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Keeper's Korner

Tidbits and Editorial Comments from the Tower

By Timothy Harrison


Lighthouse At Wisconsin Church

As part of a $1.4 million addition the Olivet Lutheran Church on French Island near La Crosse Wisconsin, the church has added an 8-foot lighthouse connected to the sanctuary. A window in the shape of a cross on the lighthouse will be lit from within. In a press release the church said its mission is,”sharing the light and the love of our Lord” and titled the church with the name of Olivet Beacon of Light Church. The press release went on to say, “‘We’re on an island,’ said Rev. David Baldukas, pastor of the church, and ‘We didn’t want to be onto ourselves an island.’”

MLM Celebrates Purchase

The Maine Lighthouse Museum celebrated the purchase of its building with an all day event held at the museum this past October 6th. The building previously owned by Bank of America was split up into units that are now owned separately as condominiums by the City of Rockland for its police department, the Maine Lobster Festival and the Maine Lighthouse Museum with additional space reserved for the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Maine’s First Lady Attends Pemaquid Point Event

Maine’s First Lady Karen Baldacci attended the rededication of Maine’s Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol Maine. The lighthouse was restored in part from a grant of $50,000 by Lowe’s Foundation in association with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a grant of $10,000 from the Maine State Historic Preservation Office and $46,000 raised by the volunteers of the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

Dutch Island To Be Lighted

Rhode Island’s Dutch Island Lighthouse will get a light back in its tower, after having been dark since 1979 when it was replaced by lighted buoys. The new light will be a battery powered solar charged beacon.

Major Work At Sakonnet Planned for 2009

Plans call for a major restoration of Rhode Island’s Sakonnet Lighthouse to take place in 2009. In 1985 the private owner of the lighthouse donated it to the Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse. The group then did some renovations and in 1997 relit the lighthouse. The Friends group has received an $840,000 grant but still needs to raise $125,000. To learn more or make a donation contact Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse, P.O. Box 154, Little Compton, RI 02837.

Kodiak Named Coast Guard City

Kodiak, Alaska, an island of 13,000 people in the North Pacific and often referred to as “The Rock,” has officially been named “Coast Guard City,” in a proclamation issued by United States Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen. Kodiak, Alaska now joins Grand Haven, MI; Eureka, CA; Mobile, AL; Morgan City, LA and Wilmington, NC as other cities that have the same designation of being named Coast Guard City, with Grand Haven, being the first to receive the designation back in 1998. Kodiak, Alaska is now also the homeport of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WHEC 724), which is named after Douglas A. Munro, the only Coast Guardsman to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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