Boy What a Week! April first marks the beginning of our summer visitor schedule at the lighthouse. We are open in the winter months on the weekends but now we are open Wednesdays thru Sundays each week when the tide allows. Our first full week was busy and we also got a lot done. Our gift shop can now take credit cards and we are getting a new computerized cash register that will help us keep track of everything.

What's an anemometer?

In other equipment news, we now have a new anemometer installed thanks to a great volunteer, George Pettit, and a real dare devil volunteer Jim Norton who climbs around the roof of the lighthouse like it's a walk in the park. So you won't need to run off and look up andquot;Anemometerandquot; in the dictionaryit is a device that tells you the direction and velocity of the wind. Now we don't have to look outside to see if the wind is blowing.

Enjoy the lighthouse

Among the many people who visited the lighthouse this week we had one couple who got engaged on our front steps. We do rent out the lighthouse for weddings and anyone interested should contact us for details or call the Museum. People can use Battery Point Park for wedding parties or any get together. All we ask is that whatever you bring in you take out with you when you leave.

If you have a large group to visit the lighthouse we would like to make it easy for you to visit together. School, clubs, churches or any group should give us a call and we will make special arrangements for you so you don't need to worry about all the other visitors while you are here. Just give us a call at 707-464-3089 and let us know how we can help your group enjoy your lighthouse.

The trees will stay

Lastly this week I would like to put to rest a rumor that seems to be going around about our trees. The Monterey Cyprus trees at Battery Point are as much a part of the lighthouse as the light itself. Some folks seem to think that there are plans to cut down the trees and a lot of concern over this has been expressed. Here is the last word (I hope): There is no plan to remove any trees.

We are looking for an expert to help us look into pruning some of the dead branches as they have been falling and we don't want that to happen when someone is standing under them. Several years ago new trees were planted to try to continue the wonderful trees up here because the old ones are getting up in years but the new trees did not take.

We are considering trying again to plant some new trees for future generations but we in no way will be removing the existing trees. Now the driftwood down on the beach is fair game!

Randy Ansley, the Battery Point Lighthouse keeper, can be reached at