The Blizzard of '78: It's the storm by which all other New England winter storms are measured.Among the most compelling stories to emerge from those two fateful days in February 1978 was the one about the Gloucester boat the Can Do and its lost crew of five. Tomorrow, the Weather Channel's "Coast Guard Storm Stories" will feature the story of the Can Do's Captain Frank Quirk Jr. of Peabody and the four colorful characters who joined him on a deadly mission to help a U.S. Coast Guard 44-foot boat that went to the aid of the oil tanker Global Hope that foundered in 30-foot seas off Gloucester. A small group of the crew's family and friends will watch the show at the Peabody home of Frank Quirk III, son of the captain. It's the first time they'll see the episode, he said. Michael Tougias, who wrote the book "Ten Hours Till Dawn" about the tragic night, may also join the gathering.Quirk, who was interviewed for the documentary, said he is most interested to know how the story will be received beyond New England. "This is national. This is huge," he said. "I can't wait to get the response from people who see it."He also hoped the story of his father's heroism inspires viewers to help others. It's a spirit of giving that continues in Gloucester today, he added."I just want people to know back then there were people willing to risk their lives to save other lives," Quirk said yesterday. "That, to me, is my dad's legacy."The show will air tomorrow at 7 p.m. and again on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.Tougias narrates the episode, which will include the radio communications from the Can Do. The author's book was named by the American Library Association as an Editors Choice.Gloucester marine honored Paul Errico of Gloucester, a Middlesex deputy sheriff and a Marine Corps corpsman who served in Iraq last year, was among nine individuals or groups honored Thursday by Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley with the county's September 11th Award.Errico was cited for his work with the Middlesex Sheriff's Office in which he has built a partnership between the district attorney's office and the sheriff's Fugitive Division allowing the DA's office "to bring more fugitives to justice than was possible in previous years. He was also honored for his current service with the Marine Corps' Company C, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment."The individuals being honored with this year's September 11th Awards have each contributed uniquely to the safety and well-being not only of the people of Middlesex, but the entire Commonwealth and the nation," said Coakley. Cards to fight hunger Project Bread is selling New Year's cards in an attempt to help low-income households struggling to put food on the table this holiday season. The 5-inch by 7-inch cards are for those residents too busy to send cards in time for Christmas. The New Year's card offers two options: a young child munching on a bright red apple with the message: "Wishing you a new year filled with peace and hope," or a picture of a colorful fruit basket with a quote from Pablo Neruda. The cards, printed on recycled paper with soy inks, are sold in packages of 10 with white envelopes. The cards cost $15 and will help hungry families and children in Massachusetts.Purchase Project Bread holiday cards or donate online at www.projectbread.org/holidays.Bank makes holiday donationDanversbank President and CEO Kevin Bottomley announced the bank's choice for its annual holiday corporate gift this year is The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry. Danversbank presented The Cape Ann Food Pantry's Executive Director Julie LaFontaine and board member Mark Landgren with a check in the amount of $6,000 on Dec. 7. "Certainly this is an important time of year to reach out to our North Shore community," said Bottomley. "The Cape Ann Food Pantry is a crucial partner in helping the needy, and the bank is happy to show its appreciation by lending them support this holiday season."The proceeds from this donation will be used to provide holiday meal baskets for needy families throughout the Cape Ann community. Each basket includes one turkey with all the trimmings and serves five meals. "We are especially fortunate this year to have received such a generous donation from Danversbank. Their support guarantees the holiday meal program a dollar for dollar matching contribution from an individual donor, providing enough funding to serve up to 600 families," stated LaFontaine. The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry is a nonprofit, community supported, charitable organization committed to alleviating hunger in the communities of Cape Ann. They accomplish this by providing free meals and food in a hospitable environment, providing advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged whenever possible, and providing job skills training and job placement through special programs. In 2005, the holiday meal program distributed 775 holiday meal baskets and 3,875 dinners between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. New animal shelter breaks groundCape Ann Animal Aid, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter located in downtown Gloucester since 1964, broke ground for its new, state-of-the-art shelter to be located on 8.5 acres in West Gloucester last Saturday. A short ceremony was held at the site adjacent to the Beechbrook Cemetery off of Essex Avenue to kick off the project.Despite the cold weather, the ceremony was well attended by supporters of CAAA, including Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, Rep. Anthony J. Verga, D-Gloucester, City Council President James Destino, and Councilors Sefatia Romeo, Jacqueline Hardy, Jason Grow, Michael McLeod and Walter Peckham. Destino's new puppy, Digger, lent a "paw" when the shovels hit the ground. After the ceremony the participants gathered for refreshments donated by Jim's Bagel and Bake Shoppe at the Veterans Center.For many years, CAAA has been faced with the need to replace its existing shelter, which is cramped and in sore need of updating, with a modern animal shelter that will serve the growing needs of the Cape Ann community and animal rescue. The new shelter will allow CAAA to increase capacity and level of care for the resident animals; and to better realize its mission of facilitating placement of adoptable animals and providing education to the community. The ground breaking is a big step forward in realizing CAAA's goal.CAAA is now calling upon Cape Ann and nearby communities to contribute to this important resource. CAAA has many ways in which donors may be recognized for their contributions. For more information on the capital campaign, please visit the CAAA Web site, www.capeannanimalaid.com or e-mail CAAA at CapeAnnAnimalAid@Yahoo.com.Honored veteranThe flag at the city Veterans' Center flies this week in honor of Albert Norbert Silva, Sr., and Albert Norbert Silva, Jr. Albert Norbert Silva, Sr., was an Army veteran of World War I and a Navy veteran of World War II.Born on May 6, 1895, he served in the Army as a sergeant in World War I with the 327th Infantry of the All American Division. He served in Saint Mihiel, France, and the Meuse-Argonne Defensive Sector. He entered the Army on Oct. 4, 1917 and was discharged on May 29, 1919.During World War II with the Navy, he was a water tender first class in a Seabee construction battalion and served in New Caledonia, Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Green Island. He entered the Navy on Dec. 21, 1942 and was discharged on Aug. 28, 1945. He died on Dec. 22, 1961. He earned the World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon and Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbon. His daughter, Georgia Gadbois requested the flag to fly in his honor.Albert Norbert Silva, Jr., was born on Dec. 15, 1925. He served in the Navy as a seaman first class with the Auk Class mine sweeper USS Champion in the Pacific. His service began Jan. 20, 1943 and he was discharged Feb. 16, 1947 He died on May 12, 1974. He earned the World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three battle stars, American Area Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. His sister Georgia Gadbois requested the flag to fly in his honor. If you would like to request the flag be flown in honor of a deceased veteran, call the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-282-9740.

Trending Video

Recommended for you