White Island Lighthouse Guardian
Sue Reynolds, a retired North Hampton school teacher, is the inspirational guiding Light of the Lighthouse Kids, whose goal is restoring and preserving White Island Lighthouse! The Lighthouse Kids have raised $300,000 to repair the Light Station and a new marine landing ramp to continue the restoration and to repair the damage caused by the Patriots Day Nor’easter.
Since 1995, Sue has led boat tours from Rye, New Hampshire to the Isles of Shoals as the captain of “Uncle Oscar,” a fishing and touring boat. Saving White Island Lighthouse began after State officials hired her charter to inspect White Island Lighthouse.
After seeing the severe cracks in the Lighthouse tower and hearing the Coast Guard gave the Light Station to New Hampshire, Sue began collecting donations at her boat charter office. At the time, Sue was also teaching service lessons to her seventh-graders. She inspired her students to save the Lighthouse!
In 2000, the Lighthouse Kids raised $400 and earned non-profit status in 2002. By 2005, the Lighthouse Kids earned the respect of state and federal officials when they presented a $110,000 check to Governor John Lynch! As a result, matching federal funds flowed to repair the Tower in 2005.
Unfortunately, the North Hampton School Department canceled the Lighthouse Kids program this year yet, Sue Reynolds is still working with Senator Judd Gregg hoping to acquire Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to complete the repairs.
Hopefully, her ocean loving neighbors will sail by Sue’s office and donate to save one of the important maritime icons which served in the building and expansion of our nation by allowing shipping to safely enter our harbors!
For a Map location, please visit the Google Map of White Island Lighthouse
For more information about White Island Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post or the links below:
Lighthouse Kids Save White Island Light again, Sep 24, 2007
Related News Story:
Lighthouse preservationist leads tours to Isles of Shoals, Oct 7, 2007