Monday, June 21, 2010

Borden Flats Light for sale again

In September 2008, attorney Michael Gabriel of Nevada was the high bidder, at $55,000, in an auction for Borden Flats Lighthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, under the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. Mr. Gabriel announced that he was going to establish a microbrewery at the offshore lighthouse, according to this article.

Now, according to General Services Administration spokeswoman Paula Santangelo, Mr. Gabriel has defaulted on the closing of the property, and the lighthouse will once again be put up for auction. I'll post details here when they're available.

Too bad no nonprofit organization or community in SE Mass. came forward to apply for ownership of this lighthouse before it was put up for auction.

Race Point Lighthouse open houses

Race Point Light Station in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod, will be open to the public for tours on the first and third Saturdays of each month from June until October. The lighthouse will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The dates for the rest of this season: July 3 and 17, August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18, October 2.

The touring season will be suspended if the federally-protected piping plovers nest and block access to the lighthouse. Once the plover chicks fledge, tours will resume.

Click here for more information.

New Hampshire Lighthouse Week celebrated

EJ Hersom/Foster's Daily Democrat staff photographer

State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, center, reads a proclamation from Gov. John Lynch at Portmouth Lighthouse on Sunday in New Castle. At left is Joel Sherburne, director of New Hampshire Lighthouse Week, and at right is State Rep. Janet Wall, D&R-Madbury.

At a gathering before a public open house at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH, yesterday, the start of the 8th annual New Hampshire Lighthouse Week was observed. State Senator Martha Fuller Clark read a proclamation from NH Governor Lynch and spoke of the "magnificent job" done by Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The lighthouse has been repainted, with the project wrapping up last Friday.

You can read more about this event on the website of Foster's Daily Democrat: click here.