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Lighthouse News of the Week – January 21, 2022

Tawas Point Lighthouse Keepers Program (MI) offers opportunities in 2022 Lighthouse enthusiasts are invited to serve this summer as volunteer lighthouse keepers at the Tawas Point Lighthouse, in Tawas Point State Park.  Keepers will receive lodging on site in exchange for conducting guided tours of the lighthouse. In 2022 the program will run from May 17… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – January 21, 2022

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Lighthouse News of the Week – January 14, 2022

Pictures preserve lighthouses at night As the federal government continues to relinquish ownership of lighthouses across the country, a North Kingstown, Rhode Island. photographer is making it his mission to capture these beacons in the moonlight before they are decommissioned. David Zapatka has been photographing lighthouses for nearly a decade. While he started capturing New… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – January 14, 2022

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Year end letter from the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, California

The year 2021 proved to be more challenging than anticipated, yet once again, with the outstanding efforts of you, our brilliant volunteers, friends and supporters, the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association was able to manage, protect, restore, interpret and provide public access to the historic Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Point Cabrillo Light Station… Continue reading Year end letter from the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, California

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Lighthouse News of the Week – January 7, 2022

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse (NY) gets $500K restoration grant The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society received a $500,000 grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to help restore the aging landmark on the Hudson River. The grant will go toward refurbishing the roof and gutters of the 147-year-old Hudson-Athens Lighthouse as a way to… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – January 7, 2022

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Lighthouse News of the Week – December 31, 2021

Rhode Island photographer races to capture the fading lighthouse lights For storm-tossed mariners, lighthouses long served as beacons of hope, their beams slicing through fog and darkness, illuminating the way to safe harbor. But in an age of satellites and GPS navigation, the landmark lights are being rendered redundant, victims not only of changing technology… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – December 31, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – December 24, 2021

He Bought a Lighthouse: Randy Polumbo won New York’s 1899 Orient Point landmark in a government auction and turned it into an artists’ retreat Master builder and installation artist Randy Polumbo wasn’t exactly looking for a lighthouse, or at least that’s the way he tells it. “I was on a government website late at night looking for… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – December 24, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – December 17, 2021

Fog signal at Chebucto Head Lighthouse (NS) is silenced, sparking a debate The silencing this year of a familiar mournful howl at the mouth of Halifax Harbor has ignited a debate about Atlantic Canada’s dwindling number of foghorns. For over 120 years, the foghorn at the Chebucto Head lighthouse has bleated a solemn warning to… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – December 17, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – December 10, 2021

‘This is the biggest storm I’ve seen’ – Lighthouse worker’s video goes viral (Ireland) Paul Barron enjoyed a somewhat different view of Storm Barra. Mr Barron, an electronic engineer with Irish Lights, is currently out on the Fastnet Lighthouse off Cape Clear along with work colleagues Ronnie O’Driscoll, Dave Purdy and Malcolm Gillies. “We came… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – December 10, 2021

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Farewell: Ernest “Rip” Irwin 1933-2021

By Chris Mills (Reproduced from the Fall/Winter 2021/22 edition of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society publication The Lightkeeper with permission of the author.) I first ran across Rip Irwin in 1986. I don’t recall the circumstances that led to that first meeting, but I was about to embark on a year’s university study in… Continue reading Farewell: Ernest “Rip” Irwin 1933-2021