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Light Hearted 286 – Ken Burke, Piney Point, MD

This episode has three segments. In the first, photographer Pete Lerro describes a photo workshop he will be leading in Maine in October. In the third segment, Judianne Point discusses some exciting happenings at Chatham Light in Massachusetts and Beavertail Light in Rhode Island. Sandwiched in the middle is a conversation about the Piney Point… Continue reading Light Hearted 286 – Ken Burke, Piney Point, MD

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Light Hearted ep 285 – Bill McIntyre and Carie Palmer, Concord Point, MD

Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace, Maryland, was built in 1827. That makes it the second oldest standing lighthouse in the state. The conical, 36-foot tower was built of stone that was barged down the Susquehannah River from Port Deposit. In 1918, the light was automated. After that, the property changed hands at least… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 285 – Bill McIntyre and Carie Palmer, Concord Point, MD

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Light Hearted ep 284 – Annapolis Maritime Museum & Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, MD

The Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, or AMM, is devoted to teaching people about the area’s maritime heritage and Chesapeake Bay ecology through exhibits, programs, and events. The museum is also the starting point for public tours of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a national historic landmark. Interviewed in this episode are Alice Estrada, the president… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 284 – Annapolis Maritime Museum & Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, MD

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Light Hearted Lite #6 – Author Lenore Skomal discusses lighthouse heroine Ida Lewis

This is an edited version of an interview first heard in episode 48 in February 2020. The guest is author Lenore Skomal. Ida Lewis was possibly the most famous lighthouse keeper in American history. She was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1842.  She became the official keeper at Lime Rock in Newport Harbor in… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #6 – Author Lenore Skomal discusses lighthouse heroine Ida Lewis

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Light Hearted ep 283 – Sea Girt, New Jersey

Before Sea Girt Light was established in 1896, there was a long stretch of more than 38 miles with no lighthouses on the New Jersey coast from the Navesink Twin Lights south to Barnegat Light. In addition to helping coastal maritime traffic, the lighthouse served to aid mariners entering Sea Girt Inlet and Wreck Pond.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 283 – Sea Girt, New Jersey

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Light Hearted Lite #5 – Terry Rowden, Little River, Maine

This is an edited version of an interview that originally appeared in Light Hearted episode 25 in September 2019. Terry Rowden, a native of Michigan, served as a keeper at Little River Light Station in Cutler, Maine, for the U.S. Coast Guard from 1968 to 1970. Almost four decades later, when the Friends of Little… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #5 – Terry Rowden, Little River, Maine

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Light Hearted ep 282 – Ben Ridings, Cape May, NJ

Cape May Lighthouse stands at the southern tip of the state of New Jersey, on the north side of the entrance to Delaware Bay. The first lighthouse on the site was built in 1823, and the second in 1847. The locations of the first two lighthouses are now underwater. The extant 157-foot brick lighthouse began… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 282 – Ben Ridings, Cape May, NJ

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Light Hearted Lite #4 – Matt Rosenberg, Nubble Light, Maine

This installment features highlights from an interview that was originally recorded in March 2019. Matt Rosenberg is a high school English teacher and also the seasonal caretaker and modern day keeper of the famous Cape Neddick Light Station in York, better known as the Nubble Light. The light station is owned by the Town of… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #4 – Matt Rosenberg, Nubble Light, Maine

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Light Hearted ep 281 – Kevin Allor, Calvert Marine Museum, MD; Karen Larson, Barnegat Light Museum, NJ

The exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, focus on maritime heritage and the natural history of the Chesapeake Bay. On the museum grounds is Drum Point Lighthouse, a cottage-style screw-pile structure that was originally located on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Patuxent River.  The lighthouse was moved to its… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 281 – Kevin Allor, Calvert Marine Museum, MD; Karen Larson, Barnegat Light Museum, NJ

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Light Hearted Lite #3 – Author Eric Jay Dolin

This is an edited version of an interview first recorded in 2019 and appearing in Light Hearted episode 26. Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 14 books and dozens of articles on American history. The book that’s discussed in this interview is the acclaimed Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, published in 2016. C. Douglas… Continue reading Light Hearted Lite #3 – Author Eric Jay Dolin