Thank-You, Lighthouse Docents!

Now that the fall and winter rains have started and the light grows less day by day, I am finding time to write to all of you who volunteered your time as Keepers of the Patos Lighthouse docents last spring and summer.

Though I haven’t run the numbers, (hours/guests), yet I do have the guest book here and I would like to share some of the wonderful comments our guests have left. Our guests came from near (Orcas Island, BC) and far, (Finland!), but all of them were delghted to find the lighthouse open and staffed by our wonderful volunteers. As you will see from their comments, a great and informative time was had by all.

Here are just a few of the comments:

Been waiting to visit for 25 years!
Loved the tour!
Perfect place to stop for Father’s Day!
Great interesting tour of this fine lighthouse.
Wow! What beautiful views  and interesting history!
Kayaking from Sucia. Amazing location, so beautiful!!
Great place to see! (Finland)
We looooove Patos!
Very fun to finally see the inside and the view from the Light
Yeah Lighthouse Docents, you rock!
I  wish I could be here during a storm!
Fun times on Patos. Thanks to the Lutz  boys for their tour 🙂
Thank you guys for opening the lighthouse for us…
Thanks for all your hard work. So wonderful to see old treasures taken care of.

Great Music!
Labor Day in Paradise!

Also, A big Thank-you goes out to Steve Sabine and his State Parks crew. Without them none of this would have been possible…thanks SO much for your continued support!

Last note, I know many of you docents brought friends and family along for your stints, could you make sure to forward my email to all of them?

Last, BNL….Some of you have already reserved a weekend for next year’s season. If any of the others have a certain time in mind for the 2015 season, please let me know and I will get it on the calendar.

Have a great fall and winter and (try to) enjoy the rain!


Katie Nollman, Lighthouse Docent took these pictures during her stint last summer…

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Patos Island Memories, Part 3, By “Patos” Bill LaVergne

Patos Bill, left with Clarence and Elaine Titterington in the early 1950s.

Patos Bill, left, with Clarence and Elaine Titterington and another Bill,  in the early 1950s.

So after serving on Patos Island  I was assigned to Our USCG base in Seattle where my day time duty was in charge of Base Seattle telephone communications. My duty was to operate the Base telephone Switch Board and train other personal in telephone operations. I also saw to it that when ships tied up at our dock that their telephone system was activated through our Base system. One time in hooking a ship up my set of Base keys fell overboard. There was no way to retrieve them so we had to replace locks and keys around the base. That was not my shinning hour I might tell you.

Turing this time in Seattle TV Station KING on Saturday nights had a live half hour program called ” MARCH ON “. It was a program devoted to advertising all of the US Services…Army….Navy…Coast Guard ETC. It was to advertise enlistments for the Korean War going on.
I was the Coast Guards rep. We had Friday practice which I went to and then went to the Station on Saturday and prerecorded the music ETC and then performed the program live from 7 to 7:30 PM. It was always a program of music and a story line. I really enjoyed this duty as it gave me a full weekend away from my duties at the base and I was able to be home in Tacoma with my family. Not bad duty huh?
As I was not on duty every night  at the base I was able to stay in my apartment in Seattle when I did not have duty.
As soon as the War was over the Navy let us Coast Guard boys out of our enlistments as they then had no money in their peace time budget for us. So I soon found myself released from active duty and put in the reserves.
Finding myself free again to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it took a little getting use to. However in the long run  I look back on my tour of duties and it was most likely the best of the best in my young life. And the memories have lasted a life time.
And Yes…. Patos is still the LIGHT OF MY LIFE.
May the Light always shine on you and bring you peace.
Patos Bill….Tacoma Washington 2014