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Protect Gay Head Light As It Protects Us

Gay Head cliffs and lighthouse

At annual town meetings across the Island, Community Preservation Committees will be asking voters to follow their recommendations and support Aquinnah’s application for Community Preservation Act historic preservation funds to save the Gay Head Lighthouse.

The current Gay Head Lighthouse has been standing sentinel on the clay cliffs of Aquinnah since 1856. It is now in danger and it desperately needs the entire Island community to help save it. If we don’t, the stately

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Rosanne Cash to Play Summer Benefit for Gay Head Light

The ongoing effort to raise money to move the Gay Head Light got an extra boost this week with the news that country music legend Rosanne Cash will come to the Vineyard this summer to play a benefit concert.

Mitzi Pratt, a member of the save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee, confirmed Wednesday that plans are in the early stages for the Grammy-winning recording artist to perform at Flatbread on July 1.

Rosanne Cash

At their meeting Tuesday the Aquinnah selectmen signed a

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OpEd, MV Times: Gay Head Light’s salvation needs help of all towns

The history of the Gay Head Light is long and rich. As sentinel for one of the most significant shipping lanes on the East Coast for over two centuries, its first order Fresnel Lens has alerted scores to the dangers of Devil’s Bridge. From the time it was built in 1856, it has drawn people to it, with New Bedford steamers bringing weekend tourists to Pilot’s Landing where oxcarts took them up the hill to the famous Light. The

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Town Submits Application for Ownership of Gay Head Light

The town of Aquinnah moved one step closer to owning the Gay Head Light this week when it submitted a comprehensive application to the federal government for ownership.

The application follows months of preparation including geological surveys, historic research and site evaluations.

“It’s finished,” town administrator Adam Wilson, who spearheaded the effort, announced at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday. “I’m happy to report that I’m heading over to UPS with all the various binders and handing over the package. It’s been

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Tribe: No decision yet on possible Aquinnah casino

AQUINNAH – The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has made no decision on whether to renovate its unfinished community center into a gambling facility, the tribe’s new chairman said in an email.

Tobias Vanderhoop, who took over as tribal council chairman last month, presided over his first tribe meeting earlier this month. At that meeting, the tribe’s casino options were discussed, but no decisions were made, Vanderhoop said in an email to the Times.

“The objective of the meeting

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Field Borings Concluded at Gay Head Lighthouse Site

Geologic Earth Exploration, Inc. completed field borings this past week at the Gay Head Lighthouse site. The effort, under the direction and supervision of GEI Consultants, is a critical part of a study to determine the composition of the soils underlying the lighthouse and below the potential relocation sites. Engineers and geologists will review the data and samples collected to determine the suitability of the locations to support the lighthouse as well as the geological sustainability of each site over

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