Lighthouses were shining bright during the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 86th Annual Award Dinner at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.
During the awards segment of the dinner, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce (PBRCC) presented the American Lighthouse Foundation with their “Heritage Preservation Award,” for the organization’s 2010 restoration project at Owls Head Lighthouse.
PBRCC’s “Heritage Preservation Award” acknowledges the contribution of a business or organization that has resulted in the preservation of the history and/or quality of place of the community.
Shari Closter, Interim Executive Director for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, shared with the audience a number of restoration highlights from the Owls Head Lighthouse project, including how ALF successfully worked with other entities throughout the effort to ensure this Midcoast treasure could be returned to its former glory.
During the $80,000 project, the American Lighthouse Foundation worked closely with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the United States Coast Guard, as well as the organization’s local chapter, Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
Maine firm J.B. Leslie Company was contracted by ALF to facilitate the restoration project at Owls Head Lighthouse, which entailed repointing the interior and exterior brickwork, iron rehabilitation on the staircase, ladders and windows, stone foundation repairs and interior and exterior repainting.
The Owls Head Light project was funded as part of an overall $380,000 Federal Appropriation received by ALF in March 2010 thanks to the efforts of U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.
To learn more about the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is a vital partner to Midcoast Maine businesses and nonprofits, visit: www.therealmaine.com
Owls Head Lighthouse Before & After Restoration Photos…
Irma Streeter says
Great Job! It looks brand new!
Three cheers to everyone who worked on Owls Head!
Kim Fahlen says
Way to go! This is so exciting! What a challenging undertaking, the outcome of which is brilliant! This is so heartening for the life of our lighthouses. Oh, that every lighthouse could be given this attention… But, one at a time, this works! Congratulations to all whose efforts are so evident! I’m lovin’ this.
Vince Salvatore says
Congratulations to all! This is great!
Ron Foster says
Congratulations to ALF on receiving the PBRCC’s “Heritage Preservation Award”. It is nice to see ALF recognized for their efforts in helping to save our lighthouses for future generations to enjoy and learn about. Nice job at Owls Head.