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Meeting Amazing People

There’s nothing like owning a lighthouse when it comes to meeting a lot of new and interesting people.  Whether they arrive for a...

Bearing Gifts

Like the 3 Wise Men bringing gifts to the Baby Jesus, many visitors have also come to the lighthouse bearing gifts. Often these gifts are...

Persons in Distress

In a 1927 instruction manual to “Employees of the United States Lighthouse Service,” General Instructions to All Employees, Section 23....

Celebrity Status

I was sitting next to a couple at a church function recently whom I had not met before. We were chatting over dinner and it turns out...

When the Light Goes Out

What happens when the light goes out at a lighthouse?  It’s bound to happen, right?  Fortunately, since I’ve owned the lighthouse over...

Media Frenzy

2023 was the summer of media coverage. In fact, it turned out to be a downright media frenzy. It began the weekend I opened the...

Even Dozen - The Best Two Weeks

2023 marked the 12th year I’ve owned the lighthouse and the 12th year it’s been under renovation. What I call “Lighthouse Season” runs...

The Proposal

Just when I think I’ve had all the “firsts” I could possibly have at the lighthouse – good and bad – something comes along to take my...

Unscrupulous Contractors

When I purchased Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse, I needed a reliable contractor to manage the project and find and procure competent...

Recognition

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” When I started...

Designing The Lighthouse

When I purchased Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse from the federal government in 2011, I knew the nearly 100-year-old sorely neglected...

Filming a Movie

Lighthouses are popular places. Movies and TV shows have been filmed at and about lighthouses for decades. So it was no surprise that I...

The Break Wall

Access to the lighthouse has always been a challenge. Direct water access is only available on the east side next to Fairport Harbor via...

The Case of the Missing Dock

When the engineers designed Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse and the platform where it sits, they designed only one access point to the...

97th Birthday Celebration

Each year, we celebrate the day, June 9, 1925, that the beacon was first lit at Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse. It’s the lighthouse’s...

Unwelcome Guests

Over the 11 years I’ve owned the lighthouse, I’ve had thousands of guests – most invited -- some not invited, but given a looksee,...

Burhani Windows

I first met John Burhani in November 2011 shortly after I purchased Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse from a government auction. He had...

Mighty Lake Erie

It was a hot early August afternoon. The park was crowded as people streamed in to take a swim or sit on the beach. Given it was just two...

The Pandemic Pause

News of an unusual virus coming out of China began circulating in December 2019. The highly contagious strain of coronavirus, named...

The Elusive Utilities

When I first purchased the lighthouse, I knew it needed a lot of repair and restoration. I also knew that whatever utilities (running...

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