The Flying Wallendas televised June 15 tightrope walk across Niagara Falls was not as entertaining nor as meaningful as the “high wire”
work of a crew of Islanders on June 16.
They gathered early in the morning in hopes the wind would be calm for their planned work to reset the old Coast Guard flag pole on Whiskey Point, which has stood as a sentinel on the harbor for more years than any one can remember.
The crew was assembled from CMU, the township and Wojan Excavating. John Works Jr., Darrell Butler Jr., Jim Wojan, Steve Crandall, Bruce Cull, Brad Coffell and Chris Smith coordinated two pieces of machinery and maneuvered a huge number of ropes which were outfitted to lift the pole into its suspended position. Some had to don safety harnesses for the “hire wire” work required on the structure.
The heavy duty cap, which holds the flagpole and a 16 foot extension in place, had to be remanufactured. And the old wrought iron weathervane was given a new lease on life when Works replaced the old dry and splintered wood with a re-crafted model made from Beaver Island cedar.
For the whole story, see the July issue of NorthernIslander.