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News of the week July 1, 2022

Fire officials rule cottage fire next to Prospect Harbor (ME) Lighthouse accidental

PROSPECT HARBOR, Maine (WABI) -The state Fire Marshal’s office has ruled the fire in a cottage in Prospect Harbor Monday morning as accidental.

Prospect Harbor Light Station, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Maine Department of Public Safety PIO Shannon Moss tells TV5 the fire started in the ventilation fan located in the ceiling in a bathroom.C

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Lighthouse in the clouds above San Diego (CA)

SAN DIEGO, California — The first thing you will notice about Old Point Loma Light House is that it was built on the tallest hill at the Cabrillo National Monument. In 1855, the construction of the Lighthouse was an engineering feat. A long road had to be built just to get supplies to the top. 

Old Point Loma lighthouse, photo by Ralph Eshelman

“When it was built, it was the highest lighthouse of all the lighthouses built at the time, which was a pretty cool claim to fame,” says Park Ranger Amanda Gossard, but that didn’t necessarily make it more effective. 

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See more than a century of Jersey at the Cape May Lighthouse Night tours

CAPE MAY, NJ (WPVI) — Cape May Lighthouse has been helping mariners navigate the shores since 1839.

It’s 156 feet tall with 199 steps to the top.

Cape May lighthouse, photo by Ralph Eshelman

Make the climb during the day and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and all the way across the bay to the shores of Lewes, Delaware.

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Graves Light (MA) lighthouse tax trial against Hull spotlights Graves Ledge history

Land Court, at least in the case of Graves Light lighthouse, is a lot like a history lesson.

Graves lighthouse, photo by Mike & Carol McKinney

Graves Ledge, the land at issue where the lighthouse sits perched at the entrance of Boston Harbor, was named in 1653 after Thomas Graves, an admiral and trader who brought early settlers from England.

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Salem (MA) lighthouse seeks summer volunteer to live on island, maintain and manage historic lighthouse

Help wanted: Someone to live on an island more than a mile-and-a-half off the North Shore for a summer, maintaining and managing a lighthouse for the town of Salem.

Bakers Island lighthouse, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

Tara Flanagan, the previous lighthouse keeper, said she and her husband “lived this volunteer position” for five years and “loved every minute of it.”

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Visit the tallest lighthouse in New York! The Fire Island Lighthouse offers incredible views

“It’s the tallest lighthouse in New York at 168 feet high – it’s not just a matter of climbing the lighthouse, you can go through the museum area. We have a lot of artifacts and information on Fire Island, the people, the lightkeepers,” says Tony Femminella, of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Fire Island lighthouse, photo by Lisa Mintz

The first stop is the lens building. See the original lens that stood on top of the lighthouse from 1858-1933.

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Piney Point Lighthouse (MD) Museum to Host 4-Day Outdoor Summer Educational STEAM Program for Children

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to enjoy a whole week of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and technology) oriented programming at Piney Point Lighthouse Museum.

Piney Point lighthouse, photo by J. Candace Clifford

The program is focused on outdoor science and exploration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, from July 18 to July 21, 2022.

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Nantucket (MA) Lightship To Host Harbor Fireworks Party and Fundraiser on July 2

On Saturday, for a $30 donation to the Nantucket Lightship’s U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) in East Boston, residents can have a front seat to the Inner Harbor Fireworks in Boston Harbor aboard Nantucket/LV-112 as the city kicks off 4th of July Weekend.

LV 112, photo by George Doener

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Manitowoc (WI) Sunrise Rotary to Offer Tours of the Manitowoc Lighthouse

Early next month the Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary will be offering tours of the North Breakwater Lighthouse.

The lighthouse, which underwent a facelift a few years ago, serves not only as part of our city’s maritime history but also as an icon letting people on Lake Michigan know that they are in the Clipper City.

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Every Castle, Ancient Fortress, and Lighthouse You Can Rent in Italy

Imagine watching the sunset over Sardinia’s cliffs from your own private lighthouse or waking up to seagull cries from a medieval pirate fortress. With many people feeling a lingering caution about crowded, cramped places ever since the pandemic, it’s no wonder ordinary hotels are so over. That’s even more true when you have the opportunity to experience Italy’s picturesque architectural heritage as an exclusive guest. After all, if you’re finally going to Italy, why not stay in a castle?

Capo Faro lighthouse Italy, photo by Jacopo Werther

Imagine sleeping in a sleek, white lighthouse surrounded by lush vineyards that produce sweet amber-colored wine called Malvasia, dubbed the “nectar of the gods.” Part of an estate run by an old aristocratic family, the seafront lighthouse sits on the volcanic island of Salina, the pearl of the Aeolian archipelago, which is a green paradise that has two twin peaks. The refurbished hotel now boasts 27 rooms, including a suite with a kitchen for private dinners, with terraces that look out to sea, as well as a pool made of black rocks.

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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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