ATKINSON —Do you remember or hear about the Blizzard of 78? Even you don’t know this storm is about, this will be a great program you don’t want to miss. Atkinson Recreation is excited to bring this program “Ten Hours Until Dawn” with Michael Tougias” on Wed. June 5, 6:30 p.m. at Kimball Library.

The "Blizzard of '78" was a catastrophic, historic nor'easter that struck New England, New Jersey, and the New York metropolitan area. The "Blizzard of '78" formed on Sunday, February 5, 1978, and broke up on February 7. During the height of the Blizzard of 78 the pilot boat “Can Do”, with five men onboard, set out from Gloucester to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker that was in a Mayday situation. Ten Hours Until Dawn tells the story of what happened on that awful night when the seas were producing monstrous waves of 40’ and the wind was screaming at 100 miles per hour. Using slides of the boats, the men involved, and photos of the storm, Michael Tougias will take the viewer through this incredible night where many lives hung in the balance. With the aid of maps Tougias lets the audience see the progression and location of these boats off the Massachusetts coast, and explains what happened and why.

Free and open to the public. Please help us plan accordingly pre-registration is encouraged. Please register online at Kimball Library at or Atkinson Recreation at 603-362-5531 or email



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