Light Station Restoration Diary
As written by the people working on the restoration.
Unless otherwise identified, the diary author is Linda Nenn,
co-chair of the Restoration Project
July 29, 2001
Today a very special lady came home for the first time in 66 years.
Now, did that get your attention?
Sunday afternoon started as just another usual busy day at the Light Station. Rick had recruited Gene and son Jeff Giltner, Jerry Wiskow and Ron Mann from the morning church service at Christ the King. They all showed up around 1 p.m. to move drywall that had been trailered from the garage to the first floor of the LS the day before. With two or three of us at each level, we moved 36 4x8' sheets from the first to the second floor and 10 more sheets up into the lamp room area on the 3rd level. We can now proceed with building the stairs that bend their way to the second floor.
Just when we finished and were going to take a break out on the lawn, our first visitors arrived. Jean Lambin, our contact person with the National Trust, showed up with Scott D. to see the site. Jean had made an earlier visit last year prior to any work beginning, and helped Mary F. and me through the grant writing process that resulted in the NTHP awarding us a $2,000 grant. Thanks, Jeanne. And, it was great to see you again.
Gave them the tour and as they were leaving I heard we had more visitors. Said Rick could take this one and followed Jean and Scott out of the LS. After our parting I saw Rick talking with an elderly couple at the fence line. Walked over to say "hi" and was instantly drawn to attention when Rick introduced Jeanette and George Dallmann. I'd met the pair almost 2 years ago, when our Restoration Project was no more than a dream, but I'm terrible at remembering faces so I met them again for the first time.
Jeanette Dallmann's grandfather was Charles H. Lewis, the lightkeeper of Port Washington's lights from 1882 to 1934. His father and mother preceded him as keepers, from 1874 to 1882. Maria Lewis kept the light following her husband's death in 1880, but was apparently never given a permanent appointment.
Born in 1913, Jeanette and her twin sister lived at the Light Station from 1919 to 1924-25, following the death of their father, Charles Lewis, Jr. Their mother had to go to work and the girls were left with their grandparents. Jeanette's sister died many years ago, so Jeanette is the last living person to have resided in our Light Station when the tower and lantern were intact.
Jeanette last walked through our front door in 1934 when her grandparents left the dwelling and took up housekeeping on Chestnut Street. This was in anticipation of the arrival of the new keeper, Arthur Almquist and his assistant Lester Struble. '34 was the year our LS changed from a lighthouse to a duplex. Grandmother Linda Lewis died in 1935 and keeper/grandfather Charles Lewis passed away in 1937.
As we talked, Jeanette said she was afraid she wouldn't live long enough to see the tower and lantern back in place as we had so much yet to accomplish. Rick and I told her 11 months was all she needed to wait, and that she better plan to be here to walk through that front door again. At that juncture we invited them inside. Reluctant at first, Jeanette and George navigated the front steps and stepped into the past and the future. She remarked as she entered that even the steps had been changed. We assured here when she returned the steps was look like they did so long ago.
With wonderful clarity and to a rapt audience, Jeanette instantly recognized the rooms that are reappearing. The first floor bedroom where her grandfather slept and later her Aunt Grace spent her last days. The Lewises had only 2 children that survived birth and both preceded their parents in death. Grace Lewis taught school and never married. Dying of cancer she returned home to her parents and died in 1926. Vivid memories for a child to remember.
At first Rick talked with George about the construction of the LS while I spoke with Jeanette about the daily routine in the LS. Where did grandpa Lewis like to sit when his tasks were done? Grandma Lewis loved to write letters? She was left handed? (All left handed people are special in case you didn't know that.) Sat by the dining room table, by the window and did her writing? We talked about what the kitchen looked like; how the rooms were arranged. The rectangular clock on the east wall above the table, the pendulum and face behind glass; the painting of hollyhocks on the sitting room south wall; the valet in the front hall where the hats of Charles and male visitors were hung, with a drawer below for scarves, mittens and gloves; a description of the parlor stove; the location of the floor vent above the stove where Jeanette and Genevieve huddled and dressed hurriedly on cold winter mornings; the chamber pots hidden away in bedroom cabinets...
Rick and George then joined us and Rick had Jeanette walk us through the house again, sketch pad in hand. A real trouper, she once again repeated her memories with George adding comments remembered from conversations that spanned decades. George had never been in our Light Station, the two married in 1941, but it was obvious Jeanette had talked often about her life at the lighthouse. He also remarked that in their travels over the years they often had to make detours to see lighthouses. (I know the feeling. With a grandfather, uncles and dad working for the railroads, I thought everyone took trips to visit rail yards around the country.)
As the time stretched on and our visitors wearied, I remembered to snatch up my camera and started to snap photos. Jeanette recalled that she and her sister were photographed on the front steps, so we captured the couple on the steps. Before they departed we walked over to the stairs leading to Jackson street and Jeanette shared a few more memories about traversing the hill to attend the Wisconsin Street School and as an area that begged to be explored by energetic twins.
As to the Lewises, Grandmother Linda was a strict Methodist, quite averse to the use of alcohol. Grandpa Charles wasn't quite so inclined, and the Walshes across the street would occasionally entice him over to sample their wares. This may be the reason that the Lewis' wedding, just prior to his appointment as lightkeeper, made the local news when it got a bit rowdy. Rick remembered a broken wine bottle I had recovered from the old privy vault and brought it up from the basement to show Jeanette and George. Rick also shared our little treasure box of mementos that we've recovered from between the cracks, joists and rafters. When Jeanette saw the scythe blade I had pulled from beneath the floor boards, she was puzzled how it got in the LS as she remembered Mr. Walsh using just such an implement to cut the grasses surrounding St. Mary's.
I sure I've already forgotten bits and pieces of our conversations, but what a gift we were given today. As Rick, I and our merry band of volunteers continue to work on the Restoration we'll now be walking where very real people lived, loved, worked and played. When a building becomes more than just a building, when it becomes a home, it takes on a real life. Today our little lighthouse became a home. Let's continue to work toward that day when Jeanette Lewis Dallmann can walk through our front door with the memory of her Grandparents alive in her minds eye saying, "Welcome home."
That's all for right now. The mason has started his work; 2 masonry cleaning companies have declined our offer to bid, one more is considering; meet with electrician hopefully tomorrow as electrical wiring needs to be installed before drywall can go up; Nancy Simpson is doing a bang up job of furring strips and insulation (hammering may not be your forte, but using an electric saw, WOW); Ron is wearing me out just watching him work; should be getting a better deal from Neuens now that I've talked with the pres., he's asked for a complete list of materials we'll need to complete the carpentry part of this project, including the flooring and clapboard siding. Neuens is also sending someone out to measure for the storm windows. They are a Marvin dealer. Dimmer sent a worker, on Friday, to clean around the window openings better. Pete P. was a happier camper when he saw the cleaned areas yesterdays and set his crew to work. I drove them nuts with my questions about the mortar materials, color and anything else I could think of to ask.
A special thank you to Ron, Nancy S. and Rick for their work this week. Who needs a sauna when you have the Light Station to work in. By the way, my kingdom for a working dehumidifier. Ours gasped it last gasp and the humid weather is wreaking havoc in the basement. If one is offered up this week we'll have to purchase one. I bought a ladder on Thursday. Rick has provided a lovely cherry picking ladder for our use, but I figured an investment of $67 by the Historical Society could be justified. Really, Rick, we love your cherry picking ladder, and will use it, but you must admit it is a bit unwieldy.
Still looking for volunteers and contributions. I might share some more stories of the Lewises if you open up your wallets and checkbooks and donate a little or a lot.
Oh, this one's for Pat. W. Please tell Joe B. that Rick showed photos of the Rock Island, WI stairway to Jeanette and she thought it was a photo of Port's steps. They are IDENTICAL in run, wood, newels, railing and color to the ones we need to rebuild between the first and second floors. Hurrah!
July 22, 2001
We've received the donation of insulation materials from Jack Flack, in the name of his employees. Value, so far, $800. Jack doesn't know if he want the recognition put "on a step," so he asked that we hold off on any type of permanent acknowledgment. It was important to get the materials now, as we have to bring the stuff up through the stairway openings before the stairs are restored. Same goes for the studs, drywall and plywood that will be used in the attic and second floor landing.
Arnold's Environmental Services, Inc. has loaned us the use of a portable restroom until we get new plumbing installed. Told Tammy, the owner, we'd be looking at one to two months. They will come once a week to clean the lovely blue box. Tammy really came through, and fast, considering I completely overlooked the fact that her company was supplying the portables for Fish Day.
Ah, Fish Day. Survived another one and the approx. 20,000 visitors that descend on Port one day a year. Heard via the grapevine that Damon A. didn't want Rick and me to have the Light Station open during the afternoon, so we stayed away. Liability concerns. Meanwhile, the old Generator Building has been proving a big hit with our visitors. With our commercial fishing exhibit and shipwreck information. Tied in with the interest in the Linda E.'s sad fate, people are full of questions about Port's maritime history.
Rick Smith's reputation as a Great Lakes maritime historian has resulted in two wonderful gifts to the Light Station and Port Historical Society. We now have a piece of the forward anchor winch off the TOLEDO, which broke up at the foot of Lighthouse Hill in 1856, with a big loss of life. Artie Keller, long time Port resident, marine artifacts collector and scuba diver over 35 years ago, recovered the winch cast iron band and gears in the early 1960s. Moving from the area, he donated the very heavy artifact rather than sell it to a private collection. It's on display in the Light Station yard. Rick and I will add a sign in the next months.
The second gift has yet to arrive. Again, Light Station Restoration Project co-chair Rick Smith is the one to thank. A lifeboat, believed to be off the ill fated carferry MILWAUKEE, has been donated to the Port Washington Light Station by the CEO of the company that owns the SS BADGER. The BADGER is the last of the Wisconsin-Michigan carferries plying the lake, daily between Manitowoc, WI and Ludington, MI.
Here's a little history on the MILWAUKEE. Official no. : 93363. Car ferry built in 1903 at Cleveland, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for Manistique, Marquette & Northern Railroad Co., Milwaukee, Wis. Built as the Manistique, Marquette, & Northern 1. One source says that in Jan. 1908, while traversing through heavy ice at Manistique, several hull plates were broken in, and she barely made it to the dock of the lumber company where she sank. In fall 1908, sold to the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Co., Milwaukee. Renamed Milwaukee and put into year-round service between Grand Haven, Mich. and Milwaukee. Ran alternately with the ferry Grand Haven. Oct. 22, 1929, she left Milwaukee. Despite gale and storm warnings, Capt. Robert H. McKay set off in the afternoon. Oct. 24, when the Milwaukee never arrived at Grand Haven, aircraft searched the lake but to no avail. Steamship Steel Chemist discovered two bodies in life jackets marked S.S. Milwaukee near Kenosha, Wis. on Oct 24. Near Holland, Mich. a lifeboat was found containing four dead crew members. On Oct. 27, near South Haven, Mich., an empty lifeboat was found along with the ship's message case; the message indicated that the captain had turned the ship back toward Milwaukee. Presumed ship had sunk with all hands (estimates range from 46 to 57) lost. Shipwreck discovered 1972 by divers Kent Bellrichard and Roger Chapman, Milwaukee, and John Steele, Waukegan, Ill., near Fox Point, Wis. (about 10 miles from Milwaukee's breakwater) using sonar. The ship was sitting upright with the bow facing north. Boxcars were scattered throughout the car deck. The pilot house was found 75 feet away to the port. Some salvaged relics have been donated to the Milwaukee Public Library.
Let's see if I can explain how the lifeboat that carried the 4 men, who froze to death, from Fox Point, WI to Holland, MI, is coming to Port. Rick used to dive with Bellrichard, Chapman and Steele. (I remember one very cold day in April, many years ago, when I was on Steele's converted fishtug, with the divers, searching for what later was identified as the NORTHERNER. ) Numerous items in the now defunct Sunken Treasures Maritime Museum, in Port, were donated by John Steele. Our Light Station Maritime Exhibit contains items recovered in the 1970's, by Rick, sometimes accompanied by one or more of these divers. It also contains items donated by Leif Weborg, skipper of the LINDA E., which was lost Dec. 11, 1998. Leif's son-in-law, through his work, knows the CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry Co. When the subject of the lifeboat came up and a proper place to display it, Rick's friendship with the Weborgs, his status as a maritime historian and his connection with the divers that found the MILWAUKEE, all added up to the lifeboat becoming a gift to the Port Washington Historical Society.
Whew...if you followed that litany you're doing pretty good. The lifeboat will be brought to Wisconsin on the SS BADGER when space and time allows. Rick, and maybe me if I can beg a ride, will trailer the boat to Port. We'll build a cradle for it east of the Light Station, cover it and put it on permanent display. The Board of Directors will need to formally accept this gift, but I can't imagine anyone with respect and love for Lake Michigan and its maritime history could or would decline such a wonderful gift.
We have now signed contracts for the following work. 1. Masonry: filling in SW window, recreating opening for double hung window on west side of Light Station and rebuilding original front steps. 2. Roof extensions to reestablish original roofline. 3. Millwork for trim on roof extensions.
Still seeking sources for 5/4 white pine flooring. Two bids so far, both approx. $6,000 for 1000 sq. ft. Third contractor for roofing still hasn't come through with a bid. Long past date. Will seek another contractor with restoration experience. Current bids range from $35,000 to $59,000. Architect reviewing bids.
Latest information regarding dedication date. June 16, 2002. This is the date that has been tentatively set by Gerda Hansen, wife of the Luxembourg Consular Officer in Chicago, Don Hansen. (Gerda stays in email contact with Mary F. and Bea Krier, President of the Luxembourg Society.) Mrs. Hansen was involved in planning of the Flag Day, Luxembourg celebration in Waubeka, WI June, 2000. On that occasion, the ambassador of Luxembourg in Washington, Arlette Conzemius, embassy attaché Carlo Krieger, as well as the American ambassador to Luxembourg, James C. Hormel, participated in the recognition of Bernard Cigrand, the founder of Flag Day and the son of Luxembourg immigrants. It will be great if our Light Station Dedication attracts the same attention. I taught in Waubeka for 22 years, so the story of school teacher Cigrand was part of our Wisconsin history lessons. For those of you that weren't so fortunate, check out this website provided by Luc Marteling. I think Luc was the cameraman that filmed us, at the Light Station, for broadcast in the Grand Duchy last year. He puts the Luxembourg fest as being in Waubeka, but other than that its a pretty nice website.
Volunteer work continues in spurts. Ron Mann and Rick were the ones fighting the heat this past week. Nancy S. hopes to put in some hours this coming week and Dean Shaver asked Rick if there's work for him to do. Would be nice if the volunteers could work together as its more rewarding and enjoyable to be at the Station with others. Also helps when visitors stop by. Most of my work has been on the phone and computer. Helped Rick set up a screen tent to provide a bit of shade outdoors. I have a feeling it will come up and down as the thunderheads build and recede. I have a feeling this hot, humid weather will hang with us until it rains and a high passes through the region.
Mary F. and I put together a 2x3' sign board to bring attention to the "Buy a Step" fund raiser. It's now perched on the wall next to the base of the stairs. Damon indicated at last week's Society meeting that about half the 104 steps are sold, with a minimum donation of $250. Saw that one of the steps is in memory of Capt. C. Lewis, Lightkeeper. Wonder if that was another donation from Jeanette and George Dallmann. Jeanette is the 88 years young granddaughter of Capt. Lewis, that is providing me with info on how the Light Station was decorated and laid out during her grandfather's tenure, 1882-1934. Will try to get another sandwich board put together that will provide info on the restoration to those reluctant to climb the stairs.
Funding continues to be an uphill battle. We've made a commitment to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to finish our part of this Light Station Restoration Project. Let's hope that the generosity of the Grand Duchy can be matched by American generosity. Anyone with ideas for more aggressive fund raising, let me, Rick or the other board members know. Looks like there may be a few grants out there that we can apply for once our Annual Report and an audit is complete. Mary F. and I have been looking through the Milwaukee Foundation book and will try a few funding sources when the bookkeeping requirements are ready.
July 13, 2001
At a special meeting of the Board of Directors, on Monday, 7/9/01 we approved two contracts. Paulus Construction will rebuild the front entrance steps, replicating the 1860 style. The cost is not to exceed $5,500. Jackson Concrete has agreed to donate the concrete, about 20 yards, with an estimated value of $1,700. John Mayer, owner of Jackson Concrete, a good friend of my sister, agreed to the donation as a gift to the city he grew up in.
Stan's Carpentry of Theresa, WI will be the carpenter installing the eave and roof extensions, soffits and moldings. The accepted bid was for $13,550. This includes a 10% discount. Stan comes very highly recommended and has done a lot of work on historic buildings in Cedarburg. He's also worked extensively with C. A. Chandler & Co., the mill shop producing the custom exterior wood trim.
Thanks, Nancy S., for spending a day last week removing the aluminum siding from the west side of the generator building. I had hoped to continue with that work, but didn't have the time or energy.
Dan Dimmer of Advanced Restoration, Port, submitted a quote for cleaning the Light Station cream city brick. I was just going to write down the total cost for you, but Dan D. just called me back and said disregard the quote 'cause he's writing up another one. We talked about the quote earlier this morning and some details I was concerned about. So, hopefully, the new quote will have a lower cost and more specification details.
Talked with Rick Bernstein, at the state historical society, and Mark Chavez at NPS. Hopefully we're all in sync right now on our Preservation Plan. The exterior work has been hard to pin down as we weren't able to determine the brick cleaning methodology and masonry repairs until some test patches were done. It appears we will be able to clean the brick without damaging the surface. It'll be tedious and time consuming work, but necessary to affect good results. I'm including the state and NPS in my updates so they're aware of our progress. Sent an email to architect, Kathleen and asked that Bernstein get a copy of our current plans and specs. I think I should have asked Kinko's for a donation considering all the copying of plans we've had to do.
Great Lakes Ports O Call, an independent PBS series was in town and did 2 segments that involved the Historical Society. They interviewed Damon regarding the walking tour and Rick and I at the Light Station. The episode on Port will air next winter or spring. The team was at the Light Station about an hour and the result will be a 2-3 minute blurb on our work and the history of Port's lighthouses. About a dozen visitors dropped by before, during and after the interview. So, the more we're at the Station the more word of the restoration will get out there.
144 sheets of drywall are arriving at the LS on Monday or Tuesday next week. Rick, Ron Mann, any volunteers we can snag and I will be putting the drywall in the garage. Hopefully there'll be enough room without having to move those display cases out of the garage. Through a friend of a friend of a etc. we're getting the drywall at about a 50% discount, including tape and mud. Ron Mann did the legwork on this.
Ordered 13 sheets of 3/4" plywood from Neuen's. Will come today or tomorrow. This is for the exterior walls of the lamp room.
Also dropped off a sample of the flooring we need to have milled. Neuen's has a mill shop just across the street, in Fredonia. They'll get back to me with a quote. Going to check out a place in Hartford also.
Still no luck finding another place that makes custom wood windows. The storms are not a problem, but the in-swing casements, as shown in the 1934 plans and approved by state and NPS, just aren't out there. I'm going to contact some places in New England as the call for that kind of original window is greater out there.
Haven't heard back from Joe Barclay about the interior stairs. Wonder if he got up to Rock Island to do measurements and have a good look at how those stairs were constructed.
Talked to one of my email contacts on Wednesday. Jeff Shooks is the one who supplied us with the drawings for our nine sided 4th order lantern. Jeff just purchased the St. Clair Flats Range light station for A LOT of money. Good luck on the restoration Jeff. Care to make another donation to our project? Its great to know another lighthouse will be saved.
Oh, here's the complete recipe for the cement was that is most likely on our building. "Take fresh Portland cement 3 parts, clean sand 1 part, and mix them thoroughly with fresh water...If a brick color is desired, add enough Venetian red to the mixture to produce that color. The cement, sand and coloring matter must be mixed together. If white is desired, the walls when new should receive two coats of cement wash and then whitewash... Gray or lead color: To white paint ground in oil, or ready-mixed paint, add small quantities of lamp black, or black paint ground in oil until the desired shade is obtained... Straw or buff color: To white paint ground in oil, add in small quantities at a time chrome yellow, or yellow ocher, until the desired shade is obtained... Portland straw color: Mix umber, yellow and white paint..." My guess is we're dealing with something was was straw or buff color when first applied.
As to the interior plastered walls, this is what was specified in the 1915 Instructions to Employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. We have uncovered pieces of plaster and woodwork, none in its original location, that appear to confirm these were the colors used over the years. "Light sea green, drab, or cream-colored transparent oil paint, or reliable cold-water paints of the same tints." Interior walls and ceilings-"Where practicable the interior walls and ceilings of houses shall be painted or washed regulation tints instead of being papered. A dull finish is preferable." We've seen no indications that any part of the Light Station ever had any type of wallpaper. A bit of unpainted plaster survives in what was the closet off the dining room.
July 2, 2001
Busy weekend. Maritime Heritage Festival appeared to be a great success. What a thrill to see the Dennis Sullivan, sails raised, approaching Port Washington. Last tall ship I remember passing the city was, I think, back in the 60's when the Danish naval training ship came through the Great Lakes.
Spent most of this morning on the phone. Many phone calls. Called Schaus roofing regarding their roofing quote. Then called Kathleen O'D, architect, to pass on that info and get answers. We're getting way more than we've paid for in this regard. Faxed her Millen Roofing quote and Schaus rep. said he would call her and fax their quote to her for her review. Schaus wants to do the roofing after the tower is put in place. The good news is that their rep. called me back to say they would erect their scaffolding a week early to be used by the Luxembourg workers. That would be a plus. Otherwise we have to provide our own scaffolding. Time will tell how this pans out.
Called directors of Grand Traverse Light and Whitefish Point Lighthouse. They've had same roof installed in the last couple of years. Wanted to get an idea what they paid for the roofs. Steph from Grand Traverse just called me back. Their cost, light station only, $30,000. Tom Farnquist, from Whitefish, Shipwreck Museum, hasn't returned my call yet.
Confirmed July 11 interview with Great Lakes Port O' Call producer. Will film interview with Rick and then me, separately, then edit the piece down to a whole 3 to 4 minute segment. She said t-shirt and shorts was the dress for the day, so at least I don't have to worry about what to wear.
Dan Dimmer took time on Saturday, in all that heat, to apply chemical stripper to areas of Light Station that Pete Paulus will be doing the initial masonry work. Talked to Dan this morning. Said he'd be back at the Station later this morning or afternoon to see how the stripper worked. Had to close the light station to tours, on Saturday, once he came to do his work as the chemicals are pretty nasty. Before that, showed about a dozen visitors around the site and generator building.
Rick bought himself a chop saw (compound miter) so he can cut the molding we'll be using in the interior. Right now he's working on the caretaker's apartment. Called this morning to say I could remove the excess flooring and molding that he doesn't need. I'll do that later today, I hope. Between Rick buying a sawzall and the chop saw, and me buying a circular saw and jigsaw, we're collecting quite a toolbox. One of my neighbors suggested I take over the maintenance job for my condo assoc. Not a good idea.
I think the board needs to act on the eaves extensions. We now have 3 quotes but one of them is included in a roofing bid. Figure $13,000 to $14,000 when all is said and done. Also need to act on second quote from Pete Paulus to rebuild the front steps. I have to look at the specs again as I though the railing would be put extended from the top of the brick sidewalls. Plans show the railing to the inside, but that doesn't seem to be high enough to meet code of 36 inches.
Once brick is cleaned on SE window, Rick and I will help Ron Mann remove the window so that it can be reinstalled where kitchen casement window now exists. NPS has now said we can replace that window.
Oh, I think I now know what was applied to our cream city brick 70 years ago. In reading through the 1915 Instructions to Lightkeepers and Light tenders, there is reference to a cement wash that could be applied to the exterior of brick buildings if approved by the inspector and superintendent. It consisted of 3 parts portland cement, 1 part sand, water and a red paint if desired. The color of this cement wash was largely determined by the color of the cement. Right now it looks like the Dietrich chemicals are able to cut through this wash without damaging the surface of the cream city bricks. I purchased, for my collection of lighthouse resource books, copies of the 1857, 1870, 1896 and 1915 Lighthouse Service rules, regulations and instructions books, hoping they will further our intention to make this restoration as authentic as possible. A lot of the material is just bureaucratic verbiage, but they do describe the color schemes used on the interior, tower and lantern during various time periods. Anybody that wants to read through them is welcome to. Also picked up regulations for uniforms and insignias from 1918 and 1920.
Haven't heard back from Mark Grams, city manager, and state historic compliance office, Rick Bernstein, regarding withholding of approval for Coastal Management Grant because of waterproofing issue. Will call again to see if that's been cleared.
Nancy M. is hard at work completing the newsletter. With her background in journalism, should be really nice.
Bought two new spotlight bulbs for the building yesterday, but one of the bases had to be thrown out, worn out. Will look for another out at St. Vinnies. With a little trimming of the trees bordering the Jackson Street steps, our Light Station will really stand out from the downtown. Guess the city will have to be approached about that. Walked up the steps a couple times this weekend. If you haven't seen the donors names that are attached to the stairs, take a look. Really looks impressive. Damon and Pat W. are doing a super job. Suppose I'd better send in a check for my family before all the steps are sold.
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