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Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in need of repairs, money

Jun 13, 2017 12:03 am

Amanda Purcell is reporting in the Register-Star the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse's pier is in dire need of repairs. Years of strong currents and ice flow in the Hudson River have caused damage to the wood pilings that support the lighthouse, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society is looking to purchase and install riprap, or a loose stone foundation, to protect the pilings. "What will happen over time is that the lighthouse’s pilings will deteriorate to a point where the lighthouse might lean and it might even fall into the river," said Tom Hoffman, the president of the society. "But we’re looking at many, many years into the future before that happens." The lighthouse has been operational since 1874 and still serves to help ships navigate safely around the Middle Ground Flats. Hoffman estimates the repairs will cost between $400,000 and $800,000. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

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