After months of hard work by a U.S. Lighthouse Society design team, the new USLHS web site went live late yesterday. You owe it to yourself to check it out, because it’s as comprehensive a lighthouse site as we’re likely to see. And, it’s important to note, it also rolls out the USLHS preservation grants program.
It’s at www.uslhs.org , the same address as the old site design it replaces.
As a board member and one of the beta testers, I had a glimpse of just how much work went into this revamping of the Society’s internet presence. That workload was amazing, and the site reflects that.
The grants program accessed through the site will start out modestly and build as the fund behind it grows and more investment interest is available for distribution. But if you have a project in need of funding this season, check this out — the first step is a simple letter of interest, and the forms and deadlines now are online.
There’s also a ton of data, photographs and drawings now accessible on the site, and that too will grow. Team members tell me there will be some tweaking still ahead, so suggestions and comments would be helpful.
Here at the Dire Straits Lighthouse, it’s a little difficult to surf the web without electricity. Luckily, the Coast Guard left behind an old generator, and we got it to turning by hooking up a little wheel and caging a couple of Dire Straits squirrels in there. We get a bumper crop of lighthouse nuts at the station each year, so finding the rewards to keep them running isn’t a problem. And that’s the news from Dire Straits . . .