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Light Hearted ep 37 – Bruce Williams and Phil Blagys; Bridgeport, CT, and Black Rock Harbor Lighthouse

With its harbor at the mouth of the Pequonnock River, Bridgeport, Connecticut, became a center of trade, shipbuilding, and whaling. This episode of Light Hearted features two interviews related to the history of lighthouses in the vicinity of Bridgeport, with Bruce Williams and Phil Blagys. Captain’s Cove Seaport is a major attraction in Bridgeport, with… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 37 – Bruce Williams and Phil Blagys; Bridgeport, CT, and Black Rock Harbor Lighthouse

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Lighthouse News of the Week

Huron Harbor Lighthouse (OH) to be illuminated After speaking with U.S. Coast Guard personnel for almost three years, city officials in Huron, Ohio, have received permission to cosmetically illuminate the North Main Pier’s lighthouse on a permanent basis. The unveiling takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, which caps off the annual Winter Fest event. Officials… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week

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Donations to Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in the Bahamas

The most recent episode of the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s podcast “Light Hearted” features Annie Potts of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in the Bahamas. The buildings at the light station in Hope Town, like the surrounding community, were devastated by Hurricane Dorian in early September. In the podcast we told you the best ways to… Continue reading Donations to Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in the Bahamas

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Light Hearted ep 36 – Annie Potts, Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society, The Bahamas

In 1864 the Elbow Reef Light Station went into service at Hope Town, a small settlement on Elbow Cay, one of the barrier islands off Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The lens and rotation equipment, made in the early 1900s by Chance Brothers of Birmingham, England, is still in place today. The fuel is… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 36 – Annie Potts, Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society, The Bahamas

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Lighthouse News of the Week

Town officials in Cape Vincent (NY) seeks new uses for lighthouse quarters at Tibbetts Point Hostelling International and the Cape Vincent, New York, Town Council have discontinued the hostel service at the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse keepers’ house. The hostel couldn’t attract enough visitors and was losing more than $10,000 a year for several years. The… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week

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Thanksgiving Where the Tempests Rage

Celebrating the Day Under Difficulties in Lonely Lighthouses, Lightships and Life Saving Stations – Houses of Refuge on the Florida Coast By Arthur Budd Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 22, 1922 [The following article is reproduced in its entirety. Although accurate in spirit, some of the details regarding lighthouses may not be precisely accurate. For more on… Continue reading Thanksgiving Where the Tempests Rage

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Light Hearted ep 35 – Brian Tague, Friends of Flying Santa

The Flying Santa tradition goes back to December 25, 1929, when a floatplane pilot, William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine, loaded his plane with a dozen packages. He flew to lighthouses around the Midcoast Maine area and dropped the modest gifts for lighthouse families as a way of showing his appreciation for the work they were… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 35 – Brian Tague, Friends of Flying Santa

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Maine Preservation gives Spirit of preservation award to Alison Richardson & Molly Siegel for Isle au Haut Lighthouse swim

From Maine Preservation, November 21, 2019: Tackling preservation funding can produce watershed moments; and an innovative approach can be the key to channeling donations. This year, two young fundraisers took the plunge for preservation. Molly Siegel, an Island fellow, and Alison Richardson, who works on the island, came up with a creative idea to shine… Continue reading Maine Preservation gives Spirit of preservation award to Alison Richardson & Molly Siegel for Isle au Haut Lighthouse swim