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Shown is Delaware's Mispillion Lighthouse which ...
Photo by: Judi A. Kearney

A little extra

I want to thank you for sending the first issue to me so that I could wrap it and give it as a gift on Christmas morning to my Dad. That is what I call taking an interest in your customers.

I have to admit that I thought you had made a mistake. It's easy to think "mistake" after living through some experiences with other magazine subscriptions. I had not opened the envelope and read your letter. Then I thought, just maybe, you had sent me the first issue so that I could wrap it and the rest of the issues would be sent to the correct address! My next thought was, dream on; businesses don't do things like that.

When my dad opened the envelope and we read your letter we found that there is a place that does a little extra for their customers.

Thanks a lot and we hope you all have a prosperous and healthy 1997.

Nadine Rexroad

Whaleyville, MD


Proud to have in home

I received my second issue of Lighthouse Digest today and have read it from cover to cover as of 8pm this evening. My wife, Sue, gave it to me along with one of the Depot sweatshirts as part of Christmas and as a result, I am a happy camper who will probably dream of lightships, ghost ships and overnights at a lighthouse tonight. We're proud to have your publication in our home.

John & Sue Kramer

Angier, NC


Mispillion deplorable

I agree with David Renn (Mailbag, January 1997). Delaware's Mispillion Light is indeed in deplorable shape. I am enclosing a photo taken New Years Day 1997. With a little ingenuity and incentive, the business/restaurant next door could take advantage of the historic significance of the light and use it as a tourist attraction. I wish I had the resources to take on the project.

On another note, during our annual New Year's Day "lighthouse trek," we came upon a restaurant in Dewey Beach, Delaware (photo enclosed). It looks as though it could have been a light on the Bay side of town. Does anyone know whether it was a real light at one time? (Photo at bottom of page.) I'd be very interested to hear from Delaware locals.

Judi A Kearney

Ambler, PA

Emphasis not on preservation

I thought you did an admirable job of defending the need to put lighthouses on the National Register of Historic Places. One bit of clarification needs to be made, however, just for your own information. Although I would probably grant you that Wayne Wheeler made the first and biggest impact in popularizing the lighthouse movement (despite the fact that his group the U.S. Lighthouse Society, and Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and Lighthouse Preservation Society were all incorporated in the same year), his emphasis has never been on preservation (see his mission statement which says their purpose is to "educate, inform and entertain"). Nor did he start the lighthouse preservation movement (see enclosed letter on the eve of 1985, where he outlines his inability to get involved with lighthouse preservation issues due to a conflict of interests with his Coast Guard position) . . . statements like he has recently made about not putting lighthouses on the National Register reinforce the perception that his emphasis is and always has been "entertainment and education," not preservation and its related issues.

Jay Hyland

President Lighthouse Preservation Society

Best Reading Around

Since subscribing to your fine publication this past summer, I must say it is indeed some of the best reading on lighthouses around. I look forward to receiving Lighthouse Digest every month. I had the pleasure to visit the Lighthouse Depot this past summer. My wife and I enjoyed it very much and we plan on coming back soon. . . .Keep up the good work.

Peter Maas

Fenton, Michigan


Didn't have contest

Enclosed is a photo of the new marina facility at the Rocky River Channel of the Cleveland Metro Parks in Lakewood, Ohio. Our park system surrounds the greater Cleveland area on the east, south and west sides with Lake Erie to the north. With more than 19,000 acres, 14 reservations, 100 miles of parkway roads and the Zoo, it is referred to as the "Emerald Necklace." For this reason the new building is called the Emerald Necklace Marina. Since it serves boaters and dockside fishermen, its lighthouse-type design is appropriate and the lantern is lit after dark. I personally would have called it Light Station Marina, but they didn't have a contest to name it. But, it's still beautiful.

Jane Kascak

Parma, OH

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