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Postby Grover1 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:15 am

From Newsday ...

The man who saved the Fire Island Lighthouse for future generations -- and a woman who established a home and future for homeless young mothers -- are among 17 founders of nonprofit groups who will be inducted Sunday in the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame.

For Thomas Roberts of Bay Shore, cited for historical preservation, it began in 1979 when the Coast Guard wanted to demolish the lighthouse, which had guided ships off Fire Island since 1858. Challenged by his wife, Marilyn, to "do something," Roberts, a "committee of one," wrote to everyone up to President Jimmy Carter. The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, which he organized in 1981, succeeded in getting the lighthouse transferred to the National Park Service, but the park service needed money to restore it. The preservation society raised $1.2 million, and the lighthouse beacon, dark for 12 years, shone again in 1986.

Today the lighthouse, run by the society in partnership with the park service, is visited by 120,000 people a year. "It feels good to see the excitement of the children coming to the lighthouse. We teach them about the environment, wildlife, lifesaving and Long Island nautical history," Roberts said.

Roberts, 67, a banker and president of the Tri-State Appraisal Group, also delights in seeing the light, visible for 22 miles.

The entire article ... http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longi ... -headlines
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Postby Rob143 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:31 pm

Well deserved indeed. We all thank you for all your work Thomas. Efforts like that can be some of the most thankless tasks we undertake in this lifetime. It's nice to see a fitting thank you extended occassionally.

Thanks for the story Barry. Your work here to keep us up on the news is much appreciated as well.
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Postby ericlighthouse » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:00 pm

Just a reminder that one person can make a difference. Also many people will help but are waiting for someone to follow.
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