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March 18th meeting is the 2018 calendar photo contest meeting.

It is being held at (same place as March of 2014)

VFW EDISON POST 3117
55 NATIONAL ROAD
EDISON, NJ 08817


**March Meeting Lunch by Joe Guchek

The Edison, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3117 again welcomes you to the

March meeting for your Photo Contest. We hope you will have an enjoyable

experience while you are here. We have ample parking in the rear of the

building.

The food this year is sponsored by the VFW and the Nam Knights Motorcycle

Club. The VFW is made up of United States Armed Forces Veterans who have

served during time of War overseas in the country of conflict. The Nam

Knights members are Armed Forces Veterans, Police active and retired and Patriots.


Food that will be offered will be available for purchase upon arrival and

served during your meeting's lunch break. In order to get a consensus of

items needed for your group, please email me (guchekj@gmail.com) or call or

text me (302.448.1825) in advance by March 10, 2017 with your food and drink

choices.

 

Sponsored By:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3117

Nam Knights Motorcycle Club               

 

GF Roll needed (check)                         Quantity

Hot Dog        All beef         $2.00 ea      

Baked Beans Serving       $0.50 

Potato Chips Small bag    $0.50 ea      

Drink Water                        $1.00 ea      

          Sprite Diet               $1.00 ea      

          Sprite                       $1.00 ea      

          Coca Cola               $1.00 ea      

          Coca Cola Diet        $1.00  ea

Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Sauerkraut, & Onions                  

 



THE PHOTO CONTEST CATEGORIES WILL BE THE SAME AS THIS YEAR, EXCEPT THERE WILL BE NO COVER CATEGORY.
    Note: Members only can compete or vote for finalists in the contest. Please have your membership card with you.
  • Lighthouses with integrated lights
  • Lighthouses that are tall towers
  • Lighthouses that are water-bound
  • Skeletal Lighthouse, which includes Statue of Liberty
Lighthouses from anywhere / not just NJ lights
Landscape or portrait
Must be 8 x 10 & matted original
Maximum of 2 entries per above category.
Winners from the 2017 calendar may only submit 1 entry per category.
No extras inserted into photos.  No Photo-shopping photos

For a printable .pdf copy of the entry form, Click here

Directions to meeting:

Park around the building or across the street.
 

From the NJ Turnpike - North or South
1 - Take exit 10. After paying toll, keep to your left and follow signs for 287 North.
2 - Follow 287 North for about 3 miles to exit 2B, Route 27 South.
3 - Once on 27 South, proceed about 1/2 mile to the second traffic light.
      The Pines Manor restaurant will be on your right just before the turn.
4 - Turn right onto Talmadge Road and go about 3/4 mile to National road,
       it will be on your right.
5 - Make a right turn and proceed a few hundred yards to the VFW post which will
      be on your right. A tan building, right after the Ryder building.
 

From the GSP - North or South
1 - A - Going Northbound, take exit 127
     B - Going Southbound, take exit 129
2 - For both exits, follow signs for 440 South to 287 North
3 - Once on 440 it will change to 287 as it passes over the NJ Turnpike.
4 - Follow direction above starting at #2

From Rt. 18 North
1 - When Rt. 18 passes over Rt. 1 the road divides. Stay to the right.
2 - Look for exit sign "27 North - Highland Park"
3 - Merge onto Rt. 27 North.
4 - Go about 3 miles to Talmadge Road. The Landmark Diner will be on your right.
      The Pines Manor will be on your far left.
5 -
Turn left from the left lane onto Talmadge Road and go about 3/4 mile to National R.oad,
      it will be on your right.
6 -
Make a right turn and proceed a few hundred yards to the VFW post which will
      be on your right. A tan building, right after the Ryder building.


From Rt 287 South
1 - Take exit 3 for New Durham Road
2 - Stay to the right and merge onto New Durham Road South.
3 - Go about 1/2 mile to the first traffic light, Talmadge Road
4 - Make a left from the left lane and proceed about 1/2 mile to National Road
      It will be on your left.
5 -
Make a left turn and proceed a few hundred yards to the VFW post which will
      be on your right. A tan building, right after the Ryder building.



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FUTURE 2017 MEETING DATES:
MARCH 18TH
JUNE 17TH
SEPT 16TH
DEC 9TH






PICTURES FROM THE JUNE 25TH MEETING CELEBRATING 26 YEARS
  SINCE NJLHS FIRST VISITED A LIGHTHOUSE AS AN ORGANIZATION
BY VISITING ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE. READ INFORMATION BELOW
ABOUT THE LIGHTHOUSE


A special THANK YOU to Mike McGowan for taking the pictures











Absecon Lighthouse Facts


Compiled by Elinor A. Veit

 

 

Directions to Absecon Lighthouse: Once in Atlantic City, turn north on either Atlantic Ave. or Pacific Ave. From Pacific Ave.,
turn left onto Rhode Island Ave. and park in front of the lighthouse, or turn left on Vermont Ave. and use parking lot on lighthouse property.
From Atlantic Ave., turn right onto either Rhode Island Ave. or Vermont Ave.

 

Congress approved the building of Absecon Lighthouse: August 1854.

Land for the lighthouse was transferred to the federal government by the Camden and Atlantic Land Company on December 5, 1854 for the sum of $520.

The engineer was Lt. George Gordon Meade (of the Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War fame). Construction was started by Major Hartman Bache,
continued by Lt. George Meade and completed by Lt. Col. William Raynolds.

Absecon Lighthouse was first lighted: January 15, 1857

Characteristic: Fixed white light of the first order

Lens: Made by L. Sautter of Paris, France in 1854 especially for Absecon Lighthouse

Height from ground to top of ventilator: 171”

Steps to watch room: 228, 12 more to lantern room for a total of 240 steps

Focal plane: 167”

Range: 19.5 nautical miles or 20 standard miles

Diameter: at base- 26” 4’ – at top: 12”

Inside diameter: 10” from ground to watch room

Bricks used for original construction: 598,634

Decommissioned July 11, 1933

 

Daymark (The outside color of the tower changed many times):

            1857: Natural brick

            1871: White, red, white

            1897: Orange, black, orange

            Early 1900’s: Yellow, black, yellow (1902 or earlier)

            (Decommissioned on July 11, 1933)

            1948: White, blue, white (with a blue lantern room) Owned by the city of Atlantic

                      City. These were the city’s colors.

            Early 1970’s:White, red, white (for second time) now owned by state of NJ.

            1998: Yellow, black, yellow (These were the colors that it wore for the longest

                       period of time. Also the colors it was painted during the period 

                       of interpretations selected for historic reasons (From the time the lantern

                       was electrified [1925] to the time it was decommissioned [1933].

 

Placed on New Jersey Register of Historic Places: (August 13 or September 11, 1970)

Placed on National Register of Historic Places: January 25, 1971


Principal Keepers of Absecon Lighthouse:

            Daniel L. Scull – 1857

            William Bartlett - 1861                    

            John F. Nixon – 1865

            Abraham G. Wolf – 1873

            Thomas Bills – 1896

            Knud Hanson 1914

 

In addition to the principal keeper, there were two assistant keepers.

At least 26 men and one woman held the title of Keeper of Absecon Lighthouse during its years as an active aide to navigation.

 

During Absecon Lighthouse’s 76 years of service at least fourteen children were born there and at least seven people, including one infant, died there.

 

1988: The Inlet Public/Private Association (IPPA) was formed to advocate for the redevelopment of the Inlet section of Atlantic City.
It immediately adopted the lighthouse as its logo.


1994 - 1995: The IPPA adopted Absecon Lighthouse for restoration purposes and had a Historic Structure Report done with a $50,000
grant from the city of Atlantic City. Architectural Firm of Watson & Henry prepared the HSR.

1997: Restoration of tower and reconstruction of keeper’s house were started.

1998: On July 6th, the nearly completed keeper’s residence was lost in a fire. The tower was not harmed.

1999: The tower was opened to visitors in April. The lantern was relit on a daily basis.

2000: Rebuilding of the keeper’s residence was once more resumed.

2001: The newly reconstructed keeper’s house was opened to the public in October.

 

Absecon Lighthouse is owned by the State of New Jersey,

Department of Environmental Protection,

Division of Parks and Forestry.

 

It is leased to the IPPA for restoration and operation.

 

Address:

            Absecon Lighthouse

            31 South Rhode Island Avenue

            Atlantic City, NJ 08401

            Telephone: (609) 449-1360

            Fax: (609) 449-1919

 

Executive Director:

            Jean Muchanic

Education Director:

            Milt Glenn                                                                                                     



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