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What is status of Oak Orchard N.Y. Replica Light ?

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:25 am


Does Anybody Know the status of the Oak Orchard replica project in New York ?? Did they recieve their grant ? I know they have been working towards this goal for several years now. We would like to do some more shoots in NY this year, and It would be great if they could get their funding to get this project going. The artist's rendering on their website looks spiffy.

We have just returned 3 weeks ago from Lake Erie -- Went to get Turtle, West Sister, and Rattlesnake Islands -- Partly cloudy day, winds at about 20-25 knots -- Little rough, but OK.

Terry, what a great job with McGulpin -- We're going to get up there later this summer -- Do you have a schedule of times that grounds are open ??

Thanks --- Chuck & Marci, GLLI
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:47 am


The short answer is "yes they did ..."

Here's a short thread ... viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7638
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Postby Bill Edwards » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:30 pm


The April issue of Lighthouse Digest magazine spoke about the pending (at the time) grant and details, with illustrations, on what their grand plans are. Since then, they have been awarded the grant. I'm awaiting details concerning the money allocation, construction timetable, etc. to write a (hopefully near future) update for Lighthouse Digest. The Oak Oarchard folks still have upcoming meetings pending for the specifics.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:33 am


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Postby Bill Edwards » Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:58 pm


Just a bump in the road...
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Postby Bill Edwards » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:59 pm


This month's issue of Lighthouse Digest has an update, last page.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:32 pm


Just saw it today......Thanks, Bill....... 8)
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:27 pm


Here's more .... From The Daily News

http://www.lportepilot.ca/index.cfm?sid=298277&sc=377
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:09 pm


Looks like it might be up by next summer....Text from the source Barry provided, The Journal-Register........

POINT BREEZE: Bid accepted for Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum.
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POINT BREEZE — The six-year dream of local organizers to place a replica lighthouse at the edge of Oak Orchard Harbor is about to become reality. This was confirmed Nov. 14 at the annual Oak Orchard Lighthouse Surf and Turf Dinner.

Peg Wiley, a founder of the movement and now a vice president of the board of trustees, confirmed that the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum has accepted a construction bid of $163,984 for the basic structure and awarded the contract to Nathaniel General Contractors of Rochester.

Wiley said the bid has been approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Orleans County, and the plan appears to have a lighthouse standing at the harbor by June or July 2010. Construction will likely start in early spring.

The move means that all the preliminary promotion and fundraising since 2003 will come to focus at a point aside the east pier of the harbor, not far from the large structure which once was the Lakeland Hotel (now the home of the Eugene Haines family).

By next spring, it is expected that a 34-foot-tall lighthouse will appear in its historic splendor, recreating a longstanding structure that stood at Point Breeze through the 19th century and until it was wrecked by a storm in 1916.

Richard Anderson, president of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum board, also was pleased about the award of a construction bid. “We have worked long and hard since 2003 and have seen excitement build across Orleans County,” he said. “This can be a jewel of a tourist attraction, accompanied by the planned museum and gardens and a stunning walkway.”

In July, a first round of bidding was held on construction of the basic lighthouse, and the board was shocked to receive proposals far in excess of available funding. Weeks of intensive work went into a second look at the plans, delaying some of the elements to a second phase. Eventual success in bidding led to assignment of the work to Nathaniel Contractors, a firm that not long ago remodeled the historic Albion grammar school into apartments for senior citizens.

Major challenges now come to the surface as the OOLM board seeks to finance other parts of the project. Those elements include the Memorial Walkway, a ramp leading to the lighthouse replicating the original pier walkway, and the Children’s Peace Garden. The original steel oil house from the 19th century lighthouse is still in existence and can be sponsored for $5,000. Housed at the Cobblestone Museum for almost a century, it has been granted back to the project on permanent loan once the lighthouse is built. A sponsorship value is yet to be determined for the pier/ramp element.

The most colorful element of all is the Compass Rose in the walkway. This will be crafted of Medina sandstone inset with blue and white granite. The Compass Rose is designed to be about 10 feet in diameter and circled by an inscription reading: “The silent sea was aflame, the day was all but done, and resting on the western shore, the perfect setting sun.”

The Compass Rose, by far the most expensive element aside from the lighthouse structure, itself, is seeking sponsorship of $24,000. This element can be co-sponsored for a collaborative effort to support the project. The four benches of Medina sandstone from the sidewalks of old Albion, carved by George Graham, will encircle the Compass Rose. The benches have already been sponsored.

Wiley and Anderson said they will welcome inquiries at any time for funding these special features, and the call goes out to individuals and also to businesses and organizations. Co-sponsoring is encouraged for all elements.

Individual bricks for the lighthouse walkway have been available for five years at $50 apiece and will continue to be marketed. They will bear names of donors, as will all sponsored features at the lighthouse site.

“Some real work lies ahead in this project, but it would be nice if a group of area industries or organizations banded together to sponsor elements at the site,” said Wiley as she and Anderson discussed the construction work of the next eight months.

The start of lighthouse construction automatically moves the big project into its second phase, seeking a site for a permanent maritime museum. “The museum will collect, archive and preserve the maritime history and artifacts from our area,” said Wiley. “And a program will be set up for research and organized cultural activities.” She said a major focus for the new museum may be the history of maritime wrecks in western Lake Ontario, and the committee is working on establishing important relationships to that end.

The construction work of the replica lighthouse and the plan for a museum come at a time when civic excitement and unity at Point Breeze are reaching new highs. On Nov. 16, the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association was organized, bringing together nearly a dozen separate groups in the community.

For more information on the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum project, or to sponsor a personalized brick, go to www.oakorchardlighthouse.org. For sponsorship of any of the elements listed above, call Anderson at 941 741-8042 or e-mail oootl@aol.com
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Postby tsimbari » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:18 am


I am the architect involved in the Oak Orchard reconstruction. The Lighthouse is currently under construction and it is approximately 70% complete to date. It should be completed by June 1, 2010. There is a live web cam available if you wish to view the construction. You can link to it from the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museums web page at http://www.oakorchardlighthouse.org. We are very excited to have this project completed. All parties involved have put their hearts a souls into the effort. I've attached a recent photo of the project. The Gallery area is capped with tarps while the lantern is being fabricated.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:15 pm


Tsimbarti, Thank You so much for your update on the Oak Orchard project. I have been following the progress of it for more than a couple of years now. I’m planning a visit to the area for early summer, and was delighted to see the progress made so quickly the last few months, after all the time the project was in the planning stages.

If you would be so kind, could you post updates here and when the light is finished ? I would appreciate it very much.

Can’t wait to see it in person. Sure it will be awesome !!!
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Postby Bill Edwards » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:21 pm


I'm hoping to work up an update soon for LhD.
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Postby tsimbari » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:59 am


Just giving everybody an update. The contractor installed the lantern yesterday so the true lighthouse form is now visible. The ventilator ball has been cast and should be shipped to the site from the foundry in VA soon. There are some progress photos available for viewing at http://www.oakorchardlighthouse.org/.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:54 am


8) .....Got the WebCam up.......Looks SUPER !!!!!!!........ :D
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Postby tsimbari » Tue May 04, 2010 5:49 am


There is a nice front page story on the Oak Orchard Lighthouse reconstruction in this morning's Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The article is also on the web as well as a short video documentary on the construction. You may want to check it out with the following link if you're interested:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/art ... 3/Beacon-o
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