Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse  Photo by Bob Trapani
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse Photo by Bob Trapani
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In preparation for the upcoming season, the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (FRBL) held its annual membership meeting on March 3, which provided the public a look back at the preservation milestones achieved in recent years, as well as a view of what is on tap for this year.

During the meeting, Mark DeMichele of Maine Coast Construction presented a program on the unique challenges associated with restoring Rockland Breakwater Light's boathouse in 2009, while videographer Craig Mathieson of Owls Head offered a sneak peek of his forthcoming DVD documentary about the lighthouse and its history.

FRBL executive committee member Brian Trask provided an update on the restoration of an historic peapod boat that John MacDonald of Windham donated to FRBL last fall. The peapod, which traces its roots back to Mount Desert Light Station, is undergoing restoration by the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, which is partnering with FRBL on the project. The peapod will eventually be on exhibit inside the boathouse at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

FRBL, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, also elected the following officers for 2010: Eric Davis, chairperson, Brian Trask, vice chair, Sally Cran, treasurer, and Laura Davis, secretary. The executive committee also includes Dot Black, Sandy Clement and Tricia Dixon.

The fourth annual Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, sponsored by FRBL, will occur on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27. And a Friday sunset cruise on June 25 aboard the P/V Elizabeth Ann will depart from the Monhegan Boat Line in Port Clyde and offer water views of lighthouses at White Head, Two Bush, Tenants Harbor on Southern Island, Franklin Island and Monhegan, as well Marshall Point.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse will open to the public for tours on Memorial Day weekend, and remain open on weekends through Columbus Day. Owls Head Light, which also falls under the auspices of FRBL, will also be open to the public for touring during the same period. However, due to renovation work to the tower beginning this spring, the exact open-house schedule will be determined at a later date. Last year, visitors to the two light stations totaled more than 19,000.

To learn more about the activities and events of the Rockland Breakwater and Owls Head Lighthouses or how to help by volunteering, visit www.rocklandlighthouse.com or call FRBL at 542-7574.