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The latest NELL meeting was January 15, 2023. NELL members visited Newburyport, MA, Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME on January 15 as part of the annual “Lighthouses, Hot Chocolate, and YOU! meeting. We had a great, albeit chilly day visiting and viewing Plum Island Light, Newburyport front and Rear Range Lights, Portsmouth Harbor Light, Whaleback Lighthouse and Wood Island Lifesaving Station. We’d like to thank Bill Cooper, Roslin Esposito, Jenn Bogard, Anne Morin, Dan May and Steve Atherton of Friends of Plum Island Light, Jack Santos, Chris Silva and Grant Bellino of The Newburyport Custom House, Robin Clemence at The Newburyport Rear Range Light, Jeremy D’Entremont of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Light and The Kittery, Maine Lions Club for hosting our group meeting.
NELL Preservation Check being presented to Dutch Island Lighthouse Society on November 7, 2021 at Fort Getty on Jamestown, RI. From left to right is Whit Hill; DILS, Craig Amerigian; DILS, Scott Chapin; DILS President, Henry Winkleman; NELL President, Arlene Winkleman; NELL Director-at-Large; Ron Foster; NELL Preservation Co-Chair, Marjie Johnston; DILS Treasurer, Wheaton Vaughn; DILS and Susan Dubowski; DILS.
The Dutch Island Lighthouse Society reached out to NELL for the grant by filling out the forms found on the NELL Website. This money is being used to purchase a used boat and motor for DILS. Currently they pay contractors to ferry materials out to their island lighthouse, something which they will soon be able to do on their own. This will enable them to save thousands of dollars which they can use to help restore Dutch Island Lighthouse. This is the second grant that NELL has given to DILS. Back in 2001 NELL provided $1,200 for the cost of a solid steel door for Dutch Island Lighthouse. Dutch Island Lighthouse can be seen in the background on the tip of Dutch Island.