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Keepers Korner

Tid-bits from the Tower

By Timothy Harrison


Thank You’s

Many thanks to Robert C. Williams II formerly of Kill Devil Hills, NC for sending us a North Carolina Cape Hatteras license plate. As a reminder to our readers, if you live in a state with a lighthouse license plate and when you’re finished with the plate, send it to us and we’ll make sure it gets displayed at Lighthouse Depot, The World’s Largest Lighthouse Gift Store in Wells, Maine.

And more thanks to Wayne Gilbert who donated 12 high quality Johnson & Johnson first aid medical kits to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The first aid kits will be kept at lighthouses that are under the care of the Foundation. Wayne Gilbert is the brother of Bob Gilbert who works for Lighthouse Depot.

Thanks also go out to Walt Gorr for donating a tee-shirt from the 32nd Annual Convention of the Chief Petty Officers Association, which was held in Mobile, AL. The shirt features a beautiful depiction of the Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile, AL. The shirt will eventually go on display in the Lighthouse Museum in Wells, Maine.

And many thanks to Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company for donating life jackets for the American Lighthouse Foundation boat which is used for the restoration work at Maine’s Little River Lighthouse. Now, all they need is the money to restore the station.


Armand E. Houde, 73, passed away in Pompano Beach, FL. He had served many years in the Coast Guard having been stationed on various lighthouses and lightships. At one time he was the head keeper at Maine’s Portland Head Light. He also served on the Presidential Security Patrol at Hyannis, MA for former President John F. Kennedy.

In the News

The September/October issue of Coastal Living Magazine has a nice story on Lighthouse Depot, with photos. Also in that issue is a story on Thomas Point Lighthouses with a couple of neat interior photographs.

Lighthouse Preservation

The North Light on Block Island, RI is starting a new brick apron at the lighthouse (they finished one already) and you can purchase personalized brick for $50.00 each to help restore the tower and the second floor of the lighthouse. Inscriptions are limited to 14 characters per line including spaces and punctuation. Your $50.00 and inscription can be sent to, North Light Fund, P.O. Box 1183, Block Island, RI 02807. For more information visit their web site at http://thenorthlightfund.free servers.com/

Assateague Lighthouse in Virginia will be open for a few more dates this year, they are, Oct. 14 & 15; and November 4 & 5. Tour times are 9am to 3pm. For more information call 757-336-2872.

Congratulations . . .

Goes to Lavern Kinney of Mabank, Texas who won a lighthouse replica in the drawing held at the Family Motor Coach Convention held recently in Brunswick, Maine. Lighthouse Depot and Lighthouse Digest had a booth at the convention which was the largest motor convention in Maine’s history and maybe even nationally. There were over 7,000 motor homes from across the country. Yours truly presented a slide/talk on the last day of the show, which was well attended and rated by those attending as a great seminar. So, that means I can pat myself on the back.

This story appeared in the October 2000 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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