Shine ON! LED now installed in Light Tower

The beloved St. James Harbor Light continues to send a welcoming beacon to those traveling across Lake Michigan. But that light is now generated by an LED, installed by a Coast Guard Crew on July 12. The former beacon, a 4th order Fresnel lens, was partly dismantled by lampist Capt. Kurt Fosburg of Superior Lighthouse […] Read more »

Conde’ Nast Traveler writer on Beaver Island

Writer in Light Tower.

Beaver Island had a special visitor this week and a whole host of folks showed her a great time. Cynthia Drescher has a dream job! She works for Conde’ Nast Traveler and her latest assignment had her exploring Northern Michigan, the UP and of course, ISLANDS! Drescher loves her home in New York but she […] Read more »

CMU Honors Students – Good neighbors on Beaver Island!

CMU Honors Photography students.

Each spring the Central Michign University Honors students grace Beaver Island with their enthusiasm and their “I can do it!” attitude. The Honors Service Learning students do all kinds of projects around the Island to get the place all spruced up for the busy season ahead. They rake, they wash windows, they shine up the […] Read more »

Planning for the future of the Fresnel lens

Visiting the top!

The work on the restoration and preservation of the St. James Lighthouse started by the late Don Vyse continues today. During a recent site visit from historic preservationist Ken Chapski, the tower was open briefly for a site inspection and to take measurements of the Fresnel lens. The Coast Guard will eventually be replacing the […] Read more »

Springtime fun on Beaver Island: Road Rally!

The winners of the 2016 Road Rally.

Okay, so we don’t have sky scrapers or malls or football stadiums or a Chinese restaurant. But most of the time I don’t miss those things (Well, to be really honest, I’d kill for some egg foo young). And yes, we often have to make our own fun up here with Island house parties and […] Read more »