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UPDATED: Digby Pier Lighthouse wins $15,000 in online funding contest

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland hopes to have the Digby Pier Light back togther and standing up on the Digby waterfront this fall.
Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland hopes to have the Digby Pier Light back togther and standing up on the Digby waterfront this fall.

DIGBY – It's now official: the town of Digby has won $15,000 to go towards fixing up the Digby Pier Lighthouse.

The online funding contest run by Heritage Canada entitled This Lighthouse Matters wrapped up at midnight on July 15 with the Digby light in first place in the Low Tide category.

The Digby light received 12,359 votes in the month since the contest opened on June 15. Neil’s Harbour finished second in that category with 11,647 votes and won a prize of $10,000.

The Ebb Tide category, with a first prize of $40,000, came down to a nail biter finish, with Annapolis Royal edging out Henry’s Island (near Port Hood) by a mere 82 votes; 27,048 to 26,966.

Cape Fourchu, with 14,141 votes, managed a third place finish in the High Tide category worth $25,000. Low Point Lighthouse near Sydney and Gabarus, also on Cape Breton Island, came first and second in that category with 23,436 and 21,403 votes respectively. They earned prizes of $75,000 and $50,000.

[To see the final totals and read about each lighthouse check out:

 thisplacematters.ca/competition/this-lighthouse-matters/]

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland said the contest was a lot of fun.

“And it’s a blast that people took the time to make 12,000 votes,” he said. “That’s way more than I was expecting for our little lighthouse. It’s unbelievable.”

Cleveland says representatives of Heritage Canada will be visiting Digby in the next couple days to hand over the receive $15,000 prize money.

Cleveland has spent the last few weeks, and more intensely the last few days, facebooking, tweeting, sharing, emailing and calling people to get them to vote for the Digby light.

The Digby Area Tourism Association has also been busy on various social media platforms spreading the word.

“People have gotten very excited about this and pulled together, obviously as we got 12,000 votes,” said the Digby mayor. “We’ve been getting votes from around the world: Australia, Europe and the US.”

Cleveland’s new goal is to have the lighthouse standing upright and rebuilt and located somewhere on the Digby waterfront by this October.

“After tomorrow, the next question we’re going to ask the public is where to put the lighthouse,” said Cleveland. “By the VIC? Fisherman’s Memorial? We’ll be going to the public with that question.”

Next he says the town will get estimates from local contractors to do some structural repair to the lighthouse, he is planning to organize volunteer work parties for stripping shingles, and then after the lighthouse is moved the waterfront, for reshingling and painting.

The Digby Pier Light has lain on its side 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]

In all, five Digby County lighthouses were entered in the contest.

Point Prim Lighthouse, Boar’s Head Light, Peter’s Island Light and Western Light did not finish in the top three in their categories.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

The online funding contest run by Heritage Canada entitled This Lighthouse Matters wrapped up at midnight on July 15 with the Digby light in first place in the Low Tide category.

The Digby light received 12,359 votes in the month since the contest opened on June 15. Neil’s Harbour finished second in that category with 11,647 votes and won a prize of $10,000.

The Ebb Tide category, with a first prize of $40,000, came down to a nail biter finish, with Annapolis Royal edging out Henry’s Island (near Port Hood) by a mere 82 votes; 27,048 to 26,966.

Cape Fourchu, with 14,141 votes, managed a third place finish in the High Tide category worth $25,000. Low Point Lighthouse near Sydney and Gabarus, also on Cape Breton Island, came first and second in that category with 23,436 and 21,403 votes respectively. They earned prizes of $75,000 and $50,000.

[To see the final totals and read about each lighthouse check out:

 thisplacematters.ca/competition/this-lighthouse-matters/]

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland said the contest was a lot of fun.

“And it’s a blast that people took the time to make 12,000 votes,” he said. “That’s way more than I was expecting for our little lighthouse. It’s unbelievable.”

Cleveland says representatives of Heritage Canada will be visiting Digby in the next couple days to hand over the receive $15,000 prize money.

Cleveland has spent the last few weeks, and more intensely the last few days, facebooking, tweeting, sharing, emailing and calling people to get them to vote for the Digby light.

The Digby Area Tourism Association has also been busy on various social media platforms spreading the word.

“People have gotten very excited about this and pulled together, obviously as we got 12,000 votes,” said the Digby mayor. “We’ve been getting votes from around the world: Australia, Europe and the US.”

Cleveland’s new goal is to have the lighthouse standing upright and rebuilt and located somewhere on the Digby waterfront by this October.

“After tomorrow, the next question we’re going to ask the public is where to put the lighthouse,” said Cleveland. “By the VIC? Fisherman’s Memorial? We’ll be going to the public with that question.”

Next he says the town will get estimates from local contractors to do some structural repair to the lighthouse, he is planning to organize volunteer work parties for stripping shingles, and then after the lighthouse is moved the waterfront, for reshingling and painting.

The Digby Pier Light has lain on its side 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]

In all, five Digby County lighthouses were entered in the contest.

Point Prim Lighthouse, Boar’s Head Light, Peter’s Island Light and Western Light did not finish in the top three in their categories.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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