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Open House and Other Visitors


Thursday, July 26, 2012
Day 294

I apologize for the delay in getting a post up but I am plagued with computer problems that have been making a simple email a challenge. Skype almost never works and photos remain virtually impossible. Pretty sure I lost about 600 somewhere in the last week or two. The good news is I am expecting to receive an external hard drive late today, which I’m hoping will correct the problem.

My Mom arrived yesterday from Arizona and will be staying through Sunday. I could not be more thrilled to have her here to share in this place. She remains one of my best friends and in so many ways, The Lighthouse Endeavor would not have happened without her ongoing support. I am blessed.

The Open House last Saturday was a great success. It was a stunning day and we had over 200 people come out to the Island. More than that, I have never seen so many people from the immediate area, nor have I seen so many families. It is just so wonderful when we get locals, and especially kids.

We had a strong contingent of volunteers on the Maineland, driving the boats, and on the Island. Frankly just too many to thank all by name but am very grateful for the support and I’ll be posting more pics from the event over the next week. Oh, and with some help from guest Bob Kokko, I built a tarp for the pavilion, the design and construction of which gets better each year. I’d like to thank Adam Meyer from A2Z, both for his help and the donation of bottled water, and Branch Manager Brent Hartford from EBS Building Supply for donating the new picnic tables we so desperately needed.

We have had more visitors this year than in the last three years combined, and in addition to dozens of random folk from out of town as well as area residents, we have had kids from nearby Washington Academy, campers from University of Maine’s MESSY (Maine Environmental Summer Session For Youth) program, and Boy Scout Troop 48 from Merrimack, NH (always a treat being an Eagle Scout myself). And nice that the fishermen in town feel that they can simply radio me and if the tide is favorable, we’ll get day visitors out here. It’s their Lighthouse too.

The seals have been plentiful, along with numerous babies sleeping and sunning on the rocks, and the Eagles have made several special appearances for the campers, which is nice. I’ve included a shot of this crazy jellyfish, that is about four inches long, and whose tentacles literally were lighting up like cascading strobe lights, in red, blue, yellow and green. It was tough to capture on camera but you can see what I’m talking about. This Island never fails to fascinate.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t call attention to the fact that this is the 10th Anniversary, July 27, 2002, that the Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine, became the first lighthouse on the East Coast, and the third lighthouse in the country, to have its ownership transferred from the federal government to a non profit under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, (NHLPA.) The ceremony to transfer the deed, along with the presentation by the Coast Guard of a ceremonial gold key, was held in the town circle in Cutler, Maine, and was attended by representatives of the United States Coast Guard and the United States Department of the Interior, as well as local residents and lighthouse aficionados from around the country, including representatives from NELL, (New England Lighthouse Lovers) who made a substantial donation toward the restoration of the lighthouse. The ALF later received an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for being among the first under the pilot program of the law to obtain ownership of a lighthouse. At that time, Tim Harrison, who was president of the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF), solely completed the application for ownership. Harrison now serves as the president of the Friends of Little River Lighthouse, which is a chapter of ALF. You can read more about it at http://www.facebook.com/LittleRiverLight


I sold some of my matted photo prints at the Open House, and hope to soon be able to offer most of the snaps you have seen on the Keeper’s Journal for sale. In the meantime, if there are any in particular that you have an interest in, please email me at KitchSync@gmail.com. Your purchase will go a long way toward supporting The Lighthouse Endeavor program.

So thanks again for your patience and understanding regarding the posts and my computer issues. I hope to have this cleared up, finally, in the next 36 hours or so and we can get back on track. There will be lots of news and pics to catch up on, so especially if you been out here, please check back in as I intend to get a variety of snaps up. In the meantime, the Bell clangs, the Horn sounds, and the Light shines. Good Enuf.

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