Episode 21 – Ford Reiche has been an attorney and an entrepreneur. He has acquired and restored several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including his most recent project, a railroad station in Yarmouth. The subject of the interview in this episode of Light Hearted is his amazing restoration of Halfway Rock Lighthouse, far out in Casco Bay, 10 miles from Portland. Reiche bought the lighthouse at auction from the federal government in 2014.
Episode 22 –North Point Lighthouse is in Lake Park on the East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The lighthouse and keeper’s house have been restored to their early twentieth century charm through the determined efforts of a group of volunteers, the North Point Lighthouse Friends. Mark Kuehn is the curator of the North Point Lighthouse Museum. Also featured in this episode of Light Hearted is the incredibly harrowing story of the first keeper of Maine’s Saddleback Ledge Lighthouse, Watson Y. Hopkins. The episode closes with the poem “A Lightkeeper’s Dream” by Forest Wilcox of Gannet Rock Lighthouse in New Brunswick, Canada.
Episode 23 – In this episode, host Jeremy D’Entremont interviews Canadian author and former lighthouse keeper Chris Mills. Between 1989 and 1997, Chris worked as a light keeper at 11 different light stations in three provinces on both the east and west coasts of Canada. He was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society. Chris has authored two books: Vanishing Lights and Lighthouse Legacies: Stories of Nova Scotia’s Lightkeeping Families. He works for the Canadian Coast Guard as a deckhand on a lifeboat. He’s also had a career as a radio DJ and news announcer.
Episode 24 – The featured interview is with Tom Tag, technical advisor for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Tom’s passion for the history of lighthouse optics has made him the premier American authority on the history and technology of lamps and lenses. He formerly served on the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Board of Directors, along with lead roles in several other lighthouse organizations. In a history segment, hosts Jeremy D’Entremont and Cindy Johnson recount the story of Theodore “Crazy” Judson, longtime light keeper and raconteur of Stratford Point, Connecticut.
Episode 25 – The featured interview in this episode is Terry Rowden, a native of Michigan. Terry served as a keeper at Little River Light Station in Cutler, Maine, for the U.S. Coast Guard from 1968 to 1970. When the Friends of Little River Lighthouse was founded as a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation in 2008, Terry became a volunteer. For the past few years, Terry has been the resident caretaker on the island. Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, joined Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont to take part in this interview.
Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org