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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, MARCH 5 - MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 57 Sign up by March l00!fo r a n nua I beach grass planting ley, environmental scieltist  dl h vas lost." windblown sand. As the grass the Department of N rural R,'.- Sand dunes are essential for trap the sand, it builds the dunes sources and Environmental Cn- potection against damaging higher and wider, which makes trol's (DNREC's) Sholeline and cgastal storms. When sand Waterway ManagemerLt Section dnes are destroyed, storm Environmental enthusiasts, families and students are encour- aged to volunteer for Delaware's annual beach grass planting event to be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 20, at .beach locations along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The event, now in its 21st year, helps protect Delaware shore- lines by planting Cape American beach grass on sand dunes dam- aged by coastal storms. Last year approximately 900 people planted more than 150,000 stems of beach grass along four miles of coastline be- tween Delaware Seashore State Park and Kitts Hummock Beach. According to Jennifer Wheat- and coordinator of the unteers are especialk this year to help stabili "Delaware's coastlin aged by three northe fall that not only ero from beaches and dune broke through and d dunes in some areas. pleased that our pz dunes prevented waw to streets, boardwalks vate property. But, o were hit especially har need hundreds of volt help us plant beach Lecture by local author tc explore storytelling Marc .,vent, vol- needed e dwas y;,_ sters last led s m :l , but ds o .stro/e gee x61 e otective dam age and r- tr du a s [, and xe ateers to rass that ) n :e, story- md v T1 :- in ml ts] c a M..t n )elaw r The Milton Historical Society will sponsor a free lecture, "Sto- rytelling From Brandywine to the Bay," by Ed Okonowicz at 7 p.m., Friday, March 5, at the Lydia Black Cannon Museum, 210 Union St., Milton. The earliest form of entertain- ment and education is story- telling. Using age-old and updat- ed presentation techniques, this program features a wide range of different types of stories - histor- ical, folktales, yarns, jokes - steeped in the history of the re- gion. The presentation will in- clude lots of humor and plenty of opportunities for audience inter- action and discussion. In addi- tion to enjoying an entertaining experience, attendees learn about the art of storytelling, how it developed and why it is still important in today's high-tech society. Ed Okonowicz, a Delaware na- tive, worked as an editor and writer at the University of Delaware, where he continues to teach courses in fo]klc telling, communication ing. He earned a B.A. education in 1970 and communication in 1 from the University of A professional st( :yteller, Okonowicz presents a: umber (,f programs throughout the Mid- Atlantic region. He is t member of the Delaware Hum aiities Fo- rum Speakers Bureau and Visit- ing Scholars Progran and the Maryland Humanitie ; Council Speakers Bureau. He t as served on the Maryland Slate Arts Council Traditional/Folk Arts Advisory Panel. Okonowicz is the au aor o i 24 books. They range fro a biolra- phies and oral histor to st :oft story collections abolJt Mid. A- lantic ghost stories, leg rods m J folklore. This program is gener- Ously sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum.  I For more information con tact the Milton Historical Sociev at 684-1010 or historicnfilr l Deepen Your Spirituality I St. Peter's Communion of Light Seryice ' I 5pnl Sundays ves can rush inland, flood operties and put lives at risk. 198 bilized dunes absorb wave en- ofb and act as maior sand stor- by age areas which replenish sand t eroded beaches during a sign storm, the Beach grass helps to build and ww sl orel abilize dunes by trapping .ewes library The Lewes Public Library re- mtly honored longtime volun- ;er Hope Tyler at its annual Vol- nteer Appreciation Party. Tyler as volunteered at the library in taw capacities since 1992. On and to honor Hope and the ap- roximately 100 other library alunteers were library board ad staff members; community aders; Sen. Gary Simpson, R- [ilford; and Rep. Ruth Briggs ing, R-Georgetown. Hope was anored with legislative procla- rations from the Delaware State enate, sponsored by Simpson ad Sen. Joe Booth, R-George- )wn; and from the Delaware :ate House of Representatives, mnsored by Briggs King. From 1992 to 1998 Tyler was mretary of the board of direc- rs for the Friends of the Lewes ublic Library. From 1998 to )02 she served as president of them more protective of the structures behind them, Since the program was introduced in , more than 5 million stems ach grass have been planted edicated volunteers. lunteers are encouraged to up by Friday, March 12, el- : online at Tc.swc.dnrec.delaware.gov/Sh Jm/Pages/BeachGrassPlant- honors volu ing.aspx,; by err/ail to Marcia.Ca- gle@state.de.us or by calling 302- 739-9921. DNREC's Shoreline and Wa- terway Management Section co- ordinates the annual beach grass planting event. The section also implements beach replenishment and ero- sion control projects along At- lantic Ocean and Delaware Bay communities to enhance, pre- serve and protect private and public beaches. nteer Hope ler gler has been invaluable in longtime volunteer Who has pro- back room of the library, vided valuable service to the Li- ing with five of the library's brary. ual appeals and scheduling Past honorees include Ruth use of the library's lobby dis- Macintire, Anna lane Mercer and case for community groups. Myra Ware. For more informa- always has been willing to tion about volunteering at the li- on any task to benefit the li- brary, call 645-2733. m Friends board. While volun- [ ering with the Friends, she car- the ed out the project of the li- hell tory's publication and sales of ann arbara Mitchell's book, "Corn- the alks and Cannonballs," which pla3 lates how the citizens of Lewes She atwitted the British Navy dur- tak AT , RECENT CEREMONY to honor Lewes Public Library volunteer Hope Tyler are 0-r) library staff member Terry Mezger; Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown; Tylel, Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford; and volunteer Holmes Russell. ing] the War of 1812. Tyler brary, no matter how great or worked tirelessly to distribute small. Tyler is a treasured and thee books to Delaware elemen- valued friend of the Lewes Pub- tar3 schools to enhance students' lic Library. appreciation of Delaware history. The library annually honors a