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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE o: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 65 Fort Miles The Fort Miles Historical Association is seeking new mem- ' bers, especially history fans, tour guides and willing workers. The association was formed in 2003 to restore what was one of the largest shore batteries in the United States during World War II. About 2,000 soldiers were stationed at Fort Miles to guard the entrance of the Delaware Bay from enemy warships. The location at Cape Henlopen was critical because war supplies traveled the bay from Philadel- phia and Wilmington. Since the association was formed, progress has been made to restore Battery 519, which housed two 12-inch guns. One 12-inch gun is on display and is a highlight of fort tours. Fort Miles is unusual because the big guns were housed in under- ground bunkers hidden in the great dunes that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The fort is being restored mainly by volunteers who call themselves the Bunker Bust- ers. They meet at the fort most Thursdays and Fridays and are from a wide variety of back- grounds. They are led by FMHA board member John V.H. Rob- erts. "We have a sophisticated group of volunteers with skills Historical Association seeks new members ranging from carpenters, electri- cians, metalworkers, researchers and historians. We have a lot on our plate, from building exhibits and determining the historical background of artifacts, to keep- ing the place standing tall. As we move forward, we need to add to our ranks. Please join our group of volunteers and have fun with us," Roberts said. More docents are needed to conduct tours and educate the public about Fort Miles. Docent training is periodically conduct- ed by Delaware State Parks staff, said Shawn B. Heacock, park interpreter. "The tour program of Fort Miles is the backbone of every- . thing we do here. Tours help to increase awareness of the project and what Fort Miles was in the greater context of World War II," Heacock said. "Finding people who are engaging, en- ergetic and willing to learn the history of Fort Miles and share that knowledge with others is what we need. Without a solid tour program to enhance public awareness and engagement with Fort Miles, the project would not be moving forward." Dr. Gary D. Wray, association president, said the fort is an as- set to Sussex County and all of Delaware. "FMHA is now at the time where we need to expand our do'- cent base as we begin to ramp up our effort to open our museum on a more regular basis. Over the last two years, the Delaware Legislature has given us much support, and our museum is now in its key planning phase and more docents are needed to help interpret inside the museum," Wray said. For more information go to NATIONAL ASSISTEDLIVING WEEK TO BE CELEBRATED SEPT. 8-14 SUBMITTED PHOT CAPE HENLOPEN STATE Parks interpreter Shawn Heacock talks to a tour group in the south gun room. He is holding a trigger that sets off a loud boom that simulates the noise the gun would have made. SUBMITTD PHOTO BRANDYWINE SENIOR LIVING at Seaside Pointe in Rehoboth is pre- paring to celebrate National Assisted Living Week Sept. 8-14. This year's theme is Homemade Happiness, so residents of the community are cre- ating a homemade quilt. Each square of the quilt represents an individual resident and symbol- izes whatmakes that resident happyl The I05 squares will be fitted to- gether intoa beautiful quilt to be unveiled on Grandparents Dayi Sept 8. Visitors are invited to stop in anytime during the week of Sept. 8 through 14 to see the quilt. Care Manager Stephanie Baranowski, left, is shown assisting resident Connie Slack in creating her quilt square. Does pornography or some other sexual addiction havea grip on you? You're not alone. Come to our meetings. Email us in total privacy at: Relief.soon @ New Covenant Presbyterian Church Lewes, DE