Nova Airs Documentary Film About Gay Head Light Move

Next week the PBS science series Nova will air Operation Lighthouse Rescue, a film documenting the effort to relocate the Gay Head Light.

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International Chimney to Lead Gay Head Light Restoration
Alex Elvin

The Buffalo, N.Y., company that engineered the relocation of the Gay Head Light last spring will play a central role in restoring the brick tower in the coming years.

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For Gay Head Light, New Location Brings New Responsibilities
Alex Elvin

The Aquinnah selectmen continued charting a future course for the Gay Head Light, discussing a possible revision of the lightkeeper’s job description.

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Nautical Charts Updated to Reflect Gay Head Light Move
Alex Elvin

Mariners, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are updating their charts to account for the light’s relocation away from the eroding cliffs.

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Gay Head Light Shines Again
Alex Elvin

Under a steady downpour on Tuesday, the Gay Head Light resumed its watch over Vineyard Sound and the waters off Aquinnah. A large crowd gathered in Aquinnah Circle, peering up from under their umbrellas and hoods to witness the end of the lighthouse’s longest period of darkness since 1856.

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Gay Head Light Then and Now
Tom Dunlop

Almost as soon as it was possible to set up a movie camera on Martha’s Vineyard, filmmakers were heading out to Aquinnah to shoot the swirling, mottled escarpment of clays and tills and Irish-green heathland that make up the Gay Head Cliffs.

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Let There Be Light Again in Gay Head
Alex Elvin
Following 118 days of darkness, the Gay Head Light will shine again on Tuesday, August 11. Lighthouse committee member Paula Eisenberg said the relighting would take place promptly at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to attend the ceremony and a celebration afterward.
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As the Light Guides Others to Safety, Two Guide the Lighthouse
Alex Elvin

Richard Skidmore and Joan LeLacheur, keepers of the Gay Head Light, have lived by the particular rhythms of the Gay Head Light for 25 years, tending to its mishaps and arranging countless visits with people from around the world.

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Lighthouse Relocation Creates Ripple Effect for Aquinnah Parking
Alex Elvin
Having long enjoyed several parking spots near the Gay Head Light, a small group of condominium residents in Aquinnah are feeling cramped by summer traffic at the Circle this year.
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Foundation Work at Lighthouse Nearly Complete
Alex Elvin

With the summer season picking up, managers for the Gay Head Light relocation project hope to have the site mostly restored by the Fourth of July. About half the excavated soil has been returned to the site and a new concrete-block foundation is nearly complete.

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