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 American Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.






Year-end Update on New Canal Light



Anne Rheams, deputy director for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), provided the following update on New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LPBF is the passionate nonprofit steward working to restore the hurricane-battered beacon back to its former glory...


November 10, 2006


“What a day we had yesterday at the lighthouse! I have to say that it was one of the best days I've had in my entire career. We held the first


cleanup day with help from selected, skilled volunteers. I have never seen a group work so hard and cooperate as a team like the young people of the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty young people, offered to us by CWO Brooks and organized by Auxiliary member, Mike Howell, gutted the cinder-block building, removed unwanted vegetation, and picked up countless bags

USCG Volunteers

Photo courtesy of LPBF    

USCG volunteers prepare to gut

 the Operations Building


of trash - in one day! It really felt like the cavalry had arrived.


When we raised the American and the USCG flags it was a very emotional moment. Seeing those brand new flags above the battered, old lighthouse gave us all hope that we can bring it back to life.


We had an overwhelming response from the media with all four of our local TV stations, plus local print and radio coverage, and the national NBC and the Associated Press. This exposure will go a long way toward raising the necessary funds to get the work done.


Even though we are all exhausted from a great day's work, we are hosting a "Pirates' Party" at the New Orleans Yacht Club tonight as a fundraiser for


USCG volunteers

Photo courtesy of LPBF    

Crowbars and sledge hammers were the

tools of choice for these USCG volunteers

the lighthouse. So much good is happening. The community has embraced this cause and we are seeing a light (pun intended) at the end of the tunnel.” – Anne Rheams


Anne also note that the progress made to date on the hurricane-battered New Canal Lighthouse would not have been possible without the help


of so many others, including Patricia Dixon of U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Miami, Kathy Fleming of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Cullen Chambers of Tybee Island Lighthouse, U.S. Coast Guard CWO Daniel Brooks and USCG Auxiliarist Mike Howell.



USCG volunteers

re-sculpted the gravel

 fill that had been

washed into piles

by waves

Leveling gravel

Photo courtesy of LPBF    




Photo courtesy of LPBF     


The whole

 USCG crew


Dismantling the old generator in the Ops Building

Dismantling generator

Photo courtesy of LPBF     



Removing unwanted vegetation

Photo courtesy of LPBF      


Removing unwanted vegetation


Taking out the paneling

in the Ops Building

Removing paneling

Photo courtesy of LPBF        



USCG volunteers take lunch break

Photo courtesy of LPBF      


A well-deserved

lunch break on

 Lake Pontchartrain


Posted: 12/2/06




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