It’s black and white

West Point light­house gets new coat of stripes with brighter red on top

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

West Point’s iconic light­house is get­ting a fresh coat of paint.

Mal­lard Paint­ing from Pow­nal started the pro­ject on Mon­day and is ex­pected to have the job com­pleted by Satur­day.

Gen­eral man­ager of the light­house, Scott Smith, said the tower was last painted seven years ago but this is the first time in sev­eral years that the lan­tern deck and the canopy are get­ting a touchup. The red on top will be re­turned to its orig­i­nal colour. Mal­lard Paint­ing’s owner, Wade Cle­ments, de­scribed the colour as Coast Guard Red or Safety Red. Bernard Camp­bell spent part of the day Wed­nes­day stand­ing on the cap while ap­ply­ing the red paint, mak­ing him the fo­cal point for cam­era-tot­ing tourists on the beach be­low. The light­house’s rec­og­niz­able hor­i­zon­tal black stripes are be­ing re­tained.

The sur­face area be­ing painted on the 69-foot light­house is about 4,900 square feet.

Cle­ments said the light­house is the type of chal­lenge his com­pany likes to take on. Smith said the light­house inn is en­joy­ing its best sum­mer ever, re­port­ing a 98 per cent room oc­cu­pancy rate in Au­gust, up from 95 per cent in July. With de­mand so strong, the inn is stay­ing open un­til the end of the month, in­stead of its usual mid-Septem­ber clos­ing, The West Point Light­house, built in 1875, has been op­er­a­tional since 1876.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Free­man Camp­bell is at the controls of the lift as Wade Cle­ments of Mal­lard Paint­ing spray paints the base of the lan­tern deck near the top of the West Point Light­house.

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