Owls Head Lighthouse volunteer Dominic Trapani was presented with an ALF Len Hadley Volunteer Award during the American Lighthouse Foundation’s annual gala, which was held at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, on May 1, 2022.
Dominic has developed a keen interest in the history of lighthouses and what they mean to so many people today. In doing so, he has enjoyed varied opportunities to engage in their civic and educational aspects at American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) / chapter activities.
However, there is one lighthouse that benefits the most from Dominic’s dedication—Owls Head Light. As many volunteers can attest to, there is no shortage of work at a light station, especially at one that receives high visitation numbers through the summer season.
Dominic usually makes a big contribution to staffing the lighthouse from May through October, but Owls Head Light was only open during Maine Open Lighthouse Day and for a United States Lighthouse Society tour in 2021 due to a pandemic–related shortage of volunteers. Of course Dominic was helping with both of these tours.
Even without tours to help with, Dominic did not let this deter his volunteer spirit. He worked at keeping the interior of the tower clean and at grounds maintenance throughout the year. When winter rolled around with its Maine snowstorms, Dominic was there each and every time shoveling the long walkways, steps and driveway area in front of the keeper’s house.
Whether helping the American Lighthouse Foundation at Owls Head Light or assisting with the organization’s website and online offerings, Dominic is making a real difference with our mission. For all of this and more, the American Lighthouse Foundation is pleased to honor Dominic Trapani with a 2022 Len Hadley Volunteer Award!