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'2- (CP GAZI[g, eriday;"bov. -'v. 14,:002 Drive launched to have Mispillion Light cbllection Inspired by the tragic loss of Mispillion Lighthouse to fire on May 2, lighthouse enthusiast and photographer Jen King has em- barked on a campaign to gather 1,000 signatures to send to Bill Younger of Harbour Lights to convince him to include a replica of Mispillion Light in an upcom- ing series of Harbour Lights Col- lectibles. Since 1873, Mispillion Light has guarded the entrance to the Mispillion River along Slaughter Beach. It is the second lighthouse to be built at the site. It was auto- mated in 1911 and deactivated in 1929. In 1932, it was sold at pub- lic auction to the first of many pri- vate owners. Through the years, the lighthouse fell into a height- ened state of disrepair. After a se- ries of articles in a local newspa- per, a renewed interest in its preservation was sparked and things started looking up for the lighthouse. A preservation group, Keepers of the Mispillion Light was formed and started raising funds to begin the restoration work on the lighthouse. Unfortu- nately, they would never get the chance to start. Tragedy struck on May 2, when lightning hit the cupola of the lighthouse in an early morning storm. The resulting fire gutted the inside of the lighthouse and destroyed the roof and the lantern room. The lighthouse received more visitors after the fire than it had received in years. In mid- June, while Milford residents watched, the lighthouse was care- fully dismantled and removed by house movers, but the location and new owner of the lighthouse is as yet still undisclosed. This lighthouse served proudly during her glory days, and saved countless lives doing so. In the years after the deactivation, the lighthouse became a landmark of Slaughter Beach and a familiar and sentimental sight for the fish- ermen and residents of the Slaughter Beach and Milford area. The patch of dirt remaining where the lighthouse once stood leaves a dark void for all those who cared about this selfless sentinel who won so many battles against na- ture until her final bow on that stormy morning. King feels that the best way to honor the memory of this lost lighthouse is to see Harbour Lights include the light in one of their upcoming series of miniature replicas. Harbour Lights is the foremost lighthouse replica com- pany in the world with astonishing and historically correct details on all their quality replicas. Accord- ing to a representative at Harbour Lights, it takes nearly two years to research, design and create a replica because of the high stan- dards that must be met before fi- nal approval. The written history of the lighthouse is sketchy at best, and a replica from Harbour Lights is one of the only ways we can pass on the story of the Mispillion Light to our future gen- erations. Mispillion Lighthouse is not currently featured in any Har- bo Lights series, but King hopes that she can change that. "Our goal is to collect 1,000 signatures to present to Mr. Younger in hopes that he will see the number of people interested in preserving the memory of this lost lighthouse," King said. Signatures have been gathered at events where King displays and sells her photography, and were also gath- ered at East Point Lighthouse dur- ing the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge this year. To date, she has collected nearly 250 signa- tures. She also urges people to call Harbour Lights directly and sug- gest the lighthouse to the cus- tomer service team. "Every little bit helps. If they're suddenly swamped with phone calls sug- gesting Mispillion, then receive this packet of over 1,000 signa- tures, it should definitely get the point across loud and clear. Mispillion Light and its keepers deserve to be remembered for the time they served andthe lives they saved." A website has been set up to collect signatures electronically and to pay homage to the history and memory of the Mispillion Light. For more information, visit Sussex Bird Club to meet Nov. 10at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge "Feeding Adaptation of Water Birds" will be the topic of the Sus- sex Bird Club meeting at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Visitors Center. Carol Harris, an avid birder, will share her extensive knowl- edge and slides of specific behav- ioral and physical adaptations that determine where birds search for food. Harris, along with her husband, Sam, has volunteered her time for the National Park Service and the National Forest Service all across the United States for many years. The Sussex Bird Club wel- comes visitors and guests all of their functions at no charge. The Sussex Bird Club was formed in 1983 when 16 birders from Sussex County met and agreed to officially join together. Their primary objective is to promote the knowledge and en- joyment of birds. In addition to nine monthly meetings, the club runs about 12 field trips per year, mostly to Sus- sex County birding areas such as Cape Henlopen State Park, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Cypress Swamp. The club has also conducted the annual Seaford-Nanticokle Audubon Christmas Bird Count since 1983. The club is active in supporting conservation activities throughout Sussex County and joined with the Nanticoke Watershed Preser- ration Committee to construct and install osprey nesting plat- forms along the Nanticoke River near Seaford. Yearly dues are $7 for individu- als and $10 per couple. 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