Although the restoration at Maine's Little River Lighthouse has been ongoing for the past five years, caring for a lighthouse on a remote offshore island is more than bricks and mortar.
With the rainiest season in 23 years, trying to coordinate in getting volunteers to this remote location just to care for the lawn can be a problem in itself.
This past July, with the grass and weeds being over three feet high, it required more than just a lawn mower to cut the weeds. A brush cutter had to be used, followed by lots of raking and then the lawn mower was used to follow up in an attempt to bring the lawn back to where it was at the end of the season in 2005.
With volunteers having been rained away, cutting the lawn was left up to Tim Harrison, president of the American Lighthouse Foundation and the organization's executive director Bob Trapani Jr., helping with the lawn raking, which was more like harvesting hay, were Bob's wife Ann and their three children and Kathleen Finnegan, treasurer of the American Lighthouse Foundation.
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