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October 2016 Newsletter


Maine Open Lighthouse Day 2016
Over 400 hundred people visited and toured West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on Saturday, September 10th. during Maine Open Lighthouse Day! West Quoddy was one of 24 Maine Lighthouses open to the public for Maine Open Lighthouse Day, with almost 425 people touring our beacon. The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a gorgeous 3rd order fresnel lens. The light is maintained by the USCG still today. The Coast Guard personnel gave the tower tours and we are truly thankful and grateful to them!

The West Quoddy Light Keepers Association along with many lighthouse volunteers hosted a fun filled day with laughter, raffles, food, music and a few minke whales in view.

Honoring Dr. Deane Hutchins
It sure was a raining Sunday at West Quoddy Head Visitors Center, but it definitely was not a quiet Sunday, September 18th. Here included on the right are a few photos of just a small dose of this exciting rainy Sunday.

West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association honored Dr. Deane Hutchins by naming the Light Keeper’s room at the Visitors Center in his honor, a small but yet delightful dedication was held at 2 pm inside the Keeper’s room.
And…
A lovely wedding took place a few hours prior to Dean’s celebration.
Yea, the wedding took place outside directly under the beacon itself face the Quoddy Narrows in the rain. The day was beautiful between the rain showers and it was a magical day here at the light once again.

The Light Association would like to Thank everyone so very much for coming out on this rainy day, which could have been your typical lazy, rainy, Sunday. More than 25,000 visitors signed our quest book and 69 Countries were represented the season! We sure hope to see your name in the quest book next season 2017.

We open once again on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10am to 4pm/seven days a week.
Our tower tours begin on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 pm. weather permitting.
Our Annual Lighthouse Celebration is on this same Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. Don’t miss this day…, “It is so much Fun!”

We had to say goodbye to our summer college intern, Casey Oehler on Sunday, August 21st., We miss you. Casey arrived to Lubec in June and attends Bates college, she was such an asset to our Visitors Center, Casey spent her entire summer with us and she became family. We sure do miss you, Casey!
“Good luck in graduate school and all that enjoy in life-!”
We were the lucky ones to have you join our WQHL/visitors center team.

Gary West, and his team arrived to West Quoddy Lighthouse on Tuesday, August 2nd. with such enthusiasm and dedication. We were thrilled to meet Gary and his team, the Patriot Honor Ride, cycling across 15 states and DC. Honoring 16 heroes and their families. Flying and folding 16 U.S. flags in their honor and raising money and awareness for Folds of Honor.
Lubec, ME started his 2500 miles’ bike ride from Lubec, ME. Yepa, that’s right Lubec. Ending his journey in Key West, FL We were honored
Thank you, Gary for honoring them! It was an amazing week.
On October 5th. the United States Lighthouse Society toured the lighthouse, spent time by the bold beautiful sea and signed in at the guest book at Visitors Center. It sure was great to meet Jeff Gales, Executive Director and Henry Gonzalez, Vice President of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

Bike Maine at West Quoddy
On September 16, 2016 we opened up the Visitors Center at 7:30 this morning to greet BikeMaine riders and take a few photos with them. Everyone was so excited to be here and were thrilled to have them here at the light. The cyclist were on a seven-day trip; they averaged 55 miles per day, all while stopping at and enjoying the many sights of the Bold coast of the Real Downeast Maine. West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association (WQHLKA) ended the 2016 season on October 15th. A heartfelt “thank you” from the WQHLKA Board of Directors, and Kimberly Ashby to the twenty-one excellent volunteers who staff the Visitors Center seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend to closing, for total one thousand, one hundred seventy-six hours. The Board of Directors also extends their sincere thanks to the behind the-scenes volunteers, who contribute their time to many Committees responsible for the following work: Planning, Budgeting, Fundraising, Public Relations, Website, Memberships, Art Gallery, Museum Exhibits, Event Planning

A well-deserved celebration party of appreciation for all the volunteers was held at Annabell’s Tavern on August 19th. This season, the exhibits in the museum contribute to educate and enlighten, and the art gallery is always a popular stopping point. With twenty-seven local artists there was much to love and choose from. The WQHLKA expresses many thanks for the donations received from the artists whose work was sold. The very busy season saw over 25,000 visitors register at the Center. They hailed from all fifty states and from sixty-nine countries.


Board of Directors 2016-2017:

President / Margaret Curley - Clay
Vice President / Dennis Drews
Secretary / Normand Laberge
Treasurer / Diana Hoppin
Dr. Deane Hutchins
Ron Pesha
Tom Dean
Susan Zachos
Marjorie Krull
Timothy Harrison
Marty Saccone
Pamela Headrick
Larry Conrad
Sara McConnell

Thank you all so very much!







 

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