Making a Difference
Ralston Machen is a docent and tour guide at the Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Westport, Washington, where his wife works in the gift shop. He is shown here inside the lantern of the 1898 tower, standing by the magnificent 3rd order Fresnel lens. Ralston and Debra Machen have been interested in lighthouses for over 30 years and visited many of them coast to coast as well as in England. If it weren’t for docents, many lighthouses and maritime museums would not be able to open to the public.
Honoring Twin Lights Keeper
This past September the great-great-grandson of George W. Lewis placed a U.S. Lighthouse Service Memorial Marker at his gravesite at the Fairview Cemetery in Toms River, New Jersey. George W. Lewis started his lighthouse career at the Twin Lights of Navesink in Highlands, New Jersey as a 3rd assistant keeper in 1873. He worked his way up to 2nd assistant keeper in 1874 and then to 1st assistant keeper in 1876, a position he held until 1879.
Urging Letters of Support
Barbara Sellitto of the Lubec Historical Society in Lubec, Maine and Sean Murphy of the Maine Lighthouse Trust holding the proposed specialty lighthouse license plate for the State of Maine. All it needs now is approval by the State Legislature. They are encouraging all Mainers, as are we, to write to their state representatives and senators to vote in favor of it. (Photo by Kathleen Finnegan)
The folks in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada have come up with a unique idea to promote their Inch Arann Point Range Front Lighthouse with this aluminum frame for tourists to take unique photo. The community has done a wonderful job at the site over the years with improvements to the park and the removal of the overhead power line that went to the lighthouse. (Photo by Philip Hunter)
Model T’s at the Easternmost Point
As most photographers will tell you, the most perfect shots are 90% timing. Marty Saccone, a volunteer at the West Quoddy Lighthouse, was at the lighthouse when the Downeast Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America came to visit the easternmost point in the U.S.A. Even Marty, a professional photographer, was pleasantly surprised at the perfect timing of this photograph with the West Quoddy Lighthouse. See more of Marty’s great photography on his website at www.marty-saccone.pixels.com
International Lighthouse Patch
U.S. Lighthouse Society Tour Coordinator Marjie Seabeck presents an embroidered two-nations patch, created by her husband, to Kimberly Ashby, Executive Director of the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Visitors Center and Museum on a tour to the lighthouse this past October. The patch features West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine and the Mulholland Lighthouse on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
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