 1970. They also said that Philip Berger, now the agency's chief field auditor, failed to file returns for 1965 through 1968. According to these sources, Cory filed his delinquent returns last fall, paid a small penalty and received a refund. Berger, they said, came to work at the division on May 1, 1970, but did not file his delinquent returns until about a month later.

Cory admits that he filed a late return for 1970. He denies, however, that he filed the delinquent return under pressure from the Division of Revenue, as the sources claim or that he filed after the Democrats swept last November's elections. Cory said yesterday he filed his delinquent return without being prompted. "I don't see what the big deal is," he said. "So I filed late, but I paid the penalty I 2-year-old drowns near suburban home A 2-year-old boy apparently drowned yesterday when he wandered from his Forest Brook Glen home and fell into a small creek in the rear of 310 Forest Drive.

The child, David A. Schott was taken in the Minquas Fire Company ambulance to Delaware Division and was dead on arrival at 4:14 p.m. New Castle County police said the child's mother, Mrs. pond at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge by Ron Dubick) i.

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