Bac­caro Light­house dome get­ting touched up

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHN­SON THECOASTGUARD.CA

The dome on the Bac­caro Light­house is get­ting a paint job. Work be­gan in late Oc­to­ber.

“They’re go­ing to sand­blast and paint the dome, just the metal part,” said Bill Pow­ley, a mem­ber of the group, Keep­ers of the Bac­caro Light.

“It’s a gov­ern­ment project. They own the build­ing. We raised money a few years ago and painted the build­ing. We were for­tu­nate this spring that one of our mem­bers got a hold of the right per­son” (in the fed­eral Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans and the Cana­dian Coast Guard), he said, adding a meet­ing on site this past sum­mer with depart­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives gen­er­ated “a very pos­i­tive re­sponse from them be­cause all of our mem­bers showed up and I think that im­pressed them.”

Pow­ley said the dome on the Bac­caro Light­house is “rather iconic.”

“There’s only two like it in Nova Sco­tia,” he said. “The other one is in Peggy’s Cove.”

Mean­while the Keep­ers of the Bac­caro Light are look­ing to­wards next sum­mer and touch­ing up the corner boards on the wooden struc­ture.

“We painted it two sum­mers ago and gale winds wore the paint off the corner boards. It looks like it was sand­blasted,” said Pow­ley “We’ll paint that and try and make it look as nice as pos­si­ble for the tourists.”

As a fundraiser, the Keep­ers of the Bac­caro Light are sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets on a so­lar power light­house do­nated by Wil­sons Home Hard­ware Build­ing Cen­tre and a framed print do­nated by Cause­way In­te­ri­ors.

Pow­ley said the vol­un­teer group are hop­ing they can fur­ther im­prove the Bac­caro Light site, which at­tracts vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents daily.

“We’re very happy with the co­op­er­a­tion we’re get­ting from the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton,” who look af­ter the grounds in the sum­mer, said Pow­ley. “We put in se­cu­rity cam­eras and they proven fruit­ful. Pre­serv­ing the light is our main aim. It’s one of the very few light­houses in Nova Sco­tia that you can drive right up to and walk around.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on The Keep­ers of the Bac­caro Light visit their Face­book page.

KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

A worker throws a coil of rope down from the top of the Bac­caro Light­house. The dome on the light­house is be­ing sand­blasted and painted by con­tract work through the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

A light­house at Bac­caro Point has guided the way for mariners since 1851. The cur­rent struc­ture was built in 1934 to re­place the orig­i­nal light­house that was de­stroyed by fire. In the back­ground is the last radar tower from what once was CFS Bar­ring­ton. The radar tower has been op­er­ated as an un­manned Cana­dian Coastal Radar sta­tion un­der NORAD since the early 1990s.

KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

A worker closes the door to the Bac­caro Light­house af­ter spend­ing the day sand­blast­ing the dome.

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