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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 67 This photo shows the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal at the Lewes public dock looking westward toward 1812 Park in the aftermath of the '62 Storm. Lewes Historical Society archives photo LHS to show the film Storm of '62' April 18 For Lewes residents Hazel Brittingham and Harold White, the great "Ash Wednesday" storm, as it has been called, will remain long in their memories, as well as the memories of many who lived along the Atlantic coast in March 1962. Brittingham and White are among a handful of locals fea- tured in the film "The '62 Storm - Delaware's Shared Response," to be shown at the Friday, April 18 program of the Lewes Historical Society. In the film they provide first- hand accounts of this powerful winter nor'easter that pounded Delaware's shoreline for three days and five unrelenting high tides, destroying scores of homes and businesses, flooding commu- nities and claiming lives. The pro- gram begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lewes Presbyterian Church Fellowshil Hall on Kings Highway and Franklin Street in Lewes. On hand to present the film and answer questions will be Tony Pratt, himself a local resident, who serves as the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC's) administrator of shoreline and waterway manage- ment. Tony explained that DNREC became involved in the early stages of the project when Delaware filmmaker Mike Oates suggested producing a film about floods and water events that caused damage in Delaware. He said, "Oates wanted to do some- thing on inland flood events but I pointed out that if it had some relationship with Delaware's coastal flooding and catastrophic events that my department had interest." Also, the Delaware Humanities Forum had available grant money to support such a project. Pratt said that once it became directed toward Delaware's Atlantic coastline, the word went out to locate people who were on Delaware's coast in 1962. Brittingham was a prime candi- date who would provide much historical perspective for the pro- duction. Brittingham said that the research continued for "quite a long time, well over a year as I remember. They wanted to know what Lewes looked like before the storm and after it and who was around to tell about it. We had several meetings and I did give them a really good photo showing everything on north side of the canal - the beach - under water." Along with much local input, the film uses archival photos, home movies and interviews of those who survived. Film writer and producer Oates described the film as Delaware's greatest 20th century disaster. It explores the weather events that spawned it and reflects on the possibility of a similar storm occurring along Delaware's coast today. Light refreshments will be served following the program. EVERY DAY Is Passport Day NI00EAR I Uniforms &WorkWear I 422-8022 637 Du]Pont Blvd., Milford I DAVID A BANKS INC. I I 25268 GOV STOCKLEY ROAD - JUST OFF RT 113 4 MILES SOUTH OF GEORGETOWN GEORGETOWN, DE 19947' (302) 856-3579 "(1) APR AS L0W AS 99ek F0R 84 MQInHS lk f0r details..---------- IIII'E  L/oI TIG Offer iot to credlt Ipptovll by GE Money Bar Apiez to pcMc, es of Cub Cadete Ylrrna equipmlet   m    a  CldllO illlilllll't Ioi iccolt by O31. Fixld ,I, PR of 8.9k - 18. wiU  zssilpd led oil cdil  uiz Ee o f  or in 8k-month tm: al 8.99% APR: $16.09 per il,000 firlanc led al an f8.9911, APR: 121,61 per Sl,000 finaleS. Minimum anunl finmcld is 115000. and nimum 1OWl  plyreent raquired, NASCAR is I  tr'eewr k of the Nmtional Associati for Stock Car Auto Racir, Inc. t as raid by tnli marctur tr -849911