Our wonderful Board Member, volunteer, and extraordinary woman died on Saturday June 26th, 2016 from brain cancer. She will be so missed. She was a wonderful member of our Keepers Team over the past few years; volunteering on work parties (she is shown above on the right), docent camp outs and on our KOPL Board. Her husband, Jack Pedigo, who is also a Board member, has written a biography of the life of our fascinating Parvin. Here it is for all to read:
Our little lighthouse will turning 123 years old this summer. Help us to celebrate! On Sunday August 21st, we will celebrate this special birthday with cake and refreshments to be served at the lighthouse. Bring your fond memories to share.
Keepers of the Patos Light will be hiring a charter boat from Outer Island Expeditions,a round trip leaving from Brandt’s Landing on August 21st. Time and cost TBA. To be put on our interest list, please email: email@example.com
Notice: Patos Lighthouse will be closed due to upkeep and repairs from May 15th to July 1st. Here is the information from BLM’s Nick Teague:
Here is some of the work that we are planning to have accomplished on Patos this spring – May 17th thru probably July. (this is the length of the Contract)
There will be a 30′ foot working area established around the lighthouse
This work environment will be very similar to the Patos Island Stabilization project in 2008.
Once we have completed this work the Lighthouse will look even better than before smile emoticon
We will still have our monthly Patos Island Work Parties.
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Here’s an informative little film about the hazards of large shipping on our Salish Sea:
Our upcoming spring/summer/fall docent stay slots are filling fast. It looks like August is already fully booked. July and September still have spaces, but not for very long! Docent stays can be anything from a weekend to a week+ and we provide the training.Washington State Park boats provide transportation to the island for you docent shift.
As a docent team, you will open the lighthouse and greet visitors. Visitors always have questions so we provide you with info sheets on any and all likely questions: typical question include…”How old is the lighthouse?” (it was built in 1893) and “Where did the families live?” (the families lived in a separate house….a beautiful Victorian duplex which was destroyed by the Coast Guard in 1958…BooHoo)
Docent fun does not end with the closing of the lighthouse doors…docents get to enjoy what are often the most beautiful sunset views in the San Juans.
To find out more: email…email@example.com
The early birds get the places on the boat!
KOPL sponsored Work parties will start in April, with a work party scheduled to follow each month through September.
Weekend(+)Docent Stays will start Memorial Day weekend through mid/late September, Book now and get your first choice of time slots.
Both opportunities include transportation to and from Patos Island, courtesy of Washington State Parks.
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Lopez Youth hard at work all summer
by Emmett J. Lawrence
The Lopez Island Conservation Corps had another successful summer program in 2015. Buoyed by a strong turnout of motivated youth, the crew exceeded expectations. In total, there was a crew of seven this season Jana Gruenwald, Alyssa Hamlin, Claire Roberson, Marvin Snapp, Tyler Sovelove and Galen Westervelt. With a balance of different personalities, genders and skills the crew grew into a great team as the summer progressed. It was the first season for all of the crew members, as well as crew leader Emmett Lawrence, so there was a natural learning curve, but after a couple weeks of working together things really started jelling. The crew worked in six different locations throughout San Juan County, ranging from Watmough Bay and Iceberg Point, to Patos Island and Moran State Park. In total, they served nearly 920 hours, cumulatively, in public recreation areas this summer. In 2015, the LICC improved close to 8,000 feet of trails, filled 25 fifteen-gallon trash bags with the flower buds of invasive thistles, and constructed a variety of different trail structures within SJC. Another valuable part of the summer schedule was the environmental education curriculum. This portion of the program relied on the knowledge, skills, and generosity of local community members who came out to share with the crew. They learned about archaeology and oral history of native people, local ecosystems, invasive species, poetry and art in nature, leave no trace outdoor ethics, and basic First aid and CPR. There was also a series of visits to farms, where the crew learned about the processes of making milk, bee keeping, compost production, and seed saving. The crew wishes to extend its thanks to the LICC board members, the Bureau of Land Management, and all the community members who worked with them.
Parks is having issues again with their boats and I cannot in good conscience keep you good volunteers hanging. Suzanna, please notify your friend with my apologies.
If the work party is rescheduled, you all will be the first to know.
I want to thank you for your patience and Marvin & Karan, I am so sorry to bring you this news.
If we do not reschedule, I hope you (all of you) can join us next year for a trip to polish our little gem of an island.
Tom, just rest up and have a great trip.
Kind regards and Happy Sails,
Volunteers, Thanks for all your great work this year in “polishing” our little island. Soon we will tightly locking up our lighthouse for the winter to come. Who knows what storms and high waves she will see until we visit her again?
Gracias, Merci, Thank-you! Linda, President, KOPL
Dear Keepers of the Patos Light and island care takers,
Thank you all for the logistic coordination on our behalf. The group was able to give $80 to parks. Patos Bill was able to see his beloved Island and Lighthouse once again. An annual bucket list for sure.
We did have our ham operators and some boaters come out for celebration and cake time. It was low key and we really missed all of you. Erin and Lisa’s Husband did a fly over and we tried to make the Patos by using our hands and legs. That must look funny. Hope to get a photo. Thank you again for making it all happen.
I put the chair back in the sign spot around the corner. It was a perfect day and we did get a bit of a workout getting up there. Thank goodness for “Jean” the Ham man and P.Bills friend Joe from Los Angeles, for helping us get Bill up the hill.
I hope next year we can all be together again. The island looks so pristine and organized.We did have a few honor sales from the store. Lisa and her Dad, did grab the totes for Parvin. All is well. I did have cakes galore, so I will take some into work today. Take care and thanks again, Sincerely, Denise Wilk