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64 FRIDAY, APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette The Lewes Historical Society incredible project at 407 Kings tion's mission is to maintain and is set to honor four outstanding Highway. The original house, improve, the quality of life in the preservationists this year at its known as the West House of Greater Lewes region. Along third annual Preservation Cleary House, dates to c. i760 withmultipleimprovefnentproj- Awards Recognition Dinner and was moved from Marketects and fundraising ventures, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thurs- Street. Beebe Medical Center the foundation was fundamental day, April 12, at the Lewes Yacht sought to find an owner for the in the creation of Lewes Canal- Club. Russ McCabe, retired state property who not only could re- front Park. The foundation is be- archivist, will offer remarks re- store it but keep it in Lewes' His- ing recognized as a leader in the garding the importance of his- toric District as the hospital ex- preservation of Lewes's charac- toric preservation, panded. Porter was clearly the ter. Tickets are $75 per person and right person for the job, working "Done correctly, historic benefit the society's programs in with 2011 Preservation Award preservation isn't necessarily historic preservation. To order Winner John Lester on the de- about the preservation of one tickets, call 302-645-7670. sign of a thoughtful addition, building, but rather a community The four honorees have made The craftsmanship of the work and its context, and it should an indelible impact on the Lewes maintains the sense of old lead to thriving local business community by enhancing the Lewes. and a sustainable way of life," town through preservation and Betty Grunder has been on the said society Executive Director thoughtful design and services, society's board of trustees and Mike DiPaolo. "Lewes is often Nancy Levenson's property at served as editor of The Lewes held up nationally as an example 115 Savannah Road was nearly de- Historical Society's Journal since of what a community can do molished before the house was its first issue in 1998. The Journal when it both cares about its past restored and renovated. It is now is a popular and scholarly way to and puts it mind to the task. The a mnltiuse property composed of explore the history of Lewes and society feels we need to honor Shorebreak, a casual men's out- to disseminate inquiries into those who have actedso faithful- fitter downstairs, and residential Lewes' past. Grunder's service to ly as stewards of our heritage." units upstairs. This property is the society and to history in Lewes has been recognized by an anchor on Savannah Road and Delaware is tremendous, as the the White House as a Preserve helps to defme an important sec- Journal of the Lewes Historical America Community and by the fion of town. Society has become one of the National Trust for Historic Chip Porter, owner and opera- leading historical publications in Preservation as one of America's tor of Porter Design and Con- the state. Dozen Distinctive Destinations struction Company, assumed an The Greater Lewes Founda-for its embrace of preservation, its strong local business commu- nity and its walkable neighbor- hood pattern. The Lewes Historical Society hosts educational programs and exhibits throughout the year and generates approximately $8 mil- lion for the local economy by at- tracting tens of thousands of visi- tors to its museums, tours, events and programs. The society has restored and maintains 12 his- toric properties and hundreds of thousands of artifacts, photo- graphs and archival materials to function as the memory of Lewes. More information can be found at Studio Group Mat & Reformer Classes Highly Qualified Instructors SUBMITTED PHOTO TN|S STRUCTURE AT 407 KINGS Highway in historic Lewes is one of four win- ners of the 2012 Lewes Historical Society Preservation Awards. An awards dinner will beheld Thursday, April 12, at the Lewes Yacht Club. For ticket information, call 302-645-7670. and RestOration Now carrying Car & Truck accessories for all your customizing needs Overall paint jobs Insurance claims accepted of Customizing. job too big or too small.