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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Sun | September 14, 1994
Howard Norman's second novel, "The Bird Artist," begins this way: "My name is Fabian Vas . . . I am a bird artist, and I have more or less made my living at it. Yet I murdered the lighthouse keeper, Botho August, and that is an equal part of how I think of myself."The rest of the novel describes the different ways that Fabian thinks of himself, his family, and the events occurring in Witless Bay, Newfoundland -- from 1891, the year of Fabian's birth, until 1923, 12 years after the murder of the lighthouse keeper.
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By Charlie LeDuff and Charlie LeDuff,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 5, 2002
NEW YORK - On the westerly point of Coney Island is a spit of land known as Nortons Point. On that sliver of rock are a cottage and a lighthouse with peeling paint that are defended by a wizened old man who prefers the roar of the tide to the ring of the phone. The old man is Frank Schubert, 85, the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States, and until a few weeks ago, very few people knew he or his lighthouse existed. Then a national radio program found him. In the interview, Schubert sounded put off and prickly and as charming as an ex-husband.
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By Charlie LeDuff and Charlie LeDuff,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 5, 2002
NEW YORK - On the westerly point of Coney Island is a spit of land known as Nortons Point. On that sliver of rock are a cottage and a lighthouse with peeling paint that are defended by a wizened old man who prefers the roar of the tide to the ring of the phone. The old man is Frank Schubert, 85, the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States, and until a few weeks ago, very few people knew he or his lighthouse existed. Then a national radio program found him. In the interview, Schubert sounded put off and prickly and as charming as an ex-husband.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 10, 1998
NORTH FORELAND, England -- Dermot Cronin is the lighthouse keeper who can't swim. For 33 years he has toiled along Britain's rugged coastline, manning lights of warning and beacons of hope to ships at sea.But later this month, Cronin's career will come to an end as a centuries-old tradition is taken over by technology.Britain's last manned lighthouse is converting to automatic operation.In an age of computers, satellites and mobile telephones, there's no need for an experienced lighthouse keeper like Cronin, a bearded, ruddy-faced 54-year-old who first became engrossed with the occupation in his native Ireland.
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By Robert M. Pennington of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | January 29, 1995
100 Years Ago* Lighthouse Keeper Reynolds of Sandy Point had a rough time of it during the freeze. For 16 days he was alone at the lighthouse while the ice piled up 16 feet high. Due to his rheumatism and lack of medicine, he had to regulate the lights by crawling on his hands and knees to the fourth story tower. -- The Sun, March 4, 1895.* The Annapolis City Council has recommended to the Naval Academy authorities the use of vitrified brick in paving King George Street and rubble-stone for Wagner and Hanover streets, adjacent to the Naval Academy.
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By Philip Hosmer and Philip Hosmer,Special to The Sun | July 16, 1995
For the last 70 years, the John O'Neill House has been a tavern, a house of prostitution, a restaurant, a rowdy nightclub, and is now a dilapidated, vacant eyesore.It wasn't always like that. For nearly 100 years before 1920, it was the home of the Concord Point Lighthouse keeper.When the city of Havre de Grace gained possession of the property in the mid-1980s, an effort began to restore the old house to its original state and turn it into a museum. A group to oversee the house's restoration, the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse Inc., has procured a series of grants for the O'Neill House, the latest of which was $20,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust awarded this month.
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By Keisha Stewart and Keisha Stewart,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | May 17, 1998
PINEY POINT -- It is called the "Lighthouse of Presidents" but not because Piney Point Lighthouse rises to any presidential stature.The squat, white tower rises just 26 feet above a dry Potomac River beach of prickly pines in St. Mary's County, 14 miles up from where the river joins the Chesapeake Bay.Charity Davidson of the Maryland Historical Trust said the 162-year-old Piney Point Lighthouse is less "intimidating" than some other taller and wider lighthouses."It's...
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 10, 1998
NORTH FORELAND, England -- Dermot Cronin is the lighthouse keeper who can't swim. For 33 years he has toiled along Britain's rugged coastline, manning lights of warning and beacons of hope to ships at sea.But later this month, Cronin's career will come to an end as a centuries-old tradition is taken over by technology.Britain's last manned lighthouse is converting to automatic operation.In an age of computers, satellites and mobile telephones, there's no need for an experienced lighthouse keeper like Cronin, a bearded, ruddy-faced 54-year-old who first became engrossed with the occupation in his native Ireland.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1996
Ralph Eshelman scrambled up the 27 granite steps and seven rungs of an iron ladder to the top of Pooles Island lighthouse. Like a kid with a new toy, he checked everything, peering into the exhaust vents for the smoke from oil lamps that once lighted the beacon and opening the hatch to the outside gallery."
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By John Camejo and John Camejo,Contributing Writer | June 4, 1995
When people say "the Outer Banks," most of us think of Nags Head, N.C. (strip malls, arcades, all-you-can-eat seafood bars, barbecue and pool halls.) Nags Head is where I spotted my first El Camino with a Confederate flag on the hood and license plate. Said vehicle also featured what I discovered was the traditional 20-ounce "Big Gulp" cup, doubling as a dashboard spittoon.The Outer Banks also conjures up images of Kill Devil Hills (where people can pay money to sandblast their bodies while hang-gliding and like it)
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By Keisha Stewart and Keisha Stewart,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | May 17, 1998
PINEY POINT -- It is called the "Lighthouse of Presidents" but not because Piney Point Lighthouse rises to any presidential stature.The squat, white tower rises just 26 feet above a dry Potomac River beach of prickly pines in St. Mary's County, 14 miles up from where the river joins the Chesapeake Bay.Charity Davidson of the Maryland Historical Trust said the 162-year-old Piney Point Lighthouse is less "intimidating" than some other taller and wider lighthouses."It's...
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1996
Ralph Eshelman scrambled up the 27 granite steps and seven rungs of an iron ladder to the top of Pooles Island lighthouse. Like a kid with a new toy, he checked everything, peering into the exhaust vents for the smoke from oil lamps that once lighted the beacon and opening the hatch to the outside gallery."
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By Philip Hosmer and Philip Hosmer,Special to The Sun | July 16, 1995
For the last 70 years, the John O'Neill House has been a tavern, a house of prostitution, a restaurant, a rowdy nightclub, and is now a dilapidated, vacant eyesore.It wasn't always like that. For nearly 100 years before 1920, it was the home of the Concord Point Lighthouse keeper.When the city of Havre de Grace gained possession of the property in the mid-1980s, an effort began to restore the old house to its original state and turn it into a museum. A group to oversee the house's restoration, the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse Inc., has procured a series of grants for the O'Neill House, the latest of which was $20,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust awarded this month.
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By John Camejo and John Camejo,Contributing Writer | June 4, 1995
When people say "the Outer Banks," most of us think of Nags Head, N.C. (strip malls, arcades, all-you-can-eat seafood bars, barbecue and pool halls.) Nags Head is where I spotted my first El Camino with a Confederate flag on the hood and license plate. Said vehicle also featured what I discovered was the traditional 20-ounce "Big Gulp" cup, doubling as a dashboard spittoon.The Outer Banks also conjures up images of Kill Devil Hills (where people can pay money to sandblast their bodies while hang-gliding and like it)
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By Robert M. Pennington of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | January 29, 1995
100 Years Ago* Lighthouse Keeper Reynolds of Sandy Point had a rough time of it during the freeze. For 16 days he was alone at the lighthouse while the ice piled up 16 feet high. Due to his rheumatism and lack of medicine, he had to regulate the lights by crawling on his hands and knees to the fourth story tower. -- The Sun, March 4, 1895.* The Annapolis City Council has recommended to the Naval Academy authorities the use of vitrified brick in paving King George Street and rubble-stone for Wagner and Hanover streets, adjacent to the Naval Academy.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Sun | September 14, 1994
Howard Norman's second novel, "The Bird Artist," begins this way: "My name is Fabian Vas . . . I am a bird artist, and I have more or less made my living at it. Yet I murdered the lighthouse keeper, Botho August, and that is an equal part of how I think of myself."The rest of the novel describes the different ways that Fabian thinks of himself, his family, and the events occurring in Witless Bay, Newfoundland -- from 1891, the year of Fabian's birth, until 1923, 12 years after the murder of the lighthouse keeper.
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April 8, 2007
Millard Evelyn Tydings (1890-1961), a longtime prominent political figure in Maryland and a U.S. senator from 1927 to 1951, was the son of a Southern Maryland waterman and the Havre de Grace lighthouse keeper's daughter. His father, Millard Fillmore Tydings, was from Calvert County and moved to Havre de Grace in 1888. The senator's mother was Mary O'Neill, the great- granddaughter of Lt. John O'Neill, who held his ground against the British incursion at Havre de Grace in 1813. Millard Tydings was a political moderate who as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee clashed with Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy over the Wisconsin senator's communist-hunting tactics.
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February 3, 2005
On Saturday, January 29, 2005, WILLIAM ROBERT WERNER, 91, of Deltaville, VA, departed this life to be with his loving wife, Eileen Douglas Werner of 69 years, "Bill" was born in Baltimore, MD, and attended high school in Portsmouth, VA. He was a Lighthouse Keeper on the York Spit in Virginia in the 1940s. He was a civilian employee for the United States Coast Guard for 39 years and was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter "Violet". He was a mason for 50 years and a current member of Donovan Lodge #75 AF & AM, Deltaville and a member of the Scottish Rite in Baltimore, MD. Bill retired in Deltaville in 1970.
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