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Keeper's Korner

Tidbits and Editorial Comments from the Tower

By Timothy Harrison


New Patch for Crisp Point

Michigan’s Crisp Point Lighthouse Society has a new patch for their lighthouse that they are selling for $3.75 each, which includes postage from CPLHS, 450 W. Marr Rd., Howell, MI 49955.

Crossed The Bar

With the passing of George Evans, the Florida Lighthouse Association recently lost one of its most dedicated contributing members. Evans (left) was a recipient in 2009 of the Florida Lighthouse Association’s Thomas Taylor Award. Doctors had told him that his passion for lighthouses had prolonged his life. Our condolences go out to his friends and family; he left a lighthouse legacy that other volunteers will be proud to follow.

Roanoke River Light

The restoration of the exterior of North Carolina’s Roanoke River Lighthouse has now been completed. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this happen.

Lighthouse Lady Gone

Ethel Williamson, who along with her husband, Cyril maintained Ontario, Canada’s Port Weller lighthouse for 25 years has died at the age of 103. A recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002, she will be best remembered in lighthouse circles for her book, A Light on the Seaway that was published in 1972.

Brian Tague Honored

Our congratulations to Brian Tague on his award from the Coast Guard for his 20 years of dedication to the Flying Santa program that started so many years ago with Bill Wincapaw dropping Christmas presents to the families of lighthouse keepers along the coast of New England. Brian has gone to great lengths to preserve the history of the Flying Santa and keep the program going to this day by bringing presents to Coast Guard families stationed by lighthouses.

Oswego Gets Money

The City of Oswego has received a $250,000 grant from the New York Canal Corporation toward the restoration of New York states Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, which the city took possession of in 2009 under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. Ted Payayotoff, an old friend of the New Jersey and Maine lighthouse community, is now chairman of the lighthouse committee in Oswego, NY. When Ted lived in Maine he spent 10 years working on the restoration of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and he also wrote a book about the lighthouse. He was also active with the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

Needles to be Saved

The historic Needles Lighthouse on the western end of the Isle of Wight is to undergo a nearly $780,000 restoration project to protect it from sinking into the sea. It is believed that a concrete ring to be built around the lighthouse will protect it from erosion. The work is being done under the direction of Trinity House, which oversees all lighthouses in England, Wales and other British territorial waters.

Lighthouse Author Ted W. Nelson is Lost

We are saddened to report on the passing of noted historian and lighthouse book author Ted Nelson. Along with his wife, Sharlene, Ted coauthored The Umbrella Guide books to California Lighthouses, Washington Lighthouses and Oregon Lighthouses. For over 50 years Ted and his wife had been researching and writing about history. Lighthouses were just a small portion of their many journalism works. The couple also coauthored Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Ted was one of a small number of lighthouse historians who helped pave the way for the rest of us. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, Sharlene and their family and friends.

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