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USLSSHA to Meet in San Francsico

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Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, one of many stations to be visited during the upcoming meeting. 2017 photo by Candace Clifford

The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) just issued a release about their 2017 annual meeting. It will take place in and around San Francisco, September 14 – 16. More information can be found in the link to the release and on their website at http://uslife-savingservice.org/annual-conference/2017-annual-meeting/

Release submitted by the USLSSHA, June 16, 2017

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GLLKA Seeks Operations Manager

GLLKA LogoNon profit in Mackinaw City, Michigan, seeks operations manager. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) is dedicated to the preservation of Great Lakes lighthouses. Responsibilities include coordination of office staff, inspire volunteers, and fundraise. Retail and publishing experience a plus. Mid-40s salary. Resume to ric.mixter@gllka.com.

Submitted by Dianne Taeckens, June 8, 2017.

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Lighthouse Gala & Symposium Weekend – May 6 & 7, 2017

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Lighthouse Symposium – May 6, 1pm to 5pm:

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy fascinating presentations and a special Keeper’s Q&A during our symposium event, Lighthouse Keeping: Past, Present & Future being held at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (57 Gravelly Brook Road, Kennebunkport) from 1 to 5pm!

Presenters include…

Former Keeper and author, Ernie DeRaps, who will entertain with a slideshow on the years he and his wife Pauline spent on some of Maine’s lighthouses, including Monhegan, Browns Head and Fort Point;

Jeremy D’Entremont, New England lighthouse historian, will present “New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them”;

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Courtesy American Lighthouse Foundation

Bob Trapani, Jr., ALF Executive Director and lighthouse technician for the Coast Guard,  will showcase how the Coast Guard’s modern day lighthouse keeping responsibilities are carried out.

A book signing will also take place following the presentations and light refreshments will be served.  Tickets for the symposium portion are $10 per person.

Lighthouse Gala – May 7, 1pm to 5pm:

The 2017 Lighthouse Gala…our annual afternoon celebration, begins at 1pm on Sunday and will be held in the ballroom of the beautiful Nonantum Resort (95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport) in historic Kennebunkport!

Lighthouse Gala & SymposiumLieutenant David Bourbeau, Chief, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard, will be our Keynote speaker. LT Bourbeau will share the Coast Guards’ latest initiatives related to lighthouses including the brilliant light emitting diode beacons and on-demand Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal system, as well as the Coast Guard’s commitment to working with partners like the American Lighthouse Foundation and how the public benefits from this teamwork to keep the lights shining bright.

Presentation of the Keeper of the Light Award and the ALF Len Hadley Volunteerism Awards.

The Nonantum prepares a delicious dinner that will feature your choice of: Prime Rib Roast au Jus, Chicken Florentine or Baked New England Haddock, salad, dessert, coffee & tea. Cash Bar. Don’t miss the Silent Auctionselection which will include: lighthouse overnights, nautical theme prints, gift baskets, collectibles and more!

Tickets for the Lighthouse Gala are $50 per person.

Order Tickets…

Online at: www.lighthousefoundation.org/eventcalendar/2017-annual-lighthouse-gala/

Call ALF at:  207-594-4174

Excerpted from the  website; originally published March 28, 2017

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It Takes an Engineer to Raise a Lighthouse

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East Clayton Elementary students create a lighthouse “museum” each year to exhibit their models. Photo courtesy of Clayton Elementary

For many years, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society (OBLHS) has offered to visit classrooms to talk about North Carolina lighthouses. This year, two fourth-grade teams of teachers and their students take the spotlight: East Clayton Elementary in Raleigh and Providence Creek Elementary in Charlotte. Students studied coastal features and current problems as well as lighthouse architecture.

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Students study what North Carolina lighthouses looked like during the Civil War. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Bruce Roberts and Cheryl Shelton-Roberts, cofounders of OBLHS, had the pleasure to visit Providence Creek Elementary. The center of the room was dominated by a big coastal map showing ocean and inlets and sounds. Marking major map points were students’ handmade lighthouse models–and this went on throughout five classrooms.

Small teams in each class chose one of nine lighthouses to reproduce as a 3-D model. It was great fun to listen to students explain, “This didn’t stick, then that tore, then I couldn’t get the model to be round, and the pattern [daymark] didn’t look right.” These remarks were followed by thrown-back hands and, “It’s not as easy as it looks.” Perhaps not, but these young engineers did an impressive job. These visits are always inspirational and fun. We also offer follow-ups via personal communication with students who either have further questions or share their written projects.

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Two young lighthouse engineers explained how their programmed LED light worked to make their model shine brightly. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Former OBLHS president, Bett Padgett, has visited with East Clayton fourth graders several times. These students have “adopted” our society and have donated well over $1,000 for the benefit of North Carolina’s lights.

OBLHS offers two types of grants to assist classes traveling to a lighthouse or to help with expenses while studying maritime history, currently included in fourth- and eighth-grade state curricula. The society has sponsored hundreds of students to visit a lighthouse. You can read more about these grants on their website.

Submitted by Cheryl Roberts, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, April 3, 2017

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Egmont Key Alliance Hosts Florida Lighthouse Association

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Egmont Key Alliance President Richard Sanchez (dressed in a Confederate Army uniform) gives musket demonstration. Photos by Candace Clifford

Florida Lighthouse Association‘s winter meeting was hosted by the Egmont Key Alliance, January 28-29, 2017. Saturday’s formal meeting took place at Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit environmental educational group based in a modern facility whose design is based on a lighthouse. An active light on its roof enables passport members to receive a stamp.

I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on the records available for researching Florida’s lighthouses, followed by a delicious lunch. The business meeting included an update from Sharon Mackenzie, director of Boca Grande Lighthouse, on a new lighthouse design for the Florida license plate which generates funds for one of the association’s grant programs. Josh Liller, representative from Jupiter Inlet, reviewed work completed at various lighthouses under the grant programs. Then one of the association’s youngest members was honored (see below).

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Florida Lighthouse Association president Chris Belcher and U.S. Lighthouse Society Board member Ken Smith present a model of St. Marks Lighthouse to  six-year-old member, Sierra Farrell, who donated her birthday money to the Florida Lighthouse Association and St. Marks Lighthouse..

On Sunday the group boarded a boat for the one-mile crossing to Egmont Key. Two trips were necessary to accommodate the large group. (Click on photos below to read the captions.)

Submitted by Candace Clifford, January 31, 2017

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Life-Saving Service Gold Medal Celebration at Cape Lookout

On February 11, 2017, the Core Sound Waterfront Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island, N.C., will be hosting a special event honoring the 1905 Cape Lookout Life-Saving Station Gold Medal recipients for their rescue of the crew of Rawson. The families of Surfmen William H. Gaskill, James W. Fulcher, Kilby Guthrie, John A. Guthrie, Calupt T. Jarvis, John E. Kirkman, Joseph L. Lewis, Tyre Moore and Walter M. Yeomans will be participating.

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Cape Lookout Lifesaving Station, North Carolina, March 1959. When the Chatham-style station was built in 1917, the earlier 1887 station was moved and later sold. Now both are part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore but not open to the public. Note Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the far distance in the background on left. National Archives photo courtesy of the U.S. Lifesaving Service Heritage Association

According to the 1905 Annual Report of the Life-Saving Service, the three-masted schooner Sarah D.J. Rawson was carrying a full load of lumber from Georgetown, S.C., bound for New York in rough seas, when the vessel stranded on the south side of Lookout Shoals on February 9, 1905. The nearby lifesaving crew set out, but could not approach the vessel without being beaten back by the breakers. The next morning, they were able to approach more closely and used a line to rescue the remaining crew (one crew member, Jacob Hansen, had been swept off the decks by heavy seas when the schooner struck the shoal). A few hours later, the vessel broke up and disappeared. Each member of the lifesaving crew was awarded the gold medal of honor on April 12, 1905, for “extreme and heroic daring in saving life from the perils of the sea.”

Mike Carlson, Secretary, U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA), alerted us to this event. An affiliate of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the USLSSHA encourages an appreciation of Life-Saving Service history and supports the preservation of lifesaving stations all over the United States. Their website at uslife-savingservice.org has a wealth of information about the Service and the lifesaving stations which once lined our coasts.

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