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Vol. 9, No. 2
Jan. 11-17, 2001
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When Is a Lighthouse Working?

Dear Bay Weekly:

In your Year in Review [Vol. VIII, No. 52] on page 7, you quote from an earlier article by Connie Darago noting that Cove Point is Maryland's only working lighthouse. If a "working lighthouse is one from which its light still shines on schedule and weather data is collected as intended, then Thomas Point, Baltimore Light, Sharps Island Light - all are "working" to name just a few.

At any rate, you all publish an interesting paper and of course, the price is right too.

-Bob Siegel, Annapolis

Editor's Reply

Thanks for your thoughtful inquiry. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-01 spokesman Steve Bloss offers this clarification: In addition to the light and fog signal working (as in many others) Cove Point Light is the only Maryland Bay lighthouse still using human power. The Coast Guard and volunteers still man the station at peak times. So it all depends on how you interpret "working."

Thanks to Bay Weekly, I Shopped Locally

Dear Bay Weekly:

Reading your gift guide ["Letters to Santa," Vol. VIII, No. 40: Dec. 14, 2000] changed the way I shop for Christmas presents. Usually, I do a lot of my shopping for family and friends at home, from catalogs. This year, I was so impressed by your story that I finished my shopping at local shops. I enjoyed myself and saw and bought all kinds of wonderful things.

Keep up your support of local business in the new year.

-Farley Peters, Fairhaven

Tour Alaska with Towson

Dear Bay Weekly:

I would appreciate it if you would help us get out the word on our upcoming Alaska travel/study ecotour.

Towson University's Department of Geography and Environmental Planning is conducting a 14-day travel/study ecotour to south-central Alaska from July 2 to July 12, 2001. The tour includes visits to Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Valdez, Whittier and Seward. Cruises on Prince William Sound and Resurrection Bay and a sightseeing excursion on the Alaska Railroad from Seward to Anchorage are also included.

The cost of the tour is $3,295 per person double occupancy if paid in full by January 26 and $3,495 per person after that date. This cost includes airfare, first-class accommodations, ground transportation (including cruise/rail tickets) admission to group activities, pre-trip briefings, several meals, experienced faculty/staff guides and other extras.

Academic credit (undergraduate and graduate) is available. For information, contact Dr. John Morgan at 410/830-2964 or jmorgan@towson.edu.

Thank you for your help.

-John M. Morgan III, Director of the Center for Geographic Information Sciences

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