|JULY 1 - St.
Helena Island is not only a beautiful place by virtue of our
lighthouse which is |
located on the small islet at its southeastern corner. The remainder of the island is
part of the Little Traverse Nature Conservancy which celebrates and preserves the
pristine natural beauty of the main island. The natural beauty which abounds on the
island is exemplified by this splendid stand of Showy Lady Slippers (Cypripedium
reginae) only 1/8 of the expanse of which is visible in this photograph. If you are
interested in more information about this rare plant, Click HERE to go to the
Wikipedia page on this beautiful wild flower.
|JULY 2 - Clearly, some of the fauna on St. Helena Island have a very different understanding of the purpose of toilet paper than the humans living on the island!|
|July 4 - Volunteer Mark VanderVelde spent this morning building a bench to be placed on our new dock at the St. Helena Island light station.|
JULY 5 - Volunteers Michele VanderVelde, Joe Lane and Lori Jenks washing the lantern
windows at the St. Helena Island light station this morning. On hot summer days
such as this, works starts early so as to avoid the heat of the midday sun.
|JULY 5 -A
busy day at our St. Helena Island light station. Volunteers Michelle|
VanderVelde and Lori Jenks are painting the shutters on the dwelling the correct
green coloration after many years of being painted the incorrect brown color seen here.
JULY 5 -MaryAnn Moore, volunteer principal keeper at our St. Helena Island light spent
part of today pruning branches which are intruding into the path which leads to the pit
toilets at the St. Helena Island light station.
|JULY 5 -We are elated to see that Michelle and Lori finished painting all three sets of shutters on the south side of the lighthouse today. Thank you both for your hard work - it looks GREAT!|
|JULY 6 - Here are the fruits of Mark and Lori's labor - the new bench they built and routed for our new dock. Great work! Our volunteers are great - we couldn't do it without their selfless assistance.|
|JULY 6 - Volunteer Mike Hogan working on a wash stand
he designed and built. This|
wash stand will get some heavy use, as it is to be placed outside the summer kitchen
at our St. Helena Island light station. Super work Mike - thanks for your help.
|JULY 6 - Painting the shutters on the second floor
windows on the east end of the|
lighthouse is certainly not as easy as painting those on the first floor. Here, painter
Michelle VenderVelde and "spotter" Lori Jenks tackle the task with the aid of a long
roller handle. Great going ladies - LOVE those green shutters. I can't wait to see
them on the Shepler's Westbound Lighthouse Cruise on Tuesday!
|JULY 24 - Volunteers
Chuck and Carol Lambert rehang the|
repainted screen door at the summer kitchen at the St. Helena light
station this afternoon. Thanks for the wonderful help folks!
|JULY 24 - While
we are still in the dark as to the specific purpose of|
the barrel, it sure looks great since Chuck devoted his time and energy
to its rejuvenation! Thanks Chuck!
|JULY 26 - This afternoon's steady rains gave way to a beautiful evening replete with a rainbow to wave farewell to another great day at the St. Helena Island light station.|
|JULY 27 - Thanks to the chainsaw skills of Bob Brunais, the cedar trunk which was hung up between two adjacent trunks at the St. Helena Island light station was safely removed, again opening the sidewalk to foot traffic.|
|JULY 27 - Volunteers Jamie Anderson and Sally Bingham busy washing lunch dishes at the St. Helena Island light station earlier today.|
|JULY 27 - Our
wonderful volunteers enjoy a restful "al fresco" dinner this evening
after a hard day of work at the St. Helena Island light station. If this
looks like something you might like to do, click the following link to
|JULY 28 - An early start for the day as volunteers Bob and Sue Brunais clean up broken limbs on an apple tree to the south of the St. Helena Island light station.|
|JULY 28 - After we removed the cedar that was hung up between two sister trunks at the northeast corner of the St. Helena Island lighthouse, we found that its sisters were in very bad condition, showing major cracks and insect damage.|
|JULY 28 - Since the two remaining trunks could do considerable damage to the dwelling and the information kiosk, we felt we had no alternative but to remove them.|
|While it will take some getting used to the visual change, the removal of the trees which were formerly located directly in front of the tower at the St. Helena Island light station brings the light station closer to its appearance 100 years ago.|