Help from "Leadership" & R.E.T.S. Inc.

The 2017 class of Leadership Ashtabula graduates produced 8 individuals that decided to paint the Ashtabula Lighthouse as their graduation project.

Joe Santiana and Eric Schwarz had initial conversations about the current status of the Lighthouse Preservation Society and from that discussion, the Leadership group confirmed the project could bring value to the community.  Since that time members of the Leadership class have been developing an action plan to get the Lighthouse painted.   Knowing from Joe’s consul that the first detail is getting the dock attached to the house so access is established for the work season the group focused on getting the dock to the Lighthouse.

Michael, Emily, Eleanor, Isaiah, and Sam Cheich visited the dock with Eric Schwarz and discovered it was damaged over the winter.  The damage was significant as something pushed up and into the metal frame of the dock bending steel and popping off several deck boards.  Michael and Eric were able to remove the deck and expose the damage which required professional metal fabrication for the repair.  

Refuse Equipment and Truck Service (R.E.T.S, Inc.) owner Don Revak inspected the dock at Eric's request and agreed to volunteer his time and materials to make the repair on site.  Soon thereafter, Don sent Brian Zeller, and Steve Whalan in to make the repair.   After a few hours work, the metal frame was repaired and should perform as well as if the damage never occurred.  Don's generous contribution is greatly appreciated by all involved and considering the importance of that dock, his timely response to the need may be the single most important task completed in 2017 making it possible to place the dock at the lighthouse early in the season.   The next step is to replace the wooden decking so we can schedule a date for the dock to be moved to the lighthouse.

In Memoriam 

Earlier this year, we lost our oldest Lighthouse Society member, Dixon Greenwood. Dixon was 99 years old when he left this life for a better one. Over the years, he served on many committees in a variety of organizations such as the United Way, Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus and the Amateur Radio Club of Ashtabula. 

He was a scoutmaster for many years and was employed for 32 years at the Metals Division of Union Carbide Corporation as supervisor of operations and safety engineer. Dixon was active in the Ashtabula County Safety Council which established the Dixon Greenwood Award. This award is presented annually to a qualified individual or company who best contributes to the mission of health and safety in their company. 

Dixon always had a ready smile and a willing hand. He, along with his son Gerald contributed generously to the mission of the society. 

July 15, 2017 Annual Fish Fry  2 pm-7 pm
Lakeshore Park Main Pavillion, Ashtabula, OH

$10 donation per person

Dinner includes fish or shrimp, baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, roll, butter and beverage.

Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle 

Tickets available on the day of the event at Lakeshore Park.

For advance tickets, call 440-964-5009.

All proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse.

Other Events Spotlighting "The Light"

Beach Glass Festival  June 24-25, 2017

Wine and Walleye Festival (Bridge Street) July 29-30, 2017

Uncorked Wine Festival (Lakeshore Park) Aug 26-27, 2017

April Membership Campaign

Our yearly membership campaign is now in full swing. Your continued support would be most appreciated. As costs keep rising, we remain on the lookout for new funding opportunities. However, your member- ship dues help with the cost of insurance, communication and maintenance of our workboat and floatation docking system as well as funding needed repairs out at the light. Our membership levels have not changed. We also request that you invite your family and friends to join us as we work to restore this historic landmark. Please consider joining the society (see sidebar for membership form).

Thank you for your support! 

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