BM3 Stephanie Horvat USCG of Coast Guard Station Jonesport (Maine) shows off her beautiful lighthouse tattoo. Stephanie’s love of lighthouses is one of the reasons she joined the United States Coast Guard. (Photograph by Timothy Harrison.)
On the Rock
Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society Director David Gerth during an August 2016 work trip at the lighthouse. The Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society is an all-volunteer organization that has partnered with the National Park Service to restore the 1908 lighthouse that is located east of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, Michigan. (Photo courtesy of David Gerth.)
Of Course I Know
This past August, Shirley A. Davis (Myers) visited the West Quoddy Head Visitors Center at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine and she asked if they knew about her grandfather, Loring William Myers, who was a lighthouse keeper at the nearby Lubec Channel Lighthouse for 33 years. Kimberly Ashby, the Visitor’s Center manager, knew right away who Shirley was talking about and brought out the book Lighthouses of the Sunrise County by Timothy Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest. Shirley Davis was beyond thrilled to see the image of her grandfather in the book and all the information therein about him. Shirley then shared a number of stories about her grandfather and then made a donation to the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Keepers Association. Kimberly Ashby then gave Shirley Davis a free complimentary copy of the book. Shirley A. Davis is shown here pointing to the image of her grandfather in the book Lighthouses of the Sunrise County. (Photo by Kimberly Ashby.)
BikeMaine at West Quoddy
One of the several hundred bicyclists from BikeMaine took a moment to pose and show her West Quoddy Head Lighthouse shirt by the welcome sign at the former keeper’s house at the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine, which is the easternmost lighthouse on the continental Atlantic coast of the United States. The cyclists were on a seven day trip; they averaged 55 miles per day, all while stopping at and enjoying the many sights of the rocky coast of the “Real Downeast Maine.” The letters WQHLKA on the sign stand for West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association, the nonprofit group that manages the Visitors Center at the lighthouse. (Photo by Kimberly Ashby.)
Lighthouse Digest at Rose Island
It’s always nice to see Lighthouse Digest at a lighthouse where others can enjoy reading it and hopefully, if they are not yet subscribers, they will do so and join our lighthouse family. Lighthouse Digest is shown here on the kitchen table at Rose Island Lighthouse in Rhode Island. (Photo by Debra Baldwin.)
Patches with lighthouses are desirable collectibles among many lighthouse aficionados. There is a large collection of patches that was originally compiled by Timothy Harrison, with donations by others, that is now on display at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine. Also, there are a number of lighthouses around the country that also have patches with lighthouses on display. As time goes on, the old lighthouse patches become harder to find and increase in value. This U.S. Coast Guard patch, from Southwest Harbor Maine, in the collection of Lighthouse Digest, details all various duties pertaining to aids to navigation.
Return To Bass Harbor
During Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Lt. Bion Holbrook (USCG Ret.) and his wife, Michelle who lived at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse from 2013 to 2014, greeted people about to climb the tower and shared their stories about living at the lighthouse. Michelle spent part of her childhood growing up at Bear Island Lighthouse where her father Ray Brooks was once a lighthouse keeper. Her father was also a lighthouse keeper at Egg Rock Lighthouse. Lt. Holbrook spent 27 years in the United States Coast Guard. (Photo by Timothy Harrison.)
Stories and Memories of and For Old and Young
Delia Farris (left), whose mother grew up at Maine’s Little River Lighthouse and whose grandfather and great grandfather were lighthouse keepers, was on hand at Maine’s Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Maine Open Lighthouse Day to share lighthouse history and stories with young and old. Here Delia is telling a childhood story to 2½ year old Gemma from Carmel, Maine. (Photo by Timothy Harrison.)
Although we are not sure, this tombstone for Carlton E. Woggon at the Calvary Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio, gives the impression that it has been designed to look like a lighthouse. (Photo by Donald Moline.)
Kids Clean Up
The Currituck Beach Light Station in Corolla, North Carolina weathered Tropical Storm Hermine with some downed trees and branches, but luckily escaped any major damage. Thanks and a big lunch were given to the many children who live near the base of the lighthouse who came out for a morning of work after the storm so the tower could reopen for eager climbers. The kids helped sweep broken glass from a broken window pane in the tower, mopped up water in the lens room, picked up branches and tried, without success, to rescue a baby squirrel. (Photos by Meghan Agresto.)
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