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Lighthouse tales: Odds and ends at the lighthouse

Randy Ansley

A few months ago, I told the story of Jonathan the lighthouse's mascot seagull. Well, it seems that Jonathan found himself a girlfriend last summer and the two of them have been sharing the bowl of dry cat food we give them in the back yard. Last week, I discovered that Sally and I are grandparents. Jonathan and his lady have a baby seagull. We have not yet come up with a name.

The fence around the Battery Point Lighthouse garden is being replaced and is coming along nicely. Thanks to the efforts of Rural Human Services (RHS) we just may be able to plant a vegetable garden next year. In the early spring we will be looking for advice from you local gardeners who know what grows here; I understand that watermelons are out.

This summer, I purchased a used 10m-ham radio and should have a small outside antenna ready to go up in a week or so. My call letters are KC0BST and I use the nickname "Wickie," after the old folk name for a lighthouse keeper. I am currently able to transmit in the 2m band and 440. If you are not into radio jargon don't feel bad; I will simply say don't worry unless you hear "10-100!" or (I need to go to the bathroom).

One year on the island

I can't believe that Sally and I have been here for a year. To celebrate we are planning an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 2-6 p.m. The tides will be way out and we hope the weather will cooperate. We will have some lighthouse cookies, hot cider and coffee. We will also have a drawing for a family membership to the Del Norte County Historical Society that will give you and your family free admission to the lighthouse and museum for a year, a newsletter and a discount from the gift shops.

If you are already a member, the Del Norte County Historical Society will hold their general meeting from 1:30-3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 664 H Street, on Sunday. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the election of board members. The public is invited to attend a special presentation by Dennis Powers, author of "Sentinel of the Seas," on the history of the St. George Reef Lighthouse.

Former St. George Reef Lighthouse Keepers will be in attendance, and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Brian O'Callaghan at 464-3922.

Seasonal wonders

As we start into the autumn and winter months, we will see the traditional changes to Battery Point Lighthouse. The pelicans will fly away but the whales will start swimming by. You can dust off your camera and get some wonderful photographs of the gray sky and the waves crashing against the west side of the island. We may have some of the windiest weather in the area but we still have one great view. Why stay at home? Come by for a visit. Remember that Battery Point Island is a county park open from sunrise to sunset. Enjoy.

Randy Ansley, the Battery Point Lighthouse keeper, can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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