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Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week July 8, 2022

Tybee (GA) light now shining from the back of cars as lighthouse vanity plates are now available

Georgia drivers can now show their Tybee Island pride with a new specialty license plate that features the city’s historic lighthouse against a blue sky. After a two-year long legislative process, the Tybee Lighthouse tag, showcasing the oldest and tallest beacon in the state, has been approved and can be purchased at the nearest county tag office.

Tybee Island Light Station, photo by Ralph Krugler

Georgia House Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), who sponsored the tag bill in the 2021 legislative session, said he’s excited for those who’ve been itching to showcase the photorealistic design from local artist Kathryn Boaen on their vehicles

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Decaying lighthouse in Muskegon (MI) gets $800K for life-saving repairs

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon’s most prominent lighthouse is about to get repairs needed to save it.

The south breakwater lighthouse was allocated $800,000 in the state’s 2023 budget – money officials said is needed to keep the lighthouse from toppling into Lake Michigan.

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The Lighthouse: An Exploration of the Sea Shanties in Robert Eggers’ Film

The Lighthouse featured a multitude of artistic references, including Greek mythology and Welsh literature. However, one feature that is yet to be fully explored is the role of sea shanties in the movie. The Lighthouse reunited director Robert Eggers with composer Mark Korven following their spectacular collaboration on 2015’s The Witch. Throughout The Witch, Korven’s score made use of hymns and folk songs from the era, bolstering Eggers’ dedication to historical accuracy. Their collaborative follow-up successfully continued this trend, instilling 2019’s The Lighthouse with contemporary sea shanties and folk songs. By examining these, a greater depth of character may be discerned, as well as a deeper appreciation for Eggers and Korven’s dedication to using historical sources — a dedication also observable in Eggers’ latest epic, the Viking folklore infused The Northman.

Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, photo by Ralph Krugler

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Celebrate more than 160 years of history at Jupiter (FL) lighthouse

Exactly 162 years ago, the famous lamp atop the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was lit for the very first time. This Sunday is the anniversary of that special day, and it’s time to celebrate our own historic landmark’s history by paying a visit to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum for its Lighthouse Anniversary Day! Children ages 18 and younger can celebrate with free admission — so bring the kids along for a full day of adventure.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, photo by Ralph Krugler

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Helicopter has near-miss with lighthouse in western France

A helicopter narrowly avoided a lighthouse off the coast of Bretagne, western France, where it was about to deliver equipment for maintenance. 

Old postcard, USLHS archives

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This Seafood Lighthouse Comes Packed With Lobster, Scallops, And A Stay At A Real Lighthouse (ME)

If you thought nothing could top the dreamy Lobster Roll Wedding Cake, you were mistaken. Introducing the Maine Seafood Lighthouse, a product of a partnership between Luke’s LobsterSoPo Seafood, and the Maine Seafood group.

Portland Head light station, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

 The Maine Seafood group encourages you to use the gift card toward a stay at an actual Maine lighthouse of your choosing.

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Fire at Prospect Harbor (ME) lighthouse property deemed an accident

The fire that ran through the century-plus-old Prospect Harbor lightkeeper’s house last week was an accident, according to state officials. 

Prospect Harbor light station, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

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Newly reopened Greens Ledge (CT) Lighthouse in Norwalk working toward offering tours for first time in 100 years

The Greens Ledge Lighthouse off the coast of Norwalk and Darien has recently re-opened following a major renovation project. 

Greens Ledge lighthouse, photo by Mine & Carol McKinney

The Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society acquired the lighthouse in 2017 with the mission of restoring and preserving the landmark.

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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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