Maria Alvarez

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Old Plantation Flats (Replica)*

In the spring of 2004, Bay Creek Resort & Club, Cape Charles, VA, built an exact replica of Old Plantation Flats Lighthouse in a man-made lake along the shores of Chesapeake Bay, just two miles from the original station. The replica is located on Private Property and is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TIMELINE MAP/DIRECTIONS …

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Blackistone Island Lighthouse (Replica)*

Blackistone Replica

                      The original lighthouse was decommissioned in 1932 and stood until July 16, 1956 when it caught fire and was destroyed. It is thought that the fire was caused by a shell from the nearby Naval station. The Navy razed the remains of the abandoned …

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American Heritage Girls, Troop 0304, Dillsburg, PA

Chapter Scout Patch

Two members from American Heritage Girls, Troop 0304, Dillsburg, PA have been awarded our Chapter’s Scout Patch by completing five activities from the program.  “The girls created a poster entitled, “Crutial Role of Lighthouses”, using photographs of the history of light sources from oil lamps to GE Quartzline Precision bulbs used now. Pictures of lighthouses and …

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U.S. Lights App Review

Chesapeake Lights article – Winter 2014 by Cory Talbott Your smartphone may have the answer for the best way to enhance your lighthouse viewing excursions. Lighthouse apps can be a quick way to have the current information on your lighthouse quest at your fingertips, whether you are in your car, planning a weekend trip, or …

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Girl Scout Troop 4948, Calvert County, MD

Chapter Scout Patch

Girl Scouts and leaders from Troop 4948 in Calvert County, MD have been awarded our Chapter’s Scout Patch by participating and completing the 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge! The girls and their troop leaders visited every light in the Challenge, completing Sunday at Cove Point. Troop Leaders, “Swiper” and “Bones”, sent in fourteen applications. To quote one of …

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Keepers Mascot: Tucker

We spotlight mascot # 35 – Tucker, a Welsh Corgi owned by Greg and Lynne. Greg provided the following bio on Tucker: Tucker was born in December and we adopted him 6 years ago when we was 2 years old. His previous owner was sick and could no longer care for him so we intercepted …

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Keepers Mascot: Mr. Higgins

Mr. Higgins Mascot #31

We spotlight Mascot #31 – “Mr.Higgins” a fun-loving cat owned by Chapter member Mike D. Mike provided the following bio on Mr. Higgins. Mr. Higgins is a 13 year old gray and white tuxedo cat with “attitude” even by cat standards. His name is Higgins, but he prefers Mr. Higgins if he doesn’t know you …

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2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

The Chesapeake Chapter’s 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge The 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge +1! September 21 and 22 Click here to see our photo album of Finishers, Volunteers and Memorable Moments from the 2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge List of 1st Finishers Take our AFTER CHALLENGE SURVEY! Download the Special Edition of the Challenge Newsletter! Featuring the …

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Special Edition Newsletter – 2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

Download the Special Edition of the Challenge Newsletter! Featuring  The Maryland Challenge Light Keepers – Then and Now by Tony Pasek www.cheslights.org/pdf/13ChallengeIssue.pdf

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1st Finishers Results! – 2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

1. GRAND FIRST FINISHERS Concord Point LH Diane and David Richmond MD 09/21/13 3:25 PM 2. Ft. Washington Sandy Thorn-King, Robert and Romand MD 09/21/13 5:33 PM 3. Hooper Strait Karen and Fred Hundtermark, Michelle Gerry, Rhonda and Dwayne Sanders MD 09/22/13 11:54 AM 4. Point Lookout Myrna and Butch NJ 09/22/13 12:00 PM 5. …

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Keepers Mascot: Betsie

Betsie Harshman Keeper's Mascot #28

Several beloved pets have unfortunately “crossed the bar”, including #23 – Daisy Mae, #25 – Taffy and #26 – Zack. Pet #24 – Abbie passed away in November, 2010. All pets leave behind wonderful memories and will be greatly missed by their owners, families and friends. Shortly after Abbie “crossed the bar”, member Karen adopted …

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T-Shirt Design – 2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge

2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge Design

Introducing the 2013 MD Lighthouse Challenge T-Shirt Design. This design is also available as an 8″ X 20″ Print.  Look for it at selected location along the Challenge route.

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Workday: Cove Point Lighthouse May 2007

  We had to postpone the work at Cove Point from April to May due to the imminent arrival of a nor’easter. The wait was worth it. The weather was beautiful if somewhat hot. We spent the day cutting up a fallen read cedar. There was some beautiful wood in the tree. Several volunteers worked …

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Keepers Mascot: Kadi, Max, and Chessie Lee

Max photo courtesy of Trez Moreland and Carolyn Dodson.

Members Carolyn and Trez provided the following thoughtful bios on their three beloved mascots – Kadi, Max and Chessie Lee, Mascots 19 through 21. Kadi is our 7 year old dog, a female black Spitz mix. After a stay at the Prince Georges County Maryland Animal Shelter the Calvert County Humane Society acquired her when …

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Keepers Mascot: Penny

Penny Smith courtesy of Joyce Smith.

Joyce provided the following heart-warming bio on Mascot # 18 – Penny. In March 2005, I had been looking for a kitten or two to adopt. While waiting for a bus, I found a “Lucky Penny”. That night when I returned home, there was an ad in the paper for kittens. After calling and arriving …

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Keepers Mascot: Maddie

Maddie Lee photo courtesy of Jessica Lee.

Mascot # 17 is Maddie, a cat adopted by Jessica. Jessica provided the following uplifting biography of Maddie. Maddie is a beautiful 4 year old long dark brown hair cat. She came to me when she was 2 at a time in my life in which I was in a dark place and I was …

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Keepers Mascot: Sir Colin Coopersmith

Sir Colin Coopersmith photo courtesy of Al and Betty Smith.

In this Keeper’s Mascot Corner, we spotlight Mascot # 16 – “Sir Colin Coopersmith” a Pembrooke Corgi adopted by Betty and Membership Chair Al. Betty & Al provided the following bio on the very sociable and independent Sir Colin. Our Corgi, Sir Colin Coopersmith came into our lives when our daughter, Cathy, brought him home …

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Keepers Mascot: Buddy Blue Thunder

Buddy Shaffer photo courtesy of Dave Shaffer.

Mascot # 15 is “Buddy Blue Thunder” a six year-old Weimaraner owned by Dave and his wife. Dave provided the following bio on the friendly and outgoing Buddy. My wife purchased him as a puppy and I have been enjoying him since my wife and I started dating. Buddy is the ultimate social animal. His …

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Keepers Mascot: Petunia

In this Keeper’s Mascot Corner, we spotlight Mascot # 14 – “Petunia” a calico cat adopted by members Robert and Stevik. Robert provided the following thoughtful and appropriate biography on “Petunia”. She came to us about 13 years ago while recuperating in the veterinary infirmary. Petunia recovered from her malady quickly, and soon was happily …

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Keepers Mascot: Maddie

Maddie Risinger. Photo courtesy John and Jean Risinger.

We spotlight Mascot #13 – “Madeline” – a poodle owned by John & Jean. John provided the following funny bio on Maddie – a very devoted pet. Madeline – her friends call her “Maddie” and her toys call her “Tiger”. At eleven pounds, Maddie is just a little over a hand full, but she is …

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Webelos Pack 194 of Arlington, VA

Chapter Scout Patch

Troop Leader Donna Lorge sent us nine applications, completed by Webelos Pack 194 of Arlington, VA. She reported that the troop completed six activities. These 5th graders’ service project consisted of an overnight stay in St. Michaels and participated in Keeper Karen’s program at Hooper Strait Lighthouse. ~ Winter 2013 Contact: Education Coordinator, email: education@cheslights.org …

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Keepers Mascot: Charlie

Charlie Morgan. Photo courtesy of Jane Morgan.

Mascot #10 – “Charlene Grace Neely- Morgan” – is a nearly 10-year old mixed female cocker spaniel/golden retriever owned by Jane. Jane provided the following funny and touching bio on Charlie. Charlie came to my family as a puppy in February 2002, shortly after my father died and my niece named her so she could …

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Keepers Mascot: JubJub and Oliver

JubJub and Oliver. Photo courtesy of Maria Alvarez-Lundie.

In the Keeper’s Circle this time, we spotlight two pets of Chapter Communications Officer Maria and her husband, Carl – Mascot number 7 – our first reptile member, a turtle – JubJub – and number 8 – a feline – Oliver. Maria provided the following biography on both family pets. JubJub was named by daughter …

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Keepers Mascot: Pal

Pal Witucki, mascot # 6. Photo by Barbara Witucki.

Mascot number 6 – “Pal” – is a seven-year-old mini lop breed rabbit, pet of members Barbara & Larry. It was most appropriate and strictly coincidental that we honor signup #6 at this time (Spring 2011). The Chinese New Year – “The Year of the Rabbit” began on February 3 and we have just concluded …

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Keepers Mascot: Sabby and Toffee

Sabby (left) & Toffee Buckler. Photo by Melissa (Buckler) Smith.

Newsletter editors Paula & Lauren, “parents” of our third signup, hamster Gustave, mentioned in the Summer and Fall 2010 newsletters, have graciously allowed me to salute keeper mascot numbers four & five – felines Sabby and Toffee in this quarter’s “Circle of Honor”. According to member Melissa, Sabby, a dark gray tabby, adopted her in …

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Keepers Mascot: Molly Zupolly

Spotlighted in the member “circle” is our second sign-up, Little Molly Zupolly, the beloved bichon frise of Karen and Dave. Little Molly is 13 years young and became a member of the family in 1997. According to Karen & Dave, Little Molly is free-spirited, loves children, walks, car rides and has a special fondness for …

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Keepers Mascot: Jeffrey

Jeffrey Liebrecht courtesy of Lauren and Paula Liebrecht.

Meet Jeffrey, a.k.a. Jeffrey’s Hook, our first Keeper’s Mascot member. Jeffrey resides with Paula and Lauren; lighthouses and hamsters mean a lot to both of them. And because of their love of lighthouses, their hamsters are usually named after them; i.e., Rockland, Pemaquid, Ponce, Jupiter, etc. Jeffrey became a member of the family on May …

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Timeline: Chesapeake Lightship

(Located – Pier 3, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. Moored next to National Aquarium. Lightship designations: LV116 / LS116/ WAL538/WLV538 – revised 04/29/13) 1930 Built and placed in service with the US Lighthouse Service in Charleston, SC. 133 feet long w/30 foot beam and a 375mm electric lens fitted on each masthead. First Light Station assignment …

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Timeline: Portsmouth Lightship

(Located at the foot of London and Water Streets, Portsmouth, VA. Lightship designations: LV101/WAL524 – 04/28/2013) 1915 Built at Wilmington, DE. 102 feet long, 25 foot beam, 360 ton displacement. Fitted with 500mm lens with six flash panels and kerosene lamp. 1916 Stationed at Smith Island Shoals, Cape Charles, VA. Known as Charles. 1917 Illuminant …

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Timeline: Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

(Located on East Mellen Street, in front of Fort Monroe, facing the Chesapeake Bay, north side of the entrance to Hampton Roads, VA – Revised – 04/26/13) 1802/1803 54 foot octagonal cut-stone tower built by Elzy Burroughs – 2nd oldest lighthouse on the Bay; location- Fort George. 1812 British troops capture Fort George and use …

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