Restoration of Montauk Lighthouse (NY) continues
A nearly two-year, $1.1 million project to repair the 111-foot-tall Montauk Lighthouse began in May. The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to soon solicit bids for a $24 million state and federal project to fortify the nearby shoreline.
The museum and lighthouse will remain open during the work, though visitors will see scaffolding, and the iconic red and white stripes will be missing.
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Light at Cape Hatteras (NC) repaired after brief malfunction
It was reported that the DCB-224 aerobeacon-type optic in Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has stopped rotating on Sunday evening. U.S. Coast Guard Electrician’s Mate 1st Class James Harper identified that the issue stemmed from a blown fuse, and made the appropriate replacement. Everything was said to be back to normal by Monday evening.
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Lighthouse proposed for Lake Winnipesaukee (NH)
A new lighthouse has been proposed to mark a dangerous shoal on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, known as The Witches. Joyce Endee of Gilford proposed the formation of a nonprofit organization to raise the funds necessary to build a lighthouse, which would ultimately be owned by the State of New Hampshire. But there was some resistance to the idea at a recent meeting.
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Bird Island Lighthouse in Marion, Massachusetts, celebrates its 200th birthday
The Marion Harbormaster’s Dept. is hosting the Bird Island Lighthouse Bicentennial Celebration at the Marion Music Hall at 164 Front St. on Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be music, a cash bar, small bites and desserts. All proceeds benefit the Bird Island Lighthouse Fund.
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Superior Entry Light (WI) sells in GSA auction for $159,000
Also known as Wisconsin Point Lighthouse, the Superior Entry Light in Superior, Wisconsin, has sold for $159,000 in a government auction under the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. The identity of the buyer is not known.
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Stonington (CT) selectmen support Lighthouse Museum Campaign
The Stonington, Connecticut, Board of Selectmen recently presented a $20,000 check in support of the Lighthouse Museum Campaign. The campaign is raising funds for the restoration and expansion of Stonington’s Old Lighthouse Museum, said to be the oldest lighthouse museum in the U.S.
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Fundraiser aims to restore Muskegon (MI) lighthouses
Two lighthouses have greeted sailors entering the Muskegon Channel for over a hundred years, but that could change if enough money isn’t raised to save them. Starting next summer, Muskegon Lights will launch a capital fundraising campaign to help raise money to finance the lighthouses’ restoration. Watch the video below and click here to learn more.
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