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Five Digby County lighthouses in online funding competition


DIGBY – Digby County sure loves their lighthouses – the people here have entered five different lights in an online competition intended to raise money for and preserve Nova Scotia’s iconic seaside structures.

The lighthouses with the most votes in each of three categories stand to win cash prizes ranging from $75,000 to $5,000. The National Trust of Canada and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society are offering a total of $250,000 in cash prize for the This Lighthouse Matters Contest. The top three lighthouses in each category win cash prizes.

The Digby Pier Light, Point Prim Lighthouse, Boar’s Head Light, Peter’s Island Light and Western Light have all been entered in the contest but in different categories.

Peter’s Island Light is the only Digby County light in the High Tide Category with a first prize of $75,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, it had 2,737 votes. Gabarus meanwhile was closing on 5,000 votes.

Western Light and Boar’s Head are both in the Ebb Tide Category with a first prize of $50,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, Western Light had 1,843 votes, Boar’s Head had 317. Annapolis Light was leading that category with 6,013 votes.

Point Prim Light and Digby Pier Light are both in the Low Tide Category with a first prize of $25,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, Digby Pier Light, with 3,321 votes was just behind Neil’s Harbour with 3,522.

Anyone and everyone can vote for each lighthouse once per day – meaning you could vote for all five every day if you wanted. Voting is free and requires no registration.

The competition started June 17 and runs until July 15, 2015.

The Digby Pier Light has languished in the public works compound of the Town Of Digby since 2012, when a group of Digby volunteers travelled to Saint John to retrieve the wooden structure.

The light had had kept watch over Digby harbour from 1886 until sometime in the early 1970s when the coast Guard removed it to Saint John.

[History of the Digby Pier Light]

The Pier Light requires renovation work before it can be returned to a site on the Digby waterfront.

The Peter’s Island Lighthouse marks the southern end of Grand Passage between Long Island and Brier Island. The Coast Guard installed two new lights this winter because it couldn’t safely access the interior of the lighthouse.

[Peter’s Island Light no longer shining bright, Feb. 13]

[The last light keeper on Peter’s Island, Feb. 27]

A local group hopes to fix it up and maintain it so that it remains as a marker on the small island near the southern point of Brier Island.

The Western Light on Brier Island sits at the most westerly point of all Nova Scotia overlooking the lower Bay of Fundy.

The octagonal concrete structure received a good scraping and painting in 2012.

A local group hopes to maintain the lighthouse and site including some seating and picnic tables that blend in with the natural surroundings, information panels or signs, pathway improvements, upkeep of paint and general maintenance.

The Point Prim Lighthouse sits on the rugged shoreline at the mouth of the Digby Gut. The Friends of Point Prim Society have been fixing up the lighthouse for a couple years now and are hoping to install a proper gateway at the entrance to the lighthouse trail.

[Friends of Point Prim celebrate trail and lighthouse work, May 2014]

Boar’s Head Lighthouse, at the northern end of Petit Passage, was first lit in 1864. The lighthouse society wants to fix it up and maintain the site for visitors, who can also walk to the nearby Althouse Look Off above Tiverton.

To learn more about the lighthouses and the related projects and to vote, use the links below:

Boar’s Head Lighthouse

The Point Prim Lighthouse

The Digby Pier Light

The Peter’s Island Lighthouse

The Western Light on Brier Island

jriley@digbycourier.ca

The lighthouses with the most votes in each of three categories stand to win cash prizes ranging from $75,000 to $5,000. The National Trust of Canada and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society are offering a total of $250,000 in cash prize for the This Lighthouse Matters Contest. The top three lighthouses in each category win cash prizes.

The Digby Pier Light, Point Prim Lighthouse, Boar’s Head Light, Peter’s Island Light and Western Light have all been entered in the contest but in different categories.

Peter’s Island Light is the only Digby County light in the High Tide Category with a first prize of $75,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, it had 2,737 votes. Gabarus meanwhile was closing on 5,000 votes.

Western Light and Boar’s Head are both in the Ebb Tide Category with a first prize of $50,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, Western Light had 1,843 votes, Boar’s Head had 317. Annapolis Light was leading that category with 6,013 votes.

Point Prim Light and Digby Pier Light are both in the Low Tide Category with a first prize of $25,000. As of 10:30 a.m. June 29, Digby Pier Light, with 3,321 votes was just behind Neil’s Harbour with 3,522.

Anyone and everyone can vote for each lighthouse once per day – meaning you could vote for all five every day if you wanted. Voting is free and requires no registration.

The competition started June 17 and runs until July 15, 2015.

The Digby Pier Light has languished in the public works compound of the Town Of Digby since 2012, when a group of Digby volunteers travelled to Saint John to retrieve the wooden structure.

The light had had kept watch over Digby harbour from 1886 until sometime in the early 1970s when the coast Guard removed it to Saint John.

[History of the Digby Pier Light]

The Pier Light requires renovation work before it can be returned to a site on the Digby waterfront.

The Peter’s Island Lighthouse marks the southern end of Grand Passage between Long Island and Brier Island. The Coast Guard installed two new lights this winter because it couldn’t safely access the interior of the lighthouse.

[Peter’s Island Light no longer shining bright, Feb. 13]

[The last light keeper on Peter’s Island, Feb. 27]

A local group hopes to fix it up and maintain it so that it remains as a marker on the small island near the southern point of Brier Island.

The Western Light on Brier Island sits at the most westerly point of all Nova Scotia overlooking the lower Bay of Fundy.

The octagonal concrete structure received a good scraping and painting in 2012.

A local group hopes to maintain the lighthouse and site including some seating and picnic tables that blend in with the natural surroundings, information panels or signs, pathway improvements, upkeep of paint and general maintenance.

The Point Prim Lighthouse sits on the rugged shoreline at the mouth of the Digby Gut. The Friends of Point Prim Society have been fixing up the lighthouse for a couple years now and are hoping to install a proper gateway at the entrance to the lighthouse trail.

[Friends of Point Prim celebrate trail and lighthouse work, May 2014]

Boar’s Head Lighthouse, at the northern end of Petit Passage, was first lit in 1864. The lighthouse society wants to fix it up and maintain the site for visitors, who can also walk to the nearby Althouse Look Off above Tiverton.

To learn more about the lighthouses and the related projects and to vote, use the links below:

Boar’s Head Lighthouse

The Point Prim Lighthouse

The Digby Pier Light

The Peter’s Island Lighthouse

The Western Light on Brier Island

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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