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Lighthouse News of the Week – July 30, 2021

Round Island Lighthouse, St. Mary’s River, MI, is for sale

The historic and restored Round Island Lighthouse in Goetzville, Michigan is located in lower St. Mary’s River, north of Detour Passage. Built in 1892 to guide boaters through a group of islands in the St. Mary’s River, the lighthouse fell into disrepair until the late 1990s when Charlevoix businessman Paul Lindberg and his wife Georgeann, an interior designer, spent three years renovating and restoring the lighthouse property. The current owners, only the third private owners in the lighthouse’s 100-year-plus history, tried to maintain the original exterior and interior features.

Round Island Lighthouse, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

The 7-acre island is a nature preservationists’ dream with its huge bird population. Also included is a waterfront parcel on the mainland near the town of Raber with a dock and a small storage building.

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France’s ‘king of lighthouses’ wins UNESCO heritage listing

Battered by the wind and swell for 400 years and nicknamed the “king of lighthouses,” France’s Cordouan Lighthouse on Saturday won recognition from UNESCO. The lighthouse, which will be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second after Spain’s La Coruna to win the plaudit from the world heritage body.

Cordouan Lighthouse, France. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse (England) reopens to the public

Happisburgh Lighthouse has opened its doors to visitors for the first time since before the pandemic. The iconic beacon was saved by the local community in 1990, and today it is the only independently operated working lighthouse in the UK.

Happisburgh Lighthouse, England. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse (FL) celebrates 90th birthday of former keeper’s daughter

Wilma Daniels is a living relic and tribute to days not so distant in our past. On On Wednesday, Daniels celebrated her 90th birthday at a special place that holds special memories. Born in 1931, Wilma is the daughter of career lighthouse keeper Cardell and Grace Daniels.

St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Cardell began his career in 1911 in St. Augustine. His career took him to Hunting Island, Jupiter Inlet and Ponce Inlet, according to the Lighthouse Research Catalog. In 1935, he was transferred one last time to St. Augustine to be the Principal Lighthouse Keeper of St. Augustine Lighthouse.

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P.E.I.’s iconic lighthouses (Canada) are on the edge of rising sea levels

Lighthouses are an iconic symbol of Prince Edward Island’s storied history. They were originally built as navigational aids to help boats arrive safely, but now they are the ones facing the threat of the seas.

Souris East Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Prince Edward Island Lighthouse Society)

Concerningly, sea level rise and coastal erosion are causing a loss of up to five metres of shoreline per year in some areas of the island. The ocean is getting closer to a number of roads and structures — according to researchers, 17 of the island’s 63 lighthouses are at risk.

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National Lighthouse Museum (NY) Presents the 11th Annual Lightkeeper’s Gala

The National Lighthouse Museum, on the site of the U.S. Light House Service General Depot on Staten Island, New York, will host the 11th Annual Lightkeeper’s Gala at the recently renovated Historic Pavilion on the Terrace on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

The event will include the Wind in Our Sails Award in memory of Betsy Dubovsky, Founding Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation; the Past Light Keeper Award in memory of Ole Anderson, past Light Keeper of the Twin Lights; the Lighthouse Research Award to Thomas Tag for his continual commitment, dedication, and community service to the National Lighthouse Museum and lighthouses nationwide; and the Community Lamplighter Award to Pam Silvestri, Food Editor for the Staten Island Advance, for her support and dedication to the National Lighthouse Museum and her help in founding Fig Fest.

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Author Ben Carnevale’s new book Nobska is an intriguing account of the Nobska Point Lighthouse in Massachusetts

Ben Carnevale, a Massachusetts native with a passion for lighthouses, has completed his new book Nobska, a fascinating account of a special lighthouse in Massachusetts.

Readers can purchase Nobska at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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Experience a New England Clam Bake On Sheffield Island (CT)

On Tuesdays, August 3, 10,17, 24, and 31, the Norwalk Seaport Association is offering the foodie event of the summer, a Clambake on Sheffield Island – at prices that won’t break the bank! Get ready to board the Seaport’s ferry at 6 p.m. and head to Sheffield Island. The vessel only holds 49 people, so this culinary adventure is delightfully fun and not overcrowded!

Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Concord Point Lighthouse (MD) to reopen for first time since 2019

For the first time since 2019, Concord Point Lighthouse will be open to the public. The opening date is set for National Lighthouse Day, which for 2021 falls on Saturday, Aug. 7. When the coronavirus pandemic began, the lighthouse was in its off season. Typically it closes from October through April each year.

Concord Point Lighthouse, Maryland. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Bethany Baker.

To celebrate its reopening on Saturday, Aug. 7, the lighthouse will host several activities in the backyard of the Keeper’s House.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research.

If you have items of interest to the lighthouse community and its supporters, please email them to Jeremy D’Entremont at Jeremy@uslhs.org

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