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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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Open Busy House

Day 287
Thursday, July 19, 2012

A very brief post, or should I say, “Light Post” today as I am a bit exhausted and still have more to do as we ready for Saturday’s Open House. Lots of progress being made and a great deal of thanks to Tim Harrison, Kathy Finnegan, and Dave and Cheryl Corbett, all Friends of Little River board members, who came out today with merchandise and supplies, and spent most of the day attending to the grounds and Keeper’s House. Help is good.

I also welcomed two new guests for tonight and tomorrow night. More on them as their stay goes on. Nice to have them.

Tim brought over a new Lighthouse Service flag for the Boathouse and Dock side of the island, which has been missing for way too long, and Kathy and I ran the lines and clips. I’ve included a snap of me hoisting it, in preparation for the Open House. To me it’s also a great aid for judging the wind, whether I’m leaving the island or returning.

Again the Open House starts at 11am, transportation to the island is provided, refreshments are available, there’s music, and you get to tour The Keeper’s House and climb The Tower. For more information go to

Got campers and Scouts coming to the island next week, and hope to finally have my HD cleared of some space. Tonight I couldn’t even get to pics I already have…but, wow am I going to have a lot of snaps from the last couple of weeks when I do!

Bell clangs. Foghorn sounds. The Light is on. Good Enuf.

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Little River Open House Is Coming

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Day 285

Things have never been busier on this island. At least not when I’ve been here. Guests on almost every night, and visitors almost every day. We’ve already had more day visitors so far this year than in the last couple of years combined! Full preparations are underway as we prepare for our first Open House of the season covering the Tower, Keeper’s House, Boathouse, Pavilion, gift merchandise, and the Grounds. Lots to do, and new guests coming tomorrow for a couple of days.

My laptop is out of space and is crawling. It also means I cannot upload any of the close to 1,000 pics that now reside on my camera’s memory card. This also means that I don’t have access to the last week or so of photos. I’ll get this worked out and post them when I can. In the meantime, here’s a snap from a previous Open House.

The Open House is this coming Saturday the 21st. Boats will begin leaving from the Cutler Town Boat Landing at 11am to take visitors to the 15-acre island, where they can tour the restored keeper’s house, climb the tower, hike the trails and enjoy sea songs performed by local musicians. Dogs and drinks will be provided as well as a wide selection of gift merchandise will be available.

In case you didn’t know, this historic 1847 lighthouse, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, was listed in 1996 by Maine Preservation as one of the state’s 10 most endangered historic properties. Visitors to the lighthouse should be prepared to get their feet wet while boarding and getting off boats. Small children must have their own life jackets. All of this is weather permitting, but it’s looking great. For more info go to

I want to thank the members of the Castine Yacht Club for coming by, and also for showing me some of the most beautiful wooden sailboats I’ve ever seen. Please come again! And as usual, Tim and Kathy for helping move and paint the picnic tables, a wonderful contribution from our friends at EBS. And here’s a few other snaps…

The Bell clangs. The Foghorn sounds. And the Light is on.

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