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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 420

Celebrating 135 years at Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas Light Station celebrated its 135th birthday Saturday with kids, cake, blue grass music, rap songs, and a delightful history pageant presented by students from Grover Heights Elementary School, the creators of the "Pennies for Piedras" campaign to restore the lighthouse to its glory days.

Unlike most government events, the young people, grades 2-5, ran the show, introducing speakers, including representatives from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Rep. Lois Capps. Lauren Pidot of the BLM's Washington Office read the Secretary's letter, which thanked the students for their efforts, and added, "when kids get involved they can make great things happen on America's public lands." (text continues below)

Children practice singing while four musicians play on stage

The letter also noted Piedras is part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It received that status thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps, whose representative Greg Haas also delivered a certificate from Congress commending the youth, who have raised $6,000 toward the restoration, which they hope will include a new lantern room and light for the Station.

With assistance from their teacher Libby Anderson, the students, dressed in Victorian era clothing, presented a fun and educational program, sharing lighthouse history and anecdotes, games, short plays, and even including an original "Happy Birthday PBLS Song," that ends "How old are you? 135 years old, that's a grand age to be." Indeed it is, and it supplied a good reason to celebrate. A great time was had by all.

Two students hold a certificate presented by a man
Students proudly hold the certificate from congress commending their efforts, presented by Greg Haas.

A group of students stand with a teacher on the steps of the old lighthouse

- J. Bedrosian, BLM California state office, 2/16/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 420

Last updated: 02-18-2010