Let’s Get That Flag Flying Again!

Site of the flagpole

Site of the flagpole

The flag of the United States used to fly proudly over US Coast Guard Station, Patos Island. We do not know when the flag and pole were taken down, but from old photographs we know where the pole was located. We think it would be a dandy idea to return the flag and pole the island. The plan is for our volunteers and Docents to raise the flag whenever we are on island and able to open to light house.

Can you help us achieve this  goal with your donations? All donations are tax deductible. Please send donations, designated for the “FlagFund”

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late "50s.

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late “50s.

, to Keepers of the Patos Light, PO Box 518, Lopez Island, WA 98261

Our Goal in 2013 and Beyond
Help fill this void
I will continue to add
this page to the newsletter and Blog until we reach
our goal.
“Patos” Bill Lavergne started the fund with a contribution of $500 and challenges other Patos Coast Guard Vets & families to donate and make this happen in
2014 with a contribution by year-end 2013
Patty & Jack Ware contribute $100 and challenge
everyone who loves Patos Lighthouse to contribute in
Keepers of the Patos Light wish you all a wonderful
Holiday season and may 2014 be your best year ever
Send donations to: KOPL, PO Box 518, Lopez Island, WA 98261
All money received for the Flagpole Fund will
be kept separate from our general operating
Be sure to designate on your check if
you are supporting the Flagpole.
Let’s get that flag flying
. Think how beautiful our
pictures will be with Mt. Baker in the back-
ground, our adorable lighthouse in the fore-
ground and our flag waving in the breeze.
When the flag is flying, you will know that our
docents are on board, ready to give tours and
tell you a story.

Sandy and Dennis Evans contribute $100 and challenge
kayak enthusiasts that enjoy Patos.
Linda & David Hudson contribute $100 and challenge
other Lopezians who love Patos.
Denise and Daniel Wilk contribute $100 and challenge
boaters in the Salish Sea that enjoy Patos and the Light-
Diane and Jim Briggs contribute $50 and challenge

bikers who love the San Juans to join the fu

Keepers of the Patos Light
Flagpole Fund
Our Goal in 2013 and Beyond
Help fill this void


In Praise of Lighthouse Docents

This is the email I sent to all of wonderful Patos Lighthouse Docents:

“This is a much belated message to all of you wonderful lighthouse docents. The lighthouse has now been locked up tight for the winter. I am thinking of all the storms, winds, and snow, she will see before we all see her again.

I want to thank you all for all of your efforts this past spring and summer to open the lighthouse to our thankful public. You all know how happy our visitors were to see inside the lighthouse.

Thanks to your efforts, we were able to open to doors to the lighthouse a total of 43 days and greet over 850 visitors. What wonderful memories our visitors took away with them when they left Patos Island. And what memories all of you took away. From the comments many of you sent to me after your time on the island it’s hard to guess who had the most wonderful time…you or our visitors!”

And here are some of those wonderful visitor and docent comments:

“Super! Duper!

“It’s an absolute dream to visit Patos. As a longtime fan of “Light on the Island”, I’ve been wanting to bring my children here!”

“A magic place, beautifully restored”

“Truly beautiful, Island and Lighthouse!”

“Thanks for taking care of the lighthouse and doing such a great job of sharing!”

“I spent  my 49th birthday here…I will never forget it!!”

“beautiful and so picturesque…we’re taking home great memories”

“Great work in keeping the light and keeping the history alive”

We were so psyched to get a tour today!

…and last but not least:

“Perhaps this is the most beautiful spot on earth?  La puesta del sol era magnifice!”

And to close, here are some of the beautiful pictures our docents took last summer. Looking forward to another wonderful summer of 2014!