In offsetting the “heavy” news this week, Grumpy Editor reminds that today is National Lighthouse Day --- a happening probably overlooked in your local newspaper or broadcast outlet.
For those near the water, it’s a splendid time to visit the beacons that guide ships to harbors, especially vital during foggy or stormy periods.
Not sure about the location of the closest lighthouse?
Go to www.us-lighthouses.com that lists 432 sites with guiding lights for sailors.
On this day in 1789 Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of lighthouses.
Another old timer guiding ships over the years is Sandy Hook (N.J.) lighthouse. It went into operation in 1764.
Maine, where two dozen lighthouses overlook its rocky shores, celebrates its own lighthouse day on Sept. 15.
More than 15,000 people visited light stations in the Pine Tree State at last year’s annual event.