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Delaware
DELAWARE AUDUBON Audubon Journal Vol. XXV No.4
March-April 2003

D R . A L B E RT S. M AT L A C K T O R E C E I V E 2 0 0 3
27th D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N C O N S E RVAT I O N AWA R D
Dr. Albert S. Matlack is the longtime president of the Society of Natural History
Anniversary of Delaware. In this capacity he has organized monthly trips to educate the
public about environmental issues. He has arranged trips to explore such
phenomena as superfund sites, invasive plant species in Delaware, landscaping
with native plants, the advantages of cluster housing, sustainable sources of
energy, the pitfalls of beach replenishment and visits to the varied habitats of
Delaware. Dr. Matlack will receive the award at the annual dinner of the
Society on May 1.

To many people, the words “green” and “chemistry” would seem to be at odds
with each other. Dr. Matlack not only finds nothing contradictory in the term,
but is one of a growing number of the field’s formidable and vocal proponents.
1976-2003 Dr. Matlack is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. He is also a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American
Chemical Society. Originally from Virginia, he moved to Delaware after
graduate school.
PRESERVING OUR
Dr. Matlack, reflecting on a lifetime of work and
NATURAL STATE
service which includes more than 130 U.S. and
f orei gn pat en ts, r ega rd s t he p ubl ica ti on o f
Introduction to Green Chemistry as his greatest
achievement. He wrote the textbook for his students
IN THIS ISSUE at the University of Delaware.

Green Chemistry had its start in 1990 with the


Bird Tales ................................7
p assing of t he P ollution P revention A ct. The
Books of Interest ......................8 American Chemical Society website calls this, “the
Calendar ..................................4 first environmental law to focus on preventing
pollution at the source rather than dealing with
Annual Dinner and remediation or capture of pollutants at the end-of-
Silent Auction ..........................4
the-pipe.” Rachel Carson had already awoken the
Letter From the Vice President ..2 public in the 1960s, but her vindication in scientific
News & Views ......................6,7 circles was long in coming. “They called her all sorts of names,” Dr. Matlack
replied when asked about Silent Spring. “Then they decided she was right!”
Officers & Committees..............2
Site Seeing ................................3 Introduction to Green Chemistry states, “In the glorious days of the 1950s and
1960s chemists envisioned chemistry as a solution to a host of society’s needs.”
What You Can Do ................3,5
Dr. Matlack feels their scientific work was “done innocently, for the betterment
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DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY, INC.


A State-wide Chapter of National Audubon
LETTER FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N
S O C I E T Y 2002-2003 2
Dear fellow members, OFFICERS & COMMITTEES
Delaware Audubon, along with the environmental community, is again
revisiting two concerns we have spent much time and energy working to If there are any issues you feel strongly about
that you think Audubon should address, please
resolve in the past. write Issues, P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington, DE
The fact that Delaware Audubon and others are again fighting to make 19899, or call the office at 302-428-3959.
the Motiva Refinery in Delaware City comply with a court-overseen agreement Chairpersons can always be reached through the
comes as no surprise. What is different this time is that this time we are also office answering machine, 302-428-3959.
fighting the office of the Governor. Concerned citizens and environmentalists,
along with Delaware Audubon, endeavor to hold Motiva to the terms of the
original federal consent decree that they signed in good faith in March of 2001. Honorary Chairman of the Board
That consent decree required Motiva to build and operate a regenerative Russell W. Peterson
President Matthew Del Pizzo
scrubber to reduce air pollution emissions from their operation. Currently, they Vice President Leslie Savage
are asking to substitute a non-regenerative scrubber that will remove air Secretary Ellen Wright
pollution emissions to a lesser degree; will dump large quantities of sodium Treasurer Mark Martell
sulfate along with mercury, nickel and other contaminants into the Delaware
River in its wastewater stream; and allow them a cost savings of approximately CONSERVATION COMMITTEES:
$60 million. We do not support compromising our water quality for cleaner air. Environmental Advocate Grace Pierce-Beck
Recycling Open
The citizens of Delaware deserve both clean air and water and we demand
Dredging Leslie Savage
Motiva operate as a respectful corporate citizen. Proposal/policy Review Dave Chambers
The second concern revisited is the health of the population of the Nest Box Projects Peggy Jahn
horseshoe crabs. We have long been concerned about declining populations of Armchair Activists Open
this ancient species. Not only does the horseshoe crab offer us important Adopt-a-Wetland
medical advances, it is vital to the health of migratory birds as they must feast Peggy Jahn, Kathy Tidball
on the horseshoe crab eggs in the spring as they make their way north. Recent White Clay Creek Adopt-a-Highway
Dorothy Miller
data has been acquired that shows drastic declines in the horseshoe crab
Important Bird Area Program Ann Rydgren
population that places the viability of the horseshoe crab population in jeopardy PROGRAMS COMMITTEE Open
and therefore places the viability of migratory birds in jeopardy as well. To that PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
end, Delaware Audubon has joined other concerned environmental groups in Internet Fred Breukelman
calling for a moratorium on the harvesting of horseshoe crabs. mail@delawareaudubon.org
As always, we are grateful for your continued support. MEMBERSHIP RECORDS David Brannan
EDUCATION COMMITTEE Kathy Tidball
SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Sincerely,
Annual Dinner-Nancy Frampton
Leslie G. Savage, Vice President FIELD TRIPS COMMITTEE Peggy Jahn
PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE Ann Rydgren
FINANCE COMMITTEES
Fundraising-Grants Andrew Urquhart
The Audubon Journal is t WEB SITE Fundraising-Bird Seed Sale
published bi-monthly by the http://www.delawareaudubon.org Mark and Susan Martell
Delaware Audubon Society. t MAILING ADDRESS: Fundraising Birdathon
Original articles may be Delaware Audubon Society Ruth Holden, Maud Dayton
reprinted without permission. Please give Fundraising-Silent Auction Asha Iyengar
P.O. Box 1713
credit to the Delaware Audubon Journal and Fundraising-Wildlife Sanctuary Open
Wilmington, DE 19899
the author. Fundraising-Piping Plover Suite Ann Rydgren
t T ELEPHONE: NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ann Rydgren 302-428-3959 Matthew DelPizzo,
Assistant Editors: . . . . .Mary Leah Christmas t DELAWARE A UDUBON SOCIETY E-MAIL: Asha Iyengar, Leslie Savage
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Roewe mail@delawareaudubon.org
DIRECTORS FOR SERVICE UNTIL 2003
Design & Layout : . . . . . . .Maryellen F. Birk
Dorothy Miller Grace Pierce-Beck
Printing: . . . . . .Sprint Quality Printing, Inc. We can receive contributions
Ann Rydgren
through your United Way
Delaware Audubon Society, incorporated in payroll deduction designation. DIRECTORS FOR SERVICE UNTIL 2004:
1977, is a state- wide chapter of the National Our United Way designation Fred Breukelman David Chambers
Audubon Society. number is 9017.
DIRECTORS FOR SERVICE UNTIL 2005:
Peggy Jahn Leslie Savage
VISIT DELAWARE AUDUBON'S WEBSITE Andrew Urquhart
http://www.delawareaudubon.org.
Sample educational, informative articles and features. Order books and other REPRESENTATIVES
goodies from the Marketplace! Search the archive of past articles. Visit our photo Sharon Burchenal, Dover
gallery. Survey legislative updates and Action Alerts. Email policy makers. Kay Tebbens Greene, Milford
Till Purnell, Millsboro
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“Preserve Our Natural State”
W H AT Y O U C AN D O . ..

n S U P P O RT T H E B I R D AT H O N 2003
M AY 1 – M AY 31
Support the team of your choice!
VOLUNTEER
Team I: Ruth Holden and Maud Dayton, mother and daughter, all-time O P P O RT U N I T I E S
champions for collecting the most money with the least number of species. A sure
winner again this year. J oi n th e fu n! Me et ne w
people!
Team II: Ann Rydgren heads up a group of expert birders including Dorothy Do a great thing!
Miller, Peggy Jahn and Andy Urquhart, but their pledge numbers are dismal.
Please help them out. We need help in the following
areas.
Let these people know you appreciate their efforts! They spend all day out in the
field slogging around in any kind of weather to help maintain Delaware Audubon
projects.

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I’d like to pledge o ($.25) o ($.50) o ($1.00 ) pe r spe ci es t o s u pp or t


Audubon and
o Team I
o Team II Volunteers
Make It
I’d like to contribute a lump sum of $ ........................ to support Audubon and: Happen!
o Team I
o Team II

Name: ................................................................................................................
Address: ............................................................................................................ WE NEED YOU!
Phone:................................................................................................................
V BIRDSEED
Mail a check or pledge to: Birdathon, P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington, DE 19899 Marketing Manager for our
fundraising birdseed sale in
O ctob er . We ne ed m or e
customers. One month a year.
SITE SEEING V ATTORNEY
An attorney experienced in
This column will suggest Internet websites trust and corporation law who
that may be of interest to readers. If you will help pro bono. This is a
have a favorite that you think will interest limited project, not litigation.
others, please send the address to us,
mail@delawareaudubon.org or call us at
302- 428-3959.
Please call 302-428-3959 and
leave a message if you are
http://www.delawareaudubon.org/birding/shorebirdrpt.html interested in helping.
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
(DNREC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
have issued the Delaware Shorebird Monitoring Team Annual Report 2002,
which is available on this site in portable document format (.pdf)
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MARCH M AY
8 Saturday 8:00 am 1 Thursday 6:00 pm
DELMARVA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Gulls. DE Audubon Annual Dinner and
Meet at Fox Point State Park. Half day. Please call Mike Silent Auction
Smith 302-478-5918 for information. Delcastle Inn off McKennan’s
Church Road. Dr. Carolyn
15 Saturday 6:30 am Thoroughgood will speak about
DELMARVA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Thousand Acre Marsh. Marine Studies at the University
Half day. Meet John Janowski 302-834-9710 at Veteran’s of Delaware. Join us as we
Park in Delaware City. celebrate our 27th Anniversary!
For more information please call
22 Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 302-428-3959.
SOCIETY OF NATURAL HISTORY OF DELAWARE, Free Bus Trip
on the Poultry Waste Problem. Please call Al Matlack for 1 –31
information 302-239-5383. Delaware Audubon Birdathon

24 Monday 7:30 pm 3 Saturday 7:30 am


FRIENDS OF WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK, Reptiles and FRIENDS OF WHITE CLAY CREEK,
Amphibians of the White Clay Valley, Jim White. George White Clay Creek State Park
Wilson Center on Route 896 (New London Road) north of Spring Migrants, Jeff Gordon.
Newark (opposite the University’s Clayton Hall). For Meet at Chambers House Nature
further information, call 302-239-2471. Center on Creek Road north of
Hopkins Road. Bird watching
29 Saturday 8:30 am experience is not necessary, just
Adopt-A-Highway Pick-up on Creek Rd. Meet at Hopkins bring binoculars. For further
Rd. Visitor Center Dorothy Miller 302-366-8059 information or to reserve a pair of
loaner binoculars, call Friends of
29 Saturday 8:30 am White Clay Creek State Park 302-
Seventh Annual Christina Watershed Clean-up 239-2471.
(White Clay Creek) Meet at Hopkins Rd. Visitor Center
Dorothy Miller 302-366-8059 10 Saturday
DELMARVA ORNITHOLOGICAL
APRIL SOCIETY
19 Saturday 6:30 am Spring Count and International
DELMARVA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Early Spring Migrants, Migratory Bird Day
Lums Pond State Park. Half day. Meet Meta Little at John Janowski, 302-834-9710
Glasgow High School Rte 896. 302-368-3472.

26 Saturday 6:00 am
DELMARVA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Spring Migrants,
Nanticoke Watershed. All day. Meet at Boyd’s corner Park
& Ride, Rtes 13 and 301.
Please call Matt Homberg 610-444-4738.

I T ’ S O U R 2 7 T H A N N I V E R S A RY !

A N N U A L D I N N E R & SI L E N T AU C T I O N
The annual dinner of the Delaware Audubon Society will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2003, at the
Delcastle Inn, off McKennan’s Church Road at Duncan Road. Social hour and Silent Auction viewing
will begin at 6:00 pm; dinner at 7:00 pm. Dr. Carolyn Thoroughgood will be the speaker.
Invitations will be sent to all who receive the Audubon Journal. Meal selections can be made in reply.
“Preserve Our Natural State” 5
W H AT Y O U C AN D O . ..

n BLUEBIRD BOXES n S TA RT n BIRDFEEDING


YOUR OWN
To he lp y ou appreciate and What do you do to attract birds to
underst an d nat ure, Delaware B I R D AT H O N your neighborhood? Do you have a
Audubon has available by order well- TEAM! fun way to feed the birds? Share your
constructed pine boxes with a shingle experience with others. Please send
roof, a wire mesh insert for insect bird feeding tips to:
protection and an easy front opening. Competit io n i s ru nn in g st ro ng TIPS
Designed by Warren Lauder, this box between the two current Birdathon P.O. Box 1713
has proven to be one of the best. Nest teams but they welcome all comers. Wilmington, DE 19899
boxe s sho u ld go up in February Get a couple of friends together and or ema il@d elaw areau du bon .org.
before Bluebirds return to nest. make a plan now. Contact the Co- Here is what one m ember did to
chairs for suggestions. attract birds.
Help Delaware Audubon and help
the Bluebirds come back. Priced at Ruth Holden and her daughter, Maud “W he n I l ive d i n m y town ho us e
$20 for a pine box and $25 for cedar, Dayton ar e t he c o- ch airs f or neighborhood, one early spring I
we are sure you will be pleased with Birdatho n 20 03 . T hey have sprinkled black oil sunflower seeds
this box. Order now for yourself and contributed thousands of dollars to (bird seed) along my fence line. Many
your friends! Downstate members the Birdathon over the past three sunflowers grew along my fence that
can pick up their boxes from Dennis years. “The key.” Ruth says, “is to get summer. I came home from work one
Foley near Milton, DE. Please arrange your friends and neighbors involved. day and my neighbor came over and
for pick-up when you call Fred Jahn Ten and twenty-five cent pledges per said, ‘Did you know that you had
at 302-378-6474. species add up to big bucks. You canaries all over your sunflowers
don’t need many species if they are today? My son really enjoyed seeing
CORRECTION: worth five or ten dollars each.” the canaries!’”
In the previous Audubon Journal the
article about bluebird boxes and For information on how to start your T he “can arie s ,” of co urs e, we re
caring for them stated Peggy Jahn had own Birdathon team leave a message cleverly disguised as goldfinches....
the first Bluebird Trail in Delaware. It at 302-428-3959 and Ruth will give
should have stated that she had the you a call. Ellen Wright
first Bluebird Trail in White Clay
Creek State Park.

J O I N D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N N O W !
n SILENT AUCTION
Now is the time to make your
contribution to the 2003 Silent
Auction which will be held on
May 1st!

HELP US CELEBRATE OUR


27TH ANNIVERSARY!

Be cre ati ve and donate your


par tic ular sk ill s or a special
guided field trip.

To make arrangements for your


Silent Auction donation, please
call Asha Iyengar, 302-428-3959.
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News & Views
n ANNUAL DINNER SPEAKER WILL BE n N O M I N AT I O N S
D R . C A R O LY N T H O R O U G H G O O D FOR YEAR
2003-2004
“Is there any resource that is more fundamental to life, more inspiring, more
mysterious than the ocean? This vast sea that covers more than 70% of the Earth
holds many of the keys to our planet’s health and the welfare of all living
creatures.”
Matthew DelPizzo - President
The voice behind those words is that of Dr. Carolyn Thoroughgood, Dean of the Leslie Savage - Vice President
Graduate College of Marine Studies. She will speak on the topic of “Marine Secretary - Ellen J. Wright
Studies at the University of Delaware” at the Annual Dinner of the Society on Treasurer - Mark Martell
May 1.
Board of Directors
Dr. Thoroughgood has been Dean of the Graduate College of Marine Studies
and Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, University of Directors for service until 2006:
Delaware, since 1985. The University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Nicholas DiPasquale
Studies is ranked among the top marine education institutions in the nation. The Dorothy Miller
college also is the administrative base of the University of Delaware Sea Grant
College Program, a partnership between the federal government, the state, and
the University. Submitted by the Nominating
Committee:
The annual dinner of the Delaware Audubon Society will be held on Thursday, Asha Iyengar
May 1, 2003, at the Delcastle Inn, off McKennan’s Church Road at Duncan Leslie Savage
Road. Invitations will be sent to all who receive the Audubon Journal. Meal Matthew DelPizzo
selections can be made in response.

Dr. Albert S. Matlack To Receive 2003 Delaware Audubon Conservation Award


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of society, but they didn’t realize [the practical solution in lieu of physical perfect medium in which to nurture
harm of] DDT and such things as specimens. the budding Boy-Scout-cum-scientist,
egg-shell thinning and the resistance and also explains the following: Dr.
of ins ecticides.” Today, he says, This sensitivity to nature has been an Matlack has two sons. One is a plant
“Many people are looking for ways awareness he has had since his early e col og is t and th e o th er a cel l
to reduce toxicity, reduce hazardous years as a Boy S cou t. Thr ou gh biologist.
waste, and do so with a minimum of scouting, he was inspired by the
energy.” The biggest challenge, he outdoo rs an d s aw “ t he n ee d fo r Thanks to Dr. Matlack’s efforts, and
says, is “getting people to use this conservation in action.” His concern those of others, the next generation of
information after it is found.” has only deepened over a lifetime of p eac emake rs h as a ri se n i n wha t
“watching the urban sprawl.” Rachel Carson called “man’s war
His facility with facts and figures against nature.”
does not preclude his having an The blending of science and nature
artist’s appreciation for the beauties has been a tradition in the Matlack MLC
of nature and a preservationist’s family. Dr. Matlack’s late father, also
heart. Dr. Matlack advocates the idea a chemist, had an extensive personal
of “collecting by camera,” especially library of chemistry, gardening, and
in the botanical realm, since “few natural hi sto ry b oo ks . Th at
wildf lo we r f ie lds remain”—a intellectual environment provided the
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News & Views
n AT H O M E W I T H J O H N J A M E S A U D U B O N
IN HE N D E R S O N , KE N T U C K Y
On a gr ay D ecember day in John James Audubon was “just a guy
Henderson, Kentucky, at the end of a trying to ge t b y” ag ai nst l if e’ s
long road into the woods, an inviting circumstances.
Norman chateau emerges from the E A RT H D AY
mist. This is the home built in the Boarman notes that the Museum has
1930s by th e CCC/WPA to original drawings from every period
memorialize John James Audubon. in Aud ubon’s life, in addition to
The imposing edifice is a far cry from examples of all of his published work.
the modest, log dwelling where the The double elephant folio Birds of
Audubons once lived in Henderson. America is on display, each volume n C E L E B R AT E
sitting open in its own cas e. The E A RT H D AY !
In the M us eum can be found pages, we are told, are turned every
priceless Audubon artifacts, personal day by the Museum staff. Help make Delaware more beautiful!
belongings, and original artwork, all
bathed in a low, reverent archival Standing amidst the personal effects On Saturday, March 29, we will be
light. Most of the Museum’s holdings of the Audubons, one feels reassured. picking up along Creek Road for
were acquired from an Audubon John James Audubon may have been Adopt-A-Highway. Bring your own
descendant. The additions have not “just a guy trying to get by,” but he gloves and dress appropriately. Meet
stopped, h owev er. A recent has re tu rn ed in tr iump h t o at the Hopkins Road parking lot at the
acquisition is an original Havell Hender s on . T he ho me fir es a re Visitor Center at 8:30 am.
copper plate for Birds of America, burning, the papers are rustling, and
one of the few rescued from being the welcome mat is out. John James Also on March 29, join us at 8:30 am
melted as scrap in the 1800s. “No. Audubon is at home and is receiving for the Christina Watershed Clean-up.
308, The Tell-Tale God-Wit” sits guests. We will be working on the White
quietly on display. Limited edition Clay Creek. Meet at the Hopkins
reprints have been made from this WHEN (NOT IF) YOU GO: Road parking lot at the Visitor Center.
original plate, as a fundraiser, and a John James Audubon State Park It is important for Dorothy Miller to
few are still available. 3100 U.S. Highway 41 North know you will be there. Please call
P.O. Box 576 her at 302-366-8059.
Don Boarman, the curator, is capable Henderson, KY 42419-0576
of w eav in g, in a well-paced Go to t he fo ll ow in g w ebsi te fo r Get Outdoors!
narrative, all of Audubon’s life and further information:
work. In the final analysis, he feels <www.kystateparks.com/audubon2.htm> Help us protect our environment!

HERE IS A BIRD FOR YOU TO COLOR.


B i rd Ta l e s . . .
About 140 years ago, English-speaking settlers in the
foothills of the Rocky Mountains came across a
beautiful big-beaked bird that appeared mysteriously
from somewhere in the distant west. They named it
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) in the
mistaken belief that it came out of the woods to sing
only after sundown. French-speakers named this bird
more appropriately le gros-bec errant, the wandering
grosbeak.
For more information and a color picture of the bird go
to our website delawareaudubon.org.
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BOOKS OF INTEREST

Amphibians and Reptiles outdoors—from the casual reader to


of Delmarva. the professional herpetologist—and
be sure to buy one for yourself. Tuck
James F. White, Jr., and
it into your birding backpack when
Amy Wendt White
Tidewater Publishers and Delaware going forth to explore the woods,
fields, streams, dunes, and marshes
Nature Society.
of the peninsula.
$14.95.
Jim White is the Associate Director
“From skinks to snakes, from turtles
of Lan d and B io di vers it y
to frogs,” 73 species are scrupulously
detailed in this “first field guide to Man age me nt f or th e De law ar e
Nature Society and teaches a course
amphi bi ans and r epti le s o f the
Delmarva Peninsula.” Backed by 15 in herpetology at the University of
years of r es ea rc h, t hi s ha nd y Delaware. Amy Wendt White is a
Teacher-Naturalist at DNS with an
guidebook includes range maps and
color photos of the creatures and undergraduate degree in geology
their habitats. Tips are given for and a gr ad ua te degr ee i n
environmental engineering. The
examination of specimens in the
field, in cl ud in g eth ic al an d h usb an d- an d- wi fe a ut ho rs are
regulatory guidelines. A “History of gr ad ua te s of th e U ni ver sit y o f
De la war e and m embe rs o f th e
Delmarva Herpetology,” a chart of
species of conservation concern, a Delaware Ornithological Society
gloss ary, a bibliography, and an and the Delaware Audubon Society.
index roun d out t his inva luab le
reference. MLC

The book would make a lovely gift


for a ny on e in teres ted i n th e

I want Delaware Audubon to sponsor a program on

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in my area.

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Send to:
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P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington DE 19899

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