Light Station to hold WWII exhibit

The Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station opens for the season on Thursday, June 18. The Keeper’s House will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and tower tour hours will be determined as restoration efforts continue. For up-to-the-minute information on our hours and attractions, visit our website, follow Friends of the Swans Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) on Facebook, or call 526-4025 after June 15.

We thank Bev McAloon and Fran Chetwynd for the new exhibit “Keep Calm and Carry On: Island Life During WWII” that Bev describes for us: “There will be an information-filled exhibit this summer at the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse. Photographs, audios, as well as written information from the keepers of the lighthouse have been gathered for this exhibit. Visitors will learn about what life was like working and living at the Burnt Coat Light Station, as it was called at that time. Firsthand accounts from islanders also will be represented through photographs and audio recordings. People will be able to read fascinating stories about happenings along the coast of Maine not far from our island. There also will be stories from residents who were soldiers during WWII. You won’t regret a visit to the lighthouse, and we certainly hope you will come away with a better understanding of what living on the island was like during the war years.”

A memorial celebration for Gladys F. Joyce will be held at the Baptist Church this Saturday, June 6, at 12 p.m. A time of visitation with the family before the service will be from 11-11:30 a.m. The interment at Rose Hill Cemetery will immediately follow the service. After the interment, please join the family in a time of sharing at a reception held in the church.

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Geraldine Elva Turner, who passed away on April 28 in Bar Harbor. She lived most of her life on Swans Island and will be missed by many. Contributions in Geraldine’s memory may be made to the Swan’s Island Ambulance, c/o Debbie Staples, P.O. Box 7, Swans Island, ME 04685.

Our police chief’s last day on the job was Friday, May 29. We extend our well wishes to Paul Gamble with his new venture in Gouldsboro.

Happy birthday to Joanna Kohler Carter, Roman Cook, Dwayne Scott Overlock, Travis “J.R.” May Jr., Jacob Everett LeMoine, Robert Gardner, Peyton Charlotte Sawyer and Marshall Page Walker. Anniversary blessings to “Sput” and Janice Staples and Eric and Leah Staples.

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