The iconic Isle au Haut lighthouse, operating since 1907, is a treasured landmark. Perched beside the mouth of the Isle au Haut Thorofare, it is a beacon for boats and a much-loved sight for all who pass by.
The tower is community owned and is in dire need of a major restoration. Fundraising efforts have been underway for several years, but a big final push is needed to achieve the goal of beginning the work in the summer of 2020.
Starting from the granite base of the lighthouse tower, Molly Siegel and Alison Richardson will swim in the frigid Maine waters roughly 18 miles clockwise around Isle au Haut—in sections—returning back to the lighthouse.
For each mile the two swim, they hope to raise $1,000 for a total of $18,000.
The website at which donations can be made is https://bit.ly/2S09XOA, or search “Go Fund Me Isle au Haut Lighthouse.” Photos of the restoration project and videos of the women swimming also may be found there.
Robin Alden is the recipient of the 2015 Innovator Award as part of the first SOURCE Maine Sustainability Awards presented on April 9 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The award is one of seven given to Maine leaders, organizations and businesses.
My relationship with Chandler "Blackie" Blackington began about a decade ago when I traveled to Vinalhaven to visit the community's medical center and eldercare home, exploring the possibilities for Swan's Island. Blackie was my tour guide.