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Maine Moons and Flies

Monday, June 18, 2012
Day 257


“Moons, Visitors, and Flys….”

This morning, at 4am, the moon, a sliver of a nail, rose up out of the east, with a planet tucked neatly in its side. I believe it is Jupiter, although I am standing to be corrected…I got a couple of snaps, that I think are deserving of posting…

I worked for Norb Friday and Saturday. We are actually expanding his Boat Shop, by six feet, to accommodate the largest of boats. This means we are lifting one 60’ wall, by one inch, and building a new foundation for the extension. I dug a lot of dirt, which was mostly stones. Hard labor, but good. Fascinating project, and no one is better than Norb to mastermind an engineering endeavor than him.

I worked on Saturday with his brother-in-law Rock, who is also great, and super knowledgeable.

Later, Rock, Norb, and Rock’s wife and Norb’s sister, came out to the Island for a visit. I would have liked his Mom, Celine, to join us but not this time. She is special too. No surprise. It is important to me, and the Lighthouse Endeavor project, to make this island Lighthouse as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, especially those that are local. This did not disappoint.

Spring comes with many things. And here, it comes with butterflies, fireflies, black flies, crickets, and seals. I have seen them all, and hope to get pics. Also, I am happy to report that we have several student/camp groups scheduled to come out this summer, and finally, the girl scouts, who will be setting up bird houses that they have built, out on the island.

This is “Crunch Time” right now, as I work to get the island, house, tower, garden, and boats ready for the coming “guest” season. There are still dates available over the summer for booking. If you have any inkling to come and stay here, you should inquire at www.LittleRiverLight.org and speak with Kathy. It is truly magic, and I will do everything in my power to make it the most special holiday you’ve ever had.
It’s also a unbelievable place to have a wedding, if you know of anyone planning on that.

Tonight I’m going to a meeting of the Maine Lobstermen Association to hear about a new marketing plan. I am interested, both from a local standpoint, and a marketing one. I hope to ultimately build out a program for Cutler Fishermen. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I have ordered stickers, to put on a number of items, first of which is Rainmaker Spring Water, that will benefit Little River Light, and The Lighthouse Endeavor.

On another note, there are several Lights up for sale…Free to the right person (thanks for the info Tim Harrison…Publisher of Lighthouse Digest Magazine…)

http://www.pressherald.com/news/free-to-the-right-person_2012-06-18.html

And a snap from yesterday evening…the island…

This one remains on. Good Enuf.

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4 Responses to “Maine Moons and Flies”

  1. Amy Perry says:

    My husband and I just reserved an overnight stay for our 5-year wedding anniversary in August. We have been trying to come up with a special place for months, and when I stumbled upon your blog, I knew this was it. I so enjoy your beautiful photographs, and really appreciate your commitment to your local community. I’ll be spending the next 2 months reading up on the past blog posts, and anxiously awaiting our stay! Thank you for your hard work and inspiration.

    • Bill Kitchen says:

      Amy, so very glad you found us. I assure you it will be a very very special experience. I look forward to sharing it with you and thanks for your supportive comments. Check out the video too. See you in August!

  2. Arthur says:

    “The Lighthouse Endeavor” is an Education and Preservation project that depends upon the residency of a single individual, attempting to be the first in the 164 year history of the most northeastern island lighthouse in the United States, to live alone for one year, for the sole purpose of creating a unique platform of on-site and distance-learning programming. This will address a wide range of subjects from math and science to ecology and preservation, be universally accessible to educators, organizations and the public, provide a multimedia chronicle of his daily life on this remote island, and raise awareness and funding for the ongoing preservation of this lighthouse, and other lighthouses around the world.

    Bill,

    Can you help me understand with respect to Lighthouse Endeavor mission above how helping build a boatshop, helping put a deck on a trailer, stacking fire wood, helping load traps, filling lobster bait bags, baiting trawls, and other such off island activities support this mission. What does such mainland activity do to prepare for summer visitors to the lighthouse that may commence soon?

    Is there a plan to educate visitors in history of this light and of the lighthouse service in years past such that they will come away from the visit with more than just memories of the ocean view but will be more supportive of ongoing preservation efforts for this and for other lighthouses? Will they learn of the work, the difficulties, the challenges to keepers in the past to display the light of this lighthouse every night and operate the fog bell day and night often for long periods of time. How was this accomplished with only one keeper, and with no electric power and no phone communication to the shore. And at the same time to meet the essential basic life and health needs of the family? And there were the difficulties encountered during winter storms for the cold, the snow and ice formation conditions.

    Something as simple as the oil house may appear to be incidental but it resulted from and was related to changes implemented that significantly improved the reliability and effectiveness of this and other lights to aid navigation. And a most significant asset was the station boat, without which the keeper and family would have been near totally isolated, and the boathouse essential to protect this asset.

    I am asking these things, Bill, for this is my family heritage, the immediate family included four lightkeepers three of whom were civilian keepers and one Coast Guard and several distant relatives who also were keepers.

    David (aka Arthur)

  3. Seamond says:

    To David (AKA Arthur). Yes! Yes! Yes! I personally would like the guests to be part of a discussion each evening (over a good cup of java) of things of lighthouse keeper duties. Some subjects might be such as “If you were assigned here, turn of the century, how might your children be educated?” or “How do you think lighthouse keepers fed themselves when weather prevented them going ashore,” or “Tell me why the oil house was so far from the tower.” (Yes, a lot won’t know!) “How did the mother wash clothes when it was 10 degrees outside (maybe 20 degrees inside).” “What happened when someone was sick or injured? How could help be summoned?”

    Just some ideas here. Glad to see the new site up and running. I’ve been out of loop here for awhile.

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