Range Light fundraising campaign gets a boost from Southampton Yacht Club

The Range Light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on Lake Huron has been battered by wind and waves, particularly, with the current high water levels of the lake.  The west side of the Light has been temporarily repaired to hopefully enable it to withstand the winter that is just around the corner.

The Marine Heritage Society (MHS) has started a fundraising campaign, working with the Town of Saugeen Shores, to prepare for a major restoration expected to begin next year.  The Range Light was among those first designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act of 2008.

(L-R) Grace Currie (MHS Treas.), Jane Kramer (MHS campaign committee), Stephanie Price (Yacht Club Treas.) and Malcolm MacArthur (Yacht Club Commodore)

Members of the Southampton Yacht Club, that moors in the Saugeen River immediately east of the mouth, made a donation of $2,500 on Saturday, December 5th toward the campaign.  It is the first instalment of a $5,000 commitment that the Club members will make over two years.

“This is a wonderful donation,” said Vicki Tomori of the Marine Heritage Society, “and brings our total to almost $30,000 so far.  We still have a long way to go but it’s donations like this that make a difference.”