Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week September 22, 2023

95-year-old lighthouse keeper has 4 daily habits to stay physically fit and mentally sharp

For over a decade, Buddy Grover, 95, has served as a volunteer lighthouse keeper at the third tallest masony lighthouse in the United States.

Absecon, NJ – Jim Wolfram

Grover, who will be 96 in September, does his job for free and says serving at Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, N.J. gives him things that money can’t buy.

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Months to go before new owner of Old Saybrook’s Lynde Point Lighthouse (CT) is announced, GSA says

OLD SAYBROOK — Interested parties got to inspect Lynde Point Lighthouse last month, but it may be several months more before it is announced which entity will be awarded the iconic structure.

Lynde Point, CT – USLHS archives

But whichever group wins the Inner Light, there will be much work needed to be done to make it safe, according to one applicant.

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Hurricane Lee’s waves reveal historic lighthouse fence at Cape Hatteras, NC

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE, N.C. – Part of the fence foundation of the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site became uncovered once again as large waves from Hurricane Leeeroded the surrounding sand.

Cape Hatteras, NC – USCG Historian’s Office

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1870 in North Carolina. While it was moved inland in 1999 from its original location on the shoreline, its fence foundation remained behind on the shore.

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Former Olympic champion and college All-American win swim around Florida’s Alligator Reef Lighthouse

Islamorada, Fla (AP) – A three-time Olympic gold medalist and a former college All-American won top honors Saturday at an annual 8-mile (13-kilometer) ocean swim around the Alligator Reef Lighthouse off the Florida Keys.

Alligator Reef, FL – USLHS archives

Olympian Brooke Bennett, 43, of Clearwater, was the top female swimmer, finishing second overall behind Connor Signorin, a former All-Amerianc at the University of Florida who lives in Tampa.

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Little River Lighthouse Getaway in Maine on a private island with views of the Gulf of Maine

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lighthouse keeper? To look out on a lonely ocean and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing outside?

Little River, ME – Jeremy D’Entremont

If so, then an overnight stay at the Little River Light Station is the perfect excursion to satisify your escapist fantasies. Stay in the solitude and the panoramic views at this unique accomidation.

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Looking back: Charlevoix (MI) lighthouse gets a facelift

CHARLEVOIX — This Looking Back, third in a series, and two for the rest of September celebrate the 75th anniversary of the installation of Charlevoix’s south pier light. It was put in place on Sept. 30, 1948, the fourth light to be built on the piers that provide entry from Lake Michigan into Round Lake.

Charlevoix South Pierhead, MI – Thomas A Tag

A celebration of that anniversary event will take place in the pavilion at Lake Michigan Beach on Saturday, Sept. 30, between 2-4 p.m. Included will be live entertainment from area musician Pat Ryan, historical information, a lighthouse keeper interpreter, children’s activities, the sound of the 1937 original foghorn nicknamed “Ferdinand” after the Disney cartoon character Ferdinand the Bull, and Historical Society lighthouse merchandise. Refreshments provided by Bywater Café at the beach will be available for purchase. Mark your calendars.

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Take the N.J. “Lighthouse Challange” Oct. 21-22

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is an annual event that takes place the third weekend of October each year.

Cape May Lighthouse, NJ – James Hill

The challenge is to visit 10 land-based lighthouses, three life-saving stations, one museum, and one virtual site over the two-day weekend of Oct. 21 and 22. It includes a stop at the historic Life-Saving Station No. 30 in Ocean City at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.

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Haunted Concord Point, MD Lighthouse tour

Get a rare tour of the Concord Point Lighthouse at night and hear haunted stories about Havre de Grace!

Concord Pt, MD – Ralph Eshelman

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Get spooked at Ghosts of Lighthouse Point (Marquette, MI) tours

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – The Marquette Maritime Museum’s lighthouse tours, both normal and paranormal are a community favorite, and this Halloween season, it gets even spookier.

Marquette Harbor, MI – Thomas A Tag

The Ghosts of Lighthouse Point is returning this spooky season from October 12-14. The ghostly tours feature actors playing ghosts based on real people from the maritime history of Marquette and the Great Lakes.

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$170K in government funding for Swallowtail Lighthouse, Canada

Fundraising efforts to restore an iconic Grand Manan lighthouse have received a boost from two levels of government.

Swallowtail, Canada – USLHS archives

The provincial and federal governments are each contributing $85,000 to the Swallowtail Keepers Society.

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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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