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The Upward Climb

Jun 12, 2015

Guest Post at Think Lake County Blog by Sheila Consaul At Fairport Harbor West, we don’t really call it Spring or Summer, but rather “Lighthouse Season.” That’s when the weather warms up enough to make the trek across Mentor Headlands Beach, up the break wall and into the lighthouse. It usually begins with opening the […]

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Happy 2015 from the Lighthouse

Jan 19, 2015

Guest Post at Think Lake County Blog by Sheila Consaul 2015 is a momentous year for the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light because it turns 90 years old on June 9. Once again, there will be a Community Open House to celebrate, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.  […]

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2014: Year in Review

Dec 9, 2014

Guest Post at Think Lake County Blog by Sheila Consaul It’s that time of year when attention turns toward the holidays, the weather takes a sharp turn at winter, and people begin to assess their accomplishments over the past 12 months.  So in the spirit of an end of the year review, I thought you’d […]

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Painting the Lighthouse

Oct 27, 2014

Guest Post at Think Lake County Blog by Sheila Consaul Whether you’re renovating just one room or an entire building, the cost of renovation can be particularly high when you’re dealing with a historic property.  Inevitably, unknown problems present themselves and push budgets to the max.  Likewise, it can be difficult to find the skilled […]

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Animal Life at the Lighthouse

Oct 2, 2014

Like many old houses, Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse sees its share of critters. Fortunately, with a limited food supply over the last 50 or so years, no mice or rats have been spotted on premises. But there certainly is a plethora of spiders and other bugs that like to weave webs or build their homes […]

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Weather or Not

Sep 9, 2014

Lighthouses originated to provide guidance to mariners navigating the sea or large inland waterways such as the Great Lakes.  Each shining light served as a focal point toward which to steer and often as a warning of rugged terrain and the water’s edge. But many lighthouses also serve an important role in detecting or warning […]

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Stairway to Heaven

Sep 9, 2014

Perched atop a stone platform fashioned in the early 1900s, the Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse may offer the best view in town, but getting to it is more like a carnival ride than a day at the beach. After trekking across Headlands Beach and navigating the large stone break wall, you reach the platform where […]

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Happy Birthday!

Sep 9, 2014

We all have birthdays.  For the Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse, its birthday is June 9, which was the day the light was first lit in 1925.  To celebrate, I annually swing the doors open and welcome the community for an Open House, a self-guided tour and birthday cake (red velvet, of course, to match the […]

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Anticipation

Sep 9, 2014

The well-known Carol King song, “Anticipation” keeps running through my head.  Those lyrics…ring very true this time of the year as Spring has arrived and the weather is finally cooperating with warm sun, flowers blooming, and new buds on the trees. Plants and animals alike seem to be waking up from the long winter anticipating […]

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A Winter’s Tale

Sep 9, 2014

It’s been a long winter for everyone.  From snow, snow and more snow to bitter cold, it has been one for the record books. In the hope that it would be nice spring weather in late March, I planned a quick trip to see how the lighthouse fared over the harsh winter months. While there […]

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