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Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

The lighthouse that stands at the end of the long spit of land known as Sandy Hook, on the approach to New York Harbor, began service in 1764, making it the oldest standing lighthouse tower in the United States. The octagonal rubblestone tower stands 103 feet tall. The light remains active, with the Fresnel lens… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

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Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

Horton Point Lighthouse is on the north side of eastern Long Island, New York, in the area known as the North Fork. The granite and brick building consists of a two floor keeper’s dwelling attached to a square, 59-foot-tall lighthouse tower. The building was nearly demolished after World War II, but the Southold Historical Society… Continue reading Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

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Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

Located in the historic shipbuilding city of Bath, Maine, the Maine Maritime Museum includes exhibits dedicated to the past, present, and future of Maine’s storied waterways. For lighthouse buffs, there’s an exhibit called “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience.” Opening this past February, the exhibit “Lost and Found: Sounds of the Maine Coast” is a… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

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Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2

This is part two of a two part interview with Wayne and Sally Wheeler, recorded in Washington state in March 2024. Wayne is a former Coast Guard officer who founded the U.S. Lighthouse Society in San Francisco in 1984, and he is now the president emeritus of the Society. The idea for the formation of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2

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Light Hearted ep 274 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 1 of 2

The name Wayne Wheeler has become synonymous with lighthouse preservation and education. He’s one of the pioneers of the lighthouse preservation movement and one of the foremost experts on lighthouse history in the U.S. A 1962 graduate of Syracuse University, Wayne spent 23 years in the Coast Guard in the aids to navigation field. In… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 274 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 1 of 2

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Light Hearted ep 273 – Edward Peppitt, author and host of the “Keeping Watch” podcast

Edward Peppitt is the southeast England representative for the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, or ALK, and he produces and hosts a podcast called Keeping Watch. He’s also a fundraising ambassador for Shift MS, a charity aimed at keeping multiple sclerosis sufferers as active as possible. Ed has written a new book called The Beacon Bike.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 273 – Edward Peppitt, author and host of the “Keeping Watch” podcast

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Light Hearted 272 – Gene Davis, director of Coast Guard Museum Northwest

The Coast Guard Museum Northwest, located on an active Coast Guard base on the waterfront in Seattle, Washington, opened in 1976. The museum serves as a showcase for some of the Coast Guard’s most important stories, lessons, and accomplishments, and the museum’s extensive archives are available to researchers. The guest in this episode, Gene Davis,… Continue reading Light Hearted 272 – Gene Davis, director of Coast Guard Museum Northwest

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Light Hearted ep 271 – Tony Ashdon, Coast Guard lightkeeper

The guest in this episode, Tony Ashdon, spent 22 years in the Coast Guard including some time as a lighthouse keeper. Tony spent some years on an aids to navigation team that serviced lighthouses and other aids in District One, in the northeastern U.S. He was also part of an inspection team for a while.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 271 – Tony Ashdon, Coast Guard lightkeeper

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Light Hearted ep 270 – Emily Straight and Vince Bailey, “The Lighthouse Lowdown”

The podcast “The Lighthouse Lowdown” was launched in 2022 by two residents of Kansas City, Missouri, Emily Straight and Vince Bailey. To date they have published almost 50 episodes, covering history, spooky stories, and all the “things that make lighthouses cooler than your average tower.” Emily is a nautical-loving, lighthouse enthusiast who is excited to… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 270 – Emily Straight and Vince Bailey, “The Lighthouse Lowdown”

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Light Hearted ep 269 – Buzz Hoerr and the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance

The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance (MLA), founded in 2003, encompasses more than 50 preservation groups and lighthouse stakeholders from around the state of Michigan. The purpose of the Alliance is to advocate for the preservation of the historic aids to navigation on the Great Lakes. The MLA holds a conference every two years, and this year’s… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 269 – Buzz Hoerr and the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance